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One of the Best Film Segments Ever About Work We Hate!

To the chagrin of most of my friends, I absolutely adore Joe Versus the Volcano. There…I said it. And the ground hasn’t caved in under me nor have  stars ceased to shine. While admittedly not the most deftly-crafted film ever, this film’s opening segment blows me away — the darkness, the gloom, the meaningless job […]

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Does It Always Pay to Be Kind at Work?

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I was listening to an interview with author and doctor Sherwin Nuland on NPR, and one of the things he talked about was the value of kindness. I’d never heard the exact quote he used before, but it’s certainly a great reminder: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. (Source of […]

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Do Lawyers Scream More Than Other Bosses?

I recently got a comment from “Tired of It” telling me about her almost 28 years of working for lawyers who “who scream, curse, and slam things around”: (You can find her comment here: My Boss Screams at Me – Is That OK?) So this got me wondering. Are lawyers actually worse than other bosses? […]

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Can I Contact My Future Boss About My Internship?

Dear Work Coach, I have just been accepted for an internship, and am not due to start work for nearly 3 months. I would like to contact my future boss to ask questions about the details of the new job. When is the best time to do this? Is there such a thing as asking […]

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10 Things I Look for When I Screen Resumes and Cover Letters

Confessions of a serial resume screener: One of the things I enjoy most as a consultant is when I get to help companies find good candidates to interview. It’s fun meeting each one in an initial interview and trying to figure out if they might be a good match for the company and job. But […]

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Is It Your Job or YOU That’s Driving You Crazy?

I just had a wonderful e-mail from one of my readers who had been looking for a job for many MANY months with no success. At least not the type of success he thought he was looking for! Basically he (let’s call him Jim) started his job search because he was miserable with his current […]

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Do I Have to Suck Up to My Boss to Get Promoted?

Dear Work Coach, I read your blog and it makes an interesting read. I am looking for some answers. I hope you can help me. I have been working for more than 3 yrs in my company. I joined from a fresher level to go on to become one of the leads (though not on […]

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Why Didn’t My Boss Understand Me?

I’ve worked with many people who…I’m sorry but I gotta say it…whine about not being understood or given a chance to show what they really can do

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Should I Look for a Job with a Competing Company?

AW wrote a few weeks ago asking for help about a new job he started not too long before that in software sales in the Asia-Pacific market. He thought it was a dream job, but the dream turned out to be a nightmare for him. He originally was recruited with the possibility that the job […]

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Careful What You Say When You Leave Your Job!

Many of us dream about that day…finally say good-bye to a bad boss. But some do more…take to the Internet to tell everyone just how horrible…former boss

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