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Coach Me: What Are the Best Questions to Ask in a Job Interview?

People often write in to my advice blog to ask about what interview questions are best to ask — both as the interviewer and as the job candidate. Here are the top five questions to ask, from each side of the desk.  I’ve hired for junior-level...

How Can I Develop Skills to Transition to a New Career?

I'm not currently happy where I work, but finding it hard to understand how to make the transition to a new field. I'm wondering if there's a way to develop multiple skills in my current job that can translate to another career? I work in...

How Do I Stop Putting Others’ Needs Ahead of Mine?

I’m a survivor of Hurricane Sandy (and other storms of life) and feel compelled to put others’ needs ahead of my own.  How do I balance helping others and focusing on my own goals? —Alaiye   Sometimes life’s tragic experiences shift our...

Two Questions to Ask Before Your Next Career Move

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Now that my children are getting a little older, I’ve found I can handle a job and a home. I've been on our school's executive board as a fundraising chair for two years. (The first year, we raised...

How Do I Motivate a Burnt-Out Employee?

I think my marketing assistant might be burnt-out. She gets her work done but just barely — it’s like she’s doing the bare minimum required, rather than bringing any excitement or sense of possibility to the work. She also doesn’t seem fully...

How Can I Write a Cover Letter That Will Help Me Stand Out?

I’ve just started my search for a new job, and I’ve found several companies that I’d really like to work for. How can I write a cover letter that will help me stand out amongst all the other applicants? — Stephanie, Virginia Beach, VA The thing...

Is There a Right Way to Fire Someone?

I recently became COO at my firm, which is exciting. But my job now includes HR, and my boss wants to fire an underperforming employee who has small children. I’ve never worked in HR before, and I’m really uncomfortable with this. What is the...

How Can I Find My Purpose and Turn It Into a Career?

How do I figure out what my life's purpose is and how to make money at it? I’m bored at work, but excelling in other areas of my life. I know I can't work for someone else for the next 20 years. I’ve owned my home for 12 years and have an...

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