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Job Interviews Are Getting Weirder

College graduates and people looking to get back into the workforce should brace themselves not only for a still-tough job market — U.S. adds 113,000 jobs in January — but also for their interviews: Some hiring managers have started asking job...

How Do I Fire a Popular Employee Without the Staff Hating Me?

I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order....

Why is it So Easy for Some to Succeed While Others Fail Miserably?

It seems as if I keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Each time I think I am on the right track to success I take several steps backwards. I've had several businesses that have failed, though I keep trying.  What am I doing...

7 Common Career Mistakes That Can Hold You Back

At some point in your career, you’re likely to feel like you’re in a rut. Maybe you took a job for the money thinking that it’s temporary and five years later, you’re still there. Or you’ve signed on for a position you were told was one thing and...

What Your Boss Won’t Tell You (But You Should Know)

Have you ever noticed that when people are promoted to a management position, their whole perspective on workplaces issues often changes? That’s because, as managers, they see things that they might not have been exposed to as employees. As a...

How Can I Make Money Doing What I Love?

I’ve been in my field 25 years, and I'm ready to do something new. But I don't know what that is. I’ve read every book and article about finding your passion and making money at it. Many of the books suggest writing down your ideal day. Mine...

6 Common Beliefs That Can Sabotage Your Career Success

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.” Life in the workplace would be so much easier if we all followed English essayist Charles Lamb’s lead, wouldn’t it? Instead, many of us still believe that you have to...

How Do I Manage People in Areas I Don’t Know Well?

I’ve been put in charge of overseeing four different departments, including two in which I have no expertise at all (IT and communications). Luckily, those departments both have competent managers (who each report up to me), but what should my...

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