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How I Got Over My Working Mom Complex

Freud did a nice job of spelling out our hangups about sex. According to his Madonna-whore complex theory, men enjoy sleeping with beautiful, lascivious women, but will only marry a “good girl.” (Cue Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”) Women — in a...

Laundry Service, Paid Sabbaticals – 10 Seriously Cool Company Perks

When the time comes in the job offer process to talk benefits, you know to ask about a 401(k) plan and health insurance. But what about sabbaticals, pet sitting and laundry service? To attract the best talent, companies are getting more and more...

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...

Why I’m Glad I Was Laid Off

Have you been canned in a company downsizing? Do you have your resignation letter ready to go, peppered with a top 10 list of “Things That Are Wrong With My Boss”? Or are you just so fed up with your underappreciated role in an unchallenging job...

Why Talking a Big Game Is Good for Your Career

When someone compliments you, is your automatic response anything like mine? “Really? I haven’t slept in days. It must be the lighting in here!” Or, when you’ve been patted on the back for a job well done, do you allow your team to take credit...

10 Easy-to-Fix Cover Letter Mistakes

I have yet to meet a job hunter who doesn't dread writing cover letters. They're time-consuming and tedious, and unfortunately, they're unavoidable. It's easy to break cover letter etiquette if you're not careful. Those errors can cost you the...

What Do You Want From Your Next Job?

When you were fresh out of college, you might have taken any job that fit your major and paid enough to cover your share of the rent and student loan payment. But as you move through your career, your needs change in alignment with where you are...

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...

6 Tips For Politely Requesting a Job Referral

Whether you're unemployed or supported by a regular paycheck, job hunting and blindly sending out résumés can be a tiring and frustrating experience. So when the career gods smile in your direction and provide your dream position at a company...

6 Signs Your Job Might Be in Jeopardy

We’ve all experienced it at some point or another in our careers: New management comes in, and suddenly a surge of closed-door meetings has the office buzzing. Or a new boss is hired, and you quickly sense tension throughout your department....

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