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How Do I Choose Between Personal and Career Goals?

I am going through a lot of transition. In June I started a job as a staff attorney for a reputable nonprofit in Maryland — and hated it. I got married in August and figured I would stick it out. But by October, I turned in my letter of...

Is It Ever Worth It to Take a Lower-Paying Job?

I used to be a librarian for seven years. I was laid off twice and am now working in marketing, which I hate but am doing well in. Many libraries are downsizing, and although I've been applying and interviewing, I'm stuck. And I’m not a librarian...

How Can I Use My Network to Get a Better Job?

I have been working in a startup environment for 1.5 years, beginning a few months after I earned my BA. The company isn't profitable and I've been promoted from an admin role to a marketing role. I manage all marketing, consumer relations and...

What’s the Best Way to Ask for a Raise?

I’m currently at a point in my career where I would like to ask for a raise and/or more stock options (ideally both). I’ve heard extremely positive feedback from all my managers and peers and have been in my position for roughly a year. I have a...

Help! My Co-Worker Keeps Tearing Me Down

I have been employed at a VA hospital for almost 10 years and although things have improved somewhat, there is one specific co-worker who tries to hog or minimize my hard work. I have received awards including a Nurse Excellence Award for going...

What’s the Best Way to Manage Off-Site Employees?

I’ve recently started managing two employees who work off-site — one from a branch office across the country and one who works from home. I’m used to having my team in the same location as me and I’m uneasy about how to manage well from a...

Should I Grow My Business or Sell it for Financial Stability?

I am entering a new chapter in my life. My youngest daughter is off to college in the fall and my oldest will be graduating in December. For the past five years I’ve been able to work part time or from home, most recently with a home-based...

What Should You Do When a Colleague Pulls the “Girl" Card?

"I called a senior-level manager to find out why one of my team members did not pass a board certification. When he provided the feedback, I pushed back with strong points. He immediately pulled the girl card. Instead of addressing my issues, he...

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