On The Job

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence

On The Job

When you're job searching, the advice is to "clean up your social media presence." But what does that mean, exactly? For example, when you were told to clean up your room as a kid, my hunch is that your version of "clean" was a lot different than your mom's.

2019 223

This is Why Workplace Conflict is a Good Thing

On The Job

I hear it all the time: People who say they've stopped watching the news, stopped participating in social media and wear noise-cancelling headphones whenever possible so that they don't have to hear any snarky/disagreeable/uncivil comments or conversations. I get it.

2019 130

Why You Didn't Get a Second Interview

On The Job

It can be pretty demoralizing not to get a second interview, especially since you believe you did so well in your initial interview. Don't be too hard on yourself.

2019 177

5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

On The Job

Once an employer gets around to checking your references, you may be feeling quite confident that a job offer is coming your way. Hold on. According to an Accountemps survey , one in three candidates are removed from job consideration after checking with their references.

2019 229

How to Benefit When You Get Blindsided by Criticism

On The Job

One day when I was on deadline frantically trying to complete a story, my instant messaging app popped up with something like: "Anita didn't check the database and now I'm having to recreate this work. sigh*" The IM was from my direct editor to another editor.

2019 242

The Best Way to End a Job Interview

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"Is there anything else you'd like to add?" This has always been the question I ask last in an interview, and it usually produces some great results. Sometimes people will say, "No, I think we've about covered everything." and then jump in with some new information.

2019 171

4 Ways to Handle Distracting Coworkers

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We all spend a lot of time at work, and some days it feels like a family get-together gone horribly wrong. You're tired of hearing about your colleague's bratty daughter. You don't want to be pulled into any more conversations about "Game of Thrones."

2019 189

5 Steps to Take When You Don't Know What Your Boss Wants

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Some people believe a micromanaging boss is the worst thing ever, but I'd have to say that a boss who doesn't communicate what he or she wants is also pretty bad. This is the boss who can't exactly tell you what he wants.

2019 195

Why Unconscious Bias Training Matters

On The Job

It’s estimated there are more than 150 identified types of unconscious bias. These types range from the natural tendency to surround ourselves with others who are similar to us to form assumptions and stereotypes about others.

2019 130

4 Things Employees Need From Any Boss

On The Job

What happens when a worker doesn't trust the boss? They consider quitting, finds a new survey. At a time when employers are pulling out all the stops to find talent in a tight job market, this should be of great concern.

2019 186

Should You Follow Up After an Interview?

On The Job

You may be feeling great after a job interview and believe a job offer is just around the corner. Then, nothing. Silence. No phone calls or emails from the hiring manager. Now your worry kicks in. Did you say something wrong in the interview? Have they already hired someone else?

2019 163

Why This 83-Year-Old Career Advice Still Makes Sense

On The Job

I've written before about how important it is to get along with others at work. You don't have to be besties, with your co-workers, but you do need to know what motivates them, what discourages them and how you can best help one another. To think you can go it alone at work and succeed is delusional.

2019 177

The Critical Element You May Be Missing in Your Job Search

On The Job

This seems to be the time of year when a lot of people are jumping ship for a new gig. People are seeking new challenges -- or feel unsettled by the current instability of their industry.

2019 208

Research: Why Workplace Competitions Often Backfire

On The Job

How many times have you visited a business and seen a list of employee names, followed by a series of check marks or numbers? I've seen it many times, usually signifying some sort of "competition" between employees, such as upselling to customers.

2019 130

Is Your Workplace Toxic?

On The Job

Is your workplace toxic? A survey of 9,000 tech workers by Blind finds that more than half of those surveyed believe they are indeed working in a toxic environment.

2019 142

3 Ways to Handle a Negative Coworker

On The Job

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is always talking or writing about "times like these." Usually, it's not "times like these are so great." It's usually something like, "Times like these are so horrible."

2019 189

4 Steps to Being Happier

On The Job

When my children were babies, I knew exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Hire a nighttime nanny. That's because my kids couldn't seem to get the hang of sleeping through the night, and I was beyond exhausted.

2019 182

3 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

On The Job

I remember the first time I wrote a cover letter for a job. It went something like this: "I'd really like to work for you. I'm sending you my resume." In my defense, I was pretty young and inexperienced. But, it still was a lousy cover letter and I cringe when I think about it.

3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

On The Job

Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth.

2018 200

7 Signs You're a Workaholic

On The Job

For most workers, the days of clocking out at 5 p.m. and never thinking of work again until the next morning when we clocked in at 9 a.m. are over. Texts and emails keep us tethered to the job, not to mention the "quick phone call" to the office when we're supposed to be on vacation.

2019 154

Are You Ignoring This Simple Key to Success?

On The Job

When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note? I'm not talking about an email or a text. I'm talking about a handwritten note to someone expressing your appreciation or gratitude. The kind, you know, that has to have a stamp and be put in that thing known as a mailbox.

2019 142

5 Ways to Successfully Join a New Team

On The Job

It can be very exciting to join a new team. But it also can be a bit daunting when you realize the successful track record of that team. How can you make your mark? How can you get others to listen to your ideas? What if they don't like you or what you have to say?

2019 130

Are You Burned Out? Here's What to Do

On The Job

"I'm so burned out." I overheard the comment while on a subway recently as a young woman talked to someone on her cellphone. I was surprised to see how clearly distraught the woman was -- and how young she appeared to be.

2019 130

10 Great Gift Ideas for Coworkers

On The Job

While it seems like everyone should be in a jolly mood around the office because it's the holiday season, there is also a lot of stress. And here's some reasons why: Do you buy the boss a gift? What should you get your "work spouse"?

2018 189

You Hate Your New Job -- Now What?

On The Job

With a low unemployment rate, some employers are pulling out all the stops when it comes to recruiting workers, such as offering perks and higher salaries.

2019 154

Don't Be a Jerk When Rejecting an Offer

On The Job

A Robert Half survey finds that six in 10 workers in a variety of fields and industries say they've received two or more job offers simultaneously when applying for jobs.

2019 130

3 Ways to Change the World from Your Cubicle

On The Job

I'm fed up, and I know many of you must feel the same. I'm fed up with the name-calling, the finger-pointing and the yelling. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away, but I can't. What I can do is think about how I behave every day and hopefully do a little better.

3 Things to Remember When Turning Down a Job Offer

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When you get called back for a second interview, it can be pretty exciting. You are obviously on the short list for the position. But, wait. If you do an internal gut check, you realize you're not super excited about the job or the company.

2019 154

3 Ways to Get Your Team to Trust You

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If you've finally worked your way up the ladder and are now in a management positions, congratulations. Now let me offer this advice: You've still got a lot of work to do. While you may have proven yourself to be a valuable team member, earning your cred as a manager is a whole different ballgame.

2019 142

What the Most Productive People Know About Email

On The Job

As summer approaches, many new graduates will begin their careers in a variety of organizations, full of hope and determination about changing the world. The more seasoned workers sort of smirk at this enthusiasm, knowing it won't take long to break their spirits.

2019 130

3 Ways to Deal with Snarky Co-Workers

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We've all had those jobs where every day is fun, even if we don't really like the job or the work. The reason: The people are nice. Really nice. Like if you have a flat tire at work they stop what they're doing and fix your flat and make sure you get home kind of nice.

2019 142

Research: Brainteaser Interview Questions are Harmful

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I've never been a fan of "crazy" interview questions, such as asking: "If were a salad dressing, which kind would you be and why?" New research shows why I might feel this way.

2019 163

What You're Getting Wrong When You Apologize

On The Job

Today, social media is sure to blast the news far and wide when a top leader makes a mistake, whether the person is in the private sector or public life.

2018 194

Research Shows Why Young Workers Need to Take More Risks

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As the world's economy begins to slow, there is more talk that a recession is around the corner and economists predict it will hit in 2020. If you're a young worker, this news could impact you more than any other age group.

2019 130

3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

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Sometimes you accept a job and are really excited about it. But as you spend more time in that job, you start to lose some of that enthusiasm. Before long, you feel stuck. It can be difficult to finally admit to yourself that you're not happy with a job you thought was a good fit.

2018 221

How to Help Your Boss See You as a Rising Star

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Many young workers come to a conclusion that's often hard to swallow: Working hard doesn't mean you get ahead. Just because you show up on time, meet all your deadlines and don't gossip, well, that's not enough to get a bigger paycheck or title.

2018 186

3 Ways to Feel Better About Failure

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I'm not sure I know many people who get up every morning and say, "Gee, I can't wait to fail today!" Failure. Failing. Any of those words are drilled into us from childhood to avoid. No teacher or parent wants us to fail. We don't want to fail in front of friends or coworkers.

2019 142

3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

On The Job

If you could spend 40 to 50 hours per week with a handful of (living) people, who would you pick? Chances are you are going to say your significant other, best friend, some famous actor or actress and possibly even your favorite bartender.

2018 189

Don't Wait: 8 Reasons to Leave Your Job Now

On The Job

I've often written about how to get a job. But now, I'm going to write about how to leave a job. With unemployment below 4%, there's never been a better time to say good-bye to a job that has cost you sleep, sanity and family relationships.

2018 177

The 1 Thing That Could Lead to a Healthier, Happier 2019

On The Job

I distinctly remember one vacation where I sat alone on a beach, with only some birds for company. I watched the waves go in and out, and I did nothing more than just feel my breathing.

2018 154

We Know We're Rude With Our Phones -- But We Don't Do Anything About It

On The Job

When cellphones first made their appearance, workplace advice columnists like myself advised that bosses and co-workers became annoyed when a worker used it at work.

2018 171

Management Isn't That Hard if You Remember These 3 Things

On The Job

Parenthood is one of those jobs that you think doesn't look too difficult until you've done it. Then, you realize that you have 18 years of caring for a child when you're running on no sleep, (usually) bad food and everyone constantly telling you what you're doing wrong.

2018 180

The Dumbest Habit That's Going to Hurt Your Career

On The Job

Whenever I get interviewed as a "career expert" I'm often asked: "What do you think it the biggest problem in the workplace today?" My answer? Communication."

2019 130