On The Job

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.

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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 194

4 Things Employees Need From Any Boss

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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

4 Ways to Handle Distracting Coworkers

On The Job

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."

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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 153

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.

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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 207

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

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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 130

4 Steps to Being Happier

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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 181

3 Ways to Get Your Team to Trust You

On The Job

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 141

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 141

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.

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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 153

3 Things to Remember When Turning Down a Job Offer

On The Job

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 153

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

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

Research: Brainteaser Interview Questions are Harmful

On The Job

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

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 Ways to Feel Better About Failure

On The Job

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 141

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 193

What it Takes to Land Your Dream Job

On The Job

Many people talk about their dream job, but do a majority of people achieve it? According to a recent survey by TollFree Forwarding, no. Respondents were asked if they managed to achieve their childhood dream and make it to their ideal job. The results: 76 percent never made it.

2019 130

Can a Clean Desk Create Inner Happiness?

On The Job

I've known people in my life who are so into cleanliness and order that you could eat off their garage floor, surrounded by gardening tools that stand at attention like little soldiers.

2019 130

Research Shows What Can Help You Survive a Toxic Boss

On The Job

If you have a horrible boss, you know that each day seems to get longer and longer, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed and you start to develop physical ailments like headaches and stomachaches.

2019 141

Science Shows How to Have Better Meetings

On The Job

It seems like every few years someone comes out with a new idea for how to have more productive meetings. But then they get shot down by those who think those ideas are dumb: Standing meetings. The complaint: "I'm not standing! I have a bad back! Someone get me a chair!" Walking meetings.

2019 130

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

Doing This Can Make Mondays a Whole Lot Better

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It's estimated that some 14 million people will call in sick to work today because they can't manage to get out of their pajamas after watching the Super Bowl last night. While such action (or inaction) costs employers about $2.6

2019 141

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.

2019 153

3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

On The Job

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 220

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Everyone has heard the expression "work smarter, not harder." If you're like me, that's often easier said than done. When you're under pressure from your boss, or you're trying to juggle multiple projects, you might forget all about such advice, and find yourself working 12-hour days.

2019 130

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 170

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 176

3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

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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

The 3 People You Want to Meet at Work

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If you want to see where you career is going, look at who you hang out with at work. Is it the guy who plays on his phone during meetings? Is it the woman who is short-tempered and can be snarky to the intern? There's an old proverb that says you are known by the company you keep.

2018 163

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 179

This is What You Need to Do to Change Industries Successfully

On The Job

More people are expected to test the job waters this year as more than 12,500 U.S. employers are looking for new workers and unemployment remains low.

2019 130

The One Thing That Can Improve Feedback

On The Job

It's pretty much a given that everyone hates performance reviews, which is why more companies are urging managers to give "continuous feedback." What this looks like can vary: "Great job, Susan, on that presentation." John, I think you need a little more research on that report."

2018 163

Research Shows the Secret to Influencing Social Change at Your Company

On The Job

Do you care about social issues like protecting the environment or curbing poverty? Would you like to see your employer get more involved in such issues?

2019 130

3 Ways to Deal With a "Never Wrong" Co-Worker

On The Job

There are several annoying types of people at work, from the gossiper to the chronic procrastinator to the whiner. Today, let's talk about the person who is never wrong. This type of person really is pretty self explanatory -- he would rather cut off a toe than admit he's wrong.

2018 141

Is Mindfulness the Real Secret to Career Success?

On The Job

If there's one trend that has continued to grow in popularity in the business world it's mindfulness. I've written on the subject many times, and interviewed many experts, including Deepak Chopra.

2018 189

3 Ways to Improve Videoconference Meetings

On The Job

One of the great things about being a remote worker is that you can often get large chunks of uninterrupted working time -- and you don't get pulled into as many meetings. But with the increasing use of videoconferencing, those halcyon days may be waning.

2019 130

5 Ways to Fix Workplace Drama

On The Job

If you feel like your workplace has more drama than an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," it may be time to think about how such turmoil affects your career and whether you need to make some changes in your own behavior.

2018 184

How to Look Your Best on Video

On The Job

Image: news.com.au We all had a good laugh at the Dad doing a video chat when his children managed to scoot into the room and Mom followed moments later to frantically try and remove them.

2019 130

Yes, You Do Need to Start Applying for Internships This Early

On The Job

You may still be trying to recover from the holidays, but if you want a summer internship this year, you need to get busy -- right now. Companies often get the bulk of applications between February and April, so there is no time to waste if you want a chance to land an internship.

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