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Ask Your Boss: How Should I Prepare For an Annual Review?

“Year end reviews are just around the corner at some workplaces. What does my manager do in the next month to prepare for the review process? What can I do to prepare for the review process? For next year, how can I take the feedback from my coming review and prioritize my improvement efforts?” We don’t do annual reviews at my workplace. We used to do it, but not anymore. I never liked it anyway, so I embraced this change quite enthusiastically. I am one of those who prefer to…

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Ask Your Boss: My Boss Called Me A Moron, and I Want to Quit. For the Third Time.

Your boss called you a moron, huh? No matter how frustrated I have ever felt, no matter what words were rushing through my brain, I have never call any of my employees names (not that I did not want to). First, it is very unprofessional. Second, it is horribly demeaning. Third, it shows that you are a moron yourself. Fourth, it is putting you, as a boss, in a very vulnerable position.

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Ask Your Boss: How Do I Tell My Manager About a Job Offer?

Let’s be honest, you are going to tell your manager about this job offer because you want a counter offer, some sort of monetary acknowledgment of your value to the company. You like your job, you just want more money, right? So to answer your last question, I am going to say “yes.” There is a very strong possibility that your manager will think that you are trying to extort a raise by threatening to leave.

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I am Offering Resume Review Services

Let’s admit it, not everyone is capable of composing a resume that adequately highlights their abilities.The candidate who lands an interview is usually the one who has the most impressive resume.
I can help you to create a well-crafted resume that fits your skills, experience and background. A professionally looking resume that presents your actual skills can dramatically increase your resume response rate. After all, I know what employers are looking for in resumes.

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Temp Agencies: Good Idea or a Career Buster?

You build a different network. Networking is always good, especially when it is more diverse.
You widen your professional exposure. Make sure not to be shy and put your skills out there.
You develop new skills. You might be surprised what you can learn while working as a temp.
You might get hired into a permanent position if you perform well. It is not given, but it is very possible.
Your pay might be better than expected. I know temps who were making about 50K a year. Yes, by temping. The formula is simple: the more you make, the more a temp agency makes.
You maintain a somewhat flexible schedule that lets you look for a job you really want.

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How to Ask For A Raise

I have to admit that supervising people can be a very rewarding experience. It also can be frustrating, sometimes even maddening. People come to me with different set of problems. Some like to complain about others. Some like to ask for advice or direction they need to take with a project. Some like to have a conversation about a raise, the most intimidating discussion of all. However, I believe that if this conversation is timed correctly, researched and approached properly, the subject of a raise is not intimidating. Not at…

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Great Gifts for Your Office This Year

Finding gifts for your office can be hard as a manager.  Most offices are a diverse range of people, so getting something that works for everyone can be hard.  Plus, you need to be a little political when it comes to giving gifts in the office.  Here are some surefire ways to reward your employees for a year well done, and make them feel valued this holiday. Give Gift Cards One of the easiest things you can give your employees is a gift card to a store or restaurant.  This…

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