Category Archives: following directions

Office policies — not all in the employee handbook

Most employers won’t deliberately trick you, but there are hundreds of tiny office policies that aren’t in the employee handbook. Office policies Whether you are naming a document or requesting a check for a filing fee, your office has policies … Continue reading

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First Week of Work: Make the first day count

First impressions are forever. Whether this is your first-ever professional job or one more step on your career path, make the first day count. Meeting people:  Strong handshakes and good eye contact are key. Do your best to begin to … Continue reading

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Managers & Staff: Ask for what you want

A cheeky TechRepublic blog post, Is Your Boss an Idiot? reminded me again that communication — or lack there of — is one of the great pitfalls of going to work. More important, though, is that telepathy is neither a … Continue reading

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Going to work: finding and taking criticism

When my career began to focus on the school-to-work transition, my eloquent friend, the writer Michael Dolan, offer this advice: “You know that you’re doing ok if they’re not yelling at you.” Evaluations: when and where? How, then, would you … Continue reading

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Follow directions to make your application work

The engine driving the Hiring Train is the employer’s needs. It’s that simple. Follow directions to make your application work and you just might get onto that train. Sadly, job postings are frequently less than helpful. Employers may write postings which … Continue reading

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