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Should I List My Current Boss As A Reference?

I had an email a few days ago asking if employers consider it a “red flag” when an applicant provides references but excludes their present boss (or any reference from their current employment) from that list. Here’s her actual question: I am presently employed

Why Am I Not Being Called In For Interviews?

How many times has this happened to you? You apply for a job with optimism and excitement believing you meet all the requirements. Then you wait and wait for that call to schedule an interview. But it never comes. Why weren’t you picked—even for

If Your Job Was Eliminated Tomorrow, Would You Be Ready?

Scary thought, isn’t it? What would you do? Are you ready to launch a search for another job – one that (hopefully) would give you the same level of satisfaction and reward as your current job? It might be time to start preparing for

When Your Boss Is Younger Than You

We hear a lot about demographics in the workplace and the challenges it creates. One that causes particular stress is when an older worker must report to a much-younger boss. Are you in this situation? Rather than stressing about how this relationship is going

What’s The Worst Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?

My blog a couple of weeks ago “What’s The Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received” generated a large response with many people sharing smart advice they had received throughout their career. This week I thought I’d flip it around and ask, “What’s The Worst Career Advice You’ve Ever

In The End, You Will Regret The Risks You Never Took

A friend of mine, Peter, whom I hadn’t seen in a while, approached me at an event recently. I put out my right hand to shake hands but, as I did, he awkwardly extended his left hand instead. I hadn’t noticed that his right

What’s the Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Is it better to be interviewed first? Or last? Or somewhere in between? When asked, I have usually defaulted to anecdotal evidence. Some say it is better to be interviewed first to leave a strong first impression and become the standard that all others

10 Behaviours That Could Get You Fired

We all misbehave occasionally. And while one slipup, on its own, might be overlooked by your boss, the cumulative effect of bad behaviour can be costly to your career. Here are 10 behaviours that could get you in big trouble: 1. Bad body language.

Didn’t Get the Job? What to Do Next.

It’s disheartening when you don’t get a job you really wanted. The news can be even harder to take if you’ve been looking for a job for a long time and have received numerous rejections. Most people will tell you to “accept it and
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