Career Dilemmas

A young man on a park bench

The number one reason people are fired (is the same as the reason they were hired)

Peter Harris| July 30, 2015 02:21 pm


It sounds ironic, but it turns out that the very same qualities that get one candidate chosen over the others to win the job eventually become the reason they’re let go.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job interviews
Diverse staff showing their name tags

The names employers are biased against – and what you can do about it

Simon Cohen| July 30, 2015 11:17 am


Studies show that your name on job applicants greatly influences whether or not employers will call you – and the salary you may be offered. Here’s a look at the biases, and how to beat the system.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job Search Strategies
Man on a park bench

How I got fired (and why it was a great career move)

Peter Harris| July 29, 2015 11:45 am


There are some definite upsides to setbacks. Sometimes being let go can be the best thing that could happen to your career. Here’s why.



Category: Career Dilemmas
Suspicious-looking employer

The six lies that employers will most often tell you

Peter Harris| June 22, 2015 09:48 am


There is no shortage of people who will advise you to be scrupulously honest on your resume and to always tell the truth to employers. So how come they’re allowed to lie to you?



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job interviews
Embarrassed man at his computer

What to do if you posted something you regret online

Elizabeth Bromstein| June 5, 2015 01:21 pm


We’re always yammering on around here about how you should be careful about what you post online, so you don’t ruin your entire life . But what if you’ve already posted something stupid and now you regret it but it’s too late?



Category: Career Dilemmas, Latest News & Advice
Job security

How employers decide who to fire (and who to keep)

Peter Harris| May 27, 2015 03:12 pm


Employers have a simple calculation that they use to evaluate whether to keep you on or if it’s better for the bottom line to let you go. It’s a cold equation. Here’s how to stay on the right side of it.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Latest News & Advice
How to lose a job with your terrible follow-up

How to land a job and then lose it with your terrible follow-up

Peter Harris| May 11, 2015 10:37 am


Even when you’ve done everything right so far, and the job is ‘in the bag,’ it’s still possible to blow it at the very last minute. I’ve seen it happen.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job Search Strategies
The undercover job search

How to look for a job – without looking like you’re looking for a job

Peter Harris| April 23, 2015 07:48 pm


I recently wrote about how the best time to quit your job is when you’ve already lined up your next one. However, looking for a new job while employed can be tricky, so here are a few undercover job hunting techniques.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job Search Strategies
Warning signs in job descriptions

Six red flags in job descriptions that should warn you not to apply

Peter Harris| April 22, 2015 04:23 pm


Here are some of the hidden messages that you can spot in job advertisements that should warn you to steer clear – or at least to approach with caution.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Job Search Strategies
Signs you're in the wrong job

Six signs that you’re in the wrong job

Peter Harris| April 16, 2015 12:47 pm


Being in the wrong job isn’t all bad. You can learn valuable lessons from a bad experience, if you don’t get stuck in it for too long. Here’s how you can tell when it’s time to move on.



Category: Career Dilemmas, Life At Work