Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 Bad Boss Personalities—and How to Deal With Them

Awful bosses are highly entertaining on-screen (look no further than Meryl Streep’s fabulously vicious Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada). But in the real world, a terrible boss is anything but amusing.

For all that a nightmare supervisor may make you want to quit your job, that’s not always an option. Read on for three common types of bad-boss personalities and some quick suggestions for how to cope.

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How to Ask for Help at a New Job

The good news is that you landed a fantastic new job. You’re excited about the company and the work you’re doing, and this position is a huge step forward in your career.

The bad news is that this “huge step” is more like a seismic leap: You convinced the hiring managers that you were ready to work at this level, but now that you’re in the thick of it, you’re wondering if you can really hack it.

You know you need to ask for help, but you’re holding back, because you’re afraid it will look like you can’t manage your workload. Don’t worry, the right approach will make you look proactive—and save you a lot of headaches (not to mention time). Read on for your three-step plan to get the help you need.

Read the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Should You Ever Turn Down a Networking Opportunity?

Without any prompting, someone in your network offers to introduce you to a mover-and-shaker. Who would be crazy enough to turn that opportunity down? 

Believe it or not, that would be you, because there is an instance in which your most professional option is to decline. Read on to learn when you should make it work, when you should say, “No thank you,” and how to do both.

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What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do When You're Waiting to Hear Back About a Job

You know that you’re capable of being a top-tier applicant (that’s why you’re here!). You’re the type to take your career ambitions into your own hands—build your network, do your research, rock the interview, and write an awesome thank you note.

But then it’s the hiring manager’s turn, and you have to shift gears from proactive to patient. Isn’t there anything you can do?

The short answer is, making the switch from “full steam ahead” to “wait and see” mode is the most important step (but more on that later). Read on for a breakdown of the dos and don’t’s while you’re waiting to hear back.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

How to (Non-Awkwardly) Reach Out to Old Contacts

According to a recent Inc. article, the most valuable people in your network are your “dormant ties,” defined as people you used to know but don’t currently keep in touch with. And while that may be true, I’d argue it’s only the first piece of the puzzle. How you reach out is just as critical as to whom.

Think about it: When an old associate contacts you out of the blue, you’re either pleased or perplexed to hear from him or her. If a former employee reaches out thoughtfully—perhaps with an article of interest, a compliment on a recent achievement, or a succinct ask—you’re much more likely to respond than if he or she feigns being your long lost best friend (it happens, and it’s not pretty).

To make sure you’re communicating the right way, here are three different methods you can use to reach out to former contacts.

Read the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.