Explore these career management articles about how to find, keep, or leave a job strategically.

Making an Exit: Accepting Your Pink Slip with Class or Brass

QUESTION: Given that being laid off is a potential reality for not just me, but for most of your readers, what are your thoughts about how to leave a job appropriately? Where my current employer is concerned, is there anything I should be prepared to do, or not do, should my personal pink slip arrive?

You’ve Got It, So Use It: Putting Your Performance History to Work in a Job Search

QUESTION: Six more people in my office were let go this week and I may or may not be next. I am well-regarded in my office and frequently receive compliments on my work, but nobody’s safe these days. Like most people, I’m trying to punch up my resume in case I need it. I have […]

Landing the Interview is Not the End, It’s the Beginning: How to Prep Yourself for Face to Face Success

QUESTION: I have some new job interviews coming up, and with so many people out of work, I know I’m probably competing with a lot more candidates than before. How can I be sure to make a great first impression, stand out from the crowd, and increase my chances of landing the job?

Setting Your Sails Smartly: How to Relocate Your Work without Ruining Your Life

QUESTION: I am considering relocating back to Baltimore. I’ve been in Miami for three years and I’m over it. My job here is fine, but there’s really no growth potential. My mom is not in the best of health and I’d like to move back home to help her out, and to be closer to […]

Just Say No to Job-Hopping: How to Craft a Stick-to-it Strategy That Sticks

QUESTION: I’ve had several jobs over the last ten years in the sales field, but none of them ever seemed to stick. Sometimes I get fired and sometimes I leave, but either way these jobs never last. I’m tired of moving from one job to the next, and would like to find something I like […]

Job Search Success: A How-to Guide

QUESTION: I’m writing on behalf of my sister who is unbelievably unhappy and stressed out. The problem is not that she hates her job; it’s that she can’t seem to find a better one. She has sent her resume to several businesses and they never call for an interview. She has been job searching for […]

A Part-Time Solution to a Full-Time Problem

QUESTION: I was downsized two months ago, and while initially upset, I came to appreciate the newfound time I had to get to take care of things around the house, exercise everyday and read the paper. I know I need to get back to work after the holidays, but how can I land a new […]

Job Hunting During the Holidays: Ho Ho Ho or Heck, No?

QUESTION: I’m ready to move on from my current job. With the holiday season having begun though, I assume it’s probably about the worst time to look for a new job. Should I wait until everyone gets back in the game in January so that my resume doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle?

Heavy Travel Job Opportunity Meets Family of Four: Can it Work?

QUESTION: I’m looking at a new job opportunity that has a pretty hefty travel commitment. I didn’t travel after I had my kids, but now that they’re both in school it should be fine. I love to travel, and I figure the family can even come along sometimes. My husband is on board with the […]

Decisions, Decisions: How Dissatisfaction at Work Can Help You Find Your Ideal Job

QUESTION: This economy is making me nervous. I have a reasonably stable job with half-decent benefits, but it’s by no means an ideal situation. I have been considering the security of a government job or going to the other end of the spectrum and starting my own business. What’s the right move?

Going from Hate to Great: Searching for a Job You Love Before You Lose Your Mind

QUESTION: I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with my current job and while I don’t hate it yet, I think it’s time to look elsewhere. But working full time and managing things at home leaves little room for a job search. What’s the best way to approach this?

From managing difficult co-workers to getting the training you need, delve into these office survival strategies.

Making an Exit: Accepting Your Pink Slip with Class or Brass

QUESTION: Given that being laid off is a potential reality for not just me, but for most of your readers, what are your thoughts about how to leave a job appropriately? Where my current employer is concerned, is there anything I should be prepared to do, or not do, should my personal pink slip arrive?

Staying Civil with Sybil: Dealing with Difficult Personalities at Work

QUESTION: I’m a pretty even-keel person, but find the extreme personalities in my office a little bit much to deal with. At best, they’re irritating. At worst, they complicate the simplest of projects. From victims to martyrs to arrogant jerks, how are normal people supposed to work with these nightmares?

Knowledge is Power: Getting the Know-How You Need

QUESTION: I think if my employers were smart, they would encourage ongoing training programs to get the staff up to speed and keep them there. Even in a tight economy, don’t they realize that expanding team knowledge helps the company? There are so many training programs out there that would help me to do my […]

Smart Socializing with Your Boss & Colleagues

QUESTION: My boss has invited me to a Superbowl party at his house, but my annual tradition, which I love, is to watch from home. Is there any way I can politely decline, or is something like this a “must go?” If I have to go, how much will I have to change my behavior?

A Part-Time Solution to a Full-Time Problem

QUESTION: I was downsized two months ago, and while initially upset, I came to appreciate the newfound time I had to get to take care of things around the house, exercise everyday and read the paper. I know I need to get back to work after the holidays, but how can I land a new […]

When Worlds Collide: Achieving Home Office Productivity in the Family Home

QUESTION: My company has really embraced the cost-effectiveness of telecommuting, and I love now being able to work virtually in my jeans. My problem is that I’m easily distracted by things I need to do around the house, and my husband and kids really don’t understand that even though I’m at home, I’m still working. […]

What’s Love Got to Do with It? -Placing a Value on Feeling Valued at Work-

QUESTION: My boss drives me nuts. As soon as I pull off a great win with a client, he says a quick “good job” and then promptly points out the 3 other things I need to get on top of. I knock myself out for months and forget what my partner looks like, but the […]

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The Burnout Blues: Why Working Yourself to Death Isn’t Going to Work

QUESTION: I am totally exhausted. I have been working harder than ever lately. I guess I have layoffs and fear about the economy in the back of my mind all the time, so I feel like I need to keep pushing harder every day. I’m now tired of working into the evenings and weekends, I […]

Don’t Hit the Panic Button

QUESTION: This economy is unbelievable. I can’t get over the layoffs, the bailouts, and the overall insanity that unfolds every day in the news. As hard-working, bill-paying citizens, what can we be doing to protect ourselves from losing our jobs? Our homes? Our minds?

Realistic Resolutions

QUESTION: It’s that time of year again. I feel the need to commit to resolutions for the New Year, but wonder if I should bother when I look at all of the resolutions that never happened last year. What’s the key to setting resolutions that you can actually make happen?

Volunteering: Why Giving Until It Hurts Doesn’t Help Anybody

QUESTION: I’m frequently inspired to volunteer more, but the problem is that I never quite see it through, which leaves me feeling selfish and small. With an already hectic schedule, how can I find the time to be the volunteer I want to be? I want to help, but feel overwhelmed at the thought of […]

Circling the Drain: What You & Oprah Have in Common

QUESTION: I find that lately I’m losing my grip on any kind of self-discipline. I’m eating more, exercising less, and fluctuating between intense spurts of hard work and periods where I just stare at my computer. It’s probably just the busy holiday season, right?

How to Avoid the Top Three Sins of the Season

QUESTION: It is only the first week of December and I am already overwhelmed with holiday to-do’s. My life is ridiculously hectic on any given Tuesday, so I’m at a loss as to how to manage my work and my life while still enjoying what is supposed to be a season of merriment. Any suggestions?

Balancing a Smartphone with a Smart Life

QUESTION: I’m contemplating getting a smartphone, but I’m concerned about being connected all the time. How do you balance the efficiency of a handheld device with having a life outside of it?

Work-Life Balance: Myth or Mastery?

QUESTION: The other night, a business coach at a networking meeting stood up and said “forget about striving for work-life balance because it doesn’t exist.” I aim for a balanced life, but most days I feel like I’m barely pulling it off. And while my office claims to have a work-life balance program, it’s basically […]

When Your Networking is Not Working

QUESTION: My little sister says I need to network online. My mother says I’m too busy to socialize and to take networking meetings off my list. As an executive in my late thirties with two kids and a husband I’d like to see more of, can you tell me how to balance networking with an […]