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 a few letters of reference from previous employers and a list of references that’s still current enough. I think if I were to be laid off, I would get a great letter of reference from my boss too. I know you’re supposed to focus on results in your resume instead of just your job duties, so do letters of reference really factor in all that much anymore?

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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 the friends I grew up with. My wife doesn’t love it here either but says we should stay put and not rock the boat in an economy like this one. What’s the right way to go here?

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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 miss my family and for the first time in my life, I have chronic headaches. And the worst part is that I find things now take me twice as long to do. How can I get my energy back and hold onto my job without making my self sick?

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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?

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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 job more efficiently, but upper management is clearly clueless. How do I get the training I need to keep up with industry changes and do my job well if my bosses are too cheap to see the value?

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