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    10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job InterviewTo show employers you’re exceptional, and find out if it’s the right job for you.
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    ‘I’m Worried Going Back to the Office Will Mean More Work’And more concerns about the transition to working in person.
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    ‘Should I Warn My Work Friend That She’s Going to Get Herself Fired?’It would be a kindness to try, but don’t expect to spark a transformation.
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    ‘I Had a Great Job Interview — Why Haven’t I Heard Back?’It’s really impossible to tell from the outside what might be going on.
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    How to Gracefully Decline a Job OfferIt’s completely okay for you to reject an employer.
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    Going Back to Work With Blue Hair, a Rescinded WFH Promise …And other return-to-the-office questions.
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    ‘Am I the Only One Who Hates Working From Home?’Lots of people feel like you do and can’t stand it.
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    ‘I’m Afraid I’m Terrible at My New Job’A lot of jobs take around six months to even start feeling comfortable. And that’s just feeling comfortable, not mastering the role.
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    How Is Returning to the Office Supposed to Work, Exactly?Responding to readers who dread going back, including reuniting with problematic co-workers and having to wear a bra every day.
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    ‘I’m Scared I’ll Never Be Qualified for a Promotion’Talk to your manager! Part of retaining good people is giving them opportunities to develop their skills.
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    ‘I Got a Terrible Review on Glassdoor, and I’m Spiraling’The reality is, when you’re a manager, not everyone will like working for you.
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    ‘Is It My Fault My Co-worker Was a Nightmare?’That she’s gone on to have a successful career doesn’t indicate you were the problem.
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    ‘My Boss Expects Me to Work 11-Hour Days’Is your boss right that this is what you can expect in your field, or is it just what you can expect when working for her?
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    ‘Help, My Interviewer Wants a Reference From My Current Boss!’“Who doesn’t know I’m looking.”
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    ‘I Want to Keep Working Remotely Forever’You might not get a “yes,” but there’s nothing outrageous about asking.
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    How to Ask for a RaiseBefore approaching your boss, here’s everything you should know.
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    ‘Am I a “Job Hopper,” and Is That Bad?’For most people in most fields, a pattern of moving from company to company every year or two will raise questions.
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    ‘I’m Becoming My Friend’s Manager. Do Things Have to Change?’You can continue to have a warm, friendly relationship. But friendly is different from friends.
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    ‘I Don’t Know Why My Coworker Suddenly Dislikes Me!’It’s easy to fall into thinking another person’s behavior is about something we’ve done, when often they’re not thinking about us at all.
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    ‘I Feel No Ambition Whatsoever at Work’It’s both normal and okay not to feel any special passion for your job.
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    ‘Can I Recover From a Bad Reputation at Work?’Moving on might be the only way to truly start over, but that’s not necessarily the worst prospect in the world.
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    ‘I Hate My Boss’s Mandatory Zoom Happy Hours!’You don’t need to go every time, but there can be professional benefit to showing up.
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    ‘My Terrible Boss Asked for Feedback. Should I Be Honest?’For some managers, I welcome feedback really means “I want to hear that you like working for me.”
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    ‘I Got Promoted, But I Can’t Get a Fair Salary’If you’re thinking this is a good way to ensure a company’s most promotable employees take jobs elsewhere, you’re right.
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    ‘Is It Irresponsible to Quit My Job Without Having Another One Lined Up?’I’m a big fan of asking, If the worst happened, then what?
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    ‘Can I Refuse to Take on More Work Without a Raise?’Often the way people “earn” a promotion is by starting to take on responsibilities outside the scope of their current job.
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    ‘I Want to Quit, But My Project Will Die If I Leave’As with other abusive relationships, when you’ve stayed at a toxic job for a long time, it can be hard to see that you need to get out.
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    ‘Should I Be Exaggerating Enthusiasm in Job Interviews?’If you do, you need to be prepared to keep up the act once you’re on the job.
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    ‘My Co-worker Hijacks Our Meetings With Endless Questions’It’s hard to tell someone to talk less, especially in a spur-of-the-moment conversation that you aren’t prepared for.
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    My Boss’s Stress Is Affecting Everyone Around HerSometimes people genuinely don’t realize how they’re coming across in situations like this.
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    ‘Should I Disclose My Depression to My Employer?’We’re talking here about the professional world as it actually is, not the one I wish we lived in.
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    35 Gifts for Every Type of EmployeeWhen you’re the boss giving gifts to your team, you can find thoughtful things for each person without playing favorites.
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    ‘Should I Give My Boss a Holiday Gift?’All your questions about holiday gift-giving at work, answered.
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    ‘My Boss Keeps Inviting Herself Over to My House’Even during non-pandemic times, this would be highly inappropriate — she is abusing her power by trying to force herself on people socially.
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    ‘My Boss Expects People to Work While They’re on Vacation’There can be real power in numbers, so if you can, get your co-workers on board with a strategy.
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    ‘Is My Job the Problem, or Is it Me?’Your organization is making it so much harder on you than it needs to be.
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    ‘How Can I Get Feedback After Being Rejected for a Job?’Be sure your request makes it clear that you understand you’re asking for a favor.
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    ‘My Boss Is Awful. Is It Worth Going to HR?’They can make suggestions, but it’s often up to individual managers to decide what to do with that input.
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    ‘My Boss Never Praises My Work’The fact that you’re not getting any positive feedback at all (while others do), and even after explicitly asking for it, alarms me.
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    ‘My Co-worker Berates Me All Day Long’Sometimes just knowing that someone’s problematic behavior is about them, not you, can make it easier to deal with.
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    ‘How Do I Draw the Line on Political Conversations at Work?’Burying our heads in the sand isn’t the answer, but people need boundaries too.
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    ‘Should I Warn Job Candidates About How Bad My Company Is?’Imagine if someone assured you a job was fine, and then after accepting it, you found out they knew it was a nightmare.
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    ‘My Boss Wants Us On Zoom All Day Long’Decent bosses know that monitoring isn’t the same as managing.
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    ‘How Am I Supposed to Network in a Pandemic?’Be specific, show you’ll use the other person’s time well, and be appreciative
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    ‘My Co-Worker Keeps Pressuring Me to Get Pregnant’She’s forcing your hand: She’s so over the line that you don’t really have a choice but to be extremely direct.
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    ‘My Boss Wants to Be My BFF, and It’s Making Me Uncomfortable’It’s hard to receive critical feedback from someone who you got drinks with the night before (it’s hard to give it in that situation too.)
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    ‘Should I Tell My Boss About My Slacker Co-Worker?’When something impacts your team’s work, there can be an argument for having a onetime, discreet conversation with your manager.
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    ‘How Can I Make a Good Impression in Phone Interviews?’Phone interviews can level the playing field a bit, and that’s a good thing, even if it’s different from the interview set-ups you’re used to.
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    ‘I’m Worried My Boss Will Flip Out When I Quit’Keep in mind that once you’re on your way out, you have a lot more power.
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    ‘I Deeply Dislike My Try-Hard Co-Worker’Your frustrations are not misplaced, but your response is actually hurting you.
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