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The secret to getting credit and a raise

Eventually every great plan deteriorates into hard unexpected work. The trick is to get credit for it, and a raise.

A newly minted Psychologist went to a new elementary school. Her job was to help children develop strong characters, overcome problems, and become […]

Your choice: Inferior or vastly superior job

Kids always made fun of the way I dressed. I had two shirts and two pairs of jeans for the whole school year. That’s all. I had cheap shoes. For dinner our family had beans every night, literally. We drank powdered milk. I brought peanut butter sandwiches to school every day with homemade quince jam. […]

2 critical interview questions you should always ask the hirer

The interviewer’s first worry (out of 7)

You may be talking yourself out of a job. Your resume and your interview may combine to scare the interviewer. He may think he will lose control of his situation if he even makes you a job offer.

The hiring manager for any job usually already feels out […]

How to overcome an employer’s resistance to hiring you

Why won’t they hire you? Do desperate employers resist hiring anyone? Do they resist change? Or is it something else they resist?

Would you like to win a million dollars tax free? But isn’t that a change?

If Oprah gave you a new car and money to pay the taxes on it, how hard would […]

Motivating recruiters

Many recruiting offices have a button that rings a bell. You can only push the button when you make a placement. Some recruiters live only to press that button. When they do press it, they keep their finger down for a full minute. It drives everyone else nuts with envy. Recruiters are competitive people.

Placing […]

5 tips to be a great employee – temp or perm

Do you shoot yourself in the foot when you start a job? Here is a list of good ideas.

It is easy to destroy your reputation in the first week or two. Whether you have a new job, are on a contract, or are just on a temp assignment.

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How to beat personality tests and FAQ

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. (E. Letterman)

 

Here is how your boss decides to use personality tests. Then we will show you how to “beat” them.

His story

Your job as boss is in danger. 3 more people have quit. 5 of the last 10 people you hired […]

Job interview – Good manners

Good manners soothe people in a potentially bad situation. In a positive situation good manners make everyone involved even more pleased. Manners are society’s way of helping people cope with each other.

Here are some situations and how to deal with them:

I really want this job: At the end of the interview say, “This […]

Job search: what the reality show would look like

There is a natural progression to a job search and how you feel when you have been fired. Let me give you the key line that would be in the 8 episodes of the reality show, “I Was Fired.”

Episode 1: Fired? I’ll have another job before I’m out the door, you slug.

Episode 2: […]

6 things to suck your career into a tar pit

These are 6 related habits that people fall into that torpedo their careers. The author pretends it is just IT people. These will sink you into a tar pit that won’t necessarily get you fired, but will keep you from making any progress in your career.

Here is the article.