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Volunteer to be the first person laid off

The best people have the hardest time finding jobs when they are laid off. It is a fact. It is not for the reason you are thinking.

This is my experience.

I was the only person out of 300 that knew for sure that layoffs were coming. I had a mole in the headquarters in [...]

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Sample resignation letter and comments

When you quit, make a clean break. Offer to work for two weeks. Let them know you have made up your mind. Don’t tell anyone at work where you are going. Use this letter:

Date

Name of Person Resigning To

Company

Address

City, State ZIP

 

Dear Boss,

Please accept this letter as my official [...]

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How to be sure of your career direction. Can you?

It can be difficult if not impossible to know where your career should go. It’s not that you can’t pick a direction, it is making sure it is the right direction. You may climb the career ladder of success, only to find out it is leaning against the wrong wall.

Here is a great article [...]

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Can you outlive a job at an evil company?

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. (Lois McMaster Bujold)

I know two accountants who were in leading positions when something went wrong: fraud. Both did exactly the right thing. Both had to pay a price. Both will recover. The folks who were actually at fault are ruined.

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How to deal with absolute idiots, bosses, and 6 year olds

Into everyone’s life comes people who just don’t get it. There is even a chance that you will be that person for someone else at some time. The fact is, no one sets out to be an idiot. They are always well intentioned, they just don’t get it. So how do you deal with an [...]

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Are you paid enough?

I help people get paid enough. I’ve gotten a few people 50% pay raises. [...]

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You have to give me a job – the scariest phrase I hear

How would you react to a candidate who said, “You have to give me a new job. I am seriously considering suicide.”

I deal with that problem for real, literally. Forgive me, please, all of you suicide counselors, but I react the same way to that statement as I do to a threat on my [...]

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Quitting for more money is new?

America believes in education: the average professor earns more in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week. (Evan Esar)

News Flash from the Wall Street Journal:

People are changing jobs to get more money!

Even worse, the best employees, the most valued workers, are the ones most likely to quit for [...]

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Why the best people have the hardest time finding jobs when laid off

The best people have the hardest time finding jobs when they are laid off. It is a fact. It is not for the reason you are thinking.

This is my experience.

I was the only person out of 300 that knew for sure that layoffs were coming. I had a mole in the headquarters in [...]

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Give up and go elsewhere when things are bad

I found a great job for someone and was told”

“If I leave, deliveries will stop, sales will stop, and a lot of people will be out of work. I’m going to have to turn down this job. I owe it to my boss and coworkers to see them through these hard times.”

Is [...]

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