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should I reach out to an employer who ghosted me?

This post, should I reach out to an employer who ghosted me? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m writing in hopes that you can help me make sense of an experience I had during my recent job search. Several months ago, I applied for a position at a prestigious organization in my field. That same day,...

this is why you need a good cover letter

This post, this is why you need a good cover letter , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I wanted to offer some testimony on why cover letters are so important. I am currently reviewing applications for several positions with a government agency. Our online application system doesn’t require a cover letter,...

how do I adjust to working 8 hours a day?

This post, how do I adjust to working 8 hours a day? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: I’m currently a college student interning with a firm for the summer and doing office work for the first time in my life. I am a good student, entering my third year this...

employee is taking free snacks, Parks and Rec vs. The Office, and more

This post, employee is taking free snacks, Parks and Rec vs. The Office, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Employee is taking free snacks and sodas I own a small takeout restaurant. We have four employees, plus me and my business partner. Since we are so small,...

our boss won’t speak to us, hides in his office, and drops off calls if anyone greets him

This post, our boss won’t speak to us, hides in his office, and drops off calls if anyone greets him , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I work for a small (12 person) agency that has exploded over the past few years. Most employees have been there for between 1-2 years, including our executive director....

should I give a bad reference for a nightmare employee?

This post, should I give a bad reference for a nightmare employee? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I used to serve on the board of a small nonprofit, which I left a year ago. During my time on the board, we had to hire a new executive director. The new hire’s references were stellar and he had a great...

a friend of my ex-boyfriend verbally attacked me at work

This post, a friend of my ex-boyfriend verbally attacked me at work , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I have been working for a large corporation for a few years now. Recently, Joe started a new job here; he is a friend of an ex-boyfriend I recently broke up with (and who is still bitter about the breakup,...

I was rejected for not sending a thank-you note, aggressive office money collections, and more

This post, I was rejected for not sending a thank-you note, aggressive office money collections, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I was rejected for not sending my interviewer a thank-you note A while back, a close friend recommended me for a job similar to...

my coworker won’t stop poking me

This post, my coworker won’t stop poking me , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Where do I begin? I have been lucky enough to work for a great, family-owned accounting firm doing invoicing for over a year now. I love my job, I love the work, I have flexible hours, and my boss is great. It’s been a really...

10 really good questions to ask in a job interview

This post, 10 really good questions to ask in a job interview , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. You’re in a job interview, you’ve fielded a couple dozen questions from your interviewer, and now your interviewer asks, “What questions do you have for me?” If you’re like a lot of people, you might end up stumbling around...

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