Business Career Tips

Thu
12
Sep

5 Reasons Your Boss Won't Take You Back After Quitting - Evil HR Lady

Have you ever turned in a letter of resignation and then changed your mind? Texted your boss when you were upset about something and said, “I quit!” and then, after you calmed down, realized that wasn't the best idea? Or what about resigning because you have a new job all lined up, but then that falls through? These things happen all the time to people and then they write me (EvilHRLady@gmail.com) and ask me what they can do to get their old job back.

The answer is usually nothing. Managers don't often allow you to rescind a resignation—even if your reasons seem perfectly logical to you. For instance, if you resign because your childcare fell through, but then your neighbor offers to watch your kids, why shouldn't your boss welcome you back with open arms? After all she'll have to hire and train someone to replace you and that costs money. Why not just keep you on?

Wed
28
Aug

Evil HR Lady Explains the Importance of Getting Your Degree

Go to college. The message has been clear since kindergarten (and for some, even earlier). But, lately, you read things about staggering college loans and people with degrees working fast food counters and checkout lines. Why go through all the work and sacrifice to land a job your teenage brother could get?

Today's new media focuses on what will get hits and no one clicks on “College students graduate and get entry level jobs, just like every generation before.” No, they click on stories of hardship and horror. The reality is, college graduates still make more money than people without degrees and many stints behind the counter are either short stops on the way to a better career, or are the first steps on a path of retail management. (Don't mock retail management—large store managers can make 6 figure salaries.)

Tue
13
Aug

4 Factors Job Seeking Parents Should Keep in Mind

When considering a potential job offer, we are often acutely aware of such factors as pay, opportunities for advancement and benefits like health insurance. These are important, but sometimes the less-obvious features of a job/employer can be the difference between a difficult situation and a job situation that well suits you and your family situation. When assessing jobs and employers, be sure to consider the following:

Time Demands-  Doing some comparative research on industries, sectors (for-profit, nfp, private, public) and employers may reveal that similar jobs may come with different work cultures and time demands. It may be worthwhile to explore positions at various types of employers, as time benefits may be worth more to you than higher pay.

Wed
10
Jul

Evil HR Lady: How to End an Interview

“What questions do you have for me?” This very question will be heard at almost every job interview you ever go on. What questions should you ask? It's not always easy to ask the right question but asking the wrong question is surprisingly easy. Here are some ideas to get you started (or tell you to shut your mouth)!

Wed
19
Jun

Evil HR Lady: 6 Workplace Myths You Probably Believe

Lots of people think they know what the rules are and what their rights are at work. But lots of people are wrong. Here are some of the myths and realities of the modern workplace.

Thu
30
May

Interview Tips for Moms Returning to Work: Ask Evil HR Lady

Tips for Moms Returning to Work

Dear Evil HR Lady,

After I graduate I'll be getting ready to apply for jobs and preparing for interviews. If they ask about work history, do I explain that I've been a stay at home mom and army wife the last 6 years or will they look down on that? Do I just say I haven't worked in awhile? This will be my first time applying for a job since I've had my kids and I'm getting nervous! Also, any tips or questions I need to ask THEM that pertains to being parent (like can I take off to pick up my sick kid etc).

Tue
14
May

What About Office Romances?

by Suzanne Lucas from Evil HR Lady

If you were an alien whose only ideas of earth were gleaned through television programs, you'd assume that the workplace is populated by two types of people: the hilarious and the promiscuous. (And sometimes, those people are one and the same.) Also, you'd assume that no one ever does any actual work.

Those of us who actually have had jobs, know that most people only think they are funny and office romance is fraught with problems that aren't neatly wrapped up in 30 minutes. But sometimes, even in the real world, sparks can fly at the office. What are the rules of workplace romance?

Thu
25
Apr

Personality and Interviewing

by Steven Petersen

During my career, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon as I have helped interview people for various jobs – an applicant’s personality sometimes trumps their qualifications.  That’s right – how one fits into a company’s culture is sometimes a bigger deal than one’s resume.  I’ve seen less qualified people hired over applicants who looked incredible on paper.

Let’s face it.  Your colleagues have to spend a lot of time with you, and sometimes that is under less than ideal circumstances.  Therefore, when a company hires a new person, it is important to bring someone on who actually fits in to help make the working environment as conducive as possible to social harmony and productivity.

Mon
22
Apr

Hearing the Real Question in Your Interview - Infographic

You've landed the interview for the job of your dreams. All that's left is to impress the interviewer and get the job. But, alas, interview questions often vary from challenging to the absurd. This guide will help you understand the motive behind these sometimes unbearable questions. Feel free to share with your friends!

Wed
03
Apr

Do You Have What it Takes to Be Successful in Sales?

Successful Salesperson

If you are considering a career in business, becoming a salesperson will allow you the opportunity to work in a broad range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to telecommunications. Although sales is a common entry point into the business world, it's not for everyone. Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful salesperson? These are the skills that you'll need:

1. Communication
Because sales is all about forming positive relationships, you will need to be an effective communicator. Quality communication will allow you to understand the customer's unique challenges and respond appropriately, establishing a sense of mutual trust and respect.

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