Suzanne Lucas - The Evil HR Lady

Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate human resources, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers, and double-checked with the lawyers. Follow her at Twitter, connect with her at LinkedIn, read her blog, or send her an email@RealEvilHRLady

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How to Get that Promotion!

Are you ready to move on? Either internally or externally? Here's how you go about it.

First, revise your resume.

Seriously, even if you are hoping to be promoted internally and stay within the same department with the same boss. Even if you are looking for simply a “growth promotion” where you essentially stay in the same job, but with greater responsibility and (hopefully!) better pay. Here's why: Your boss doesn't know everything you do. No boss does. Not because the boss is bad, but because bosses are busy. Your resume should focus on your accomplishments, not your tasks.

Writing up your resume, even if you don't actually show it to anyone, helps you realize where your strengths and weaknesses are. It also can give you a sense of satisfaction to see, in black and white, what you've really accomplished in your current job.


5 Signs You're Ready for a Promotion

No one thinks your career is as important as you do. No one is going to smooth out the way for you, either. You have to keep track of your skills and the things you can do today that you couldn't do yesterday. You can't sit around and wait for your “turn” in the next highest position. Instead, you need to bump it up  yourself and advocate for yourself. But, how do you know if you're ready for the next new challenge?  Here are 5 signs.

You're really good at what you do.

Are you the one people go to for advice? When the program your department uses goes funny, do your coworkers come to you? Are you the one giving formal and informal training to the new hires? You're ready to go on! While your company loves the idea of someone who is great staying in the same job, most places would rather keep you on in a higher role than lose you.


5 Things You Should Know Before Relocating for a Job

You go where the jobs are, right? And sometimes the job isn't within commuting distance from your home and you need to relocate. While to some people, it's an easy decision—of course you move for the job! To others, it's absolutely unthinkable to move away from “home,” and no amount of promotion, prestige or even ability to pay the bills will change that.

If you've been offered a job far away from where you live, here are 5 things to think about before accepting the offer.


5 Things You Should Know About Your Paycheck

You go to work and get a paycheck, that much is clear. But what goes on or what should go on behind the scenes can be a bit of a mystery. Here are 5 things you should know about your paycheck.

1.Salaried? You may still be eligible for overtime. You're only ineligible for overtime if you meet the strict exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If you're not doing high level independent work, managing other people or programs, or rolling in the big bucks, you're probably eligible for overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week. (Or 8 hours in a day in some states.) Overtime eligibility is determined by what type of work you do, not by how you are paid.


How to Deal With Bad References

References are great when your last boss A. loved you and B. is completely sane and wonderful. When those conditions aren't met, sometimes references can be a bit of a challenge. Here are three questions from people without perfect references and what they can do about it.


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 ( 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?


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.)


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)!


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.


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).