I can’t afford to buy breakfast for my team, should you always ask about a gap on someone’s resume, and more
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3h ago
This post, I can’t afford to buy breakfast for my team, should you always ask about a gap on someone’s resume, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I can’t afford to buy breakfast for my team every month At my job, we have weekly meetings where my whole team gets together in the morning. At these meetings, one to three people present what they’ve been working on for the past month. We are an academic research lab in a university, and 15 members of the team attend these meetings. At these meetings, my boss re ..read more
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Weekend open thread – February 4-5, 2023
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2d ago
This post, weekend open thread – February 4-5, 2023 , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner. An older woman who has always put her controlling family’s needs before her own decides to move out and become a witch. * I make a commission if you use that Amazon link. You may also like: all of my 2021 and 2022 book recommendations all of my ..read more
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It’s your Friday good news
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3d ago
This post, it’s your Friday good news , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s your Friday good news: I had just started my job hunt when I saw a posting for Dream Job at Dream Company — a position that never existed in my area until it recently got relocated here. I purchased your How to Get a Job: Secrets of A Hiring Manager ebook and got to work. My application sat in the “Submitted” phase for 6 weeks and I was sure it would amount to nothing. But then I was contacted by a company recruiter for an interview. I eventually made it through three interviews and a coup ..read more
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Open thread – February 3-4, 2023
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3d ago
This post, open thread – February 3-4, 2023 , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on any work-related questions that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to take your questions to other readers. * If you submitted a question to me recently, please do not repost it here, as it may be in my queue to answer. You may also like: my new hire built a blanket nest in her o ..read more
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I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss, can I file a complaint about my spouse’s manager, and more
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3d ago
This post, I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss, can I file a complaint about my spouse’s manager, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. I don’t want to eat lunch with my boss so frequently I have a good manager. He is friendly, supportive, and very flexible with letting me leave early to pick up my young daughters. We have a good working relationship, and I enjoy my job. Roles in my area of expertise are somewhat rare, so I plan to stay in my job long-term. My manager often asks (maybe one out of 3-4 days ..read more
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Why do hiring managers ghost me after promising they won’t?
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3d ago
This post, why do hiring managers ghost me after promising they won’t? , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’ve had a few terrific interviews that I thought went really well. The hiring manager and I have had great discussions, insightful questions were asked on both sides, and it seems like the role is a great fit for me and my experience. Then, at the end of the interview, the hiring manager will say something like, “We’re still figuring things out internally, so I can’t give you an answer right away. Follow up in a week or two if you haven’t heard ..read more
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Ask a Manager in the media
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4d ago
This post, Ask a Manager in the media , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. Here’s some coverage of Ask a Manager in the media recently: I talked to Money about whether you should use Chat GPT to write your cover letter. I talked to Vox about what to do before, during, and after a layoff. Quartz covered the AAM letter about the boss who was pushing people to share how they’re doing emotionally at team meetings. I talked to Dr. NerdLove about how to handle a coworker’s problematic crush. You may also like: can I address an employee's social media use on sick days? our b ..read more
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I’m unprofessional and not detail-oriented — but I still need to earn a living
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4d ago
This post, I’m unprofessional and not detail-oriented — but I still need to earn a living , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. I am not a detail-oriented person. I’ve had jobs where I was responsible for things like making sure that a packet of materials was the correct color paper, or following a 94-step process perfectly many times. I. Just. Cannot. It’s not a question of effort. I’ve written protocols, attended coaching sessions with superiors, shadowed, put up reminders in the working area: no dice. If a work product n ..read more
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I feel stuck working for my father, boss disclosed my pregnancy, and more
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4d ago
This post, I feel stuck working for my father, boss disclosed my pregnancy, and more , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I feel stuck working for my father I’m in my second or third career now, if I ever had one. My father is the president of a small company and has been trying to get me to work with him my entire life. I worked for him in high school, between summers in college, and even as an “internship” right out of college. I had a brief career in IT consulting, after which burnout caused me to hop around for a ..read more
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A higher-up is pushing an unwanted volunteer on us
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5d ago
This post, a higher-up is pushing an unwanted volunteer on us , was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: This descriptor is helpful and accurate, so I’m going to borrow it: “I work in a cultural/academic/nonprofit institution, and am part of a professional community small enough that I don’t wish to identify it, lest one of my colleagues identify me.” There’s a hierarchy within my institution, and someone (Martha) higher up than me and my boss, but outside of our department, has a disabled son (Edward). Edward is an adult in occupational therapy, and that’s ..read more
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