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working while pregnant January 17, 2017
How To Take Maternity Leave When You Live Paycheck To Paycheck

When I found out that I was expecting, I started looking into my company’s maternity leave policy right away. Why? Well, because I did not know the details. Of course it was listed as a benefit in my hiring paperwork. But who looks at that stuff if you are not pregnant or if you are […]

January 29, 2016
5 Reasons Why Companies Should Publicize Salaries

Over the course of my professional career, I’ve seen some pretty tense situations involving salaries. One of the most awkward ones was a situation where when it was time to disburse annual bonuses, one co-worker was vocal about the fact that he didn’t receive one. It sparked a domino effect where other people also starting […]

Personality January 11, 2016
Is My INFP Personality Making Me Poor?

Many job searchers have heard about the classic book What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. But for those who aren’t familiar, it basically promotes the idea that you should pursue a career that is in line with your personality type. Of course, it helps to know what your […]

office downtime November 11, 2015
Stop Stealing Your Employer’s Time

We’ve all been there. You have downtime at work because of IT/technical issues. Or you are waiting for a response or assignment. Or perhaps you’re in a holding pattern because you need someone else to do something on their end. Either way, these breather periods are important in the modern, stress-filled professional environment. But like […]

October 16, 2015
Getting the Inside Scoop: Employer Reviews

I recently accepted a new position at a new company. The process was a whirlwind and forced me to make a big decision in a relatively short period of time. The interesting part is that the pressure to make a decision wasn’t coming from my new employer…but from my former one. We had just come […]

interview November 8, 2014
How To Manage Employee Turnover

I’ve probably had almost 20 jobs in my lifetime since the age of 15. Almost always, my position was one where I replaced a previous employee who left. Also in many cases, I left a position, knowing that someone would be replacing me eventually. In today’s job climate, employee turnover is inevitable. In many instances, […]

Tessanne Chin January 13, 2014
Tessanne Chin: An Example Of Successful Unconventionality

Tessanne Chin was awarded the Gold Medal of the city of Kingston, Jamaica yesterday. This is just one more of the many accolades Ms. Chin has received since first appearing on the TV show, The Voice in September of 2013. In hindsight, her success may seem logical. But the weight of uncertainty and risk is easy […]

October 11, 2012
Taboo Conversation Topics In The Office

It’s funny sometimes how the most obvious things are some of the most ignored things. Yesterday, a co-worker of mine pointed out that another one of our co-workers was a Tea Party supporter. My response was that I had no idea…and in all honesty, I am glad of that. I am not one of those […]