February 2011

5 Ways to Conduct a Secret Job Search

by Evil HR Lady on February 28, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I used to love my job. To make a long story short my boss (who is fantastic) has a new boss (who is not-so-fantastic). The culture of my team and the things I loved about my job are vanishing and I feel the need to make a move. I am in sales in an industry which functions like a very small town. If I send out a resume with my name and/or my company I will be able to measure in nanoseconds how quickly the news that I am looking will get back to my boss. Other colleagues “caught looking” have been summarily fired and I don’t want that to be me. Is there a process for submitting resumes to open positions with either my name or my current company marked confidential without appearing that my current company is the CIA? Do recruiters just pass over such resumes in favor of someone who offers full disclosure? Please help! Thanks.

5 Ways to Conduct a Secret Job Search

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Job Hunting Secret: They Desperately Want to Hire You

by Evil HR Lady on February 25, 2011

It’s true that hiring managers and recruiters have so many applications that they’ll reject you for small problems. So here are some hints on making yourself the right candidate.

Job Hunting Secret: They Desperately Want to Hire You

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Want a Job? Hand Over Your Facebook and Twitter Passwords

by Evil HR Lady on February 23, 2011

Should a company be allowed to require employees to turn over their Facebook passwords? Absolutely not.

Want a Job? Hand Over Your Facebook and Twitter Passwords

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6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Quit Without Notice

by Evil HR Lady on February 21, 2011

Your boss is a jerk and now you have a new job lined up. She wouldn’t hesitate to fire you without notice, so why should you give two weeks’ notice? Because it benefits you.

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Quit Without Notice

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When Should I Tell My Boss That I Quit

by Evil HR Lady on February 18, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I have a verbal offer for a job at a new company with a specific start date. I want to give my current employer as much notice as possible. Would I be taking a big risk if I let my manager know informally now, and turn in a formal letter tomorrow? This would be about three weeks notice.

When Should I Tell My Boss That I Quit

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As reports of employers screening out unemployed job hunters have grown, the EEOC is studying whether these practices constitute illegal discrimination.

Screening Out Unemployed Job Seekers? You May Be Breaking the Law

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Can You Make a Bad Employee (or Boss) Better?

by Evil HR Lady on February 16, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Do good managers really have the ability to fix bad employees? In my experience, the only person I have the power to change is myself. This happens to be the same person I least want to change.

Can You Make a Bad Employee (or Boss) Better?

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Smokers Need Not Apply

by Evil HR Lady on February 14, 2011

More and more companies–especially hospitals–are not just smoke free campuses, but want smoke free employees. The New York Times reports:

[E]mployees who smoke cost, on average, $3,391 more a year each for health care and lost productivity, according to federal estimates.

“We felt it was unfair for employees who maintained healthy lifestyles to have to subsidize those who do not,” Steven C. Bjelich, chief executive of St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., which stopped hiring smokers last month. “Essentially that’s what happens.”

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Smokers Need Not Apply

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Can I Say No to Health Insurance and Get a Raise Instead?

by Evil HR Lady on February 11, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m retired from the Navy and, therefore, covered by military health insurance. When the economy took a dive I declined the company paid health coverage. In three years of not paying for this, the company is saving around $16,000. This summer will make three years since I’ve had a pay raise. Is there a tactful way for me to mention the amount of money the company has saved, and ask for a raise based on that? Or is that horribly tacky? I’ve done a lot of good things for the company, and just based on the fact that I’m still employed, I know I’m appreciated. At this point I would just like a little more tangible proof!!

Can I Say No to Health Insurance and Get a Raise Instead?

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Facebook and the Law: The NLRB Got It Right

by Evil HR Lady on February 10, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a press release about the much talked about Facebook Case.

Here are my thoughts at Facebook and the Law: The NLRB Got It Right

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