March 2011

How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get the Job

by Evil HR Lady on March 30, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Is it considered poor taste to call an interviewer to ask why you weren’t selected for a job?

How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get the Job

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A One Week Resume Review Service

by Evil HR Lady on March 30, 2011

Holy cow, it’s the offer of a life time. Alison at Ask a Manager is, for one week only, doing personalized resume reviews for only $75.

She’s only doing it for a week, though, so if you want yours done, you better ask fast.

And for the record, she didn’t ask me to post this, but I saw her post and thought, on the off chance that some of my readers don’t read her (and you really should), they need to know about this.

She has all the details at Ask a Manager.

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Why You Should Be a Slacker

by Evil HR Lady on March 29, 2011

If you want to get ahead, you need a Type A personality. Go, go, go. Right? The more stress you’re under, the better you perform. You can handle everything.

Turns out, that’s not quite right.

Why You Should Be a Slacker

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Bait and Switch Jobs

by Evil HR Lady on March 28, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

After two years of unemployment, desperate job hunting and massive amount of resumes sent, I was finally HIRED! And now I am miserable. The job is in my career field but it’s a linear move which can be seen as over-experienced issue (not an over-qualified issue). My daily work consists of administrative assisting for an Associate Director which was not included in the job description, as well as working as the Scholarship Coordinator.

After a week on this job, I am bogged down by the immense disorganization in tracking scholarships and donations. The student/recipient money tracking borders on fraudulence. After a recent staff meeting, I realized why my initial suggestions/ideas on improving the system and promoting the program were not encouraged. In the staff organization chart, my position is next to the interns and secretaries. After ten years in the Non-Profit profit, I honestly feel like I was hired on a lie. I was under the impression I would have far more autonomy and not be a paper pusher. My frustration is starting to reflect in my attitude and my performance which is uncharacteristic to my personality.

After finally recovering from a terrible job market, I want to be grateful for this position. But the non-creative, clerical workload, topped with the outright dishonesty in the job description has left me in tears on a daily basis and already planning an exit strategy.

Any suggestions or words of advice on how to proceed with this delicate issue?

To read the answer click here: Bait and Switch Jobs

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7 Steps to Becoming an Adult at Work

by Evil HR Lady on March 25, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I am 18 years old and just started a full time job. I work 10:30-6:30 at a daycare center and I already hate it. I started working as a sub there and wasn’t getting many hours, so when they offered me this job I was really excited about the hours I would be getting. But, I now have no life. Summer is coming and I’m not going to be able to do anything. I feel depressed and sad all the time. I never smile. I would like this position if I didn’t have to stay so late and maybe had a day off now and then, but that is just not possible here. What should I do?

7 Steps to Becoming an Adult at Work

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Why Workplace Bullying Should Be Legal

by Evil HR Lady on March 23, 2011

Workplace bullying is a real problem, but the solution isn’t new legislation. In fact, laws can protect the bully as well. Here’s why.

Why Workplace Bullying Should Be Legal

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My Job is Awesome, But My Boss is a Jerk

by Evil HR Lady on March 21, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

The company I work for is very small (6 of us in total including part-timers). The founder and my boss are also father and son respectively. My boss is a bully and true to your advice I have been trying to offset his negativity by rising above it, concentrating on the task at hand, and confronting him where necessary. However, nothing seems to help for very long. I have even started creating a log of all ‘misdemeanors’ in case I ever need to substantiate any claims. It would make for rather hilarious reading if it wasn’t happening to me.

I love my job – the work is great and I feel all the things I should feel when satisfied with the content of my day. It’s just I can’t seem to keep my boss happy. I do a universally accepted great job (customers all over the world send very positive feedback) and when it comes to appraisal time, he will nix all my efforts by something like (and this is genuine) forgetting the sellotape. He doesn’t communicate much, he engages in politicking, he tells half truths which I discover later when talking to other colleagues, he’s never on time for meetings and often just blows them off at the last minute, complains about everything under the sun when everyone else gives a glowing report, shifts the goalposts, undermines my authority (gives me responsibility, takes it away and dumps it back last minute if it’s not going well for me to pick up the pieces and clear his name), all my ideas are rubbish in his view… need I go on?

Please don’t ask me to update my CV and prepare to look for a new job – it really is a great job, I get a fab work-life balance as it’s a mile from my house, all my other colleagues are lovely and genuine, I have a fantastic rapport with all my customers and I am doing a great job earning money for the company. I just need to know how to handle my boss. It is a tricky situation, and I guess there’s no simple answer to the problem but I’m hoping you are able to enlighten me with some golden nuggets of wisdom.

My Job is Awesome, But My Boss is a Jerk

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Key to Success? Stop Being So Cheerful

by Evil HR Lady on March 18, 2011

So, it turns out that people who were really happy as children tend to not pay attention while crossing the street and die young, or something else just as miserable. (I made up that part about cars because I’m cranky and I’m feeding into my bad attitude in the hope of living longer. If you die young, you never get to be one of those crabby old ladies that do whatever they want because they are old and I so want to do that.)

Key to Success? Stop Being So Cheerful

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Am I a Bad Employee or Do All My Past Bosses Stink?

by Evil HR Lady on March 16, 2011

Fired one time for not being a team player? Maybe it’s an anomaly. Fired 3 times for the same reason? Either you have really bad luck, or you really stink.

Am I a Bad Employee or Do All My Past Bosses Stink?

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March Madness in the Office

by Evil HR Lady on March 15, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

My coworker is running a March Madness pool. People are paying $5 to place bets. Gambling is illegal in our state and I’m afraid he’ll get busted. Should I tell the boss or HR?

March Madness in the Office

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