September 2012

Trying to hide your scandalous past

by Evil HR Lady on September 30, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

A couple of years ago I was falsely accused of something that erupted into a huge scandal. (Well, huge in our area.) My name was in all the papers and if you search on my name lots of bad things pop up. I didn’t actually commit the crime of which I was accused and the prosecutor ended up dropping charges, but nevertheless, my reputation was destroyed.

I was fired from my job as part of this mess and I’ve been at home with the kids ever since. I want to go back to the workforce, but honestly I’m scared to death to apply under my legal name. Can I apply under my maiden name instead? What will happen if I get hired and then say, “Oh by the way, I’m not Jane Doe, I’m Jane Jones?”

To read the answer, click here: Trying to hide your scandalous past

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Holiday Hiring Predicted to Be the Best in 5 Years

by Evil HR Lady on September 30, 2012

If you’re looking for a job this holiday season, a new survey by employment search site Snagajob offers good news: Holiday hiring is expected to be the highest it’s been for the past 5 years. Toys R Us announced this week it would hire 45,000 holiday workers, up 13 percent from last year, while Walmart and Kohls will hire a combined 100,000 or more temporary workers, according to the stores.

Snagajob polled more than 1,000 hiring managers responsible for holiday hiring at their companies. Here’s what the survey found:

To keep reading click here: Holiday hiring predicted to be the best in 5 years

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How to use LinkedIn for your job search

by Evil HR Lady on September 25, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m being laid off, and my last is day next week, so it’s no secret that I’m job hunting. What should I do with my LinkedIn Profile? Should I put my whole resume up? Right now I just have a brief paragraph about each job. What can I do to help headhunters find me?

To read the answer click here: How to use LinkedIn for your job search

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Should I fill out that worker satisfaction survey?

by Evil HR Lady on September 21, 2012

Fall is almost here, and you know what companies like to do at year-end? Figure out what their employees think so that they can do “better” next year. Sometimes this involves a survey sent out to all employees.

I asked Luke Phillips at WrightIMC, a company that creates and administers these employee surveys, why you should fill one out. His answer:

To keep reading click here: Should I fill out that worker satisfaction survey?

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Helpful hints for moms returning to the workforce

by Evil HR Lady on September 21, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,
I’m applying for full-time regular teaching jobs, however I have HUGE gaps in my work history, directly related to having had six kids. How do I address this in my cover letters? My inclination is to say I was on the mommy-track, in a nutshell, but I’m thinking that doesn’t sound right.

To read the answer, click here: Helpful hints for moms returning to the workforce

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Thank you! I made the Forbes Top 75!

by Evil HR Lady on September 17, 2012

Thank you, my wonderful readers. I was named to the Forbes Top 75 Websites For Your Career. 

Thanks for nominating me!

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Answering the “what is your weakness” question

by Evil HR Lady on September 17, 2012

 Dear Evil HR Lady,

I have an interview next week for a manager position. I am seeking your help answering the question: What is your greatest weakness?

Here are three I’ve identified for myself: 1. I am not good listener (but I am working on it); 2. Sometimes I am tough on my team and drive with tight reins; 3. I am too involved in work — that is my weakness and strength at the same time (a weakness for my family, and a strength for my company).

To read the answer click here: Answering the “what is your weakness” question.

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I messed up: Should I resign or wait to be fired?

by Evil HR Lady on September 14, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I got into a situation at work — I threw my coworker’s keys out the door, and called her a [bad word].

I am being sent to human resources, and they are investigating a harassment claim. My question is, should I just resign, and would the harassment claim be on my record? Or should I just wait until they fire me?

To read the answer click here: I messed up: Should I resign or wait to be fired?

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Are you biased against “dirty jobs”?

by Evil HR Lady on September 11, 2012

If your child came to you and said, “I have no interest in college. I’d like to be a pig farmer,” would your first reaction be, “You need to go to college. You can get a degree in Animal Husbandry or Agricultural Science and then you can be a veterinarian,” or would you say, “Why don’t you see if you can get a summer job working on a farm and see if that’s truly what you want?”

The reason I ask is that I just read a letter from Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame. He wrote it to Mitt Romney, but he brings up a point that is relevant to all of U.S. society. In response to questions about why there is a skilled labor gap, Mr. Rowe writes:

To continue reading click here: Are you biased against “dirty jobs”?

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Stand up for yourself without being fired

by Evil HR Lady on September 10, 2012

Donna Ballman wrote a fabulous new book, Stand up for yourself without being fired. If you’ve followed my blog for a long time you know that it’s been literally years since I’ve done a book review. It’s just not something I do.

But, I loved Donna’s Blog so when she asked me to read it, I did, and I loved it. So, I broke my policy against doing book reviews and reviewed it over here: Stand up for yourself without being fired.

 

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