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Overcome photo shyness to put best face forward

Overcome photo shyness to put best face forward

J.T. and Dale give advice on profile photos, getting a job at Google.

July 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Getting past the bitterness, stigma of layoff

Getting past the bitterness, stigma of layoff

J.T. and Dale talk jobs.

July 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Use high turnover to your advantage

Dear J.T. & Dale: My company has a lot of turnover. This week, another guy up and quit with no notice. Now his job is my job. This is the third time it’s happened. I asked for some incentive, and they offered me a small raise. I took it, but I honestly feel underpaid. Is there something …

July 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
'Redefined' position leaves worker hanging

'Redefined' position leaves worker hanging

Ask boss what skills and qualifications you lack.

July 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

JT & Dale Talk Jobs: Office move concerns worker

Dear J.T. & Dale: My company is moving, and the new office is going to add 20 minutes to my commute. I’m willing to make the switch, but I feel that my company should compensate me. Can I ask for a raise to cover the cost of the additional drive? — Jason

June 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

J.T. and Dale Talk Jobs: Black nails were dealbreaker in job hunt

Dear J.T. & Dale: I referred my friend to a job at my company. She got an interview, but she didn’t get picked. When I asked why, the hiring manager was blunt and said she didn’t dress nicely and the black nail polish she was wearing was offensive. Now my friend is asking for feedback, a…

June 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

J.T. & Dale: How to deal with the office snitch

Dear J.T. & Dale: I have worked for three companies in which I knew for sure that there was a company spy or snitch who told tales, trying to curry favor with the boss. Can you give me advice on this? — Tony

May 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs: Commit yourself to profession, career will follow

Dear J.T. & Dale: For two years now, I’ve been trying to get back into the marketing/advertising field. I have a bachelor’s of science in marketing and got a job out of college at the company where I was an intern. Two years ago, I got fired and took a job as office manager for a law fir…

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Age discrimination is wrong, but hard to prove

Dear J.T. & Dale: My boss is practicing age discrimination, and I can’t stand it. Someone is retiring, and my manager’s comment was, “Finally, we can get some young blood in here.” Since then we’ve had incredible candidates in their 40s and 50s apply, but my boss keeps saying they

May 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Resume statement of 'Objective' can be overdone, ineffective

Dear J.T. & Dale: I’ve been told by my college’s career center to put an Objective statement at the top of my resume. However, online I have read that hiring managers don’t like that. Who’s right? — Lee

May 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

J.T. and Dale: 'Fast learner' not what employers want to hear from prospective employees

Dear J.T. & Dale: I once worked on the business side of things, then moved to the information technology side. After 15 years in IT, I want to go back to the business side but am finding it difficult. Using my network, I have gotten a number of meetings. But when people look at my résumé…

April 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

College grad seeks escape from low-level jobs

Dear J.T. & Dale: I recently turned 30, and it shames me to admit that I’ve worked only low-level, customer-service jobs.

April 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

JT and Dale: Is your salary range too high?

Dear J.T. & Dale: For the better part of a year, I’ve been looking to move on from the military. Visiting job fairs and meeting with recruiters, I’ve been told that I should be getting jobs in the $85,000-$100,000 range. However, when companies call me up for a preliminary interview, the…

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Delaying honeymoon one option for new employee

Dear J.T. & Dale: I just got engaged! However, I’ve been at my company for only six months. We are getting married in the fall and wanted to take a two-week honeymoon. Even if I save every vacation day, I won’t have enough earned time to take the full two weeks. What can I do? — Julie

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Since when can't a teenager get a job?

Dear J.T. & Dale: I have a 17-year-old daughter who has been unable to get a job due to the fact that everywhere she inquires, she is told that the minimum age at that establishment is 18. Since when can’t a teenager get a job? I hope you can solve the mystery. — Judy

April 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Since when can't a teenager get a job?

Dear J.T. & Dale: I have a 17-year-old daughter who has been unable to get a job due to the fact that everywhere she inquires, she is told that the minimum age at that establishment is 18. Since when can't a teenager get a job? I hope you can solve the mystery. — Judy

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Employee in dress-for-success quandary

Dear J.T. & Dale: I was hired last year, along with several other people. We all work in a department that is expanding quickly. I’d really like to get a promotion, so I reached out to my boss and asked what I might be able to do to better position myself for one. She gave me some sugges…

March 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Desire to give notice may have cost interviewee a job offer

Dear J.T. & Dale: I am looking for a new job. In a recent interview, the employer asked if I could start right away. I told him I would need to give my current employer two weeks’ notice. (That’s what my parents say I need to do.) However, when I said that, he looked disappointed. The ne…

March 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Lone layoffee worries about reputation

Dear J.T. & Dale: I was working at a startup company. The company wasn’t producing enough revenue, and the investors insisted they cut costs. So, they let me go. But I’m the only one (at this point). How can I explain that to potential employers? I wasn’t part of a huge layoff, so my fea…

February 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Broken promise of a raise should spur job search

Dear J.T. & Dale: I got a new job a year ago. I like this firm and had hoped to be with it for a while, but a promised raise never materialized. My father’s advice is to bite the bullet and defer my financial obligations while I gather the experience for a stellar résumé. Should I wait, …

January 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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