What is a good way to tell prospective employers you were fired from you last job? Should you ever use a boss who fired you as a reference? Reader S wonders… I was recently fired from a very small law firm without any warning and without any real reason given. The owner of the firm … Read More about How to Interview After You Were Fired
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to fit exercise into a busy day, but you may also want to check out some of our other office-to-gym issues, including our posts on gym near the office etiquette and how to fit lunch workouts into your workday. After we linked to our last open thread … Read More about How to Fit Exercise Into a Busy Day: 8 Tips If You’re Always Working
We’ve talked about how a $9,000 handbag might be a bit much for an intern — but Reader E wonders when in your career women can buy expensive briefcases and work totes. How soon is too soon? I was wondering if you could do a post about expensive handbags for work. Kind of like the … Read More about When Can You Buy an Expensive Handbag?
Reader L has a great question about how to show her appreciation for a new secretary who’s doing a great job: I’m a young associate at a new firm and a few times recently, my secretary has helped me put together and file huge motions. Of course such filings are always done up against tight … Read More about How to Show Your Secretary You Appreciate Her
Can you wear hipster/geek chic eyeglasses to the office — especially if you’re young? I’m hoping for your input on a quandary I’m having. I’m starting my first real job this summer so trying to build an adult wardrobe now. I am nearsighted and strongly prefer glasses to contacts for everyday wear. I love my … Read More about ‘Geek Chic’ Glasses and the Office
When you first start working, how do you build a jewelry collection for work — one that’s interesting, tasteful, and professional? Reader A wonders… I come from a decidedly non-professional background, and most jewelry I’ve bought has either gone out of style in a month or been so cheap I feel it doesn’t fit with … Read More about How to Build a Jewelry Collection for Work That’s Tasteful and Polished
How do you deal with back-handed “compliments” at the office? Reader B wonders… I am a 30 year old lawyer working in Washington, DC. My late 20’s/early 30’s professional female friends and I have experienced a strange and disconcerting dynamic amongst women in the workplace: getting negative comments from other women for being smartly/well- dressed. These … Read More about Back-Handed Compliments at the Office
Reader L wonders if she can ask her adjunct professor for help finding a job: I have an etiquette question for you. I am a third year law student looking for a job after graduation, preferably at a small firm or a nonprofit. One of my classes is taught by an adjunct professor who practices … Read More about Help from the Adjunct: Networking to Find a Job
When friends compete for jobs, can you maintain the friendship? Reader L wonders how to stay friendly with people who compete for the same jobs she is… I am about to graduate from graduate school in a professional field. My friends and I are all searching for similar jobs. How can we deal with the … Read More about When Friends Compete for Jobs…
How do you meet new friends and other professionals to add to your social network? Reader K wonders about the old-fashioned, “IRL” methods… Like many of your readers, I am graduating from law school in May and will be moving to a big city for a BigLaw job. I’ve never lived in a big city … Read More about How to Make New Friends and Network
2016 update: Check out our latest discussion on job hopping. How does job hopping affect your career prospects? If you take a job with the intention of quitting soon, how bad is that? Reader T writes in with an interesting question about job loyalty… I am leaving my current company as a result of my discovery … Read More about The Flighty Worker: How Many Jobs Can One Have in a Short Period of Time?
2018 Update: Links have been updated below; you can also check out our latest discussion on green cleaning products that actually work. Readers, have you hired someone to clean your house or apartment? What are your best tips for how to hire a cleaning lady? When did you first hire them? (Right out of school, … Read More about Open Thread: Hiring a Cleaning Lady