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Making Big Decisions

When faced with a big decision, like whether to accept a new job, there are many factors to consider. What does the new job entail, in terms of job function? What salary and benefits are offered (including retirement matching, health insurance, dental coverage, commuting assistance, etc.)? What is the work-life balance like? Are there options … Continue reading

How to do a reference check—on your future boss

How to do a reference check—on your future boss When you go through the job search process, it seems every piece of your life is under scrutiny. Your work history, references, credit history, and so on are all fair game for background checks. But have you considered doing a reference check on your future boss? … Continue reading

When offered 3 choices, choose the fourth

The Fourth Option One of my alumni recently had “the good problem”—too many job offers. She had three offers to choose from, each with different job functions, missions, salaries, and benefits. She sent me a note asking for my advice:   The first job was in a professional association for the insurance industry—a mission she … Continue reading

When is a $10,000 raise a pay cut?

It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into when accepting a new job. As a mentor of mine once said, “don’t be seduced by the job offer.” It’s very exciting to receive an offer, especially if you’ve been looking for a long time. But if you are choosing between different offers, or have an … Continue reading

Should I ask about advancement?

One of the many questions job seekers ask when they are in a job interview is about opportunities for promotion or advancement. Normally, asking about opportunities for advancement is a good thing because it shows ambition and a desire to stay with the organization–unless there is just no opportunity for that in a teeny tiny … Continue reading

Emotions in the Job Search

It’s a little like dating. You have found your dream job or organization– but will  they like you back, enough to hire you? If they reject you, does that make you a bad person or a failure? Putting yourself out there by networking, applying, and interviewing for jobs makes you very vulnerable to rejection, the … Continue reading

Will your future employer work you to death?

Will your future employer work you to death? How to assess workplace culture before accepting a job offer If you have a young family, an important avocation or hobby, or otherwise just want to leave work at 5pm and not work weekends and evenings, it’s important to find a way to investigate the culture of … Continue reading