Results tagged “Etiquette”


Career Center Blog | The shoot-yourself-in-the-foot thank-you letter

You would think that, short of misspelling the recipient's name, there would be very few ways to screw up a one-page thank-you letter. But any number of minor slip-ups can cost you a potential job opportunity. One that hiring managers

Career Center | Put down the device: Manners still matter at work

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald While recently lunching with lawyers, I noticed that some mobile devices were out on the table. It prompted me to raise an etiquette question to the attorneys: Is it bad manners to

Career Center | Virtual job-search help just a click away

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs If you can’t afford to hire a professional career consultant, consider using the many free or low-cost tech tools that can boost job-search success. Online and software-based services can be accessed right from

Career Center Blog | Are you missing opportunities by not saying 'thanks'?

Whatever happened to the simple "thank you"? People still speak it all the time, but in written form, it seems to be going the way of "thee" and "thou" in terms of outdated speech. First, email made everyone forget the

Career Center | How to navigate annual Girl Scout office invasion

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune I begin this column with a controversial declaration: I, Rex Huppke, America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist, am unabashedly pro-cookie. Yes, after years of speculation in the conservative workplace blogosphere, I am formally acknowledging that

Career Center Blog | 6 ways to damage your reputation in a new job

"I think I just blew it with my new boss," moaned a former career-coaching client over the telephone. "I thought I'd given myself enough time to get to my new job, but there was an accident on the freeway blocking

Career Center Blog | Walking a fine line between confidence and arrogance

During a job interview, one of the most difficult tasks for job seekers is to appear confident in their abilities without sounding too cocky. A job seeker may be perfectly qualified for a position but still may be turned down

Career Center | Workout Wear Friday? No sweat, boss!

By Vicky Hallett / The Washington Post There's dressing for success. There's dressing for the gym. And then there's Dress Pant Yoga Pants. The $88 trousers with belt loops, faux pockets and sun-salutation-ready stretch are the creation of Betabrand, a

Career Center | Fresh start: Curb poor work habits for a successful 2014

By Laura Laemmle Frongillo / Salary.com In order to make room for the great new work habits you’re resolving to adopt this year, be sure to ring out any undesirable office tendencies. Here are some tips for banishing common office

Career Center Blog | 10 tips for promoting positive office etiquette

While the holidays can be a happy and enjoyable time of year, they can become stressful when employees don't follow basic office etiquette. Why is office etiquette important? Because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively

Career Center | Career advice: No one wants to eat lunch with me

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: I work in a smallish office. For some reason, people never ask me to join them for lunch. They don’t seem to mind if I come along, but they

Career Center | Career advice: When office F-bombs get out of control

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: During business discussions in our company, I have increasingly heard the F-word being used, even by managers and supervisors. While this doesn’t seem to bother some people, others are noticeably disturbed

Career Center Blog | 8 tips to survive the holidays at work

With Christmas just around the corner, I can already feel people's stress levels rising. To make this year's festivities more enjoyable, try these tips for surviving the holiday season at work: Negotiate time off with enough advance notice. Don't wait

Career Center Blog | 5 tactics for dealing with office jerks

I'm always surprised by how often I'm asked for tactics to deal with people who are jerks at work. Given the number of times I'm asked that question, it makes me wonder about our basic understanding of proper office behavior

Career Center | Career advice: I don't want to socialize with my co-workers

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: I am a young working professional on a team with others around my age. We get along great! The only problem is that the team is always trying to

Career Center Blog | Before you ask for a raise, follow these 5 steps

I get asked by a lot of people: "What's the best way to go about asking for a raise?" It's been my experience that individuals who politely and professionally discuss their salaries are far more likely to get a raise

Career Center Blog | 10 tips for improving your negotiating skills

In today's business world, being a good negotiator can make a big difference in your career. It can mean earning more money (by negotiating a raise), earning a higher title (by negotiating a promotion) or even obtaining additional budget money

Career Center Blog | How managers can overcome resistance to change

A newly promoted manager recently said: "We had to reduce expenses, so I made some changes in the organizational structure of my department by consolidating a few positions. I put several projects on hold, canceled one project and let a

Career Center | At the tone, please don't leave a voice mail. Ever.

By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune This is the process I go through when I receive a voice mail: 1. Sigh. 2. Consider ignoring it. 3. Become overwhelmed by guilt. 4. Press “voice mail” button. 5. Forget password. 6. Try again.

Career Center | How to step up your style in Seattle's casual workplaces

By Kristin Kalning / Special to NWjobs Seattleites have a default style: super-casual. And that laid-back look extends to the workplace, where coders at tech companies show up in sweatpants and hardly anyone wears a tie. But just because you

Career Center Blog | Have you thanked your boss lately?

Here in the Seattle area, we're known as being a very polite (and sometimes introverted) bunch of people, even when it comes to driving on crowded freeways during rush-hour traffic. Being polite (and introverted) means we may not speak out

Career Center | Thanks, Boss: Observe Boss's Day without inducing groans

By Bree Coven Brown / Special to NWjobs Wednesday, Oct. 16, is Boss’s Day. Many bosses probably aren’t even aware of it, while others cringe at obligatory recognition (isn’t every day Boss’s Day?). If your boss or manager has been

Career Center | Career advice: Forget about tracking down tattletale

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently made the mistake of including an inappropriate person on a group email. Someone tattled about this to my boss, who sternly warned me to never do it again. I'm

Career Center Blog | 5 ways to stop worrying and enjoy job interviews

Getting ready for a job interview, especially if you haven't had many in your career, can be a nerve-racking experience. Most interview stress, however, comes from worrying about small things that don't play a major role in the decision-making process.

Career Center Blog | When surrounded by immature behavior, sometimes it's best to be direct

Power struggles, undermining and backstabbing behaviors that negatively affect the achievement of company objectives is NOT OK. Management teams must act as role models for the behavior they want to see in all employees of a company. So when surrounded

Career Center | 'Coffice' etiquette: How to behave when working from a cafe

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Jeff Howell spent four years working as a barista and has observed plenty of strange things. “I’ve seen people literally set up a mobile office and park for six hours,” says Howell, now

Career Center | Q&A: Co-worker starts cold war over sneezing protocol

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I share an office with “Megan,” who always says “bless you” when I sneeze. I think this is a silly habit, so when she sneezes, I say nothing. Recently, Megan scolded

Career Center Blog | Ace your interview by practicing, avoiding extremes

Congratulations -- you've made it to an on-site interview. Here in Seattle, that probably means that either you have already spoken on the phone (or in person) with at least one or two people, or your resume was outstanding enough

Career Center | Career advice: Give boss a heads-up before applying for internal job

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently applied for a position in another department without telling my boss. The job description sounded interesting, but lacked important details, including work hours. I figured, however, that I could

Career Center | If you want the job, curb these desperate behaviors

By Jeffrey Kudisch / The Washington Post Acting desperate has never been an attractive quality in dating relationships, and it’s certainly not attractive to potential employers, either. For job seekers, emotions can run high and turn usually calm, collected candidates

Career Center Blog | Recruiter, headhunter, agency or coach? Clarifying roles

I received a LinkedIn message recently from someone asking me if I knew any recruiters working with candidates for a particular type of work in a specific industry. I get at least two or three of these questions a month;

Career Center | Career advice: I heard you, but turns out, I wasn't listening

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: I’m concerned that my listening skills aren’t as good as they should be. My attention wanders sometimes, and I find after conversations that I haven’t asked everything I should and my memory

Career Center | Advice: After weight loss, too much temptation at work

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: I’ve always struggled with my weight, and after losing more than 80 pounds, I still have to watch what I eat. My problem is that every work function my

Career Center | Q&A: My friend's LinkedIn profile is full of lies

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: How should I handle a friend from college who, on his LinkedIn profile, has added my name to projects I didn’t participate in and put his name on projects

Career Center Blog | 19 tips for acing the lunch interview

As if job hunting were not already stressful enough -- enter the lunchtime interview. Not only are you being judged on your skills, qualifications and experience, your table manners are being scrutinized, too! Fret not. You can wow a potential

Career Center Blog | Questions hiring managers should avoid asking

It was the hiring manager's first time conducting a job interview. Being nervous, he began the interview with what he thought was simple chit-chat, asking the candidate if she had a nice weekend and had done anything interesting. The candidate,

Career Center | Reply-all fail: How to handle 'send' mishaps, other online disasters

By Angela Hill / Oakland Tribune The symptoms are universal: There’s a sudden gasp for air and an involuntary utterance of “uh-oh,” followed by an instant surge of heat rushing over the body, increased heart rate, dizziness, nausea and an

Career Center Blog | How to dress for interview success

Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview? What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is crucial to presenting yourself as the

Career Center Blog | They're not just company picnics, they're business events

The days are getting longer in Seattle, and your company has scheduled a picnic for employees and their families this summer. You're thinking about hot dogs, apple pie, baseball and relaxing with your colleagues. Many people don't think twice about

Career Center | Soft skills: Gen Y gets schooled in old-school professional etiquette

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Like many young professionals, Gracie Quatchon is learning how to navigate the business world with charm. It’s not necessarily something taught in school alongside marketing or budgeting, the 30-year-old Seattle banker says. Of

Career Center | Q&A: Boss pressures workers to buy products

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: The head of our department has been pressuring employees to purchase products from her husband, who recently began selling diet supplements through a multilevel marketing company. When I was invited to

Career Center Blog | How to earn respect at the office

Last month, I discussed how employers can build a culture of respect. But how can employees earn respect at work? Someone I was coaching told me one of her development goals was to "earn the respect of more people at

Career Center | Jerks at work: a field guide for spotting and defending against them

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Imagine the workplace as a forest. We walk through the forest each day surrounded by creatures (co-workers). Some are kind, like squirrels and deer and animated talking bears. Others, like snakes and snarling wolves

Career Center | Walking the personal, professional line on LinkedIn

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald Have you ever received a request to connect on LinkedIn from someone you didn’t know or couldn’t remember? Josh Turner recently encountered this situation. The online request to connect came from a

Career Center | A call for human decency in hiring, job seeking

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star Job hunting is stressful -- more stressful than it needs to be when some simple human decency is missing. First, though, a couple of reminders. As a job hunter, keep telling yourself

Career Center Blog | Spring-clean your email habits

The other day after returning from lunch I listened to several voicemails. One message was from a client letting me know he had sent me an email. Later that afternoon, someone else texted to ask me to read the email

Career Center | Q&A: Is it OK to ask for interview feedback?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently completed a lengthy interview process for a general manager position. The first two interviews were with the owners of the company, followed by individual meetings with several mid-level managers.

Career Center | Headphones at work: yea or nay?

By Allison Ellis / Special to NWjobs David Aronchick, a self-described “productivity nerd,” runs Hark.com, a Seattle startup where users can create, share and play their favorite sound clips. Since the business is based on noise, you’d think that

Career Center | Q&A: Office feud leaves both parties tainted

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: For a long time, one of my co-workers was very rude and snippy to me. Our new manager recently decided that we should be separated, so she transferred both of us

Career Center Blog | Female flirting: how it can hurt AND help your career

To flirt or not to flirt at work? There aren't many studies on this topic, and the few that exist show conflicting information. What the results do show is the need for women to tread carefully when it comes to

Career Center | Do exclamation points belong in work emails?

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Hello! I want you to know that I’m super excited about this week’s column!! It’s about exclamation points!!!! I recently received a work-related email riddled with them, as if it was written by an

Career Center | Q&A: Chatty co-workers are getting on my nerves

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I am constantly distracted by people chatting near my desk. My cubicle sits next to a hallway, so there is an endless stream of employees passing by all day long. For

Career Center | 11 reasons you didn't get that job

By Aaron Gouveia / Salary.com You thought you nailed that interview, but weeks have gone by without a peep from the employer. Wondering why? Here's a list of common interview mistakes, one of which may have been your downfall. Arriving

Career Center | Watch your words if you want career success

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star Little things we say every day can make or break our workplace image. Darlene Price, an executive coach and founder of Well Said Inc., has a list of phrases that we may

Career Center Blog | Balancing holiday cheer and your career

"Now that it's December, I can't wait to decorate my cubicle!" exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee. Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, "That's exactly why I hate the holidays at work -- people

Career Center | Beware: Holiday treats lie in wait at the office

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune The problem with the bags of treats and trays of cookies that appear around the office this time of year is that if you don’t eat them you get sent to prison. At least,

Career Center | Q&A: Office romance sparks gossip, hurt feelings

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Two of my co-workers, “Jake” and “Cheryl,” sit next to each other and spend a lot of time whispering and giggling. They often leave the office together and are sometimes gone

Career Center | Study: Just say 'no' to alcohol at job interview

By Darrell Smith / Sacramento Bee Good news: You’ve made it to the dinner interview with the company’s boss. Want to make sure that good news doesn’t become a Dear John letter? Think twice about the wine list. A new

Career Center Blog | A positive response to rejection can reap later rewards

Like the quest for true love, the course of a job search usually takes people down a series of dead ends and disappointments before a desired destination is found. According to career coach and author Orville Pierson, the average job

Career Center Blog | It's election season: leave those political buttons at home

It's that season again, the time when campaign signs litter the medians like trash after a windstorm, fresh bumper stickers scream out sound-bite ideologies, the politicians are calling you with prerecorded messages, and your cubicle neighbor can't stop railing, "Wait

Career Center | How to discuss politics at work (without getting into a fight)

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune The real problem with talking about politics in the office is that I’m right and you’re wrong. Just kidding. (I’m not kidding.) As we enter the meat of the 2012 presidential campaign and our

Career Center | Q&A: Boss only has eyes for his iPhone

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: My boss is addicted to his iPhone. He checks emails during meetings and sneaks glances at it when we have one-on-one meetings. I really feel like he's not paying attention to me

Career Center | What the #@!%* is wrong with workplace swearing?

By Natalie Singer / Special to NWjobs We all know someone guilty of it. Every workplace has one. Some do it well; others seem addicted. And then there are those of us who want to try it but are just

Career Center | Q&A: Language barrier puts workers on defensive

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Many Hispanic people hold management positions in the government agency where I work. These managers often speak Spanish in front of employees who only speak English. This makes us very uncomfortable,

Career Center | Career Q&A: Is this a job-search faux pas?

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: I am a college junior. I was applying for internships and had only heard back from one place. They told me the position was mine if I wanted it.

Career Center | Commentary: I'm so over oversharing at the office

By Peggy Klaus / New York Times News Service Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about 20-somethings who are too eager to tell all at work. Whether they are recounting their drunken exploits or their external job searches, their tendency

Career Center | Q&A: Co-worker can't stomach noises from office mate

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I share an office with a woman who makes all kinds of irritating noises. She is constantly coughing, burping and clearing her throat. I have mentioned this problem in a nice

Career Center | Seven ways to mess up a job interview

By Alesia Benedict / Salary.com Once you land a job interview, you may feel the hard work is done. You might even allow your enthusiasm to melt your inhibitions during the meeting. Don’t let your excitement rob you of a

Career Center Blog | Letter imperfect: The necessity of clear communication

Conducting a job search today requires not only great communication skills but the ability to impress prospective employers with your knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, these two qualities don't always appear at the same time in some resumes and cover letters.

Career Center | Q&A: New employee wants to suggest changes

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Since joining this company a few weeks ago, I have noticed a lot of areas that need improvement. However, I'm not sure how honest I should be in sharing my views

Career Center Blog | Is all fair in love, war and job hunting?

While many experts can advise people about the best ways to write a resume or interview more effectively, there's one career-related topic that you and only you will be able to address: your personal career morality. For better or worse,

Career Center | Quit whining: What to do when office griping turns chronic

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Most of us do not work in a lounge chair on a white sand beach. And so we complain about work. But even if we were on that beach, we’d probably still find something

Career Center | How to prevent rocky work past from haunting you

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: In my previous job, I basically committed career suicide. I gossiped, backstabbed and yelled at important people. I assumed my co-workers were out to get me, even though I had no

Career Center Blog | How to say no without burning bridges

In improvisational comedy, there is one overriding tenet that is the basis for all successful performances: the concept of "yes, and ..." Basically, this means that for whatever situation arises, the first response is to accept the premise, no matter

Career Center | How to escape a chatterbox manager

By Marie G. McIntyre /McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My manager has an annoying habit of talking nonstop about her family. She goes into great detail about her daughter’s clothes, her son’s sports activities, or her mother’s latest trip. I obviously

Career Center | Shhh! We're trying to work here

By Linda Hughes / Special to NWjobs Phones ringing, copiers and printers chugging away, computer keyboards tapping all day, co-workers chatting about, well, anything — it all leads to distracting noise in the office. As open workspaces and cubicle farms

Career Center Blog | Drowning out the new office buzz

I read recently that the new buzzword in office design is "sound masking" -- the practice of making up for the poor acoustics and increasing "speech privacy" in new open-office floor plans. As office walls come down and more and

Career Center | When is it OK to use initials after a name?

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Q: I've been seeing many business cards and LinkedIn profiles listing "MBA" after a person's name. Is this appropriate? I thought that was reserved for those with specific certifications or J.D.s and Ph.D.s. A:

Career Center Blog | Summer work attire: flip-flops, tube tops and Speedos, oh my

With so much rain and gray all fall and winter, an early spate of sun and warmth is all we need around here to go a little crazy. You know what I mean: Shorts as soon as the temperature hits

Career Center | Co-worker's perfume a headache of a problem

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: A woman in my office wears so much perfume that you can still smell it after she passes by. Unfortunately, her cubicle is next to mine, and the constant odor gives

Career Center | Standing out: How to shine during job interviews

By Jeffrey Kudisch / The Washington Post It’s incredibly important to outshine your competition in all stages of a job interview. Here is some interview advice compiled from talks with top recruiters. Do your research. Make sure you have a

Career Center | Your idea of business casual may not match mine

By Rex Huppke / The Chicago Tribune Good news for facial-hair enthusiasts earlier this year. After six decades of flagrant beardscrimination, Walt Disney Co. lifted its ban on employee goatees and other face fuzz. The loosening of dress-code rules at

Career Center Blog | What 'The Hunger Games' can teach us about work

A challenge, a test, a modern coliseum of brutal competition and limited rewards: At one point or another, for many of us, the workplace can be all of these. I was thinking about the similarities between the gauntlet of job

Career Center | What a cover letter can still do for you

By Diane Stafford / McClatchy Newspapers Hiring professionals are divided about cover letters. Some don’t read them. Others do. Because job hunters don’t know which camp their application will land in, most career advisers recommend including cover letters. Brad Justice,

Career Center Blog | Bridge of bitter flames might not be the best exit strategy

Most of us have been there at some point, maybe more than once. You're sick of your job. The very idea of waking up in the morning and hauling yourself into that soul-deadening place, where you are overworked and underappreciated

Career Center | Mend fences with co-worker to avert career disaster

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My boss recently moved my desk so that I would be farther away from my co-worker, "Tamara." Tamara's annoying behavior causes me to react, and our conflicts have been getting progressively

Career Center Blog | Forget sticks and stones -- words can hurt you in an interview

Last weekend, many Seattle residents were glued to their TV screens during the Academy Awards broadcast when the Best Documentary Feature category came around. One of the distinguished nominees was T.J. Martin, a Seattle-born filmmaker who co-directed the film "Undefeated,"

Career Center | How to interrupt a chatterbox at work

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Can you suggest a nice way to interrupt during a business conversation? For the past week, I have been meeting with vendors who hope to sell their products to our

Career Center | Dogs and offices can mix well, with a few rules

By Melissa Kossler Dutton / The Associated Press No one at the Ohio chapter of The Nature Conservancy enjoys going to meetings more than Annie. Once, she was even disciplined for attending a meeting to which she was not invited.

Career Center | How to deal with backstabbers at work

By Joyce E.A. Russell / The Washington Post Let's face it: Backstabbing happens at work all the time. Backstabbers engage in underhanded tactics that make you look bad. Their actions-- such as turning the boss against someone -- can be

Career Center | Hide your tracks when looking for another job

By Anita Bruzzese / Gannett Previously, the only way your employer might get a hint that you were looking for another job was when you showed up in a nice outfit suitable for interviewing during your lunch hour instead

Career Center | Boss has squashed love between 2 co-workers

By Karla Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: A colleague and I have fallen in love after working closely together for about a year. Unfortunately, our boss has forbidden us from dating because he feels it would

Career Center | If you can't truly recommend someone for a job, then don't

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Q: A person I worked with at my last job was let go, and he just requested I write him a recommendation. This co-worker was not the best employee, and I do not want

Career Center | Digest these business-meal tips

By Diane Stafford / McClatchy Newspapers A business meal is never just about the food. It may be about the drink. If you’re a job applicant or ambitious employee, you should treat with care any job interviews or business meetings

Career Center | Frankly, some office restroom manners stink

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Every office has a bathroom, every non-robot worker has to use the bathroom, and sharing a bathroom with co-workers seems to be an almost universally unpleasant experience. My workplace bathroom advice, from a decidedly

Career Center | Ten bad work habits to leave behind

By Laura Frongillo / Salary.com In order to make room for the great new work habits you’re resolving to adopt in 2012, be sure to ring out any bad office practices. And, yes, procrastination is on the list, so reading

Career Center | Good call: How to prepare for a phone interview

Joyce E.A. Russell The Washington Post In today’s job market, applicants can expect to undergo numerous interviews for jobs. While savvy applicants often spend hours practicing their face-to-face interview skills, many pay less attention to their phone skills, despite the

Career Center | Office drama causing trauma? Nip it in the bud

By Brian Hyslop / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Whether it’s back-stabbing gossip, whining or bullying, drama in the office saps energy and wastes time. If you don’t address it, then you are counting on “the four-letter word ‘hope’ that it will

Career Center | Sick time: Use it, abuse it, or avoid it like the plague?

By Lora Shinn Special to NWjobs As a nurse in a Seattle-area hospital, Sacha Davis realizes how precious health can be. Davis is also a working parent of two young children, and as any parent can attest, kids are like

Career Center Blog | How to rock your office's white elephant gift exchange

A friend recently emailed me distressed about the Secret Santa gift she had to buy an officemate. [Flickr photo by gruntzooki] "I don't know the person at all and have no idea what they like. Do I get a

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