Job Interviews, Fixable Regrets and Work Distractions

After he advises you not to be a “dimwit at holiday parties,” Rex W. Huppke, “I Just Work Here” columnist for the Chicago Tribune, discusses a reader’s question about job interviews.

“When she interviews with prospective employers, human resource officials always ask about her current salary.” How should she handle this situation when she doesn’t want to reveal what she earns?

Many of us feel we are underpaid in our current positions and don’t want to undercut our salary potential. We also wonder if the question is appropriate or legal, and what should we say. Well, Huppke notes, the question is O.K., and if you know how to respond, you can “convince the interviewer that you’re the most qualified candidate and that you’re a good, likable person who will fit in well with the company’s culture.”

To handle interview challenges and salary questions, and avoid acting like a dim-wit at company holiday parties, read Huppke’s column:,0,7837871.column?

Fixable Regret about Changing Jobs

“It’s a potential career nightmare: You switch jobs, only to realize days or weeks later that it was all a huge mistake,” says Sue Shellenbarger, reporter for the Wall Street Journal. While it may seem inconceivable, it is possible to make the dreaded employment U-turn.”

“Most U-turns occur to people in design, tech, media agencies and consulting firms.” And, “some job-changers boomerang back because they miss a workplace culture or respected boss. Others, who initially quit to join an entrepreneurial venture, return after the opportunity fizzles.”

To find out how you can fix your regrettable job change, read Shellenbarger’s article, “The New Job Was a Mistake, But You Can Get a Mulligan”:

Work Distractions

“Every office has (at least) one – the colleague who is always walking fast, finishing other people’s sentences and racing from meeting to meeting while fielding email, texts and voice mail on multiple devices. That person can appear very important, “says Sue Shellenbarger. However, she adds, “They may not know it, but they’re usually causing secondhand stress” for the rest of us, aren’t accomplishing as much as they could, prevent us from teamwork and achieving company goals.

Are you a work distracter or distracted by one? Read another Shellenbarger article: “The Problem with Busy Colleagues: Secondhand Stress:

Final distraction

“Workplace Distractions – Here’s Why You Won’t Finish this Article,” by Rachel Ellen Silverman, Wall Street Journal:

Happy Holidays…if you’re not distracted or linked out?!


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