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Help! I missed a Deadline
Q. I made a mistake at work. I missed a deadline, but I didn’t know it was such a big deal because I had set
Engineer has a hand in designing user-friendly industrial robot
By Cindy Atoji Keene Making a robot is one of the most complex system engineers can build, said Robert White, principal mechanical engineer at
Texting and cell phone use during the work day
Q: I was recently given a written warning by my supervisor. I strongly disagree with his comments and observations. He mentions that I spend too
Lose your bullet points
I love lists as much as the next person. For example (and it's a list): 1) Top 10 lists, such as the "Top 10
Can Discussing Salaries with Colleagues be Illegal?
Q. I have been at my company for two years and we are doing a lot of hiring. Rumor has it the new people are
Forensic Psychologist Delves into Legal Complexities of Human Behavior
By Cindy Atoji Keene Forensic psychology isn’t nearly as drama-filled as depicted on TV crime shows, said Caleb Newman-Polk, 37, of Psychological Consulting Services
Taking a sick day when not sick
Q: Recently I had taken a day off. I used a sick day. We have six of them to use per calendar year. I considered
Shooting One’s Self in the Foot
An ad for a Reader’s Digest online article titled “Funny Interviews: Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants” popped up on a web page I was visiting.
Transitioning into the Education Industry
Q. I am actually still in my job and I have been interested in a career change for a few years. My job used to
Recordings Come to Life, Thanks to Music Producer
By Cindy Atoji Keene The pride and joy of the Q Division recording studio in Somerville is a piece of vintage equipment: a Neve recording
Frustrated job seeker looking in higher ed and healthcare
Q: I have noticed that there aren't a lot of staff positions at higher education and hospitals. I was unemployed during the recession and there
The next time you speak, avoid this risk
"Do you want to hear about the 16 perils?" the salesperson asked. "Not especially," I said. I'd initiated this phone call, with a well-known company,
Reply All and No Joking Matter
When email etiquette comes up in our seminars, people jump to mention several abuses. One topic sure to elicit groans of frustration is the misuse
Employment Options for Nurses
Q. I have been a bedside nurse for over 25 years and love my career. Both of my daughters have also gone into nursing. What
Music therapist takes a melodic approach to healing
by Cindy Atoji Keene Music has healing properties – whether it’s quiet jazz or cacophonous rock anthem, a song can help long-repressed feelings to
2013 review: is it a lost cause?
Q: In January, 2014 I was supposed to be given a performance review by my manager. In late January, my manager left the company and
Job Doc chat with Elaine Varelas
Elaine Varelas, managing partner of Keystone Partners in Boston, has over 20 years experience in career consulting, executive development and coaching. She contributes weekly to
The Dreaded No-Exit Conversation
Getting stuck in a conversation as the person you are talking with goes on and on ad infinitum has to be one of the most
Working after Retirement
Q. I am a recently retired Finance Manager and I am looking for a part-time financial position. My background includes revenue recognition, SOX Compliance, A/R
Job Doc chat with Tracy Cashman
Tracy Cashman is Senior Vice President and Partner of the Information Technology search division at WinterWyman. She has 20 years of experience partnering with clients
Female urologist believes robot-assisted surgery is wave of future
By Cindy Atoji Keene Robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery is not a new phenomenon, but still some patients think of sci-fi automatons at work, said urologist
Engineering grad interested in biotech field
Q: My son is an engineering major graduating in May, 2014. He has not found a job yet. He is interested in going into biotech
Why your job is a never-ending problem
"What kind of problems do you like?" a career counselor once asked me. I was twenty-something—one of my main problems was finding a girlfriend. But
Job Doc chat Pattie Hunt Sinacole
Pattie Hunt Sinacole is a human resources expert and works for First Beacon Group in Hopkinton, an HR consulting firm. She contributes weekly to Boston.com
Is the Tie Dead?
I believe in coincidences. Case in point: Just yesterday at the start of The Emily Post Institute’s annual Train the Trainer program, one of the
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