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  • Hard skills critical for hiring, soft skills seal the deal

    DEAR JOYCE: I keep reading about the importance of hard skills. What about soft skills? Aren't they wanted as well? -- D.P. Hard skills get you a job; soft skills get you a career. A typical employer heads straight for a job seeker's hard skills --...
  • Are robots lining up to snatch your job? Maybe

    DEAR JOYCE: My daughter and son are in high school and it will soon be time for them to anticipate their future careers. What are some of tomorrow's good jobs and which ones are likely to hit the dustbin? -- P.H. As technology continues to fire away at...
  • Want a promotion? Here's how to make it happen

    DEAR JOYCE: At 26, I'm ambitious. What are my best moves to nail a promotion? -- C.L.J. The following six tips capsulate how to move up through a management structure: 1) MAKE A JOB PLAN; WORK YOUR PLAN Despite a deafening barrage of warnings that...
  • Smart to take a second swing at the job you lost? Maybe

    DEAR JOYCE: I was laid off from a job about eight months ago. Yesterday I got a call from my old boss asking me back. Several searches for jobs that pay more are finally looking promising and I'm hesitant about returning. Good idea? Bad idea? -- B.A.B....
  • How do you take your coffee? With a college degree, please

    DEAR JOYCE: After hearing about the big employee scholarship program Starbucks is offering to employees, I'm surprised to note critics of the program. Why is that? -- S.E.J. The Starbucks effort is the splashiest bachelor's degree employer tuition...
  • Go for top student dollars in aid and internships

    DEAR JOYCE: I would like to go to graduate school but the vision of racking up thousands and thousands of dollars from day one of grad school --instead of after graduation -- is scary. Ideas? -- S.G. Yes, graduate degree debt is scary, but do check the...
  • When it's not your fault that you've had too many jobs

    DEAR JOYCE: I've hit a rough patch during the past several years due to three different jobs disappearing (companies closed down) and a layoff from a still ailing firm. I'm young (34) but haven't been able to connect with a new opportunity. Employers must...
  • Hooray! Job market brightens for new college grads

    DEAR JOYCE: I will graduate in May from a state college and launch my career immediately. My college career center is understaffed. I know how hard it's been for recent graduates to get started and I wonder if you have any general suggestions? -- P.E....
  • Shocker: Are job postings really coming to an end?

    Dear Joyce: My 22-year-old nephew told me that job postings are biting the dust -- going dead as a dodo bird. How can that be true? How can people find jobs? -- A.T. Online shoe retailer Zappos has recently declared the end to job postings -- the...
  • Ouch! When quitting job can backfire in new hunt, do this

    DEAR JOYCE: Eight months ago I walked away from a $24-an- hour job because of a real jerk of a supervisor, -- younger than me -- who constantly wrote me up for the same things his younger pals regularly got away with. No justice! On applications for...
  • Jerk boss? Build a reference package before bailing out

    DEAR JOYCE: My boss must have a mental problem. I dread going to work. A single example: In front of our whole office, she yells and calls me humiliating names that question my intelligence. Co-workers tell me she's been getting away with demeaning...