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  • Must you use technology to get a good job in 2014?

    DEAR JOYCE: My employer closed our branch office and I've been looking hard for new employment since October. My efforts have turned up zip. A knowledgeable friend says that if you can't use recruiting technology for job search today, you're toast! True...
  • Can you be disinvited to a job offer?

    DEAR JOYCE: A company that seemed anxious to hire me sent an offer letter two days ago. Today an HR person emailed me withdrawing the offer. Can they do that? -- E.U. Thanks to state laws, case specifics and variable company policies, the best way to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • When does a functional resume boost your resume? Or sink it?

    DEAR JOYCE: I want to find a new job in a different career field than the one I've worked in for l6 years. So far I've had no luck! I use a regular format (chronological placement of information) but a relative suggested I change it to a functional format...
  • The MBA: Boon, blah or burden?

    DEAR JOYCE: I have a bachelor's degree in computer science. After five years on my job, I am debating whether to pursue a master's in business administration degree. I ask because I've seen articles asserting that the MBA is a relic. What would I learn in...
  • Want small low-tech business? Here's a flowering new twist

    DEAR JOYCE: I'm thinking about operating my own small business but I have no interest in 3-D printing, dime-sized personal hearing amplifiers or the wonders of alternative fuel converted from cow manure. Too technical! Suggestions? -- M.H. How are you...
  • Boss catch you job shopping? Three tips to avoid being fired

    DEAR JOYCE: I've been job hunting on the sneak for about two months. My boss, a take-no-prisoners type, fired two co-workers last year for the same thing. I thought I was in the clear but now I'm concerned that my intent has become suspect. What's best:...
  • How to win in tricky situations

    DEAR JOYCE: I work in a department of 10 women. For the most part, we all get along and our department has shown a profit for the past four years. Our manager is male and married. Last week he introduced our new "supervisor," a woman to whom we are...
  • Catch-22: You need second job to pay bills and the boss says no

    DEAR JOYCE: Our department head recently quizzed each of us about "other" jobs. We were told to get prior approval before starting any second job or business venture. What's more, the few raises we've received in the past few years are a joke. Can the...
  • Don't miss the now-new-next acts in critical career trends

    Staying on top of job search and career management requirements in changing career times -- from applicant tracking systems, social media and big data decision making, to evolving industries, job offshoring and worker preparation -- is a colossal...