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  • Grads: Is keeping a job harder than landing it?

    DEAR JOYCE: I'm graduating this year. I have no work experience. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fit in an internship experience. I'm in the same spot as my brother was two years ago when he didn't last three months on his first real job. What are my best...
  • Becoming hard-nosed about soft skills

    DEAR JOYCE: A couple of years ago I recall that you printed a list of soft skills that I would like to have for my stone-cold nephew who is ultra naive. Could you run that list again? -- B.P. As a reminder, a hard skill (technical skill) is the ability...
  • 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...
  • How to phone your way into a job

    Dear Joyce: Getting past gatekeepers to speak to a hiring decision-maker is extremely difficult in these times of screeners and voicemail. Any suggestions? -- P.S.L. Start with a charm offensive on every gatekeeper you encounter. Imagine gatekeepers as...
  • Quality research is your key to best career and job moves

    DEAR JOYCE: In times being radically reshaped every day, how can anyone sustain a rewarding work life? How do we know a good job we have today won't vanish tomorrow? -- D.E. While there's no failsafe formula for finding a satisfying and well-paying job...
  • Can boss cut lunch hour for hourly employees?

    DEAR JOYCE: Is it against any laws or rules for a private employer to cut lunch hours to only 30 minutes for all hourly employees -- claiming that the workload demands the change?" -- J.J. "Absent a state or local law to the contrary, there is no federal...
  • 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...