March 2011

Can You Be Fired For Asking For a Raise?

by Evil HR Lady on March 14, 2011

You want–no deserve–a raise. Is it possible that if you get up the courage to ask for one, your boss will fire you? Can they even do that?

Can You Be Fired For Asking For a Raise?

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Is Anybody Even Reading Cover Letters?

by Evil HR Lady on March 11, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

Now that employers aren’t reading resumes – instead just putting them through scanners to find keyword matches – do they still read cover letters? I’ve got no problem crafting specific cover letters for the various jobs I’m applying to. That said, my job search is time-consuming enough without spending time and energy on a cover letter no one is going to read.

Is Anybody Even Reading Cover Letters?

And if you don’t have time (or desire) to read my article, linked above, make sure you read Alison Green’s (Ask a Manager) article on cover letters. I quote from it in my article, but you need to read the whole thing.

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Why is the Hiring Process So Slow?

by Evil HR Lady on March 9, 2011

You would think that with unemployment being so high that hiring would be super easy. After all, you simply tell your employees that you’re hiring and post the job on your company’s websites. Within minutes LinkedIn is buzzing with all that networking and your company’s servers are being overwhelmed with hundreds of applicants.

So, Why is the Hiring Process So Slow?

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Dear Evil HR Lady,

There are two of us in equal positions at my office. The excuse our Manager used for not promoting either of us was that there could only be one promotion and therefore it would not be forthcoming this year because if one was promoted the other would make too much fuss. Since that time this other employee has been determined to undermine me with our boss by finding fault with everything I do, even to point of saying I am not qualified for my job, lied about my number of overtime hours and quoted me as saying I thought he was an idiot. I find my boss is buying everything she says. What can I do at this point to help save my job and bring attention to fact she is deliberately trying to get herself promoted by sabotaging me.

8 Ways to Stop a Coworker From Sabotaging You

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How to Get Your Boss Fired

by Evil HR Lady on March 4, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

My coworkers and I are all miserable because our manger is, in a word, terrible. While I’d love to list her shortcomings (they are many), I’ll just say that in the seven months she has been here, she single-handedly ruined what used to be a fantastic, high-functioning group.

Finally, one of our coworkers (we’ll call her Tanya) approached HR about the problems we’ve been having. This launched a little investigation into our team. Over the past eight weeks or so, HR has been meeting with each of us individually, Tanya and our manager together, and the manager’s boss (who visibly bristles every time this woman talks) separately. We were sure this investigation would culminate in our manager’s termination. Yet, she persists.

As far as we can tell, our manager is railroading us at every turn, and HR is blaming Tanya for being insubordinate. They also seem to think the rest of us are all on edge because Tanya and our manager don’t get along. Dumb. It seems completely infeasible that they don’t see what’s really going on, but they’ve shown no indication that they’re going to do anything but develop more “process” for us and mediate the conflict between Tanya and the manager. We’re feeling pretty helpless right now.

We’re all actively looking for other jobs (and helping each other look), but we’d really love to salvage the situation here if at all possible. Is there anything you recommend we can do as a group to tactfully communicate, “You’re about to lose an entire team of people if you don’t get rid of her”? We’re vaguely considering approaching HR as a group, but we’re not even sure how that conversation would go. Any insight you can give would be greatly appreciated

How to Get Your Boss Fired

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Have You Received Rude Rejection Letters?

by Evil HR Lady on March 4, 2011

In a tough job market, rude rejections unfortunately are common. What’s the best (or worst) kind of job hunting rejection?

Have You Received Rude Rejection Letters?

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Sexting and Other Bad Career Moves

by Evil HR Lady on March 2, 2011

Want to get yourself fired? Combining your sex life with your office life is a good way to get yourself and your career in trouble.

Sexting and Other Bad Career Moves

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