Dear Coach: What is the point of constantly updating your résumé if you're not looking for a job? Carol Kleiman: Because it's...
Dear Coach: What is the point of constantly updating your résumé if you’re not looking for a job?
Carol Kleiman: Because it’s a great advantage to have an updated résumé in case you suddenly find yourself laid off or fired — which, unfortunately, can indeed happen.
And even if you feel absolutely secure in your present job and never want to leave, it gives a clear picture of your accomplishments and the data you need to analyze them.
Dear Coach: The culture at my company has changed dramatically due to new policies.
I’m feeling grief that the environment where I used to love working has now become almost unbearable.
It’s most unlikely that any action on my part would lead to the company’s changing direction.
And the prospect of having to start over again elsewhere makes me heartsick.
CK: I think that, unfortunately, you have to go with the flow.
You probably won’t find it any different anywhere else.
There’s been a drastic change in how many companies are run.
Some employers have become extremely hard-nosed in order to keep their businesses going.
The change in corporate culture is disturbing for sincere, hard-working employees.
Dear Coach: I was hired as office manager at a doctor’s office, but the doctor fired the receptionist my first week and told me I was to do that job, too.
When I asked for more compensation, he said he couldn’t afford it and that is why he had to let the receptionist go.
He said if I wanted more money, I should work extra hours — and then made his wife office manager.
I accepted an offer for one position and now I’ve been demoted.
CK: It’s called bait and switch, and if you stay there you’re in for a very difficult time.
You were duped — and you should start looking elsewhere ASAP.
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