Dear Coach: I recently had a job interview that I felt went great. I thanked the human-resources person and also said I thought it was a...

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Dear Coach:
I recently had a job interview that I felt went great.

I thanked the human-resources person and also said I thought it was a good fit. But I haven’t heard back and wonder if it’s OK to call her.

I did get a call back regarding a position at a different company, but it’s not the one I’m really excited about.

What should I do?

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Carol Kleiman:
It’s OK to call, but don’t take it personally if you can’t get through or don’t get an answer.

And don’t count on getting the job, no matter how well you think you fit. You might want to pursue the second job until you get a response about the first.

But I hope, with you, that you get the job you really want.

Dear Coach:
Our division office is being closed, and the employees have been offered outplacement services.

We were told this service was completely confidential, so imagine my surprise when I, as the bill payer, was given not only the outplacement invoices to pay but also found attached a detailed description of conversations with employees and their opinion of them.

Confidential, indeed! It freaked me out.

Am I overreacting?

CK:
No, you are not.

It’s outrageous; I would talk to an employment lawyer about this matter to find out if there is anything you can do about it without being punished for blowing the whistle.

What an unethical, sleazy thing for the company to do.

Dear Coach:
I just resigned from a position due to burnout.

How can I avoid this in the future?

I was a reporter for six years, but need to make a change.

CK:
Reporting can indeed be a burnout job, but so is a lot of other work, especially with today’s reduced staffs. So you may not be able to find a new position that is less taxing.

However, find a job you like and then find a hobby you really enjoy — and do it.

Exercise and sports also help prevent burnout.

E-mail questions to Carol Kleiman at ckleiman@tribune.com. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.