Q: Is there a general preference for what women should wear to job interviews; i.e., pantsuits or a skirt?

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Q: Is there a general preference for what women should wear to job interviews; i.e., pantsuits or a skirt? I’ve heard that some employers prefer women to wear skirts, particularly in more conservative environments such as the federal government.

A: The preference really depends upon the employer, but I would hope that whether you get the job will not hinge upon the pants/skirt question. You should wear what makes you feel most comfortable while still portraying a professional demeanor.

Q: While I love my new job, the responsibilities are completely different (and larger) than the job for which I was hired six months ago. The boss has admitted this. I will now be traveling at least once a month, which wasn’t included in the original description. I am torn about asking for a raise. While the job responsibilities are different, my learning curve has been steep as a result and I have worked here such a short time.

A: Be sure to thank your boss for the new opportunities you have been offered. Also acknowledge that you are new to the organization and that you still have much to learn. Then ask for a reasonable pay increase to compensate you for the additional duties and travel time.

Q: My job is being converted to contract employment. Other than salary, holidays, no Social Security contributions and taxes, are there other things that I should be considering when negotiating this contract?

A: Make sure that you carefully negotiate under what circumstances the contract can be terminated and with how much notice. You would also be well-advised to discuss the issue of job references. You might also want to negotiate for slightly higher pay to offset the added tax expense.