ANSWER: Jane should add the job to her resume, but not under Work History or Relevant Experience. Instead, she should have a category at the bottom of her resume called “Additional Experience” in which she can list this job as one she is taking to offset expenses. In this category, she can also add other forms of experience like volunteering. The goal is to find the right place to showcase this job on her resume!
ANSWER: Bill should remove the months since they take up valuable white space and make it easier to read the dates. However, he shouldn’t lie in the interview about being laid-off. The fact is, when the employer goes to do reference checks, they’ll learn about the layoffs – which will make Bill a liar. Employers will rescind job offers if they find out you lied in the interview process. It’s better to be honest to avoid getting caught in a lie and lose out on the opportunity to work for that company forever.
ANSWER: Allan is not a career coach. Moreover, if he shares the real reason Felicity got laid off, it could come back to haunt him. Not only will she feel hurt an resentful, it will be hard for her to not be angry at Allan for knowing this and not sharing. Plus, if she were to tell someone and they told management, Allan would be seen as disloyal. Allan should encourage Felicity to contact her former manager for feedback. If the manager won’t provide any, Felicity should have someone do a reference check on her anonymously to see what is being said about her. Finally, Allan should recommend Felicity find a good career coach and let the expert determine what she can do to improve her job search skills. Allan’s focus should be on preserving the friendship, not fixing Felicity’s career problem.
ANSWER: Telling the employer about the offer is not wise. While they might rush to give Greg a raise as a way to keep him, they won’t be keeping him for long. Now that they know he is unhappy, they’ll start to ensure that his job could be covered if he leaves tries this again. Moreover, they will expect more from him now that he demanded the raise. Greg needs to either stay where he is and work the proper channels to earn a raise, or leave the company for the new offer.
ANSWER: Emma should be honest about what she makes. The employer could ask when they do a reference check, at which point, she could get caught in a lie. She should also tell them one of the reasons she is looking for a new job is she wants more pay. Then she should give the rate she is hoping to earn. She shouldn’t mention that she knows what her friend makes, though. She should just focus on her needs and not compare herself to anyone else. Then, she should impress the heck out of the hiring manager and hope he agrees she’s worth it!
ANSWER: Since Emmy was screened for the job and not contacted, she is most likely on file as not a match for the job. So, applying again or contacting the recruiter will result in another rejection. Emmy needs to go around the process and find people who actually work at the company to talk to. If she can connect via LinkedIn with some employees, she could ask them for the status of the job, as well as advice on the best way to connect directly with the hiring manager. At this point, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain by finding another way to get considered for the position.
ANSWER: Calling in sick will be suspect. Plus, Eric wouldn’t be able to talk about the wedding (or the tan he had!). Taking the time off unpaid is the wisest choice. Eric should also do his best to work overtime on his own to cover as much of his work as he can so that his co-workers aren’t left with it. The fastest way to make enemies in the office is to dump your work on them so you can go enjoy yourself. Do on to others as you would have done to you!
ANSWER: Christa should sit with her boss and see what she can do more efficiently. If possible, she should try to do some work at home after hours on her own as well. Often, jobs get easier/faster once the learning curve is done. Two weeks is too soon to tell if Christa can do the job. Christa should give it two months and do whatever she can to get the work done each week. Most likely, she will find her groove and be able to master the workload in the time allotted.
ANSWER: Evan should have Kyle fix the problem. Then, he should call the client personally to apologize. As the main contact, Evan shouldn’t be making excuses to the client - he should just solve it as quickly as possible and say sorry for the error. Then, Evan and Kyle should discuss the right way to let their boss know together. By including Kyle in the process, Evan shows his support of his co-worker and earns his trust. If the situation were reversed, I’m sure Evan would want the same treatment.
ANSWER: Eric is an at-will (non-union) employee, so the company is within their rights to change the job structures and the compensation that goes with it. In this case, he is essentially be offered a transfer to a job within the new structure. As a result, if he says “no” and doesn’t take the job, it will be seen as him quitting and will make it next-to-impossible for him to collect unemployment.
ANSWER: As an hourly employee, the company can dictate how many hours they use Maria. Since they closed the office and didn’t use her, they are not required by law to pay her. It's at the discretion of the employer if they want to pay employees affected by an unexpected office closing. If she accrues personal or vacation time as part of her employment, she could have asked to use that make up the difference in her pay.
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