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Dear Experts, I work part time while in school and a few weeks ago my hours were cut by half. Obviously I wanted to know why so I confronted my boss (professionally of course) and asked whether it was funding, performance or both. Her response was the department doesn't have anymore work for me to fill 25 hours a week. However, what is so perplexing about the whole thing is that my Marketing department constantly needs help and now that I'm only there two days a week my schedule is even more busy! I can afford no lunch breaks the days I work. I feel a betrayed (and very confused) because I do work very hard there. Maybe there is something she is not telling me. Not sure. I have already looked into providing contracting work. Should I cut my losses and quit? Do you think this is just a way to ease me out? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#300 Sadly, marketing is an overhead cost. If there is a financial crunch, it's often the first thing to be cut. (@gradversity) Q#300 Sounds like ur boss not telling u entire story. Might b business is suffering. Do what u need 4 ur professional grwth. (@DebraWheatman) Q#300 They might have felt U didn't have enough to do & cut hours to make it fit. Best thing to do? Ask. (@beneubanks) Q#300 This is nature of business. Not personal. Decisions made that "make no sense" except to bottom line. (@dawnbugni) Q#300 Budget issue! Assess value you offer to bottomline. Co's pay for profitability, not support right now. (@jtodonnell) Q#300 Comp wants 2 keep u, but low on $. Communicate w manager 2 create plan if u want 2 stay. (@kgrantcareers) Q#300 Could take what she says at face value AND look 4 other work b/c need more hours; also I'd take lunch. (@juliaerickson) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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