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ASK CARLA: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH AN UNPLEASANT COWORKER?

Jun 4,2018

Dear Ask Carla,

I was recently promoted and am now managing two of my former coworkers. For one of the two, this is a new position. She was on our team but in a different role. Her position was eliminated and she was moved to my old position. The company did create a new position that is very similar to her old position but made certain skills a requirement that she doesn’t have. Initially, she said she was a “team player” and ready to do whatever may be asked of her. Overall, the quality of her work has been okay. She’s not getting everything right but I think that’s due to this being a new role for her.

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ASK CARLA: WHO SHOULD I LIST AS A JOB REFERENCE?

Jun 4,2018

Q: Who should I list as a job reference? I usually use my best friend, my mom and a church member and ask them to act like I worked for them, I know this isn’t what I should do. I’m pretty sure that sometimes the person calling to check the references knows I lied on my application.

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ASK CARLA: CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE FOR JOB SEEKERS

Jun 4,2018

Dear Ask Carla:
I am currently in the market for a new job. I haven’t had much luck in getting interviews. It seems like all is well when I initially call, but then things don’t move forward. I also am getting a lot of missed calls from unavailable, but no message. My mom said that when people call and hear my ring back tone it paints an unflattering picture of me. I disagree, what does my music have to do with a job?

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ASK CARLA: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH INFORMATION TO GIVE TO AN EMPLOYER?

Jun 4,2018

Dear Ask Carla,

How much is too much information to give to an employer? I have so many personal things going on, sometimes I cannot manage to even get out of bed. Consequently, I miss a fair amount of work. My manager has hinted around about what is going on with me, but I always just present the doctor’s note and ignore the open-ended questions. Should I tell my supervisor about my problems?

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Ask Carla!

Jun 4,2018

Dear Carla,
I am looking for a new job, and I want to use my current supervisor as a reference. I am looking for a new job because although I like my supervisor and the work, I don’t like the environment. My fear is that if I tell her that I am looking, she will make the environment difficult or fire me. I also need to use my vacation and other time off to interview, and I don’t want her to block my time off. What should I do?

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ASK CARLA: HOW DO I INTERVIEW FOR JOB POSITIONS WHILE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED?

Jun 4,2018

I am looking for a new job. I want to use my current supervisor as a reference. I am looking for a new job because although I like my supervisor and I like the work, I don’t like the environment. My fear is that if I tell her that I am looking, she will make the environment difficult or fire me. I also need to use my vacation and other time off to interview. I don’t want her to block my time off. What should I do?

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DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PHONE INTERVIEWS?

Jun 4,2018

Q: I was told by a potential employer that the initial interview would be over the phone. I have never had a phone interview; do you have any tips to help me get through? A: One of the parts of my job that I love the most is conducting phone interviews with candidates. This past week I’ve conducted more than 50 of these interviews, with other members of the staff team conducting at least 70 more! Regardless of your feelings about phone interviews, you can develop techniques and skills that will maximize your phone interview’s impact on the hiring staff. Here are some phone interviewing tips to get you going:

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ASK CARLA – LANE STAFFING

Jun 4,2018

Q: I have been in the job market for 6 months, and wouldn’t you know it? I now have not one but two job offers. I am overjoyed! But here’s my dilemma. How do I make sure I am able to get the best offer from the best firm?

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ASK CARLA: GETTING PAST PHONE INTERVIEWS

Jun 4,2018

Dear Ask Carla,

I have submitted tons of applications and I get calls, but never in person interviews. I am not sure where the breakdown is. Can you offer advice on getting from the phone to the office? I feel like if I could just get an in-person interview then I could really sell myself and seal the deal on my next position.

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ASK CARLA: FACEBOOK DILEMMA

Jun 4,2018

Dear Ask Carla,

I have a crazy situation. I work in a small business and have a great relationship with my supervisor. She is really cool and has become one of my mentors and advisors. I love working with her. Here is the problem! She sent a friend request to me on Facebook. I don’t want to friend her because I don’t think she would be too pleased with some of my activities and I just don’t want to be involved with her like that. How do I not accept the friend request and not damage our relationship?...

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ASK CARLA: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN GAPS IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT DUE TO AN ARREST?

Jun 4,2018

What is the best way to explain gaps in your employment due to an arrest? I was incarcerated for a while and now I am looking for work, but it seems like nobody will give me a chance. What can I do to increase my odds of getting employment? So many companies won’t hire people with criminal backgrounds. Any suggestions you have are appreciated.

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ASK CARLA: HOW DO YOU FIRE SOMEONE?

Jun 5,2018

Q: I’m a business owner and have just recently hired employees. Now I have to let one go. I am a bit nervous as I have never had to do this before. Can you offer any advice about how to go about it? I have nothing in place for this, no set guidelines or rules or even forms! HELP!

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