Matt Krumrie

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Matt Krumrie answers readers' questions about job-hunting the first Sunday of each month. Matt has 10 years of experience reporting on the employment industry.

Recent content from Matt Krumrie

Dealing with downsizing -- and a non-compete

Dear Matt: I've worked in various sales positions for over a decade and have been successful. However I am about to face a possible downsizing since my current company just lost a huge contract representing close to 90 percent of our current business.  I signed a non-compete and confidentiality agreement when I was hired and am now worried about my rights and my future. Do I have any rights if I'm let go in a downsizing? What should I do?

Updated: September 12, 2011, - 12:59 PM

Making the move from freelance to full time

Dear Matt: What tips do you have for freelancers like me who are looking for full-time work? What should I say about my salary history? And is it true that companies may not want to hire freelancers because they think we are too independent to work as part of a team?

Updated: September 07, 2011, - 09:13 AM

Why the 'one size fits all' résumé just won't work

Dear Matt: I've been reading about the importance of tailoring a résumé to a job description. What does that mean? How can I possibly change each résumé? Who has the time -- and why do I need to do this?

Updated: August 29, 2011, - 02:48 PM

I'm a manager -- but I hate managing people!

Dear Matt: I was promoted to a manager role -- but I really dislike managing people. In my company I can only move up if I'm a manager. I just want to do the work, but can't pass up the large salary increase that comes with being a manager. Any advice on how to stay happy, be a good manager and still be productive?

Updated: August 22, 2011, - 09:23 AM

What's better -- dream job, or dream company?

Dear Matt: I read that job seekers shouldn't worry about the title or the position of a job, but instead should look to work for companies they believe in and would like to work for. I tend to disagree -- I look for jobs in my career path and of interest to me first, company second. What is the best approach?

Updated: August 15, 2011, - 11:13 AM

Ask Matt: They asked me back; now they won't return my calls

Dear Matt: A company invited me for a second interview on a Wednesday. On Tuesday I e-mailed the recruiter to...

Updated: August 08, 2011, - 09:08 AM

How to manage workers who are older than you

Dear Matt: I'm a younger manager who is working with a lot of more experienced and older employees. I don't consider my age to be an issue, but how can I get my team to believe in me, and how can I be the leader this department needs when people may be cynical about my ability because of my age?

Updated: August 01, 2011, - 09:23 AM

All done with entry level jobs?

I've been out of college for a few years and while I've been considered an entry-level employee in my first two jobs, I feel I'm ready to make the next step in my career. What steps should I take to show future employers I'm no longer entry-level, but instead ready to move into more prominent roles?

Updated: July 25, 2011, - 10:53 AM

How to deal with a micromanaging boss

I love my job but my boss is a total micromanager. He picks apart everything I do and even though I get great performance reviews I feel he doesn’t trust me. Help!

Updated: July 18, 2011, - 08:37 AM

Do job fairs really work?

Are job fairs still a good way to find jobs? Do employers actively recruit at these job fairs, or are they more of a networking event?

Updated: July 11, 2011, - 09:13 AM

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