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

Are my work colleagues friends -- or are they foe?

Dear Matt: A recent poll shows that over half would step in if a friend was under-performing at work and they could help. However, almost one in three would report their friend to the boss if their performance was detrimental to the team or if it helped them to get ahead. That being said, how can I trust my so-called work friends and people I have personal and professional relationships with in the workplace?

Updated: October 03, 2011, - 09:43 AM

Are those work-at-home job offers just scams?

Dear Matt: I'm tired of the corporate cubicle and the commuting. I'm looking at working from home, but aren't all those job offers just scams?

Updated: September 26, 2011, - 09:41 AM

I got the job -- then I got another interview!

Dear Matt: I've applied for a number of jobs recently and just accepted one that wasn't my first choice, but it was my only offer. After accepting it, I received a phone call to interview for a job I really wanted. The problem is, the interview is scheduled for the same day I am supposed to start my new job. What do I do? And if I do the interview and am offered this job with the second company, how do I handle this?

Updated: September 19, 2011, - 08:22 AM

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

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