Can I Get A Real Job With A Poor Work History?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about poor work history:

How does somebody with a poor work history (last 5 years) get employed again? I’m a hard worker, punctual, miss little time, but can’t even get in the door of most places. They see a poor work history. and bypass me. About all I can get is temporary employment, a day here a day there. I can’t survive like that. The checking account is down to $2000, and dwindling fast. I’m on the verge of bankruptcy. Help!

Signed, Short On Cash

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Career Path Not Clear!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about career advancement but frustrated by new manager:

I work for a big well known company. The company has gone through a massive restructuring. I’ve been working in this department for almost five years now. I came from another department within the same company where I worked two years. The reason I did that move is because they offered me a big relocation package and promised me to advance quickly.

Before the first year ended in the new position a new manager took over. Here is where my story starts. In the first meeting I told my new manager I wanted to advance and get promoted because I possessed the skills and education however, he backfired saying that there is no place for an individual in this department with a higher education and that I should contemplate a position some place else as an engineer.My responsibilities are to repair electronic broadcast machines; we are divided by product assignment.

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Expected To Do Chores !

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about work being dumped on by boss and other staff: I think this is a sex issue because I don’t see why the men in the office cannot do their own dishes.

I just recently started a new job as an Executive Assistant/HR representative. I have had nothing but hassles from my boss and other staff members since I got here. It seems that from my first day, I am being tasked more and more frequently with work that each of these individuals had been doing in the past. I am not afraid of the work, but I feel like I am being abused because I am new.

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New And My Questions Are Not Answered!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about inadequate instruction and curt trainer:

I have just started at a new job and I love the work, but it I am having a problem with the women in my area. The first day, I did not have access to the software and one lady was supposed to train me. After the 3rd day, she was very short and curt with me when I asked questions. On the fifth day, my computer was set up and I asked her a question and she started yelling saying that I don’t give her enough information to answer my questions. I told her that I don’t know what information she needs to answer my questions because I have only been at the job for a couple of days. Now they don’t help at all and I have found the atmosphere quite chilling. I don’t know what to do?

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Lost Super Job, Now Assistant To New Supervisor!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about unclear job description and threat to friendship by change in level:

I work for a company in my hometown where I have been employed for 4 1/2 years. I was promoted to supervisor after 2 years at this job. They had a change of upper management soon after I was promoted; the Quality person had gotten the plant manager’s job. He had a lady that was his assistant that when I was off work for 2 days. They posted my job, and the previous manager had tried to get in touch with me in that time to warn me of the job posting. When I returned to work the 3rd day, I found that my job was posted.

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How Do I Make A Case For A Bonus?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a bonus:

How do you request bonus compensation for workload above and beyond normal workday. I am a Customer Service Representative employed with the same company for eight years. I have watched our department personnel shrink from twelve to four, while products have doubled. Needless to say, with employee turnaround and learning new products, support techniques etc., I feel my co-worker and I who have stuck with the company deserve a “danger pay’ bonus. How would I state my case??

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Bored In Almost Heaven!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about entry to a new job without direction:

I started my new position as a project manager about a week ago with a small company. Nearly everything about it is wonderful, particularly when I have been in some really nasty, backbiting, political environments these last five years. People are so friendly and open at my current workplace; it’s a huge relief just to be among “nice” people again. There is only one problem: my boss has only ever managed one other employee, and he has barely interacted with me. He is a very nice guy, but I have had to seek him out and look for points of discussion!

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Must Teach New HR Boss Old Boss’ Job!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about new HR and trouble: I have reported this and well, but nothing is being done about it. I have asked for help in training my boss, suggested outside training for myself and my boss so that we can do our jobs better, and let the VP of Operations (my boss’s boss) know about the grabbing.

New Boss, tough times. Nine months ago, management let my old boss (the Manager of HR) go and hired a Director of HR. I was told about it on my current’s boss’  last day, and met my new boss on his first day. I still do not know why my Manager was let go, and while this is the background story, this is not the problem. The problem is that I have had to learn my old boss’s job (he took care of all 401(k), employee loans, and payroll auditing + justification issues) and teach it to my new boss. It’s been a challenge mostly due to my new boss’s lack of retention of the information I have been training him on.

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How Do You Find And Keep Good Help?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about working for brother-in-law:

My brother-in-law owns a landscaping/handyman company in a small community. He’s having problems finding and retaining help. I’m not sure what the average wage is in Michigan, but I know he pays over minimum wage. Any suggestions? Is this just the nature of this business?

Signed,  In-Law

Dear In-Law:

The complaint that good help is hard to find and keep is not new or unique to Michigan. The problem also is related to the kind of work, economic times, supply of labor, and pay. The president of Mexico recently said that the reason our country hires illegals is that they are willing to do the work that some citizens of this country won’t do. This said, finding and keeping help also can be related to the management of a particular business.

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Correct A Past Mistake Or Start Over!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about failure to show up for a job and losing the chance to work for this agency again:

I moved to the Louisville area in 1992. I had been looking for work and I wasn’t familiar with the area. I had gone to Robert Half and Accountemps who had sent me on an assignment. In trying to find the job. I got lost and didn’t show up for work. I had called Accountemps to let them know that I got lost. They were a bit mean to me and told me that I couldn’t use their services again. Unfortunately, I had forgotten the incident and gone back to them and they had taken personal information from me and told me that they would help.

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