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Wondering what the hell your manager is thinking, or how to ask for a raise, or whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or how to act in a second interview? At Ask a Manager, a hiring mananger will answer your questions, so ask away.

I tried to negotiate salary and haven’t heard anything back, bug bites at work, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I tried to negotiate salary and now I haven’t heard back for a week I’m a recent college graduate who just got her first job offer ....more

my coworker keeps trying to goad me into political arguments

A reader writes: I’m a grad student interning for the summer at an apolitical government agency. In an effort to make conversation with one of the permanent staff members on my team, we got to talking about our respective collections (he collects coins, I collect political campaign buttons). I regret telling him this, however, because now this coworker has taken to quizzing me each day on obscure U.S. political history ....more

8 things your boss won’t tell you … but wishes you knew

Have you ever noticed that when people are promoted to management roles, their perspective on workplaces issues often changes? That’s because, as managers, they see things that they might not have been exposed to as employees — and as a result, they view workplace questions through a different lens than the one they used before. Understanding that shift in perspective can help you get along better with your boss, have more insight into her actions and decisions, and even perform your job better ....more

my boss wants me to do something skeevy, an undeserved free lunch, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My boss wants me to do something skeevy As part of our link building strategy, my boss wants me to email bloggers and webmasters pretending that I am a random person who is a fan of theirs and has discovered a broken link on their site ....more

do employers really look down on drinking and partying?

A reader writes: I’m hoping you can settle a debate that a friend and I are having. I’m in grad school for a technology-related degree and am currently “cleaning up my act,” so to speak. I’ve recently deleted my Facebook account entirely, started a new Twitter account, made my Instagram private, and shut down some old blogs and such ....more

how can I tell if things are going well at my new job, the competition tried to recruit me, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. How can I tell if things are going well on my new job? ...more

is this company stringing me along?

A reader writes: I am in the midst of job hunting, and almost two months ago, I applied and interviewed for a specific position with a company I have a real interest in working with. I did not get that job as they said they needed someone with more experience for that niche role, but they instead considered my application for another position that opened up that they thought I might be a better fit for, and I agreed too. So I interviewed for that position, only to find out that they also ended up taking someone with “more experience.” They are now asking me to interview this time for a third position that is available ....more

why employers don’t like long-distance job candidates

It’s hard to find a job when you’re searching for jobs outside your local area. Employers are more hesitant to interview out-of-state candidates, and some won’t even consider their applications. If you’re a job searcher who hopes to relocate but needs a job in the new area to do it, this can seem awfully unfair ....more

headshots in your email signature, coworker gets more assignments, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Should I put my headshot in my email signature? ...more