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Chris Posti, president of Posti & Associates in Pittsburgh, is author of "The Shortest Distance between You and your New Job," available on Chris Posti can be reached via e-mail or at 724-344-1668

Looking for 1st job? Get your basics down

By Chris Posti
Rick was like thousands of other college seniors hoping to get hired for his first “real” job. He was an average student, from a middle-of-the-road college, with a typical major (in Rick’s case, information technology). He was not active in …

Are you a bad boss?

By Chris Posti
We hear so much about “bad bosses” — that they are the No. 1 reason why employees quit; that they are more common than ever because of lack of training and development; and that they struggle with managing people of …

Tips for a quick hire

By Chris Posti
Job seekers who’ve been out of work for more than six months have a harder time getting hired than those who are fresh on the job market. Here are tips to help you get hired fast, geared to how long …

Harness that ‘new’ feeling

By Chris Posti
The beginning of a new year is traditionally considered a good time to transition into a new job or begin a new business. If you’ve been nursing thoughts of starting your own business — a consulting firm, a franchise, a …

Inspire workers by disregarding conventions

By Chris Posti
If you manage people, you know it can be challenging to get some to do more than “just the basics” of their job. One of the tools you may use to encourage your employees to extend themselves is the annual …

Map out your best career path

By Chris Posti
As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” No matter where you are in your career, do you have a plan for where you want to go? Some people give little …

Don’t let ‘yinz’ hold you back

By Chris Posti
When Miss Shanahan, my third-grade teacher, corrected me for mispronouncing “just” — I was pronouncing it “jist” — she created in me a lifelong interest in language. At the time, I had no idea what a Pittsburgh accent was; all …

Control job stress

By Chris Posti
There’s something I’ve noticed lately that concerns me. It’s the exceptional level of stress people are experiencing at work. I’m not talking about the usual overload. I’m saying that today’s stress levels are reaching beyond people’s ability to cope. The …

‘Age bias’ excuse gets old

By Chris Posti
I know it can be hard to find a job these days, but I have to tell you, I am getting tired of hearing older job seekers blame age discrimination. While I’m sure some employers discriminate because of age, let’s …

All for one, and one for all

By Chris Posti
Do you feel overwhelmed, overworked and pushed to the max at work? Owing to the downsizings of recent years, pressure on remaining employees has markedly increased. Small wonder that people complain about stress, inability to get promoted or even to …

Phone screens can improve hiring process

By Tribune-Review
The other day, a friend was lamenting that he had hired what he thought was a “phenomenal” secretary, but he fired her by 10 a.m. on her first day because she was unable to perform the job duties. Inquiring about …

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