Entire industries are shrinking fast, putting larger numbers of qualified candidates in competition for fewer openings. So it's not surprising that legions of the laid-off are thinking creatively about where to go next. Just one small problem: Most people are really bad at explaining why an employer should hire them when they have no experience in the field they're trying to enter, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her March 19 MOREdterry - Mar 18, 2009 4:38 PM ET
You don't have to be a pinstriped master of the boardroom or a slick Wall Street infighting insider to have a few tricks of your own up your sleeve. Every intelligent working person has found a few ways to retire while on the job. What are yours?
Do you linger over breakfast with a tolerable client now and then?
Have drinks with a random business associate while lesser mortals are slaving away MOREdterry - Jun 3, 2008 8:51 AM ET
A reader from North Carolina writes:
My former bosses...worked for a heating and air company...one was a bully to the guys...but not to me...he was very sweet to me. It wasn't until after I was gone that I learned that he treated the guys much differently than he treated me. Quite the eye opener. His wife was definitely paranoid. We worked extremely hard for them. We did things with the utmost MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 5:11 PM ET
A reader from Idaho writes:
My boss told my significantly younger co worker that I had a thing for her and then told me she informed her. Much later, she is still trying to motivate me to take on extra projects by giving me opportunities to spend time with my "crush". Too bad I'm married and can't take advantage of that nonsense!
What do you think? Is this boss crazy?dterry - May 30, 2007 5:10 PM ET
A reader from Maryland writes:
I have the paranoid boss with some doses of the bully and the wimp. A very strange, very taxing person to work for, I've learned a few things in my time.
She parks on the other side of the building so she can "catch" us doing whatever it is she thinks we're doing when she's not there to babysit us. The brown-nosers have the inside track with MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 5:09 PM ET
A reader from San Diego writes:
2 Bosses- 1. The Indecisive & 2. The Just Get It Done & Don't interfere with my gold/tennis/vacation plans
The Indecisive cannot make a decision and has some characteristics of the wimp- such as the endless paper trail & work sitting on his desk. Totally frustrating as constantly redoing work as it gets lost.
2. The just get it donwis actually easy to work for as he MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 4:32 PM ET
A reader from California writes:
My manager's boss is between a bully and a paranoid. Let's call him Jack. I have to interact with Jack too and it's very frustrating for me. Jack will tell me to do something, so I do it, and then he freaks out and say's "why did you do that?" I tend to be a very blunt, honest and to the point kind of person and MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 4:26 PM ET
A reader from Portland writes:
I had the sad experience of working for a crazy boss, which ultimately ended my career with a great company.
The CFO that hired me at a midsize manufacturing firm, and for whom I successfully worked for 10 years, was ready to retire. The company does a big search and hires an outside guy who supposedly has scads of experience with finance and global manufacturing. After a MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 4:25 PM ET
A reader from Spokane writes:
My crazy boss is a classic bully. He's the Creative Service Director for mid-market TV Station. You'd think that as the Creative Service director he'd be somewhat creative? Not at all. He would have his employees come up with idea after idea only to shoot them all down with no reasonable explanation... though he'd never come up with anything of his own.
On a daily basis you MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 4:24 PM ET
A reader from Kansas writes:
I was controller for a privately held company in Houston. The company had 300 employees and the Owner had all mail routed over his desk which he would distribute. He read it all. We had an office in Nigeria that we got evicted from because the rent was not paid on time because the notice was still on his desk when he left for vacation.
To get MOREdterry - May 30, 2007 4:23 PM ET
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