Author Archives: Gabrielle S. (CNNMoney)
  • Dare you ask for a raise now?

    Believe it or not, two-thirds of U.S. employers plan to give pay hikes before the year is over, according to a new survey, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her June 12 Ask Annie column. Has your company cut or frozen pay in the past few months? Have you asked for a raise lately? Did you get it? If so, what do you think helped you the most in persuading your MORE

    - Jun 12, 2009 10:57 AM ET
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  • Keep the job-search blues at bay

    The number of "discouraged workers" -- those who have not actively looked for work in the past four weeks, primarily because they believe no jobs are available for them -- shot up 70% between the first quarter of 2008 and 2009, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her June 4 Ask Annie column.

    Have you or a loved one endured a long, discouraging job hunt? What have you found to keep MORE

    - Jun 3, 2009 5:28 PM ET
  • Get a great job after graduation

    The competition for management-track jobs is more ferocious than it's been in almost a decade, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her May 28 Ask Annie column, so it's now more important than ever to work hard at preparing for interviews.

    How did you get your first "real" job after college? Is your company hiring new grads? What impresses you most in candidates and why? If you're a new or soon-to-be MORE

    - May 28, 2009 12:59 PM ET
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  • Don't let ID thieves hijack your job hunt

    As if looking for work weren't tough enough in this economy, here's one more thing to keep in mind: Every three seconds, someone's identity is stolen, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her May 18 Ask Annie column. And ID thieves often prey on job hunters, she writes.

    Have you ever applied for a job that turned out to be a scam? Has anyone ever attempted to use information you revealed MORE

    - May 18, 2009 12:22 PM ET
  • When e-mail comes back to haunt you

    "Employees are often genuinely shocked when a casual e-mail comes back to haunt them, especially as evidence in a lawsuit," says Andrea Bernard, a partner in employment law and litigation at Warner Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids, Mich. To avoid problems, it's helpful for companies to have a written e-mail policy, writes Anne Fisher in her May 8 Ask Annie column. Does your company have a formal, written e-mail MORE

    - May 8, 2009 10:44 AM ET
  • How to work better with Gen Y

    Not all members of any generation are alike, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her April 28 Ask Annie column. Still, "there are broad trends and patterns of behavior that can be useful in understanding what makes someone in a given age group tick," says Bruce Tulgan, a consultant who's made a career out of counseling companies on how to attract, motivate, and keep young employees.

    If you manage Gen Y employees, MORE

    - Apr 28, 2009 9:47 AM ET
  • Out of work 6 months. Now what?

    Most senior managers have to job hunt 10.1 months these days, a recent survey finds. So if you've been unemployed half a year, it can seem like an eternity when you're on pins and needles, but chin up, advises Anne Fisher in her April 13 Ask Annie column. Have you been out of work for six months or longer? What are you doing to cope? How long can someone be MORE

    - Apr 13, 2009 10:12 AM ET
  • Will your references sabotage your job hunt?

    If the people you ask employers to contact as recommendations are anything but easy to reach, and highly enthusiastic, you could lose out on an offer, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her April 7 Ask Annie column. Do you have good references? Has a reference ever surprised you by saying something negative? Ever said anything not-so-nice when asked for a reference? What's the worst reference you've heard or gotten?

    - Apr 1, 2009 6:02 PM ET
  • Job market for techies to get healthier?

    A White House report called "The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan" (a.k.a. the stimulus package) forecasts 50,000 new IT jobs by the end of 2010, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her March 27 Ask Annie column. That's thanks in large part to incentives to digitize health records, she writes.

    How do you think the tech job market is doing now? Is the economic stimulus plan likely to MORE

    - Mar 25, 2009 5:39 PM ET
  • Be a manager and a temp?

    It's a sign of the times. Employers who hesitate to add costly permanent jobs are increasingly looking for short-term talent - and plenty of highly qualified people are looking for work to tide them over until hiring picks up again, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her March 16 Ask Annie column. Does the idea of working at a series of interim jobs appeal to you? Why or why not? If MORE

    - Mar 13, 2009 3:17 PM ET
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