Author Archives: Gabrielle S. (CNNMoney)
  • After a layoff, risky to take a health test?

    As genetic testing proliferates, a new federal law prohibits employers from asking for genetic information about you, or from using it to deny you coverage, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her March 5 Ask Annie column. Are you worried about losing your health insurance if you lose your job? If you've already lost group coverage because of a layoff, have you been able to find an affordable replacement? Are you MORE

    - Mar 4, 2009 6:11 PM ET
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  • Skip the recession, get an MBA?

    It happens every time the economy hits the skids: Huge numbers of MBA wannabes line up to go back to the classroom. Are you considering going back to school, either to switch careers or ride out the recession? If you're an MBA student or graduate, what do you think was most helpful in getting you admitted? Did going to B-school pay off for you?

    - Feb 19, 2009 12:17 PM ET
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  • Job hunting for introverts

    If networking drives you nuts and you tend to think a while before you respond to interviewers' questions, you may find a job search especially difficult, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Feb. 12 Ask Annie column. But introverts have certain advantages, too -- like a tendency to think before you speak -- that you can use to improve your odds, she writes. Do you consider yourself an introvert or MORE

    - Feb 11, 2009 7:11 PM ET
  • Just got laid off? Get better severance

    If you've just left your boss's office with the dire news that your position is being eliminated, stay as calm as possible, at least outwardly, advises Anne Fisher in her January 27 Ask Annie column. Doing so could help you negotiate a bigger severance package, she writes.

    If you've been laid off, what kind of severance did you get? Did you feel it was fair? Did you try to negotiate the MORE

    - Jan 26, 2009 1:19 PM ET
  • How to ace your first 100 days in a new job

    When stepping into a new, challenging leadership position, spend your first 30 days listening, and studying the company and the challenges it faces, says Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Jan. 20 Ask Annie column. Have you ever had to step into a new job and correct a disastrous situation? What worked (or didn't) for you? Your bosses? How have you coped with low morale among coworkers? How can you keep MORE

    - Jan 19, 2009 5:05 PM ET
  • Where jobs still are in a bleak market

    This is an exceptionally lousy time to be looking for a job, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Jan. 15 Ask Annie column. But if you're a professional or manager, there may well be a job opening out there with your name on it. Are there pockets of opportunity, in your city or your industry, where companies are still hiring? Have you recently gotten a new job despite the tough MORE

    - Jan 14, 2009 6:33 PM ET
  • Keep your job: A 10-point survival guide

    It seems that when it comes to jobs, 2009 is going to be a lot like 2008, only worse, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Jan. 7 Ask Annie column. Feeling stressed out now is totally normal. The trouble is that letting an out-of-control environment get under your skin will eventually make you less great at your job, hence more likely to lose it.

    Are you stressed by the economic MORE

    - Jan 6, 2009 5:14 PM ET
  • 'Dilbert' on how to save your career

    Scott Adams, creator of the comic-strip Dilbert, spent so many years in corporate middle management that his characters and story lines resonate with just about anyone who works for a big company, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Dec. 12 Ask Annie column. Is Dilbert an accurate portrait of the workplace? Are flexibility and the chance to learn new things more important than making more money? Have you ever worked MORE

    - Dec 11, 2008 5:22 PM ET
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  • Traveling for business, safely

    The single most important step in protecting yourself on a business trip: Plan ahead. So writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her December 4 Ask Annie column. Have you ever found yourself in a risky situation on a business trip, in the U.S. or abroad? How did you handle it? Got any specific advice for foreign travelers? Do you enjoy or dread traveling for work?

    - Dec 3, 2008 5:55 PM ET
  • 'The biggest turkey I ever hired'

    More than two-thirds, of hiring managers in a recent survey said they'd rather muddle along with the employees they have than take a chance on hiring someone new, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her November 25 Ask Annie column. Of course, if some new hires turn out to be turkeys, lots of hiring managers are no prize pigs themselves. What was the worst hire you've ever made - or who MORE

    - Nov 24, 2008 6:15 PM ET
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