Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Next Tuesday is election day. There are many important races and initiatives to weigh in on. Make sure to vote. It's your duty as a citizen. And your company must give you the time off to vote if you can't do it during non-work hours. Here's some information on California voter laws. In my column on Tuesday, I'll give advice on what you should, and shouldn't discuss at the workplace when it comes to politics.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

In my column today, I point out the pitfalls of dress code policies. While I don't think companies should arbitrarily create strict guidelines, especially if the workers don't see clients or if there are not health or safety concerns, I also think they should be allowed to make policies they deem necessary without fear of being sued.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Most people looking for jobs today turn to online listings at places like But there are precautions job seekers should take-- such as ensuring you're not applying to a position at your current company. This could happen when responding to "blind" ads. says that to find out what company is behind a blind ad, cut the employer's description from the ad and paste it into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo!. Recruiters often use the exact wording from the employer's website to write job ads. Odds are good the employer's website will turn up in your search.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Welcome to WorkWise blog.
I've been writing WorkWise for LA's premiere South Bay newspaper, The Daily Breeze, for three years now. In the column, which publishes every Tuesday, I provide job search and workplace relations advice. Topics have included everything from worst interview mistakes to email etiquette. Many columns are based on readers' questions. So I thought it was about time to take the conversation to the next step. Please blog freely here. Tell me your thoughts. Ask me some questions. Forward and share interesting stories. And remember to work wise.