Categories Archives: Careers

Race to the Top: The Holidays and Your Job Search.

Q: I interviewed for a job with a company in Houston and they said I would probably hear something before Thanksgiving, but, so far, nothing. What should I do? A: Applying for a job in the fall can get a little tricky, hence the word “probably.̶ ...

Race to the Top: A Drink at Lunch?.

Q: I have just joined a new company and I noticed that people drink at lunch. Is it okay to do so? A: In a word, “No.” I think I mentioned in a previous column, that the secret to success in corporate America is to be a high performer and to b ...

Race to the Top: Getting Ready to Get Hired.

Q: I am still in college, but what can I do to ensure I get a job after I graduate? A: This answer is a little bit different if you are just starting or about to finish your college career, so we will start with the universal answer: you must do well in s ...

Race to the Top: Working Outside the U.S..

Q: My supervisor recently asked me to consider applying for a position overseas. Is this a good opportunity? A: A big decision. Obviously, it is difficult for me to give you advice about the nature of the job. So, I’ll keep my observations focused on wo ...

Race to the Top: Your First 90 Days.

Q: I have been working for a new company for about two weeks. A friend gave me a book: The First 90 Days. Have you read it and should I? A: There are a few business books that everyone should read and this is one of them. “The First 90 Days: Critica ...

Race to the Top: Your Career and Politics.

Q: Is it okay to talk about politics at work? A: First, thank you so much for your e-mail. It’s exciting to know that Race to the Top is valuable to you. Keep the e-mails coming. It’s also clear that a lot of people are interested in talking more abou ...

Race to the Top: Your Work-Life Balance.

Q: What is the best way to talk to my boss about work-life balance? A: Thanks for asking this question. In recent years, I have heard it more and more. First things first: it’s important to be clear with yourself exactly what you mean. For some people, ...