Does Your Boss Hate You?

Does Your Boss Hate You?
Does your boss hate you or is your boss just cranky?  What are the signs?  What are your options?  Should you just ignore the situation?  Should you take action?

What are the signs?

Your boss focuses on problems with you.  Your boss criticizes you more than your boss criticizes anyone else.  Other people get glowing performance reviews. Can you discuss the situation with your boss? Your performance review is full of criticism.  Other people are getting pay raises.  You are not.  Other people are getting promotions.  You are not.  Your boss has begun to give more of your work to your coworkers.

Can you discuss the situation with your boss?

If you can talk with your boss about the situation, explain that you want to do a great job.  Ask for advice on how you can do a better job.

When the problem is real, what should you do?

Document your work.  Build a record of your daily performance to show that you are doing a great job.  List the tasks your boss gives you.  List the results of your work on these tasks.  Communicate with your boss in writing.

What are your job options?

Can you find a job at your current company working for a different supervisor?  Should you start looking for another job?  Is you resume polished and ready to go?  Have you explored the jobs that look like a fit for you at other companies?

What do your confidants tell to you to do?

Turn to the people you trust and ask for their advice.  Ask the people you trust about what they think about your situation.  Ask these people for their ideas on job options and confidential referrals.  Get their advice on the best way to protect yourself in your current situation.

Subscribe to career newsletters.

Most career websites, including this one, have newsletters that can help you with advice and information on how to deal with your current situation.  Subscribe to those newsletters.  Search these websites for additional articles on dealing with a difficult boss.

Image: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr

The Lies We Tell On Resumes

Do You Lie on Your Resume

Infographic: The Lies We Tell On Resumes. According to, people lie on their resumes and companies report catching these lies. How employers view lies depends on the nature of the lie and how much the employer likes the candidate.

I have seen job seekers lose job offers when background checks showed …More»

Has the Recession Ended for Workers?

Real Gross Domestic Product 2010 - 2014

Real Gross Domestic Product Growth is up (preceding chart).

The percent of the population that has found jobs is down (following chart).

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Job growth among women is up dramatically against job growth for men (following chart).

The number of hires …More»

Employee Engagement and Employee Relations

Employee Engagement and Employee Relations

Employee Engagement and Employee Relations. How are they different? How do they affect a company’s success?

Two of the most popular discussions I have seen on business blogs and business forums are these two subjects.

What do the experts say?

Definition of Employee Engagement

“Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure …More»

Referral Key Is Not For Me.

Referral Key Is Not For Me.

Today I got an unsolicited email from Referral Key. The email told me that one of my LinkedIn connections is waiting for me to review a message. The email included the name of the LinkedIn connection.

This LinkedIn connection is someone who can help me in networking and is someone I trust. Although …More»

4 Common Job Search Myths

4 Common Job Search Myths

There are 4 job search myths that can prevent you from finding the perfect job.

Myth #1 Interview Skills

Let’s debunk the myth that interview skills are not important. If you believe that you only need to show that you are qualified to get a job offer, you are going to lose job …More»