Jill Andrew

Honesty the best policy

Q: Hi Jill. I sit pretty close to someone at work who just doesn’t know when to stop talking. She’s a really nice person but she just doesn’t seem to get the hint when I try to ignore her long-winded stories. What should I do? I’m obviously not trying to hurt her feelings but at the same time she...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 2:08 AM

Standing up against workplace gossip

Q: Jill, I’m having some real trouble with gossip at work. In fact, I’m the butt of the joke. Can you help me? How do I respond to this? It’s not being said directly to my face but I’m hearing the back stories from another colleague. The tricky thing is that colleague is begging me not to tell...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 3:28 AM

Ableism has no place in the workplace

Q: Jill, I’ve got a disability and I feel as though when the elevators are down at work the employers are never as quick to fix them because the majority of employees are able to take the stairs. I am starting to feel the attitudes of some employees getting a little frustrated with me I guess...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 1:47 AM

Compiling a portfolio not as hard as it seems

Q: Jill, great column. Can you tell me where I might go to learn about putting together great business portfolios for job interviews? I see that’s the big trend right now. The type of business I’m interested in is Business Communications but I don’t have a lot of experience in the field yet.—Hiro...

Monday, March 24, 2008, 3:54 AM

Colleague nabs all the credit

Q: Jill, I sent a colleague of mine an e-mail addressing my concerns with the way he handled a situation about five weeks ago. We were working on a project together. We completed it (with several bumps), but he took all the credit for it and hinted that I was the cause for our bumps. I e-mailed him...

Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:39 AM

Youth delves into HIV work

Q: Jill, I’m a black youth interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS prevention within my community. I’d like to either work with or join a youth or adult organization that focuses on this area. I would also be interested in at least volunteering with one for my community hours. Can you point me...

Monday, March 10, 2008, 6:50 AM

Many places for volunteers

Q: Jill, I’m currently looking to round off my volunteer hours necessary for a non-profit fundraising course I’m taking and I was wondering if you knew of any arts, film, or music festivals coming up that might be looking for volunteers, something preferably happening this month or so.— Marsha...

Monday, March 3, 2008, 2:49 AM

Moving on from adult video firm

Q: Hi Jill. I have a good friend who has spent time working for an adult online video company in a marketing capacity. The marketing experience he has earned is valuable, but difficult to parlay into a mainstream, clean job. Do you feel it is best to be up front about job experience that could be...

Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:12 AM

Best of both — mixing practical work, academics

Q Dear Jill, I am thinking about a masters in theatre. I am trying to decide if I want to focus on academics or more on acting and directing. As a feminist, it is important that my choices reflect my social consciousness as well. I’m finding it hard to decide. I’d appreciate your thoughts. —Donna S...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 4:40 AM

Start now with summer jobs

Q: Jill, I really need a summer job this year and I wanted to know if it would be too aggressive to start now. I don’t want retail any more but would prefer something either in human resources or in public relations. Both areas are more attuned with what I’m studying.— Michele CarpioA: Definitely...

Monday, February 11, 2008, 1:06 AM

Trip’s photos cause controversy

Q: Hi Jill. I recently returned from a trip to Asia, which was expensed by my friend I was travelling with. I went to assist her with a new venture she is undertaking. We both took photos with our own cameras, but upon return she demanded I send copies of all the photos because she would like to...

Monday, February 4, 2008, 1:23 AM

Saving on a tight budget

Student frets over how to pay her mound of billsQ: I started working several months ago for an investment firm. Part of my job should involve assisting the lead analyst with his work. Instead I’m just doing minor chores as he wants to do it all by himself. How do I deal with this?— Edward F.A: You...

Monday, January 28, 2008, 2:51 AM

Sooner is better for references

Q: Hi Jill, I love your stuff and I’m confident you can help guide me on this one. I want to apply for an internal job within my company. I told my direct supervisor about my intentions. Now, they want to know everything about every job I’m applying for. Do I really have to provide this information...

Monday, January 21, 2008, 2:14 AM

Shy networker branches out

Bringing a friend can help when meeting contactsQ: Jill, I’ve recently joined a networking club in the hopes of finding a better job. This is a big but necessary step for me as I’m somewhat of the shy type. Can you share some tips with me? It’s just difficult attending by myself as it is all so new...

Monday, January 14, 2008, 2:18 AM

Start small to attain resolutions

Q: Happy New Year Jill. I’ve found over the years I make resolutions, keep them for a few months but then they’re gone. I’m interested in going back to school this year and maybe starting a small computer repair business. Any tips?—Carlyle A. NealA: Happy New Year to you, too! First off, you are...

Monday, January 7, 2008, 1:54 AM

Refund it or regift it?

When giving an office gift, it is best to always include the gift receipt in case the person needs to exchange it.Q: Jill, I got a gift from a colleague I don’t think I’ll ever use. The gift didn’t come with a receipt so do you think it’s OK if I kindly ask for it so I can exchange it or get a...

Sunday, December 16, 2007, 3:22 PM

On the fence about office festivities

Q: Jill, is it the worst move possible to not attend your office holiday party? I’m on the fence about attending.-Pauline E.A: The social butterfly in me says you should attend. The office holiday party is still a professional affair. It’s at these events that interpersonal relationships are...

Sunday, December 9, 2007, 2:49 PM

Pupil questions his degree

Q: Jill, would you say it’s necessary I finish my current business program if my goal is to have my own business? It just seems as though every day you hear of some celebrity who didn’t finish school, but is still sitting on top of the world. I feel I could be learning more outside of class. What...

Sunday, December 2, 2007, 4:29 PM

Artist wants to be seen

Q: Jill, I’m a visual artist looking for an informal artists’ network. I’m looking for some help in getting my artwork shown and they’re just too many resources to sift through. Can you help me limit my search?—Patrick L. HirsA: Too many resources can be overwhelming, but the truth is your work is...

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 3:59 PM

Right approach will get idea heard

Q: Jill, I’ve got a great idea for a new project at work, but I’m nervous to approach my boss. She’s a little protective of her ideas and not always open to other people’s suggestions. Any ideas?— P.N.A: Your success will depend on your approach. Try not to present your idea as a ‘take- over’ of...

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 4:58 PM