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Keep a U.S. address?

Q: I'm presently based overseas and plan to relocate back to the States soon. Should I list my address, etc. as my U.S. or keep as is? I'm afraid the sight of me being overseas could be a deterrent without an explanation of my relocation plans. J.S., Cairo A: I would definitely use a U.S. address, especially as … Read More
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Time between jobs?

Q: I want to give at least two weeks notice to my current employer and have at least 1 week off before I start my new position. How do I go about this and get what I want without jeopardizing the job offer? Thank you,C. S. A: This should be very manageable. Your negotiating window on a job offer … Read More
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From art to editing?

Q: I'm a studio art (photography) major and a computer science minor, yet I have this strange yearning to become an editor. I find myself compelled to proofread, adjust, reorganize, and retype anything my peers will give me -- anything from English compositions to math papers -- and, worse yet, I enjoy it. Please, give me your opinion; am … Read More
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Switching to magazines?

Q: I am interested in working for a magazine, either as a copy editor or writer. I am currently a college junior, but the problem is that I am majoring in business administration, and my college doesn't offer a journalism degree. Is it possible that somebody would hire me, even without any experience, and if it is possible, what is … Read More
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Should I study in China?

Q: I have a very strong desire to break into international news reporting. I am considering studying journalism in the Chinese language at a major Chinese university. I am 46 years old, graduated with honors from engineering school, have an MBA in international business and several years working experience in China (using all Chinese language). I am also an excellent … Read More
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How do I get back in?

Q: I wrote for a weekly for close to three years before finances forced me to take a different job. What do I need to do to get back in the biz at a daily? Phil S., Ohio A: This'll be tough, Phil. You've got to clear two hurdles. The first is that you're not now working in the … Read More
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Do career objective lines help?

Q: I'm working on my résumé and some people have told me to start off with an objective line. Others say I shouldn't. What do you think? L.L., Detroit A: A career objective on your résumé can be a big time-saver to a recruiter, but it might not help you at all. If your objective line says that you want … Read More
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What if ad asks salary?

Q: What is the best way to answer an ad that asks you to fax your salary requirement? K. E. A: Don't do it. You'll either lowball yourself, or be way too high. My guess is that the company that asked you to do this also said very little about itself. Your salary requirements are negotiable. They depend … Read More
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A return after 15 years away?

Q: I left journalism 15 years ago for public affairs. Now I'd like to get back in as a feature writer. What's the best game plan? M.B., Seattle A: Yikes! There's little to go on here. I'm going to assume you want back in as a writer. Editors will have three questions: How good is your writing and … Read More
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Loyal employee, or looking?

I presently work at a mid-size paper and the executive editor feels that anyone who leaves for another job is betraying him. If anyone is found to be looking for another job (and plenty are) they end up in a very uncomfortable position. I have found myself in this very position. A paper that I applied to took it upon … Read More
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