What you know: These are challenging times. COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus. Some businesses are closing; some are shrinking; some are growing. Growing businesses are hiring. If you need a job, you want to get hired.
I have always been aware that inequity exists in the workplace. I have been woefully unaware the extent to which it affects the Black community. To that end, I’m learning. And like many of you, I am committed to learning from those crushed by those entrenched bad policies, bad practices and …
Despite my friend’s recommendation, I watched a show, expecting it to be a stale version of countless others. Instead, I found it as fresh as if it had just been washed and fluff dried.
Pay attention to the stories you tell. The more you focus on the negative, whether your failings or the failings of others, the greater likelihood you’ll see yourself and others in a negative light. Whether looking for a job, wanting to keep the one you have, or reaching for the next one, ch…
How frustrating is it when ... “No matter what position I take, he takes the opposite. I like honest disagreement, but he turns it into an argument that he’s determined to win.”
Does this sound familiar?
Employees need feedback. Good employees want it. Effective feedback is timely and developmental, letting employees know what’s working and why, and what can work better. It lets them know how they impact their co-workers, bosses, clients and customers, and how to improve that impact.
The same behaviors that enable us to be good employees and employers make us good guests, supportive family members, and lasting friends.
What are the most common mistakes folks make in the midst of a job search? Here’s a short list, and you decide if you’re making them.
Joe couldn’t remember the last time he’d gotten feedback. When it arrived, it felt like a kick to the gut.
Lonnie Ray Preslar, 95, a World War II veteran from Thomasville who drove a million miles as an over-the-road truck driver, died Wednesday.
It was December 1975. My husband, Norman Lank, was a Realtor, with two dozen salespeople under his supervision.
Bummer. He practiced his answers, reworked his resume, looked sharp, only to learn he wasn’t made an offer because the interviewer said he had bad manners.
Dear Edith: Six siblings inherited a lake house in 1986. It has been enjoyed by all families for years. However, now there is a need for extensive improvements. No one wants to put the money into it, but no one wants to see it go for taxes.
Dear Edith: My wife and I are approaching our 80s and thinking about selling our cottage. It is on the water at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. In 1992, we bought and cleared the lot. We had a shell put up. Over the years, we made improvements to the shell. At this point, all of our childre…
Dear Ms. Lank: We just put our home on the market without a broker. We’ll take any offers we receive to our lawyer, but could you give us an idea of what to watch out for? — P. I.
Instead of focusing on job search tactics like interviewing and networking, let’s hone in on the bigger issues, such as, what do you want to do when you grow up?
To say Robert “Bob” Miller, the first dean of UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences, was eager to serve in World War II would be an understatment.
Dear Ms. Lank: What does it mean when a property shows up in the multiple listing system as a new listing with a pending offer?
Dear Edith: My partner and I are looking to buy a house. The broker we contacted showed us several houses. She recently wanted my partner to sign an exclusive contract with her to show us any other houses. No matter what type of house we buy, and whether we were to buy it through an agent or…
Dear Edith: I’m studying for my real estate license, and last week, we discussed mortgages. I still can’t get “mortgagor” and “mortgagee” straight in my mind. I told our professor that I’d email you to see whether you could help. By the way, we sometimes talk about your column in class.
Beth Barr’s concern sounded all too familiar.
Fear of failing. Fear of succeeding. Doubt, worry and anxiety can take over the best of us when we dither over basic decisions and end up disappointing ourselves and those we care about most.
A few weeks ago, a reader wrote in with what she called a rant — an account of the “grief” she and her husband felt after their real estate broker staged their longtime home to put it on the market. She couldn’t believe buyers would rather see a house in which she and her husband were “impri…
William Harold Turner Jr. thought it was a good plan. He and three Fort Pierce, Fla., buddies would quit school, join the Navy and see the world together.
As a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church for almost seven decades, 98-year old Paul E. Haney has heard his share of Baptist sermons — with a template of three points and a poem.
Jesse Brockley “Brock” Smith makes a great case for the saying “A year can make a lot of difference.”
Dear Mrs. Lank: Our Realtor listed our house two weeks ago and now she is planning to have an open house next weekend. She has asked us to leave the house and go somewhere for those three hours. She says it will work better. We’re not sure, is this usual? — F.I.
Dear Ms. Lank: I recently read one of your columns in the paper. R and M.T. wrote that they inherited a property in a different state and wanted to sell it. They were being bothered with correspondences from people they thought wanted to buy the property. I think they would be amazed at how …
Dear Edith: What do you think of an older person buying a house or a condo? I’ll be 70 this year. I am single, and I have excellent credit. I’ve been looking for an apartment, and landlords seem to really jack up the prices, at lease this time of year. I pay $1,100 a month, so I think I can …