Here’s Looking at You, Norway…and Norden

Is Oscar Wilde’s phrase about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery true? Was he referring to individuals, or can we stretch it to talk about countries? A year ago I wanted to find a new topic for my course takers to discuss during class that would involve talking about working in Norway. But we’d … les mer

LinkedIn: Tell the Truth (Please), Part Two

It happened again. Call me an overly critical, detail-oriented resumé reader, but certain claims made by certain resumé writers need to be addressed so that we can all have a good think before sitting down the next time to write about our own life and work experience in this one-page stylized format. ‘It’ in this … les mer

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LinkedIn Titles: Tell the Truth and Nothing but the Truth (Please)

When you study literature, you quickly hear about the term ‘poetic license’: Definition: license or liberty taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect This is fine for the world of fiction, for where would great stories come … les mer

It’s All Good: How to Answer (Exasperating) E-Mails

I was recently asked a question from a rather frustrated member of the international workplace that went something like the following: “I’ve gotten several e-mails from a client that I don’t understand. The grammar and spelling are so weak that it makes the writer’s intention hard to understand. Want to keep the relationship positive, of … les mer

Why You Should Say ‘Sorry’ at Work

When said with sincerity, this five-letter word can solve more than a few sticky workplace situations. Once again while running a course recently, I was the one who learned something new while trying to teach something old. The old in this case is using a version of ‘sorry’ at work in order to soften what … les mer

How to Answer the Interview Question: “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

I recently got an e-mail from a woman that went something like this: “Last week I was being interviewed for a promotion within my company, and was one of several applicants being considered for the job. Thought things were going rather well until the interviewer suddenly asked me, ‘So how long do you plan on … les mer

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‘So Why Is Norway Rich?’: Falling Into the (Easy) Tabloid Trap

Talk about journalistic bait and switch. Maybe I should just stay away from the tabloids for awhile. To explain: Working and living in Norway as we do, we’re in the understandable habit of watching and reading our homegrown media sources such as TV channels and newspapers/webpages. But sometimes it’s intriguing to learn about how others … les mer

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The Unspoken Yet Real Reason You Didn’t Get Called For That Job Interview

I just finished reading an article on LinkedIn entitled, ‘The Real Reason You Didn’t Get That Job’ by LI Influencer Liz Ryan in which she lists five potential changes in the company at which ‘you’ have just interviewed that may have prevented ‘you’ from getting hired. These changes include having the company cut the position … les mer

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Integration: It’s Okay to Talk Your Talk

When you’re trying to become integrated in your new country, you get other people’s different ideas about how you should go about this process. It’s especially true when learning how to speak the language. That is, the native speakers might offer advice something along the lines of: ‘You need to speak our language as much … les mer

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Repeat As Needed: What Job Seekers Should Tell Themselves

Saying to yourself ‘They’d be lucky to have me as an employee’ before throwing yourself off the deep end of the job search swimming pool doesn’t mean you’re an egomaniac; on the contrary, you’re just giving yourself what you need to keep your head above water in the upcoming process that will at times try … les mer

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