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Ask Matt: Should I be cautious about a counter offer?

Dear Matt: I decided to leave my current employer because I received an offer from another company. I went to put in my two weeks’ notice with my manager — but then my employer surprised me with a counter offer of a salary increase and promotion promise. Should I be cautious?

Job Search

Need more ideas for your job search in these tough times?

My Job: Christa Williams, veterinarian, Caravan Vet

Christa Williams is a veterinarian with Caravan Vet in Minneapolis.

Cover letters

Write a cover letter to impress the hiring manager.


Four cover letter questions

Struggling to write a cover letter? You're not alone. Based on the dozens of inquiries I get every week on this subject, here are four common cover letter questions, with answers to guide you.

Continuing education

Education can be instrumental to career success.

Voices for Palestine 3

Palestinians are subjected to daily and systematic home demolitions, checkpoints, arrests and indefinite detention. The occupation denies the very humanity of Palestinians, while valuing Jewish lives at the expense of others. More…


Learn how to shine in an interview.


Give thanks, get hired

When you thank someone, be it an employer after an interview or a friend who gave you a job lead, you help satisfy their need to be appreciated. This can also propel you faster toward employment.


Many say it's the most important aspect to a job search.


How to target hiring managers and crack the hidden job market

Fully 70-80% of jobs go unadvertised by employers, who fear being deluged by hundreds of resumes from applicants, most of whom won't be qualified. With that in mind, it makes sense to spend about 80% of your time cracking this hidden market of unadvertised jobs.

Workplace issues

Learn ways to navigate the career jungle.

Molly Priesmeyer: Getting over being busy

We're overworked and overbusy. And now new books are encouraging people to swear off "busy" for good. More…

Career profiles

Which career direction is best for you?


How to launch your career as a how-to expert

If you have a curious mind and like learning new things, you may find success working for yourself as a how-to expert. That's the message in a new book from Bob Bly, marketer and author.