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Career diva in chat: How to deal with a 'moron' as a boss

Eve Tahmincioglu, our resident career diva, joined us for a live Web chat Wednesday morning.Here are two of her answers and a complete archive:Carrie's question: I am 43 and have a secure job. But I absolutely hate working for a moron. I am a few months away from working 25 years for this company. Am I crazy for considering leaving for a job with another company?Eve's answer: Hi, Carrie. Many o
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Eve Tahmincioglu, our resident career diva, joined us for a live Web chat Wednesday morning.

Here are two of her answers and a complete archive:

Carrie's question

I am 43 and have a secure job. But I absolutely hate working for a moron. I am a few months away from working 25 years for this company. Am I crazy for considering leaving for a job with another company?

Eve's answer

Hi, Carrie. Many of us have had the experience of working for morons. But leaving a job in this economy is risky. That said, I'm a big believer in not spending too much of your life in a situation you hate.

Forty-three is young, my friend! If you're in a position to leave a secure job for the unknown, go for it! Life's too short. But know you may face some economic hardships if you're not able to find a new gig.

Matt's question

Is it common to get a promotion without getting a raise? I have recently received two promotions -- which is great -- but because they were given before my yearly review, I haven't received a raise. 

Eve's answer

I call this the fake promotion. 

I can't tell you how often I'm hearing this lately and it makes me so mad. So many employers are using the economy as an excuse to work you guys to the bone -- but it's time to rise up! Go into your manager's office and lay out your case for why you should get a raise. Pronto!

Don't threaten the guy or gal, but lay out what you're doing now, how you've been successful and that you feel you should be compensated for your work.

Complete archive:

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