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Ask LH: Should I Ask My Current Boss For A Reference?

Hi Lifehacker, I am currently in my first job out of university and recently I’ve been thinking about looking for a new job. All of my references from before this job are from employment during high school and university. Is it appropriate to use my current boss as a referee, and to ask for a reference from them?


Jobs Of The Week: Airborne Electronics Analyst, Aircraft Armament Technician Or Communication Electronic Technician

If you’re technically minded, this week’s jobs are right up your alley. Read on below for all of the info on becoming an Airborne Electronics Analyst, Aircraft Armament Technician Or Communication Electronic Technician in the Royal Australian Air Force.


What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career As A Software Developer

When you’re starting your career in any field, you probably have high hopes but don’t really know what to expect. Should you keep your head down and do what you’re told or should you aim only for ambitious projects? Here’s what I’ve learnt in my experience as a software developer.


The Top 10 Best (And Worst) Paying Jobs In Australia

A joint study by AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra has shed new light on Australia’s changing workforce; including the highest and lowest paid occupations. Check out the study’s table to see if it might be time for a career change.


The Secret To Success Is Making More Friends

If there’s one single thing that’s most important for success — as an entrepreneur, freelancer, employee or just in general life — it might be this: Make more friends.


How To Handle A Toxic Work Environment

It’s one thing to dislike your job, but it’s another to feel physically ill walking in to work. If your job just doesn’t have redeeming qualities, your work environment may be toxic in more ways than one. Here’s how to handle it, especially when quitting is not an option.


How To Effectively Work With People Who Are Smarter Than You

It’s entrepreneurship gospel — hire those who are smarter than you. There’s no mystery to this wisdom. Clever, skilled employees require less management, constantly teach you new things, and shore up your weaknesses. But while the rationale behind this oft-repeated tip is simple, executing it isn’t.


Three Common Freelancing Roadblocks To Avoid

As an independent contractor, you have no guarantees beyond the commitments you have right now. Your broader sense of freedom — compared to someone who works in an office — means you can dictate where your efforts will be spent each day. But it also means you have an ongoing responsibility to your bottom line and self-preservation. Your challenge is to find ways to plan for the future without knowing what’s around the corner.


Create A 'Brag Folder' In Your Inbox For Easy Resume Updates

When you do need to send out your resume, recalling all your achievements at your current job can be tough. That’s why The Daily Muse suggests keeping a “Brag Folder” in your email inbox where you save any praiseworthy message.


Top 10 Ways To Make Your Boss Love You

Unless you’re lucky enough to work for yourself, we all have a boss we have to answer to. Provided they’re not the devil incarnate, there are quite a few ways to ensure you two have a good relationship. Here’s what you should keep in mind.