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Section D CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY October 13, 2010 Page 1D Not like inthe good o1' USA AT WORK Q: I couldn't find a job in the recession, so I moved to another countly to work part time as a translator and editor, and I volunteer full time for a conservation charity. I also act as an assistant property manager for the charity, which allows me to live in a historical house it owns. All was well for the first four months, and I soon made it to duty manager, but my boss rammed to his former job and a 21 -year-old leggy blonde replaced him. She lacks both leadership skills and life experience needed to be a good boss. She knew she was floundering, so she decided I was the problem and began bullying me about everything. She reduced my role to secretar~ ignores me for days at a time and stops me from performing tasks, saying I don't have the authority or the training, fl was the one who trained her.) When we had a tour group in my specialty area, she ordered me to stay away. She also gives all her work to others, but not me, to do. She bad-. mouthed me to all the superiors and colleagues and told me she doesn't knowwhy I am so popu- lar because I am foreign~ The list is endless. She was to have museum and conservational skills, but she placed a valuable historical document where her dog got to it and chewed it. She then tried mending it with tape. She's blond and leggy, and an older man who is one of the manag- ers is infatuated with her, as are the others whom she has gotten to with her gossip. I don't know whom to go to for help. A: Come back to the United States, where we have employ- ment laws. in fact, a high-level corporate consultant (who shall remain anonymous) working overseas said it is common and accepted in certain countries for male executives to hire women for their attractiveness and good figures.Yes, this is what can happen without our labor and employment laws. Regardless of her being blond and leggy, no 21-year-old is mature enough to manage employees. This girI also Ires made dear that she does not like Americans taking jobs there, and yOU are not going to change her mind. Our country is far from perfect no~ but as it slowly makes a comeback, you will find a job, and you won't have to experi- ence anti-American sentiments when you do. Research com- panies, and stay on top of the job market in all the states. You may have preferences, but stay open to moving to any state that seems to be recovering more quickly than others are. One last piece of advice: Have faith. America will have its day agaia. NO COMMISSION EQUALS NO SALES Q: I manage a showroom, and I used to receive a sales commis- sion for appointments. I did so well that the showroom's owner removed my commission and placed me on a straight sal- ary, which greatly lowered my income. This has removed all my motivation for doing anything for the company. How do I get him to change his mind? A: Making money is his goal, but he is not thinking about howit will be achieved. He sees the commission lie paid you as moneyhe could be pocketing and isn't attributing the sales to your sales ability.You can't change someone who is short- sighted. When sales slow down, he will feel it, but he may just get angry that you are not putting as much energy into the job. Look for a new sales job, and tell interviewers your commission was removed because you did well. It's a self-defeating policy for businesses, but it happens in both large and small com- panies when managers don't understand what motivates true salespeople. PHOTOS BY BRAD ROLLINS Lehman High School cheerleaders offered an infusion of energy forAate-afternoon attendees of the 2010 North Hays County Business Expo held last week at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center on Kohler's Crossing. Organizers estimate this year's ~:ls numbered at least 600. Vendors plied potential customers with gifts and games, like this Wheel of Fortune-inspired promotion by Regions Bank, at the 2010 North Hays County Business Expo, hosted jointly by the Kyle and Buda chambers of commerce. Wayne Weigalt talks to visitors to his booth for State Farm Insurance at the North Hays County Business Expo. In its fifth year, the expo drew hundreds of residents to the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. The 70 businesses and organizations represented at this year's North Hays County Business Expo included Arl~y's, Seton Medical Center Hays and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.