I've been applying for my first job out of college, and I noticed that a good number of listings ask for "salary requirements." How should I indicate this?

-- Arlington

Ignore them. Cover letters are introductions, and we don't introduce ourselves at parties by telling people how much we wish we made, do we? If pressed on the issue before you've been offered a job, say it's "negotiable."

I hate to sound like a jerk, but here goes: At work, my co-workers and I are always getting hit up for contributions for birthdays, maternity and Boss's Day gifts. Two bucks here, five bucks there, and it's getting pretty old. I came to actually work, not to be pumped for money.

-- Bedford, Pa.

Surely the goodwill of your co-workers is worth what you are probably slipping into the vending machines every day? Exchanging small gifts is a common part of that "work" you showed up to do.

This summer, I landed a job I love at an association in D.C. I have been in the workforce for 10 years and this is a senior position. Well, just last week, the association announced it is moving to another part of the country. I can't leave the D.C. area, so, after just four months, I have to look for another job. I have about six months before the association moves. When should I start looking -- should I wait a few months so I have more experience at this job?

-- Washington, D.C.

Start looking now. And don't worry about the short turnaround. Good workers lose their jobs through layoffs, moves and mergers so often these days that the job-hopper stigma has all but disappeared.