Arlington: One week after I started my current job, I got a call from a hiring manager at my dream job. I explained that I had just started a new job but wanted to hear more about the opportunity. Long story short, I may receive an offer for the dream job. Is there a good way to resign from my current job without burning bridges? When I accepted I had no idea it would be for such short tenure (about three months).

First, don't count your chickens. If and when you get an offer for the dream job, craft your resignation then. Until then, continue to do your best work. When you resign, give proper notice (two to three weeks). Apologize for your short tenure. Thank your employers for hiring you, and explain that you've just been offered an opportunity that you couldn't possibly turn down. If you are gracious about it, your supervisors will likely be sympathetic.

Fair Oaks: I have been working at the same company for about seven years. I haven't received a significant pay raise for the past four years. At every yearly review session, I bring up the pay raise question and am told that the company has not done very well financially, so there are no pay raises to be given out even though I have received above-average marks on my review. If that's the case, then my boss and his boss should not be given any raises either -- but they are getting them. What do you recommend?

First, investigate the market worth of your skills. What are workers with comparable jobs making where you live? The Department of Labor and myriad Web sites can help you get a ballpark figure. If you're underpaid, you have two choices: One, take this information to your current boss and attempt to negotiate a raise. Or, given your previous lack of success with this path, jump right to the second option: Leave. Find another job that will reward your skills with appropriate pay instead of thin excuses.