Archive: February 2009
I was giving an interview on freelancing this week, when the reporter stopped me and said, "I have a tip for people who want to freelance: Make sure you marry someone with good health insurance." People who aren't traditional full-time employees get this...
Then March is your month. On Friday, March 27, Washington Women in Trades will hold its 30th annual career fair in Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. More than 80 exhibitors will be on hand to educate job seekers and disgruntled desk workers looking for new...
While we're on the subject of balance for new parents, I wanted to address another trend I've been hearing and reading a lot about lately: calling in a grandparent to mind your kids so you can continue bringing home as much bacon as possible. Per the AARP Web site: "The...
Working Dad columnist Paul Nyhan had an interesting piece in the Seattle P-I this week about how work/life balance is especially tough for new parents to come by in an economy like this. As Nyhan writes: "Around Seattle and the nation, new moms are cutting...
Looking for work is lonely business. Most days, it's just you, your computer, your phone, and the dust bunnies at your feet. For the person who enjoys working alongside a team of peers Monday through Friday, this solitude can be torturous. Just this week, someone on an...
By now, we all know that first, second, and third jobs are hard to come by. And that those who take a second job to earn some extra cash have been known to skimp on sleep, social life, and balance....
Seems like every week another friend tells me that their employer cut their hours or shrank their pay -- but not their workload. But it's not just staffers facing the tough cuts. Freelance budgets have been shrinking too. Just this morning a client informed me that the...
On Monday, I got on a plane for the first time in a year. Since I hadn't flown in a while, I checked the TSA site for the latest and greatest rules and regulations on the correct way to pack...
Last night, after participating in a live chat among media professionals on Twitter, a friend who also had been in the chat called to compare notes. "Did you see that [Hotshot Editor X] was on there?" my friend said. "Mmm hmmm,"...
Amid the never-ending reports of layoffs this past week, there have been a few glimmers of light. I don't diminish the significance of losing one's livelihood. Nor am I living in an employment dream world. (Almost every outfit I freelance...
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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