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Archive: September 2009


October rolls in with networking, job fair events

There's one nice thing about the blustery days and lengthening, rainy nights of early fall: It gives you fewer excuses to avoid knuckling down and concentrating on your job search. With October right around the corner, Seattle networking organizations are...

Is corporate fashion killing you?

I recently went to see "Suffer for Beauty: A Revealing Look at Women's History Through Undergarments," a fantastic little exhibit at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. I marveled at the impossibly tiny waist-cinching corsets of the 1880s...

'Tis the season to think about holiday hiring

In a year that has had some notable extremes regarding the job market, I noticed another one a few weeks ago. It was late August, in the thick of the back-to-school sales frenzy, when I saw it on TV: the...

Has your employer told you what to do if you get swine flu?

Schools and colleges may be gearing up for potential swine flu outbreaks among their student body and staff. But in a survey conducted this month by marketing firm Mansfield Communications, 69 percent of working Americans polled said their employer has...

Does your department need a morale boost?

I hear the same stories over and over from friends, readers, and people I've interviewed during the past year. If it's not the rumor mill and the uncertainty about holding onto their job, it's the sadness, frustration, and brain drain...

Engineering heads list of fastest-growing green jobs

Of all the miracle cures that have been proposed to heal the nation's economy in the last few years, the so-called "clean tech" industry may be the most disappointing so far. Countless "green" companies endorsed a bright future, full of...

Singles don't necessarily have it easier in the workplace

So much of the work/life balance conversation in the media focuses on married couples and their families. This can get old for us unmarried folks. Singles, who according to the Council on Contemporary Families now comprise 43 percent of the...

Picking the right job-interview attire

Of all the things job candidates have to worry about before a job interview, the least important would seem to be attire. After all, common sense dictates that a conservative look is the best bet: A classic suit-and-tie combo for...

Public forum: What health care reform means for entrepreneurs

If you're a past or present employee who thinks the health insurance woes of the self-employed aren't your concern, you're wrong. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all employers and hire more...

How to stay off the recruiter 'blacklist'

It's hard to believe in this economy, but apparently there is something out there called an "arrogant job seeker." In spite of the crippling 9.2 percent unemployment rate for the state in August, many recruiters are reporting a spike in...

Telling your co-workers you're gay

I finally watched the film Milk this summer. I loved the movie and was enthralled by Sean Penn's performance. But I couldn't help but feel a bit disheartened about how little some things have changed in the 31 years since...

New Job Center opens for tech workers

Yesterday's Back to Work networking event, sponsored by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), not only brought together 350 of the region's top tech job seekers and career placement specialists, it also was the launch pad for a new online...

Has your office gone to the dogs?

I was in the frozen food aisle of my neighborhood co-op the other day when a woman with a small dog on a leash walked by. The dog wasn't wearing a service vest, but the little guy was very well...

Improv classes keep job seekers on their toes

Maybe it says something about the state of the local job market when professional comedians start acting as career consultants. While seeking employment in this economy is no laughing matter, many local job seekers are turning to the improvisational theater...

Is it possible to better the world -- and make a living?

Jeff Klein says yes. The author of "Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living" believes that social entrepreneurship -- starting a company that serves the greater good, or working for one -- is the future of business. "There is...

WTIA, F5 offer support to tech job market

One of the few bright spots in Seattle's dark 2009 job market has been the relatively active technology sector. Just last week, recruiter Matthew Allen of Vertical Move told me he has seen a significant rise in hiring activity among...

Putting Tacoma (and Seattle) back to work

As it has been for more than 100 years now, Tacoma's loss appears to be Seattle's gain. Tacoma managed to secure the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1870s, but the City of Destiny's fortunes have seemed to...

Regional help for aspiring small business owners

I don't know about you, but August's 9.7 percent national unemployment rate doesn't exactly scream "The recession's over!" to me. If you're one of the many unemployed contemplating starting your own business, you don't have to go it alone. The...

Labor Day: No day off for job seekers

Today is traditionally thought of as the end of summer--a day for the final barbecue, a time to dig out the football jerseys from the back of the closet, the last chance to hit the beach before the kids hit...

Jobnob is coming to match workers with startups

Well, those positive vibes about the economy surely didn't last long. Yesterday, I wrote about some rare good news about a possible rise Seattle-are tech jobs, but this morning's report about a 0.3 percent rise in the national unemployment rate...

Recession stress: How do you combat it?

Dwindling hours. Lost wages. Low morale at the office. Low morale on the job hunt. Reports that the individual health insurance plan you purchased (that is, if you qualified for and could afford one) probably won't cover all you thought...

Recruiter sees hints of tech job revival

Yesterday morning I had a little chuckle over the tongue-in-cheek Seattle Times headline, "In case you missed it, recession now over." MarketWatch's Greg Robb, wrote about how the Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers' index had risen above a critical...

Top 10 in-demand college majors for Class of '10

As if we needed an another reminder, those of you who were awakened this morning by the unexpected chilly showers (with real raindrops, not the usual drizzle) probably realize by now that fall is well on its way. The changeover...

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Karen Burns 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.

Kristen Fife Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.

Lisa Quast Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.

Randy Woods Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.

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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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