Archive: November 2010
A friend recently asked, "What do I get or do for all the folks who helped me this year with job hunting favors? Do I even need to get them anything?" As with many professional development questions, the answer is,...
Successful presenters, public speakers, salespeople and politicians have mastered the art of storytelling, and as a jobseeker, you should, too. In sales, there is a saying: "Facts tell, stories sell." From a psychological perspective, this is true because we tend to remember stories longer and better than facts.
Like the last two holiday seasons, this new one -- still in it's infancy -- looks like it will come packaged in the now-familiar mixed bag of economic indicators. On one hand, there is optimism for a healthier economy in...
How'd you like the snowy, icy commute this week? If you have a job that can partly be done from home but your employer has never let you telecommute, there's hope. To ask your boss for work-from-home privileges, follow...
Want to make sure you have a place to land should your current position unexpectedly evaporate? Or do you just hate your job, plain and simple? Then don't spend Black Friday waiting on checkout lines, scouring the web for bargains,...
If you're not a heavy LinkedIn user, you might not be aware of the great details the site provides about companies that can help you in your job search. Say you're looking to target a list of employers or you're researching companies within an industry or you have an interview coming up. You can use LinkedIn's company feature to get valuable information you need.
Welcome to the month of the self-employed professional. Last week marked the second annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, which mobilized current and hopeful self-employed folks to participate in 30,000 small business events around the world. Not to be outdone, President Obama...
Many people looking for work this time of year are taking a detour from their regular job-seeking activities to don new name tags and tie on color-coordinated smocks as extra seasonal retail help for the holidays. The vast majority of...
Your success in an interview depends directly on your understanding of the employer's true needs and desires and your ability to communicate how you're the exact match for what the company is seeking in its new hire.
Welcome to the holidays: The season of the Uncontrollable Mood Swing. It's known as a time filled with joy, family and peace, but it's also the time of darkness at 3 p.m., miserable weather and shopping stress. No to mention...
You may have heard about the surgeon who's gone public with the details of how he managed to perform the wrong surgery on a patient's hand two years ago. Breaking from the time-honored medical tradition of sweeping operating room...
A client of mine recently asked for proper ways of getting successful introductions from her connections. Introductions will only go well if, first, you are carefully introduced and, second, if you follow up properly.
So much of today's advice aimed at students and recent graduates centers on how to find a paid job in our droopy economy. But navigating the work world as a twentysomething doesn't stop with the job interview process. Once you've...
A few days ago, we saw a dramatic example of change, with Republicans picking up a whopping 64 seats in the midterm elections to take back control of the House of Representatives. Here in this Washington -- in the Seattle...
Pondering graduate school while working, but not sure how you'll handle hitting the books on top of holding down a day job? The University of Washington wants to help. On Wednesday, November 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., UW Professional...
According to Where the Jobs Are, federal agencies will be hiring more than 270,000 workers for mission-critical jobs by the end of September, 2012. I recently interviewed Heather Krasna, director of career services at Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, about how to go about getting one of these federal jobs.
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 is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
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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