Archive: December 2010
I recently interviewed Nancy Juetten, author of "Bye-Bye Boring Bio," on what it takes to write a great bio. Professionals in transition can benefit from a well-written bio in their social media profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), the summary section of their resume, and on their cover letters.
We've talked a lot on this blog about how employees can make telecommuting work. But managers also need to play a part in ensuring that remote workers are sufficiently integrated with the team and as productive as their onsite...
I've always liked the idea of Boxing Day. For those unfamiliar with obscure holiday customs of the former British Empire, Dec. 26th traditionally has been a day off for the laboring classes, during which the wealthy provided charitable gifts for...
I recently interviewed executive recruiter Erin Holland-Collins on why some candidates remain unemployed for extended periods. Here are some of Erin's additional thoughts about what turns recruiters off, as well as tips candidates can use to get an edge.
While there are various reasons a candidate isn't selected, executive recruiter Erin Holland-Collins has had her share of experience with many candidates in the financial sector, and has some ideas. She's seen many mistakes candidates make that cost them great opportunities.
Last year on NWjobs, we talked about budget-friendly holiday gifts that bosses and subordinates can give one another during lean financial times. But what we haven't talked about is ad-hoc gift-giving among officemates outside those department-wide Secret Santa and white...
This week, as greater Seattle gears up for the last-minute shopping binge, most job seekers are pretty much already on holiday from their usual full-time "jobs" of looking for work. With hiring managers either planning holiday parties, on early vacation...
Tempted put your job hunt on hold for the next two weeks? Don't be. Not all employers completely disappear into the holiday ether from mid-December to early January. Neither should you. [Egg nog | photo by izik] Executive outplacement firm...
I recently interviewed Chris St. Hilaire, a message strategist and author of "27 Powers of Persuasion: Simple Strategies to Seduce Audiences and Win Allies," on how a candidate can seduce an interviewer into making a job offer.
In sales training, they teach that if you want to make the sale, you have to listen more and talk less. They also tell you that when you're presenting information to a customer, remember the KISS principle: "Keep It Short and Simple."
Over the last few years, the one local job market that seems to have weathered the storms of the Great Recession has been Seattle's interactive media sector. Earlier this year, a joint study by the Washington Interactive Network (WIN) and...
If you're an experienced professional, getting media exposure can help your credibility, visibility and opportunities to connect with employers. Recruiters often Google prospective candidates to learn more about them, and being featured in the media offers invaluable credibility in addition to your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.
Out of work this holiday season? Nearing the end of your current employment contract or military service? Executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas wants to help. On Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28, from 7 a.m. to...
All relationships -- even the ones that seem destined for long-term commitment -- have their bumpy days, where everything seems to fall apart. Friday was one of those days for the on-again/off-again romance between private-sector employers and the nation's workforce....
Not all job seekers have the money to invest in a professionally written, high-quality resume. A competitive analysis will help you find out who your competition is; it also helps you borrow ideas from the way these people describe their offerings. There is an old saying that a competitive analysis allows you to "R&D" the competition -- "rip off and duplicate."
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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