Archive: October 2011
There's sure to be lots of talk of scary supervisors and creepy co-workers this week. But you know what's really scary? The person at work who secretly uses their smartphone to record unflattering, embarrassing, or compromising videos of their...
When writing a resume, there are some words that can always help you, such as "completed," "managed" and "achieved," which let the employer know you've accomplished something concrete and measurable. Then, there are the words that de-emphasize actions, such as...
Perhaps this week, when handing your supervisor a token gift for National Boss Day, you made a mental note to up your professional game so that one day you, too, could be one of the bigwigs. [Flickr photo by...
For many people, the idea of "being an artist" often runs counter to the concept of "having a career." This is one stereotype that does have at least some basis in fact: Most artists I've met are extremely talented and...
We're told not to get hung up coveting the careers of those more successful than us, to stop getting bogged down by what we don't have and focus on building up what we do. However, new research on envy shows...
A few years ago, in the early days of the Great Recession, I attended an economic forecast symposium and heard an economist use a phrase that still resonates with me: "As far as markets are concerned, 'flat' is the new...
If there's one good thing that's come out of this rotten economy, it's that Americans have gotten more creative -- and not just in how far they can stretch a dollar. Having finally realized that corporate America is no...
I recently interviewed Rod Brooks, chief marketing officer of PEMCO Insurance, about career development. He shared with me a conversation he once had with his boss. The lesson was so profound that he's given dozens, if not hundreds, of speeches...
By now, you've probably read Steve Jobs' words on a friend's blog or Facebook page: Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results...
John Murphy has one of those careers that makes others seethe with envy at cocktail parties. During his three decades in the hospitality industry, he's worked as general manager of the Salish Lodge and Spa, managing director of the University of...
A few weeks ago, I wrote about some ways to address a question about salary requirements during an interview. That is always a tricky subject, but it is a reasonable request with a number of effective responses. There is, however,...
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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