Archive: December 2012
This weekend, we stand on the precipice of a new year. Some people might call the 2013 threshold one small step on the journey to recovery. Others might call it a giant leap over a cliff — a fiscal cliff,...
A lot of employers conduct year-end evaluations. That's because it's good to look back at the old before jumping forward into the new. But maybe your employer doesn't do this. Or maybe you don't have an employer. No problem; you...
As we celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2012, I decided to focus on ways to turn 2013 into a year of ongoing career success. How can you do this? By creating a career strategic...
You just landed a job -- finally! -- and you've got the jitters. Of course you do. It's not easy being a newbie. All those traumatic first-day-of-school memories come flooding back. What to do? I mean, beyond working really hard? I find it really...
"I can't believe I was let go. After all the downsizing over the last few years, I thought my job was safe. How could they do this to me right before Christmas?" said the weeping woman sitting in my office....
The word "like" may be one of the most abused words in the English language. Not only does Webster's categorize the word in seven distinct classes of language — verb, noun, adjective, preposition, adverb, conjunction and verbal auxiliary — the...
Little-known fact: The holidays are a golden opportunity to give a boost to your career. Why? It's primo networking time! All you have to do is do a little more of what you're probably already doing. For example: Go...
A former client -- I'll call her "Catherine" -- approached me with an unusual career problem in this ongoing economic recession. She was stressed out and didn't know what to do because she had two job opportunities, but couldn't decide...
"Hello, my name is Randy. I'm a creative person specializing in organizational efficiency and effective communication. I'm a motivated individual with extensive experience in journalism and have a proven track record of creating innovative solutions. In my previous positions, I...
'Tis the season: Shopping, decorating, cooking, parties. Maybe even a party hosted by your employer. That's the good news, because you and your co-workers deserve a little something for a year's worth of hard work. The bad news? A workplace...
"Now that it's December, I can't wait to decorate my cubicle!" exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee. Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, "That's exactly why I hate the holidays at work -- people...
The ultimate goal of networking, as every job seeker knows, is to increase your odds of connecting with someone who can help move your career forward. For some, that means acting like a marketer and getting your brand in front...
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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