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October 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM

45 quick tips for banishing workplace stress

Job got you down? You’ll find help on this list of 45 tips for coping with workplace stress.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: conflict, morale, stress, work/life balance

September 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How going to ‘camp’ could land you a job

High school gives teens knowledge, but it doesn’t always prepare them for how to find a job and succeed in business. That’s where Washington Business Week programs can help.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, education, mentors, skills

September 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to find employers that support career development

Most young adults don’t want to work for just any company; they want to work for an employer that will support their career-development goals. Here’s how to find those companies and the types of programs they offer.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, interviewing, job search, negotiating

September 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

New managers: how to assert your authority at work

Just been promoted? Remember that a key part of your success in your new job lies in helping your employees achieve their potential.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, communication, management, morale, promotions

September 23, 2014 at 1:00 AM

To banish career fear, think like a boss

Fear is not only tolerated in the job-search realm, it is expected. Career consultant Lindsey Pollak’s new book shows how viewing every new challenge the way a boss would can help banish these fears and advance your career.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career planning, finding your passion, goals, management, skills

September 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

10 steps to quitting your job with your reputation intact

You just accepted a new job. You’re so excited, you feel as if you could fly! Then it hits you: Now you have to quit your current job. Don’t worry; just follow these steps to exit your job professionally and leave your reputation intact.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career change, communication, conflict, etiquette

September 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

9 tips for running shorter and better meetings

Unfortunately, most jobs involve meetings of some kind. You might even be in charge of running them. If that’s the case, take a look at these nine ways to make your meetings shorter and better.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, morale, office politics

September 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Hard lessons about communicating ‘soft skills’

Hiring managers look to “hard” technical skills first, but the “soft” interpersonal skills often seal the deal. Follow these tips on how and when to communicate both kinds of skills for maximum value.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, HR, interviewing, resumes, skills

September 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Preparation is key in negotiating your starting salary

Many people find negotiating uncomfortable — especially when it comes to discussing starting salaries. Even though some have a more natural ability than others, anyone can learn the skill. Here are eight tips for preparing for salary negotiations in your next job interview.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: hiring, job search, negotiating, salary

September 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The secret to successful moonlighting

Moonlighting is nothing to be ashamed of; it can be a good answer to underemployment, and can be the path to greater job satisfaction and fulfillment (not to mention solvency). Following one simple rule will help ensure success.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, finding your passion, goals, stress

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Blog contributors

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.

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

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

Former contributors

Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant.

Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."

Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.

Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.

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