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June 30, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How to stay afloat when the job sinks

The loss of a steady income can be a major source of stress as you look for work. But if you follow these job-search strategies, you may be able to keep your head above water, financially.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: layoffs, returning to the workforce, unemployment

June 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How to get your resume past applicant tracking systems

Here’s why — and how — you should customize and keyword your resume for each job in order to rank higher in Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: job search, keywords, resumes

June 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Women are better leaders than men

In an increasingly more connected and more complex society, successful leaders of both sexes will find themselves moving toward a management style that accesses both male and female strengths.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: diversity, management, relationships

June 23, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Stretching that summer gig into something more

Summer jobs may be more plentiful this year than at any time since the recession. Take these tips to see if you can be one of the few to turn your seasonal role into a permanent one.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, entry level, seasonal hiring

June 22, 2015 at 1:00 AM

A morning routine to catapult your career

Weekday mornings are tough. You’re tired, there’s a lot going on in preparing meals, getting dressed, feeding pets and more. Furthermore, maybe you’re heading to a job you hate, making you even more resistant to getting up in the a.m.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, motivation, work/life balance

June 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM

5 pieces of bad career advice

Beware: A lot of the most common, and popular, career advice you hear may not be as good as it sounds.


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

June 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Timeless job-seeking advice that spans the generations

HR people seem to have trouble understanding the needs of the millennial generation. But are these young workers much different than the youth of yesteryear? Here’s some sound advice for job-seekers of any generation.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: HR, millennials, networking

June 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How introverts can excel in job interviews

Are you an introvert? Here are tips to help you shine during your next job interview.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, interviewing, job search, self-promotion

June 11, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Do (bad) summer jobs build character?

Your grandma was right: Bad jobs do build character. Here are four other benefits of spending this summer with your nose to a less-than-pleasant grindstone.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, diversity, training

June 9, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Unlocking the power of three with introductions

Tired of awkward, one-on-one exchanges with strangers at networking events? Try acting like an event organizer and start introducing two other people. You may be surprised at how this three-way investment can pay off.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: LinkedIn, networking, referrals

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Blog contributors

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.

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.

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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