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November 27, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Give thanks to the boss, because everyone likes to hear it

Two more things to be thankful for this week: Your boss and your job.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: etiquette, office politics, relationships

November 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

New tool calculates whether your salary is enough to get by

Do you know what your skills are worth? If you accept that job offer now, could you still makes ends meet? A new service from the local Workforce Development Council may provide some answers.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career planning, raises, salary

November 24, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Think twice before accepting a counteroffer when you resign

Feeling flattered because you turned in your resignation letter and your boss offered you a higher salary if you remained in your current job? Don’t let your ego cloud your judgment. Look your boss in the eyes, smile politely and say “No, thank you” to that counter offer. Here’s why.


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

November 20, 2014 at 1:00 AM

9 tips for playing well with others in the workplace

Success at work depends on more than skills, experience or expertise. How well you work with others has a huge impact on your career.


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

November 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Good interview gone bad? Here’s how to salvage it

If you stumble early on in an interview, fear not! These three easy tips can come to your rescue and make a good impression before you go off the rails.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, etiquette, interviewing, stress

November 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to get the most out of your LinkedIn recommendations

Many job seekers are foregoing formal letters of recommendation and instead are asking for recommendations they can include on their LinkedIn profile. But it’s important to remember that it’s the quality, not the quantity, that will help the most.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, interviewing, job search, LinkedIn

November 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Simple steps to superior emails

Vague, poorly written emails waste time, cost money and drive people crazy. They lead to mistakes, misunderstandings and worse. Don’t be part of the problem; follow these simple rules for emails that rule.


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

November 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

5 ways veterans can ease into a civilian job search

Our military can overcome any obstacle, except maybe when it comes to returning to the workforce. Here are a few tips that can help ease veterans’ transition back into a civilian job search,


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: networking, resumes, returning to the workforce, training, veterans

November 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

To score big in an interview, draft a job ‘game plan’ first

One of my favorite interview questions as a hiring manager is: “What’s your game plan to ensure success in the job?” Here’s how to prepare your answer.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career change, communication, interviewing, job search

November 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to handle your boss’s unethical requests

When you are asked to do something immoral, illegal or just plain icky at work, it’s often presented as “no big deal,” “this is how we stay in business” or “everybody does it.”


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

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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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