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December 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Use age — and experience — to your advantage in job search

Older workers who fear age bias during their job search can use these tips to turn a long career of work experience into their chief asset during their next job interview.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: discrimination, education, mentors, older workers

December 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Here’s how to spot a bad boss – before you take the job

I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career. Some were managers who became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer. Here are five ways to spot a bad boss – before you take the job.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: conflict, hiring, interviewing, relationships

December 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Working the workplace holiday party

The workplace holiday party is an outstanding venue to network your way into a better job. Just keep in mind these do’s and don’ts.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, etiquette, networking, self-promotion

December 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to turn those rejection letters upside down

Sometimes a rejection letter is just another opportunity to make a new connection. These three tips can help keep the dialogue open for a possible second chance at finding your dream job.


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

December 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Even Santa doesn’t love his job every day

No one — even Santa — loves every part of his or her job. Herein, Mrs. Claus delivers hot cocoa and advice for those who are feeling the career blues this time of year.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: conflict, motivation, stress

December 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Leveraging the holidays to boost your career

It’s December — the best time of the year to boost your career!


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, career planning, goals, networking

December 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM

5 tips to make the most of your LinkedIn profile

Last month’s #RockYourProfile event in the Seattle area provided these 5 great tips to make sure your online profile stands out from the crowd.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: branding, LinkedIn, social media

December 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The right way to apply for a different job within your company

Are you looking for a new job within your current company? Don’t assume you’ll have an advantage in obtaining the job just because you already work there.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, communication, interviewing

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

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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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