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August 27, 2015 at 1:00 AM

The art of compromise at work

Being an effective — and smart — compromiser enhances all your relationships, including the ones at work.

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

August 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

What’s your salary’s purchasing power?

Before you accept that new job offer or take that promotion, use this new app to find out how your purchasing power will change, and how it compares to the compensation in other professions.

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: negotiating, raises, salary

August 24, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Stay cool and calm when dealing with ill-mannered colleagues

Don’t let a co-worker’s bad attitude at the office derail you. Here’s how to handle a workplace bully.

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

August 20, 2015 at 1:00 AM

5 bad habits that can tank your career

Success is due not only to how well you do your job, but how well you treat the humans you do your job with.

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, etiquette, relationships

August 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Improving your employment odds with job-growth predictions

Just in time for “back-to-school,” Washington state offers a glimpse into the future demand of more than 800 professions over the next eight years. Will your job still be sought after when today’s high-school kids graduate college?

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career planning, education, entry-level jobs

August 17, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How to stay laser focused during the dog days of summer

Is the mid-August summer weather distracting you from work? Here’s how to stay focused so you’ll have more time for after-work fun.

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

August 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

What to look for in a job club

Joining a job club can help you get through the rough spots of job hunting, and may even help you get a job.

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: job search, networking, unemployment

August 11, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Keep up the paper trail in unemployment claims

Even in seemingly open-and-shut cases involving unemployment claims, your case can be overturned on a technicality. Find out where to get legal counsel to guide you through the laborious process to keep your benefits coming.

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: HR, stress, unemployment

August 10, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Are you ‘shark tanking’ yourself during job interviews?

If you’re not “shark tanking” yourself during interviews, you may be missing out on job offers.

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

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Why getting promoted should scare you

Making the transition from “one of the guys/gals” to the boss takes time, diplomacy and patience.

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More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, office politics, promotions

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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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