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August 28, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to tap the hidden job market (hint: network)

Learning how to tap the hidden job market is the best thing you can ever do for your career. It can be summed up in one word: network. Here’s how to identify and go after job openings before they are advertised or posted.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career change, job search, networking, self-promotion

August 26, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Don’t count your job offers until they’re dispatched

You’ve been offered a job over the phone, but you still don’t have a formal offer letter. Find how you can survive this waiting game without jeopardizing your chances on landing your dream job.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: etiquette, interviewing, job search strategy, offer letter

August 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Interview questions: Asking is just as important as answering

The job interview I was conducting had been going well. But when I asked if the candidate had any questions for me, he stared at me with terror on his face and finally mumbled, “Um, no, not really.” Don’t let that happen to you. Here are examples of questions you can ask a potential employer.


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

August 21, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The power of good manners

In recent years, it seems that good manners have come to be thought of as a “nice to have,” or even a sign of weakness. In fact, manners and the use of etiquette are powerful tools. Observing these 12 basic rules will put you light-years ahead of most people.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, co-workers, etiquette, office politics

August 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Are you in the pipeline for an in-demand career?

College classes will begin soon. Do you know which majors will get you hired? A recent study provides guidance about technology-related occupations with the highest demand over the next five years.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career planning, education, technology, training

August 18, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Take responsibility for your career development

According to a recent survey, there is disagreement about whether career development should be the responsibility of an individual, an employer or the individual’s college. This means you need to take ownership in driving your career advancement. Here’s how.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, career change, career planning, self-promotion

August 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

If you get fired, follow these 5 C’s for a graceful exit

You would think that getting fired is out of your control and that there isn’t much you can do to influence such a seemingly catastrophic event. But you are not completely powerless. Here’s how to make a graceful exit without burning any bridges.


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

August 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to stretch a summer job into a full-time profession

Turning a summer gig into a permanent job is a tricky task, but it can be done if you take these simple steps to increase the value of your personal brand.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: branding, entry level, internships, networking, self-promotion

August 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Treat telephone interviews seriously

For many jobs, you must first get through a telephone interview before you’re invited to an in-person interview, so don’t discount the importance of it. To increase your odds of advancing to the next step in the hiring process, treat telephone interviews with the same level of importance as you’d treat in-person interviews. Here’s how…


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

August 7, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The key to career success: persistence

All the talent and brains in the world will not help you succeed if you don’t have the persistence to use them to pursue your goals. Remember that every action you take, no matter how small, leads to success.


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

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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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