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September 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Hard lessons about communicating ‘soft skills’

Hiring managers look to “hard” technical skills first, but the “soft” interpersonal skills often seal the deal. Follow these tips on how and when to communicate both kinds of skills for maximum value.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, HR, interviewing, resumes, skills

September 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Preparation is key in negotiating your starting salary

Many people find negotiating uncomfortable — especially when it comes to discussing starting salaries. Even though some have a more natural ability than others, anyone can learn the skill. Here are eight tips for preparing for salary negotiations in your next job interview.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: hiring, job search, negotiating, salary

September 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The secret to successful moonlighting

Moonlighting is nothing to be ashamed of; it can be a good answer to underemployment, and can be the path to greater job satisfaction and fulfillment (not to mention solvency). Following one simple rule will help ensure success.


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

September 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

What to expect in a ‘post-millennial’ job search

A new demographic group, called Generation Z, is about to emerge in the workforce. A recent study reveals their attitudes about work and how they may affect hiring trends in the near future.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: benefits, branding, millennials, social media, technology

September 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

6 tips to avoid giving away your job search

If you’re looking for a job outside your current employer, it can be helpful to avoid giving away your job search so it won’t sour your relationship with your boss. Shhh…here are six tips to keep your job search quiet.


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

September 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

3-step networking for introverts

Even if you aren’t an introvert, you can use these three easy one-liners for meeting and greeting new people.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, job search, networking, relationships

September 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Job seekers: Know where you stand after an interview

Don’t leave a job interview wondering where you stand. Here are some techniques for professionally closing an interview, ensuring that the hiring manager will know you want the job and that you will know the next steps in the hiring process.


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

September 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to tame an unruly resume

Has the recession turned your resume into a series of stops, starts and concurrent, short-term jobs? Take these steps to tidy up your work history and impress hiring managers.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: resumes, self-promotion, skills, volunteering

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

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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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