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July 30, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How you may be sabotaging your career without even knowing it

We don’t intend to sabotage our careers but sometimes, without meaning to, we do. Here’s how not to.


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

July 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM

A five-step countdown to conflict resolution

Your next hiring manager would like to know how well you resolve conflicts. Before counting to 10 during your next office disagreement, checkout these five tips on unruffling feathers in the office.


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

July 27, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Eliminate these words from your professional vocabulary

Everyone wants to be seen as eloquent, intelligent and credible. To ensure you’re being perceived in the way you want, begin eliminating these words from your professional vocabulary.


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

July 23, 2015 at 1:00 AM

When it’s time to take the plunge: How to change careers

Changing careers requires soul-searching, networking and maybe some new training, but it can be worth it.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career change, finding your passion, makeover

July 21, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Work at home and keep your sanity, too

Working from home can feel like paradise — until you start going stir crazy. Take these tips to keep up you productivity (and your sanity) and maintaining your sharpness in between interviews.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: self-employment, telecommuting, work/life balance

July 20, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Beyond LinkedIn: Using social media for your job search

It’s no secret that LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool. It can help you expand your network, gain job prospects, grab the attention of recruiters and more. There are many other ways to leverage social media to give your job hunt a boost, though. Try these tips to get a leg up on the competition.


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

July 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM

How to tell when it’s time to change careers

Unhappy? Stressed out? Maybe it’s your career. Find out by asking yourself these questions.


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

July 14, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Some aggressive job-search tactics to avoid

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’ve got to be memorable, right? Well, not if you end up annoying the hiring manager. Make sure you avoid these aggressive behaviors that could get you blacklisted.


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

July 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Easy fitness tips that you can squeeze into your workday

When you work a full-time job and have a busy personal life, it can be difficult to find time to exercise. Here are tips to get in shape, even while you’re at work.


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

July 9, 2015 at 1:00 AM

What to do when you disagree with your boss

The key to successfully disagreeing with your boss is to make the resolution look like a victory for both of you.


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

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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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