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July 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How social media ‘overshares’ can scandalize your brand

Seemingly everything is shared on social media these days, so make sure you take these preventive steps to avoid unpardonable damage to your professional brand.


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

July 28, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Managers: Why you should have an open-door policy

You’ve probably heard of the term “open door” policy — but should you follow this practice if you’re a manager? Learn four key benefits and what can happen when a manager’s door is often closed.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: communication, etiquette, management, relationships

July 24, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Balancing on the work-life teeter-totter

Balancing work with the rest of your life is a career-long challenge. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the task.


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

July 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Unemployed? You still need a business card

Just because you’re out of work doesn’t mean you can’t use business cards at your next networking event. Here are some ground rules about what to include to leave a good impression.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: branding, communication, networking, self-promotion

July 21, 2014 at 1:00 AM

How to answer the inevitable salary question

Your job interview is going great — and then the hiring manager asks, “How much do you currently make?” or “What salary do you expect?” How should you answer? Here are some tips to prepare for the salary question and discussion during job interviews.


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

July 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Steps for finding the right mentor

Want a mentor but don’t know how to go about finding one? Check out these tips for finding, and keeping, career mentors.


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

July 15, 2014 at 1:00 AM

3 ways millennials are changing job-search strategy

Millennials have been criticized for craving attention and acting self-entitled, but a closer look at their behavior reveals some personality traits that are highly desired by hiring managers.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, finding your passion, millennials, social media, technology

July 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Want that job? Send a thank-you note after your interview

As she left the building, Jane wanted to dance across the street; her interview had gone so well that she was sure they’d offer her the position. But she didn’t send a thank-you note, and she didn’t get the job. Here’s proof that, despite your qualifications, failure to follow up after an interview could cost you the job.


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

July 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Tips for coping with a bad work situation

Does your job give you a stomachache? Ultimately you may need to find a new one — but what if you can’t? If you need to stick with your current job for a while, here are some survival tips.


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

July 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

4 ways to nurture new networking leads

To make sure your new networking contacts keep you at the top of their referral lists, here are some proactive steps you can take to develop mutually beneficial relationships.


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

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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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