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January 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Is it the dreary weather or your job making you feel sad?

If life feels drab and depressing, Seattle’s gray winter weather may not be the culprit. You could be experiencing job burnout. Here are the signs that your job is bringing you down.


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

January 22, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Why you should ‘fake it’ at work

The secret to overcoming Imposter Syndrome revealed here!


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, morale, promotions, self-promotion

January 20, 2015 at 6:51 AM

Care and feeding tips for your job references

If you don’t take care of the colleagues on your reference list, you may end up letting job opportunities slip away. Follow this list of tips to make sure your references will put you in the best possible light.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: etiquette, references, skills

January 19, 2015 at 1:00 AM

The 3 career tips I always share with mentees

January is National Mentoring Month, so I’m sharing the top three career tips I discuss with all my mentees.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, career planning, self-promotion, work/life balance

January 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM

9 personal-growth career resolutions for 2015

We all want to improve ourselves, don’t we? Here are nine simple tips to put you on the right track for personal — and career — growth in 2015.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, goals, morale

January 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

To get a hiring manger’s ear, be critical

Hiring managers don’t want sycophants, they want honest answers and opinions from their prospective hires. Here are a few ways you can apply constructive criticism in a job interview without looking like a jerk.


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

January 12, 2015 at 1:00 AM

A surefire way to gain more time in your day

Happy Clean Off Your Desk Day! Once you’ve done that, clean up your calendar and gain more time back into your day by scheduling fewer meetings.


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

January 8, 2015 at 1:00 AM

3 sensible reasons to ‘boomerang’ back to a former employer

Returning to work for a former employer can benefit both sides of the equation.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career advancement, finding your passion, negotiating, returning to the workforce

January 6, 2015 at 1:00 AM

5 questions all cover letters must answer

There is no “perfect” cover letter, but there are 5 basic questions every letter should answer, customized for the needs of each hiring manager.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: cover letters, resumes, self-promotion

January 5, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Looking for a job? Don’t forget to consider nonprofits

Job seekers sometimes overlook opportunities available in the nonprofit world. Consider these advantages and disadvantages to nonprofit employment, so you begin your job search fully informed.


More in Work Life Blog | Topics: career change, career planning, job search, nonprofit

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Blog contributors

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.

Randy Woods Writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.

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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