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Career Center Blog | Acing the phone interview, part 2

Last week, I offered some phone-interview tips. There are also quite a few things not to do. Most of them should go without saying, but I'll say them anyway: Don't make any bodily noises other than well-modulated speech. That includes

Career Center Blog | Acing the phone interview, part 1

Many job interviews these days are conducted over the phone. A phone interview may even be your first contact with a potential employer. However, they are different from in-person interviews, and you may need to acquire a few new skills.

Career Center | Career makeover: Marketing professional needs to seal the deal

By Michelle Archer / NWjobs Tricia Belcastro is itching to get back to doing the marketing work she loves full time. In the two years since she was laid off from her senior marketing position at fitness-equipment manufacturer Precor, Belcastro

Career Center | Career advice: Job applicant has dirt on HR manager

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: After submitting several unsuccessful applications to a local business, I have concluded that I'm being blocked by the human resources manager. "Ashley" and I previously worked together at a different corporation

Career Center Blog | Self-analysis identifies actions to take to get the job

An effective process many companies use to assess themselves and their competitors and formulate their strategies is an analysis called "S.W.O.T." But this exercise isn't just for businesses; it also can be helpful for job seekers and those who are

Career Center Blog | Tech interview? Choose your outfit wisely

Seattleites are well known for our casual, relaxed approach to almost everything -- especially attire. Look around and you'll see an abundance of jeans, T-shirts and baseball hats. We also wear socks with sandals. And fleece -- lots and lots

Career Center | It's not too late: How to reinvent yourself after 50

By Dorie Clark / New York Times News Service I was manning a booth at the Harvard Club, which recently hosted New York’s authors’ night, when an older woman approached and picked up a copy of my book, “Reinventing You.”

Career Center Blog | Staying motivated during a long job search

The longer you look for a job, the harder it becomes. Some days you may not even feel like getting out of bed. You probably have already developed some methods for staying motivated. For more, check out these time-tested suggestions:

Career Center | Virtual job-search help just a click away

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs If you can’t afford to hire a professional career consultant, consider using the many free or low-cost tech tools that can boost job-search success. Online and software-based services can be accessed right from

Career Center | Inspect yourself for digital dirt before job search

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star You've applied for a job. Prospective employers begin a background check. They call the references you've listed and sweep the Internet to see what they can learn about you. They hear, "Are

Career Center | Ready to squirm? Site names most oddball job-interview questions

By Darrell Smith / The Sacramento Bee You’ve studied the company and its mission, polished your elevator pitch and honed your answers to a razor’s edge. You’re ready to have the interview of your life. Then a question comes out

Career Center | Do you really need social media to network or find a job?

By Diana Wurn / Special to NWjobs Career experts often tout the importance of social media in the modern job search. Polish your LinkedIn profile, they say. Build a portfolio website and get a professional profile picture taken. But what

Career Center | Get a free NWjobs.com career makeover

Is your job search stuck? Do you need help switching careers or networking effectively? If so, you may be selected to get free job-hunting, networking and interviewing advice from a trio of experts in exchange for having your story and

Career Center | Year Up program gives young adults a career boost

By Michael E. Kanell / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution One winter ago, Liliana Tapia had a young son, a closetful of unfulfilled dreams and not enough hours of work in a job at a local restaurant. A 2012 high-school graduate,

Career Center | 'Jump Ship' from a dead-end job; book tells how

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune I hate it when someone who isn’t me dispenses good career advice. Sadly, it happens from time to time, and it has happened in a big way with the publication of a new book

Career Center | Want a new job in 2014? Start planning now

By Michelle Archer / NWjobs If you’re planning to look for a job in 2014, you’ll be in good company. A resounding 83 percent of people said in a recent Right Management online poll that they “will actively seek a

Career Center | Put your best face forward for online profile pictures

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Admit it: Your social media profile picture is a selfie, isn’t it? That may work for teens on Facebook, but for job seekers and professionals, a polished headshot has become as vital as

Career Center Blog | When and how job candidates should follow up

Job candidates are often confused about when and how to follow up with employers. As a recruiter, I frequently hear questions such as "How long should I wait to contact a recruiter after initial contact?" and "How should I follow

Career Center | What are the best jobs in Seattle for 2014? Check out the Top 10

View CareerCast.com's full Best Jobs in Seattle report. (Click on the infographic to make text more clear.)

Career Center | 12 tips for better cover letters, applications

By Katherine Goldstein / Slate In the past five years, I’ve read something like 500 applications for entry-level media jobs. After scaling mountains of cover letters, I’ve developed some opinions I can no longer hold back. The most important one

Career Center | Career advice: How long do I need to stay in a job I don't like?

By Rob Walker / New York Times News Service Q: I have been in an entry-level administrative job for five months. In most ways, it’s good -- fair pay, great benefits, reputable company, decent learning and growth opportunities. But the

Career Center Blog | IT job seeking for the mature candidate

I have three friends who are looking for tech jobs. Their biggest challenge: They are older than 50. All of them have up-to-date experience in technology, so they have cleared one of the greatest hurdles most older workers face. But

Career Center | Help wanted ... with writing job descriptions

By Kristen Fife / Special to NWjobs Most people have no idea how much marketing is involved in recruiting. Candidates market themselves via their résumés, of course. But for recruiters, one of the most critical marketing tools is the job

Career Center Blog | How volunteering can help you get a job

You know that volunteering is good for your community. It's good for you, too. People who volunteer live longer, have lower rates of depression, enjoy better physical health, have more friends and are more self-confident. What you may not know

Career Center | Q&A: How do I explain getting fired for being tired?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I’m having trouble explaining why I left my last job. For three years, I worked in a residential treatment facility for youthful offenders. Everything was fine until I was assigned to

Career Center | Hot tech: What people in 9 high-paying jobs do — and how much they earn

By Shaun Chatman / Salary.com If you love computers and dream in programming code, then a career in the technology industry might be perfect for you. Salary.com compared its Seattle-area salary data to lists of in-demand tech jobs to come

Career Center | Career advice: Give boss a heads-up before applying for internal job

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently applied for a position in another department without telling my boss. The job description sounded interesting, but lacked important details, including work hours. I figured, however, that I could

Career Center | 3 good ways to follow up after an interview

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star A common query: "I thought I had a great job interview, but I haven't heard a thing since. Is it OK for me to contact them?" Yes, it's perfectly fine to inquire

Career Center | If you want the job, curb these desperate behaviors

By Jeffrey Kudisch / The Washington Post Acting desperate has never been an attractive quality in dating relationships, and it’s certainly not attractive to potential employers, either. For job seekers, emotions can run high and turn usually calm, collected candidates

Career Center Blog | 8 tips for getting rehired by a former employer

The unemployment rate in the Seattle area continues to drop -- 4.7 percent in June, down from 7.2 percent a year ago. And many people who had lost their jobs because of corporate downsizing are turning to their former employers

Career Center | Getting in: Job-seeking advice for diverse candidates

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Microsoft employs more than 97,000 employees in more than 110 countries, developing products and services as varied and unique as its markets. “In order to be successful around the world, we need to

Career Center Blog | Is it time to give up on Craigslist searches?

It's simple. it's inexpensive (and sometimes free). It's easy to navigate. It lists almost everything you'd ever want. But can it help you get hired by a legitimate employer? Since the early days of the web in 1995, Craigslist

Career Center Blog | How to dress for interview success

Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview? What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is crucial to presenting yourself as the

Career Center | Now we know: job-search lessons from the recession

By Marcia Heroux Pounds / (South Florida) Sun Sentinel Despite a gradual improvement in employment, many Americans are still looking for work. During the housing crisis and recession, companies such as outplacement firm Right Management had plenty of business guiding

Career Center Blog | Submitting your resume online: What you need to know

To find out what's truth and what's hype when it comes to resume-screening software, I interviewed three experts: A recruiting consultant, a senior corporate recruiter at a Fortune 500 company, and the CEO of a company that uses technology to

Career Center | Jobs you can count on for a solid future

By L.M. Sixel / Houston Chronicle First, the good news: You don’t have to get a pricey college degree or study something you don’t like to make a good living. There are plenty of great occupations that pay well and

Career Center | 'Gray' jobs: How to tap into in-demand careers that support seniors

By Kerry Hannon / The New York Times As the population ages, related jobs in health care and housing are on the rise. By 2050, according to Pew Research projections, about 1 in 5 Americans will be over 65, up

Career Center Blog | The 10 trickiest job interview questions

If some interview questions seem like trick questions, it's because they are. Here are 10 common questions, along with ideas for handling them: "Tell me about yourself." Don't ramble. This is your chance to talk about how your specific skills

Career Center | What to do when a former employer wants you back

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Emotionally, jobs can be like lovers. We fall for them, fight with them and sometimes lose them. The Great Recession left millions of Americans jilted by their jobs. But as the economy continues its

Career Center | How to return to workforce after lengthy gap

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: For 18 years, I stayed at home to care for a child with special needs. My son now has an independent living arrangement, so I am in the process of looking

Career Center | Site: Actuaries have best job; reporters the worst

The recently released 2013 CareerCast.com Jobs Rated Report concluded that actuaries have the nation’s best job. The survey weighed physical demands, stress, working environment, pay and hiring outlook. The 10 best jobs and their median annual salaries*: 1. Actuary: $87,650

Career Center Blog | Cookie-cutter resumes don't cut it anymore

Job hunters obsess about resumes. And for good reason. There's so much to get right -- functional versus chronological, objective statements (pro and con), keywords, templates, references, font size, white space, action verbs, employment gaps, placement and style of bullets,

Career Center | How to handle hardball interview questions

By Marvin Walberg / Scripps Howard News Service Even candidates who are able to make a strong sales pitch in job interviews can find themselves easily tripped up by the unexpected: hardball questions. The trick to fielding those questions is

Career Center | Is using a recruiter right for you?

By Kristin Kalning / Special to NWjobs When Andrew Edmond left his job last summer, he didn’t immediately look for another one. But when he was ready to get back out there, he went straight to his network of recruiters.

Career Center | Q&A: Stuck in dead-end job, hitting hiring wall

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: The job market has been picking up, and I've been sending out a lot of resumes, but I'm not getting invited to interviews. My current job has turned into a dead end,

Career Center | Career makeover: Longtime IT manager must draft new career plan

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs For 17 years, Barry Nichols was the IT manager at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Seattle regional office. But in 2012, the bureau office closed, forcing Nichols to look for a job for the

Career Center Blog | Local experts' tips on polishing your LinkedIn profile

Seattle is a technology hub, and recruiters and hiring managers aren't hiding from it. They're using LinkedIn as a pre-interview tactic to narrow down candidates for job openings. To find out what they're looking for, I interviewed technology recruiters and

Career Center Blog | Now's the time to get back to job-hunting basics

OK, so the stock market is posting record highs. Even more important, unemployment statistics are looking -- for the first time in a long time -- not that bad. This is good news if you are looking for work. So

Career Center | Is working for a startup right for you?

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Molly Epstein loves her job. Since last May, she has been creating computer-aided 3-D models of jewelry for Ritani.com, a high-end diamond and jewelry e-commerce company. Working for a tech startup -- among

Career Center | Networking mistakes can kill a job hunt

By Heather Dugan / Salary.com Effective networking is a game changer. It’s the unofficial homework of today’s professional. It’s not just who you know -- it’s who you know who knows who you want to know. Most of us can

Career Center | Problem solved: How to be a fixer, not a whiner

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald Most days, real estate agents storm into Ron Shuffield’s office with problems. They might have a closing that’s about to blow apart or a commission in dispute. They lay out all the

Career Center | 9 ways to make yourself more marketable in 2013

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Those pseudo-Mayan predictions didn’t come true, so you’ll need to prep for a new year. Why not make it one of the best so far, at least career-wise? Here are nine tips for

Career Center | Rejection goes hand-in-hand with job seeking

By Jeffrey Kudisch / Special to The Washington Post For those on the job hunt, there will inevitably be setbacks. But it’s how you deal with those setbacks that can prepare you for success and leadership in your career. Job

Career Center | Battling to get more vets in the workforce

By Becky Yerak and Cheryl V. Jackson / Chicago Tribune It’s one of the most disheartening statistics in the job market’s slow recovery. As the nation’s unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent in September, joblessness for post-Sept. 11 veterans was

Career Center | Job-interview outfit do's and don'ts

NWjobs staff Congratulations -- you finally landed a job interview! Now, what are you going to wear? For advice, we turned to Seattle-area career experts Lisa Quast of Career Woman, Inc., and Josh Warborg of Robert Half International, who critiqued

Career Center | Q&A: Out of a work rut, into a financial one?

By Karla L. Miller / Special to The Washington Post Q: I work for a small company that I'm nearly positive won't exist in five years. Since I don't dig the "sinking ship" vibe, I've been trying to get out

Career Center | Don't overlook inside candidates, research suggests

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star As president of the Society for Human Resource Management of Johnson County, Kan., Sue Christopher writes regular newsletter messages to the membership. The biggest reaction she has ever received came this past

Career Center | It's a career ladder, not an escalator

By Rex Huppke / The Chicago Tribune While I'm watching television, the remote control occasionally gets knocked off the couch, presenting an epic quandary. Do I get up and retrieve the remote, disrupting my carefully crafted comfort zone? Or do

Career Center | At some firms, smokers need not apply

By Renée C. Lee / Houston Chronicle Smokers beware: Puffing away could reduce your chances of landing a job, particularly at a hospital or a health-care facility. Methodist Hospital System in Houston recently announced it will implement a tobacco-free hiring

Career Center Blog | Help your contacts help you: set clear career goals

The other day, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a senior executive in town who wanted to get together for lunch. He wasn't looking for a new job, though; he told me that he keeps running into people

Career Center Blog | One simple way to increase your response rate

A woman came in the other day to meet with me. She seemed distressed and said she really needed to talk with a career coach to address a serious job-search problem she was having. When I asked her what challenge

Career Center | Online hiring systems frustrate applicants

By Lorraine Mirabella / The Baltimore Sun The emailed rejection came as no surprise to Bill Skibinski, though the Abingdon, Md., resident believed he was more than qualified for the entry-level job he’d applied for online. After spending two years

Career Center | Application agony: what to put in the salary spot

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star You're filling out an application -- online or on paper -- and it asks what you earned in your last (or current) job. Or it asks what you expect to be paid

Career Center | 7 habits to learn when looking for work

By Marie Stempinski / Tampa Bay Times Stephen R. Covey, a renowned author and lecturer, recently died. He was best known for his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” which has sold more than 29 million copies and

Career Center | Career makeover: Budding social worker gets help

By Lora Shinn / Special to NWjobs Amanda Saab knew in high school that she wanted a career in social work. Since then, she has interned at a hospital, earned a master’s degree, participated in community activities and gained professional

Career Center Blog | The perils of job-search burnout

This may be a heretical thing for a career counselor to say, but I seem to be one of the few professionals in my field who actually doesn't believe that "looking for a job is a full-time job." Necessarily. Obviously,

Career Center | Get the skinny on a company before you apply

By Marie Stempinski / Tampa Bay Times How do you find out what it’s really like to work at a company you’re interested in? Plan on doing a little homework. Experts say the best information comes from people already working

Career Center Blog | 8 job-search tips from the other side of the desk

Several days ago, I had the pleasure of hosting an event where three local hiring managers agreed to share their thoughts on the job-hunting process with a group of my clients going through career transition. These three individuals -- a

Career Center | Seven ways to mess up a job interview

By Alesia Benedict / Salary.com Once you land a job interview, you may feel the hard work is done. You might even allow your enthusiasm to melt your inhibitions during the meeting. Don’t let your excitement rob you of a

Career Center | Job sound too good to be true? Watch out for scams

By Susan Salisbury / The Palm Beach Post With millions of Americans out of work and looking for a job, the latest scam, which preys on job seekers, is particularly despicable. A West Palm Beach, Fla., woman contacted The Palm

Career Center Blog | Finding work is a family affair

"Matt, I hate to admit it, but I'm having a problem on the home front. I've been searching for a job for a number of months now, and my wife won't get off my back. She constantly tells me I'm

Career Center | Interview tip: the more research, the better

By L.M. Sixel / Houston Chronicle I tend to do a lot of research before I make decisions big and small. From reserving a hotel room to choosing new investments in my 401(k), I study traveler review websites, ask friends

Career Center | Are you an introvert? Check out these career tips

By Allison Ellis / Special to NWjobs Pop personality quiz: True or false? You’re the kind of person who prefers small groups. Big networking events make you feel like you’re dying inside. Small talk isn’t really your thing. Given the

Career Center Blog | Job-search creativity: fabulous or fatal?

In my previous post, I showcased three examples of unemployed folks who came up with unorthodox ways to promote their qualifications beyond the standard "respond to ads, talk to recruiters, network with your friends" regimen most job seekers today tend

Career Center | Pinterest resumes: Should you get on board?

By Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle Pinterest is known as a popular online pin board for photos of fashion, food recipes, and arts and crafts projects, but it has also become a place to find creative job resumes. Not

Career Center | When is it OK to use initials after a name?

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Q: I've been seeing many business cards and LinkedIn profiles listing "MBA" after a person's name. Is this appropriate? I thought that was reserved for those with specific certifications or J.D.s and Ph.D.s. A:

Career Center | Tired of looking? Get out of the unemployment rut

By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Looking for work is tough, particularly for the long-term unemployed. Charles Purdy, career-advice expert for Monster.com, says a sense of helplessness could take those who believe they’ve tried everything to find a job

Career Center | Career makeover: Marketing consultant seeks stability

By Cody Ellerd Bay / Special to NWjobs Mary Howell has never had a problem getting hired. In fact, she does it all the time. As an independent marketing consultant, the Seattle resident has made her living hopping from contract

Career Center Blog | Quitting your job: Avoid knee-jerk decisions

Was it The Kinks or The Clash who sang "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Ah, it was the Clash. Once again, Wikipedia to the rescue. Now that the timeless melody of that song is stuck in your head,

Career Center | Weigh pros and cons of switching jobs

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I'm having trouble deciding whether to change jobs. For a number of years, I have worked for a small local company. I can walk to work and go home for lunch,

Career Center Blog | Seattle Job Sector Survey observations, part 2

This week, I'm bringing you the second installment of the topic I kicked off last week: namely, a breakdown of some of the interesting results unearthed by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in its recent Job Sector Survey. If

Career Center Blog | The Seattle job scene: hard facts and armchair observations

While all of us have a vested interest in paying attention to the health of our local economy, I personally find most economic and labor reports painfully difficult to read. The other day, however, I stumbled across a recent report

Career Center Blog | Job hunters: Get the word out, early and often

Who do you think is more likely to find a job faster: a great job candidate with an average network, or an average job candidate with a great network? Based on what I've witnessed for the past 20 years, I'd

Career Center | Career makeover: Ex-construction worker aims to switch gears

By Cody Ellerd Bay / Special to NWjobs There’s a lot in Jared McGlinchey’s academic life that he’s proud of. He was an editor of his high school and community college papers, competed on a debate team that ranked fourth

Career Center Blog | Sometimes a job is just a job (and other career lessons learned)

This will be my last post on NWjobs. In the three-and-a-half years I've been blogging on this site, I've learned countless lessons from the workers and career experts I've interviewed, as well as the many readers who've taken the time

Career Center Blog | Cover letters: Go big or go home

Long, boring cover letters: time of death, 2011. While there's still some dispute about the exact role that cover letters play in the modern job-search process, the prevailing wisdom is that the good old-fashioned cover-letter format, as we've known

Career Center Blog | Fight through the flakiness

Flakiness is a wonderful quality in a pie crust -- but as we all know, it's an incredibly annoying trait when it comes to human beings. If you're a job hunter, it's inevitable that you'll encounter flaky behavior as

Career Center Blog | Your competition is hibernating

I love this time of year. I don't mean the stress of the holiday season; I'm talking about the best time to job search. In the past two years, more of my clients have found jobs between Thanksgiving and

Career Center Blog | How to write off your job search

With 2012 around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your annual tax return. If you spent part of 2011 looking for a job (or anticipate more of the same in the coming year), you may be able

Career Center Blog | How to stay focused during lengthy job searches

They say April is the cruelest month, but when you're looking for work in the moss-covered Pacific Northwest, I'd say it's more like June. As we saw from the last few days of fantastic weather following a particularly drenching spring,

Career Center Blog | LinkedIn tips from a 'LinkedIn Rockstar'

This Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, Mike O'Neil and Lori Ruff, co-authors of "Rock the World with your Online Presence," are presenting a "Rock The World!" with LinkedIn Intensive Workshop at the Langley Center for New Media on Whidbey Island.

Career Center Blog | How to conduct a successful informational interview

I was talking to a third-year pharmacy student attending the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition this weekend on strategies to maximize conferences and networking events. She asked me about informational interviews: Are they still a good practice today

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