Results tagged “career planning”


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 | The first thing to do after a layoff

When you lose your job, you lose more than a paycheck. You lose a large part -- maybe even all -- of your social network. Workplaces are like villages. Companies encourage this because a sense of community -- i.e., an

Career Center Blog | How to achieve your New Year's resolutions

Yes, it's that time of year again ... time to create New Year's resolutions. Have you ever found yourself excited to write down your goals, but then a few months into the new year realized that you're not following through

Career Center Blog | The only career resolution you need to make

This is the time of year you see headlines like "10 New Year's resolutions for your career," followed by a list of pretty good suggestions such as, "I will answer all email within 24 hours," or "I will stop procrastinating,"

Career Center Blog | What job candidates need to know about mentors

When I screen job candidates over the phone, I often ask them what their top factors are when choosing an employer. In addition to interesting, challenging work and a cultural fit, their answers also often include "the ability to learn"

Career Center Blog | Need more time? Consider cutting your work hours

Are you struggling to juggle life and a 40-hour work week? It may be time to approach your management and HR department about reduced hours. Here's how. Make it a solid value proposition. How is it going to help the

Career Center Blog | Volunteer for your career -- but make it relevant

The more seasoned I become in my career, the more I'm known as a "go-to" person for recruiting and writing. Not coincidentally, my volunteer activities closely mirror these two aspects of my life, which is a piece of advice I

Career Center Blog | Are you working harder, or just too long?

As Seattleites, we all know that we're a pretty hard-working bunch. But now, apparently, we have "proof." According to a report released last week by real estate brokerage website Movoto, Seattle topped the list of The Hardest Working Cities in

Career Center Blog | Why everyone needs to work like a freelancer

Whatever happened to the "secure" job you started after high school or college and then, 40-something years later, walked away from with a gold watch, a tidy pension and warm, fuzzy feelings? Gone, all gone. Today, your continued employment rests

Career Center Blog | New grads: You don't have to love your job

Your job -- what's love got to do with it? Most of us are told, "Follow your passion"; "Do what you love and the money will follow"; "If you love your job you'll never have to work a day in

Career Center Blog | Advice on advice: a quickie primer

Knowing where to find good career advice, and knowing how to tell good advice from bad, are huge life skills that can take years to master. Here are some tips to shorten your learning curve: Seek multiple advisers. No one

Career Center Blog | Do you feel lucky? Well, do you? If not, learn how

If you've been job hunting for any length of time, you undoubtedly understand the importance of compelling cover letters, snazzy resumes, knock-'em-dead interviews, the all-important thank-you note and -- of course -- networking. However, if you've been pounding the pavement

Career Center Blog | What to look for when choosing a career coach

While career coaches were almost unheard of 20 years ago, their use has grown rapidly over the past five to 10 years. Paid sports coaches have been around for a long time, but the profession of career coaching is still

Career Center Blog | How to love a job you hate

Sure, the economy is getting better -- slowly. The key word here is "slowly." Getting a job can still be tough. Therefore, if you happen to already have a job, you should feel lucky. Right? Right. In theory. But what

Career Center Blog | Some surprisingly hot sectors for jobs in 2013

With the endless 2012 election now ancient history and the fiscal cliff just a bad dream, the general feeling this month is that 2013 is going to be at least a slight improvement over the stagnation of the previous year.

Career Center Blog | Shiny new year brings new job training programs

Well, we seem to have made it. After briefly going over — then being pulled right back from — the dreaded "fiscal cliff" over the New Year's holiday, job seekers in Washington state and everywhere else can breathe a little

Career Center Blog | Conduct your own year-end career review

A lot of employers conduct year-end evaluations. That's because it's good to look back at the old before jumping forward into the new. But maybe your employer doesn't do this. Or maybe you don't have an employer. No problem; you

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