Results tagged “skills”


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 | Time to crack the whip on your job search

For the past five years or so, finding a job in the sluggish economy could take not a matter of weeks, but months (or more). While that is still the case for some highly sought-after jobs, the economy is no

Career Center Blog | How to rewrite a job description in your favor

When a job seeker tries, but fails, to get a job in a particular field, the problem is often that he or she did not understand the requirements for consideration. For instance, a bank teller who applies for a senior

Career Center Blog | When it comes to job skills, there are no white lies

One thing I could never understand about online dating -- or at least what passes for online dating in today's romantic comedies -- is the old tactic of lying about your looks or your job to impress another person. Of

Career Center Blog | You don't need to be a start-up to be an entrepreneur

The Puget Sound region is well known for its many successful start-up companies. But did you know that you don't need to form your own company to be an entrepreneur? You can also be an entrepreneur while working for a

Career Center Blog | 25 more tips for managing workplace stress

In last week's post, I talked about good stress (the motivating kind that stimulates and energizes you) and bad stress (the debilitating kind that makes you angry, sad, crazy and/or sick). Both kinds regularly occur in the workplace. As much

Career Center Blog | 25 tips for managing workplace stress

Whether you love your job or are just glad to have a job, you will experience stress from time to time. It is inevitable. But before you get all stressed out about it, keep in mind that there's good stress

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 | Think like a prosecutor when writing a cover letter

Recently, I looked back on some of the cover letters I've written during my on-and-off job-search efforts over the past 15 years or so. If you've ever unearthed an old college essay you wrote years before, you know the embarrassment

Career Center Blog | Do you really know your own strengths?

"So, what are your greatest strengths?" It's a common job-interview question uttered hundreds of times a day across the Puget Sound region. But do resume descriptors like "hard-working decision maker" or "results-oriented team player" really apply to your personal working

Career Center Blog | How to succeed at any job, anywhere, anytime

Here we are, graduation season again, and a fresh crop of job seekers is about to be let loose on society. Welcome, new grads! You get a lot of advice this time of year, and this column is going to

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 Blog | What hiring managers are really looking for

To get a good job, you need the right skills, education and experience. But that's not all; employers are also looking for other, fuzzier qualities. Here are some of the biggies, in no particular order: Judgment. When interviewers ask, "Tell

Career Center Blog | Coming home whole: PTSD doesn't have to end a career

A few weeks ago, President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union speech that, through the course of this year, 34,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan will be brought back home as part of an overall strategy to remove all

Career Center Blog | How to think like a hiring manager in job interviews

Although it may not seem like it during a high-pressure job interview, hiring managers are only human. They may occasionally give you a withering stare and ask sometimes unanswerable questions just to see how you react, but they are essentially

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 | 9 career resolutions for 2013

A new year, a fresh beginning. That's the plan, anyway. Here are nine not-so-hard ideas to get you started: 1. Stop procrastinating. Seriously. You'll be amazed at how your productivity will soar. Your daily existence will become simpler and smoother,

Career Center Blog | New job? 9 things not to do your first week

You just landed a job -- finally! -- and you've got the jitters. Of course you do. It's not easy being a newbie. All those traumatic first-day-of-school memories come flooding back. What to do? I mean, beyond working really hard? I find it really

Career Center Blog | Likes, follows, endorsements: Are they worth it?

The word "like" may be one of the most abused words in the English language. Not only does Webster's categorize the word in seven distinct classes of language — verb, noun, adjective, preposition, adverb, conjunction and verbal auxiliary — the

Career Center Blog | Fill in those hollow resume adjectives with real results

"Hello, my name is Randy. I'm a creative person specializing in organizational efficiency and effective communication. I'm a motivated individual with extensive experience in journalism and have a proven track record of creating innovative solutions. In my previous positions, I

Career Center Blog | When life gives you lemons, squeeze them into your resume

The current employment climate can create many unlikely scenarios on the job market. As candidates vie for a shrinking number of positions, they get increasingly creative in their tactics with hiring managers. For instance, there's the story of Greg Drevenstedt,

Career Center Blog | When it comes to resume success, keywords are king

While nearly every expert continues to debate the recipe for creating a great resume, there's one rule of thumb that is almost universally agreed upon. In today's world, for your documents to make the cut in most organizations, you need

Career Center Blog | Investing in job seekers, both today and tomorrow

As most of the candidates running for local and national office have stated during this long election season, something needs to be done to create jobs during this country's painfully slow economic recovery. While some insist that this is solely

Career Center Blog | First be good at what you do and the passion will follow

Follow your dreams? Just child's play. Discover your true calling? An impossible fantasy. Work your way up the company ladder? Sucker! While never stated quite this bluntly, these are some of the harsh admonitions that author Cal Newport aims at

Career Center Blog | Why social chemistry can give you the ultimate buzz

As a freelancer I have spent a lot of time over the years working in different spaces, mostly coffee shops. And something that you learn as a nomadic worker is that a place with a good vibe is conducive to

Career Center Blog | Who has it tougher: Olympic athletes or job seekers?

Citius, Altius, Fortius... After tomorrow night, we'll start finding out who will run faster, leap higher and finish stronger than the rest, in accordance with this time-honored Olympic motto. As we prepare ourselves for another two weeks of wall-to-wall TV

Career Center Blog | Three tips to rev up forgotten resume elements

The rise and near ubiquity of online resume-processing algorithms has done quite a number on the art of resume writing over the past few years. Almost gone are the days when an eye-catching font, a coordinated color scheme and a

Career Center Blog | It's interview time: Do you know what your skills are?

If someone said to you in an interview, "Tell me what you're good at," what would you say? Hopefully now you've banished the hackneyed "I'm a people person" response from your interviewing repertoire and have focused on providing more detailed

Career Center Blog | Job skills gap is sometimes a matter of perception

When looking for a new position, it's important for job seekers and hiring managers to be on the same page. Managers must clearly state what responsibilities they are looking for in the position they are offering and candidates must demonstrate

Career Center Blog | Who should pay to update your skills? You or your employer?

Last week, NWjobs blogger Matt Youngquist wrote about the skills gap -- the increasing divide between the qualifications companies seek and those job hunters actually possess. According to a new study from global management consulting company Accenture, 55 percent of

Career Center Blog | Free job-skills training program extended

In this era of draconian budget cuts and endless belt-tightening, it's good to finally see that reason has prevailed. One of the Employment Security Department's (ESD) best bargains -- the free Microsoft e-learning courses offered through WorkSource -- has been

Career Center Blog | Handling the 'weakness' question from a position of strength

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some ways to address a question about salary requirements during an interview. That is always a tricky subject, but it is a reasonable request with a number of effective responses. There is, however,

Career Center Blog | Resume 'updates' should last all year long

So here we are on the edge of the big first weekend in September. Do you have any major plans? Reassessing career goals? Adding new skill sets? Emphasizing major job-specific accomplishments? Wait, did you say you were barbecuing instead? No,

Career Center Blog | New vacancies often require new training

Last week, a small ray of hope shined down on the bleak local job landscape, like a Seattle sunbreak on a cloudy spring day. The Employment Security Department's twice-yearly Job-Vacancy Survey was released, showing that spring 2011 job vacancies were

Career Center Blog | Major help for the college major quandary

At this time of year, many young high school grads and rising college freshmen are wrestling with the same question: What are they going to choose as a major? Personally, I made use of my journalism degree immediately and have

Career Center Blog | Let employers know how innovative you are

For much of the last couple of years, the economy has slowly climbed out of the deep hole of the Great Recession and returned many corporate balance sheets into the black. However, most of the multitudes who were laid off

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