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The Horrible, Wonderful Truth About Social Media

While I’ve always considered myself reasonably up to speed in terms of technology, I’ll confess I can no longer keep up with the constant onslaught of new tools, apps, and messaging systems.  And if you’re able to do this, yourself, my hat’s off to you. For example, a friend of mine recently asked if I […]

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The Value of Second Effort

We’ve all heard the saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” Have you heard the alternate version, attributed to WC Fields? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Personally, I’d submit there’s a third version needed for […]

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The Ugly Spectre of Unemployment Discrimination

As a society, we’re unfortunately well-acquainted with many forms of discrimination that take place in the working world, including discrimination against job applicants due to age, race, gender, and sexual orientation.  And while we still have a long way to go to eliminate these prejudices, we’ve at least legally prohibited them, at the very least. […]

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5 Tips for Resuscitating Old Relationships

If you’re a professional who has suddenly found yourself on the hunt for a new job, after years of stable employment, there’s a good chance that a major realization is going to hit you at some point.  When you discover just how many jobs have gone “underground” in today’s market, and how instrumental personal relationships […]

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5 Career Lessons We Can Learn from the Seahawks

If you live in Seattle, and are somewhat introverted, I’ve got good news for you.  For the next week or two, whenever you’re out and about at various social events, you’ve got a built-in way to make small talk.  All you need to do is say “How ’bout them Seahawks?” and chances are you’ll get […]

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LinkedIn Tip: New “Volunteer” Functionality

As many informed job market observers have discussed, over the years, volunteering one’s time can provide a great many benefits in a job search context.  It can lead to quality new relationships and networking opportunities.  It can build your confidence and help you learn new skills.  It can take your mind off your own employment […]

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The Career/Happiness Correlation

Okay, let’s kick off the blog here in 2014 with a bang.  Recently, I came across a Dilbert comic strip that got a laugh out of me, I almost hate to say, based on a wry observation it makes about the correlation between career success and happiness.  And while I’d love to paste the cartoon […]

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Top Job Search Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

Nobody’s perfect.  But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all strive for a dash of continuous improvement, especially when we have the start of a brand-new year coming up and a golden opportunity to take certain aspects of our lives — including one’s job searching efforts — to the next level. On this note, I was […]

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5 Reasons Not to “Obsess” Over an Single Employer

“Matt, you’ve got to help me.  There’s this one company I’d kill to work for and I need your help landing a job there…” Many folks have come to me over the years, making statements like the one above, and in almost every case my reaction is the same.  It sends shivers up my spine.  […]

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Job Market Advice for Visual Learners

I’ll admit it.  I’m a “text-only” guy through and through.  I’m not sure if that’s just how I process information, myself, or more a consequence of my lack of artistic talents, but most of the material I put out regarding job hunting is definitely composed in unbridled paragraph form. Luckily, though, there are quite a […]

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