Archive | February, 2009

Full-Time Job Hunting: An Outdated Concept?

Anybody who has worked with a career coach or gone through an outplacement (i.e. “employer-paid career assistance”) program in recent years has inevitably been hit with one of the “gospel truths”  that folks in my field have been reciting since the dawn of time: “If you’re unemployed, guess what?  Looking for a job is your […]

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Question of the Month: March 2009

“I’m finding that many employers these days are expecting me to settle for less money than my previous position, given the current economy.  Should I just suck it up and accept a lower salary — or hold out for the compensation package I feel I’m really worth? Whether discussing the compensation needs of job hunters […]

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Health Insurance: Time to Kick COBRA to the Curb?

In 1986, the federal government passed an important new law related to health insurance benefits, although even diehard Human Resource professionals might not be able to cite this law by its full name: the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.  Instead, virtually everyone now refers to this law by its acronym, COBRA, and recognizes it as […]

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Website Review: UpMo.com

Remember that old Monty Python line, “…and now for something completely different”? When it comes to the world of career-related websites, the new UpMo website fits this description like a glove, as it heads well off the beaten path to chart some dimensions of career management that I personally have never seen a company or […]

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Age Discrimination: To Overcome It, Understand It

No question about it.  If you’re over a certain age (40+ is one common benchmark and the “protected class” recognized by federal law) it’s almost impossible to venture out into the job market without wondering if maybe, just maybe, you will lose out on certain job opportunities due to age discrimination.  There’s no question, after […]

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Buyer Beware! Career & Job Search Scams Abound…

As some of you out there may know, I’ve been authoring the “Conscious Careering” column in the Puget Sound Business Journal for over a year now in an attempt to share some valuable career and job hunting tips with the Seattle/Bellevue business community at large.  What you may not know, however, is that I have […]

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Blog Reading: Critical to Career Success!

Despite the fact that blogging has emerged as a major form of information exchange in the world over the past few years, I know for a fact that a large percentage of my clients still don’t regularly read blogs — and may not even know how to find useful blog postings and access them, short […]

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Interviewing? Don’t Be Passive — Have a Point of View!

I’m not sure where or when it happened, but at some point along the highway of history, society seems to have decided that the best way to select somebody for a job was to bring them in, ask them a bunch of canned questions, and listen to a bunch of canned (or at least shopworn) […]

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Entrepreneurial Decision-Making: One Great Tool!

Quick item to blog about today, relevant to those of you out there who might be considering “taking the plunge” and starting/buying a business venture of some kind.  One of my local business allies, John Martinka of Partner On Call Network, shared a handout with me that cross-references 26 business factors against three typical entrepreneurial […]

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Personal Branding: Living Examples!

Yesterday, I published a posting that discussed some high-level aspects of the “personal branding” technique as it applies to job hunters.  Today, let’s get more specific and explore a few real-life examples of this principle in action… For starters, since I have the privilege of working with at least 300-400 professionals in transition each year, […]

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