Archive | September, 2009

PSBJ “Business of Philanthropy” Special Report

As usual, the Puget Sound Business Journal continues to crank out the MOST USEFUL information money can buy (in my humble and biased opinion) in terms of the local business scene and events affecting the marketplace here in the Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma region — as well as the State of Washington, as a whole. For those who […]

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How “Promiscuous” Should You Be on LinkedIn?

Well, the poll results are in!  If you haven’t gone back and checked the posting I ran earlier this month, asking whether “quality” or “quantity” was more important when it came to forging connections on LinkedIn and similar sites, here’s a link that will take you there. In sum, out of 27 people who took […]

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Career Q&A: “How Do I Prove I’m Strategic?”

“As part of my job search, I am running into an issue that surprises me and am unsure how to resolve.  I was knocked out of the running for a position because I was told I was not ‘strategic’ enough.  I don’t know the best way to handle this.  I feel that I am strategic […]

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Website Review: Gist.com

Wow, technology is getting slicker and slicker with each passing day! One of the latest offerings in the red-hot online contact management space is the tool Gist.com, founded by several enterprising entrepreneurs in Seattle.  Gist promises to help you “know more about who know” and to “build strong relationships by connecting the inbox to the […]

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Burning Question: Last Time You Impressed Yourself?

“When is the last time you really impressed yourself?” Let’s hypothetically assume, if you’re reading this blog, that you are among the substantial number of Americans who have lost their jobs at some point over the past year.  When this happened, how long did you think it was going to take to find your next […]

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Erectile Dysfunction & The Interview Process

Sometimes job hunting inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places!  Today, while driving to an appointment, I heard a radio advertisement for the Boston Medical Group that almost perfectly demonstrated two very powerful interview techniques that I often suggest my clients use to give themselves a competitive advantage.  Who is the Boston Medical Group, […]

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Video: Tips for Coping With a Layoff

While I myself haven’t joined the growing wave of folks posting video clips on YouTube,  I continue to be impressed by the people who are embracing this new medium in a professional way — and using it to pass along some great information via short, engaging video productions. Along those lines, I recently checked out […]

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Great Cover Letter Example!

I can’t resist cross-linking to a recent post over at “The HR Capitalist” blog that highlights an extremely creative cover letter the author received — and one that many people, including myself, would hold up as an example of superior cover letter copywriting.  Take a moment to click here and read the posting in question. […]

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Book Review: Words @ Work (Lynda McDaniel)

While the world is still waiting for the “revenge of the English majors” to formally occur — and for companies to recognize the full importance of business writing skills — there’s no question that written communication has become a larger and larger part of today’s professional sphere.  Look around you, and you’ll find numerous exciting […]

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Career Q&A: Will “Settling” for a Job Hurt Me?

“I’m stuck in a quandary.  I’ve been searching for work for about six months now and have received an offer for a role at around half my previous salary.  Several friends of mine are facing similar situations, as well.  And while I’m certainly not too proud to do a job that’s more ‘junior’ than I’m […]

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