Archive | October, 2009

Burning Question: What Do You Love About Business?

“What do you love, I mean really love, about business?” It’s so easy to bash the corporate world.  In fact, it’s become downright fashionable to complain about the greed, waste, exploitation, and ethically-challenged behavior displayed by a high-visiblity chunk of the business world these days. Each day, it seems, I’ll come across yet another “corporate […]

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Tips & Turnoffs from a Hiring Manager

Today was a fun day.  As opposed to my usual routine of camping out in the office — meeting with clients and weeding my overgrown e-mail garden — I decided to get out and grab coffee with several former clients of mine just to catch up, see how they were doing in their new assignments, […]

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“Communication Channel” Tips for Job Hunters

While it may sound silly, job hunting success or failure can sometimes hinge upon the littlest things, so I’m going to take a moment to share a few thoughts on one of the most basic elements of running a job search — which is to ensure that the “communication channels” you’re using to make contact […]

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Crummy Economy: Silver Linings?

Looking out the window today, I probably couldn’t have picked a worse day to talk about silver linings.  Right now, at least in the Seattle/Bellevue area, the cloud cover is so dense and dreary (ya gotta love October!) that there are no linings of any kind to be found — silver or otherwise.  Still, since […]

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15 Ideas to Re-Energize Your Search!

While certain indicators of the economy seem to be perking up, as of late, there are still thousands of job seekers out there soldiering through the frustrations/challenges of a protracted job search.  With the Wall Street meltdown now approximately a year behind us, it appears that many people are reaching the point where they’ve burned […]

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Confessions from the “Typo Police”

How important are writing skills to most jobs, really?  Sure, if you’re billing yourself as a marketing communications expert or a professional proofreader, you’d better have a keen eye for detail — and have gotten (received?) excellent grades in English class.  But if you’re a nurse?  Or a chef?  Or an engineer?  Or an accounts […]

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Career Q&A: How to Deal With Gaps On a Resume?

“Matt: Even though I consider myself to be a very loyal employee, I’m afraid that over the last several years I’ve bounced around to several different jobs, due to the economy, and also now have a few ‘gaps’ in my employment record that employers seem to be all freaked out about — to the point […]

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Book Review: Be The Hero (Noah Blumenthal)

Several weeks ago, I had the chance to see the author of this book, Noah Blumenthal, deliver a keynote speech for a local professional organization.  The presentation was so funny, so captivating, and most of all, so uplifting, that I couldn’t help but pick up a copy of his book and see if his powerful […]

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

Have you ever wondered whether you, too, should join the exclusive little club of 200+ million people who currently throw a bunch of their thoughts and musings up on the web, hoping somebody will actually read them?  In other words, have you ever considered writing your own blog? At a recent networking event hosted by […]

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Kudos to Multicare & Better Hiring Practices!

Here’s another cool “small world” story that just happened within the Career Horizons orbit — and one that reveals an interesting new twist on the modern hiring process!  Yesterday, one of my clients mentioned that she’d been applying for a job down at Multicare, the health care company based in Tacoma, but ultimately decided to […]

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