Archive | July, 2010

Website Review: TagCrowd

Now here’s something that’s a little off the beaten path. TagCrowd is a simple site that can take any text file, such as your resume, and create a “text cloud” image of it that visually displays the frequency of the words in the document.  You’ve probably seen a few of these depictions on the Internet […]

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The Negotiating Secret: Tell The Truth!

You’re 10 minutes into the interview, just starting to get into a comfortable rhythm, when the hiring manager suddenly hits you with the dreaded “so how much money are you looking for?” question.  On one hand, you’re a person of high integrity who doesn’t want to tell falsehoods or play games, but you’ve also heard […]

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Burning Question: What Has Job Hunting Taught You About Yourself?

“What has this period of transition (if you’re a job seeker) taught you about yourself?” Yesterday morning, at a networking event I was hosting, I challenged a group of transitioning professionals to think hard about what they’ve learned during their weeks or months of unemployment — both about the process of job hunting, in general, […]

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Can One Be “Too Important” to Network?

I had an interesting conversation with a CIO a few weeks ago who claimed that sites like LinkedIn were his absolute worst nightmare.  His perspective was that if he joined sites like these, and used them in any sort of semi-serious way, he’d subject himself to bombardment by even MORE harassing calls and networking requests […]

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Knock, Knock: Hire Me!

Okay, the inspiration for this article came from a pretty weird place, but I just had to share it with you.  For the last three weeks, the bathroom on my office floor has been closed for remodeling, so both myself and all of my neighbors have had to temporarily go upstairs to the second floor […]

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Cultural Fit & Job Offer Decisions

While I realize many of you aren’t likely quite as picky right now about “organizational culture” as you might have been in the past, if you’ve been out searching for a few months, it still never hurts to pay attention to the clues about a company’s culture, values, and environment that are given off throughout […]

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WA State Consumer Product Companies List

While our corner of the country has an awful lot going for it, including being the home base for a number of “superstar” consumer products companies like Starbucks, Amazon.com, and Costco, we’re still far from a mecca of consumerism in the big scheme of things — and technology companies still tend to dominate the local […]

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The Key to Career Success: Don’t Be Average!

Given that I just finished writing up and submitting a copy of my latest “Conscious Careering” article to the Puget Sound Business Journal for publication, I figured my blog would be a perfect place to give everybody a sneak preview of this new article, if interested. You’ll find this latest installment of my column here, […]

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Stories Sell: What’s Yours?

While I realize I’m late to the party, I FINALLY had the chance to catch the movie Avatar the other day.  Wow.  What a flick!  I must confess, the special effects were even better than I imagined, the scenery was absolutely beautiful, and the dialogue was more gritty and realistic than I’d expected for an […]

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