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Job Board Shootout: 2015

Help wanted ads.  You know, it really wasn’t all that long ago when this part of the job searching process was fairly simple, typically requiring only a newspaper, a yellow highlighter, and about 20 minutes on a Sunday morning.  Makes one feel downright wistful for the past, when you stop and think about it… These […]

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LinkedIn Tip: New Functionality, But New Limits

Given the breakneck pace at which LinkedIn tends to change things, I don’t always get around to writing a blog post about every minor adjustment they make to their interface, processes, or capabilities.  Recently, though, they’ve made a few fairly significant tweaks to the site that I definitely think warrant mentioning. As always, some of […]

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Hiring a Headhunter / Outsourcing Your Job Search

No question about it.  Looking for a new job can be a hard, stressful, and frustrating experience — especially for those folks facing particular challenges (e.g. gaps in their work history, lack of a college degree, etc.) or whose confidence may be suffering due to a recent layoff or termination.  As a result, I get […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#12: Indeed Best Places to Work)

Item #12: Indeed Best Places to Work Lists ( While most job hunters today are already well-acquainted with, arguably the top website available for tracking down published job opportunities, it’s easy to miss some of the other great features that Indeed offers, as well — such as their outstanding “trends” tool here, their “forums” […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#11: Geekwire Startup List)

Item #11: Geekwire Startup List ( While I’m constantly correcting folks who complain that Seattle is strictly a “technology town” and doesn’t play host to many employers in other industries, let’s face it, we certainly DO have our share of tech firms here in the area.  In fact, I think we can consider ourselves fortunate […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#10: Reach Networking App)

Item #10: Reach Networking App ( While I’m not sure of too many things in life, I am sure of one thing.  For those of you who take 83 seconds to watch the introductory video you’ll find here describing the new Reach mobile networking application, you’re either going to 1) think it’s the coolest thing […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#9: LinkedIn’s Field of Study Explorer)

Item #9: LinkedIn “Field of Study Explorer” Page ( Wondering what non-traditional careers one might be able to pursue with a finance major?  Or where that philosophy or sociology degree might be able to take you?  Or what careers your child might want to start pursuing, if he or she is about to graduate from […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#8: Craigslist Alerts)

Item #8: Craigslist Alerts ( At last, all is right with the world.  While perhaps I’m being a tad obsessive-compulsive, I’ve been wondering for 20 years now (or thereabouts) why Craigslist hasn’t added the ridiculously simple functionality of an “alert system” that would allow people to automatically be notified by e-mail when a certain type […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#7:

Item #7: The “50 Ways to Get a Job” Site ( Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat.  The folks behind the site mentioned above, who appear to be based in the Canadian market, beat me to the implementation of an idea I’ve been kicking around for years — namely, the concept of creating […]

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The 12 Posts of Christmas (#6:

Item #6: & the SVP “Encore Careers” Program ( “Never before have so many people with so much knowledge, energy, and talent had so much time to do something that really lasts.” This quote is the one that stuck with me most upon recently viewing a promotional video for, a unique organization dedicated […]

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