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Top Tips on Asking for a Raise

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of being a guest on KUOW’s “The Conversation” radio show, hosted by Ross Reynolds, where I was asked to share my top tips on how people should go about asking for a raise.  While it wasn’t the longest segment in the history of the known world (radio […]

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Asking for a Raise: My Take

Last week, I had the pleasure of being contacted by a Seattle Times reporter who was writing an article on the topic of “asking for raises” and wondering what advice I’d share with people who were thinking about approaching their boss to ask for a pay increase. It was an interesting exchange, and since the […]

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Reverse Reference Checking = Peace of Mind!

The other day, a client of mine called me up to report the news that after several months of searching, he finally had a viable job offer in hand — and that a local high-tech firm had invited him to come join their team in an account management capacity. Needless to say, he was quite […]

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Answering Salary Questions: An HR Executive’s Take

Without question, the salary issue seems to be a hot topic right now both for job seekers and hiring managers alike.  Inspired by my own recent post, as well as the additional comments submitted yesterday by recruiter Jim Krouskop, reader John Hagen, an HR Executive, couldn’t resist sharing his own insights on the question of […]

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Answering Salary Questions: A Recruiter’s Take

In response to my article yesterday, about how job hunters should handle salary questions, my friend Jim Krouskop couldn’t resist weighing in with his thoughts, as well — and was kind enough to allow me to post them.  Jim’s a Partner with Shea Staffing and has been doing executive recruiting for many years now, so […]

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Handling Salary Questions: Am I Nuts?

As many of my long-time readers know, I’ve blogged about how to answer salary questions more than a few times over the years — with some noteworthy examples being the articles you’ll find here, here, and here.  And yet, almost every time I come across articles where other career coaches and experts weigh in on […]

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Career Poll: Take a Mediocre Job Offer?

Time to analyze the “Career Poll” entry I posted last month — and publish a new one for your contemplation!  As a refresher, here’s the poll question I threw out to you all back in late October… “If you had a so-so job offer in hand, but a much more promising interview coming up in […]

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Culture Shock: Companies Behaving Badly

When it comes to job satisfaction, culture is king.  And if there’s one thing I’ve come to treasure about self-employment, it’s the immunity from having to deal with the politics, turbulence, and shenanigans that often take place within the walls of many organizations these days. For example, I recently received this note from one of […]

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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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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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