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Have a Plan

I received a layoff notice last week. June 30 was the last day of the 2011 – 2013 biennium for which the State of Washington had their operational budget. Their new budget was supposed to be agreed upon by April of this year, but it wasn’t. If an operational budget for our state was not … Continue reading

Washington State Limits Employer Access to Social Media Sites

Reprinted from Business Examiner May 22, 2013. Yesterday Washington became the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media personal passwords during a … Continue reading

A Brief Word of Thanks… Can Turn Life Around

As Thanksgiving draws close, I wanted to give a brief word of thanks, but was unsure what that word would be. While I am grateful for all that I have in my life, I feel the simple act of expressing thanks is something I am thankful for. Let me say why. My daughter has traveled … Continue reading

Is Temporary Work The Way To Go?

A flier for an upcoming US Census interview session just came to my inbox. They are locally recruiting for field representatives. I immediately sent it out to my clients, and I know several of them will seriously consider attending. Many others will not—they are holding out for permanent positions. I remember when I was in … Continue reading

Jobseekers: Are You Spinning Your Wheels?

This week Washington State got pummeled by a series of winter storms. Usually, because of the prevailing air flows at this time of year, we get either warm wet air or cool dry air. This time they both came in together—and the result was chaotic. First we got some mild to moderate snow, as a … Continue reading

CALL TO ACTION: Unemployment Extensions

Congress is debating and dueling in its usual way, holding innocent Americans hostage in the process. I am speaking of the current Unemployment Extension debates. Bills have struggled their way through the Senate and House, and opinions are split over how much longer to extend deadlines for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)– two months … Continue reading

MYTH #3: Do Employers Favor Younger Candidates?

Even in the almost three years that I have worked in the job I have now, I have noticed the population of jobseekers using our services trending radically upwards in regard to age. Many of those people I meet with voice their concern that employers don’t want to look at them because they are too … Continue reading

How I Avoided Being Laid Off

I’ll be open about it—I have been laid off twice in the past 6 years. I now am a state government employee and state budget cuts are rampant. A major layoff has been looming on the horizon for the past several months, and I knew my position, being a brand new one, was probably on the chopping … Continue reading

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