Archives for October 2010

Spotlight On Seattle Careers

I am knowledgeable about Seattle careers because I lived there for a decade and it will always be one of my favorite places to which to return. Seattle is known for rainy drizzle, gorgeous scenery, plentiful coffee, and technology. Seattle is also considered a desirable location in which to land employment or start a business. […]

Job Interview Advice Hiring Managers Wish They Could Tell You

When I worked in recruiting in the software development industry, job seekers would say things in job interviews that would immediately rule them out for consideration. I was very tempted to give them extensive feedback about how to do better the next time, but my company’s HR and legal departments forbade me from doing so. […]

Amazon Kindle Review: 10 Reasons Why I Love My Amazon Kindle

During one of my family’s numerous cross country moves, a moving company estimator gasped when he saw how many books I own. Then he sighed and informed me that we would most certainly be over the weight limit set by the relocation reimbursement policy of my husband’s new employer. We did manage to move all […]

Book Review: Best Home Businesses for People 50+

Many people are interested in home businesses right now because of the work/family advantages in shedding your boss and commute, the security that can be built by creating your own source of income, and the satisfaction engendered by shaping an enterprise around your own talents and values. After deciding to pursue a home business, the […]

10 Spooky Jobs

Note: This post was originally published on Halloween. In honor of Halloween, here are two lists of spooky jobs for people who find a bit of fright delightful. Top 10 Spookiest Jobs (Glassdoor) The 10 Most Spooky Jobs (

Career Guidance Advice for a Seattle Executive

Dear, Currently I live in the Seattle/Bellevue area, which is a part of the country that boasts one of the highest levels of education, degrees and high tech specialties. I am 51 with a solid track record of leadership, management and training success in the hospitality, retail and real estate industries. I do not […]

Downsized Executive Thrives As A Coffee Entrepreneur

This interview was originally published in 2010. Imagine losing your job right after Christmas! That’s what happened to Fortune 5 executive Forrest Graves. He turned his career challenge into an opportunity to launch a successful business as a coffee roaster. I am excited to tell the story of this coffee entrepreneur. Forrest, what type of […]

How Do I Get Paid What I’m Worth?

Dear, I’m 41 and have just completed my Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. For the last 15 years I have held positions such as Marketing Manager and Marketing Director, but always for a pathetically low salary because I didn’t have that piece of paper. The company I am with now […]

Seeking Career Change Advice

Dear, I’m a mid-career professional badly in need of a career course correction. For the past ten years, I have held a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical industry, not really out of desire as because I fell into it and one position after another pushed my resume further and further in that direction. […]