Welcome, one and all, to the first official post of my new blog — which will be dedicated to passing along a steady stream of “pro bono” career tips, job hunting insights, and employment resources relevant to Pacific Northwest professionals in career transition!

I’m particularly excited by the symbolism behind this new blog launch, since it’s taking place exactly five years to the day after Career Horizons was born, and I believe that this new forum will turn out to be a powerful extension of my career coaching and outplacement practice — enabling me to share information even faster with folks who are in active job search mode, as well as allowing people to comment on my posts in order to help create a vibrant “community discussion” around critical career and employment-related topics.

Going forward, the mix of content I plan on featuring in this blog includes many of the same features I’ve included in my monthly newsletter over the years, for those who have followed that publication, such as: career book and website reviews; advice on changing careers, resume development, interviewing, and overall job hunting effectiveness; key career questions (and answers) that have come up in my work with people; and various other inclusions such as guest postings from other local experts and perhaps the occasional contest or survey, as well!

Additionally, as you’ll note on the right side of this page, I’ve already populated the blog with over 200 past articles from my newsletter series — so there’s already a wealth of advice on career management you can immediately search through either by category or by using the keyword search box provided.  And while I can’t swear that the information in every single one of these postings is still 100% valid, and that all the resource links are fully operational, for the most part this content should still be quite useful in a wide variety of situations.

So again, welcome to Career Horizons: The Blog! and please don’t hesitate to make any suggestions in the months ahead about topics you’d like to see addressed — or to use the “Leave a Reply” box under each blog posting to submit your own thoughts, recommendations, and opinions.  And while such comments will be moderated before they get posted, for obvious reasons, as long as you send in something that is relevant, civilized, and largely profanity-free, there’s an excellent chance you’ll see it published!

Best wishes to all of you for the New Year and here’s to some great career developments in 2009… :)