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Archive: October, 2009

Prototype for success

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 5:15 AM
How does one predict whether a job candidate, or a student, will be successful? That's another topic that Linda Hahn, executive director of the Metropolitan Career Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit workforce development organization, discussed with me at lunch on Monday. The MCC offers short-term job... Read more

One sick child away from unemployment

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 5:35 AM
I went out to lunch yesterday with Linda Hahn, executive director of the Metropolitan Career Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit workforce development organization. We were talking about barriers to employment, especially for those moving from welfare to work. One of the biggest? Lack of childcare, she... Read more

Phillies, statistics, the A's and Money Ball

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 4:05 AM
Except for the fact that I love Philadelphia and I want any of our teams to win, I don't care that much about baseball (Go Phillies!!!!!!). But I love any story about management and sports because the lessons apply to any endeavor. So, I'd like to recommend "Money Ball," a baseball book by... Read more

Free flu shots for the unemployed

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 2:25 AM
The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, in collaboration with CVS Caremark, is distributing vouchers to 4,000 of its registered participants for free flu shots this fall. The vouchers are now available daily from 2-4 p.m. at all five PA CareerLink office locations in Philadelphia until all... Read more

A big bite for the Big Apple

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3:40 AM
Yesterday's blog post quoted a survey talking about wage declines. U.S. Labor statistics confirm the trend. In New York county (which is the same as New York city), weekly wages declined by 23.4 percent in a year to an average weekly wage of $2,149 during the first quarter. Across the United States... Read more

Pay declining

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 2:55 AM
The upshot of this wretched economy is that compensation is beginning to decline as people take just about any position to stay employed. For example, in information technology overall, national starting salaries are expected to decline by an average of 1.3 percent, according to a survey by Robert... Read more

Taking chances to keep a job

Friday, October 16, 2009, 2:18 PM
Monday's tragic accident on 21st and Walnut Street where a worker on a lift fell to his death from 125 feet got me thinking about safety and pressures on the job. When people get hurt on the job, it's easy to try to focus the blame -- either on the worker or on the company. And truly, there are really... Read more

Boogie down

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 4:50 AM
One more goofy survey from Careerbuilders, the online job site. I couldn't resist the undone zipper and the "something in your nose" parts. In a survey of 4,000 workers, 67 percent said they'd tell a peer if a zipper was down. Enough said. It's only interesting if office romance is involved... Read more

The economy ate my doctor's note

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 5:30 AM
Looks like the economy is a reason that people are calling in sick. Yup, they are sick of working long hours, sick of the stress, sick of doing the work of three laid-off colleagues, sick of worried that they are going to be fired, sick of looking perky to avoid being fired. Some 28 percent of employers... Read more

Some resume advice

Monday, October 12, 2009, 4:00 AM
If you are polishing your resume, the old-fashioned chronological resume with the most recent job on top is still the favorite, according to 75 percent of those surveyed by Accountemps, a staffing firm that specializes in temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company quizzed... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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