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Archive: December, 2009

Why should I hire you?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 3:10 AM
Karen Huller, a former recruiter who now owns her own consulting firm, asked an interesting question at recent meeting of My Career Transitions, a huge networking group that meets at Villanova University. She asked how many people in the audience (well over 100) had had the opportunity in their past... Read more

Catch the hiring budget wave

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 3:00 AM
More about holiday job searching. Here's some advice from Duncan Mathison, a career consultant and author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: Six Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times are Tough." Mathison makes the point about early new year hiring even more strongly than I did in the... Read more

Jobs and the Philly summit

Friday, December 4, 2009, 1:04 PM
In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, I wrote about the Philadelphia version of the Washington jobs summit held Thursday by President Obama. Reader Bill Pacello of Haddon Heights, had an interesting response, particularly interesting in light of today’s news. The news today, by the way, is... Read more

Rough waters for Obama and jobs

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 3:40 AM
Today President Obama will be hosting a jobs forum to gather ideas on job creation. He's going to be in for some rough waters if a study by Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is any indication. In polling done this time last month, only 43 percent think President... Read more

Holiday networking

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:15 AM
The holidays are coming up and it may be tempting to slow up job hunting, but this is actually the time to kick it into high gear. That was the advice of moderators at a recent session of My Career Transitions, a huge networking group for those who are unemployed or who are simply looking for a change... Read more

COBRA health insurance subsidies ending

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 4:55 AM
Maybe you saw my article in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer about the potential end of the COBRA subsidy for the unemployed. I'd like to clue you into a website that may help you if you get into a jam. The Foundation for Health Coverage for Education has an excellent website that can give guidance... Read more

Gratitude: Not a Thanksgiving leftover

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 11:59 AM
Lots of us are probably polishing off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers -- and here's one more. The idea of "thankfulness" at work. As someone who writes a lot about unemployment, of course I am thankful that I have my job. Because I meet so many unemployed people, I know a job is something... 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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