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Archive: June, 2009

Help for the HR crowd

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 4:00 AM
More than 75 human resource people have signed up for a seminar tonight being offered by the Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society. The title? Job Search in a Recession for the HR Professional. I'm hoping to be able to attend. Among the panelists is Doug Fearon. He's the managing director for... Read more

Chat with a career planning coach

Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:43 AM
Longtime outplacement career coach Ford Meyers, who grew up in Overbrook, wrote a book on how to find a job. Here's your chance to ask him career questions. Read more

I'm semi-unemployed, not really

Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:27 AM
Yesterday, I dropped my second son, and my youngest, off to Penn State to begin his education in engineering. He's a sweet young man and he said thank you to us before he turned and walked, without looking back, toward his dorm. Of course, his mother cried. I'm proud of him and of us as parents. But... Read more

Reading + Math = Jobs

Friday, June 26, 2009, 5:00 AM
In Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer, I'll be writing about a new study that talks about the literacy of Philadelphia's workforce compared to the literacy needed for the majority of jobs in the city. Unfortunately, there's a big gap, although that's hardly a surprise in a city where about 50 percent of... Read more

Rent your own home

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 4:10 AM
Listen, I know it is ridiculous for someone who has a job, and in fact, a decent job like mine, to ever be depressed, but I feel so sad for the people out of work and so incapable of helping them. They are losing their homes, their health insurance and their hope. However, I did read one really interesting... Read more

Musical chairs

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 5:00 AM
Get ready for a game of musical chairs as soon as the recession lifts. According to a recent survey by the staffing company, Adecco Group, 54 percent of current employees will be looking for a new job as soon as they can. Employers who have used the recession as a cudgel to mistreat employees will... Read more

Get a Mentor

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 5:00 AM
In looking for a job, it helps to have someone who can serve as a guide. That's why job seekers should also seek a mentor, says Beth N. Carvin, chief executive of the Nobscot Corp., an organization that helps with recruitment and retention. The Hawaii-based company started by developing software for... Read more

Momma says: Be nice to the receptionist, or else

Monday, June 22, 2009, 4:30 AM
This should be obvious to anyone with half a brain, but just in case you need a reminder, don't forget to be polite and friendly to receptionists, secretaries and interns when you are looking for a job. For one thing, they may be the keepers of crucial information about openings and contacts. They... Read more

Copy this

Friday, June 19, 2009, 4:20 AM
Of course it's a gimmick, but we'll bite. Office Depot says it will provide free copies of resumes, up to 25 single-sided pages, plus free faxing to five different domestic numbers, up to 25 pages in total, for the balance of the year. That's an extension of their earlier offer, which ended in May... Read more

In the recession aisle, next to the tuna

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 11:52 AM
I've been watching with interest the battle heating up between Acme and the United Food and Commercial Workers union Local 1776. On June 9, Acme presented its "last, best offer" to the union's 4,500 supermarket workers in southeastern Pennsylvania. This "last, best" is a legal term... 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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