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Archive: April, 2012

But what about her dreams?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 3:25 AM
Lindsay Runyen, 23, dreams of being a history teacher, but instead, she's working as a waitress and a bartender at Winnie's LeBus in Manayunk. Nothing wrong, with the job. She likes it and the pay is good, but what about all her dreams? "After college, you are supposed to be able to travel the world... Read more

All that hard work. Where's the payoff?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 3:00 AM
A couple years ago, Lindsay Runyen's father was laid off from work. She saw how much he suffered -- how his many years of experience turned into a liability on the job search front, as did his lack of official education credentials. So Runyen, 23, with her college degree in education and a yearning... Read more

Halfway house

Monday, April 9, 2012, 3:45 AM
Lindsay Runyen, 23, a bartender and waitress who dreams of teaching history, describes Winnie's LeBus, a Manayunk bar and eatery, as a halfway house for people like her -- 20 somethings who are under-employed. There's an academic name for her situation: Paul Harrington, director of Drexel University's... Read more

Hanging by a thread

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 3:15 PM
There's another reason young people keep "Struggling for Work" as reported in Sunday's Inquirer. It's because they aren't so attached to the labor market in the first place. "There's a difference between young workers and old workers," said Shigeru Fujita, a senior economist with the Federal Reserve... Read more

Network, network, network

Friday, April 6, 2012, 3:45 AM
Two weeks ago, Mark DiBattista, of Medford, was one of the nation's 12.8 million unemployed. Out of work for nearly two years, he was one unemployment benefit check away from dire straits. But on March 26, he started a job. How did he get it? Network, network, network. It's good advice. Yes, as today's... Read more

Share a pink slip, share a job

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:55 AM
What would happen, if, instead of laying off employees during a business slowdown, companies instead allowed employees to share jobs? That's the concept behind a layoff aversion program that is widely credited with helping Germany survive the recent worldwide recession. Now the U.S. government has... Read more
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