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Archive: April, 2013

Tough prospects for the class of 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:00 AM
Graduation season will soon kick in and prospects still aren't good for young graduates, said the Economic Policy Institute in a study released Wednesday. While the situation has improved somewhat, employment for young people has not returned to pre-recession levels. For high school graduates, unemployment... Read more

CEO's advice: Keep up with the news

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:50 AM
Being a newspaper reporter, I appreciated what H. Paulett Eberhart, the chief executive of CDI Corp., said about the value of news. "I think it's really important to read a lot and to be up on the news, current events, economics, social, political, so that if you are out at a dinner or a luncheon... Read more

Some people just aren't cut out for CEO-type decision-making

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:00 AM
More on decision-making from H. Paulett Eberhart, the chief executive of CDI Corp. She speaks about making decisions with confidence. Yes, I point out, but when she makes a decision, it's not like choosing between a Mercedes and a Lexus. Her decisions mean people can lose their jobs or the company... Read more

Decision-making: Don't look back, CDI exec says

Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:21 PM
Do you find decision-making challenging? I do, sometimes. But there are people who are paid -- and paid a lot -- to make decisions. Those people are called executives, and when I get a chance, I like to ask them how they make decisions. Last week, I posed that question to H. Paulett Eberhart, the chief... Read more

Friday's jobs report: Mediocre

Friday, April 5, 2013, 11:50 AM
The nation's payrolls added 88,000 jobs in March, a mediocre showing. This is the first month since June 2012 when the number of jobs added didn't top the break-even threshold of 100,000 jobs. That's the amount economists say is needed each month to keep pace with population growth. Forget about erasing... Read more

The real fiscal cliff: The 4.8 million long-term unemployed

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 10:59 AM
Today's alarming financial news is the rise in first-time unemployment claims to 385,000, up 28,000 and also above expectations. The U.S. Labor Department report shows the labor market is weakening, not that it was anything resembling strong in the first place. It makes me want to cry, because every... Read more

Whistleblower laws protect the annoying, and rightly so

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 4:45 AM
Laura Carlin Mattiacci, the lawyer who represented Marla Pietrowski in a $1.7 million whistleblower case, describes her client as a stickler for the rules. "If you met her, she's a rule follower," Mattiacci said. It's an interesting question: Where is the line between an employee who is the courageous... Read more

Frustrated by government gridlock

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 3:25 AM
Read this, and you can almost hear the frustration: "IF the government went unemployed for a period of time. Had bills mounting up on them. Looked for work and only could get something way, way, WAY below the payscale they are used to. IF ONLY, they would take that job and have to scrape on the bottom... Read more

Is the American Worker Disposable?

Monday, April 1, 2013, 5:35 AM
Is the American Worker Disposable? "When I hear people talk about temp vs. permanent jobs, I laugh," said staffing industry analyst Barry Asin, who is quoted in a new book by Rutgers University public policy professor Carl E. Van Horn. "The idea that any job is permanent has been well proven not be... Read more
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