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Audiovisual technician says comfort matters most

Friday, October 14, 2011, 4:40 AM
When audiovisual technician Mark Forman received a call from a recruiter recently, he briefly allowed himself to hope. The recruiter described what appeared to be the perfect job – a jack-of-all-trades position running a meeting facility. It sounded like the responsibilities would be in his sweet-spot... Read more

Marketer explores the mind of a customer

Friday, October 7, 2011, 3:40 AM
As a marketing generalist, Robin "Rob" Spina considers himself a bit of an explorer -- but what he is exploring is not some foreign terrain, but the mind of a customer. "I like getting into the mind of the person who would be buying the product," said Spina, who was laid off in December. It could... Read more

Training herself into unemployment

Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:55 AM
Dianne Slane trained herself out of a job she loved. For years, Slane worked at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, particularly helping doctors handle the paperwork for electrocardiograms. They even trained her to administer them. Part of her job was to complete an electronic record of the procedure... Read more

A passion for the disabled

Friday, September 23, 2011, 3:50 AM
Too bad the computers that scan job applicant resumes can't see Nia Gibson's eyes light up when she talks about taking care of people with disabilities or developmental delays. The resume seems fine, but pro forma. Gibson's enthusiasm is anything but. "It feels so good to be needed," she said. She... Read more

Foreclosed from work

Friday, September 16, 2011, 3:45 AM
There's a certain irony to the reason that Catie Hughes, a housing expert, is out of a job. For much of her career, she has managed properties that have been foreclosed, and that's what she did at Keystone Asset Management in Colmar until she was laid off in January. You'd think there would be a lot... Read more

Hooked on a paycheck

Friday, September 9, 2011, 3:40 AM
Marilyn Melendez knew what it was like to grow up in a family dependent on welfare. "I said, I don't want to live like that," she said. "Trust me, since I got my first paycheck at age 14, I was hooked." She's hooked on work, but can't find a job in her chosen field, which is health care administration... Read more

A job for body and mind

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 3:53 PM
Patricia Ruger has a passion for community involvement and if there were any justice in the world, she'd be able to do it for a paycheck. Instead, she said, she is "penniless." Ruger, a former sales consultant in home remodeling for Sears, was laid off in January -- the bye, bye time for many retailers... Read more

A passion for the elderly

Monday, August 22, 2011, 4:20 AM
When Valerie Shoemaker graduated from college, it wasn't hard for someone with a head for numbers to get a job in finance. So she managed to stay steadily employed in the aerospace industry, until there were layoffs in the 1990s. For awhile, she took a break to raise her child, but then 15 years ago... Read more

A survivor wants to help young people thrive

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 1:03 PM
In most ways, the trauma of being unemployed doesn't compare to what Lilliana S. Didovic experienced one horrifying night in Sarajevo 19 years ago. The city was under siege, her apartment building was on fire and her family fled outdoors, where there was no escaping the mortar rounds. Until they stopped... Read more

Driving toward a better future

Monday, August 8, 2011, 3:00 AM
When it comes to driving, nothing rattles Nathaniel Robinson, 54, of Overbrook, a laid off car salesman who would like to get a job as a driver. "You don't need a lot of supervision. Once you get your assignment, you map it out and then you go. It's almost like having your own business." Robinson... 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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