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Archive: December, 2010

Target, target, target

Friday, December 17, 2010, 3:20 AM
The key in using the computer as a job search tool is to focus on quality, not quantity. Target, target, target. Focus on sites and sources that target your particular industry, occupation, or job function. Don't forget location. For example, if you are thinking of touching base with a recruiter, it... Read more

Burrowing into the bureau

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 4:30 AM
People like me could spend a lot of time looking at reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. I just looooove the little wonkish data threads. (In November, for example, jobs in retail were down for everything except car sales. Particularly hard hit were furniture stores and building and garden... Read more

Zooming in on companies

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 4:25 AM
One approach to getting a job is to just scour the job boards or the want-ads for any work. But there is a more targeted approach. And that approach is to choose companies that seem like they'd be good fits and then try to find a way in. That assumes that companies have internal openings and needs... Read more

Association boards

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 4:30 AM
Using the computer is no substitute for talking to people when it comes to getting a job, but it does have its functions and its main function is research. You need to research people, companies and industry trends. And one way to do that is to tap into the myriad of professional associations, many... Read more

Sucked into the maw

Monday, December 13, 2010, 4:15 AM
All of us who use computers know how it easy it is to be sucked into its giant maw -- one minute you are full of purpose and an hour later you are on your 20th futile game of solitaire and your wrists hurt. This is especially deadly when you are looking for a job and the computer is already a potential... Read more

Ditch the computer grinch and party

Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:14 AM
In the process of covering unemployment, I've attended many job search seminars and if there's one thing I learned, the computer, while helpful, can be deadly in a job search. That's because too many people become overly reliant on it and that's not good, especially at this time of year, when the opportunities... Read more

Trash talking about layoffs

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:27 PM
Did you catch Joelle Farrell's Philadelphia Inquirer story about the budget troubles Radnor Township is facing? Radnor, one of the region's richest municipalities, is renting out part of its building and laying off workers to make ends meet as tax revenues erode in this economy. Same story in Camden... Read more

The broker squeeze

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 10:34 AM
As health insurers have to cut their overhead costs, they are also trimming broker commissions, which leads to an interesting question. Who do brokers benefit? Brokers have long been considered the sales force for insurers, which is why Independence Blue Cross and the others paid them commissions.... Read more

Finding flexibility on the assembly line

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 5:35 AM
Many people with professional jobs can manage short-term flexibility -- slipping out for an hour or two some afternoons to see a child's soccer game. But how do workers manage when they work on a production line and when their disappearance affects production quotas? The answer is a set of informal... Read more

Dust bunnies, babies and workplace flexibility

Monday, December 6, 2010, 11:33 AM
The morning light filtering into my kitchen illuminates the dust bunnies scampering on the floor amid the fragments of fallen leaves that get tracked in the back door. Luckily, I'm pretty good at ignoring it, because my husband usually makes sweeping the kitchen floor his first order of business. But... 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.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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