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Archive: April, 2011

Wanted: One Purple Squirrel

Friday, April 29, 2011, 2:35 AM
In this job market, career consultant Sue Kaiden says, employers are looking for the Purple Squirrel. "They want the candidate to have a degree and a credential and be a team leader and have leadership skills, and most of the time, that employee doesn't exist," she said. Neither does the Purple Squirrel... Read more

Out of office, out of work

Monday, April 25, 2011, 2:15 AM
There are all different ways to lose a job, but when you are in politics, one of the most reliable ways to be out work happens after your boss, the politician, loses an election. That's what happened to Emmy Casa, of Mt. Holly, who operated as senior constituent services coordinator for U.S. Congressman... Read more

A whopper of a job fair

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 3:00 AM
It was insane Tuesday at the McDonald's tucked into Children's Hospital at 34th and Spruce Sts. yesterday. The place was jammed with people, most of them African American, who were looking for work. (Didn't see too many kids with wearing Penn regalia.) In a huge publicity drive, McDonald's trumpeted... Read more

Block grants: Untested territory

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 4:10 AM
Not surprisingly, Donald M. Berwick, the former Boston pediatrician who now heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, does not like the concept of Medicaid block grants now being bandied about Washington as part of the 2012 budget. The President, Donald M. Berwick said, is opposed to... Read more

Sanford Bender

Monday, April 18, 2011, 4:00 AM
Ask architect Sanford R. Bender to list some buildings he admires, and one the ones on the top of his list is a waste water treatment plant at the Omega Institute in upstate New York. What's so wonderful about a waste water treatment plant? "They even run yoga classes there," he said, "because there... Read more

Equal pay? No way

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 5:00 AM
We're well into April already, so it's kind of depressing to think that women, on average and across the nation, have had to work this long into the year to equal wages that men earned in 2010. Today, Tuesday, is known as Equal Pay Day for that reason. Nationally, women working full-time are paid... Read more

James Marshall Bassett

Monday, April 11, 2011, 3:40 AM
Because he has spent his whole career in security, laid off security supervisor James Marshall Bassett knows how to spot a problem in the making. So when the first wave of lawsuits involving the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin hit its manufacturer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Bassett got worried... Read more

Cloud hiring

Friday, April 8, 2011, 11:52 AM
When it comes to tech hiring, the cloud is good -- for everybody, not just those who can navigate through the amorphous mists of the internet. That's the word from Joel Capparella, vice president of marketing at Yoh Services division of Day and Zimmermann Inc., a staffing firm in Philadelphia specializing... Read more

The receptionist and corporate culture

Friday, April 8, 2011, 3:50 AM
Who actually determines corporate culture? Does it start from the top and trickle down, or does it percolate up? That's what I was most interested in learning when I interviewed Carol Lennon for an article in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer. Lennon was honored this week for her 50 years of service... Read more

Veterans, and judgment, left behind

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 3:25 AM
The economy seems to be finally creating jobs -- not a lot, but a good solid number. That's great for those that are getting jobs, but many are not. In fact, the percentage of longterm unemployed is increasing as is the average length of unemployment, the U.S. Labor Department reported last week. All... Read more
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