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Media buyer yearns to run his own business

Friday, December 23, 2011, 4:50 AM
No wonder Nate Greiner lost his job as a media buyer in 2009. When the economy tanked, consumers stopped consuming, advertisers stopped advertising and nobody needed Greiner to negotiate deals for advertising time on broadcast television. When Greiner's agency lost a major client, Greiner was laid-off... Read more

Laid-off marketer finds novel way to cope

Friday, December 16, 2011, 3:15 AM
Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, but marketing and communications manager James Baraldi is turning to fiction to cope with the truth -- that after 27 years of service to one company, he was laid off in January 2010. "Most writers have a book in their drawer," said Baraldi, who worked for... Read more

Purchasing agent: It's the price that counts

Friday, December 9, 2011, 3:00 AM
Having spent most of his career in purchasing, Kevin T. Anderson knows how to negotiate a good deal. "It takes stubbornness and being nice," he said. "I don't want to talk about golf. I don't want my green fees paid. That's not my job. I don't want to go out to lunch, and I wouldn't say this, but... Read more

Organized to help others

Friday, December 2, 2011, 4:50 AM
Karen T. Watson is so organized that she alphabetizes her spices, and that, she says is the trait that makes her such a good executive assistant. Growing up, Watson used to visit her mother on the job. Her mother was a file clerk in City Hall and Watson was so impressed at how well she did her job... Read more

Show your thanks by getting someone a job

Saturday, November 26, 2011, 5:35 AM
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, "Looking for Work" does not appear today. Please be thankful if you have a job, and if you can help someone else get one, please try. Read the past profiles by clicking on the link below. Maybe today could be the day that you can help one of these people get work... Read more

Master at managing

Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:10 AM
In February, Aramark Corp. lost the contract to provide commissary services to the inmates of the Philadelphia correctional system, and when that happened Jeffrey Scott's livelihood was threatened. Scott was the manager of the commissary, supervising 17 civilian workers and 30 inmates in what amounted... Read more

Military manager specializes in cost-cutting

Friday, November 11, 2011, 4:15 AM
In the military, Phillip Yale, of Bensalem, accomplished things that should make him highly sought after as an employee. For example, as a supply support projects officer, he developed a metrics and charting program to identify excess material and saved $4 million in unnecessary material procurement... Read more

Hoop dreams, or any job

Friday, November 4, 2011, 3:45 AM
Growing up, Sean Tucker dreamed of playing professional basketball, but life and tough circumstances had a different plan. As the oldest of six children of a single mother, he had to spend his after-school hours working so he could afford to buy himself clothes. "Basically, it was a sacrifice," he... Read more

Administrator gets the details right

Friday, October 28, 2011, 5:00 AM
Making sure something is done exactly right -- getting the i's dotted and t's crossed -- gives Philadelphia administrator Keith Conrad tremendous satisfaction. "I'm a very organized person," said Conrad. "I stick to what I'm doing until I get the job done." Until July, Conrad worked for the city... Read more

Wanted: Job with meaning

Friday, October 21, 2011, 4:50 AM
Beth Monahan has done her time in the corporate world, handling internal and external communications for major companies, including Aon Corp., Cigna Corp. and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. But she wants something different now. Laid off for a year, she yearns to use her photography and writing skills... 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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