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A vocation for change

Monday, May 9, 2011, 3:40 AM
When Jane V. McQuaide Hunt, a vocational and business counselor, talks about her past clients, she may as well be talking about herself. "Something has occurred," she said. "Something has changed in their lives and they are at a juncture where they must make a decision about what their lives will be... Read more

Engineering a job

Monday, May 2, 2011, 2:45 AM
The collapse in the housing market and the recession it caused caught civil engineer Kurt Nygaard, in its downward path. “The vast majority of our work was overseeing housing development,” said Nygaard, who was laid off in January 2009 from the Alaimo Group, a Mount Holly engineering company... 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

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

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

John Di Ciurcio

Monday, April 4, 2011, 4:30 AM
Laid off help desk analyst, John Di Ciurcio is a calm person, very calm. But that's how you need to be when your job is dealing with one computer crisis after another. "You have to approach the problem in a calm and relaxed manner," said Di Ciurcio, of King of Prussia, who has been out of... Read more

Steven Gordon

Monday, March 28, 2011, 2:45 AM
For most of his career, Steven Gordon, 64, has been an institutional cook, serving food to people in dormitories, employee cafeterias and even reform schools. It's not glamorous work, but it's not just meat and potatoes either. Years ago, Gordon worked at the Sleighton School, which was a reform school... Read more

Rick Caston

Monday, March 21, 2011, 2:55 AM
Even a great salesman is going to be in trouble when his customers are either closing up shop or consolidating. That's what happened to national sales executive Rick Caston, who made his living selling to banks and mortgage companies. In some ways, it was a miracle that Caston, of Downingtown, lasted... Read more

Kathy Snead

Monday, March 14, 2011, 2:15 AM
Legal secretary Kathy Snead realized that the economy was going south when, starting in January, 2008, her work dried up. “I wasn’t busy for 14 months before I was laid off,” said Snead, of Philadelphia. Her firm’s biggest clients, mainly investment bankers, stopped doing... Read more

Sean Christian Woods

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 2:15 AM
60/60 How many musicians and painters have found inspiration in life's toughest moments - a broken heart, the death of a loved one, and, these days, the loss of a job? That's what happened to Sean Christian Woods, an unemployed shipping-and-receiving clerk who used to love his job. Woods, 42, also... 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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