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Archive: November, 2011

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

Inquirer to Strawbridge's: A new home, a heavy heart

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:00 AM
The Inquirer is moving to Strawbridge & Clothier's. We'll be housed on the third floor, where, I'm told, Frank and Peter Strawbridge once stocked linens and fine china, not in our white-towered building that used to tremble when the presses were fired up. My heart is breaking. Our newsroom at... Read more

Taking fees out of tips

Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:20 AM
Gary Broderick works as a server at the Radisson Warwick hotel in Philadelphia. His take on the proposed Philadelphia tipping ordinance is that the law, if passed, would help workers who feel they've been treated unfairly. The proposed ordinance, introduced by City Councilman Jim Kenney, says that... 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

Finding that perfect someone

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 11:38 AM
Much has been written about the mismatch between employers looking for good workers and the unemployed who are looking for work. Wharton professor Peter Cappelli's essay on Human Resource Executive Online is as good (actually better) than many I've read on this topic. Here's the beginning and a link... 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

College students - panic now!

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 4:20 AM
A word to the wise: The majority of employers who plan to hire college graduates tend to wrap up their recruiting plans during the fall semester. So students, it pays to panic early! So says the Bethlehem-based National Association of Colleges and Employees. Most in demand among 2012 graduates will... Read more

Knitting together textile manufacturing

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 4:00 AM
In some ways, it's no problem for illustrator Alex Stadler to get the fine woolen scarves he designs manufactured in New York. It's an easy train ride and he often has business in the Big Apple. But that's not the way he'd like it to be. "I manufacture there because I couldn't find anybody in Philadelphia... 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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