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Archive: February, 2010

Get on the phone

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 4:55 AM
This is my question: Do politicians and government policy makers call each other? If I had the job of figuring out how or whether to build a jobs program using some stimulus money that comes through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families welfare program, I'd get some bright person on my staff to... Read more

Tricky bureaucracy

Monday, February 22, 2010, 10:55 AM
Here's an email I received this morning: Thanks for a well written article, but what is most important is missing! With Pennsylvania allotted $359.9 million, due to expire in September and with no guarantee of an extension, what’s the hold up when so many are unemployed? Yes, a requirement... Read more

Avoiding job scams

Friday, February 19, 2010, 4:40 AM
With the average length of joblessness now a shocking 30.2 weeks and the possibility that some unemployment insurance benefits may end, the jobless will likely become even more desperate and more vulnerable to scammers who prey on people's vulnerabilities. On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission... Read more

Job scam

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 11:50 AM
It was no surprise that Cathy Wilburn thought it would be a good idea to respond to Career Hotline's classified advertisement in a Dallas newspaper. She had been out of work a year and when she called, an operator promised she'd be working within 14 days at a job paying at least $14 an hour -- probably... Read more

A matter of degree

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 4:50 AM
Given the current job market, the recent news from the National Association of Colleges and Employers isn't surprising: Starting salary offers to 2010 grads are down by 2 percent compared to 2009. Hiring expectations are also down. The Association said that a graduate with bachelor's degree can expect... Read more

Gaming the system

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 3:45 AM
It might be great for states to use federal stimulus money to devise a job creation program like the Comprehensive Education and Training Act program in 1970s. By the time that shut down, it had benefited many, unemployed people setting them on a fresh career path. But it was also a source, not surprisingly... Read more

Federal jump start to a lifelong career

Monday, February 15, 2010, 1:12 PM
Back in the 1970s, Maureen Carson was a young woman in her 30s, living in Northeast Philadelphia and working as a customer service representative for a dental company. The company went out of business and Carson lost her job. Luckily, she said, she was single and frugal, so she was able to make it... Read more

An investment of time saves jobs

Friday, February 12, 2010, 3:00 AM
Peter Windle's small machining business in the Tacony section took a hit during the recession, but he managed to avoid layoffs. Windle's approach to the whole downturn is really interesting. In these tough times, Windle didn't have money to invest in his business -- in fact, he often skipped paychecks... Read more

No employee left behind

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 4:40 AM
Peter Windle's business took a hit during the recession, yet he managed to keep everyone on the payroll at his small machining shop in the Tacony section. How did he do it? Number one: He did it. He resolved to do it and he did it. Number two: Sometimes he didn't take a paycheck from his company... Read more

Snow job

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 12:41 PM
Outside the Inquirer building, it's snowing like crazy. I write this to brag that I'm in our newsroom, despite the snow. But I'm not sure I should earn any brownie points for this ridiculous behavior, when so much of my work could be done at home. The public relations industry is certainly not snowed... 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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