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Archive: March, 2011

Criminal record? Don't apply

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 3:50 AM
Here's a staggering statistic: One in four U.S. adults has a criminal record -- that's 65 million people, according to the National Employment Law Project which issued a report last week on the topic of criminal background checks. The report's title: "65 Million `Need Not Apply' -- The Case for Reforming... Read more

Checking off background checks

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 3:25 AM
People like ex-con Steven Gordon will have a difficult time getting a job if the Society for Human Resource Management's 2010 survey is any guide. In SHRM's survey, 92 percent said they conduct background checks on all or some job candidates. Of those that do, 95 percent say that a conviction for a... Read more

A record for unintentional discrimination

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 3:55 AM
When it comes to hiring, employers can't discriminate on the basis of age, race or gender, but there's nothing in the constitution that specifically protects applicants with a criminal past. Even so, there is some constitutional basis for the "ban the box" laws. (The box is the box on applications... 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

Sharon Richman

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 2:15 AM
59/60 Sharon Richman has looked at life from both sides now, and finds herself wanting to return to the nonprofit side. "Even though nonprofits need to run like businesses, because you have to pay attention to how you manage staff, how you deliver services," said Richman, 57, of Penn Valley, "the... Read more

K. Edward Rice

Monday, March 7, 2011, 2:15 AM
58/60 Maybe going into pre-med wasn't such a good idea. "I started the organic chemistry lab on fire," K. Edward Rice said, laughing at the memory. "We put it out, but I didn't get a good grade in organic chemistry." Rice, 53, a man with a relentless intellect and a love of knitting, goes where his... Read more

Todd Cosey and Robert E. Cosey Jr.

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 6:30 AM
57/60 Todd Cosey is nearly in a state of paralysis when it comes to figuring out his life. He's only 21 and he's already been laid off from a job - as a cemetery stone-setter. He'd like to get some training in something he would enjoy, something working with his hands, something that involves moving... Read more
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