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Archive: May, 2009

Help wanted: Engineers, nurses, skilled trades workers

Friday, May 29, 2009, 5:30 AM
Help Wanted: Obviously, the job market is miserable, but according to Manpower Inc., there are some jobs that are still tough to fill. "In the four years we have performed this research, the same positions appear on the list again and again. Despite the current economic instability and high... Read more

Lonely at the top

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 5:35 AM
Over the years, organizational development consultant Michael J. Kitson said, he has come to identify about a half dozen issues that really concern top executives, especially chief executives and company presidents. Yes, they'll hire him for some ostensible assignment, but as the conversation develops... Read more

Where's the severance?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 5:30 AM
The laid-off workers that I wrote about in Sunday's piece on the closing of the Reynold's packaging plant in Downingtown didn't get a dime in severance. They didn't even get vacation pay for the balance of the year. Pretty harsh. Many of the nearly 150 who lost their jobs had worked at the plant for... Read more

Printing a pink slip, randomly

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 4:28 PM
Thank you, Inquirer readers, for your many interesting comments (via phone, email and online) about my Sunday story on the closing of the Reynold's packaging plant in Downingtown, putting as many as 150 people out of work. What really impressed me about this story was the tragic confluence of circumstances... Read more

So what?

Friday, May 22, 2009, 12:02 PM
To get a job, it's all about sell, sell, sell -- the product being yourself and your skills. But author Mark Magnacca says that philosophy only goes so far. His soon-to-be-released book, "So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience" makes the point that the sales pitch... Read more

Health insurance: A scary hike

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 9:13 AM
Talk to anyone who is unemployed and you'll soon learn that one of the biggest worries is health insurance. No doubt activists who work with the unemployed will rally some of them to attend a protest this morning at 11:30 a.m. at Independence Blue Cross headquarters in Philadelphia at 19th and Market... Read more

Coffee, tea or hysteria?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:59 PM
Sometimes, I honestly don't know whether to bang my head against the wall or break out into hysterical laughter. Probably all the above, as you will see in a minute. Just an insight into the world of reporters -- we probably get at least 50 "helpful" story ideas a day. Truly, I get that... Read more

Start clownin' around

Friday, May 15, 2009, 12:45 PM
Can you slip on a banana peel and make people laugh? Or is it just your face that throws the general populace into hysterics? (Mine makes babies cry.) If so, there is a job for you. You have to love a job posting that looks for someone with an over-active funny bone and aspirations to live on a train... Read more

Workforce windfall

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 9:02 AM
The problem with today's world, among many, is that people, or rather computers, rely too much on credentials. Computerized recruiting and job search programs fly through online resumes landing on certain key words like a fly on fruit salad. Those key words have to do with educational credentials,... Read more

Mass mayhem

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 12:03 PM
People lost their jobs in droves in the first quarter, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics in a truly stunning and depressing report out today. Mass layoffs due to slack business conditions set a program high since the BLS started keeping track in 1996 and mass layoffs due to financial conditions set... 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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