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Archive: May, 2010

In the red: Paint ball

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 3:30 AM
Another casualty of the recession -- paintball and, of course, the people who made their living from it. Last Thursday, I met Jeff Deubert, an art director from New Jersey who lost his job when his magazine folded. The topic? Paint ball. "Paint ball is really struggling in this economy,"... Read more

Your best portfolio

Monday, May 24, 2010, 3:25 AM
Steve Red, who works as the chief creative officer at Red Tettemer, a longtime Philly advertising agency, and I caught up with each other on Thursday at Portfolio Night, sponsored by the Philadelphia Ad Club Young Professionals. His job was to critique the portfolios of up-and-coming advertising talent... Read more

Building business face to face

Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:28 PM
As busy as everyone is twittering and Facebooking, the value of face-to-face still matters, and that's straight from the mouths of the Twitter generation, including Jason Brewer, chief executive of a small advertising, branding firm called Brolick. I met Brewer Thursday evening at Portfolio Night... Read more

A degree of work that never ends

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 3:55 AM
In general, older workers who have the most education tend to work the longest, although in his report for the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Craig Copeland does not say why. Discounting the recent recession, two-thirds of college graduates were still working full time, full year after the age... Read more

No chance to rest

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 4:30 AM
"The percentage of workers, age 55 or older, who work full time, full year, steadily increased from 54.2 percent in 1993 to 66 percent in 2007, before a decline in 2008 to 63.9 percent," according to a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. I'm surprised that most people don't... Read more

Eat cake, get a job

Monday, May 17, 2010, 11:30 AM
How many of you have been to a graduation party this month? How many ate too much potato salad or dug into a second piece of cake? Well, you can be forgiven if you can actually add some value to that college grad's search for a job. A starting place might be this book: "Parent's Guide to Colleges... Read more

Stimulating sales

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 3:40 AM
Patrick Ahn, 49, would like to hire a couple of salespeople through Pennsylvania's Way To Work program, the stimulus-funded job subsidy program I wrote about in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Ahn's two-man company, based in Cheltenham, sells cell phone accessories through retail outlets. Ahn acts... Read more

Trains, planes, unions and votes

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 3:40 AM
On Monday, the National Mediation Board changed a 76-year-old policy governing how airline and railway workers can organize into unions. Not surprisingly, a train full of emails from pro and anti-union legislators, think-tanks, advocacy groups, business groups and unions are flying in. One thing that... Read more

Will $13 an hour really help laid off professionals?

Monday, May 10, 2010, 11:54 AM
Look, says Cheryl Spaulding, a longtime advocate for the suburban unemployed. It's very nice to have a jobs program that pays $13 an hour, but the stimulus-funded jobs subsidy program that I wrote about in Sunday's Inquirer is too little and too late to address the folks that are coming into Joseph's... Read more

Face forward

Monday, May 10, 2010, 4:35 AM
Because the job market seems to be improving, at least somewhat, it's probably time to dust off some advice about how to get a job. Here are some tried and true and practical tips from Robert Half International, a recruiting firm. These are particularly aimed at recent grads trying for their first... Read more
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Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

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