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Apr 13,2009
Q: No one is addressing how long it will take for jobs to trickle down to us unemployed baby boomer sales management professionals. We are not going to be the recipients of the jobs President Barack Obama's program to rebuild the country's infrastructure will create. I was laid off recently and applied for a sales job at a good company. I have known the owners of the company for several years. They knew I had ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
Diversity in the workplace may give companies an extra edge when competing in the economic downturn. Businesses need diversity in order to connect with clients, according to Martha Fields, CEO and founder of Fields Associates Inc., an international management consulting firm. A range of ages, races and cultures gives a company a better ability to serve customers from different nations. Businesses require a workplace and product that appeals to both a national and worldwide market; ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
Q: I've been going to a gym for two years now, and I am having a problem with one of the employees. She is a part-time yoga instructor, and she spends several hours a day in the exercise room practicing yoga routines. Whenever she's there, she demands that the heat be turned up to 90 degrees. She says she will develop problems if it's not. She will not allow the heat to be lowered and ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
The economic downturn has affected the average retirement age. Workers over the age of 60 are choosing to stay in the workplace longer in order to retire with some money in the bank. Sixty percent of workers over the age of 60 say, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey that questioned 8,000 employees, retirement isn't in the immediate future. These workers intend to remain in the office due to the impact of the recession on their ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
Q: I have an unusual workplace question because it combines volunteer jobs with paid jobs. I am on a volunteer board of directors for a condominium association's large complex. We have a paid management company and a full-time onsite manager, who is paid by the management company but takes instructions from our board. Some of the board members are more approachable than others. I am one of the approachable ones. Because of that, people stop ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
Now that times are tougher with the economic downturn, it seems more companies are focusing on business manners. It pays to be more polite to workers and clients, according to Lydia Ramsey, author of "Manners that Sell." Proper manners include knowing the rules for company features like e-mail, voice mail and business attire. Many employees don't know how to use e-mail appropriately in the workplace. Ramsey says her list for common e-mail mistakes continues to ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
Q: I want a job in emergency management at a fire department, at an organization or company, or with the government. I have one certificate in emergency management and one year of experience, but many of the job ads for such positions require much more experience and other certifications. Should I apply for these jobs despite the fact that I don't possess the requirements? I have a passion for helping people, and I absolutely want ... [full story]
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Mar 04,2009
The future currently does not appear bright for the graduates of 2009. They are entering a very difficult job market — several colleges and universities have experienced a decrease in on-campus recruiting. The highly competitive job market may cause grads to continue with school, work with no pay or look for jobs overseas, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement agency. Or some grads will most likely need to move home with their parents ... [full story]
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Mar 04,2009
Temporary working assignments may bring more hope to those looking for employment. If companies can't hire full-time employees, they tend to employ workers on a short-term basis, according to Robert Half International, a staffing service. These opportunities can provide job candidates with income as well as a chance to network and find new contacts. Robert Half International provides the top project or temporary roles in the present economy: — Credit and collections specialists: Deal with ... [full story]
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Mar 04,2009
Q: I was hired eight months ago as a supervisor for a small subcontractor of a state-funded, nonprofit agency. I took over for someone who ran the place into the ground, so I knew what problems I would be faced with. Since I took over, our office has been running smoothly, more efficiently than it ever has, and the staff and our clients are happy. For some reason, our contract manager has developed a personal ... [full story]
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Feb 25,2009
Although workers can't control the economic downturn, they can try to keep a positive attitude and play a part in the optimistic influence needed to maintain a company's success. Peter Barron Stark — author of the forthcoming book, "Engaged: How Leaders Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work" — recommends that workers attempt to envision what can be controlled in the office: the results from assignments, work relationships, etc. "Remain positive and take ... [full story]
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Feb 25,2009
Q: I was told that I was laid off because of economic conditions and that I could return during the busy season. The company has two busy seasons, each lasting six weeks. I had been with the company for eight years as a full-time employee and five years before that as a temporary. I had excellent evaluations and attendance. I am receiving unemployment compensation for being laid off. Two months after I was let go, ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2009
Entrepreneurship may be the answer to surviving the recession. Although it isn't a good time for big businesses with increased layoffs and loss of revenue, it could be seen as a positive time to start your own small company. Maria Simone, an entrepreneur and author of "Passion 2 Prosperity: Instant Ways to Profit from Your Skills and Talents," encourages workers to give entrepreneurship a shot. "The most important thing an entrepreneur can do is give ... [full story]
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