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Apr 06,2009
Life is so unfair. In today's economy you actually have work to look for work, taking valuable couch time to counterfeit diplomas, or invent accomplishments like winning the Nobel Prize for Barbecue. It's just not enough to be a conniver and a kiss-up. These days, you also have to be a brand. "Branding" — that's the buzzword in employment circles these days. Potential employers want to be able to pluck you out of the great ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
If you've been wondering who to blame for your puny paycheck, the paucity of your promotions, and the total meltdown of your career, here's good news. It's not you who is to blame; it's your family. No, I'm not talking about that maladjusted bunch of malcontents who sponge off you in your overleveraged bungalow in Foreclosure Farms. I'm talking about the folks who raised you up from a pup: Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, and don't ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2009
Today, we focus on the growth of men growing beards during a period of economic uncertainty that can only be described as "hairy." According to Christina Binkley, the style columnist for The Wall Street Journal, growing a beard is "one of those tiny luxuries unleashed by unemployment, a time when people are briefly released from workaday habits and may wish to take stock of their lives before setting out anew." The unemployment beard can also ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2009
Listen, if you have work to do, don't read this column. In this seriously scary economy, when our bitten-down fingernails are holding on to our jobs by rapidly fraying threads, you don't want to waste time at work. Or maybe you do. According to a recent survey from salary.com, a "record number of people" are spending time "on activities that aren't necessarily work related." This is the fourth annual Wasting Time at Work survey from ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so the philosophers say. If you ask me, revenge is also pretty darn tasty when served hot, warm, frozen, or stuffed into the microwave and nuked. Let's face it, when you're mad as hell at work, and you're not going to take it anymore, there are only a few options open to you. You can stifle yourself, or you can complain to management, or you can right ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2009
If you're not working, you should be networking. In a period when the economy is in critical condition, spending your spare time working your network is critical. But how can you follow the 11th Commandment, Thou Shalt Network, when you are a cranky, antisocial, shy guy or gal who can't blow their own horn without sounding off-key, and who views any trip outside their personal space with fear, dread, and projectile vomiting? The answer to ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
When I was a kid, I used to have a puzzle of the United States.  I learned so much from repeatedly solving that puzzle, that when I saw a similar product in a store, I bought it for my children. So many kids have no idea where on the planet they live.  If you asked my six-year old where he lives, he’d tell you, “In a house.”  Well… that narrows it down considerably. I always ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Valentine's day 2008 is history. The red roses have wilted. The last heart-shaped nougat is now firmly affixed to my thighs. And here I am - just discovering a timely e-press release from those hopeless romantics at InterviewStream.com. "Valentines Dating Tips Help You Land a Dream Job" is the subject line of this massive missive from Conshohocken, Penn., the bucolic hamlet where Shawn Graham, author of "Courting Your Career," and Randy Bitting, InterviewStream honcho, have ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
When can you retire? Where should you retire? Can you afford to retire? What will you do after you retire? Have you noticed, friend, that everyone is talking about the R-word - retirement? Frankly, I retired about 30 years ago. I kept working, of course, but I totally gave up any idea of getting ahead at my company or advancing my career. As long as I could do nothing and get paid for it, I ... [full story]
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Jan 04,2008
The Law of Gravity ought to be repealed.  Yeah, I know it keeps things attached to solid ground so we’re not all flailing fruitlessly in space, but other than that, gravity serves no useful purpose at all. Other than a bag of Oreos, gravity is a woman’s worst enemy.  Around middle age, everything starts sagging like a slow-moving mudslide.  We know that eventually our breasts are going to blend into our stomachs and no one will ... [full story]
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Jan 04,2008
Here's a radical idea - instead of marinating your brain in the same old miserable job and complaining constantly, why not recycle your employer and start enjoying your work instead of hating it? I know. It's tough to make a change when you're really good at something. Let's face it; you are really good at whining. In fact, if whining and moaning were Olympic events, you'd win a gold metal (but you wouldn't enjoy it, ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
My little boy is growing up.  It’s sad and exciting all at the same time. Before he was born, so many years ago, I bought a baby blanket at a garage sale.  It was brand new; still in the packaging.  It was made of white flannel with blue satin trim around the sides and a little blue teddy bear embroidered on one corner.  I didn’t know, at the time, how much this little garage sale purchase ... [full story]
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Dec 28,2007
Are you a shy guy or a bashful babe? At parties, would you rather talk to another guest or network with a potted plant? Do you cringe at confrontation and run away from run-ins? If so, you may be an introvert. You may also be wondering how and where in the world you can get work that works with your particular personality profile. Well, it's a happy day for introverts. The extroverts at JIST Publishing ... [full story]
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