The Inside Job


June 2008


A Layoff Deserves a Greeting Card

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A layoff is distressing and embarrassing, but that's no reason not to send a card, reports the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C .

Hallmark makes cards specifically for layoffs, and sending them can "demonstrate your bonhomie and business etiquette," according to the story.

A layoff card ...

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My Future Was Destroyed by the UPC Scanner

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When I was a kid, there was only one job I definitely wanted when I grew up—supermarket cashier. I grew up in New Jersey when long nails were ubiquitous and UPC scanners hadn't yet come into their own. That meant cashiers were still tapping the register keys, making everyday concerts of their quick ...

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Why You Need to Make It Home for Dinner

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When it comes to family time in the work-life balance, one particular time may be the most important: the dinner hour.

A recent study from researchers at Brigham Young University suggests that long hours on the job cause higher work-life conflict when they regularly interrupt dinnertime.

Researchers ...

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How to Get a Job When You're 60 Plus

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Karen writes:

I recently lost a job because a younger person was also applying while I was there. I am in my 60s—not that old, good looking, professional, with lots of experience. Is there anything I need to do to secure the job despite my age? I obviously made an impression to be called back for ...

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Are We Getting Dumb or Quick?

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The half-attentive, ever-antsy nature of our scrolling life on the Web may be making us stupid, the Atlantic Monthly says this month. The story reports on the findings of a University College London study of online research habits: "We may well be in the midst of a sea change in the way we read ...

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Job Advice on an Airplane Flight

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I don't generally enjoy talking to the people with whom I'm forced to share intimate and recycled airplane air. The problem is that once you start—you're stuck. But yesterday I was in the mood to chat for reasons not altogether clear, perhaps a desire to think of something other than work. So I ...

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Why We'd Hire Stephanie Izard

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There's an easy careers lesson to be culled from the drama of last night's Top Chef finale. Also—a not-so-easy lesson about frank humility and self-effacement at work.

Stephanie Izard, a chef from Chicago, won the crown after months of high-stress kitchen competition. For Izard, it was competition,

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Will This Résumé Tip Get You the Job?

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Job seekers often feel like their tireless search for the perfect job is matched by an endless quest for the perfect résumé. Should my font be consistent? Is Garamond too much? What should be in bold? Did I describe my current job correctly? And what about my objective statement?

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Why Getting the Job Isn't Everything

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We all go to great lengths to get the job we want—new haircut, professionally drafted résumé, sessions with a career coach, and follow-up thank-you notes. But let's not allow desperation to lead us into such nebulous (possibly criminal) waters as this:

A Florida businessman who was ...

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