The Inside Job


February 2009


How Bobby Jindal (or You) Can Recover

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Bobby Jindal has a lot of things going for him. Except for that one thing that nobody can stop talking about. Jindal's Republican response speech on Tuesday night has been panned by pretty much everyone except Rush Limbaugh (who has, incidentally, told JIndal's conservative criticizers that he ...

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What Leonard Abess Jr. Said in 1987

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Leonard Abess Jr. was hailed by President Obama last night as a national inspiration, a bank president from Miami "who reportedly cashed out of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all 399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work for him, Obama said.

Back ...

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Liz Smith: Internet Maven at 86

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Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist, will soon be writing her juicy news bites for the web only. Joni Evans of the website wowOwow.com (The Women on the Web) reported today:

Beginning next week Liz Smith will be posting more news, hot gossip and opinions all the time on wowOwow —

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Aisle Seats Best For Business Trips

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If you're a frequent business traveler--and not as young as you used to be--clots may be a worry on your longer trips. Fortunately for you, researchers have discovered a rather simple factor in effective prevention: Choosing the right seat. In this case, the right seat is the aisle.

The ...

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How to Get Hired By "Double-Hitting"

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I've never heard the phrase "double-hitting" before, but I know it gets people hired. Fire off your resume and cover letter via E-mail, and it's easy to be skipped over. Following up with a paper copy of your resume and cover letter is a way of showing a healthy interest in the job.

From the

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How to Be Happy at Work Today

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Happiness research was in its heyday a couple of years ago, but I think it's about time for a resurgence. Fifteen months into this recession, anxiety and pessimism are the norm. Money's tight for the unemployed and retired, and layoff fears really have a hold on those who have jobs.

So what's ...

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Rick Santelli Gives Washington a Taste of Chicago

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What's the most interesting thing about Rick Santelli's televised rebuke of the government's plan to bailout homeowners who are behind on mortgage payments?

Probably the fact that Santelli feels like he'd have to take a shower every hour in Washington. Santelli is in Chicago--town of Blagojevich and ...

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Goodyear Slashing 5,000 Jobs and Freezing Salaries

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In this recession, people aren't spending on tires either. Goodyear this reported a loss of $330 million, or $1.37 a share--$1.18 a share excluding one-time items. Analysts were expecting a loss of $1.03 a share. 

That means Goodyear is cutting costs. The company says it is cutting 5,000 jobs (7 ...

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Help Wanted: The Job You Didn't Want Before

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The recession means a lot of folks trading down, in a sense, as they take on work they would have previously scorned. The most extreme trading could happen with new grads and young workers, as they choose their careers in "the new reality." It could actually be good for the nation's leadership.

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Anna Wintour Gives Career Advice

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Anna Wintour, the famous First Lady of fashion (well, editor of Vogue), has some career wisdom for young designers facing the gray days of recession: temper your egos, kids.

From her interview with the WSJ:

If many of the most successful emerging designers are still struggling, what do you tell all ...

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Caterpillar CEO Says More Layoffs Likely to Come

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The current brouhaha over Caterpillar is probably a pretty good cautionary tale for stimulus cheerleaders. The fact is that effects of the stimulus package won't be as immediate an improvement for businesses and workers as most would wish. Earlier this week, the President said the stimulus would ...

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Joaquin Phoenix: How Not to Do a Job Interview

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So, you've heard job interview tips like "Don't chew gum" and "Don't wear sunglasses." Or "Be articulate," and "Give answers that include more than one word."

But perhaps, for some reason, you don't quite understand why. On David Letterman last night, the great actor Joaquin Pheonix (hilariously and ...

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GM Slashing 10,000 Jobs

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Embattled GM is taking an axe to its global payroll--cutting 10,000 salaried jobs worldwide, including 3,400 stateside, the company said this morning. Most of the job cuts will be done by May 1.

GM must present its plan for longterm viability to the government Feb 17, the AP reports. Starting in ...

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Obama Talks Jobs in Hard-Hit Elkhart

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President Obama headed to Elkhart, Ind., today to drum up support for the stimulus package. This city's workers and businesses sure seem to need some kind of stimulus--Elkhart's unemployment rate is 18 percent, the mayor has said. (The national average is 7.6).

From Obama's prepared remarks on ...

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25 Things (About Your Career)

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The Facebook sensation of "25 Things"--in which a writer shares 25 enlightening things about him/herself and then tags 25 others to do the same--would be an interesting and supremely helpful exercise if limited to work details. With so many careers seemingly devastated by the recession, a little ...

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Ugliest Jobless Claims Since 1982: Good News?

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The number of people filing initial applications for unemployment benefits hit an ugly high last week--626,000, the Labor Department reported today. It's the most since October 1982 and it's much worse than what economists were expecting.

Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR, says the data ...

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Lee Iacocca Understood Bailouts

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The web is rife with commentary about President Obama's $500,000 cap on pay for top executives of companies getting the biggest chunks of TARP money.

Perhaps the most enlightening thoughts come from Nell Minow, an expert on corporate governance. While today's government bailouts certainly seem ...

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Christian Bale: Workplace Bully

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A September 2007 Zogby survey found 37 percent of Americans workers have been bullied at work. The precise definition of a bully is tough to come by, but Washington state's Department of Labor says it's behavior that "intimidates, degrades, offends, or humiliates a worker, often in front of ...

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Gregg Puts Conditions on Commerce Job

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Here's a bold move by a potential Republican nominee--Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire was pretty clear today about the necessary conditions for his move to President Obama's cabinet as Commerce Secretary.

Gregg said in a statement (reported in the Washington Post):

"I have made it clear ...

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