The Inside Job


April 2009


Managers' Health Affected By Layoffs

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The public's sympathy for the distress caused by layoffs tends to be directed, understandably, toward the workers who are losing their jobs. But the act of handing out layoff notices, or of picking the workers to be laid off, is no picnic.

A decade-long study of line managers at Boeing found the ...

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Finding, And Keeping, a Job Without Moving

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Last year, most Americans stayed put. The Census Bureau reported yesterday that the national mover rate fell to 11.9 percent, the lowest rate since the data were first tracked in 1948. Of that 11.9 percent, only 13 percent actually moved out of state. The vast majority of the moves were actually in ...

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A Happy Administrative Professional's Day to You

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Today is Administrative Professional's Day in the U.S. It's traditionally been a day for managers to make a point of showing their appreciation. This year, however, even the bosses are probably aching for a little appreciation, and I was thinking that the holiday might be a little less relevant.

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Yahoo to Cut More Jobs

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The recession continues to hurt revenue at ad-dependent media and online businesses, including Yahoo. The Internet giant said today it would cut another 5 percent of its workforce, or about 700 employees, in an effort to cut costs and ease future investments.

From Bloomberg:

“You’ve had ...

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What Work-at-Home Scams Look Like

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It's a nearly perfect recipe for job scams: an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, uncertain economic future, and a growing population of part-time workers who need more money to pay bills.

Some work-at-home job scams are relatively easy to eyeball, but the level of sophistication is growing.

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Unemployed Japanese Workers Try Farming

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Japan's unemployment rate is at a three-year high of 4.4 percent--still seems delightful compared with the U.S.'s unemployment rate of 8.5 percent--but it's trouble enough for Prime Minister Taro Aso to introduce a stimulus plan meant to preserve and create jobs.

Already, younger workers in need of ...

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Texas Rules for Jobs

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Check out this map of year-over-year job gains/losses by county and you'll notice one thing as you head into 2009--the nation's face is splotchy with red job cuts, but Texas counties stay suprisingly blue. (There's a little twist on political shades for you).

The Slate map shows, for example,

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Domino's Workers Must Not Read the News

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The big marketing story of the day involves the Domino's workers who made a video of their behind-the-scenes antics--such as sticking a shred of mozzerella cheese up a nostril before using it to make a dish, and rubbing a dish sponge on a rear end.

The video became a viral, er, "success," ripping ...

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An America Bereft of Job Security

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Despite recent signs that the nation's economy may be beginning a turnaround, employed Americans are working scared. In a new poll by Harris Interactive and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 47 percent of respondents who were fortunate enough to have jobs said they are ...

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5 Healthy Industries For Jobs

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It's hard to imagine any industry turning a healthy profit over the past year, but research and analysis firm Sageworks has compiled a list of five surprisingly profitable business sectors, which job seekers may want to focus on in their searches.

Each of these industries has had profit growth of ...

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Bet You Aren't Going to Quit Your Job

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I'll bet you jumped all over the Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover report this morning. Read it cover to cover. Memorized the figures. So let's talk about the quits rate, and how American workers suddenly aren't going anywhere.

The quits rate is the number of people who have quit ...

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Nursing Hiring Slows--For Now

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Buried in the Labor Department's jobs report on Friday was this nugget of information: "Health care employment continued to trend up in March (14,000); however, monthly job growth in the first quarter averaged 17,000 compared with 30,000 per month in 2008."

Healthcare hiring is slowing. That ...

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Government Job Applications Could Get Easier

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A bill introduced by two U.S. Senators this week would simplify the notoriously complicated process of applying for a federal job.  Sen. Daniel Akaka and Sen. George Voinovich both indicated that the government is listening to the complaints of job seekers.

"Over and over, we hear of the problems in ...

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Chip Reid Does His Job at a Difficult Time

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In a press conference today in London, CBS White House correspondent Chip Reid asked President Obama the final American-press question and the President told him: "My heart goes out to you." Reid's father passed away at the start of the G-20 news conference, but Reid's family encouraged him to ...

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Therapy Provided to Overstretched Librarians

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The job of a librarian seems pretty mellow. You spend your day padding down carpeted hallways lined by blessedly silent tomes, while speaking in near-whisper and commanding sobriety from book-addled children. (That is, no doubt, a largely unrealistic image constructed from a patron's perspective.

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The Hidden Job Market

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A guy I know recently spent a couple of months performing a rather intense job search without turning up a single job interview. Then a friend reached out and sent an E-mail on his behalf. An hour later, he had an interview lined up--for later in the day. At the end of the interview, he was offered ...

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