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I read something really encouraging today. It gave me hope. Unless you’re over 50 you probably wouldn’t understand. Here it is: Contrary to the old stereotype, older job hunters aren’t necessarily being passed over for the younger, less-experienced worker. A story by Fortune cited employment numbers crunched by the Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas which found “of the 4,319,000 jobs created in the U.S. over the past two-and-a-half years, about… Read More

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High school and college students will soon be looking for that summer job. And the prospects for landing that job are mixed this year. All three of my boys are among that age group, and I’m counting my lucky stars that all three have jobs lined up this summer. In fact, each one has a job right now. Am I dreaming? If I am, don’t wake me. Two surveys, two outcomes I… Read More

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If you’re out of work or just looking to earn some extra money over the holidays, there’s plenty of seasonal work available this year. But now’s the time to line up that job. The outplacement firm¬†Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that between 500,000 and 600,000 seasonal retail jobs will be created this year. Those numbers are slightly better than last year, but well below the more than 700,000¬† jobs created three years… Read More

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Years ago I was on a job interview. I was having lunch with the boss (I’m call him Jim) and his second-in-command (I’ll call him Jack). It came to ordering time, and here’s how a portion of the conversation could have gone: Jim: “Do you want a drink (as in beer, wine, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc)?” Me: “No thanks.” Jim: “You sure?” Me: “Yes. I’ll have water.” Jim: “Come on. It’s on… Read More

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