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The absolute worst job of any in North America? A lumberjack. CareerCast.com just rated it dead last in desirability out of 200 different vocations. I grew up and lived in the great Pacific Northwest for nearly 30 years. It was the land of lumberjacks, at least during the heyday of the timber industry.  As a kid, lumberjacking was certainly never last on my list of what I wanted to be. I used… Read More

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Has it been a while since you’ve seen much of a bump in your paycheck? Or maybe no bump at all?  Next year will be different, according to a new survey. Consulting firm Mercer found that workers can expect an average raise of …. hope you’re sitting down for this …. wait for it …. here it comes …. 2.9 percent in 2013. Biggest increase in years I don’t know about you, but that… Read More

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I got a call from my oldest son today from college. He’s trying to line up an internship this summer that fits his major, and he just finished an interview with a  recruiter. “Dad, it would be perfect,” he told me. “Then when I graduate, they would probably hire me full-time.” Those are words every parent wants to hear. While my son is still a year out from graduating and landing that… Read More

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Think you have the worst job in America? Chances are you don’t. Unless your job puts you in constant risk for getting hurt or killed. And you’re working for little pay. CareerCast.com is out again with its best and worst jobs list. It rated 200 professions using five criteria: pay, outlook, work environment, stress and physical demands. Let’s start out with the top five best jobs of 2012, then get to those bottom… Read More

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Want a promotion, but can’t figure out why you’re not getting one? It could be that tattoo on your arm, or (please stand back)…. your bad breath. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that employers consider personal attributes when making promotion decisions. Employers gave these reasons when asked what would make them less likely to give a promotion:

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The economy  is showing some signs of improvement… but it’s still not easy for those who need jobs. In this job market, there’s no room for error if you’re looking for work.  So don’t make these mistakes: Don’t say, “I’ll take anything.”  No employer wants to hear that.  Instead focus on what you’re best qualified to do.. and target all your efforts around that. Don’t focus on your needs.  An employer doesn’t… Read More

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More and more people want to live closer to work. Not because they love their job, but because of the skyrocketing price of gasoline.  The cost of gas is influencing where people are choosing to buy a home, according to a new survey. A Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey found people want to shorten the distance between home and work, and gas prices are the main reason for that.  Here are a… Read More

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Are you looking for a job change?  Maybe you’re even thinking of changing careers entirely.  A lot of people are fed-up, bored, or just plain unhappy with their job, and they want a change. There’s a lot that goes into making such a big decision. Here are a few of the best careers of 2011.

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Unemployed and looking for work?  Have a job,  but want another one?  There’s a Job Fair in Tulsa tomorrow (Wednesday January 19).  I’ll have a preview of it today on NewsChannel 8 at 4, but here are some of the highlights:

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Do you want to make more money in 2011?  Who doesn’t?But you may think “There’s no way my employer will give me a raise, not in this tight economy.”  Chances are that’s what they want us to think.    So how do you negotiate a higher salary?  And are employers even willing to negotiate?

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Next time you’re interviewing for a new job try not to say, “I’m a dynamic and motivated team-player with a proven track record as a problem solver who loves a fast-paced, results-oriented work environment.” According to LinkedIn, if that’s how you describe yourself, you need to change your entrepreneurial mindset and get a little more innovative with your extensive experience. The business-minded social networking site says those terms are the 10 most… Read More

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The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in November, a seven month high, as hiring slowed. But locally, it’s a different story if you’re looking for temporary work that could lead to a full-time job. Casey Lamb, president of American StaffCorp in Tulsa told me:  “We are as busy as ever.  The jobs are there.  We need people.” Nationally and locally the slogan could be: What a difference a year makes in U.S. retail.   … Read More

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