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  • Whole Foods Worker's Amazing Resignation Email: 'You're a faux hippy Wal-Mart'

    Most of us have whiled away the hours at a terrible job, imagining how we would quit if today were Do-Over Day, and there were absolutely no consequences for lighting our paperwork on fire and toasting marshmallows over it. One Whole Foods worker has achieved in real life what we only dream of. (The quitting. Not the marshmallows.)

  • Underemployment: The Educated Person's Worst Nightmare

    Underemployed and not too happy about it? Here's an inspiring story to give you hope. PayScale spoke with Shaina Thompson, who has a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's in education, to hear her experience with underemployment and how it motivated her to look beyond her degrees to discover what she really wanted to do in life.
  • Career Lessons From the Instagram vs. Vine Fiasco

    Being strategic isn't just for businesses: professionals can also use these tactics to increase their marketability and advance their careers. The Instagram vs. Twitter/Vine debacle is a great example of how companies use strategy to get ahead of the competition. These social media giants are constantly at each other's throats trying to out-do the other with new features and capabilities. We'll examine these tactics and explain how job seekers can use them to get a leg up on the competition.
  • Is It a Good Idea to Refer Your Social Media 'Friends'?

    So much of our interactions nowadays take place on social media, making it incredibly easy to connect and build relationships with complete strangers with the click of a button. Over time, these virtual connections can morph into actual friendships. But would you feel comfortable referring one of your social media “friends” for a job and risking the possibility of vouching for a complete dud? Here's how to decide.
  • 5 Job Seeking Tips for the Older and Wiser Generation

    Job pickings are slim right now, especially for older workers. Because social media is so important in business nowadays, it's not uncommon for older workers to be passed over for younger, tech-savvier, cheaper candidates. So, how can older and wiser workers find job placement in such a saturated job market? Here are five tips to help older professionals get back in the game.
  • 5 Ways to Clean up Your Online Profiles During a Job Search

    Let's face it, the job market has seen better days. Landing a decent job (or any job, for that matter) is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole -- it feels nearly impossible and it's incredibly frustrating. For those lucky candidates who actually land an interview with a potential employer, it's vital not to screw it up. One way to improve your chances of landing the job is by cleaning up your social media profiles so that the hiring representative doesn't come across anything that would make him or her question your candidacy. Here are five ways to protect your online profiles during a job search.
  • What's Trending on Twitter - Seattle Sun Tan Text Campaign Win, Myspace 2.0, and "Yeezus" Leak

    In this week's roundup of trending Twitter topics, we discuss: a tanning salon that generated nearly $200,000 in new revenue in less than a month, via a text-based marketing campaign; Myspace 2.0 launching a sleek new social music site; and Kanye West's newest album leak.
  • Good News: It Takes Fewer Jobs to Reduce Unemployment Than It Used To

    How many jobs does it take to bring down those unemployment stats? According to a new paper from economists Dan Aaronson and Scott Brave of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, less than it did in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Unemployment Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    A recent study in The Journal of Health and Social Behavior showed that joblessness, along with smoking, was one of the factors associated with higher death rates among white women in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school.

  • Can They Fire Me For That?

    If you live in 49 of the 50 states, the answer to the above question is almost always, "Yes." Montana is the exception.
  • Unemployment Insurance Needs More Reforms for Part-Time Workers

    Unemployment insurance is the social safety net that allows workers and families to survive job scarcity in a volatile economy. Know the laws in your state.
  • Young America's Job Crisis

    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • Fed Should Shift Focus to Expand Employment

    If we want the economy to really rally, we need to do something about unemployment. It seems, at first, a semantic ploy, to call for the U.S. Federal Reserve to shift its approach from slashing the jobless rate to actually expanding employment. But there is a difference, and it's less subtle than you might think.
  • December Jobs Report Unsurprising, Strong Job Growth Not Expected in 2013

    Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff, 155,000 jobs were added in December, which was on par for 2012 where the average number of monthly jobs added was 153,000. This monthly gain brought the year-end total of jobs created to 1.84 million. The unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised November number of 7.8 percent, which is the lowest it has been since December 2008.

  • 9 Tips for Applying for Jobs Online

    How did you find your last job? Chances are you applied for your current position online rather than by sending your resume by fax. In today's tech world, many job applications and initial screenings are done online. So, how can you give yourself the best shot at an interview?

  • Americans to Congress: "We Want Jobs"

    The election might be over, but we still have polls to pore over. One popular topic: Americans' hopes for an end to gridlock on important issues facing Congress. Issues such as jobs, and how to create more of them.

  • The Longer You're Unemployed, the Harder It Is to Get Un-Unemployed

    Today in Depressing News You Can't Unread, we present to you the findings of three economists who decided to study the relationship between prolonged unemployment and perception of applicants by potential employers.

    The relationship, friends, was not good. After sending 12,000 fictitious resumes to 3000 job openings in 100 different labor markets, the researchers discovered that employers were much less likely to call back when the applicant had been unemployed for any length of time. The problem appears to be the employer's perception of the applicant's productivity, not any concern over declining skills.

  • 'Get to Work' Show on Sundance Profiles Programs That Help Chronically Unemployed

    The brand-new "Get to Work" show on Sundance offers a behind-the-scenes look at the STRIVE program, a sort of career boot camp targeted at chronically unemployed Americans like drug addicts, ex-cons, the working poor, the homeless and the welfare dependent. Sundance describes the program as "an unfiltered, uncompromising look at the work of Second Chance in San Diego and the STRIVE program, a workforce training model dedicated to getting America back to work."

  • Former NASA Workers Struggle to Find Jobs

    Once you've worked for the space program, is there anywhere to go but down?

    Well, yes -- but for former NASA workers who want to stay on the "Space Coast" near Florida's Kennedy Space Center, prospects are difficult at best.

  • Unemployed and Depressed? You're Not Alone

    It might seem like a bulletin from The News in Obviousness, but being unemployed is kind of depressing. Why is it worth talking about it, then? Well, for one thing, most of the news we read about unemployment is focused on numbers and statistics, which, while valuable information, has a way of making readers forget the human side of joblessness.

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