Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
- We've been hearing a lot about tech startups lately, but the overall business startup rate in the U.S. dropped to new lows. In the 80s, the national startup rate was 13 perent; in 2006, it fell to 11 percent. Could this drop in new firms have contributed to the slow recovery from the recession?
- It's no secret that new grads will have a tough time finding jobs in this economy, but experts are now citing a new factor that could contribute to youth unemployment and underemployment: the "recession hangover." The Class of 2012 will be competing for jobs against the graduating classes of 2008 and 2009, many of whom have been unemployed since then.
- More and more couples are weathering the economy by working in different states in which they reside. These commuter marriages come with their own costs, however.
- Professional networking often favors extroverts, but these networking tips for introverts can help shy types get ahead without going too far out of their comfort zone.
- Here's a tip for managers and line-level employees alike: Ensure your decisions are commitment with the person you aspire to be. Too often, we make decisions about our work or personal lives that are focused on short-term, tangible accomplishments rather than the things that really matter.
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