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A Mindless Meld of "Star Trek" and the New Unemployment Rate

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

The U.S. Labor Department announced Friday that 539,000 people lost their jobs last month -- a dreadful total, but not as high as the 600,000-plus axed in March. Here are three reasons why the unemployment increase got slightly less awful...

Volunteering While Unemployed: Fill the Resume Gap

Margot Pritzker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Margot Pritzker

When you suddenly find yourself at home, unemployed, spending your day searching, how do you keep your skills sharp and leverage all networking opportunities?

Country and Company: Part II - Aligning Goals

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Without balanced trade productive companies operating in the United States are open to continuing assault from foreign entities advantaged by their governments.

5 Steps to Take After a Layoff

Nicole Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nicole Williams

Once you recover from the initial shock of the news, you'll want to take these steps to help ensure a smooth transition into the next chapter of your life.

What to Do When You Get Laid-Off

Shu Kim | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shu Kim

Our purpose here is to share some of the invaluable lessons we learned along the way to professional reinvention.

Things That Will Survive

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

The game is now to figure out who will get through this thing, because when we're all safely on shore the survivors will find a world in which they are faced with significantly less competition.

Cats on Keyboards and Job Hunting Online

Alex McCord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex McCord

Although I'm not completely sure whether we've passed Hurricane Layoff or whether we're in the eye, the internal nonsense is beginning to clear out.

NPR Lays Off 13

Biz Journals | Tierney Plumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

National Public Radio, which has been facing a decline in corporate sponsorships, will lay off 13 employees and implement other cost-savings measures ...

Netanyahu Unveils Economic Rescue Plan

Haaretz | Tal Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz unveiled on Thursday a rescue plan for Israel's "plummeting" ecomony....

Odious PR Move Of Our Time

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Today Yahoo! reported its earnings, which beat street estimates. As far as earnings go, they were pretty typical of today, actually better than some. They had earnings, for example.

When One Door Closes, Another Opens. But Those Hallways Can Kill You

Noah St. John | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Noah St. John

When your livelihood is taken away, you have to fight to get it back, and fight for your own sense of self.

State Jobless Rate Hits 9.1 Percent, Highest In 23 Years

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois' unemployment rate hit 9.1 percent in March, the highest it's been in almost 24 years. That compares to 8.6 percent last mon...

Do You Have What it Takes to Push Up Through the Earth and Bloom Again?

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stacie Krajchir

Do I have the strength to bloom and push through the Earth? Ugh, that sounds so hippie and so not where I am at or something I am open to right now. So, I don't know.

The Pink Slip: Women and Layoffs in the Recession

Rod Shrader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rod Shrader

It turns out that even though women are more than holding their own in terms of staying employed, their gains are not reflected in leadership positions.

Does Telling Your Kids You Were Fired Make You "The Biggest Loser"?

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Viscusi

Emphasize to your children that the most important things in life are health, family, and being together. Mom or Dad can always find another job, but having one another is what really matters.

How to Fire a Friend

Nicole Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nicole Williams

Firing someone is bad. Firing a workplace friend is worse. There isn't a lot that can be done to make this terrible task easier, but some clear guidelines will help you gear up for the dirty deed.

When All You Have Left Is Your Pride | BENEDICT CAREY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"I have a new client, a laid-off lawyer, who's commuting in every day -- to his Starbucks," said Robert C. Chope, a professor of counseling at San Fra...

Over 20 Illinois Firms Warn Of Massive Layoffs

Chicago Tribune | Becky Yerak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 20 companies alerted the state in March that they plan plant closure or "mass" layoffs, putting nearly 2,500 workers out of work....

Covering Rashes & Creating Your Brand

Alex McCord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex McCord

I attended a seminar about self-branding. Now, in my recent career I've had great fun working on corporate brand identity, copy writing, etc., but never really turned those skills inward.

Looking For Work with a Knot in Your Stomach

Alex McCord | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex McCord

I had some good meetings as well. There's the licensing of a clothing line, a cosmetics company looking for a face, a product line looking for an ambassador, and commercial opportunities.

Why Gen-Y is Kinda Screwed

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Martha St Jean

Being smart, young and Ivy League educated does not keep you from being one of the twelve million four hundred sixty-seven thousand of Americans out of a job.

Laying People Off -- Tearfully

Nanette Lepore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nanette Lepore

The worst has happened, the moment I dreaded. I have had to succumb to the hellacious economy and cut my staff.

Jobless But Not Jokeless in Journalism

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Many Americans don't care that newspapers are hemorrhaging jobs, but laid-off journalists wandering the streets could become a quality-of-life issue.

Job Fairs or Job Fairy Tales?

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Viscusi

Today's career fairs seem anything but "fair" to me. Approach those companies that don't appear to be looking. Another secret if you're unemployed is to offer yourself to employers on a "per-project" or "temp" basis.

Peaceful Revolution: Women and Work: Why Employers' Work/Life Policies Can--and Should--Survive the Recession

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joan Williams

Employers with telecommuting and flexible programs that really work are finding that these new ways to work can enhance their competitive position in a recession.