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Roger Wright
Roger Wright is the author of Finding Work When There Are No Jobs.

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She Got MY Job!

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Why did she get the job? Why not me? Was it her resume? interview? Or is there something else?

There is something else. You never see it in the standard "how-to" books on getting a job. It's not part of career development or outplacement.

It's a moment.

Listen to...

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Has Job Search Changed?

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Has it been awhile since you've looked for work? There've been some changes.

Take a look at this quick list, sent in by readers of Finding Work When There Are No Jobs.

If you are searching for work, perhaps knowing about the changes in advance can save you...

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Why Can't I Get the Job?

(13) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:24 PM

Do any of these 10 reasons sound familiar? Perhaps you've noticed some changes since the last time you looked for work? If so, you're right. Things have changed!

Is YOUR answer to "Why can't I get the job?" on this list?

1. The "networking" didn't work. I'm not really even...

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Recruiting Bob McDonald. Why?

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Why is the former CEO of Proctor and Gamble most likely to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs?

The answer is something that's rare in most organizations. Good recruiting!

Forget, if you can, just for 30 seconds, all the politics. Your likes and dislikes. Instead, look at the principles...

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The Road To Bad Hiring

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 8:47 AM

If your job includes hiring, The Road To Bad Hiring will be familiar. If you're looking for a job, you'll know every mile.

The Road to Bad Hiring is the sick and twisted system we use to connect the right person with the right job. On this road, no one...

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Hiring Horrors!

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:30 AM

HIRING HORRORS are the worst kinds of hiring problems because they take place in situations where everything seems just fine.


Picture the bad scary movie where the happy, good- looking teenagers are sitting around the campfire in the middle of the midnight woods singing folk...

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Obamacare's Hidden Heroes

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:52 PM

The tense voiced woman whose cat disappeared just before it was time for the woman to start her shift won't make today's news on Obamacare.

In some ways, that's a good thing for her. She works in a giant Call Center. On the front lines of breathing life into The...

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Passionate Job Search

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:56 AM

How do you get passionate about ANY part of job search?

Getting panicked is easy. Depressed, confused, or angry comes naturally. Especially when words like "passion" get tossed into the conversation by experts clamoring for you to buy their 10 Easy Steps To Passion!

The way people find work is...

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The Career Development Disconnect

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Just about to graduate from college? Or maybe you're a recent grad? Perhaps just enrolled in a graduate program.

How would you rate the assistance you've gotten from your academic Career Development Office?

Perhaps you've experienced a disconnect between you and the folks being paid to help you...

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Nanci Koschman's Better Angels

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:04 AM

There will be snow on the gravestone, drifting and blowing in a suburban Chicago cemetery, when the mother comes to tell her child that she got the apology and the story told from the man who threw the punch that killed her boy.

It took Nanci Koschman almost ten years....

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Pete Seeger's Garden

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Pete Seeger upstairs at the People's Church on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago; rail thin, head thrust out, jeans and flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves, picking banjo, leading the crowd in song -- his voice is almost gone now. And it doesn't even matter. He has taught us.


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Dear Pope Francis, Please Help Chicago!

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 6:13 PM

First, let me, if only by the printed word, welcome you to Chicago. We can be, at our best, like Abraham's tent. All four sides with the walls rolled up to welcome the stranger from every direction. At our worst, we build expressways to divide us up, practice racism, sexism,...

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A Book's First Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Next week my book, Finding Work When There Are No Jobs, turns one year old. Still just a baby.

What have I learned that might strike a chord with any writer or reader?

Writing is a team sport. Turns out it is NOT all about the author! A tiny,...

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Detroit Keeps It's Art... Can I?

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:05 PM


My old tin lantern has got to be worth some money. After all, it was in a museum. Just like in Detroit, where the city got to keep their art because a group of foundations stepped up and said, "Wait! Don't...

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Jobs From Someone Else's Dream

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Brian is telling me about how someone else's dream led to his new job.

"It's was a dream," he says. "It's not supposed to be logical. I get that. I'm 61 years old. I understand dreams can be gobbldegook. What I didn't know is that reading somebody else's strange dream...

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When Work Search Gets Personal

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:38 PM

What connects the way the artist, the history teacher, the senior sales executive, the utility director and the Oracle engineer all found work? These five people could not be more different. What's the connection?

If you were to see all five standing in America's endless job search line, you could...

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Rahm vs. The Koch Brothers

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 7:26 AM

If the billionaire Koch Brothers dumped a 5 story high mountain of a sooty black substance in a Chicago neighborhood; could Mayor Rahm Emanuel make the giant dirt mountain go away?

Lester would know. And I saw him just as I stepped off the train.

Framed by the faintly falling...

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The Resume Has No Clothes

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 3:52 PM

When do resumes fall short?

Every time we think they are enough to make a decision about who should fill a job.

Say you're looking for a baker. How does the world's best baker put the smell of chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven, on a resume? Resumes,...

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"Finding Work" FAQ Part II

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:59 AM

From readers of Finding Work When There Are No Jobs:

How do I fight ageism? Learning that too much experience can hurt your chances for a job can be a shock. It doesn't make sense. It's new. But then you start thinking about those job ads that say, "2-5 years...

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A Studs Terkel Thanksgiving

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:18 AM

I could do Thanksgiving alone. Lots of people do that.

Hanging up the phone, I could barely remember why she cancelled. Something about "needing space." But I was already getting ready to be a frozen turkey dinner tough guy. Remembering, from experience, that a shirttail doesn't work when you pull...

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