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

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Entries by Roger Wright

Dear Mayor Rahm

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Did my plan work? When your driver came back out on the street, opened the door to your black SUV and handed you a cup of what really is Chicago's best coffee, from our neighborhood place, did he also give you a copy of my book? And if he did,...

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How 'HR' Scares Away Talent

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 5:55 PM

It's a different job market now. Joining the long-term unemployed and those left lost and given up in the wake of the Great Recession are now people who have found work. Valuable Talent now looking for what's next. Talent that could mean the difference between the success and failure of...

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The Night Ernie Banks Died

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Ernie Banks died tonight. And in the summer green fields of heaven, they are playing baseball. Later on, I'll go listen to Steve Goodman sing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." But not right now.

Tonight I hear the crack of the...

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5 Steps to Hire a New Bears Coach

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Hire like the big companies. GUARANTEED to get ownership EXACTLY what they want most.

1. Hire a Consultant. He'll do research. Have meetings. Make suggestions. Get people to like him. Have an impressive background. But none of that will be his real job. His real job will be...

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The Top 10 Job Search Fantasies

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 12:04 PM

The folks who had the fantasies? They're all working now. But it wasn't so long ago that they were searching for work, more work or better work. A search fueled by fantasies. None of which helped.

What were the fantasies?

1. The most qualified person gets the job. World-weary...

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"Frankie Coolin" -- a Quiet Gem

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 8:34 PM

When the writers who are Chicago's eternal gift to literature gather in the smoky dark spilled beer taverns of heaven to share their best work, Bill Granger will be bringing along Time For Frankie Coolin. Granger left us with a bunch of terrifically entertaining, solid stories. The November Man series...

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If Mike Royko Were Here

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 9:51 PM

It's a story that just begs for legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko to help us out. At least in spirit.

The story? Robocalls to election judges blasting out bad information. A deliberate attempt to disrupt the election of November 2014. Did it make a difference in who was elected? No...

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Chicago's Newest Independent Bookstore

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:37 PM

2014-11-23-1416589944roscoebooks.jpgRemember what it was like to walk into a small, cozy bookstore on a rainy or snowy afternoon? You can smell new books. It's like smelling curiosity. And yesterday, Chicago got a brand new independent bookstore, Roscoe Books, just in time for the rain...

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Why Can't I Get A Job?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:02 PM

"Why can't I get a job?"

It sounds like such a SIMPLE question! So we search for a simple answer.

• Write the perfect resume.
• "It's a numbers game. Just keep trying."
• Network.
• Get a different skill set.

And it's this simplistic approach...

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Sharing Cancer Stories on Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:04 PM

"So the odds of recovery are 94-99%. Pretty good, huh?"

We were two middle-aged guys whose morning routine included a walk to the corner to buy a newspaper from a blue, metal stand. Sliding our quarters in the slot, pulling open the door and lifting the ever-thinning tabloid. Wondering if...

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Wrigley Field Under the Scalpel

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:30 PM

This morning as the sun came up in a warm autumn breeze over Lake Michigan, the iconic baseball park, Wrigley Field, went under the scalpel as streets were blocked off till next April, semi trucks carrying the giant tools of construction chugged on to the once green fields of summer,...

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"Happy Talk" Job Search

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

At first, it makes you feel so good.

You're looking for work. Or more work. Maybe any work. Engaging work. A retirement plan. Or maybe even your first job. So you go looking for advice. And that's when you find the 'Happy Talk.' You are thrilled! You'll have this work...

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Does Knowing Someone Get YOU Work?

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:15 PM

OF course it will! But wait. There's more to the story.

Used to be that "knowing a guy" (and yes, it most often was a guy) was all you needed to get a job. Go see the man in charge, and presto. You're working.

Exactly how you're supposed...

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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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