unemployment

10 things not to say to your out-of-work friend

If you have an out-of-work friend who’s trying to find a job, you probably want to be supportive and say the right thing to make her search easier. But well-intentioned comments can easily make a stressed-out job-searcher feel worse. Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about 10 things you should never […]

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I don’t want to have a boss

A reader writes: How can I stand being employed by someone when I don’t want to have a boss? I’ve always had trouble working for authority; my experience with authority, and this isn’t just a perception as I’ve tried changing that too, is they walk all over me, getting what they want, leaving pennies in […]

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I’m quoted in this Business Insider article about how to get a job when you’ve been unemployed for a while.  I managed to work in a mention of Law & Order.

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the state of Florida thinks unemployed people need capes

Florida, what’s wrong with you? Workforce Central Florida, a federally-funded jobs agency, was just forced to kill an insulting $73,000 PR campaign that included $14,000 for 6,000 superhero capes, which they planned to give away to unemployed residents. By friending the agency on Facebook, taking a “What kind of Superhero Are You?” quiz, or posing […]

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do I have to be perfect to get a job?

A reader writes: I have not worked full time in over a year and a half and have been unemployed for two months, when my seasonal job came to an end. I have not been able to find a job and am starting to think there is something wrong with me. In fact, my perceived […]

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apparently (many) outplacement firms suck

Check out this Wall St. Journal article about how many outplacement firms suck. (Outplacement firms are hired by some companies doing lay-offs; they ostensibly help laid-off workers find new work, by helping with resumes and cover letters, coaching, etc.)  Unsurprisingly, it turns out that many of them offer lame boilerplate advice that isn’t helping anyone. Some […]

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how do you survive without a job?

In the comments on a recent post, Kathy asked: Hi, I have a question that I do not mean with any snotty tone, whatsoever. I am truly curious because it’s something I’ve always wondered: For those of you unemployed for lengthy periods of time, how do you survive? Did you have a large emergency fund […]

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