Food for Thought

First of all, let me start off by saying that regardless of the fact that I’m not very tall, I don’t have an overly-large truck.  Does that suggest anything about me? Now you might be tilting your head and looking at me suspiciously, saying, “Uh, Deb. You don’t have a truck, do you…?” And I would say, “You’re right, I don’t....more

China renews compensation

Beijing on Saturday made a second call for an apology and compensation from Tokyo over the "unlawful" detention of a Chinese trawlerman, demanding "practical steps" to resolve the diplomatic row.Japan had rejected an initial demand earlier Saturday, with foreign ministry spokesman Satoru Sato saying Beijing's demand was "totally groundless" and "cannot be accepted at all"....more

China renews compensation

Beijing on Saturday made a second call for an apology and compensation from Tokyo over the "unlawful" detention of a Chinese trawlerman, demanding "practical steps" to resolve the diplomatic row.Japan had rejected an initial demand earlier Saturday, with foreign ministry spokesman Satoru Sato saying Beijing's demand was "totally groundless" and "cannot be accepted at all"....more

Alternative Hashtags for the Discerning Tweeter

In the social media system, undisclosed material relationships are considered especially heinous. In the blogosphere, the dedicated bloggers who investigate these vicious FTC infractions are members of an elite squad known as the Come on Dude, Get Real Unit. These are their hashtags....more

I'm so lost. Just figuring out Twitter. ...more

NFL Player Salaries: What They Are, and Why

Signing bonuses, salary caps, betting on huge potential--they're all part of the game when it comes to determining the incomes of professional football players. Continue reading "NFL Player Salaries: What They Are, and Why" » ...more

Can President-elect Obama Provide Relief from Our Unemployment Angst?

As the U.S. unemployment rate increases--at 6.5 percent, it has reached a 14-year high--and President Bush's tenure winds down, all eyes are on President-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress set to take the reins in Washington in January. Will the new leadership provide relief? Continue reading "Can President-elect Obama Provide Relief from Our Unemployment Angst?" » ...more

Joe the Plumber and the Middle-Class Squeeze

Joe Wurzelbacher--better known as Joe the Plumber--is getting his 15 minutes of fame, and in the meantime, raising questions about what it means to be middle class, and why the middle class is so very squeezed. Continue reading "Joe the Plumber and the Middle-Class Squeeze" » ...more

Average Salary Increases: What's On the Horizon for 2009?

Over the last several weeks, it seems the United States has come entirely unglued--at least financially. It's enough to make any worker uneasy about job security and compensation. With all the fiscal unrest, we wonder: what can we expect for an average salary increase in 2009, in light of the sorry state of the economy? Continue reading "Average Salary Increases: What's On the Horizon for 2009?" » ...more

Does Your Salary History Really Matter to a Future Employer?

Your salary history tells an important story of how far you've come along a career path, so it's fitting that a prospective employer might be interested in learning more about your past earnings. Yet it's unfair to take a salary history at face value, because there are so often back-stories that need explaining. ...more

How to Handle Salary Requirements When Applying for a Job

Job interviewing is like art: it requires skill, dexterity, and the right tools and environment. Make one wrong move and the result can be disastrous. This is especially true when it comes to discussing salary requirements. As a job-seeker, approaching a conversation with a prospective employer about salary requirements can be tricky. How soon can you expect an employer to ask you about your salary requirements? Should you ever include salary requirements in a cover letter? How can you pick a salary that doesn't aim too high or too low? ...more
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