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When Darren Drewitz was laid off in February, his first move was to start looking for another advertising agency job.
He couldn’t find one. Instead, Drewitz began getting offers for freelance work. Four months later, he has become something he didn’t plan to be: a small business owner.
Laid-off workers across the country are finding themselves in similar situations. Instead of full-time work, they’re getting jobs as freelancers or independent contractors, and in the process have the role of entrepreneur thrust . . . read more Read More
One sign of better economic times is when more people start finding jobs. Another is when they feel confident enough to quit them.
More people quit their jobs in the past three months than were laid off — a sharp reversal after 15 straight months in which layoffs exceeded voluntary departures. The trend suggests the job market is finally thawing.
TEMP POSITION TRANSITION: Contract work and temporary employment are on the rise as the economy improves, especially for companies that need to meet increased demand but are hesitant to commit to permanent employees and higher benefit costs.
Working a temp job can be a great opportunity to keep skills current and make new networking contracts while continuing to look for permanent employment. But those seeking to turn these positions into full-time jobs need to be cautious . . . read more Read More
The struggling economy has sparked new interest in finding ways to save without scrimping on lifestyle, and to use all available tools to find work. It has also awakened some teens — and even more parents — to the importance of building skills to craft a flexible career.
Three new titles offer guidance for tackling all of these topics.
If you want to learn the best ways to spend less without sacrifice, “Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less” offers lessons for even the most practiced at frugality. If you’re looking for a job, or thinking about looking, you can learn . . . read more Read More
Fewer construction workers will be needed. Don’t expect as many interior designers or advertising copywriters, either. Retailers will get by with leaner staffs.
The economy is strengthening. But millions of jobs lost in the recession could be gone for good.
And unlike in past recessions, jobs in the beleaguered manufacturing sector aren’t the only ones likely lost forever. What sets the Great Recession apart is the variety of jobs that may not return.
They’ve called it the “Mancession” — a recession that’s affected men disproportionately, because of its brutal impact on male-dominated sectors like construction and manufacturing.
But that term rings hollow to women like Sara Wade, an Illinois schoolteacher who became the sole supporter of two school-aged children — possibly for good, she fears — when her ex-husband, a carpenter and contractor, stopped paying child support 15 months ago. . . . read more Read More
A Miami woman who exhausted her unemployment aid needs to pay bills. A Phoenix job-seeker wants a greater sense of purpose. A Boston woman has heard that hiring is picking up.
The economy absorbed a flood of 805,000 new job-seekers last month — the sharpest monthly influx in seven years. They were driven by economic need, renewed optimism and evidence that more employers are hiring. . . . read more Read More
This scene is likely to play out at many small businesses in the coming months:
One of the company’s top performing employees comes in to see the owner and says, “I’ve been offered a job at XYZ Widgets. They’re going to give me a substantial raise. Can you make me a better offer?”
Many owners will be hard-pressed to come up with money to keep staffers who want to leave for better-paying jobs. But small companies can win a bidding war by offering more intangibles and flexibility . . . read more Read More
Sean Ryan’s schedule becomes a juggling act this time of year.
Come springtime the public relations account manager in Richmond, Va., has to balance his work responsibilities with coaching a varsity high school baseball team. And to be an effective coach he needs to leave work early to supervise practices, attend games and travel to tournaments.
PERFORMANCE PREVIEW: Want to lower morale, reduce productivity and undermine the relationship between the boss and his or her subordinates? Give an annual performance review, say authors of a recently published book deeming the practice bogus.
If it seems like you’re working harder than you used to, it’s probably not your imagination.
Many companies have increased employees’ workloads and put a higher priority on productivity since the recession began, according to a MetLife Inc. study released Monday.