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    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer

    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer
    We all know that before bringing you on board, a potential employer will do some vetting. They'll scour the internet searching for digital dirt, or any discrepancies from your resume. They'll try to get a glimpse into your personality. They want to know as much as they can about you. After all, they’re about to let you – an unknown quantity ...
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    A Sales Pitch for Stricter Laws Against Door-to-Door Sales

    A Sales Pitch for Stricter Laws Against Door-to-Door Sales
    When the warm weather hits, so do they. A young lady selling magazine subscriptions knocked at Lisa Lund's door last summer. She was friendly, compelling. Her pitch was personal. "She said they were making money to help put themselves through school, to get a better job and support their family," the Olathe, Kan., woman said. Lund handed over a $75 check ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    The 20 Worst Product Failures

    The 20 Worst Product Failures
    Products come and go all the time. But some new products fail for hilarious reasons. You may not be old enough to remember the Ford Edsel, but you've probably heard about it. Does your child have a doll? Odds are its not the Baby Wee-Wee. Listening to an MP3 player now? Is it a Zune? Probably not. Over the years, these ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Collaborate Virtually: Web Conference Services

    Collaborate Virtually: Web Conference Services
    Interactive web conferences with desktop sharing have gotten us used to the idea of online collaboration. A newer crop of visual collaboration sites kicks the concept up a few rungs by letting you work closely with your remote employees, partners and customers on projects involving trickier media like video and images. +Service: ConceptShare+ Features: Flexibility is ConceptShare's strong point. It can ...
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    Dubious Sales Pitch for Jeter Baseballs

    Dubious Sales Pitch for Jeter Baseballs
    FOR a fellow who so carefully protects his image, Derek Jeter might want to do more to protect his name. Not to mention his adoring fans. Ads heard this week on the Yankees' radio station, WCBS-AM, pitched "very unique" - as opposed to just unique - and "very limited edition" - as opposed to just the limited kind - Derek Jeter-signed ...
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    Beware of Scams in the Job Hunt

    Beware of Scams in the Job Hunt
    In depressed job markets, where job hunters vastly outnumber job openings, there are people who try to profit at desperate job hunters' expense. There are "headhunters" who charge for access to a "hidden job market." There are Web pages that charge searchers to see "top-dollar" job opportunities. There are scam artists who present job offers that are attempts to steal your ...
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    Stocks Jump as Home Sales, Construction Increase

    Stocks Jump as Home Sales, Construction Increase
    NEW YORK - Investors are rushing into stocks as surprise increases in pending home sales and construction spending offer the latest signs that the economy is stabilizing. Investors have been more upbeat about prospects for the economy in the last two months and Monday's reports are bolstering the case that the economy's slide could be slowing. Pending U.S. home sales rose ...
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    Does Exercise Make You Smarter?

    Does Exercise Make You Smarter?
    The human body is designed for action: hinging and rotating joints that support movement in every direction; strong, elastic ligaments and tendons that encourage play while keeping bones and muscles in their proper place; skeletal muscles that facilitate every movement from explosive jumping to flowing Tai Chi; cardiac muscle that tirelessly pumps nourishment to every cell in the body. The human ...
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    Replacement for Outlook? Google Announces Offline Gmail Access

    Replacement for Outlook? Google Announces Offline Gmail Access
    'Google removes one of the main stumbling blocks to its Gmail service.' - Many email users take advantage of the free service offered by Google called Gmail. Gmail allows users to use a Gmail email account and get their other email accounts in one place for easy access. The biggest problem with Gmail for many users and one of the main ...
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    Microsoft Aims to turn PCs into Personal Assistants, Teachers

    Microsoft Aims to turn PCs into Personal Assistants, Teachers
    REDMOND, Wash. — What would you do with a PC that's 50 to 100 times more powerful than the one you've got? Can't think of much? Craig Mundie, Microsoft's (MSFT) chief research and strategy officer, sure can. The executive assigned to fill retired founder Bill Gates' role as company visionary has set out to transform mundane laptops and desktop PCs into ...
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    Ford Passes Toyota, Driven by Fusion

    Ford Passes Toyota, Driven by Fusion
    DETROIT - Detroit's Big Three is becoming Ford and the other two. While its rivals stay afloat with billions in government aid, Ford grabbed a bigger slice of the American car market in April with record sales of its fuel-efficient Fusion. Those results pushed it past Toyota to retake its post as the nation's No. 2 car seller. Even though Ford's ...
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    Good Coffee Is Vital to a Happy Workplace

    Good Coffee Is Vital to a Happy Workplace
    When employees are asked to do more with less, smart business managers look for creative, affordable ways to keep staff motivated. Now, new survey findings reveal that small perks like good, free coffee can have a major impact in boosting employee morale. According to a recent national survey, three out of five employed Americans feel more motivated to do their best ...
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    Protect Yourself From Job Search Scams

    Protect Yourself From Job Search Scams
    Searching for a job is challenging enough in a recession. Job seekers who are eager to reply to any hint of a paying gig must also avoid online scammers and identity thieves who are targeting them. The Better Business Bureau found that 73% of job seekers reported using online sources for help in 2007, compared to 66% in 2005. And that ...
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    Millions in AIG Bonuses Draw Chorus of Outrage

    Millions in AIG Bonuses Draw Chorus of Outrage
    WASHINGTON — Leaders of the White House economic team and the Senate's top Republican bellowed about bonuses at a bailed-out insurance giant and pledged to prevent such payments in the future. From one Sunday talk show to the next, they tore into the contracts that American International Group asserted had to be honored, to the tune of about $165 million and ...
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    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job

    5 Skills to Learn if You’re Looking for a Job
    It’s becoming harder to stand out from the growing pile of resumes in today’s tough job market. If you’re unemployed, consider learning a new skill to gain an advantage. “First, look at your strengths to see how those might cross over into other fields or careers,” says Diane Brennan, an Arizona-based career consultant. “Then decide what other skills you need to ...
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    US Stocks Jump on Relief Over Retail Sales

    US Stocks Jump on Relief Over Retail Sales
    NEW YORK- Wall Street shook off weak economic readings and placed bets on retailers Thursday after their monthly sales reports weren't as bad as had been expected. Stocks staged a big U-turn, reversing early losses. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 120 points after being down more than 100 in the early going. Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and ...
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    Lipstick, Chocolate Are Top Treats in Tough Times

    Lipstick, Chocolate Are Top Treats in Tough Times
    Breezing into a store and indulging in luxury items is probably not what you have on your mind right now. But wouldn't it feel good? Turns out, there are affordable treats out there that will leave you feeling absolutely decadent. They're just a bit, well, smaller. The economic forecasters behind the financial Web site Motley Fool reported earlier this week that ...
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    Hyatt's Plan for Customer Loyalty

    An article in the June 17 New York Times Magazine examined Hyatt Hotel's new relationship marketing strategy. Employees will now engage in "random acts of generosity": In the days ahead, managers and employees of the Hyatt hotel chain will be doing favors for some of their customers. Maybe they always did them, but these favors will be different: they will be ...
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