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    New Airfare Deals Pop Up on Twitter - but Act Fast

    New Airfare Deals Pop Up on Twitter - but Act Fast
    Looking for a quick, cheap getaway? A bargain may be just a tweet away. JetBlue and United airlines are offering their Twitter followers first dibs on some discounted fares, using the uber-trendy form of messaging to quickly connect with customers and fill seats on flights that might otherwise take off less than full. Like the e-mails that many airlines began to ...
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    Lowball Salary Offers: A Working Guide

    Lowball Salary Offers: A Working Guide
    I get lots of mail from job-seekers who want to know the perfect juncture in a job-search process for the *Salary Discussion*. I'm glad to get these inquiries, because nailing down a salary range is not a trivial matter in a back-and-forth job-search conversation. However, all of these folks looking to pinpoint the Ideal Time for the Salary Conversation are in ...
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    Man Accused of Selling Couple's Home While They Vacationed

    Man Accused of Selling Couple's Home While They Vacationed
    The attorney for Ray Tate III, who is accused of selling a Ben Lomond, Calif., house that wasn't his, told the court Friday that his client thought the property had no expressed owner and believed the home may have been abandoned. "Mr. Tate would have no way of knowing there was a victim in this case," said attorney David Beauvais. Tate ...
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    Steel May Give Auto Industry Restructuring Roadmap

    Steel May Give Auto Industry Restructuring Roadmap
    For John Borkowski, a 33-year veteran of the American steel industry, the plight of the Detroit automakers looks all too familiar. The 57-year-old steelworker from Port Vue, Pa., lived through painful restructuring that drastically reshaped the domestic steel industry. The most recent crisis, from 1998 through 2003, involved dozens of bankruptcies, huge job cuts and mill closures. Now, steel's revival may ...
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    Opportunity Behind Skilled Workers' Exodus

    Opportunity Behind Skilled Workers' Exodus
    It wasn't the U.S. economy that convinced Tao Guo to leave the USA. It was the Chinese economy. After 24 years in the United States, the 46-year-old naturalized citizen moved to Shanghai in December to take a high-level position at WuXi AppTec, which does research for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He's among a growing number of highly skilled immigrants who are ...
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    What New Search Engines Mean to Small Business

    What New Search Engines Mean to Small Business
    After all the rumors and last-minute botched deals over the years, it's finally happened: Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement to merge their search services in hopes of finally being able to compete with the grand search overlord, Google. Under the new 10-year, $275 million agreement, Microsoft's new Bing search engine will power Yahoo Search, while Yahoo Search Marketing will ...
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    Q&A: I've Lost My Job. How Will the Stimulus Plan Help Me?

    Q&A: I've Lost My Job. How Will the Stimulus Plan Help Me?
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday the largest government economic rescue plan in the nation's history, a $787 billion package of spending, tax cuts and tax credits that's designed to help pull the nation out of what's becoming the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes everything from money to refurbish public ...
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    The High Cost of Speeding on Wall Street

    The High Cost of Speeding on Wall Street
    The shipping market is booming, and yet again Wall Street is speeding into the middle of a once-sleepy market. Bankers are rushing in to broker capacity, finance construction of new ships, and link buyers and sellers around the globe. And just as they did in the mortgage-lending business years earlier, traders are creating widespread use of derivatives. In just five years, ...
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    Stopping Survivor Guilt

    Stopping Survivor Guilt
    As an administrator in an era of massive layoffs, it's your job to stave off survivor guilt before it lowers the morale and productivity of remaining employees. The subject of survivor guilt—the despair employees feel when co-workers fall victim to downsizing— comes up during every recession, but 2009 promises a uniquely virulent strain of the affliction. "The layoffs are just starting," ...
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    Survey Says: Beware Offers for Free Survey

    Survey Says: Beware Offers for Free Survey
    The report: We recently saw an e-mail that had an attractive pitch until you looked into the details. The offer was to take online surveys for cash. There are such deals out there, but beware. You're not going to get rich and you may find yourself doing a lot worse than that. How it works: The e-mail was for a service ...
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    2008 Airline Quality Rankings

    2008 Airline Quality Rankings
    WASHINGTON – How the nation's 17 busiest airlines ranked in the annual Airline Quality Rating based on their 2008 combined performance in four categories: bumping due to overbooking, on-time performance, mishandled baggage and customer complaints. 1. Hawaiian 2. AirTran 3. JetBlue 4. Northwest 5. Alaska 6. Southwest 7. Frontier 8. Continental 9. AMR Corp.'s American 10. US Airways 11. UAL ...
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    Retail Therapy: It's Not Always a Fairy Tale Trip

    Retail Therapy: It's Not Always a Fairy Tale Trip
    I've done quite a bit of shopping in the past two weeks. That's not unusual in my job. Going to the mall, picking out accessories and window shopping comes with the territory. What was remarkable about this burst of retail therapy is that it was all off the clock. I was looking forward to it. But it wasn't as fulfilling or ...
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    How You Can Leverage a Layoff

    How You Can Leverage a Layoff
    Jobless? Take this as an opportunity to start your own business. Diane Lindquist is a four-decade veteran of journalism and an expert on the trade economy of the U.S.-Mexico border. When the San Diego Union-Tribune offered her a buyout in January 2007, after nearly 30 years at the newspaper, she saw the writing on the wall: Older, higher-paid reporters were being ...
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    Sallie Mae to Add 2,000 Jobs to US in 18 Months

    Sallie Mae to Add 2,000 Jobs to US in 18 Months
    NEW YORK – Sallie Mae gave some hope to the unemployed Monday, announcing it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas. The move marks somewhat of a turnaround for the nation's largest private student lender, which two years ago was faced with the need to slash ...
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    Auto Sales Soar in China

    Auto Sales Soar in China
    The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said auto sales continued at a brisk pace in June with sales outpacing production for the year. In January through June, China produced 5.99 million cars, up 15.22 percent from a year ago, Xinhua reported Thursday. In the same six months, vehicle sales hit 6.09 million, the trade association said. In June, sales were 36.5 ...
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    Retailers Report Weak June Sales

    Retailers Report Weak June Sales
    Many retailers are reporting sharp sales declines for June, as rainy weather and escalating job worries kept consumers from buying summer staples like shorts and dresses. As merchants report their monthly figures Thursday, the sales weakness appears to cut across all sectors, particularly apparel merchants. Among the biggest early disappointments are results from teen merchant Wet Seal Inc., The Children's Place ...
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    6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

    When it comes to your career, do you lie to yourself? The answer is most likely ‘yes.’ In an article I read by Sam Sommers, a professor of psychology at Tufts University, he explains how and why we like to kid ourselves. He explains: “People do this all the time. We bend the facts to fit our self-image, perpetuating a ...
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    A Snapshot Of Retail Sales In June

    A Snapshot Of Retail Sales In June
    Retail sales were weak in June for the 11th consecutive month, raising worries about how consumers will approach the back-to-school shopping season. Here's an analysis of Thursday's same-store sales reports: THE RESULTS: The International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs same-store sales tally for June fell 5.1 percent below the tally for June 2008, worse than the latest forecast for a 4.5 ...
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    How to Make Companywide Meetings Matter

    How to Make Companywide Meetings Matter
    Perry Klebahn has run a lot of companywide meetings since he took over as CEO of ailing bag company Timbuk2 in January, 2007. It's been a period of change, of difficult decisions, of executive departures, and he wanted to keep the 70 employees of the San Francisco company informed and engaged. But what he'd hoped would be an open forum for ...
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    Would You Believe a $30 Plane Fare?

    Would You Believe a $30 Plane Fare?
    A trio of discount airlines led by Southwest on Tuesday rolled out some of the lowest fares seen in years. Southwest is offering one-way fares of $30 on routes up to 400 miles, $60 on flights up to 750 miles and $90 on longer routes. The prices, which don't include taxes and fees, are good for travel between Sept. 9 and ...