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    Job Scams on Rise As Hard Times Hit Crooks

    Job Scams on Rise As Hard Times Hit Crooks
    Looking for a job is not a pleasant experience even in the best of times. Add record-high unemployment and a tidal wave of competition to the mix, and the search for employment can be maddening. Now there's even more for job seekers to be concerned about: crooks who exploit the unemployed by posting fake job ads online. These ads lure unsuspecting ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Stars

    Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Stars
    A judge has tossed out federal fraud convictions against two salespeople who used late-night infomercials to tout their stock-trading abilities and lure customers. A jury convicted Linda Woolf of Sandy, Utah, and David Gengler of Draper, Utah, in May on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. The two were among the top earners at a company called Teach Me to Trade, ...
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    How to Contend with a More Experienced Negotiator

    How to Contend with a More Experienced Negotiator
    No matter how long you've been making deals, sometimes you're up against someone who is simply far more experienced than you. h4. Some tips for dealing: h4. 1. Ignore the resume The outcome of a negotiation has more to do with need, greed and leverage than your opponent's resume. Reassess the battlefield. Your position may be better than you think. h4. ...
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    EBay cuts auction listing fees for casual sellers

    EBay cuts auction listing fees for casual sellers
    The online marketplace eBay is eliminating some upfront fees to attract more sellers who occasionally auction off items. San Jose, Calif.-based eBay Inc. said Tuesday that users will soon be able to offer up to five items for auction every 30 days without paying the fees that eBay usually charges to list goods. Those listing fees usually run 10 cents to ...
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    Pfizer Offers Free Drugs After Lost Jobs

    Pfizer Offers Free Drugs After Lost Jobs
    Pfizer Inc. is unveiling a new program Thursday that will let people who have lost their jobs and health insurance keep taking some widely prescribed Pfizer medications - for free, and for up to a year. The world's biggest drugmaker will provide more than 70 of its prescription drugs, from Lipitor to Viagra, at no cost to unemployed, uninsured Americans, regardless ...
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    The 10 Worst Ads

    10. Homeless People Don't Know Grammar We're not sure what to make of this ad. Is it for something? Is it promoting some political view? We can't tell. The only takeaway seems to be that homeless people talk about food but don't do grammar good. Hat Tip: Brandon Myhre --- 9. Skin May Melt on Contact This is a photoshop ...
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    Perfect Platform to Make His Pitch

    Stand clear of the closing salesman. When Eric Klarman first tried selling life insurance in the subway, he knew he'd be harassed and largely ignored. He never imagined it would actually work. Klarman, an agent with New York Life, lugs a folding table and a blue banner that reads "Life Insurance" to major transit hubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn during the ...
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    Pepsi Worker Still Bubbly After Nearly 50 Years; His Secret: 'I Like People'

    Pepsi Worker Still Bubbly After Nearly 50 Years; His Secret: 'I Like People'
    When Mario Gutierrez started delivering Pepsi products, the job started early. He got into the habit of arriving at work around 5 a.m. each weekday at the Pepsi Bottling facility off the Palmetto Expressway in Doral. Almost 50 years later, the 69-year-old maintains virtually the same routine - and says he'll retire the day he feels he can't do his job ...
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    Staples Paper Gets a New Look in 2009

    Staples Paper Gets a New Look in 2009
    h4. The Starting Point Staples' original paper line included 14 different products and a complex packaging scheme: red, blue, and gold indicated good, better, best in terms of quality; green indicated environmental-friendliness; and machine-specific papers were packaged in darker blue. Marketing firm Affinnova's research addressed questions such as "Does the color strategy make sense?" and "Should the machine-specific papers be merged ...
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    Networking Secret: Never Eat Alone

    Networking Secret: Never Eat Alone
    Friendship grows from the quality of time two people spend together, not the quantity. There is a common misconception that to build a bond, two people need to meet often and for long stretches. This is not the case. Outside your family and work, you probably can count the people you see frequently in the course of a month on two ...
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    Relax at Your Desk with These Techniques

    Relax at Your Desk with These Techniques
    Working at a desk can be more stressful to your body than you may think. Spending long periods of time in a desk chair can cause your circulation to slow down, meaning your muscles aren't getting enough oxygen, and that often results in muscle tension. And if you have the added stress of a type-A-personality boss, you could be on your ...
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    An Interview Do-Over?

    An Interview Do-Over?
    Q: I just finished an interview and I feel like I missed out. I want to reinforce to the interviewer that I am the right person for the job. I don't live far from the place, and I wanted to see about taking the person to lunch. Is this considered bribing? A: Ah, the universal longing for an interview do-over! Even ...
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    Sell in 60 Seconds

    Sell in 60 Seconds
    h4. Q: I've always equated selling with telling, and lately I've noticed that my prospects cut me off when I am giving them my pitch. What's the best way to get my point across and win the sale? A: I would imagine that this month's question has value to all of us in sales and marketing. Let's face it: Buyers are ...
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    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower

    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower
    It seems those of us who covered our school books with scribbles may not have had an entirely wasted education. For doodling may actually be good for the brain, scientists claim. Far from being a sign of inattention, it is thought to focus the mind and stop daydreaming, allowing people to persevere with dull tasks. Researcher Jackie Andrade, who conducted a ...
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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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    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 ...
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    'Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life': New Self-Help Book Teaches the Art of Self-discipline, Self-control

    'Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life': New Self-Help Book Teaches the Art of Self-discipline, Self-control
    Life is unfair, the economy is out of control and disaster can strike at any time. However true these statements might be, your ability to bounce back from your circumstances depends on your own control over yourself. In his refreshing new self-help book, "Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life" (published by AuthorHouse), Richard Norgaard shows readers how to ...
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    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals

    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals
    Some kids watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. I watched infomercials. My favorite was for a chemical that magically removed paint from wood without damaging it. I didn't have any antiques covered in layers of paint, but I wanted that chemical product. I had to see for myself: how did it work such magic? The truth is, it probably didn't. Infomercials are ...
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    5 Must-Read Business Books

    5 Must-Read Business Books
    No single business book contains everything you need to know--and some even offer advice nobody ought to hear. But these five have withstood the test of time to become books no one should start or run a business without reading first. *1. Will It Fly? How to Know if Your New Business Idea Has Wings... Before You Take the Leap, by ...
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