Posts Tagged: Employment

Should You Be Allowed To Work From Home? (Answer: No)

Silicon Valley people and home-office employees everywhere are very worked up about the new Yahoo policy, which says people can no longer screw around at home instead of going to their perfectly good corporate headquarters. What about the ladies, who have the babies the world so desperately doesn't need? Well, they will have to do what non-Silicon Valley $100K salaried ladies do, which is "try to find a spot in a day care where the TV isn't on all the time."

There are legitimate reasons for working at home, of course. You may be in an Iron Lung or full body cast, which would frighten the editorial assistants. You [...]


Immigrants Also Stealing Totally Unwanted Jobs in UK

"The Daily Mail advertised ten fictitious job vacancies in towns and cities across Britain…. A 25-hour-a-week cleaning job paying £10 an hour that was advertised in London attracted in excess of 225 applications. Of these, just 17 were from British workers." — £10 an hour??? That's like $60!!! Lazy Britons. Anyway, just like in America, immigrants aren't taking your jobs; they're just actually applying for them.


"Sandi from HR Will be Calling You After We Hang Up"

"A bolt of panic shot through my body as Tom continued shitting HR-speak from his mouth, repeating phrases like 'skill set' and 'moving forward' until I eventually tuned him out." —The Way We Get Laid Off Now.


Some Highlights of America's Troubles: 2009 v 2008

The news reports from today's release of the annual American Community Survey are all leading with how the median household income fell nearly 3% between 2008 and 2009. But there's so much more!

• "Self-employed workers experienced a greater reduction in work hours between 2008 and 2009 than workers in other types of employment. Workers who were self-employed in their own unincorporated businesses worked 66 minutes less per week in 2009, while those self-employed in their own incorporated businesses worked 49 minutes less in 2009."

• "Nationwide, nearly two in five renter households (42.5 percent) experienced housing costs that consumed 35 percent or more of their incomes."

• "The [...]


Career Opportunities: Tanning Butler

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is looking for a new tanning butler! Could it be you? (Dudes only, but since this recession has hit men much harder that seems fair.) [Via]


Your Handy Guide to Understanding America's Jobs Situation

Do you want to be able to talk knowledgeably at fancy dinner parties with the ruling class about employment in America? Sure you do! So here are just a few simple graphs from our pals at the St. Louis Fed with a longer view—going back to either 2000 or to the early 90s, depending on data available—that explaining the trending in employment, hiring, unemployment and workforce participation in America. Above: what they call the "U6" number. That's the combined percentage of unemployed and underemployed, essentially.


Whoops! GOP Senator Ron Johnson Praises Obama for Great Jobs Numbers

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Not only is Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson getting so robotic about his debt ceiling protest talking points that he's now apparently praising Obama for creating high employment—his echo chamber is going along for [...]


What Fiona Did to Get Her Dream Job

A friend of mine recently graduated with a degree in public relations, minor in journalism. It was a pragmatic concentration balance on its face: one of these fields represented at least a modicum of investment toward gainful employment, the other did not. In a different time, my friend, we’ll call her Fiona, may have given herself over to the romantic notion of the well-traveled journalist, marrying her wanderlust and literary inclinations to a desire to do something in the interest of the public good. But she believed in realism and clear-eyed ambition. Cautious that the budgets to buoy any latent journalistic aspirations had gone the way of the dodo, [...]


The Job Board: Here Is A Job!

It's the third installment of our weekly experiment, the Job Board! Do you have a job for offer? Do you require a job? Then post within. Most likely you should include an email address or contact info. And look! Here's a job! Even if you think Meryl Streep is "kind of a hack," there's a job for you writing "original blog posts" about celebrities!


Now We Can Have All Those Jobs Back From The Mexicans

There is good news on the employment front, even though 30 million Americans are out of work. (Yes. That is the real number, including people who have given up looking for work, or people who are making ends meet with part-time or off-the-books labor.) They are still firing all the Mexican janitors so we can do their jobs! For instance, ABM Industries, which is an immense corporation that had annual revenue of $3.6 billion in 2008. How do they do it? The easy way-they employ undocumented labor which they then fire when the feds come around. So now they have disposed of 1200 janitors in Minneapolis. (That company's total [...]


Obama's Death-to-Jobs Panel Meets Tomorrow

In another public demonstration of concern about the struggling economy, President Obama will meet in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with the business and labor leaders he has chosen to counsel him on job creation.

But many of the chief executives have cut American jobs and adopted tactics that weaken organized labor — even as their businesses post record profits.

What's to even say.


There Will Never Ever Be Jobs Again

This explains pretty much everything today! Let's break down this "why there are no jobs" article, nearly every paragraph of which is either depressing or a bit fury-inducing. Here's a one-two punch that deserves to have its dots connected:

1. "We just can’t afford to compete with countries like China on labor costs, especially when workers are getting even more expensive," says manager of company.

2. "Indeed, equipment and software prices have dipped 2.4 percent since the recovery began, thanks largely to foreign manufacturing."

Oh, I see. A supply-demand shame spiral! You can see where this is going. Anyway, then the poor manager is besieged by resumes when [...]


The Recession's Bravest: I Was an English Major Who Taught Your Children Math

When my manager at the test prep company called me to teach a summer school program, I jumped on the opportunity. I was six months out of New York University, and I was determined to stay in New York to become a writer. The only obstacle was New York's price of living, and the impending deluge of student debt.

The summer school gig meant consistent work at a tantalizing $20 an hour. Conveniently, the school was located a five-minute walk from my house, and it got even better: "The hours are eight to one," he said, "so you'll have the rest of the day to yourself." Visions of productivity [...]


The Job Board: Need an Employee? Need a Job? Inquire Within

Do you need an employee? Do you need a job? Well come on in and let's make the magic happen! Here's what we learned from last week's first job board experiment.

• There are jobs in this crazy job-scarce world! • Most readers of our site aren't commenters. It's helpful to leave an email address with your posting if you want a response. • Information that might seem obvious to you, since you already know you, isn't always obvious to us. What city do you live in, or want to live in, for one thing? • Links to your work are helpful, if you can provide them. • [...]


We Found A Job For You (But It Is In Dubai)

Laid end to end, the 31,400 metric tons of rebar used to build the Burj Dubai would stretch more than a quarter of the way around the world. "Moment. Jewel. Icon." The Burj, it is said (by their PR department), will be known by many names. It is already the tallest structure in the world, and it is set to open later this year-well, December. If they make their extended deadline. But the reason we mention this is: they're hiring! Which is pretty much the only way we'll ever get inside.