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Jan 31st


Now what? A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everything

Now what?  A game plan for job seekers who have already tried everythingSometimes I meet people who are really down on their luck.  They’ve been out of work a while and feel their prospects are low.  They can’t see a way out, and yet, to me, the path is so clear it’s practically paved in little yellow bricks.  Recently, I talked with an engineer in just this situation.  The game plan we came up with together is straightforward and simple and one you might want to try if you’ve already tried everything and still can’t find a job.

3.6 Percent Social Security Benefit Increase for 2012

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced recently.

The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.

Before You Hit Send: A Case for Proofreading Your Emails

Before You Hit Send: A Case for Proofreading Your EmailsBusiness owner Jim shared an email that surprised me and made me think.  We all know people who text and drive and chew gum at the same time.  We are in a hurry these days, and need to accomplish important things.  In a written message, typos are easily forgiven, especially if a line at the end of the message says, “Sent from my phone.”

That said, professionals still have a responsibility to maintain a slightly higher standard.  America is in the middle of a battle between spell check and autocorrect, and if the following email is any indication, America is not winning.

Bridging the achievement gap through education and risk taking

Bridging the achievement gap through education and risk takingWhen the State of Minnesota tests schoolchildren each fall, they break down the results in numerous ways in order to determine who is learning and which schools need to step up their programs.  According to Michelle Deziel, the results consistently show that educational resources are not getting to the kids who need them the most.  And educating children, according to Deziel, is a key to long term success in bridging the achievement gap between cultures and overcoming racism in everyday life.

Have you had your financial check-up?

Have you had your financial check-up?  In beauty salons and barber shops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we've created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking. No matter the venue, when we come together we are ready to talk about it all, from current events and politics to music and relationships. Nothing is off limits. Well, almost.

Be Your Own Boss jEM Workshops start Oct. 24th -

Be Your Own Boss jEM Workshops start Oct. 24th -The University of Minnesota's Office for Business & Community Economic Development announced three after school programs to be offered this fall.  jEM Global Entrepreneurship Workshops are designed to introduce Twin Cities high school students to the business world and enhance leadership skills, each with a specific focus. These free weekly workshops will begin October 24th:

Easing into something better

Easing into something better“I’ll probably wake up at two in the morning and realize I know exactly what to do,” Tim remarked.  His Career Coach was surprised.  A fan of getting a good night’s sleep, she responded, “How about I just tell you what to do?”  Tim had lost enough shut-eye already, worrying about his transition out of a negative big-company situation.  He had so many possible paths to take, yet making the first step seemed impossible.
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