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Jul 24th

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Looking for work? You may need to break a few rules

Looking for work? You may need to break a few rules

If you are looking for work right now, I am interested in hearing from you. Please write to me with your questions, and let me know how your job search is progressing.

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New data exposes dramatic racial discrimination in U.S. advertising industry

NEW YORK, NY  --- An exhaustive new study of America's advertising industry released last week has found dramatic levels of racial discrimination throughout the industry. Bias against African American professionals was found in pay, hiring, promotions, assignments, and other areas.

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Weigh opportunities on all levels: Title isn’t everything

Weigh opportunities on all levels: Title isn’t everything

Raz lost his job when his company closed two months ago.  Now he has two offers on the table.  One is a management position, which would be a promotion; the other is a lateral move.  Should Raz accept the promotion?  Not necessarily. 

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One family attempts to stimulate economy through 'The Ebony Experiment'

John C. and Maggie Anderson are ready to engage in an experiment that will change their lives. On January 1, 2009, the Andersons launched The Ebony Experiment, a yearlong effort to generate significant economic growth within the Black community. During this time, the Andersons will only support Black-owned businesses and professionals in efforts to motivate other Black consumers to do the same. With a concerted national push, the Andersons look to prove that Black communities can be improved when Black consumers and investors support their own.

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Know your tax exemption, deduction options

Know your tax exemption, deduction options

About the only upside when the cost of living increases is that every year the IRS readjusts personal tax exemptions, standard deduction amounts and retirement account contribution limits. It's not like winning the lottery, but I'll take all the good news I can get.

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New year, same old you

New year, same old you

At life’s turning points, people expect change. Birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, holidays are supposed to magically transform us into new and better versions of ourselves, right? Maybe, but not usually, or at least not for long. Remember Y2K? This New Year’s Day is unlikely to change things any more than that one did. Unemployment will be up again in January, along with foreclosures and lines at food shelves across Minneapolis. The obstacles to your happiness are not likely to melt away overnight. Except one. If you are standing in your own way, it is time to take control where you can and change something you can change: yourself.

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Managing multiple offers

Managing multiple offers

Even in this volatile job market, people continue to look for and find employment. A local radio station this week asked people to call in if they are hiring. People called. And called. Yes, the jobs are out there. Job seeker Bea discovered this for herself recently when she went from unemployed to overemployed in a single day. How did that happen? Actually, she made it happen, and you can, too.

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