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Oct 09th


Employment survival guide: Adapt, stand apart and play by the new rules

Survival of the fittest has not always referred to employment survival.  Today, getting a job is no small feat.  If you’ve succeeded in getting hired, strategize effectively to keep the position you have.  You will need to call in all your personal resources:  your talents, your skills, your connections.  And with competition as fierce as it is now, you can add three new tactics to your game plan: adapt, stand out, and choose your own rules.

Tool for today's economy: An independent consumer financial protection agency

(NNPA) - For most Americans, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is the private sector’s gold-standard of objectivity and fairness. Founded in 1912, this nonprofit organization today has 123 offices in the United States and Canada that monitor more than four million local and national businesses and charities.

Northeast Bank new hires, promotions

Recently Hired Officers
Mark A. Ethen has recently accepted the position of Executive Vice President – Chief Credit Officer at Northeast Bank. Mark has over 18 years of experience in banking. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Norman, Oklahoma. Mark’s office is located at the main bank location in Minneapolis.

Where have you been? Look to pastimes for better career planning

Hella Buchheim is a story-teller.  She has landed a vocation that meets anyone’s criteria for a great job:  she sets her own hours, works with fabulous characters and makes a little money.  If she had health insurance, it would be perfect.  On her website, Hella writes, “Most writers lament the road not taken. It brings us into a loop of should-as, could-as, would-as. But I want to celebrate the road taken.”  Watching Hella write her own story and considering that all of us have loops of shoulda-coulda’s, I got to thinking that a really great career is the one that capitalizes on the road taken.  Every connection, every hobby, everything we do to relax comes out of choices we make on our own behalf:  The road taken.

Social Security hearings backlog falls to lowest level since 2005

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, last week announced that the number of disability hearings pending stands at 697,437 cases -- the lowest level since June 2005 and down more than 71,000 cases since December 2008, when the trend of month-by-month reductions began.  In addition, the average processing time for hearing decisions has decreased to 442 days, down from a high of 514 days at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2008.

US Treasurer Geithner visits Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

US Treasurer Geithner visits Standard Heating & Air ConditioningEarly on the morning of January 28th, Standard Heating & Air Conditioning officials were alerted to the likelihood that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner would visit later that day. With quick preparation, members of this family-owned Twin Cities business rolled out the welcome mat to give Geithner a tour of their new facility, a chance to meet with employees, and to see first hand what has made this small business a big success for 80 years. The new facility is located just off Plymouth and Washington Avenues North (130 Plymouth Avenue North).

Up in the Air: Every job is a jumping off point to something else

A manager at a middle-sized but high-profile organization in the Twin Cities is never bothered when great employers move on.   “This is not a place people stay,” she said.  “It’s more a place you leap off from.”  This is a positive attitude, and also generous, considering the time she invests in training new employees on the same positions every year or two.   Maybe the reality is that, if you’re good, most companies, most jobs, are simply a jumping off point; maybe people who are good are constantly assessing their next giant leaps.
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