Midweek News: We’ve Been Here Before

Do you ever feel like the news just keeps repeating itself? I mean, if it bleeds, it leads, but I’m beginning to notice a pattern of something a little deeper here. Let’s see if you see the same thing.

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Why I Miss the Recession

With the Dow Jones hitting a record high last week, most pundits tell us that the recession is over. While economists might debate the specifics, such as whether the deficit is still a problem and why unemployment numbers still matter, most news sources from Fox to MSNBC to Uncle Sol agree that things are looking better. Which is great news, but a little sad for me. Read More Why I Miss the Recession

On How My Greatest Weakness Interview Response Has Changed, Thanks To The Recession

The interview question job seekers most frequently hear (and consequently dread), “What is your greatest weakness?”, is becoming more and more difficult for me to answer. Not, of course, because I am without faults, but because I have been forced to confront my biggest faults and fears on a daily basis during the job search in publishing, particularly the sort of faults interviewers and future bosses want to hear about: Read More On How My Greatest Weakness Interview Response Has Changed, Thanks To The Recession

Laid-off Workers Fight Back with Ice Cream, Jellyfish and Hot Dogs

Everybody knows it’s a bad time to be a human being who needs money to buy things. And anyone who’s been unemployed for more than a few weeks knows that the desire to be productive and creative peaks at about one month and then plummets, resulting in entire seasons of Buffy being watched and astronomical numbers of Wikipedia entries being read (ok, maybe this was just my experience). Read More Laid-off Workers Fight Back with Ice Cream, Jellyfish and Hot Dogs

Frugal Fun: Not as Lame as it Sounds

During the recession, most of us are either trying to sock away some emergency savings, or struggling to keep the bank account above zero. When you’re pinching pennies, it can be tough to keep your social life going. As a species, we have a natural inclination to eat, drink and be merry when we gather, and these things cost money. Going out without breaking the bank is a challenge, so here are a few tips for saving money without being a hermit. Read More Frugal Fun: Not as Lame as it Sounds