Geoffrey A Roth

Terracycle: 27-Year-Old Turns Stinky Trash into Serious Cash

Terracycle: 27-Year-Old Turns Stinky Trash into Serious Cash

There's an old saying that goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Nobody has proved that more true than Tom Szaky. Szaky went from being a political refugee to a Princeton college student to the head of a rapidly growing company called TerraCycle, an "upcycling" company that turns garbage into new... Read More »

Top Five Career Tips for New College Students

Top Five Career Tips for New College Students

It's September, and that means college campuses across the country are filling up with returning students and a new crop of freshmen. If you are just beginning your college career, or even coming back for the sophomore year, it is not too early to start thinking about career planning. No one says you have to... Read More »

3 Things Every Boss Should Know & What To Do If Yours Doesn't

3 Things Every Boss Should Know & What To Do If Yours Doesn't

Next to your marriage, it's probably the most important relationship you have. If it's good, your life can be great. If it's bad, you face a daily nightmare. I'm talking about your relationship with your boss. There has been a lot written about how you should relate to your boss, how you can please your... Read More »

Maytag Study: Is There Hope for Factory Workers in a Post-Industrial America?

Maytag Study: Is There Hope for Factory Workers in a Post-Industrial America?

He's one of the most recognizable characters in TV commercials. The Maytag Repairman. The poor guy has nothing to do, because Maytag appliances are so reliable they never break down. So the commercial goes. Despite not having anything to do, it appears the Maytag Repairman still has a job -- unlike many... Read More »

When Your Job Becomes a Political Football in the Game of Federal Aid

When Your Job Becomes a Political Football in the Game of Federal Aid

It's bad enough when you face losing your job. It becomes even worse when saving your job gets caught up in the ever-acrimonious fight between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. Lawmakers in Washington just passed a new round of federal aid that will go to state governments to save the jobs of teachers,... Read More »

Advice for Your First Job from Those Who Know

Advice for Your First Job from Those Who Know

So you have started your first job and you are wondering what you need to do to succeed and move up the ladder. That is on the minds of a lot of recent college grads who worked hard and landed that first job. One of those recent grads posted a question about first job success and started a discussion on a... Read More »

Unemployment Effects: No Job? No Friends!

Unemployment Effects: No Job? No Friends!

Let's face it, it doesn't take a scientific study for people to know that being out of work for a long time is no picnic. But, a new study by the Pew Research Center delves into just how bad it can be, and we're not just talking about a lack of money. The title of the study sums it up pretty well: "The Impact... Read More »

Top Cities for Entry-Level Jobs

Top Cities for Entry-Level Jobs

Some career advice from the 1800s included the famous quote "Go West young man." The 2010 version of that quote should be "Go South young man." According to a new survey by Businessweek.com, many of the best cities for recent college students to look for work are in the South. And, if you are heading to many... Read More »

Now Hiring: Could You be the Next Superhero?

Now Hiring: Could You be the Next Superhero?

Some of the most fun jobs around are tied to companies promoting their products. The latest example is a company called New Leaf, based in New York, which makes a line of flavored iced teas and is introducing a new line of flavored lemonades. To help promote the beverages and the company's corporate slogan, "The... Read More »

How To Get Fired

How To Get Fired

I'm supposed to do this book review, but I don't really feel like reading the book. So, I'll just read the liner notes, make up some stuff about the book and go back to checking my Facebook page and drinking coffee. No one will ever know, since you'll probably never read the book anyway. And, that is how I would... Read More »

Husband and Wife Get Fired Over YouTube Video

Husband and Wife Get Fired Over YouTube Video

Here's a question for you: What do you think would happen if you make profanity-laced videos about how much you hate your job and how stupid your customers are, use equipment from your employer to make the videos, and put them on YouTube? If your answer is "get promoted," you must be living on another... Read More »

Starting Salaries Start to Slip

Starting Salaries Start to Slip

By Geoff Roth If you're a recent college graduate and have been fortunate enough to land a job, that is good news. But, there is a bit of a black cloud around that silver lining. According to a new survey, the average starting salary for new college grads slipped this year, down 1.3 percent from last year. --... Read More »

Want A Job? Go to the Career Center

Want A Job? Go to the Career Center

Do you want to know a way to give yourself a three-to-one edge on landing a job when you get out of college? I'll give you the two word answer: Career center. A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that graduating college seniors who used their school's career center... Read More »

On The Job: Update from the Old Spice Interns

On The Job: Update from the Old Spice Interns

By Geoff Roth What is it like to actually be on one of the world's best summer internships? A couple of months ago, I wrote about a summer internship with Procter & Gamble. The company was interviewing for two guys to travel to Switzerland and Fiji to promote a new line of Old Spice deodorants by competing... Read More »

MTV Teaches You How to Get 'Hired'

MTV Teaches You How to Get 'Hired'

First off, I have to say that I am not a big fan of reality shows, which usually are not anywhere close to being "real." And, I am not exactly the right demographic for any kind of show on MTV. But, MTV debuted a new reality show this month called "Hired!" that is as slickly produced as any reality show, but... Read More »

Top Companies Hiring Recent Grads

Top Companies Hiring Recent Grads

It's the season of "The Lists" for college graduates. During graduation time, lots of lists come out of the top companies looking to hire recent graduates. Recently I wrote a column about Experience.com's list of best places for college grads to work, which also were looking to hire people. Now, the website... Read More »

Dream On! The Coolest Summer Jobs

Dream On! The Coolest Summer Jobs

There are some student jobs out there that are dreams-come-true for the lucky students who can land them. Read More »

Office Humor: Bad Customer Service Skills

By Geoff Roth Last week we took a look at customer horror stories that would make many workers want to throw in the towel after having to deal with them. Time now to turn the tables, and look at some videos of customer-service horror stories. After looking at these, you may question that old adage, "The customer... Read More »

I Don't Get Paid Enough To Do This

I Don't Get Paid Enough To Do This

Having to go to work during the summer is bad enough, but when you have to deal with angry, nutty customers on the job, it might just have you saying, "I don't get paid enough to do this!" For your viewing enjoyment, I've compiled some great caught-on-tape moments of people having to deal with... Read More »

Office Humor: Summer Stress Relief

Office Humor: Summer Stress Relief

Let's face it, summertime is a time when most of us would rather be out frolicking than working in an office or looking for a job. Thanks to the wonders of video cameras and office surveillance, some funny work-related stuff is caught on tape or created by workers looking for a little work time diversion. So -... Read More »

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