It isn't every day that sales assistant Christine Nelson gets treated to a four-star restaurant dinner. Wanting to savor every morsel of the experience, she asked to have her leftovers bagged, took it to work the next day and salivated all morning thinking about her delicious lunch.
When she opened the... Read More »
For two years, JC, 24, pursued his co-worker, Tessa. But she was in a relationship. Then, one day she wasn't and she let JC know that she had been feeling the same way about him. Two weeks later he got a job offer he couldn't refuse, but that meant relocating 1,000 miles away. Tessa told him she didn't... Read More »
Want to know how much the times they are a-changin'? Consider this: back in 1939, in the movie 'Gone With the Wind,' Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) turned to Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and said those infamous words, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." The single utterance of one word -- "damn,"... Read More »
It's official! "Kate and William Mania" has taken hold everywhere. While we can understand the fascination throughout the United Kingdom with the upcoming royal wedding, it seems, stateside, we are also gaga over the royals.
And that is a very good thing for the recession-weary because the royal wedding... Read More »
When fictional television anchor Howard Beale leaned out of the window, chanting, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" in the 1976 movie 'Network,' he struck a chord with workers everywhere.
"Movies about the workplace resonate with audiences because -- even though we may not have it as... Read More »
Like many unemployed people, Zakiya Pope carefully scoured multiple job sites and sent out countless resumes only to be greeted with a deafening silence. No calls, no e-mail replies, not even a rejection letter. Then, AOL Jobs came calling ...
Pope was selected as one of the winners of AOL's Resume Writing... Read More »
How important is body language? One look at the scathing reviews that Academy Awards co-host James Franco received for his demeanor during the ceremony and you'll know!
From The Hollywood Reporter: "Franco seemed distant, uninterested and content to keep his Cheshire-cat-meets-smug smile on display... Read More »
When is a job not a job? The answer is, when you work for free ... otherwise known as an unpaid internship.
The subject of internships has been in the news quite a bit recently thanks to Charlie Sheen's Twitter search for a social media intern resulting in close to 75,000 applications. Add to that a job market... Read More »
There's an old Taoist saying -- "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." For job seekers caught up in the web of massive unemployment, that first step is a resume.
When you send out your resume, you can expect some stiff competition. Here's a sobering statistic from the U.S. Bureau of... Read More »
Consider this scenario: For several years, actor Charlie Sheen has been accused of drug-fueled rages, physical abuse against two spouses resulting in many trips to hospitals and rehab, all while continuing to work. So, what did it take for this well-paid star to finally lose his job? He disrespected his... Read More »
What do job seekers and the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress, Melissa Leo, have in common? The answer is a skill that some say is one of the essentials in getting your foot in the door.
Consider Leo's case: She was a nominee for her performance in 'The Fighter,' and had already won all... Read More »
As an entertainment journalist, I've interviewed many famous faces in Hollywood -- Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Gere, to name a few. On the red carpet, I made Brad Pitt laugh out loud and got an on-camera apology from Angelina Jolie for not being able to speak to me. I even... Read More »
There's a reason why superheroes succeed at the box office these days. Who doesn't fantasize about having superpowers to lift them above the harsh reality of unemployment or of working at a downsized company where one worker does the job of many? Read More »
Paul Curry spent 20 years climbing the corporate ladder and finally became CEO of the construction company he worked at. But his days were long, his weekends were non-existent; in short, his life was his work. Then came the recession, his company subsequently folded, and he's now joined the ranks of... Read More »
Want to hear a collective groan throughout your office? Mention a mandatory sexual harassment meeting. "Nobody ever wants to sit through that three-hour seminar of old, grainy videos and lectures," says human resource manager Karen Holt.
And yet, sexual harassment continues to be a pervasive force in the... Read More »
When it comes to your face, Amber Sketers can tell you everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. Sketers is an aesthetician (facialist), working at the Atmosphere Day Spa in Woodland Hills, Calif. She's happiest when she is steaming pores open, applying facial masks, and massaging away... Read More »
Don't get mad, get severance! Who isn't upset when they hear the news that they're being laid off? Instead of getting angry and storming out, or going quietly into the good night, the best thing to do is keep your cool and negotiate. Many people are not aware that in some cases, you don't have to silently... Read More »
Remember the old adage -- you only get ONE chance to make a good FIRST impression? Well, it's never been truer than today with so many candidates vying for just a few positions. Yet, surprisingly, people still have lots to learn about what to do to catch and hold the eye of a potential new employer. Read More »
You have a spotless attendance record, a blemish-free work record, you have even attended those office weekend outings and gamely did the "trust" exercises, and still, when promotion time rolls around, you find yourself shut out again. What went wrong?
"I've seen too many people make basic, avoidable,... Read More »
Some states have seen their unemployment numbers dip. Not California. Its unemployment rate is at an all-time high at 12.4 pecent, making it harder for the unemployed to feel optimistic. But, thanks to federal on-the-job training programs and local work source centers, there is a ray of light.
"I really thought... Read More »