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If Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, What Does?

About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job. I was a marketing director at a well-known corporation, and, after a wonderful career there, I ended up with a boss I didn't like who didn't like me back. I'll never forget the day he invited me...About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job...

Jobs For Laid Off Moms and Dads

Like so many folks in this troubled economy, Ms. L. was laid off recently. Unlike some people, she was able to find employment, albeit in a very different field. Ms. L. used to be a vice president at Chase. Now she's a nanny, being paid off the...

Fourteen-Year-Old First in Line for MacWorld

A fourteen-year-old boy from Santa Barbara arrived at San Francisco's Moscone Center more than a day early in order to be first in line for the MacWorld Expo, despite the conspicuous absence of a Steve Jobs keynote speech. Nick Lensander showed up in...

The eleven-year-old network admin

It's not what you know, it's who you know. That bit of advice might be especially true these days, as the job market gets tighter and the economy continues its trek downward. That's why professional networking sites like LinkedIn are so popular. But...

Career Choices

When I was in high school, I had grand plans to become an electronics engineer. I was going to go to the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree, followed by graduate work at MIT. I was going to design computers and robots and all manner...

Givers and takers

My friend Scotty has always said that there are givers and takers in this world -- people either give more than they take or they take more than they give. He also claims that I'm a giver, but I've always responded that I'm a taker -- I'm just not...

Katie Couric's daughters don't watch the news

Do you watch Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News? Judging by the ratings, a lot of people don't. You would think that Katie could at least count on her kids to tune in, but according to her, they don't. Speaking to Marvin Kalb at Washington, D.C.'s...

Career advice: Top twelve everlasting careers

The other day, Rachel told me that she plans on discouraging Jared and Sara from becoming teachers. This has more to do with her own current dissatisfaction with her job, rather than any objective criteria. Actually, she loves teaching, it's the way...

What kind of job do you want for your kid?

My high school yearbook has a photo of a self-conscious girl with a big forehead and worried eyes. I hadn't looked at that photo in years, until my toddler brought it to me from my parent's den. "Mama! Nolo's Mama!" I am surprised he recognized me,...

Job interviewing while pregnant?

Much like many other people, I interviewed for a job in 2004. Actually, I interviewed for a couple of jobs. But, here's the kicker: I was eight and nine months, respectively, pregnant when I did so. In fact, for the second interview, I was 35.5 weeks...

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