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How Bad Credit Keeps People Unemployable, And Why It Shouldn’t

Here’s the thing with credit histories: it’s easy to fall behind on your bills when you don’t have a job. The reduced income (or total lack of income) really works against you. While half of all companies report that they check the credit reports of at least some prospective employees, there isn’t really any solid evidence that correlates bad credit with being a bad employee.  [More]

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Amazon Payments Locks Me Out Of Account, Won’t Answer My Calls

Ray was looking for a job, but jobs are elusive things and hard to find where he lives. So he turned to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a service where users can perform small tasks that can’t be automated in return for small amounts of money that eventually add up. [More]

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Would You Buy Or Sell Your Vacation Days?

In many of my former workplaces, colleagues could donate their vacation, sick, and personal time to others in the office who were themselves ill or who had a serious illness in the family. It’s a program filled of cooperation and kindness. What if you could have more flexibility in your time off, but in a more cravenly capitalist way? This is already the case in 14% of American workplaces, where employees can “buy” additional vacation time if they want it or sell unwanted time back to the company.  [More]

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Man Quits His Job, Won’t Pay Taxes After Receiving W-2 Number 666

If there’s any number that freaks people out in Western culture, it’s 666, the supposed “number of the Beast” in the Bible’s book of Revelations. A Tennessee man who says that he’s been a born-again Christian for a decade was pretty spooked when he received the 666th W-2 earnings statement that his employer had printed. Now he’s quit his job and refuses to pay his taxes until he gets new, Beast-free paperwork. [More]

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Study: Almost Half Of College-Educated Workers Overqualified For Their Jobs

Do you have a college degree? Do you have a job? You might well be overqualified for whatever it is you’re doing, suggests a new study, as almost half college-educated Americans are apparently in jobs they’re overqualifed for. And the way things are going, that’s how it will be for recent graduates down the line as well. [More]

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Ready to impress a hiring manager with a list of your past accomplishments? That may be a flawed approach. According to studies conducted by Stanford’s Zakary Tormala and Jayson Jia, and Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton, people prefer potential rather than achievement when evaluating others. [More]

EEOC Investigating Coffee Chain For Alleged 'Hot Chicks Only' Hiring Policy

EEOC Investigating Coffee Chain For Alleged 'Hot Chicks Only' Hiring Policy

A food-service business that only hires attractive young women for customer-facing jobs? Gasp! Who can imagine such a thing? But that’s what Boston-based chain Marylou’s Coffee has been accused of, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken notice. They’re conducting an investigation to see whether otherwise qualified uglies, oldies, and fatties are being passed over for jobs at Marylou’s. [More]

How Being Too Competent Can Get You Fired

How Being Too Competent Can Get You Fired

Being the weakest performer in the company or performing a service that’s utterly dispensable is dangerous to your continued employment, especially in a weak job market. But working hard and being good at what you do is potentially dangerous as well, especially if your bosses are insecure, paranoid, and just not a good as you are. To people who think this way, having a bright future within the company makes you a threat. Your future endangers theirs. [More]

American Workers Growing More Flexible About Temp Work, Changing Careers

American Workers Growing More Flexible About Temp Work, Changing Careers

With about a half-decade of a blah economy and weak employment, Americans are growing more amenable to taking temporary employment, changing their viewpoint from the glass-half-empty opinion of “it’s a job without permanence” to “it’s a job that may lead to something permanent one day.” [More]

An App For Job Searchers Who Won't Take The Hint

An App For Job Searchers Who Won't Take The Hint

You know how it is when you’re applying for jobs. You send out an application, then wait. And wait. Then send off a desperate-sounding follow-up email that receives no response. And wait some more. [More]

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

The longer you work the same job, the more likely it is that you’ll lack the skills to do anything else when you’re unexpectedly kicked to the curb. Everyone is a tap on the shoulder away from unemployment, so do your best to make sure you’ve got the tools it will take to claw your way back into another role. [More]

Alabama Illegal Immigrant Law Could Leave State With Job Surplus

Alabama Illegal Immigrant Law Could Leave State With Job Surplus

An Alabama law meant to crack down on illegal immigration may be so effective that the state won’t have enough immigrant labor to fill its labor requirements. Immigrant farm and construction workers, as well as their legal citizen relatives, are reportedly said to be leaving the state in such high numbers that some employers may have trouble filling openings if the economy picks up. [More]

8 States Hike Minimum Wages

8 States Hike Minimum Wages

Eight state governments are forcing bosses to give low-rung workers pay raises, thanks to automatic annual raises in minimum wages. Washington state leads the way, scheduled to up its minimum wage 37 cents an hour to $9.04 next year. Burger flipping in Colorado will still only pay $7.64 in 2012, but at least that’s better than the $7.36 it pays now. [More]

Woman Fired After Donating Kidney To Son Afraid To Return To Work

Woman Fired After Donating Kidney To Son Afraid To Return To Work

When a Philadelphia mother tried to return to work after taking leave from her job at an aircraft repair training company to donate a kidney to her ailing son, she was told she’d been replaced. Once her story went public, the employer underwent a change of heart and offered to keep her on payroll until she could apply for another opening at the company. But the woman says she fears retaliation of returning to the office and is wary of accepting the offer. [More]

Deadliest Jobs Include Fishing, Logging And Flying

Deadliest Jobs Include Fishing, Logging And Flying

Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be fishermen, loggers, pilots, farmers or miners. Those were the deadliest professions in the country last year, according to a government report. [More]

Goofing Around Online At Work Can Make You More Productive

Goofing Around Online At Work Can Make You More Productive

There’s no hiding the fact that most of you reading this post are doing so while getting paid to be doing anything other than reading this post. But now you have science to back you up when your boss takes a break from Facebook and catches you surfing the web. A new study claims that browsing the Internet while sitting at your office desk may actually be beneficial to your job performance. [More]

Lawsuit: 61-Year-Old Lifeguard Says He Was Fired For
Refusing To Wear Speedo

Lawsuit: 61-Year-Old Lifeguard Says He Was Fired For Refusing To Wear Speedo

A 61-year-old New York lifeguard says he was weeded out due to his age four years ago when he was asked to wear a Speedo to partake in a swim test. He’s been entangled in age discrimination-based legal battles with the state ever since, and found success with an appeals court, which reinstated his previously dismissed case and will send the case to trial by next year. [More]

Employers Crack Down On Smokers

Employers Crack Down On Smokers

Bosses really don’t want their employees to smoke. Not necessarily because they care about the health and well-being of their workers, but because they’d rather not spring for the expenses to cover copious sick days or hospital stays that spring from complications spawned by cancer sticks. [More]