Signs of the Times

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I read this very interesting summary provided by Reuters, documenting the times we live in. Reuters points out that, “The global recession manifests itself in big ways and small: most gloomy, some quirky and many reflecting the inventive human spirit.”

Here is Reuters look at some signs of the times.

* The Church of England published two new prayers, comforting people who lost their jobs and those still in work after a round of cuts. "Hear me as I cry out in confusion, help me to think clearly, and calm my soul," says the "Prayer on being made redundant." The "Prayer for those remaining in the workplace" focuses on guilt and increased workload: "In the midst of this uncertainty, help me to keep going: to work to the best of my ability, taking each day at a time."  read more »

Staying Ahead of The Game

Unemployment is up and if you’re lucky enough to still have a job it might be time to do some damage control to keep one.

The entire country is feeling the job pinch. Every state is reporting a spike in unemployment and no one is sure when jobs will come back. Companies are living lean and finding ways to cut costs, including payroll.

So how can you protect yourself in this warzone filled with pink slips? Robert half international is a leader in staffing and consulting services. The company’s regional Vice President Camelia Lim says right now it’s all about showing what you know.  read more »

Media Making News

For years we’ve been hearing about how the internet has been slowly changing the media business. Well, news reports in the past few days make it readily apparent that change is picking up a lot more speed.

Unless you’ve been vacationing on the moon these past few days, you know that Jay Leno is now staying with the Peacock Network. Instead of leaving after his Tonight Show contract is up in May, he will stay to host the new “Jay Leno Show” in prime-time next fall.  read more »