As anger and controversy continues about bonuses paid to executives at firms such as A.I.G. that took government bailout money, one that has not — Wal-Mart — has quietly handed some 1 million rank-and file-employees almost $1 billion. The $933.6 million in bonuses was an increase of 46.7% over last year. Wal-Mart, the country’s largest employer, saw its U.S. work force grow last year by about 33,800, to 1.45 million.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of HARO, a free, three-times-a-day (I hate the word thrice) email service that empowers everyone to be their own publicist.
Peter Shankman started by sending simple emails to friends containing queries from reporters, authors, bloggers, producers and bookers–all of whom were looking for expert sources. It caught on; the service now reaches more than 70,000 people daily–some of whom learned about it from me.
If you constantly hear the words “you’re overqualified” from potential employers, it might be time to make some adjustments on your resume. We’re not talking about denying your expertise or years of experience on paper – just some strategic editing so that your resume doesn’t shout I’m Old And I’m Expensive.
Before blind auditions became common in the 70s, just 10% of new hires at major U.S. orchestras were women. The theory was that women weren’t very good musicians. But labor unions protested the hiring process and pushed for blind auditions where musicians would try out behind a curtain so appearance and gender were concealed.
by Gregg Adams
Through the cobwebs weaved from too many glasses of cheap wine the night before, he opens his tired eyes and rises with the hope that today will be different from the last hundred. “My ability, experience and yearning desire to contribute will match somebody’s need today,” he says, desperately trying to believe his own testimony.