Archive: December 2007
I have a co-worker who has decided I'm trying to undermine him. He has completely misunderstood several interactions and will only talk to me long enough to accuse me of my latest "sin." I've also discovered he lied to me about several facts. How do I fix this problem?
Initially, the busy McLean, Va., couple hired Ezra Glass for a few mundane chores, like waiting for the cable guy. But over time, they gradually began turning over more intimate tasks to him – planning their last-minute vacations and picking up their kids from time to time.
The median pay for an emergency medical technician in the Seattle area is $27,469 per year, with most making from about $24,756 to $29,388 per year.
Now: Architectural interior designer. Then: McDonald's cashier.
The median pay for a collections clerk in the Seattle area is $32,762 per year, with most making from about $28,700 to $37,235 per year, according to salary.com.
Now: Director of education. Then: Singing box-office cashier.
For most of this year, growth in year-over-year nonfarm payrolls has wavered between 2.5 percent and 3 percent – more than twice the national growth rate. Since February, the state's unemployment rate has never been lower than 4.4 percent or higher than 4.9 percent.
The median annual pay of microbiologists was $38,672 in 2007 with most making from about $36,181 to about $42,909.
Fewer than a quarter of employers expect to add positions in the first quarter of the new year, almost the same as a year ago, according to a survey of 14,000 companies being released today. Twelve percent of companies said they expect to reduce employment in the three-month period starting in January, while 22 percent said they'll add jobs, according to the survey by Milwaukee-based global staffing firm Manpower.
Life is not so jolly for the 21st-century Santa Claus. He keeps his white gloved hands where parents can see them and buys liability insurance, just in case. He doesn't ask for names or where children live – that might arouse suspicion. He's given up the pipe, and the jelly belly might be next.
Now: Director of Northwest Builders Show. Then: Housekeeper.
When Patrick Angus studied art history at Western Washington University, he never imagined he'd wind up flexing his creative muscle in upscale retail. Today, as creative director of Mario's in downtown Seattle, he wears many hats. He manages the visual display of merchandise. He orchestrates marketing campaigns. He works with architects on remodeling plans. And he dreams up and helps his staff construct the whimsical window displays in the company's Seattle and Portland stores.
We love our mobile devices for the services they provide -- e-mail, phone, Internet browsing, text messaging, calendars, camera functions, games. The reassuring glow of keypads and displays signal that we are connected, not alone. That we are needed. But when is it time to disconnect?
Now: Real-estate broker. Then: Display ad sales clerk.
Now: Green project manager. Then: Fruit cleaner.
The median pay for a physical therapist in the Seattle area is $30.57 per hour, with most making from about $28.17 to $33.18 per hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.
It could be a reaction to incompetence, unfairness, work overload. It could be from a thousand daily cuts that bleed your enthusiasm for your job. It could be one major incident -- a layoff, a demotion or someone else's promotion.
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