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Information and insight about your career and the workplace at large
March 2006

News and Views

Even "the perfect job" can get to be too much, writes Mary Ellen Slayter in her Washington Post article, "Set Limits at Work to Beat Burnout." But it's not about the number of hours you work; it's about the number of hours you invest compared to what you get back. Details

This just in from Fast Company: Your future is older, browner, and more feminine than you might have realized. Fallout? Major lifestyle changes, and huge opportunities for business. Within 10 years, forecasters say, women and minorities will have more cultural influence, purchasing power, and corporate leadership than ever before. More

The job market continues to improve, says's editor Kate Lorenz. The top 25 occupations will account for 8 million new jobs and about 40 percent of total job growth over the next 10 years. What's No. 1? Retail salesperson, projected to increase by 736,000 jobs from now through 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Get BLS's list of the top 25 jobs for 2006


The digest version of an MBA—could it be Fast Company's new book The Rules of Business? In it, the publication's writers and editors distill major business ideas and principles into 55 essential rules. Quotes and insights from more than 200 business leaders, practitioners, and thinkers enhance each rule, and each chapter features a bulleted "Fast Take" section with specific ideas you can use in your day-to- day work. Find out more

NEW: The Votes Are In-To Blog

You've voted 2 to 1 in favor of a WaterCooler blog. And so that's what I'll be working on this month. Top priority: making it easy to get, even for those of you who don't read blogs. Stay tuned for future developments.

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