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May 2006

News and Views

A week ago Tuesday—April 24—marked Equal Pay Day. That's how much further into the year the average woman must work to earn as much as a man earned by the end of the previous year, according to Washington Post writer Amy Joyce. Yes, it's 2006, and women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men make. See what Joyce says about now being the time for women to get even. Then visit the WaterCooler Blog to read about similar issues for women in the technology sector.

Sometimes workers go from one bad situation to a worse one, writes Amy Joyce in a recent Washington Post article, because they were so excited for a new opportunity. When you're trying to show why someone should hire you, don't forget that you have to do a little careful shopping, too. Check out warning signs in the interview.

Next time you think your job is tough, change places with a teacher. That's what Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen did. "I handled three classes, and by the time I staggered out the door, I wanted to lie down for the rest of the day," she writes. Quindlen calls for higher pay for teachers, saying, "They made us. We owe them." More


Catch career coach Lily Whiteman's six pointers on how to impress interviewers, and stand out from the competition, which she offered in a recent Internet chat on landing federal jobs. Already mastered these tips? Then be a mentor, and pass them on to new grads. Read the transcript

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Workshops and Book Signings

DC Web Women, May 17 American News Womens Club. Network 6 pm to 6:30 pm; program till 8 pm. Contact: katherine@d

UD Alumni Networking Night, September 20, 2006, details to come. Contact: Shannon Haley