12.18.11 The Sunday Sermon

The Sunday Sermon

Job Hunting Advice from a Top Recruiter

It now takes almost as long to get a job in the U.S. — seven and a half months — as it does to produce your next of kin. That’s the longest slog since the Labor Department began tracking job search duration in 1948. Looked at another way, there are currently an average of six people vying for every job that you are, each of them doing exactly the same things — combing job boards, networking, prepping for interviews — as you. Is there a way to speed up the job search and stand out from your competition?


Now That the Factories Are Closed, It’s Tee Time in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Given Benton Harbor’s unfavorable history and demographics, no private developer would likely be willing to take on such an ambitious project there. But there was another way: Robinson’s group, along with other nonprofits supported by Whirlpool, could secure enough federal and state grant money to help remediate the land, build the golf course and at least get Harbor Shores off the ground. The project’s complicated financing deal closed in May 2008, right around the time that the national real-estate market crashed.


Recession doesn’t slow travel on the public’s dime by Oregon government officials

Despite one of the worst recessions ever, state spending on travel stayed remarkably steady, according to an extensive review of expenditure records by The Oregonian. State agencies, boards and commissions spent roughly $42 million on travel in 2009, $39 million in 2010 and $40 million in 2011, according the review. Those numbers include everything from use of state cars to meals, mileage, plane tickets and hotel stays.


Cousin Eddie had no money to buy Christmas presents. But when Clark Griswold offered to pick up the tab, Cousin Eddie became flushed with yuletide glee, and he murmured tenderly, “Oh boy, this is a surprise, Clark. This is a real nice surprise … yeah, just a real nice surprise. Here’s a little list. Alphabetical, starting with (his wife) Catherine. And if it wouldn’t be too much, I’d like to get something for you, Clark. Something really nice!”