• Job Networking: Don't Forget Contacts Listed Here Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 9:37 AM ET

    Remember that some groups are tight and willing to help even a stranger from the same group. I know a PhD in biology who got a venture capital job, not by networking with the VC crowd, but by networking with other PhDs in biology who transitioned outside that field.

  • Fed May Signal Other Steps Besides Interest-Rate Cut Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 3:44 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates to close to zero on Tuesday and may point to further unconventional steps to battle a year-old recession.

  • Year End Reviews: Managers Need To Be Specific Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 10:49 AM ET

    “You’ll never get to the next level in this company,” an exec told one his managers, “because you can’t take an abstract idea and turn it into a business model.” Did you ever get feedback like this? Or worse, give it? It’s time for the annual performance review. Bosses and employees are about to say and hear a lot of crazy stuff.

  • One Retired Couple's Plight: We Lost Everything Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 10:35 AM ET

    "We have to sit down and figure what kind of life we have left," says Joan Sinkin, who with her husband, lost their life savings.

  • As Christmas Nears, Expect More Discounts Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 10:31 AM ET

    The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession-hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

  • There’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on. Exhibit A: the unretired. Business Week has a strong piece on the thousands of retired Americans who are streaming back into the national work force, driven there by disappearing 401k’s and plunging home values.

  • Why the Fed May Surprise The Markets Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 2:46 AM ET

    Some economists say it's time for Fed Chairman Bernake to just say no to Wall Street and cut interest rates less than the half point that's expected at Tuesday's meeting.

  • How to Stay Insured When You Lose Your Job Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 9:17 PM ET

    Losing your job should not mean losing your healthcare. Period.

  • Layoffs Continue to Grow—Is Your Firm on the List? Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 12:04 PM ET

    This week brought a slew of layoffs, including Dow component Bank of America, which said its planned job cuts may grow to 35,000 over three years after it completes its purchase of Merrill Lynch.

  • Executives Risk Jobs By Ignoring Minority Consumers Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 10:36 AM ET

    Commerce Department officials announced last month that the nation’s GDP fell more during the third quarter than at any time since the Internet bubble shriveled; logically, a precipitous drop in consumer spending is largely responsible.

  • Making the Most of Unemployment Benefits Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 9:41 PM ET

    People still attach a stigma to jobless benefits. But they're yours -- take them!

  • Fed Data Notes: Turmoil Swept US Economy Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 7:12 PM ET

    Numbers from the fed today demonstrated the turmoil that swept our ecoomy in the third quarter.

  • Vanguard's Bogle: Homeowner Bailout Is Needed Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:25 PM ET

    The survival of the U.S. economy depends on helping homeowners, said John Bogle, The Vanguard Group founder and former CEO.

  • Businesses Run Risk Of Cutting Talent To Cut Costs Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    Any organization lacking talent and creativity doesn’t have a whole lot left to manage, and there comes a point where the benefit of cutting costs is outweighed by the harm done to the organization by those cuts.

  • Consumer Alert: Web Work Scams Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 9:53 PM ET

    The web can be a fantastic took when you’re looking for work. But if you’re not extra careful, the new gig could take you for all you're worth.

  • Pink Slip Survival Guide: The Peace of Mind You Need Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 9:53 PM ET

    It starts with being proactive, so that you have a safety net in place if your job ends up on the block.

  • Americans Glum on Crisis, Hopeful on Obama: Poll Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 6:34 PM ET
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    Americans remain downbeat about the economy, corporate America and the government's handling of the financial crisis, but optimistic about Barack Obama's ability to turn things around, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Pros Say: Commodities to Lead Big S&P Rally Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 2:37 PM ET

    Murky signs: Markets had rallied Wednesday morning on the belief that an auto industry bailout was all but certain. But some GOP legislators are opposing the White House deal with congressional Democrats. A top analyst sees financials in critical condition until 2010, but a peer says he's been buying bank stocks and socking them away. And a CNBC guest said commodities are going to lead a 50% S&P rally.

  • Turn a Pink Slip Into Your Golden Ticket Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    The inside scoop on key moves you need to make should you find yourself on the company chopping block.

  • Pros Say: Jump on Santa Rally — Then Buy Energy Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 4:05 PM ET

    An auto industry bailout package seems inevitable Tuesday — and the dollar and U.S. stocks are riding the expectation higher. The news continued to be glum for small business owners struggling with the recession and retailers, whose holiday sales may be even weaker than expected. But top analysts told CNBC they expect a Christmas-New Year's Eve rally and see an energy stock recovery in the works.