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  • Wall Street traders and executives will be greeted by thousands of angry protesters from the AFL-CIO after markets close Thursday.  The main issue is to remind them of their continuing responsibilities to mend the economy, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC.

  • Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    Workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks are planning to rally on Wall Street.

  • Business Mistake

    Remember the sheaf of papers you signed off on when you started work? Somewhere in there was your company's official Ethics Policy....nine out of 10 new hires simply sign off on that paper without given it more than a cursory glance. But today this policy may be under attack.

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    Step back for a moment and imagine that your company is in Goldman's position right now: Universally reviled; Accused of betting against not only its own customers but the entire economic wellbeing of the country; At the center of an international political storm (one example: the bank has become a talking point in the UK general election); So unpopular that you can't find political support even among the most pro-business members of the opposition.

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    It might not be business as your parents or grandparents would have known it, but there's little doubt that we're witnessing a paradigm shift in business culture around the world right now—with particular focus on doing business remotely.

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    With a static national unemployment rate and the economy barely past its recessionary level, we have a new decade of business to get used to. A green decade, that is.

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    From the recent Vault.com and SixFigureStart Ask Anything teleclass, here are some questions on salary: Lisa asks: What’s the best way to approach a recruiter about salary negotiation?

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    Earlier this year, I discussed the phenomenon of "Chief Sustainability Officers" and how companies, especially post-Copenhagen, are realizing that a quick fix for their bruised reputation is to name an executive their eco-officer. It makes them look good and provides great PR.

  • The Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods, seen here, will premiere tonight.

    No matter what you may think of Woods on a professional or personal level—or the issues of taste involved in splicing quotes to create an ad campaign around the concept of a dead parent expressing disappointment in the actions of their adult offspring—the question is one that we could all benefit by asking ourselves and those around us more often.

  • Carlsberg Beer

    Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said.

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    Now that's a negotiating tactic! Nine Spanish flight attendants did a nude calendar to protest the fact that they are owed up to nine months of back wages after airline they worked for went out of business. There's just one teensy problem with this strategy ...

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    The cover letter should not exhaust all or even most of your search time. Some employers don’t even read cover letters, and you don’t know in advance of sending it how much weight it will be given, so you don’t want to needlessly spend too much time on it.

  • Unemployment

    It's been a sad year. We've all felt it, whether it's senior management or an employee at the other end of the totem pole. While companies hunkered down and waited for the worst to pass, some chiefs and senior management saw the downtime as an opportunity to mingle with their grassroots and take their open-door policy a step further.

  • Glassdoor.com conducted a survey which shows employees are more confident they will not lose their jobs. However, three out of four are willing to take a pay cut to make sure. For people who are unemployed, nine out of ten are willing to work for less than they originally expected.

  • Help Wanted

    By choosing to abuse entry-level workers while granting outrageous privilege to top-tier employees, companies are focusing only on the short-term.

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    Recently Vault.com and SixFigureStart teamed up to host an Ask Anything teleclass. We received over 200 questions! Here are some on resumes.

  • The Responsibility Revolution

    For most of us, ideas stay ideas unless they grab the attention of senior management and escape the long path from creation to implementation. But what if we took the opposite approach?

  • Unemployment

    Friday, the Labor Department will release March employment data, and economists have been optimistic the economy is finally gaining jobs and the recession has ended.

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    With the unemployment rate at 9.7 percent (at least until Friday), and 12 million or so Americans out of work, there are still a lot of things related to the economy worth fretting about.

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    Millennials. The very word sparks debates galore. And depending on who is speaking, these discussions can be depressing, full of expletives, ambiguous or downright dismissive.