W2 or ‘no W2’… there’s no escape from filing… spring into action, folks, or the IRS will!

A neat presentation...  An alarming view...  A harsh reminder!

Response to: “The New Frugality: No Passing Fad” in The New York Times

In response to this article, http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/09/the-new-frugality-no-passing-fad/comment-page-11/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 Largely, you could say I’ve lived frugally my entire life; whether or not I held a well-paid job, did a survival job, or when I have no job; only, so that I could save for the rainy days (which are a given for most people, at least at some … Continue reading Response to: “The New Frugality: No Passing Fad” in The New York Times

Ad Agency layoffs

In Spring 2008, when I referred to layoffs at marketing companies and ad agencies, some smart alecks scoffed at my words, merrily mocking me and my writing. Numerous people holding jobs then dropped pearls of wisdom... "Network, get yet another degree (since my MBA does not seem to cut it), or better still, change your … Continue reading Ad Agency layoffs

Of layoffs… something’s not quite right.

Piecemeal layoffs avoid warning laws Yes, this one sounds much like what I expressed almost a year ago. Continuing job losses may signal broad economic shift More on Jobs (Including  a Little Good News) Thanks for the link, EON. Ever Closer to 1982. What to do when you lose your Job (Some advise from various … Continue reading Of layoffs… something’s not quite right.

Shifting Careers… they never write, they never call.

Now, they even think my comments are inappropriate (or who knows, may be irrelevant?) and do not publish them... boy, am I amused! Yesterday, I was reading Michael Melcher's rather common sense advice on how to handle the silence, which job-seekers are faced with during their job search endeavors. There were about 11 comments from … Continue reading Shifting Careers… they never write, they never call.

Companies blog about their layoffs… laid-off employee driven to killing CEO!

I would refer to this as Silicon Valley's doomed trajectory... and what a tragic end... from boom to doom! Just ten days after Claire Cain Miller wrote an article for International Herald Tribune, about how CEOs of companies are blogging about "downsizing", "pink slips" and "staff cuts", especially in Silicon Valley, I read about Sid … Continue reading Companies blog about their layoffs… laid-off employee driven to killing CEO!

Overuse (or misuse) of the word ‘oversight’…

For the longest time I used the word 'oversight' only while referring to inadvertent errors, or omissions resulting from 'not looking at' something. It irks me intensely when 'oversight' is used to express something diametrically opposite to this i.e. to refer to 'supervision' or 'watchful care' (the dictionary meanings). e.g. Taking the ongoing Financial Meltdown … Continue reading Overuse (or misuse) of the word ‘oversight’…

KPO… Knowledge Process Outsourcing

It's all about convenience, from whose perspective should you view this issue, and who finally gains or (loses) from KPO. If you're a bank or a corporation in the US, in present times it suits you to go set up an office (or several of them) in India or any other "cheap outsourcing location"... as … Continue reading KPO… Knowledge Process Outsourcing

Wall Street moves to Dalal Street… Is that right? How nice!

Rather than layoff middle-rung executives, banks like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley have been moving their middle men (and a few women) to the Middle-East or South Asia - most often to Mumbai, India's financial hub. The 'fortunate few' may have been relocated by their company, while numerous others who were already laid off after … Continue reading Wall Street moves to Dalal Street… Is that right? How nice!

Who needs oil!

Well, when it's so hot, humid, and mind-bogglingly sultry, we may not even need oil! Price - of everything - is up, up, up! So, why bother going to the malls to shop, waste money on gas to get there, or roast in the heat (you'll burn more oil & gas with the air-conditioning high … Continue reading Who needs oil!