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A Week's Worth

By Robert Kilborn / June 5, 2006



Not even another decline in the unemployment rate - to 4.6 percent nationally, the lowest in five years - could keep the Dow Jones Industrial Average from losing ground, falling 0.3 percent for the week.

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Not taking a vacation this year? That puts you in a distinct minority, the job-matching service TrueCareers Inc. says. It polled 400 working Americans and discovered that 75 percent are planning some serious downtime, even if it's only relaxing at home. The majority who answered "no" said they can't afford a break; 34 percent of them reported that job-hunting was a more important concern.

We all make mistakes, but the most regrettable seem to come in job searches, a survey by administrative staffing service OfficeTeam has found. Among the doozies: overselling one's skills, not researching a prospective employer before interviewing there, dressing unprofessionally, and complaining about a former boss. Accentuate the positive, OfficeTeam advises, but be truthful - and mind your manners.

For all their complaining about cellphone use in public, only 43 percent of Americans would support a ban on the practice, according to results of a University of Michigan survey. Two-thirds of respondents, however, wanted state laws that would criminalize driving while on the phone. In fact, 88 percent said police should note on motor vehicle accident reports whether the drivers were talking on cellphones at the time.

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