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Is It Bad to Be the First Person to Apply for a Job?

As a general rule, it%u2019s typically a disadvantage to be one of the last to apply for a job because the longer you wait, the better the chances are that the position will be filled. That said, sending off your application too quickly can backfire on you as well.

Another Big Drop for Initial Jobless Claims

merica's labor market got more good news with word of a 24,000 drop, to 435,000, in weekly jobless claims. A Bloomberg survey had expected a total of 450,000. In perhaps better news, the four-week moving average sank another 10,000 to 446,500.

Amazon: Lots of Help Wanted for the Holidays

Amazon has positions to fill in three fulfillment centers in two states. It's joining other retailers such as Toys 'R' Us and Kohl's is adding scads of temporary hires for 2010 holiday sales crunch -- the most since 2007.

The Sign Wall Street Really Wants to See

The third peak week of earnings season is here. But if stocks have any hope of breaking out of their range-bound rut, the market will need proof of a consistent drop in weekly jobless claims, says Kenny Polcari, managing director at interdealer broker ICAP Corporates.

Job hunting? Start here first

A year ago, an old buddy of mine lost his job. I commiserated, but assumed, since he was a computer guy, that he was aware that many companies have...

To hire or not to hire

One big milestone for a new business owner is the hiring of employees. For some businesses, it's not really optional. If you own a restaurant, a...