June 29, 2000 |
With former County Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier gone, the county must now go through a selection process for the top government job with supervisors poised to direct a nationwide talent search for her replacement. But in similar searches in the past, supervisors inevitably have looked far but picked locally, selecting someone already in the county fold.
June 22, 2000 |
Armed with millions of dollars in federal funds from the Workplace Investment Act, Orange County and the cities of Anaheim and Santa Ana have set up boards to assist people in either finding employment or upgrading their skills to get better jobs. The boards will also work with businesses to determine what skills they need.
May 28, 2000 |
When graphic designer Kevin Young recently sought a new job, he launched a mail campaign that might have impressed the folks at Publishers Clearing House. He sent out hundreds of resumes, faxed three different responses for each want ad that caught his eye and sent out "follow-up packages" showcasing his work, he says. Those efforts landed the 33-year-old Los Angeles resident more than 40 interviews. But what they didn't generate were employment offers.
May 14, 2000 |
Some brought binoculars to scan the crowd for desirable prospects. One woman wore a wig to ensure a perfect hair day. Enough young people to fill Dodger Stadium had gussied themselves up for some serious courting, often shelling out big bucks to make themselves as attractive as possible. But the quarry was a commodity almost more elusive than love in today's China: a good job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2000 |
The head of the county's largest labor union is urging the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to expand its search for a new public works director. Several sources close to the selection process said a top candidate for the post is Jeff Long, longtime director of public works in Lancaster. A second finalist is Simi Valley Public Works Director Ron Coons, according to those sources.
April 5, 2000 |
Myriad Internet "exchanges" now help businesses sell products and services to other businesses. Two leading business-to-business sites, ELance.com and Guru.com, specialize in linking businesses with professionals such as Web designers, accountants and freelance writers. There are two ways to use Sunnyvale, Calif.-based ELance. In one model, buyers who wish to purchase a service post a request for proposal, or RFP, to let sellers bid on the service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 |
The controversial appointment of the Community Redevelopment Agency's administrator took a new turn Wednesday when City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas alleged that the agency's interim head has received preferential treatment based on his race. Mayor Richard Riordan and some council members are seeking the appointment of embattled CRA head Jerry Scharlin without a nationwide search for a permanent head of the perpetually troubled agency.
January 9, 2000 |
Aaron Siegel, 26, is feeling pressured. Not by his wife, boss or parents, but by the increasingly loud voice in his head that asks: "What are you going to do with your life?" After a brief stint in Hollywood (script classes and a TV internship), the Simi Valley resident saw the screenwriting on the wall: He'd have to settle for non-showbiz work if he wanted to earn a steady income. But even Plan B has fallen flat.
January 2, 2000 |
To many people, Carol Bolter leads an idyllic life. Each morning for the last eight years, she's risen, without the shrill prompt of an alarm clock, to enjoy leisurely days of cycling, hiking, Internet surfing, moviegoing and socializing with friends in her Palm Desert retirement community. When wanderlust strikes, Bolter and her husband, Kent, flee the States to explore exotic destinations. To many, this lifestyle would be nirvana. But to Bolter, it's frustrating.