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No, Friedman; Here's the Better Way to Get a Job

I was appalled by Thomas Friedman’s column of May 28, “How to Get a Job.” The title indicated that the column was aimed at job-seekers and would provide advice about job-finding, but the content that followed was quite misguided. It might as well have been called, “How Not to Get a Job.” In fairness, Friedman made one valid point: He quoted a Harvard education…See More
Jun 5, 2013

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October 21
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It may take years for you to decide whether your career choice has turned out to be a wise one. But your chances of satisfaction are better if you make the choice wisely. That means basing the choice—and the planning that follows—on good career information. This is important whether you're a young person just starting out, a person contemplating a midlife career change, or an older person planning for work in retirement. In career information systems and in books about careers for JIST Publishing, I've focused my own career on providing accurate, easy-to-use career information.
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"I think everybody needs enough post-high-school training that they are competent in fields that require technical expertise, because it’s very hard to imagine getting a job that pays a living wage without that — or it’s very hard at least to envision a steady job in the absence of that." President Barack Obama
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This group of people cares about careers, so I imagine they are interested in career information.
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A Tribute to Martin R. Katz

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:41am 0 Comments

As I was growing up, I often thought of making a career in writing, but it never occurred to me to write about careers. This career path, which has been so rewarding to me, I owe to Marty Katz. He died March 17, age 98.

In 1979, he hired me to develop career information for the SIGI program at Educational Testing Service. The System of Interactive Guidance and…

Which Boats Get Lifted Fastest by a Rising Tide?

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The old saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” In today’s context, this means that the recovering economy should be improving the lot of all workers. I was wondering, however, whether some boats are rising faster as the tide comes in. In other words, which types of occupations are getting the…

Is “Breaking Bad” a Skill?

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:50am 0 Comments

This blog was inspired by the very last episode of the popular television drama “Breaking Bad” [spoiler alert!]. Walter White, once a milquetoast chemistry teacher and now a ruthless drug baron, confesses to his wife that he did not persist in his life of crime for his purported reason, which was to acquire a nest egg for his family to live on after his death. “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really—I was alive.” Setting aside the matter of…

Which Industries Are Recession-Proof?

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:24pm 0 Comments

Everyone knows that the nation is now recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. But not every industry sank into recession or recovered from it on the same schedule. In fact, some did not sink at all, and some have not yet recovered. I thought it would be interesting to look at employment in the major industries and see how their experiences varied over the course of the years from 2007 to 2013.

The most important lesson to take away from all three…


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At 8:05am on October 21, 2010, Carrie Robinson gave Laurence Shatkin a gift
Happy Birthday Laurence! I couldn't find a "green" gift but this is close enough! Carrie
At 6:01pm on September 16, 2010, Taylor Percival said…
Dear Mr. Shatkin,

Thank you for your counsel. I am still in the process of deciding which fields I want to focus on following graduation.

I very much appreciate your offer of the introduction to your publicist. Should I begin looking for opportunities in publishing, I would appreciate any help or suggestions you can offer.

Thank you again,

At 3:21pm on July 12, 2010, Carrie Robinson said…
Congrats on being a featured author on the site!
At 7:41am on July 12, 2010, Andy Robinson said…
Great Monday morning to you Laurence. We're glad to feature you this week as our Recommended Author of the Week (noted in the right side bar of the Community site). Thank you for all of your great contributions .... I've enjoyed your blog posts. Hope you have a great week.
At 10:27am on May 27, 2010, Carrie Robinson said…
I love your new blog post!
At 6:47am on May 20, 2010, Katy Piotrowski said…
Hi Laurence...nice to see you here! -Katy P.
At 4:18pm on May 18, 2010, Carrie Robinson said…
Hi Laurence, Welcome to the Community. Let me know if I can help in any way. Best, Carrie
At 3:41pm on May 18, 2010, Andy Robinson said…
Hi Laurence, Great to have you as a member of the Career Success Community. Look forward to your participation in the coming weeks and months.

Each week we will feature one of our Recommend Authors on the home page of the site. I will be sending you a separate invitation to join the Recommended Authors Group in the Community. Further details about that Group are included on the Group members page.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way,


Andy Robinson
Community Founder and Executive Director


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