Brent Wright

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How To Find Your Hiring Manager Using LinkedIn

You can lob resumes and application forms into the Black Hole recruiting portals all day long, and it won’t move your job search forward. If there’s one thing job-seekers know, it’s that trying to get a job through the talent-repelling Applicant Tracking Systems most organizations now employ is a …

The 7 Strategies For Getting Past Gatekeepers

Do you know how many people approach me every week with article pitches? Neither do I, but the number is huge. However, this salesman—a first-time author—managed to use the strategies in his book to get successfully through to me, a busy CEO with a part-time unpaid gig writing articles about …

Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They’re Ruining the Economy, Too

Chris Rong did everything right. A 23-year-old dentistry student in New York, Chris excelled at one of the country’s top high schools, breezed …

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the typical startup environment, small teams with a broad and complementary skill set come together to build a company. There are dozens of skills an entrepreneur must possess -- from accounting and managing a profit and loss statement …

Entrepreneurship

You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house”

<b>(AP/Erik Schelzig)</b><p>Welcome to the new America where good people with honest jobs are losing money each month — and scrambling to live<p>Edward McClelland<p>March 1, 2014 2:45pm (UTC)<p>It took less than two years for Kim Brown to go from middle class to minimum wage.<p>In the fall of 2011, Brown was a Web …

WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS: Because American Companies And Their Owners Are Greedier Now Than At Any Time In History

Why is the recovery so slow and weak?<p>One of the main reasons is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy, are still strapped.<p>Five years after the recovery began, unemployment remains high. And the Americans who are lucky enough to be working …

Employment

EverythingMe is out of beta: one of the smartest launchers around got an upgrade (video)

EverythingMe, a contextual Android launcher first released in April 2013, received a substantial update and is now officially out of beta.<p>Similarly to Aviate, which was recently acquired by Yahoo, EverythingMe uses information like location, moment of the day, and the apps that you use the most to …

Will the 2nd Great Machine Age be a frightening jobless dystopia?

Machines have been displacing jobs for years and the rate is accelerating<p>Thanks to lightning-speed advances in hi-tech, humanity (or part of it) is close to achieving its dream of prosperity without toil. We are already starting glimpse the awful consequences. As Voltaire said, work is the triple …

Economy revs up, but leaves millions of Americans waiting in the dust

The U.S. economy is finally accelerating six years after the start of the Great Recession. Housing and stock prices are rising, the unemployment rate keeps falling, and the government’s budget deficit is shrinking.<p>So why does it feel like the recession never really ended?<p>While there’s little sense …

It's Not Just Poor People Getting Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire

NEW YORK -- David Torian is an Ivy League-educated lawyer and a onetime chief of staff to then-Rep. Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.). He has 23 years of experience in congressional and government relations, witnessed and practiced politics at the highest level, and has been well compensated along the …

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a lot from the way Italians live.<p>Traditionally, Italians have an easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about daily …

Kanye West Flips Out During Interview with Sway

Kanye West went off on reporter Sway Calloway this morning during an interview on the SiriusXM station Shade 45. He was responding to the host’s …

Why I’m leaving the vitamin church

I was ahead of the curve on vitamin D. I've been popping the "sunshine drug" for years – 1,000 International Units a day, religiously, all winter long. I felt smug when The New York Times finally caught up to me.<p>"Vitamin D promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the …

Car Salesman Confidential: 10 Things To Never Say To A Customer

Sometimes, less is more<p>In a lot of these blogs I’ve been lecturing the customers, telling them what they should and shouldn’t do. Well, this week, I want to share some rules for salespeople. I try to follow these rules myself, and I think all salespeole should, too. We’ll start at Number Ten and …

Listen to a full recording of Dave Chappelle’s comeback concert in Chicago

When Dave Chappelle took the stage at Chicago’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre last Saturday (8/31), he unleashed a kiloton of verbal napalm against …

GSK ran hospital bribery programme, say Chinese police

Chinese police claim to have found evidence showing GlaxoSmithKline organised a bribery programme targeted at major hospitals at a company level in China, dismissing suggestions that abuses may have been the result of overenthusiastic or rogue sales staff, according to a state media report.<p>An …

Chinese police accuse GSK of systemic bribery

Chinese authorities have ramped up pressure on British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline by challenging the company's defence that bribery took place outside its systems and controls.<p>The police investigation into GSK has claimed that managers in its China arm were complicit in the alleged bribery, …

Three Ways To Understand GSK's China Scandal

Last week provided yet another wrinkle in the unfolding scandal for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in China. Peter Humphrey appeared in shackles on Chinese television, offering up a solemn apology for having obtained information “by illegal means.” Accused of violating China’s personal privacy laws as part …

Heat players allegedly lost money to con man

Former Heat guard Mike Miller is the only player publicly identified as a victim of the scam so far.<p>Alleged con man Haider Zafar ripped off former Miami Heat guard Mike Miller along with several other Heat players, according to Kathy Lynn Gray of the Columbus Dispatch.<p>Zafar is currently awaiting …

US to relax quantitative easing but emerging markets grow tense

Brazil last week became the latest country to take emergency action to shore up its currency as anxious investors piled out of emerging markets. India, Indonesia, Turkey: there was more than a whiff of panic in the air as policymakers tried to reassure financial markets they remain a good bet.<p>The …

19 Superfoods For Your Heart

While deaths due to heart disease have dropped in recent years,it's still the No. 1 killer of Americans [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm]. …

Woman Attacked by Shark Near Four Seasons Maui

The California vacationer was bitten in waters only a short distance from the luxurious resort, an entertainment industry hotspot.<p>A vacationing woman …

Bribery scandal reveals why China is so attractive to Big Pharma

Foreign pharmaceutical firms are in China for the same reason bank robbers are in banks—that’s where the money is. But the widening crackdown on bribery, which has already ensnared executives from GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, is threatening to upend the business opportunities that have made …