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Ted Canova shares his thoughts on communications, marketing and social media. He welcomes your comments to his blog.

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Declaring "War on Unemployment"

Posted on 5 April, 2011 at 17:00 Comments comments (315)


"Am I done at 44? Is nobody going to want to hire me?" wonders Tim Zaneske from Michigan.


Tim’s fears are played out in every town across America. Ordinary people who are out of work longer than they ever imagined. People you stand next to every week at the market, around the neighborhood, or in the stands of your kid’s events.

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"And The (Jobs) Oscar Goes To....Fargo"

Posted on 26 February, 2011 at 10:50 Comments comments (35)

Most of America hears 'Fargo' and goes right to the award-winning Coen Brothers movie. A wood chipper, a bunch of "you betcha's" and auto salesman Jerry Lundegard's spiraling money problems.

In real life (you mean the movie was fiction?), North Dakota has the lowest unempl...

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Debating Jobs Is Good Medicine

Posted on 20 February, 2011 at 10:49 Comments comments (57)

Not long ago, it was hard to move the meter to spark a conversation about job creation. Talking jobs took a back seat to debating healthcare, even though unemployment has a far deeper impact than health insurance.

Thankfully that has changed. The unemployed will benefit. W...

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It's Time To Present "The New You"

Posted on 12 February, 2011 at 10:48 Comments comments (0)

If you are job hunting, it's easy to focus on the tangibles: your resume, your elevator speech and your Linkedin connections.  Complete them and a job seeker feels a wonderful sense of accomplishment. 

But what if the information you are sharing is no longer the&...

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Lean On Me

Posted on 6 February, 2011 at 10:47 Comments comments (0)

When Bill Withers released "Lean On Me" in April 1972,  he was addressing personal feelings and morals, rather than anything going on in the country like poverty, Vietnam or Watergate. 

In the 39 years that have passed since his song rose to #1, unemployment has ...

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Unemployed: Egypt vs. America

Posted on 30 January, 2011 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)
I just finished watching more than 2 hours of Sunday morning talk shows focusing on Egypt. It was a work out.

What's easy to forget ...

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Let's Really Sit Together

Posted on 23 January, 2011 at 10:43 Comments comments (0)

If you've been unemployed longer than you ever thought you would be, you're not alone. 43% of older unemployed workers have been without a job for more than a year.

America's economic recovery, based largely on consumer spending, cannot happen without them.

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Outsourcing Jobs and Taxpayer Money

Posted on 30 December, 2010 at 11:48 Comments comments (599)

I'm scratching my head again this week after reading two news items. They both have to do with the United States spending money overseas. They both point to the uphill battle facing the nation's millions of unemployed. 


Could You Really Wear Your Pajamas To Work?

Posted on 23 December, 2010 at 13:23 Comments comments (27)

20" of snow also gives you a chance to read things along the highway. Like signs for work-at-home deals promising $2,000 a week. I'm smart enough to know better, but hopeful enough to wonder, "hmmm, could this be for real?"


Baseball, Tax Bills and 99ers

Posted on 17 December, 2010 at 12:14 Comments comments (0)

I'm a baseball fan. But I'm also an advocate for the employed. So when I read that the major league minimum wage rose 14 grand to $414,000, I stopped in my tracks.