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Weekend reads, the jobs edition

It was a gloomy week in economic news. Economic growth is slowing. Fears of a double dip recession are rising. Existing home sales took their worst tumble in 15 years. Bellwethers for the technology industry like Intel cut sales forecasts.

And to hear Intel's CEO tell it, it's President Obama's fault. Or at least partly so. At the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum dinner this week, Paul Otellini's harsh words for the administration have been making their way around the Internet. "I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs," he said, referring to the president's economic team. "I think this group does not understand what it takes to create jobs. And I think they're flummoxed by their experiment in Keynesian economics not working."

Never mind, of course that CEOs are sitting on hordes of cash, and have traditionally, in our capitalism-based society, been the leaders when it comes to creating jobs. Whoever's job is it to create jobs, it's not happening fast enough, and it's holding back everything, from home sales to economic growth to corporate profits.

In that spirit, PostLeadership offers a few reads related to getting, keeping, and creating jobs. If you're so lucky to have one, enjoy it over the next couple of days, something employed folks like to call the weekend.


Could more "good" corporations create more jobs? Esquire takes you inside the "B" Corp. Revolution. A great read about what could be a third way forward.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due. A new Illinois law puts credit reports off limits for employers during the hiring process. Because really, that late credit card payment says a lot about how good of an employee that candidate will be.

Ich Bin Ein Facebookers. Germany apparently wants to take that one step further. The country is considering a law that would make it illegal to "friend" an applicant. HR folks might have to resort to that relic of job searches past, the resume, to find out more about you.

And speaking of Facebook... Few things are more likely to make you worse at your job than the giant time suck of social networks. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely tells us why.

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By Jena McGregor

 |  August 27, 2010; 2:05 PM ET |  Category:  Books , Economic crisis , Federal government leadership , Government leadership , Must reads Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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