Editor's Letter

Now we know what it feels like to be the local weatherman…


Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, and for the past two-and-a-half years we’ve been forecasting little other than gloom and doom in the job market.

But finally things are changing for the better. That’s what Signs of Life (page 28) is all about: Writer Liz Seasholtz spoke to career center reps and employment experts to get the inside scoop on what to expect from the 2011 job market and how to be savvy in your job hunt. You may not need your sunglasses quite yet, but there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic.”

Despite indications the economy is on the mend, there are some out there who aren’t
waiting for opportunity to come knocking—they’re creating it themselves. In our cover story, She Can Do It! (page 32), we highlight seven bold female entrepreneurs who have found success running their own businesses. Plus, you’ll find a couple more inspirational young women in What I Didn’t Learn in College (page 4): The founders of CitySlips reveal the lessons they learned on the streets of New York. New York.

Also, in the Insights section, you’ll find plenty of practical advice. In Laws of the Jungle (page 6), resume guru Don Goodman gives the lowdown on whether religion belongs on a resume and how to play up your strengths in an interview. In Grilling Your Interviewer (page 8), we’ll show you how to turn the tables, and on page 9, we put together a flow chart that answers the question, Should I Relocate?

In Flat, Flexible, & Wired Up (page 36), we survey the changing landscape of the modern workplace. What does that mean, you ask? Among other things, it means you’ll be given a lot more discretion and flexibility than previous generations of workers—and that can be dangerous.

Finally, turn to Exit Ramp (page 40) for a bit of wackiness with a Mad Libs
(remember those?) cover letter.

All in all, we hope you find this issue to be an uplifting one. It’s about time.

Denis Wilson
Editor in Chief