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March 8, 2010


The Boston Globe

Some fields are thinning fast, but if – like these intrepid folks – you’ve got drive, flexibility, and a competitive spirit, you can endure in the job you love.

After more than 20 years in the wholesale fruit business, Tom Belluardo’s career had stalled. With prospects for promotion dim, he decided to learn an occupation that offered more potential: cobbler.

You might not expect a lot of demand for a shoe-repair guy in a world where people toss out footwear nearly as often as they change socks. But there is some demand – enough for Belluardo to secure a slice of a niche business for the last two decades. His Methuen shop, The Town Cobbler, thrives on a base...

July 10, 2009

When Claudia Deane, a research director at a Boston executive search firm, was laid off last year, she decided the best way to improve her odds of landing a new job was by working for free.

Deane wanted a position in records management but lacked the experience to get hired in a market flooded with out-of-work records managers. She started doing volunteer record keeping for the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, a nonprofit agency that helps low-income families find affordable housing. 


At a tiem when companies aren't likely to consider inexperienced applicants, more professionals are seeking ways to beef up their resumes by volunterring for work at nonprofit agencies.  Many of t...

September 14, 2008



Whether you've just graduated from college or feel stuck in a dead-end job and want to switch careers, ads for career counselors can draw your attention.

The Globe tested three career counselors, looking to see whether the service is worth the money - and it tends to cost a decent amount of it, too.

With the help of Elaine Verelas, a managing partner at the Keystone Partners career management firm and a contributor to the Globe's Job Doc column, we gained some valuable insight to the job search process. We also learned a lot about ourselves along the way.

Verelas recommended three practitioners with whom we consulted: Andrew S. Brown of Career Ventures Consulting Services Inc.; Prisci...

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