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It looks unlikely that long-term unemployment benefits will be extended, and some 1.3 million job seekers have already lost them. Unemployed people are facing some historic numbers and formidable competition; however, when faced with this difficult situation, focus on areas that you are able to change and make a difference, and this will increase your chances for success. Despite the odds, people are still landing jobs every day. Job-seekers need to continually make adjustments, and never give up! By Shawna Simcik

 
Getting engaged
The first step in employee engagement is just to do something.  A good place to start is to survey employees to find out what work factors employees feel are important, and how satisfied they are with each factor. Using a gap analysis on the data for items like salary, autonomy, benefits, communication, supervision and career growth will help provide an understanding of where employees are satisfied and where there are gaps. By Jeff Tucker


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Living in cramped apartments in L.A. and New York, James Hixson regarded floor space as a prized commodity before a move to Denver in 2012. In these "very small spaces," Hixson found inspiration for his modular furniture. A table was great, for instance, until entertaining guests; then it would be much better if it could shape-shift into seating. By Eric Peterson
 

 
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