Restaurants Face Holiday-Party Slump By Paul Ziobro

Restaurants with private-dining businesses are facing more gloom than cheer heading into the holiday season as more offices scale back or cancel parties, sapping chains of a high-margin business.

Some chains are reporting cancellations of large events and are scrambling to fill up the rooms. But they may have a hard …


Stick With the Job You Know, More Employees Are Saying By Sarah E. Needleman

A growing number of professionals are saying “no, thanks” to prospective employers asking them to change jobs.

Spooked by the shaky economy, 46% of U.S. middle managers polled in mid-September said switching employers in the current environment is risky, according to a survey by Accenture Ltd. …


FEATURE-In recession, ladies recycle last year’s dress By Martinne Geller

NEW YORK, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Last year at this time, Kathy Johnson and her husband traveled to London and Paris, where she spent about $2,000 on a shiny, red Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and a matching charm without much thought.

This year Johnson, who runs a tech advisory firm with her husband in …


Holiday Parties at Lowest Level in 20 Years By: Jena McGregor

It’s unlikely to be a very merry Christmas in corporate offices this year. The fallout of the financial crisis and the economic downturn is prompting companies to cut back on holiday parties to their lowest level in 20 years, according to New York-based executive search firm Battalia Winston Amrop. Just 81% of the …


Networking? Here’s How to Stand Out By Joann Lublin

Fans of Bruce Mount sang his praises to BzzAgent before he applied to become vice president of engineering of the Boston word-of-mouth marketer…

…Unusual times demand unusual networking tactics. Most candidates find work through networking, surveys show. But in today’s dismal job market, many feel frustrated with standard …


Fans of Bruce Mount sang his praises to BzzAgent before he applied to become vice president of engineering of the Boston word-of-mouth marketer… There are many ways to get to the top spot in finance.

Faster than a speeding bank run, more powerful than a loan officer, able to lease tall buildings in a single bound: finance executives practically need to be superheroes to make it to the CFO’s chair these days. So goes the conventional wisdom, at least. Those who aspire to the top finance …