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GRRR: A young boy flexed his muscles during a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Bodybuilding is one of the country’s most popular sports. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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COUNTRY STRONG: A hat was raised in the air during the Stagecoach country music festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., Sunday. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Stagecoach)

LYING OUT
LYING OUT: A man slept on a bus Monday in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during the second day of a strike. Authorities charged 44 activists with involvement in bombings and vandalism during the strike, which was called to protest the disappearance of opposition figure Elias Ali. The government denies involvement. (Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency)

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PEEKING OUT: A Chinese People’s Liberation Army naval officer looked out from the missile frigate Yuncheng as the vessel made a port call in Hong Kong Monday as part of a celebration to mark the 15-year anniversary of the hand-over of Hong Kong from Britain to China. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

PILED UP
PILED UP: Job seekers waited in front of the training offices of Local Union 46 in Queens, N.Y., Monday. Hundreds of people have been waiting since the state Department of Labor and the union announced that they were looking to hire 50 iron and wood apprentices. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

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The best way to find a job is through networking. But, don’t limit your outreach to close friends and current colleagues. Cast a wide net and reach people beyond your immediate circle. Here are three steps to do that: Broadly define your network. You have more contacts than you think. Consider former classmates, former colleagues, clients, [...]

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New submitter KA.7210 writes "I am an employed mechanical engineer, having worked with the same company since graduation from college 5 years ago. I am looking to increase my credentials by taking more engineering courses, potentially towards a certificate or a full master's degree. Going to school full time is not an option, and there is only one engineering school near me that offers a program that resembles what I wish to study, and also has the courses at night. Therefore, I have begun to look at online options, and it appears there are many legitimate, recognizable schools offering advanced courses in my area of interest. My question to Slashdot readers out there is: how do employers view degrees/advanced credentials obtained online, when compared to the more typical in-person education? Does anyone have specific experience with this situation? The eventual degree itself will have no indication that it was obtained online, but simple inference will show that it was not likely I maintained my employment on the east coast while attending school in-person on the west coast. I wish to invest my time wisely, and hope that some readers out there have experience with this issue!"


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According to the latest jobs numbers, issued by the Labor Department on January 6, the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009. The Great Recession has claimed more than 8.5 million jobs since 2007, and even though the current trajectory of the U.S. appears to be toward recovery, Americans are still struggling to find work. Nine of the photographs below appear in The Atlantic's January/February 2012 print issue, and I've added 25 more here to round out a collection of images from these years of uncertainty -- of men and women both at work and out of work in the United States. [34 photos]

A workman steams a U.S. flag in preparation for a planned visit by President Barack Obama, on April 6, 2011, at wind turbine manufacture Gamesa Technology Corporation in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Boston conducted its 32nd census of the city’s homeless population earlier this week. A report to the United Nations in 2005 stated there were an estimated 100 million homeless people in the world, and an additional 1.6 billion living without adequate housing. Here are some images of homelessness across the globe, collected from wire images this year. -- Lloyd Young (31 photos total)
John Filliger who has been homeless for the past five years, lies wrapped in bedding on Washington Street in the heart of the Downtown Crossing area of Boston Dec. 12. Filliger, who was offered a bed in a shelter for the evening, stayed on the street for the night and was counted in the annual homeless census. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

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