"The way you use language reveals who you are, how you think, and how you work. And that will affect your career profoundly. You can pretend otherwise, but you can also walk around buck-naked believing you’re invisible because you’ve got your eyes closed."

Get more gems for our resident headhunter Nick Corcodilos.

"It feels like too much of my life is spent just waiting.”What does hunger look like in America? Fifteen women share their stories in the “Hunger Through My Lens” project.

"It feels like too much of my life is spent just waiting.”

What does hunger look like in America? Fifteen women share their stories in the “Hunger Through My Lens” project.

Who counts as poor in America?
The official poverty rate is 15 percent, but that excludes many Americans — including the homeless.
Learn more.

Who counts as poor in America?

The official poverty rate is 15 percent, but that excludes many Americans — including the homeless.

Learn more.

Last year, Jesse Appell dropped a “Gangnam Style” parody music video that could have given Psy a run for his money. Today, we’re reporting on Appell’s latest gem. Stay tuned.

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How much is 140 characters worth? A cool $31 billion.

How much is 140 characters worth? A cool $31 billion.

On a salary of $8 per hour or $270 a week, 25-year-old Shenita Simon supports her family of seven, which includes her mom, brother, husband and three children.

She works at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Brooklyn, New York and on her near-minimum-wage salary, is one of more than 10 million Americans working and living below the poverty line.

Learn about her struggle with the “living wage.”

Nearly 6 million young Americans, ages 16-24, don’t work or go to school.

Learn more here.

The Great Recession hasn’t only affected families in terms of money. It’s also led to a six-fold increase in the chances of a child being physically abused. 
Learn more here. 

The Great Recession hasn’t only affected families in terms of money. It’s also led to a six-fold increase in the chances of a child being physically abused.

Learn more here. 

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We tend to underestimate the value of social capital in trying to assess equal opportunity. A high schooler with two college-educated parents may have very similar aptitude to a fellow student with one parent who finished the sixth grade. When it comes time to prepare for college and apply for admission, the educated parents can provide significantly more help with the hidden, inner game of transcript building, standardized tests, application essays, and school selection…

There is mutually assured damage from continuing the way we’ve been going. The United States needs those young people educated. And those young people need us, concerned adults ready to step out of their daily routine and intrude in the steady production of dropouts who go on to less promising adult lives. We can do better.

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— Ray Suarez, Call is Out to Sabotage the Dropout Crisis

(Source: pbs.org)