Need Christmas cash? Want to spread joy? Get Santa suited up

By day, Dana B. Friedman, 63, is a trial attorney at Kleinberg & Friedman law firm downtown. By night, the Kew Gardens resident transforms into ol’ Saint Nick, donating “truckloads of toys” to charities, something he started doing after 9/11 by giving back to first responders’ families. “I hope the kids get out of it … Read more

Can I stop my co-worker from talking about politics?

We are back in the office and a colleague in the same general workspace talks loudly on the phone about his political views. I find it offensive. Is there anything that I can do? Is it the fact that he is discussing politics that’s offensive to you, or is it his particular views? Politics shouldn’t … Read more

For a recession-proofed career, consider the funeral trade

When Diana Smillie, 34, became an aesthetician in 2007, she heard a colleague discussing another type of clientele: the deceased. “It sounded so interesting, so I always kept it in the back of my mind,” said the New Rochelle, NY, resident. She later discovered that licensing was required. So, in 2010, Smillie pursued an associate … Read more

Students, job seekers can up game with free business attire

When Will Germaine, 20, of Valley Stream, NY, recently needed professional attire for his new role as student government president, the community health student at Hofstra University didn’t shop online or drive to the nearest mall. Instead, he cruised the racks at Hofstra’s “career closet” at the campus health and wellness center. Since opening this … Read more

When layoffs are looming, get proactive to save your job

The writing was on the wall. The stock market analysis company for which Dennis Shirshikov, 32, worked was experiencing financial problems and jobs were about to be cut. “They planned to eliminate my entire department,” said Shirshikov. He was living on Long Island with his wife, two young kids and a third on the way. … Read more

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