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Keeping Your Job in a Dead Economy

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Hoofy & Boo's guide to staying employed.

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These days, staying employed can feel like job one.

The US unemployment rate continued to rise in March, creeping up to the highest level since 1983, according to the Labor Department. In other words, if you're reading this on the job - get back to work! The economy lost 663,000 jobs in March, and about 5.1 million since the crisis began.

If you're lucky enough to still have a job -- rather than endlessly surfing Monster (MWW), HotJobs (YHOO) and Careerbuilder (MSFT) for the last open position in America -- there's no better time to review a few simple tips to help you keep it. For starters, remember basics like showing up on time, demonstrating a strong work ethic, and observing common sense office etiquette.

"When in doubt, behave traditionally," says Andrew J. DuBrin, a professor of management at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. "Be on time, be a good corporate citizen, and go out of your way to help people. Traditional values are still held in high esteem by most employers."

But what about the more nuanced questions, like what to wear to work, when to show initiative, or whether or not to pursue that elusive office romance?

Join Hoofy and Boo for a closer look at some tips to help you keep your paycheck.

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