Career 180: Taking his 'Crunch' across the U.S.



What does someone do when they are an accomplished attorney and want more out of life? For Marc Santa Maria, the answer was to career 180 into teaching fitness. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Santa Maria has been the National Fitness Director of Group Fitness for Crunch Gyms. He left law after three years in 1998 to pursue his new career. His award-winning, unique teaching style has brought him throughout...

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U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected


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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend suggested the labor market continued to heal.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than...

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Column: LinkedIn -- Flawed data can't fuel the job market forever

There’s always been an element of randomness to finding a job. Maybe you saw an ad in the paper, or knew someone who knew someone, or sent a lucky email. It could be that you ended up in a career you never would have anticipated, or like one-third of college-educated workers, a field you didn’t major in. Serendipity isn’t always a bad thing; how often do we really know what we want?

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Career 180: Now this is what we call New York's 'Finest'


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Steve Stanulis, a male exotic dancer, is not just acting when he dresses up as a cop and cuffs ladies in the audience. The 40-year-old was a New York City police officer from 1994 through March 2001, before he retired and started a new career pursuing his other passion -- (ahem) dancing. Now, Stanulis performs with a company called Savage Men, currently at Culture Club, 20 W. 39th St. He recently...

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Career 180: Rocking out for cool gadgets

Matt Sandy

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Two of the most exciting careers out there are rock star and tech entrepreneur -- and Matt Sandy has been lucky enough to have had both.

He started out in the music industry in the '90s, performing and producing albums with his indie rock group The Matt Sandy Band. He graduated from Columbia Business School in 2004 and left the band around 2006 to pursue a new career as a gadget guy. He is...

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Career 180: Cheers to his new business


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Being a lawyer is stressful enough to drive a person to drink. But for Pete Girgis, practicing law was secretly a way to prepare him to sell luxury alcohol for others to drink. After practicing insurance litigation at a firm for three years until Oct. 2011, Girgis, 31, and his two business partners founded Qui Tequila. It is the first clear, extra anejo tequila (meaning it was aged more than three...

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U.S. jobs picture improving


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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell last week, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.

Initial claims for state jobless benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. The second straight week of declines defied economists'...

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Career 180: Finding his sweet spot in Red Hook

Renato Poliafito

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Renato Poliafito is the co-owner of BAKED bakery, (359 Van Brunt St. , Red Hook), which he opened in January 2005 with his business partner Matt Lewis. He did website design and advertising until shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, when he decided to switch careers. His original intention was to open a coffee shop, but a love for baking (and chocolate) drove Poliafito and Lewis, AKA "The Gentleman...

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Career 180: Daniel Gluck, founder of the Museum of Sex



Daniel Gluck is the executive director and founder of the Museum of Sex, which aims to preserve and convey the history and culture of human sexuality. After getting a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, he co-founded Franklin Computing, a software company in Philadelphia, which he left in 1998. In his spare time, Gluck was an illustrator and a painter, and...

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