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You can add working behind a desk to the constantly growing list of reasons why Americans are overweight. A recent study says that a lack of physical activity in the workplace over the last five decades has led to a record obesity rate in the United States.

The reason why is actually fairly clear to see. Less than 20 percent of today’s jobs in private industry require a moderate level of physical exertion.

California residents can purchase a typical 22-inch LCD television on Wal-Mart’s website for $214. Those same residents can purchase that very same television on for $194. What’s the difference? That’s easy, it’s sales tax. The fact is that Wal-Mart is required to collect it while Amazon is not.

Federal and state lawmakers are beginning to think that this reprieve from sales-tax is no longer needed.

Rejection can provide real insight: If you failed to progress past the first phone screening, find out why. Don’t take it personally, just strike up an amicable conversation and get some feedback on what you may need to improve upon.

Stand above it all: The best way to rise above the crowd is to stand behind your virtues and actions.

Be confident, not arrogant: Cocky is not a good thing. During an interview, avoid describing your self with words or phrases like “wonderful” or “great at.”

Keep a to-do list after you are hired: 1. Allow people to underestimate you. 2. Exceed their paltry expectations 3. Enjoy your promotion and laugh all the way to the bank.

A house lawmaker panel is discussing a new bill intended to quell security breaches on the internet. The bill would require all companies to rapidly notify officials and any affected customers.

If passed, companies would have 48 hours in which to notify authorities once they discover a breach in security. They would also face that same window for notifying the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and customers after securing data from further breaches. Another provision would grant the FTC limited authority over nonprofit organization data.

A small group of businesses is spending over $430 million to construct a 100% recycled containerboard mill. The mill will be located in Niagara Falls, New York.

Cascades Inc., a packaging and tissue maker is teaming with a Canadian financial company, a packaging company called Jamestown Container and one other industry partner on this project.

News Corp has finally found a buyer for MySpace, the (formerly) premiere social network. The reported selling price is around $35 million. That may sound like a lot, but it comes out to less than seven cents on the dollar from what News Corp shelled out six years previous.

Google’s answer to Facebook debuted on Tuesday, named Google+. The internet giant is presenting it as a Facebook alternative.

Facebook’s most glaring weakness has always been privacy, with its practices constantly under attack as being self-serving, ever-mutating and confusing. Privacy controls continue to be hard to navigate, regardless of their efforts to simplify things. For example, there is a button to click if you don’t want your “Likes” included with ads; good luck finding it!

Here are a few more real-life examples of what to avoid when job-hunting.

Don’t sell yourself Short

This is an actual story from a friend at a placement agency. She had a short list of two finalists for a sweet sales management position. She just got finished discussing the opening with her hiring manager, who told her that “Frank” was most likely getting the job.

Our economy may be slowly recovering, but employers are still slow to offer jobs and hire new employees. This can be highly frustrating for job seekers, and makes it all that much more important to not act in a counterproductive way if you do secure an interview. Here are a few things you definitely want to avoid, based on real stories from employers.