SparkPeople Laid Off but Staying Strong Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28013 When life hands you lemons, it's time to make some lemonade. Together we can turn this crisis into a real opportunity. Join us! SparkPeople Laid Off but Staying Strong Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28013 Job hunting tips & hiring must-do's if you're 40+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x59162373 Over 40? Job hunting tips and hiring must-do's <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/small-business/27161<BR>9/over-40-job-hunting-tips-and-hiring-<BR>must-dos/all </link> <BR> <BR> Terrific tips & suggestions from Kim Komando! Hang in there everybody & let us know how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:50:03 EST Job Interview: 15 Sites & Various Free Ebooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x59121315 <link>www.getfreeebooks.com/?p=11114 </link> <BR> <BR> “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius <BR> <BR> Includes 75 Interview Questions & Answers... <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Wishing you the career of your DREAMS! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:16:07 EST Business in Blue Jeans: Free E-Book Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x59103950 Business in Blue Jeans <BR> By Susan Baroncini-Moe <BR> <BR> "Let a business consultant share her expertise on turning your great idea into a profitable occupation! More doors open for entrepreneurs every day, and this guide is filled with tips for packaging your product, reaching customers, and much more." <BR> <BR> Amazon Link: <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Business-Blue-Jeans-S<BR>uccessful-Terms-ebook/dp/B00HK33UUC/ </link> <BR> <BR> Apple Link: <BR> <link>https://itunes.apple.com/us... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:36:43 EST 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x59040867 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/258439/3-job-hu<BR>nting-sites-youve-never-heard-of/all </link> <BR> <BR> More help from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> "It's a tough job market out there with a lot of people looking for work. Whenever I post a job opening, I get hundreds of résumés a day. Some are from highly qualified people and some are from people applying for everything they see. <BR> <BR> While I weed out the good ones by hand, a lot of comp... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:32:34 EST 5 Tools That Help You Reinvent A New Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x58927070 5 Tools That Help You Reinvent A New Career <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/want-switch-jo<BR>bs-5-tools-help-reinvent-new-career/ </link> <BR> <BR> "If you are still searching for rungs on the career ladder, then you should probably take the time to check out these online tools that can help you explore new careers." <BR> <BR> Check it out and keep at it everyone! Be sure to share your experiences, good, bad and everything in between! <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:51:48 EST Tech Jobs of the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x58720758 Tech Jobs of the Future: What To Study If You Want a Cool Job Tomorrow <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/tech-jobs-futu<BR>re-study-want-cool-job-tomorrow/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Imagine a world where you can control your dreams with computer software, have pizza delivered to your house via drone, and have fat deposits removed from your arteries by nanorobots the size of fleas. A decade ago, these ideas were science fiction. Today, they’re becoming science fact. <BR> If you’re a student... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:01:29 EST 7 Telltale Signs of a Job Scam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x58598403 7 Telltale Signs of a Job Scam <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2014/06/27/7-tell-tale<BR>-signs-of-a-job-scam/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The good news for job seekers: The government’s most recent employment report finally puts total employment at pre-recession levels, with nearly 9 million more jobs than at its low point. <BR> <BR> The bad news: Scammers are even better poised to steal the money and identities of hopeful applicants, by posing (usually online) as legitimate employers with “We’r... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:21:37 EST 30 Smart Career Moves You Should Make By 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x58208055 30 Smart Career Moves You Should Make By 30 <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/learnvest/30-<BR>smart-career-moves-you_b_5455326.html </link> <BR> <BR> "We tapped a plethora of career experts and coaches to get their opinions on the top dos -- and don'ts -- for the younger generation of career builders. From networking to job-hunting and then wowing your boss once you land the gig, here are 30 savvy moves you should make at each stage of your career before you hit 30." <BR> <BR> Ma... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:40:20 EST They were Going to In Vivo Me ...Weeellll!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57969573 ... .And one little part of me decided to in vivo them right back ... ! <BR> <BR> I had the interview that was nearly from hell yesterday. They were going to give me extensive tests, a tiny, overcrowded cramped 3rd floor (walk up - no landings! - in a swank commercial neighborhood,, centrally located in one great world class city!) ...I knew this wasn't supposed to be a large company, but every single (non-above-neck-level, surrounded by shelves to the side... and I"M claustrophobic) cubicle... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:04:49 EST Online Rep Self-Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57750061 I spent a few days getting rid of posts to Facebook. I am not sure I want to do the same with Sparkpeople, but it would be nice--if Spark gets any more like Facebook than it recently has. <BR> <BR> As far as LinkedIn, I am leaving all of them up because I vaguely remember not treating LinkedIn as a private, if dry and lacking in debauchery, party ... <BR> <BR> I am not looking for jobs in the Fortune 1000 companies, nor looking to work for a politician. <BR> <BR> But any nosy person of a ... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:39:44 EST Search thousands of job sites – at once http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57687640 Search thousands of job sites – at once <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/cool-sites/5652/sear<BR>ch-thousands-of-job-sites-at-once </link> <BR> <BR> "If you’re looking for a job, you aren’t alone. There are plenty of people out of work or hoping for a better job or even a different one. So, if you need to find a job, head over to Indeed. This site checks thousands of job boards and presents the results in an easy-to-use index, so you can focus on ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:16:51 EST Myth of "Skills Gap" in American Workforce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57585098 From this article: <BR> <BR> "The one piece of evidence you might cite in favor of the skills-gap story is the sharp rise in long-term unemployment, which could be evidence that many workers don’t have what employers want. But it isn’t. At this point, we know a lot about the long-term unemployed, and they’re pretty much indistinguishable in skills from laid-off workers who quickly find new jobs. " <BR> <BR> More here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/opinion/k<BR>rugman-jobs-an... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:55:17 EST 3 work-at-home online jobs that aren’t scams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57567054 3 work-at-home online jobs that aren’t scams <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/248655/3-work-a<BR>t-home-online-jobs-that-arent-scams/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Many people see working at home as the Holy Grail of job perks and thanks to the Internet it’s totally possible. Whether you want a full-time job or just want to make a little extra money on the side, the options are there if you know where to look. <BR> Here are three jobs that you can do from home – and the site and tools you need... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:50:19 EST Find A Job Quickly With These 5 LinkedIn Groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57558163 Find A Job Quickly With These 5 LinkedIn Groups <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-groups-job-h<BR>unting-linkedin/ </link> <BR> <BR> "One of the most powerful tools for finding a job using LinkedIn is groups. Here are five that will significantly increase your job-hunting power." <BR> <BR> Check it out! Happy hunting and hoping you all score great jobs SOON! <BR> <BR> Be sure to let us know of your trials, tribs and SUCCESSES! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:27:01 EST 10 sites You have to Check To Look For a Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57344726 10 sites you have to check if you’re looking for a job <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/12076/10-essent<BR>ial-sites-for-job-hunters/ </link> <BR> <BR> Another resource from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Whether you’re a college senior looking for that first real job or a baby boomer seeking to switch careers, the modern job hunt begins online. <BR> <BR> A quick Internet search can turn up thousands of jobs, but many of these will be scams. You want to be sure you’re looking at reputabl... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:30:11 EST Free online college courses: Academic Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57184295 Another resource shared by Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/cool-sites/7099/free<BR>-online-college-courses </link> <BR> <BR> "Learning new things is a lot of fun. You don’t have to spend lots of money to take school classes, though. <BR> One thing I don’t miss about school is the homework. However, I did love attending class and learning new things. It helped if the teacher was interesting, of course. <BR> I’m sure many people feel the same way. You would love to take an educ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:21:16 EST Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x57098698 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-coursera-cou<BR>rses-improve-career/ </link> <BR> <BR> "While it’s tempting to learn as much as you can, your time is limited and you can only cram so much information into your head. <BR> Coursera is an online platform for massive open online courses (MOOC) offered by legit universities and free of charge. You can essentially get a university level education without spending a dime, unless you ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:51:32 EST Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x56949287 Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-2<BR>014/online-job-board-work-search.html </link> <BR> <BR> "If you've been job hunting in recent years, chances are you've tapped into one of the many online job boards. You probably created an account, uploaded your résumé, and even connected with some of your professional contacts. <BR> <BR> Yet if you haven't visited these sites in a while, you might want to check back because some of th... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:41:35 EST Growing Job Fields for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x56832170 Demand for these jobs is expected to grow between now and 2022: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-2<BR>014/future-job-growth-photo.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:29:08 EST Quotes to Inspire Your Job Search! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x56546542 "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." <BR> <BR> --- Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Feel free to add your own inspirations, words to help you keep putting one foot ahead of the other! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:06:16 EST Jobs in Demand for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x56482567 Jobs in Demand for 2014 <BR> Survey suggests employment outlook is brightest in 6 years: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-12<BR>-2013/top-jobs-in-demand-2014.html </link> <BR> <BR> "While it might not quite be time to pop the bubbly, there's reason to believe that hiring in several key industries will be on the upswing in the first few months of the new year." <BR> <BR> 1. Health Care <BR> <BR> 2. Financial <BR> <BR> 3. Leisure and hospitality <BR> <BR> 4. Retail <B... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:39:12 EST Life Re-Imagined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x56389776 This is a very promising website offered through AARP and appears relevant to all ages and toward a variety of changes, many related to our vocational choices. There is also a companion book. <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>lifereimagined.aarp.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:13:12 EST How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55840366 How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>2-2013/older-workers-navigating-job-ma<BR>rket.html </link> <BR> <BR> "How does an experienced worker compete for work against a recent college graduate?" <BR> <BR> This and other questions answered in the above article. Keep at it folks! Let us know how you're doing out there! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:10:02 EST Tips on How To Start An Online Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55634045 How To Start An Online Business <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/pages/how-to-start<BR>-an-online-business-sponsored-by-media<BR>-temple </link> <BR> <BR> "With shoppers increasingly deserting brick-and-mortar stores all over the world, online business is booming. It’s no wonder why – prices are cheaper thanks to virtually no overheads, no parking hassles, and no sales staff to deal with. The time has therefore never been better to open up your own online store – and it’s a lot easier ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:09:39 EST Legitimate Work At Home Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55553209 How The Internet Has Revitalized Legitimate Work At Home Jobs <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-the-intern<BR>et-has-revitalized-legitimate-work-at-<BR>home-jobs/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Do you think that earning money online is just a scam? Think that people who say they “work online” are just making up an excuse to stay home all day? Well we've found two professionals who work exclusively online, and make a comfortable living doing it." <BR> <BR> Check it out and let us know how ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:01:33 EST 12 Great Holiday Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55525350 12 Great Holiday Jobs: <BR> There’s nothing like extra cash to brighten the season <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-10-2013/great-holiday-jobs<BR>-for-extra-income.html </link> <BR> <BR> Perhaps some temporary relief out there for those looking for work... <BR> <BR> Let us know how things are going! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:17:48 EST Over 50 & Unemployed: Sizing Up the Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55450543 Over 50 & Unemployed: Sizing Up the Problem <BR> <BR> <link>workreimagined.aarp.org/find-a-job/o<BR>ver-50-unemployed-sizing-up-the-problem/ </link> <BR> <BR> “Even though it’s illegal, this group faces age discrimination, a sense by employers that a younger worker can work harder and will have had more recent training and more technical skills,” says David Blustein, a professor of counseling psychology and an expert in unemployment and career development at the Lynch School of Educatio... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:25:57 EST Great At Home Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55123617 "Technology makes it super easy to earn money without leaving the house" <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-10-2013/great-athome-jobs.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Keep putting one foot ahead of the other folks...how are we doing out there? <BR> <BR> Remember there is support from your fellow SparkTeam members here! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:07:44 EST A better job search tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x55035667 A better job search tool, courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Looking for work can sometimes be a job in itself. Perfect opportunities can come and go very quickly; you don't want to miss them. But you don't want to be chained to your computer either. <BR> <BR> That's where Proven Job Search comes into play. It's an app that finds you the latest jobs on job-hunting sites like Craigslist." <BR> <BR> Check out more on this app for your smartphone: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/apps/cate... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:43:12 EST 5 best sites to find a job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54833739 5 best sites to find a job <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>5129 </link> <BR> <BR> "Here are five sites to kick your job hunt into high gear." <BR> <BR> Keep at it folks and be sure to let us know how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 9 Sep 2013 01:17:16 EST 3 best sites to make money doing odd jobs & tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54665315 3 best sites to make money doing odd jobs and tasks <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>5102 </link> <BR> <BR> Another resource from Kim Komando...having trouble making ends meet? Check out these sites! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:10:32 EST Spot 7 Work At Home Scams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54640347 While there ARE legitimate work at home opportunities, there are many out there looking to fleece you as well. Here's some tips on recognizing ones to avoid: <BR> <BR> Are You In A Rush To Make Money From Home? Spot 7 Work At Home Scams <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/are-you-in-a-r<BR>ush-to-make-money-from-home-spot-7-wor<BR>k-at-home-scams/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Wealth, speed, ethics — when it comes to money, you can only pick two. When it comes to working from home, it’s very li... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:14:07 EST Sites to help you find a job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54577659 Sites to help you find a job <BR> <BR> "It's a competitive job market out there to say the least. While the economy is slowly starting to bounce back to life, you might still be out of work. Or you might be looking for a job that better suits you. <BR> That's why I've looked high and low for great sites to help you land the job you want." <BR> <BR> Check out some more resources from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=15068 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:48:54 EST How Writing Amazing Emails Can Further Your Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54354359 How Writing Amazing Emails Can Further Your Career <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-writing-am<BR>azing-emails-can-further-your-career/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Don’t worry email isn’t dead or even old-fashioned yet, whatever the naysayers might be predicting. Social media might be taking over as ice-breakers, but the email is not only holding its own, it is also the strongest prong of the trident when it comes to having a handshake with someone who matters on the Web. Very few peopl... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:06:30 EST Build Your Skills with Free College Classes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54323980 Struggling to find work? Why not take advantage of free interactive college classes? <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=14519 </link> <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Whether you're in school or not, you should always be learning new things. Not only does it keep your mind sharp, it makes life more interesting. <BR> You could go poking around online for new information, but many people prefer more structure. For them, Udacity is a great option. <BR... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:22:09 EST Don't Make These Job Hunting Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x54323896 Don't Make These Job Hunting Mistakes <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2013/avoid-these-job-hunting-mistake<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Résumé, social networking gaffes may work against you in your search" <BR> <BR> Check it out and let us know how are you all DOING out there...? :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:15:40 EST Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53908949 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>2-2012/volunteer-work-on-resume.html </link> <BR> <BR> "In between jobs? Do some good and build your professional skills, too" <BR> <BR> Has anyone out there had positive volunteer experience they wish to share? Let us know all about it! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:29:48 EST 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53864695 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>3-2012/where-older-workers-are-finding<BR>-jobs.html </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look and see if any of these might be up your alley! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:27:30 EST 7 best apps to help you get a job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53864680 7 best apps to help you get a job <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/apps/category.aspx?i<BR>d=14733 </link> <BR> <BR> "Looking for a new job is never fun. Half the battle is finding places that are hiring. <BR> <BR> Gone are the days of flipping through the classifieds in a newspaper. Now you have to venture online. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, there are plenty of great apps that aggregate job postings. Here are a few of my favorites." <BR> <BR> Keep up the good fight everyone! Hoping some o... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:26:06 EST Getting Results In The Jobs Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53738159 Getting Results In The Jobs Market: The Modern Resume <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/getting-result<BR>s-in-the-jobs-market-the-modern-resume/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Your resume? Well, it’s just a simple piece of paper, now. <BR> This certainly isn’t to say that your resume no longer has a purpose. It most definitely does, my friend. Instead of serving as the all-around bio that gets you the job, it should serve as an attention-getter to make your future workplace want to know more."... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:37:01 EST 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53720408 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask <BR> Raising these concerns could be a red flag to your next boss <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>4-2013/7-job-interview-questions-never<BR>-ask.html </link> <BR> <BR> "While you're keenly focused on putting your best foot forward and asking smart and sometimes tough questions, it's oh-so-easy to say something that could knock you out of the running. When an awkward question slips through your lips, even the smoothes... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:32:18 EST Your Guide to Self-Employment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53326673 <link>www.aarp.org/work/self-employment/ </link> <BR> <BR> "AARP is teaming with the Small Business Administration to help people over age 50 get the information they need to start and grow small businesses." <BR> <BR> Although this info is from AARP, I'm betting it's just as applicable to those UNDER 50 as it is to those OVER 50! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 13 May 2013 09:50:45 EST 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53256421 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask: <BR> Raising these concerns could be a red flag to your next boss <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>4-2013/7-job-interview-questions-never<BR>-ask.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Interviewing for a job is unnerving. Even people who have a lot of self-confidence feel vulnerable to some degree. That's because when you're being judged, every nuance counts. While you're keenly focused on putting your best foot forward and asking ... Tue, 7 May 2013 14:23:42 EST Tough Job Interview Questions You Should Ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53203402 Tough Job Interview Questions You Should Ask <BR> <BR> Show interest and confidence by bringing up these topics with your future employer: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>4-2013/10-must-ask-interview-questions<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Much of what makes a great job interview is intuitive. It's chemistry between two people. When it comes to that point in the interview when you're asked if you have any questions, you have a final chance to make a lasting impress... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:08:06 EST Workers: Here’s How to Reinvent Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x53102509 Workers: Here’s How to Reinvent Yourself <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2013/04/17/workers-her<BR>es-how-to-reinvent-yourself/ </link> <BR> <BR> "It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, whether you’re considering another line of work, seeking a promotion at your current job or looking for a more meaningful, less stressful gig on your way to retirement. <BR> <BR> Career coaches say boomers and older adults, perhaps more than previous generations, seem willing to switch careers, return ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:43:53 EST 5 Easy Steps: How to Become a LinkedIn Power User http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52926551 How to become a LinkedIn power user in five easy steps: <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/2032927/how-<BR>to-become-a-linkedin-power-user-in-fiv<BR>e-easy-steps.html </link> <BR> <BR> "LinkedIn is the most popular business network on the planet, boasting more than 200 million users. You’re probably one of them. Also highly probable: You’re not taking full advantage of this business and career networking service. <BR> <BR> Here’s the good news: LinkedIn can be an excellent resourc... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:32:27 EST How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) A Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52796807 How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2012/how-social-media-can-help-or-hu<BR>rt-your-job-search.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Do's and don'ts on using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter" <BR> <BR> Feel free to add any tips or caveats of your own! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:42:56 EST 10 essential education and job websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52749302 Jump-start your career! 10 essential education and job websites: <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/2032351/jump<BR>-start-your-career-10-essential-educat<BR>ion-and-job-websites.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hey folks, there are a whole lotta resources here that are new to me and look very promising as a means to boosting one's marketability while looking for work! <BR> <BR> Good luck and feel free to post away any thoughts, comments about the resources, especially if you've found some ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:20:29 EST 5 Jobs in Demand for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52500915 5 Jobs in Demand for 2013 <BR> <BR> Full or part time, these jobs need people. See if one of these fits your experience and schedule <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-1<BR>2-2012/5-great-jobs-in-demand-for-2013<BR>.1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:25:34 EST 50+? How To Market Your Skills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52493135 How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? <BR> <BR> Ways 50-plus workers can best market their skills: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>2-2013/older-workers-navigating-job-ma<BR>rket.html </link> <BR> <BR> You can do it! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:30:37 EST What To Do When You Don't Hear Back After Intervw http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52469455 What To Do When You Don't Hear Back After A Job Interview <BR> <BR> <link>www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/<BR>2013/02/20/what-to-do-when-you-dont-he<BR>ar-back-after-a-job-interview/ </link> <BR> <BR> "You finally landed that coveted job interview. Maybe you aced it; perhaps you flopped. Either way, you send a thank you note and check your inbox compulsively for a week, waiting not-so-patiently for some sort of response. But you hear nothing." <BR> <BR> Keep at it people! Share you... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:30:03 EST 10 Things You Can Do to Earn More Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52368839 10 Things You Can Do to Earn More Money <BR> <BR> <link>www.purposefairy.com/10020/10-things<BR>-you-can-do-to-earn-more-money/ </link> <BR> <BR> Trouble making ends meet? Check it out and share some of your own tips too! <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:12:13 EST How to Start a Freelance Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52293042 Jobs aren't happening in your neck of the woods? Have a skill you want to parlay into a business for yourself? Check out these tips! <BR> <BR> How to Start a Freelance Business <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-02<BR>-2013/tips-for-freelance-business-star<BR>tup.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:30:11 EST Preparing for the Job Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52238142 Test your readiness for that job interview with this questionnaire: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>9-2012/successful-job-interview-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:39:30 EST 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52207132 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search <BR> <BR> "Thinking about changing jobs? Here's how to move forward" <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-1<BR>1-2012/6-ways-to-jump-start-a-job-sear<BR>ch.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and keep plugging away out there! Be sure to share your efforts with others here on your SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:32:32 EST Search thousands of job boards at once http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52174470 Search thousands of job boards at once <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=5731 </link> <BR> <BR> Give it a whirl and see what you think! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:49:55 EST LinkedIn Revamping Jobs Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52169210 LinkedIn revamping Jobs tool to open more doors for workers <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/2028592/link<BR>edin-revamping-jobs-tool-to-open-more-<BR>doors-for-workers.html </link> <BR> <BR> "LinkedIn has some good news for job seekers. It is making it easier to find and get jobs using the online professional networking service. <BR> <BR> According to the LinkedIn blog, over the next few weeks the company will begin rolling out the revamped Jobs tool, which will start showcasin... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:33:15 EST 4 simple ways to manage your online reputation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x52063199 4 simple ways to manage your online reputation <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>4009 </link> <BR> <BR> "Billions of new thoughts, ideas and feelings are shared online every day. With all of that information floating around, it's really tough to see what people are saying about you. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, that means negative information about you can spread quickly without you noticing. You might even be responsible for the bad things about you online. <BR> <BR... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:18:24 EST 10 best sites to find a job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51859647 10 best sites to find a job <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>3944 </link> <BR> <BR> "Signs are pointing to an improving U.S. economy and job market. Claims for unemployment benefits have fallen to their lowest level since January 2008. The unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is the lowest since January 2009. <BR> <BR> Whether you're a college senior looking for that first real job or a baby boomer seeking to switch careers, the search begins online. Put these genera... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:00:33 EST 10 Tough Interview Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51802475 10 Tough Interview Questions <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2008/10_tough_interview_questions.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Popular interview questions you may be asked while interviewing for a job" <BR> <BR> Hoping for a better year ahead for everyone looking for work out there! Be sure to let us know how you're doing! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:36:58 EST Where Are All the Jobs? Read On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51752424 Where Are All the Jobs? Read On: <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2013/01/18/where-are-a<BR>ll-the-jobs-read-on/ </link> <BR> <BR> "If you’re hunting for work and wondering where the jobs are, look no further. A government report released Friday reveals the good, the bad and the ugly. <BR> <BR> Four states saw an upswing in hiring in December, despite employers’ reluctance to add to payrolls while lawmakers were still battling it out over budget cuts and taxes. Some 90,000 jobs were fille... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:40:20 EST 5 Great Jobs in Demand for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51537111 5 Great Jobs in Demand for 2013: <BR> <BR> Full or part time, these jobs need people. See if one of these fits your experience and schedule <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-1<BR>2-2012/5-great-jobs-in-demand-for-2013<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Please share your struggles and successes with others here on the Team! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:33:51 EST 6 great ways to make money online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51492692 6 great ways to make money online <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?i<BR>d=13852 </link> <BR> <BR> Usually I am HIGHLY skeptical of any online money-making plans. However Kim Komando has a great reputation and I think some of these may be promising: <BR> <BR> "The year 2013 is barely out of the starting gate, and some finance experts already predict that the U.S. economy will make a roaring comeback this year. Of course, other pundits warn that we should be very worrie... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:19:12 EST 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51275475 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-1<BR>1-2012/6-ways-to-jump-start-a-job-sear<BR>ch.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you’re thinking about changing jobs next year, now is the time to start planning <BR> <BR> The year finishes fast. November slips past in the blink of an eye. Theholidays race in with a whirl of celebrations, shopping and travel. <BR> <BR> Then the inevitable moment arrives when we pause and, with determination, plan for th... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:40:23 EST EARN & 5 Easy Ways to Make Extra $$ For Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51096624 EARN is a nonprofit that gives low-income working families the power to create prosperity for generations. <BR> <BR> As the nation’s leading microsavings provider, EARN gives families the tools to build wealth and achieve life-changing goals such as saving for college, buying a first home, or starting a small business. Since 2001, we have helped tens of thousands of low-wage families in the San Francisco Bay Area through innovative financial products including matched savings accounts, chec... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:15:56 EST Job Dreaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51093879 "Sign up confidentially. Describe your dream job in under a minute. Get notified if it arises. <BR> <BR> We have all thought about a different job at some point in our career. Whether it's a move for a promotion, a change in industry, or it's just time for a new job; everyone has thought about it. The challenge is finding that great job without spending your day trolling job boards or fielding calls from recruiters. <BR> <BR> We created jobdreaming to help you by keeping an eye out for yo... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 08:52:47 EST Job Tips for 50+ Workers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51070993 Job Tips for 50+ Workers <BR> <BR> "Need help updating your resume or preparing for an interview? These resources can help" <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>5-2008/job_tips_for_50plus_workers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:28:25 EST Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x51016804 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>2-2012/volunteer-work-on-resume.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Working for free is probably not at the top of your mind right now, especially if your nest egg isn't quite what it used to be. But if you've been job hunting fruitlessly, offering up your talent on a pro bono basis could help you land the job you want." <BR> <BR> Any positive experiences out there with volunteer activities leading towa... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:23:10 EST Enhance Your Skills: Learn a Language For Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50836964 One of the ways we can improve our marketability when job hunting is to have additional language skills...especially Spanish, but others as well. <BR> <BR> Check out this freebie from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> Learn a new language for free <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=7105 </link> <BR> <BR> "There are plenty of reasons to learn a new language, but one thing that often stops people is the cost. Language courses, software and books add up quick. <BR> <BR> Now... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:50:06 EST Dreaming of a better job? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50809060 Dreaming of a better job? <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=13604 </link> <BR> <BR> More useful information from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> "Searching for the perfect job can sometimes be a job in itself. You will need to search job boards, update your résumé and talk to recruiters. If you already have a job, part of the task might include keeping your job search a secret. <BR> <BR> Make the search easier on yourself with jobdreaming. Just enter your perfect job c... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:17:42 EST Quiz: Ready to Start a Home Business? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50756972 Quiz: Ready to Start a Home Business? <BR> You may need more than money and a good idea: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-11<BR>-2012/quiz-are-you-ready-to-set-up-you<BR>r-home-business.html </link> <BR> <BR> Bonus Tip: 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply <BR> Whatever your age, you might find a future as a health aide or rig driver: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>3-2012/where-older-workers-are-finding<BR>-jobs.html </link> <BR> <BR> Keep p... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:23:16 EST Scam-Free Ways to Make Money Online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50712385 Okay, so none of these are going to reap large sums of money. However every little bit helps, no...? :-) <BR> <BR> Another Kim Komando share: <BR> <BR> Make money online for gifts <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>3570 </link> <BR> <BR> "There are some interesting new ways to earn extra pocket money thanks to the Internet and smartphones. <BR> <BR> It's important to be wary of scams, however, whenever you try to snag work through the Internet. Always remember th... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:18:56 EST For the Entrepreneurial Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50655300 Get a totally free point-of-sale system for your small business: <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/2013148/get-<BR>a-totally-free-point-of-sale-system-fo<BR>r-your-small-business.html </link> <BR> <BR> "If you're looking for a more traditional point-of-sale system, but with Square-like pricing, check out GoPago Live. It's a soup-to-nuts POS setup that's absolutely free. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I was skeptical, too, but there's no catch that I could find. Instead, there's something of an ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 08:44:12 EST Mistaken post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50642360 oops! Posted to wrong team! <BR> <BR> Hope I can delete...! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:35:26 EST Job Hunting Quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50457444 Test your job hunting skills here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>9-2011/job-hunting-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> Then why not take advantage of AARP's job search feature? <BR> <BR> "Search millions of jobs from thousands of job sites, newspapers, associations and company career sites." <BR> <BR> <link>jobs.aarp.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:45:38 EST How to Get Hired for the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50358115 How to Get Hired for the Holidays <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-10-2012/get-hired-for-the-<BR>holidays.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sure, it's only short-term, but it could be better than having NO income...? Check it out for tips, offer your own and share your thoughts regarding holiday work. <BR> <BR> "While most parts of the country haven't seen the first snowflake, there is a flurry of holiday hiring underway. In fact, most of these hiring decisions ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:22:41 EST Job Listings: What They Really Mean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50356157 Job Listings: What They Really Mean <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2012/what-job-descriptions-really-me<BR>an.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Job seekers often encounter inscrutable phrases like those in help-wanted ads. It's almost as if recruiters are using a code that they believe attracts applications only from people who understand it." <BR> <BR> Check out the article for tips on de-ciphering the lingo of job listings and feel free to share some buzzwords in cla... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:18:48 EST 5 Great Home-Based Businesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50330586 5 Great Home-Based Businesses <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-12-2011/home-based-jobs </link> <BR> <BR> "Working from home is becoming big business. According to market researcher IDC, there will be 14 million full-time, home-based freelancers and independent contractors in America by 2015, up from 12 million in 2010. Between 2008 and 2011, the number of self-employed Americans from age 55 to 64 rose by 5 percent." <BR> <BR> Check it out! There is a ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:44:33 EST Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50288467 Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/2012/09/30/162053927/onl<BR>ine-education-grows-up-and-for-now-its<BR>-free </link> <BR> <BR> "Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing. <BR> <BR> In barely a year, many of the most prestigious research universities in the world – including Stanford, Caltech, Oxford and Princeton — have ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:31:15 EST Quiz: Will You Ace the Job Interview? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x50026357 Quiz: Will You Ace the Job Interview? <BR> <BR> Think you know what to say or what not to? Test your interview IQ: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>9-2012/successful-job-interview-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> Extra tip: <BR> <BR> 5 Great Short-Term Jobs <BR> Temporary work can bulk up your résumé and your wallet: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-08-2012/five-contract-jobs<BR>-for-older-workers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:51:46 EST Unemployed? Creative Ways to Be Noticed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49975233 If You Were Unemployed, What Would You Do to Get Noticed? <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/09/14/if-you-were<BR>-unemployed-what-would-you-do-to-get-n<BR>oticed/ </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone out there tried some unusual, but successful ways to draw attention to yourself and nab a job in the process? Perhaps there are some methods "outside the box" which might be tried...? <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts / experiences here! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:33:36 EST 5 Great Short-Term Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49895612 5 Great Short-Term Jobs <BR> <BR> "Temporary work can bulk up your résumé and your wallet" <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-08-2012/five-contract-jobs<BR>-for-older-workers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Share your tips with other Team members! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:45:31 EST Self-Employment Resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49799232 How to Become an Entrepreneur <BR> AARP and the Small Business Administration are working together to help you start a business <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-08<BR>-2012/become-an-encore-entrepreneur.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Are you dreaming of launching your own business? If so, then you're in good company: 7.4 million Americans over the age of 50 work for themselves, and one in six of those who don't is thinking of doing so one day. <BR> <BR> That's why AARP is tea... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:01:51 EST Your Guide To Building The Perfect Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49798956 Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/allinone-guide<BR>-building-perfect-resume/ </link> <BR> <BR> There are some helpful ideas for tweaking and improving the impressions created by our resume...check it out! <BR> <BR> How are folks doing out there? Any tips to pass along? Need support from your Team mates...? Please share! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:36:47 EST Helpful job-hunting resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49769636 Helpful job-hunting resources <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1<BR>3212 </link> <BR> <BR> Check out this above link so that you can access the links to resources within Kim Komando's web page: <BR> <BR> Sadly, nearly 13 million Americans are out of work this Labor Day. The national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent has hardly budged in 2012. <BR> <BR> If you are among those navigating this harsh job market, I've scoured the Web for resources that can help. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:30:10 EST Using Social Media to Support Your Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49769590 Webinar: Using Social Media to Support Your Job Search <BR> <BR> Event Date: 09/06/2012 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time <BR> <BR> Wondering how social media can help you find a job? Overwhelmed by the different ways to search for jobs online? AARP's Financial Security team will show you how social media can aid in your job search during a one-hour online, interactive discussion. We’ll briefly cover the importance of creating your personal brand, tell you how to maximize your profile, leverag... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:27:57 EST Calling All Geeks! Free Online PC Tutorial Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49488371 Check it out! <BR> <BR> Online Tutorial Site Launches Free Computer Science Classes <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcworld.com/article/260952/onlin<BR>e_tutorial_site_launches_free_computer<BR>_science_classes.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Khan Academy, the free online tutorial website, has launched a new interactive computer science curriculum that features video tutorials, editable script boxes with real-time GUIs, and colorful images that will likely appeal to kids and beginning programmers. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:46:55 EST Avoiding Job Offer Scams: Stay Safe Out There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49485774 Avoiding Job Offer Scams <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-<BR>08-2012/avoiding-job-offer-scams.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Fake employment offers can tap your bank account and your identity." <BR> <BR> Some good tips here...help your fellow job-hunting Sparkers and share your own if you have had any bum deals in the past. <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:22:03 EST Give your résumé a makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49378697 Give your résumé a makeover <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Your résumé is the first thing a prospective employer sees about you. How do you make your résumé stand out from the hundred other résumés? <BR> <BR> Why not give it the spiffiest-looking makeover H.R. has ever seen? Resumesimo is a website loaded with full-color graphical résumé templates. <BR> <BR> Just take 10 minutes to plug in your data and you'll have a shiny résumé ready to go. <BR> <BR> Templates are organi... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:38:03 EST I would like to apologize http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49340387 I am not able to do my part on my goals since friday of last week.. I have a very bad infection in my face... and it progressed to the point that i was hospitalized on saturday morning...my face on the left was the size of a soft ball.. my lips were 3 times their normal size... my nose 2 times its normal size and my life eye was almost swollen shut.. and by saturday evening I had to have surgery to put in a drainage tube to relieve the pressure and poison that was collecting in my face.. I wa... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:58:15 EST Get Connected With Work Reimagined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49277452 Get Connected With Work Reimagined <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>8-2012/connect-with-AARP-and-work-reim<BR>agined.html </link> <BR> <BR> "AARP has a new, free service called Work Reimagined to help experienced workers like you find a new job. <BR> <BR> As an interactive networking program for professionals, Work Reimagined can provide you with the information, leads and personal connections needed to succeed and compete in today’s job market" <BR> <BR> Check... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:22:30 EST Which States Have Jobs? College Town Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49183696 Looking for Work? These States Have the Jobs <BR> <BR> "If you’re ready to move to another state to find work, pack up the family car and head to the nation’s midsection." <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/07/26/looking-for<BR>-work-these-states-have-the-jobs/ </link> <BR> <BR> How are things in YOUR neck of the woods...? Share your thoughts! <BR> <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Discover the Fountain of Youth: 5 Great Jobs in College Towns <BR> Jump into student life... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:49:06 EST 5 Businesses You Can Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49023438 5 Businesses You Can Start <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2012/five-businesses-you-can-start.html </link> <BR> <BR> "If being your own boss appeals to you, here are five fields that you might check out. Pay ranges will vary based on factors such as experience and where you live." <BR> <BR> Anyone out there have some experiences to share regarding becoming one's own boss? <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:53:10 EST How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt)Your Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x49023400 How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2012/how-social-media-can-help-or-hu<BR>rt-your-job-search.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Remember the days when a glance at a paper résumé was all a recruiter needed to decide whether you were getting an interview? Today, social media have us connecting, networking and promoting ourselves in an instant, allowing prospective employers to do the once-over even quicker." <BR> <BR> Share... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:51:25 EST Facebook Ramps Up Job Search...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x48935149 Facebook Jobs Could Kill LinkedIn's Momentum <BR> <BR> <link>www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculatio<BR>ns/2012/07/10/facebook-jobs-could-kill<BR>-linkedins-momentum/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Facebook is apparently working on a job postings board that it will launch later this summer, according to a report by the WSJ. “Facebook Jobs” will be an aggregator which pulls in job postings by third party providers and makes them available in one place, and creates a searchable database of jobs for users... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:40:49 EST Find your dream job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x48896031 Find your dream job <BR> <BR> (Another new resource shared by Kim Komando!) <BR> <BR> There are plenty of job websites out there, and, if you're unemployed, you've probably tried them all. Finding work can be a frustrating process. <BR> <BR> Most jobs sites are essentially search engines. Employers post openings and the website allows you to filter which jobs you're interested in by location, type, salary and more. They rely on you to weed out the jobs that don't fit. <BR> <BR> Bright is ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:27:52 EST 3 Best Websites For A University Level Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x48227538 3 Best Websites To Get A University Level Education For Free <BR> <BR> <link>www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-best-website<BR>s-to-get-a-university-level-education-<BR>for-free/ </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the above link to access the links within this article...Don <BR> <BR> The idea that you are never done learning has never been more true than today. The Internet has revolutionized the way we access information and knowledge – formerly a luxury accessible only to the rich and highly gifted –... Fri, 25 May 2012 14:28:33 EST How Social Media Can Kick-Start Your 2nd Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x48166323 Stand Out from the Crowd: Simple Ways Social Media Can Kick-Start Your Second Career <BR> Event Date: 05/24/2012 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time <BR> <BR> Register Here: <link>https://event.on24.com/eventRegistra<BR>tion/EventLobbyServlet?target=registra<BR>tion.jsp&eventid=443263 </link> <BR> <BR> Join AARP on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 2pm ET to learn simple ways social media can kick-start your second career! Employers and volunteer coordinators are increasingly turning to social media ... Mon, 21 May 2012 11:31:07 EST Staying Positive During a Drawn-Out Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47989556 Having Trouble Finding a Job? <BR> 6 tips for staying positive during a drawn-out job search <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>5-2012/having-trouble-finding-job.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Have you been out of work for more than a year and feel like you will never find another job? You’re not alone." <BR> <BR> Check out the article at the link above for ideas, suggestions & strategies. Share some of your own as well! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 9 May 2012 12:15:00 EST Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Sear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47906126 Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search <BR> <BR> Did everyone catch this in the Health News section? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=664366 </link> <BR> <BR> Keep at it folks! Share your progress with your fellow Team mates! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 4 May 2012 06:55:30 EST Universities Unite to Provide Free Online Courses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47719903 From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/<BR>2012/04/18/150846845/from-silicon-vall<BR>ey-a-new-approach-to-education </link> <BR> <BR> "Last year when Andrew Ng, a computer science professor at Stanford University, put his machine-learning class online and opened enrollment to the world, more than 100,000 students signed up. <BR> <BR> "I think all of us were surprised," he says. <BR> <BR> Ng had posted lectures online before... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:22:55 EST Legitimate Work From Home Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47671086 There are MANY scams out there for folks looking to work from home, however this does not appear to be one of them: working as a call center agent for 1800 FLOWERS! <BR> <BR> Here is their link for more information: <BR> <BR> <link>ww10.1800flowers.com/template.do?id=<BR>template8&page=9000 </link> <BR> <BR> Here also is an independent review of working for 1800 FLOWERS: <BR> <BR> <link>workathomemoms.about.com/od/companie<BR>shiringwahms/p/1800FLOWERS-Jobs.htm </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:32:17 EST Learn a language online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47655248 Learn a language online <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/downloads/category.a<BR>spx?id=7108 </link> <BR> <BR> Why not pick up a new skill while job-hunting that might add to your "marketability" to a potential employer? Kim Komando shares a number of places where one can learn a new language online: <BR> <BR> "Flash cards are one of the most popular ways to learn a language. With Byki, you can download flash cards in any language to build your vocabulary." <BR> <BR> <link>www.komand... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:46:58 EST Reinventing Yourself 101: 3 Things to Consider http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47467064 "In my role as a career coach, I am often asked how people can figure out what to do as a second-act career. There are many different tools and methodologies, but most of them take time to understand and execute. In this post I’ll share with you a deceptively simple — but powerful — reinvention exercise that you can get started with today. <BR> All you need to do is to answer three questions — “What types of activities do you most enjoy?” “What do you find most meaningful?” “What are your str... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:32:29 EST Job Hunting Part I: Do A Self-Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47386022 Job Hunting Part I <BR> Do A Self-Assessment <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>4-2010/self_assessment.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Times have changed for job hunters. <BR> <BR> Keep up with the latest ways to look for a job effectively and then get it. <BR> <BR> Our guide for this five part series is Ed Redfern Jr, the Project Manager of the Workforce Issues Team at AARP. He’s a specialist in helping mature workers find employment." <BR> <BR> Although this was presen... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:40:48 EST Guide to LinkedIn for Networking / Job Seeking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47340547 Are You Linked In? <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/technology/social-media<BR>/info-05-2010/linked_in_to_linkedin.html </link> <BR> <BR> "In a four part series, technology guru Doug Mitchell advises entrepreneurs, job seekers, and anyone seeking to expand their circle of business contacts how best to use the free professional networking site LinkedIn . The emphasis is on differences from Facebook and Twitter, how to maximize your networking opportunities, and do's and don'ts of sharing in... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:34:45 EST What Fields Offer Job Opportunities? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47323673 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>3-2012/where-older-workers-are-finding<BR>-jobs.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Home health and personal care aides top the list at 70 percent growth through 2020" <BR> <BR> Check out the article for more info! <BR> <BR> Keep moving forward folks! Be sure to share your efforts with others here on the message boards! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:24:20 EST 6 Tips to Job Hunting Online 6 Tips to Job Hunti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47269743 6 Tips to Job Hunting Online <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>1-2011/online-networking-tips.html </link> <BR> <BR> "To help those just venturing into the online job marketplace, we reached out to three job-search experts and gathered their best advice." <BR> <BR> Check it out and c'mon back to share your experiences and extra tips / advice you might have for others! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:51:24 EST How She Did It: From Layoff to Ideal Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47224645 How She Did It: From Layoff to Ideal Job <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/03/22/how-she-did<BR>-it-from-layoff-to-ideal-job/ </link> <BR> <BR> "When educator Nancy Angelo got furloughed from her teaching job years ago, she didn’t know that job hunting expert Richard Nelson Bolles had coined the phrase informational interview. She went with her gut. Now she offers advice and tips of her own for today’s career-changers and job seekers. <BR> <BR> Informational interviews were key to her... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:13:40 EST Need a Job? Head to the Park! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47175723 This article refers to part-time employment for retirees, however I imagine it might be possible for younger folks as well: <BR> <BR> Retirees can find work — and enjoyment — in the great outdoors: <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>3-2012/seasonal-park-jobs-for-older-wo<BR>rkers.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Thousands of park positions don't require experience, especially those with the 497 park concessioners — private contractors operating park services such as restaurants an... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:38:47 EST Informational Interview: Open Doors to a New Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x47040301 For Career Changers, It Pays to Talk to Strangers: <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/03/11/for-career-<BR>changers-it-pays-to-talk-to-strangers/ </link> <BR> <BR> "If you knew that picking up the phone and talking to a stranger, or e-mailing someone you didn’t know could help you get into a new career, would you do it? <BR> <BR> If your answer is yes, conducting informational interviews needs to become part of your job search strategy. Although we tell children never to talk to strang... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:17:40 EST Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46828453 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> In between jobs? Do some good and build your professional skills, too <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>2-2012/volunteer-work-on-resume.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Working for free is probably not at the top of your mind right now, especially if your nest egg isn't quite what it used to be. But if you've been job hunting fruitlessly, offering up your talent on a pro bono basis could help you land the job you want." <BR> <BR... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:14:18 EST Updating Your Resume for the Job You Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46774967 Make your resume shine. <BR> "Is your resume working hard enough? Sure, we've all put resumes together, but the impression you make on that piece of paper can make all the difference. The video, Updating Your Resume for the Job You Want can walk you through the do's and don'ts for creating a resume that stands out." <BR> <BR> Check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/videos.video-name=Updat<BR>ing-Your-Resume-for-the-Job-You-Want/ </link> <BR> <BR> Ace those interviews. <BR> Inte... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:34:25 EST Learn online from MIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46595096 Learn online from MIT <BR> <BR> (another share from Kim Komando <link>www.komando.com </link> ) <BR> <BR> <link>mitx.mit.edu/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is well-known for academic excellence in technology. Attending the school requires exceptional grades and quite a bit of money. <BR> <BR> MITx is a new initiative that opens MIT courses to anyone. The first free online interactive course in Circuits and Electronics begins in March. <BR> <BR> The cou... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:38:02 EST LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46594971 LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2012/02/11/linkedin-a-<BR>job-seekers-best-friend/ </link> <BR> <BR> "With more than 135 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Increasingly, employers are using LinkedIn as a source to find good talent. With that kind of reach and influence it makes plenty of sense to join if you’re job-hunting – or even if you aren’t. <BR> What if you’ve joined LinkedIn and you haven’t made any useful ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:30:53 EST Job Hunting Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46469213 Test your job hunting skills and perhaps learn a thing or two which can make a difference in your job hunt! <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>9-2011/job-hunting-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:56:10 EST Teaching Online & Web Coding Career Possibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46446280 Here are a couple of possible avenues to explore (again from Kim Komando): <BR> <BR> Make money teaching online <BR> <link>www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?i<BR>d=11967 </link> <BR> <BR> "It's true that money-making scams are very common online. The good news is there are perfectly legitimate ways to make money over the Internet. Many don't even involve eBay. <BR> If you have experience as an English language teacher or tutor, you can make extra income teaching English online to Asian... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:40:20 EST Free Web programming classes | Start Own Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46248418 As mentioned by Kim Komando in her newsletter: <BR> <BR> "Started by two former Columbia University students, Codeacademy in New York is teaching Web coding skills to hundreds of thousands of average computer users. The self-guided courses are free, and the academy's list of celebrity students includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Want to make your own website?" <BR> <BR> This might be a worthy skill to develop while on the journey toward your next job! <BR> <BR> Check it out here: <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:16:13 EST 50 Jobs for a Second Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46139187 50 Jobs for a Second Career <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-06-2011/jobs-for-a-second-<BR>career.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Whether you’re looking for a specific job or a popular field, this list will help you find an encore career. The number of workers age 50 and over is soaring ­ — from 20 percent of the workforce in 1996 to 31 percent today. So is the number of new jobs. <BR> <BR> Now that you've wrapped up one career, do you wonder what's next?" <B... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:29:32 EST Free online college courses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46118163 While on that journey for another job / career, how about expanding one's horizons and keeping the mental "gears" turning by taking some online college courses? <BR> <BR> Kim Komando ( <link>www.komando.com </link> ) shares a FREE resource for online college courses: <BR> <BR> "One thing I don't miss about school is the homework. However, I did love attending class and learning new things. It helped if the teacher was interesting, of course. <BR> I'm sure many people feel the same way. Yo... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:24:08 EST Ideas for Starting Up a Home-Based Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x46081232 Here are some articles with suggestions for potentially viable home-based businesses which some may want to explore: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-12-2011/home-based-jobs.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/slideshow_12217572_busi<BR>nesses-can-really-start-home.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and anyone who has had experiences (good OR bad) with a home-based business please share here at this thread! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:34:15 EST 10 Secrets of a Hiring Manager http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x45965365 Interview Tips from a Hiring Manager: <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/10-secrets-hi<BR>ring-manager-170545144.html </link> <BR> <BR> There are some helpful links within the article...check it out! <BR> <BR> Also share your interview tips with others here at this message thread! <BR> <BR> "Ever wonder what the hiring managers who are screening your resume, interviewing you, and--maybe--making you an offer are really thinking throughout the hiring process? Here are 10 secrets tha... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:54:00 EST Getting By On Less: Barter For a Bargain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x45964153 Tough getting by on less income...? Why not consider bartering? Here are some ideas to try: <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/slideshow_12210639_bart<BR>er-bargain-can-cash.html </link> <BR> <BR> Jump right in and share any tips you might have for getting by on less income here! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 11 Jan 2012 08:58:41 EST New Year, New Plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x45814762 Cheers going out to everyone on our SparkTeam and wishing you all a year filled with SPARK! <BR> <BR> How are folks doing in your job searches, dealing with unemployment and yet keeping your focus on taking care of yourselves and taking charge of those things which ARE under your control? <BR> <BR> Please consider posting your efforts and struggles and sharing with your fellow Team mates as there is so MUCH we can learn from each other! <BR> <BR> Check in on this thread and share your effo... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:30:29 EST New York State Jobs Express! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44882277 For anyone out there in or near New York State: <BR> <BR> Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced the launch of "Jobs Express," a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment. <BR> <BR> The Jobs Express website makes it easier to learn about what jobs are available in the state and to know where to find them. <BR> <BR> Click here to visit the Jobs Express website. <BR> <BR> The site takes over 42,000 job openings and sorts them by region to help job seekers eva... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:08:11 EST Self-Emp loyment: Startup Stories from Real Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44535016 What to Expect When You Fire Your Boss <BR> Startup Stories from Real Women Entrepreneurs <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/feature_12099673_expect<BR>-fire-boss.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Today’s job market – let's be real – primarily ranges between meh and neh. Being your own boss? Hey, that might not be so bad. Make your own hours, control your own workload, and take coffee breaks whenever the urge to caffienate hits. Where do we sign up? <BR> <BR> Alright, a gal can dream. We know being a ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:44:23 EST Breaking Out of Long-Term Unemployment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44320914 Breaking Out of Long-Term Unemployment <BR> <BR> <link>career-services.monster.com/yahooart<BR>icle/breaking-out-of-longterm-unemploy<BR>ment-hot-jobs </link> <BR> <BR> Great tips here: <BR> <BR> "Long-term unemployment can wreak havoc on a person's sense of self-worth and well-being. Worse, big resume gaps or current unemployment may also mark a job seeker as "damaged goods" and make a long job search even longer. <BR> <BR> More Resources from Monster: <BR> Resume Writing Services <B... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:34:11 EST Free online college courses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44227210 Free online college courses (Courtesy of Kim Komando <link>www.komando.com/ </link> ) <BR> <BR> One thing I don't miss about school is the homework. However, I did love attending class and learning new things. It helped if the teacher was interesting, of course. <BR> <BR> I'm sure many people feel the same way. You would love to take an educational course, whether in finance, science or literature. However, you don't want to deal with the homework, the commute or navigate school bureaucr... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:03:44 EST Online Job Hunting: 4 Ways Avoid Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44102718 "Finding a career via the Web is certainly possible, but learn how to avoid scams." <BR> <BR> Check it out at the link below! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_5337369_avoid-onlin<BR>e-job-hunting-mistakes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share any useful, helpful online resources you've used in your job search efforts! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:04:32 EST Retraining classes at community colleges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x44053684 Land Your Next Job <BR> Retraining classes at community colleges can lead to rewarding jobs <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>8-2011/community-colleges-retrain-olde<BR>r-workers.html </link> <BR> <BR> "David Kieffer saw it coming, but still it stung. The 56-year-old from Eagle River, Wisconsin, had worked for three years as a carpenter's assistant, watching helplessly as home construction dried up. By the end of 2009 he was jobless and unable to find steady work. "... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:03:49 EST Today's career development task http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11512x28013x43980491 Hello, so the challenge here is to name 1 thing you will do to develop your career today. This may be a job search, research, drafting a resume or cover letter, freewriting about your goals, etc. <BR> <BR> I'll start - well, today I have an unexpected visit from a friend so my lesson learned is to do my "work" earlier in the day. One thing I did was to freewrite. If I get a chance, I will also take a second stab at a draft cover letter. I also will read a daily job opportunities mailing lis... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 18:04:45 EST Job resources, sites, salary calculators and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x43914641 From Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=9415&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=csot<BR>d&utm_content=2011-09-05 </link> <BR> <BR> Go to the above link to check out all these resources shared by Kim Komando! Keep at it everyone...don't forget to share your strategies and successes here for everyone's benefit! <BR> <BR> The U.S. has been celebrating Labor Day since 1882. It was originally intended to recognize laborers throughout our great nation. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:14:21 EST Indiana Unemployment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28013x43587213 Is anyone on Unemployment in the state of Indiana? I am and their rules just totally baffle and confuse me sometimes. I will be sooooooooooo glad when I am off it! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:39:04 EST Career advice for the recently laid-off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x43324156 I lost my job. Now what? <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/event/poweryourfutur<BR>e/i-lost-my-job-now-what-2513962/ </link> <BR> <BR> By Emma Johnson <BR> "Getting laid off can be paralyzing, especially when you have to start hunting for jobs, a task that can seem insurmountable. But when hope was dim for three women who fought to regain employment, they remained optimistic and applied their career skills to successfully land in new fields. Read on to see their advice about making new car... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:53:19 EST Coaches Help Job Seekers: Interview Skills/Resumes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x43237516 Coaches Help Job Seekers Hone Interview Skills, Résumés <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>5-2011/coaches-sharpen-interview-skill<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Volunteer job coaches assist with résumés, interviewing skills and how to use social media websites to network. <BR> <BR> The coaches and job hunters "meet" over the phone." <BR> <BR> Check out the above link for more information! <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever used a job coach and care to share some thoughts / ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:12:18 EST How to Deal With a Job Gap on a Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42966248 How to Deal With a Job Gap on a Resume <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_4858029_deal-job-ga<BR>p-resume.html </link> <BR> <BR> Often unemployment can lead to gaps in our work history. Or unpleasant work experiences we'd rather not share! <BR> <BR> Check out this article for tips on managing such situations to your best advantage! <BR> <BR> "If you've got a gap of time between jobs on your resume, what's the best way to present it? Should you ignore a career gap? Note it on the resume?... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:56:06 EST 50 Jobs For a Second Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42921534 50 Jobs For a Second Career - AARP <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-06-2011/jobs-for-a-second-<BR>career.html </link> <BR> <BR> "The number of workers age 50 and over is soaring ­ — from 20 percent of the workforce in 1996 to 31 percent today. So is the number of new jobs." <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:24:38 EST While Job-Hunting Pursue Online Learning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42829373 During the struggle to find a job, how about pursuing online learning as a way to expand your skills, knowledge and enhance your appeal to a potential employer? <BR> <BR> Check out some tips here and share any experiences you might have had with online education! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_6465642_research-on<BR>line-learning.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:22:25 EST How to Avoid 7 Common On-the-Job Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42687558 While I know most of you out there are struggling to GET a job, I thought these suggestions were helpful to remember so that you KEEP your job once you get it! <BR> <BR> How to Avoid 7 Common On-the-Job Mistakes <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/How-to-Avoid-<BR>7-Common-usnews-2213515457.html </link> <BR> <BR> How are folks doing? What steps are you taking in your job hunting efforts? <BR> <BR> Let's learn from each other! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:11:39 EST The Best Way to Take Control of Your Job Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42573321 The Best Way to Take Control of Your Job Hunt <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/The-Best-Way-<BR>to-Take-Control-usnews-2785678431.html </link> <BR> <BR> Some great tips on making your job search more focused and individualized! <BR> <BR> Check 'em out at the above link! <BR> <BR> Here's some of the highlights: <BR> <BR> "-- Create a list of potential employers who need your kind of problem-solving abilities. <BR> <BR> -- Be armed with research on these potential employers to un... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:00:04 EST How to Avoid Job-Search Scams | 5 Things You Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x42263700 How to Avoid Job-Search Scams <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_5536462_avoid-job-s<BR>earch-scams-during-recession.html </link> <BR> <BR> "With so many people on the job hunt in the current recession, there are unfortunately others who want to take advantage of the situation." <BR> <BR> Follow the tips listed here to avoid future troubles in your job search efforts! <BR> <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> 5 Things You Need to Give Up to Get a Job <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.mon... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 09:20:20 EST Enjoy an Encore Career After Retirement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41617584 Enjoy an Encore Career After Retirement <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/working-after-reti<BR>rement/info-05-2011/ready-for-an-encor<BR>e.html </link> <BR> <BR> "After a 40-year career in public relations, Wendy Townsend was ready to retire. But she wasn't ready to stop working." <BR> <BR> Check out how YOU can re-invent yourself TOO! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 May 2011 09:00:46 EST Coaches Help Job Seekers Hone Interview Skills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41617550 Coaches Help Job Seekers Hone Interview Skills, Résumés <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>5-2011/coaches-sharpen-interview-skill<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> Free assistance over the phone <BR> by: Maureen West | from: AARP Bulletin | May 1, 2011 <BR> <BR> "It's hard to land a job in this economy, harder if you're over 40, but volunteers at the AARP Arizona office in Phoenix help even the odds." <BR> <BR> Check it out and share your tips here! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 May 2011 08:59:27 EST Finding a Job When You've Been a Stay-at- Home-Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41617495 How to Get a Job When You Have Been a Stay-at-Home Mom for Years <BR> By Charlotte Johnson, eHow Contributor <BR> <BR> Many stay-at-home moms find themselves considering employment, especially when the kids get older. Some moms seek jobs for personal fulfillment, whereas others need extra cash. Either way, looking for a job when you've been a stay-at-home mom for years can be very intimidating. With a little preparation, you can lessen the stress of job hunting and increase your chances of ... Wed, 4 May 2011 08:57:38 EST Don't fall for get-rich-qu ick-at-home schemes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41617441 Good caveat from AARP: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-<BR>04-2011/scam-alert-fake-news-websites.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> "But Scam Alert suggests you heed the following from the AARP Bulletin, a legitimate news venue: Don't believe everything you read." <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 4 May 2011 08:55:21 EST Easily create a Résumé http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41617366 From Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "I don't need to tell you that today's job market is highly competitive. To land the job you want, you must be exceptionally qualified. <BR> <BR> You also need to know how to present your skills in a professional manner. That's where your résumé comes into play. <BR> <BR> You can spend hours working on your résumé in a word processor. You can hire a professional to format it for you. <BR> <BR> Why not take an easier approach? pdfCV is a free service that walks ... Wed, 4 May 2011 08:52:26 EST Free Online Resume Service! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41454714 "Indeed Resume gives you an online presence with the largest job site for free. It's suffers limitations, but there's little reason not to add it to your job search toolkit." <BR> <BR> As recommended by PC Magazine...definitely a tool worth checking out! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,238426<BR>3,00.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:20:09 EST Emerging Jobs with High Salaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41322166 Perhaps it's time to "get in at the bottom" of these new trends...? <BR> <BR> Emerging Jobs with High Salaries <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5760-emerging-jobs-with-high-salaries </link> <BR> <BR> "The latest directory of job titles from Occupational Information Network (O*Net) features a variety of new entries that many people have never heard of before. <BR> <BR> Some of these jobs — at least the duties — have been around in some form for a while. What’s ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:58:34 EST I Finally Got a Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41232705 After three harrowing interviews, I was finally hired. The odd thing was, the interviews weren't technical. I didn't really have the right experience for the job I initially applied for, but they liked the effort that I'd put into studying their products, so a week later they called me and asked me if I'd be interested in an analyst position instead of an engineering position. It looked like they wrote up a job description that fit me perfectly. They still made me go through two more inte... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:05:29 EST 10 Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x41078209 "The word “fun” isn’t usually associated with looking for a job. Even in the best of circumstances, being unemployed or underemployed can be scary and stressful. But in any job search, keeping a positive attitude is important. <BR> <BR> So in addition to refining your resume and assiduously applying for jobs, consider these pursuits that can not only be lots of fun but also make just about any candidate more attractive to hiring managers. Most can be done for free or on the cheap. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:24:33 EST Grade Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40865402 From Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "The job market is still very slow. Even getting a job interview can be difficult. A lot of people are applying for the same jobs. <BR> <BR> You need to stand out above the rest. Your first impression is your resume. It needs to be as solid as possible. <BR> <BR> Today's Cool Site can help with that. It's a free resume grading system. Just upload your resume, and it does the rest. <BR> <BR> The site scans your resume for common elements of successful resumes. I... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:05:25 EST 4 Ways to Get Killer Letters of Recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40742369 4 Ways to Get Killer Letters of Recommendation <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5669-4-ways-to-get-killer-letters-of<BR>-recommendation </link> <BR> <BR> "For many, attempting to get someone to write a letter of recommendation for school or a new job can be an extremely intimidating experience. Especially for those who fear rejection, don’t easily accept compliments, or just don’t like tooting their own horn." <BR> <BR> Check out the article for details but her... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:42:04 EST 8 Dos and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40574087 8 Dos and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5642-8-dos-and-donts-to-landing-a-te<BR>mporary-job </link> <BR> <BR> "If you’re a highly qualified professional who has been unemployed for a while, you may eventually have to find a “Plan B” job to pay your bills until the job market improves and you can return to your preferred type of work. <BR> <BR> There’s no shame in that, but landing a temporary survival job can be harder than ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:54:21 EST Check It Out: How Do You Splurge on a Budget? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40544377 Coach Nicole's blog may get many of us who are pinching pennies to be nodding in agreement...check it out and if you can, post YOUR ways of splurging on a budget here on this message thread! <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=pol<BR>l_how_do_you_splurge_on_a_budget </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:44:38 EST Dr. Wayne Dyer - Excuses Begone! On PBS in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40467619 Dyer can be SUCH an inspirational speaker so FULL of SPARK! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>secure.elabs6.com/functions/message_<BR>view.html?mid=993054&mlid=20949&siteid<BR>=12346080&uid=17ade74f6b </link> <BR> <BR> In case this link doesn't work: <BR> <BR> "Dr. Dyer's television special, Excuses Begone! airs this month. <BR> <BR> Check your local listings to find out what times Wayne's extraordinary public television special will be broadcast in your area and get ready to say, "Excuses Begone!... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:35:29 EST The Worst Mistake You Can Make On Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40423478 <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/The-Worst-Mis<BR>take-You-Can-usnews-4243712187.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Job hunters obsess about resumes. Who wouldn't? There's so much to get right--functional versus chronological, objective statements (pro and con), key words, templates, references, font size, white space, action verbs, employment gaps, placement and style of bullets, typos, and whether to include hobbies (probably a "no" on that last one). <BR> <BR> So much, in fact, that we often forget ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:17:11 EST 10 Worst Things to Say to Someone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40328176 10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/news/articles/39<BR>78-10-worst-things-to-say-to-someone-w<BR>ho-just-got-laid-off </link> <BR> <BR> "Someone you know just lost their job. Yikes. <BR> <BR> You want to be supportive. You want to help them see the positive side of their misfortune. You want to buy them a drink. And you should! But please, tread carefully. <BR> <BR> The time directly following a layoff is a delicate one. Your ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:31:57 EST Tiny Degree, BIG Bucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40278339 Tiny Degree, BIG Bucks <BR> <BR> <link>edu.excelle.com/v/fl_ch_st/articles/<BR>2557-tiny-degree-big-bucks-wc </link> <BR> <BR> "Education pays. Not only will you earn more, you’ll also be less vulnerable to rising unemployment. <BR> <BR> And you don’t need a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree to up your ante. <BR> <BR> According to the BLS, in 2009, workers over 25 with a 2-year Associate’s Degree earned, on average, $761 a week. Compare that to high school graduates, who made just $626. T... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:50:30 EST How to Avoid Online Job Hunting Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x40214215 How to Avoid Online Job Hunting Mistakes <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_5337369_avoid-onlin<BR>e-job-hunting-mistakes.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Finding a career via the Web is certainly possible, but there can be mishaps in online job hunting too. Here are some things to avoid when using the Internet to find a job." <BR> <BR> Keep at it folks! Somewhere out there is a job for YOU! <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:48:16 EST More jobs out there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28013x40199393 I noticed within the past 2 weeks that I have seen a lot more jobs available. I hope I get a call back soon. Has anyone else been able to apply to more jobs? Just curious. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:30:28 EST 5 Things That Scream "I'm Unprofessional" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39955419 Looking for a job is such a tremendous challenge! Essentially we're marketing ourselves and in marketing there are SO many pitfalls. <BR> <BR> This article helps you to avoid some of these: <BR> <BR> 5 Things That Scream "I'm Unprofessional" <BR> <BR> <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/ar<BR>ticles/2697-5-things-that-scream-im-un<BR>professional?utm_source=nlet&utm_conte<BR>nt=ahc_c1_20110215_unprofessional </link> <BR> <BR> How are folks doing...? Share your experiences here an... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:18:24 EST 15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39776678 "For many people, job interviews are the most stressful part of the job-search process. And it's true that an interview is often a make-or-break moment: If you flub the interview in a big way, you probably won't make the cut--no matter how good your resum is, or how excellent your qualifications are. <BR> <BR> You can combat nerves and increase your chances of success by practicing your answers to difficult interview questions. Here are some of the toughest, with suggested answers." <BR> <... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:07:09 EST How a New Approach Helped Me Land a Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39658081 How a New Approach Helped Me Land a Job in This Economy <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/First-Person-<BR>How-New-Approach-ac-1883613651.html </link> <BR> <BR> "I decided to try some different strategies to see if I had better results. I call these new job search strategies "The AND Factor" job search strategies. My supervisor told me they received 105 resumes for the management job I applied for at the state agency. How is it they hired me for the job? It is critical to give the ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:36:16 EST Best bets for jobs in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39623853 Best bets for jobs in 2011 <BR> <BR> "While there certainly have been positive indicators for employment in 2011 -- The National Association of Colleges and Employers says employers plan to hire 13.5 percent more new college graduates in 2011 than in 2010, and the Federal Reserve predicts that in 2011, the unemployment rate may drop below 9 percent for the first time since April of 2009 -- the job market will continue to be competitive this year. <BR> <BR> But pursuing certain occupations w... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 00:26:31 EST 8 Websites 4 Tips On Job Interview Q & A's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39508169 "Facing a job interview board probably comes right below public speaking on a fear list. Many of us liken it to a third-degree interrogation. But heck, do a few and you’ll find it’s not too bad at all. Every veteran interviewee will tell you that being prepared is half the battle won. A technical interview might be a different ball game though. <BR> Sometimes, the most matter of fact questions can knock you off kilter. The ‘tell me about yourself’ interview ice-breaker makes the ‘most diffic... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:11:44 EST 40 Words and Terms to Keep Off of Your Résumé http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39339242 Hiring managers want to see accomplishments, not rhetoric! <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>1-2011/ask_sid_resume_tips.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check out these suggestions made by a staff of LinkedIn...odds are you'll be surprised over some of the words & phrases included! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:47:44 EST Dealing With Job Search Burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x39215550 Here is an article which describes some methods for dealing with job search burnout. <BR> <BR> Check it out and c'mon back and share YOUR tips! What works for YOU? <BR> <BR> <link>articles.cnn.com/2011-01-03/living/c<BR>b.job.search.burnout_1_job-hunt-burnou<BR>t-job-postings?_s=PM:LIVING </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:40:05 EST Ways to find jobs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28013x39211285 Hi! <BR> <BR> I have been unemployed since March of 2011. I was wondering if anyone has posted their resume on careerbuilder or a site like that and if anyone hired a headhunter and what your responses were to both? <BR> <BR> I am trying to find alternative ways to looking for work. If anyone has any other ideas they would like to share it would be most appreciated. I just spent about 3 hours online looking up my usual sites for work and only came up with one job to apply to. <BR> <... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:45:14 EST Where the Jobs Are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38897670 Where the Jobs Are <BR> <BR> <link>financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/art<BR>icle-111718-7945-4-where-the-jobs-are </link> <BR> <BR> "Industries Seeing the Biggest Pickup in Hiring <BR> <BR> The jobs picture is finally starting to brighten: The number of job listings is on the rise, companies are making hiring announcements and more hiring managers say they plan to hire full-time workers in 2011 than in the past two years. <BR> <BR> "We're seeing encouraging signs that a recovery is und... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:48:27 EST Careers with Good Potential Work - Life Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38869005 "See how you can get a career that lets you choose how you work. <BR> By Yahoo! Education Staff <BR> <BR> Around this time of year, it's natural to think about ways you can improve your life. For a lot of people, that means transitioning to a better job. <BR> <BR> If this sounds like you, take a moment to figure out what kind of relationship you want to have with your work. <BR> <BR> Some careers give telecommuting or freelancing options, allowing you to gain more control over your schedul... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:56:42 EST Body Language During Job Interviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38868743 "Savvy job seekers know how important choosing the right words is when speaking with prospective employers — but what about nonverbal communication? Here's how to let your body do the talking." <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5397-how-body-language-can-make-or-b<BR>reak-a-job-interview </link> <BR> <BR> Do you have any tips to share about putting your best foot forward during a job interview? <BR> <BR> Post away your suggestions! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:49:06 EST Tools for finding a job online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38799848 Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/downloads/category.a<BR>spx?id=10027 </link> <BR> <BR> "The job market is still in lousy shape. You probably have friends and family members who are unemployed. You may be unemployed yourself. Or maybe you've just resolved to find a better job in the upcoming year. <BR> <BR> Finding a job isn't going to be easy. So, it's time to take your job hunting up a notch. Here are some great online resources that can help with your job se... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:34:50 EST New, Improved Spark Start Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38735717 Check out the news from Dave H. our leading SparkPeople Techie Guy! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871396 </link> <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> One of our biggest goals is to make SparkPeople easier and more powerful to use for all our members, both new and experienced. After getting considerable feedback from our members and coaches we re-worked our "Start" page, which is the page you see immediately after logging in to the site. <BR... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:05:20 EST Start Your 2011 Career Comeback / Unlisted Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38711526 Start Your 2011 Career Comeback <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/start_a<BR>_career_comeback.htm </link> <BR> <BR> "Learn how you hold the key to launching your own career comeback. <BR> By Chris Kyle <BR> <BR> Did 2010 hit you hard professionally? Take heart...you may actually be in good company. <BR> <BR> Author J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel as a struggling single mom. Even the great Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team as a sophom... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:58:16 EST 8 Ways to Revive a Stale Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38693633 Perhaps a goal to consider for 2011 might be to refresh your resume and tweak it for better results...? <BR> <BR> Here are some great suggestions! <BR> <BR> 8 Ways to Customize Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5394-8-ways-to-customize-your-resume </link> <BR> <BR> "It’s easy to get stuck in rut when you’re working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look at revising your resume. <BR> <BR> 1. Analyze the job post’s... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:42:29 EST Struggling to Find Last Minute Gifts...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38609556 Share your quandaries here! Maybe we can pass along an idea or two that might help you out! <BR> <BR> Here's an article with suggestions as the Best Fitness Gifts of 2010: <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/experts/fitnessforr<BR>eallife/best-fitness-gifts-2010 </link> <BR> <BR> For those with limited income options consider a gift of time: such as certificates "Good for one housecleaning" or "Good for one home-cooked meal and company"...lots of possibilities...! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:29:57 EST Interview Tips: 10 Worst Answers to Healthcare ?s http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38588443 10 Worst Answers to Healthcare Interview Questions <BR> <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/ar<BR>ticles/3416-10-worst-answers-to-health<BR>care-interview-questions </link> <BR> <BR> You’ve probably already read the articles about the top interview questions ( <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/ar<BR>ticles/2004-top-10-interview-questions<BR>-for-healthcare-job-seekers </link> ) for healthcare job seekers and the 7 things you should do ( <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/a... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:02:27 EST I'm Scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38542949 JESPAH just sent me a message about the bill that President Obama signed. Here's my response: <BR> <BR> Thanks, Janet! I checked out the CA Employment Development Department release on it. So, it sounds like they might file for the next extension (4th) for me. I'll be nervous until it comes in the mail. I think I have rent for this month, I should still do some bill paying and calculations to be sure. <BR> <BR> I did a little math, it lasts 6 weeks so it looks like I might have benefits unt... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 14:35:35 EST In College? 10 Paying College Jobs For Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38523690 10 Paying College Jobs That Look Good on Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/10-Paying-Col<BR>lege-Jobs-That-usnews-145301456.html </link> <BR> <BR> "These 10 jobs are great choices for students because they look good on a resume, work around class schedules, and offer decent pay. Keep in mind that if you work on campus, your boss may be more sympathetic when you need time off to study for a sociology exam or finish that chemistry lab." <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:29:53 EST Jump-start Your Career in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38512511 Jump-start Your Career in 2011 <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/jump_st<BR>art_your_career.htm </link> <BR> <BR> "Take charge of your future and jump-start your career in 2011 with the right training." <BR> <BR> Check out these HOT recommendations of jobs which can offer rewarding professional development for you! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:26:52 EST Twitter Your Job Search...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38505022 This is from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> A new way to find jobs online <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=8092 </link> <BR> <BR> "If you’re searching for a job, the Internet is a valuable resource. These days, employers go online to find new hires. <BR> <BR> Big job boards can help. But these sites are less than ideal for mid- and upper-level workers. You’re better off visiting specialized job boards. <BR> <BR> However, there’s more to see than job boards. Social-netwo... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:53:21 EST Completely FREE Special, Creative Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38500549 Unemployment can certainly trim one's gift-giving for the holidays...! <BR> <BR> I thought there were a number of creative, special and meaningful gift ideas in this article: <BR> <BR> 10 Great Christmas Gifts That Won't Cost You a Dime! <BR> <BR> <link>financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/art<BR>icle-111596-7751-6-10-great-christmas-<BR>gifts-that-wont-cost-you-a-dime </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to ADD to these ideas if you have more to suggest for the benefit of others here...! <BR> <B... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:06:46 EST No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38468153 No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/No-Jobs-Young<BR>-Graduates-Make-nytimes-217264902.html </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look at how you might re-invent yourself! <BR> <BR> Another great resource for finding one's own niche is: <BR> <BR> What Color Is Your Parachute? <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parac<BR>hute-2010/dp/1580089895 </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to read Parachute with a spiral-bound notebook and to do ALL the writi... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:45:53 EST Best Degrees for the Next Decade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38379859 Anyone out there using your jobless status as an opportunity to further your education? Or considering this option...? <BR> <BR> Degrees for the Next Decade <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/degrees<BR>_for_the_next_decade.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Find out which four degrees hold the most potential in the next decade. <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 9 Dec 2010 08:58:45 EST 2011 Temp Job Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38339588 2011 Temp Job Outlook <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/5334-2011-temp-job-outlook </link> <BR> <BR> "When times get tough, temporary jobs are the first to go. And when times get better, temporary jobs are the first to reappear. So it’s good to hear that the pace of growth in the temporary staffing agency industry in the fall of 2010 was the fastest recorded since the industry began keeping statistics back in the mid-1940s. <BR> <BR> On a year-to-year basis, 19.... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:01:58 EST The 50 Best Careers of 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38338177 The 50 Best Careers of 2011 <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/The-50-Best-C<BR>areers-of-usnews-2389565045.html </link> <BR> <BR> "It pays to be smart when choosing your career, particularly now that the job market is (slowly) improving. With the recession officially over, anyone who's out of work or eager to change jobs is on the lookout for opportunities. But where, exactly, are the jobs? Which occupations offer decent salaries, quality of life--and are likely to stick around for... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 08:54:09 EST Why "Recessi n-Proof" Jobs Are a Myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38318574 Why "Recession-Proof" Jobs Are a Myth <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/Why-Recession<BR>Proof-Jobs-Are-a-usnews-2653783528.html </link> <BR> <BR> "When President Obama proposed a federal pay freeze recently, there must have been quite a few civil servants who thought, "Whoa! This isn't supposed to happen!" <BR> <BR> In private firms, pay freezes have become as common as Post-It notes. But government jobs, you'll recall, are supposed to be "recession-proof" and far less susceptibl... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 09:58:02 EST Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38318503 Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-cr<BR>eative_ways_to_improve_your_resume-1442 </link> <BR> <BR> "Stuck in a resume rut? Here's how to review and revise with fresh eyes. <BR> <BR> Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" <BR> <BR> It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working w... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 09:54:27 EST Down in Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28013x38198441 Hi, I'm a middle aged computer geek in Missouri. This is the first time I have been out of work in 20 years and I am having a hard time with this. My husband is trying to be supportive, but it's getting hard. He is really stressing over how we are going to make the house payment and it is slipping through. I had two interviews yesterday, two more today, and two more face to face later this week. I am doing everything I can to find work, but I don't know that he sees that. I am really do... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:47:03 EST Job Search Tips: Share Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38085617 Here are a number of articles to help in your job hunting. Let me know if these are helpful and feel free to return to share any tips that YOU have which have been helpful! <BR> <BR> 20 industries where jobs are returning <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/20-Industries<BR>-Where-Jobs-Are-usnews-367106623.html </link> <BR> <BR> Seven hot careers through 2018 <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/hot_car<BR>eers_through_2018.htm </link> <BR> <BR> What HR departments won't tell you <li... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:23:10 EST Water Works! Scientific Proof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38085090 Here's a great reminder just in time for the holidays: <BR> <BR> Drink your water before meals to curb your appetite. <BR> <BR> Yeah, we all know this, but here's some evidence to support it: <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/health/16<BR>really.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:57:49 EST Vision Collage Software: Easy way 2 combine photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x38011231 This is from Kim Komando...sounds so much like the Vision Collage! <BR> <BR> "Vision boards have been used for a long time as personal motivators. You collect and assemble images of what you hope to achieve. <BR> <BR> Recently vision boards have become popular for team building activities. Everyone finds a few images of what they strive for. When all the pictures are put together, the collection shows a combined, single goal. <BR> <BR> Vision Board Builder is a free program that lets you m... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:22:56 EST My Journey: layoff to new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37793724 A little background: I'm a 50 y.o. female, office worker, B.Sc. in business & humanities, suburban, last employment lasted four years. I was laid off just before Christmas '09, 4 wks severance pay, unemployment insurance & COBRA. (Thanks Obama admin for making the COBRA affordable for me) I've never had much trouble getting a job until this lay off. I don't have much savings and am the main provider for my family of 2 (partner disabled). I thought, well, considering the economy, it might... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:13:04 EST How to spot a nightmare job before it's too late http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37791772 Found this in an AARP newsletter, filled with words of wisdom as we search for our career niche! <BR> <BR> How to spot a nightmare job before it's too late <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/work-life/news-10-<BR>2010/how_to_spot_a_nightmare_job_befor<BR>e_it_s_too_late.html </link> <BR> <BR> "The job market is showing signs of life, but with U.S. unemployment nearly 10 percent, most workers feel fortunate just to land a position. In fact, they feel so fortunate that they often ignore warning... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:20:09 EST Work From Home Tips & Cautions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37791070 Working from home, setting one's own hours...such a tempting proposition! <BR> <BR> According to Kim Kommando there ARE legitimate work from home opportunities: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?i<BR>d=8320 </link> <BR> <BR> But there are caveats as well and ways to spot work-from-home-scams: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?i<BR>d=6745 </link> <BR> <BR> Best wishes to everyone in their search for employment during such difficult times! <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 17:36:22 EST Apples: MORE Good News @ My Favorite Fruit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37244556 As the article says, we all know apples are a great fruit, but recent findings indicate: <BR> <BR> "An apple -- or two -- a day can save your brain" <BR> <BR> <link>www.buffalonews.com/life/health-pare<BR>nting/article210689.ece </link> <BR> <BR> "Increasingly, however, researchers are finding that apples have functional properties well beyond their nutritional value, and many of the goodies are in the juice as well as the flesh. But now comes evidence that apples can keep you mentally... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:56:58 EST Dealing with Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37225940 We're fast approaching that "certain" time of year again...! Treacherous waters ahead! <BR> <BR> Merry ThanksGive-o-ween! <BR> <BR> In my family we have scads of birthdays and anniversaries peppered into this season as well. <BR> <BR> So how are we all going to pull through this season without giving ourselves the *ahem* "GIFT" of extra pounds?!?! <BR> <BR> What kinds of triggering situations lie ahead which can trip up our efforts to lead healthy and well lifestyles and how can we proa... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:11:53 EST Fun New Feature: Mix and Match Meal Planner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x37180955 New SparkPeople Feature as presented by Coach Nicole! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3699284 </link> <BR> <BR> (go to above link to view article and links within) <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Are you in a food rut? In a hurry but don't know what to cook quickly? Then we have a new food feature for you! <BR> <BR> We're happy to announce today's launch of a cool new feature in the Nutrition Resource Center of the site:... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 22:45:37 EST Answering the "Tell Me About Yourself" Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36880333 A brief article from SimplyHired.com -- <BR> "Answering The 'Tell Me About Yourself' Question" <BR> <link>blog.simplyhired.com/2010/09/answeri<BR>ng-the-tell-me-about-yourself-question<BR>.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_campaign=sept23 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't miss the readers' comments -- they're actually more interesting and informative than the article. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:33:02 EST Food Declarat ion.org: New Issue, GREAT Articles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36700761 I know I've raved before about this site, but this month's e-mailed issue of FoodDeclaration.org has some GREAT articles with eye-opening, important information in it. <BR> <BR> In particular these articles caught my eye: <BR> <BR> Americans Are Flunking Easy Goals For Healthier Eating <BR> The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recent survey uncovers the reality behind our eating habits: not enough fruits or vegetables. <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/09/10/<... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:54:16 EST Beware of online job scams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36511763 Beware of online job scams <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=7<BR>390 </link> <BR> <BR> Some helpful & cautionary advice from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> Also some job resources shared here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.komando.com/coolsites/index.aspx<BR>?id=9415 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 6 Sep 2010 08:49:27 EST Suggestions for being hired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36482583 I have just been reinstated as a State employee after having been laid off all summer. <BR> <BR> As you may know, the states have received stimulus money. They are hiring again! <BR> <BR> I highly encourage you to go to your state's job search website (in IL it is www.work.il.gov). You may have to go to a location to take a few tests, depending on what kind of position you are searching. <BR> <BR> If other states are like IL (and I'm pretty sure they are), benefits begin day one. There i... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 13:45:41 EST Resume Padding: A Dangerous Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36238179 Resume Padding: A Dangerous Game <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-re<BR>sume_padding_a_dangerous_game-1415 </link> <BR> <BR> "Fudging your hire date or your end date for a past job. Inflating your job duties. Adding a few tenths of a point to your grade point average. <BR> <BR> It's no big deal when job seekers make these types of adjustments to their resumes, right? <BR> <BR> Wrong." <BR> <BR> Check it out at the above url! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:04:12 EST How do you remedy The Looking- for-Work Blues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36170291 If it weren't for the SP site (articles, etc.) and the exercising, I'd be staring at Gmail waiting for a resume response to pop up. <BR> <BR> SP definitely keeps my spirits up -- and keeps me busy. <BR> <BR> How are you dealing with things? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:48:14 EST Inspiration from ChicagoCar erSite.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36067751 This came to me second hand so I'm feeling it's ok to share. <BR> <BR> Posted By: Nimish Thakkar In: Career Goals and Motivation <BR> Achieving impressive, but consistent, career growth is every professional's dream. Yet, many believe that aiming for professional success is a difficult undertaking that often requires complex Machiavellian strategies or political tact. Not true. The best recipe for long term success is plain old PHP (planning, hard work, and persistence). <BR> Achieving impre... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:37:46 EST Have you replaced Cable TV with your computer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36060733 I'd hardly watched TV in decades since the early 1980s when I worked nights and found I could live without it. In this century, I wound-up watching DVDs of TV shows if I wanted to see something I thought would be interesting. <BR> But someone recommended Hulu a couple of weeks ago, and that's when I found out about The Trend: getting rid of Cable TV and replacing it with a combination of Hulu, Netflix, and network web broadcasts -- this combination covers practically everything except the ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 07:54:05 EST FREE Frugal Food/Fitness eBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36031435 "Frugal Food and Fitness: How to Get Fit and Fab Without Spending a Fortune" by Kerry K. Taylor of "Squawkfox: Where Frugal Living Is Sexy, Delicious, & Fun" [her words; it's a blog/newsletter]. It's a 55 page e-book that has been getting mentioned in a lot of "money-saving" blogs, so I went for it. <BR> This is the link: <BR> <link>www.squawkfox.com/ebook/ </link> <BR> It requires entering your e-mail address, so I may have signed up for the newsletter, too (which actually sounds good),... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:36:01 EST Getting the Best Happiness Bang For Your Buck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x36018022 In this day and age of cautious, conservative spending (especially for those who are laid off!) this article makes some wise observations on what really matters when it comes to spending: <BR> <BR> But Will It Make You Happy? <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/family-home/articl<BR>e/110275/but-will-it-make-you-happy </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and share your thoughts on this! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:40:11 EST Getting Through a Group Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35999367 Getting Through a Group Interview <BR> <BR> <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/news/artic<BR>les/4649-getting-through-a-group-inter<BR>view </link> <BR> <BR> "Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. <BR> <BR> Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in mo... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 06:56:59 EST Social Networking Do's and Don'ts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35947568 We often share tips related to using social networking to find employment opportunities. <BR> <BR> Here are some great tips ("Man of the House" url notwithstanding...lol!) to help you put your best foot forward within the world of social networking: <BR> <BR> <link>manofthehouse.com/money/career-advic<BR>e/social-media-internet-privacy-issues<BR>?src=diggwk1 </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share any tips YOU might have which can be helpful to others. <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 9 Aug 2010 20:39:19 EST Save $$ by Borrowing and Lending http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35947511 Kim Komando recently shared a video tip about saving money through borrowing and lending items rather than buying something you might only use a few times: <BR> <BR> <link>www.tvkim.com/watch/361/kim-on-koman<BR>d-save-money-with-sites-that-let-you-b<BR>orrow-all-sorts-of-things </link> <BR> <BR> She gives tips on using some of the bartering, lending sites that are out there. Here are a few of the ones she mentioned: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharesomesugar.com </link> <BR> <link>www.thing... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 20:36:29 EST Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35654863 Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make <BR> <BR> <link>financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/art<BR>icle-110139-6047-4-five-mistakes-onlin<BR>e-job-hunters-make </link> <BR> <BR> "In a tight job market, building and maintaining an online presence is critical to networking and job hunting. Done right, it can be an important tool for present and future networking and useful for potential employers trying to get a sense of who you are, your talents and your experience. Done wrong, it can easily ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:56:31 EST New Discovery: How to Improve Athletic Performance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35612306 With This Rinse, Performance Improves <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/health/nu<BR>trition/20best.html </link> <BR> <BR> (My note: if this wasn't from the New York Times, I would be suspicious...but there DOES appear to be some merit to this...!) <BR> <BR> "Exercise scientists say they have stumbled on an amazing discovery. Athletes can improve their performance in intense bouts of exercise, lasting an hour or so, if they merely rinse their mouths with a carbohydrate solutio... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 19:12:13 EST Tips To Improve Speech During Job Interviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35536626 6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4099-6-sloppy-speech-habits-to-avoid </link> <BR> <BR> "You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you’re looking to nail your big interview, looks aren’t everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. <BR> <BR> The Bottom Line: You don’t have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 03:51:12 EST 5 Myths That Are Crippling Your Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35509176 Do you believe any of these myths about job searching? <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/5-Myths-That-<BR>Are-Crippling-usnews-1751909859.html?x=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Myth: You can only get a job through connections these days. <BR> <BR> Myth: If you can find the right gimmick to make your resume stand out, you'll get the hiring manager's attention. <BR> <BR> Myth: I have my degree, so I don't need to start at the bottom. <BR> <BR> Myth: You can't show any weaknesses in the interv... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:32:30 EST Great ways to save money on common services http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35396288 <link>www.billshrink.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando <link>www.komando.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> "This free Website gathers your spending information for a number of areas. This includes cell phone plans, television service, credit cards and fuel use." <BR> <BR> Feel free to add any tips or resources you might have or use to make ends meet! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 14 Jul 2010 02:47:18 EST Now More Than Ever: Watch Out for Debt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35374375 Debt collectors sock it to consumers <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/news/Debt-collecto<BR>rs-sock-it-to-cnnm-4156294800.html?x=0 </link> <BR> <BR> "Debt collectors are getting desperate and dirty." <BR> <BR> Find out all about it at the above link, PLUS steps YOU can take to RECLAIM control over your debt! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:09:44 EST The Keys to Unlocking Your Most Successful Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35374355 <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/110023/the-keys-to-unlocking-your-mo<BR>st-successful-career?mod=career-leadership </link> <BR> <BR> "Five Simple But Crucial Lessons Culled from Many Years of Offering Advice to Workers, Bosses and Job Seekers" <BR> <BR> 1. Network Effectively Rather Than Aimlessly <BR> <BR> 2. Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> 3. Make Your Résumé and Business Card Work Overtime for You <BR> <BR> 4. Pay It Forward <BR> <BR> 5. Know Thyself—and Be Ready f... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:07:03 EST HIRED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35299619 I know that most of the unemployed do not give up their search and are victims of this tough economy. Keep trying is all that I can offer. (And my letters to Congress to extend the benefits.) <BR> <BR> On Monday, July 12th I begin my new job. I was unemployed for 7 months so I was on extended benefits for a few weeks. Thank goodness. I want to thank all this board for the discussions. <BR> <BR> My new challenges will be that my job requires travel. Maintaining a schedule is difficult ... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 11:43:34 EST Enjoy New Outdoor Activities This Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35294755 From Kim Komando: "Good weather means people will be getting outdoors. Walks and hikes are popular outdoor activities. However, going the same route can get old. <BR> If you're looking for new outdoor activities, visit Wildernet. This site has a huge database of activity locations. It includes information on parks, wildlife refuges, and historic sites. <BR> There are also lists of hiking and camping areas. For those who like driving, it even provides scenic routes. A map, information and trip... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 07:39:09 EST 10 Worst Answers to Job Interview Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35293814 10 Worst Answers to Healthcare Interview Questions <BR> <BR> <link>allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/ar<BR>ticles/3416-10-worst-answers-to-health<BR>care-interview-questions?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Although this refers to *Healthcare* interview questions, I think they are common enough questions for those interviewing OUTSIDE Healthcare also...some GREAT tips and suggestions here! <BR> <BR> Share with others here any ideas on what makes for a better interview! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 9 Jul 2010 06:02:46 EST Condensing Long-Term Experience on a Résumé http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35269404 <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-0<BR>7-2010/ask_the_experts_resume.html </link> <BR> <BR> "I spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and 14 years in corporate jobs. How do I pack 34 years of experience into a two-page résumé and make it effective?" <BR> <BR> Some practical and helpful suggestions shared at the above url. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there have tips to share...? <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 7 Jul 2010 22:57:35 EST Top 10 Jobs You Can Do from Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35085936 Top 10 Jobs You Can Do from Home <BR> <BR> These appear to be legit possibilities, granted some require specialized education & experience... <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-to<BR>p_10_jobs_you_can_do_from_home-1323 </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone enjoyed a period of successful home-based employment? <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:00:30 EST Catch-22 for unemployed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35085575 Bet some of you can relate to THIS!: <BR> <BR> Catch-22 for unemployed: You might need a job to get a job <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/news-0<BR>6-2010/catch_22_for_unemployed_you_mig<BR>ht_need_a_job_to_get_a_job.html </link> <BR> <BR> "More and more, job seekers and recruiters report, companies are trimming growing stacks of resumes by drawing lines -- telling applicants not to bother if they've been out of work for too long." <BR> <BR> What a tough spot to be in...... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:40:00 EST Please see this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35060113 It came from my Course in Miracles co-leader. Awesome. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hN8 <BR> CKwdosjE Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:09:52 EST 6 Shocking Job-Search Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35038617 "If you've been job hunting for a while, it's likely that nothing can shock you. Still, these job-search realities may give you pause. The 2010 job market is different from what many of us are used to, and some job-hunt tactics that used to work well are now ineffective (or should at least be reexamined). These six points represent the new reality--is your job search on the mark?" <BR> <BR> Check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-experts-6_s<BR>hocking_job_search_facts... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:39:02 EST DailyWorth.com: Are You Stuck in Noble Poverty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x35014672 This looks like a useful website for women who are struggling to make ends meet! <BR> <BR> "DailyWorth is a free daily personal finance email for women. We deliver practical tips, empowering ideas and the occasional kick in the pants." <BR> <BR> "Our tips cover self worth, net worth, saving, spending, earning, investing, taxes, entrepreneurship, financial feminism and lots of other things." <BR> <BR> It's free to sign up and check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyworth.com </link> <B... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:42:19 EST 5 Job Skills That Can Hurt Your Career http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34998015 5 Job Skills That Can Hurt Your Career <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-5_<BR>job_skills_that_can_hurt_your_career-1311 </link> <BR> <BR> "We all know that moderation is important. Treating yourself to a chocolate chip cookie or two is a nice way to splurge after dinner; eating half a dozen in a single sitting is more likely to give you a stomach ache. <BR> <BR> The same principle holds true when it comes to your career. Without proper moderation, even the most benefic... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:15:31 EST 50 healthy foods for under $1 a pound! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34952983 "If you are what you eat, then I should weigh-in at under $1 a pound. <BR> <BR> That's because, as a general rule of thumb, I try to only buy foodstuffs that costs under a buck per pound. Under $1 a pound, year-round -- that's my grocery shopping mantra." <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/event/green/50-healt<BR>hy-foods-for-under-1-a-pound-1677000/ </link> <BR> <BR> A penny-pincher after my own heart...! :-) <BR> <BR> Anyone have MORE $$$ saving ideas...? Post away! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 22 Jun 2010 06:07:27 EST Ideas for a successful career change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34911567 These five fields are perfect for people looking to transition out of their current professions: <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/transit<BR>ion-friendly_jobs.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 20 Jun 2010 04:59:35 EST Back From Biking Weekend and No 'Net @ Home...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34868884 Sorry to be MIA for the past week...our 'net went down before we left for Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour this weekend and it took until TONIGHT before our ISP could get it up & running! <BR> <BR> Now I've ALSO got a shaggy lawn awaiting...will catch up with a blog & pics after I get the mowing done! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:27:25 EST June 17th Webinar: Refresh your resume! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34703648 Want a new job? Make your resume stand out from the crowd. <BR> <BR> <link>aarpresume.eventbrite.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> If your job search isn't getting the results you want, it may be time to take a fresh look at your resume. <BR> <BR> AARP is hosting a free webinar featuring resume-writing experts on Thursday, June 17th. This webinar will show you how to update and sharpen your resume so that it stands out from your competition in today's tough job market. <BR> <BR> During this web e... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 22:18:16 EST New resumé rules for the digital age http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34680958 New resumé rules for the digital age <BR> <BR> More firms use computers to screen all submissions, but you can learn how to make it through. <BR> <BR> Worth taking a look to see how you might "freshen up" YOUR resume! <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-re<BR>sumes_for_the_digital_age-1297 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 8 Jun 2010 22:50:52 EST How To Complete an Online Degree Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34607530 Looking for work? Perhaps while looking you might consider furthering your education...? <BR> <BR> Check this out for details on how to do this through the convenience of the internet! <BR> <BR> How to Complete an Online Degree: <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_2346287_complete-on<BR>line-degree.html </link> <BR> <BR> "There has never been a better time to take college classes and acquire a degree online. Gone are the stressful days of not only trying to get to class on time, but havi... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:36:57 EST Free AntiVirus Protection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34541894 A member recently posted about lacking antivirus software...whew! What a dangerous proposition, surfing without protection! <BR> <BR> Oh my! <BR> <BR> There are SO many free antivirus / anti-malware programs out there! <BR> <BR> Top 3 free antivirus: <BR> <BR> AVG <BR> <BR> Avast <BR> <BR> AntiVir <BR> <BR> All are available at www.download.com one of the most reliable and safe places around for software. <BR> <BR> Here is a link that will include downloads of two of the three (AVG &... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:19:59 EST Combat Fatigue / Sugar Health Effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34541638 Here's a few good ones from WebMD today: <BR> <BR> 9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/balance/features/get-e<BR>nergy-back?ecd=wnl_lbt_060210 </link> <BR> <BR> You’re only as old as you feel, the saying goes. But what if you feel old, tired, and rundown? <BR> <BR> Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after people hit middle age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost energy. Some even slow the aging process. <BR> <BR> Here’s how to refill... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:09:02 EST Anyone Up for a CHALLENGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11512x28013x34524984 In case you haven't heard, there's a special place here at SparkPeople for those in need of more CHALLENGE to keep your SPARK a-blazin'! <BR> <BR> Welcome to Challenge Central! <BR> <BR> Check out the news from Coach Nicole: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3289446 </link> <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> Today we made some updates to our Challenge Central feature, making it easier and more fun for members to find and participate in Spar... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:04:13 EST Small Business / Self-Employment Software http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34511445 Passing along these tips shared by Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Working hard for a client doesn't mean anything without payment. So, you’ll need to invoice your clients for the work you do. And a billing program can help you look more professional. <BR> The easiest option for billing is to use a spreadsheet program. You can easily set up a time sheet in Excel. This will help you track the time you spend on a project. Then, you can create an invoice to send to clients. <BR> You don’t even need to ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:10:30 EST 5 Pointless Job-Search Tactics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34233286 5 Pointless Job-Search Tactics <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-experts-5_p<BR>ointless_job_search_tactics-123 </link> <BR> <BR> Some tips on what to AVOID in your hunt for the right job for YOU! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 18 May 2010 20:30:44 EST 5 High-Paying, Low-Stress Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34209987 5 High-Paying, Low-Stress Jobs <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/109521/5-high-paying-low-stress-jobs </link> <BR> <BR> Physical Therapist <BR> Computer Software Engineer <BR> Civil Engineer <BR> Massage Therapist <BR> Technical Writer <BR> <BR> Check out the above link to find out more! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 17 May 2010 20:30:32 EST Celebrate May 15th: Give-Your- Stuff-Away Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34127731 He Embraces a Stuff-Free Lifestyle <BR> <BR> Mike Morone, creator of Give Your Stuff Away Day, encourages a national swap meet on May 15 <BR> <BR> <link>bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/yourhome<BR>/articles/he_embraces_a_stuff_free_lif<BR>estyle.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 13 May 2010 23:01:22 EST Temp Employment Anyone...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34101801 So You Think You Can Temp? <BR> <BR> <link>bulletin.aarp.org/yourmoney/work/art<BR>icles/so_you_think_you_can_temp_.html </link> <BR> <BR> Temporary jobs are on the rise. Here’s what you need to know! <BR> <BR> Anyone out there try the temp route to stay afloat...? <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts, ideas & suggestions here! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 12 May 2010 21:57:05 EST Need advice in dealing with a Credit card company http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x34044286 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I haven't been to my spark groups in a while. I have been really busy with school. I have a problem with one of my credit card companies. I was laid off from my job in November 2008. I couldn't find another job, so I just gave up and concentrated on my schooling. I am to be done next year. We have been struggling. My husband's job wasn't going well. Just as I got laid off his company decided not pay for health insurance anymore, then there was a 20% pay cut. We were re... Mon, 10 May 2010 15:52:28 EST Secrets to finding a job online http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33947254 Here's a recent video tip from Kim Komando <link>www.komando.com </link> : <BR> <BR> <link>www.tvkim.com/watch/173/kim-on-koman<BR>d-use-the-web-to-find-a-job </link> <BR> <BR> The economy is improving, but jobs are still scarce. Searching online can turn up lots of jobs you would miss otherwise. You just need to make sure you don't get scammed. Looking for a job? Learn the insider secrets to using the Web. Thu, 6 May 2010 04:59:38 EST FoodDeclar ation.org: Terrific Gardening Resource! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33940678 I know I've sung the praises of FoodDeclaration before, but now, with the growing season upon us I couldn't help but to pass along the latest "crop" of great articles gathered by them: <BR> <BR> 66 Things You can Grow At Home: In containers, without a garden <BR> <BR> <link>planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garde<BR>n/sixtysixthings-growhome-containers-w<BR>ithoutgarden.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don't let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from growing your own garden this year; f... Wed, 5 May 2010 20:22:32 EST Underage, Overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33827427 Underage, Overweight: The Federal Government Needs to Halt the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods to Kids <BR> <link>www.scientificamerican.com/article.c<BR>fm?id=underage-overweight </link> <BR> <BR> Folks...notice the url above: this is SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN! <BR> <BR> "Nearly one in three children under the age of 18 is overweight or obese, making being overweight the most common childhood medical condition." <BR> <BR> "In an ideal world, adults would teach children how to eat healthily and... Sat, 1 May 2010 07:16:36 EST Mature Job-Seekers Hunt For Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33796612 "In a down economy, some seniors may need work to supplement their income while others may just be bored with retirement." <BR> <BR> "Job seekers can apply for work through <link>www.matureworkerconnection.com </link> and add their resumes to a database." <BR> <BR> ...this might be a resource for some of you. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share your experiences if you've been retired and are looking for and / or have found work for yourself. <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:02:32 EST Which Health Care Career Is For You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33659495 I am a BIG fan of recommending the health care field for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) You have ZILLIONS of baby boomers aging into seniors and greater need for services. <BR> <BR> 2) You can't OUTSOURCE the majority of health care work! <BR> <BR> So there is GREATER dependability and reliability in this field. <BR> <BR> Check it out and share your thoughts! :-) <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/whats_y<BR>our_career_goal.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:22:42 EST 6 Ways to Build a Better Body on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33659314 "Lean times don't mean you have to skimp on fitness. Try these suggestions for workouts and home gym equipment on the cheap." <BR> <BR> Check it out! Add any ideas / suggestions! <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/featu<BR>res/6-ways-build-better-body-budget </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:09:04 EST 10 Phrases That Can Sink Your Resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33589156 10 Phrases That Can Sink Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-experts-10_<BR>phrases_that_can_sink_your_resume-115 </link> <BR> <BR> Check 'em out and freshen up your resume today! <BR> <BR> C'mon back and share YOUR resume tips too! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 21 Apr 2010 05:55:58 EST Food Inc. Premiers on PBS around 4/21! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33537956 Motivate your friends and family toward some REAL food! Spread the word that Food Inc. will be on your local PBS channel for free on or around April 21st! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pbs.org/pov/foodinc/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Apr 2010 07:31:36 EST How to Eat Well on Food Stamps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33450544 How to Eat Well on Food Stamps: <BR> Recipe Advice From Star Chefs and Foodies <BR> <BR> (my note: Yes you CAN eat healthy on a limited budget! Check it out!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.takepart.com/news/2010/04/14/the<BR>-food-stamp-strategy-eating-well-on-a-<BR>budget </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:06:10 EST 2010 AARP Webinar Series for Job Seekers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33352185 Still searching for that perfect position? Attend a webinar! From networking tips to résumé help to branding yourself—know-how from the pros makes all the difference… <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/money/work/articles/201<BR>0_job_webinars.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out...find some helpful tips! <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 11 Apr 2010 07:39:12 EST 10 Great Companies for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33254563 10 Great Companies for Women <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4590-10-great-companies-for-women </link> <BR> <BR> Check 'em out! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 6 Apr 2010 22:26:33 EST Future Careers: What's Hot, What's Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33233792 Future Careers: What's Hot, What's Not <BR> <BR> Some tips worth considering. In general I believe jobs requiring "hands on" and / or creative skills are going to be the most secure in the future. I think you'll find most of these recommendations falling into those categories. <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-fu<BR>ture_careers_what_s_hot_what_s_not-1204 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:35:07 EST No Reply to Your Resume? Here's Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33230998 No Reply to Your Resume? Here's Why <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/109248/no-reply-to-your-resume?-here<BR>s-why?mod=career-salary_negotiation </link> <BR> <BR> Some tips for making your resume stand out amongst the others...! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 6 Apr 2010 03:39:46 EST Collage: Tips, Resources & Inspirations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33226079 Okay, my net-meanderings have turned up too many useful, interesting nuggets to post separately so I'm just going to toss 'em out for you to see what might be of use. <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy! ...Don <BR> <BR> I always get annoyed by comments about eating healthy costing too much so this one caught my eye: <BR> <BR> 10 Healthy Foods Under $1 <BR> <BR> Even with rising food prices, it's possible to shop for healthy foods without spending a fortune. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/gui... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 21:31:52 EST 7 Steps to Get Your Finances Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33150644 7 Steps to Get Your Finances Back on Track <BR> <BR> "To take control of your money in these still tough times, you have to figure out how to conquer the emotions that hinder you from making the smartest decisions and devise a concrete action plan to help you achieve your goals. Below are seven ways to do just that." <BR> <link>customsites.yahoo.com/financiallyfit<BR>/finance/article-109227-4672-1-7-steps<BR>-to-get-your-finances-back-on-track </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 2 Apr 2010 10:18:15 EST Hiring Hot Spots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33150595 Hiring Hot Spots <BR> <BR> Per Forbes: "These Companies Have Been Expanding Their Workforces Aggressively Despite the Weak Economy" <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/109233/hiring-hot-spots </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 2 Apr 2010 10:16:19 EST Jobs That Are Growing- -Despite the Recession http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x33063266 "there are certain fields where the number of available jobs has grown, despite the recession. Here are a few professions where jobs are relatively plentiful:" <BR> <BR> Check 'em out! <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-jo<BR>bs_that_are_growing_despite_the_recess<BR>ion-1196 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:09:04 EST 5 Exciting Jobs That Pay $40K And Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32946291 These fast-paced jobs require quick feet and thinking. <BR> <BR> By Tony Moton <BR> <BR> Fast on the feet and fast in the seat. <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/5_dream<BR>_jobs_that_pay.htm </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Meeting and Convention Planners <BR> <BR> 2. Court Reporters <BR> <BR> 3. Cyber Security Workers <BR> <BR> 4. Executive Chefs and Head Cooks <BR> <BR> 5. Registered/Emergency Room Nurses <BR> <BR> Check out the above url for more details! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:57:51 EST 8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32920008 8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4539-8-secrets-of-lucky-job-seekers </link> <BR> <BR> Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. <BR> <BR> Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study re... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:47:37 EST 6 job hunt mistakes in recession http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32919874 6 job hunt mistakes in recession <BR> <BR> <link>bulletin.aarp.org/yourmoney/work/art<BR>icles/_job_hunt_mistakes_in_recession.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to check out the entire article at the above url! <BR> <BR> Mistake No. 1: Feeling entitled <BR> <BR> Mistake No. 2: Focusing on yourself, not the employer <BR> <BR> Mistake No. 3: Taking rejection personally <BR> <BR> Mistake No. 4: Focusing on your age <BR> <BR> Mistake No. 5: Looking for a silver bullet <BR> <BR> Mista... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:42:16 EST Job Hunting Resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32851398 A job-hunting resource <BR> <BR> (courtesy Kim Komando <link>www.komando.com </link> ) <BR> <BR> <link>www.net-temps.com/careerdev/career-t<BR>ools/career-advice.html </link> <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> AARP is hosting a free webinar featuring experts in job-hunting and social media. Join us on Wednesday March 24th for practical tips and step-by-step guidance on how to: <BR> <BR> Expand your personal network <BR> <BR> Make new contacts - and reactivate old ones <BR> <BR> Use... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:09:50 EST Well-Paid Creative Jobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32750614 Starving Artist? Not with These Well-Paid Creative Jobs <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-st<BR>arving_artist_not_with_these_well_paid<BR>_creative_jobs-1153 </link> <BR> <BR> Perhaps here are some ideas of career directions you might not have thought of... <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:34:06 EST Share Your Resume Tips Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32750560 How Long Should Your Resume Be? <BR> Expert advice and 5 tips for determining the right length: <BR> <BR> <link>hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-ho<BR>w_long_should_your_resume_be-1171 </link> <BR> <BR> C'mon back and share your ideas with others here! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:32:24 EST FoodDeclar ation.org: Terrific Resource! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32750103 I believe it was Coach Dean who originally gave me a head's up on this web site. I was so impressed by the latest newsletter that I wanted to give a shout-out on it! <BR> <BR> Check it out and sign up if you're interested at: <BR> <BR> <link>www.fooddeclaration.org </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the most popular stories related to food and farming from the past couple weeks. From business and labor to school lunch and testing your food IQ, we've gathered the stories that garnered the most... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:16:49 EST 12 psychological stumbling blocks of Job Hunting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32721780 What hurdles are YOU facing...? Can you relate to any of these? ...Don <BR> <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> What a lot of career advice doesn’t address are the psychological aspects of looking for a job. You get all kinds of tips for writing the best resume, crafting the perfect cover letter, and networking with other professionals. But even with the best practical advice out there, looking for a job is tremendously taxing psychologically. <BR> <BR> That’s why I thought a book, Winning Job Inter... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 22:02:04 EST Job Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28013x32694855 Lost my job just before Thanksgiving. Now I am working on a total reset--mind and body. Getting a job will be difficult as I am older than my competition. Living in Michigan doesn't help. I may have to relocate. <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:19:16 EST Some articles to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32609505 Hope these links work. I found the one on resumes this morning and the other 2 on Sunday but found them to be useful. I am definitely changing my resume! It certainly can't hurt. <BR> <BR> Is your resume outdated? <BR> http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/03/10/<BR>resume-show-your-age/?icid=main|compaq<BR>-laptop|dl4|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fjobs.ao<BR>l.com%2Farticles%2F2010%2F03%2F10%2Fre<BR>sume-show-your-age%2F <BR> http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/03/05/<BR>companies-hiring-march/?icid=main... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 10:00:22 EST 10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32573144 10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4517-10-overused-phrases-interviewer<BR>s-hate </link> <BR> <BR> Interviews are hard. You’re nervous. You’re usually in close quarters. You have to answer question after question with little recovery time. And your entire professional future seems to hang in the balance of this one encounter. It’s no wonder so many interviewees resort to clichés when answering interview questions. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:15:42 EST Get Paid To Work Outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32515154 Get Paid To Work Outside <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/love_th<BR>e_great_outdoors-.htm </link> <BR> <BR> By Jason Latshaw <BR> <BR> Does the idea of sitting inside a fluorescent-lit office all day drive you crazy? Good news: there are careers out there that let you go out, enjoy the weather, and breathe - yes! - fresh air. <BR> <BR> If your uniform of choice is hiking boots and shorts, not slacks and loafers, here's your chance to find a career that lets you work outsi... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 22:05:00 EST 9 Least Effective Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32513974 9 Least Effective Exercises <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/slide<BR>show-9-least-effective-exercises </link> <BR> <BR> "Workout Not Working? <BR> <BR> Who has time to waste on ineffective, risky exercises? Not you. So ditch these nine moves that may not deliver the results you want — and may even cause injury." <BR> <BR> Some good pointers here...! Helps to put one's efforts to better use. <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 7 Mar 2010 21:14:10 EST Last Day of Month to Rack Up More Fitness Mins.! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32305484 Let's make it COUNT! :-) <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 28 Feb 2010 06:49:30 EST 1st Lady & Michael Pollan vs. Childhood Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32231795 Great article which pulls together many threads from Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program to Michael Pollan! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Childhood Obesity: Address Farms, Factories and Families <BR> <BR> <link>www.truthout.org/childhood-obesity-a<BR>ddress-farms-factories-and-families57137 </link> <BR> <BR> Last month, my car insurance company left me a voice mail reminding me that the three-year discount from the safe-driving course I had taken was about to exp... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:19:32 EST 5 Things You Need to Give Up to Get a Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32195447 Some "Dutch Uncle" tough talk to get going and NAIL that job! ...Don <BR> <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> 5 Things You Need to Give Up to Get a Job <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4385-5-things-you-need-to-give-up-to<BR>-get-a-job </link> <BR> <BR> It’s time for the reality check. America is in a recession, and jobs are fewer while competition is greater. It takes even more hustle, dedication, and tenacity to land a job today than it did for your paren... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:31:46 EST 10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x32089626 10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4388-10-subtle-ways-to-sabotage-your<BR>-interview </link> <BR> <BR> We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know yo... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 20:02:24 EST Obesity ups cancer risk, and here's how http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31787977 Obesity ups cancer risk, and here's how <BR> <BR> (for those interested in the science behind our health...Don) <BR> <BR> <link>www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?Ne<BR>wsID=9277&Section=Disease&source=DHB_0<BR>10205 </link> <BR> <BR> Obesity comes with plenty of health risks, but there's one that's perhaps not so well known: an increased risk of developing cancer, and especially certain types of cancer like liver cancer. Now, a group of researchers reporting in the January 22nd issue o... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:58:58 EST Spread the SPARK to AARP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11512x28013x31677680 Here is an AARP article about dieting, etc. There is a "comment" section at the end...let's inform AARP of the SPARKPEOPLE SOLUTION to making a healthy lifestyle change! Post away your SPARKING comments! <BR> <BR> Dieting vs. newer approaches to losing weight <BR> <BR> <link>bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/healthy<BR>living/articles/dieting_vs_newer_appro<BR>aches_to_losing_weight.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 3 Feb 2010 23:17:08 EST Childhood Obesity Receiving Much Needed Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11512x28013x31655386 It has been wonderful to see childhood obesity claiming more attention from the mainstream media and First Lady Michelle Obama! I wonder how SparkPeople can jump in and take part in actions to raise awareness, take preventative measures, etc...? Both on the 'net level and on the local, grassroots SparkPeople chapter level...? Does anyone know how the SparkTeens site is doing...? Perhaps we can promote this more...? <BR> <BR> Who among us would have our future generations go through the stru... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:39:48 EST Staying fit during cold-weather workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31624892 Staying fit during cold-weather workouts <BR> <BR> (sharing some tips I thought might be worthwhile as we finish up our winter months...Don) <BR> <BR> <link>www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?Ne<BR>wsID=9264&Section=NUTRITION&source=DHB<BR>_100202&key=Body+ContinueReading </link> <BR> <BR> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette <BR> <BR> 02-01-10 <BR> <BR> Jan. 31--Exercising in winter can be deceptive. Decisions regarding the regulation of metabolic rate and heat dissipation can be skewed because... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:40:27 EST Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31607757 I know many out there struggle with hypertension and thought I'd pass along this tip. Many know that I am a fan of the low-carb approach...this is not to endorse the all-you-can-eat-meat-&-cheese approach which is often mistakenly thought of as the Atkins approach. Although I have been more extreme in my avoidance of carbs in the past, I DO enjoy healthy carbs, which for me tend to be the less-refined carbs, fruits, veggies, whole-grain, etc. <BR> <BR> Don <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> Low-Car... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 18:07:41 EST Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31597981 I know many out there struggle with hypertension and thought I'd pass along this tip. Many know that I am a fan of the low-carb approach...this is not to endorse the all-you-can-eat-meat-&-cheese approach which is often mistakenly thought of as the Atkins approach. Although I have been more extreme in my avoidance of carbs in the past, I DO enjoy healthy carbs, which for me tend to be the less-refined carbs, fruits, veggies, whole-grain, etc. <BR> <BR> Don <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> Low-Car... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:46:29 EST Oh No...Not Shrimp TOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31553926 Wow...! I know I've posted a lot of nay-saying articles about the dangers and pitfalls of certain foods, but this one really blind-sided me and was a 2 x 4 wake up call to how CLUELESS so many of us (including yours truly) are! There is SO MUCH about our food that we need to understand...! <BR> <BR> Shrimp's Dirty Secrets: Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/story/145369/ </link> <BR> <BR> Americans love their shrimp. ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 22:35:43 EST Hot Job Of The Decade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31530022 Hot Job Of The Decade <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/top_job<BR>_of_decade_nursing.htm </link> (Helpful links within the article...you might want to check it out...Don) <BR> <BR> Online classes offer flexible path to hot jobs in nursing. <BR> <BR> By Yahoo Education Staff <BR> <BR> The numbers are in: Nursing is the hot job of the decade. <BR> <BR> In its latest projections, the U.S. Department of Labor has estimated that nearly 600,000 new registered nurse (RN) jobs wil... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:24:28 EST 5 careers that are here to stay - even in a recess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31529929 5 careers that are here to stay - even in a recession <BR> <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/outsour<BR>ce-proof_jobs.htm </link> <BR> <BR> (Helpful links within the article...you might want to check it out...Don) <BR> <BR> By Cherise Asato <BR> <BR> "We're restructuring the company." <BR> <BR> "We're heading in a new direction." <BR> <BR> "We need to cut costs." <BR> <BR> These are just a few of the lines that have been given to workers who have recently lost their jobs to o... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:20:04 EST 60 Healthy Foods for Pennies Per Serving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31482908 Can't excuse ourselves by saying "It's too EXPENSIVE to eat healthy...!" :-) <BR> <BR> 60 Healthy Foods for Pennies Per Serving: <BR> <BR> <link>www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?Ne<BR>wsID=9243&Section=NUTRITION&source=DHB<BR>_100128 </link> <BR> <BR> Are you trying to eat healthier food on an unhealthy budget? Fortunately, some of the cheapest foods are good for you. <BR> <BR> The real trick to minimizing your grocery bill is finding the right recipes for healthy foods. That's why ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:51:51 EST More Unsettling News - Dairy / Livestock Practices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31429118 Yet MORE cause for concern regarding dairy and livestock practices: <BR> <BR> Got Milk? A Disturbing Look at the Dairy Industry <BR> <BR> Most dairy enthusiasts would be horrified to know the conditions cows endure and how closely dairies are tied to veal operations and the rest of the meat industry. <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/story/145378/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Overuse of Antibiotics in Lifestock Feed Is Killing Us <BR> <BR> Over 70,000 Americans die each year because of anti... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:10:42 EST Business is Booming in the Public Sector http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31405376 Business is Booming in the Public Sector <BR> <link>education.yahoo.net/articles/public_<BR>sector_careers.htm </link> <BR> <BR> 5 fast-growing government jobs you need to know about now. <BR> By Yahoo Education Staff <BR> <BR> Since the start of the recession, the employment outlook has been grim: layoffs, cutbacks, and unemployment numbers dominate the news. But there's one place where the picture is much brighter... the public sector. <BR> <BR> Government jobs are growing. Even duri... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:47:04 EST Need an Incentive to Give Up Processed Meats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31401864 I will admit to an old holdover food choice from my dedicated Atkins days: processed meats such as deli meat, salami, pepperoni. During the past few months as I have been trying to get down to a "normal" weight I have given all of those up and now only eat "real" and unprocessed (relatively) meats. <BR> <BR> Today's news of a salmonella outbreak in Italian sausage had me SO RELIEVED that I have given up this kind of meat! <BR> <BR> Here's the alert: <BR> <link>www.emergencyemail.org/newse... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:41:09 EST How to live to be 100+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31336655 Found this at Kim Komando's site ( <link>www.komando.com </link> ): <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-jk9ni4XWk </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sat, 23 Jan 2010 07:42:54 EST Best Companies to Work For http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31283195 Any of these companies in your neck of the woods...? <BR> <BR> Might want to give an extra PUSH to work for them...! <BR> <BR> Best Companies to Work For <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/108625/best-companies-to-work-for?mo<BR>d=career-worklife_balance </link> <BR> <BR> 1. SAS <BR> <BR> 2. Edward Jones <BR> <BR> 3. Wegmans Food Markets <BR> <BR> 4. Google <BR> <BR> 5. Nugget Market <BR> <BR> 6. DreamWorks Animation SKG <BR> <BR> 7. NetApp <BR> <BR> 8. B... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:39:11 EST 10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31267301 Feel free to post away any tips / suggestions you have found to be helpful in preparing for interviews! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4374-10-tips-to-boost-your-interview<BR>-skills </link> <BR> <BR> By Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer <BR> <BR> &#65279;Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interv... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:15:50 EST Networking: The Importance Of Who One Knows http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31210000 10 Ways to Schmooze Your Way to Success <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/10-ways<BR>-to-schmooze-your-way-to-success-560867/ </link> <BR> <BR> Everybody knows that in this day and age, it's not always about what you know, it's who you know. During trying economic times like these, the key to landing your dream job is to stand out from the competition by showcasing both your talent and personality. <BR> <BR> For a quick and painless networking experience, follow a few tips t... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:29:21 EST Time To Strike Out For New Territory? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31209599 Sometimes it is important to consider the future prospects of a certain career. It is possible one has been laid off within a job sector that won't rebound and it may be time to re-invent yourself in a whole new way! <BR> <BR> Even in a Recovery, Some Jobs Won't Return: <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/career-work/articl<BR>e/108558/even-in-a-recovery-some-jobs-<BR>wont-return </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone been considering a career change ahead in your future...? <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:16:00 EST New Year, New Job Search Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31209492 Time to rev up your job search! <BR> <BR> "I’ve consulted with South Florida’s job market experts to avoid the mistakes of yester-year and get off to a running start in 2010." <BR> <BR> <link>excelle.monster.com/benefits/article<BR>s/4350-new-year-new-job-search-strategy </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the highlights, but check out the article for more details: <BR> <BR> ---Get back to basics <BR> <BR> ---Adjust your attitude <BR> <BR> ---Consider yourself a free agent <BR> <BR> ---Deve... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:12:31 EST The 4 Stupidest Lose-Wei ht-Quick Schemes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31200361 Sharing this for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) It's a great belly laugh! <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 2) To illustrate how to tell if one should be wary of an advertised pitch for some sort of quick weight-loss fix. <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/story/145220/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:51:41 EST Michael Pollan: He's Back with More Food Smarts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31156395 Michael Pollan, my favorite food guru is back with more of his common sense food smarts. PLUS he is looking for more wisdom volunteered by smart folks like US! :-) <BR> <BR> Michael Pollan's New 'Food Rules': 64 Easy Steps to Better Health <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/story/145012/ </link> <BR> <BR> By Michael Pollan <BR> <BR> The idea for this book came from a doctor--a couple of them, as a matter of fact. They had read my last book, "In Defense of Food", which ended with a handful... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 07:11:06 EST Great Healthy Food Recommen dations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28013x31103860 One of today's DailySpark articles hits the nail right on the head in describing many of the healthy changes I've made in my food choices since joining SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> Take Stock of Your Behaviors and Stay at a Healthy Weight, Naturally <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=tak<BR>e_stock_of_your_behaviors_and_stay_at_<BR>a_healthy_weight_naturally </link> <BR> <BR> Can you think of other healthy changes you've made which have made a difference for you in your journe... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 05:55:41 EST