SparkPeople Laid Off but Staying Strong Team Messageboard 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 6 Solid Part-Time Job Options 6 Solid Part-Time Job Options <BR> <BR> <link><BR>016/part-time-job-variety.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Options for workers to fit all skills and schedules <BR> <BR> There are plenty of reasons why a part-time job is appealing. Even people who have saved for retirement see continuing to work in some fashion as a financial safety net. It helps stave off dipping into retirement accounts and makes it easier to delay Social Security benefits. There are also ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:28:30 EST 5 ways to make money 5 ways to make money you've probably never thought of <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-to-make-money-youve-probably-never-t<BR>hought-of </link> <BR> <BR> "Launching a side project or business can be lucrative, but it’s also a lot of work. If you’re looking for an easier way to make cash on the side, why not start with stuff you already have? <BR> <BR> It’s crazy but you probably have something lying around right now that someone else will rent and pay you for.... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:41:04 EST Resume Myths Debunked & What to Do Instead Resume Myths Debunked &amp; What to Do Instead <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-debunked-instead/ </link> <BR> <BR> "When you’re trying to land your dream job, sticking to the “rules” of resumes can hinder more than it helps. In fact, many of these rules can be ignored altogether. <BR> <BR> Many of these resume myths have buried themselves so far into our understanding of the world that we’re terrified of deviating from them. We think that if our resume spills o... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:29:49 EST What Recruiters Are Looking For Three Things Recruiters No Longer Look For (And Three They Still Do) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ies/42484-Three-Things-Recruiters-No-L<BR>onger-Look-For-And-Three-They-Still-Do </link> <BR> <BR> "Restarting your job search after being off the market for a while? Or just getting into it the first time? In either case, there's a very real possibility that the career advice you're working off of is outmoded or just not as fine-tuned as it could be." <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:15:05 EST Guide to Rethinking Resumes Richard Bolles and his "Parachute" books are a wonderful effort to guide one toward re-thinking one's career path and bumping it onto a much more rewarding track. <BR> <BR> This e-book is on sale today only, check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>olor-is-your-parachute-guide-to-rethin<BR>king-resumes-by-richard-n-bolles-2016-<BR>07-21?ebook_deal </link> <BR> <BR> "From a New York Times bestselling author: Learn how to craft the perfect resume and cover le... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:37:05 EST Adaptability: New Realities to Get a Job "Today's job search is dramatically different than it was when you started your career. Even if you have years of experience, adapting yourself to the new realities of job searches is crucial. From understanding younger bosses, submitting electronic applications and using key words in your resume, learn how to adapt your search skills to get a job." <BR> <BR> Check out this free webinar! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tion/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.js<BR>p&am... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 15:04:20 EST Great big list of ways you can make money online Great big list of ways you can make money online <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-list-of-ways-you-can-make-money-onli<BR>ne/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Who couldn't use a few extra dollars? If you're retired, you know living on a fixed budget can sometimes get tough. If you're a student, it's best to keep focused on your grades and earn your degree, but you could certainly use some extra cash for a fun weekend, to shop for gifts, or to buy a ticket home. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:26:54 EST LinkUp: Find job postings before anyone else <link><BR>nd-job-postings-before-anyone-else </link> <BR> <BR> "If you're looking for a job, you aren't alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people out of work or hoping for a better job or even a different one. That can make finding job postings in your area difficult. And if you're changing your career path, it can get even trickier. It's like finding a job becomes a full-time job in itself! <BR> <BR> By the time you see a job posting on on... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:47:32 EST Job Search Tool "You've probably had an opportunity to try AARP's job search tool, powered by Simply Hired. Hopefully, you've gotten a few good leads. <BR> <BR> If you'd like additional tips and insights to make your job search more effective, visit AARP Work &amp; Jobs. You'll discover new ways to create a better resume, improve your interview skills, and pick up tips on how social media can help you find a new job." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Let us kno... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:32:49 EST More Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home 5 great ways to make money at home <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-make-money-at-home/all </link> <BR> <BR> "You've heard me talk about being your own boss with Uber. It's a great way to make money. It's a phone app that connects you with people who need a ride. You see who you're picking up before you get there and you can check that person's rating by other Uber drivers. <BR> <BR> You drive your own car for Uber, or lease one, and you set your own hour... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:47:00 EST AARP Job Search Tool for 50+ Folks <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Give it a whirl! Might even be helpful for those under 50...can't hurt to try! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 13 May 2016 09:08:00 EST A Possible Work-From-Home Option Another suggestion from Kim Komando, who does her best to post only legit opportunities: <BR> <BR> Make $40,000 working from home <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/make-40000-working-from-home </link> <BR> <BR> "How would you like to make $40,000? The best part is, you don't even need to leave your home. <BR> <BR> That's because an engineering firm needs your help. They're trying to develop new technology and, as good as algorithms and satellite technology are, ... Mon, 9 May 2016 16:53:17 EST 5 new ways for you to make money 5 new ways for you to make money <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ys-for-you-to-make-money/all </link> <BR> <BR> "If you had to sum up the Next Big Thing in the tech industry, you would probably be safe going with the phrase "on demand." Netflix and similar services let you watch movies and TV shows "on demand." Our sponsor Uber and similar services let you summon a ride "on demand." <BR> <BR> And there are plenty of other startups and existing services that are ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:48:07 EST Sites to help you find your new career Sites to help you find your new career <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tes-to-help-you-find-your-new-career </link> <BR> <BR> "Finding a new job can really be a huge task, and getting a new career is an even bigger one. You might need to go back to school or take a course or get a certification. You'll definitely need to polish up your resume and do a lot of research before you make any life-changing decisions. <BR> <BR> has countless resources for r... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:35:14 EST How to Quickly Write a Resume Today with LinkedIn How to Quickly Write a Resume Today with LinkedIn <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-resume-quickly-right-now-with-linkedin/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Almost all of us Internet-dwellers have LinkedIn profiles. Even if we don’t really use them very well for networking purposes or taking in job search advice, it still serves as an online resume and publishing platform that might get a few eyeballs from time to time. <BR> <BR> But there’s another great reason to keep your L... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:56:20 EST 12 Legitimate Ways to Earn Money At Home Need a way to make money at home? Here are 12 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/need-a-way-to-make-money-at-home-her<BR>e-are-12/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Whether you're retired, a stay-at-home parent, thinking about a career change, or just need some extra money, a work-at-home job is something to consider. There are a wide range of areas available, whether you're a writer, programmer, good at talking on the phone, a photographer and plenty more. <BR> <BR> With th... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:35:27 EST Landing a New Job in the New Year Landing a New Job in the New Year <BR> 9 steps toward the magic words, 'You're hired' <BR> <link><BR>015/new-job-new-year.html </link> <BR> <BR> "It's time again to set goals for the coming year. If landing a new job is on your list, here are nine New Year's resolutions that can help you succeed. But only if you keep them!" <BR> <BR> 1. I will be active online. <BR> 2. I will network, network, network. <BR> 3. I will not rely solely on job boards. <B... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:28:13 EST Great Jobs for Workers Over 50 Great Jobs for Workers Over 50 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rement/info-2015/great-jobs-for-50-plu<BR>s-photo.html </link> <BR> <BR> "You may already be qualified — although you might need a certificate to prove it" <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:16:40 EST Don't Make These Job Hunting Mistakes Don't Make These Job Hunting Mistakes <BR> Résumé, social networking gaffes may work against you in your search <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7-2013/avoid-these-job-hunting-mistake<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> "When you get passed over for a job and you're over 50, it's tempting to pin the blame on ageism, or say that you were overqualified for the position or that there was a younger worker willing to work for less pay. <BR> <BR> And while all that is certainly... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:41:10 EST Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites <BR> <BR> <link><BR>014/online-job-board-work-search.html </link> <BR> <BR> "New features help you network, research companies and salaries" <BR> <BR> Check it out and come on back to let us know what you think! <BR> <BR> Cheers to everyone in the New Year! May opportunities come knocking at your doors! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:47:00 EST Possible Source of Income: Uber Kim Komando touts the pluses of becoming one's own cab service via Uber. Here are some tips she offers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-earn-extra-money/all </link> <BR> <BR> Uber maintains $19 / hour is what most drivers average. If anyone has any experience or knowledge to share about this, definitely feel free to post to this thread, as I'm sure there are pros &amp; cons to consider. <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:01:10 EST Searching for Work in the Digital Era Searching for Work in the Digital Era <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hing-for-work-in-the-digital-era/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The internet is a central resource for Americans looking for work, but a notable minority lack confidence in their digital job-seeking skills" <BR> <BR> An interesting review on how digital options affect our job searching efforts. <BR> <BR> Hang in there everyone! Share your experiences with others here and let's learn from each others' ex... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:48:47 EST 3 online businesses you can start right now 3 online businesses you can start right now <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/3-online-businesses-you-can-start-ri<BR>ght-now/all </link> <BR> <BR> "The holiday season is an exciting time. It's a time for travel, family, positive thoughts, great food, love and joy. The downside is the cost of those things, which adds up fast. There is a way to make money, though, to pay for your holiday expenses. <BR> <BR> You just need to become your own boss, which these days ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:54:53 EST 3 great jobs that are perfect for retirees 3 great jobs that are perfect for retirees (and perhaps those in transition between jobs!) <BR> <BR> More tips from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jobs-that-are-perfect-for-retirees/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Retirement can certainly be a financial pickle if you aren't careful, or even if you are careful. The good news is that there are part-time jobs available, and you can even make them full-time jobs if you want. They're flexible, so you can do them... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:12:13 EST Updated: 7 best work-at-home jobs 7 best work-at-home jobs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ork-at-home-jobs/all </link> <BR> <BR> "If you've ever been stuck in traffic for hours going to and from work, you've had the thought: Wouldn't it be nice to work at home? <BR> <BR> Or, how many times have you been in business meetings kicking yourself for not making it to your son's football game, or not having time to help your daughter study for a big exam? Probably often. <BR> <BR> You might be wonder... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 08:42:38 EST 5 best sites to find a job 5 best sites to find a job <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/5-best-sites-to-find-a-job/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Finding a new job can sometimes feel like full-time work. You have to update your résumé, write cover letters and keep your fingers crossed for a callback. But first you have to find places to apply. <BR> <BR> Whether you're re-entering the job market after a leave of absence, or seeking a better fit with a new company, the Internet is the best tool in ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:15:21 EST How to make money on Instagram How to make money on Instagram <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/how-to-make-money-on-instagram/all </link> <BR> <BR> "You're already using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to chat with friends and family. You're using LinkedIn to post content that your business colleagues and customers will find interesting. <BR> <BR> You've probably also heard about, or signed up for, social media app Instagram. Instagram is a fun site with 300 million users that's ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:36:16 EST How Tech Can Make Your Job Search Easier How Tech Can Make Your Job Search Easier <BR> <BR> <link>,2817,248955<BR>4,00.asp </link> <BR> <BR> "Are mobile job apps worth using? How do you keep track of the job postings to which you've applied? With so many websites posting jobs, how do you know which ones to use?" <BR> <BR> Check it out and let us know if you have found any of these tips helpful! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:52:53 EST Updated: 7 ways to make money online 7 ways to make money online <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/7-ways-to-make-money-online/all </link> <BR> <BR> The latest tips from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "The Internet makes it easy to do a lot of things from home that you couldn't before. Two of my favorites are Christmas shopping and having a face-to-face chat with family across the country. <BR> <BR> Another area the Internet is changing things is the workplace. You don't necessarily need to get up, sit in... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:45:52 EST 7 businesses you can start for less than $100 7 businesses you can start for less than $100 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/7-businesses-you-can-start-for-less-<BR>than-100/all </link> <BR> <BR> Some great tips for the entrepreneurial out there...! <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Be sure to let us know how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:18:47 EST 50 effective resume templates 50 effective resume templates <BR> <BR> <link><BR>effective-resume-templates/all </link> <BR> <BR> Another helpful tip from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Instead of sticking to the basic resume format, these designers got creative. There are all sorts of unique setups to choose from like trifold resumes and resumes that appear hand drawn. <BR> <BR> There are 50 great resumes on this website that you can download absolutely free. Each one has its own uniqu... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:24 EST 8 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make 8 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/job-search-mistakes-photo.html </link> <BR> <BR> "If you are job hunting in your 50s, and some of these 'don'ts' describe you, here's what to do" <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Let us know how things are going! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:22:17 EST Self-Employment & Entrepre neurship Resources Ready to be your own boss? <BR> <BR> Check out these resources @ AARP: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:53:08 EST 3 post-retirement jobs to earn good money 3 post-retirement jobs to earn good money <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ect-job-after-retirement/all </link> <BR> <BR> 1. DO SMALL TASKS AND ODD JOBS <BR> <BR> 2. TURN SPEECH INTO TEXT <BR> <BR> 3. DRIVE PEOPLE FROM POINT A TO POINT B <BR> <BR> Check out the details at the above link! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 27 May 2015 09:00:27 EST Best City In the USA For Jobs Right Now <link><BR>/youll-never-guess-the-best-city-in-th<BR>e-country-for-jobs-right-now/all </link> <BR> <BR> News of interest from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "Looking for a job? Is the job market dead in your area? Then maybe it's time to focus your sights elsewhere, and I know just the places you should look. Job posting site Glassdoor just released its list of the top 15 cities for jobs right now. The list has taken a lot of job searchers by surprise. That's b... Wed, 20 May 2015 15:41:07 EST The Best Job Search Websites & Apps The Best Job Search Websites & Apps <BR> <BR> PC Mag picks the best resources for your job search: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/the-best-job-search-websites-apps </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 12 May 2015 08:48:26 EST Create a resume that works for you Create a resume that works for you, not against you <BR> <BR> Another resource from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eate-a-resume-that-works-for-you-not-a<BR>gainst-you </link> <BR> <BR> "Is it time for a career change? You've searched all the job boards and found the one or two you want to apply to. That's step one, but the next step is the one that really matters. <BR> <BR> Your resume is a look into who you are and all of your accomplishments, s... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:59:14 EST Quiz: How to Land Your Next Job How to Land Your Next Job Quiz <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9-2011/job-hunting-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> "See if you know the most effective ways to land a new job" <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 6 May 2015 12:22:22 EST Don't use this one font on your résumé Want a job? Whatever you do, don't use this one font on your résumé <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/want-a-job-whatever-you-do-dont-use-t<BR>his-one-font-on-your-resume/all </link> <BR> <BR> Keep pushing forward! You WILL PREVAIL! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:17:57 EST The Muse Offers Guides to Finding Your Dream Job Another head's up from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> Great guides to finding your dream job <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eat-guides-to-finding-your-dream-job/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Finding a new job can really be a huge task. There are literally hundreds of apps and sites that can help you find job listings, but that's just the beginning. You've got to polish up your resume, write cover letters, practice for any your interviews you might score, and that includes doin... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:17:45 EST Poachable: A New Kind of Job Search Website From Kim Komando: The best way to get a new job <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-best-way-to-get-a-new-job/all </link> <BR> <BR> "I like this new site that lets you keep your job search private. The site is called Poachable and its goal is to connect you to your dream job, and to connect your dream job to employees like you, so everyone is happy!" <BR> <BR> Check it out! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ps...Happy Easter! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:04:59 EST Take These Tests to Find Your New Job Take These Tests to Find Your New Job <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/take-these-tests-to-find-your-new-<BR>job.html </link> <BR> <BR> "These online assessments help evaluate your skills and identify career opportunities." <BR> <BR> Check it out and c'mon back to let us know what you think! <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:18:52 EST 1 great app to help you snag a cool job 1 great app to help you snag a cool job <BR> <BR> <link><BR>app-to-help-you-snag-a-cool-job/all </link> <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "The new “Video Apply” feature allows job seekers to record and upload a short video clip of themselves to include with their application and lets employers gauge the personality fit and enthusiasm of applicants. It's the perfect way for you to show off your best assets to your next employer. How co... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:45:15 EST Job Search Tools @ AARP for All Ages The job search tools at AARP are relevant and helpful for people of all ages, check them out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9-2011/job-hunting-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:11:56 EST TaskRabbit: Legit Method for Extra Income Make money by doing simple jobs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ey-by-doing-simple-jobs/all </link> <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando...while this wouldn't offer "career" potential, one could supplement one's income. TaskRabbit is also limited to the following major metropolitan areas: <BR> <BR> Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Orange County, London, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:10:51 EST Free E-Book: How To Find A Job Free E-Book: How To Find A Job When There Are No Jobs <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-Development-ebook/dp/B0056PFONW/ </link> <BR> <BR> While this is not a "how to" book as much as it is a book describing one man's experiences, it appears a number of folks have found it to be helpful reading. <BR> <BR> No Kindle or Smart-Phone? No problem. Follow the instructions on the page and you can install the Kindle Cloud program on your pc and read the e-book for free.... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:03:10 EST Job - Interview Quiz & Life ReImagined For Work Job - Interview Quiz & Life ReImagined For Work <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of resources shared by AARP which are useful for job hunters of all ages. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9-2011/job-hunting-quiz.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Let us know how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Don Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:50:45 EST 3 Legit Ways to Make an Extra $5,000 This Year Every little bit can help, right? Perhaps some of these tips suggested by Kim Komando may be useful while searching for your next job: <BR> <BR> 3 ways to make an extra $5,000 this year <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/3-ways-to-make-an-extra-5000-this-ye<BR>ar/all </link> <BR> <BR> "It's never a bad thing to have extra money in the bank to spend on essential (or non-essential) items. Unfortunately, getting that extra money isn't as easy as snapping your finger... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:09:22 EST Downsized is upsizing me Hi I am into the third week after being told to get your stuff and come with me. I had been with this company for 33+ years. I am eating my stress of having to put myself out on the job market learning to create a resume for what is probably antiquated computer skills. I don't wish to stand 8 hours a day or lift 50 pounds. Feeling discouraged and this sounds like just the group I would fit in with. I am normally an upbeat, encouraging, glass always half full kind of girl until this happe... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:56:50 EST Terrific Resource: What Color Is Your Parachute? A really helpful book in planning for career change and self-exploration is What Color Is Your Parachute? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hute-2015-ebook/dp/B00IHMFJF4/ </link> <BR> <BR> The author has a partner site to his book as well: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I hope this may be helpful to some. His book is readily available at libraries. I wouldn't worry about having the latest copy either as the best parts of the book a... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:55:56 EST 8 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make 8 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make: <BR> <BR> "If you are job hunting in your 50s, and some of these 'don'ts' describe you, here's what to do" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/job-search-mistakes-photo.html </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and share your tips & suggestions for others by posting them on this thread! <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:30:05 EST Work as a freelancer Here's another resource shared by Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> Work as a freelancer or hire a freelancer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rk-as-a-freelancer-or-hire-a-freelance<BR>r/all </link> <BR> <BR> "If you're a looking to make a little extra money or if you're tired of going to your 9-to-5 and want to be your own boss, freelancing might be the best option for you. Whether it's writing, drawing, videos or any other once-off project, everyone could use a freelancer... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:45:56 EST 5 online jobs that really pay 5 online jobs that really pay <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-jobs-that-really-pay/all </link> <BR> <BR> "With the holiday season over, it's time to jump headfirst into the new year. If your New Year's resolution is to find a new job, or make some extra money to save up for a car or house, then you might want to consider the Internet. <BR> <BR> And no, I'm not talking about filling out surveys. Many sites advertising "jobs" will ask you to perform menial, low-e... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:34:15 EST 7 Ways to Help Your Résumé Stand Out 7 Ways to Help Your Résumé Stand Out <BR> <BR> <link><BR>014/resume-job-search-tips.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Here are seven ways experienced job seekers can get their résumés noticed." <BR> <BR> Check it out! New year, new opportunities! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you're doing with YOUR job search! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:41:30 EST Hackers' goldmine: Your LinkedIn Profile Hackers' goldmine: Your LinkedIn Profile <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/hackers-goldmine-your-linkedin-profi<BR>le/all </link> <BR> <BR> LinkedIn can be a useful tool for career networking...but beware! Check out tips to keep your LinkedIn account safe! <BR> <BR> "Fortunately, you can stay safe if you know how hackers attack. I'm going to teach you some need-to-know ways to lock down your LinkedIn profile, and keep your company safe." <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:52:38 EST December: Best Time Of Year To Look For Work! Why December Is The Best Time Of Year To Look For Work <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ms/finding-a-job-after-50_b_6244146.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Savvy job-seekers might know how to write resumes and cover letters, but few are aware of this surprising fact: Contrary to popular belief, December is actually the best time of year to look for work! <BR> <BR> There are two compelling reasons why this is true--" <BR> <BR> ...check it out at the link above! <BR> <B... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:26:58 EST 5 Skills Most Sought-After by Employers Part-Time Jobs for Workers 50+ <BR> Want extra income? These skills are the most sought-after by employers <BR> <BR> <link><BR>014/part-time-jobs-for-boomers.html </link> <BR> <BR> "1. Accountant/Financial Manager <BR> <BR> 2. Medical Records Transcriber/Medical Coder/Billing <BR> <BR> 3. Recruiter <BR> <BR> 4. Social Media Specialist <BR> <BR> 5. Adult Education Teacher" <BR> <BR> Check out the article for more details! <BR> <BR> Hoping some of ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:33:49 EST Beginner's guide to LinkedIn LinkedIn: Beginner's guide to job searching and professional networking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/linkedin-beginners-guide-to-job-sear<BR>ching-and-professional-networking/all </link> <BR> <BR> "Facebook is one of the best ways to connect with your friends online. Finding a job online can be tough, but you might actually want to consider a website that brings the social media experience to your job hunt. <BR> <BR> On LinkedIn, users can post their resume... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:10:45 EST 5 online holiday businesses you can start today 5 online holiday businesses you can start today <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/5-online-holiday-businesses-you-can-<BR>start-today-2/all </link> <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> "The Holiday Season is an exciting time. It is a time for travel, family, positive thoughts, great food, love and joy. The downside is the season can be expensive. <BR> <BR> One way to handle the added cost is to inject a little bit of entrepreneurial spirit into you... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:38:57 EST 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of <BR> <BR> More resources from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nting-sites-youve-never-heard-of/all </link> <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 ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:25:51 EST 5 ways the workplace will change in 5 years 5 ways the workplace will change in 5 years <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9/5-ways-the-workplace-will-change-in-<BR>5-years/all </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting predictions shared by Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> "So if I pull out my crystal ball to peer into the future, how do you think your workplace will be different in five years? According to the folks who study business and industry, the changes will be both technological and social." <BR> <BR> Check it out and b... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:06:03 EST Saving the World as a Second Career! Saving the World as a Second Career <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rement/info-2014/nonprofit-second-care<BR>er-entrepreneur.html </link> <BR> <BR> "More and more 50-plus workers are reimagining themselves in the nonprofit world" <BR> <BR> Check it out and keep moving forward! <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:27:59 EST Websites to Get Free Education in Higher Learning 9 Websites to Get a Free Education in Higher Learning <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ites-to-get-a-free-education-in-higher<BR>-learning/ </link> <BR> <BR> What better way to make use of being unemployed than to obtain further education? <BR> <BR> Check out these resources and let us know how it goes for you! Don <BR> <BR> "If there are two things we can all agree on loving, it’s free stuff and becoming as awesome a person as possible. Dig around the Internet, ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:49:04 EST Legitimate Work-at-Home Online Jobs Courtesy of Kim Komando again, here is her latest tip: <BR> <BR> 3 legitimate work-at-home online jobs that pay big <BR> <BR> <link><BR>te-work-at-home-online-jobs-that-pay-b<BR>ig/all </link> <BR> <BR> "All of these work-from-home opportunities were recommended to me by my friends, staff and other trustworthy sources. Check all of them out - you might just have a good way to turn your spare time into a big payday." <BR> <BR> Keep at it everyone! Le... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:40:33 EST Job hunting tips & hiring must-do's if you're 40+ Over 40? Job hunting tips and hiring must-do's <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link> </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 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><BR>uccessful-Terms-ebook/dp/B00HK33UUC/ </link> <BR> <BR> Apple Link: <BR> <link> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:36:43 EST 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of 3 job-hunting sites you've never heard of <BR> <BR> <link><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 5 Tools That Help You Reinvent A New Career <BR> <BR> <link><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 Tech Jobs of the Future: What To Study If You Want a Cool Job Tomorrow <BR> <BR> <link><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 7 Telltale Signs of a Job Scam <BR> <BR> <link><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 30 Smart Career Moves You Should Make By 30 <BR> <BR> <link><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!!! ... .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 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 Search thousands of job sites – at once <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><BR>rugman-jobs-an... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:55:17 EST 3 work-at-home online jobs that aren’t scams 3 work-at-home online jobs that aren’t scams <BR> <BR> <link><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 Find A Job Quickly With These 5 LinkedIn Groups <BR> <BR> <link><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 10 sites you have to check if you’re looking for a job <BR> <BR> <link><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 Another resource shared by Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><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 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career <BR> <BR> <link><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 Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites <BR> <BR> <link><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 Demand for these jobs is expected to grow between now and 2022: <BR> <BR> <link><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! "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 Jobs in Demand for 2014 <BR> Survey suggests employment outlook is brightest in 6 years: <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:13:12 EST How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? <BR> <BR> <link><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 How To Start An Online Business <BR> <BR> <link><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 How The Internet Has Revitalized Legitimate Work At Home Jobs <BR> <BR> <link><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 12 Great Holiday Jobs: <BR> There’s nothing like extra cash to brighten the season <BR> <BR> <link><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 Over 50 & Unemployed: Sizing Up the Problem <BR> <BR> <link><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 "Technology makes it super easy to earn money without leaving the house" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rement/info-10-2013/great-athome-jobs.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Keep putting one foot ahead of the other 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 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> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:43:12 EST 5 best sites to find a job 5 best sites to find a job <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><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 3 best sites to make money doing odd jobs and tasks <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 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><BR>?id=15068 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:48:54 EST How Writing Amazing Emails Can Further Your Career How Writing Amazing Emails Can Further Your Career <BR> <BR> <link><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! Struggling to find work? Why not take advantage of free interactive college classes? <BR> <BR> <link><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 Don't Make These Job Hunting Mistakes <BR> <BR> <link><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 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> <BR> <link><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 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply <BR> <BR> <link><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 7 best apps to help you get a job <BR> <BR> <link><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 Getting Results In The Jobs Market: The Modern Resume <BR> <BR> <link><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 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask <BR> Raising these concerns could be a red flag to your next boss <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link> </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 7 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Ask: <BR> Raising these concerns could be a red flag to your next boss <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 Workers: Here’s How to Reinvent Yourself <BR> <BR> <link><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 How to become a LinkedIn power user in five easy steps: <BR> <BR> <link><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 How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link><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 Jump-start your career! 10 essential education and job websites: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 How Should Older Workers Navigate the Job Market? <BR> <BR> Ways 50-plus workers can best market their skills: <BR> <BR> <link><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 What To Do When You Don't Hear Back After A Job Interview <BR> <BR> <link><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 10 Things You Can Do to Earn More Money <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 Test your readiness for that job interview with this questionnaire: <BR> <BR> <link><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 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search <BR> <BR> "Thinking about changing jobs? Here's how to move forward" <BR> <BR> <link><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 Search thousands of job boards at once <BR> <BR> Another tip from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> <link><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 LinkedIn revamping Jobs tool to open more doors for workers <BR> <BR> <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 4 simple ways to manage your online reputation <BR> <BR> <link><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 10 best sites to find a job <BR> <BR> <link><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 10 Tough Interview Questions <BR> <BR> <link><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. Where Are All the Jobs? Read On: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 6 great ways to make money online <BR> <BR> <link><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 6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 "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 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><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 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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? Dreaming of a better job? <BR> <BR> <link><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? Quiz: Ready to Start a Home Business? <BR> You may need more than money and a good idea: <BR> <BR> <link><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><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 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><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 Get a totally free point-of-sale system for your small business: <BR> <BR> <link><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 oops! Posted to wrong team! <BR> <BR> Hope I can delete...! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:35:26 EST Job Hunting Quiz! Test your job hunting skills here: <BR> <BR> <link><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> </link> <BR> <BR> Don Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:45:38 EST How to Get Hired for the Holidays How to Get Hired for the Holidays <BR> <BR> <link><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 Job Listings: What They Really Mean <BR> <BR> <link><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 5 Great Home-Based Businesses <BR> <BR> <link><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 Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free <BR> <BR> <link><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? 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><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><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! If You Were Unemployed, What Would You Do to Get Noticed? <BR> <BR> <link><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 5 Great Short-Term Jobs <BR> <BR> "Temporary work can bulk up your résumé and your wallet" <BR> <BR> <link><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 How to Become an Entrepreneur <BR> AARP and the Small Business Administration are working together to help you start a business <BR> <BR> <link><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 Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume <BR> <BR> <link><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 Helpful job-hunting resources <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 Check it out! <BR> <BR> Online Tutorial Site Launches Free Computer Science Classes <BR> <BR> <link><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! Avoiding Job Offer Scams <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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 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 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 Get Connected With Work Reimagined <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 5 Businesses You Can Start <BR> <BR> <link><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 How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search <BR> <BR> <link><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...? Facebook Jobs Could Kill LinkedIn's Momentum <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 3 Best Websites To Get A University Level Education For Free <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 Having Trouble Finding a Job? <BR> 6 tips for staying positive during a drawn-out job search <BR> <BR> <link><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 Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search <BR> <BR> Did everyone catch this in the Health News section? <BR> <BR> <link><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! From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><BR>template8&page=9000 </link> <BR> <BR> Here also is an independent review of working for 1800 FLOWERS: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shiringwahms/p/1800FLOWERS-Jobs.htm </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:32:17 EST Learn a language online Learn a language online <BR> <BR> <link><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 "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 Job Hunting Part I <BR> Do A Self-Assessment <BR> <BR> <link><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 Are You Linked In? <BR> <BR> <link><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? 9 Jobs That Are Poised to Multiply <BR> <BR> <link><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 6 Tips to Job Hunting Online <BR> <BR> <link><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 How She Did It: From Layoff to Ideal Job <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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><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! For Career Changers, It Pays to Talk to Strangers: <BR> <BR> <link><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 Improve Your Résumé With Volunteer Work <BR> In between jobs? Do some good and build your professional skills, too <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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 Learn online from MIT <BR> <BR> (another share from Kim Komando <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> <link> </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 LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend <BR> <BR> <link><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 Test your job hunting skills and perhaps learn a thing or two which can make a difference in your job hunt! <BR> <BR> <link><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 Here are a couple of possible avenues to explore (again from Kim Komando): <BR> <BR> Make money teaching online <BR> <link><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 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 50 Jobs for a Second Career <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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> </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 Here are some articles with suggestions for potentially viable home-based businesses which some may want to explore: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rement/info-12-2011/home-based-jobs.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><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 Interview Tips from a Hiring Manager: <BR> <BR> <link><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! Tough getting by on less income...? Why not consider bartering? Here are some ideas to try: <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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! 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 What to Expect When You Fire Your Boss <BR> Startup Stories from Real Women Entrepreneurs <BR> <BR> <link><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 Breaking Out of Long-Term Unemployment <BR> <BR> <link><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 Free online college courses (Courtesy of Kim Komando <link> </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 "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><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 Land Your Next Job <BR> Retraining classes at community colleges can lead to rewarding jobs <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 From Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 I lost my job. Now what? <BR> <BR> <link><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 Coaches Help Job Seekers Hone Interview Skills, Résumés <BR> <BR> <link><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 How to Deal With a Job Gap on a Resume <BR> <BR> <link><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 50 Jobs For a Second Career - AARP <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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><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 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><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 The Best Way to Take Control of Your Job Hunt <BR> <BR> <link><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 How to Avoid Job-Search Scams <BR> <link><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 Enjoy an Encore Career After Retirement <BR> <BR> <link><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 Coaches Help Job Seekers Hone Interview Skills, Résumés <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 Good caveat from AARP: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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! "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>,2817,238426<BR>3,00.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:20:09 EST Emerging Jobs with High Salaries Perhaps it's time to "get in at the bottom" of these new trends...? <BR> <BR> Emerging Jobs with High Salaries <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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 "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 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 4 Ways to Get Killer Letters of Recommendation <BR> <BR> <link><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 8 Dos and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job <BR> <BR> <link><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? 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><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 Dyer can be SUCH an inspirational speaker so FULL of SPARK! :-) <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link><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... 10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off <BR> <BR> <link><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 Tiny Degree, BIG Bucks <BR> <BR> <link><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 How to Avoid Online Job Hunting Mistakes <BR> <BR> <link><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... 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" 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><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!) "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 How a New Approach Helped Me Land a Job in This Economy <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 "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 Hiring managers want to see accomplishments, not rhetoric! <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><BR><BR>t-job-postings?_s=PM:LIVING </link> <BR> <BR> Don Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:40:05 EST Ways to find jobs... 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! Where the Jobs Are <BR> <BR> <link><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 "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 "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><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 Courtesy of Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> <link><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! Check out the news from Dave H. our leading SparkPeople Techie Guy! <BR> <link><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 Start Your 2011 Career Comeback <BR> <BR> <link><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 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 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><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...? 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><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 10 Worst Answers to Healthcare Interview Questions <BR> <link><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><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> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:02:27 EST I'm Scared! 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 10 Paying College Jobs That Look Good on Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link><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 Jump-start Your Career in 2011 <BR> <link><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...? This is from Kim Komando: <BR> <BR> A new way to find jobs online <BR> <link><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 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><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 No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own <BR> <BR> <link><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><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 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><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 2011 Temp Job Outlook <BR> <BR> <link><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 The 50 Best Careers of 2011 <BR> <BR> <link><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 Why "Recession-Proof" Jobs Are a Myth <BR> <BR> <link><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 Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume <BR> <BR> <link><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 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! 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><BR>-Where-Jobs-Are-usnews-367106623.html </link> <BR> <BR> Seven hot careers through 2018 <link><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! 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><BR>really.html </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:57:49 EST Vision Collage Software: Easy way 2 combine photos 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 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 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><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 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><BR>d=8320 </link> <BR> <BR> But there are caveats as well and ways to spot work-from-home-scams: <BR> <BR> <link><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! 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><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 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 New SparkPeople Feature as presented by Coach Nicole! <BR> <link><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 A brief article from -- <BR> "Answering The 'Tell Me About Yourself' Question" <BR> <link><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 New Issue, GREAT Articles! I know I've raved before about this site, but this month's e-mailed issue of 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><... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:54:16 EST Beware of online job scams Beware of online job scams <BR> <BR> <link><BR>390 </link> <BR> <BR> Some helpful & cautionary advice from Kim Komando! <BR> <BR> Also some job resources shared here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=9415 </link> <BR> <BR> Don Mon, 6 Sep 2010 08:49:27 EST Suggestions for being hired! 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 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 Resume Padding: A Dangerous Game <BR> <BR> <link><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? 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 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? 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 "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> </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 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><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 Getting Through a Group Interview <BR> <BR> <link><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 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!) to help you put your best foot forward within the world of social networking: <BR> <BR> <link><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 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><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> </link> <BR> <link>www.thing... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 20:36:29 EST Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make <BR> <BR> <link><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 With This Rinse, Performance Improves <BR> <BR> <link><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 6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid <BR> <BR> <link><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 Do you believe any of these myths about job searching? <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Courtesy of Kim Komando <link> </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! Debt collectors sock it to consumers <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link><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! 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! 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 10 Worst Answers to Healthcare Interview Questions <BR> <BR> <link><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 <link><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 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><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... 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><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! It came from my Course in Miracles co-leader. Awesome. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> <BR> CKwdosjE Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:09:52 EST 6 Shocking Job-Search Facts "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><BR>hocking_job_search_facts... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 08:39:02 EST Are You Stuck in Noble Poverty? 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> </link> <B... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:42:19 EST 5 Job Skills That Can Hurt Your Career 5 Job Skills That Can Hurt Your Career <BR> <BR> <link><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! "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><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 These five fields are perfect for people looking to transition out of their current professions: <BR> <BR> <link><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...! 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! Want a new job? Make your resume stand out from the crowd. <BR> <BR> <link> </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 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><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 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><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 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 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