Sunday, July 17, 2011

Job Hunting Tips

There are basics to consider when you are on the hunt for a job. Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview suggests the following 7 considerations. See if you are on track with these ideas.

  1. What is your time line? How long can you afford to look?
  2. Do you know what you really want to do? List 3 skills you enjoy using three task you don't like and three companies you are interested in.
  3. Do you have a 30 second pitch? Be ready with a sound bite describing what you are looking for.Do you have supporting materials? You need a business card, resume, cover letter tailored to the job and a social media presence.
  4. Do you look ready to work? New clothes and a haircut are good starters.
  5. Do you have a job hunting space? A library, coffee shop, office where you can talk, write and do your job search.
  6. Who is in your network? List your best resources, friends, former colleagues, and professional contacts that can help.
Then, practice your pitch with friends or family.

 Good luck!!!!

ADHD and Secondhand Smoke

Another article on problems associated with smoking showed up in an article by Randy Dotinga of Healthday in USA Today. 
For their study, published online July 11 in the journal Pediatrics, researchers examined the results of a 2007 U.S. telephone survey of families that included 55,358 children under the age of 12. Six percent of them were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

"Children exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes face a higher risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, other behavioral problems and learning disorders, a new study finds."

After adjusting their numbers to improve their validity from a statistical point of view, the researchers found that about 8 percent of the kids had learning disabilities, 6 percent had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and almost 4 percent had behavioral and conduct disorders, such as oppositional defiant disorder.

So, here is another reason not to smoke. Save yourself and your children from extra problems in life.  Link to the entire article.

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