Tuesday, April 7th Trivia:
Big day for Benito Mussolini… back in 1926 his Irish wife broke his nose on this day…. 17 years later to the day he had his first official Axis meeting with Hitler… and the hits just kept on comin’…. right up to the end.
Tuesday Help Tip 1:
On a piece of paper, write your name, number, e-mail, reward info, and any specific instructions about returning your camera, then take a picture of it and save it as your first photo. If you lose your camera, the finder will know how to contact you.
If you are traveling with someone, especially a child, take a picture of him or her every day in case you get separated.
Tuesday Help Tip 2:
Seems like a lot of people are looking for work these days. Here are some sites with a different approach than most:
10 Job Listing Sites With Unique Opportunities
Even if you’re gainfully employed right now, you’re probably keeping an eye on job listings. It’s just good sense these days. But you need to be looking at the right job listings, reading relevant industry news and keeping your career-building skills honed.
The right job listings can be hard to find. There are thousands of sites offering job listings online, from Craigslist to Monster, but most of them wind up listing very similar (if not identical) opportunities. Here are some that might be worth spending some time on:
LinkedIn is well known to many but it typically is not viewed as a way to find jobs. LinkedIn’s value lies in how easy it is to connect with other people working in your industry as well as professionals in general. Many job opening aren’t listed: recruiters would much rather build a network where they can search for the right hire.
The entire U.S. federal government directs all of its job postings to USAJobs, many of which never make it to other job listing sites. The U.S. government is usually hiring for tens of thousands of jobs at a time — in just about every career field.
Many employers skip placing job listings on external boards, keeping their job opportunities a little closer to home. LinkUp uses automatic tools to find jobs listed only on company websites.
More and more job hunters are placing an emphasis on finding a job that offers some opportunity to give back. Idealist lists jobs from non-profits and idealist organizations.
RealMatch relies on a set of tests to match you with job opportunities that you’ve displayed a certain level of compatibility with — as well as sending your information to employers looking for someone who meets your profile.
While most job sites these days are free, JobSerf charges $98 per week. For that fee, you get 20 hours of personalized job searching: one of JobSerf’s professionals searches for jobs that meet your criteria and apply to those positions that meet your needs.
SimplyHired searches a long list of job listing sites, as well as specific companies’ hiring pages, to provide you with a fairly complete picture of your options with just one search.
SoloGig provides listings of consulting, temporary, contract and freelance opportunities in a broad list of categories. Some of the short-term projects listed on SoloGig are expected to last a year or more.
9. Women for Hire
The jobs available through Women for Hire are available to men as well as women, but the site provides a special level of support for women who are hunting for jobs. It offers up specialized advice on issues like finding positions that offer help with child care.
Just because a job is available doesn’t mean that you’re ready to pick up and move for it. Job-Hunt has a long list of links to job hunting resources by state, giving you a head start on local job leads.
No matter which sites fit what you might be looking for, just about all of them (with the exception of JobSerf) allow you to either receive new job leads through RSS or email. Even if you’re only looking passively for any opportunities that might cross your computer screen, keeping an eye on these websites can help you get word of perfect fits that may not hit the standard job boards.
There are a couple of other sites worth keeping an eye on these days: Most state governments have centralized job listings like USAJobs. It might be worth signing up for the RSS feed or email alert on your state’s site. The same is true of your alumni career office. Most schools offer alumni career support indefinitely, and solicit job listings from other alumni. And don’t forget your local want ads — most newspapers make their classified ads available online. Many employers still list their job openings exclusively with their local newspaper, so it’s worth looking locally.
Tuesday Yummy Nutrition Tip:
It’s almost Easter. What the hey… stuffing some quality chocolate in your intake valve turns out to be a VERY GOOD THING. This tasty tip is from Real Age, plus my personal recommendation on some of the best chocolate you can buy… for a number of reasons.
Dark Is Key
In one study, just 6 weeks of a daily dose of cocoa made skin smoother, better hydrated, and less sun sensitive. And 12 weeks did even more. All thanks to the skin-boosting antioxidants in cocoa, called flavonols. But it’s got to be dark chocolate, according to Dr. Amy Wechsler. “Skip cocoa mixes, which don’t have the same flavonol levels, and go for the real thing: dark, unadulterated cacao powder that contains 70 percent or more cacao,” she writes in her new book, The Mind-Beauty Connection.
So… eat just an ounce a day (about a third of a normal sized chocolate bar). It really helps to satisfy sweet cravings and delivers all those good and powerful flavonols. After EXTENSIVE market research :-), my very favorite bar is:
Equal Exchange Organic & Fairly Traded DARK CHOCOLATE with PURE COCOA NIBS.
Every Tuesday Matters:
From the “Every Monday Matters” book and website:
- 61% of low-income families have no books in their homes for their children.
- 43% of adults with the lowest level of literacy proficiency live in poverty. Only 4% of adults with strong literacy skills live in poverty.
- 55% of children have an increased interest in reading when given books at an early age.
- Children with a greater variety of reading material in the home are more creative, imaginative, and proficient in reading. They are also on a better path toward educational growth and development.
- There is only 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods compared to 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Go through your bookshelves and pull out books that you will never read again or have owned for more than 2 years and haven’t read yet.
- Pack the books in a box.
- Call your local library, school, foster home, or children’s organization to see if they need books.
- Deliver the books.
- Pack and mail your quality used books to a U.S. organization.
- Pack and mail your quality used books abroad.
- If you don’t have any books at home, purchase some to donate or find an organization that accepts financial donations and will purchase books and deliver them where they are needed.
Having access to books is the key to literacy, yet the majority of children in low-income neighborhoods often lack libraries and bookstores. By donating your books, especially children’s books, you can impact some of the 12 million children who don’t have books at home. Otherwise, these children simply won’t learn to read. Imagine if you couldn’t read this book.
Tuesday Brain Game:
Pretty, not too difficult… a lot like you 🙂
Tuesday Cool Stuff:
And you thought cell phones were great. This video starts a little slow, but soon hits its stride as MIT Associate Professor Pattie Maes lays the groundwork for a gadget you won’t want to miss. You are 8 minutes and 42 seconds away from a very cool future….. Minority Report, here we come.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Tuesday Double Funny Stuff:
Since the economy’s been going to the dogs, I thought we should, too….
And let’s put THIS bowzer in charge of the Financial Recovery Plan…