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Use a Leave-Behind After Your Job Interview and You Won’t Get Left Behind

Use a Leave-Behind After Your Job Interview and You Won’t Get Left Behind.

Use a Leave-Behind After Your Job Interview and You Won’t Get Left Behind

The pace of the job market is zooming. Interviewers see scores of candidates, so how can you make a lasting great first impression? Plan for something you will leave behind. A Leave-Behind is a great tool to remind the hiring manager of your skills and the benefit you bring to a new job.

Job candidates in design areas are usually accustomed to leaving a brochure of their portfolio when an interview closes. The truth is this is a great idea for anyone going to a job interview to prevent their resume from becoming bogged down or lost with scores of others.

Some folks call it a resume addendum, it is a set of work samples and documents that highlights your skills and abilities. It is a concise explanation of why you should get the job.  More

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Squirrels in The Family Tree

My dad never displayed his temper. I do not think I ever heard him swear when my Mom was in the room. He was the disciplinarian in name only. If my Mom was upset with me for good reason and told me “Just wait until your dad gets home.” I knew I was safe. Were my mother to decide the punishment it was likely going to be far more harsh than Dad’s.

My mom was more than okay though. She supported both my sister and I in most everything we did. Why she sent me away to summer camp when I was four I still believe was for me to have fun – though my older sister swears they needed the summer off because I was so difficult.

As a small child till high school I was not difficult. True, my ninth grade home room teacher did tell my Mom that I would either be a great attorney or mastermind criminal. I never went to law school and I never passed the bar. I also never became a doctor and I believe that was her greatest disappointment when it came to me.

Though he never finished college, Dad was really smart. He was conservative in his financial actions but was way ahead of his time on social issues. Part of that strong feeling to help the downtrodden, if I am to believe his sister, is because Grandma was a communist.

So, let’s look at the mix:

Dad – a pushover

Mom – a failed disciplinarian

Sister – lies to me

Dad’s sister – lies to me

Who is missing? Of course my grandfather – he was a wonderful, funny and loving man. He loved to flirt with women but never in front of my grandmother – then he would just hang around looking stoic. Once when my grandmother was hospitalized he lived with us for a while. His favorite thing was to walk to the kosher delicatessen and buy a sour pickle that he would eat on the way home. For some reason he was not allowed to eat them, but boy did he enjoy them.

Pops attitude towards pickles was a big influence on me. I learned from him that you have to be willing to take some risk to get a reward and when you really want something done correctly, do it yourself. Now, he never set out to teach me that, and I do not know if he even believed that, but, that is what shaped my life to a great extent. By the way, he was a socialist, but from him I also learned to care what happens to the guy just a bit smaller than me.


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Muddling & Mashups

I confess, I have tried writing a blog once or twice before. But, each time I tried, I eventually gave up to the pull of an interesting TV show (can you use interesting and TV show in the same sentence) or to my dog Jake licking my elbow which is his way of telling me he’ like to go for a walk please.

I caved to TV or I caved to Jake – either way entries to my former blogs became further apart and then stopped.

Perhaps this was due to lack of readers, or comments, or maybe both.

So readers, my development to become the best content writer lies with you. Make sure you visit here often, share the link on your social media and leave me a kind word or two in the comments.

My future lies with you. Frankly, I am way too old to move back in with my parents (a difficult thing to do as they both have passed). I cannot survive on the streets (my wife will never let me hear the end of it).

I look forward to seeing my visits graph soar, and time on page per visit be long enough to know you have at least skimmed my posts. Speaking of which, they will be much shorter than this page.

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Muddling and Mashups

I thought that I knew my way around a keyboard. But, trying to figure out how to place a new post on my blog was quite a challenge. I am not sure I have done this correctly – but I will find out when I post it.

I am amazed at how many web sites are not optimized for cross device connections. It seems that most small and medium businesses have the attitude that it just is not worth it to optimize web sites for all devices, OSs and browsers.

This is a very bad idea as the average surfer will leave your site if it does not begin opening in two seconds or less. Try your site on your smartphone, tablet and computer – how long did each take to open? Over two seconds and your new customer has already moved on.

Have your webdesigner optimize  each page of your site for viewing. The relative small cost of optimizing for mobile will be off-set by keeping traffic on your site.