Thursday, May 22, 2008

Great resource for writing Ezines

I recently found a site that provides wonderful FREE information about writing and marketing Ezines. Rather than pay for some of the expensive courses, I'd rather comb through the articles and archives to find the information that I need. Check it out at

Once there, you can link to . It's a site that accepts articles for publication. I've had three published and one is pending. There are so many categories under which articles are published, it's a great site simply to browse through.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Job Search Sites

These are resources I've pulled together to support people in job searches. I divided the list into several categories, from the most general to the most specialized sites.

Basic Job Search– the biggest job search site; has information on specific industries; also has lots of tips about how to prepare resume, cover letter and for interview– a mainstream site with all sorts of jobs another mainstream site (joint venture of Yahoo! and HotJobs – HotJobs no longer exists on its own) has a bunch of jobs, not terrifically well-organized, but still worth looking at everything with a focus on marketing and new media collects jobs from a lot of different sites, so is a worthwhile central location; takes you to the site itself, so if it's a Ladders job, you'd still have to join and sign in linked to Wall Street Journal, seems to draw mostly on other sites– jobs from the social networking site (powered by SimplyHired)– national site based in Florida– gathers information from all sites

Requires a little More Effort to Get In and See Jobs – & Worth It!– their tag line is “be hunted” – their focus is to match seeker with best jobs for them, using their “10 Dimensional Matching (sm) Technology”– a site that gets employers to pay YOU to interview – for people happy at their jobs– the professional networking site has its own job search site you have to sign up to see jobs, but it's free - linked to some specialty sites like

Population and Location-Specific– targeting Latinos and jobs that require Spanish; lots of Latin American employers - sub-site of CareerBuilders for African-Americans and diversity - diversity recruitment– for recent college graduates– for veterans of the armed services– jobs in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US– jobs in the US Southwest and California– jobs in Canada – Chicago non-profit jobs

Non-Profit Industry Sites the workhorse of non-profit job search - Chronicle of Philanthropy job site; lots of fundraising jobs, as well as executive level - most of the jobs on idealist are here, too - some different another central place for many for-profit jobs really different jobs! Search firms seem to post here. part of onPhilanthropy, on-line presence of Changing Our World; based in Washington, DC – re-launched May 08, so fewer jobs than most site has fewer jobs, mostly repetitive, some difference with major sites Council on Foundations site with jobs at foundations all over US and some abroad social service and social work jobs– non-profit jobs, not a huge range CareerBuilder’s non-profit job postings job board on a LA-based site that offers free and low cost resources for the nonprofit sector - jobs board for Michigan-based Society of Non-Profit Organizations– a local NYC publication focused on social change and community activism and jobs related to activist and social change– has national jobs especially North Carolina - non-profit jobs mainly Northeast and California

Industry-specific Sites– Society for Human Resources Management, the biggest industry site HR jobs - HR jobs finance, banking– Financial Executives International Job Center for executive-level financial jobs (must qualify and pay $495 fee plus $250 application fee to join) “green” jobs– marketing for media professionals (on-line/new media, books, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, academic, advertising, design, corporate/tech writing, PR/marketing)– Public relations jobs (powered by CareerBuilder) tech-related - tech insiders - very popular site for techies and that industry– sports and sports-related jobs and internships a lot of medical, some support functions (eg HR) also lots of medical and some support– jobs in public health Public Health Employment Connection run by Emory University – jobs in public health biotech and pharma hospitality industry federal jobs– mainly transportation, mostly CDL truck driving (long-haul and local) - wide range of museum jobs

Paid Search Sites (mostly $100K+ jobs) listed as and – has senior executive and six figure jobs. You can search free, but have to pay $39/month to actually apply through ExecuNet. $100K+ jobs – have to sign up and pay monthly fee to actually see jobs and apply; allows you to post a profile instead of a full resume; used by recruiters. Has specialized “Ladders” for specific fields. Also has UK jobs (
UpLadder: medical and science jobs– executive jobs – international - $40 a month fee– high level $100K+ jobs. Service of Association of Executive Search Consultants. Lifetime membership fees from $239 to $329 (higher priced include access to SearchConnect directory of 5000 AESC members)– $100K+ job search “concierge” that searches sites and makes matches. $54.95 a month; 20% discount for new members $43.95

Jobs on Professional Networking Sites– professional networking site. Free to join; paid upgrades available from $19.95 to $200 a month (recommended for recruiters and active job seekers). Ecademy is a social business network with over 150,000 members. 85% of the members are outside of North America, most in Western Europe, with some presence in Asia.– Marketing Executives Networking Group on line networking site for highly compensated ($160K+), senior-level Marketing, Sales, or General Management executives

Monday, May 19, 2008

What is your WHY?

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Something very fun!

You Think English is Easy?

Can you read these right the first time?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wiseguy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this:

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and it is UP.

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we brighten UP a room and polish UP the silver. We warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP old cars. At other times, the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special .

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning, but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP can be used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP.
For now, my time is ......UP.
Time to shut UP.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The importance of finding our "right fit" work

I talked with a young woman today who is in a job she really doesn't like. Her problem is that she doesn't really know what she wants to do. So we are exploring those activities she does enjoy, to delineate their attributes. Those attributes will be the very same attributes of a job she will like and even love.

Right now, she's taking an art class that is the highlight of her week. We identified the reasons she loves it: she is seeing herself grow and develop more skill, she really likes the teacher who promotes a positive learning environment, she enjoys watching her classmates progress and express their personalities, and there is a finished product at the end of it - a specific art piece.

When we compared that to her current work environment, we saw that it is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of what she likes and thrives in. No one works together, she’s essentially alone working on her computer, she's not really learning or developing herself - nor is anyone else seeking to develop or mentor her - and there is no finished product at the end of the day.

Until now, she’s been trying to make herself good at something she doesn’t like, instead of finding what she likes and then going toward it. It's as if she's a square peg trying to fit into a round hole - no matter how much she tries to shave off those square edges, she resists it. She thinks she's supposed to adapt herself to this environment because this is the job she's in.

The truth is she really doesn’t want to shave off any more of herself or adapt to work that is profoundly dissatisfying. What she really wants to do now is get more understanding of what she does like and go toward that in her work life.

Yes, we have to adapt ourselves to the world as it is, for it's more pleasant to accept life on life's terms instead of constantly fighting things I cannot change. This is far different from passively accepting our position in life. If we are unhappy in work, it's possible to change that. It's possible to find work that really makes us happy, that uses our talents and abilities, that allows us to feel and express love and satisfaction.

Our "right fit" work is the place where we love what we do and do what we love, and are more in harmony with the world around us. We feel rewarded and we are able to give to the world from our strengths and passion.

I look forward to continuing the journey with this young woman and to sharing it here.