Life’s Toughest 25 Questions Answered

My brother sent me this link and I thought it would be a great “Quick Hit” for everyone to say: hmmm…

Life’s 25 Toughest Questions – Answered

I gotta hand it to my brother:  because of him now I now now:why no matter where I go, the  slowest line  is always the one I’m standing on (#6)

Scambusters

Today with the way technology is proceeding at a breakneck speed, we are all inundated with offers either via email, telephone or by on-line malware. This post talks about some tips to avoid being scammed. In today’s of technology overload, you are your own last line of defense against spam, phishing, malware, virus’s, and any web born aggrevation.

Hmm, do I sound like someone who has gone down this path?

To battle the scourge of being scammed or having your identity stolen, here are a couple of really good sites which help you follow up on this ageless motto:

“If it sounds too good to be true, it absolutely is”.

  1. Scambusters – Check out questionable offers
  2. Scam – On-line community forums

Some tips to avoid being scammed or having your identity stolen (my list of on-line NO-NO’s):

  • Don’t open ANY emails that look suspicious (No you have not won $5M in the European Union’s lottery that you never entered)
  • Don’t confirm any personal information via email – NO valid financial institution will ask you for your pin code to “confirm” your identity.
  • Never ever give your credit card number to anyone on the phone, if you have any doubt of  who the caller is. I encountered this when I kept on getting “restricted” calls from the Policemen’s fund raiser on my home phone. As soon as you ask for proof of identity or email confirmation, the phone line mysteriously goes dead….
  • Make sure your Antivirus, hardware/software firewall, spyware blocker, anti-phishing (browser) addons for Firefox or IE are updated. If this sounds like I’m over-protected, I’m not. Even with all of the above, I’ve seen many of these villans attack my machines at home. So in order to protect yourself, you need to have a combinations. I’ve used both McAfee and Norton. These days I lean towards McAfee, only because, it’s provided free by most web providers (Comcast, Optimum, etc…). I’v also stopped using IE all together and only use Firefox on all my machines.
  • Make sure you disable Pop-Ups (this is how how I caught the dreaded “Your machine has a virus, you need to purchase ….”  virus). You can always enable or override with simple keystrokes.
  • Do not accept any invitation/messages  from anyone that you do not know on social networking sites.  Yes that means me, a noted Facebook and LinkedIn fanatic.
  • Do not accept an invitation : When you get an invite from someone that you have no clue to be your “friend” on your instant messager client (cindyfunxx38  is not your friend)

Overall, I can safely say: “If you encounter stangers bearing gifts, you can almost be assured that you will be given a gift that will last for a lifetime”.

If you know of any additional scambuster sites, leave me a comment.

Job Search – Part 2A – Build Your Network

In my last post I talked about the first phase of recovery after you lose your job. Now, I’m going to discuss the one of the most important things of a job search: Network, Network, Network!

In order to be successful in your job search building your personal And professional network .

  • This network can exist of family, friends,business associates,  acquaintences,  and any others that can help you to find your next assignment/job.
  • Build an On-line network utilizing LinkedIn (professional) and Facebook (Personal/Professional).  For the purposes of this post, I will only talk about LinkedIn.

Remember, that every person you have met and will meet is a potential network contact for you (yes even the individuals you don’t care for)).  So if you can build your network quickly, the quicker you will be back to work. Keep in mind  that networking is known to be the best and most effective way to find a new job. As opposed to sending out resumes without the networking touch!

So let’s start to build your network!

Here’s a step by step way to develop and and maintain your network.

  • Jot down all your network names by category (work, family, friends, and just people you know)
  • Within each category, write down names and emails (and if you have it, their contact numbers). In my opinion, the emails are most important today. You’ll see why later.
  • Create a “new” email using Gmail (my favorite), like this: “xxxx_net99”  (ex. abc_net09) this will be your email that you will use for all your job search and network efforts.  It’s important to include some numbers in your email to reduce SPAM to this box.
  • Now get LinkedIn: Maximze this FREE  professional networking site  to establish an on-line network with your newly created email (“xxxx_net99). When you create the account, you will have the ability to import your emails from the various email accounts you may already have (Gmail, Hotmail, etc..).

Once you have created a profile, allow Linked-In to import and determine many of your pre-existing contacts already have linkedIn accounts (saves you time with data entry). These individuals are your first target for your professional network. You will send out personalized invitations

  • Note: When you create your Linked In, make sure your privacy settings reflect the actual amount of information you wish to divulge about yourself. There are plenty of long time “linkers” as I call them that are constantly patrolling looking to sell you some financial planning or stocks, or just in general annoying invitations. So do due diligence in making sure you only reveal the things about yourself that you want the world to see on linked in.

Now that you are on the premier site for professional networking,  you need to:

  1. Create your Profile
  2. Upload Your Resume (if ready). If not
  3. Start exploring linked in for it’s tremendous networking utilization and job listings.
  4. Start your job search here!

Mastering and utilizing Linked-In itself will take you a few weeks.  In my opinion, this site is the best place to start in your job search. Looking around the site you will be able to join discussions, groups, ask questions, look at company information, and develop a professional network that can be amazing. LinkedIn is your one-stop shop for professional networking.

I started using LinkedIn a few years ago when I lost my job and over 3 years have developed over 430 first level contacts.  You can see my public profile on LinkedIn.

Of course there are other sites on the Web that provide networking for professionals, but I always come back to LinkedIn as my personally preferred networking site.

If you have other professional networking sites that you would like to share,  feel free to leave your comments.

Job Search – Part 2 – Networking

In my last post I talked about the first phase of recovery after you lose your job. Now, I’m going to discuss the one of the most important things of a job search: Network, Network, Network!

In order to be successful in your job search building your personal And professional network .

  • This network can exist of family, friends,business associates,  acquaintences,  and any others that can help you to find your next assignment/job.
  • Build an On-line network utilizing LinkedIn (professional) and Facebook (Personal/Professional).  For the purposes of this post, I will only talk about LinkedIn.

Remember, that every person you have met and will meet is a potential network contact for you (yes even the individuals you don’t care for)).  So if you can build your network quickly, the quicker you will be back to work. Keep in mind  that networking is known to be the best and most effective way to find a new job. As opposed to sending out resumes without the networking touch!

So let’s start to build your network!

Here’s a step by step way to develop and and maintain your network.

  • Jot down all your network names by category (work, family, friends, and just people you know)
  • Within each category, write down names and emails (and if you have it, their contact numbers). In my opinion, the emails are most important today. You’ll see why later.
  • Create a “new” email using Gmail (my favorite), like this: “xxxx_net99”  (ex. abc_net09) this will be your email that you will use for all your job search and network efforts.  It’s important to include some numbers in your email to reduce SPAM to this box.
  • Now get LinkedIn: Maximze this FREE  professional networking site  to establish an on-line network with your newly created email (“xxxx_net99). When you create the account, you will have the ability to import your emails from the various email accounts you may already have (Gmail, Hotmail, etc..).

Once you have created a profile, allow Linked-In to import and determine many of your pre-existing contacts already have linkedIn accounts (saves you time with data entry). These individuals are your first target for your professional network. You will send out personalized invitations

  • Note: When you create your Linked In, make sure your privacy settings reflect the actual amount of information you wish to divulge about yourself. There are plenty of long time “linkers” as I call them that are constantly patrolling looking to sell you some financial planning or stocks, or just in general annoying invitations. So do due diligence in making sure you only reveal the things about yourself that you want the world to see on linked in.

Now that you are on the premier site for professional networking,  you need to:

  1. Create your Profile
  2. Upload Your Resume (if ready). If not
  3. Start exploring linked in for it’s tremendous networking utilization and job listings.
  4. Start your job search here!

Mastering and utilizing Linked-In itself will take you a few weeks.  In my opinion, this site is the best place to start in your job search. Looking around the site you will be able to join discussions, groups, ask questions, look at company information, and develop a professional network that can be amazing. LinkedIn is your one-stop shop for professional networking.

I started using LinkedIn a few years ago when I lost my job and over 3 years have developed over 430 first level contacts.  You can see my public profile on LinkedIn.

Of course there are other sites on the Web that provide networking for professionals, but I always come back to LinkedIn as my personally preferred networking site.

If you have other professional networking sites that you would like to share,  feel free to leave your comments.

Tickled by Life – Life Enhancement

I was having a really difficult at work this week. 😦  and I needed something to cheer me up.

I came across the site Tickled by Life and before I could finish reading one article, I realized that this Blog was a keeper and wanted to share with my readers.

I especiallly enjoyed the article What goes around Comes around..

Enjoy!

CELL PHONE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY

Mea Culpa. After I posted this entry, I realized that I had fallen into one of the olders email hoaxes that has been on the Internet.

A good friend of mine directed me to the Urban Legends site which discusses the below.

There is no deadline. Below is the excerpt which makes this entry moot. Again I don’t normally post this kind of information without verifying, but in this case, I did.

Comments: Yes, you can add your cell phone number(s) to the National Do Not Call Registry.

But no, you won’t suddenly be at the mercy of 10,000 telemarketers if you don’t.

While it’s true that several of the major wireless phone providers announced a plan some years ago to establish a 411 directory of customers’ cell phone numbers, it is not true that the plan involved publishing said directory for any and all to read. Participating companies said the numbers would be made available only via telephone, only to users who dialed directory assistance and paid a fee, and only with customer consent.

In any case, the point has been moot since 2006, when the plan to create a 411 directory for cell phone numbers was indefinitely postponed.

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Notice: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

Starting February 2009, Cell phone numbers will go public.

If you want to avoid telemarketing or sales calls, follow the process below, and it should put your cell phone on the DO NOT CALL LIST put into place by the Federal Trade Commission.

This is the National Do Not Call Registry sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.  You may also register your home phone number on this number too but it is essential to register your cell phone because all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

…. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS MADE TO YOUR CELL PHONE.

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:    888-382-1222.

Important thing here is that you MUST call from the number you are registering. According to the site:

Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

If after you do this and you continue to get those annoying sales calls on your cell, you can always call to the National Do Not Call Registry to initiate a complaint against the cell phone spammer!

The National Do Not Call Registry Serves multiple purposes:

  1. Register multiple phone numbers to be put on the DO NOT CALL List with the FTC
  2. Verify that your number is on the DO NOT CALL list (via email)
  3. Initiate complaints against the organizations that continue to call you when you are on the DO NOT CALL List.

Thanks to my tennis buddy Drew for enlightening me with this tidbit..

Of course if you like sales calls interrupting your privacy, you can ignore… 🙂

mashable – All Web news

I was bored and cruising (yes everyone knows how easily I get distracted/bored) and came across the mashable site.

This site provides an excellent summarized summary of NEW things happening. I could just waste hours and hours of time on the popular category of  Facebook, Firefox, Google and my fav iPhone.

What I liked about the site,  is that you can leave comments on any of the stories that are published here.

I like the clean structure and the a could look at the popular categories. I’ll give you one guess which one I gravitated to. the iPhone area.

What I liked even more of this site is the Jobs section.

  • Here you can see job postings (besides your Monster,  and careerbuilder). The interface was clean. I just selected the state I was looking for a job in and voila,  I saw the jobs in a simple list.
  • Updated 11/15/18: without doubt the best aggregator site today is Indeed. This site puts together jobs from multiple sites for a one stop job search

Take a look at mashable , I added the daily feed to my Yahoo, of course this site allows you to add subscribe to this site.  I give this site 4+ stars.

One of my next blog entries  is going to be dedicated to how to network in this crummy (yes that’s a technical term) economy and the inside tricks to finding jobs others won’t find.. Stay tuned for that.

Self Improvement Blogs

I was reading my favorite Blog the simple dollar (truly the best self improvement blog I have ever read on a regular basis), when I came across a link to liferemix.net

This site is a consolidation of all self help blogs in one place. I checked it out and really liked it.

Check it out.