THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

 October 17, 2011

VOLUME 5, NUMBER 42


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

Newsletter Archives


Upcoming Events

Send calendar additions to calendar@augustgroup.org

Are you willing to assist or enhance the content of this section of the newsletter?

We're looking for members to populate this Event List with events of interest. If so, send an email to calendar@augustgroup.org.  It gets better with your input and contributions.


The Upcoming Events List is listed as a service to newsletter readers to summarize some events. Dates/Times/Places do change so please verify the event by visiting the August Group Website Calendar before attending an event.


Rochester Works' Career Navigator @ United Way, 75 College Avenue
Monday - Friday, October 17 - October 21, 9:00am -  4:30pm.
Registration closed. Next Career Navigator November 14-17.

Registration is open now and will fill up quickly!

ITT/Eastman Kodak Benefits Seminar Through Career Transition @ The Bagel Bin Cafe
Monday, October 17, 11:30am -  1:00pm.

Door-Opening Resume with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, October 18, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Twitter for the Job Seeker workshop with Hannah Morgan @ The Fairport Public Library
Tuesday, October 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Registration begins September 20th.

Mega Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, October 19, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Destination Retirement @ The Bagel Bin
Monday, October 24, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Introduction Pitch Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, October 25, 1:00pm - 4:30pm.

ITT/Eastman Kodak Benefits Seminar Through Career Transition @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd.
Wednesday, October 26 5:00pm -  7:00pm.

15th Annual Wayne County Job Fair @ Quality Inn, Route 88, Newark, NY
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Jumpstart: Concise, Meaningful Introductions @ The Bagel Bin
Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Bragging Rights @ The Fairport Public Library
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins September 29.

Interviewing at 40+: How to Counteract the Age Factor workshop with Dr. Rita Carey @ The Fairport Public Library
Friday, October 28, 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Registration begins September 30.

Interviewing Beyond the Basics @ The Fairport Public Library
Monday, October 31, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins October 3rd.

Winning Career Psychology - More important than your resume!! with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, November 01, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Digital Rochester's First Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, November 01, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

2011 National Veterans Job Expo Presented by the Veterans Outreach Center @ Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main St.
Wednesday, November 02, 10:00am - 3:00pm.
MUST present proof of Veteran status to participate.

Where Have All the Jobs Gone? Mastering the Online/Offline Job Search workshop with Dr. Rita Carey @ The Fairport Public Library
Friday, November 04, 9:30am - 11:30am.
Registration begins October 07.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing? @ The Bagel Bin
Monday, November 07, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Registration opens today, November 07

for December 12 - 16 Career Navigator at RochesterWorks! and fills up quickly. Deadline for registration is December 05.

ITT/Eastman Kodak Benefits Seminar Through Career Transition @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd.
Monday, November 07 6:00pm -  8:00pm.

15th Annual Wayne County Job Fair @ Quality Inn, Route 88, Newark, NY
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Goal Achieving Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, November 08, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Speaker-Networking Event with Judy Seil @ The Pittsford Library, 24 State Street, Pittsford, NY
Thursday, November 10, 4:30pm - 7:00pm.

ITT/Eastman Kodak Benefits Seminar Through Career Transition @ Angelo Planning Group, 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd.
Thurssday, November 10 6:00pm -  8:00pm.

Does Your Job Search Need a Tune-Up? workshop with Dr. Rita Carey @ The Fairport Public Library
Friday, November 11, 9:30am - 11:30am.
Registration begins October 14

Rochester Works' Career Navigator @ United Way, 75 College Avenue
Monday - Friday, November 14 - 17, 9:00am -  4:30pm.
Registration required by November 07.

Managing a Job Fair for Success @ The Fairport Public Library
Monday, November 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins October 07.

Door-Opening Resume with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday November 15, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Managing Your Career Transition workshop with Michael Chabalik @ The Fairport Public Library
Tuesday, November 15, 2:00pm - 3:30pm.
Registration begins October 18th.

Mega Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, November 16, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers workshop with Dr. Rita Carey @ The Fairport Public Library
Friday, November 18, 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Registration begins October 21st.

Social Media and Reputation Management workshop with Hannah Morgan @ The Fairport Public Library
Friday, November 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Registration begins October 21.

Negotiating Your Job Offer @ The Fairport Public Library
Monday, November 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins October 24.

Introduction Pitch Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, November 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Goal Achieving Workshop with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Thursday, December 01, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing? @ The Bagel Bin
Monday, December 05, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Beat the Crowd! Highlight Your Resume To Make a Difference @ The Fairport Public Library
Monday, December 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins November 07.

Winning Career Psychology - More important than your resume!! with Tracey Aiello @ Angelo Planning Group 2590 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd
Tuesday, December 06, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Digital Rochester's First Tuesday Networking
Tuesday, December 06, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Job Search Management @ The Fairport Public Library
Monday, December 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Registration begins November 14.

Rochester Works' Career Navigator @ United Way, 75 College Avenue
Monday - Friday, December 12 - 16, 9:00am -  4:30pm.

Registration opens November 07 and fills up quickly!


Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at jobs@augustgroup.org. If the job your neighbor, friend or family shared with you is not right for you, it might be perfect for an August Group colleague.  

This is a great place for practicing "give to get." With 1600 members, what can happen here when members own the content?

We welcome volunteers to coordinate the job postings on a weekly basis. Employers and members submit jobs that must be readied for inclusion in the job posting section of the website.


For Job Posting please visit the Job Posting section of The August Group website. You must be registered and login to view job postings.


Career Sites

If you have a career site that you would like to share with others please send the link to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.


Previously Posted Jobs

See the August Group Newsletter Archives




Labor Market Information

Rochester Area Labor Statistics

March, 2011 through August, 2011

Finger Lakes Area Employment Projections

Today - 2018

Labor Employment Dynamics

Produced through a partnership between The NY State Department of Labor and the US Census Bureau



Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.



August Group Members Success Stories

If you are an August Group member who has a success story that you would like to share. Send it to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Success Story" in the Subject Line.

Come on now, we know you have success stories!

We hear of members "landing" nearly every week. Tell us about your new position. Your success will give others hope that jobs are out there. And remember, no one cheers for you more than fellow TAG'ers.

A Cautionary tale..

Kelly Jo Landers reported she had landed a job as Site Manager & Executive Assistant at Hank Parker's Party & Tent Rentals.



Links to share

Got a link you want to share?  Send it to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Link to share" in the Subject Line.


Gov't launches site to teach Web skills

A new Commerce Department website aims to give schools, libraries and job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to Americans who are new to the Net.

The site, digitalliteracy.gov , offers links to everything from basic Web surfing tips and online banking tutorials to resume-building services and resources on combating cyber bullying. It is part of an Obama administration push to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet connections and the skills needed to use them to compete in today's digital economy.

The site was created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department that has awarded roughly $4 billion in stimulus funding to pay for new high-speed Internet networks and other broadband programs.

Elaine M. Adams
Rapid Response - Long Island Region
NYS Department of Labor
303 W. Old Country Road
Hicksville, New York 11801
516-934-8561
elaine.adams@labor.ny.gov


You can search salaries, get feedback on companies, interview questions for companies, etc. Take a look.

www.glassdoor.com

Ann Marie Walker
Workshop Specialist
RochesterWorks! Career Center
255 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-258-3541
Fax: 585-232-3727
Email: amwalker@rochesterworks.org
Website: www.rochesterworks.org


This seems like a great resource. They offer free job aids (reference sheets) for Word, Outlook, PPT, Access, Excel, Project, Visio, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and more. You can also sign on for free training and paid training.

They state that it's spam free.

I'm not affiliated with them at all, so I'm not recommending them beyond saying that their content looks good. I just downloaded a few, so I'm new to them as well.

http://clo.customguide.com/

Kind Regards,
Sue Schnorr
President
Training Insights, Inc.
585-442-3443


I have some links to share for people interested in Green Jobs. Some have jobs in NY state, most don't but you never knwo who wants to relocate.

Yvonne Cleveland


Managing Your Job Search & All the Stuff - JibberJobber.com

If you are spending time trying to create a system to manage your job search efforts, consider using JibberJobber.com a software solution designed for and by a disgruntled, frustrated job seeker. A spreadsheet works with limitations for some for a while, then what?

JibberJobber tracks, jobs, companies, contacts, AND documents AND calendar and offers other enhanced tools. When you sign up you have 14 days access to the Premium Features. Check them out! The service is FREE with limitations, much like LinkedIn. Subscribers pay $5-10 per month. Use it while in job search and unsubscribe when you've landed if you wish.

It is suggested that you have already established your account prior to coming. Visit JibberJobber to get your FREE account. First steps upon opening an account would be to view the three User Webinar videos. Go to Tools - Videos - User Webinar and view parts 1, 2 and 3. It is a GREAT starting point that takes less than an hour to view.

Thanks for sharing guys
Greg Taylor a/k/a Sir LinkedAlot
757-752-8822 (Google Voice)
585-785-8600 (Office)
585-748-1900 (Verizon)
http://SirLinkedAlot.com
http://ExcelsiorSP.com


Words of Wisdom

Got a thought to share?  Send it to newsletter@augustrgroup.org and put "Words of Wisdom" in the Subject Line.


The Government will not and can not solve the current ills of the economy. The government is of and by the people. YOU are the people.

  • "We pay too little attention to the reserve power of the people to take care of themselves. We are too solicitous for government intervention, on the theory, first, that the people themselves are helpless, and second, that the government has superior capacity for action. Often times both of these conclusions are wrong."
    ~ Calvin Coolidge

  • "The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves."
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

  • "Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward."
    ~ Patricia Sampson

  • "A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, in successive years, and always like a cat falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls. He walks abreast with his days and feels no shame in not 'studying a profession, for he does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances.

    Let a Stoic open the resources of man and tell men they are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves; that with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear; that a man is the word made flesh, born to shed healing to the nations; that he should be ashamed of our compassion, and that the moment he acts from himself, tossing the laws, the books, idolatries and customs out of the window, we pity him no more but thank and revere him; – and that teacher shall restore the life of man to splendor and make his name dear to all history."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "This country [America] was not built by men who relied on somebody else to take care of them. It was built by men who relied on themselves, who dared to shape their own lives, who had enough courage to blaze new trails - enough confidence in themselves to take the necessary risks."
    ~ J. Ollie Edmonds

  • "The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom."
    ~ Plato

  • "The greatest risk in life is to wait for and depend upon others for your own security."
    ~ Denis Waitley

  • "As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
    ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Book Reviews and Good Reads

Have a story, book review or workshop experience to share or something similar to contribute? Send your contributions to newsletter@augustgroup.org with Good Read in the Subject line.


  • CNN Money article on How to Get a Job
    It's brutal out there. But the people getting hired aren't necessarily the most connected - they're the most creative. From food diarists to Twitter stalkers to candidates tapping the "hidden" job market, here's what's working now.
    By Jia Lynn Yang, writer-reporter

    Submitted by Jeanne Benson, NYS Department of Labor
  • The Power of Who: You Already Know Who You Need to Know
    Bob Beaudine believes Networking is Not working for Americans any longer. This highly respected and well-connected head hunter shares his philosophy on what really works in identifying what your dream in life is and how to get it.

    Submitted by Bob Beaudine

  • Ask the Headhunter: Reinventing the Interview to Win the Job.
    What are you doing to find your next job? Answering endless newspaper ads? Writing a catchy resume and cover letter? Perfecting effective interviewing skills? Well...stop! Now that corporate downsizing is a reality, you can no longer rely on conventional methods for winning your new job. Now more than ever qualified candidates are competing for coveted jobs.

    Submitted by Nick A.Corcodilos

Both books submitted by Yvone Cleveland.


Blog Sites

Have a Blog Site you would like to contribute?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.

The blogs that have no recent posts have been contacted for updates. If they will not be maintaining their blogs they will be removed for the August 28th issue of the newsletter.



August Group Members in the news

Have an article to contribute about an August Group Member?  We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.

Two Days of Hockey Heaven for Lou Grillo:

Lou made the front page of the St. Paul StarTribune.

Read this August Group Article that appeared in the June 2nd D&C:

Spring, 2011 Job fair draws 500 hopefuls to MCC

Planning for the next job fair starts soon, consider volunteering!




Feature Articles

Have an article to contribute? We welcome your contributions. Make a difference. Share a story.  Submit it to newsletter@augustgroup.org.


Attention West-Siders, TAG is now in Spencerport!!

TAG is now in Spencerport! Wednesday Bagel Bin meetings are now in the mornings at Rochester Technology Park (previously Kodak Elmgrove site) - Consult the calendar!


Article on Howard Cotton by Karen Dworaczyk

Howard Cotton shows people how to move forward with certainty and a self-defined purpose not only to achieve a goal but to create sustainability. He shows you how to think differently about what you're doing and what you're truly trying to accomplish. He also shows how you can take even the most common dialogs and transactions and view them with a different perspective in order to get everything out of the encounter that moment in time has to offer. He is able to achieve this through his ability to connect with an audience on a personal "me too" level and inspire them to look deeper.

Since early childhood Howard has been a huge fan of science fiction and Super Heroes and the world of amazement they create. Thanks, in no small part, to his fascination with these two genres he has developed a limitless imagination of "what if...? which helps him look at things through a different set of eyes in order to get better outcomes.

Howard's message to The August Group on how to get the interview centered on the following suggestions:

Firstly, if it is a large organization, get to know their recruiters and make a personal connection (like the Super Heroes or Star Trek connection for Howard). Find the connection through some observation of their environment or something unique they are wearing. Use this to make the moment memorable for the recruiter and help you stand out. Find the recruiters at job fairs. Make the connection quickly. Approach the recruiter when they are away from the crowd so that you stand out. If at the recruiter's office take cues from things on their walls or desks. Either way don't dive right into the business, start about life, build relationships, and build comfort levels. Shift to be a trusted insider and have a stronger relationship at a deeper level.

Two books Howard recommends that help develop these conversation skills are:

1. What Do I Say Next?: Talking Your Way to Business and Social Success, Susan RoAne (Author)

2. Power Schmoozing: The New Etiquette for Social and Business Success, Terri Mandell (Author)

For introductions, have a prepared 30 second and 60 second elevator speech that focuses on results and the benefits of those results.

For the discussion, be prepared. Do your homework on your target company.
Ask relevant questions in an interesting way that creates a memorable moment for the recruiter or interviewer.

Lastly, Howard suggests that every conversation is an opportunity to build a relationship with a personal connection to stand out from the crowd.

Howard's expertise has been developed through many years of practical application during his time spent in corporate business environments dealing with people relations and customer service. Just as importantly he has obtained a masterful level of knowledge and wisdom gained through his life experiences and everyday personal dealings with organizations and individuals.

Over the years Howard has spoken to a variety of groups across the Western New York area. When he speaks he comes across with a refreshing layman's type approach that is easy to relate to, showcases practicality, and stresses logical reasoning.

Howard is an active member on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (GVCSHRM). He is also the Chair Person for the GVCSHRM Workforce Readiness Committee. In this role his focus is on finding ways to help prepare individuals for entry (or re-entry) into the area workforce.

Howard Cotton is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He works for the Rochester General Health system, the 3rd largest employer in Rochester, New York, as a Business Partner and People Resource Manager. Prior to taking this role he was an Employee Relations Manager with the system. Previously he worked as a Human Resource Manager with Sutherland Global Services.


Check out the TAG Career Fair Photos

Photos on Flickr


Have you checked the August Group Job Board?

Here are more than 20 positions posted since June 1st. A special thanks to our volunteer, Kathy Robinson, for keeping up with the volume of job postings coming in.

    These postings come from:

  • Our members, who hear about positions that aren't for them, but that might be a fit for someone else in the August Group.

  • Some of the many companies that have heard that they can post their positions for free with us (Spread the word).

  • Our many members, working in hundreds of companies around the area.


  • So let those companies you are networking with know they can email their postings to jobs@augustgroup.org.

    Remember, you need to be an August Group member and sign into the website (www.augustgroup.org) to be able to access the detailed information about these postings.

    Posting the jobs also means you are the first to see them; send an email to jobs@augustgroup.org and express your interest.

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk

  • Debt Counselor

  • Oracle Certified Instructor

  • Microsoft Certified Trainer

  • Continuous Improvement Manager

  • Sr. Controls Engineer

  • Controls Software Engineering

  • Inside Sales

  • Embedded Developer

  • Software Test Engineer

  • Database Systems Analyst

  • Project Manager

  • Financial Accountant

  • Telephone Account Manager

  • Social Media Specialist

  • Research and Development

  • VP of Sales

  • CNC Machine Operator

  • Electrical Assemblers

  • Clean Room Assemblers

  • Sales Executive


  • Volunteers are needed for posting jobs on the Job Board and Hot Jobs

    Be one of the first individuals to learn about potential jobs and help serve others by volunteering for posting jobs on the Job Board. Without volunteers, August Group members will miss out on great job opportunities.

    Remember, like the Abbott and Costello skit of Who's on First, if Somebody thinks that Everybody is posting jobs but Nobody is, then nobody will get these great opportunities and they will pass everybody by.

    To volunteer, send your contact information to jobs@augustgroup.org with the subject line Volunteering For Job Postings.


    Tweet with TAG - Follow @TheAugustGroup on Twitter

    The undertaking has new life with a new volunteer as Arthur Catalanello has stepped forward to tweet events, news, undertakings, volunteer opportunities, networking events, etc. If you wish to tweet and be re-tweeted connect with @TheAugustGroup on Twitter.


    Achieving Leadership

    A retired Major General and former Kodak Manager will discuss the subject of Leadership at the Wednesday, November 10th TAG General Session at RochesterWorks.

    MG (retired) Dennis E. Lutz military career began in the late 1970's. He achieved the rank of Major General, serving in numerous Command and Staff positions. In 2005 he was mobilized for 15 months and sent to South West Asia. Responsible for Army Communications and Computer Network Defense throughout South West Asia including Afghanistan and Iraq, he commanded the 335th Signal Command in Atlanta, GA. This command included more than 8,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and 750 full-time personnel. He retired from the military in 2010

    As a civilian, he joined Eastman Kodak in 1980 as a Manufacturing Engineer. Among his managerial positions were Project Manager, PhotoCD; Manufacturing Manager; Worldwide Product Line Manager, PhotoCD and Film Scanners and Development and Commercialization Department Head, Digital Cameras for Professional Markets. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 2006.

    Dennis holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a graduate of the Army War College.

    He has been married for over 37 years to his wife Helen, has three children and three grandchildren (with one on the way). They live in the town of Greece.


    Networking tips for the day:

    If you're getting resistance when requesting a networking appointment:

    • Position your request in terms of WIIFMS (What's in it for me) and GIVES for the person you'd like time with.

    • Be honest with yourself and identify WHY SHOULD that person take time for you. What's in it for them?

    • When you contact them, don't simply say "Jane referred me." Describe what Jane sees as the synergy is between you.

    • Do your homework/research. Review the person's LinkedIn profile, google them, ask mutual contacts about them.

    Networking is a two-way street.

    • Think of networking as paying it forward and GIVING to others first.

    • Don't simply say I'd like to pick your brain" or, "I'd like your advice on my marketing plan." Your contact is a busy professional, not a career coach.

    • If you're not getting the networking results you want, consider: The Career Navigator thru RochesterWorks, an excellent program and Kathleen Pringle and Luis Martinez are both fabulous local coaches.

    • Read "MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT." It's a must! (by Baber & Waymon; Amacom, 2007).

    The Reciprocity Rule (or Boomerang Effect) states that it's human nature to want to give back after receiving something. So, "Give first and give generously." (Baber & Waymon)

    Sue Schnorr
    President

    Training Insights, Inc.
    585-442-3443

    Site: www.training-insights.com
    Blog: www.AllLearningMatters.com

    "Our training insights deliver results!"


    A Cautionary Tale...

    Proceed with caution when you are offered a job without a job description.

    Kelly Jo Landers reported she had landed a job as Site Manager & Executive Assistant at Hank Parker's Party & Tent Rentals. From the first day it was clear that there was no real job description, no real business management, and total disorganization and chaos everywhere she looked. A case in point, the very first task was to make a path to the first desk and then find the top of the desk. And it went downhill from there.

    For nearly 2 months the focus was on cleaning, organizing, and trying to make some cohesive sense out of the way they handled financial matters. The linen rental room floor was covered with miscellaneous that required one to crawl on their hands and knees to see if they might have a particular size and color that was needed. The dish area had three aisles, with two of the aisles crammed with dishes growing cultures, the kitchen items in the warehouse were nearly inaccessible with the bins of dirty linens that sat long enough to mildew, the showroom displaying table settings had enough dust to make your hand brown if you brushed against them, and the finances were a perfect example of one you might hear about on the news where someone has been found taking money from their employer for years because there was no accountability.

    After numerous 80-hour workweeks, all of the credit card slips had been gathered from several envelopes, desk drawers, and the floor. Regular bank deposits took place. The linen room was tidy, the kitchen items area of the warehouse was spotless, dishes didn't sit until they could be used for scientific experiments, linens were cleaned as soon as they came in dirty, and the showroom was finally a showroom. Even the ladies' room toilet worked for the first time in 6 months! As it turns out, these weren't their main troubles.

    This is not to pound on this business in particular, but to caution all of the desperate-to-work unemployed among us. Do not take a job without a job description (or one that has a lengthy list of duties for nearly minimum wage.) Do not take a job where the employers have neglected their business to the point of chaos. We all want to work. We all want to give an honest day of work for an honest day of pay. Even though you want to work do not take a job where you can be let go with the explanation that the owners of the company "aren't really sure which direction they are going." No other comment is needed. Just be careful out there.