Suggested Websites for the Week of July 31st

July 31, 2011 at 11:24 am | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

  • Make the best of your time .  Top things to do while you’re not working.
  • Make a food dollar go further.   Making food from sources that used to be considered trash, not as bad as it sounds.
  • Help in understanding another reason it’s tough to find a job.   The new prevalence of companies not hiring the unemployed.
  • As a heads up about background checks when you apply for a job. Warnings about where employers look to find out more about you.
  • To look for jobs on niche job.   Look at sites that cater just to particular jobs from accounting to transportation.

Great Interview

July 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search | 1 Comment
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I just got back from what I think was the best interview I’ve had in my working life.  It was at a Lab School.  These schools are very ‘out-of-the box’ in their approach and it really seems as though I’d fit right in there.  Almost none of the traditional questions were asked.  It was obvious that they wanted to know me as a person.  I think that idea shows a certain respect for an employee.  They were the first people who had actually read this blog!  I put the address on my resume cards and my resume.  I was described as a “strong candidate”.  so my fingers are crossed until the end of the week.  Finally, I have an interview with a company that I would temp for about six weeks on Wednesday and it’s going to be tough to get motivated for it.

Suggested Websites for the Week of July 24th

July 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

This week has a theme , learning,  getting new ideas,  and collecting information.


  • To learn cope and change.  A free webinar on coping with change and getting back to work.
  • To learn about stress and anxiety.  A test on WebMD to explain about different stressful and test your knowledge.
  • Learn about taking power in your life and the workplace. Learn about leadership and power.
  • Learn how to stay motivated as you search for a job.  Lots of great ideas and tips to make sure you keep going and on beating loneliness.

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.


Another Temp Interview

July 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search | 1 Comment
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Just like last Friday, I had an interview with a temp agency this afternoon.  This time was with Randstad.  I had already been to another office of theirs about two months ago and wasn’t very impressed with the service.  In fact this is one of the recruiters I discussed in my post about people getting back to you.

This office seemed to be the opposite.  I did more than just fill out forms and the recruiter spent much more time with me.  This is the small gesture that give me encouragement. She was also impressed with my resume business I got from and kept it, another bit of encouragement.

So all the forms are filled out, even for direct deposit and I’ll check in once a week to see if there’s work.  Now to get back to my job search.

Learn more about temp jobs and leaping to a permanent position from it at the Wall Street Journal.

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Work Scenario #4 – Audit Part 2

July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Business Ops, Work Scenerios | Leave a comment
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Disclaimer: So that some work scenarios make more sense, I’d like to describe the organization I worked with.  A mobile mental health team served severe and persistent mentally ill people in a county in Maryland.  Some descriptions may seem vague or cryptic; it is to preserve the identity of clients, organization, and co-workers.  Some documents are redacted via pixilation.  My specific duties will always remain intact.

This is the second part of the Audit scenario.  The first part is here

Again, Due to privacy protection, some things have to be left out of descriptions.  This information is irrelevant to understanding the processes that were developed and succeeded.

To find out more about the people who our team served, and therefore gain a larger understanding of what my responsibilities demanded go to the ACTA site.

After training the team, the most important part of the audit is, gathering the data.  I started doing this at the end of the month before the audit.

Data was collected for 28 criteria in three categories; organization, services, and structure.  This past year was the fifth time the audit was done and each year I was able to improve on how data was collected and presented.  Because I was trusted in regards to this project I did it with little or no supervision and was able to develop what I felt worked best.  Monthly collection of data over the year greatly helped.

Most of our records were electronic, truly making my task easier.  I was able to use my knowledge on sorting and reading data in both Excel and the web application my teammates used for notes.  Unfortunately, the contents of these notes were not searchable or sortable.  Gathering this information took the most time.  My grasp of the importance of time management and prioritization was invaluable regarding this task.

During the audit preparations scheduling of my daily duties had to be altered.  This was something else that improved over the years.  My abilities to delegate some of my tasks and taking advantage of my familiarity of each member’s strengths eased enough of my responsibilities so I could concentrate on my data processing.

This job was no different from others that I did.  The problem definition, analysis, solution, finally moving to the next action is the best plan.  My stepping off point was the collection of names and all demographics that went with it (race, DOB, residence type, etc.).  I knew the value of these statistics from my extensive experience in my previous job in the Sampling department of Market Research company.  Since there were aspects that never changed, I could then move to information that was less constant or included specific services that were being taken advantage of by each client.  This was all drawn from an outcome roster that I updated at  the beginning of each year, continuing monthly.

Next step, gathering individual information based on member’s notes, timing, supports, number of appointments, employment history, hospital and jail time, etc.  Some of this information was actually drawn from the meeting calendars I mention in my second work scenario [link].

From this one large spreadsheet and the records, data was broken down into more easily understandable information.  Next step, separating relevant information into appropriate categories.  Usually data was separated into nine categories.  One workbook was created with a worksheet for each collection of data.

My add value was that I knew presentations of graphics can express data, facts, and statistics more easily, especially to busy people like auditors.  The past two years involved creation of charts for demographics, client contacts, and services.  Although not requested of the auditors, I felt it made their job easier.

Finally, I’m proud to say, that because of detailed and accurate data gathering, our team has consistently ranked #1 in the state. With that ranking, we can bill at a higher rate, bringing in more revenue, something very important to a non-profit organization.

Suggested Websites for the Week of July 17th

July 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment

If you missed any of the past weeks’ suggestions go to:

Week of 7/3
Week of 7/10


  • For your mind.  A self-help forum where you can discuss anything from anxiety to depression to self-esteem
  • To do it yourself .  A DIY unemployment page on various topics.
  • To unwind inexpensivelyStaycation ideas, my husband and I have already decided to try a couple.
  • To help you stay frugal.  Tips on how to get what you want quickly and cheaply.

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

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