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One of Those Days!

Some odds and ends.

I am having one of those days where, after a long day of travel, I cannot sleep or focus on one topic very long.  This is not new for me, rather a state of mind travel has caused for at least the past 30 years. As a result, I do not go far from home very often but sometimes life gets in the way.  The good thing is, I get a chance to clear loose ends out of my memory bank so here we go!

  • The state of NJ reported unemployment at 9.8% just about the honorable Governor Christie was invited to give the keynote address at the Republican National Convention so I am happy to hear he will not talk about the recovery process as part of his speech.
  • I am anxious to see clear cut details from both Presidential candidates on how they will create jobs and reduce unemployment.
  • Not-for-profit organizations seem to be hiring development professionals with a flare for engaging new financial supporters.  If you have a solid marketing or fundraising background, this might be an avenue to explore.
  • With the price of gasoline rising nationwide, I wonder if increased transportation costs to deliver goods to market will start us on another economic downturn.
  • On a completely different subject, please remember that an 8 page resume is way too long to submit for job opportunities. 
  • On yet a different front, is Roger Clemens serious about making a comeback at age 50?
  • I was in a well known donut shop chain's shop in Easton, PA today and saw an example of how to treat customers exceptionally well.  No matter what type of work you do, make sure you put forth your best effort every day!  

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spokey August 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM
<snip>I am anxious to see clear cut details from both Presidential candidates on how they will create jobs and reduce unemployment.</snip> Presidents don't create jobs (except to increase the bloated DC bureaucracy). They can along with Congress facilitate a climate that allows industry to create jobs.
clyde donovan August 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
* Real unemployment is closer to 20 percent in the USA and most likey higher in NJ. * The only way to correct unemployment and recession is to copy the policies of Ronald Reagan. * Non-profit and government jobs are not a way to fix the economy. Meaningful private-sector jobs are needed, which means bringing back manufacturing, etc. to the USA. Kick NAFTA to the curb. Reduce the insane amounts of govt. regulation. * Increased transportation costs are fueling inflation. Just track food and grocery prices in Shoprite and you can see inflation right before your eyes. Obama's Fed Governors claim inflation is 2% annually. If you believe that, I have a fake Hawaiian birth certificate you can buy. * A very brief narrative resume seems to work. Your last job is the most important to your prospective employer. What were your most recent accomplishments. Sack the crap about when you were a cashier Bob's Big Boy back in the 90s. Anddddddddddd.....don't lie. * Clemens might get back to the majors. It all depends on his salary demands and if he can pitch within the strike zone with decent velocity. Teams always need pitching. Even the Triple A team known as the Mets could use pitching help. * Harold's completely right about doing your best each and every day, especially in a retail environment. Customers don't appreciate retail help who are screwing off or have an attitude. * Harold needs to get out of the house, go to Vegas and party naked like Prince Harry.
Harold Levin August 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
You are right on the money about not lying on your resume! You will eventaully get caught!
Laura Madsen August 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Aw, shucks, I really like my 8 page resume. *giggle* ;)
Laura Madsen August 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Love Ronald Reagan.... Yes, we need an instant replay to straighten out the economy stat. Another good point about non-profit and government jobs not being a way to fix the economy. I totally agree! Question: When does a recession stop being called a recession and is accepted as the "norm"? Scary prospect, but this downward spiral shows no sign of change. I agree that listing your college summer jobs from 20 years ago can get the axe, although, it would make for humorous reading in some cases. :) Prince Harry knows how to party. Great post! :)
Harold Levin August 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Laura, Just think of all the trees saved bu keeping resumes to 2-3 pages!
clyde donovan September 02, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Laura, good point about recession being the norm, or the new norm. I guess we'll find out what's going to happen to the USA if Europe takes a huge hit in September. It could get much worse for all of us in the former free world. If you send me an eight-page resume, put the first two pages on nice paper and the rest on soft toilet paper so I can use it for something.
Laura Madsen September 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Clyde - Love the comment on the last 6 pages. LOL :)
Daniel Spain September 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM
In answer to Clyde's comments: • Most likely? If real unemployment is 20% then it is definitely higher in NJ. Any wonk will tell you that. • Reagan did not balance the budget, in fact he added to the deficit. Let's not he sold arms to Iran and raised taxes 13 times. People forget that Reagan tried to get rid of social security also. • Wrong — paid workers pay taxes and they have more disposable income. The unemployment rate would be 7% of it wasn't for all the government jobs lost. • I agree about the transportation costs part, but what is the comment about the fake Hawaiian birth certificate supposed to mean. If you are insinuating some kind of "birther" philosophy here, then we will have to disregard all your comments as deranged. • Keep it short, stupid — I mean, regarding the resume. • Clemens will play again, and the only reason for this is he can reset the clock on his eligibility for the Hall of Fame. If people voted today they would not vote him in and the cloud of steroids would follow him. He's counting on people forgetting in five years. • Customer service has been much better these days because businesses are afraid to lose any customer because of some dope they hired to deal with the public. • I could care less about Prince Harry
Daniel Spain September 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Laura, do you know anything about Ronald Reagan? were you old enough to live through the stock market collapse and the 10.8% unemployment rate that occurred during his administration? Grab a history book, there are plenty available.
The Watcher September 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
And when doesn't your vote count in a Presidential election? When the Supreme Court decides on a Friday night that it doesn't. Then again they also decided corporations are "people"

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