Radio Show NOTES: November 01, 2010


There is an estimated five nonillion (5×10 to the power of 30) bacteria alive and thriving on the Earth today.   Top 5 “germiest” locations:

  1. Public Magazines. Grime factor: Hand sanitizer will do the trick.  Cold and flu viruses can survive on dry surfaces for upward of 48 hours, while some bacteria, such as E. coli, can survive on dry surfaces for months on end.
  2. Office Keyboards. Grime factor: Hand sanitizer will do the trick.  A study by UK consumer group tested 33 office keyboards for microbial contamination. The result: Several office keyboards were labeled “health hazardous,” while one particular keyboard was found to be carrying five times as many germs as the same office’s public toilet seats. That’s a germ cesspool if ever there was one.
  3. The Gym.  Grime factor: Vigorous hand washing with soap and hot water . A 2006 study in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine found the cold virus on 73% of weight-lifting equipment and on 51% of aerobic equipment.
  4. Shopping Carts. A 2006 study out of the University of Arizona found two-thirds of shopping cart handles to be contaminated with bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, more so than public toilet seats. The culprit: Diapered infants.
  5. Subway Poles. Due to sheer commuter volume alone, subway poles are a prime source of disease transmission.


How much time does a potential employer really spend looking at your resume?  You might be surprised.  And I have a few “memorable resume mistakes” as well.  (Well, not my own mistakes – after all, I landed this job.)

The job search site CareerBuilder recently asked 2,500 employers to list their most memorable resume mistakes.  Missteps included:

  • *Putting God as a reference (no phone number)
  • *Sending a 24-page resume
  • *Including an e-mail address with the words “lovesbeer” in it
  • *Listing “Master of Time and Universe” under experience

With nearly five jobseekers available for every job opening these days, it does pay to make your resume stand out, and quickly. The CareerBuilder survey found that human resources managers typically review no more than 25 applications for every open position, and by review we mean “glance briefly at.”  The survey found that 38 percent of employers say they spend less than a minute looking at each resume, on average, and 18 percent spend less than 30 seconds.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

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