Rachel Zupek, a writer for CareerBuilder.com tells us, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” If nothing else, this age-old adage might be the most important piece of advice to remember in any job search, especially in today’s market. Here are things to look out for in job ads.
1. Hold tight to your cash.
No legitimate employer asks you for money. This is a foolproof tip off that something’s not right. There are a number of scams that work this way. You deposit your money in an offshore account and wait for your investment to make you wealthy, or you purchase a list of high-paying jobs you can do from home. Whatever the scam is, don’t fall for it.
2. Make money while you sleep!
Beware of ads that make outrageous claims, don’t specify job duties and don’t require that you send a resume. Legitimate employers are seeking candidates with specific skills, knowledge and education. Watch for ads, even for entry level jobs, that use the phrase ‘no experience necessary,’ especially when there is a promise of big money.
3. “Work at home” appears in the header
Work from home’ is not a job title. If it appears in the ad header, there’s a good chance it’s a come on. Scammers can rarely resist including it in the header — it’s the bait of their ‘hook’ as they fish for desperate people to reel in.
4. Miracles arrive in your inbox
How could this man from Romania have known you were looking for home-based work? Miracles do happen, but not via SPAM.” Move [the e-mail] to your trash file without using the ‘remove me from this list’ link you’re likely to find at the bottom of the page. These links are often used to confirm that your e-mail address is active and using them can result in even more SPAM.
5. Palm trees, mansions, beaches and bikinis
Successful scammers often bag their prey by dangling enticing things in front of them — much like kidnappers do.
6. Put on your detective hat
There are essentially two ways to get listed with the Better Business Bureau: Buy a membership or get reported for bad business practices. While the absence of a company’s name in their listings is not unusual — not every business is a paying member of the BBB — a C, D or F rating and multiple complaints are a flashing warning signal. Be careful about ads that look legitimate and that contain the name and Web site of well-known companies but carry a “free” e-mail address for a reply.
THE FIVE MOST COMMON WAYS TO CATCH A COLD OR THE FLU
o A handshake. If you’re doing public appearances, wash your hands often, and above all, don’t touch your face.
o A telephone. Those cold viruses can lie in wait just about anywhere.
o A close-range sneeze. Medical experts have been saying lately that if you have to sneeze or cough, do it into the inside of your elbow.
o Eating from common utensils – like sharing a straw, fork, spoon, etc.
o A kiss.
PREVENT THE FLU – SOME GOOD ADVICE
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. So follow these simple steps!
1. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine. *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive, and powerful preventative method.
2. Blow the nose hard once a day and swab both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
3. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
4. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
MOVIE REVIEWS FOR NOVEMBER 05, 2010…
Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 20 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet (www.PhantomTollbooth.org).
127 Hours—James Franco (“Spider-Man” and “General Hospital”) plays Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who goes out alone and has his arm trapped under a boulder. After four days, he realizes no one is coming to help him. What to do? With only a pocket knife and plenty of courage, he cuts off his arm to free himself. “127 Hours” is rated R for themed material and a scary situation. Rating of 2 for James Franco fans.
Due Date—Robert Downey, Jr. (no “Iron Man” outfit here) is driving cross country for the birth of his child. Along the way, he picks up Zach Galifianakis (and his dog) for a road trip no one would forget. Also in the cast are Jamie Fox and Bridget Monaghan. Never get into a car with a stranger with a dog wearing a scratch protector. “Due Date” is rated R for crude humor and language. No rating.
Fair Game—A spy keeps their personal identity top secret for obvious reasons. In this story from real life, Naomi Watts plays Valerie Plame, who worked during the Bush Administration. Supposedly in retaliation for an article her husband (Sean Penn) wrote, Plame’s identity was leaked. Someone in the government is playing hard ball here. Also in the cast are Ty Burrell, David Andrews and Bruce McGill. “Fair Game” is rated PG 13 for language. Rating of 1 for fans of this storyline.
Megamind—The voices of Will Ferrell (Megamind) and Brad Pitt (Metro Man) have a go at it in this animated family film. Megamind is full of ego and well, so is Metro Man. The other part of this triangle is Tina Fey, who doesn’t take guff from anyone and is promptly kidnapped by Megamind. Another voice you will recognize is Jonah Hill. “Megamind” is rated PG for mock violence. Rating of 2 for animation fans.
Today is MEN MAKE DINNER DAY. It’s also SANDWICH DAY – which is always scheduled on Men Make Dinner Day. ***MARLAR: Now that’s what I call perfect planning!
And here are the official rules for MEN MAKE DINNER DAY…
• Man agrees to participate in men make dinner day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking promise of night out with boys in return.
• Man, completely un-aided, chooses a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or Internet. Getting the recipe from ‘her’ cookbooks is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn’t already somewhere in the house. BARBEQUE IS NOT ALLOWED!
• Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork
• Man goes shopping for ‘all’ necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, before shopping trip. So you don’t end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
• Man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word ‘honey’! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
• Man may, if desired, turn on radio or his favorite CD. Man agrees not to be within 30 feet of TV remote during cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near kitchen. (unless smoke detector goes off!)
• Following recipe carefully, man starts to cook dinner! Apron is optional, tool belt is not allowed. (bonus points if recipe includes one of the following : capers, saffron, or the word ‘scallopini’).
• Man must use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule! Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, half-used jars of anything, spice bottles, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away
• Man sets table, candles are lit, beverages are poured, no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on table.
• Spouse and/or family members are served! This is an opportune time for a photo. Man is ‘allowed’ to gloat no more than three times during the meal. Family is encouraged to congratulate man on job well done. Family dog is not allowed to be secretly fed man’s cooking.
• After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.