Newly Published: STREAMS TO FORD

Check out the new book of free verse poetry by the author of this blog. Streams to Ford is BookCoverPreviewa collection built over many years and the book contains author’s notes that give insight into each work. Available on Amazon.com and link to the book blog to learn how to obtain a signed copy or to preview the book.

Philippines Relief – Americares & Red Cross

From www.Americares.org: On April 4, 1975, a U.S. jet carrying 243 Vietnamese orphans crashed into the jungle outside Tan Son Nhut.

A third of the children burned to death, many of the remaining victims were critically injured. Soon after, the Pentagon announced that it would not have the resources to rescue the children for 10 days.

The world received the news of the crash with dismay, shock and a widespread sense of helplessness. One individual decided to take action. Robert C. Macauley, a paper broker from New Canaan, Conn., immediately chartered a Boeing 747 to rescue the young survivors. Within 48 hours, the children were safe in California.

That’s how AmeriCares got started, and they’ve aggressively helped at disasters and critical needs worldwide since, due to Bob’s vision, drive and contacts. 97% of your donation goes directly to those in need. 97%.

Oh, Bob mortgaged his home for $200,000+ to rent the 747 needed to pick up these kids. How audacious of him and his wife… and now you know the rest of the story.

From RedCross.org: Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.

By the way, although mandated to operate by Congress, the Red Cross was not given any funds. They depend entirely on donations.

Do something audacious yourself…help Americares or the Red Cross help the Philippines. The need is great.

From now through Thanksgiving, SML Treasures & More, at the Cooper City Antique Mall will donate 20% of your purchase price to help typhoon relief in the Philippines. Buy anything at the SML booth at regular tag price. Thank you.

SML Treasures & More – Cooper City Antique Mall

Now open at the Cooper City Antique Mall is SML Treasures & More, a booth space in the main aisle devoted to old cameras and photos, mid-century modern housewares and furnishings, militaria, collectibles and other oldies but goodies. Stop in 7 days a week to see what’s new. Inventory changes all the time so come back often.

SML Treasures & More Booth

SML Treasures & More Booth

1940's cabinet or hutch, right out of "A Christmas Story" era.

1940′s cabinet or hutch, right out of “A Christmas Story” era.

Cooper City Antique Mall – Something For Everyone

ccamThe well established Cooper City Antique Mall – 9800 Griffin Road – has been serving customers for about two decades. The Mall features a number of vendors who unearth some very neat treasures for you to take home, place in your office, or to use as very neat, one of a kind gits. From the very old to mid-century modern, you’ll find something to treasure at Cooper City Antique Mall. Some new vendors have just opened up shop so if it’s been awhile since your last visit, stop by. They’re open seven days, from 10 A-M to 6 P-M Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 P-M on Sunday. Check their web site for more information at www.coopercityantiquemall.com and like them on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and special offers.

Resume Killers: “Responsible for…”

Take this phrase out of your resume vocabulary forever:

“Responsible for…”

In terms of resume writing, it’s a kiss of death and absolutely should never be used. You may ask why. Isn’t it a perfectly normal way to express what you did on your past job? Allow me to go into Lewis Black mode for a moment…”no…NO…..NOOOOO!!!!” Don’t you EVER use that phrase again. Why? Because it’s LAME, that’s why.

Let’s say your last job was a project manager for a travel industry company. Let’s say your current resume looked like this:

  • Responsible for scheduling and conducting meetings between users and software developers.
  • Responsible for assuring projects stayed on track throughout the system life cycle.
  • Responsible for gathering requirements and building an Access database to track projects.

Well, so what!? If you were a project manager, the person reading your resume already KNOWS what the job entails. And if you’re applying for a new project manager position, the person reading your resume already KNOWS what the job requires. You’re not telling the reader ANYTHING they don’t already know.

What you need to do is very briefly describe the job and the company and then tell the reader what you ACCOMPLISHED so they can visualize your success in helping them fill their position. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview, not list your responsibilities.

  • Marshaled experts from each developmental area to create a clear and decisive road map for project success; established project scope and rules and enforced through continuous communications and peer review.
  • Obtained written buy-in from senior management for all projects, assuring the chain-of-command clearly supported project goals; publicized progress reports through the employee web newsletter, driving accountability for each project team member.
  • Managed an average of 3 concurrent projects to on-time, on-budget completions with zero interruptions to existing operations and processes. Recognized by board of directors with performance award and merit bonus.

It’s not WHAT you do, it’s HOW you do it and what you achieved. Show results using numbers, dollars, time saved, improved processes . . . show how you add value  to the bottom line, not just your list of responsibilities, and keep it brief, be concise, hit hard on the top half of page one. And ALWAYS adjust your resume to the targeted job – yes, it takes more work but it’s absolutely necessary. Use the keywords from the position description where possible to match to your experience and accomplishments. There’s so much more to winning resumes and cover letters but if you remember nothing else, remember what you’ve read here today.

Mark Holmes
Master Federal Resume Writer (MFRW)
Master Military Resume Writer (MMRW)
Master Federal Career Advisor (MFCA)
Winner (3rd Place) Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) Award, Military Resume 2010

First United Church of Christ – Hollywood

Well yes, H.G. Wells, time travel is possible simply by visiting First United Church of Christ in Hollywood.FUChurchChrist I had the pleasure of visiting there today and having grown up in a United Church of Christ organization years ago in Connecticut, today was like a trip back to the sixties. I was warmly greeted by members and Pastor Jack Branford, and as the very skilled pianist played a selection of pre-service classical music, I was taken back to that sanctuary in Danbury, CT where the same music was played on a large pipe organ decades ago.

The program, the service, the songs, the benediction were all familiar and comforting, if steeped in tradition. At First United Church, you don’t just sit through a service that’s presented to you as you might find in many contemporary churches, you are part of the service – through spoken passages, hymn singing and through fellowship before, during and after service. It occurred to me that this level of participation is what may be missing for me at other local churches where I may feel more like an attendee than a participant. It was a good feeling. Pastor Jack’s messaging is crisp and to the point, affirming and inclusive. Today’s message was in fact, exactly what I needed to hear. Timing is everything.  The approach taken by the First United Church of Christ is according to UCC doctrine – Communicating God’s Love by Encouraging Faith through Respect and Service, and the UCC motto – that they may all be one – is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church.

Everyone is welcome and the overriding premise is one of inclusion and trust. As their mission states, The UCC has three Core Values – continuing testament, changing lives, extravagant welcome! We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in work and deed.  We are open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

If you are looking for a church that welcomes one and all and is guided by Grace rather than selective and sometimes punitive ancient doctrine, I strongly suggest a visit to see for yourself. It’s worth the small investment in time and you’ll definitely be welcome.

IF YOU GO:  Services are at 10:30 AM on Sunday, and the church is located at 200 North 46th Avenue in Hollywood, an easy 15-20 minute drive from Cooper City. Simply go east on Stirling Road past 441, turn right on 46th Avenue and proceed past Johnson Street a few blocks. The church is on the right between Polk Street and Tyler Street. Visit their busy thrift shop Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares is a non-profit emergency response andamericares global health organization. In times of epic disaster or daily struggle, they deliver medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide, including the U.S. Their efficiency ratio is the highest I’ve ever seen – 97% of donated funds go directly to those in need and their proven security process and people on the ground ensures relief items get delivered, not stored, stolen or diverted by local officials. Their worldwide network of providers and partners means that every $1 donated yields $20 in actual relief. www.americares.org

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