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Friday, November 30, 2007

Build Your Own Fitness Home Gym

by: Charles Carter

If you are looking to build a home gym this year, there are some important criteria that should be taken into consideration. A good home gym offers versatility, the ability to have a few pieces of exercise equipment perform a wide variety of exercises. It must be durable and be able to handle the rigors of hard resistance training over a long period of time. Exercise equipment shouldn't take up a lot of space. There are many exercises you can do with your own body weight and a mat, so the home gym equipment shouldn't clutter up the workout space, nor be difficult to store. Finally it should be affordable. No one likes investing in a $1000 home gym just to use it as a coat rack or have it collecting dust in the corner within 3 months. This list of exercise equipment should offer solutions in each category listed above and it should provide a challenging and fun workout environment.

Exercise Ball

One of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment, the exercise ball can be used in place of a bench for any supine or seated exercise. The exercise ball comes in a variety of sizes and depending on brand, is made of varying material. Because of the stress placed on a ball during a workout, it is important to look for a ball that is burst proof and it will not pop under you during a workout. To obtain the right size, a ball that sits with your hips and knees at 90 degrees is most likely what you should use for a majority of the exercises. For most, a 55cm or 65cm ball is sufficient. An exercise ball can be purchased for around $25-$60.

The exercise ball will provide an element of instability that cannot be duplicated by a bench; therefore you can improve core stability, and strengthen the integrity of your joints including shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. The more stable you become, the stronger you will be and will drastically reduce the incidence of injury.


A good home gym isn't complete without a few sets of dumbbells. 5-50lbs in increments of 5 will make a complete set for every type of exercise. Dumbbells are good for full body exercises that resist gravity. Exercises such as lunges, squats, shoulder press, bicep curl and chest press are just a few on the list of dumbbell exercises. They are durable, versatile, and a good set will last you a lifetime. A good set of dumbbells may cost $50-$100 for 3-4 sets of varying weight.

Foam Roll

A hard foam cylinder is used for self myfascial release, or self massage. A supplement to stretching, a foam roll can help to increase flexibility in a way that stretching cannot. In addition, it can help to relieve knots and adhesions within muscle tissue. If you don't like being sore after a workout, a foam roll can help to alleviate the soreness and therefore should be a staple item for your home gym. Invest $20 in a good foam roll that will take away your pain and soreness after a tough workout.


The Xerdisc is an air filled rubber disc used for improving balance, and stability. The same exercises that you do while standing (ie..shoulder press, squat, bicep curl) can all be done while standing on an Exerdisc. Improving joint integrity and balance will allow you to become a more stable, stronger individual and the exercises are fun and challenging. It can also be used for ab exercises such as crunches, and anything you can do to make ab exercises harder has to be good! A quality Xerdisc may run about $40.


Tubing comes in a variety of sizes based on the level of tension you want. Tubing can be used for most exercises in place of dumbbells and they will provide a variable tension. The plus side to using tubing is that you can gain resistance from a lateral position that dumbbells cannot provide. Exercises such as wood chops, torso twists, and pulling exercises like the bent row and lat pull are just a few that you can do with tubing that you can't get with other forms or resistance. Tubing is also safe for seniors looking to stay active as there is no risk of dropping the weight. Tubing is color coded in relation to the resistance it provides. I suggest 3-5 different tubes from thin to thick to give you opportunity to perform many exercises with small and large muscle groups. They are usually about $5-$8 a piece and can be used around doorknobs, in door jams and any other stationary post.

This exercise equipment should provide everyone from the novice to the advanced, a well rounded home gym that you can invest in for less than $200 total. The level of versatility, durability, and challenge that is provided by these pieces of equipment is unmatched by any single unit you can buy, and should give you years of workouts that can be changed and progressed as you continue to get into better and better shape. Consult with your personal trainer as to what exercise equipment may be best for your home gym.

About The Author

Charles Carter, BS in Exercise Science is President of LIVE, llc of http://www.liveleantoday.com/page.cfm?name=FitnessPlans visit the website for more information on weight loss, core fitness programs, optimal diets, and online personal trainer and dietician services. For more information on products go to http://shop.liveleantoday.com.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Modern Technology vs. Dating

Written by: Lisa
Edited by: Sharon Estill
Joboja Staff Writers

Has modern day technology made dating more complicated and impersonal? I'm starting to think that it has. In this age of instant communication a whole new set of problems and issues come up. Most of us have access to cell phones, fax machines and multiple email addresses on a daily basis. It’s out with the old dating rules and in with the new ones.

For example, no longer can you give a man a fake phone number. Women used to use this technique to make a man go away when she really wasn't interested in him. He would be satisfied that he got somewhere with you and move on leaving you and your friends to enjoy the rest of the night. Now, when you give a man your phone number he instantly takes out his cell and puts it in. Then the new technique is to instantly call the number to see if your cell rings. Some will come right out and say that they are checking to see that it's a real number but most say it's so that you now have his number. This whole situation can be a bit embarrassing if you gave a fake number.

Another issue is the old excuse of "I just didn't have time to call you". Please. There's no way anyone can believe that in this day and age. Yes, we are all extremely busy. However, how many times have you walked down Atlantic Avenue and all you see sitting at the sidewalk tables are people on their cells or sending messages from their phones? We are a society addicted to instant communication, hence the term, "Crackberry." If you have time to drive from one place to another, you have time to make a quick call to let someone know you are interested. If for some reason that doesn't work out for you, there is always the ever popular text message or email. In fact, text messaging has become so popular that I recently learned it is the new way to end a relationship too. (We won't get into my thoughts on that one though!!) What it comes down to is if someone's not getting in touch with you one way or another, it's because they just don't want to, not because they are too busy.

Online dating has also created its own problems. If you look at the profiles of online daters, they pretty much answer all of the "getting to know you" questions. Doesn't leave much for the first few conversations, however, it does get right to the point. You can see right on the spot if the person has the qualities that you are looking for. This is good because, again, we are busy and don't like to waste time. The only problem is that it's all via email, which can be a little impersonal. Most online daters are reluctant to give their phone number to someone they meet online because after all, you don't have a clue what you are dealing with. What if the person is a serial killer or something? I was even told once by a male friend that he would never ask for the phone number of someone who had a profile online because if she's there, she must have issues or be desperate. He told me this after he had found a girl online that he thought was attractive. He found her when she came up as a good match on the site where he had his own online profile. Exactly! I'm still trying to understand that one. Unfortunately, this is a common reaction to modern technology by both men and women.

Here's what I suggest to both sexes. Ladies, if you don’t hear from that hottie who asked for your number within a reasonable amount of time (and this varies for everyone), let it go. Go back to City Limits and see what you meet this time. If he wanted to talk to you again, he would have found 30 seconds at some point to get in touch with you. Gentlemen, if you are addicted to your "Crackberry", PDA, cell phone, etc. put it down for a minute and go talk to the smokin' hot babe across the bar. Trust me on this one: no stupid lines, no exchange of email addresses, just actual conversation. Try the old fashioned approach and talk to her. I had a guy use this tactic last Friday night at the Hard Rock and it worked. I'll be seeing him for drinks tomorrow night. I wonder if he's in my network or if I can put him on my buddy list.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Get on the Bus

Written by: Joshua Logan
Edited by: Olga Z
Joboja Staff Writers

For those of us who love to sit in the food court of a mall and watch people and just gawk at the hilarity of a person who doesn’t think anyone is watching them, I have a new location for you to visit. This one is infinitely more interesting and I’ll tell you why. While all of the normal places one goes to and notices and takes interest in human kind, namely a park, a mall or sitting on a bench on the street, they all lack something. That something is pressure. Pressure is the key ingredient in driving the interest level in the drama of the observance sky high.

Now when I am sitting and watching people be people, I look for one thing, and that is drama, something that gives you the sense of what and who that person is. Drama is the factor that every movie, play, book or any other facet of entertainment possesses. Drama makes the story no matter what kind. There is a place where this drama, if one can tune in and become keenly aware of its presence, happens non stop and at a level of ten times those other droll locations. Where is this place, you ask? The crowded city bus.

The bus may not be the place you were expecting or even hoping for, but it is great for observing human nature in action. It is a place where people of all income brackets go (except maybe the opulent of the world) and become melded with all other, for just a ride. Also, every type of relationship rides the bus. There are both hetero and homosexual couples as well as mothers with sons, sons with fathers, old lady friends, little kids, clients, divorced people—everything. Everyone rides the bus and the crowded city bus is the best. Not only are people pressured from the lack of space creating an acute awareness of one’s position to another, but also their senses are heightened. They smell whatever is out in the open, see whatever people are doing and pick up feelings from others. People on a bus are also constantly judging each other and the game is flying in every direction from everyone.

To truly appreciate the bus and zone in on an interesting relationship, you must pick a few targets that hold loads of promise for a nice vision into some drama. You need a few because if you put all your eggs in one basket, you could be left with a dud. I suggest groups of people over two because they tend to communicate more and louder. If that can’t be found, go for people on the phone because not only is the person on the phone interesting, but also others will either be annoyed by someone on the phone or they’ll listen in on his conversation. Faces are how stories are told on busses. The human face contains about fifty-two muscles and that is plenty to tell the entire story of their own person play from act one to closing, considering the whole body has about six hundred muscles total. Watch carefully the changing expressions of the face. Even if someone is by himself, you can have fun guessing what’s going on in his mind by the shifting of his countenance. If none of those could be found, which is highly unlikely, try creating your own drama.

Sometimes making a weird face while looking down is enough to start the snowball down the hill. People will always be aware of whatever’s happening. Everyone on the bus usually has a simple goal and that’s not to become the center of someone’s attention and if you create some attention for yourself with something very small like that, it will often become the source of great pleasure.

The bus is an untapped resource to tell the stories of mankind. It possesses limitless tales and proofs of human relationship follies and victories. Life’s loves have been won and lost on the bus and though you may not believe it, great thoughts are always flying through minds in that damn public transportation domain. Soak it up people…your life might just depend upon it. But honestly, probably not at all.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Black Friday Post Game Report

Written by Bob Rehak
Edited by: Sharon Estill
Joboja Staff Writers

I have to admit, I couldn't do it this year. By ten o’clock Thanksgiving night the line at my favorite Best Buy was halfway around the building. By my estimate, that works out to about 312 customers tripping on tryptophan and each other. So after a five-year steak of getting there earlier and earlier; common sense, the weather and bronchitis teamed up to hold me and my best friends - VISA and American Express - at bay.

Don't get me wrong, we would have loved to join our fellow shopletes, and I can even understand the impulse to stand out there and be more bored than the ring bearer at a Royal wedding. But as my father would say, "Every time you exhale while you're standing out in the freezing cold, God sends a smoke signal to the rest of us that you're an idiot." I think we had that embroidered on a pillow.

Looking at the deals that were available on Black Friday, there were only two items worth risking a stay in ICU for—three if you count the 50% off rectal thermometers at Walgreen’s. Best Buy had a Toshiba laptop and printer on sale for $229 and Target had a 37-inch high-definition TV for $549.

According to some early recon, pop- up tents started popping up at Best Buy about mid day. Seasoned Black Friday shopletes knew that Best Buy would hand out tickets before the store opened, sometime around 3am. Still, if you weren't one of the first 20 people in line, you could forget about that Toshiba. But you still had a good shot at frostbite.

I decided to sleep in this year, which meant a 5:30 wake up call. I was showered dressed and in front of Target before they opened at 6. The line wasn't terribly long; about the same length as a Starbucks at 8:30 on a Monday morning - probably 500 shopletes.
At 6:10 I even walked past someone carrying out one of those 37-inch TVs. As I walked past him, I touched the box. It was a pretty moving experience.

By 6:20 I was inside Circuit City, temporarily known as Circus City, looking for a ___* for my daughter (*item description deleted by order of S. Claus). Since the store had already been open for an hour and twenty minutes, the display where that sale item should have been was empty. Only a rookie shoplete would utter the words "sold out." Slowly scanning the aisles like a teenage football player walking the buffet line at Old Country Buffet, I spied it in the computer aisle. Ah, yes, the rogue sale item, caught in the wild, misplaced by a stampede of wild shopletes.

I snagged it and headed for the checkout lines, backed up to O'Hare. Since this wasn't my first Black Friday, I knew that long lines were for other people. I quickly spied the short line near the big-screen TVs, where shopletes willing to spend December's house payment for their HD-TVs go. I got in line as soon as I heard the store manager announce that they were out of the Sony 46-inch models. Ten minutes later I was at the cashier with my daughter's ___*. I told him that I had wanted the sold-out Sony, but since they had just sold out, I only wanted to pay for the one item in my hand instead. He rang me up.

On my way to Carson's, I celebrated my Houdini-like exit from Circus City with a self-high-five (nearly lost control of the wheel and narrowly missed a Wal-Mart shopper). Now that I had set the bar so high for myself, I made it a goal to get in and out of Carson's in nine minutes or less. Armed with a $10 gift card that came in the Black Friday ads, I looked for the $11 aisle. No such markings at Carson's, so it looked like I'd have to do some actual shopping instead. Seven minutes into the store, I found a $13.50 clothing item (a little more than I wanted to spend, but I was in a good mood). I headed for the nearest checkout, but the lines snaked around every mannequin in the joint as customers waited patiently for another price check.

With seven minutes gone, it was time to go into my two-minute drill. The rules of the game (and society) say I can't cut in line. These rules against line jumping are not the same as those that they have at Six Flags, by the way. At Six Flags you can line jump over Bugs Bunny and no one will stop you. Try that at Carson's on Black Friday, and you'll need an organ transplant.
What to do? Go to the hurry-up offense. The loneliest cashiers at any department store are in the fragrance department. No one goes there because no one wants to get hit with a spritz of $24 Moonlight Cotton Candy. So I pretended to look at the counter, and as soon as the cashier pounced I said I was just looking, but, hey, could I pay for my clothing item here? She was just happy to dust off the register. I paid for the item ($3.75 after tax), and hit the door with 19 seconds to spare. I spiked the package just as the clock ran out. Thank God it wasn't perfume.

Minority Access Internship Program

The Minority Access Internship Program is designed to allow talented undergraduate and graduate students experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities.

The program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the workplace.

Minority Access interns receive pre-employment training, expert counseling on career choices, financial management and professional development, and recognition for fulfilling the requirements of the program.

The Minority Access Internship Program staff is available at all times to lend assistance to the interns.


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Corporate Jobs At DIRECTV

Our corporate culture respects people for their unique talents and contributions, and values the differences among employees.

Our diverse culture helps create a better product through shared problem-solving, innovation and creative solutions. We develop the extraordinary talents of a diverse team to make DIRECTV the clear choice for customers seeking the best entertainment experience on the planet.

DIRECTV offers competitive benefits and performance-based compensation programs to attract, reward and retain top talent. Our pay-for-performance philosophy ties monetary rewards directly to your contributions.


Internships at Sodexho

Sodexho is the leading food and facilities management services company in North America. We are committed to continuous learning and have high performance expectations for employees.

In addition, we look to develop staff from within the company by providing sufficient resources, rewards and encouragement to foster growth and learning.

From time to time, we offer internships in our food service and facilities management businesses as well as in staff positions such as finance, human resources, marketing and sales.


Website/Contact Info:

USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

This program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree at one of the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University to study agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.

The program helps to strengthen the partnership between USDA and the 1890 institutions; helps to increase the number of students studying agriculture and related disciplines; and offers career opportunities at USDA.

National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines: Agriculture; Agricultural Business/Management; Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering/Mechanics, Agricultural Production and Technology; Agronomy or Crop Science; Animal Sciences; Botany; Farm and Range Management; Fish, Game, or Wildlife Management; Food Sciences/Technology; Forestry and Related Sciences; Home Economics/Nutrition/Human Development; Horticulture; Natural Resources Management; Soil Conservation/Soil Science; and other related disciplines, (e.g., biological sciences, pre-veterinary medicine, computer science).

December 31, 2007

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The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding, low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.

Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Award Amount:

December 31, 2007

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ITT Corporation Scholarship Program

ITT Corporation (not ITT Tech) is a world leader in engineering and manufacturing, and are especially proud of the 40,000 employees around the world who bring their own diligence and expertise to meet the needs of our customers.

They provide products and services in many markets, including equipment for water and wastewater treatment and industrial processes, defense electronics and services, electronic components such as connectors and switches and a wide range of other industrial products.

ITT Corporation Scholarship Program will support UNCF and HBCU students in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Optics and Physics. The candidates must be classified as a sophomore or junior.


Award Amount:
$1,200 - $10,000

Website/Contact Info:
https://tmobile.recruitmax.com/ENG/Candidates/ default.cfm?szCategory=College

HIV Story Writing Contest and Video Contest

Applicants must write a fiction or non-fiction story about personal vulnerability to HIV or AIDS. The characters in the story must be impacted in some way by HIV or AIDS.

Your story must be your original creation, and must not have been previously published. It can be up to 5 pages typed or neatly handwritten. Entries that are illegible will be disqualified. Typed entries are preferred.

Entrants’ stories will be judged by a panel of judges, based on the following criteria: (a) originality, (b) writing style, and (c) aptness to subject.

Judges include Morgan Freeman, Levar Burton, Jasmine Guy, Corbin Bleu, Hillary Duff, and more.

December 1, 2007

Award Amount:

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Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award For Women In Science

The award is given annually to an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in her studies as well as outdoor activities, service, sports, music, or other non-academic pursuits or who has overcome significant obstacles.

Female students in the sophomore or junior year of college who are majoring in physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who attend a college or university in the United States.

Reviewers consider academic achievement as well as commitment and accomplishments in non-academic pursuits or success in overcoming significant barriers.

January 31, 2008

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Saving Money On Car Insurance Has Never Been So Easy!

by: Amy Nutt

When you need to get car insurance, the last thing that you want to do is spend a lot of time and effort to find a great insurance provider. If you are looking for every possible way to save money, here are some tips to help you in your penny pinching quest.

1. Take time to look around - Don't go with the first automobile insurance company you find. The rates for insurance can be very competitive, and when you take the time to shop around you will be rewarded with a lower rate.

2. Increase your deductible - If you have a higher deductible, your monthly rates will be lower. You don't always have to go through your insurance company especially for minor problems with an older vehicle or a fender bender with damage under $1,000.

3. Take caution- If your car is old and not worth a lot of money, there's no reason that you have to carry the cost of collision insurance for your car. If you are in an accident, you won't get anything for your car, but when you consider the fact that you are spending less money on your car insurance, that can put things into perspective. After all, the money that you saved can be used to buy your new car later on.

4. Examine your car - Let your car insurance company know if your car has extra security features such as a car alarm or if you use winter tires, because it may mean that you will get a better rate. Safety features reduce the likelihood of your vehicle being stolen or vandalized, offering increased protection and assurance to both you and your insurance provider, which can lower your rates.

5. Combine your policies - If you go with an insurance company that offers several types of insurance, you may be able to get a lower rate. There are plenty of insurance companies that will give you a break on your costs if you get all your insurance through them. Insuring your home or apartment along with your car can save you money every year.

6. Think before you buy - No matter how much you may want that expensive car, think about all of the costs associated with it. Hefty insurance payments are often not the only extra costs you will incur. Consider vehicle maintenance, gas and insurance as part of one package. So reconsider that expensive car when you are out shopping.

7. Go to back to school - If you have taken a driver's education course, or plan on enrolling in one make sure that your car insurance company is aware of that. Make enquiries about which driving schools they recognize, in order to secure a decreased rate. It can help to save you a lot of money over time.

8. Past record - Protecting your good driving record is paramount to ensuring a good insurance rate. If you have had points taken from your driver's license in the past, receiving a lower rate is more challenging. Points on your license will regenerate over a 3-5 year period, so don't distress, but drive safely.

Automobile insurance can be something that is costly, but it doesn't have to be. If you do your homework and make sure that you know all your facts, you will find that you can get a good rate for your insurance. It just takes a little time to see what insurance company will be right for you.

About the Author:

Belairdirect: Established in 1955 belairdirect has been providing complete home and auto insurance solutions direct to the consumer for over 50 years. In October 2000, belairdirect received the title of Customer Care Centre of the Year.


Business Development Associate

Technomic, Inc. is a leading management consulting and market research firm serving the food, restaurant and associated industries from our downtown Chicago headquarters.

We are currently seeking a dynamic, qualified Business Development Associate to join our firm. We offer the opportunity to work with major restaurant chains and foodservice suppliers driving their growth and profitability.

Requirements for consideration:
Bachelor’s Degree or above
1-3 years sales experience
Strong understanding and experience in the foodservice industry preferred
Telephone sales and development, telemarketing, or related experience
Must have a courteous and professional phone manner and exceptional conversational skills
Ambitious, adaptable, self starting and hard working
Highly professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work within deadlines in a calm and efficient manner
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

The ideal candidate will have a track record of exceeding sales targets and strong skills with relationship management and consultative selling are a must. Understanding of market research, and experience selling to marketing VPs, market researchers and C-level executives required. Candidates must be extremely comfortable prospecting and developing sales via the telephone. Prior experience working with national accounts is a plus. Some travel required.
Responsibilities include supporting the development of sales plans, selling a range of market research and related strategic products, prospecting and cultivating new business relationships with potential clients, articulating the capabilities of Technomic products and projects, providing management team with progress reporting, and representing the company at client meetings, presentations, and industry events. Candidate must also act as a client focused liaison to our consulting associates to ensure that projects are completed to clients’ specifications and timelines.

We offer excellent career growth opportunities, a competitive salary, profit sharing, 401(k), Section 125, transit benefits, and life, dental and Blue Cross health insurance. Technomic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We have an excellent Chicago loop location, just steps from many public transportation systems. Technomic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have a strong interest in a career with a firm dedicated to client service excellence and cutting-edge solutions to marketing and management problems and issues, please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary range to our Human Resources department via email at resumes@technomic.com
No phone calls please. Due to the large volume of responses we receive, we can only respond to candidates of interest.

For additional information on Technomic please visit our website at: www.technomic.com

Giordanos Pizza Needs Managers

Giordano Restaurants is the pioneer of famous stuffed pizzas, serving Chicago land for over thirty years. We were voted best pizza by readers of Chicago Magazine. We are one of the largest independently owned, franchising pizza chains in the Chicago area. Our success is built on excellent quality products and prompt, personal, friendly service to our customers. We strive to exceed our customers expectations in all that we do.

Restaurant Managers

We are seeking Restaurant Managers that are fast learners, who want to learn Giordano’s dining experience. We are looking for people who are able to go above and beyond, and create an exceptional dinning experience. You must be hands on, with attention to detail, dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and have a professional aptitude.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes company-subsidized medical, dental, and prescription coverage, and a matching 401(k) retirement savings program. If you are interested, please send your resume with “Restaurant Mgr ” in the subject line to careers@giordanos.com .

Front Desk Associate

MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB, a division of TCA Holdings, seeks a Front Desk Associate for our full service fitness facility in Oak Park, Illinois.

About Our Club

This is a newly renovated 16,000 square foot fitness facility with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, free weights, group exercise studio, and nursery.


Responsibilities of this role include receiving members at front desk, program registrations, payment processing, telephone reception and light cleaning and maintenance. Early morning, day, or evening part time schedules available.


The ideal candidate will have an outgoing, friendly demeanor, be highly motivated, well organized, possess strong customer service and administrative skills, and posses the ability to multi-task.


We offer opportunities for advancement, a competitive compensation and benefit package, which includes major medical, dental, life, vision, prescription drug plan, 401(k), short and long term disability, tuition reimbursement and a complimentary health club membership.

To apply for this position visit our career center at www.midtownclubs.com/careers. To learn more about TCA Holdings, LLC and our subsidiaries visit www.tcaholdings.com.

MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Warehouse Clerk - 2nd Shift

Uline, a rapidly-growing international distributor of packaging and industrial supplies, seeks 2nd Shift Warehouse Clerks for their distribution center in Waukegan, Illinois, north of Chicago.

Come Grow Along with Uline:

Experiencing a phenomenal 25% growth rate – open positions due to continuous expansion.
Consistent growth provides plenty of opportunities for career advancement.
Excellent pay and benefits – 3 bonus programs for every employee and make up to $18.00 per hour (based on experience).


Sunday through Thursday: 7:30 PM - 4:00 AM

Process all warehouse receiving paperwork using the AS/400 system

Schedule all receiving appointments

Perform necessary audits and complete weekly reports

Other misc. duties as assigned

Detail oriented and able to work in a fast-paced setting

Please visit www.uline.com/jobs for more information on our benefit package and open jobs.

Contact: Human Resources
Address: 2105 S. Lakeside Dr.
Waukegan,IL 60085
Fax: (866) 455-6385

Warehouse Management Trainee

Uline, a rapidly-growing international distributor of packaging and industrial supplies, seeks Warehouse Management Trainees for their distribution center in Waukegan, Illinois, north of Chicago.

Come Grow Along with Uline:

Experiencing a phenomenal 25% growth rate – open positions due to continuous expansion.
Consistent growth provides plenty of opportunities for career advancement.
Excellent pay and benefits – 3 bonus programs for every employee.


Rotational program involves all aspects of distribution (UPS, Freight, Returns, Receiving, Restock and Transfers)

Train and develop as a “hands on” manager while leading and motivating others

All trainees will become certified on forklifts and other warehouse equipment

Excellent opportunity for recent college graduates

Ability to work in a fast-paced warehouse environment

Bachelor's degree preferred

**Relocation assistance is available for qualified candidates.**

Please visit www.uline.com/jobs for more information on our benefit package and open jobs.

Contact: Human Resources
Address: 2105 S. Lakeside Dr.
Waukegan,IL 60085
Fax: (866) 455-6385

Warehouse Receiving Manager - 1st Shift - Up to $65,000 per year

Warehouse Receiving Manager - 1st Shift

Uline, a rapidly-growing international distributor of packaging and industrial supplies, seeks a 1st Shift Warehouse Receiving Manager for their distribution center in Waukegan, Illinois, north of Chicago.

Come Grow Along with Uline:

Experiencing a phenomenal 25% growth rate – open positions due to continuous expansion.
Consistent growth provides plenty of opportunities for career advancement.
Excellent pay and benefits – 3 bonus programs for every employee.


Monday through Friday: 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Shifts vary by Department)

Hands on involvement in all aspects of the distribution operation (UPS, LTL, Returns, Receiving, Restock and Transfers)

Lead a department of approximately 50 - 60 warehouse personnel

4 - 5 years management experience within a high volume distribution environment; 100,000 + sq ft warehouse

Experience operating warehouse equipment including forklifts

**Relocation assistance is available for qualified candidates.**

Please visit www.uline.com/jobs for more information on our benefit package and open jobs.

Contact: Human Resources
Address: 2105 S. Lakeside Dr.
Waukegan,IL 60085
Fax: (866) 455-6385

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Sunday, November 25, 2007


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Don't Cry For Me, Iowa City Presidential Precedent

Written by: Brian Deines
Edited by: Olga Z
Joboja Staff Writers

She has caught a lot of flack over "the tip," "the planted question" and John McCain's "how do we beat the bitch?” but Hillary Clinton remains the front-runner in her bid to be the first female president of the United States.

And a historical precedent already exists for Hillary Clinton winning the presidency.

For one, Cristina Kirchner, the first woman president in the Western Hemisphere, was just elected in Argentina by a huge landslide and will replace her husband, Néstor Kirchner, as president.

That power couple has obviously been compared to the Clintons. But Argentina itself has a precedent for power couples, namely Juan and Eva Perón.

The world knows her as Evita. And it was she who shattered notions in the 1940s—not just of women in politics—but also of how politics are played.

Evita—beautiful, glamorous, strong and patriotic—was Jackie Kennedy on roids.

The difference between Eva Perón and Diana is that Evita was more than just the Princess—she also ran as her husband's vice president.

Wildly popular, she would have won but died young of cancer at 33. She has since been mythologized in Argentina and by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

You could compare her myth to the Kennedy myth—that glamour, that power—but Madonna never made a movie about the Kennedy’s and if she did, she wouldn't play Jack.

Madonna has more than Stones

"Bobby Kennedy called him 'the most decent man in the Senate', which is not quite the same thing as being the best candidate for President of the United States. For that, he would need at least one dark kinky streak of Mick Jagger in his soul."

Hunter S. Thompson, on George McGovern in Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

This might have been the first time the now-popular notion that the president must be a rock star was published.

Since then, the celebrity-politician has become not just common (Reagan and Schwarzenegger to name two) and not just effective, but a necessary part of getting elected.

Everyone has their detractors, but the cult of personality (and apotheosis) has surrounded power since Alexander the Great made himself a living god. For women, you point to Elizabeth I or Catherine the Great. But the modern model is Eva Perón.

What Elizabeth I proves, and Evita supports, is this notion provided by Perón biographer, Julie Taylor:

"In the images examined, the three elements consistently linked—femininity, mystical or spirituality power, and revolutionary leadership—display an underlying common theme. Identification with any one of these elements puts a person or a group at the margins of established society and at the limits of institutional authority. Anyone who can identify with all three images lays an overwhelming and echoing claim to dominance through forces that recognize no control in society or its rules. Only a woman can embody all three elements of this power."

For the male candidate, cult of personality is apparently as easy as adjusting your sticky-finger and posing like a rock star; sometimes to great effect (see JFK, Che Guevara).

But if history is any gage, for Hillary there appears to be an opportunity to tap into the wild, powerful, and seemingly uncontrollable forces of nature.

Eva Perón had it. Cristina Kirchner has it. Benazir Bhutto has it.

But does Hillary Clinton have that streak, that Madonna in her?

Sales Associates

COMPANY GNC Corporation
JOB TYPE All year/Part-time
WAGES To be determined
Sales Associate

GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products; including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products.

We are currently seeking Sales Associates!

As the leading specialty retailer of nutritional products, GNC has stores across the country offering retail opportunities. Be a part of a great company and help us build on our 70 years of success. Join our team as a Sales Associates and experience the fast paced and exciting atmosphere of our stores. By assisting our customers you will have the opportunity to help them improve their quality of life.

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are excited about health, wellness, and GNC’s leading position in this competitive industry.

Personal Care & Services

18+ Only

Not Specified

Not Specified

Freight Team /Receving Department

COMPANY Home Depot
JOB TYPE Full-Time/Part-Time

WAGES To Be Discussed


At The Home Depot, you'll find a dynamic environment where all associates are valued and rewarded accordingly.

We are Now Hiring:
Freight Associates and Supervisors
Receiving Associates and Supervisors

View Detailed Job Decriptions Below

The Home Depot posts store-level hourly positions year round to ensure that it is able to quickly identify and select the most qualified applicant(s) once a position becomes open and available. If you apply for this position and it is not open and available at this time, please be assured that The Home Depot will maintain your application in their files for 60 days.

During this time your application will remain available fro consideration as opportunities become open and available. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications, a representative from The Home Depot will only contact you if they are interested in pursuing you as an applicant.

We are an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Your future. Your community. Your career. Join the Home Depot. And Build Something.

Freight Team Associates typically work overnight stocking merchandise on to shelves to remain in stock, organizing the sales floor to create a pleasant and safe shopping environment, and providing customer service as required by customer demand.

The Freight Team Supervisor is responsible for getting the store erady for opening each day by stocking shelves,organizing isles and overheasdm and buuilding endcaps and promotions. The Freight Team Supervisor, along with his/her team, makes sure the sales floor is clear, organized and properly signed, and that the receiving floor is clear of pallets and trash.
Receiving Associates typically work overnight unloading and stocking merchandise while checking the quantity and quality of the merchandise. In addition, receiving associates must enter information about incoming merchandise in to the store's computer system.
The Receiving Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all merchandise is unloaded and received using correct procedures and delivered to the appropriate location within the store. In addition they are responsible for training all Receiving Associates to follow Home Depot receiving procedures and policies. The Receiving Supervisor should have must a thorough knowledge of Home Depot's receiving procedures and policies.

Customer Service & Call Center
Sales & Marketing

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must be at least 18 years of age, pass a drug test, pass a background check and pass the Home Depot employment test.


The Home Depot offers it's associates competitive compensation and excellent benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k)and Stock Plans.

Customer Service Associate

JOB TYPE All year/Part-time
WAGES To be discussed
LOCATION 725 - Chicago
2140 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Customer Service Associate

Position Summary:
Responsible for creating an environment of good customer service through actions. This includes ensuring customer transactions are processed accurately and efficiently, ensuring the Company’s “2-in-a-line” standard, reinforcing Customer Service Desk standards and resolving customer problems by following policies and

procedures in conjunction with following the “Yes We Can” policy. Balances and processes refunds and media from sales and return registers. Processes cash deposits and currency orders; completes and submits daily reports to store management and Cash and Sales Audit department.

Primary Responsibilities:
Customer Service:

• Smiles and greets all customers encountered. Answers incoming phone calls, transfers phone calls and uses paging system in a professional manner. Accepts employment applications.

• Processes customer returns, exchanges, price adjustments, gift certificates and competitive pricing accurately, efficiently and in accordance with the Company’s “ “Yes We Can” policy.

• Solicits and processes quick credit applications. Processes credit payments and resolves customers’ credit problems. Handles payments on NSF checks in a professional manner.

• Provides proper information and instruction to customers interested in the gift registry. Promotes the registry to prospective clients and handles their inquiries in a professional manner and in accordance to Company policy. Handles gift registry problems in a quick efficient manner.

• Adheres to “2-in-a-line” standard and calls for backup when needed.

• Adheres to the “Yes We Can” policy and efficiently resolves customers’ issues regarding purchase transactions.


• Ensures that all cash handling procedures are done in accordance to policy and procedure as well as in a timely manner. Opens, closes and balances register and records information on a balance sheet. Regularly identifies and informs Customer Service Supervisor and Loss Prevention Supervisor of register variances and errors. Investigates variances and errors to help in their correction.

• Prepares funds and media for cash registers at opening and closing. Provides change for registers and collects cash and media pick-ups. Performs register reads and resets. Processes daily reports generated by the COSA system. Separates and submits reports, balance sheets, and media to the Cash and Sales Audit department.

• Maintains the Cash Office equipment in good operating condition. Informs Customer Service Supervisor of any operating problems. Maintains a neat, clean and organized Cash Office.

• Ensures prompt removal of merchandise returns and holds. Makes sure all merchandise is folded, hung, tagged and priced appropriately before returning to the sales floor. Processes damages and the appropriate paperwork correctly. Tags vendor return items. Call for department to pick up returns.

• Maintains a neat, clean and organized customer service area.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

• Performs other duties as assigned. Examples may include, but are not limited to, assisting with cash pick-ups at the Point-of-Sale, greeting customers at assigned stations, assisting customers at Point-of-Sale, assisting with recovery in departments, and assisting in the preparation and taking of inventory.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Prior experience in customer service or in cash balancing and processing.

Job Requirements:

• Ability to lift up to 40 pounds on an occasional to frequent basis.

• Ability to spend up to 100% of work time standing or moving about the departments within the store. Physical activities include bending, stooping, lifting, climbing, carrying, walking and/or reaching on a frequent basis.

• Adherence to Company policy and procedures is required.

• Regular attendance is required.

Additional Information:

• Effective verbal and written communication skills.

• Basic math and reading skills, legible handwriting, and attention to detail.

• Ten key calculator skills, Windows based systems comfort level.

• Ability to work as part of a team and interact effectively with others.

• Critical features of this job are described within this job description. Job responsibilities may change at any time due to business needs.

• Please discuss requests for reasonable accommodations with hiring manager.

Customer Service & Call Center
Sales & Marketing

Not Specified

Our Associates are the reasons Kohl's is so successful. So, to make your career as rewarding as possible, here are just a few of the benefits you'll receive as an hourly Kohl's Store Associate.
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision for full-time Associates
Special medical, dental and vision plans for part-time Associates
Group term life insurance
401(k) savings plan, plus a corporate match
Immediate merchandise discount at all our stores
Paid holidays
Paid vacation days, available a year after you join Kohl's
Child and dependent care flex plan
Medical flex plan
Long-term disability plan for full-time Associates
Plus, we offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Every year, the company buys shares of Kohl's stock and contributes them to a trust. That stock is then divided among our eligible Associates, making you — in essence — part owner of Kohl's Department Stores.

As a store Associate, you'll also become eligible for our Associate of the Month program which recognizes one outstanding Associate in every store each month. You'll also become part of the Kohl's store camaraderie: our store Associates usually plan at least one fun activity every month.

These are just some of the rewards you'll realize as a Kohl's Store Associate!

Membership Sales.... Fun, International Company

It's Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy professionals with over 100 locations worldwide, is looking to expand our Chicago location. Recently featured in Forbes Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Marie Claire and People Magazine, It's Just Lunch is looking for an entrepreneurial candidate who will enjoy working with our upscale clientele.

The right candidate will possess:

1.) Recruiting, weight loss or any membership type sales background.

2.) Minimum of two years inside sales experience. Commissioned sales.

3.) Proven sales background.


Achieve monthly revenue and sales objectives.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, including strong telephone and client communication skills.
Minimum of 2 + 3 years of inside sales experience with consultative selling skills. Strong business acumen and leadership skills.
Interpersonal skills - comfortable interacting with media and other public relations. A positive personality -- energetic, organized and motivated with tactful, skilled persistence.
Self motivated and have the ability to work without close supervision.
Possess outstanding written and verbal skills, and comfort in dealing with upscale and professional clientele.
Compensation: Salary base + commission = $60,000 - $80,000

Its Just Lunch! Directors possess a take charge attitude, are self-motivated and enjoy making a difference in our clients lives.

Please email your resume to ijldirectorchicago@yahoo.com Please note that we do NOT accept attachments so please paste your resume in text box. No phone calls, please!!!

View our website at www.itsjustlunch.com

Senior Sales Representative

Akzo Nobel Surfactants is a leading supplier of surfactants. Our business unit is headquartered in Chicago, USA. The majority of the compounds we offer are surface-active agents, used in hundreds of commercial applications. Our products range from formulations for industrial and household cleaning and paint and building additives to emulsifiers for many applications including systems for road paving and flotation agents for the purification of minerals.

Our chemical technology expertise, efficient manufacturing facilities, research and development support and commitment to providing quality products help fulfill our promise to be your responsive partner in Surfactants wherever you are. We invite you to work with us as your global partner towards a more successful future.

We are a member of the worldwide Akzo Nobel Group and one of the world's leading suppliers of surfactants.

Akzo Nobel Surfactants is a leading supplier of surfactants. Our company is headquartered in Chicago, USA, with regional headquarters in Stenungsund, Sweden, and in Singapore. We invite you to work with us as your global partner towards a more successful future.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Senior Sales Representative is responsible for achieving budgeted sales volume, revenue, and contribution margin for designated territory.
· Ability to sell all related products and services to major accounts by contacting, responding to and identifying established customer needs, and developing new prospects.
· Responsibilities include account strategy for a defined set of accounts within the commercial strategy of the business group, and monitoring/communicating sales demand and follow up order positions for defined areas.
· Identifying and addressing customer needs in defined area of responsibility.
· Formulation and execution of account strategies within assigned territory.
· Participation in sales team effectiveness and continuous improvement.
· Develop new customer relations and business opportunities using technical support.
· Identify significant market trends within designated area.
· Accountable for customer satisfaction for assigned accounts.
· Reports on competitive activity.


· Minimum of 5 years Sales Experience (business to business)
· Sales experience in Chemical Surfectant industry is a huge plus & heavily preferred (not required)
· Bachelor’s degree is required (Chemical or related sciences degree is preferred)
· Applications and customer knowledge in Industrial Surfactants applications.
· Requires strong interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills, and ability to effectively communicate with customers at both the business and technical levels.
· Must be able and open to heavy travel (estimated to be 80%)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume to AKN00005@hrworks.com .
Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Senior Sales Executive


Volt Services Group has partnered with one of the leading advertising solutions company for the staffing and recruiting industry. Our client, a national company that was voted as one of the top 25 places to work in Chicago is looking for sales people to add to their highly successful team!

Senior Sale Executives will be responsible for generating business leads, cold calling to prospective clients, and fostering good working relationships with current and potential clients.
Volt Services Group is an international leader in offering human resource solutions for our customers. Publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (VOL), Volt has been in business for 54 years and has over 300 locations in the United States and Canada and has operations in over 15 countries across the world. Volt offers industry-leading benefits as we strive to be recognized as the employer of choice by our employees. No Recruiter will work harder to place you into one of this area's top employers. We want you to have an experience with us that will encourage you to refer your friends and family to us in the future. Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer!! Volt provides career management to individuals in the specialty skills area of office support, clerical, customer service, call center, data entry, reception, administrative, executive secretary, accounting, sales, warehouse, forklift and light industrial. Volt Services Group has numerous positions available on an ongoing basis.


To be considered for this position, candidate must meet the following requirements:

1. Bachelors Degree

2. Minimum 3 years of B2B sales experience

3. Ability to listen to client challenges while creating customer solutions

Location: Chicago, IL


Duration: Direct

Pay Rate: 40,000.00 - 120,000.00 Annual DOE


Volt Services Group
Volt Services Group
55 W. Monroe St., Ste. 3490
Chicago, IL 60603
PH: 312/263-4505
FX: 312/263-9910


Interviews Wednesday, December 12th 2007

Eli Lilly & Company, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, is seeking qualified sales representatives for assignments in Chicago and surrounding areas throughout Illinois. Eli Lilly is looking for diverse, dynamic professionals who want to be a part of a winning team that’s helping to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Interviews will be held at the IRC Sales Career Forum on Wednesday, December 12th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Downers Grove, IL.

A four year College degree and current Outside Business Sales experience are required. All qualified candidates are welcome to attend, business attire is required.

Eli Lilly & Company offers a generous package which includes a competitive starting salary, an excellent over base compensation program based on performance, a company car and complete health benefits.

Eli Lilly & Company is an equal opportunity employer totally committed to diversity.

*Prior to attending, you must complete Eli Lilly's pre-employment survey. Print out your survey results (the last page) and bring with you to the Sales Career Forum.

To take the pre-employment survey, please go to www.lilly.com/careers and select the job(s) to which you would like to apply. Successful submission of your candidate information for a sales job will allow you to take the pre employment survey.

IRC Sales Career Forum
Wednesday, December 12th 2007
9:00am to 3:00pm
Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
For directions only, call the hotel at 630-971-2000

Please bring 15 copies of your resume.

For more information, please click "Apply Now" below and visit www.SalesCareerForum.com

Customer Service Rep


Volt Services Group has partnered with the leading supplier of custom marking and identification products in the U.S, and we have IMMEDIATE OPPENINGS! If you enjoy talking on the phone and love to work with computers, then this is the job for you!

We even have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts available!

We are looking for individuals who have strong customer service skills, and can type a minimum of 8,000 key strokes per hour. You should have extreme attention to detail, have desire to work in a team dynamic, and have a strong work ethic. If you have strong communication skills then keep reading!

Volt Services Group is a Fortune 1000 company, traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. We specialize in the areas of administration, light industrial, marketing, and more. Volt Services Group is an equal opportunity employer.

1. You must be able to SUCCESSFULLY pass a drug and background test.

2. You must posses a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Minimum of 2 years customer service experience working with a high call volume.

4. Minimum 8,000 key strokes per hour required.

5. You must be friendly and love to work with people.

Location: Harwood Heights, IL


Duration: Temp to Hire

Pay Rate: 12.00 - 14.00 Hourly DOE


Volt Services Group
55 W. Monroe St., Ste. 3490
Volt Services Group
Chicago, IL 60603
PH: 312/263-4505
FX: 312/263-9910

Projects Coordinator


Volt has partnered with one of the leading food companies that has been around for over 33 years, in the Chicago area. We are looking for a dynamic, computer savvy individual with experience in marketing design to join our client's team.

If you feel you are the master of Adobe Illustrator then look no further, we have the job for you! We are looking for an individual who is creative, has a marketing or business background, and has a great amount of experience with computers. If you think this describes your expertise then give us a call!

Volt Services Group is a Fortune 1000 company, traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. We specialize in the areas of marketing, light industrial, administration, and more. Volt Services Group is an equal opportunity employer.

1. You must have a bachelor's degree in business or marketing, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

2. You should have intermediate to expert skills in Adobe Illustrator.

3. You should be detail oriented, and have the ability to produce quality results.

4. You must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

5. You must be able to SUCCESSFULLY pass a drug and background test.

6. You should be an expert at MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Location: Chicago, IL


Duration: 60 - 90 Days

Pay Rate: 14.42 - 16.82 Hourly DOE


Volt Services Group
Volt Services Group
55 W. Monroe St., Ste. 3490
Chicago, IL 60603
PH: 312/263-4505
FX: 312/263-9910

Projects Coordinator-Call (312) 263-4505

Volt has partnered with one of the leading food companies that has been around for over 33 years, in the Chicago area. We are looking for a dynamic, computer savvy individual with experience in marketing design to join our client's team.

If you feel you are the master of Adobe Illustrator then look no further, we have the job for you! We are looking for an individual who is creative, has a marketing or business background, and has a great amount of experience with computers. If you think this describes your expertise then give us a call!

Volt Services Group is a Fortune 1000 company, traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. We specialize in the areas of marketing, light industrial, administration, and more. Volt Services Group is an equal opportunity employer.

1. You must have a bachelor's degree in business or marketing, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

2. You should have intermediate to expert skills in Adobe Illustrator.

3. You should be detail oriented, and have the ability to produce quality results.

4. You must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

5. You must be able to SUCCESSFULLY pass a drug and background test.

6. You should be an expert at MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Location: Chicago, IL


Duration: 60 - 90 Days

Pay Rate: 14.42 - 16.82 Hourly DOE


Volt Services Group
Volt Services Group
55 W. Monroe St., Ste. 3490
Chicago, IL 60603
PH: 312/263-4505
FX: 312/263-9910

Saturday, November 24, 2007


The 5 Categories of Men

Written by: Lisa

Edited by: Julia Wolfe

Joboja Staff Writers

Remember how in high school every now and then a “Top 10” list would somehow slip out from the closely-knit boy community? Yes, it was childish and immature (as were we all) and yes, it did nothing but put us girls into categories.
Sexist categories at that—prettiest, best hair, best legs…you get the picture. The category for smartest never seemed to surface….go figure. Well, now it’s our turn. I’m going to show you how all men fit into 5 categories.

Hold your hand in front of you. Work with me on this one; it will make sense soon. Ok, hand up? Good. Let’s start with the thumb. These are the guys—regardless of their height—who are not overweight, but stocky.
The pinky represents the intensely skinny guys. You know the ones—the guys who take weight-gaining supplements, because no matter how many cheeseburgers and pizzas they down, they “just can’t seem to gain weight”.

These are the guys whose waists are smaller than ours; whose thighs bring to mind chicken legs. Can’t say we feel much sympathy for them as we go on diet after diet, our jeans too tight to breathe after one ice cream sundae.
Now think about your index finger for a moment. It’s great for pointing and picking things up, but what else? Rings aren’t marketed for the index finger. We don’t have fantasies that involve the index finger (ok, so maybe some of you do but I don’t want to know about them).

The men in this category have absolutely nothing wrong with them. They’re attractive, smart, funny, and completely into us. Yet for some reason we don’t want them. We don’t know why and we know we should. We just don’t feel anything towards them. The saying “good guys finish last” fits them.

The middle finger is self-explanatory; I’ll just move on.
Ah, the ring finger. The one most women are ultimately searching for. It symbolizes the lifelong partner and all that we associate with that.

Don’t get me wrong. Guys may fit into multiple categories. Who hasn’t been in a relationship with that perfect guy we thought was a ring finger?
Then later we recategorize him as a middle finger. It happens. It’s called dating. We move on.

Next time your best friend calls gushing about the perfect guy she’s met, ask her what finger he is, and explain.
In the meantime, don’t turn a guy down just because he’s a pinky and you prefer thumbs. On behalf of all of those index fingers out there, give them a chance, too. Those roses and late night phone calls are hard to come by. Every finger has a story to tell and you just might be surprised what you learn.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Turkey Time Travel

Written by: Kristina Hughes
Joboja Staff Writer

Millions of people will make the annual turkey trot. But the commute to grandma's house is no longer over the hills and into the woods.

Packed airports, train stations and highways are as common as the cranberry sauce and stuffing. During the Thanksgiving trek, travelers can expect to rub elbows with more people at airports and hit gridlock on the highways.

AAA estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday, up 3.1 percent from last year.

Despite higher prices leaving a hole in the pocket, people are still coming home to mom. According to CNN Money, "U.S. consumers are overlooking high gasoline prices and falling home values when it comes to plane tickets and road trips. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the average national gas prices are $3.09 a galloon up from $2.235 a galloon last year.

The great flee begins Tuesday for the early birds, but most travelers will end up in peak traffic on Wednesday and the Sunday, following Thanksgiving.

Once your tickets and bags are packed, the fun begins. If you're traveling by air, tracks or the road, hopefully these tips will keep the hassle in the kitchen.

Ahh, the experience of bumper to bumper traffic and the thrill of kids in the backseat (It's the perfect birth control). Every few minutes they repeat, "Are we there yet," No wonder, why Wednesday has turned into the biggest bar night of the year.

If you're going by car, these tips could make the trip more bearable. Remember to pack snacks and water bottles; also try to make stops every few hours. Break up the monotony by downloading your favorite road tunes (I recommend anything from the 80's) and make sure the kids have God's gift (MP3 players and video games.)

If by air is your forte, allow yourself a few hours to check in and go through security. Remember to pack light and put duct tape or tie a bright bow on your luggage to save time at the baggage terminal.

Keep an open mind, who knows Mr. Right could be just around the corner. I know a few friends who have met their significant other's at the airport. But, if you don't feel like making conversation with strangers, go Hollywood by donning sunglasses and hiding yourself in magazines.

At the airport remember to expect delays and packed gates. The ATA estimates as many as 2.7 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines, approximately 600,000 more than the average day. The ATA expects airlines to fill 90 percent of their planes' available seats during the holiday. According to AAA, air travel is expected to increase by 4 percent this year, to 4.6 million travelers.

Train and bus stations are projected to see an increase in passengers. AAA estimates 2 million holiday travelers will travel by train, bus or other mode of transportation, up from 1.9 million last year

But not everyone is coming home. Some travelers are replacing the turkey with French cuisine or daiquiris. According to AAA a growing number of travelers are using the Thanksgiving week for a Caribbean and European vacation. Packages priced just right are cashing in on the American holiday. Gate1Travel, an online travel agent offers a affordable air and hotel packages with Thanksgiving departures. A six-day vacation to Paris or Vienna start at $399 per person while six-day London packages begin at $449.

If a European vacation is not in the budget, why not opt to be a tourist in your own backyard. Pre Thanksgiving bar crawls, one of the largest Thanksgiving parades and home cooked meals by chefs make Chicago my kind of town.

After feasting on turkey, why not tuck in with the John Hughes classic, " Planes, Trains & Automobiles." Their tale of travel woe is like surviving the magnificent mile on Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The True Meaning of Ex-:Tips for Job Seekers with a Criminal Past

By LD Lewis, CWDP*

For something to be true, it has to be in accord with reality. For our purposes here, that would mean that the true meaning of ex-con or ex-felon should be that a person slapped with either label would be seen as one who is separated or disassociated from being a con or a felon. But for too many job seekers with a criminal past, the prefix ex- does not take on the same meaning as it does when it describes other kinds of separations, such as ex-judge; ex-ballplayer; or ex-husband, ex-wife. In fact, for many employers, ex-con means that you are a con --and you will always be one --for ours is a society of labelers.

While labels can help us to categorize our world, it becomes a heinous thing when we so rigidly label others that they become buried underneath the weight of it –much like when employers automatically label folks as ex-cons so rigidly that they miss the value of the person underneath the label.

So, dear job seeker, if you have a criminal past, it falls squarely on your shoulders to learn how to refuse to be locked behind bars of labels, committing a mental recidivism of sorts. To that end, there will be a series of articles written in this spot over the next several weeks designed to encourage the job seeker who is trying to shake off a shaky past while job searching at the same time.

The first segment, “Keeping Your Esteem in Tact,” will run next week.
Until then, remember to take heart in the true meaning of ex-.

*Certified workforce development professional.

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Craigslist, Wonder & Darkness

Written by: Jason Sarna
Edited by: Sharon Estill
Joboja Staff Writers

Why are the personals on Craigslist.com so engrossing? I can't go a single day without checking out the women seeking men page. It just blows my mind: Women seeking men.

There are actually WOMEN posting ads to find men. Are you kidding me? When did women become Internet men seekers? And why are they even seeking? They don't need to seek; they just have.

Women have the beauty, the cleanliness, the body, the MEN! They HAVE the men! What are they thinking? They walk outside—men. They go to the store—men. They use the washroom—men. Men, men, men!

Why do you think they're called Women? W (We) O (Own) MEN!

Why seek? I mean, I'm glad, VERY glad, that women started seeking, but I just don't understand it. Is there a thrill to the seek? What's their purpose behind it?

Women aren't born seekers; they're born outers. If they're out, men will find them. They just need to be out.

Men however, must seek; are born to seek and will never stop seeking. Men can't go out and expect random women to approach them. It just doesn't happen.

Sure, a small percent of women are Internet seeking, but women aren't real-life seeking yet. That's crazy! It may be years, decades, centuries before that happens. So until then, men, seek!

My name's Jason and I seek on Craigslist. It's very important to have a seek comfort zone. I've never been 100% comfortable seeking women in real life—I prefer the fantasy Internet land.

When you real-life seek, you have to be interesting, look good, act cool and be "on." There's too much pressures associated with the real-life seek. I'd much rather sit at home, take my time to compose and post an ad and then wait for the magic to happen.

It's much better this way. You don't force any unwanted "Hi's" on women – you let them decide. And you can make yourself sound a lot more advanced than you really are. They see Atari, but they read XBOX 360.

Internet seeking is more than a way of life…it's a way to win, date and sound interesting.

So what's up; how does it work?

Simply go to Craigslist.com, click on men seeking women, click post in the upper right hand corner and follow the necessary steps—just make sure you post with confidence.

Confidence is the key to achieving/becoming a Craigslist success story. Don't you want to be a success story? Of course, we ALL want to be that success story!

"Hey fellow date searchers, Jim 23/m here, hooked up with Sally 22/f after she read my post. She said my words were soft and elegant. We went out for pizza last night. And afterwards, we shared our first kiss."

That could be YOU!!! Or it could be me! Either way, we're making progress as a group.

So let's do it! Let's become a success! Me…I've been trying.

I mean, I don't want to brag, but I already got four posts under my belt. That makes me a master poster. And since I'm a master poster, I can teach you how to become a…you're not going to be master after one post, so you'd be a…blue belt poster. I'm not sure on that blue belt, but you're not a master yet—that takes four posts.

Anyway, let's begin. Let's talk about that first post and create some successes. Ahh…that first post—that sweet sweet first post. I still remember mine like it was yesterday…

I was at work and blowing my mind apart while searching Craigslist's women seeking men page when I suddenly had a thought…I should post.

So I told the other employees, "Don't bother me, I got stuff to do," and embarked on wild posting adventure. I thought about post ideas for about two seconds, and then I got it. I planned to kick it off with a BANG!

Oh, I kicked. I kicked like a strong stallion who couldn't be knocked over by Zeus or any other bearded guy who threw lightning bolts. I kicked with gusto while imagining all the righteous babes who would answer my call. I kicked the air just to get more kicks in there. Here's what I kicked:

Just Call me Stallion, Steed, or Golden Chest

”Heavy hitter, fast talking, let's make a deal type of guy. I'm the go getter--I'm gonna go get things. I'm the mover--let's move it buddy. I'm another man's worst nightmare—I'm in Krueger's dreams. I'm also making this all up; except I am actually in Krueger's dreams. But really, I'm just the typical worker. You know, who does the ahh...the...the things. I listen a lot. Do a lot of listening and a lot of feeling. Really have to feel out the situation before I can go in and start smacking people around. I'm a big water drinker, and I think that's only reason I stay at my job--they have great water. That's enough for now.”

Best post ever—umm…yes! I was pretty excited; no, I was ecstatic after writing that. I put it out there raw for the ladies and had a strong feeling that I would be rewarded with several dates.

I went to bed that night feeling like a child awaiting Christmas morning. Except instead of waking to a room full of presents, I was waking to a mailbox full of hot e-mails.

When I awoke, I tossed off the covers, grabbed the computer and turned on the love machine. I was expecting, ballpark figure; about ten to twenty e-mails from all sorts of chicks begging for dates, girlfriend status, marriage, you name it.

"Come on, come on." The computer was taking exceptionally long to boot, but once it did, I knew it'd be worth the wait. I grabbed my calendar and started looking what days I had free. "Dating days," I said as I marked the entire month of June with a HUGE "D."

My computer finally booted up, and I immediately jumped online. "Here it comes, get ready, and I got…umm, what the fuck? Refresh…refresh…refresh......refresh. Nothing. No messages. NOTHING! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!"

I wanted to destroy my apartment by jumping through it and breaking off the entire roof section and throwing it into the sky like Superman, but then I thought, "It's only been one day. Tomorrow will be gold." I spent the rest of the day watching reruns of Alf.

"The wedding bells are ringing; the birds are singing! Oh, what a glorious new day!" I got a response. Who? Me? Yeah, some chick was into me. I wasn't too surprised; I knew someone would eventually dig me.

We e-mailed back and forth, exchanged pics and just enjoyed each other’s words. It was nice. I was learning about her and she was learning about me. We were becoming friends and something more.

I told her that I work at Radio Shack. She told me she's a Doctor. I told her I lived in an apartment. She told me she owns two houses. I told her I drive a Honda Civic. She told me she drives a Ferrari. Yeah, we matched up pretty good, and I felt pretty confident the relationship would go beyond e-mail.

After about a week of messaging, I decided to ask her out for a date – just dinner or something. I figured I would send out the date invitation once she e-mailed me back.

I waited for the e-mail…one, two, three, four days—nothing. Five, six, seven, eight—nothing again. What the hell? I couldn't e-mail her, because it was her turn to e-mail me. I e-mailed her last. Nine, ten, eleven, twelve—nothing, nothing, NOTHING!

Two weeks passed and still nothing. I cried…no, I'm just joking. But I did something else. I had to do it. I didn't have her to do it for me, so I had to do it myself.

After a couple days of doing that non-stop you get pretty tired of yourself.

What to do, what to do. Craigslist didn't work, so now what? I thought about it and decided to give real-life seeking another chance.

I decided to hit up the bars. I went out, chicks in mind, and sought. I did that for a good day or so and realized that girls don't acknowledge me anymore. I constantly felt like Bill Cosby in Ghost Dad—I'm there, but no one saw me.

I concluded that I was invisible to women. Even my women friends wouldn't acknowledge me. I could say the most random things, and I wouldn't get a response.

"Yeah, so I sold my stock and now I'm rich. I own a 50-acre island off the Pacific. I'm hanging out with the seals all the time now. They love me." Nothing.

So what does an invisible real-life seeker do? Post again on Craigslist.

Immature male seeks compatible immature female

”I'm a GREAT CATCH. There's no doubt about that. What else, people constantly tell me I'm awesome and could make a "certain someone" really happy. I go by the nickname "Stud" and can grow a pretty nice mustache. I sometimes still wear JNCO's, because they make me feel like I have big power legs. I consider myself a gourmand who feasts on and drinks ONLY the highest quality food and beverage. Some delightful delicacies include Ramen Noodles, Banquet Spaghetti dinners, Kool-aid, and Capri Suns.

”I once told a friend, ‘If you believe it; it will come true,’ and the next day he had huge arm and leg muscles--no joke. I'm currently searching the job market for that "perfect" job. You know, something low hours, weekends off, higher than average pay. Umm, what else? I drive a 2000 Honda Civic that runs strong 20’s in the quarter mile. Other than that, I'm just your typical guy who loves jogging, chess, and the occasional bread and butter combo.”

What happened that time around? Oh, yes, NOTHING!

Two posts. Two freaking good strong posts down the drain. What are these women looking for? I don't know, but I had it. I was finished posting and just done with the whole dating thing.

I lost interest. I'd tell my friends, "dating…I'm not into that anymore. It's overrated. Who dates anyways now-a-days?" Of course, they started thinking I switched teams, but I knew I wasn't gay. I just didn't see the point anymore. Why do something that NEVER works out?

I gave up. Just like that. I quickly became this shallow and bitter lone wolf who cursed every time he saw a couple holding hands.

I blacked out my windows, turned off the lights, locked my door and lived in complete darkness. I would sit alone on Friday and Saturday nights doing things to myself that I never thought I would do. It was getting disgusting! Night after night; day after day.

Other than that, I would just sit around and browse Craigslist's women seeking men page. I couldn't stop. I was using more than five times a day now, and it was becoming a serious problem. It started to interfere with my job, my friends and my TV watching. I was missing shows I wanted to watch. Now I had to catch the rerun. I was pitiful.

I was living in isolation for almost three hours when the feeling hit. I felt another post coming on. I don't know what sparked it, probably spite, but I wanted to give the posting another shot.

”Do you walk at least 5 mph?

”I'm the most demanding on the CL. I need a 20-26 year old F, dark hair preferably, able to drive, normal height, and solid leg lifter. That will do.

”Myself: I work a crappy low pay job and drive a Honda civic, but I do have goals--I will one day reach the moon. I want someone compatible with me. I spend my coin on recreation: exploring, surfing, snowboarding, drinking, and upgrades. Fancy dinners cost the same as traveling somewhere new, so I don't get fancy that often. That will do--for now.”

Do I even have to go there?

I actually got one or two e-mails from that, but they were both hit and run e-mails. I hit them with a few lines, they hit back, I hit again and then they ran. They ran far, far away and never e-mailed me again.

I mean, this was getting sick. Real sick! And it was driving me to some weird sort of calm crazy. I'm calm, but I'm about to get crazy.

I spent my days walking around and am constantly asking myself, "How does that guy have a girl? He looks like Carrot Top/Joan Rivers sex-gone-bad-result."

I didn't understand it; nothing made sense anymore. I started thinking, "I need some sort of toy or something."

So I put the kibosh on dating. It was OVER. The posting was no more.

After about of week of new experiments, I started hearing a familiar voice, "Chicks man. Let's get the chicks. We need to be out there. We need to be involved. Chicks, chicks, chicks." Stop it! GET THESE CHICKS OUT OF MY HEAD!!!

These chick thoughts went on for days, weeks, months. "I'm not into that anymore, brain. Leave…me…alone!

"Chicks, chicks, chicks." I couldn't stop the madness!

The thoughts were growing and becoming more rapid. Before it was days, then it became hours, then minutes and now seconds! I was having chick thoughts EVERY second!

My mind was about to burst. I couldn't take it. I was going mad.

"It's an everyday part of life—right? Maybe it's for some and not for others. But people are doing it. Why are they doing it? And I just want to date. A DATE! ONE DATE! It doesn't have to lead to anything; it would just be nice. I haven't dated in over a year, and it's starting to get ridiculous. Seriously, what the hell? I'm a normal looking guy around six-feet 170 pounds. College graduate, well-traveled, nice, goal-oriented, and fun. I mean, I'm not completely obsessed with the fact that I'm seeking a female companion age 20-29 interested in seeing a movie or something. Seriously, it's really not that big of deal that I'm an adventure seeker looking for an adventure with an adventurous woman. But it just bugs me that I can't find any women willing to go out and talk over dinner. I have to post. I MUST POST! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"

The final post:

”I don't care if you talk fast.

”I've noticed that all women want a guy with a GREAT sense of humor. Well you won't find that HERE! Humor doesn't exist in this firm and muscular body! I'm strictly professional grade, serious, no holds barred, business. Listen, I smacked the last guy who told me a joke, I choked the last guy who laughed at a party and I almost killed the last guy who quoted himself as "humorous." Pish-posh to humor. Trust ME, all you women need is a strong-armed hunk that poses and takes pictures of himself with his shirt off. Just send a pic and your dreams will come true.”

NOTHING!!! Not ONE response! I mean, what do I have to post:

”Hello, my name's Jason. I am 23-years-old, have a great job that I love and enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities. I'm honest, caring and fun. I have a great sense of humor and would love to make you laugh.”

Oh yeah, right…that would NEVER get me a Craiglist success story…

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Loving Money Attracts More Of It Into Your Life

by: Enoch Tan

To be in vibrational resonance with money, you have to love it. If you fear money or do not love it, you will repel it away from you. By thinking thoughts such as you should not love money or feel desire for it, you are causing vibrational dissonance between your subconscious mind and money. By loving money and being comfortable around it like it is your good friend, you free yourself to have money and have it more abundantly.

We have been taught that the love of money is the root of all evil. Therefore we think that it is wrong to love money. But that is one of the biggest errors the world has ever made about understanding money. The truth is, the love of money is not evil. It is only the root of evil. The love of anything can be the root of evil. People have done all kinds of evil for love. Love is not evil. It is when people love with ignorance that results in evil. Loving with awareness only results in good.

When you love money, it can be the root of all good or all evil. Remember that all truth are half truths. The glass can be half empty or half full. One perspective is only half the truth. When you can see things one way as well as the opposite, you have full perspective and total truth. When you love money, that love is the root that can grow into that which is good or evil. Loving money with awareness leads to all good whereas loving money with ignorance leads to all evil.

Observe of the way you behave around money. Notice your thoughts and feelings when you are dealing with it. Do you try to handle it discreetly as though you are almost ashamed of it? Do you find it awkward when you talk about any subject that involves money? Do you try to think as little about it as possible as you quickly pass it to the person you are buying something from, or taking it and putting it away hurriedly as if the longer it stays in sight, the more unacceptable it feels?

All of such behaviors and attitudes shows how you really are towards money. You have an unconscious dislike towards money. You may have all the conscious thoughts about how good it is to have money and believing that you are wealthy, but if you are acting like this towards money, you are creating resistance which prevents money from flowing freely to you. This awareness will open your eyes to your relationship with money and free you from unwittingly repelling it.

Wealth is a state of being. Having wealth begins with being wealth. When you are wealth, you are one with everything that is wealth. To be one with something is to love it, accept it, embrace it and be completely comfortable with it. Money being a form of energy that facilitates enjoyment and providence is a form of wealth. Therefore to be wealth is to be one with money and to love it, accept it, embrace it and be completely comfortable with it. Money moves to the one who loves it the most!

Take out some bills from your wallet and hold it in your hands. Look at it and just be with it. Say to yourself that you love money and money loves you. Feel good about it and feel the love for it. Do the same with your credit cards, your jewelries, your checks, your back account statement, and things that represent money. See all these things not as separated from you, but they are all extensions of your being. The more you love money and are at one with it, the more you attract it into your life.

Treat money with respect and appreciation. When you pass money to someone, do not just chuck it in their hands as if it were a bunch of papers. Hand it over to them as though you were presenting a sword with both hands to a worthy knight. When you receive money, do not take it as though you were grabbing a bunch of dirt and putting it away as if you are trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Take your money with appreciation and handle it comfortably as though it is your favorite pen.

Anytime you see money come into your life such as when you see commissions from sales or gifts from people, love it, welcome it and feel that it loves coming to you. Have the attitude that people love to give money for what you have to offer, and share it willingly and happily with you. Anytime you spend money to get what you desire, do it happily and willingly. Whenever you give money to loved ones or charity, handle your money comfortably and give it as though you are giving your love.

Loving money unites you with it. Fearing money separates you from it. We have an unconscious fear for something when we keep distancing ourselves from it and see it as separate from us. We have an unconscious love for something when we keep being near or around it and see it as a part of us. Allow yourself to identify with money and see your money as you. But when money goes away from you, do not think of yourself as any lesser because to love perfectly is to love freely without attachment.

Love material things in the material world as well. Love your house, your car, your toys, your clothes, your looks, your body and all your material possessions. Feel good about them and see them as all extensions of yourself. Be unashamed to show your money or your material possessions to others. In heaven everyone shows off the beauties of their creation to one another proudly and joyfully. Material things and spiritual things are the same because they are all energy of the source which is God.

People who see themselves as good but see money as evil repel money away from them. People who see themselves as evil but see money as meant for good people, repel money. People who see themselves as good and see money as good attract money to themselves. People who see themselves as evil and see money as evil also attract money to themselves. It is all about being in vibrational resonance by seeing you and money are of the same kind which draws it to you.

About The Author

Enoch Tan aims to help people achieve greater awareness in living and experiencing life. To evolve human consciousness to higher levels. To change lives and transform the universe. To revolutionize the way we understand the mind and reality. Because that is what governs every area of life and destiny. Get Free Ebooks of The Most Powerful Knowledge and Learn Secrets of Mind and Reality That will Fully Benefit You Now at: http://www.MindReality.com

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