"God Bless the Dream, the Dreamer and the Result." 

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Secret to Becoming Rich

by: Elise Fisher

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, believes that a person does not have to be a genius to become rich. Any person can become wealthy if he thinks positively and has a deep desire to achieve his goal.

Positive Thinking: You must see your financial dreams and know that you will be able to attain them. You must already own them.

If you begin making up every rationalization under the sun why you can't succeed, pinch yourself. You have to discipline your body and mind to think positive thoughts. Teach yourself that those kind of thought patterns are unacceptable. You can obtain greatness, even if you are not the smartest, most talented, or best looking person in the world. Success is your if you'll just allow it to come into your life. Don't underestimate the power of your thoughts.

Burning Desire: Hill tells a true tale of a man named Edwin Barnes who desired to become Thomas Edison's partner. Most of us would have scoffed at him had we lived back then. Edwin Barnes was a nobody. Nevertheless, he had a deep desire, a life dream, and he was determined. He went to Thomas Edison and convinced him to hire him. He did not instantly achieve his dream, but he worked hard and ultimately became Thomas Edison's partner. This was a feat everyone thought was impossible.

Edwin Barnes followed these 7 steps to gain this great success:

1. Choose a definite dream.

2. Put all your energy into that dream.

3. Be willing to do menial work at first.

4. Visualize your dream.

5. Form a strategy.

6. Endure through the hard times.

7. Eliminate any way to retreat.

As you focus on obtaining your goals, answer these questions: What is the exact amount of money I want? What am I willing to sacrifice for it? What exact date do I want this money by? What is my strategy?

Don't forget, to successful people, there is no such thing as "defeat." What looks like defeat is no more than a great opportunity. Start creating opportunities out of failures and being successful today!

About The Author

To learn more about obtaining wealth visit our Rich Dad Poor Dad page. A college student herself, Elise Fisher enjoys writing articles to help college students learn more http://About-Student-Loans.com and other finance options.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

HUMP WEDNESDAY

Using Your Health Savings Account to Pay for International Travel

By: Wiley P. Long

Thousands of U.S. citizens are taking advantage of the low cost and high quality of foreign hospitals by traveling abroad for medical treatment. The savings are often 75 percent or more, and the entire cost of treatment may even be payable with tax-free money from a Health Savings Account.

Medical tourism first began to get popular in the 1990's, when people began traveling in large numbers to Brazil for cosmetic surgery. But as costs have continued to rise, thousands of Americans have been traveling overseas for real medical conditions, such as knee replacements, by-pass operations, heart valve replacements, and other serious issues. Many countries are seeing medical tourism as a good way to bring in foreign money.

In many cases the quality of medicine available overseas is equal to the top hospitals in the U.S. Patients are showing up at places like the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, India, part of a 36-hospital chain founded by a cardiologist from Massachusetts General. A heart valve replacement may cost $50,000 to $100,000 in the U.S., and only $12,000 in India, including travel costs.

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center, in Delhi, India, is another popular medical tourist destination. It was founded by Dr. Naresh Trehan, an authority on robotic cardiac surgery formerly based at New York University.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has just announced that they will pay for treatment at Bumrungrad International Hospital, in Bangkok, Thailand for individuals from South Carolina. Over 80,000 Americans received treatment there last year. The hospital boasts that over 200 of its doctors are board-certified in the U.S, and will perform a knee replacement operation for 20 percent of what it would cost in the U.S.

Who Does This?

Dodie Gilmore is a 60 year-old rodeo barrel-racing champ from Oklahoma. She runs a 180 acre ranch, but could no longer ride a horse because she needed a hip replacement. Her health insurance plan had an exclusion that wouldn't cover her operation, and she really didn't feel like paying the $35,000 it would cost her. Instead she and her partner flew to India where she had the surgery at the Max Institute of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement.

Her physician was Dr. S.K.S. Marya, who averages one American hip-replacement patient every week. Dodie's total coast, including travel, was only $11,000. She even managed to take in a tour of the Taj Mahal.

Forty to Sixty percent of those surveyed say they would consider surgery abroad if it could save them $5,000 or more. Going out of the U.S. (perhaps even just to Mexico), could be a worthwhile strategy if you have an exclusionary waiver on your policy, if you'll be having elective surgery not covered by your health insurance policy, or if you have a high deductible plan.

What is the Risk?

According to the Institute of Medicine, over 100,000 accidental deaths occur in hospitals every year. And that's here in the U.S. Hospitals are a dangerous place to be, and you want to spend as little of your life in one as possible. So there are risks everywhere, and probably greater risks outside the U.S.

But the magic of the free-market does give you some protection. There is a lot of money flowing to countries and international hospitals that practice high-quality medicine. If a hospital does not provide quality service, you can bet its customers will go elsewhere, particularly if they are choosing among anywhere in the world.

The influx of foreign patients (and money) is enticing more western-trained doctors to return home, so the choices are actually increasing, and the quality and prices continue to improve. I believe that if you use care in choosing your provider and structuring your treatment, the risks are no greater than having surgery here in the U.S.

How to Research Your Options

Keep in mind that most health insurance plans still will not cover for treatment outside the U.S., particularly if you are traveling specifically to receive medical care. So check with your insurer if the cost of the treatment is going to exceed your deductible.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations certifies hospitals here in the U.S. Their international division, Joint Commission International, certifies hospitals throughout the rest of the world. Make sure the facility that you are considering has been certified by them.

Then check out your doctor. Confirm that he or she is English speaking, and was trained in the U.S., U.K., Australia, or Germany.

Finally, consider hiring a consultant to help you choose the best hospital and surgeon for your needs. A good service will not only set up the treatment, but can also arrange all travel plans, meet you at the airport, and act as your liaison while you are being treated.

If you spend money from your Health Savings Account to pay for international medical care, the amount you withdraw is tax-free. Health Savings Account regulations also allow you to cover the cost of your travel if the reason you are traveling to get medical care is not "for purely personal reasons."

When choosing how to manage your health, you should carefully consider all your options. International travel is a great option for people with Health Savings Accounts.

About The Author

Wiley Long - President, HSA for America (http://www.health--savings--accounts.com) - The nation's leading independent health insurance firm specializing in individual and family coverage that work with Health Savings Accounts.

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Websites for Best Travel Deals

If you really want to find the best deal fast, use Kayak.com or Sidestep. These sites are extremely powerful travel search engines that will crawl EVERY airline and travel agency's web site (including Orbitz, Expedia, and Priceline) for the cheapest deal in about 15 seconds.

Using these two mega-sites to book airline tickets, hotels, and rental cars will save you time because you get to look at everything all at once. You don't have to visit several web sites to get quotes.

You don't have to wonder if Expedia has a better deal than Priceline, or if JetBlue has a better deal than American Airlines. You will know because its all there in one place.

Its 100% free to use. Give it a shot, and be sure to sign up to their free email lists that will alert you about travel deals from your local airport.

INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODEL ALLOWS MANY TO GENERATE GOOD PROFITS FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME

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Doing business from home is the dream of many people. It exemplifies financial independence, less stress and control over one's life. Yet for many people realizing this dream is impossible and achieving true financial independence is elusive. Quality of life is the unifying reason that people want to do business from home.

The stay at home mom wants to spend productive time with her family and be able to contribute to the total household income, the retiree wants to enjoy their time off from work but need to supplement his or her income. Those looking to start their own business seek financial freedom yet need a low cost, low risk business for their first entrepreneurial venture. The website Doing Business From Home provides solutions for those people and others who want to simultaneously achieve a good quality of life and financial independence.

Visit doingbusinessfromhome and investigate what we have to offer. Take the first step to enjoy a new life filled with fun, travel and wealth. There are no get rich quick schemes because all business takes work. However at doingbusinessfromhome we can offer you a unique business model that actually allows you to have fun and make money while you work.

Visit doingbusinessfromhome for more detailed information on how you can improve the quality of your life and earn profits the same time.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

The Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship

Dr. Anita Borg (1949 - 2003) devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

Scholarships in her name will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool.

All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on April 3-5, 2008 for a networking retreat which will include workshops with a series of speakers, panelists, breakout sessions and social activities.

Deadline:
February 1, 2008

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

Website/Contact Info:
http://www.google.com/anitaborg/

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.

Deadline:
Varies

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

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

Writer's Digest Annual Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest is now accepting entries in the 8th Annual Short Short Story Competition. We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief.

Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer. All entries must be in English, original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere until the winners are announced. Writer's Digest reserves the right to publish the First-Place story.

The 1st- through 25th-place manuscripts will be printed in a special competition collection, published by Trafford Publishing.

Deadline:
December 3, 2007

Award Amount:
$100 - $3,000

Website/Contact Info:
www.writersdigest.com/contests/shortshort/?goto=closead

Internships at Boeing

Everyone says they want a first job where they'll make an impact. At Boeing, you'll do much more than that. You'll change the way we look at our world.

After all, what could be better than creating technology that turns existing ideas on their head? From fighter aircraft that hover to launch pads that float - if you're looking for a place that values fresh new ideas, you've found it.

You already are familiar with Boeing's legendary history and our leadership position in the field of aerospace technology. Now you know where you can fit in.

Location:
Varies

Website/Contact Info:
www.boeing.com/employment/college/internshipDetails.html

FedEx Kinkos Leadership Development Program

The FedEx Kinko's Leadership Development Program - College is designed for recent college graduates, regardless of age, interested in a dynamic career with a leading global company.

The ideal candidate is results-oriented and professional, with strong leadership and interpersonal skills. The program provides comprehensive training and development in leadership, strategic and technical skills.

Initially, team members are trained for the role of Center Manager, but may grow into other FedEx Kinko's leadership positions as they gain experience.

Location:
Varies

Website/Contact Info:
http://fedex.kinkos.com/about_us/careers/ldp/index.php

Computer Jobs At Adobe Systems, Inc.

Become an integral member of one of our development teams that are vital to the creation of our world-leading (and award-winning) digital imaging, design and document technology platforms for consumers, creative professionals and enterprises.

We have opportunities in a variety of organizations working on such products and technologies such as Acrobat, document services/intelligent documents, Audition, Premiere, Core Technologies and Print Engineering.

Applicants should have solid knowledge of the software development process, including design and debugging practices and methodologies

Location:
California and Washington State

Website/Contact Info:
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/careeropp/college/techpositions.html

What To Look For In Mp3 Player Reviews

by: Roberto Sedycias

An MP3 player review is an important resource for any potential buyer. It provides information on the product, having been tested by a range of people including experts and in a range of environments. The whole point of a review is that it allows the reader to get a well rounded outlook on a product before purchasing. Any basic MP3 player review should, therefore, give the reader clear information, considering the variety of users that may purchase the item and also the ways in which they may use it. The review is that meant to provide the best possible consumer information, and so the best type of review should give the reader the opportunity to make an informed choice about their purchase, and with confidence.

MP3 player reviews come in various styles. Some are simply tables with ratings clearly next to the criteria that are being considered. Others will consist of explanations and considerations of the various features, and also provide clear realistic examples to back up the opinion expressed. The best type of MP3 player review will provide both. This makes the review both easy to understand, will make the plus and minus points stand out, and also provide more in depth information on the device that catches the consumers eye. It will also have a clear and functional search facility that will narrow down the criteria that is most important to the buyer. This saves time and energy, and prevents unnecessary information being read.

Any review should consider a range of MP3 players within a range of price categories. The price should be clearly displayed as this is often one of the first criteria that will affect the consumer`s initial decision when choosing a product. It would be unfair to produce a review that enticed the buyer, only to show a price outside of the budget afterwards. The descriptions should place the MP3 player in the top, bottom or lowest end in terms of quality for the price category it fits. Consumers know that the higher priced models are probably the best in terms of quality and special features, but it is only the products within their price range that truly interests them.

MP3 player reviews should provide detailed information on the performance of the product, and compare it to others similar in both type and price. The sound quality should be tested thoroughly, with a range of music considered as the quality of sound will differ, for instance, with additional bass or a faster beat. The sound quality should also be tested in a variety of scenarios to ensure that most possible uses are considered; for instance, the sound quality when jogging may differ from the sound quality in a busy street. The sound should be tested through both MP3 player compatible speakers and headphones, as both are realistic possibilities.

The portability of the MP3 player is another major consideration. Size and weight can vary, and often matters a great deal to the buyer. Exact measurements should be provided where possible to give the clearest possible picture. In addition to this, the usability should be a major consideration. Some are more functional and easy to navigate than others. The buyer that is an MP3 player veteran will want a different product to that of a first time buyer.

Another consideration in any review should also be the durability, as potential buyers want to know that their chosen product is not only the best possible quality, but that it will also last. The battery life and the time taken to recharge is another important factor, and exact or average figures should be provided.

This article can also be accessed in portuguese language from the Article section of page www.polomercantil.com.br/mp3-player.php Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.PoloMercantil.com.br

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Chicago Urban League VIBE Magazine Party

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News Apprenticeship Program

News Apprenticeship Program
Purpose
• To develop strong newsroom leadership skills for those interested in the
behind the scenes editorial opportunities
• To attract a diverse pool of talented individuals who will contribute to our
story selection and execution


About the Program

In 2007, WBBM-TV in Chicago will be sponsoring a News Apprenticeship Program
along with stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco,
Boston, Dallas, Miami, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
The CBS Television Stations Group implemented a News Apprenticeship Program in
2005. Most of our television stations across the country have sponsored these
programs over the past two years.

The program will expose candidates to the various disciplines of broadcast
journalism from the Assignment Desk to newscast writing and producing, promotion
writing, news editing to special projects. Apprentices will be working side by
side with news department professionals, learning their craft and gaining
valuable experience and knowledge. This is truly a unique opportunity for a 2007
college graduate (or in some cases a 2006 December graduate) who has a serious
interest in pursuing a career in TV News. We are seeking individuals who are
looking to work "behind the camera" with an ultimate goal to be part of a
newsroom management team.

Each News Apprenticeship will last six months. Candidates who are selected will
be paid an hourly rate of pay of $15.00. Stations will make every effort to find
employment for those candidates who successfully complete the program either
within the station where the apprenticeship took place or at another CBS
Television Station. However, successful completion of the program does not
necessarily guarantee future employment. Apprentices will be considered "at
will" employees and the Program can end at any time during the six-month period
at the station's sole discretion.


Qualifications/Requirements

• Candidates must be a Spring 2007 college graduate or a December 2006 graduate.
• Only those individuals who are highly motivated and are self-starters need
apply.
• While a degree in communications or journalism is not required, strong writing
skills are essential. Candidates will be required to take a broadcast writing
test and will be asked to submit, with their application, a one-page, single
spaced essay on why they have chosen Broadcast Journalism as a career.
• Participation in college radio/TV stations/newspapers or literary magazines
will be taken into account. Also, membership in any professional organizations
such as RTNDA or other journalist associations will be considered.


How to apply for an apprenticeship at WBBM-TV

Complete the News Apprenticeship Program Application Form and your one-page
essay. Save as a Microsoft Word document and submit to drwhite@cbs.com

Or you may mail your application to:
Deidra White
Internship Coordinator
630 N. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611


Applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2007 through Nov. 1, 2007.
Apprenticeship programs will be placed at stations across the country, at
varying times, throughout the coming months.

BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS, ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS
WILL BE CONTACTED.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

OH GOD IT'S MONDAY COMEDY

8 Things That Attract A Man to A Woman!

by: Cucan Pemo

There are certain things that are going to attract a man to a woman. If you are a man and you are wondering what you can do to make yourself more attractive to a woman, you need to pay attention. You have to check this out so that you have what it takes to draw in a woman and keep her interested in you. Being able to attract a woman is going to be the first step in building a great relationship.

1) Dress for Success

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are keeping up with your appearance. Women want to have a man that looks a certain way. They want to have a man that takes pride in their appearance and wants to look good for them. However I am sure that a woman does not want to have a man that is too worried about what they looks. Pretty boys are not usually what most women want however there are a few that do like this type.

Make sure that your clothes and hair and everything about you makes you look attractive. Keep yourself groomed well and always make sure that you smell good. Women go crazy for men that smell nice.

2) Take Advantage of Her Senses

You need to make sure that you are appealing to her senses. This means you need to think about what you can do to make yourself more appealing to her through her senses. You need to have everything - from the way that you sound to the way that you touch her!

Make sure that you talk in the voice that melts her from time to time. Again having the right fragrance is going to make her feel good about you too. Clothing and appearance will take care of the sight sense and you need to make sure that you keep up on the sense of touch. Give her comfort and hold her when you should and make her feel loved by the way that you touch her.

3) Make her Dream about You

Give her a reason to think about you. Whatever it is make sure that you leave an impression in her mind. It can be anything from the way that you talk to her, the affection that you show her or the little things that you do to make her happy.

Whatever it is make sure that she can never take her mind off of you. This will make her feel good and you will be able to have her in the palm of your hands all the time.

4) Make her the Center of your Universe

Treat her like she is the most important thing in your life. Of course she should be but you need to show her. Focus your attention on her and block out any distractions. This means a night out with the guys, a good looking waitress, sweet looking ride on the road or anything else that may grab your attention from her.

You want to make sure that you are giving her your full attention and making sure that she knows that she is the only thing that matters when you are together. Even when you are not together, let her know that you are thinking about her. Text her or give her a brief call from time to time. Let her know that you are always thinking of her and that you want to let her know that.

5) Flirting never hurts

Do not be afraid to flirt with her. This will make her feel sexy and good. You should never flirt with anyone else though. This will usually only make her mad and you may end up getting in a lot of trouble if you do this. Let her know that you are attracted to her.

6) STOP - Listen

Listening to a woman is going to get you far. If you are trying to win the heart of someone, you need to pay attention. Make sure that you listen to everything that she is saying and be sure to make eye contact with her. This will make her feel good and she will defiantly be attracted to you for this.

7) Take an Interest in Her Life

Women love men that take an interest in what they are doing and what they are feeling. Make sure that you are giving them a reason to want to hang out with them. Do the things that she likes to do and spend time getting to know her better. This is something that you will want to do so that she knows that you are interested in her and what she is doing in life. Ask her that her hobbies are and what she likes to do for fun.

8) Honesty IS the Best Policy

Women like men that are honest and sincere. Do not lie to her. This will only get you in trouble. You need to make sure that you are doing what you need to in order to keep the lines of communication open and never make anything up or lie to her. Give her a reason to trust you and never let her down in this way. You may never regain her trust if you do.

When you are serious about getting a woman to be attracted to you all of these techniques will help you. Use them to your best interest and take advantage of the things that you can and make sure that you are keeping all of your intentions good when you are trying to make a woman fall in love with you.

About The Author

Cucan Pemo

Discover how you can save your marriage and stop your break-ups with these powerful strategies which has worked wonders for thousands of readers from ALL over the world! Sign up for my FREE, insightful video which can just help you save your relationships and stop your divorce at http://www.RetrieveALover.com . If you are single, learn how you can attract a true love at http://www.AttractATrueLoveSecrets.com

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Chicago-Administrative Assistant

Aon is a global leader in risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting, and outsourcing with more than 43,000 employees in 500 offices in more than 120 countries. We integrate customized services, leverage expertise across industries and apply business knowledge to our clients' strategic goals. Aon helps clients anticipate how change intersects with opportunity. Each of our clients has unique business needs, so we have developed expertise for a complete range of business processes, products and industries. Aon’s account and relationship managers form a comprehensive perspective of our clients’ organizations, matching our expertise to their business strategy.

POSITION SUMMARY: Performs administrative and secretarial duties for a specific manager or department.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The Administrative Assistant answers telephones in a courteous manner for all staff members as necessary. Takes accurate messages, gives information to callers, and route calls to appropriate personnel in a timely manner. Greets visitors, ascertains nature of business, assists when appropriate, or refers visitors to appropriate person. Provides high level of customer service and assistance to clients, and fellow co-workers both inside and outside of immediate team. Communicates in person and through correspondence with high level contacts inside and outside the company such as vendors, customers, and senior leadership. Coordinates travel arrangements for staff, utilizing the in house travel agency. May also prepare expense reports/reimbursement requests for staff. Schedules meetings and appointments for staff, including coordinating and confirming attendance, arrangement of meeting location, equipment and supplies. Reads and routes incoming mail. Locates and attaches applicable file information or previous correspondence to facilitate prompt resolution. Prepares outgoing mail. Using knowledge of the department's procedures, prepare routine correspondence, documentation, forms, notices, or statistical reports. Maintains database information, such as mailing lists, vendors, etc. in applicable format. Maintains manuals, policy and procedure files, etc., in applicable format. Assists in research, testing, and/or implementation of revised policies and procedures. Prepares departmental invoices, payroll reports, track vacation days, track sick days, etc. Files correspondence and other records. May coordinate transmission of information with other users/suppliers. Makes copies of correspondence and other printed matter. Ensures adequate office supplies. Processes purchase requests for additional office supplies as needed. May reconcile/coordinate reports with other departments as needed. May take dictation in shorthand or by machine and transcribe notes on a personal c

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: Possess 1 – 3 years of secretarial/administrative experience. Knowledge of general office administration Is highly organized, with strong multi-tasking skills. Ability to handle multiple demands and competing priorities. Good attention to detail. Ability to communicate effectively with others (written and oral). Intermediate PC skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office are required

REQUIRED EDUCATION: High school diploma or one-year certificate from college or technical school.

Aon offers competitive compensation, exceptional benefits, continuing education & training, a unique internal advancement program, and tremendous potential with a growing worldwide organization.

Aon's professionals are unwavering in their client focus and integrity. We promote diversity, professional development, frugality and stewardship, applying a disciplined non-bureaucratic approach to help our clients realize their business potential. Drawing on our experienced team as a competitive advantage, Aon employees have the freedom to take risks, foster innovation, champion for change and replicate best practices.

For more information about Aon Corporation, visit our website at http://www.aon.com

Aon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. M/F/D/V

DISCLAIMER:
Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time."

Education: High School or GED

Integrated Marketing Coordinator

NMMA members, more than 1,400 companies, produce every conceivable product used by recreational boaters. An estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America are produced by NMMA members. Formed in 1979 in a merger between the Boating Industry Association of Chicago (BIA) and the National Association of Engine & Boat Manufacturers of New York (NAEBM), roots of the non-profit Association can be traced to 1904 when NAEBM was founded.

Our Mission...

NMMA is dedicated to creating, promoting and protecting an environment where members can achieve financial success through excellence in manufacturing, in selling, and in servicing their customers.


Position Title: Integrated Marketing Coordinator
Department: Marketing
Office Location: Chicago

Job Overview:
This position will support the integrated marketing department (sponsorship) in a sale support capacity.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Direct customer contact management predominantly via phone/internet for lead generation to be used by sponsorship sales team. Track lead generation results and distribute weekly/monthly results to director. Phone skills important. Research using internet, industry journals and other related sources to collect potential sales leads.
Oversee direct mail and general sponsorship mailings for lead generation.
Coordinate the new Sponsorship e-mail newsletter: write articles, update database and schedule deployments on a seasonal basis.
Compile and assemble materials for post-boat show measurement and reporting in PowerPoint format.
Participate in marketing projects, as assigned, for increasing traffic to consumer boat shows.
Coordinate promotional giveaways, award prizes and secure proper documentation of winners.
Assist in the development of PowerPoint sponsorship sales proposals.
Part of the reception relief team (covering 2 breaks and lunch) appx. 2 days a month

Requirements:
B.A. in marketing, event marketing, publicity, and/or sales support.
High competency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Familiarity with current principles and opportunities of web-based marketing.

Knowledge & Skills:
Need fastidious attention to detail, both in written reports and executing plans
Excellent verbal communications skills, primarily through telephone contact – must be comfortable cold calling companies to find key decision makers.
Excellent customer service skills
Ability to work harmoniously with a wide variety of people and departments
Flexible approach to work demands in a dynamic environment
Desire to assume new challenges, a “self starter” and team player


What we offer: Competitive rate, medical, dental, vision, prescription, vacation/sick time, pension plan and a great 401K plan that starts immediately with an awesome match! Flex-time and summer hours!
EOE Contact HR@nmma.org or fax resume to 312-946-1460

Customer Service Representative

Delta Dental of Illinois provides leading-edge dental benefit programs and comprehensive, single-site plan administration from our Lisle, Illinois office. We believe in making investments in our employees and that empowering them will create customer and employee satisfaction.

Our Lisle, Illinois office is currently seeking a full time Customer Service Representative to join our fast-paced call center. In this position, you will provide service to the DDIL client base through effective oral and written communication, as well as troubleshoot and resolve all types of dental claim related inquiries.

Key responsibilities include:

Provide accurate and timely response to all subscriber, dentist, broker, and group administrator inquiries by phone, mail, and email.
Provide accurate and timely claim adjustments for clients when necessary.
Initiate and follow through on all requests for adjustment, check investigations, and overpayment letters.
Complete and maintain internal processes to ensure world class service to subscribers, dentists, brokers, and group administrators.
Requirements of the position include:

Dental office experience preferred.
Knowledge of insurance reimbursement practices, i.e. claim processing policies, coordination of benefits and dental terminology.
Strong customer service skills in a multi-tasking, inbound call center environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent attendance and punctuality.
Strong preference given to candidates with English/Spanish bilingual skills.
In return we offer a competitive salary and a benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage; long term and short term disability coverage; 401k with a company match as well as paid time off. Sorry, no relocation package available.

For consideration, please e-mail your resume tohr@deltadentalil.com or fax to 630.724.4294. Only resumes with salary expectations will be considered. EOE.

Patient Account Representative

Company:
OfficeTeam
Location: US-IL-Chicago
Salary: 13.00 - 16.00 USD /hour
Position Type: Full Time, Employee
Job Category: Customer Service and Call Center

Contact: Recruiter
Phone: 1 312 616-8258
Email: chicago@officeteam.com

Fax: 1 312 616-1807

A great Chicago physician's office is looking for a service-oriented physician biller for a very busy office. Candidate must also be willing to answer phones, file, make appointments, and register patients. Candidate must have two plus years of experience in physician billing. Candidate must also have previous patient registration experience. Excellent customer service and the ability to multi-task is required. Please contact:The Officeteam Healthcare Group at 312-616-0218 or email: chicago@officeteam.com
All applicants applying for U.S. job openings must be authorized to work in the United States. All applicants applying for Canadian job openings must be authorized to work in Canada.

Qualifications :
Candidate must have two plus years of experience in physician billing. Candidate must have prior experience working in a busy medical office. Candidate must be willing to answer phones, schedule appointments, filing, and other clerical duties. Must have great communication skills and be detail-oriented.

OfficeTeam is the world's leader in specialized administrative staffing, offering job opportunities ranging from executive and administrative assistants to customer service representatives, receptionists and general office support. We are faster at finding our administrative professionals great job opportunities because our staffing managers connect with nearly 90,000 hiring managers in North America every single week. Additionally, we provide one of the industry's most competitive training, benefits and compensation packages. Contact us today at 1.800.804.8367 to learn why Fortune magazine just ranked us #1 in our industry on their list of America's Most Admired Companies. OfficeTeam is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply for this job now or contact our branch office for additional information.

Marathon Technologies Major Account Sales Director - Chicago Area

Reports To: VP Worldwide Sales

About Us:
Marathon Technologies is a privately held software company that delivers Infinite Availability for Windows Applications with a simple, affordable, comprehensive and automated software solution.

Overview:
The Major Account Executive will be responsible for attaining a revenue goal within an assigned set of accounts. The individual uses knowledge of the industry and an extensive rolodex of Mid-to-large Enterprise account contacts at all levels to strategically sell Marathon’s range of Availability solutions within the Central Region. The individual will identify opportunities for Marathon solutions at existing Enterprises where Marathon is currently in place, as well as opening the door within IT organizations at new customers in the territory. This position may entail as much as 50% travel.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Achieve assigned financial goals by driving sales in the target accounts headquartered within the Central Region. Sales may be direct, or fulfilled through a channel partner.

2. Responsible for developing an account plan and executing plans to achieve goals, including prospecting, qualification, account mapping of key contacts for executive level engagement, presentations, introducing new products and providing Marathon a local presence in the territory.

3. Responsible for all aspects of the selling process:

A. Identify Opportunity

Use contacts and experience to develop target specific accounts within the Territory to open the door for new Marathon opportunities
Follow up on leads provided through Marketing and Inside Sales
Leverage existing Marathon customer base to position Marathon for incremental opportunities


B. Qualify and Sell

Determine customer business drivers, pain and technology objectives
Identify key steps to close sale, identify decision maker and influencers, etc.
Determine budget requirements
Determine Availability needs and Objectives
Sell solutions meeting the goals of the customer and Marathon
Coordinate appropriate internal resources

C. Close the sale

Gain agreement of proposed solution, tying back to customer business drivers
Negotiate price, terms and conditions (with Channel, if through a Channel)
Close significant $ sales across multiple groups and products within accounts.


D. Administrative duties

Ensure receipt of a contract and purchase order
Accurate Forecasting of business

4. Effectively utilize Salesforce for pipeline development, tracking opportunity progress, developing monthly, quarterly, and annual account level forecasts, etc.


Requirements:

- Proven experience in creating opportunities in F1000 customers, sell primarily to IT executives
- Strong list of enterprise CXO-level contacts and LOB IT Exec’s
- Effective prospecting and networking to qualify opportunities and develop relationships in accounts
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and switch priorities effectively
- BS/BA degree or equivalent experience in addition to 10+ years sales experience; specifically in the area of infrastructure software and/or systems
- Experience in Availability and/or Server Virtualization software technologies a plus
- Ability to work effectively with a team of Inside Sales, SE, PS, Marketing, etc
- Must be able to manage multiple customers and prospects simultaneously across a broad geographic territory
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Track record of having exceeded sales targets consistently and developed substantial large accounts with repeatable sales

Visit us at www.marathontechnologies.com

Marathon Technologies Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Company: Marathon Technologies
Email: careers@marathontechnologies.com

Address: 295 Foster Street
Littleton,MA 01460
Reference Code: CHICAGO

Lucrative Inside Sales Position: 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.

Requirements:

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 itsjustlunch

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gap Foundation Scholarship

The GAP Foundation and the United Negro College Fund have established the GAP Foundation Scholars Program for students attending UNCF member institutions.

The GAP Scholarship Program will provide scholarships to students majoring in Business, Fashion Design, Merchandise Management or Retail Management. Awardees must use the scholarship funds to cover the cost tuition, fees, books, equipment, room and board.

Deadline:
November 2, 2007

Award Amount:
$5,000

Website/Contact Info:
www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholardetail.asp?Sch_ID=59

Top 10 Ways To Make A Computer Run Faster

by: Brooks Carver

Today I am going to be talking about different ways you can make a computer run faster. There is actually a lot you can do yourself that will boost your PC's performance. So lets take a look at different ways we can remedy that slow computer of yours!

1. Free Up Disk Space

A great way to make a computer run faster is to free up some disk space. Windows comes with a disk cleanup tool that helps you free up space on your hard disk. The utility identifies files that you can safely delete without messing anything up, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.

How to use disk cleanup tool.

* Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.

* In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list. (If you have multiple hard drives you will have to select which one to scan.)

* Clear the check boxes for files that you don't want to delete, and then click OK.

* When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click OK.

2. Use Defrag Tool

When you add a file or a new program to a new computer, the hard drive is relatively empty so new data is saved to the hard drive in one whole block. When you need to use that information, the computer can quickly access it because it is all in one place. Defragging your system is definitely a way to make a computer run faster.

How to use defrag tool.

* From the start menu point to "all programs"
* Point to "Accessories"
* Point to "System Tools"
* Click on "Disk Defragmenter"
* The disk defragmenter will display the hard drives on your computer. Just select and click Defragment.

3. Get rid of spyware

Definition

Spyware is software with malicious intent - by design; it does something bad to your computer. Usually, it gets installed without your knowledge. It sometimes takes advantage of the fact that most people click "I Agree" to software licenses without reading them.

The only way to get rid of spyware is to have some kind of scanner, sort of like an anti-virus. In order to make a computer run faster and keep it safer your going to need an anti-spyware program. This is tricky, a lot of the spyware programs out there are malicious and will actually add viruses and spyware to your computer by using the "spyware scanner and blocker". So please remember to be very careful when choosing your anti-spyware program.

4. Find and repair disk errors

Detect and Repair Disk Errors

In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

How to run the error checking utility.

* Click Start, and then click My Computer.
* In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
* In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
* Click the Check Now button.
* In the Check Disk dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
* If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
Tip: Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

5. Get an external hard drive

Adding an External Hard Drive to your computer will allow you to clear out a lot of the things you don't need to be storing on your normal hard drive.

A great example would be your music or pictures. All those songs and pictures are sitting on your computer making it go slower. You will see a decline in your computers performance as soon as you use over half of your hard drive space.

Moving all your songs or pictures to your external hard drive will free up a lot of space on your main hard drive. You can even move applications such as photoshop or games.

An external hard drive is also handy because it is portable. You can unplug it from your computer and take it to a friends house and plug it in there, sharing photos and pictures very easily.

This is truly a great way to make a computer run faster.

About The Author

My name is Brooks Carver and I am a pretty die hard computer tech. I have been working with computer directly for over 20 years now. I have a beautiful wife and daughter, and when I am not programming or fixing computers I enjoy spending time in the out doors.

If you like these tips then you will love my website. It gives the top 10 ways you can speed up your computer. It is very user friendly, it has pictures going along with every step to show you exactly what I mean. I also give out valuable information about what anit-virus and spyware programs that are safe to buy and really work. There are other fun things there too, such as top fastest things on the internet that you can vote on. If your looking to make a computer run faster this is your #1 resource! Click below now!

http://www.squidoo.com/makecomputerrunfaster/

Article Source: articlecity

Community Service-Based Grant For Single Parent Women

This grant is awarded to professional single parent women with outstanding student loan debt who contribute to their community through volunteer work. We honor women who volunteer in their community.

Student loan repayment grants are available to women who volunteer their professional talents for an average of 8 hours a month, for a period of time to be determined by the amount of their student loan debt.

We recognize that women who are in the helping or teaching professions already contribute to their communities, therefore, no further volunteer work is required to qualify.

Award Amount:
Varies

Deadline:
December 1, 2007

Website/Contact Info:
www.raisethenation.org/index.cfm?fa=scholarship.apply

Blade Your Ride Scholarship Program

The Blade Your Ride Scholarship Program is an opportunity for you, a hard-working student, to earn money for college by recognizing the impact you personally have on the global climate crisis and by making it your mission to take action, reduce your impact, and inspire your family and friends to do the same.

The damage being done to our environment and human health by vehicle emissions is no longer deniable. Thanks to the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, millions of people are now educated about global warming and aware that we have the power to make a difference. If each and every one of us takes the initiative to make change, the damage will cease and our world will be preserved for future generations. We really are obligated to do our part.

The Blade Your Ride Scholarship Program is a piece of a bigger, take-action campaign called Blade Your Ride, developed by Sabertec LLC, an innovative environmental technology company. Sabertec is passionate about the environment and dedicated to developing emission-reduction technologies that will help us do our part to minimize our personal impact.

Deadline:
December 1, 2007

Award Amount:
$5,000 - $10,000

Website/Contact Info:
www.bladeyourride.com/byr-scholarship.html

Public Affairs Council Internship

Public Affairs Council Internship

The Public Affairs Council Internship is open to students who have concentrations of study that include political science, social science, pre-law, marketing, business, communications, journalism or a related study.

The intern supports the Public Affairs Council staff in all activities including research, conference planning, marketing, member relations, communications and educational materials for council members.

To qualify for this internship, you must have the following: a minimum 3.0 GPA; communication skills; research and organizational skills; good time management and the ability to multitask.

Location:
Washington, DC

Website/Contact Info:
www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholardetail.asp?Sch_ID=59

Internships At Shell

A paid placement/internship with Shell gives you real work responsibility and the chance to test your abilities on genuine business challenges.

To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your experience with us, your placement/internship will be tailored to your specific abilities and interests, and will be certain to provide you with an opportunity to prove yourself in a true business environment.

The work experience also gives you the opportunity to find out whether you and Shell are right for each other.

Location:
Varies

Website/Contact Info:
www.shell.com/careers

Google Jobs And Internships

Google Jobs And Internships

At Google, our strategy is simple: we hire great people and encourage them to make their dreams a reality. We believe in hard work, a fun atmosphere, and the sort of creativity that only comes about when talented people from diverse backgrounds approach problems from varying perspectives.

And whether you work at our headquarters in Mountain View, California, or in any of our locations around the world, we think you'll find Google a place where you can aspire to outsized accomplishments.

Google offers the freedom of a startup with the stability of a large, profitable and growing company. Our most valuable resource is our people: energetic, innovative thinkers who care equally about doing great work and developing a culture that's great for all our employees.

Location:
New York, California, Washington, Pennsylvania

Website/Contact Info:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/

The Miller Urban Entrepreneur Series

The award-winning Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series competition was launched to respond to the needs of adults ages 21 and older seeking to achieve economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.

One winner will take home a $35,000 business grant to jumpstart his or her small business. Up to six runners-up will each take home a $15,000 business grant or five runners-up will take home a $5,000 business grant, seed money to take their dreams to the next level.

The competition is open to all adults between 21 to 35 years old. Entries are due no later than 5:00 p.m. CST, Friday, November 30, 2007. (Winners will be announced in April 2008.)

This is a great way to reach towards starting and maintaining a successful business and giving you a competitive edge to thrive in today's urban business world.

For more details, visit:

millerurbanentrepreneurs

Thursday, October 25, 2007

HOME DEPOT SALES POSITIONS

Sales associates provide fast, friendly service by actively seeking out customers to assess their needs and provide assistance. Sales associates have an emphasis on department and product knowledge, providing information on product features, and knowing related items to sell an entire project. Associates in this position know how to greet, qualify, recommend and close every customer in their department, and know how to handle basics in adjacent departments. Sales associates maintain the in-stock condition of assigned areas, and ensure that it is clean, shoppable, and safe. These associates work in cooperation with their Department Supervisor, Sales Specialist(s), other associates in their department as well as other sales departments, the Inventory Management Associates, and the Front-end Associates to ensure customers’ needs are met.This includes ensuring customer satisfaction, driving sales, building sales skills and product knowledge and maintaining safety, security and integrity.


Sales Associates assist customers in the following departments:
Kitchen
Bath
Drapery
Design
Flooring
Assessories
Hardware/Tool
Plumbing
Decor
Garden
Paint.

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 for 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.

Location
HD-1909 - 1550 TORRENCE AVE
CALUMET CITY, IL 60409

Job Type
Full-Time/Part-Time

Job Category
Customer Service & Call Center
Sales & Marketing
Job Requirements
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.

Hours per Week
Varies

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

Wages
To Be Discussed
Hourly

Job Requirements
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.

Babies "R" Us is Now Hiring!

We’re looking for candidates who are passionate about excellence, achievement and results in the following areas:

Part-Time and Full-Time Sales Associates
Nights, Days, Weekends and Early Morning Shifts starting at 6:00 a.m.

Hourly Department Supervisors
Areas include:
Human Resources
Front End
Receiving
Infant Care
Baby Gear
Apparel
Furniture
Bedding
Store Promotions

Our Full and Part-Time Sales Associates must demonstrate high standards of dependability and enthusiasm. The successful candidates will interact with and sell products to our guests, as well as train on product knowledge, selling skills, merchandising standards and guest service. Prior experience in a specialty chain, discount department, home center or other mass-merchandising store required. All candidates must demonstrate a passion for exceptional guest service and sales.

Our Hourly Department Supervisors must possess strong leadership skills in addition to maintaining high standards of dependability and enthusiasm. Supervisors will be responsible for a specific area of the sales floor and the Associates in their specific area. They will interact and sell products to our guests and train Associates on product knowledge, selling skills, merchandising standards and guest service. The successful candidates will have supervisory experience in a specialty chain, discount department, home center or other mass-merchandising store. A passion for providing exceptional guest service and selling, as well as strong leadership, communication, training and organizational skills are required.

The benefits you will enjoy include:
Optional Medical Dental Insurance (contributions are pre-tax)
401(k) Savings Plan (with company match)
Associate Discount (on most merchandise at Toys “R” Us & Babies “R” Us)
A FUN Work Environment (that inspires you to learn and advance)
Comprehensive Training Programs (and much, much more!)

Babies “R” Us is one of the premier baby product retailers — the largest baby product specialty store chain in the world and a leader in the juvenile industry. We provide a unique and enjoyable shopping experience for our guests both in our stores and on-line. Our commitment to guest service, our broad product assortment and our unparalleled level of special services (which includes an extensive special order department, a state-of-the-art baby registry service and a Mother’s room for attending to babies’ needs and more) all add up to an outstanding experience for you.

We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce.

SEASONAL CASHIER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

COMPANY Michaels
JOB TYPE Seasonal/Part-time
WAGES To be discussed
Hourly
LOCATION #9565 - 7600 S Cicero Ave
7600 S Cicero Ave, Ste B
Burbank, IL 60459


Put your cashier or customer service experience to use at Michaels!

Michaels, the nation’s largest retailer of arts and crafts materials is seeking Cashiers to perform all cash register operations and related customer service duties. You will monitor activities in the front of the store and secure Michaels assets including cash, checks, media and merchandise.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Customer Service
Cashiering Transactions
Housekeeping/Recovery
Training
Teamwork

Job Requirements
Especially interested in people who can work nights and week-ends. Must be able to read and write and perform basic math functions. Solid communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to express thoughts and ideas clearly when assisting customers.
18+ Only

Benefits
- 25% Associate Discount - Direct Deposit - Temporary Insurance Plan - Holidays/Personal Days/Sick Leave/Vacation Pay after one year of employment
Wages
To be discussed
Hourly

How To Drive Safely At Night And During The Fall

By: John Myre

After a summer of vigorous off-road adventures, one headlight beam on Stan's SUV strayed across to the shoulder of the far lane. The other beam lit up the tree line on the right shoulder. Which didn't present much of a problem in the summer, but the days were getting shorter now and Stan spent more time driving at night.

But who has time to have his headlights aligned? Other cars could see him coming, and he had enough light to see almost anything in his path ... except maybe that shadowy animal crossing the road at dusk on rain slick pavement. After Stan ran off the road dodging the animal, Stan finally took the time to get his headlights aligned.

Fall driving presents a variety of obstacles, and more drivers die from September through November than during the winter months of December through February. Slick roads, foggy mornings, and roaming wildlife are just some of the increased hazards.

You must also contend with less daylight and morning and evening sun glare.

Driving In The Dark

Everyone sees less well at night. In fact, you are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash at night as during daylight hours. Keep these tips in mind as the seasons change.

* Less light means slow down Drive below the speed limit and increase your following distance.

* Take curves slower, and never overdrive your headlights. Be sure you can stop if something suddenly appears in the roadway.

* Use high beams as much as possible on highways and unlighted streets. Remember, though, low beams are mandatory if you're within 500 feet of another vehicle or in fog. Note: Low beams lose their efficiency at speeds above 40 mph.

* One of the greatest dangers of night driving is sudden light from street lights, neon signs, wet pavements and approaching cars. Try to look away from glare. Use the lines or edge of the pavement on your right side to help guide you.

* Don't try to "out-glare" a vehicle that does not switch to low beams. Be the first to be courteous. Retaliation for bad manners only results in two blinded drivers.

* Take special care on poorly lit, rural roads.

Preventive Maintenance

* Clean and check your headlights regularly. Headlight dirt or misalignment can reduce the distance a driver can detect objects at night by about thirty percent.

* Get your headlights aligned during a regular maintenance stop. If you can't get to a technician, the National Safety Council suggests the following steps:

-You need 35-40 feet of flat or constantly sloped driveway.

-Shine your low beams on a garage door two to three feet away.

-Outline the bright spots with a soft pencil or tape.

-Back the car about 25 feet from the door. The top of the low beams should shine no higher than the top of the marks on the door or lower than the center of the marked circle. If you have two headlights, the high beams are also aimed.

-If you have four headlights, aim the low beams first. Adjust the high beams until the center of the high is at the top of the low beam.

Seasonal Hazards

* To minimize the glare problems at sunrise and sunset, use your visor, and wear sunglasses if necessary. Never wear sunglasses or tinted glasses at night.

* Be wary of drivers who are driving into a glare at your back. Give yourself plenty of room to come to a controlled stop.

* Turn on your headlights whenever you wonder if it's dark enough to use headlights. It will help you see and be seen.

* Clean your windshield inside and out, especially if you are a smoker. Smoke can cloud your windows and diffuse light.

* Keep paper towels or a rag handy in the interior of your car.

* Keep your wipers clean and new. Streaks make glare worse. Check the washing fluid often.

* To avoid skids in rainy weather, slow down. If you do skid, steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.

* As soon as temperatures start diving into the 30s, slow down before crossing a bridge.

* Deer and other wildlife are active in the fall. If a collision is unavoidable, slow down to reduce the impact. Stay under control.

About the Author:

John Myre is the author of the award-winning book, Live Safely in a Dangerous World, and the publisher of the Safety Times Reproducible Articles..safetytimes

Source: articlesbase

HAPPY FRIDAY !

DON'T GET CAUGHT DOING THIS IN THE OFFICE..

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bright and beautiful winter fashion for women

By: Elisha Burberry

Granted, it might be hardly noticeable after the great washout summer, but it’s true: winter is fast approaching. As any self-respecting fashionista knows, the change of season can mean only one thing: a great excuse to go shopping!

Cold weather doesn’t have to mean more clothes, just warmer ones. So you can choose whether to bulk up with cosy knits and snug, thick fabrics, or go for clever layering; team funky accessories and outerwear with your favourite key pieces from the spring and summer. That way, you don’t have to banish cute tea dresses and floral skirts to the back of your wardrobe for another year; just mix it up by adding jeans or opaque tights and legwarmers, an oversized cardigan or batwing jumper, and those essential winter boots.

Perhaps the most important key item, and the biggest investment you’ll make, for your winter wardrobe is a coat that goes with everything. Boiled wool swing coats in deep colours are set to be big this year, while a nice fitted leather trench or double-breasted mac never goes out of style. The silhouette is nipped-in waists and wide skirts, which is very flattering for all sizes. This look is actually quite retro, so have a rummage in vintage stores or even the back of your mum’s wardrobe – you never know what you’ll find! – and you might just bag a unique piece to make you the envy of hipsters everywhere.

As for colours, remember winter fashion doesn’t have to be funereal. While black, grey and charcoal are all very well and grown-up, they can be harsh and make you look slightly washed-out, or just plain boring! Instead try a dark, rich, luxurious colour which flatters your hair and skin – purple, maroon and chocolate are all good – and accessorise with flashes of colour in brighter shades of the same hue. So a deep purple coat will look great with a funky fuchsia scarf and gloves; bottle green or navy are best with the lovely bright turquoise and peacock blue tones which were all over Spring-Summer this year. A bright colour worn near your face will grab attention and warm your complexion, so consider a cute beret or cloche hat in a colour you might think outrageous for bigger pieces.

Of course you’ll need a fabulous new bag to go with all this gorgeous outerwear. A black patent tote or oversized shopper, with buckle or strap details, will keep you on-trend while making a subtle style statement. It also gives you somewhere to stash those hats, gloves, scarves and extra jumpers when you’re indoors, so no excuses for leaving them on the train! Other key pieces this season shape the overall dynamic, which is very feminine but never frilly: cutesy angora jumpers, puff sleeves and empire lines cosy up to corset belts, bold ‘statement’ necklaces, high-waisted pencil skirts and shoe boots for a chic, kitten-with-a-whip kind of vibe.

Many of these winter must-haves will be versatile from now right through spring – and, if this year’s gloomy weather trend continues, into next summer too. So, don’t wait for the first frost before splashing out on something snuggly. The final accessory that every girl should have is, of course, a good credit card; with many offering 0% on purchases for several months, you can enjoy your new look now and pay for it later without feeling the burn of high interest rates that often come with store cards.

Elisha Burberry is an online, freelance journalist and keen movie-goer from Scotland. Her interests include travelling, cooking and photography.

Source: articlexpose

A Night at the Movies to see American Gangster


Please join HAPPY FEELINGS EVENTS for a night at the movies. On November 11th, 2007 we will be showing AMERICAN GANGSTA (starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe). Tickets are $28.00 and include admission, food and drinks. Come out and choose your dinner from a great menu, drink with friends and view the movie in a private theatre! Tickets will be available until 10/28/07. Get your ticket now before its too late…..

For more information please contact Eva

@ 312-415-7233



Thanks in advance


Eva & Sierra

HAPPY FEELINGS EVENTS

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Home Depot is hiring

JOB TYPE Full-Time/Part-Time

WAGES Varies

Hourly

LOCATION HD-1914 - 200-232 W 87TH ST

200-232 W 87TH ST
CHICAGO, IL 60620

Job Overview

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

We are now hiring for:

Cashiers/Returns Desk

Head Cashiers

Lot Attendant

Inventory Management

Loss Prevention Associates

Special Service Associates

Please see below for detailed job descriptions.

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 for 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.

Detailed Job Descriptions

Cashiers provide outstanding and quick checkout service to customers at our registers. Cashiers have thorough knowledge of all policies, procedures and duties related to customer transactions. Cashiers greet all Customers and maintain a safe and organized area to ensure the highest quality customer service experience.

Head Cashiers are responsible for expediting customers through the store's registers by ensuring the efficient operation of the cashier team and front-end operations. This is achieved by ensuring the efficient operation of the registers, influencing and supporting the Cashier team, expediting price checks and identifying high shrink items. This position also involves assisting the supervision and training of Cashiers, taking over Cashier duties as needed and maintenance duties. Head Cashiers also support cashier development and accuracy by utilizing various tools.

Lot Attendants assist customers with the loading of their vehicles in addition to monitoring and maintaining the entrance of the store. Lot associates are also responsible for maintaining a sufficient quantity of carts near the entrance of the store.

Inventory Management Associates work as a self-managed team through operating mobile work stations to process orders and make price changes and signage. IMAs ensure that all daily inventory management tasks for the entire store are completed. IMAs regulate and communicate freight flow while also serving as a Sales Associate to ensure that customer needs are met.

Loss Prevention Investigators are primarily responsible for detaining and interviewing persons apprehended for shoplifting in accordance with local laws and company procedures. LPIs must be able to build partnerships and be responsive to the LP concerns of Loss Prevention Managers, Store Managers, Assistant Store Managers and Store Associates. Key responsibilities include: ensuring the physical security of the store, driving a 'shrink elimination' culture within the store, and writing reports that document apprehensions and recoveries.

Special Services Associates help customers with special orders and projects that require installation. Special Services Associates ensure that Customers receive both the products they ordered and the services they requested in an accurate and timely manner. Special Services Associates will interact with vendors, installers, associates in the store, trucking/shipping companies and the Customers themselves to ensure that excellent customer service is achieved. Special Services Associates will work at the desk answering customer questions (via telephone or in person) and resolving any questions that arise.

Location
HD-1914 - 200-232 W 87TH ST
CHICAGO, IL 60620

Job Type
Full-Time/Part-Time

Job Category
Customer Service & Call Center
Sales & Marketing

Job Requirements
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.

Age: 18+ Only

Hours per Week
Varies

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

Wages
Varies
Hourly

Merchandise Processing Coordinator Needed

A.J. Wright
JOB TYPE Full-Time/Part-Time
WAGES To be discussed
Hourly
LOCATION #170-1709 East 85th Street
1709 East 85th Street
Stoney Island, IL 60617

A.J. Wright is part of The TJX Companies, the world's largest off-price retailer. We offer brand name apparel, footwear, home fashions and giftware for you and your family, at prices 20 - 70% less than national discount and chain stores. Every day.

We are currently hiring for the position of Merchandise Processing Coordinator. The responsibilites of this position include:

Manages the timely flow of goods to the sales floor. Orchestrates receipt of warehouse truck. Processes, prioritizes and prepares merchandise and unpacks boxed merchandise. Removes hangers, tickets and sizes items and prepares merchandise for sale.

Age: 16+ Only

Benefits
- In addition to our open atmosphere and supportive work environment, we are proud to offer an exemplary benefits package. - Optional participation in medical, dental, life insurances, short term disability, vision discount program and 401(k) profit sharing plan. - Other benefits include competitive paid time off and Associate discounts!!! - Benefit eligibility varies depending on hours worked and length of employment

HUMP WEDNESDAY

Traveling with Your Camera

by: Suzanne VanDegrift

Think positive! The year's not half over, there's still half to go. That is when it comes to Photography Events and Festivals.

At least once a year, all across the country, smalltown America comes together to show their spirit by holding family-friendly festivals. These events are generally held on a weekend and feature local art, music and culture. And then there are the week long functions, such as the Yamhill Fair and Rodeo, which is held Sunday to Sunday in McMinville, Oregon. Not only will you FIND local art and cultural here, but you'll want to have your camera handy for those awesome rodeo riders and prizewinning flower entries.

But the Photography Events I'm going to acquaint you with now are the ones held in metropolitan areas throughout the world. These functions draw both local and internationally acclaimed artists. There are several well known events planned for the second half of 2007. Some of these festivals are being held in various cities throughout the United States, one in Canada and two in France. If you've dreamed of combining a vacation with your love of photography, this may be your chance to do just that. Choose a destination, pack your suitcases and camera bags and head out for the experience of a photographers lifetime.

First on the calendar is the Les Rencontres D'Arles Photographie held in France. Although this has already begun, it runs until September 16. If you are fortunate enough to travel to this phenomenal show, you will encounter 50 magnificent expositions.

Next on our calendar is the Foto Septiembre USA, held every year September 1 - 30 in San Antonio and other Texas cities. This is an International Photography Festival which is a popular destination for both artists and photography enthusiasts. Not only do they provide a forum which allows artist to exhibit their craft, but they also operate through a website and publication. This provides exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers the additional valuable support of internet exposure.

Next we head north to our Canadian neighbors in Montreal. The Le Mois de la Photo has been held every year since its inception in 1989 to celebrate the 150Th anniversary of photography. It is dedicated to Fine Art Photography and will feature 30 exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the city. The goal of this event has always been to educate the general public about photography as an art form. This year's guest curator will be art historian Marie Fraser whose theme will be The Narrativity of The Image, which should prove to be a captivating topic.

Next we're headed south to Georgia for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, ACP9, held in October. This is a citywide festival which is in its 9Th year. It has art exhibits in diverse locations throughout the city. You will enjoy lectures by international and local artists, a pushpin show, a film series and the public art program.

On to The Big Apple and the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2007 being presented October 18 - 20. This is being called the premier event for forward- looking imaging solutions and photographic education. It also promises to bring leaders, pioneers, and rising new stars together for unprecedented networking events.

Paris Photo which is considered by many to be the leading fair for still photography will be held this year on November 15-18. It will offer photo enthusiasts some 100 galleries and publishers from all over the world. In addition to the exhibits, there will be book signings, prize award ceremonies and lectures. What could be better than to be in the City of Lights with your camera and other photographic devotees.

We wrap up the year in Florida at the Photo Miami scheduled for December 5-9. This International Contemporary Art Fair will be held in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. It focuses on Photo-based art, video and new media.

Any one of these Photography Festivals would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip whether you're a hobby photographer or photograph for living. Dust off you your camera bags and hit the road.

About The Author:

Suzanne VanDeGrift of Web Submission Services, Inc. has developed this article for M-ROCK manufacturer of a Modular Fanny Pack Camera Bag System

Source: articlecity

Shell Account Manager Position Available

Field Base Account Manager- Chicago, IL
Shell
Chicago, IL
Deadline 10/29/2007

SOPUS Products is currently seeking a Field Based Account Manager for its Chicago, IL location.

Shell's lubricants business, SOPUS Products, in the United States represents a significant portion of the Shell Group global lubricants business and ranks as a leader in the U.S. lubricants industry, which includes fast lubes, automotive/consumer products, and transport and industrial offerings to consumer and business customers. In addition to owning and operating ten blending and packaging facilities across the U.S., the Shell lubricants portfolio of well-known brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Rotella T, Black Magic, Slick 50, Rain-X and Fix-A-Flat.

Position Responsibilities:
In this position, you will be responsible for maintaining and developing existing customer relationships and identifying and winning new business using face to face selling and negotiating skills to grow the business by increasing volume and margin in line with group negotiated agreements.

Key Accountabilities Include:
- Exceeding team and individual KSIs as set by the Sales Manager
- Planning customer calls and visits to provide the appropriate level of service to existing and new customers with a focus on retaining/expanding existing business relationships
- Increasing the value for existing Shell customers through cross, range and up selling
- Developing new opportunities with prospective customers independently and from leads developed through Tele-Prospecting
- Understanding the activity, business and needs of customers, provide sound information and advice on products and services, and to sell and negotiate win-win solutions with customers
- Planning, monitoring and achieving individual and team sales targets (e.g. margin, growth, named customer CVP, and trade debtor target)
- Developing, updating, maintaining, and communicating the Account Plan
- Being responsible and proactive in HSE issue that affects the individual, the office/field environment and their customers
- Being accountable for own development plan to continuously improve competencies

Candidate Requirements:
To be considered for this position, you must possess a Bachelor’s Degree and have approximately 3 years or more relevant professional experience.
Additional Requirements Include:
- Ability to demonstrate the required competencies at a recruitment/assessment centre
- Good working knowledge of the customer’s operation and financials and awareness of specialist sources of information in the CoP
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong negotiation and influencing skills
- Working knowledge of CRM tools
- Basic understanding of SAP/ERP systems desirable

In addition to the tasks outlined in this job description, you may be assigned other responsibilities as needed. The Shell Group of companies offers an outstanding benefits and relocation package. In order to be considered for this position, you must complete an online candidate profile. No phone inquiries will be accepted. Before applying, you are advised to read our data protection policy which sets out, the processing that may be associated with your personal data and informs you that your personal data may be transferred to Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies around the world. Shell Companies in the U.S. are equal opportunity employers.

Apply at: http://www.shell.com

Association of Black Foundation Executives Announces Search for New President

CONTACT:
Judy M. Ford
ABFE Board Chair
ABFESearch@abfe.org

The Board of Directors of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) today announced its national search for a new president. ABFE's Board of Directors will obtain the services of an executive search firm to assist in the hiring of its new president and expects to conclude its search by spring 2008.

Please direct all inquiries to Judy M. Ford, ABFE Board Chair, at ABFESearch@abfe.org.

About ABFE
ABFE's mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Since 1971, ABFE's commitment to diversity and inclusion has been essential to the advancement of organized philanthropy. Established as the first official affinity group of the Council on Foundations, the organization was founded on the principle of the importance and value of diverse leadership in philanthropy. ABFE counts among its membership the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grantmaking organizations committed to Black communities. For more information please visit www.abfe.org or contact ABFE at 646-230-0306.

Southwest Airline Travel Specials

Holiday Travel Now on Sale from $49 to $99 one-way!

Good for travel December 20, 2007 through January 6, 2008.

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Hair Stylist and Nail Technician Needed For Upscale Beauty Salon And Skin Care Day Spa

CONTACT:
Jeanne Austin
310-337-9555
Leskintique@aol.com

LeSkintique Beauty Salon and Day Spa is currently looking for established and experienced hair stylists and nail technicians to work with upscale clientele. LeSkintique's clients range from women of color to all nationalities, men and teens.

LeSkintique's hair stylists work by appointments only and should be flexible to take part in LeSkintique's "Specials" offered once a month, and in addition, every 3rd Sunday in the month. Stylists are offered private rooms for their clients complete relaxation. Room rentals are $204.00 a week.

Nail technicians work by appointments only and should be flexible to take part in LeSkintique's "Specials" offered once a month, some weekends and/or evenings. Nail techs must be licensed and able to start working immediately. Technicians should maintain a professional appearance and exhibit excellent hygiene. Private rooms are available and room rentals are $140.00 a week.

Le Skintique is located at 1620 Centinela Avenue, Suite 302, Inglewood, California 90302. They are open Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Contact Jeanne Austin, Office Manager at area code (310)337-9555 for an interview and appointment, or e-mail Leskintique@aol.com.

Loan Officer Position Available

We talk the talk AND walk the walk. We're Enterprise Mortgage and we're hiring in our Oakbrook and Schaumburg locations. We're the #1 FHA loan correspondent in Illinois since 1998, and a top 100 national Freddie Mac originator as well. Enterprise has chosen to focus on FHA and conventional loans, while much of our industry has lived and recently died with the subprime market.

If you want to work for a complete mortgage company (processing, marketing, benefits, support, reputation), drop us a line. Congress has further enhanced FHA's power with increased loan limits and aggressive underwriting to help "fix the subprime mess." Your timing could not be better. We'd love to hear from you..

Please call Rob Egeland at (630) 368-9177.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Job EXPO - 20 Companies holding open interviews for: Sales, Retail, Financial&+

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone:(312)836-0100 (For directions only)
Fair runs from 10AM TO 3PM

Partial Company List:
AFLAC
Ameriprise Financial
Bank of America
Entrepreneur's Source
MicroTrain
TCF Bank
Trader Publishing
US Bank
And Many More........

& more added daily... For a complete list of companies log onto www.jobexpo.com the Monday prior to the EXPO!

PRE REGISTER HERE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABOVE EVENT LOG ONTO www.JobEXPO.com DON'T APPLY ONLINE JUST SHOW UP FROM 10AM TO 3PM!

Bring at least 20 resumes.

Show up with a smile.

Read the Fair Guide that will be given to you when you arrive.

Target the companies with which you would like to speak.

Relax and introduce yourself to the recruiters (They are there to meet you!).

For more information, visit www.jobexpo.com

JOB SEEKERS . . . Bring a friend and please tell someone that might benefit from this event!
DON'T APPLY ONLINE JUST SHOW UP FROM 10AM TO 3PM!
Dressing for an interview is very important. Dress your best, but not your flashiest. This is a business interview and your appearance should show reflect that. Use common sense when dressing for the JobEXPO. Here are some suggestions:

Be neat & clean
Be color coordinated
Have conservative jewelry and hair style
Clean fingernails
Shined shoes
Minimal make-up and perfume
Fresh breath
Bring your resume and references
(No baseball hats, sneakers or jeans)

FOR AN UPDATES COME BACK TO THIS WEBSITE ON A REGULAR BASIS OR GOTO JOBEXPO.COM AND PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS HIRING EVENT

For more information, please call 516 942 7574
DON'T APPLY ONLINE JUST SHOW UP FROM 10AM TO 3PM!
BE APART OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF JOB EXPOS!

Customer Service Work / Study Program

Uline, a rapidly-growing international distributor of packaging and industrial supplies, seeks candidates for a new Customer Service Work / Study Program at 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 flexible hours.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES / REQUIREMENTS:

Evening hours are flexible and are designed around students' schedules

Must be able to train for 4 weeks from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Monday through Friday

Process customer orders via phone, internet, and fax

Complete a variety of misc. projects from Marketing and other departments

Review and release customer orders and catalog requests

Working knowledge of e-mails, computers, and web site navigation

Maintain customer satisfaction and demonstrate patience/telephone etiquette with customers

Strong writing skills and the ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment are required

Must be currently enrolled in college to qualify for program

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

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