Perfect to the Penny

Written by Bob Curtis

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We will always look back On this time of our lives With a smile on our lips Remembering friends Remembering when....

The reaction was mixed. Some replied, others said nothing. The original manager who had openedrepparttar store atrepparttar 142301 first called and spoke with me. He had figured it would happen, but was surprised when it came so soon. He had appreciatedrepparttar 142302 poem. Another girl who had worked inrepparttar 142303 past was shocked when she had received a mass mailing notice sent to our past customer base that we were closing. She came in with her husband one evening to ask if it was true. Most others have made no response. I amrepparttar 142304 only one left who had been there whenrepparttar 142305 doors had opened forrepparttar 142306 first time. I was there atrepparttar 142307 birth of hope and opportunity, and now I would be there when they pulledrepparttar 142308 plug of life support and see it die. As we sat and talked and joked and fell silent, we knew we would never see each other again. We shook hands, hugged, andrepparttar 142309 party dispersed. Without realizing it, I ended up alone to closerepparttar 142310 store that night. I didn’t know I was scheduled alone on my last night in beforerepparttar 142311 store closed forrepparttar 142312 last time. I lockedrepparttar 142313 doors, as I had done so many times. I countedrepparttar 142314 register, consciously, forrepparttar 142315 last time. The cash was right on. It was perfect torepparttar 142316 penny. I made outrepparttar 142317 deposit and printed uprepparttar 142318 daily reports. “Funny”, I mused. I printed up reports for a day when no one had cared to keep track ofrepparttar 142319 hourly sales. It wasrepparttar 142320 first time we had not kept track. I bagged uprepparttar 142321 garbage and set it byrepparttar 142322 back door. I turned offrepparttar 142323 lights and just stood there for a moment. I would never see this or feel this again. I carefully punched in my own security code and setrepparttar 142324 alarms...forrepparttar 142325 last time. I picked uprepparttar 142326 garbage bag to toss inrepparttar 142327 trash bin outside and openedrepparttar 142328 door to leave. I smiled. It had been fun. I closedrepparttar 142329 door behind me, forrepparttar 142330 last time, and quietly walked away.

I have written many articles, short fiction and poems over the last 30 years. I enjoy the free expression of my closest thoughts.

Resumes That Rock (16 Expert Tips)

Written by Karen Fritscher-Porter

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6. Communicate three main concepts in your cover letter. The prospective employer wants to know anything that might help her make money; cut a cost; attract a new customer; retain an existing customer; or solve a problem. Make your self-promotion do that and you'll be onrepparttar DO CALL list.

7. Flaunt it, baby! If you're a whiz with computer skills, don't be shy about saying so. Whether you learned a skill onrepparttar 142279 job or went to school for four years to learn it, you do haverepparttar 142280 skill. It doesn't matter how you acquired such valuable skills--just mention that you have them.

Resumes: 8. Write a single resume that is suitable for multiple employers.

9. Make your resume one page. Start by writing everything you want to say; then edit and cut. A two page resume can work too. Just remember, prospective employers are reading a lot of cover letters and resumes. Concise is better.

10. Putrepparttar 142281 juicy stuff on page one of a multi-page resume.

11. Breakrepparttar 142282 resume into sections: education, training, computer skills and so forth. Your 'experience' section isrepparttar 142283 prime real estate and should be half or more of a one page resume.

12. Write in chronological order. Start withrepparttar 142284 most recent information.

13. Go back in your employment history as far as beneficial to you. Ten years is good. Experience beyond that can go in a summary under 'highlight of other experience' section, hitting justrepparttar 142285 highlights without dates. This is where you can mention you've also worked in CPA and law firms, givingrepparttar 142286 employer an indirect reminder that you're versatile.

14. Write a broad objective statement. Make it all purpose enough so that somebody reading it won't immediately say 'we're not what she's looking for.' Accentuate your personal qualities and some of your skills inrepparttar 142287 statement.

15. Don't highlight that you've primarily worked in one industry or write that you're seeking an entry-level position. You may be looking for an administrative assistant job inrepparttar 142288 aerospace industry but would you consider office manager inrepparttar 142289 company's automotive industry sister company if offered to you?

16. Write your accomplishments. Your resume should mostly describe what you actually accomplished onrepparttar 142290 job. Don't be boring! Say 'trained approximately 30 employees inrepparttar 142291 word processing department in operation of Microsoft Word...' not 'responsibilities included switchboard, computer operations and customer service.' That first sentence says you trained people, communicated, presented in front of a group, worked one-on-one providing individual assistance and have lots of computer experience. The second phrasing just says you're boring. Yawn!

A scheduled interview means your resume is a success. Poprepparttar 142292 bubbly (but not right before your interview)!

© 2005 Karen Fritscher-Porter

Karen Fritscher-Porter is the publisher and editor of The Effective Admin, a free monthly e-zine for administrative support professionals who want practical tips to advance their career and simplify their daily job duties. Learn more about The Effective Admin at where you also can buy booklets and reports full of informational tips useful to administrative assistants and their managers.

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