Thursday, May 27, 2010

Podcast for Mondays Show 5-24-10

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Good News

Nicie has finished moving, and since her new place has hig hspeed internet, we  will be able to broadcast together  again! Tune in for more details on when the next show will be.

5 Things Not to do when interviewing for a job

Courtesy of Career

Job searches, much like first dates, are about giving the other party -- in this case the employer -- a once-over and presenting yourself in the best possible way. Also similar to first dates, job searches give you several opportunities to make a single mistake that is a real turnoff.
You're on your own when it comes to finding true love, but for staying in an employer's good graces, we've got you covered. So put on your best clothes, style your hair and make sure you don't make one of these job interview gaffes that are certain to turn off an employer:
Turnoff No. 1: Arriving too early for an interview
The reason: Interviews are scheduled at specific times for a reason. Hiring managers have other meetings and responsibilities to deal with throughout the day, so they can't interrupt their schedule just to meet with you. Also, interviews often have multiple components. If you're scheduled to meet the hiring manager first, then have a conversation with some potential colleagues, followed by a tour of the company and finally a drug test, an early (or late) arrival disrupts everyone's schedule.
The solution: By all means, arriving early is better than arriving late. However, from an interviewer's perspective, arriving 45 minutes early and letting the receptionist know you've arrived is just as bothersome as showing up 45 minutes late. If you get to the interview location too early, go to a nearby coffee shop, take a walk around the block or sit in your car to pass the time. Checking in with the front desk five or even 15 minutes early is acceptable and shows the employer you're punctual.
Turnoff No. 2: Letting your desperation show
The reason: Although you have been looking for a job for several months or even longer, don't let your frustration become the interviewer's problem. A negative attitude that causes you to vent about the hardships of being unemployed can leave you reeking of bitterness and repel employers.
The solution: Don't get us wrong -- being unemployed can be one of the worst experiences a person goes through, and anyone who has been there understands that eventually you reach a point where you want to scream. Nevertheless, do your screaming before you get to the interview.
When you're preparing for the interview, think like an employer. Do you want to hire the person with amazing qualification, a great personality and the potential to grow with the company? Or do you want to hire the person whose primary concern is getting a paycheck, who sounds angry and who might quit the moment a better job comes along? Enthusiasm impresses an employer; desperation does not.
Turnoff No. 3: Being too aggressive with your follow-up
The reason: Employers want to see enthusiasm from job seekers, but they don't want to be inconvenienced by said enthusiasm. Two e-mails, a handwritten note, a few phone calls and a quick visit to the office just to see how things are going will not impress a hiring manager. That approach will scare them.
The solution: Again, enthusiasm wins over desperation every time. You need to send a thank-you note, and you can send both an e-mail and a postal letter to cover your  bases. Pestering employers doesn't just make you look desperate, it also annoys them. They don't have time for so many distractions and eventually the first thing they'll think of when they see your name is, "Oh, that's the one who wouldn't leave me alone." Prove you have common sense, which includes knowing when to stop.
Turnoff No. 4: Talking trash about anyone
The reason: You probably have plenty to say about your incompetent former boss and inept co-workers, but you know better than to say it. You've been told that employers hear you talk negatively about a past boss and think, "One day you'll be talking that way about me." You might forget that the same thoughts run through their mind when you talk about other organizations, too. If you're interviewing with the No. 2 company in a specific industry, you shouldn't take cheap shots at the No. 1 company every chance you get. Employers know you're job hunting and that you've probably been just as unkind about them in other interviews.
The solution: Stay positive. Explain why you want to work for the company. Point out how your experience has prepared you for this move. You don't need to pretend that your former employer is a personal hero, but you should demonstrate that you are bringing something from the company other than your 401(k). Rather than belittle the competition, promote this company. Say, "I know your competitor is doing this, and they've had some success, but you have the ability to do this and that to beat them." The focus remains on this company and also on your ideas.
Turnoff No. 5: Lacking direction
The reason: Whether or not they are micromanagers, employers like to have some trust in their employees. If your résumé, cover letter or interview suggests that you have no goals, you are not an attractive candidate. If you don't even know where you want your career to go, how can you know this job is for you? A cover letter looking for a job instead of this job implies that you're floating from gig to gig until you get bored.
The solution: If you're not positive what your future looks like, at least create a narrative that satisfies you. This job might not be your ideal one, but do you see yourself learning from it and putting you on a path to something better? What could you do after you spend some time working here? Figure out what that path is so you can show an employer you know where you're going. You don't need to promise that you'll stay at this position forever, but you can suggest that you are eager to learn and want to move forward. Employers like ambition because these workers tend to care about their jobs and ultimately improve the business in some capacity.

Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow him on Twitter at
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Podcast For Wednesday's Show 5-19-10

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Incumbents Beware

With several long time members of congress being primaried out, It shows that the voters are frustrated with business as usual, and are looking for some new blood, and new ideas.  It's happening in both parties, so it could be a good thing, getting politicians to start using their minds, and not going in lock step with the leadership.

Quote of the day

Don’t run from your future, run towards it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Drill Baby Drill?

With the Gulf Coast oil slick, it's time to discuss a few things.  We agree that  we need to start looking for domestic sources of energy, such as oil, natural gas, wind, nuclear, and geothermal.  It is not good to be beholden to other countries for our oil, since the Middle East isn't exactly friendly territory for us.  On the other hand,  safety measures need to be improved here, in order to keep our environment from being harmed by accidents with oil rigs and wells.  Also, if  we are going to drill locally, perhaps the rigs/wells could be made more sightseer friendly, since who wants to go camping or sailing near a ugly looking oil rig?

The Court Has Spoken

Last week, the US Supreme Court Issued 2 rulings. One Said that juveniles could not be sentenced to life in prison without parole for non murder convictions, and another said that certain violent sex offenders could be kept in prison after their terms were over.  We agree on both of these.  When you are dealing with a teenager, there is a better chance of rehabilitating them, so they deserve a shot at freedom at some point.  And, since it's generally recognized that sex offenders can't be cured, this is  a good ruling as well.  I'd (Billy)  would rather see the law system use their resources in holding a guy that raped and murdered a 5 year old then a 15 year old who got a blow job from their 14 year old girlfriend.

Podcast for Friday's Show 5-7-10

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Opinions On Marriage

Both of us have had relationship problems. Nicie had succeded in hers, but me, not so much.  Marriage is not something to go into lightly.  It's hard to find that person that you totally mesh with.  Sure, you're probably gonna have disagreements, but the key is to find some sort of common  ground,  and  don't go away mad.  That's probably a good reason for dating for a couple of years or so before you decide to settle down.  Then when you do get married, remember it is an equal relationship, each person brings their own talents into it.  Also, it's probably a good idea to get some sort of premarital counseling.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Special Thanks

From Billy:

A special thanks, even though he doesn't know it, to my Pastor, Dan Howard. I run the sound system and the website of our church, and one of my duties is to record  the sermons, take them home, and upload them to our site. I thought that you, our listeners, especially those of the Christian persuasion, might like to listen, and get some advice if needed. From now on, we might dedicate one show a week on this!

Podcast For Wednesday's Show 5-5-10

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Link Of The Week

This week's link is for  those 29 and under who need advice in their personal lives. Dawson Mcallister is a radio show host who has a syndicated show on Sunday Nights. He takes calls, tweets, and has a group of counselors you can talk to.  To learn more,   Click Here!

Managing your money

Here are a few tips for managing your money, as  a lot of us need help!

1: Make A Budget And Stick With It! After you pay your bills, Don't blow what you have left over!

2: Avoid Credit Cards if at all possible. If you have to use one, make sure you pay it off each month, or as much   as you can, interest adds up!

3: Know what you can and can't afford. If you see something on the expensive side you'd like to have, save    up a few dollars each month till you have enough.

4: Let your kids be involved with the  budget process, let them see what needs to be done.