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The Editor's Desk It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the anticipated joys of Christmas. We look around us and go to the whole frenzy of buying gifts to put under the tree, putting up Christmas lights in the windows, preparing Christmas dinners with family and friends, hoping for snow in the yard for a white Christmas, hanging stockings by the fireplace, and shouting “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets. For some people, Christmas is a time of sorrow especially for the victims of great typhoons, earthquakes, other calamities, and human violence. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their lost loved ones who won’t be with them. Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time when we can show our great love to one another. We can celebrate Christmas as a time of healing and renewed strength. Let this quote ring in our ears: “Even on a bad day, there’s always a possibility of Joy!" On New Year’s Day, when the festivities, celebrations, carousing, and partying are over, many of us take stock of our life and plan new courses of action to better our lives. Many people accept that happiness comes from the achievement of values. That is why we resolve to be healthier, more confident, and more ambitious. We want to enjoy the pleasure that one feels when achieving our goal. We seek happiness and it is on New Year’s Day (more than any other day) that makes the attainment of happiness more real and possible.

Aida A. Rodriguez

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Side-By-Side Mind-Set Comparison for the CEO of Me, Inc. by Rod Colón

It’s time to make some visual comparisons between the old-style “employee” mind-set and the new “CEO of Me, Inc.” mind-set. The following chart gives you a good idea of how the two approaches stack up: Old Employee Approach New CEO of Me, Inc. Approach Job Search Market your skills to create and stay open to multiple opportunities. Keep many options available – what is your Plan B – Disaster Recovery Plan. Network only when you need a job. Then Constantly market and network inside and outside your orwonder why it takes so long to land a position. ganization. Reach out to your network on a consistent basis “Keep Networking Alive”. Prepare your resume Prepare a proposal to present skills & benefits that pass the test for the client. Initial interview Business meeting with a potential client. Interviewer asks questions to find out why Ask questions to identify the client’s business requirements they should hire you. and needs. Client’s answers determine whether or not you would work for them. You are asked what salary you are looking for. As a good business owner you ask the client, “what is this position budgeted for?” Interviewer wraps up interview. As a business owner of your career you close with a memorable impression and make sure you know what are the next steps and when you will follow-up. Salary & Benefits Offer. Contract Negotiation. This is when you ask the questions you need answered for you to say “Yes” regarding the position and compensation. At a minimum you ask “Is this your best offer?”

Side-By-Side Business Jargon for the CEO of Me, Inc. by Rod Colón

A CEO of Me, Inc. thinks and speaks like a CEO. The old business jargon no longer represents a viable means of communication for 21st century business. The following chart compares the old-style terminology and thought pattern with the modern CEO of Me, Inc. style: Old Terminology / Thinking New Terminology / Thinking Employer Client Employee Business Owner of their Career / CEO of Me, Inc. Interview Process Sales and Marketing Job Offer Business Negotiations Job Search Business Development Landing a Job Securing a New Client Rumors Business Intelligence Employee Evaluation Business Plan for Client Email, Telephone, Dress Code Marketing Tools Responding to a Job Advertisement Providing a Value Proposition Cover Letter Executive Summary “T-Letter” Resume Proposal Organizational Chart Client’s Network Pitching an Idea Building Your Case List continues on next page Return to cover! Networking Cultivating Mutually Beneficial Relationships Being a Team Player Collaborating Page 3 of 14


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Email Signature Keeping People in the Loop Interview Asking for a Raise Outbound Marketing Job Description

Electronic Business Card Expanding Your Sphere of Influence Business Meeting Renegotiating a Contract Inbound Marketing Request For Proposal (RFP)

Commit to It, Then Hold Yourself Accountable to Being the CEO of Me, Inc.

A network of at least 200 people that I care about and who care about me.

Dealing with the 9 inches Between Your Ears as the CEO of Me, Inc.

by Rod Colón

The key to developing ME, Inc. is the idea of reframing the self-image of the employee (or job seeker) from the powerless “employee” to the powerful, in-charge CEO of ME, Inc. The following passage is a commitment pledge I drafted to help me internalize the shift in thinking from employee to business owner for my own Personal Board of Directors. Maybe it will give you some ideas for developing your own commitment pledge and holding yourself accountable for seeing it through: As CEO of Rod, Inc., I have responsibilities to run my business for the benefit of my Board of Directors (Maria, Rod III, Nick, Alicia and extended family). I have business decisions to make geared at maximizing my profitability in selling my value proposition. I have no excuses, just a business to run. Jobs, employers, layoffs, etc. are not personal, just part of business. I do not think of "giving an honest day's work for a day's pay" (although I do that and more). Instead, I am a business owner providing an honest service at a good price to a valued client. In order to get a client, I need to establish my value proposition, evaluate the geographic market for what I am selling (my skills and experience), and understand that I may need to modify one or the other depending on supply and demand. In general, as a business, I need: 1) Something productive to do on Monday morning that I'm looking forward to on Sunday night 2) A back-up plan 3) Multiple sources of income that do not conflict with my primary source of income

by Rod Colón

To be successful with the CEO of ME, Inc. paradigm, it’s important to get comfortable with the “9 inches between your ears” where all thought is processed. You have a surprising amount of control over what happens in there. Let me review some concepts that will be helpful as you begin to

acquire the CEO mind-set. Taking on the role of a CEO running a business requires a certain level of mental toughness. What is mental toughness? It’s the ability to do whatever is necessary to get the job done despite the obstacles that may lie in your path. It requires an unusually high level of focus on the task at hand along with the ability to ignore real or potential distractions. Many people equate mental toughness with the ability to cope with life’s most challenging problems. Your ability to make a decision and stick to it is crucial to making this program work. Those who Return to cover!

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spend most of their waking hours secondguessing themselves will be in for a very bumpy ride. Your mind must absorb the CEO of ME, Inc. paradigm in either switch on or switch off mode — nothing in between. Make a decision. Stick to it. Try something new. If it fails, move on. If it works, decide what the next step should be. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up with endless indecision — it will sabotage your career management and job search faster than anything else possibly could. Learning the 7-Step Job Search Methodology will be time-consuming but not difficult. But putting it into practice without making at least some mistakes the first time out will be quite challenging. Fight the temptation to blame anyone but yourself. You’re a business owner. You made the error, so accept it, learn from it, then simply move on.

background — even suggesting that they call you for an interview! It sounds impossible. And in the race for 21st century jobs, it is. But the good news is that you can get tantalizingly close to that type of marketing dynamic by doing the following: •

Key is to “sell yourself”— making a solid, bulletproof case for your unique suitability for a particular position. The case I’m referring to is called a value proposition. A value proposition consists of three documents: 1. A job description for which you are unquestionably qualified and in which you are highly interested. 2. A targeted resume, i.e., a generic resume engineered to display experience “bullets” that are dead–on matches with the core skills specified within the job description. 3. A targeted cover letter (called a “T–Letter”) that summarizes your perfect match–up in a visually succinct one–page document.

Attract the Employer to You as the CEO of Me, Inc.

by Rod Colón

What if there was a way to make yourself so appealing and attractive to would–be employers that they actually fought over you, phoning you day and night, begging you to come in for an interview or maybe even suggesting that you skip the interview process altogether? What if there was a way to make your name synonymous with “industry expert” or “saves companies billions of dollars every quarter”? The concept is fascinating, isn’t it? … getting employers to come to you, expressing a need for your core skills, wanting to hear more about your

If the position described in the job description has been well-vetted (i.e., it really exists, the core skills are clearly identified, and you are a dead-on match for those core skills) a first rate value proposition will hand decision-makers an interesting dilemma: How can they possibly deny you an interview? Based on my “insider knowledge” and years of experience, they can't. If the three components of your value proposition sing in perfect harmony, an interview is yours.

Rod Colón

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Make sure that the position you’re applying for is a dead–on match in terms of required core skills. Write a powerfully targeted resume that zeroes in on meticulously vetted core skills as listed in the company’s job description. Write an equally powerful cover letter with logic, clarity, focus and relevance.

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Year End Wrap Up & New Year Start!

How To Maximize The Impact Of Your Story With Social Media

by Nancy Duarte

Social media channels give your audience a lot of control over your story. They can shorten it, summarize it, or modify it, and it’s difficult for you to control what they say. When the comments are positive, your idea gains traction, but if the comments are negative, your idea can die. Online conversations that occur before, during, and after your presentation happen through “back channels.” Make sure your story hits the mark in those channels.. Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/social-media-story/

LinkedIn Aims To Make Email More Professional, With LinkedIn Intro The tool adds more professional information to emails By Zach Miners

LinkedIn wants to help people get a job and advance their careers by incorporating its services into their mobile email. Related Articles     

Microsoft Outlook gets LinkedIn add-on LinkedIn turns your phone into a jobhunting machine LinkedIn investigating compromised passwords LinkedIn previews new company pages Men vs. Women: Who Dominates Online Professional Networking

On Wednesday the company announced the availability of LinkedIn Intro, which is designed to take some of the key functions of the site and incorporate them into users' regular email on their iPhones. When a user has LinkedIn Intro installed, certain information from an email sender, like where that person works, past job experience, and even where they went to school, will appear in the email. Users can click on the sender's name and see all the information without leaving the email. There is also a button to connect with the person. The service is available on an invitation basis for the iPhone's mail application, and it supports several email services: Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, iCloud and Google Apps. Read more: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/mobilephone/3475276/linkedin-aims-to-make-emailmore-professional-with-linkedin-intro/

LinkedIn Profile Is More Important Than Résumé

by Alex Freund

Do I shock you with this declaration? Think again. Your résumé is typically being sent to individuals, to recruiters, or as a job application, which has limited exposure. Yet your LinkedIn profile is open to literally the entire world around the clock. Moreover, as I understand it, LinkedIn is now considered the choice tool by recruiters and human resources professionals because it is so userfriendly and searchable. If you think like I do, then you may want to revisit your LinkedIn profile and make a few easy improvements. For example, upload a professionally produced photo to enhance your image. Make sure the tagline contains a good description of what you do. The Twitter feature should be used frequently and appropriately. The summary section should be your marketing piece. Your current and past positions should be clear. Don’t say too much; rather, make them intriguing. Include a few but strong accomplishments in your bulleted items. Keywords pertinent to your profession should be listed as well. Listing your specialties offers additional, specific information that enhances your chances to distinguish yourself. See the rest of the article at the link at the top of the next page: Return to cover!

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5 Reasons You Need to Be on LinkedIn Even When You Have a Job by Joshua Waldman

A question I frequently get when training job seekers on using social media is “Won’t my boss think I’m looking for another job if I’m using LinkedIn?” With over 180 million LinkedIn users in the world, I honestly don’t think that even half of them are actively seeking work. More than likely, they are happily employed and happily networking. It is a mistake to think of LinkedIn as a giant job board and your profile as just another résumé. The power of any social networking tool is in the networking. So if you are currently employed and not taking your LinkedIn use seriously, you’re making a grave error. Here are five reasons: See the reasons at this link: http://blog.knockemdead.com/2013/10/guestblog-5-reasons-you-need-to-be-on.html (Article posted in Career Attraction LinkedIn group by Angela Yate, Business Manager)

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Killing Job Prospects? by Joshua Waldman

I don’t really consider myself an HR person. I’m more of a social media strategist who loves helping job seekers. However, I do occasionally attend HR related training. Yesterday was one such occasion and inevitably, I had a shock. The discussion moved from hiring techniques, to LinkedIn photos. Many of the folks in the room would agree with us LinkedIn profile pictures should be professional. No argument. But someone told us a story that made us cringe. And if you are in HR, you may cringe as well. This recruiter was working with a candidate, who had hired her to position him for a job. He had a fabulous resume. Literally, she had trouble finding anything to change. But then she took one look at his LinkedIn profile photo. The guy looked like an axe murder. She said, “No wonder he wasn’t getting any interviews, despite his killer credentials, no pun intended.” Return to Cover!

Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profilepicture-killing-job-prospects/

LinkedIn ‘Intro’duces Insecurity

By Bishop Fox

LinkedIn released a new product today called Intro. They call it “doing the impossible”, but some might call it “hijacking email”. Why do we say this? Consider the following: Intro reconfigures your iOS device (e.g. iPhone, iPad) so that all of your emails go through LinkedIn’s servers. You read that right. Once you install the Intro app, all of your emails, both sent and received, are transmitted via LinkedIn’s servers. LinkedIn is forcing all your IMAP and SMTP data through their own servers and then analyzing and scraping your emails for data pertaining to…whatever they feel like. “But that sounds like a man-in-the-middle attack!” I hear you cry. Yes. Yes it does. Because it is. That’s exactly what it is. And this is a bad thing. If your employees are checking their company email, it’s an especially bad thing. Read more at this link: http://www.bishopfox.com/blog/2013/10/linkedinintro/

Have a social media, tip-n-trick, or “knowhow” article to read and share? Email me! We will publish it in upcoming issues... bndaisak@verizon.net And many Thanks to Eric for an endless supply of news to use! Your posts are always welcomed! Check our next issue for another great Tech and Social Media Tip!

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illustrate why you are the best fit and how you will help the company or organization reach success. Keep reading at this link: http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-phrases-closecover-letter-land-interview/

3 Tips For Building A Résumé That Makes Your Phone Ring

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

3 Good Reasons To Spend More Time On Your Cover Letter

by Belen Chacon

We’ve all, in some way, made the mistake of not giving our cover letters the attention they deserve. Some of us tend to regurgitate the information in our resume onto the cover letter. While it’s okay – and sometimes even necessary – to include some of the things listed on your resume in your cover letter, creating a carbon copy of your resume with some added fluff words won’t get you anywhere. Here are some reasons why you need to spend more time on your cover letter: Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/coverletter-time/

What’s the key to building a resume in this day and age? If you know someone who’s looking for a job—and I’m sure you do—then you may have heard them complain about having sent their resume off to hundreds of employers, only to receive absolutely no responses or acknowledgments. I’ve heard this complaint countless times from friends and colleagues. Part of the reason this happens so often is because companies really have become much less personal about their hiring processes. They simply can’t respond to every person who contacts them through their online application process. Building A Resume That Makes Your Phone Ring However, there are still people being hired every single day. So, what are they doing differently from those who never get a phone call? Here are three tips: Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/building-resumephone/

5 Phrases To Close Your Cover Letter & Land The Interview By Heather Huhman

Writing a cover letter isn’t an easy task for many job seekers. There’s a lot of pressure because, sometimes, the cover letter is the only piece the recruiter will read. Therefore, your cover letter must be a piece of writing that describes your achievements and how you will help the company succeed. Additionally, you want your cover letter to illustrate how you are the best fit for the company and for the reader to believe you have the qualifications they seek. If you want to land an interview with your cover letter, you don’t want to sound vague or wishy-washy. Your cover letter should

3 Résumé Mistakes You’re Making And How To Correct Them Now by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

As a former hiring manager I tend to have a critical eye on resumes that pass through my line of sight. Because I’m so involved in this industry I see tons of resumes on a daily basis. Although job seekers tend to make many different kinds of them, there are the resume mistakes I see most often that tend to tarnish that fivesecond review you get from hiring managers. Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/3mistakes-youre-making-resume-correct/

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4 Tips For Writing Résumés From Scratch by Don Goodman

Writing resumes from scratch is no easy task. Even if you are working off of a resume template, you still need to formulate how to place your experiences and accomplishments into words effectively. You also need to narrow down which type of information from your experiences are relevant and worthy of mentioning on a resume. It may only take an employer a couple of seconds to review your resume and determine if you are a qualified candidate worthy of follow-up, which makes it even more important to fine tune your resume information so that it gives an immediate punch to get you noticed. To help ease the process of gathering the appropriate information for your resume and formulating the content to help you stand out, here are some steps to take: Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/tipswriting-resumes-scratch/

[Slideshow] How Not to Write a Résumé—If You Want the Job

By Dennis McCafferty

A résumé represents the very first impression you'll make on a potential employer. So why do so many job applicants get this part of the process

A Cup Of Coffee On The Wall (Author Unknown)

I sat with a friend in a highclass coffee shop in a small town near Venice, Italy. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, "Two on the table and one on the wall." They had only two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time again, the waiter did the same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, 'A Cup of Coffee'. It seemed that this gesture was a norm at this place. However, it was something unique and perplexing for us. Since we had nothing to do with the matter we finished our coffee, paid the bill and left. Return to Cover!

wrong? We asked this—as we're sure you will too—after reading the following six awful and sometimes weird résumés, as compiled by CareerBuilder. We understand that job seekers may want to stand out in a very large crowd of competing candidates, but "memorable" doesn't necessarily translate to "hirable"—and some of these tactics can backfire in a big way. "Your résumé is the primary deciding factor for whether you will land a job interview," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "It's important to project a professional image. Keep it succinct and personalize it to feature only skills and experience relevant to the position you're applying for. Always include specific, quantifiable results that showcase the value you can bring to an organization." As for other tips? Be mindful of the length of your résumé: Generally, it should be one page for less-experienced workers and two to three pages for seasoned ones. The main focus should be on what you've done in the last 10 years, CareerBuilder recommends. And send the résumé digitally, as many employers don't even open hard copies anymore. More than 2,075 hiring managers and HR professionals and nearly 3,000 workers took part in the research. - See more at: http://www.baselinemag.com/careers/slideshows/ how-not-to-write-a-resumeif-you-want-thejob.html/

After a few days, we happened to visit this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man entered. The way the man was dressed did not match the standard nor the atmosphere of the coffee shop. Poverty was evident from the look on his face and his attire. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, "One cup of coffee from the wall please." The waiter served a coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man drank his coffee and left without paying. We were amazed to watch all this when we also noticed that the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dust bin. Then it dawned on us what this custom was all about. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town welled up our eyes with tears.

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Coffee is not a need of our society, nor a necessity of life. The point to note is that when we take pleasure in any blessing, maybe we also need to think about those people who appreciate that specific blessing as much as we do but they cannot afford to have it. Note the character of the waiter, who is playing a consistent and generous role to get the communication going between the affording and the needy with a smile on his face. Ponder upon this man in need. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his selfesteem. He has no need to beg for a free cup of cof-

fee. He only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left. When we analyze this story, along with the other characters, we need to remember the role played by the wall that reflects the generosity and care of the dwellers of this town. What a way to show compassion and maintain human dignity for all.

Looking In The Right Direction

atively and give a reason for rejection, and if the candidate gets offended by the reason; lawsuits might result. Some companies feel they aren’t in the business of educating you and assisting in your job search or helping you become better at it. They think that undertaking this path diverts valuable resources from activities related to their business objectives. They are hiring a candidate to address their problem. They do not view the process as addressing the candidate’s problem as well. It is not their problem if the candidate needs an income, or has time invested in the application process. With all their hiring knowledge they are not looking both ways. They don’t consider that the candidate may express unfavorable comments about the way the company acted or that the company’s reputation could be affected - after all, when a candidate is rejected he/she tends to accept the decision and assume it was their fault because they were lacking some vital skill or experience. Companies feel no need to look both ways when crossing their street. So if a company does not care about candidates except for those they choose to deal with, what should a candidate do? It is the successful candidate who has wisdom – the knowledge to realize that companies don’t look both ways, and recognizing this fact, do not expect them to do so. Instead, determine the direction of the street (i.e. - select a desired company and find out what it is looking for). Then determine a plan for getting them to look in your direction.

By Jerrold (Jerry) Clifford

Albert Einstein once said that knowledge is realizing that the street is one way – wisdom is looking in both directions anyway. To job seekers sometimes it seems that companies have great knowledge (by this definition at least) but have little wisdom. After all, if they did; They would - -  be considerate enough to respond to the employment application (whether they are interested or not) just to give credit(or appreciation) to the hard work that you have put into its creation;  seriously take into account that your desire and ability to learn new activities or software can overcome your inexperience in specific job related requirements;  realize that gaps in employment history were not created by anything you did but arose because of a company situation and so should not be used against you in hiring decisions. Companies view these factors in only one direction because to them they are truly crossing a oneway street. They are not hiring with the intent of being fair – they are hiring with the intent of solving a problem. They have a situation that needs addressing quickly and at a certain price. Sometimes they do not have the resources to respond. Sometimes they are afraid that if they respond neg-

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Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos' spirit By TODD PITMAN

things this neighborhood rebuilt. It took a moment for me to realize that it made all the sense in the world. The kids wanted to play so they can take their minds off what happened, said Elanie Saranillo, one of the spectators. "And we want to watch so we, too, can forget." Saranillo, 22, now lives in a church after her own home was leveled by the storm.

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. A crowd gathered around. And on one of the few stretches of road here that wasn't overflowing Story continued at this link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/signs-life-amidwith debris, they played basketball. I didn't know what to think at first when I misery-reveal-filipinos-spirit stumbled upon six teenagers shooting hoops over the weekend in a wrecked neighborhood of With so many families homeless Tacloban, a city that Typhoon Haiyan reduced to rubble, bodies and uprooted trees when it due to typhoon in the Philippines slammed into the Philippines Nov. 8. [500,000+] and many thousands who As a foreign correspondent working in the perished, please Keep them in your middle of a horrendous disaster zone, I didn't expect to see people having a good time — or asking prayers. Carl E. Reid, CSI me to play ball. I was even more stunned when I learned that the basketball goal was one of the first Return to the Cover!

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Name Eric Nilsson Rod Colón Carl Reid Chip Hartman Aida Rodriguez Jerrold “Jerry” Clifford Aaron Cohen Laura Cohen Barbara Daisak Ruth Harenchar Scott Chase Thomas Kenny Amanda Sherman Barbara Alexander Phyllis M. Shelton Tony Cretella Michele (Young) Battista Peter Hansen Tiana K. Reid Sam Anson Sandee Hemphill

Volume Issue Click a Link to See the LinkedIn Profile 2 4 www.linkedin.com/in/ericsnilsson/ 2 5 www.linkedin.com/in/rodcolon/ 2 6 www.linkedin.com/in/carlereid/ 3 1 www.linkedin.com/in/chiphartman/ 3 2 www.linkedin.com/in/adelaidarodriguez/ 3 3 www.linkedin.com/in/jerroldclifford/ 3 4 www.linkedin.com/in/aaronscohen/ 3 4 www.linkedin.com/in/lauraabrahamscohen/ 3 5 www.linkedin.com/in/barbaradaisak/ 3 6 www.linkedin.com/in/ruthharenchar/ 4 1 www.linkedin.com/in/scottmchase/ 4 2 www.linkedin.com/in/tkenny/ 4 3 www.linkedin.com/in/amandasherman/ 4 4 www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-alexander/2/855/679/ 4 5 www.linkedin.com/in/phyllisshelton/ 4 6 www.linkedin.com/in/tonycretella/ 5 1 www.linkedin.com/in/mybattista/ 5 2 www.linkedin.com/in/peterjhansen/ 5 3 www.linkedin.com/in/tianakreid/ 5 4 www.linkedin.com/in/samanson/ 5 5 www.linkedin.com/in/sandeehemphill

Calling all SPOTLIGHT PERSONALITIES: Lamplighter is currently at its fifth year of publication. Above is the list of ETP Personalities who had generously graced our Spotlight Section for the past five (5) years. We thought it would be a good idea to track them down and learn of their whereabouts. For all those concerned, please drop us a line or two or send us an article for the next February 2014 – March 2014 issue of the Lamplighter. We would love to hear from you. Please send your feedback to: adelaida.rodriguez1@verizon.net.

Aida A. Rodriguez

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ETP and You To Help Veterans Please share this with your network. We are also looking for other volunteers and partner organizations to help with this initiative to get more military veterans employed. Non-profit, Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) is on a mission to help as many military veterans as possible land jobs in the next 90 days. SIGN UP is free at www.ETPnetwork.org - Since 2004 proven job search training, career management education programs and our book "Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs" by ETP founder Rod Colon, ETP has inspired thousands to safely land jobs. As Chief Operations Officer [pro-bono] at Empowering Today's Professionals, I remember what it was like transitioning out of the United States Marine Corps and being on unemployment. I felt embarrassed, I had low self esteem and it hurt that my military service did not seem to matter much to non-military citizens. I would not wish those feelings on anyone. Leveraging my experience, I'm spearheading this initiative for those who served in the military as an ETP priority. With a global support network, Empowering Today's Professionals is doing it's part to get America back to work. In your SIGN UP application Please type "VETERAN" and credit the person who sent you this email as the referrer. I'll be on the look out for your application to connect with you and provide a personal job search /career game plan. We are also looking for other volunteers and partner organizations to help with this initiative to get more military veterans employed.

SIGNUP free at www.ETPnetwork.org - Empowering Today's Professionals Carl E, E Reid, CSI (USMC 1979/1980) Chief Operations Officer Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) Return to the cover!

Tel: 201-222-5390 Web: http://www.etpnetwork.org/ Carl is the author of the book: Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs)

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