Saturday, April 13, 2013

Activate Your Job Search Day By Day

Last week my CEO called me into his office to meet someone. Julie was a young professional who had just moved to the area and was looking for work. Before leaving the East Coast, she asked her circle of influence if they knew and could share 1-2 contacts in her new city. When Julie arrived, she immediately reached out to her new contacts and asked for 15 minutes of their time. One of those contacts was my boss.

After a brief conversation about the type of position she was seeking, I referred her to a few organizations and offered to make some introductions if she would send me her resume. She did... and I did. Within 5 days, she was interviewed and hired as an event manager for a major regional holiday celebration. Job search done!

There are so many wonderful job search databases on the market, but the absolute best job search database you could ever use- is your own network.

Julie did 3 important things that activated her network and made her job search a success: she asked for help, she followed through and she followed up.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

As a massage therapist's experience wit clients suffering from chronic pain and taking Prednisone

Among massage therapists' clients one of the most commonly presented problems is chronic pain. Numerous people around the world suffer from this unpleasant condition due to various reasons ranging from illnesses and disorders to accidents or injuries. So this fact makes pain management one of the most important jobs of a massage therapist, and can vastly improve the quality of life for their clients. Although massage can do wonders for pain relief, it isn't always enough. If this is the case, a client might need to consult with more traditional Western medicine to help get relief.

That is where Prednisone comes in. Prednisone is a corticosteroid drug that is mainly used to treat conditions relating to inflammation. These conditions can include asthma, bronchitis, allergic reactions, arthritis, gout, croup, and a number of other conditions. As a massage therapist, it is useful to understand Prednisone, since many of your clients will likely be using it.

Prednisone is typically used for short-term treatments, but sometimes might be necessary to use long term. It will likely be a great relief to massage clients who are suffering from chronic pain. Unfortunately, Prednisone has its share of side effects since it is a very powerful drug. Some of the most common side effects experienced include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and muscle weakness. Prednisone also inhibits your body's absorption of calcium, which can cause your bones to be more fragile and weak. Prednisone also suppresses the immune system, so your client will be more susceptible to getting sick. Massage therapists should be aware of these side effects because they can then tailor their massages to help relieve these complaints. This can help make their clients feel even better and help Prednisone to do its job - being in pain is stressful, and being stressed inhibits your body's ability to heal.

Prednisone has also been known to make people feel anxious or have bursts of energy or insomnia. A massage is a great way to relax and can help induce sleep. Clients who are on Prednisone will likely appreciate light and gentle massages rather than deep muscle massage. However, listen to your client, as they know best what feels good for them. Sometimes deep muscle massage can help with any joint or muscle pain caused by Prednisone, but other times it will make it worse. Make sure your client is staying in touch with his or her physician, as it can be dangerous to skip doses or quit taking Prednisone without approval. You also want to keep an eye out for any conditions that can be caused by Prednisone.

With the help of a good doctor, effective massage therapist, and prescription of Prednisone, your chronic pain clients should be feeling better in no time. Everyone should work together in order to address the different sources of pain in order to help your client get through it. Relieving the pain of people who suffer from it on a daily basis can be very rewarding work!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cheap flights and additional consumer protections

The Department of Transport has been working to simplify the regulation of air traffic, reducing controls over fares and routes. Yet for all this liberalizations, problems remained and new rules have been introduced to protect consumers.
More Competitive Fares
Because there's been a significant increase in the amount of price competition, there's increasing choice for consumers both as to where to buy and how much to pay for the different packages. The rules now require more transparency with all the taxes and fees included in the ticket prices, and all the additional fees for services shown prominently on the websites. This is still short of the more desirable all-in pricing structure, but it's an improvement. Remember if you buy discounted tickets on cheap flights, there are usually penalties for requesting a change or canceling. However, if you merely make a reservation, that price must be held for at least 24 hours.
The problem of overbooking
Put any planeload of people together and you can always find some people who are willing to do a deal on giving up their seats should there be overbooking. But when there's no one volunteering and people have to be cut, the DoT requires the airlines to give everyone an explanation of their rights. This is usually cash or a check and the amount payable varies based on the ticket price and how long the flight is delayed. No compensation is payable if you arrive at your destination within one hour of the originally scheduled time. If you're on a domestic flight and arrive within two hours, or on an international flight and arrive within four hours, you get double the ticket price up to a maximum of $650. If the delay is longer, you get four times the ticket price up to a maximum of $1,300. In any event, you get to keep your original ticket and can use it any time in the future. It's always up to the airlines to set their own bumping policies, usually starting with those in the cheap seats on the cheap flights.