Writing Hacks for Beginners (and Others)

A collection of writing hacks and tips for beginning (and most other) writers.

What LinkedIn Did While You Were Away on Summer Vacation

A Review of Recent Changes on LinkedIn It’s September! (How did that happen so soon?) While you were enjoying your summer activities (and maybe doing a bit of work, too), LinkedIn made a few significant changes. As you come back [...]

8 Reasons Why You Should Never Customize Your Résumé

A few days ago, while Googling résumé articles, I ran across a blog post by somebody who genuinely had no clue about why anybody would personalize a résumé for a job application. She was no raving lunatic. She wrote logically – [...]

This Ain’t My First Moleskine Rodeo

A Moleskine Cowboy's Tips and Hacks for Branding Your Notebook It's been a while since we've corralled a list of tips and hacks for notebook users (Moleskine and other brands). Here are both new and old ideas on using your [...]

Job Seeker Basics: Getting Started Online

Finding Online Advice, Doing Research and Finding People Things Job Seekers Need to Find Online Whether you are entering the job market for the first time, you are an experienced executive, or you’re finishing a contract position, you need to [...]

Seven Techniques to Cope with Interview Stage Fright

An Orchestra Musician’s Guide to Interview Stress Reduction One of the hardest parts of becoming a successful performer in the arts is learning to deal with auditions and audition stress. Whether it's an orchestra audition, a competitive dance elimination, or [...]

Jobvite Recruiting Survey Helps Job Hunters, Too

Jobvite’s Annual Social Media Recruiting Report Highlights Trends Jobvite, which offers tools for recruiters and talent acquisition professionals, comes out with a survey of recruiters every summer. Generally, it studies the use of social media by recruiters (who may be [...]

Installing LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice on Windows 8

The Great, Frugal Summer-Doldrums Software Experiment, Part 2 As previously posted in Part 1, I’m experimenting with replacing Microsoft Office with other free and cheap alternatives. My first challenge was installing LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. Normally this is an easy [...]

Using Evernote for Travel

Ideas and Tips on Using Evernote to Organize Your Next Trip Travel Planning Much of the preparation for any trip, whether for pleasure or business, involves collecting and sharing info. By using Evernote, you can keep all your info in [...]

Learning LinkedIn on Frugal Guidance 2

Put the Power of LinkedIn at Your Fingertips. (Photo from the 1947 film, Monster Alley.) An Index to LinkedIn on Frugal Guidance 2 One of the subject areas that Frugal Guidance 2 keeps returning to is the use [...]

Use Evernote to Remember ANYTHING, Frugally

  Evernote: The Amazing Universal, Memory-Enhancing, Elephant-Inspired, Keep Anything Notebook Application Getting Things Done inventor, David Allen, wrote that the first basic task of productivity is to get information (tasks, ideas, references) out of your mind and written down. Every [...]

The Job Search Puzzle: 9 Pieces

The Frugal Job Hunter’s Guide to Fitting the Pieces Together Anybody who has a history of job hunting before and in this millennium has discovered that a job search is different today than it was in the past. In the [...]