Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering Requests

Being a good entrepreneur is all about connecting with the right people andConnect being clear in your requests. Here is a simple method J.P. Webb recommends for making short concise requests to
other people. The process works backwards from what you want, to what you need to
say to attract it.

Getting what you want

If you’ve ever done a maze backwards and been amazed at how much easier it is, this works along the same principles.
Answer the following four questions in the following order:
1. What is the one thing that I want to receive next?
2. What “search terms” can I use to describe the kind of person who can get me
what I want?
3. Why does the person I described in question 2 want to talk with me?
4. What are the best, credible facts I can say about my project or myself that will
lead my listener to conclude that the person I described in question 2 wants to
talk with me?

Introducing Yourself

Start by introducing yourself with the facts from question 4. Only say the very best
ones. Keeping it short, simple and easy to understand.
Next you transition to your request by saying something like “I am looking for”
Then you say the search terms from question 2.
Then you either shush and wait for help or end with something like, “Who do you
know?”

Simple Hypothetical Example

Answer the questions:
1. I want to receive help with choosing the name of my company.
2. Creative, experience with branding, professional
3. I might end up being a good customer for them in the future
4. I am the CEO and I’ve raised $20,000 in seed capital for my company, I know
that my product needs a good name in order to sell it, I have ideas for eight
other products that I want to run through my company and they will need names

Go for the Close

Now, put it all together:
Hi, I am the CEO of a new consumer products company. We just finished our $20,000
raise and it is time to pick a brand for our first product. I know we have to pick a
really good name that will help our product sell. Plus we have almost ten other
products in the works and we will need branding for them, too. I’m looking for a
creative and experienced branding professional. Who do you know.

Five Ways to get Free Intellectual Property Protection

Five Ways to get Free Intellectual Property Protection

If you ever plan to sell your company, want to get investors, or plan to leave a
legacy, protecting you intellectual property is key to that success. But, it takes money to make money, right? Or, does it?

Here are five ways to get free intellectual property protection, provided by attorney J. P Webb. These J P Webbtechniques are used by major corporations around the world and are proven to provide at least
baseline protection. They are processes that should be a part of your regular way of
doing business because they provide an infinite return on investment.

Before you start, you need to know that there are five fundamental forms of
intellectual property. They are Content, Brand, Technology, Secrets, and Relationships.
Each of these forms are created in virtually any business, can be protected under the
law, and can even be transferred (read that as “sold”). So, when you think about the
value of your business, think in terms of your:
1) Content (website, pamphlets, instruction manuals, art, books, music,
videos, etc.)
2) Brand (trademark, company name, product name, slogan, etc.)
3) Technology (know-how, processes, inventions, etc.)
4) Secrets (lists, financial information, data that has value if kept secret, etc.)
5) Relationships (deals, partners, alliances, suppliers, vendors, lead sources,etc.)

Intellectual Property Lawyer

To really nail down protection in any of these areas, you need an IP lawyer –
plain and simple. But, you don’t always need to nail down protection all the way;
sometimes you just need a “covering,” especially in the beginning. So, here are the five
things that everybody should be doing that cost exactly nothing and that provide basic
protection in each of the five areas of value in your business. We’ve also included
some warnings of common dangers to watch out for.

Free Copyright Protection

The lowest level of copyright protection is automatic and completely free as soon
as you have a tangible form of your creative work. This can be a written book, a web
page, an audio recording of you playing an instrument, or a video you make to post on
the web. To strengthen this free protection you should put a copyright notice on
anything that you create that you don’t want other people copying. The copyright notice
can have the following format:
©[space]First Year of Publication[space]Owner
Example:
© 2010 Webb IP Law Group
The © symbol can also be replaced with “Copy.” or with (c). The date can be a
date range or list if you have published multiple times. For example, some websites are
updated over a period of years. In that case the date would cover a range of the years
where there were updates. Examples:
© 2006 – 2012 Webb IP Law Group
Copr. 2004, 2007 Webb IP Law Group
You can use the © mark even if you have not applied for federal registration of
your copyright. Make it a habit of putting this mark on all of your content. It shows that
you know you have rights and that they should be taken seriously.
Warning: If you pay someone to create Content for you, they often own it instead
of you. Make sure that your agreements are clear about ownership of Content. If
possible and appropriate, make sure that the written agreement states that you own it.

Free Trademark Protection

The lowest level of trademark protection is automatic and completely free as
soon as you use your brand in commerce. This can be a logo, or a tag line, or a special
design, or a name of a company or product. To strengthen this free protection you
should put a trademark notice on any brand you use and every place you use the
brand. The trademark notice is a “TM” next to the brand, usually to the bottom right or
top right of the brand.
Example:
Webb IP Law Group TM
Also, the more you use your mark in commerce, the more ownership and
protection you have. So, as long as you are clear to use your brand and are not
infringing someone else’s brand, then going all out on your marketing, advertising and
sales is a way to establish stronger and stronger rights.
Warning: Do not use the ® symbol unless you actually have a federal registration
or you risk getting in trouble. Also, until you actually use your brand in commerce or
have an application filed with the US government, anybody can steal it. So, if you have
an excellent name, keep it under wraps.

Free Technology Protection

The lowest level of technology protection is not automatic and involves two main
processes.
First, every inventor should have an “inventor’s notebook” where they keep a
special record of their inventions. The notebook should be permanently bound (NOT
loose-leaf) and should be where you write down all of your ideas. You should date all of
your writings and have each page witnessed by two witnesses. You can grab a lab
notebook you have lying around. If you are ok spending a little cash, you can buy an
inventors notebooks online for $15- $20, and it will generally include instructions for how
to properly fill out the notebook. Keeping a notebook like this can be used later as
evidence of your creation and can be proof against someone who might steal your idea
from you.
Second, every inventor should keep their inventions secret as much as possible
until they have decided how to keep the idea protected. You should have simple
confidentiality agreements with anybody you discuss the idea with who is not an
attorney or otherwise obligated to keep what you tell them secret. If you must put
details of your invention on a website, be sure to password protect the site and only give
the password to people that have agreed to keep it confidential. For some inventions,
keeping it secret indefinitely is the right choice. For others, your initial protection helps
you get ready for patents.

Warning: Do not use “Patent Pending”
Do not use “Patent Pending” on your product/service unless you actually have a patent pending with the US Patent Office that covers your product/service or you risk being sued.

Free Trade Secret Protection

The lowest level of trade secret protection is simple. Keep the secret. Actually
putting that into practice is where it gets a little complicated. Here are some ideas:
a) Mark secret documents as CONFIDENTIAL. This can be a watermark, in
a footer or header, or even just in the text.
b) End your email footer with a notice of confidentiality – here is an example:
o This email and any attachments contain information from Webb IP Law
Group, which may be confidential and/or privileged. The information is
intended to be for the use of the individual or entity named on this
email. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any
disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this email
is prohibited. If you receive this email in error, please notify us by
reply email immediately so that we can arrange for the retrieval of the
original documents at no cost to you.
a) Encrypt or password protect important computer data (customer lists,
financial data, credit card numbers, etc.)
b) Follow any legal secrecy/confidentiality requirements that apply to your
industry or to the kinds of secrets you are expected to keep (HIPAA, FTC
requirements, etc.)
c) Establish policies of “need to know” for critical information – in other words
only people who “need to know” should be given access to that information

Warning: If you cannot prove (usually in writing) that you took appropriate efforts to keep something a secret, then courts will generally treat you like you didn’t. Be sure to document your efforts to keep things a secret.

Free Relationship Protection

The lowest level of relationship protection comes in two parts. If you skip either,
you are bound for trouble. First, relationships are all about expectations, so having
clear expectations is a must. Second, relationships always involve people and people
are great at remembering what is important to them and forgetting what is not. It is how
we keep our brains clean and de-cluttered. It is also how we lose focus on expectations
and crash our relationships.

So, if you want to protect your relationships, then take the time to make sure that
your expectations, in both directions, are clear. This means spending a little extra time
talking with people who are important to your business even when you are excited to
move on with doing business. It means repeating what you hear to make sure that you
heard it right. It also means dealing with the topics that you would rather avoid.
Then, once the expectations seem fairly clear, put them in writing. You don’t
have to be a lawyer to send an email summary of what each side is expecting.
Sometimes this is very information and can often help further clarify the expectations.
Sometimes it is sent as a Formal Memorandum of Understanding. Either way, getting it
in writing is a great way to preserve that understanding so that six months later you can
go back and remember what you were thinking and expecting.

Warning: If someone sends you a summary of an “understanding” and it is
incorrect and you don’t reply, that summary might someday be treated as if it was the
full truth on the subject. Don’t let an opportunity to clarify slip by, it might bite you later.

Summary and Final Warnings

Clearly, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your business without
writing a single check. Be aware of the intellectual property that you create as you go
about your business and set up whatever you need to manage its protection. Protect
your content, protect your brand, protect your technology, keep your secrets, and take
the time to protect your relationships. The last is probably the most important, since
nothing meaningful in this life is ever accomplished without involving other people.
Warning: When we say “lowest level of protection” we mean that it is the least
amount of protection that is better than nothing at all. Certainly, that level of protection
is not always appropriate and you need to be judicious about what you protect and how
you protect it. That said, if you don’t at least do the free protection, don’t be surprised if
other people treat your property like a doormat.

Business Start Ups

What you know..you don’t know

According to Sofia…There are many people that simply don’t have a clue about the differences between an establish business and a new start-up Business.

Business Start up
In a well establish business most things are sorted out and everything are properly organized, however this are simply not true for a new business. Since there are many things which are still uncertain and which must still be optimized….this can put a tremendous amount of pressure on the business owner since there are many things that are still uncertain.

Each and every day the business owner will encounter situations that are totally foreign and which has to be figured out as he goes along as there simply are prescribed way in which to handle those situations, since they have never been encounter before. And this is what makes a new business so risky, there are simply so many unknown factors which mostly cannot be predicted and therefore the owner are left with no other choice but to handle them as they come and whatever decisions are made are many times not the best. There is where a business coach or mentor can be of help.

Build a Team

Many investors have started large companies and then they have employed managers with many years of experience, but all of that experience did not prepare them for the uncertainties of that new business. They were exactly in the same position as the average new business owner and they all had to learn from scratch. That does not mean that experience has no benefit it’s just that the new business has its own growth pains and each business will come through that start-up period in its own way.

The best thing that the owner of a new business can do is to make the best of the situation and to make the best possible decision as different situations arise.

Predicting the Future

There are no way in which any business owner can predict or anticipate all the things that might happen, and it may even happen that a decision that works well the one day, may not be so effective the next day. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to improvise as you go along. New business owners often have no other choice, but to run that business on a trial and error basis.

Any start up business will depend critically upon the feedback which will be received from customers, since this often the most important indicator of how they are doing with this new business.

Any new business are only as successful as their customer say that they are. Therefore it is vital that every opportunity be used to collect as much customer feedback as possible, since this will be vital in order to fine tune that business to ensure that it becomes even more successful.

Using Surveys and Questionnaires

Use surveys and questionnaires to gather information from your customers…even offer an incentive for completing the survey..

Why Businesses Failure

Some reasons why businesses fail miserably

Because there are very few good jobs, many Veterans are turning to building their own business. They
have several opportunities…such as franchises, direct product marketing, offering service to existing businesses, even buying an established business where the owner is ready to retire…

Whatever way you decide to go, you’ll want to understand why a business can fail.

Small Business Failure

Through the years we observe businesses who start out with a lot off fanfare and excitement and then within a couple of years you are unable to find the slightest sign that business ever existed. This is often the fate of as many as 70% of businesses, who will simply never go on to become well-established and successful.

When the statistics are properly analyzed a very interesting picture emerges….

Businesses which have not made it, and who have fallen by the wayside have one thing quickly apparent. The fact is they often lacked a compelling vision or the one which they had was simply insufficient to be sufficiently motivating. The moment problems arose they simply lacked the drive to press on until success is achieved. Solomon wrote; without a vision the people perish>

It has been seen over and over again throughout history….to avoid failure don’t give up on your dream. Keep you vision in front of you and your employees all the time. Change with market changes, but don’t give up….

What is Your Carrot

All people and businesses need to have that carrot, which is held in front of the donkey’s nose. Without a strong vision and purpose, there is no motivation and there is no drive. When the slightest bit of opposition is encountered one gives up long before their objective is achieved.

This reminds me of the tower of Babel…as long as everyone was united and shared one purpose nothing could stop them. The moment that unity was destroyed the people scattered and the vision was forgotten.

The same principle applies to every business and every person who aspires to become something greater and bigger in their lives….they need to have a picture that is bigger than themselves, and which is bigger than every obstacle and every hindrance which they may encounter.

Picture Your Success

When you have a picture in your heart of your goal; which is painted in 3D Technicolor;…and displaying an amazing future, then absolutely nothing that could come in your way would ever keep you away from achieving your objective.

Most people are never able to create that picture vividly enough, because they simply do not believe that they are worthy to achieve greatness. They simply do not believe they are valuable enough as a person.

They knew not that every single person enters this world exactly the same way, naked and defenseless, and all people exit this world the same way…..and they can take absolutely nothing with them. The truth is whatever happens to us while we are here has a lot to do with how we choose to look at those things that happen to us.

Just like the team work that makes are military personnel great, team work is important in all businesses. When you look at any business think about the team you need to build. One that has
skills, and talent you don’t have. Get a business coach and mentor with the experience to help
you avoid business errors, and if you run into a problem your mentor will know who can help you..

Talk with a “Veterans Small Business Association” adviser for help in selecting the right business opportunity, and get some mentoring..

If you are not ready to start your own business and just need extra or full time income, talk with us at ( 888-270-9556)

Investing in Yourself

Business Success

Business Success

As an entrepreneur, we are responsible for own success. We are always in learning mode, from the newest software to the latest social media platform; entrepreneurs need to be on their game

According to Andrew Clapton Business Success requires you to learn and apply skills of an entrepreneurs. He suggests you….

Invest in yourself using these six ways:

1 – Buy a Book – Books are an inexpensive way to expand our minds. You would be surprised the amazing inspiration that can be found while perusing the bookstore.

2 – Learn a New Skill – By learning a new skill, you can add to the services you offer. With technology, you can take classes right from your computer.

3 – Attend Leadership Conferences – By attending leadership conferences in your industry, not only can you learn from the speakers, but you expand your network. It is a amazing what we can learn from one another.

4 – Join a Mastermind – A mastermind group is a great way to step out of the box. Sometimes we can stay stuck in our comfortable box, therefore, limiting our growth.

5 – Take a Vacation – Sometimes we can get so busy running the business that we get burnt out. Take a break, even if it is for a weekend. When you return, you will be full of creative energy and ready to tackle new projects.

6 – Read a Magazine – There are so many great magazines out on the shelves today. You can find one on just about any topic from Entrepreneurship to Self-Help.

Stick to books and magazines for your personal development if you are on a budget. Then, when your budget allows, start attending conferences and mastermind groups.

The Makings of a MillionaireA book you’ll find helpful is “The Makings of a Millionaire”, by Rallie Rallis

Starting Your Job Search

Does and Don’ts of Job Search

The reasons why any particular veteran does or does not find work are as varied as the individuals. You get some capable, motivated individuals; you get some people who need their hands held every step of the way; and you get some people who, for whatever reason, have a difficult time helping themselves and who resist your efforts.

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But there are some common pratfalls that I’ve noticed. I made some of these mistakes when I first got out, and I’ve noticed them again and again, so I thought I’d share some “dos and don’ts” of your post-military job search.

Do: Narrow down your search.

A lot of vets I see have no clue what they want to do. They say things like “I’m flexible,” or “I’ll do anything,” or “My favorite fruit is in the grapefruit family.” PICK A DAMN FRUIT.

If we have to go over the list of every job in existence, it is going to take awhile. More than that, you’ll need to choose if you need a job, something to pay the bills and put food in your belly right now, or a career, something you can see yourself doing for years. Choose a path and walk it.

Don’t: Be weird.

A guy who had struggled for a couple years to find work sent me a resume. He gave me a novel to read about how hard it’s been and why it’s been hard and how it wasn’t fair. I open his resume and it has a creepy headshot of him at the top. For his name, he gave a nickname that was given to him when he dumped a bunch of ammunition on some insurgents in Mosul.

I’m not kidding. Instead of telling him to take the creepy out, they just didn’t hire him.

You need to let go of your military identity if you want to work in a professional environment. Very few hiring managers want to hire trained killers for their workplace, and you want to stay away from those places, anyway. And the photo was super weird. I’ve seen hundreds of resumes, and exactly 2 with photographs. Head shots are for actors, models and comedians; and those people are generally unemployable.

Do: Have realistic expectations.

You have some job experience, some skills, and strengths. But you’re most likely not going to be CEO. Unless you’re an officer. Officers are pretty much all qualified to be CEOs.

Don’t: Have unrealistic expectations.

Kind of like the one above, but the opposite.

I specifically mean scheduling/time expectations. A lot of veterans are in college or have other priorities. If you’re attitude is, “I’m available Tuesdays, but I have class at 1 pm, and I don’t want to work too early or too late…” I hate to break it to you, but it’s going to be hard to find a job. Put as much availability as you can make possible, and then some. Managers want you to work around their schedule, not the other way around.

Do: Get the help you need.

The job market is a competitive place, and if you’ve got undiagnosed mental and/or physical issues, you’re not going to reach your full potential as a candidate. Also, don’t be afraid to go to a veteran or community organizations for job placement, training, workshops, etc. It’s normal to want to avoid being around military when you just got out of the military, but right now, you are completely clueless; don’t make it worse by avoiding valuable people and resources.

Don’t: Play the victim.

Finding work is hard for many veterans, but you know what? It’s hard for everyone else, too. Stay positive; hold yourself accountable; but don’t get down on yourself. As veterans, sometimes we walk a fine line between personal responsibility and shaming ourselves. Don’t be ashamed to fail a little bit. It’s perfectly normal (now that you’re a civilian). Also, employers don’t want to hear it. They want to hear that you’re ready to work.

Transitioning from active duty to civilian life

Tips that can help Veterans transition easier

Jobs for Veterans
Jim Vimes, commander of AmVet Post 133 wrote an article to help recently discharged vets ease their transition from active duty to civilian life in 2014

Here is his 10 points to easing the transition from military to civilian life.

1) Start early as possible
2) Asking for help is sign of maturity and strength, not the other way round
3) Assess needs of family members regarding finances, health care, housing, education, etc
4) Determine residency
5) Identify friends, both military and non military who are in the civilian sector and request an exploratory conversation. Learn what they are doing, how their transition went, what worked and didn’t
6) Explore potential career options on talents, expertise and enjoyment
7) Determine additional benefit eligibility through the Dept of Veterans Affairs
8) Locate resources in the local community or the community you will be moving to Resources like www.uniteus.com help identify where resources may be found.
9) Find a mentor
10) Once a resume is in place, customize the message to your audience.

See more “HERE”,

There is more to the story

It helps if you connect with other veterans, who have made the transition into civilian life.
Must will share the problems they went through, so you don’t have to experience them yourself.

Since there are not many well paying jobs right now; except in the oil industry; it’s a good time to think about starting your own business. That might be a little scary to some of you, but there are opportunities, and people interested in helping start a new life..

Such a group of people can be found at “Veterans Small Business Association”

All you have to do is reach out to others, and ask for help.

Veterans Housing and Rent Subsides Programs

Veteran Affairs Provide Housing Assistance

Vet holding a house

If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, you can receive the support you’ve earned to get back on your feet, by contacting VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder. The hotline and online chat are free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use either service.

Homeless veterans can find help with rental assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agencies have set up a program called “HUD-VASH “, to help veterans get the housing assistance they need.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Grant and Per Diem Program

Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually (as funding permits) by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs to fund community agencies providing services to homeless Veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

a) Grants: Limit is 65% of the costs of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless Veterans.

b) Per Diem: Priority in awarding the Per Diem funds goes to the recipients of Grants. Non-Grant programs may apply for Per Diem under a separate announcement, when published in the Federal Register, announcing the funding for “Per Diem Only.” For supportive housing, the maximum amount payable under the per diem is $41.90 per day per Veteran housed. Veterans in supportive housing may be asked to pay rent if it does not exceed 30% of the Veteran’s monthly-adjusted income.

Qualifying for Veteran Aid

Those who have served our country have earned our support and assistance. The Aid and Attendance Benefit – also called A&A – entitles veterans and spouses or widows to benefits for long-term care proved by an assisted living facility. The program is based on income, and there are some restrictions.

There are numerous national assistance programs, and ways to get help from your local government, community action agencies, and non-profits, as well as charities that offer programs and grants that will assist many families and individuals with bills, living expenses, and debts. You can find assistance to help pay your utility bills, help with medical bills, health care costs, rent, food assistance programs, credit card debt, and many other government assistance programs.

Information on local assistance program can be can be found “HERE”,

Beside helping our veterans, and their families know of the benefits available to them, it’s our intent to provide them with income opportunities, either through employment, or helping build their “own business”,

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Where is my JOB Interview?

Job Hunting Suggestions

When you are discharge from the service the first thing most do, is look for a job, without giving a lot of thought to what they want to do, or best qualified for.. Once the military paycheck stops, the reality
of needing to make money soaks in, and stress begins for some.

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Don’t rush into job hunting, until you think what you have a passion for, and then see if there is a job
opportunity that to pursue your passion.

Most People Start Job Hunting By…

Most people start by submitting their resume to as many companies as possible, and answer every single ad that crosses their path. And still, are not getting any interesting job interviews. They ask what could they possibly be doing wrong? Is there anything one can do to improve their chances, or is it just bad luck?

We will share a few hints that will potentially help you spice up your resume and turn you into a more eligible candidate. Once you start getting interviews, it will be up to you to demonstrate your skills and finally get that job you are waiting for.

Where to Start

Don’t send the same resume to all the companies. Tailor it to what the business does, and how your skill
can help. Your military experience skills should be relevant to the civilian job you’re seeking.

– Your professional objective: It should be strongly and positively worded. Remember that this defines the kind of work you want to do within your profession, in the clearest and simplest of ways. Make sure that the rest of your resume supports this objective.

– Keywords: Use phrases that are important to your target employer or industry. Hiring managers will look for keywords that match the company’s and the job’s needs

– Maintain your target market in mind: Ask yourself, “If I were the employer, would I interview this person?” Unless the answer is an unqualified yes, you still have some work to do.

– Explain exact responsibilities: Do not just name the job titles or responsibilities you had in the past. Explain your achievements, results or success stories. Support these with specific results and benefits. Qualify or quantify your accomplishments wherever possible, and remember to be consistent in using positive language to describe the results. Writing ‘office manager’ does not sound as well as ‘As an office manager, I successfully coordinated a team of four to achieve breakthrough in all the projects we are handling, capturing the senior management’s attention’.

– List past experiences with concise descriptions: All content must support your professional objective and convince the prospective employer of your value.

– Emphasize your work history selectively: specifically drawing attention to what is relevant to your target market.

– When you spent a long time ‘between jobs’… Do not leave any gaps between employment dates. List jobs by year rather than by month and year. If a gap occurred, list the time with a brief explanation, i.e. “Sabbatical 2008-2009”. After all, you could have been working as a freelancer or an independent consultant for all they know. You can always explain the gaps during the interview process. Manage such information in an interview, not in a resume.

– Willing to travel? If you are willing to work abroad or even if you are open to being transferred in a near future, include this in your resume. Many companies will appreciate this. We all live in a world of constant changes. Being global and dynamic will give you the extra edge over other candidates. You can also mention that you own your vehicle, and that you have no problem in driving to your workplace every day no matter how far the distance is.

– Marital status and personal info: Unless you are specifically asked to complete your marital status, you may not add this information to your resume. Sometimes, being a woman in your thirties and being married can play against you, if your potential employer believes you could be taking a maternity leave any time soon. The same happens if you have more than two children: employers will potentially see you as a busy family person who is probably unable or unwilling to work extra hours. You can always present yourself that you are able to handle and manage when asked during the interview. What you want to focus from the hiring manager is the value and contribution you are giving to the organization, not your personal information.

– Educational Background: Do not exaggerate your educational background. If you have left school for five years or more, your work experience would be more important rather than your academic record.

– References: Do not include before you had the chance to have a face-to-face meeting. Set aside for the interview.

– Review final product: Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and typographical errors. Have another person proofread it for anything you might have missed.

By keeping some of these tips in mind, your resume will look much better.

One last important note…..Hand carry you resume into the company, and ask for an appointment to talk with the person doing the hiring. You don’t want your resume to be lost with the other thousand sent in.

Wishing you the best in getting the job you love and enjoy!

Veteran Affairs Provides Housing Assistance

Veteran Housing Assistance

If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, you can receive the support Man Hold House & Money 300 x 240you’ve earned to get back on your feet, by contacting VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838, to speak to a trained VA responder. The hotline and online chart are free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use the service.

Homeless veterans can find help with rental assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs. The agencies have set up a program called “HUD-VASH “,, to help veterans get the housing assistance the need.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA Provides these service for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Grant and Per Diem Program

Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually (as funding permits) by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Veterans (HCHV) Program to fund community agencies providing services to homeless Veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of the supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal to helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill level and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

a) Grants: Limit is 65% of the cost of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building for use as service center or transitional housing for homeless Veterans.

b) Per Diem: Priority in awarding the Per Diem funds goes to the recipients of Grants. Non- Grant programs many apply for the Per Diem under a separate announcement, when published in the Federal Register, announcing the funding for “Per Diem Only.” For supportive housing, the maximum amount payable under the per diem is $41.90 per day per Veteran housed. Veterans in supportive housing may be asked to pay rent if it does not exceed 30% of the Veteran’s monthly adjusted income.

Qualifying for Veteran Aid

Those who have served our country have earned our support and assistance. The Aid and Attendance Benefit – called A&A- entitles veterans and spouses or widows to benefits for long-term care provided by an assisted living facility. The program is based on income, and there are some restrictions.

There are numerous national assistance programs, and ways to help from your local government, community action agencies, and non-profits, as well as charities that offer programs and grants that will assist many families and individual with bill, living expenses, and debts. You can find assistance to help pay your utility bills, help with medical bills, health care cost, rent, food assistance programs, credit card debit, and many other government assistance programs.

Information on local assistance programs can be found “HERE”,.