Is Your Resume Headed for the Recycling Bin?

Companies are drowning in resumes. One of the first tasks is to get rid of as many of them as possible and pay attention only to those that appear to have value. That pass or fail decision happens in the first one third of the first page if it’s a human being screening the resumes. There’s not enough time in the day for them to spend more than that on each resume that doesn’t seem to have potential. Can yours make it through a brutal screening? Here are a few thoughts for how to use the real estate on that small part of your resume, the one third of the first page that has to show your value message.

1. At the very top of the page, you have your contact information. It is the first impression. Have you made your name leap off the page in gigantic letters? Have you used a nickname that could confuse or even offend the screener? Yes, people do these things and don’t see a problem. What about your email address? People use email addresses that are more suited for a dating site or some other questionable activity. You want to use an email address that is your name and a businesslike domain. There are free email addresses with Yahoo and Google that are “presentable.” Do you know that the State abbreviation is two capital letters, not a capital and a lower case letter? Have you chosen a readable, common font? Fancy scripts don’t fax well and they aren’t easily read by humans or machines.

2. Your objective is not a challenging position where you are able to utilize your exceptional skills and rise to the top of the company you’re sending this resume to. Your objective is a position title in an industry. It is the employer’s objective, the position they are trying to fill. If your resume is one of hundreds or even thousands for a single job and the screener can’t figure out what you are, do you think yours is going to be a “keeper?” If the position you’re applying for is Director of Sales and the company is in the telecommunications business, which of these do you think is more likely to land your resume in the pile for further consideration?

Objective: I am seeking a challenging position where I am able to utilize my extensive experience in a dynamic environment…

Objective: Director of sales for a large international telecommunications company.

3. Now is the time to mention your exceptional skills but not as a vague suggestion. Your specific, relevant skills follow the objective because these are probably fed into the machine or handed to a human screener as a checklist of requirements. The posting for this job tells you what skills they are looking for. If you’ve got them, flaunt them right here in the last bit of valuable, foot in the door, real estate on the page. List them in the same order that the employer seemed to value. You can’t know if they listed them in order of importance but it’s a clue about how they were thinking when they posted the position. Jump on clues.

Conclusion: You can use clear, concise communication and get your message across but if you aren’t saying the things the employer wants to hear, they aren’t going to get a chance to hear how great you are.

Facts That You Need to Know About Mobile Phones and Recycling

Mobile devices, these days, are frequently upgraded which is brought about by the competitive telecommunications industry. So, what happens to old phones that people do not use anymore? Old mobile devices do not just fade away, they are kept in dusty drawers or probably they get thrown in the trash. While there may be a lot of new versions of mobile devices that we acquire today, our hoarding instincts will tell us to keep our old phones, give it to some relatives or better yet to store them for emergency use. However, in the end, it will eventually end up in the trashes. This is basically where the problem all begins.

Mobile phones are composed of toxic heavy metals and other metals like cadmium, nickel, mercury, copper, zinc, arsenic, lead and many others. These metals are persistent thus they do not degrade in the environment. They are also bioaccumulative which means that they have the tendency to build up on fatty tissues and they can possibly reach toxic levels overtime. In the event that these materials will leak into the environment, they can contaminate the water sources as well as the soil. They can build up in the soil and enter the food chain and in sufficient amounts can cause health problems. Health problems associated with these materials include nervous system damage, reproductive problems, developmental problems, cancer as well as genetic alterations.

Chemicals such as cadmium are most dangerous when ingested and it is also carcinogenic. Lead poisoning can damage the liver and the kidneys when absorbed into the bloodstream in high amounts. It is also known to produce neurologic damage to exposed children. Nickel and mercury are both hazardous substances. With this knowledge about the effects of dumping mobile phones, there is really a need to create a proper way of disposing electronic gadgets. Recycling mobile devices as well as other electronic gadgets is one safe way to go about this growing problem. There are actually a lot of phone recycling companies that can help you with regards to the need to recycle your old phone. It is necessary that everyone will take their social responsibility in recycling as it can benefit everybody through protecting the environment.

Recycling Computers

If your computer, fax machine, printer or other electronic equipment has given up the ghost and needs to be disposed of, do not throw it into the trash to become another problem for proper disposal. These items contain such contaminants as lead, mercury and toxic substances that make them ineligible to be disposed of in landfills. They should be recycled. Your dead PC is considered hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the problem this hazardous waste is creating is growing. In the United States alone, about 30 million computers are considered scrap each year, adding hazardous amounts of toxic chemicals into our land fills. And it is not just our computers that add to the problem but telecommunication and electric equipment does as well.

Here are several ways you can dispose of your computer or other electronic equipment and each, in their own way, are recycling programs. Not everything that is recycled is broken down and made into something else. Sometimes the item being recycled, like the computer, can be repaired and sold or donated. There are lists available from the National Directory of Computer Recycling Programs that will give you the name of someone that will recycle your old computer in your area.

There is also the Back Thru The Future Micro Computers, Inc. They will take all desktop equipment such as computers, monitors, etc. and recycle them for use by schools, governmental institutions and individuals. There are companies like East West Foundation that donate your recycled computer to non profit organizations after they have been repaired. There is also VOTC a charitable organization renowned for its work in Russia and in Mexico with street children. They will repair and use your computer and electronic equipment and software to benefit the education of these children. VOTC is an acronym for Voice of the Children.

Most electronic manufacturing programs have a recycling program of some sort, although the larger manufacturers will charge you a fee and want you to do the packing and to ship the item to them. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition publishes a report that will tell you which manufacturers that will responsibly take back and item for recycling.

As you can see, there are many governmental and nongovernmental agencies to which you can send your computer and other electronic equipment to be recycled. There are also some nongovernmental recyclers that will repair your old computers or electronics and sell them sharing the profit from the sale with you. Recycling your old or nonfunctioning computer or electronic equipment is not difficult. It does however require some research as to how you want to handle it and who you want to do the recycling. Your computer has treated you well over the years, so don’t just dump in on a heap and have it contribute to environmental pollution. Give it the opportunity to be useful again and perhaps add something to the life of someone who will not normally be able to afford it otherwise.