What You Shouldn’t Leave off your Resume

As this article from the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” blog, many people in today’s economy are mistakenly taking their volunteer work off their resumes in favor of showing more detailed descriptions of their prior paid work experience.  But a recent study performed on 135 recruiters showed that having volunteer experience can be extremely helpful in many situations.

As the article notes:

Interestingly, the results showed that recruiters did not find paid experience to be more attractive than volunteer experience in general. There was no significant difference in how the resumes with nothing but paid jobs compared with those that had only volunteering backgrounds. Still, recruiters most liked to see a combination of both.

So, make sure you keep some space on your resume or CV for your volunteer work–whether it be helping kids at your local church, coaching a little league team, or serving as an unpaid board member of a small non-profit.  Volunteer work can make a difference in your job possibilities!


Interesting Article on “The Secret Power of the Son-in-Law” in keeping marriages together

I friend sent me this article (click here to read the article) about a unique study performed by the National Institutes of Health that suggests the following:

One finding of a 26-year longitudinal study of married couples is that marriages in which the husband reports feeling close to his in-laws are more likely to last for the long haul.

Likewise, the article noted that:

In couples where the husband initially reported being close to his wife’s parents, the risk of divorce over the next 16 years was 20% lower than for the group overall. Yet when the wife reported being close to her in-laws, that seemed to have the opposite effect: The risk of divorce with these couples was 20% higher.

The author of the study suggested that it was thus important for parents of daughters to include their son-in-law in family activities and make him feel like one of the family.  On the flip side, the author suggests that parents of sons love their daughter-in-law, but not try to intrude too much in her parenting or other lifestyle decisions.

I found this article fascinating–especially as the father of a daughter! I’d be interested to hear what you think.  Leave a comment at our Facebook page here.

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Interesting FAQ Article about the “Fiscal Cliff”

Will the fiscal cliff cause a recession?

I wanted to provide a link today to a Washington Post blog article that provides answers to frequently asked questions about the “fiscal cliff” we have been hearing so much about in the news recently.  As you’ll see, this is quite a complex problem, and hopefully Congress and the President will find a solution before it’s too late.

Here’s a short excerpt:

What is the fiscal cliff?

The fiscal cliff is an inapt metaphor for the looming consequences of some very bad congressional decisions.

On or around Jan. 1, about $500 billion in tax increases and $200 billion in spending cuts (see table 1) are scheduled to take effect. That’s equal to about four percent of GDP, which is, according to the Congressional Budget Office, more than enough to throw us into a recession (more on that later).