Archive for October, 2012

Know your Cards

Consumer-Action.org has introduced a new website to help consumers understand the current laws that regulate all forms of plastic payment such as credit, debit, prepaid and gift cards.

KnowYourCard.org “presents key payment card changes, explains how they could affect cardholders and offers tips to help consumers make the right moves”.

The At-a-Glance Card Rulebook provides more detailed information and an overview of changes for each type of payment card.

Explore the database of Q&As. Use the search box, browse by category, or send your  question to Consumer Action via a form on the site. Feedback is appreciated, so let them know about your experience with the website and how it can be improved.

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Jobs in the New Economy

Come and join executive, leadership and career development coach Danila Székely tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Newton Free Library for a program titled Reinventing Yourself in Today’s Economy. This program is for people who are considering a career transition, currently engaged in a job search or are interested in re-defining their career.

The interactive session will include tools, suggestions and exercises to help participants take the next step in their careers. Be prepared to share your questions, challenges and successful approaches that have worked for you.

This is the second presentation in the ongoing Job Seekers, Career and Professional Development Series.

Telecommuting Tips

Contemplating a switch to work-from-home status to save on commuting costs?

While it sounds like a no-brainer, Women & Co. offers some worthwhile tips to follow to avoid potential pitfalls.

  1. Be on time – a few minutes late to a virtual conference will have your colleagues thinking you just rolled out of bed or are nursing a hangover.  Maintaining professionalism is crucial.
  2. Hire a sitter – Don’t attempt to multi-task with childcare.  Either have the children cared for outside the house or have a designated provider during business hours.
  3. Let the dishes sit – Same as above.  Household chores can wait. Clients may become suspicious if they hear running water and clattering china in the background during a phone call.
  4. Set boundaries – being at home does not make you the go-to person for friends and neighbors needing someone to receive packages or meet the cable guy.
  5. Set a schedule – it is important to establish a work schedule and more importantly a quitting time.  Don’t become a workaholic and spend evenings and weekends on job-related tasks.  Your homelife is a priority.  Remember why you chose to work from home in the first place.

Read the online article here.