Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oh My God

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Making a Difference

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Green is IN

Join Zipcar and get $25 in free driving!

Green is in. The buzz word for almost everything now a days is being GREEN. Reducing ECO Footprints. Going Earth Friendly. Reusing plastic bags. Energy saving bulbs. Etc.

For the past year, I have been more aware of things that we can reuse and even refuse. I tend to bring my own bag to the grocery or even refuse a plastic bag and just carry items out if I can.

Being a New Yorker, being green is easy. You mostly walk around, hop on a fuel efficient bus and get around using the subway. But there are times where you just want to turn on your ignition and drive away and I found a solution for that. ZIPCAR!

I have been a ZIPster for the past few months now, and I couldn't believe the convenience of having a car but still being eco-friendly. I use the car when I need to (for an hourly fee, around $10/hr) and when I'm not using it, it goes to its own zipcar parking slot.

Why is it eco-friendly? From my vantage point, it forces me to plan out my trips to fit into an hour time slop I reserve it (you can reserve it for more than that too!).

And by the way, its a lot cheaper than a cab ride. A cab ride from the Upper East Side to Queens is roughly about $15. A ZIPCAR is $9/hour (usually on a week day), that already includes gas and insurance!

Join in the fun and be a fellow ZIPster. Zipcars are available nationwide and in the UK!

Click on the add and get a $25 driving credit!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Job Readiness


One thing that makes me go to the office everyday are the students that we serve. Last year, we started a program at work called Jobs to Build On. Taking a proactive role in helping students be successful, I initiated Job Readiness programs that prepare each individual with interview skills, resume preparation and other job prep skills.

This year starts off with a very busy schedule before my vacation. Hopefully, I get to roll out blog posts before the 24th.

Happy 2008!
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Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May your Christmas be BIG with love, life and good health. May 2008 bring BIG things to be grateful for!

Jonathan Ong
President / Training Consultant
Big Projects, Inc.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thank You

In today's fast paced lifestyle, common courtesies such as "please" and "thank you's" have been replaced by the constant struggle to just keep things going.... hey, how about "an excuse me?".

I have always reminded my clients (I prefer to call them my students!), that a thank you goes a long way. From thanking that someone for holding the elevator door open, or for that someone who directed you to the rest room or even for that person who handed you a pen to borrow.

Thank you notes and thank you letters are appreciated all the time. From a favor that was extended and especially when you just finished that interview.

To those I missed out on, Thank You.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

5 Resume No No's

I've been helping out a group of students work on their resume. With this current experience, let me give you 5 resume peeves I have, which could also be a 5 Resume No No's.

Number 5: Do not lie. There were some resumes that came across my table and just from the looks of it, it screams, "I'm making all this things up!!" Don't lie on your resume. You might not get caught now, but it when you least expect it. Dave Edmondson (former RadioShack Chief Executive) lied on his resume about his college degree, he got fired!

Number 4: Do not leave out big gaps in work history. If you are writing your resume in chronological format, do not leave out big gaps of history. You chose this format because your years of experience tells something about you. If you do intend to leave out certain years of work experience (due to a career change etc), you might want to consider a functional format instead.

Number 3: Do not leave your resume un-formatted. I am a big fan of well organized, well typed, and well-formatted documents. MS Word has a wizard that does the formatting, but it is never perfect. Have someone check your resume for proper formatting. Formatting includes consistency in type, size and design. Keep the format simple that can easily be read by a computer.

Number 2: Do not forgot to keep your contact information updated. Your resume is a bigger version of your calling card. Wrong number could lead to a job interview (or worse, a job offer) not getting to you. Update your resume with a corrected address and phone numbers. If you use an email handle imtoosexyforthisshirt@yahoo.com, sign up for a new one that gives you a more formal email such as JSmith100@yahoo.com or JS1000@yahoo.com.

Number 1: Do not use weak words. When discussing duties and responsibilities in your resume, try to spin the words by using stronger words. Instead of "stacks products on shelves", you could say, "in-charge of product display and inventory". Instead of "picks up phone calls" you could say, "responsible for customer queries over the phone."