Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Jennifer RobertsonWhen was the last time you went out with your coworkers for lunch? Had a breakfast meeting with your team at your favorite spot? Or attended a training seminar that wasn’t virtual?Social events are in short supply these days, but maintaining a social network is still essential – especially as millions of Americans are looking for work. Who you know is a very large part of the job search, so it’s not a stretch to say that networking can be the single most important skill in your repertoire.Most people associate the word “networking” with office parties, meetings over coffee, and professional mixers. But that’s not the whole picture. Any time you have a positive, productive interaction with someone you know (good news!) you are networking. When you chat with your cousin, sign up for your neighborhood committee, or even participate in a Zoom call with your church group, you’re forming relationships that can impact your career.Social distancing can make it harder to stay in touch with friends and family – let alone former classmates and colleagues. But it’s worth it to be proactive. By making yourself available and staying in contact, you can create and strengthen relationships that will last long after the pandemic ends.Here are six ways to get started:Review your digital footprint. A huge amount of our communication takes place online, so make sure your social media profile, posts, emails, texts, and photos reflect polish and professionalism. If an acquaintance saw your social media feed, would they recommend you to an employer? Do you proofread your emails and texts? Do you have an up-to-date resume and job history on LinkedIn?Seek new opportunities. There are still plenty of ways to stay engaged, but you won’t find them unless you look. Tune into online seminars, professional panels and virtual meet-and-greets. Invite your contacts for a happy hour or coffee over Zoom. If you’re looking for work, be open about it – and be ready to give a brief summary of your experience, skills and career. You never know who might be able to open the door to your next position.Show you care. Show that you care about your network as friends, not just as contacts. When you meet someone new, remember their name and use it. Call or message your acquaintances to ask how they’re doing. Especially now, gestures of care and concern can leave a big impression.Be professional. Not every networking opportunity is as formal as an interview, but the way you present yourself will influence how people view you. Dress a step above the dress code. (Yes, even on Zoom.) Speak clearly and confidently. Smile. Be punctual. If you’ve scheduled a meeting with someone in your network, come prepared to talk about their business or industry.Follow up. Be sure to follow up no later than 24 hours after a meeting – whether you send a letter, an email, or a sincere LinkedIn message. Thank your contact for their valuable time and let them know how much you appreciate their help.Make it a habit. Too often, people think of networking as something you do when you’re looking for a job. In reality, the best time to cultivate your network is when you least need it. That way, if you do end up in the job market, you’ll have a strong support system at the ready.Searching for a job can be difficult at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic and when competition is high due to unemployment rates. But you don’t have to do it alone. You can access free, one-on-one virtual help with a job connection team member at Goodwill for assistance with career counseling, resume help, interview practice and more. During COVID-19, you can also tune in to virtual professional development seminars on a variety of topics – including tips for identifying and expanding your network. A full list of webinars and dates can be found at www.GoodwillCFL.org.Jennifer Robertson is a job connection services virtual team member with Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. She can be reached at [email protected], or by calling (407) 235-1541. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSGoodwill of Central FloridaJob Connection ServicesJobsNetworkingNew Normaltips Previous articleApopka gardeners can celebrate Plant of the Month: Tomatillos and Husk TomatoesNext articleFlorida airports will continue to struggle until ban on international travel lifted Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
About Author: Joey Pizzolato Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Print This Post The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released its minutes from its meeting in July on Wednesday, which detailed the Fed’s outlook on the state of all facets of the economy since its meeting in June, when it decided to raise interest rates.In their staff review of the economic situation, the FOMC reported that investment in real estate declined slightly in the second quarter of 2017, even though starts in single-family homes and multifamily homes rose in June. The number of building permits that were issued for both single-family and multifamily homes was also lower in the second quarter than it was in the first. In May as well as June existing home sales decreased; however, new home sales in May were on the rise.The FOMC also reported that Treasury yields for long- and intermediate-term securities showed a slight increase in June, which was attributed to potential declines in the long-term neutral real interest rates in the past few years as well as an accommodative foreign monetary policy. Commercial real estate financing conditions also remained accommodative, although loans slowed.In the residential mortgage market, the Fed observed that the market was hardly changed and new credit continued to flow at a reasonable pace, while at the same time many respondents of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) reported that standards for most residential loans were not as tight as they have been in the past.Participants of the meeting did unanimously agree that regulatory and supervisory tools that have been developed since the housing crisis have been paramount in helping maintain financial stability, as well as the fact that a continued, slow increase in the federal funds rate was an appropriate solution to maintain their goal of maximum employment and an inflation rate that hovered around 2 percent.You can read the full details of the minutes here. Previous: Household Debt Reaches Record High Next: Homework Pays Off Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago State of the Market Home / Daily Dose / State of the Market in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fed Federal Open Market Committee Minutes FOMC 2017-08-16 Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Fed Federal Open Market Committee Minutes FOMC Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 16, 2017 1,364 Views
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Kate NalepinskiCounting Crows, the indie-rock band from the San Francisco Bay area, most notable for their hits, “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally in Love,” are still going strong after 25 years. Before their upcoming performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Sunday, July 31, the Press spoke with Adam Duritz, the Counting Crows frontman. He talked about his deep love of music radio, “making it” in the music scene, tiny cardigans, Van Gogh and the hipster agenda.Long Island Press: A major part of your band is the fan culture that follows you. They’re so interested in exchanging live recordings with other fans that you made it a key element on your website. Why is this so important to fans?Adam Duritz: Because they’re exchanging them, it’s clearly important to them. Also, around the corner from where I’m sitting, there’s an entire wall of bootlegs that I have from other bands. If you love music, you can buy a band’s record. But there’s only so many of them, and once you got those, there’s nothing left. But my recordings are out there, and if you’re a band, your mission is to find more of those. I know how much I love that stuff, so I assume our fans do, too. I have an entire wall of other bands’ live recordings. And that stuff can’t harm you. If you’re good live, I think it’s a good advertisement for a live show.LIP: You guys are most notable for your improvisation during your concerts. Each show varies. Do you think this furthers your appreciation of what you do?AD: Yeah, and I also think it stops us from hating it. If you’re going to do something for 25 years, several hundred times, you wouldn’t want to do it the exact same way or you’ll hate it. And I don’t want to start to hate my songs because I really love them. But if they were all wrapped up in some obligatory package, where I had to play the same songs every night…There’s just no way I would love it. And I realized that early on. On the very first tour, I thought to myself, ‘I want to do this forever, but I know there’s no way I’m going to want to do it the exact same way forever.’ And then we started changing things up every time, from the beginning… I mean, you don’t ever come to a Counting Crows show where we’re phoning it in because we’re bored and we don’t want to play those songs that night. The truth is, if we don’t want to play those songs that night, we won’t play them. Since we’re doing exactly what we want to do, we’re totally into it every night.LIP: What do you remember about the last time you played on Long Island?AD: I think it was just last year. We played at The Paramount in Huntington, so it was recent. I don’t remember a great deal, but I’ll tell you what I do remember: Three or four years ago when we were at The Paramount, Mean Creek was opening for us, and we found a small sweater backstage. It was this small girl’s cardigan. And at first I thought it was Aurora’s, [Mean Creek’s guitarist] so I brought it to her, but it wasn’t hers. Then Sam, our drum exec, claimed it was his. He took his shirt off and he put on this tiny girl’s cardigan and pranced around the back of the stage. Every time I’m in The Paramount, I get this horrible memory of Sam, this bulky guy with a huge beard, in a little girl’s cardigan.LIP: You are credited with writing all the lyrics to the tracks on Somewhere Under Wonderland, your most recent album, which was released in 2014. Where do you find your inspiration?AD: Somewhere in my head. [He laughs.] It’s just all about how I feel. All true stories, in that it’s how I feel, but it’s not like they’re diary excerpts about exactly what happened. They’re often some combination of something that happened with what I’m feeling… None of the stuff on this album is stuff that actually happened. It’s more fiction based around real feelings.LIP: Has being from the San Francisco Bay area influenced your sound? Do you think it contributes to your improvisation?AD: Oh, I don’t know that anyone else was doing it. I guess the Grateful Dead were, but this is a different thing. Maybe the most important part, actually… When I was a kid growing up in the Bay area—and I know if you ask some other guys in the band from that area it’s the same story, this is something we all shared, whether we knew it at the time or not—there was a radio station called KSAM. It was the original, free-form, FM radio station. They played the [Rolling] Stones, followed by the Sex Pistols, P-Funk [Parliament-Fundadelic], followed by Miles Davis, followed by Elvis Costello, George Jones. They played every kind of music imaginable. So, for me, I grew up thinking rock and roll was just rock and roll. Music was just music. There wasn’t punk, alternative, classic rock, modern rock, jazz…It was just music. It broke my heart when I found out that there wasn’t anything like KSAM anymore… We grew up listening to music…just music. It was never “right” or “wrong” or “bad” or “cool.” Just music. I think that had an effect on a lot of the things we play.LIP: Do you feel like this generation is different because they label themselves with certain genres to keep up or be hip?AD: Ever since the days of Lester Bangs—a great writer about music—he loved music, but he also hated some music. And as much as he’d write a story about how he loved Van Morrison, he would write a story destroying James Taylor. While he was very knowledgeable about music, a lot of today’s music journalism has become about what sucks… Musicians really aren’t that way at all. Musicians just tend to like music. But a big part of fandoms and journalism, to me, is the idea of what is cool and uncool. After a while, if you’re all just wearing flannel and Doc Martens, you’re not Kurt Cobain! It doesn’t make you cool ’cause you’re dressing like that. And I saw Nirvana live. They’re fucking amazing, but it used to blow my mind that writers would talk about the latest fucking guy in flannel and Docs being cool, when he’s completely copying someone else’s thing! It’s repetitive. I guess a big part of journalism is making everyone cool. I mean, now we’re in that “reversed” part… Now, hipsters are uncool, and we call someone a hipster when they’re a dip-shit… By the way, there’s no quicker way of doing something than to have everyone doing it.LIP: Are there any misperceptions about Counting Crows that you’d like to clear up?AD: No! I’m sure there are millions of misperceptions, but I just don’t care. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’m sure people think we suck, which isn’t true since we’re amazing, but whatever. The records are all there. If you really want to figure something out about us, listen to our records. A bunch of the misperceptions is just people who listen to other people who tell them something and they believe it. I mean, if you listen to someone else that easily, you certainly aren’t going to be convinced by me. Nor am I interested in convincing you. People are going to say stuff about you—they’re going to say things about you—things that just aren’t you. They’re going to make something up because they don’t know you. But that’s life. There’s nothing you can do. It’s just part of being famous.LIP: Is ignoring what other people say the best way of staying true to yourself? Or are you going to change naturally because of fame’s influence?AD: Neither. I’m very interested in reading criticism of us. That doesn’t mean I think they’re right. It’s actually rewarding for someone to put so much thought into your art—I appreciate that. But by the time you’re reading about someone critiquing your work, that work is done, so it can’t affect it. To me, we’ve always done what we wanted to do… We’ve never worried about avoiding failures; we just do the things we love. Just go do the things you love… I think no one actually knows how to be successful. If you got yourself here just by doing what interests you, you should continue like that. I mean, if you listen to someone tell you how to be successful, it’s always what they did last time. Truth is, nothing is ever going to be successful in art. You should always just do the art for yourself… Van Gogh didn’t sell an entire painting in his entire lifetime. And his paintings are more expensive now than [almost] anyone else’s! So, at some point, he could have decided not to [paint]—go make shoes or something. But no one knows how to be successful, or what will [succeed in art]. It’s hard to see it as anything other than luck.LIP: Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? AD: The moment you do something you like. I don’t know what making it would even be. There’s a level we’re at that’s rare. There are plenty of bands that are more successful than us—Bob Dylan, The Stones, REM—but I’m not sure any of that has to do with making it. Take Alex Shulton—who’s a star now—but at the time, he was in a failed indie band. Did he make it? I don’t know what making it is. I mean, Van Gogh, like I said. That makes him the biggest failed indie band ever! Very early on in our career we played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. I think we’re the only unknown band ever to play there. We played for Van Morrison because he didn’t want to come. So I started my career at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instead of ending it there, which is what you usually do. At the time, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re destined for later!’ Now, I know we’re not going to get there, and I don’t care. First of all, we were all right there. [Laughs.] Second of all, I’m not sure the people who make those decisions, I don’t know if their opinions are important to me. I’m not sure anyone’s is, except for mine, or my friends, or my peers. I don’t know what “making it” is, but I think we made it.LIP: Why did you choose to go down the music path?AD: My mom hated this answer, but another reporter asked me once what I would be if I wasn’t in a band, and I said unemployed. I am a musician. When I was a kid, I didn’t know what I was wanted to do. When I was 18, I cut class one day and wrote a song. And every day after that, I sat at a piano and wrote a song. The moment I wrote that first song, it was like I mutated into something different. Like, I was a songwriter. Before that, I was a kid who didn’t know who I was. And I’ve always been a songwriter since. And it had been a while since I had any monetary success with that. But before any of my friends knew what I wanted to be in life, I knew I was a songwriter. I was ahead of them there, and then I kind of fell behind them when they all got jobs…But I leaped ahead when I became a rock star. Then I fell behind when they had kids and families. But, anyway, from that moment on, I knew I was a songwriter… I just do it because it’s who I am.LIP: Do you ever think about what your life would be like if you weren’t involved in music?AD: Yeah. Part of the fallout of having the success that I do have means there are other areas in my life that I left unattended. Relationships, families, those were things I didn’t have. Maybe I would have moved toward that earlier if it was a priority. But then, maybe I wouldn’t have done this. I think most about the relationships I would have had if I had forced myself to prioritize back then, more than in terms of jobs. But then again, I wouldn’t be here now.
Accra Hearts of Oak have appointed Can Vanli as the new technical advisor.The Turkish coach (name pronounced Van-li Chan) joins the team for the remaining five matches of the campaign as the Phobians desperately fight to avoid relegation.His appointment was made in a bid to strengthen the technical bench of after the dismissal of head coach Herbert Addo and his assistant Dauda Lutterodt. Speaking to Asempa FM on Wednesday morning, board member Frank Nelson confirmed the news. “We can confirm Can Vannli is on the technical bench to offer assistance. He is here to offer assistance and advice to the technical team on the last five matches.”Eddie Ansah keeps his role as caretaker while a decision on Vanli’s full time appointment will be decided at the end of the season.The Turkish manager’s first job as advisor will be the midweek fixture against Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindorf Park. Who is Vanli?Can Vanli is a UEFA Pro-License, UEFA A License and a Turkish Prof Head Coach License holder.He was a member of the Turkish national team technical staff between 2002 and 2004. The Turkish team won bronze at the FIFA World Cup in 2002. Vanli moved to club coaching between 2005 and 2006 where he was assistant coach of Turksih league B side Eyupspor and league A side KarÅŸÄ±yaka Ä°zmir. In 2010, Can Vanlli moved to the Maldives where he was coach of Premier side VB Sports Club. In his first season, he won the league with the Maldives side going unbeaten throughout the season.He also won the President’s Cup and the Charity Shield in 2010. His first year was completed when he was awarded the Coach of the Year accolade in the Maldives.In 2011, Can won the FA Cup as well as the Premier League and Charity Shield for the second successive year and winning the Maldives Coach of the year yet again.In 2013, Can moved to Lebanon where he took charge of AL Ahed. Can continued his fine trophy run when he won the Elites cup with the Lebanese side. In 2010, the Ghana FA shortlisted him for the Black Stars job in 2010 after the departure of Serbian Milovan Rajevac but Joy Sports sources say he was booted out of contention when it was noticed that his CV had been heavily embellished. –More buildup:CLICK TO READ: Preview of FCPPL matchday 26 – will Hearts succeed?CLICK TO READ: Hearts, Kotoko players are a disgraceCLICK TO READ: How Hearts will survive relegation CLICK TO READ: Dark history looms over Hearts scapegoat Eddie AnsahCLICK TO READ: Analysis – Ansah praises team, confident of survivalCLICK TO READ: How Duncan outsmarted Hearts–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum and Gary @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag