Monthly Archives: July 2014

False Alarm at what cost?

False Alarm at what cost?

We do our best to fight crime, to burglar proof our homes by replacing old doors and window entries, by installing alarm systems hoping to protect our homes only to get a slap in the face by our City of Columbus Administration.

I was called this morning to check on an alarm setoff at a friend’s house. I met the police officer there who confirmed that there was no entry to the house and that all was secure [good news]. The Officer was outstanding in service, friendly and even though this wasn’t his precinct was very concerned and helpful regarding our neighborhood. He shared that the city is now making it expensive for when a police officer has to come out to your home because of an alarm signal set off [bad news].

He advised that you will continue to get two free runs per year, but after that you will have to pay the alarm call which breaks down as follows:
200 1st call (free per year)
400 2nd call (free per year)
800 3rd call – YOU PAY
1,600 4th call YOU PAY
and so forth.

He said that the Heroin epidemic in our neighborhood is fueling this. He said the addicts are breaking in during the day, especially garages.

They are bold and could care less to cause 100’s of dollars to your property just to get a 20 dollar item. And we are to be empathetic to these burglars and not take our gun and shoot them between their eyes or shoot off their manhood just because they have an addiction problem?

I’m telling you, we need to band together to protect our properties. What more can we do to protect our home and property and stay in our neighborhoods safely?

Frustrated about the Westside-Hilltop.


5 things to bring to a job interview

5 things to bring to a job interview

Abridged: Pro Resume Center

1) Your resume. Use high-quality resume paper and make sure your ink cartridge is full before printing. Conduct additional research on the company, the department, the hiring manager, and/or the general state of the industry before the interview. Your research may prompt you to adjust your resume to better fit the position and company.

2) A cover letter. It will add value if you have a copy with you. Find out the name and title of the people you’ll be interviewing with and customize your inside address and salutation. Create a fresh, brief introductory message that emphasizes your enthusiasm, interest and value you’d bring to the position. 3) Your references. Ensure you include the necessary reference information to make it easy for the reader: name, company, title, direct phone line, and email address.

4) A strategic plan. Arrive with a strategic plan that will further “wow” the employer. For example, if you’re applying for a sales manager role, your plan may cover these three things: One, an assessment of the current situation. Two, steps you’d take to begin turning the ship around. And three, measurable objectives you will meet by the end of that time period.

5) Your portfolio. Portfolios add value, especially for graphic artists, other creative folks, and sales professionals. For example, a salesperson’s portfolio may include testimonial letters and emails from bosses, clients, colleagues, and vendors along with colorful sales charts or graphs showing your success.