Saturday, June 16, 2018

Finding the Right Recruiting Firm

Are you in a situation where you need to hire a person for a very important job at your company? If this is the case, you should seek out an experienced recruiting firm that can help you locate candidates for the job with the skills you are looking for. It can take a lot of time to sift through job applications on your own. A recruiting firm can handle this task for you. They will have the skill to narrow down the search and find the most qualified candidates. Here are a few tips that will show you how to choose the best recruiting firm to meet your hiring needs.

1. Find out which recruiting firms other business owners are using.

The first thing you will need to do is seek out the opinions of other business owners. Which recruiting firms have they hired to look for suitable candidates? Why did they choose the particular recruiting firm they are working with? Are they satisfied with the quality of the candidates that the recruiting firm has found for them? How much do they charge for their services? Talk to as many business owners as you can in order to get many references for recruiting firms.

2. Find out which recruiting firms are recommended by the Better Business Bureau.

You can find the best recruiting firms Boston by taking a look at the BBB website. They will have very detailed descriptions of each company. You will be able to find out about their business practices and overall reputation in their industry. It is a very fast and easy way to get a list of competent and reputable recruiting firms that will be able to find the candidates you need.

3. Call the recruiting firms you are interested in hiring to find out more about them.

You should never hire a recruiting firm before you talk to them. Find out their methods for finding suitable candidates for your business. Speaking to a representative for each recruiting firm you are interested in will help you to decide if they will work well with you.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Help your Children Learn English Naturally through Immersion

Children whose parents aren't fluent in English begin life at a significant disadvantage. Although there is no national language in the United States, English is the most commonly used language in schools and in business. In order to help their children learn English and compete on a level playing field with their peers, parents can enroll them in immersion courses to teach them about the language as well as the culture in America.

Benefits of Language Immersion

There are several ways to learn a new language. You can purchase textbooks, software or hire a tutor to learn English words, usage and grammar. However, these options are often boring and most people who start them don't follow through long enough to gain fluency. By choosing an immersion course instead, students learn about the history and culture as well as the language. It's been said that English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Immersion classes give students the tools and information they need to master the language and fit in with other children their age.

Supplemental Learning


Camps are used by sports leagues to give athletes focused attention for a short period of time. These camps typically last a couple of weeks and are led by experts in the sport. An esl summer camp can have the same impact on a student's mastery of English. A camp won't teach a student everything they need to know about the English language but it will supplement their regular education and help the traditional learning make more sense.

Being fluent in English is essential for anyone who wants to live or work in America. It is also the second language of choice for people all over the world. The best place for non-Americans to learn about the English language and American culture is in a historic United States city where they can interact with native speakers and see the landmarks they've been learning about in class.


Friday, June 1, 2018

On Being Introverted

"You're not a snob after all, are you?" David put his hand on my shoulder.

I glanced up and almost dropped the book I was holding. "Um, no . . . "

"See, it's just that you never talk. We all thought that you thought you are better than us."

"Really? No. I mean . . . I've just never had much to say."

As he walked away he tossed over his shoulder, "Everyone has stuff to say."

This is a true conversation I had with a fellow senior the next to the last week of my high school career. Talk about being thrown for a loop! Not only was I suddenly aware that an undisclosed number of acquaintances thought I was a snob for four years plus, but the idea I had since junior high that there was something wrong with me had been confirmed.

I wasn't popular. I wasn't an athlete (my tennis coach would whole heartedly confirm that) or a cheerleader (let it be known that I believe cheerleaders are athletes also). I wasn't a burn-out (better known as doo-rags and weed eaters). I was just me. Quiet, a bit awkward with the small talk, but just me.

I had a small group of friends and I was content. Sure I kinda wished I'd been invited to the parties that were talked about Monday morning in hushed whispers as other kids slid into their seats just before the bell rang (Little did I know what actually went on during some of them). But on the whole, I was content. Even though I long ago convinced myself that there was something wrong with my personality. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized there isn't anything wrong with me, I'm just an introvert.

Introvert Dear explains it this way:
" . . . someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments. Introverts tend to feel drained after socializing and regain their energy by spending time alone. This is largely because introverts’ brains respond to dopamine differently than extroverts’ brains. In other words, if you’re an introvert, you were likely born that way."
Being an introvert is different than being shy, though often the two are used interchangeably. Shy is more about being nervous or self-conscious in social situations. Believe it or not, extroverts can have this trait also.

The good news for me is that I finally realized that I don't need to be "fixed." My Creator intended for me to have this temperament for a specific purpose. Does that mean He won't push me out of my comfort zone? Oh, no, He definitely will. And He has, at times. He's too good of a Father to leave me completely as I am. And He's too righteous to not remind me that I cannot do most things on my own. I must lean on Him and trust Him in order to become more like Him.

I think it's going to take awhile to stop thinking of myself as "less than" just because I'm not extroverted, not able to successfully make small talk, and be some kind of hospitality wizard. I've always admired those who could do those things. Wanted to be like that for most of my life. It's time to let myself off the hook.

I am also learning to be thankful for who God created me to be instead of being discontent because I'm not who I thought I should be. Because I'm not who others thought I should be. Because I'm not who I thought others thought I should be. Did you follow that? Ha!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert or both?



Friday, May 25, 2018

The Courtship of Marjorie Graves - pt 2 Fiction

Dear Reader, I am excited to share with you the second and final installment of The Courtship of Marjorie Graves, a short piece of historical fiction I've written, loosely based upon a family member's recollections. It's not biographical, her memories just inspired me.

For the first installment of The Courtship of Marjorie Graves, please click here.



The Courtship of Marjorie Graves

part two

Margie glanced at herself in the oval mirror hanging above the little table that served as a catch-all for mail and phone messages. She saw her face, pale, with lines just beginning to stretch from the corners of her eyes to her temples. At 23, she was too young for crows feet. And yet, there they were.

War will do that to a person, she supposed.

Marjorie began unbuttoning her uniform jacket, exposing the silky cream bodice of her chemise beneath, and wondered how to handle this invasion of her privacy. She kicked off her heels as she plodded toward the sparsely furnished kitchen. She flicked on the radio. Helen O'Connell's “Wonder When My Baby's Coming Home” floated toward her and crowded out the day's restrained snatches of conversation from the older men that rode the elevator. The song was a melancholy reminder that until today, Marjorie hadn't seen nor heard from Harlan. Not in the three months since they met.

Now she knew why. Charlotte.

She fingered the envelope for a moment and breathed a little more steady. At their first meeting, he'd promised to write her everyday. A smile slowly pulled at her lips as she remembered the way the tips of his fingers grazed the back of her hand when he spoke with eloquent words. But it was his eyes had that had spoken what she longed to hear and his voice dared not say.

When she didn't hear from him after that night, she assumed he'd had a bit of practice saying many things to many girls on many occasions. And yet, she couldn’t banish the memories of his blue eyes, his broad smile, his strong hands. Now those assumptions of the last three months faded.

Glancing around the kitchen, she thought, Can't she take care of any of her dishes? A sigh launched from her lips and out over the sink toward the single paned window as she waited for the tepid water to turn hot. The soot of the surrounding chimneys had settled into the corners of each window in every neighborhood home.

Marjorie's furious scrubbings on Sunday afternoons had demolished the presence of soot and ash from the outside of their cottage-like home as soon as the weather was warm enough for her to do so. The ladies of the neighborhood who had children probably didn't have as much time to devote to eradicating all evidences of grime as she did.

What else was she to do with the small amount of free time she found herself with? After meeting Harlan, the small town's dances held no appeal. They were noisy affairs with too much drinking, too much shouting and too many fights to cap off the bitterly cold nights. Not her idea of a good time, though Charlotte loved it.

There were five men to every woman that attended the USO dances. Charlotte divided her time between as many men as possible, citing it her “duty” to provide a night of fun for the “poor, lonely soldiers giving themselves for their country.” Margie knew for a fact that it wasn't just the men who were giving themselves on nights like that. Marjorie was not against anyone having a good time, she was just not interested in participating.

“No more dances,” she told Charlotte after meeting Harlan, much to her roommate's chagrin. She was saving herself for him, and him alone. Just as he had promised her while holding her hand that night. They sat on his army uniform coat draped along the stone wall that ran the length of the front of a neatly clipped lawn. She hadn't noticed the cold then.

Neither had she seen Charlotte's lips pressed together in a firm line as the two roommates walked home that evening. Margie never imagined that her roommate would go so far as to throw away his letters from her. What else has Charlotte done to ruin our relationship?

After washing all the dishes scattered around the kitchen and peeking into the living room, she headed for her own room. The gnawing hunger she felt as she walked home from her work as an elevator operator had disappeared. Now the only appetite that could be satisfied was her longing to hear the words contained in Harlan's letter. She wondered if this was his first letter to her or one in a series of letters to arrive at her home.

Marjorie drew a neatly trimmed fingernail under the long seal of the envelope and pulled out the single sheet of neatly written words.


I so hope you enjoyed this peek into Marjorie's life. I would love to someday expand this into a novella. Time will tell!


Top 7 Reasons to Purchase a Gourmet Gift Basket

Deciding on gifts, especially at the last moment can cause undue stress. Make it easy by perusing the choices available in gourmet food baskets. Many offer the right combination to please even the most finicky of snackers. Below are seven of the most popular times that gourmet gift baskets are sent.


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A gourmet food basket is a perfect touch for a birthday, especially if you are a long distance from the festivities. It is also the perfect solution as your children grow and lean more towards edible delights.

New Baby

Help share in the joy of the moment of a new birth with a specialized gourmet food basket that reflects the distinct likes of the excited parents. You can feel good knowing you are providing high-quality snacks and treats that are healthy and enjoyed.



Skip the toasters and coffeemakers for the happy couple. Choose a gourmet food basket that offers all of the delightful snacks they need to enjoy on their way to a honeymoon destination.




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Holiday Themes

You have opportunities all year long to send a gourmet food basket to those you love at special holiday times. Everyone will love being able to grab a gourmet snack during busy holiday seasons.

Anytime is a great time to spread happiness by sending a gourmet gift basket full of foods that are hard to find in many localities. Not only is it a sensible gift idea, but also delicious!