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A Passion for Safety, a Knack for Writing

There are 120 million blogs out there in the naked city, give or take a few.  Assuming one read a blog a minute 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it would take a very long time to read them all–and being that most are poorly written and contain information of no value, it would seem even longer.

I do have one you might want to consider reading.  It’s called “Doak TC” and its message is safety, primarily traffic safety.  That safety message is understandable because Doak TC is Fred Doelker who, until he was put out to pasture in August 2009, was a traffic safety coordinator for AAA Michigan.

Fred’s job was to travel around the state preaching safety and making Michigan a better place to live as a result.  Fred spent many of his days teaching groups and individuals how to avoid becoming a statistic as a motorist or as a pedestrian.  He talked to seniors, children and everyone in between.  Fred was also a great spokesperson for AAA Michigan and put a human face on a big corporation.  However, because one couldn’t put a dollar benefit on what Fred did, Fred now lives in the northwestern community of Traverse City (TC), Michigan writing about safety while seeking an end to being out to pasture.

Fred knows safety and it shows in his writing.  Although the information is especially useful to those who live in the snowy regions of Michigan (all residents), his blog contains useful information for anyone who drives, walks or flies.  His blog would also be a good resource for the media since it contains a wealth of safety information.  So would Fred for that matter since he translates wells from print to radio or television.

They (the unnamed blogging experts, that is) say successful bloggers are usually those who write about topics they have a passion for and are knowledgeable about.  Fred’s blog fits that bill.  In addition, Fred is a gifted writer with a knack for turning a phrase, and that in itself makes his blog worth reading.  He also knows technology, but that’s a whole different topic.

Doak TC is a good blog out there among the millions and millions (and millions) of blogs.  Give it a try.  Oh, and be safe.

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Choosing an Insurer

Industry experts say you should  shop around for  insurance.  According to an Oct. 9, 2009 article in The Wall Street Journal, “prices in the intensely competitive auto-insurance business are based on so many different factors, and they are calculated in so many different ways, that shopping several different companies really could help you save hundreds of dollars every six months.”

Here are a few tips from the WSJ article quoted above.

  • Your financial behavior matters.Companies look at credit scores.  The higher the score, the lower the premium.
  • Compare prices both with insurers that sell directly and those that sell through agents.  Prices may vary a lot, and though agents receive a commission, they aren’t always more expensive.
  • Loyalty cuts both ways. Car-insurance companies want to win over new customers, but at the same time, they reward those who stay put.
  • The discounts are in the details. People who have multiple policies with the same company often qualify for discounts.
  • Price matters, but so does service. The last thing a person wants after an accident is an insurer that is slow to respond or pay.  Check out the company’s reputation.

Happy insurance hunting. Oh, and if you live in the Detroit Metropolitan area and need a good agent, give Kristin Madden a call over at AAA. She’s a good friend, a good agent and an honest person. She will do her best to get you the coverage you need at a fair price. Kristin can be reached at (248) 553-3700, ext. 491.

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The Job Fair

The other day I went to my first job fair. As those who have heard my tale of woe or read earlier postings, AAA Michigan gave me the boot in August after 23 years of service–and eight months short of qualifying for retirement. So I’m out in the job market and attending job fairs.

As anyone who has experienced a job fair, it is not a pleasant experience. The closest thing I can liken it to is speed dating. Only in speed dating, both sides are on equal footing and hope there is mutual attraction. At a job fair, you are already attracted to the company; that is why you are waiting in a long line for your 1 – 5 minutes of face time. You just hope the company’s representative finds you more attractive than the other 50 people still behind you in line or all those who came before you.

This particular fair was hosted by Right Management. It is an international manpower firm and was contracted by AAA to help me and others axed with me prepare resumes and search for a job. Right did a nice job and the fact that I am still pounding the pavement is more a testament to my sampling retirement, cleaning up some stuff at home and updating some current skills, than to the quality of its work.

Anyway, a portion of Right’s job fair brochure provided a good summary of what to expect (I bolded what I consider the major point):

“You need to have a different focus for Human Resources recruiters [at job fairs] than you would for hiring managers. They are looking to screen you out, not qualify you in. Your objective should be to show that you not only have all the necessary basic requirements, but are also an appropriate candidate for their work environment.

Consider their focus. Whenever they make a recommendation for further action, they are putting their “stamp of approval” on the person. The last thing they want is for a hiring manager to come back to them and say, “why did you give your okay on that person?”

They want assurance that company resources will not be wasted in taking the next step with you. Ideally, they should be able to visualize you as someone who could eventually become “part of the team.”

Words of wisdom that anyone who attends a job fair needs to take into account. It can help one prepare and help one avoid disappointment. And I suppose some of the information might also apply to speed dating .

That’s it for now, folks

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