America Says “Thank You” to its Skilled Tradesmen

Quickly fading are the days when a father handed down his trusted hand tools so the family plumbing business could carry on for another generation. This trend is affecting all of our lives in ways we never expected.

According to a 2012 Talent Shortage Survey by ManPowerGroup, Inc., “skilled trades” are the hardest jobs to fill. As Baby Boomers retire, more jobs for skilled workers open up, but there aren’t enough skilled tradesmen ready to meet the growing demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than one-third of skilled tradesmen are over the age of 50. In fact, for every three tradesmen who retire, there’s only one skilled person available to fill the gap.

KISS Star Gets Suprise Visit to ChildFund Sponsored Children

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart -; more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member -; who stars in his own reality TV show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” that airs Monday nights on A&E -; recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.
The episode aired in late June on A&E. Gene thought he was traveling to Africa to go on safari with his wife, Shannon; however, she had other ideas in mind. She had arranged for Gene to meet 12 of his sponsored children.
Gene and Shannon brought school supplies, soccer balls, backpacks and clothing to share with the children. One of Gene’s sponsored children received a bicycle so he didn’t have to walk the long distance to school. Shannon even gave one young woman the shoes off her feet.
While there, they met a young woman he sponsors named Esther. There are days when she and her family have no food. And while she loves school, it’s not easy for her to get to it. She has to walk long distances, but she doesn’t complain. She has a dream — she has wanted to be a nurse since losing both of her parents to illness.
Gene told her that he would make a deal with her: If she makes good grades, he would pay her nursing school tuition.
Shannon said, “You don’t owe us anything. You don’t have to pay us back. You owe us to be a good nurse.”
Gene added, “We met an amazing 16-year-old girl with lots of charisma, who can change the cycle, but the odds are stacked against her.”
Like millions of other sponsors, Gene was introduced to ChildFund through the organization’s commercials. The commercial’s message hasn’t changed much -; a small monthly donation can change the lives of children living in developing countries. And to this very day, the average sponsor is not a celebrity, just a regular person who cares.
“It’s our responsibility to take care of each other,” said Gene. “You don’t need to be a star. You don’t need to be rich.”

Networking in the Social Sphere Builds Strong Career Connections

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A strong network is a key building block for career success. Whether you’re looking for a new job or connecting with peers in your industry, building a strong set of connections to help advance your career is vital.
While older generations used to build their networks one handshake at a time, today’s networkers foster and maintain connections online through the use of social media tools.
Whether you’re a social media novice or aficionado, it is important to remember that unlike connections made through face-to-face contact, when building an online network, credibility is assessed via digital profiles.
“It’s essential for professionals to understand that digital tools like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter allow our professional and personal worlds to blend,” says Jason Seiden, co-founder of Ajax Social Media and a member of the Career Advisory Board, presented by DeVry University. “You must learn to bring the edges in and ensure your online profile exudes both elements effectively, without misrepresenting either.”
Building or revising your digital profile may seem daunting, but there are simple ways to bolster it to showcase what you have to offer, helping you connect to the right people more quickly.
For those feeling unsure where to begin, Seiden offers actionable advice for building a strong digital profile to position oneself for online networking success.

Digital Networking: How to Build Strong Career Connections

A strong network is a key building block for career success. Whether you’re looking for a new job or connecting with peers in your industry, building a strong set of connections to help advance your career is vital.

While older generations used to build their networks one handshake at a time, today’s networkers foster and maintain connections online through the use of social media tools.

Whether you’re a social media novice or aficionado, it is important to remember that unlike connections made through face-to-face contact, when building an online network, credibility is assessed via digital profiles.

See the Light: Protect Your Eyes From Summer Rays

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As you slather on sunscreen to protect your skin this summer, don’t forget to protect your eyes. Unlike other parts of your body, your eye’s lens does not repair itself when damaged by the sun’s rays — eventually this can lead to permanent eye damage.
“While intense UV exposure can cause temporary ‘sunburn’ on the eye’s surface, an even graver concern is cumulative, long-term effects,” said Richard P. Mills, MD in Seattle, Wash. “UV-A and B rays actually penetrate the cornea and damage the lens and retina, leading to increased risk for cataract and macular degeneration, so protection and getting an eye exam are vitally important.”
EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye exams and care at no out-of-pocket cost to people 65 and older. The eye exams are provided by a corps of nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. To see if you are eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit www.eyecareamerica.org. This online referral center also enables friends and family members to find out instantly if their loved ones are eligible to be matched with one of EyeCare America’s volunteer ophthalmologists.
“I’m a low-income senior who needed an eye exam after many years of neglecting myself. Economically embarrassed, I was referred by EyeCare America, and received excellent, fast and courteous service,” said, Mr. Hansen, a recent EyeCare America patient. “I worked hard all my life and never dreamed I would be in a position of not being able to afford a simple exam.”
To protect your eyes this summer, EyeCare America offers the following advice:
When to wear sunglasses
Sunglasses should be worn anytime you are outdoors, particularly under these circumstances:
* During the summer, when the level of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) is at least three times higher than during the winter;
* When at the beach or in the water;
* When participating in winter sports, especially at high altitudes;
* When using medications that can cause photosensitivity.
Taking measures to protect your eyes from the sun, as well as getting eye conditions detected early through an eye exam, can help slow or prevent total vision loss from diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. But not everyone has insurance or can afford eye exams, so visit eyecareamerica.org to see if you are eligible for an eye exam and care at no out-of-pocket cost.

Snag Your Dream Job With a Little Coaching

Far too often, employees find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling job, yet are reluctant to leave. They settle because of current economic conditions or because they simply lack the confidence or required skills to pursue their dream career.

According to a recent study conducted by The Conference Board, job satisfaction is at an all-time low – only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current job.

It can seem overwhelming for those yearning to step into a field that better suits their passions. Certified career coach Maggie Mistal specializes in helping individuals explore their purpose and find work they love. She advises individuals to break down the process into three steps:

Plan the Perfect Summer Outing Without Breaking the Bank

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The longer days and sunny skies of summer provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure, often just a few steps outside your front door. To help you get the most out of your summer, here are a few fun activities to help you discover the greater outdoors on any budget:

The Greater Outdoors

Day hikes, camping trips and outdoor volunteer activities are great ways to get outside. These outings allow you to relax, re-energize and discover new hobbies, while giving back to the environment.

Many parks and campgrounds allow reservations, so phone ahead to book your activity. To find local campgrounds or incorporate volunteer opportunities into your trip, visit the National Park Service at www.nps.gov, the Conservation Alliance at www.conservationalliance.org or the American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacation program at www.americanhiking.org/volunteerVacation.aspx.

A Swing at Family Fun

If you’re looking for a quick weekend activity, a relaxing round of golf or a family bike ride may be the perfect answer. Activities like these require little planning and allow you to spend time in a natural setting.

Many golf courses offer family or group rates as well as reduced rates for junior golfers, aged 17 and under. This July, participating courses are allowing children to play for free during Family Golf Month. To locate these courses, visit www.playgolfamerica.com.

For bicycle safety tips or to locate trails near you, visit www.pedaling.com.

Life’s a Beach

On summer days, a trip to the beach or river will keep you cool for less than you’d spend on air conditioning. Pack a picnic, books and a Frisbee, and you’re off for a day of fun for a fraction of the price that you’d spend at an amusement park.

In addition to sunscreen, certain clothing lines allow you to enjoy the outdoors longer while staying protected from harmful UV rays. With UPF ratings between 15 and 50, Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Shade line, which has The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Approval, includes everything from swim trunks to outerwear. To find affordable, sun-protective apparel for any outdoor activity, visit www.columbia.com.

Summer provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.With a little planning, you can enjoy the season both safely and economically.