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Money Magazine Fogey Résumé Makeover

money_magazine_subscription_march2011.jpgThe other day I got a notice about an upcoming webinar. Among the things I will learn should I participate is “Why competence, credentials, and experience are no longer the trump cards for professionals.” Ouch.

So, what’s a competent, credentialed, experienced person to do?

Lie, or at least downplay it all on your résumé. (Wow, there was a time when people with little experience were tempted to pad their résumés to get a foot in the door.)

OK, not all of the 11 tips in Money magazine‘s story about updating résumés are that cynical; they include advice on contact info (delete the fax number and don’t label your email address as such), describing past positions (make sure to identify each employer for younger managers who might not have a clue), and leaving off graduation dates.

With more and more companies using résumé scanning software or online applications (which are astoundingly inaccurate for all but the most standard careers or career paths–and who has those anymore?), you have to wonder if any of this makes any difference. On the other hand, it’s easy to imagine a document growing stale over the years, so fresh ideas might be just the thing.


Magazines Offer Few St. Patrick’s Day Ideas This March

better_homes_and_gardens_subscription_march2011.jpgHave you ever noticed how many people seem to wear green just before or just after St. Patrick’s Day? Curious. Meanwhile, here’s how that green day in March has popped up in magazines.

Festive shamrock-shaped sugar cookies enhanced with a drop or two of food color in the batter, per Better Homes and Gardens magazine, sound way better than the cabbage lasagna casserole later in the issue (yikes).

If you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day decorating and craft ideas you won’t have much luck of the Irish (or anyone else this year), not even with a Martha Stewart Living magazine subscription. There are, however, recipes for “Ireland on a plate” and other Gaelic-inspired meals in the March issue. The closest thing to a holiday-themed craft project though is the idea for confectionary “spuds.”

The most original interpretation of St. Patrick’s Day editorial is found in Good Housekeeping magazine, where a seasonal calorie count chart includes lime Jell-O, green jelly beans, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. On a related note, a short–and well-illustrated–story on serving sizes reminds readers that though the package says it’s for one, the calorie-count may suggest otherwise.


Spring Fever Meets Retail Therapy in March Magazines

martha_stewart_living_subscription_march2011.jpgThere are people for whom the long, dark days of winter are a trial. I’m not one of them; my seasonal affective disorder kicks in right around March 21. Still, even I found lots of spring-themed items to like in pages of March magazines.

Disclaimer: I am not encouraging a major shop-a-thon, even if I did splurge on a fantastic handbag last week. I fully agree with Martha Beck’s advice on curbing spending in O, the Oprah Magazine‘s March issue. Moderation is the key.

  • Power of Flowers: A set of nesting bowls that form a layered rose when stacked and floral-print espadrilles in Redbook magazine.

  • Make Like a Tree: Martha Stewart Living magazine‘s gardening issue opens with 50 garden-themed “good things,” including tools, drinks and tchotchkes. Bring a little spring into your home with a tree whose branches serve as book shelves (perfect for a kid’s room), leaf-shaped sticky notes or greeting cards with leaf-inspired motifs.
  • Raising the Bar: As seen in House Beautiful magazine, monogrammed soaps in pale spring hues and fragrances–green tea, bamboo birch, pomegranate and freesia–make perfect hostess gifts, or treats for oneself.

Magazine Subscriptions Make for Great Window Shopping

redbook_subscription_march2011.jpgGone are the ubiquitous gift guides of the holiday season, so what’s one to do when in need of a little something to cheer, or even a gift for birthdays, etc.?

Turn to magazine openers. Those quick hits of information found at the start of each issue tend to include at least one page of nifty little things.

Here are some examples from March magazines.

  • Redbook magazine starts each issue with a selection of items in its “50 under $50″ column, which generally also includes 20 objects that cost less than $20. Among this month’s finds are a window-filled modernist cube fish bowl (who needs fish; this is cool in and of itself) and a makeup pouch inspired by a postcard, complete with mock address, stamps and airmail stickers–and makeup.

  • Martha Stewart Living magazine‘s “Good Things” pages combine ideas and objects. This month there’s a green, spring, gardening theme and cheerful pieces such as a Calder-esque mobile in various hues of green.
  • Dwell magazine. A wool rug in a pattern resembling an aerial view of the American heartland reminds me of a carpet quilt my grandmother made when I was a kid. I’d run around on it in my socks and pretend I was flying over the country.
  • There are several cool, fun items in Good Housekeeping magazine‘s “Idea File” this month, including coasters made from slices of birch branch, and pillows and slipcovers in bright, bold patterns from Finnish design firm Marimekko.


Beat Keratin Salon Gossip With Good Housekeeping Magazine

good_housekeeping_subscription_march2011.jpgWell, just the other day I was in the salon and everyone was talking about keratin hair treatments. These are straightening treatments–expensive and time-consuming treatments–such as the Brazilian Blowout that are all the rage. If you’ve considered getting one, be sure to read the March issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested four keratin treatments to see whether they contained formaldehyde. They all did and that, along with an Oregon OSHA report that the carcinogen was present in six other keratin treatments, led the Good Housekeeping Research Institute to recommend that readers avoid the treatments.

Can’t wait to show this story to my stylist.


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine Covers Another Side of Senior Financial Matters

kiplingers_personal_finance_subscription_march2011.jpgThere have been tons of stories about financial matters concerning senior citizens, usually focusing on retirement savings and budgets. This month Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine talks about a difficult situation facing many seniors–and their adult children: managing money when Alzheimer’s is involved.

In the Kiplinger’s story, Cameron Huddleston leads readers through the often emotionally charged steps of taking over management of a parent’s finances. Huddleston discusses warning signs, ways to bring up the subject when it’s time to make changes, and the importance of preserving dignity.

Things to keep in mind, Cameron says, include remembering that it is the disease, not you, that is taking away your parent’s independence and that if you don’t take action now, your loved one may end up sans funds later in life.

A sidebar to the informative piece explains different types of power of attorney as well as health-care proxies and living wills.