The Post Office Is a Great Opportunity For Today’s Young People

A non-career job with the Post Office is a great opportunity for today’s young people. There are many ways to take advantage of a part time job with the USPS. I know many people who have used a postal job as part-time income while they are working on a degree or path to their future career. There have been others who have a different full time job, and use their postal job to supplement their income. Then there are those who started out part-time and decided to make a career out of the Post Office.

It is all over the news that it is hard for recent high school graduates to find employment in these tough economic times. The Post Office would make a great choice for some of these new job seekers. A non-career job as a PSE (Postal Support Employee), RCA (Rural Carrier Associate), TRC (Temporary Rural Carrier), Transitional City Carrier, Postmaster Relief, and as a casual employee could be a great opportunity for a young person to make pretty decent money while getting their education. Some college students work day positions (RCA, TRC, casuals, etc.) and go to school at night. Some others work as a PSE or casual at the plants and go to school during the day. In my experience it is much easier to get a supervisor or postmaster to work with your schedule if you are in a post office rather than at a processing facility or plant.

The second way to benefit from a non-career job is to work at the Post office on a part-time basis and have another job to fill in when you are available. For example, a Postmaster Relief usually only works on Saturday to fill in for the Postmaster on their day off. Because of this, the PMR can get another job to fill in some hours during the week. The Postmaster can give advance notice for vacations or surgeries, so plenty of notice will be given to the other employer. I know an RCA who has a full time job in a public school system that has been an RCA for over twenty years (he has turned down a career Rural Carrier job over twenty times). He makes over $15,000 a year at the Post Office working every Saturday and filling in for four weeks of vacation. Not bad for a part-time job. It is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs to work on their business. A small business can be worked around an RCA, TRC, or PMR position.

The third way to take advantage of a non-career Post Office job is to use it to get to a career position. A young person may not be in the place to want a full time job right away. So a job such as an RCA might be a great way to start. They may only work a couple of days a week for a while. But, as their seniority builds and they learn more routes, they begin to get more hours. Before they realize it they are working nearly forty hours a week (much better chance in a big rural office). A few years later they may have the opportunity to become a full time Rural Carrier.

A career position may also be attained by learning the system while you are a part-time employee. For example, it is much easier to get a job as a City Carrier if you start out as a Transitional City Carrier or a Casual Carrier. If you are a good employee and learn the job it will really help boost your test score when a City Carrier job becomes available in the office. Also, who will the Postmaster hire if they have a list of six people they do not know, and one hard-working person who already works for them?

The Post Office is a great opportunity for today’s college-aged men and women. There are many ways to benefit from a part-time job with the USPS. A career position may be the best outcome.

First By The Post – Social Media Marketing For Music Artists

Most people when they go to buy a car look for something with an automatic transmission. That’s understandable. It’s one of the great innovations many of us have come to take for granted that makes driving just that much easier to deal with.

Navigating the intricate world of Internet marketing and social media is far more challenging than driving, so when an innovative tool comes along that promises to make our digital lives easier and more productive we are apt to want to adopt it, especially if it’s free.

One such tool that has drawn a lot of accolades and users is the type known as the social media communications publisher (a.k.a. “social media dashboard”), offered by numerous relatively new outfits like Hootsuite, Seesmic and Threadsy. These Web or desktop based applications automatically post your blogs, tweets etc. (and in some cases other file types like images, music and videos) to the various social media sites you have a presence on, helping you manage one very important aspect of your social media campaign more efficiently. Sound good? You bet. Unfortunately, the reality may not match the expectation.

Besides the very real concern that, in their rush to get their apps to market, some of these services may fall short on functionality and/or reliability (even their paid version(s), let alone the bare-essentials free option), there is now some disheartening news that’s come out of a recent U.S. study suggesting another reason why such tools may not be quite the blessing they are made out to be. The study, by EdgeRank Checker, shows that posting to a social media site by means of such third-party tools is not nearly as effective in gaining fan engagement as posting directly (i.e., manually) or using an app that is proprietary to the particular site.

Why might this be? There could be a number of reasons.

One is that social media sites want people to use their particular site’s “official” apps, i.e. those controlled by them. So, they could lower the “weighting” of postings facilitated by third-party tools, resulting in less fan engagement and interaction. Another is that relying on an app’s pre-set scheduling can negatively impact the usefulness of posts that are time-sensitive. As well, a spray gun approach to posting doesn’t allow tweaking or personalizing of the post for each particular site–what’s ideal for Facebook may not be optimal for LinkedIn, and so on. In addition, having the exact same item in numerous places on the Web may cause Google to flag it and lower its search engine ranking. These are just some of the possibilities.

This brings me to the point that I really wanted to drive home with this article, and that is this: it’s far better to reach fewer people with real effect than many without much of any. Building a fan base should be about building relationships, not about sacrificing effectiveness for the sake of expediency. True loyal fans who support you over the long-haul are among your most valuable assets. Treat them that way and they’ll be like money in the bank. Besides, driving a manual transmission can be a lot more fun.

© 2011 Graham Way

Improve Your Golf: The Post Shot Routine

Post-Shot Routine

A what? I hear you ask…

We all know what a Pre-shot routine is but what the hell is a post-shot routine?

Well think about it? If the Pre-shot routine’s role is to ensure that consistent shot preparation leads to consistent shot execution*, what could the post-shot routine be used for?

Answer: To either anchor good results or to ensure poor results are not negatively reinforced in your mind.

However, there aren’t many players who have a post-shot routine. So once again, you will be incorporating a technique into your game that will move you further ahead of the field. Most players simply shove their club back into the bag and move on – when their shot comes off the way they wanted it to – or they SLAM the club back into the bag and reinforce the negative anchor*, when the shot doesn’t come off the way they wanted it to.

Let’s look at the “positive” side of Post-Shot Routines first.

Instead of just watching the ball travel and landing with no real enthusiasm, watch the actual ball flight; notice its shape and how it reacted when it landed. Then congratulate yourself, calmly, if the shot shape matched what you planned and the ball ended up in your desired location. Anchor* the good feeling of success. Stop and reflect quickly on your setup and the feelings you had prior to making the shot. It’s a good strategy to reinforce what you do well. A constructive review with a post-shot routine will do just that.

What about if the shot did not come off the way you intended?

If the shot did not come off the way you intended – don’t blow up! “Play” the shot again while other players are actually taking theirs (as long as you’re not in their line of sight!). Get a feeling for what went wrong; make a note to correct this on your next shot and once more “play” the shot, successfully this time, and let your mind register what should have happened. See the ball doing what you intended it to – in your mind’s eye. This way you still re-enforce a positive from your mistake rather than anchoring the mistake (as would happen if you blew up and slammed the club into the bag or threw it away.)

Very often it’s our thinking prior to our swing, not the swing itself that “caused” the poor result. It will become an extremely useful habit to consciously use a post-shot routine. You will become a much more focused player through its repetition and adoption.

A well run and practiced post-shot routine is a practical way to manage your emotional resources. There is nothing much to it yet don’t discount its simplicity. Add it to your game and reap the rewards.

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Enjoy your Round!


*These concepts are explained in the Inner Golf Coach Audio Programme