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Writing Memoirs

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on March 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Many people express an interest in writing family memoirs, but they do not know how to get started. There are many writing classes available, but my advice is very simple: just start writing the first memory you have of your childhood. Write a series of short stories on each memory that pops into your mind. Don't worry about the chronological order; just let your creativity flow making sure to date the stories with the date you create them--not the date you think they occurred. The timeline w...

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Unexpected Delights--Giant City State Park

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on February 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Giant City State Park located in Southern Illinois near Carbondale.

The road twists and turns with increasing woodlots turning into forests of towering trees with underbrush and fallen limbs and branches covered by snow. The winding road has a beauty that is stark and forlorn with a solitary wild turkey attempting to peck through the deep snow for food. Iccles hanging from the snow-packed roofs, trees coated with sparkling ice,...

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Tips and Tools for Applying for a Job

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on November 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Tips and Tools for Applying for Jobs


These tips are designed to help the job seeker create a competitive edge in their job search. If

you need help with any of these steps contact me.

Tips: 1. Customize your resumes by job.One resume does not fit all.

2. Print the job description and highlight the buzzwords. If you need help identifying them, let me know.

3. Review your resume and make sure you have most if not...

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Tools for Job Seekers

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on November 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Tools for Job Seekers


1. Recruiters can see all resumes posted on the Boards like CareerBuilder, Ladders, InDeed, Monster, Craig’s List, LinkedIn, DICE, etc., so make good use of the Boards.


2. Keep your resumes current by doing something every two weeks; any activity, adding a project or changing a date on the resume will result in recruiters viewing again.


3. Take advantage of all social media to...

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Active Job Search

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on November 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Active Job Search

Keeping your resume and LinkedIn Profile is important for all professionals; however, if you


are entering into an active job search you need to do more.


Tips:

1. Customize your resumes by job. One resume does not fit all.


2. Track your resumes that are posted or submitted. Very embarrassing to show up at an ...

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LinkedIn Profile

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on November 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Career Building Tips and Tools

Research shows that 87% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, so if you are not making proper use of your profile you are wasting a valuable asset.


Each segment in LinkedIn can be used strategically to reinforce your brand and expertise.


Start by making sure yo...

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A Winning Resume

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on October 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A Winning Resume

You’ve applied for a job and sent in your current resume but are not hearing back from any of the companies. You tweak your resume and send out more but still no response. One month, two months, three months pass and still no calls.


The simple truth is that applying for a job is hard work and has many uncertainties. Whether the company you are targeting is small or large, certain principles hold true.


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Writing Workshop for Kids-- Interviews

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on August 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A good way to encourage kids to write is to conduct interviews and document their answers. Not only will you find their answers amusing but you will have documented some memories for them that they can use to build stories on later. Below is an interview I did with my grandchildren when they were ten and six. You can figure out the questions I asked by their answers.

 

Example:

 

September 8, 2011, 6:30 pm

 

Interview with Alison Kayla Duckw...

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Writing Workshop For Kids Ages 6-10

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on August 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Tools: Paper and Pencil

 

Tips:

 

Five Components of fiction writing:

 

Start with facts and use your imagination to make up a story about the facts.

 

 

1. Character: Who the story is about. The name of your favorite animal for example.

 

2. Setting: Where the story takes place like ocean, forest, city, country, or desert.

 

3. Detail: Things that make the character special ...

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Announcement: Hodges Cousins Reunion

Posted by Sue Swinger-Ellbogen on August 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

HODGES COUSINS

Hosted by: Sue Mays Swinger-Ellbogen

[email protected]

Home of Heidi Duckworth

125 Tumbleweed Pass

Jackson, MO 63755


RSVP: [email protected]


Please join me in recreating happy memories of chasing fireflies, eating homemade ice cream, and cousins playing together from years past. This is not limited to cousins, please feel free to invite anyone you think might enjoy this gathering. ...

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