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What To Do When The Layoffs Hit? Now Even Snoopy Knows The Answer

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Layoffs hit every industry, especially in today's "New Normal" economy. Now, according to this Down To Earth comic, it looks like Charlie Brown's favorite dog Snoopy has gotten fired, too.

September 2016 Graduation

During the last week of September, we graduated another electronic bookkeeping class in Patterson.

Congratualations to all the grads!

Today's Merced Job Fair for Veterans and The Public

Today’s job fair started off with a presentation of the colors by veterans from the VFW - a definite distinction between veteran job fairs and other job fairs.
You can see the presentation ceremony at the CBC YouTube channel here in the next couple of days – https://www.youtube.com/user/CBCUtube
This job fair was well attended, bucking a recent trend of having fewer than the anticipated number of attendees at other employment fairs.
Community Business College was asked to step in and provide workshops when the original presenter canceled at the last minute. We, of course, were more than happy to provide the service.
We pulled out our tried-and-true four most popular presentations:

10:30Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?” That’s just one of the questions that sometimes takes interviewees by surprise.
One of the interesting trends happening in today’s job search world is most employers are using online job…

Frana asks, "Do people miss me when I leave the room?"

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A GOOD QUESTION:  Do people miss me when I leave the room




I came across an interesting question recently that caused me to do some heart-searching. 
Here it is:  Do people miss me when I leave the room?
That led me to ask myself some other questions, like, what kind of people do I miss when they leave the room?
Here are some of the types of people I miss:
People who bring leadership.  I have had a boss is like that.  He knew how to gives the staff direction and a sense that everything is under control.  Instead of concentrating on problems, he seemed to thrive on finding creative solutions.


People who are followers.  Leaders are great, but we also need followers.  These are the people we can count on to quietly get the job done.  They do not ask to be in the limelight; they do not really ask to be noticed; they are content to  serve God in the background. It is a good idea to acknowledge these quiet workers though, and thank them for their service.



People who are peacemakers.  These peo…

Should I Send My Resume In Word Format or As A PDF File?

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This morning, one of our Community Business College graduates called and asked for a bit of advice – Should she send her resume to a potential employer in the Microsoft Word format or should she send it as a .pdf file?
Here’s why she asked – She said she first attached it as a Word document for convenience sake but when she tested it and re-opened it, the resume lost some of its formatting. Not bad, mind you, but it did throw some text onto a second page and the margins shifted some.
Our advice to her was to send a second e-mail using the pdf format which does not have the changing formatting issues and offer it to the employer an option with a note to saying something like, “I thought I’d also send you a pdf copy of my resume so that you have a choice to use the format you prefer.”
Now we’ll wait to see if she gets the job interview.


So just what are the rules on file attachment in sending your resume to employers?
First, there’s the

The Golden Rule on resume attachments is – first…

Earning A Microsoft Outlook Certification

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What is a Microsoft Certification Exam?
As you may have heard, Microsoft provides a certification exam for users of its software to demonstrate their skills through an independently administered exam. Community Business College has been selected as an official Microsoft Certification Testing Center. As of July, 2016 the college is helping Microsoft beta test the 2016 version of the Outlook exam.
The current Outlook exam code number is Microsoft Outlook exam number 77-423. This description covers the basic functions of what is asked on the exam. Community Business College offers a free study guide to all potential test takers. A summary of that study guide is listed below at the end of this blog.
So the question that comes to mind to a lot of people is:  why go to all the effort and expense to pass the certification?
Why Go For The Outlook Certification?


 Here are 5 good reasons to obtain an Outlook user certification:

1.Achieve industry-recognized certification;
2.Learn the computing ski…

What Not To Ask In Job Interviews

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July 28, 2016
During job interviews, you will often be given the opportunity to ask the interviewer if you have any questions.
A famous aphorism we hear a lot is, “there is no such thing as a dumb question.” But when you are an interviewee in a job interview, is that always true?
There are questions you might want to ask but try to remember, not every question is appropriate during the job interview.
Here are some examples of what to NOT ask:
1. When can I take my first vacation?
Believe it or not, we’ve had an instance of somebody asking that very question at a first job interview.
Why it’s wrong: It makes you sound like a mercenary or, worse, a clock-watcher that cares less about the work and more about getting more personal time. Also the focus is immediately shifted to what can this company do for you instead of what you can do for this company that other candidates can’t or won’t.

How/when to ask: Wait until you’re hired. When you are doing all the human resources paperwork you can ask q…

Making QuickBooks Quicker – Top 5 Tips for Quickerbooks

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The programmers at Intuit have designed into the QuickBooks program certain Keyboard Key Combination Shortcuts (sometimes called “Access Keys”) that, once memorized, can make you a lot more efficient. Technically, keyboard shortcuts are typically a means for invoking commands using the keyboard that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a pointing device, different levels of a user interface, or via a command-line interface. Keyboard shortcuts are generally used to speed up common operations by reducing input sequences to a few keystrokes, hence the term "shortcut".
As with most programs, QuickBooks has always used shortcut keys. Pressing the CTRL key and pressing A, for example, will always bring up the chart of accounts, no matter which version you’re using.
If you’re right handed, the best keyboard short cuts for QuickBooks are found on the left hand side of the keyboard. Why the left side? Because that way you don’t have to take your right hand off the mous…