It would be easy to think that those who we elect to speak for our needs in the halls of power are doing their jobs. A deeper dive reveals a lust for power, the need for influence to fill one own pocket, and the lack of care/responsibility to those who put them in office.
What we need right now are two things: hope and a kick in the behind. These books provide both. By writing laymen’s terms, both Pfeiffer and Mystal are giving the average citizens the tools we need to fight against the growing threats of theocracy and fascism.
Do I recommend them both? Absolutely.
Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America and Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution are available wherever books are sold.
Looking for a new home is not easy. In New York City, it is made infinitely harder by the fact that not only is everything more expensive, but compared to other parts of the country, your paying more money for less space.
After living in my last apartment for over a decade, it was time to find a new place to live. Along the way, I learned a few things and I would like to share the lessons I learned.
Know your budget: Before you start any apartment search, it is imperative to know what you can and cannot afford in terms of rent. There is nothing worse than finding your dream home and realizing that it is out of financial reach. On the surface, the budget is the rent. However, there is also the security deposit, the realtor fee( see #3), the cost of moving (see #10), and other miscellaneous expenses that crop up along the way.
Check your credit score: One of the things that a potential realtor and landlord will ask is your credit score. Even if everything else on your application is perfect, there is a chance that you may be rejected because of your past credit history.
Working with a realtor: The upshot of working with a realtor is that they have access to multiple properties. Bear in mind, however, that if you make this decision and find an apartment that you love, there is likely to be a realtor free. Depending on the agency, the fee could be anywhere from 15% of one month’s rent to one to two months of rent. If you choose this path, I highly recommend that you do research and/or ask for recommendations. If they are legit, you will not pay anything until you say yes to the apartment.
Use multiple sources: The more search options you use, the more apartments you will find. When I was looking, I used the advertised sites (Zillow, Streeteasy, etc), Facebook (both the market and groups), Nextdoor.com, and Craigslist. Just be aware that some ads on Craigslist can be a little on the shady side.
Location: While you may want to live in Manhattan, be aware that the cost of rent is higher than other parts of the city. An example is of the Cash Jordan video below. I’ve seen similar units in Brooklyn that cost around $1500 instead of $2500.
6. Get to know your potential neighborhood(if you don’t know it already): Once you have narrowed down the neighborhood(s), it is time to get to know where you might be living. I recommend first using rentcity.co to learn more about the building. Then I used Google and Yelp to figure out where the stores are and how close the public transportation is. After you have seen the unit, take some time to walk around. Not just during the day, but also at night. The last thing you want is to be afraid to leave home after dark or come home after a late night out.
7. Amenities: They can be as simple as an elevator and/or laundry in the building. Or, they can be as fancy as high end finishes, in house gyms, doormen, roof decks, etc. What you have to remember that the more amenities a building offers, it is very likely that the rent will be higher.
8. Be firm, but flexible: I know this sounds like a contradiction, but hear me out. Whether or not you go through an agent or work with the building owners directly, there may be a fair amount of pressure to say yes. I can recall a number of times that I was told that the apartment would go fast and I had to make a decision ASAP. Know what you want, but be realistic. There will always be something to compromise on. The question is, what are you willing to let go of and what stays on your must have list?
9. Be patient: This is a learning process. You may find what you are looking for right away. It can happen. But, be aware that it takes time to put together an image of your next. It took me about six months to find my new apartment. Trust me when I say it was difficult and time consuming. You don’t want to sign a twelve month lease and realize two months in that your miserable.
10. Moving Company: Once you have signed the lease, the next step is figure out how you are going to transfer your belongings. There are two ways to go about this. The first is, if you don’t have a lot of stuff, rent a van and ask friends or family to help. A few years ago, I and a few others helped a couple of friends move. Our reward was free dinner. The second is to hire a moving company. The vetting process is similar to finding a realtor. What I found very helpful is that if you use Yelp, it is setup so that multiple moving companies are contacted in one sitting.
11. Organizationis key: This is a messy, complicated process with a lot of details that if missed, could result in a major screwup. The only way to remain calm and in control is to be organized. I used Excel and added a new folder in my email just for this process. Someone else may have another way of going about it, but the point is not to panic and let everything that has to be done overwhelm you.
12. Be prepared to throw-out, sell, or donate: When your settled, you don’t think about how much stuff you have. That realization only comes when you have to start packing. Over the course of those six months, I did a deep dive and really had to think about what I wanted to take with me and what I no longer needed. There are multiple ways to go about doing this. I made several trips to Housing Works. Craigslist, Facebook, and Nextdoor.com also have features in which you can post listings for stuff you want to sell and/or donate.
To anyone going through this, I wish you luck. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is farther away than you would like it to be.
You’re a Jew. I’m a Jew. You believe in free speech. I believe in free speech.
But I also know that the internet and your creation, Facebook, allows hate speech and lies about The Holocaust to spread at a rate that is quite scary from my perspective.
I don’t know about your family history, but I lost family in The Holocaust.
One of the reasons I am alive today is because members of my family took a chance when they left their homes and families for a new life in America in the early 20th century. I suspect your family at about this time in history did the same thing.
While I respect that Facebook is supposed to be a social media platform for all of us, a line has to be drawn when it comes to hate speech of any kind.
There should be no place for hate speech in this world in 2018. Unfortunately, Facebook allows hate speech to flourish.
Business and technology can do good things in this world. They can also ruin lives and relationships.
The 2010 movie, The Social Network, is the story of the creation of the social media giant that is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is set in the early 2000’s. Zuckerberg is a college student attending Harvard College. One night, while sitting in front of his computer in his dorm room, he creates what will later evolve into Facebook. As the film continues on, Zuckerberg’s creation begins to take on a life of its own. While he becomes one of the wealthiest and youngest business owners in the country, he is entangled in personal issues and legal problems.
This movie is dark, but I like it that way. Mark Zuckerberg, as portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, flits between being a genius and being an obnoxious a*hole that I wanted reach into the screen and smack across the back of the head.
Income inequality is a truth in America that few of us are willing to face head on. While a small minority of citizens are vastly wealthy, the rest of us are not so fortunate.
Chris Hughes is one of the founders of Facebook. The son of middle class parents, Hughes became part of the 1% when Facebook became one of the wealthiest companies in America.
This experience gave him an insight into how to fix the massive income inequality problem that we have in the United States today. In his new book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn, he writes about how problematic the issue truly is and proposes common sense solutions that will help to finally solve the problem.
I really liked this book. I liked it not only because of the down to earth manner that it is written, but also that the writer speaks from experience. The reader does not have to be an academic or an economist to understand how he proposes to bridge the gap between the 1% and the rest of America.
Loss is a part of life. No matter where we live or what we believe, we will experience loss.
In 2015, Facebook executive and Lean In writer Sheryl Sandberg unexpectedly lost her husband, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg. She chronicles the loss of her husband and the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death in Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Co written with Adam Grant, the book not only examines how Ms. Sandberg dealt with the loss of her husband, but how others have not only dealt with loss, but also survived.
This book is a must read, especially for those who are grieving. Whether the loss of a spouse, a parent, a child, a relationship, a job etc, it is a guidebook for finding happiness in the face of loss. It is possible to move on and be happy again, but only if we let ourselves.
For better or for worse (depending on how you see the world) the internet and social media have forever changed our world.
That includes how hiring managers go about choosing whom to reach out to for a job interview.
According to the survey, a majority of hiring managers use social media as one of several criteria to determine if a certain candidate will be contacted for an interview.
As I stated in a post a while back, I believed that a candidate’s social media profile should not be a factor in determining if he or she is going to be contacted to schedule an interview. This comes with two caveats:
That any grief or issues that one has with a current or former employer is not shared on social media.
That when job searching, one’s social media has the highest security settings possible.
I understand the reason that a hiring manager may use social media, but for the most part, I disagree with the idea. When a hiring manager is making a decision on who to extend a job offer to, one’s resume and interview should be all that is needed to make the final decision.
What I do on my time, on my equipment is my business. What I do at work on my company’s equipment is their business. As long as I come in on time and do the job I was hired to do, that is what should matter. What should not matter is the content of my Facebook or twitter accounts.
Before I go any further, I must advise of two important points:
*-I am not a professional job coach, nor am I employed in a professional capacity as a recruiter or in a HR position.
*-The suggestions are strictly based on my experience.
Let’s face it, being unemployed is uncomfortable. It’s unpredictable, it’s emotional, it has lows and highs that seems unable to navigate at points.
What I would like to share with you today are my suggestions to help my fellow job seekers.
Be Persistent– I know it’s not easy, I’ve been living with this reality for the last few months. You spend all day sending out resumes, you go to local seminars, you interview well and you still can’t find a job. There are a lot of jobs out there and a lot more candidates than jobs. We just have to keep going. There is no other way.
Do your research
My research is done in two phases: One of the practices I’ve added to my job search is to find out information about the job before I apply, especially if the information on the ad is vague. Glassdoor and LinkedIn are great for research. One of the features that glassdoor offers that other job search sites don’t offer is anonymous reviews by employees and interviewees. I will also use hopstop to tell me how long it would take to get to the job site and what is the best way to get there.
Once you get the interview, research is key. In addition to Glassdoor and LinkedIn, I often will use google to find out more about the company. Based on the research, then questions (which are very important and will be discussed at another time) can be formulated for the interview.
Consider temping or volunteering– Temping and volunteering are great because not only do you make connections, but you may learn a new skill that may help you to get the job you want.
Always get to the interview site 10-15 minutes early– Do a dry run of the route to the interview site if you have to. If you take public transportation, hopstop is a great website to advise the best way to get to the interview. The rule of thumb that I follow is be at the interview location no more than 20 minutes before the scheduled time. And if for whatever reason you realize that you will not get there on time, just call them.
Utilize local resources– The local library may offer job coaching or job search resources. For New York City residents, the New York Public Library offers a variety of resources. Or, if you like, use yelp to look up a local career coach.
LinkedIn is the place to be for job seekers– LinkedIn is the best job search site on the net right now. And it is the first place that a potential employer will look if they are considering you for a position.
Clean up or increase the privacy setting on your social media accounts– I’m a believer that just because I have a few pictures on my Facebook page from spring break, that does not mean that I am lush who will be come into the office every Monday morning hung over. Unfortunately, that is not reality and some companies may pass judgement on a candidate based on what is or isn’t on their social media account. It’s best to either clean up the account or set the the highest privacy settings.
Keep verbal diarrhea to a minimum– No one is perfect. Sometimes in our eagerness to please the interviewer and get them to consider us for the position, we may talk a little much. I know this because this is something I have to work on. Keep your answers short and to the point.
Use emailed job alerts– Most of the job search engines for free email alerts. This is one feature that I highly recommend. Even if you are not able to go through the job search sites until later in the day, you can still look for a job with the emails.
Use a professional email address– A resume with the email address email@example.com is likely to go into the no pile fast. I recommend using something like firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are my tips for a job search. If you have any other suggestions to add, feel free to leave them in the comments below.