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Hollie Gonzalez November 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Hello all, I have had a few requests for the wreath lady email again. So here it is: Wreaths by Marianne.. email her @ marianne0103@hotmail.com. Her Xmas wreaths are beautiful. Thank you.
pam November 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hi Hollie, Thanks for the email for the wreath lady. She makes custom wreaths right? I think I saw them hanging for sale in the nail salon. They are georgous.
JIMMY W November 27, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Hi Hollie, Do you have any advice for how to stand out in a job interview? I went on an interview today and there were 4 other people in the office waiting to interview too. I felt lost. Thanks
Hollie Gonzalez November 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hi Jimmy, I used to work in human resources and did alot of hiring, and unfortunately alot of firing too. Here are some good tips. First, dress nice. Men, do not wear jeans or a baseball cap, and please shave. A five o'clock shadow says lazy. Women, nice slacks or a skirt, and do your hair and a little blush and lipstick doesn't hurt. And for both, breath mints! Next, know what you are applying for. I used to ask people what makes them a good candidate for a specific job, and more than half would say something dumb, like "well, I am not sure what the position actually is, I just heard you were hiring." Dumb answer, all of their resumes went in the trash. Also, research the company so you know what they do. You should know if you are applying to a million dollar company or a billion dollar company. Another tip is to have 2 copies each of your resume, cover letter or mission letter, and your 3 non-friend/ family references. That way, you can offer hard copies to the interviewer because most likely they have them printed from an email or online application. The other copy is for you to refer to yourself if you have to fill out an application because not knowing dates and previous job information is a no no, and looking at your cell phone for references looks tacky. Finally, Always thank the interviewer, and sending a thank you card or thank you email is not old school. It shows you have great follow through. Good luck!
helper November 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hollie, great advice to Jimmy. I work in HR and if half of the prospects followed these guidelines they would have a better shot!
lulu November 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
hi hollie, how do you tell a family member that her commemts towards my kids are rude? She always comments on their clothes,body type, hair..you name it. she told my daughter that her hair is so nappy she should just shave her head...help!
Hollie Gonzalez November 29, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Lulu, Are you serious? You tell her straight out! Tell her exactly how ignorant she is. Do not let anyone sh*T on your kids, I don't care if it is a family member or not! Kids are very impressionable, and no one has a right to make fun of them, and that is exactly what she is doing. Let her know it is not acceptable and you find it offensive. Don't be afraid to speak up, and so what if you make a riff, your kids fill always follow your lead. Stick up for them!
alice baker thomas November 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
HOLLIE, What do you give for Christmas to your boss? Mine is super nice and has been really helpful in my career. Thanks. p.s. it's a woman
Hollie Gonzalez November 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Hi Alice, You are very lucky to have a boss like that. Let me tell you, alot of people will be jealous of just that fact! Like I always say, the best gift for someone will be related to something they like, such as a hobby, or maybe something they collect. So, if she likes cooking, maye you could make her a basket filled with spatulas, spices, an apron, olive oil..etc, or if she likes the Patriots, maybe a Patriots fleece blanket. Maybe she gardens, so you could get her a gift card to Mahoneys. Does she read? The latest best seller, or like to go out to eat? Find out her favorite food, for example maybe she likes Ribs? Get her a gift card to a new Rib place she has never been to..you can research good restaurants at phantomgourmet.com. Thanks for writing and have a good holiday.
pam November 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Hollie, any peppermint candy easy recipies? Thanks
Hollie Gonzalez December 01, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Hi Pam, Here is one. Peppermint bark. 4 cups of white bakers chocolate 1 bag of peppermint rounds or 12 peppermint candy canes 1/2 stick of butter crush candy into small pieces melt butter and chocolate over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and pour onto cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Sprinkle the candies right away onto the chocolate. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Break into odd shaped pieces and serve. Keep uneaten pieces in a sealed bag or tupperware in freezer. * tip* you can substitute the peppermint candy for M&M's or walnuts, pecans or peanuts
kim h December 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Hollie, What do you think about the sports programs in TEwksbury. I am unhappy with the basketball program. Especially the use of the new high school gym. It is so rude to have parents and elderly grandparents who come to watch the games have to stand up! They don't pull out the bleachers, and make you walk up to the indoor track and lean over to see the game. there is no where to sit and enjoy the games! What a shame. They seem to be packing everyone in the gym like cattle. I know my mother can't come and watch her grandkids anymore because she uses a walker. It is very much not handicap accessable. Where you have to park and the distance you have to walk to the gym is terrible and then to have no where to sit? Who designed this and why hasn't the town addressed this? It is sad that they are so forgetful of the older people and what it means for them to see their grandkids! what do you think? have you been there yet? What should I do?
Hollie Gonzalez December 02, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Hi Kim, First off, let me say that I think you should talk to the Tbbl league director about your concerns. I am sure if you need special accomodations, they would willing to help. I have been to the high school, and have seen how the basketball program is run. I agree, the parking lot distance stinks, and it is not very handicap accessable, but I do not think that the parking lot is completely finished yet. It looks like there is still alot of construction going on and hopefully they will have some closer parking when they are done. As for watching the games, I have a baby carriage, and cannot get up those stairs to the track with it. They do have an elevator, but it is locked and you have to find a janitor to get you up & down, and that does stink. I do not know why they don't open at least a few bleachers for the people that need them, I agree with you on that and heard many parents and grandparents complaining of that there today. You should bring that up to the league president. I was able to stay on the court level with the baby carriage today, and there were people who got some chairs from the hall to sit on and no one complained, so you can try that too. Maybe some one from the league will see this blog, I hope this helps you some.


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