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Here are some tips and tricks to improve your job search.


  • Have an accurate paperwork system.
    A job search can involve a variety of unique documents and pieces of information. Have a plan of organization for your job search. Otherwise, documents and pieces of information may get lost.


  • Write your e-mail address as the last part of the e-mail.
    You may use e-mail communication when conducting your job search. Fill out the e-mail address as the last part of the e-mail. That way, you do not accidentally send out the e-mail before you are ready. If you will out the e-mail address while you are still composing the e-mail, you may accidentally send out the e-mail before you are ready to send out the e-mail.


  • Check your e-mail for grammar errors.
    Your e-mail makes an impression on you. Check your e-mail for grammar and spelling errors. Use grammar checker software to help you find errors. Grammar checker software tools can include Grammarly ( or ProWritingAid (


  • Double-check the spelling of a name.
    The name of a person is important; therefore, you want to make sure you have the correct spelling of the name. Misspell the name can have negative results of creating a negative impression.


  • Ensure you have a professional e-mail address.
    When searching for potential opportunities, have a professional e-mail address; do not begin your e-mail address like YouAreStupid, Myneedsaresupreme, or Letmewasteyourtime. Have a professional-sounding e-mail address.


  • Have an e-mail address just for job searching
    Have an e-mail address used just for job searches. You can prevent having an e-mail address that has one e-mail describing your cousin’s birthday party and another e-mail communicating your next professional opportunity.


  • If you find a website that is valuable to your job search – save it.
    Write the e-mail address down to remember it, or use the web browser to save the website. If you use Google Chrome, you can bookmark the website. If you use Microsoft Edge, you can favorite the website. Other web browsers may have similar features.


  • Delete voice and text messages from your phone memory.
    You do not want to miss out on a professional opportunity because your phone did not have enough memory to store a voice or text message.


May you be successful in finding your next opportunity.


Organized Equals Happy Job Search

Imagine the following

You are in your current job position; when you decide a time for a change, time for an extra shift in direction, time for something different. You choose to search for (let’s say) a trainer position. So, you decide to look for a new job position. You gather your career information (your past employers, educational history, references, and related information). You then work on your job-hunting documents like a cover letter, resumes, and references. You then edit the job-hunting records to create great-looking job-hunting documents.

Once you have the job-hunting documents created, you then apply for job positions. You search the Internet for job positions and apply to them. For some applications, you fill out an online application. For others, you send in just a resume and cover letter; you can show an interest in many unique positions. You feel you are making significant progress in sending out various applications to different job positions.

You’ve been sending out stuff for a while, and then you check your phone for messages. You find that there is one message on your phone. You decide to listen to the phone message. And the phone message is good news–you have an invitation for an job position. Company Good Luck Go G Fake Company decides to invite you to an job interview.  You are happy with being considered for the company; you feel you are making progress with your job search.

You then decide to gather your materials about the Good Luck Go G Fake Company. And…… you run into a problem. You cannot find records related to Good Luck Go G Fake Company, or not at least right away. You seemed to have the habit of saving your files in about any place on your computer, calling the names of your files about any inspired name you thought of at the moment you saved the file, and not knowing when you saved the files. You have lost your file on the computer. After many hours of searching, you luckily can find your Good Luck Go G Fake Company cover letter, resume, and job description.

You can accomplish more organized. Job Searches go better organized. Here is one way to stay organized dealing with word-processing files. I used Microsoft Word as my word processor.


Folders in real life can bring related documents together in one place. Digital folders on the computer can store related digital documents together in one place. When you are applying for job positions, you can create a folder called “Places applied to”

Go in the “Places applied to the folder and then created a folder of the name of each place you applied to. Word will automatically alphabetical folder names. You can have an alphabetical list of the different places you have applied to. The alphabetical order helps you find information on a particular place you applied to. You can then put everything related to that specific place in that folder. Common items can be resumes, cover letters, and job descriptions.

“Places Applied to” file

You can create a “Places Applied to” word file that could list all the unique positions you applied to. A file like this can help you know what job positions that you applied to. You can organize the file in alphabetical order by the name of the places you applied to. Each entry can have information like job position and when applied.

For example, you can have:

Bob Bakery
Job Position: Cook
Applied: August 5, 2021

Susan Soup
Job Position: Soup Specialist
Applied: August 5, 2021

Tod Tubas
Job Position: Tubas Specialist
Applied: August 5, 2021

The places can be bold, making them easier to find.

“Accounts” file

Sometimes, in the job search, you will create accounts. You will go to a particular website, and you will create an account. You may find it helpful to have a file that will organize the account names. You can create a file called “Accounts.” And then, you can have the file managed by the alphabetical order of the places that you created an account. Each entry then can have information like Username and Password. An example could be:

Bob Bakery
Username: BobBakeryOne
Password ABCDEF123$

Susan Soup
Username: SusanSoupOne
Password: ABCDEF123$

Tod Tubas
Username: TodTubasOne
Password: ABCDE123$

An account file can be effective in knowing what accounts you create.

Having an organized job search will create a more effective job search.

Does my voice sound like that?

Do you know what your voice sounds like?……

Of course, you do.

You have been listening to your voice since you were a small child. Every time you open up your mouth, you hear your voice. You know what your voice sounds like; if you are unsure how your voice sounds, you can start talking.

For example my voice

Take my voice, for example; my voice sounds more in the lower deep tonal voice range. My voice is not a deep bass voice, but it is a deep tonal voice. I hear my voice each time I talk. It is a voice I am familiar with.

I can also hear my voice on recording devices; for example, doing a Podcast, I can listen to my voice. And I hear my voice sound like……… ah……….ok…….. My voice sounds like that……My voice sounds nothing like I am used to.


Welcome to the surprise of recording your voice on a recording device like a podcast. My voice sounds more like a higher tonal voice. I find it difficult to explain. I thought my voice might sound similar to a voice from a past Minnesota senator, Al Franken, but I don’t think that comparison is accurate. For those interested, I have a podcast called Live Your Life Learning for those who may be interested in hearing my voice.

Perfectly sounding voice; it works fine for me to navigate through life, but it is surprising when you first hear your voice on a recording device. After a while, you get used to your voice on a recording device after doing it for some time.

YouTube Video

A good YouTube that explains the process:

YouTube Title: Why does your voice sound different on a recording? Greg Foot Answers Your Questions | Head Squeeze.
YouTube Channel: BBC Earth Lab
Published: September 9, 2013

When you record your voice in a recorded voice, you may hear an unfamiliar voice than what you are used to.

What does your voice sound like?

So, what does your voice sound like? Does your voice sound different from what you excepted? What is the difference? What do you think your voice sounds like?
Let me know your thoughts at

Happy recording.

Appointment times and places

Many times, job searches can involve appointments. The appointment is for a specific time and place. The reasons for appointments can vary, including informational interviews, job interviews, or internships interviews.

Physical Location

Sometimes a person will have a physical location for their appointment. Physical locations can be a professional office building, a restaurant, an airport or some other type of location. You want to make sure you are going to the correct physical location for the appointment. Here are some ideas to make sure you are going to the right physical location.

  • Get the location in writing. If possible, try to get the location in writing to remind yourself where the appointment is occurring.
  • If you verbally told about the appointment, you may want to re-confirm the appointment with the person speaking to you about the appointment. You can write the location on paper so you will not forget the site of the appointment.
  • You may find it helpful to go to the physical location before the appointment; physically going to the place can help you find it.
  • Use a map–you may find it helpful to use an old technology called a paper map; a paper map can be beneficial to find a location (as a bonus, use paper maps without batteries)
  • Use an Internet mapping tool to help find the location.

Google Maps is a standard mapping Internet tool.
You can use Google Maps to get directional help to go from one location to another.

The way to use Google Maps can be:

Go to Google and search “Google Maps.”
You then may get a search with a link that says Google Maps.
Click the link that says Google Maps.
You find a map shown on the screen.
You can type in an area in the search box on the left side of the screen.
For example, you can type in “New York City, NY” to get a map of the New York City area.
On the left side of the screen, you may find a button that says “Directions.”
You can click on the Directions button.


On the left side of the screen, you will get a box that will allow you to type in a starting location and an ending location.
The starting location will be the top line, and the ending location will be the bottom line.
For example, you can get directional help between The Empire State Building and The Museum of Modern Art.
On the top line, you can type in the Empire State Building and then type in the Museum of Modern Art on the bottom line.

You can then click the image of the magnifying glass to start the search.
You will then hopefully get a suggested route that will appear on the map.
You can also get detailed step-by-step instructions on the left part of the screen.
Suggested routes can vary by the type of transportation you would like to use.
You may have transportation options like driving by personal vehicle, Transit public transportation, bicycling, or walking.
You may get suggested routes of transportation from Google Maps.

Internet locations

You may have your meeting done through the Internet; you will want to have the correct destination on the Internet to know where to go. Here are some ideas:

  • Get the location in writing. If possible, try to get the location in writing to remind yourself where the appointment is occurring.
  • If you verbally told about the appointment, you may want to re-confirm the appointment with the person speaking to you about the appointment. You can write the location on paper so you will not forget the location of the appointment.


You will also want to make sure that you have the correct time for the appointment.

Here are some ideas to have the correct time.

  • Get the time of the meeting in writing. If possible, try to get the time in writing to remind yourself when the appointment is occurring. If you verbally told when the appointment would occur, you may want to re-confirm the time with the person speaking to you about the appointment. You can write the time of the appointment on paper so you will not forget when to arrive.
  • Correct time zone–make sure you understand what time zone you are using to meet the person; you do not want to miss the appointment if you use a different time zone than the other people for the meeting.

Also, be sure to adjust the difference correctly in time between the time zones. You want to make sure you are correctly changing the time between the time zones; if a time zone is an hour earlier than your time zone, but you think it is an hour later, you will miss the appointment.

You can use a Time Zone Converter tool on the Internet to help you know the location of times in places in different time zones.

One example of a website that could be helpful could be:
You can go to the website of:

You can type in one city in a blue box called “Add another city or time zone.”
So, for example, you can type in “New York City, NY.”
Then another blue box will appear called “Add another city or time zone.”
You can then put in the second city you want information on
So, for example, you can type in “Los Angeles, CA.”’
You will then get the time zones for the different time zones. 

YouTube Video that explains how to find directions from a mobile computer.
YouTube Title: Google Maps Driving Directions
Published: June 26, 2020
YouTube Channel: WebPro Education
Video shows finding directional location using Google Maps from a mobile computer. 

If stuff goes wrong,

You may have a plan that does not work. For example, you may be late for an appointment. Have contact information for people you are meeting at the meeting.  You can then call people to let them know you will not arrive on time for the appointment.

Job searching can use appointments. You can make a good impression by arriving at the right location at the right time for the meeting.

Word Synonyms Job Searching

Hello hello hello, hi, howdy, welcome, good day. Greetings, Hi-ya.

Hello, my name is Mike Searson. I am with Live Your Life Learning.

Learning to make your life better, improved, preferred, enriched, enhanced, excellent, great, grand, marvelous, outstanding, remarkable.

Words can express ideas. Different terms may express similar ideas. Different words that may express similar ideas are word synonyms.

Writing can use synonyms to express similar ideas without repeatedly repeating the same word, and writing is boring to read or listen to the same word constantly.

Words describe jobs. Similar jobs may have different words to express the same profession. A person may use word synonyms to find more job positions in a particular career.

How can you find the different words to describe a particular profession?
Here are some ideas:


  • Google search for word synonyms–you can search the type of job position you are interested in and then type the word “synonyms” next to the term. You may find other words that can express the same job positions. For example, type in a Google search of “trainer” synonyms will give you additional word terms for the trainer profession.


A person may find other words used to describe a job position using My Next Move’s web page ( My Next Move is a government website created by the U.S. Department of Labor.


One can go to My Next Move (

Then one can type in the occupation one wants to find information about

Here, a person can type in the word “trainer.”

In the search box called “Search careers with key words

Type in “trainer

And then you get a list of different job titles

Can select the job title “Training & Development Specialists.”

You then get a job description of the Training & Development Specialists

If you click “Also called” (a link towards the upper part of the screen)

You will get other terms for Training & Development Specialist

And other words for the trainer are:

  • Computer Training Specialist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • E-Learning Developer
  • Job Training Specialist
  • Management Development Specialist
  • Senior Instructor
  • Supervisory Training Specialist
  • Technical Trainer
  • Trainer
  • Training Specialist


  • Informational Interviews–you may do an information interview to talk to people in the profession you are interested in; you may learn about other different word terms to express a profession.


  • Articles on a particular profession–reading professional articles can help you learn the potential word terms used to express a specific profession.


You may increase the job positions you may find in a particular profession by using different words to express that specific job position. Additional word terms may give you more ways to search for opportunities in a specific profession on a web job site.

Great, Grand, Glorious, Grammar (Job–Hunting Document) (2nd part of 2)

(The following is about grammar and writing; this is the second part of two articles; the 1st article appeared the week before).

The first article talked about two steps you can take to find grammar errors in your writing.

They were

  • 1st Step: Find errors yourself as the author.
  • 2nd Step: Use Internet tools to help find grammar errors

Now let’s move onto the 3rd step.

3rd step: Another human look at your writing to help find errors

People can find errors in their writing, but people have limits. The human mind works against writers who attempt to find mistakes in their writing. In my experience, a person can become too close to their writing. For example, a person editing their writing may interpret the writing to say one thing when it means something else. Moreover, an author can be so close to the writing they miss errors. The following online article provides more information about why authors have difficulty finding their errors.

Article Title: What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos
The reason typos get through isn’t because we’re stupid or careless, it’s because what we’re doing is actually very smart.
Article Published: December 8, 2014
Author of Article: Nick Stockton
Article Address:

The report gives reasons why self-editing a piece of writing is so difficult to do

Ideally, an author can benefit from having another human being look at their writing. Another person may find errors that the author overlooked.

Human beings may also find errors that grammar software programs cannot see.

Here are some suggestions to find editing help:


You may find a friend/family member who can help you; they may be able to give you advice on your writing.

Career experts

You may find a career expert who can help you with your job hunting documents. A career expert can look at your writing documents to find possible errors. Here are ideas to find career experts:

  • Workforce Development Offices
    State governments organize Workforce Development Offices in the United States. A person can check with their local Workforce Development Office to see what services may be available.

The location of your nearest Workforce Development Office can be found using a website called
Type in
Then move the mouse over Job Search
A menu will open
Then move the mouse over the link State Job Banks
(link under the “Find Jobs” column)
You then have a screen filled with links to different states.
Click on a state to find information on Workforce Development Offices in that state.

  • Colleges/universities
    You can utilize the expertise from colleges/universities. Colleges/Universities may help students, alumni, and the public. Check with your local college/university for specific details.

Areas a college/university may be able to help in:

  • Career experts at a career office.
    Career experts in career offices can help people with the recruitment process by checking your job documents for potential errors.
  • Professors
    Professors can also assist by looking at job-hunting documents. They can be helpful as a professor can tailor their advice towards their particular profession.
  • Non-profits
    A non-profit may have career experts who can help people with their career documents. One non-profit called Goodwill can help, for example. Goodwill can be found online at:
    Can type in can then find career information.
    Different local Goodwill offices will offer different services
    You can find the services for your local Goodwill office.
    You can move your mouse over the link “Jobs & Training.”
    A new menu box of options will appear.
    You can then select the choice “Locate a Career Center.”
      (Will be the first choice on the menu)
    Then you can locate a career center in your local area.
  • 211 Telephone Number

Career help can be found by accessing the 211-telephone number.
You can dial “2-1-1” on your phone. Doing this will allow you to access local career resources in your local area.
211 is a service that connects the social services need of a person with local community services in the person’s area. In addition, you may find career experts who can help you.
Details can find details on
The United Way operates a 211 telephone system. (

  • Hire Your Career Expert

You can hire a career expert to look at your job hunting documents. A career expert may also have the title “career coach.”

The career field can be unregulated; people can call themselves career experts without specific credentials or experience. So, you may have to do some research into a career expert before spending your money. Here are some ways to assess career experts:

  • Career Expert website– Read the website of the career expert you are considering
  • Internet reviews– The Internet can list online reviews of career experts
  • The experience itself– Before taking on the job, career experts sometimes meet with a customer free of cost for the first meeting (not always, please check with each career expert on their pricing policies). The experience itself will allow you to evaluate a career expert in person.

I suggest people choose career experts who have a pay-as-you-go arrangement. Otherwise, you risk paying for services you are not happy with if you pay for services ahead of time. A career expert can be a top professional; however, they still may not work for you. A career expert and customer have to evaluate each other to see if they ‘fit’ and will work well together. The career expert may have different working styles that may not work for you. Again, this can run the risk of you paying for future services that do not work for you.

  • Editorial help

You may hire an editor to help edit your work. Editors can help with longer pieces of writing, like a portfolio. Here are some places on the Internet to find an editor.

Fiverr ( is a place for freelance experts to offer their services. This is a great place to find a freelance editor who can help you.
Here is how to find freelance editing help on Fiverr:
Type in the web address

Scroll down the website.
You will see different freelance categories.
Click the category that says “Writing & Translation”.
Click the category that says Writing & Translation area:

  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letters
  • Proofreading & Editing

You can click a category to get more details about the freelancer. The descriptions offer different levels of service, called bronze, silver, and gold.

Some freelance editors correct grammar errors in job-hunting documents. Using these freelancers would be beneficial as you might find better opportunities for ensuring your job-hunting documents are free of grammar errors.

These tools help a person find errors in job hunting writing documents; you may reduce mistakes that can increase the quality of the job-hunting documents you may show to potential employers.

Great, Grand, Glorious, Grammar (Job – Hunting Document) (1st part of 2)

(The following is about grammar and writing; this is the first part of two articles; the second part will appear next week.)

The grammar you use to compose your writing can reflect on you when you write. You can create a positive impression for a reader by writing materials that are free of grammar mistakes. Conversely, a piece of writing with many grammar mistakes can form a negative opinion about the author.

A job search can include a variety of written documents. A resume, cover letter, thank-you letter, and a portfolio are some job-written documents a person may have. These written documents may have an impact on how a potential employer perceives the job seeker. Job seekers who have many errors in their written documentation may miss out on opportunities. Conversely, written documentation with no grammar errors can help a job seeker with job opportunities.

3 step processes to find errors

You may have a method by which you may try to find errors in your writings.  You may find the following three-step approach helpful in finding errors.

1st Step: Find errors yourself as the author.
2nd Step: Use Internet tools to help find grammar errors
3rd step: Use another human (a third eye) to help find grammar errors (will appear in 2nd article next week)

1st Step: Find errors yourself as the author.

You can try to detect errors in your piece of writing after you have finished composing it.

Here are some tips that have helped me detect errors in my writing:

  • Edit a piece of writing after it has been written. You may have success editing your writing by putting in time between writing the words and then editing them.
  • Read your writing aloud to yourself. Sometimes, hearing your voice can help you spot errors.
  • Give yourself time to find errors. It may be more difficult to detect mistakes if you are in a rush to finish your writing. You may have a better time finding errors if you have time to find them. Also, being in a peaceful state of mind can improve your chances of finding errors.


2nd Step: Use Internet tools to help find grammar errors

Grammar Software–Internet tools that can help you detect errors in your writing.
The Internet may help you with the grammar errors in your writing.
Grammar software is software designed to help you find grammatical errors.

Grammar software may provide suggestions on how to correct possible errors in your writing.  These suggestions may or may not fit your writing. You will need to evaluate the suggestions to see if they work for you.

Grammar software reviews

By reading grammar software-related articles on the Internet, a person can learn about various options in grammar software. You can type in a Google search using phrases like “grammar software reviews 2021” to get articles on grammar software. Adding the word “2021” to your search will help you identify articles that explain more current software.

Here are some articles that can give you details on grammar software:

Article Title: “10 Best Grammar Checker Tools; Ranked and Rated”
Article Published: Could not find a date
Author of Article: By Byran Collins
Article Address:

Article Title: Best Online Grammar Checker 2021
Article Published: April 23, 2021
Author of Article: By Jessica Richards
Article Address:

Article Title: “15 Best Online Grammar Tools for 2021”
Article Published: July 29, 2021
Author of Article: by Ogi Djuraskovic
Article Address:

These articles can give you information on top-rated grammar software.
The cost of the grammar software can vary from free to moderate cost.

Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid (what I started using myself)

Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid are two grammar checker software programs that I utilize.
Here is a rundown of what each one entails:


Web Address Grammarly:
Grammarly is a software that can check for grammar errors.
A person can type in the website for Grammarly at 
You need to create a user account. 
On the left side of the screen, you have your text from your writing, and then on the right side of the screen will be suggestions of how to correct errors in your writing.

Grammarly can provide suggestions on how to improve your writing; however, you will want to evaluate the suggestions to see if they work for you.

A good YouTube video that describes Grammarly is:

YouTube Video Title: Grammarly Tutorial | Improve Your Writing
YouTube Video Published: April 26, 2020
YouTube Channel: Ferdy Korpershoek
YouTube Address:

The video gives an excellent introduction to the tools of Grammarly.

Grammarly has a free version and Grammarly Premium edition.
Grammarly Premium gives more options to find errors in writing.
You can find Grammarly Premium cost plan information on the web address below:

Type in
Then scroll down the website
Select the link “Plans” under the Product column (the first one on the left)
You then can get details of plans and costs at


Pro Writing Aid

Pro Writing Aid web address:
This is another grammar checker software that I use.

Pro Writing Aid has different reports listed on the top of the screen that can offer suggestions to improve your writing. Each report focused on distinct suggestions.

One disadvantage of Pro Writing Aid is complexity. In addition, people using the software for the first time can find it challenging.

The following YouTube video can describe Pro Writing Aid software.

YouTube Video Title: “PRO WRITING AID TUTORIAL – How to Set It Up for AUTHORS”
YouTube Publication Date: February 21, 2020
YouTube Channel: The Editing Bard
YouTube Address:
The video can give an excellent introduction to some tools found in Pro Writing Aid

Pro Writing Aid costs money to use. You can find Pro Writing Aid cost information on the web address below:

Type in the web address:

Scroll down to the bottom part of the web page
Then click on the link “Pricing” to get information on Pro Writing Aid costs and packages
(Located at


Combination of both Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid

Grammarly and Pro Work Aid may be helpful when used in combination. I find using both Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid helpful in finding errors.

These tools aid in the detection of errors in job-hunting writing papers, allowing you to reduce mistakes and improve the quality of the job-hunting documents you provide to potential employers.

Your Name, Pronunciation, and First Impression

What would you like to be called?

(Choose among the following choices)

  • Your name (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Bob”)
  • A wrong name that not your name (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Jones”, “Smith”, or “Todd”)
  • A number that not your name (for example your name is Bob and you are called “Hello Unit #42A36”)
  • Called by a piece of clothing you are wearing (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Blue jeans guy”, or “Blue shirt dude” or “You in the Yellow shirt” or “You in the Red Shirt”)
  • A general verbal expression directed in your direction (for example, your name is Bob and you hear “Hay you!” or “Hi” or “Hello” or “How you doing” or other expressions without using your name)

The people I know would want to be called by their correct name (the first choice).

People like to be called by their name; a name is important in making a good first impression.  A person has a very short time period to make a good first impression.  Time frames can be about a few seconds.  Part of the making a good first impression is saying the pronunciation of a person name correctly; mispronunciation of the name can hurt a good first impression.

If you are a person who struggles with pronunciation, here are some ideas.

  • Ask the person you are meeting how to pronounce their name

Depending upon the situation by which you are meeting the person; you may be able to ask the person how to pronounce their name.  If the person has a last name that it is difficult to pronounce, the person may be use to being ask how to pronounce it.

When you give the pronunciation of a name, you may try to remember the pronunciation.

You may have different ways to help you remember the pronunciation of a name.

Here are some ideas:

  • If possible, try use the correct pronunciation when talking to the person two or three time in conversation.  You are trying to remember the name by using it.
  • You may try to internally talk to yourself on how to pronounce the name.
  • After the meeting, you may write a name in a way that might help you pronounce the name.
  • You may be able to record the pronunciation on your smart phone.  Recording a name can help you pronounce the name. You can do a search on Google search to find Apps that will record your voice.

You may find different Apps to record a voice in an article called “5 Best Audio Recording Apps for Android [Updated]

By Ashish Sebastian
Published on October 26th, 2020


Here an article to help remember the name of a person.
In an article called “6 Easy Ways to Remember Someone’s Name
By Jacquelyn Smith (Published April 5th, 2013 on
Address is

Gives some suggestions on how to remember a name

  •  Talk to friends and family members to ask for their advice on how to pronounce a name

If you have the spelling of the name before you meet the person, you may be able to ask friends or family members on how the name would be pronounced.  You may be able to get the pronunciation of a name from someone else.

  • Understand Phonics

Phonics is a code that helps a person translates a word in print in how the word sounds.  Ideally, a person can see a word and know how the word sounds.  People not good at Phonics (like myself) will have difficulty understanding how to pronounce the word.  Understanding how the code works may help a person with pronunciation.

You may use the Internet to learn phonics.

With knowledge about myself

When I was growing up in school, I learned something called the whole word system.  I learned to recognize and memorize the pronunciation of different words.  My brain filled with a list of individual memorized words that I learned to pronounce.  My ability to use phonics is limited

I navigate life fine; I use the same common words over and over again.  I do have difficulty with new words pronunciation.  I can have pronunciation problems with names.

YouTube has an advantage of being videos.
A person can hear how the sound relates to letters and words.
Here are some YouTube videos that may be helpful.

YouTube Series of Videos called “Adult Phonics Course” (series of 72 videos)
YouTube Channel: Listen and Learn English
The first video in the series called “Adult Phonics Level 1 lesson 1 ABC Alphabet Sounds and Words | Homeschool Phonics Curriculum” (Published July 9, 2019)


Web sites
We Can Read Program
A program that helps to teach people about phonics
Information about the We Can Read Program can be found at


YouTube Video about the We Can Read Program at:
YouTube Title “We All Can Read Program Overview
Published: February 13, 2011
YouTube Channel: We All Can Read Online Phonics Program for Third Grade to Adults

  • Web sites that sound out the name

You may find web sites that can sound out the name for you.
You can type in a name in a website and then hear how the name is pronounced.
Here are some websites that may be helpful.

Type in the name that you want to learn how to pronounce.


Here are some articles that can give you additional web sites that may be able to pronounce a name for you.

6 Websites To Help You Know How To Pronounce Names Correctly
By Random, Published on March 9, 2017


5 Websites to Pronounce Names Correctly in English Audio Online
By Dinesh, Published on January 6, 2019

You may be able to use a website to learn how to pronounce a name.
Correct pronunciations of a name can help create a good first impression.

Direct Approach A way to contact potential employers

Sometime people can have different routes to go to the same goal.  For example, people may have different routes people can take to arrive to the same travel destination when traveling.

In the same way, People can have different ways to job search.  People can have different methods to search for a job position.

In the book called What Color Is Your Parachute in a 2013 edition by Richard N. Bolles described 16 different ways to search for a job position in chapter 3 “The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Jobs”.  Different job search methods had different measures of success.

Direct Contact of contacting a potential employer

While there can be different job search methods, different job search methods will vary in their success rate.  The direct method of contacting a potential employer directly can be highly effective method for some people.  Direct method may give people job opportunities not available through other job methods.

Different content media sources have described the direct method has a highly successful method.
Some of the different content media sources that described the direct method were:

  • What Color Is Your Parachute?  A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (2013 edition) by Richard N. Bolles

Richard Bolles describes the Direct Contact method in
Chapter 3 “The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Jobs”.
Richard Bolles described the method has

            “By yourself, using the index to your phone book’s Yellow Pages to identify subject or fields of interest to you in the town or city where you want to work, and then calling up or visiting the employers listed in that field, to ask if they are hiring for the type of position you can do, and do well.” (Listed as a 65% success rate) (p. 33)
(This is from a 2013 book, so the source of the potential employers may have changed; you can find Yellow pages on the Internet – one web address called The Real Yellow Pages at or look for information about your industry.  You may be able to find directories of potential employers in your industry).

Richard Bolles described contacting potential employers directly in a job club having a high success rate. (70% of success rate). (p. 33).  A person doing the same activity that they could do alone but would have a higher success rate in a job club.  A job club gave social support and people in the job club could let a person know about job positions they found. “Well, let’s say you’re in a job-club that has 48 other members.  Once you tell them what you’re looking for, you get an extra 48 pair of eyes looking on your behalf, and an extra 48 pair of ears listening on your behalf – all the time they are out there looking for job-leads themselves.” (p. 34) (Richard Bolles described this occurring in a Azrin job-club.

  • Get Hired Fast: Tap the Hidden Job Market in 15 days (By Brain Graham) (Copyrighted in 2005).

Research places that you wish to work for and contact those places.  Details found in Part Two: The Fifteen Day Direct Calling Campaign: Your Game Plan for Success.  Part Two consists of two chapters
Chapter 4: Identify Your Target and Know What They Want
Chapter gives the idea on research places you plan to contact; find out their needs and explain how you can meet their needs
Chapter 5: Making Contact: You Fifteen Day Action Plan
You contact by phone different potential employers.  The Fifteen Day Action plan was a way for the book to organize your contacting potential employers.  Chapter described calling potential employers by the telephone.

  • The Ultimate Job Search Guide: Knock Dead by Martin Yate (copyrighted 2017)
    Chapter describes making contact with potential employers.  Contact people over the phone.  Descried as a method that recruiters will use.

All three above sources described the advantages of direct contact potential employers.  Direct method can be a way to access opportunities.


Minnesota Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Workforce Development office has a good article about direct contact potential employers.
Article called “Making Contact with Employers
Article web site:

Martin Yate has written about direct contact with employers in
Article called “Your Career Q&A: Make the Most of Cold Calls” (January 12, 2021)
Article web site:

(From SHRM can access up to three articles a month; then need to join association to access articles)

YouTube Videos
YouTube videos have information on the direct approach to contacting potential employers.
You can search for phrases like on YouTube web site:
“Cold calling potential employers” or
Access the hidden job market

Here are some videos that may be helpful

  • How to Cold Call and Email for Opportunities! Tips for Cold Calling + Tricks for Cold Emailing
    Published: July 21, 2020
    YouTube Channel: Iris Fu
  • “What to Say to Hiring Managers | To Get a Job in the Hidden Job Market | The Direct Approach”
    Published: September 1, 2020
    YouTube Channel: The Companies Expert
    (This video part of the series called “How to Tap the Hidden Job Market”)

You may be able to achieve job success with the direct method; contacting a potential employer directly.