Are you looking for work? Snowshoe Mountain Resort might have the job you've been looking for. To find out, attend the resort's Winter Job Fair Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Big Top Expo.
According to Human Resource Specialist/Recruiter Chrissy Hall, managers from various departments will be conducting face-to-face interviews at the fair to fill positions in activity sales, call center agents, front desk agents, housekeeping, retail shop associates, ski technicians, lift attendants, snowmakers, ski and snowboard school, certified patrollers, shuttle bus drivers, parking attendants and public safety officers.
Hall wrote in an e-mail to me, "I have been responsible for receiving online and hard-copy applications for Snowshoe Mountain. I have been tracking the numbers and comparing from previous years. This year we have received triple the number of applications and are expecting a large turnout for the event. I have been responsible in leading and coordinating the fair this season and we are hiring for excellence."
According to the information flyer sent to me via e-mail by Hall, they are offering special job fair rates at the Inn at Snowshoe Mountain for the fair. For rate information, call the Inn at 877-441-4386.
October is National Information and Cyber Security Awareness Month. Most of us are so busy that we don't get nearly as much time to read as we'd like, and when we do, we don't like taking that precious time reading a bunch of precautionary advisories warning us of what can happen if we don't safeguard our personal information.
However, for the few minutes it takes to read the following safety tips from the desk of Jim Richards, West Virginia Information Security Office, distributed courtesy of The Multi State - Information Sharing Analysis Center, it might be worth the sacrifice.
As we continue to conduct more business online, such as banking, shopping and other activities, our personal information (such as name, credit card account, address, etc.) is increasingly utilized.
Personal information has become a frequent target for data thieves and the volume of breaches involving personal information continues to grow. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, there have been more than 240 million records containing sensitive personal information involved in security breaches to date, nationally.
Many types of organizations are interested in obtaining and using your personal information, and it's important to know what information is being collected, by whom and how it will be used.
Web sites track Web users as they navigate cyberspace. Data may be collected about you as a result of many of your routine activities including:
n When you make purchases and pay bills with credit cards, you leave a data trail consisting of purchase amount, purchase type, date and time.
n When you pay by check, data such as phone number, home address, driver's license number, etc., may often be requested to verify your identity.
n When you use supermarket discount cards, the store is able to create a comprehensive database of everything you have purchased.
n When you surf the Web, you leave a significant data trail such as your name, e-mail address, Internet address of your computer, the name of your computer, the last time you visited that particular site, the type of browser and operating system you are using.
n When you sign up for a subscription or service (for a magazine, book or music club, professional association, warranty card, etc.) or give money to charities, your personal information is often collected and stored.
The following tips should be used to help you manage your personal information wisely, to help minimize its misuse, and to lessen the risk of your personal information being compromised:
- Most legitimate Web sites include a privacy statement. This is usually a link at the bottom of the home page and details the type of personally identifiable information the site collects about its visitors, how the information is used - including with whom it may be shared - and how users can control the information that is gathered. Be sure to read the privacy statement on Web sites you are visiting prior to providing any personal information, to understand that entity's policy regarding protection of data.
- When shopping online, guard the security of your transactions by ensuring the transaction is submitted securely. When submitting your purchase information, look for the "lock" icon on the browser's status bar to be sure your information is secure during transmission, and the "s" in "https://" at the front of the Web site address.
- Periodically check your Internet browser settings (e.g. Security and Privacy) to ensure that the settings are adequate for your level and type of Internet activity.
- If you are not already using anti-virus and Internet protection software, start now. This software is designed to protect against malware designed to extract private information from your computer without your knowledge, or cause other harm. Make sure you keep the protection programs updated.
- Be sure to have a firewall installed and enabled on your computer.
- If you store private data on your laptop or other portable electronic devices (e.g. USB), use encryption software to protect your private data in the event the device is lost or stolen.
- Use strong passwords on all your accounts, such as a minimum of eight characters and a mix of special symbols, letters and numbers.
- To protect against identity theft, always question someone who is asking you to reveal any personally identifiable information. Find out how it will be used and whether it will be shared with others.
- Keep items with personal information in a safe place. When you discard receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, health records, bank statements or other personal documents, tear or shred them.
- Order a copy of your free annual credit report. Make sure it's accurate and includes only those activities you've authorized.
As most know, the Dow Jones industrial average sneaked above 10,000 on Wednesday, but who knows where it will be when you read this. Based on a little optimism that caused this welcome rise in the stock market, other sources indicate that we still have a long way to go before we are back, if in fact we ever get back, to the level we were at two years ago.
According to Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, consumer confidence, which had improved in August, retreated slightly in September. Franco said, "The Present Situation Index decreased as consumers viewed both current business conditions and the labor market less favorably than last month. While not as pessimistic as earlier this year, consumers remain quite apprehensive about the short-term outlook and their incomes. With the holiday season quickly approaching this is not very encouraging news."
Another indicator that folks are cutting back on spending by staying closer to home for holidays and vacations came from the Smith Travel Research Hotel/Motel Statistics for August. According to their research, the U.S. hotel industry posted declines in all three key performance measures during August. Occupancy was down 9.9 percent, average daily rate declined by 10.1 percent and revenue per available room dropped 19 percent when compared to August 2008.