Michelle Dumas Wins Three “Toast of the Resume” Awards, Including First Place for Best IT Resume

CDI Recognizes Distinctive Career Services Founder With TORI Awards for Information Technology, Executive, and Healthcare/Medical Resumes.

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Somersworth, NH, USA (November 26, 2014) — Career Directors International (CDI) has recognized Michelle Dumas, founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC, career and resume consultants for professionals and executives for nearly 20 years, with three Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) awards for 2014. Dumas was singled out with a First Place award for Best Information Technology Resume, a Third Place Award for Best Executive Resume, and a Third Place Award for Best Healthcare/Medical Resume.

Every year, CDI hosts the TORI resume writing competition to promote excellence in the professional career services industry. The TORI is considered the premier annual writing competition. This year CDI received more than 200 entries from around the globe.

“Career Directors International is working hard to promote new standards of excellence in the career coaching and resume business and the TORI competition has become a global contest that attracts the best in business,” said Dumas. “I am delighted to have been singled out by my peers in three TORI award categories. Acknowledgement from your peers is truly a validation of your capabilities.”

Dumas is the author of “101 Before and After Resume Examples” and “Secrets of a Successful Job Search,” as well as a contributor to more than a dozen books on resume writing and job search strategies. Dumas also personally works with executive clients through her exclusive career marketing program, http://www.100kcareermarketing.com.

Dumas and the team of career professionals at Distinctive Career Services offer a wide range of career support services, including resume writing, cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job search assistance, and personal branding strategies. Dumas holds both a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credentials, and is a trained career coach and a Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS) with credentials as a Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) and a Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC).

About Distinctive Career Services
Founded in 1996, Distinctive Career Services, LLC (formerly Distinctive Documents) offers professional resume writing and consultation, design, and distribution services to job hunters worldwide. Using a proprietary methodology, Distinctive Career Services provides its clients with all the tools necessary to promote and market themselves, and shows them how to open new doors to reach their highest career aspirations. The firm’s clients include thousands of job seekers at all professional levels to the highest C-level executives. Clients come from all industries and includes working professionals looking to advance or change their careers as well as under- and unemployed workers looking to shorten their job search.

For more information, visit Distinctive Career Services online at http://www.distinctiveweb.com.

Contact:
Michelle Dumas
Founder and Executive Director
Distinctive Career Services, LLC
(800) 644-9694
mdumas@distinctiveweb.com
http://www.distinctiveweb.com

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United Way Launches Holiday Gift Drive to Support Bay Area Families and Seniors in Need

LIVE UNITED Holiday Campaign Kicks Off in Time for Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday.

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San Francisco, CA, USA (November 25, 2014) — United Way of the Bay Area today announced the launch of its LIVE UNITED holiday campaign, including a gift drive for individuals, community organizations and businesses that want to support local families in need. The poverty-fighting organization has also released a toolkit to support gift drive participants, which includes a list of most-needed items, suggestions for getting others involved and instructions for dropping off the gift bags.

“At United Way, we talk a lot about what it means to LIVE UNITED-especially during the holidays. For us, it’s about doing our part to support those in need throughout our community. Volunteering is an easy and fun way to help-and spread holiday cheer,” said Sarah Burton, Director of Volunteer Engagement.

The holiday gift bag drive invites community members to LIVE UNITED by supporting low-income children, families and seniors across the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants are encouraged to get family members and friends involved in the collection of items by requesting houseguests to bring one item each to holiday gatherings. The most-needed items include warm clothing, toys, canned or boxed food, and personal care products. Grocery store gift cards are also immensely helpful to low-income parents and seniors. Donations should be delivered to United Way of the Bay Area’s San Francisco office at 550 Kearny Street, 10th Floor, or Oakland office at 1970 Broadway, Suite 400.

Participants and the general public are also invited to share their stories of how they LIVE UNITED by giving back to the community at http://uwba.org/live-united. Like Zoila, for example, who went from client to staff member at one of United Way’s SparkPoint Centers: “I want people to have the same opportunities as I had. That’s how I LIVE UNITED.”

A recent research brief issued by United Way of the Bay Area revealed that 29 percent of Bay Area households live below self-sufficiency, meaning these individuals cannot afford basic necessities like housing, food and health care. The holiday gift drive is just one of the many ways that United Way combats poverty through giving, advocacy and volunteerism.

Learn more about the holiday gift drive and additional holiday volunteer opportunities at http://uwba.org/volunteer. Read stories about Bay Area residents LIVING UNITED and share your own at http://uwba.org/live-united.

About United Way of the Bay Area
United Way of the Bay Area is a nonprofit organization, leading a movement to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. We’re harnessing the collective power of nonprofits, government, corporations, labor and thousands of individuals to create change through giving, advocating, and volunteering. Every year, our programs – SparkPoint, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, 211, MatchBridge and Community Schools – help more than 250,000 Bay Area residents. We connect people to food and shelter, put people back to work, bring tax dollars back to our community, help youth succeed in school and in the workplace, and move people toward financial stability. Founded in 1922, United Way of the Bay Area serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties. For more information, visit http://uwba.org.

Media Contact:
Erica Johnson
415-808-4308
ejohnson@uwba.org

Kaplan University and Leading Global HR Organization Assess What is Needed To Narrow the Skills Gap Between Job Seekers and Open Positions

Human resources leaders often rank communication skills over tech in business and IT fields, according to Career Tips survey.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (November 25, 2014) — Professionals who can articulate well and adeptly analyze information to make strategic decisions have the edge in business and information technology workplaces, according to nationwide survey commissioned by Kaplan University School of Business & Information Technology with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

The survey, which highlights career tips for IT and Business Job applicants was distributed to 3,000 SHRM members nationwide in September, amassing over 350 responses from the administrator to C-Suite level. The goal of the survey was to identify the personal and professional traits that can help secure job opportunities for graduates seeking employment and advancement in the business and IT sectors.

“Kaplan University is keenly focused on making sure our graduates have the skills employers are looking for. We’re constantly evaluating and enhancing our business and IT programs to better prepare our students for the demands in the workplace,” said Dr. Thomas C. Boyd, Kaplan University dean and vice president of the School of Business & Information Technology. “The survey results reaffirm the importance of obtaining ‘soft skills’ like communication, critical thinking and team work in addition to core curriculum competencies.”

Key survey findings include the following:

• Aside from education training, communication (94%) and critical thinking skills (73%) ranked as leading skills for business and general job applicants in today’s workplace.

• Breaking it down by sector, communication (90%) and critical thinking (75%) remained as the top two business job applicant skills; technology/social and digital media skills (72%) and critical thinking (67%) addressed the top IT job applicant skills.

• Adaptability to change (31% for IT jobs; 25% for business jobs) was the one strength that HR professional deemed most important for a person to gain a competitive edge in their field or position.

• Employee referrals and national online job boards (58% and 53%, respectively, for business applicants; and equally 46% for IT applicants) were reported to be the leading resources for human resources recruiters. Internal job postings were another top recruitment source for business positions (45%), and industry-specific/niche online job boards were key for IT jobs (39%).

For more information, visit the Kaplan University School of Business & Information Technology.

About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (http://www.hlcommission.org). Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 61,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu.

Media Contact:
Amy Hawkinson
Director of Public Relations
Kaplan University
Office: 954-515-3603
Mobile: 954-459-1324
ahawkinson@kaplan.edu
http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/business.aspx

4th Annual “Seasons” Online Art Competition Announced

Light Space & Time

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery’s 4th Annual “Seasons” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of December 2014.

Seasons - Online Art Competition

Jupiter, FL, USA (November 24, 2014) — Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery’s 4th Annual “Seasons” Online Juried Art Competition for the month of December 2014. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s January 2015 online group art exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send the gallery their best interpretation of the theme “Seasons” by submitting their best representational or non-representational art. The Seasons theme will include and represent the four distinct times of the year, along with any scenes, events, or any activities associated with those four seasons. The deadline to apply to this art competition is December 27, 2014.

Winners of the “Seasons” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 75+ event announcement posts, extensive social media marketing and distribution, in order to make the art world aware of the art exhibition and in particular, the artist’s accomplishments. There will also be links back to the artist’s website included as part of this award package.

In addition to the above, artists shall also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, Event Catalogue, Press Releases and “Leveraging Your Success” marketing materials if they place in this exhibition.

Interested artists should provide to us with your best “Seasons” art now or before the deadline. Apply Online Here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time’s intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here: http://www.lightspacetime.com.

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
888-490-3530
info@lightspacetime.com
http://www.lightspacetime.com

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions announces LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer allows to reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performs essential image adjustments, converts image formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Zevrix Solutions

Toronto (ON), Canada (November 24, 2014) — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a compatibility update to its popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs.

The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed users. A number of user interface elements were updated to display properly across multiple OS X versions.

“LinkOptimizer makes me extremely happy”, says Nynke Tiekstra, the owner of design studio ColtsfootMedia in Friesland, Netherlands. “It converted 10,000 images in a 1800 pages project saving us at least 40 hours work, and it proved to be 100% accurate.”

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

-scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign,
-change their resolution to 300 dpi,
convert RGB images to CMYK,
-apply color profile,
-resave JPEG images as TIFF,
-run a Photoshop Action on each image.

At the end of processing, LinkOptimizer reimports images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. In addition, the software can apply sharpening filters, merge layers and delete hidden ones, and process copies of InDesign documents and images instead of original files. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (Light version: $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, as well as Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions is dedicated to helping professionals increase their profits through automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607
media@zevrix.com
http://www.zevrix.com

Zevrix Graphic Inspector Now Supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions announces Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, which checks multiple files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals of any trade with the most exhaustive info on batches of images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Zevrix Solutions

Toronto (ON), Canada (November 23, 2014) — Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually.

The new version introduces support for the recently released Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is offered as a free update to licensed customers. A number of user interface elements were updated to display properly across multiple OS X versions.

“I’m surprised no one else thought of it before: to display every bit of useful information about vector or raster graphic files and flag the ones that match rules you define,” writes Jay Nelson in Layers magazine. “With its combination of price, utility, and thoughtful design, Graphic Inspector is a rare gem.”

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography. The software lets users create preflight settings tailored to their workflow requirements and quickly locate files with specific attributes. For example, users can detect files whose color mode is RGB, format – JPEG, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

Graphic Inspector offers the following key features:

Check multiple images and vector files
-Customizable checkup presets
-Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
-Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
-Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

Pricing and Availability:
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Graphic Inspector is free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, file delivery, and Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix is dedicated to help professionals increase their profits through automating everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit http://www.zevrix.com.

Contact:
Leo Revzin
Owner
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada
858-206-0607
media@zevrix.com
http://www.zevrix.com

Unique Alternatives to Traditional Gift Cards – TFE e-Gift Cards

Training for Entrepreneurs

Sharing the gift of knowledge with employees, co-workers, business associates, and friends!

TFE e-Gift Card

Sarasota, FL, USA (November 19, 2014) — Rapidly growing online training and development website – Training for Entrepreneurs.com is making holiday gift giving easier with its TFE e-Gift Cards… the unique alternatives to traditional gift cards.

Stumped on a gift for the budding entrepreneur in your life? Why not give the gift of business training and mentoring? Training for Entrepreneurs.com (TFE) makes it easy to help your friends, co-workers, business associates, and family gain critical business knowledge with our TFE e-Gift Cards.

TFE Certified Master Mentors train and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives through our virtual mentoring programs, e-learning courses – including customized courseware – and live-onsite and live-online training workshops.

With the TFE e-Gift Card, you can share the gift of knowledge with a business owner who might need the timely help our business mentors and coaches can provide. This gift might mean the difference between success and failure for that business.

TFE e-Gift Cards are:
• Affordable: Numerous options are available that are reasonably priced. Better still, there are no added fees.
• Convenient: We send the TFE e-Gift Cards directly to your recipients via e-mail within 3 days of purchase.
• Personalized: You have the option of including personalized messages with your TFE e-Gift Cards.
• Secure: Our site uses technology to ensure your personal and payment information is kept secure and confidential. Secure payments are made via PayPal. No PayPal account is needed.

TFE provides many learning and mentoring opportunities for the entrepreneur, including Soft Skills Workshops; 1-to-1 Mentoring Sessions; Start-Smart Mentoring Program; and our Brand-Smart Mentoring Program.

For your first purchase, you might consider the e-book, “How to Jumpstart Your Business,” written by Terry H. Hill, co-founder and chief business mentor of TFE.

About Training for Entrepreneurs.com
Training for Entrepreneurs.com (TFE) creates, develops, publishes, and facilitates web-based business skills training, e-learning, and mentoring courses/programs in entrepreneurship, management, strategic planning, leadership, and practical instruction for starting and growing small businesses.

Contact Information:
Dolly A. Stevens, Executive Director
Training for Entrepreneurs.com
Telephone: 941-556-1299, x-102
Fax: 941-866-1953
Email: director@TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com
Website: http://www.TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com