We’ve Been Hacked

February 11th, 2010

What an awful feeling to come into the office Monday morning eager to start on a new blog topic and find that your front page and blog have been hacked into.  Not only was there no content in the blog but a very odd foreign language message on the home page.

In researching how much was taken I also discovered there were some internet providers that marked the site as a “known phishing site”, entry into the site was then denied.  My home provider gave me such a message making it impossible to monitor the site from home.

This is what the process has taught me, we will never know why our site was hacked or who hacked into it.  My online research lead me to understand the hack is planted mechanically from an overseas source, and the hack got in by finding a vulnerability in a site.  This has motivated us … Read More

I Am a Contractor – Why Are They Taking Out Taxes?

January 20th, 2010

This blog entry is written by guest author Deborah Schneider, attorney and employment contract specialist. 

What is the difference between a 1099 employee, a W-2 employee and a contractor? And what is the advantage to each?  Well, more and less than you might think.  It is all a matter of CONTROL.

The more control the person writing your paycheck has, the more likely you are an employee.  A 1099 employee is in reality an independent contractor.  However, not every contractor qualifies as a 1099 employee.  In essence, if you are working for a company that directs where and when you are to show up for work, tells you when and what you are to work on, and provides you with equipment, i.e. the company has CONTROL, you are a W-2 employee.

The true 1099 employee directs his or her own work, provides his or her own equipment, works on a project basis, and has MORE … Read More

Go For It!

January 12th, 2010

I recently attended my husband’s high school reunion .  I won’t say how many years, but enough to be past the need to impress or hold a clique grudge.  My vantage was an interesting one because I had not attended the same school or lived in the same area to have attended a rival.  I could just sit back and take in the conversation.  One of the attendees said something that continues to amaze and amuse me even as I am writing this.  After all of these years and countless real life experiences she remarked that how amazing that she would find herself having a lively conversation with a group of people she would have never  spoken to in high school.  What lost opportunities!

Life in all of it’s manifestations is all about networking.  In the work world networking can make or break careers.  It is crucial that anyone looking for a  … Read More

New Hires and Speed Dating

January 8th, 2010

Just when you thought you had the whole interview process under control the rules change.  In a competitive job market the employer has had to become as creative as the prospective job applicant.  Employers are seeing huge numbers of applicants for very limited job postings.  The cost of hiring is expensive both monetarily and in man hours needed to find the ideal candidate.  As an applicant what can you expect?  As an employer what can you do to maximize your resources and limit your risks?

First the employer;  you have less than ten jobs and more than nine hundred responses to your posting, rather than read each resume try to scale down the pool of candidates.  Send a group email to each of the respondents asking for a next step, ie. send in writing sample, references, come to an informational open house etc.  Then wait to see who responds.  Chances are, less … Read More