Looking for a Few Good Soccer Teams

By Scot Feldmeyer
BarryStaff of Cincinnati Newsletter 8/31/11

      Calling all soccer teams!  Looking for a sponsor?   What a coincidence.   BarryStaff happens to be looking for some teams to sponsor.  Yes, it’s that time of year again when the kids are donning their shorts and shin guards to do their best imitations of David Beckham.   We know that these aspiring athletes need the support of the community so we are willing to do our part by chipping in for uniforms and equipment.
      We have budgeted to sponsor up to 5 teams this season.   Why exactly are we doing this?   Because we feel youth sports helps promote teamwork and a healthy lifestyle and that the lessons learned on the field of play help prepare our youth for the workplace.   And hey, we’re a nice bunch of people.   We do prefer to sponsor community teams rather than “select” or traveling teams and we do want to have our logo on the uniforms.  

      Check out the pictures and stories about the baseball and softball teams we sponsored last season by clicking “Sports” on our web site at www.barrystaff.com.   Be sure and take a look at the pink uniforms for the girls’ team.   If you are interested or know of a team that needs a sponsor this fall just give Doug Barry a call at (937) 461-9732 or email him at dbarry@barrystaff.com.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…. A friend recently sent me these signs of our struggling economy.
– Parents in Beverly Hill are firing their nannies and learning their children’s names.
– A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico
– Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.
– The Mafia is laying off judges
– BP Oil is laying off Congressmen
– Congress is looking into the Bernie Madoff scandal. Oh Great!!   The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $15 Trillion disappear!
– And finally…I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Lifeline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan.   When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

Insights From Employers on Job Searching

By Derek Thompson – Senior Editor of The Atlantic
The Atlantic recently asked readers of their Business section to share what they considered to be the one thing most people don’t understand or appreciate about looking for work.   They got a surprising number of responses from employers with advice for the unemployed.   Here are some of the most enlightening and entertaining of the bunch.

“I’m on the lookout for anything at all that shows you don’t take this seriously.”
Look, it’s a lot easier to not hire someone than to fire them.   Someone who doesn’t take their job seriously can really be a pain in the workplace, draining energy away from other tasks.   But firing that person can also be a pain — it can take weeks of HR meetings, establishing a paper trail, etc.
 So if I’m trying to hire someone, I’m on the lookout for anything at all that shows you don’t take this seriously. That includes how you dress and how you carry yourself.   Yes, it’s unfair, and in an ideal world you wouldn’t have to worry about it.   But it’s the way it is.

“It turns out most resumes aren’t very good and people aren’t very good at answering interview questions.”
I’m a hiring manager and have spent a few years seeing good and bad resumes, listening to great interview responses and terrible ones (I’ll always remember the candidate applying for a sales job who told me that he wasn’t social and didn’t have any friends…What?!).  

The things people don’t understand, in no particular order:

— You HAVE to be positive, enthusiastic and high-energy in ANY interaction with a potential employer
— Always list achievement over responsibility. “I did X and it led to awesome result Y.”
— Looking for a job IS a full time job
— Apply for any job for which you meet at least 70% of the qualifications
— You need to tailor your resume to EACH job posting

The things employers don’t understand, in no particular order:

— Be clear about your process with the candidate
— Anyone with whom you’ve had a conversation deserves a call to let them know if you aren’t going to hire them
— Be excited to talk to people. You may just be talking to your next employee. Be excited to speak with them
— Adding to your team is the MOST important thing you do

“Sanitize your online presence.'”
Folks need to realize they have to sanitize their net presence.   Those drunken spring break pictures have got to go, and they have got to go a few years before you plan on getting that job so that they’ve made their way out of caches and/or can be explained credibly as “well that was then….”

“Dress conservatively and act conservatively.”
When going for an interview, always dress up. This means changing not just your physical appearance but also your personal appearance. Dress conservatively and act conservatively. Many companies comply with anti-discrimination policies (and must comply with anti-discrimination laws), but these don’t protect people from being judged by their employers or coworkers simply for who they are.

Attracting Quality Candidates to Your Company

In many ways, attracting skilled, dedicated employees is about presenting your business so that candidates will get excited and enthusiastic at the prospect of working for your company. It is important to evaluate your competition in the area and strategically plan to offer a package of benefits that will enable you to attract the best talent.
Consider the following factors that can enhance your company’s attractiveness:
Compensation/Benefits Package
· Competitive salary
· Bonus/incentive compensation
· Health care and life insurance benefits
· Tax-saving retirement plans, such as a 401(k)
· Other types of fringe benefits, such as childcare assistance or gym memberships
Position-Related Benefits
· Flexible work arrangements
· Telecommuting
· Location and position matched to candidate’s individual needs
Support and Training
· Career-enhancing courses
· Certifications
· Career growth and potential
Company Brand and Environment
· Positive, well-known company brand
· Industry-recognized, successful company
· Friendly, organized workplace environment
· Straightforward, friendly, professional interview process

August Brings BWC Fraud Awareness Series

August brings fraud awareness series
BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) is starting a series of educational and interactive articles highlighting its work to identify and put a stop to workers’ compensation fraud. The articles will focus on the team’s activities with details on common fraud schemes, red flags that could be signs of fraud, and feature examples of current cases.

SID is comprised of several types of teams with expertise in different types of fraud:

Three regional claimant fraud special investigation teams operate in most customer service offices;
The health care provider team, employer team and safety violations investigation unit are each comprised of team members located throughout the state;
The intelligence unit; digital forensics unit; and BWC security services operate through BWC’s central office.
During the month of August, the focus is on employer fraud, followed by injured worker fraud in September and health care fraud in October.

Visit SID’s Facebook and Twitter pages to follow the series, report fraud and keep up on the latest news.

Awkward Conversations: How to Talk to Employees About Hygiene, Appearance, and Bad Behavior

There’s hardly a supervisor or manager who doesn’t dread the awkward conversation with an employee. No, it’s not the one about how performance is slipping or how someone else received the promotion. It’s the really awkward conversations: personal hygiene, unprofessional appearance that doesn’t fit the office atmosphere or inappropriate behavior that goes beyond quirky or annoying.

How likely are you to postpone or even avoid that awkward conversation with your employee rather than face the inevitable embarrassment—yours and theirs?

Join consultant and coach Sue Thompson on August 25, and get her tips and tricks for making that awkward conversation—well, less awkward. You have the authority to counsel or correct these problems, and by learning simple verbal “templates,” you will gain the reassurance that you need.

Learning Objectives

• Remind yourself of your leadership role—you are more than a performance evaluator
• How much disruption is the offense causing? 3 essential questions to ask
• What are the relevant legal points to consider, so you can proceed with confidence?
• Perfect your delivery of the most important 7 words in the conversation
• The influence of image and behavior on performance

Presented By:

Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson is president of Exceptionality, LLC, helping people and companies create dramatic changes from the inside out. Everything visible in your presence or your workplace broadcasts a message and contributes to the bottom line, and what is not seen—character—speaks loudest of all. Sue works with companies and executives to provide coaching, training, and consulting, and is a sought-after meeting and convention speaker. She offers a monthly teleseminar on character called, “Your Character is Showing,” that highlights the strengths that create success. She also offers a unique newsletter and authors the blog “Etiquette Dog!” For more information, contact Sue@BeExceptional.biz.



Some time ago I heard a wonderful song by Richard Mekdeci called Ready, Willing, and Worthy. So struck was I by the title that I found I could focus on nothing else for the remainder of the event. I am always on the lookout for the simple and effective things in work and life. And Ready, Willing, and Worthy immediately captured my attention as a simple and effective tool for exploring and making changes in your business.

Here is how it works:


In thinking about this first step of readiness, what immediately comes to mind is a race. In almost all racing events I have witnessed, the starter begins the race with some version of “Ready (or on your marks), Get Set, Go!” Think of the chaos if the starter simply yelled “Go!” Some people would be ready; others would not. I suspect there would be a bit of jostling and maybe even people who would trip and fall over one another.

Being ready means having a well thought out plan and having what you need to fully implement that plan. All too often, our human tendency is to jump right into an idea and then suffer the consequences of not testing our readiness.

To test your readiness, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What else do I need to know to make this decision?
  • What have I overlooked?
  • What would make me even more ready?
  • Do I have everything I need to make this change?
  • So, are you ready?


Once you determine you are ready, it is important to ask yourself if you are really willing to do what it will take to fully implement the change.

To test your willingness, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I willing to do what it takes to achieve the desired result?
  • How willing am I to make adjustments along the way?
  • Am I willing to accept that this change may not turn out the way I think it will?

So, are you willing?


Two quotes that refer to worthiness are: “You’ve gotta believe to receive” and “Energy flows where the mind goes.”

To test your beliefs about worthiness, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I really, truly believe in what I am doing?
  • What do I need to shift in my thinking to truly believe I am worthy of the success I desire?

So, are you worthy?

Three simple and powerful questions: Am I ready? Am I willing? Am I worthy? If the answer to all three is a heartfelt YES, then I know you are on your way to making a powerful change!

9 Tips to Get the 2nd Interview

Get ready to nail your next interview, job seekers. I’ve asked my experts for their A-list advice to get you a second interview. I suspect you’re already savvy enough to send a thank you note and avoid lying on your resume. Let’s take your technique to the next level.
What follows, in no specific order, is a tried-and-true list of job interview tips. And by all means, if something else has worked even better for you, please sign in below and share it in the comments section.
1. Ask them upfront why they wouldn’t hire you.
The interview is coming to a close, but make sure you stick your landing, says Roberta Chinksy Matuson, President of Human Resource Solutions and author of Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around. “Always end the conversation with the following question: ‘Is there anything about my background that gives you concern?’” says Matuson. Now you’ve bought yourself a bonus round to derail any doubts.
2. Prepare sound bites.
Successes and skills need to be displayed clearly. “A sound bite is succinct and direct, catchy and easy to remember. An example is ‘I’ve designed logos for three Fortune 500 companies,’ or ‘My efficiency plan decreased product-delivery times by 15 percent without costing the company one cent,’” says Charles Purdy, senior editor and career expert at Monster.com. Implant these one-liners in your brain, and you won’t be grasping for words.
3. Ask for homework.
Until you’re hired, you’re an unknown to your potential employer. You sound great, but can you perform? Erase that question by asking for a trial assignment, suggests Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs. “Ask whether there’s any job-related task that you could do for them that would allow you to showcase your qualifications and maybe even save them a little time,” says Sutton Fell. Do a good job, and you’ll be getting paid to do the same work soon enough.
4. Mirror your interviewer.
You might feel like you’re in the hot seat, but if you can match your interviewer’s speed of speech and mannerisms, you’ll both feel more like you’re old friends and less like you’re in an NCIS interrogation room, says Ken Sundheim, CEO and Founder of KAS Placement, a New York City-based staffing agency. Not sure how you’re doing? “If you’re following their tone, speed and breathing correctly, validate your pacing technique by taking a sip of water – the interviewer will take a drink as well,” says Sundheim.
5. Be a stalker (within limits).
I hope you’re already Googling the person who will interview you, and reading about the company – but you need to feel it out further. “Dig deep by using tools like Klout and Pipl,” says public relations executive Meryl Weinsaft Cooper co-author of Be Your Own Best Publicist: How to Use PR Techniques to Get Hired, Noticed and Rewarded at Work. “Lurk around LinkedIn. Do some investigations by interviewing people who work there, or those who have left, to get the skinny on the culture and crowd.”
6. Record a pre-interview practice.
Ever wish you could tell how you sound in an interview? Find out, suggests Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D., author of The Critical Thinking Toolkit: Spark Your Team’s Creativity with 35 Problem Solving Activities: “A week ahead of the interview, record your reply to expected questions. Play the tape back and analyze your responses. Would you hire you?” If the answer is no, press rewind and try again.
7. Lean in for the kill.
OK, we’re exaggerating slightly. But you do want to lean slightly forward so your interviewer can tell you’re game. “Slouching or leaning back may send the wrong signals. When you sit down for a formal interview, lean forward to show interest and active listening,” says Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and editor-in-chief of PYP Media, an online career consulting tool for women.
8. Use the word “we.”
Look, I trust you when you tell me you’re a team player – but during an interview, you can come across as a total narcissist by using only the word “I,” says Kimberly Schneiderman, job search consultant and owner of City Career Services. She suggests talking about what your last team created, and only then describing your particular role. An example: “At ABC Company, the New Projects Team, of which I am a member, created a new app that would identify bakeries by location for our users. My role on the team was to identify bakeries within a specific radius of New York City and categorize them by specialty.”
9. Bring props.
Think of an interview as show and tell, suggests Jenni Luke, national executive director of Step Up Women’s Network. “Bring a ‘brag book’ of career accomplishments which demonstrates the quality of your work. [Or] if you see great work that a competitor is doing, bring that to the interview and critique it,” says Luke. This will clearly show what you can do and how you think. Bonus: Having a prop can also calm jittery nerves.

Ohio’s Hottest Summer?

By Scot Feldmeyer

BarryStaff of Cincinnati Weekly Newsleter (8/4/11)     

   The Cincinnati Enquirer tells us that Monday is the 16th straight day for temperatures in the 90’s.  If we hit 90 degrees on Tuesday it will tie a record that was set in 1901.   Those poor people in 1901 didn’t have air conditioning.  It’s funny how the wettest spring in history would be followed by the hottest summer.  But is this really the hottest summer in our history?   Nope.  Despite the stretch of hot days we have to look at average temperature to find the hottest summer in Cincinnati. That would have been 1934.

From www.ohiohistory.org.
      “The summer of 1934 ranks as the hottest in Ohio since temperature records began in 1883.  The average summer temperature of 75.7 degrees for June, July, and August broke the old record set in 1901 and was 5 degrees above normal.  The hottest recent summer was 2003 with an average temperature of 73.8 degrees.  Warm and dry weather was a trademark of the early 1930s in Ohio and much of the United States.  Dry soil and parched vegetation provided little water for evaporation so surfaces heated to temperatures not normally experienced in the Heartland.
      Temperatures during June 1934 were above normal on all but two or three days.   July 1934 was the hottest month ever recorded in Ohio.  Many heat records were set on July 21, including 106 in Columbus, 109 in Cincinnati, and 111 in Wilmington and Hamilton.   It was on July 21, 1934, that Ohio’s hottest temperature occurred. A weather station four miles northwest of Gallipolis recorded 113 degrees.   Heat waves later in July sent temperatures to 111 degrees at Defiance, 110 at Fremont, 109 at Findlay and Chillicothe, 108 at Delaware, and 107 at Bowling Green.  Heat takes a great toll on human life, especially among the elderly and ill.  Estimates of the death toll in Ohio were about 160 dead just during the week of July 20-26.  This was prior to air-conditioning in homes.  The oppressively warm nights during July 1934 led many residents to seek relief sleeping on porches, roofs, and even on their lawns.”

      Working and remaining productive in this hot weather is something that takes cooperation between supervisors and workers.  To learn ways to combat Heat Related Stress in the workplace, check out the BarryStaff Blog on our website at www.barrystaff.com.

Neighbors Can Drive Out Hunger Food Drive

Greetings All,

I trust you’re all enjoying the summer. This is a SPECIAL REQUEST for you, your organization and other groups/neighbors you can bring to this wonderful community event.

Rocky, Larry and UD Arena have teamed up with their food supplier, Sysco Foods to set a new Guinness Book of Records one day canned food drive. All non perishable food collected Saturday, August 13, 2011 will be taken to the Dayton Food Bank to help those in need throughout our community. BarryStaff was selected as the third party to monitor and tabulate the total can count and weight. All product must be “in date” to qualify. The program “Neighbors CAN DRIVE out hunger” will be promoted by local media and provide much needed inventory for OUR food bank. A second location, Brixx Ice House, will be a drop point. A friendly competition is emerging between the two drop off locations.

BarryStaff wants to assist Rocky & Larry in this friendly competition!

Kindly forward this email or create your own message to your group. Also please consider your entire address book with a personal note. If possible, ask your Webmaster to make a special post of this event on your site.

The local community will benefit from your generosity. “TOGETHER WE CAN”

The drop off times are between 8am and 4pm Saturday, August 13th. A Sysco truck will be parked on the east side of the arena. Smiling faces from UD Arena, BarryStaff and Sysco Foods will be on site to greet and thank you for your kindness.

Let me thank you in advance for your effort and assistance.