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Today I got to take a your of the Federal Court House in Jefferson City, MO. I spoke with a U.S. Marshal about the Witness Protection Program, and it got me thinking, so I did a little research…
What is it?
A way to keep important witnesses that have testified safe and out of serious danger.
How many people are in it?
+9,500 witness family members
(Since the inception of the program in 1970)
Who relocates them?
U.S. Marshals Service, they also decide where they should be relocated.
How exactly does it work?
Youre old identity is erased, EVERYTHING that has to do with you
New: name (of your choosing), Social Security, I.D., birth certificate, and this goes for your family as well
Moved to a large city where you are not likely to be recognized
What do witnesses receive?
-reasonable job offer
-payments of $60,000 a year
How long are you under the protection of the government?
Technically your whole life, but they only give you the assistance for two – three years. Unless you decide to talk to an old family member, then you have to start the WHOLE process over!
Spending money comes so easily until it’s all gone, and you’re wondering where it all went. These are some ways I keep my piggy bank hefty.
Find a bank with a money management feature.
My bank (https://www.centralbank.net/) has a nifty thing called money manager that let’s you keep track of alll your bank accounts, spending, and budget. Bam basically tells you when you’re being a crazy spender.
Stop eating out and buy those groceries.
Okay don’t totally stop eating out, but at least do it less. Restaurants are expensive. Groceries are cheap. Do math.
Drink before the bars.
I haven’t quite figured out how bars get away with their prices, but they do. Drink a few before you go out, and avoid the terrible prices. Also meeting new people there to buy you drinks works as well.
Only go shopping when you actually need something.
Window shopping leads to trying on clothes, which leads to falling in love with clothes, which leads to you buying all 15 dresses you tried on. Get another hobby. But if you have to shop, check out a thrift shop!
Think/call before you buy.
Sounds obvi, but use your noodle. Before a big buy I usually call my dad and uncle for advice on whether to buy something or not. They give great 3rd party advice. Most of the time I don’t need what I was looking at, like that Cali king memory foam mattress…apparently not a need.
Utilize free events.
There are a ton of them, and they might even be fun and/or good dates. fairs, parks, museums, movies, all free occasions to save you money. Just don’t blow all your money on food when you get there.
Buy in advance.
This gives you the chance to be excited for the event for a longer amount of time, and you don’t have to spend all your money at once. That way you can go to the concert AND buy drinks there, but it doesn’t hit your account at the same time. Also things are sometimes cheaper when you buy ahead of time.
The other day I attended a seminar on resumes and using them to get your foot in the door with employers. I listened to 3 professionals speak about what they thought were good things to include and the things that should not be mentioned. I have been to manyyy discussions about resumes and had mine looked at by about 30 different people in the business world as references, but here are some things I have learned along the way.
You can never impress everyone, or really anyone for that matter.
Everyone is looking for something different, and no one truly agrees what exactly should be on it. Everytime someone used to look at my resume, I would change everything they told me to. Then the next week I would take it to someone else that absolutely hated it, even though the last person said it would be their perfect resume. No one ever liked what the other person had told me to do.
Since you can never impress everyone with your resume, it is my person theory that you should only be aiming to express yourself adequately. Your resume is the chance you have to tell an employer who you are, why not be as accurate and true to yourself as possible.
I don’t mean making your paper a neon color or anything, but if there is something you think is interesting about yourself, use it. Don’t be shy to show the real you, while also showing the skills you have.
Keep things short.
I would say that a page is the perfect length. When I have looked through resumes in the past, I have never looked at a second page. Sorry.
Stop talking about high school.
Unless you have not done ANYTHING in college or after, you should not be talking about high school still. Go get involved in something to keep your resume fresh. Move on from your high school accomplishments, because honestly, no one cares. 🙂
There are obviously more advice tips I could give on the subject (don’t make errors, use headings, etc.), but those are the things that the 3 professionals were telling me. These are the most obvious things when it comes to probably anything, especially gettting a job. Just use your common sense and relax.