Jobs, jobs, everywhere; nary a sign in sight.

ATLANTA – Employer, meet Employee … on Facebook?  You bet!  Those “Now Hiring” signs have gone digital, and what previous generations have envisioned as “the future” is here NOW.

This is part of something, as a worker, I have longed for – a supercharged network where people can work together to find each other work and any other resources such as referrals to businesses that we trust.  And, it’s happening.

I’m writing this as an encouragement because – I’ve gotten hired to do freelance art gigs (and other jobs) off of FB.  I’ve seen friends of mine get hired off of Facebook – so – I know that it does work.

See the sections and tips below, and feel free to add in tips for others reading this in the comments.

Looking for work?  Here are a few tips:

  1. Consider making a “professional account” or a blog where you address industry trends or simply post samples of your work.
  2. Highlight your talents or make a “mini resume.”
  3. IF you are worried about a current manager finding out (some managers will fire people the moment they start looking for greener grass), stick to person-to-person PM chats.
  4. If you’re already unemployed, be sure to connect with community support groups and other similar types of pages, and let people know that you’re seeking work, or keep watch on those pages because hiring managers will post on those pages, too.
  5. If you know that you will be searching for work soon, connect with potential employers and keep the line of communication open – you never know if a friend can give you a lead that will give you a lead that will give you a job.  It’s happened.

For the employers, Facebook is an awesome tool because you get the privilege of a far more in-depth look at the prospective employee, and you might walk away with a very valuable team member out of a Facebook search.

Here’s what you get:

  1. Well-connected people have potential vendors or customers.
  2. Facebook is a great tool for seeing into a person’s personality.
  3. No fees – ads and headhunters cost money.
  4. Community-specific support pages are a possible venue for sourcing employees as physically close to the business as can be made to happen.  Employees tend to want shorter commutes.
  5. Virtual work – yes, some employers assign work via FB chat.

If you are self-employed or are an independant contractor, FB company pages are a great stepping stone to more direct clients or customers.  Consider making one if you only have a website.

All of this is pretty much common sense that is found after using FB for a little while.  If you’re searching for work, good luck.

– Amy Barnes
IT / media /paralegal

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$20 off your first Lyft ride – AMY529432

For a Lyft first ride credit for up to $20 – use the following code:  AMY529432

To ESTIMATE the cost of a Lyft ride – here is the Atlanta city link:
http://www.lyft.com/cities/atlanta

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DeKalb County – find courts and case data online.

Search the DeKalb County courthouse dockets for both civil and criminal case data:  Click this link!

Here is a directory of courts in DeKalb County:

Juvenile Court  (eMail Us) (404) 294-2700
Law Library (404) 371-2441
Magistrate Court
Magistrate Civil Cases (404) 371-2261
Magistrate Criminal Cases (404) 294-2150
Online Judicial System (OJS)
Probate Court   (eMail Us) (404) 371-2601
Recorders Court   (eMail Us) (404) 371-3272
State Court (404) 371-2261
Superior Court Administration (eMail Us) (404) 371-4901
Dispute Resolution Center (404) 370-8194
Family Law Information Center (eMail Us) (404) 687-3990
Jury Management (404) 371-2022
Superior Court Clerk  (eMail Us) (404) 371-2836

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Pictures: Drug bust after accident (Atlanta).

ATLANTA – FEB 9, 2015: Several officers were seen making a drug bust after a driver was busted for hitting another vehicle in front of police.

Two witnesses on the scene stated that the accident was a hit and run attempt.  The GA State Patrol has provided a different story – see the statement below.

UPDATE: GA State Patrol provided the following:

“At approximately 6:37 p.m. a 2 vehicle crash occurred in front of Tin Lizzy’s restaurant (415 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA).  A passenger vehicle made a left turn from the restaurant parking lot and was struck on the driver’s side by a minivan traveling east on Memorial Drive.

Troopers immediately responded and checked the injury status of both parties and then proceeded to clear the roadway of vehicles/debris.  This was not a hit and run crash.

The driver that pulled from the parking lot will be shown as the at-fault party for failing to yield while turning left.

The driver of the minivan was arrested for driving with a suspended license and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  The passenger/registered owner of the minivan was detained momentarily while her identity was verified and cleared of any active warrants.”

Pictures, below, are courtesy of Amy Barnes. Re-use is permitted with a byline credit or a link to this page.

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Here are a few more pictures from the accident (below):

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“Why does God let the homeless starve?” – why you should film the police.

MARIETTA, GA — “Why does God let the homeless starve?”  The sign, written simply on old cardboard, was the subject of a call to the police.  Free speech was not truly free for one homeless man in historic Marietta Square several years ago.

I happened to be standing by, bored and looking for action on  the Square.  It was a Sunday, and I had the day off from work.  An opportunity to step in, and govern, presented itself.

Almost no one will step up for an elderly homeless man, much less for his right to free speech.  But, this core civil right is what makes the difference between society and tyranny.  So I struck a pose on one knee, to balance my camera and focus in, and shouted…

“‘Homeless man arrested for free speech on Marietta Square!’  I can see the headline, and the ACLU lawsuit, right now!”

Two Marietta PD officers glanced back, saw a camera being aimed their way, then quickly put away the handcuffs, and left the scene.  The officers were so fast that a picture could not be taken of them with the cuffs out.  My only goal was to free that man, immediately.  Jail is not the proper place for the homeless.

The homeless man recounted his brief story: the sign, held aloft on a Sunday had prompted children at a nearby lunch spot to start repeating the question to their parents. None of these offended (and very well-heeled) customers wanted to be asked about the poor not being able to eat, especially while eating at a trendy little outdoor table at an expensive cafe, and especially after leaving church. Hence, the calls to the police.  The man who was starving for a meal was eventually given a free lunch.

The man did not want any pictures taken; he simply wanted to eat and then leave as fast as he could make happen.

By flexing media rights, one person with a camera can preserve the freedoms of many other people. 

#FlexYourRights #MediaRights #FilmThePolice

– Amy Barnes, political activist and civil rights advocate
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