Originally created 08/20/00

Pocket change



RECEIVING RESUMES:

Senior-level managers seeking new employment should know that snail-mail and faxes are on their way out as the best way to contact recruiters: Executive search companies say they prefer to receive resumes via e-mail, a new survey finds.

A nationwide survey of 416 executive recruiters by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Manchester Inc. found 82 percent said they prefer to receive resumes via e-mail.

The recruiters are also picky about how e-mails should be sent, recommending that job-seekers use the subject line to give as much information as possible about themselves and the job they are seeking.

COMFORTABLE LAPTOP:

One of the problems with laptop computers is they're not that comfortable in your lap.

As one solution, Intrigo Inc. has introduced a highly stylized product, the Lapstation. It's kind of like a souped-up plastic version of the folding tray you might use for breakfast in bed. It folds up into a package about the size of a thick coffee table book. The base models sell for $89 and $139.

Contact the company at (888) 527-7828 or visit www.intrigo.com on the Web.

VACATION INCENTIVES:

At least two resorts didn't wait for the government to do something about the high cost of gasoline. They declared their own war against pumped up prices.

In Wisconsin, the "Free Gas Getaway" at Antiqua Bay Waterpark Resort & Conference Center ((608) 254-8306, www.antiquabay.com) in Wisconsin Dells offers guests $25 worth of gasoline for each night spent at the resort. The offer is good through Labor Day. In Virginia, the Boar's Head Inn ((800) 476-1988, www.boars headinn.com), at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, offers a free tank of gas, worth up to $30, to guests who book a two-night stay at the resort. The deal is good through Aug. 31.

WAYS TO RETAIN:

People join companies. They leave managers.

The strong economy's No. 1 employment problem - attracting and keeping good workers - has put supervisors on notice: They're going to be held accountable for employee retention in their departments.

According to Training magazine, the good managers meet with their workers at least monthly to address problems, recognize strong performance and ask the workers what they need to make their jobs more fulfilling.