Originally created 02/05/06

Business briefs


Web-based phones have pros, cons

VOIP stands for voice over internet protocol. You can use this technology to send voice data generated by telephone calls over a broadband internet connection instead of over a standard phone network.

THANKS TO THE ADOPTION OF NEW STANDARDS, VOIP IS a realistic solution for businesses looking for an alternative to traditional telephone networks because it's available using standard telephone equipment. There are many benefits, such as lower costs.

Though it might seem appealing to turn your back on traditional phone companies for your telephone service, remember that VOIP is only as good as your Internet service provider. Make sure your agreement with your ISP guarantees at least 99 percent uptime, or you might be out of touch.

Keep rsum free of personal data

Giving out superfluous personal information on your rsum might "introduce a host of problems ranging from personality conflicts to more serious issues, such as age discrimination and identity theft," according to Brad Fredericks, a co-founder of ResumeDoctor.com.

He urges job seekers to "focus on professional accomplishments instead of personal ones. Describing your hobbies, interests and marital status can make your rsum read more like a dating profile ... or possibly even eliminate you from jobs that you would have considered."

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