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community photoKNOCKING ON THE DOOR
Job search skills that college grads need in order to make a successful leap into the work force.


It's a scary time for soon-to-be college grads. They're on the verge of stepping into full adulthood and leaving the warm comforts of college behind.

Perhaps the most frightening part of the transition is securing a job—the ultimate reason they all went to college. There's a lot of pressure to find the right job, or in the current times, any job. But if students devote the time and energy, they can prepare themselves for the process, and in doing so, master the art of networking.

Elizabeth Atcheson of Blue Bridge Coaching (www.bluebridgecoaching.com) prepares students for this shift into adulthood by leading seminars abo ut effective job seeking.

To start, she's created five steps to land a job post-graduation:

1. Identify the field of greatest interest to you (e.g., accounting, web development, communications).
2. Identify a few possible settings within your field (an auditing firm, a web services company, a nonprofit organization, etc.).
3. Develop a Personal Narrative that is concise and consistent and a resume that clearly conveys your focus, your interests and experience that is directly relevant to your target field/setting. Also, create a LinkedIn profile.
4. Begin talking to people (everyone you know and everyone they know), and ask whom they know in your target field/setting.
5. Begin conducting informational meetings with enthusiasm and a strong follow-up; you're creating your own professional network that you'll build on for years.

Step three is about selling your skills to the right people; oftentimes, this needs to be done quickly, so it's best to rehearse and know it easily. Elizabeth recommends referring to your studies and how those have helped you prepare for the position you're seeking. Add in details about previous work experience, and mention the aspects you liked and at which excelled.

It's best to choose a few key experiences and be specific, rather than generalizing or blanketing your experiences together. From there, mention the skills that may help you stand out from others. Do you speak another language? Have you volunteered in a related field?

The key to networking is to continually ask questions, while simultaneously weaving your own experiences into the conversation.

And for those polite and simple "We're not currently hiring" responses you get after sending out your resume, follow up with a request for an informational interview. Elizabeth believes that these meetings are essential for getting an offer when something does open up.

Requests for these types of interviews should be explicitly clear. Mention the professional who referred you, explain why you're interested in meeting (but don't attach a resume) and state that it'll only take 20 minutes. At the interview, keep track of time and have agenda items prepared and specific questions you'd like answered in regards to the field, not questions that only pertain to that specific company.

When you're done, it's always important to show your gratitude. Elizabeth stresses that college students are building a professional network, so it's important to be gracious after you're given time to ask questions. Make sure to thank them in person, and always send a thank-you email afterward.

Timing will always be a factor during a job hunt—whether something is available or it isn't—but being proactive is the best way to make a position open up for you. With a professional network, you can almost ensure that you'll be at the top of any hiring manager's list before the position is made public.

When in doubt, know what you want and just go after it.

community photoHELP A MOTHER OUT

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and Mother Nature could use all the help she can get.

The first Earth Day was more than 40 years ago, in 1970. Since then, great strides have been made to protect the planet, but as times continue to change, so do the ways we can help.

For many, it can start simply with the act of recycling, and other small "green" practices. But helping the environment isn't always made out to be simple, and the questions it raises prevent some from changing habits.

If you're new to recycling, or are just looking to make small, impactful changes, get started with the Big Green Easy guide below.

Convenient Containers
You drop things in the trash under the sink or next to the dishwasher because it's convenient, right? But keeping those recycling bins outside, or stacked hidden away in the pantry make them an inconvenience, which means you're less likely to use them.

Make some room next to your garbage bin for one of the easiest ways to increase your recycling. Make it simple by starting with two: one for cans and bottles and one for paper and cardboard.

There are a few no-excuse items in the kitchen that should be recycled every time. These include:

• Glass bottles
• Aluminum and steel cans (sodas, soups, etc.)
• Cereal and other food boxes
• Plastic containers with #1 or #2 marked on the bottom
• Cereal box liners, which are made from #2 plastic
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic bags (from sandwich baggies to grocery store bags)
• Plastic containers from yogurt, dips and other foods

Rinse and Reuse
Take that aluminum foil and those plastic bags—freezer bags, sandwich bags, cereal bags and others—and those plastic containers from yogurts and dips, and rinse them out! Look, we can't always use Tupperware, and sometimes, we just need some other handy kitchen accessories, but that doesn't mean they're use once and done.

Plastic doesn't biodegrade, so the more use we can get out of one bag, the less we're forcing back into nature. Not to mention, using these materials again and again will save you a pretty penny.

Power Down
We're a society run on gadgets and technology, and, boy, does that require a lot of electricity!

Electricity requires fossil fuels (coal and gas are among the most popular), which we know aren't best friends with Mother Nature. But the things is, we're constantly pulling electricity even when we don't need it—when we're not actually using it.

On average, 10 percent of all electricity is wasted on "vampire power," the electricity that no one is actively using. The top in-house villains are the TV, DVD player, cable box, appliance chargers (lap top, cell phone, etc.), lamps and kitchen appliances (toaster, coffee maker, etc.).

If you find it too time consuming to unplug each individual item after every use, buy a "green" power cord. Then, all you have to do is flip the switch, and everything plugged into it will shut off.

You don't have to take huge strides to help the environment. Most solutions are simple and family-friendly—things that kids can easily do and then carry through the rest of their lives.

If nothing else this Earth Day, be kind by powering down and (re)using what your momma gave ya!

community photoNO-SUN SUNSCREEN

Just because we don't see it all that often in the Pacific Northwest, doesn't mean it's not harmful in hiding. The sun, even when camouflaged by heavy cloud cover, can still do some serious work to your skin. Although it doesn't always seem necessary, protect yourself with sunscreen.

While you can't exactly get burned without the sun peeking through the clouds, you can still look older. According to "TODAY Health," the sun is responsible for 80 percent of the skin's changes in regards to wrinkles, age spots, dilated blood vessel, spider veins, red bumps, growths and raised dark spots.

Exposure accumulates, too. So if you're taking daily jogs during overcast days and not wearing sun protection, you're putting yourself at risk. Walking the dog, checking the mail and mowing the lawn are all part of the equation too. Time adds up. No matter whether you can see them or not, the sun's rays are there.

Two Rays Everybody Doesn't Love
•Ultraviolet B (UVB): These rays cause damage by harming the melanocytes in the bottom layer of the outer skin, which can lead to a tan or a burn, depending on the rate of exposure.

These rays lead to 1 out of 90 Americans developing a potentially fatal malignant melanoma—skin cancer.

•Ultraviolet A (UVA): These penetrate deep into the skin and result from direct sunlight and all-natural light, meaning they get to you through clouds and smog.

These rays are what you'll find in a tanning bed and on a cloudy Seattle day.

Getting the Right Protection
• Choose sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15.
• Choose sunscreen labeled "broad spectrum" to protect from both UVB and UVA rays.
• Apply sunscreen generously. Adults should use about one ounce to cover exposed skin.
• Don't forget your face, ears, neck, feet and hands. Also, use lip balm with SPF.
• Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside—even on cloudy days!
• After sweating, swimming or toweling off, reapply.

Applying at the Bellevue Club
(When outdoor pool season begins)
• Please use sunscreen spray only in the shower area at the outdoor pool, and try to avoid spraying it on the ground or in the pool.
• Apply at least 30 minute before swimming.
• Do not apply in the pool or to wet skin.
• If your child is participating in supervised swim time, please apply sunscreen before you drop them off.
• The Bellevue Club does not supply sunscreen for members.

employee spotlight photoEMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Employee: Caylie Pasat
Position: Aquatics Coordinator

Worked at the BC for: 1.5 years

Favorite memory made at the Club: When we had to learn to set up the new inflatable. The aquatics staff came after hours, set it up and then had races on it. We listened to music, took pictures and had a great time.

Favorite part about my job: One word: people! I love everyone I work with, and I love my students. I know we can handle anything in our department.

Favorite hobbies: Music, video games and reading.

Three words to describe me: Tall, loving and balanced.

Siblings: Oldest of three girls, one of which works here. Hi, Mollee!

Favorite food: Enchiladas. Yum!

Favorite movie: "The Breakfast Club."

I would never: hurt someone intentionally.

I just can't live without: water—both to swim in and to drink.

An item on your bucket list: To visit Moldova, where my husband is from, so I can meet the other half of my family.

Favorite place in the world: Needles, Ariz. My parents took us there every summer as kids.

In the Cards
Membership Card Reminder
In order to protect the Bellevue Club’s private membership status, every member who enters the Club must have his or her membership card swiped by a staff member.

Although most members become familiar faces around the Club, the card scanning policy helps stop unauthorized use by nonmembers and members who have been suspended or left the Club. Also, the use of membership cards creates a more efficient entrance environment, in contrast to manually entering each member into the computer.

For those with lost or missing cards, be sure to tell the Athletic Entrance representative so they can order you a new card. We completely understand that you may occasionally forget or misplace your membership card. However, any member who refuses to comply with our card-scanning policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Be Our Guest:
Guest check-in procedures
Guests are always welcome at the Bellevue Club. We encourage members to bring a guest for the day to enjoy use of the facility. All guests that are brought to the Club shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Bellevue Club. This includes checking in. To ensure that guests are eligible to use the facility, we ask that all members abide by the following rules:

• The same guest may visit the Bellevue Club once per month, but not to exceed two visits within a six-month period. The Bellevue Club does offer multi-day and weekly passes through Membership Services.
• The sponsoring member must be present with the guest upon check-in. The only exception is with special passes or arrangements made in advance through Membership Services.
• All guests must fill out a Guest Registration Form, which is to be signed by both the member and guest.
• All guests are subject to pay a guest fee upon check-in. The fee is $16 for an adult and $8 for a junior.

All the News that's Fit to Blog
Bellevue Club launches blog and Twitter
There’s officially a new blog on the block. The Bellevue Club recently launched a new media outlet with all the latest information and member news on the Eastside at www.bellevueclub.com/blog.

Created as a place for members to stay connected to the Bellevue Club community, the new blog is focused on posting timely stories and announcements about member and Club happenings. Along with member news, also look for fitness tips, recipes, social events and class updates.

If you or somebody you know is hosting a charity event or you recently won an award, the Bellevue Club Blog wants to hear about it. Send all interesting news items and tidbits to reflections@bellevueclub.com.

In addition to a shiny new blog, the Bellevue Club is also on Twitter. Follow the Club at www.twitter.com/BellevueClub to get last-minute class openings or cancellations, parking alerts, special offers and weather-related announcements, as well as information about community events in Bellevue.

Nominate a Member for a Profile
Do you know any members who have special talents or athletic abilities, unique hobbies, far-flung travels or interesting careers, volunteer or charity work? We are looking for members to feature for profiles in future issues of REFLECTIONS, and we’d love to hear from you. Call 688-3162 or e-mail reflections@bellevueclub.com with your nomination.

Sign Up for E-Mail Alerts
Bellevue Club members can now sign up to receive e-mail alerts about the latest fitness classes, social events, construction updates, restaurant specials and more. Visit https://members.bellevueclub.com and click on “Subscribe to E-mail Alerts.” From this screen you can sign up to receive specific e-mail alerts about various departments at the Club. Tailor individual alerts to exactly what you want to know about at the Club, from last-minute tennis court openings to promotions at the Spa. Receive only the information you requested, and unsubscribe or change alerts at any time. If you have questions about
e-mail alerts, contact the web coordinator at 688-3293 or e-mail webcoordinator@bellevueclub.com.

See What’s Happening ‘This Week’
Stay up to date on the latest construction news, classes and happenings at the Bellevue Club with the new “This Week at the Club” page at www.bellevueclub.com/thisweek. The link will provide information about special events, current specials, promotions and sales around the club, upcoming events, construction updates, parking alerts, membership information and more.

Use Automatic Deduction to Pay your Club Bill
The Club accepts automatic deductions from your checking or savings account as a convenient, dependable and safe way to make your monthly Club payment.

To sign up for our automatic deduction program, pick up an Authorization Agreement form at Membership Services and return it with a voided check or preprinted savings withdrawal slip.

Once you drop off the completed form, we’ll withdraw your payment directly from your checking or savings account. Automatic deduction payments are made on the 15th of the month and will be reflected on your bank statement. We will continue to send you a monthly Club statement of activity for your review. For more information, please call Membership Services at 688-3221.

Parking Lot Theft Alert
There have been a number of automobile break-ins at the Club due to valuables being left unattended in cars. To reduce the possibility of this happening to you, please never leave valuables—or for that matter, anything—in your car. Do not hide items in your car, either. We have extended security’s presence in the parking lot as well as having the Bellevue Police provide random surveillance throughout the day and evening.

If you observe any unusual activity, please report it to the Athletic Desk immediately.

Locker Room Reminder
Please note that all members under 16 years of age are required to use the Family/Children’s locker rooms. Opposite sex children under 6 years of age are permitted in the boys or girls locker rooms when accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that adults do use these locker rooms. If you are uncomfortable for any reason please contact the Athletic Desk and we will arrange for a staff person to assist your child.

Club Employment Not Available for Members
Please remember that the Bellevue Club does not employ Club members, including Junior and Intermediate classifications. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will continue to enjoy all the activities available at the Club.

Child Care and Kids’ Camp Sick Policy
Please do not bring your sick child to the Child Care Center or Kids’ Camp. This includes a child with a cold, runny nose, cough or fever. We ask that you respect this rule for the protection of other children and our staff.

Reminder for Parents Regarding Junior Members
Summers are a busy time and we have many youngsters in the Club every day taking classes and camps. Please remind your children of the following junior member rules to make time in the Club more pleasant for everyone.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.
• The Junior Activity Lounge is provided for junior members. No rowdiness or foul language is allowed.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.


 


 
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