September 2014 Newsletter                           Fall Edition                                     Edited by Cindi Swartout

 Our Fall Newsletter has the following:

  • Message from the President
  • Open Positions
  • Ask Kevin
  • A Note from Cindi
  • A Note from Danna
  • Fall Recipe
  • Links of interest

ASK KEVIN!

Send Kevin any questions you may have about interviewing, job searching, hiring or fishing! We will address the best question in the next newsletter!


A Note from Cindi

What did you do this summer? I went on a road trip from California to Florida and back. My daughter graduated from University of Arkansas with a BA in Journalism. She was accepted into the Disney College Program in Orlando and I drove with her from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Orlando, Florida and stopped to see the fun sights in between. Then her dog and I made the trip back to California (no pets in the Disney housing!)

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Links of Interest

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upcoming shows that Kevin will attend

MEPTEC

IWLPC

DesignCon

BBQ

BarBQ

Salads

Crock Pot Cooking

 

 

A Message from the President

Hello Everyone,
It must be Fall, I see kids with backpacks and crossing guards at the intersections near Schools. It’s been a very busy year here at KPS so far. I have been lucky to work on a bunch of interesting assignments for my clients. I even have a client that is looking for a Turbo Pump Repair Expert, a real “hands-on” technician type of guy. They are wonderful people and difficult to find, not everyone has rebuilt a Turbo from Scratch.

This 2014 SemiCon West was a great show for us here at KPS, it’s always been a great place to network with friends and make new ones. But this year I noticed that the enthusiasm was back at the show and there were a lot more attendee’s. It was nice to meet the new Companies that attended this year.
With all the consolidation of the past 5 years, it’s good to see some growth.

I have been a Recruiter for over 25 years and I have been talking to people about the elements of relocation. One of those elements is someone’s family and the age of the children. Many of my clients tell me that they are “Empty Nesters”, meaning that now that they have grown children who have moved away making it much easier to relocate, if a suitable job was to come available. I now know the highs and lows of being an “Empty Nester”. My baby girl, Katie, is now a Frosh at San Diego State University, (Go Aztecs Water Polo!) My wife and I are now living alone in what seems to be a much larger house. It’s not the same without the pitter patter of those little feet banging around and creating so much noise! Then there is the unwelcome anxiety of separation. It’s been tough for both of us but I really feel that it’s the best things for everyone. To those who have gone through this before, I salute you.

The last Quarter of the year is always the busiest so don’t be surprised to see a note in your inbox from me asking for help on a search assignment.

Kevin A.P. Keifer
President


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A Note from Danna

The best time to start saving money? Ten years ago.

The second-best time? Today.

Want 2015 to be the year you turn things around? Four simple tactics can make all the difference.

Step 1: You need a goal
The first thing to do is set a specific goal. "In 2015 I'm going to start an emergency fund" or "I resolve to have a healthy bank account this time next year" are both fatally vague. How much of an EF? What's a "healthy" account? Try this instead: Pick a specific sum. It could represent, for example, your emergency fund, the cost of a long-deferred vacation or a down payment on a house. Your choice.
You could divide that amount by 12 and put that result into savings each month. Or you could divide that goal by 52. Why 52? Because a small, weekly savings plan is less traumatic than a once-a-month withdrawal. You learn to live on what's left week by week, vs. losing a (relatively) big chunk all at once.

Step 2: Pay yourself first
The old saying holds true: Pay yourself first. Otherwise that "extra" $10 will get spent on something nonessential, like a pizza. 
Or even for something essential, like rent. Paying yourself first forces you to get smarter about the way you let money slip away each month.

Step 3: Automate
Automate a weekly withdrawal of $10 (or whatever your selected amount is) from checking to savings. Why automate it? Because that way it's sure to happen every week or month. Treat your savings like any other bill -- utility, credit card -- that you pay online.

Step 4: Track your expenses
Track your expenses with a free service like our partner PowerWallet, which shows you where your money is going. Now you can look for ways to save on everyday expenses


zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread
Adapted from several sources

Yield: 2 loaves or approximately 24 muffins

3 eggs
1 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. (See those pictures of the cakes inside their non-stick pans? Yup, they’re pretty much hanging out in there for the time being.) Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.

Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.

Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.