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Hire With Care
Pay as much attention to hiring as you do to buying
effectiveness, management training and development.
"The average cost of a professional employee including benefits
is often around $100,000 a year, and you would like the person to
stay with the company for 10 years, so you are talking about a million
dollar investment. You need to spend time thinking about what the
real job it is you want to fill — what the new person will
do over the next 12 to 18 months."
The son of a German professor at Princeton, Hollman went to Rutgers,
Class of 1966, and has a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He
was a senior industrial psychologist at General Electric and started
his own practice in 1985. He moved his office in Princeton from 353
Nassau Street to 30 Harrison Street last month. (Mainsail Associates
Inc., 609-430-1300; www.mainsailassociates.com).
If as an employer you are worried about getting too many resumes,
write your ad or job postings so that you get only a few resumes,
the right ones. "Most people stress the positive. Instead, describe
the job in very challenging terms with some of the difficulties and
problems that the new incumbent would have to face. That helps unqualified
people screen themselves out," he says.
What most interviewers look at is a job screen, the ability to do
the job. Hollman also advocates using a quality screen. "As you
get a person’s history, you are sensitive to these areas."
get a job done, to conform to the culture of the workplace, to report
to a client effectively.
which can include planning, intuition, street smarts, and drawing
accurate conclusions from incomplete information.
ideas, and having the ability to sell that idea to other people.
organization," says Hollman. "Maintaining the status quo should
be looked at as a step backwards."
— Barbara Fox
So, you’re dying for a summer break, have no plans yet,
don’t want to spend a fortune, and would really rather give the whole
airport thing a rest?
Consider taking the train to the islands.
"It’s been 30 years since cruise ships docked in Manhattan year
cruise booking franchise CruiseOne (www.cruiseone.com/crobinson).
In the past, it was possible to catch a train in Princeton Junction
between June and September, take a cab to 55th Street, board a cruise
ship, and take off for Bermuda. The choices have expanded, and continue
to do so, says Robinson. A whole raft of new ships, among them the
biggest and fastest, and also the smallest and most exclusive, are
making New York City their home port.
Thanks to new, faster ships, it is now possible to sail out of New
York Harbor in the evening and be in warm waters the next morning.
Reaching the Bahamas, let alone making it deep into the Caribbean,
used to be impractical from northern ports because travel time was
so long that there would be scant time left for snorkeling. Thanks
to expanded horsepower driving the superliners, New York to Caribbean
cruises are now practical — and seeing demand, cruise ship operators
are responding with more and more offerings.
In a conversation during the last week in July, Robinson says, "As
of today, Norwegian Dawn, a brand new ship, has extended to November
2004." The ship first berthed in the Hudson in May, offering cruises
to Florida and the Bahamas. Extending its range, it is now booking
10 and 11-day trips to what Robinson terms "the deep Caribbean"
in January and February.
The Carnival Legend, a new superliner with no fewer than four swimming
pools, is heading south from Manhattan this summer too, and the luxe Radisson
Seven Seas Navigator is adding a twist to the New York/Bermuda
vacation by extending the cruise to include a stop in Virginia.
The newcomer that excites Robinson the most is Royal Caribbean’s Voyager
of the Seas. "It’s the largest ship in the world," she says.
"It has ice skating, a roller blading track, a rock climbing wall,
a mini golf course. It’s an absolutely phenomenal ship." This
super-ship has announced that it will sail into New York next May,
and stay through October to ferry vacationers on 9-night Caribbean
and 5-night Canadian vacations. "Formerly these ships were available
only from Florida and San Juan," Robinson says of the new offerings.
Why the increase in New York cruise traffic?
"A lot of it has to do with 9/11," says Robinson. "A lot
of people don’t want to fly." But there are other reasons, as
well. "When you take a plane," she points out, "you lose
a day of your vacation on either end." Maybe more. A vacationer
who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to allow enough time to get through security,
spends a few pre-flight hours guarding take-on luggage while entertaining
toddlers and teens, and encounters even low-end flight delays may
need at least one more day to unwind after the plane lands.
Consider the alternative. Get on a train at 10 a.m., catch a cab to
a West Side pier, take an elevator to your cabin to drop off your
carry on bags, and then take another elevator to the pool. After securing
a deck chair, get a fruity drink, and splash around for a few hours
before moving to a forward deck to watch the Empire State Building,
Chelsea Piers, Battery Park City, the Statue of Liberty, and the Verrazano
Bridge slowly recede into the distance.
"It’s instant relaxation," says Robinson.
Robinson strongly urges vacationers to book well in advance. But for
those who have not done so, there are some amazing last minute deals.
A good place to find them is website icruise. Its URL is the somewhat
strange www2.i-cruise.com, but just typing "icruise" into
Google brings it up. The site is showing a seven-night Bermuda cruise
on the Pride, a Carnival superliner, starting at $510 per person for
an inside cabin and just over $730 for a cabin with a private balcony.
These prices do not include port charges or taxes. A disadvantage
of sailing from New York, Robinson points out, is high port taxes.
When all is said and done, this cruise in the least expensive cabin
will come to about $800 per person, unless there are further price
cuts, which there well could be. Prices on this same cruise in mid-July
continued to slide, dropping week by week.
Among the many search options on icruise is a search by departure
port. Plug in New York and the month you want to leave, and a complete
list of cruises from the city pops up. Click on any one for more details.
Another outstanding cruise website is CruisesOnly, at www.cruises.com
While it is not as easy to search as icruise, this site has at least
one very cool feature. About one-third of the way down on its menu,
on the left-hand side of the home page, there is an icon for "360
degree Ship Tours." Click on a ship and a menu of IPIX (360 degree,
revolving, interactive pictures) choice comes up, showing details
of every class of cabin, every restaurant, every swimming pool, and
every other public space.
A third good cruise website is that of Arthur Frommer travel, at www.frommers.com
Its extensive cruise information and links include breaking news,
great deals, detailed destination guides and ship reviews.
Even with all of the cruise help available on the Internet,
many travel writers suggest that the last step, the actual booking,
is best done through a travel agent, preferably one specializing in
cruises. Robinson says that she, like many of her colleagues, monitors
cruise prices and obtains money back for his customers if cruise lines
drop their prices as sailing date approaches. In addition to competitive
prices, travel agents can help vacationers decide from among a growing
number of cruises.
Some ships have outstanding child care programs, while others are
just learning about how to keep kids happily busy. Some ships make
a big deal of dining, requiring formal attire on two or more nights,
while others offer casual options, including a plethora of small come-when-you-want
restaurants. Some ships have extensive fitness facilities and long
stretches of decks for walks under the stars, while others have just
a few pieces of equipment and jogging tracks that resemble squirrel
cages. Some ships offer most passengers a private balcony, while others
have no balconies at all.
Choosing a ship does not end the questions. Far from it. There can
easily be 14 classes of cabin on each ship. Is it worth the money
to get a balcony? Will an inside cabin feel claustrophobic? These
are questions Robinson hears all the time. And then there are questions
uninitiated cruisers never think to ask. They can be small things,
but they add up.
Helping Robinson to untangle the options is her husband, Frank, a
semi-retired electrician and part-time travel agent, who, says his
wife, "Loves to be on a boat. He doesn’t care if he ever leaves."
Also supplying unique insight are the couple’s children. Jackie, who
is nearly 18 and is preparing for a role in Dracula at the Kelsey
Theater, has been on 17 cruises. Her sister, Kristen, soon to be a
seventh grader at the Grover School, has been on 14 or 15. The pair
are experts on shipboard kids programs, and, says their mother, give
Royal Caribbean high marks, and also like Celebrity and Princess.
Cruising from New York can really cut vacation stress for parents,
says Robinson. "There’s no whining," she says. "No dragging
kids through airports." Once onboard a ship with a good children’s
program, it’s smooth sailing all around. "The parents can enjoy
themselves," she says. "When my kids were little, they left
dinner before dessert to rejoin their group, and they stayed until
All is not bliss with a New York sailing, however. "On weekends,
with four ships in dock, it can be chaos," says Robinson. This
is especially so for debarking passengers in competition with thousands
of their shipmates for a cab. There is a way around this bottleneck,
however. Instead of heading for the taxi stand, take the elevator
to the street, walk a block or two away from the piers, and then hail
a cab. Anyone with the discipline to pack light (hey, it’s the islands,
how much do you need?) could just take to the new walkway along the
Hudson on foot, and hoof it back to Penn Station.
There is parking available on the piers, for about $20 a day, and
the parking lot could be a good option for anyone traveling with four
children and/or a trunkload of formal gowns.
For the ultimate in vacation relaxation, though, try the train/ship
connection. No car, no plane, no hassles. Really, it feels like beating
Rutgers will be home to a new genetics resource for
scientists worldwide intent on solving the hereditary puzzles at the
core of such diseases as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and
kidney disorders. The
and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a unit of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), has awarded a five-year, $9.3 million contract to
create the genetic repository.
"We are interested in studying genetics of the many diseases that
NIDDK investigates," Jay Tischfield, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan
Professor of Genetics, and chair of the department of genetics at
Rutgers, said in a prepared statement. "Rutgers’ repository will
now enable investigators around the world to conduct population and
family-based research on the genetic bases of these painful and debilitating
The Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR), of which Tischfield
is scientific director, will collect, maintain and distribute cell
lines and DNA for the NIDDK from human populations worldwide. Consistent
with NIH initiatives that mandate the sharing of human biomaterials
and research data, the new repository will provide researchers opportunities
to collaborate internationally and study common pools of subjects
to find genes that predispose individuals to such diseases.
The NIDDK award comes on the heels of a $22.6 million cooperative
agreement award to Rutgers from the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) for a similar project in support of research into the genetics
of mental disorders. Rutgers is now the genetic repository and resource
for four NIH institutes: NIMH, NIDDK, the National Institute on Drug
Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Established in 1998 on Rutgers’ Busch campus, the Rutgers cell and
DNA repository supports NIH and privately funded charitable research
on mental diseases; disorders such as heroin, cocaine and tobacco
abuse; diabetes and obesity; and aging and longevity. In these efforts
RUCDR produces from 1,200 to 1,500 cell lines per month, approximately
five times as many as any other research facility.
at this year’s WatershedFest, to be held on October 4. The organization
hopes to sell 1,200 tickets for $50 each. The prize is a 2004 Honda
Civic gas-electric hybrid car.
The Watershed, promoting its prize, says that the car, which has a
battery as well as a fuel-efficient gasoline-burning engine, gets
48 miles per gallon.
To purchase a ticket call 609-737-3735 for directions to the Watershed’s
Pennington office, or log onto the non-profit’s website, www.thewatershed.org.
Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce, together with
University, presented awards to participants in a two-and-a-half
week entrepreneurial program on Tuesday, July 15. Participants were
12-year-old Trenton public school students who learned how to start
and run a business. Each student came up with a business idea and
supported it with a business plan.
foundation, has awarded 20 scholarships totally $27,750 to students
pursuing careers in real estate related fields.
The education foundation was established in 1969 and provides scholarships
to members of the New Jersey Association of Realtors and to members
of their families. To date, $344,100 in scholarship money has been
the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. The community-driven effort,
geared toward giving children the books they need to get started on
a lifetime of reading, surpassed its goal by a large measure, bringing
in twice the number of books that the coffee house chain sought to
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