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How to use social media to find a job

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DAVENPORT - You can guarantee you'll find Courtnie Reeder scrolling through websites.

"Four days a week I`m looking online if there`s something new," said Reeder.

Reeder is a recent college graduate and has been on the hunt for a job. Besides looking at job sites, she uses social media to find a job or connect with employers.

"Facebook and Twitter it does allow you to like or follow their employer pages to where you can learn about new hires or just any news about their company," said Reeder.

Over at Iowa Works in Davenport, employment and training counselor Christine Caves says out of all the social media platforms, job seekers should use LinkedIn.

"You can market your skills, you can reach out to businesses, you can connect directly with human resource professionals on Linkedin. They can see your credentials as you have a resume built into your profile," said Caves.

LinkedIn also gives people the advantage of knowing about jobs sooner, "There`s what they call a hidden job market, businesses are busy and sometimes they don`t know they're looking to fill a position until they meet a candidate that has great qualities and work experience. A hidden job market can be discovered by marketing yourself and building your professional network," said Caves.

While Facebook and Twitter can be helpful sometimes, Caves doesn't recommend using them to find a long-term job.

"I wouldn`t recommend maybe Facebook or Twitter if you`re looking for something more permanent, something of quality something that`s going to provide wages that are in alignment with your skills and your experience," said Caves.

Social media has proven it's not going away anytime soon, so the more you know how to use it the better off you are.

"Social media is everywhere and if you're sophisticated and you use it intelligently to access that hidden job market you will reap the benefits of that," said Caves.

For Courtnie, she's taking full advantage of it, while patiently waiting for the perfect job.


RI County residents invited to participate in Rock Island County Forest Preserve District survey

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ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois — Residents of RI County are invited to participate in a public input survey for the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District and the Forest Preserve Commission.

The survey, which begins Tuesday, October 3rd and will be accepted until Friday, October 13th,  was created to collect feedback and suggestions for the following parks and preserves:

  • Dorrance Park, Port Byron, IL
  • Illiniwek Forest Preserve, Hampton, IL
  • Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, Illinois City, IL
  • Martin Conservation Area, Illinois City, IL
  • Indian Bluff Golf Course, Milan, IL
  • Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, IL

Forest Preserve District Director Jeff Craver says the survey will give them a better idea of what the community values and how they can improve facilities.

RI County residents who participate will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Written paper surveys will be available at the Rock Island County Public Library, County Office Building, and Rock Island City Hall, or you can take the survey online here.

Both English and Spanish versions will be available.

Quad City residents weigh in on gun debate

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MOLINE - It's all anyone can talk about right now.

"Another one, literally that was my first reaction was another one," said Michael Battaglia.

The mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds of others.

"It's horrible you just can't imagine that people can go off that way," said Tom Waggoner.

"I feel so sad for all those people in the concert and going there to enjoy and not expecting that to happen," said Sue Nelson.

People we talked to say shootings have become almost normalized, from Sandy Hook and Pulse Night Club, to several other shootings. Every time a shooting happens, it poses the question, what should be done?

"How many people have to be killed at one time before our legislatures say okay this is enough," said Nelson.

And every time, it becomes a debate on gun control.

Some Quad City residents we talked to think there need to be stricter laws.

"We shouldn`t have to have someone using some machine guns, I mean who needs that? The army needs it, we don`t need it," said Nelson.

"You don`t need a machine gun in someone`s house you don`t need more than one gun in a household one person does not need more than one gun," said Battaglia.

While others disagree, "I don`t know that there`s anything you can do besides enforcing what`s there. There`s already background checks, there`s things that are in place to try to prevent unstable people from having access to having weapons," said Waggoner.

Whatever the right solution may be, people know it won't be the last shooting and it won't be the last time for this discussion.

"It sucks to say this but it's going to blow over until the next shooting happens," said Battaglia.

Stranger helps reunite mother with 5-year-old son lost during Las Vegas shooting

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LAS VEGAS  – While the heartbreaking tragedy in Las Vegas was unfolding, many people looked for loved ones lost in the crowd.

On Sunday, Doris Huser and her two young children were enjoying the Route 91 Festival.

Before the shooting began, her daughter said she needed to go to the bathroom. At that point, she left her 5-year-old son Aden with his aunt, she told KTNV

Moments later, shots rang out and she immediately became worried about Aden. She tried getting through the crowd, but couldn’t find her son.

“I lost her and I was sad because it was just me and my aunt and I didn’t know where my sister was so I didn’t know where to run,” Aden said.

During the chaos, Aden also became separated from his aunt but was spotted by Lindsey Rogers.

Immediately, Rogers took the boy to safety and then relied on social media to help him get home.

One of Rogers’ friends took a picture of Aden, posted it to Facebook and it wasn’t long before it was seen by one of Aden’s relatives.

He was picked up by his grandparents and ultimately reunited with his mom.

“All I remember is seeing my son come out of the garage door and I dropped to my knees,” Doris said. “He ran as hard as he could to me and we were like one for a second. He just held on to me so tight.”

Several shower/t’storm chances still expected as we go through the week

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Another warm day out there despite the amount of clouds that scoured our skies.  Temperatures this afternoon averaged around the 80 degree mark.

Almost seemed like it wanted to rain today but the chances still exist heading into this evening where the coverage will be spotty and light.  Overnight, the shower coverage will increase and amounts will likely tally between a tenth to a half an inch.

These showers will end Wednesday morning allowing the rest of the day to be mostly cloudy and cooler with highs in the lower 70s.

More scattered showers along with a few thunderstorm chances will return near the end of the work week before the last of the raindrops take place by breakfast time Saturday morning.

All in all, rainfall amounts for this week could tally up between 1 to 3 inches in many spots.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Dog dies in Bettendorf mobile home fire

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BETTENDORF, Iowa -- A dog inside a mobile home died after a fire in the home Tuesday afternoon, October 3rd.

At approximately 2:06 p.m., Bettendorf Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Department was dispatched to a fire at Glendale Mobile Home Park, located off State Street.

Upon arrival, smoke was coming out of vent openings in the mobile home, officials said.

The blaze started in the bedroom, causing heavy damage in the bedroom and some damage to the rest of the home.

According to officials, the home is considered unlivable.  The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damages.

There were no other homes evacuated and no other reported injuries.

Riverdale's Fire Department as well as Bettendorf's Fire and Police Departments responded to the scene.

Buffalo Police hiring full-time officer to have 24/7 coverage

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BUFFALO, Iowa — The city’s police department is hiring; looking for one full-time officer to join their team.

A post about the open position showed up on the Buffalo Police Department’s Facebook page on Tuesday, October 3rd.

According to the city clerk, city leaders decided to hire a fourth officer in order to provide the city law enforcement coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About a week before the posting, Buffalo’s Police Chief Terry “T.J.” Behning was injured when his squad car was struck by a stolen garbage truck during a chase outside of town.  The city clerk confirmed that the decision to hire another officer came before this incident.

The help wanted post said the department is looking for someone who fulfills the following requirements:

  • Obtained a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Be 18-years-old or older
  • Must possess a valid Iowa Driver’s License
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation
  • No felony convictions
  • Must pass a drug screen and physical
  • Must pass psychological evaluation

The post also mentioned that applicants who are non-certified will have to perform and pass the written POST test and physical agility standards test as required by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  Certified officers will have to pass the physical agility standards if they’ve been away from the force for more than 180 days.

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, October 17th.  Applications and resumes can be dropped off or mailed to Buffalo City Hall:

City of Buffalo
Attention: Buffalo Police Department
P.O. Box 557
Buffalo, IA 52728

Chicago reviews marathon security, no changes after Vegas

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say they’re constantly evaluating security before the city’s annual marathon, but no changes have been made following the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

About 45,000 runners are expected in Sunday’s marathon and there’ll be 1 million spectators.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that emergency officials have conducted roughly a dozen drills in the past year.

Emanuel says he has “absolute confidence” in the security plans. He says Chicago is prepared for “any eventuality” and stepped up security following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

His son is running in the event.

Alicia Tate-Nadeau leads the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. She says emergency officials take major national and international events into account, but there haven’t been any marathon security changes yet because of the Las Vegas shooting.

Kewanee man accused of firing shots into the air in Macomb neighborhood

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MACOMB — Two men were arrested after gunfire was reported in a Macomb neighborhood overnight Sunday.

Police were called to the 300 block of West Adams Street around 3:45 a.m., October 1st.  According to the Macomb Police Department, investigators found out that a “large fight” had just taken place there and that four shots had been fired into the air.

After questioning multiple people, investigators identified 23-year-old Jequann Johnson from Kewanee, Illinois as a suspect. He was arrested the next day and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.  He was taken to the Henry County Jail.

Another man, 20-year-old Ashton Powers from Kewanee, who police say was also there during the fight, was charged with possession of a look-alike substance with intent to distribute.

Police say more arrests are expected.

Nearly 500 marijuana plants pulled from patch in Henry County, Iowa

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Nearly 500 marijuana plants were uprooted and removed from a plot of land in Henry County, Iowa.

According to a post on the county sheriff's Facebook page, "a concerned citizen" reported the plants.  Four photos posted Tuesday, October 3rd showed a marijuana patch and the plants piled up on a trailer, ready to be pulled away.

The department said about 480 marijuana plants were pulled from the patch.

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"The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to report anything suspicious or illegal," the post concluded.

Man posts video tour of same room where Las Vegas gunman fired deadly shots

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LAS VEGAS – After realizing he and his wife had stayed in the same Las Vegas suite where gunman Stephen Paddock fired shots at a country festival Sunday night, a North Carolina man posted a video he took of the rooms during their stay last year.

Paddock shot at a crowd of about 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival as country star Jason Aldean was performing, killing 59 people and injuring 527 more.

Related: Las Vegas survivor describes guilt: ‘Did I do enough?’ 

Paddock was in suite 135 on the 32nd floor of the hotel when he unleashed a hailstorm of bullets.

On Monday, Jeff Bridges of Charlotte, North Carolina, posted a video that showed he and his wife’s stay at Mandalay Bay last year.

“Andrea and I stayed in that EXACT same room last year on the 32nd floor! Room 32-135,” the post reads.

The nearly five-minute video narrated by Bridges gives a tour of the suite, including a final look at the concert area.

“The video ironically ends with a view down on the concert area,” Bridges wrote.

Las Vegas survivor describes guilt: ‘Did I do enough?’

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(CNN) — A survivor of Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre says he feels abashed about leaving the music festival unscathed while at least 59 others lost their lives around him in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

“I’m actually feeling a little bit guilty now,” an emotional Brian Claypool said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day” after seeing footage from the attack.

“I’ve avoided seeing the victims and seeing pictures of people that were killed, and I was there. They’re a lot younger than me and they don’t get to go home. I get to go home today, back to LA to see my daughter, and they don’t.”

He told anchor Chris Cuomo, “I’ve heard heroic acts and I’m now processing, ‘Did I do enough?’ I’m going through some guilt now. Did I help enough people?'”

Claypool, a defense attorney who was in a VIP section at the festival, explained that during the attack he was ushered into “a little room” where he found five or six young women in a corner crying.

He said he hoped he had done enough to keep them calm and had even found himself subconsciously standing in front of them protectively.

Claypool concluded, “I want you to know and your audience to know how beautiful those people were at that festival.”

How to celebrate ‘Mean Girls Day’

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(CNN) — No, you don’t get the day off. But that doesn’t mean that October 3 isn’t a holiday.

The date is known to social media and movie fans around the world as “Mean Girls Day.”

Here’s the backstory: In the popular 2004 film there’s scene where Aaron Samuels (portrayed by Jonathan Bennett) turns to Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan) in class and asks her what day it is.

“It’s October 3,” she answers.

Since then, October 3 has joined other dates made significant by films.

Related: What’s up with the fake movie holidays?

So how should you celebrate it?

Glad you asked:

Try and score some tickets to the “Mean Girls” musical

“30 Rock” funny woman Tina Fey wrote the film and is now blessing the world with a musical version, which is premiering for a five-week run at Washington’s National Theater on October 31 and later heading to Broadway.

Naturally, the tickets go on sale Tuesday.

If you are in New York on October 3, there is a planned celebration at the August Wilson Theatre featuring cheese fries from Sweetery’s.

Eat cheese fries or Taco Bell

Because, see above.

Who can forget the character Regina George’s classic line, “Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries.”

Or her assertion that she couldn’t eat Taco Bell as she was on an “all carb diet.”

Try and make “fetch’ happen

Speaking of Regina George, she was so right when she said fetch isn’t going to happen. But you can still try and give the slang word some love by using it.

Go follow Lindsay Lohan on social media

It’s ok to admit that you are still a little obsessed with the red-headed starlet who went from ingenue to inmate at one point.

Lohan still has love for the movie that helped make her a star. Just a few days ago, she shared an Instagram story of herself re-watching “Mean Girls” to the thrill of her followers.

The actress told CNN last year during a Facebook Live interview that she’s “been trying so hard to do a ‘Mean Girls 2.’ It is not in my hands.”

“I know Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels and all of Paramount are very busy,” Lohan said. “But I will keep forcing it and pushing it on them until we do it.”

Watch the movie

Take a page from Lohan and watch “Mean Girls” in honor of “Mean Girls Day.”

And don’t forget that on Wednesdays we wear pink.

Even after getting shot, Rep. Steve Scalise explains why he’s against gun control

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METAIRIE, LA (WGNO) — Moments after the bullet hit him– seconds after he says his arms could no longer support him as he tried to crawl away– Congressman Steve Scalise heard a comforting sound.

It was the sound of more gunfire, from a different caliber weapon– the kind carried by his own security detail. They were firing back at the gunman.

As the House Majority Whip, Scalise is one of the top leaders in Congress who can count on armed bodyguards for protection. Scalise credits his security team with saving his life in June, by killing the gunman who attacked him at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

That’s one reason Scalise says he’s against any kind of new legislation that would limit a person’s ability to carry a gun.

In an interview with WGNO-TV, conducted just one day before the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 people dead, Scalise insisted that “every day in this country, people use guns to actually defend themselves against criminals, and those stories don’t get told.”

However, according to the “Violence Policy Center,”, a non-profit research group based in Washington, DC, the use of a gun in self-defense is “extremely rare.” In fact, the Center claims that “more guns are stolen each year than are used in self-defense.”


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