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Welcome to the May 2010 edition of the Outer Banks Monthly. Expect the same format as last month. Sorry for being late this month. A couple of things contributed to that, one was starting a new job and the other was making sure the new Sunny Day Coupons were available. You will find the new coupons just below.

The new job was a result of "corporate restructuring" back in February 2010. As many of us know, that is the new term for "lay-offs" or "firing". After 19 years, I was suddenly looking for a new role. I was in a "career transition." Another fancy term for looking for a new job. It was a little scary at first, but it is amazing what you learn about yourself. Here are some of the things I learned:

  • It is amazing how many people are willing to help if you only reach out and ask.

  • The worst anyone can say to you when you ask for help is to say “no”. BTW, the answer is “no” anyway if you never ask, so what do you have to lose?

  • Networking is the most reliable way of finding your next opportunity. If you answer an ad on the Internet or in the paper, you are one of 200- 300 applicants.

  • If you find an opportunity on the Internet (Indeed.com is great for this … they will send you daily e-mails on positions available), use LinkedIn to find someone at the company to walk your resume to the hiring manager. I got most of my interviews that way.

  • The experts tell you to not make the interview personal. I would tell you that if the person interviewing you tries to tell you something personal, by all means take advantage of it. The person who eventually hired me told me his son was back from school and trying to start a business creating video games. That was a homerun, as my son is studying to do the same thing. Instant personal connection.

  • The best pre-interview question to ask the HR person: Why is this position looking for and how does this position make the hiring manger successful? Before ever meeting the hiring manager, I knew they were looking for expertise in a particular area and brought two slides to demonstrate when I was asked where do you see yourself in three years.

    I was fortunate in that it took me about ten weeks to find a new position. It only seemed like forever. So, take stock in yourself. Put your resume together on what YOU accomplished, and don’t be afraid to tell people about it. It is only bragging if you hadn’t done it.

    Alright, sit back and enjoy, and as always, if you have ideas for future stories, drop us an e-mail at Outer_Banks_Monthly@outer-banks-revealed.coml or use our Contact Us page.

    Sunny Day Coupons for 2010

    As promised last month, the new Sunny Day Coupons have arrived. They are the ones that come in the free brochure on the Outer Banks. This way you get them without the paper. Please download the coupons appropriate to where you are staying. If you will be visiting from Corolla to Ocracoke Island, feel free to download them all!

    Download PDF files for Corolla to Nags Head Coupons:

    Download PDF files for Hatteras Island & Ocracoke Island Coupons:

    Outer Banks Survey Update

    This month, the focus will be on the travel related surveys on the Outer Banks Revealed Survey Page Thanks to all of those who have participated!

    Travel distance continues to be very close between the 5-8 and 8-14 hours people, with a combined response of 65%. Expect to continue to see those license plates from PA, NY, NJ, and OH.

    3-4 bedroom houses continue to be the most popular houses on the Outer Banks, suggesting single families versus the larger groups continue to be the main groups renting on the Outer Banks, accounting for 44% of all respondents.

    And favorite activity when you get to OBX? Yep, hit the beach (49%) and doing nothing (34%). Don’t agree with the results? Follow the Outer Banks Revealed Survey Page link to cast your vote. Won’t take more than five minutes and we greatly appreciate your participation!

    Outer Banks Homeowners

    How's your summer calendar shaping up? Is your summer completely booked? Other than bugging your rental company about what they are doing to address those gaps, not sure what you can do? Maybe it’s time to take control of your calendar. Check out a friends at OBXRentalHouses.com or some of these other great providers where you now have people interested in your home contacting you directly. You control who rents your house and you see to it that the dates get filled … in other words, you’re the boss again.

    What’s New in Outer Banks Revealed?

    Outer Banks Revealed continued expanding in new and exciting ways this past month. Below is an outline of those changes. Come on by and check them out for yourself and let us know your thoughts by sending us an e-mail. If you have questions or would like to see other things on the site, feel free to include that in your e-mail. Here’s what was added last month:

    Crabbing on the Outer Banks with a Hand Dip Line: This month’s installment of Judith Bailey's "Hidden Gems". You’ll love the pictures and the advice on how and where to participate in this Outer Banks fun.

    Outer Banks Realty Report: March 2010: March 2010’s edition of the realty report provided by J-P Peron and Morgan Mason of Sun Realty. If you are thinking about buying or selling on the Outer Banks, check back monthly to see the latest market trends.

    Two questions came in this month on the Just Ask pages:

    RV’s allowed on the Outer Banks?: Tony from upstate NY asked. Of course! Find out where all the campsites are by following the link.

    Pearl hunting at an OBX restaurant?: Justin from Ohio wanted to know what the name of the restaurant is … here is my answer.

    Our story on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach closings continue to stir up some responses. Read the latest posts here. :

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