Have they got your num­ber?

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 782795000; Fax 210-HELOISE; or email [email protected]

DEAR READ­ERS >> To­day’s SOUND OFF is about tele­mar­ket­ing calls that are us­ing the names of fam­ily and friends:

“Dear Heloise: I got a phone call last night, and caller ID said it was from my son. I an­swered, only to get a mar­keter for some prod­uct I won’t buy. In fact, I en­cour­age oth­ers I know to never buy a prod­uct from a tele­mar­keter. So many mar­ket­ing calls are scams. The Do Not Call list doesn’t screen out calls from my son, my friends or my alma mater. When will com­pa­nies learn this is not an ef­fec­tive way to sell any­thing?” — Bess G., Sher­man, Texas

DEAR BESS G. >> Bess, tele­mar­ket­ing calls are be­com­ing a real prob­lem in this coun­try. Read­ers, you can elim­i­nate a num­ber of these calls by go­ing on­line and reg­is­ter­ing at www.donot­call.gov, or you can call 888382-1222. If you move or change phone numbers, you’ll need to rereg­is­ter.

DEAR READ­ERS >> Here are some other uses for a wine rack:

• Use to store rolled-up mag­a­zines and mats.

• Roll guest hand tow­els and store for the bath­room.

• Use to store wrap­ping pa­per.

DEAR HELOISE >> For the past six years, I’ve worked in hu­man re­sources and done hun­dreds of in­ter­views for a large cor­po­ra­tion. I’d like to make a few rec­om­men­da­tions to help peo­ple ap­ply­ing for a po­si­tion.

First, no mat­ter what your line of work is, stay cur­rent. Learn all the new tech gad­gets re­quired

for your line of work. Next, make cer­tain your re­sume is up­dated and easy to read on one page. You need not go back to your first job if it was more than 10 years ago. When in­ter­viewed, dress pro­fes­sion­ally. Good luck on the in­ter­view. — Stacy W., Pendle­ton, Ore.

DEAR HELOISE >> I’ve never had a garage sale, and I don’t know what to do. Can you make a few sug­ges­tions for the garage sale I plan on hav­ing this sum­mer? — Karen S., St. Joseph, Mo.

DEAR KAREN S. >> Karen, first, see if you need a per­mit to hold a garage sale, and if you do, then get one. Make sure ev­ery­thing you’re sell­ing is clean and tagged with a price. Be open to ne­go­ti­ate, be­cause an item is only worth what some­one will pay for it. Dis­play items at­trac­tively in aisles so that peo­ple can move around and pick up an ob­ject. Have some­one who is in charge of the money. Make sure you have 10 or 15 sin­gle dol­lars, and that way you can make change. Don’t for­get to put an ad in the news­pa­per and a sign out in front of the house. Also, you can men­tion on so­cial me­dia that you are hav­ing a garage sale.

DEAR HELOISE >> I could never find my cell­phone in my purse, so I took glow-in-the-dark paint and painted strips on my cell­phone case. — Nan D., Can­ton, Miss.

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