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PLANNING A LONG car trip this summer? Go
through this checklist from
com, an automotive information site, before
hitting the road.
✔ Battery. Check the terminals. If you
see cracks, corrosion or damage, the battery
may need to be replaced.
✔ Engine oil. After running the engine
to warm it up, turn it off and remove the
engine oil dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert it
and ensure the oil is near “full.” If it is low,
top it off. Or, if your car is due for one,
schedule an oil change before leaving.
✔ Transmission fluid. With the motor
running, remove, clean and reinsert the
transmission fluid dipstick. Look for the fluid
to be red or pink. If it is brown, change it,
especially if you’re towing a trailer.
✔ Antifreeze. Check the coolant in the
overflow tank. If low, refill it with the cool-ant/water mix described in the car’s manual.
IN THE FEBRUARY issue of The Costco
Connection, Update relayed information
about EMV (Europay, MasterCard and
Visa), which introduced the technology
that embeds a chip in credit cards for
improved security, becoming the global
standard for payment processing.
The United States is one of the last
YOU’VE POSTED JOB openings and the
résumés are flowing in. Do you know what
to look for? Jennifer McClure, president of
Unbridled Talent, an HR and recruiting
consulting firm, offers these tips in an article on the Intuit Small Business Blog.
• Read between the lines for accomplishments and results as well as potential.
Job seekers aren’t professional résumé
writers. Look past small imperfections that
aren’t relevant to future success.
• A well-written, targeted objective
can start the résumé review process off on
a strong note. A generic or poorly written
statement, such as “team player looking for
a company where I can apply my skills to
help them grow,” opens the door to the
• Check the applicant’s most recent
job title and employer to see if the person
has held a similar role or is on track for the
position you’re trying to fill. If you’re looking for a chief financial officer, think “
possibility” if you see titles like CFO or vice
president or director of finance. Think
“probably not” if you see accounts payable
clerk or cost accounting manager—more
so if the most recent position is not even
in the field.
• Look for how a person has created
positive change in his or her previous roles.
Dollar signs, percentages and the like are
ideal, more so than phrases such as “
responsible for,” “participated in” or “managed.”
• Warning signs include gaps in
employment, especially long ones. Life situations and depressed economic conditions may have resulted in legitimate gaps,
but the applicant should answer the obvious questions upfront and fill in the gaps.
To read the entire article, go to www.
costcopayroll.com/JulyCC. When you’re
ready to hire new employees and add to the
payroll, check out Intuit’s Payroll Service.
Go to Costco.com and search “payroll.”
How to read
Change is coming
countries to adopt EMV. But the major
credit card companies are pushing
American businesses to join in. In fact, for
businesses that don’t switch by October
2015, any card payment fraud that could
have been avoided through the use of
EMV will be the responsibility of the business, not the credit card company.
While it seems a long way off, EMV
adoption will take time. Every payment
application, point-of-sale solution, pay-
✔ Air filter. Has it been a while since
you changed the air filter? If so, it may be
time to replace it. You can do this on your
own. Check the manual to find out how.
✔ Tires. Are the tires inflated properly?
A simple check with a tire pressure gauge
will tell you if you need to top up. Do the
tires have tread left? Bring your car to a
Costco Tire Center to have them checked to
see if you need new tires or more air.
Consult your owner’s manual throughout the process for useful information about
your vehicle’s engine as well as how-to
guides and technical troubleshooting details.
Newer car engines may vary.
Be sure your auto insurance is current
to protect you in case of any emergencies.
Costco offers auto insurance policies
through Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance.
For information, go to Costco.com and
search “protect,” or call 1-888-404-5365.
ment terminal and processor network
must be replaced or updated. To avoid
the rush and ensure the kinks are worked
out, it is recommended that businesses
start updating payment processing systems now.
Elavon, Costco’s supplier of payment
processing services, is ready to help you
through the transition. For more information, go to Costco.com and search “EMV
update,” or call 1-800-848-6705.