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DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off is about telemarketing calls that are using the names of family and friends:

"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., Texas

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, or you can call (888) 382-1222. If you move or change phone numbers, you'll need to re-register.

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., Oregon

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., Missour

DEAR READER: 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.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

ActiveStyle on 06/24/2019

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