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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 21:33
We’ve all heard that “finding a job is a full-time job,” but what is the most effective way to manage that time? For most job seekers, the goal is to find the best job as quickly as possible, but it can be difficult to implement this plan every day.
To make the most of valuable time, below are recommendations on expediting the process so job seekers can stop searching and start working:
Make a plan
Take some time to think about all the ways that you could get hired, and brainstorm all the different avenues of finding a job. Include a list of potential target companies to research, social media sites to use, recruiters to contact, people who may know someone who is hiring, online job boards, job fairs and networking and industry events.
Prioritize job search methods
Evaluate which job search methods are most important by thinking about what is more likely to lead you to the right job. For example, the greatest number of prospects who might actually be able to hire you will likely be at an industry event rather than at a job seekers’ networking event.
Apply to the right positions
Honestly assess your skills to determine the best job postings to apply to. Jeffrey Greenberg, director of career services at DeVry University in Philadelphia, recommends focusing on the job postings where you have the right skills. Fight the urge to apply to any and every job posting you find. Instead, target those that best align with your qualifications, and focus on creating a good balance of quantity and quality of your applications.
Focus on connecting with people
Focus on networking with people who are in your industry, and reach out to contacts at sensible times. Make calls first thing in the morning or right at the end of the day, and save online research for off hours. Don’t waste business hours online when you could be reaching out to people.
Focus your activities
Don’t get lured into watching TV or surfing the Net when you are supposed to be working on your job search. Work with purpose and intention, and be conscious of your goal in every activity you do. Having clarity about what you need to accomplish will help you maintain your focus.
Having said all that, we recognize that a job search can be emotionally draining, so be sure to incorporate small things to lift your spirits. Take some time to volunteer or talk to a friend. These small things will give you momentum to push through and keep going until you find that great job.
For more insights and useful tools to prepare you for your dream career, visit CareerIgniter.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:28
As we spring ahead again and adjust our internal clocks for Daylight Savings, we must be prepared for those mornings when sleep doesn’t come naturally – a condition known as “Daylight Savings Hangover.” The good news is that there is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps.
Tip 1: Shut it down – electronics that is. Before going to sleep, shut down all electronics – that means TV, computer and, yes, your blackberry. These all are stimulants for the brain, and if you’re answering emails in bed at 10 p.m., you’re going to have a difficult time getting to sleep. Hit the power switch at least an hour before bedtime.
Tip 2: Get up … NOW! Once the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Snoozing is not sleep; it’s just prolonging the inevitable.
Tip 3: So now that you’re up – do something. Try a morning workout to get motivated and feel energized for the day. Take a quick run or hit an early morning spin class. Be sure to challenge yourself first thing and then see how much easier your morning commute feels.
Tip 4: Hydrate. Great-looking skin isn’t just about what you put on it, but also what you put in your body. Skip that morning cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating, and drink a glass of ice water instead. The cold water will not only give you a kick in the morning, but also help hydrate skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.
Tip 5: Wakeup and fake it! Use a hydrating and stimulating makeup like Almay Wake-Up Makeup– a favorite of celeb Kate Hudson. This product contains essential minerals and ingredients, such as cucumber and aloe, which soothe and hydrate skin. It also has first-of-its-kind encapsulated water technology – once the powder touches your skin, it releases a cooling sensation that gives you an added boost in the morning.
Tip 6: Do NOT skip breakfast. You’ve worked out, you’ve hydrated, you’re looking gorgeous. Why deny your body the nutrients it needs to keep it looking and feeling refreshed by walking out the door without grabbing a quick bite?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 18:31 Saturday, 07 July 2007 09:54
|NewsUSA) – The Apple iPhone, one of the hottest smartphones on the market, has become an important tool for keeping mobile workers productive while providing freedom and flexibility away from the office.
Many mobile workers are leaving their laptops behind and conducting business right from the palm of their hand.
Here are some tips that can help you get the job done with an iPhone:
* Sync regularly. Think about every time you add a contact or an appointment to your iPhone. What if you lost that information? Syncing to your computer regularly can ensure that your information, including e-mails, is backed up and safeguarded should something happen. And while it only takes a few seconds to sync, replacing data could take hours.
* Stay productive. Need to view and edit a presentation or locate a document on another computer? Business applications such as LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone (www.LogMeIn.com/iPhone) enable iPhone users to access and work on their remote computers as if they were sitting right in front of them.
* Check the Apple Web site. There is an entire section on the Apple Web site dedicated to iPhone business use at www.apple.com/iphone/business/. It includes apps like currency converters, expense trackers, file management and organizational tools that can help you work efficiently while away from your desk.
* Extend your battery power. If you are gearing up for a long trip or meeting, preserve your battery life by shutting off your Wi-Fi, lowering your screen brightness and turning off your keyboard sounds. Switch your iPhone setting to auto-lock when you aren’t working.
* Stay secure. Basic security measures like enabling your four-digit iPhone password can help protect sensitive data while minimizing the risk of high bills if it becomes lost or stolen. Always make sure to lock your device when it isn’t in your hand.
For more tips on using your iPhone for business, check out “iPhone for Work” by freelance technology journalist and network consultant Ryan Faas, or “The iPhone Book: How to Do the Most Important, Useful & Fun Stuff with Your iPhone” by technology authors Scott Kelby and Terry White.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2011 19:59 Saturday, 07 July 2007 09:54
In difficult economic times, it’s natural to cut back on spending. But according to the experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), putting off automotive maintenance and service can cost you more in the long run.
Neglecting vehicle maintenance can cause small problems to grow into more expensive repairs. For example, failing to replace worn brake pads or a faulty oxygen sensor – both relatively easy services for qualified auto technicians – can result in an expensive brake rotor service or the costly replacement of the vehicle’s catalytic converter. In addition, a well-maintained vehicle gets better gasoline mileage, pollutes less, is safer to operate and commands a better resale value.
A survey of ASE-certified master automotive technicians indicated that a well-maintained vehicle can last twice as long as a neglected vehicle. Yet, many drivers ignore or skip basic maintenance like oil changes, tire and brake services, wheel alignments, air and fuel filter replacements and transmission services.
Maintaining a vehicle begins with finding a quality auto repair shop. To help consumers choose a repair shop that fits their needs, ASE offers the following checklist:
• Look for a neat, well-organized facility with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own, and modern equipment in the service bays.
• Look for a courteous staff. The service consultant should be willing to answer all of your questions.
• Look for policies regarding estimated repair costs, diagnostic fees, guarantees and acceptable methods of payment.
• Ask if the repair facility specializes or if it usually handles your type of repair work.
• Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area such as civic, community or customer service awards.
• Look for evidence of qualified technicians: trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and certification by ASE. ASE-certified technicians wear blue-and-white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact areas of certification.
• Look for the ASE sign or logo; it means the shop employs nationally certified technicians.
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