As the economic times are relatively rough at the moment it is important to keep developing your skillset. It is still possible to get yourself a great career but acquiring the right knowledge is crucial in guaranteeing it.
If you want to make sure that you got a bright future ahead of you here are some of the essential skills you should learn.
The Art Of Networking
The world is getting more connected and the importance of relationships is getting bigger as well. In any field it helps to have contacts and to know the right people. Therefore you should really learn to network and cherish the connections you make in life from an early on.
There are brilliant websites available to help you improve your speaking and listening skills. Make sure you search for these, as having good interpersonal skills will help you create and maintain valuable business relationships.
Remember to start thinking that every person you meet is a possible contact for success. Don’t burn bridges but instead build them as much as possible.
Ability To Speak Many Languages
If you were born into an English-speaking family then you unfortunately are at a disadvantage. Although English is the ‘world’s language’ it is still increasingly important to know how to speak at least another language.
It will be important in the future to know languages such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese as these are still really relevant and the countries where these languages are spoken are becoming increasingly important in terms of economic power.
You also shouldn’t write off old classic languages like French and German. All in all, knowing any other language will help you in your future career so pick one and start learning.
The IT-industry is booming at the moment and it isn’t going to slow down in the near future. If you are able to programme and code then you will have a very high chance of getting a job. The ability to programme is increasingly important even for people that don’t work directly in the field.
For instance, business owners and freelancers can benefit a lot from knowing basic website coding. This can help save money when it comes to website development and management. And if you get good at using languages such as C++ you can even develop your own apps and start making money with them.
Learning C++ and other programming languages isn’t too difficult either. The good thing is that the internet is so openly sharing this knowledge and there are even free websites such as Codeacademy.com that provide you tutorials and guides for coding. Programming can really help you open up many doors for your future.
The above skills are going to be increasingly important in the near future. So if you are soon getting on the job market or just want to improve your current position it is a good idea to look into the above skills. They are all fun to learn and can help you boost your career prospects to a new level.
Tanya Adams loves to help young people make better choices with their lives. She is really passionate about encouraging people to learn new skills and is passionate about understanding technology better. She is also really interested in travelling.
Sadly, there are several types of online scams that you need to look out for. Many of them have been around for some years, whilst others are newer. Many online scams concern phishing or asking for your personal details and banking details. We’re going to look at some of the most prevalent online scams, along with looking at what you need to do to protected yourself from them. A rule of thumb is never to give your personal details online unless you are absolutely sure that the site is genuine (Paypal for example) and that the site is secure. You can ascertain if the site is secure if you see a little padlock on the left of your search box on your tool bar. You might think that most of these scams are easy to spot, but you’d be surprised how many people fall for them. The scammers only need a small percentage of people to fall for such a scam in order to make it worthwhile for them.
1. Unsolicited requests for money
One type of scam is a direct request for money, after you have been groomed by the sender of the email. This might be from a person who has posted a job offer on a professional jobsite, for example. You send you CV, and they send you a contract, but if you look at this carefully you will see, somewhere, that it is a sample one that has been downloaded from the internet. You will be asked to sign it and return it and then, as happens in one scam, you will be asked to send money to cover your air fare.
2. Fake lottery wins
There are emails telling you that you have won a lottery that was held by a reputable company such as Microsoft, and of course an amazing amount of money has been won. Check with the legitimate company to find out if they have run a lottery and don’t follow any links on the email, as they will be to a bogus site and not the real one.
3. Phoney investments
You may also get an email asking you to invest in an incredible new company. Now, if you get one of these, stop and think; how could you possibly be considered good investor potential when you only earn an average salary?
4. Poor service offers
If you have a website, you may get an email saying that if you buy into SEO services, your site could easily get into the top search engine rankings pages (SERPS). If you have one of these, check the first ten pages of Google’s SERPS. If the company who sent the email isn’t in these, then how could they help you?
How to steer clear of online scams
The best piece of advice to give you about online scams is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is, so don’t waste your time or money. Always check website addresses and look carefully at where the site is registered, for example ng is Nigeria where some of these scams originated. Also look carefully at the grammar, spelling and punctuation as some emails are clearly not written by native English speakers.
Take care and don’t be a victim of an online scam!
Lynne Evans is a writer who knows the importance of being aware of your online security and disregarding emails which don’t seem quite right! She recommends the Accident Advice Helpline as a great way to claim against physical injuries.
The success of your law firm is very much related to your employees’ happiness. While many small business owners spend a lot of time instilling policies and practices that help track their employees’ time and productivity, many neglect to measure employee happiness as an important metric for their business’ performance. Running a law firm, your lawyers and other personnel are your business’ most important asset. They help bring in clients, keep them happy and win cases. Every employee in your firm plays a role in the overall success of your firm. If any of these employees are not happy in their job however, their performance and that of the entire firm will be negatively affected. There are numerous studies that indicate how large the effect employee happiness has on the success of a business, especially one that relies on the performance of knowledge workers. Below are a few tips that can help keep your employees happy and performing well, while making your firm a better place to work.
Empower Your Employees
Many lawyers who run their own small firm have a tendency to try to control everything that goes on, micro-managing the tiniest details of their employees’ work. Not only will this type of behavior suck up your valuable time, but it will also have a negative effect on your employees’ happiness and performance. Give your employees some ownership over their tasks. You can guide them at the beginning (especially if they have to perform tasks they’ve never done) and enquire about the status of certain tasks, but don’t try to micro-manage everything they do all the time. If an employee feels that the work they do is their own and has an actual impact on the success of the firm, they will feel much more proud of their work and consequently enjoy it more. This will lead to better individual and eventually firm performance. Even something as simple as letting your employees design their own workspaces in the office can improve your employee’s performance (by up to 32% one study shows).
Create an Immediate Feedback Culture
Giving and asking for feedback is very important in any business. Employees want to know how they are performing on their tasks, but they want to know it now, not at the end of the year. That way they can immediately adjust when any of their work is lacking quality or missing the right focus. The management of the firm also needs to be open to feedback. Implement an informal weekly or bi-weekly feedback session so any issues can be addressed promptly.
Help Keep Your Employees Healthy
Health is very important for employee happiness and performance. If your employees are not healthy, they’ll more often have to skip work due to illness and are more likely to be unhappy. You want to encourage your employees not to work extremely long hours every day. While you may believe that having employees that often work late is good for your firm, in the long term this can actually decrease overall productivity and lead to burned-out lawyers and other employees. Create a culture where it’s ok to leave the office early sometimes. Also encourage exercise and healthy eating, for example by giving your employees free gym memberships and providing fruit at the office.
Make sure to ask your employees what they believe is important to keep them happy at the firm and use this to instill new employee happiness policies.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Zane thinks it would be too easy to overwork employees in a law firm.
Do you remember Hot or Not? The rating website, that started it all had come out with a new iPhone app released a few years ago, which allowed you to rate people. Hot or Not allows you to pass judgment on other people on a score of 1 to 10. Most of the features are free, but you can upgrade to a monthly subscription in return for some virtual gifts and ratings. If all you’re interested in is meeting some singles in your city, I’d say you stick to the free version.
Hot or Not is a social networking dating app from Or Not Limited, available for Android and iTunes in the social networking category. You can get to know interesting people and chat with them, get scores on how hot you are, like Facebook friends and so on.
However, to access the app, you need to use a third party website such as Twitter or Facebook so that your social profile gets linked to the Hot or Not website. You can rate anybody but there is a limit to the number of ratings that a member can give in a day. I guess people like it, as it is fun to go through when you are bored.
Here’s how it works – You use Facebook to help you find friends who are interested in dating someone. Just go through the singles’ profiles on Facebook and ‘like’ them if you wish. People take a look at your picture and vote whether you are hot or not. If you also think they are hot, you can get introduced, chat, have fun and even meet each other – it’s up to you to take it further.
Teenagers above 18 can upload their photographs on this site and ask people to rate them – am I hot or not? They can then log back and get an ego boost or a slam. You’ll need to keep in mind that everyone can see your ratings, both friends and enemies.
Say, you want to meet an 18 year old from San Jose who likes windsurfing, you can find one. You just send a request saying ‘I’d like to meet you’ and if he/she is interested, you set up a date. The Café feature allows you to play with either friends or strangers and view the ratings they have given for other photographs. It’s a global party and you can meet anyone living in your area. It’s easy to view profile albums and check out the people nearby. Get to know who has visited you and if there are any mutual attractions.
It’s a great app, so what’s not to like in it, you might think.
Though the site can be fun, I’d recommend kids to stay out of it, as setting up meetings with strangers could end up ugly or downright dangerous. People on the site may not be what they claim to be. Of course, the submissions on the site go through moderators and there are normal people who are looking for a healthy relationship.
The bottom line is that you come out of the site losing your self-esteem or by pumping up your ego. If you are a 9 on Hot or Not, you feel good and if you are a 2, it’s time you got out.
Kcmouli is a tech blogger who loves to blog about technology, from mobile apps like HotorNot to other iPhone related apps, including tech gadgets . Do check out some of the other tech reviews and share this post on web 2.0.
Importance of Presentation
Your business or firm can surely benefit from proper presentation and this is true for all businesses, large or small, to communicate different aspects, such as promotions, launches and product information and so on. This can be done through brochures, manuals, posters or folders and flyers, aimed at advertising your business. Such presentation measures can help even a small business compete with larger ones.
Most businesses have to engage in seminars, meetings and conferences, not to speak of presentations and sales reports and so on. In such processes, you can promote your brand by using tools, such as stickers, folders, banners and flyers. In case of indoor marketing, you can print large folders, as they can have a wide reach. It helps manage documents. All kinds of firms, such as marketing agencies, hospitality industry, healthcare or insurance companies, real estate businesses or financial institutions as well as several others can make use of such presentation folders.
For instance, you can print large folders for promoting your business. A business folder is useful in business gatherings, helping you advertise your product or service and also infuses brand awareness among the public. Another advantage lies in the fact that such folders are also very portable and versatile. You can print large folders, combining it with a suitably designed logo, so that it is easy to identify your business. Add to this any other certifications; select appropriate colors to suit your business philosophy to create greater identity for your brand. Use an appropriate color combination that is noticeable. Bright or stunning colors can be used for effective presentation and for advertising your business. There are also different types of materials to select from, so make use of one that is both attractive and durable, so that the folders are long lasting.
Promotion your Product/Service
In addition to a logo, you could also add a catchy description of your business offerings on the printed folders, so that the viewer is instantly aware of your offerings. You could use it as an ideal place for keeping your documents and anything else that you need for your customers. This basic purpose is served very effectively, as you can have them designed with pockets on the inside to handle your documents safely and securely.
There are different printing techniques that you could avail, as this can make a significant difference ensuring success for your business promotions. There are excellent technologies with complete color CMYK processes to produce a high quality folder. When you plan to print large folders you can also avail different customization options to suit your particular product or service. You can make changes to the shape or the design of the folders so that it is more suitable for your needs. There are regular shapes as well as die cut shapes available, along with text or logo embossing features. Modern customization methods include foil stamping and silk screening with embossing, customized sizes, pockets, windows, and offset printing and so on to make your presentation stand out from the rest and fulfill every need.
Kcmouli is a freelancer blogger who loves to blog about anything related to business, including tips on how to print large folders, tech reviews, online tools, presentation tools for marketing, lifestyle, etc. Do check out some of the other posts and do share this post on web 2.0.
If you have decided to start playing the saxophone then you should congratulate yourself for making a great instrument choice. Saxophones are really great instruments that don’t often get the credit they deserve.
They are really good for people who have no previous musical experience and people who are more seasoned to play different instruments.
A big choice you need to make at the start naturally revolves around the type of saxophone you are going to get.
And when you are looking to buy a saxophone you often have the choice between a new or a used instrument.
Here is a quick look at the pros and cons of both options.
Naturally many players suggest that you should go with a new saxophone to make the most out of your new hobby. Of course when you buy anything new it has a lot more appeal than if you buy something that has already been used before and therefore you might be more drawn to a new model.
When you buy a new saxophone you will know for sure what you are getting and that the saxophone is in a perfect working order. Often you also get a warranty when you buy a new saxophone making it a really safe choice.
But the downside for a new saxophone is generally most often the price. A new saxophone can end up costing almost ten times as much as you might pay for the same used version of the model. And saxophones aren’t the cheapest of instruments in the first place and so this might be a thing to turn you away from a new model.
What the above means is that one of the biggest positives for buying a used saxophone is the price. There are a lot of great used instruments out there that provide you great quality with an affordable price tag.
Some vintage saxophones are also a lot more enthralling to play and have the old natural tone that they produce. You can also find a lot of great used saxophones, even from the internet, making it quite easy to make proper findings.
At the same time it is often hard to really tell what the condition of the used saxophone is, especially if you aren’t able to test it out. There are also some unfortunate souls out there that want to trick you into buying something that isn’t as good quality as you’d like.
So the above tells us that there are a lot of pros and cons for buying both new and used saxophones. What it really all boils down to is your own price range and the ability to try out the instrument before you buy.
Look at websites that provide saxophone lessons and ask for advice. For example, the saxophone lessons at Pro Music Tutor can help you establish what are the key tone-related things you need to look for in a saxophone. There are also a lot of good guides like the one by Musician’s Friend and you should read it with care.
Picking the right saxophone is important and there is no way to know which instrument works for you until you try it out.
Sarah is in love with saxophone music and she could be listening to proper jazz all day long. She also likes to go to concerts all around the country and likes to travel to music festivals around the globe.
You thought your marriage was going to last forever, a till-death-do-us-part thing, and then it ended when your husband cheated on you. You both tried to patch things up, of course. You even went to a marriage counselor. Unfortunately, you found no other solution to your marital problems but divorce.
Divorce is very stressful. It affects not only the couple but the children as well. They go through a lot of emotions that, at times, the whole harrowing experience becomes very overwhelming. If you are weak, you could easily succumb to the stress and depression that usually comes with divorce procedures.
Do not let your divorce procedure get the most out of you and turn you into a bitter recluse. Below are some tips to beat the stress and depression that usually accompanies divorce.
Spend More Time with the Children
Yes, you want to sulk in one corner and lick your wounds, but if you have children, then think of them. Children are, after all, the most affected by the divorce, and they cannot fully comprehend yet what is happening around them. You have to help them understand their situation and why their parents’ marriage ended up in divorce.
Spending more time with the children though does not mean that all of you have to wallow in this sad situation and talk about it all the time. Instead, you can spend it to strengthen your relationship with them. Go for a walk with your children, visit theme parks, dine out, set up a “camp” in your bedroom, just do fun things with them. The divorce procedure need not be that depressing for them as well, and you can make them remember that there is still something to smile about.
Make Some Money
Divorce can be very costly, says Tad Nelson & Associates, a Texas-based law firm that specializes in family law and divorce, and it is going to take a huge bite out of your finances. If divorce really is the last option, then you have to prepare for the cost.
There are some things that you can do to prepare financially. For one, you can turn a hobby into a money-making small business. Say for example you crochet baby things, then you can set up a simple yet eye-catching website where you can sell them. You can promote them in your social networking sites. This new venture can be a family effort, something you can work with your children. They will love the new activity and the chance to bond more with you. Two, you can also look for a part-time job. This means extra hours away from the whole drama.
Working while going through the divorce proceedings may seem very difficult when all you want to do is to hide from the world. However, it will be a very welcome distraction from all the stress and negativity that divorce brings. Also, think of the benefits of earning some extra cash and preparing for your new future.
Divorce really is difficult, but it need not be that depressing and stressful. Stay active, and in time, you will get over the whole heartache that it brought you and your family and move on.
Jennifer Dae is a blogger for marriage-related sites. She writes about tips for keeping the romance alive.
There was a time when Blackberry was hailed as one of the top brands. It was the corporate symbol as people all over the world looked up to Blackberry. However, this was the era before Apple seized the platform and became the new status symbol. Things changed for Blackberry; however, it still remained one of the top names and a big brand.
It wasn’t until the invasion of android and even lower priced smart phones that Blackberry started failing miserably in the market. The main reasons as to what contributed to the rapid decline of this brand are somewhat unclear because one cannot pinpoint specific reasons for the same. Yet, the change had come and Blackberry had started declining and toppling and it looked like there was no stopping it from tumbling down.
The Craze Died Down
Blackberry was once a cult among people. It was once the symbol of your status and Blackberry was one of the elite brands as not everyone could afford a Blackberry. No doubt, the craze that was once associated with the Blackberry phones, died down a great deal. As the craze started waning, people started looking for other alternatives. New phones emerged that offered smarter looks, better features and lower rates. It was hard to ignore the peaking popularity of other brands and as Apple became the ultimate king, Blackberry had to be content with the second place. However, what it failed to realize was that the push to the second position was the beginning of the end as the Blackberry era was now nearing its further fall.
The Android App Store Ruined Blackberry
The app world is one of the most profitable sectors. Daily, innumerable apps are being launched and they get downloaded at an alarming rate too. The Blackberry app store was a huge flop when you compare it with the two other competitors which are Google play store and the Apple app store. While Apple remains an expensive choice and was not an affordable option, android offered huge choices to people.
There were people who were now opting for android phones simply because the app store had a lot of variety and the phones fell in the right budget too. And of course the various tech related issues, including browser related issues, just made it harder for most users to surf online with ease, and unable to check websites, review lists like top websites for music/movies, or even transfer data files. What’s more, nearly all Blackberry users had to deal with the browser issue, whereas with android phones, the users are able to check anything online, right away sans any issue. Most people believe that it is the diversity in apps and the profound popularity of android phones that ruined the popularity and growth of Blackberry.
While Blackberry was mainly “the corporate phone” that once targeted the executives and business honchos, it tried spreading its wing and reaching out to the masses by offering music and games. Yet it could never shed out the very first “business Blackberry” image.
These are some of the key reasons that paved the path for the fallout of the big mobile band. The wind of change ruined the future of this company and the shares kept tumbling until Blackberry finally had to realize that it will no longer be able to regain the lost glory.
The days of Blackberry were long over and there was no undoing the deed that had been done. Despite repeated attempts, Blackberry failed to impress users anymore.
Kcmouli is a tech blogger who loves to blog about anything related to technology, including on top five websites for listening to music, tech reviews, online tools, music apps and tools, lifestyle, etc. Do check out some of the other posts and do share this post on web 2.0.
Children are a great blessing and you want to let them enjoy clothes as well. It is really important to find lovely clothes for your children in the winter months because you want to keep them warm.
Children also spend a lot of time playing outside so you want durable and comfortable clothing. Here are some top tips for trendy clothing this winter.
Wool is a really fashionable thing in children’s winter wear at the moment. Woolly hats for
instance are a big hit and can look really cute on children of all ages. You should also consider getting some woolly skirts for girls. For boys things like woolly vests are really fashionable, especially if you are going for a party.
Go With Colour
It is always a good idea to use plenty of colour in children’s clothing. This makes the clothes a lot more fun to wear and children generally tend to like very bright and bold colours.
So don’t go for boring dark coloured jackets this winter but opt for bright jackets. Yellow and different shades of green are especially good for this season and work with both boys and girls.
If your children are more into darker colours then very deep reds and purples are another good choice at the moment.
There are also plenty of patterns in children’s clothing in 2014. Stripes are very fashionable and there are many different animal pattern options for girls at the moment. These are a nice way to add a bit more fun to the clothing as well so don’t just go with single colour options.
Keep Warm With Fur
Fur is a really big hit in 2014 for both adults and kids alike. You should really consider getting some fur items for your kids this winter. Furry boots, hats and gloves will keep the children really warm during the cold weather.
You can also find plenty of faux fur option so you don’t need to worry if you aren’t a fan of real fur.
Check Online Options
It is a good idea to check different online options when you are looking for children’s clothing. There are plenty of good bargains you can make online and it can really save you some much needed time as well.
For instance, it is a really good idea to check fancy kid’s wholesale clothing options. Wholesale clothing is often a lot cheaper and can really make shopping for clothing a lot more enjoyable experience.
You can also find many good style guides even for children on the internet. For example, Fashion Design Divas have some good in depth articles on different children’s clothing materials and trends. Children’s clothing doesn’t need to be boring at all and you should spend some time picking out just the right clothes.
The above tips are really trendy at the moment and you should include them to your shopping list. Children’s clothing is really trendy as well these days while still staying very practical so that children can play and have fun.
Sarah is a mother of two who is passionate about trends and clothes. She loves to look for new things on the internet and she loves very bright coloured clothes. She is also a big fan of crossword puzzles.
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