5 Reasons Your Day For Night Footage Doesn’t Look Right

first_imgShooting day for night is a technique that has been around for ages, however many filmmakers make critical mistakes both during production and post that completely give away the effect.[Above image from Hejl on Flickr)For any of you that are hearing the term ‘day for night’ for the first time, I’ll take a moment here to explain exactly what that means. Essentially day for night shooting quite literally involves shooting a scene during the daytime that is supposed to be set at night in the context of the story. Most often it’s achieved by underexposing the image in camera, setting the white balance to a cooler setting, and color correcting the footage in post to sell the look.This technique is often used on smaller scale productions that don’t have massive lighting budgets, as it can become extremely costly to attempt to light a large night time exterior, and shooting day for night often allows for a much more efficient and inexpensive solution. That said, it isn’t all about cost either. Many large scale productions opt to shoot day for night for various creative reasons.When done well, the practice of shooting day for night can look really great and become almost completely unnoticeable (to the untrained eye at least), but the key lies in the execution. The truth of the matter unfortunately, is that most filmmakers attempting this look for the first time come up short as it can be a challenging task to handle.1. The talent was placed in front of the sunProbably the number one rule when shooting day for night is to be aware of where the sun is in relation to your talent. In order to really sell this effect, you need to get the sun light to behave light moonlight on camera, which involves placing your talent in front of the sun. Just like you would if you were shooting a person in the middle of the day, you want to use the sun as a backlight when shooting day for night so it creates a rim behind your talent. This is the first step in achieving a day for night look – if you were to shoot with the sun glaring down on your talents faces and creating harsh shadows, you would immediately be giving away the day for night look.2. You aren’t shooting at the right time of dayOn days with really harsh sunlight, it doesn’t matter where you place your talent – the sun may just be too strong. For example, if you place the sun behind your talent (with no diffusion) and the sun is blowing out their shoulders, it doesn’t matter how you try to color correct that shot later, it’s going to look funny. Another example would involve wide shots, where you might be revealing hard shadows on the ground or on walls that again are synonymous with sunlight. If either of these potential problems arise while shooting, your end result will suffer as the audience will read it as a day for night scene, or even worse they will assume it was shot at night with really poor lighting.Whenever possible, try to avoid shooting right in the middle of the day. Around noon is typically when the sun is at it’s highest point and will cause the most issues for you. If possible, aim to shoot later in the day when the sun is getting a bit lower so that you have more wiggle room while shooting.3. The exposure isn’t set rightShooting day for night means exposing your image as if it was actually shot at night, or in other words – underexposing. A very common issue that filmmakers run into when shooting day for night material is that they neglect to exposure their footage in a way that will allow them to later color correct their footage to help sell the effect. Put differently, they simply expose their image in the same way that they would in a daytime scene, and this can be hugely problematic when it comes time to color the shots.While there is a lot of work that can (and should) be done in post, in order to get the best possible results you need to be working with an image that was exposed intentionally for this type of look. I always recommend underexposing by at least one stop (sometimes even two or three, but use your discretion), so you are putting your levels in a place that is much closer to what real night time footage would look like. This way you don’t need to push things as drastically in post, and your final look will be far more organic.4. The white balance is offMost cameras don’t shoot raw (and rather shoot to a compressed codec like H264 or ProRes), which means that you really need to nail your white balance in camera when shooting day for night. Imagine you were to shoot a day for night scene with a daytime white balance applied (let’s say 5600K). When you get to the editing room and attempt to color correct the footage to actually look like night footage (likely bringing it closer to 3200K), you will have to push the colors around so far that the image may start to fall apart.Compressed codecs offer a finite level of color correction ability, so always make sure that you are white balancing to a cooler setting in camera so that you don’t force yourself to push things too far in post and completely degrade the image. Obviously codecs like ProRes will give you more wiggle room than H264, but as a general rule of thumb try to nail your white balance in camera as much as possible no matter what, to be on the safe side.5. Color correction is way offEven if you do everything right in production – expose your image properly, place the talent in front of the sun at an optimal point of the day, set your white balance accordingly, etc. your footage is still only as good as your color pass. The source footage that you’re going to work with is never going to be perfectly believable, and as such it’s really important that you understand how to properly color grade your footage to emphasize the day for night look.The biggest two issues I see with regards to color work on day for night footage are: Highlight levels and color balance. The highlight levels need to be brought down as far as possible (without going overboard) to take away from any harshness in the image that may have been caused by the sun. And the color balance also needs to be carefully adjusted (often times by desaturating, moving the midtones and highlights to a purple-blue color, and neutralizing the shadows). By doing so the final image looks far more believable and will have that extra bit of polish to it.Do your research and never skimp out during the color stage as this is where at least 50% of the magic happens!last_img read more

How To Be A Trusted Advisor Instead of an Undertaker

first_imgThere are four levels of value you can create for your clients. The first level is the value found in your product, a level that, while being important, lends itself to being commoditized. The second level is the experience of working with you and your company, a level that is mostly table stakes, and better for B2C than B2B. The third level is tangible business results, or the ability to execute what the client believes they need, even though it isn’t really what they need. The fourth level is strategic outcomes, what the client really needs, and it transcends and includes the others. Put another way, people don’t buy drills, they buy holes.While all the levels are critical, there is a significant difference between Level Three, which you know as solution selling, and Level Four, which you may not be aware of if you haven’t been here for a long time, and if you haven’t read Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition. Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThe Reactive Nature of Solutions SellingFor a very long time, we have operated at Level 3. Our clients had problems and challenges, and we would ask them to share those problems with us so that we could design and deliver a solution. The reason we focused so heavily on eliciting the client’s dissatisfaction was so we could understand their problems and challenges, and occasionally their opportunity (but mostly not opportunities). Frequently, the client had a well-formed idea about their problem and equally well-developed opinions about the right solution. Over time, Level 3 value and solution selling became the norm, making it easy to commoditize salespeople and the organizations they represented.The position of the salesperson in Level Three is reactive. Your prospective client has defined their problem, has a good idea about what they need to eliminate it, and wants to do something to solve the problem. The scenario described here is still true in some situations, even if they occur less frequently. You, as the salesperson, are responding to the client, instead of the client reacting to you. For the client to respond to you, you would have to be proactive in your approach.The Proactive Nature of Modern SellingI wrote a post about how I learned to sell differently. You can read it here.Some salespeople discovered ways to get out of reactive mode and compel change before their clients recognized the need to change. Because of their experience working with their clients and becoming subject matter experts, they started sharing their ideas and insights with their clients, nudging them to change before they needed to change, or imposing them to do so when they began to struggle to produce results.The difference here may seem subtle, but it’s a big deal. Instead of waiting for the client to decide they were dissatisfied, define their problem, and start looking for help, these proactive salespeople started to share the issues and challenges the client was sure to have in the future—and started building the case for change before their client’s started to suffer the negative consequences of maintaining the status quo. The proactive approach to compelling change instead of waiting to respond to your client is as good a summary as any when it comes to describing the difference between Level 3 and Level 4. It’s also a good description of where we are now in the evolution of sales.If You Would Occupy the Title of Trusted AdvisorIf you would be a trusted advisor, the very nature of the moniker requires that you prevent your clients from harm by offering them competent counsel. Waiting until your client is suffering when you could have done something to help them earlier eliminates any possibility that you are a trusted advisor. Solving the problem after your client after the fact isn’t nearly as helpful as preventing the harm in the first place.Because I am hyperbolic as a way to be playful, let’s call it being the opposite of the trusted advisor, the undertaker. The undertaker prepares the body for burial. In many ways, the undertaker has an easier job. Your subject doesn’t argue with you about the need to change anymore. You need to act sooner.Creating Level 4 value by being proactive, initiating change, and leading your clients isn’t easy (even though you can certainly learn to sell this way). The challenge in this approach is that you have clients who are reluctant to change, who fear that doing something different will make things worse, and who can’t agree on whether they need to change or how to change if they do. While this is difficult, it still puts you in front of your client (leading), and it offers you the chance to prevent them from being harmed.Being Proactive and Taking InitiativeThe concept of Level 4 or strategic value suggests that you need to be proactive about helping your clients and prospective clients change before they suffer the consequences for maintaining a status quo that is untenable. The idea here is the natural result of the evolution of sales as it responds to the changing world in which we live. As change comes faster and is infinitely more disruptive, the repercussions of a decision not to change are genuinely grave for many businesses (see taxis, television, book stores, hotels, radio, traditional retail, travel agents, etc.)If you want to keep pace, it is no longer enough to know your product and solutions. You must now see a future your client cannot yet see, and take initiative to help them before they are harmed. You need trust to be able to have the conversations about change before it is clear to the contacts in your client’s company that change is necessary, but you also need the advice as to what to do about it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Himachal HC directs HRTC employees not to go on strike

first_imgShimla, June 13 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed HRTC employees not to go on strike on June 14-15 and asked the Principal Secretary (Transport) to redress the legitimate grievances of the employees by June 20.The orders were passed by a Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice on a petition filed by Community Initiate trust (a social welfare trust) citing newspaper reports regarding the threat issued by HRTC employees unions to go on a two-day strike.”We have gone through the dailies in the morning wherein it has beenreported that employees of corporation have called for a strike with effect from midnight of June 14 to June 15 which may adversely affect the inhabitants of the entire state,” the bench said.”It is beaten law of the land that the employees cannot goon strikeinordertopresstheir demands and this Court hasalreadydeclaredthe strikeofdoctorsasillegal,” it said.The petitioner said HRTC is the only public sector organization involved in transport services, despite the privatization of the services and it is the sole mode of transport available to the poor people of the state who will suffer badly in case of a strike.The petitioner had prayedto the Court to issue directions to the joint coordination committee of HRTC employees to not indulge in any act of strike, desist from the same in the future and to declare such calls as illegal to maintain smooth transport services throughout the state. PTI PCL AAR RG AARlast_img read more

Celtics vow to move past last year’s disappointing season

first_imgMOST READ Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Despite the disappointing result for heavily favored Team USA, Walker said he’ll carry lessons from it into this season.“The sacrifices,” Walker said. “You have to make sacrifices when you’re on a team like that. . I think that’s something that we’ll bring here. Guys have to make sacrifices. You have to sometimes be uncomfortable and you have to adjust sometimes to help your team win. And you have to take on different roles that you might not like to.”CONTRACT YEARThe Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend the contract of Brown for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.Asked about his contract status on Monday, Brown said he’s not focusing on it.“I haven’t put too much thought into it,” Brown said. “I’m not losing any sleep over it. I think stuff like that will end up working itself out in the end. So I’m just focused on this season and playing basketball. I think that’s my No. 1 emphasis. Then let the chips fall where they may.”NO TANKINGKanter endeared himself to many Celtics fans bitter about Irving’s departure by taking his former No. 11 jersey.Kanter said he chose that number mainly because he wore it when he was with Oklahoma City. But he also took a small shot at another of his former teams, the New York Knicks, when explaining why Boston stuck out to him in free agency.“I just want to go out there and just win,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I picked the Celtics. Because they never tank.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams, left, grabs Carsen Edwards as they joke around during the NBA basketball team’s media day, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON— Change is everywhere for the Boston Celtics this season. And it’s noticeable in many ways, big and small.Point guard Kyrie Irving is gone and has been replaced by another All-Star in Kemba Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Now Boston has gone from the team that was the favorite to take over the Eastern Conference following LeBron James’ departure to the Lakers, to a team that must discover a new identity this season.The players that have returned say they have internalized the lessons from last season in hopes of not repeating history with this revamped group.“I think you just learn that nothing is just gonna be given to you in this league,” Hayward said. “I think a lot of people just kind of handed us the trip to the Finals and thought we were just gonna walk our way to the Eastern Conference finals. That’s obviously not the case and didn’t’ happen.”It’s why coach Brad Stevens said a roster that may often find itself playing four wing players and a big man will have to find a different way to play.But he said it will start with the same principles that helped take the Celtics to back-to-back conference finals in 2016-17 and 2017-18.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The spot in the middle of Boston’s offense that once belonged to Al Horford will now be occupied by free-agent pickup Enes Kanter.Some returning players the Celtics do have even literally look different in some cases. Fourth-year guard Jaylen Brown’s trademark flat top haircut? It’s gone, too, and replaced by a sleeker, low-cut style.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“It is a fresh start. We all see Jaylen Brown’s hair, right?” Marcus Smart joked during the Celtics’ media day on Monday.It’s all apropos for a team that despite having All-Stars like Irving, Horford and Gordon Hayward, as well as young talent like Brown and Jayson Tatum, woefully underachieved — victims of a lack of team chemistry and public infighting. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I just think that all I’ve ever thought and believed about the game has just been reinforced,” Stevens said. “I think this team will have to play differently on both sides of the ball than we have. Not enormously different, but we’ll have to do things here and there.”He said he has no big plans for training camp other than creating an environment to help this new group begin to jell.“Our focus over the next couple of weeks is just getting ready to play with the right effort and togetherness. And that’s it,” he said. “At the end of the day, that will give us the chance to be the best version of ourselves.”A NEW LEADER?If there is one thing that Walker said about joining the Celtics, it is feeling humbled.He’s gone from playing his entire career with a Charlotte team that only made the playoffs twice during his eight-year tenure, to a team that always has championship aspirations.“There’s sure to be expectations because of the organization,” Walker said. “We have a really good team, so there should be expectations. I’m very excited about that. … I’m looking forward to trying my best to meet that challenge.”FIBA LESSONSThe Celtics have six players on their roster that played for their national teams during this summer’s FIBA World Cup.Walker, Smart, Tatum and Brown all played for Team USA, which stumbled to a seventh-place finish. Daniel Theis suited up for his native Germany and newcomer Vincent Poirer played for France. 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Top 6 Reasons Your Job Search Isn’t Working

first_imgLanding your dream job takes more than just sending a resume and cover letter to prospective employers. The search is filled with potential for mistakes that can prevent you from simply obtaining an interview. Even if you’re certain you’re putting your best foot forward, you could be overlooking these six common mistakes made by job seekers:Mistake #1: Failure to networkWhen it comes to job searching, it often comes down to who you know. Professional networking is a great way to get your foot in the door with a potential employer. Making these connections is the key to getting your resume directly into the hands of the person making hiring decisions. Don’t be shy. Visit career fairs and sign up with professional organizations to get to know other people in the industry you want to work in.Mistake #2: Skipping the cover letter for online applicationsThe more information you provide during the application process, the better chance you have of landing an interview. Today, many applications and resumes are sent via online web forms that ask for specific information from job candidates. Even if it’s not strictly required, send a cover letter with every online application you submit. Doing so will not only make an impression, but it will give the hiring manager more insight into your background and put you one step ahead of other applicants. Two instances where sending a cover letter is not advised is when the job description specifically states not to send one, or there is no section in the online application to submit a cover letter. You might think this is a test of the hiring manager and brownie points will go to the applicant that goes above and beyond the requirements, but it isn’t. In fact, sending a cover letter when the job description explicitly says not to could be used to help weed out the candidates that don’t take the time to read the entire job description or lack attention to detail.Mistake #3: Sending a generic cover letterFirst impressions count. Viewed from the perspective of a hiring manager, sending a generic cover letter is lazy. With this shotgun approach, you may as well send your cover letter out to every company in the hospitality industry. Instead of sending a canned and generic letter, tailor the letter to your reader by focusing on the needs of the specific company and the details of the specific position for which you are applying. Do your homework and use your cover letter to demonstrate how your skills and experience could benefit the company. In today’s competitive job market, your cover letter must be so compelling that the hiring manager immediately sees you as their future employee.Mistake #4: ProcrastinationThis isn’t the time to sit back and let opportunities come to you. In today’s job market, many employers receive hundreds of responses to their ad, enabling them to choose a qualified candidate quickly. If you found the job announcement weeks after its initial post date, it may already be too late to apply, even if you are the perfect candidate. Stay on top of the process by searching job boards as frequently as possible, giving yourself plenty of time to assemble a polished application package before the close date.Mistake #5: You’re distractedWhen searching for a job, especially online, it’s easy to become sidetracked. Taking a few minutes here and there to check your personal e-mail or reading what your friends are posting on Facebook can drain more time than you think. Finding a job requires a minimum of three hours of uninterrupted time where your primary focus is on the job searching process. Set realistic daily goals and don’t get distracted until you have completed your tasks. Preparing quality, tailored resumes and cover letters for each job application requires concentration and dedication.Mistake #6: Not following up after interviewsAfter every interview, send a thank-you note promptly. Use this opportunity to thank the interviewer for their time, state what you learned about the organization during the interview, and how your skills and experience will help contribute to the organization. Also, try to mention something about yourself to help the interviewer remember which job applicant you were during the interview process. You want to stand out from the competition and be memorable.Don’t forget to follow up on applications that haven’t yet netted you an interview, too. Many job seekers make the mistake of sending their resume and never following up to make sure the right person has received it. Remember, the hiring process can take some time, and with the online application process, it’s easy to feel like your resume lost its way down a black hole. If you haven’t heard back from the employer after sending your application, don’t be afraid to call or e-mail to ask about the status of the job opening. Doing so could get your resume the attention it deserves. – Originally posted on onTargetjobs by Matthew O’Donnelllast_img read more

How To Ace Your End Of Year Performance Review

first_imgTis the season for holiday cheer, office parties and the often dreaded performance review.Whether you are a great employee or teetering toward the unemployment line, every employee needs to prepare for their performance review. After all, it’s your chance to have the undivided attention of your supervisor for more than a few minutes.The performance review “is the one of the few times during the year when employees can get a good gauge of where they stand in the eyes of the firm,” says John Ricco, partner in recruiting firm The Atlantic Group. “Any employee who doesn’t care about his/her review, probably isn’t invested in their career.”Just like job seekers prepare for interviews ahead of time, employees have to gear up for their performance review before they sit down with their boss. The worst thing any employee can do is walk into it blind without key talking points about their accomplishments for the year.Career experts say an important first step in preparing is for the employee to engage in some self-reflection to come up with a list of how his or her work helped the business during the year.“Make the business case – no one cares about how many hours you worked,” says Julie Bauke, career strategist, president of The Bauke Group, and author of Stop Peeing on our Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes that Screw Up your Job Search. “They care if and how your work positively impacted the business. That’s why you are there so get very clear on it and be ready to prove it.”It’s also a good idea, according to Bauke, to think hard about where you’ve fallen short and own it. Don’t fall into the trap of making up excuses or passing the buck. Not only will you be throwing co-workers under the bus, but you’ll also look bad.  “When you get into blame and excuse mode, your boss is rolling his eyes and you are losing credibility,” says Bauke.In addition to preparing a list of your accomplishments and weaknesses during the year, Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, the staffing company, says employees should think about any questions they may have about their job or the company. Let’s say there are rumors that your company is heading toward bankruptcy. It’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about it when you sit down with your supervisors. Or in another example, perhaps you have questions about your role or the future of your position. The performance review is the time to address those concerns.“Workers should treat performance reviews as two-way conversation,” says Hosking. “While managers will provide constructive criticism, employees shouldn’t hesitate to ask questions about the assessment or request support or guidance.”Employees who get a good review shouldn’t view that as an excuse to “rest on their laurels,” says Hosking. There is always room for improvement and asking your boss what areas you should work on in the New Year will not only show you care but put you that much closer to a promotion. It’s also an opportunity to be your own advocate and talk with your boss about where he or she sees you in the next few years and whether or not that jives with your own career aspirations.“If your boss wants you to move into management and the thought of that leaves you cold, don’t just say yes or no – be prepared with other thoughts about what really does interest you,” notes Bauke.If you get hit with a bad performance review whether expected or unexpected, career experts say you shouldn’t get defensive and instead ask for recommendations on how to improve. The more specific and detailed your boss is the better your chances are of making real improvements.Hosking says you should also ask for a review in three to six months to assess your efforts to improve. By doing that you’ll demonstrate you’re committed to improving and take the performance review process seriously, he says.At the end of the day one of the easiest and smartest things an employee can do is listen. Instead of thinking about the time you are wasting with this meeting or about what you plan to say listen to what your boss is trying to convey. “Listening is the best way to get the most out of your review. Again this is one of the few times of the few times of the year where you have your boss’s ear, make the most of it,” says Ricco.last_img read more

Haven’t Landed a New Job Yet? Try This.

first_imgSearching for a job is intense — especially when you’ve been doing it for a solid six months. It’s easy to give up and drown your sorrows in Netflix episodes of Modern Family and a pint of Haagen-Dazs.And when you’re not glued to Netflix, you’re glued to your other mobile devices — anxiously awaiting any good news from hiring managers.In a 2014 Glassdoor survey, 59 percent of job seekers believed they had a better chance of being considered for a job if they applied as soon as the job was posted online.But is it really helpful to be glued to your mobile device all day? No. Because there are plenty of other activities that are considered work than just applying for jobs all day. If you let your resume and skills ferment long enough, they won’t be as valuable anymore.Here are four ways job seekers can stay present in the workforce and in life — even if they haven’t landed a job just yet:1. Get certified. Take a class in something that may be of interest to hiring managers, could set you apart and make employers take notice of your resume. Maybe you could accomplish your goal with more education or training, but you’re not in a position to go back to school at this point. The answer just might be earning a certification in your current field or a new one.The job market is extremely competitive. Instead of explaining the six-month gap in your work history, it’s easier to explain you were expanding your education and taking classes during that time that contribute to the position for which you are applying. Attaining a certificate permits you to build skills and knowledge that can help you do your work better — and most hiring managers know that.2. Blog it out. Stay two steps ahead of hiring managers by creating your own personal brand. Most often, they conduct online searches on job candidates before deciding whether to offer them interviews. Chances are, hiring managers will search your name on the web and look for evidence of involvement in business networks and community projects.Create a personal blog and write about topics that matter to employers. A personal blog is something done on your own time and shows your work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond. You could even include the link to your blog when applying for jobs.They want to find examples of success at work or internships, college or volunteer positions. Keep in mind any material on your blog should be professionally written and error free. Consider what special projects you have worked on in the past, and create a special tab for your portfolio.3. Use your body instead of your brain. Sometimes, clearing your head is the best way to get back on track during your job search journey.Instead of scouring job boards 24/7, try doing something you consider stress-relieving. It’s important to take care of your body as well as your mind and find inspiration in other ways.Find a nearby trail and go for a run to get some fresh air, or grab some friends and sign up for a fun group exercise class. These examples may seem very basic but are simple stress.4. Take a roadtrip.Visit a few places in your state where you’ve never been before and find your inspiration in other ways. It’s important to step back from your routine for a day and have some fun.Spend a day or two driving to a city and explore. What businesses are there? What do people do? Is there a museum? Give yourself a chance to learn something new. You never know where life will take you or who you will meet unexpectedly.How are you working during your job search?last_img read more

5 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

first_imgJob interviews aren’t only about impressing the interviewer; they’re about sparking a new relationship with your future employer.The key to a successful interview is to keep the interviewer talking. Sure, while you want to share why you’re the best candidate for the position, you also don’t want to dominate the interview. On the other hand, if it seems like there’s a lull in the conversation, you also want to keep the conversation going.Maintaining conversation during a job interview can be hard to do. Even if you write a list of five or 10 questions, the interviewer may not have much to say. As you prepare questions for the interviewer, make sure they’re relevant to the position. It’s also important to keep them interesting and open-ended. This will make it possible for the interviewer to talk more during the interviewer.If you’re stumped on what questions you should ask, here are five questions that will keep your interview going:1. What do you enjoy most about working here?This is a great question to ask to learn more about the interviewer on a personal level. You’ll  pick up on the interviewer’s feelings toward the job and give them the opportunity to talk about themselves during the interview.When asking this question, you’ll also determine whether this job is the right fit for you. If the interviewer is hesitant about answering, it might be a sign they don’t not enjoy their job.2. Where do you hope the company will be in five years?This is another question that has the potential to get the interviewer excited about their job. You’ll also learn about any upcoming changes the company might experience and the goals the interviewer has for their position within company. Learning this information will give you a better idea of how you’d fit as a potential employee.3. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?Not only will this question show your confidence in landing the job during the interview, but also it will teach you about the type of people you’d work with at the company.Learning about your future coworkers is a great way to learn more about the position. With this question, you can also find out about the types of project’s you’ll work on and what’s expected of you as an employee.4. How would you describe the work environment here?If you want to learn more about the company culture, this is an excellent question to ask. You’ll find out whether the culture is more collaborative or if employees are expected to work independently. This question will also help you determine whether you’d make a good fit for the position.5. What’s the next step of this process?This is a good question to ask as the interview begins wrapping up. If you feel like conversation has been dying down, this would be a great way to find out the rest of the information you need to for the interview process.There are just a few of the questions you can ask to keep a job interview going. Remember, you want to ask positive and open-ended questions that will get the interviewer excited about the interview and position you as a likeable candidate. By following this advice, you’ll show the interviewer that you care about their answers and are genuinely interested in learning about the job.What questions do you ask during interviews to keep the conversation going?last_img read more

Four Ways To Find A Job While On Vacation

first_imgSpring break seems like a great time to savor life and sunshine and the joy of no school or work commitments. But those who want an internship or a new job soon may want to keep the momentum and opportunities swimming along, even during their vacation.That doesn’t mean skipping the R&R, road trip or just time away from your normal daily routines. Instead, mix it up on spring break – with beach time, bar time and career time, whether you’re spending time with fraternity brothers to Negril, Jamaica, or your three kids at grandma’s favorite zoo. (After all, bars serve up beer and they keep bears at bay, but they shouldn’t bar you from your next job opportunity.)The key is to come up with strategies for some career activities that you can do from Cancun, Austin or at home.  If you’re heading home for break, when you run into someone you haven’t seen recently, “take the conversation one step further,” and find out about their career, suggests Holly Paul,  U.S. recruiting leader for PwC, a major accounting and consulting firm. Find out where they’ve worked in the past and whether they know anyone in the field where you hope to plant yourself. Make sure you have an email address so you can follow up with them too.Here’s four other ways to combine career and fun during spring break:If you’re going away, pack a suit and your business cards. It may make sense to carry a few resumes too. They could come in handy if you decide to go to a local networking event, or land a Skype interview that must happen immediately.  They also could be useful if you discover a venture capitalist on vacation and want to pitch your business idea, or yourself as an intern.Work virtually on your connections. Develop your LinkedIn profile and start adding more people you know. Reach out to those individuals who you know. Starting with your parents and neighbors. Your parents’ friends,” said Paul.  Or drop emails to your former bosses and connections from volunteer or paid projects to update them on your plans and ask for connections. PTA parents and Scout volunteers can turn into professional connections as easily as former bosses at IBM or GM.Plan ahead for a coffee or conversation. Set up one good appointment ahead of time. Ask your alumni association or career center for names of graduates in your field or in the geography where you’ll spend your week away. Or track down recruiters or others who could help open doors. Talk to them about the industry trends. If they seem very interested in you, you might ask to shadow them for an afternoon, Paul suggested. “This is a great opportunity to see what that company is like” and to cultivate connections there.Build your personal brand. Take some time to consider where you shine – and how you want to be known. PwC has a series of assessments and videos that help people see their passions and strengths and start to “differentiate themselves,” said Paul. This helps students and others understand what they’re good at and how to create an elevator pitch. Use this clear picture to sharpen your resume and your email signature, too.You could do many of these by setting aside a couple of hours a day during your trip – maybe even the hours your fraternity brothers or kids are still asleep. That will leave plenty of time for savoring the sunshine and fun times.Just be careful what photos you post online afterward; that recruiter may care to see more of your professionalism than your pool pranks.last_img read more

How To Become An ‘A’ Employee When You Feel Like A ‘C’ Employee

first_imgAre you 20, 70 or 10? Joe Lavelle is a management consultant, personal coach and author of the widely acclaimed, Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail. He refers to his book as “the employee handbook that your employer hasn’t given you,” and in it is some great advice for those looking to move their careers onward and upward.In Chapter 3, “Partnering with Human Resources,” Lavelle takes a page from the playbook of John “Jack” Welch, who was the Chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001. Lavelle notes that under Welch, GE was always searching for more effective ways to evaluate the organization, because he (Welch) understood the importance of legitimate feedback on employee and corporate growth.Are You Making Yourself Vital In Your Company?Welch’s “vitality curve” was a tool he used to separate the staff, top to bottom, into three unique groups: Group “A” were the top 20%, and they were rewarded with stock options, promotions and bonuses. Group “B” were the middle 70% of the “vitality curve.” This group didn’t deliver the most brilliant or inspired performances, but Welch considered them vital since they were the majority and were typically steady and reliable.The bottom 10% made up Group “C.” According to Lavelle, “Welch believed these low-producing team members were more likely to enervate than energize, and GE regularly and efficiently counseled out anyone that fell into this class.” Some accused Welch of cruelty here, but he believed his approach was in the employee’s best interest. He reasoned that they would be better off finding a field that would more aptly suit their skills, abilities and interests.Why You Should CareYou may be asking yourself what this has to do with you and your career. After all, no such policies or grouping are in place where you work. So why should you care?What you should realize is this: There is not a company of any size on this planet that does not use this exact system in some form or another. They may have different names for it, or they may not refer to it at all. But they do use it.If you’re not sure which group you fall into, it may be time for a little self-evaluation. If you discover that your performance level makes you a “C” player, don’t fret.How to Boost Your VitalityFollowing are five steps you can take right now to get into the “B” club, and possibly even Club A!1) Speak to a supervisor before it’s too late. Letting someone know that you are aware that your performance may be less than stellar is a great first step in elevating yourself off of the chopping block. Your supervisor has a vested interest in keeping the staff together, and they are rarely interested in having to go through the effort required to fire you and hire someone else.2) Follow Lavelle’s advice by creating a 90-day plan for yourself, than share that plan with your boss. Now, make a new first impression by meeting or exceeding all of the objectives on your plan.3) Zero in on the parts of your job that inspire you. Then, make yourself the go-to person for that particular chore. If there isn’t anything that inspires you, be willing to do whatever it is everyone else seems to avoid and do it with a confident attitude.4) Showing up early and staying late is an easy one. The problem is some people actually believe that no one notices just because they have given up on urging compliance by them. Believe it. They know, and they notice, and it may be all the ammunition they need when the time comes to cull the herd.5) Associating with members of the “A” and “B” group is a great way to learn by observing. Emulating the actions of those you aspire to be like will almost always lead to greater success.Like the man who has noticed his pants are fitting a little too tight, owning the problem is the surest way to agree to the solution.last_img read more

IPL 2017 Live streaming, SRH vs DD: When and where to watch

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad will look to continue their three-match winning run at home when they face a spirited Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal today.All of Hyderabad’s three wins have come at Uppal and they won their last match on Tuesday, defeating Kings XI Punjab by five runs. They have lost both their away matches played so far, which suggests that they really thrive at home.However, their might will come under serious challenge against Delhi, who defeated Punjab by more than 50 runs before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a match decided in the last over.Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders. The likes of Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat around.Captain Zaheer Khan has shown that despite his international retirement, he remains one of the best exponents of seam bowling. Supporting him in the bowling attack will be Mohammed Shami and veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra.Not only Delhi’s bowling but also their batting faces tough challenges against defending champions Hyderabad, who boast one of the most balanced teams in the tournament.In Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have two of India’s best shortest format medium pacers. Bhuvneshwar’s ability to mix seam with yorkers and blockholes at both the start and at the death overs has been high quality stuffs in T20 cricket. He is currently the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps. Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s newly acquired Afghan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi has been impressive.advertisementIn batting, though they have strong batting line-up, they have been so far reliant on captain David Warner to show them the way. The Australian left-handed opener is currently leading batting charts in the tournament so far with 235 runs. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan too is in decent form, scoring 135 runs.Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow http://indiatoday.intoday.in/ipl2017.The match coverage begins at 18.30 IST.last_img read more

MS Dhoni gears up for 300th ODI: Cool Ranchi dude to a cricket giant in 14 years

first_imgNearly 14 years after storming into the international arena, MS Dhoni is set to become the sixth Indian to play 300 one-day internationals.The former skipper is now the fourth highest leading run-scorer for India in ODIs and will go down in history as one of the limited-overs greats. He is an ODI giant.The long-haired, brutally aggressive Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman was a breath of fresh air in the Indian team. He was fearless and he could do anything you wanted him to. His wicket-keeping skills were still developing but boy, could he wield the long handle?WATCH FULL VIDEOThere was nothing artistic about Dhoni’s batting, there was none of the wizardry of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or Rahul Dravid. Mahi walked in with his own blend of technique – his helicopter shots first amused the opposition and later put the fear of the almighty in the hearts of their bowlers.Despite the obvious lack of copybook technique, Dhoni is now only behind Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid as India’s leading scorer in ODIs. He will go into his 300th ODI with 9608 runs, out of which 3738 came in 115 matches at No.6 and 2693 from 67 matches at No.5. Not that he did not do well up the order. (Also Read: There is no one who can replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni till 2019 World Cup, says Virender Sehwag)At No.3, Dhoni scored two out of his 10 hundreds and scored 993 runs from 16 matches including his career best of 183 not out against Sri Lanka. At No.4, Dhoni was equally successful, scoring 1223 runs from 26 matches including a hundred.advertisementDhoni pushed himself lower down the order when he took over as captain to finish games off. That was something he did with alarming regularity. For all of his career, he defined composure and played with the grit of a man, who was driven to win.And when the time came, he walked up the order again to steer India to their second World Cup triumph. He had an ordinary run right through the tournament but with Muttiah Muralitharan in the attack, he had to come out and take him on. The rest is history.Dhoni is now the senior statesman in the team. He gave up the limited-overs captaincy in January and has since regained his mojo with the bat. His presence in the middle-order brings with it a sense of assurance. The Kandy victories might well have been eventually carved out by younger players but Dhoni’s role was just as significant. (Also Read: 2nd ODI: MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar steal victory in tight thriller as India take 2-0 series lead)There is no way Kohli would go to battle in the 2019 World Cup without Dhoni. There is no way India would want to go to England without Dhoni. The Mahi way is still far from over.last_img read more

Monthly Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgIt’s been quite a month here at 360i. Ad Age recognized our Innovation Lab founders, Layne Harris and Fitz Maro as Creatives You Should Know. Last week at Cannes our CEO Sarah Hofstetter was a featured speaker at the International Festival of Creativity, where she, along with Mattel’s Geoff Walker, spoke about the future of play. And lastly, the agency celebrated a record-breaking performance at Cannes Lions with ten wins, spanning eight categories and six clients.If you want to join our innovative, award-winning team, apply to one of the open positions listed below. Or visit our careers page to view more openings.VP Strategy Director (New York, NY) – The VP Strategy Director will lead 360i’s strategic process and strategy team across multiple top name clients and is responsible for pushing the envelope with strategic thinking and leading the team to results. The VP Strategy Director is also charged with contributing to agency thought leadership and best-practice solutions for the overall strategic planning process in one of the fastest growing divisions at 360i. For this role, we’re looking for an expert brand builder and someone who is able to marry business strategy and consumer insights to develop innovative and engaging ways for consumers to connect with brands.Senior Media Manager (Atlanta, GA) – The Senior Media Manager must have a deep understanding of paid search marketing and be able to assist in the development of strategies, provide recommendations and manage our client budgets and bidding. In this role, we’re looking for someone with a detail-oriented mindset, who is an expert multi-tasker and frequently thinks outside the box to solve challenges. The Senior Media Manager will own the day-to-day management of the account and help train, develop and lead the team towards success. The ideal candidate will be organized, well-spoken and a strong leader who is willing to assist with other miscellaneous projects and planning.  This position requires collaboration with other Media teams as well as Account, Analytics and Technology.Director of Programmatic (New York, NY) – The Director of Programmatic will oversee all accounts, partner with executive level clients, lead and manage a team of 15 across multiple offices, collaborate closely with VP of Programmatic on strategic direction internally and externally while maintaining and fostering steady growth and curating the agency culture. The ideal candidate will have strong problem-solving skills and a proven track record for overcoming new challenges. They must also possess a passion to be a programmatic evangelist, and have excellent communication skills. The Director of Programmatic must demonstrate expert knowledge of the entire programmatic ecosystem –  RTB, PMPs, DSPs, SSPs/ ad exchanges, and 3rd party data providers.Associate Media Director (Atlanta, GA) – We are looking for an Associate Media Director to focus on our Display efforts. The ideal candidate will have strong Direct Response/Acquisition experience and will focus on media strategy that can navigate all the facets of Display (video, mobile, programmatic, etc.) as it relates to consumer mode of discover and intent. The Associate Media Director will also manage and mentor a team of highly skilled search professionals and ensure they are educated on the latest innovative strategies. This role will act as one 360i’s Display business leads as well as help the team of senior search managers discover new opportunities for their accounts. This role will also have oversight of similar activities related to different types of campaigns.View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more

Credit Card Utilization, Defined and Demystified

first_img Post navigation The method for calculating aggregate utilization is exactly the same as it was for line item utilization except for one difference.  You’ll need to add together all of the balances on your credit cards and all of the credit limits as well.  Then you’ll divide the aggregate balance by the aggregate limit.Now, it’s important you do this right.  Just because you have a credit card that doesn’t have a balance doesn’t mean it won’t count here.  You’ll still include the credit limit, which will help your percentage.  This is the number one reason you don’t want to close credit card accounts even if you don’t use (or want) the card any longer.  The unused limit helps your utilization percentage.What’s a Good Percentage?According to FICO, the consumers who have the highest scores in the country (760 and above) have an aggregate utilization of 7%.  That’s about as clean of an answer you’re ever going to get to a FICO score question.  Of course that doesn’t prevent people from giving answers that are all over the place.  I’ve seen 30%, I’ve seen 50% and I’ve even seen 70%. This can vary based on other scoring models; if your check your free credit score using the VantageScore model, aggregate utilization may be different.The way the scores are designed rewards consumers for having a lower rather than higher utilization.  So, generally, the lower the number the more points you’re going to earn in your score.  30% is better than 50%, but not as good as 7%.  And I’m not sure where in the world someone got 70%, that’s just terrible.John Ulzheimer is the President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com, the credit blogger for Mint.com, and a Contributor for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.  He is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. The opinions expressed in his articles are his and not of Mint.com or Intuit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Master Your Credit Utilization Like A ProJuly 10, 2018In “Credit Info”Know this Rate. Holiday Shop with More Credit Confidence.November 21, 2017In “Credit Info”Why is My Credit Score Never the Same?December 20, 2017In “Credit Info” photo: BigBeaksCredit card utilization is one of the most important credit score-related topics, and also one that’s often misunderstood. This complicated equation, also called revolving utilization, is an incredibly important factor in your FICO credit scores. Grab your credit reports and a calculator as I walk you through it.Credit card utilization is the relationship between the balances on your credit cards and the credit limits on all of your open credit card accounts.  It is expressed as a percentage and is calculated a number of ways.  It’s so important that it is a key factor in the “Debt” category of your FICO credit score.  The debt category is worth 30% of your FICO score points and while the credit card utilization percentage isn’t alone worth all 30% (that’s a myth), it’s certainly key to earning and maintaining great scores.Line Item Utilization – Calculate this firstThe first way to calculate your credit card utilization is by doing so for each one of your cards.  So, go grab each and every one of your credit cards, retail store cards and gasoline cards and make a stack.  As long as they have revolving terms, meaning you don’t have to pay them in full each month, they need to be in your pile.Each of those cards has a credit limit, which is the highest amount that can be charged on that card.  You can find the limit by looking at a statement or by calling the credit card issuer.  Or, you can look at your credit report.  Getting the limits from your credit reports is the most important method (because that’s how credit scores calculate utilization) but they aren’t 100% accurate 100% of the time.For every card that has a balance (meaning you got a bill this month), divide that balance by the credit limit.  Then multiply that figure by 100 and you’ll get the utilization percentage on that card.  So, if you have a $50 balance and a $500 credit limit you’ll get 10%.  Your goal is to have the lowest possible percentages.Now, you’re going to be tempted to cheat.  Just because you already did or plan to pay the balance in full doesn’t mean your percentage is 0.  Credit scores can’t tell what your intentions are and as long as the balance is showing up on your credit report then you will have a utilization percentage greater than 0.NOTE: Sometimes credit limits don’t show up on credit reports.  This is what I was referring to earlier about it not being accurate 100% of the time.  If your report has missing credit limits on open credit card accounts then you’re not out of the woods.  Look for the field called “High Balance” and use that figure in lieu of the missing credit limit.  The high balance is the historical highest balance on that account.Aggregate Utilization – Calculate this nextlast_img read more

How to Save for An Epic Backpacking Trip

first_imgPack LightYou may think that packing light is a temporary fix when it comes to saving. But a light load on your back can help you save in more ways than you think!By packing the bare necessities you’ll be saving money on clothing purchases before your trip, overweight fees and checked bag fees, and save on any trips to the doctor. (My husband and I packed so much on our 3-month honeymoon that my husband injured his shoulder for over a year!)Backpacking, whether it be short or long term, should be comfortable. So make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by packing as little as possible!Be Open to Working on the RoadFor those of you who see backpacking as an open ended trip, you’re going to need a way to fund that lifestyle. Consider taking a few jobs on the road so that you can call the world your home! The following jobs are perfect for vagabonds on the road:Bartending or barbackAu PairEnglish teacherCruise or yacht crewHostel StaffTour GuideTranslatorYoga or Scuba InstructorHouse SitterDigital Nomad (Basically any job that only requires an internet connection) Exotic vacations around the world appear to be luxurious, but those pristine beaches and amazing mountain hikes are available to anyone at any cost! Seeing the world and all of its beauty can be done on a tight budget, which is why backpacking has become such a trend in the last couple of decades. From two week trips to open ended journeys, backpacking has become a way of life and you can experience it, too!The beautiful thing about backpacking is that you don’t need a lot of money. All you’re going to need is a good amount of money before your trip, the clothes on your back and the resourcefulness that goes along with traveling on the cheap.But before you head off on the road, here are a few tips to get you started for the adventure of a lifetime.Stick to a Strict Savings ScheduleBefore you go on your amazing trip of a lifetime, you have to be really honest with yourself. How much are you making? What can you realistically put away? What kind of adventure do you want? As stated in my first step to saving for a vacation, making a preliminary budget can really help define your must-have travel moments and what you should expect to pay for them.Once you have figured out approximately how much money you will need, create a plan and stick with it! Use the Mint App to help fine tune your spending. Set a monthly savings goal. Put your savings in an interest accruing account. And don’t forget to reward yourself with a “job well done” every time you meet your savings goal. This will help continue to view saving as an exciting journey and not give up. (This reward can be anything from your favorite drink to giving yourself an at-home spa day).Just remember to prioritize your travels. Book a one way flight to give yourself a “deadline” that will motivate you. Write on your mirror to remind yourself everyday what the goal is. Get rid of unnecessary expenses that will keep you from your dream. Make travel the number one priority on your list and there is no way you can fail.’You Might Have to Alter Your Travel StyleMost budget backpackers have to forgo the finer things. This includes dining out less, taking (cheap) public transportation and staying in hostels or less than 4-star accommodation. Of course, you don’t have to give those luxuries up, but that just means more saving ahead of time.Remind yourself what you need vs. what you want. Don’t forget that traveling is supposed to be an adventure! If a certain way of travel puts you outside of your comfort zone, you’re sure to learn a little bit more about yourself and the world around you!On the other hand, don’t sacrifice an amazing experience for the sake of cost. If you have the opportunity to skydive over Dubai, do it! If that means staying at hostels the entire time so you can afford it, so be it. Backpacking is a constant balancing act between thrifty spending and splurging.Something else to consider is the physical aspect of this type of travel. Backpacking abroad means roughing it in the form of hostels, tents and shared living. You’ll need the following materials to live comfortably on the road (most of these items can be found for a reasonable price on Amazon): 1 backpack that holds 20-22 lbs with an attachable daypack (any more weight will cost more check baggage fees and wreak havoc on your back)1 quick drying clothing for all of that walking and hiking1 quick drying towel1 fitted, twin mattress sheet (trust me, you’ll want one for those hostels)1 water bottle with a filter1-2 padlocks1 rain cloaking material (one for your backpack and umbrella for yourself)5-10 ziplock bags (for your toiletries at airports-most bags need to be 20×20 cm) Consider More Affordable LocationsIt seems like everyone is backpacking around Southeast Asia these days, amirite? That might be because it’s so cheap! I’ve heard of travelers backpacking in Asia for as low as $1 a day (kind of intense, but it can be done)! There are several places that are incredibly cheap for backpackers, so if you would like to travel to exotic places on a strict budget, consider the following locations: CambodiaIndonesiaIndiaVietnamBulgariaThailandGreecePanamaGuatemalaBelize Sebrin Elms is a twenty-something newlywed with two kitties and a serious obsession with travel. She started her blog, The Clumsy Traveler, in anticipation of a 3-month long honeymoon around the world. When she came back, she wasn’t ready to stop writing and traveling! You can learn more about her story on her blog or follow her on Instagram @theclumsytraveler.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

12 reasons why the happiest men end up marrying this surprising profession

first_imgMen, are you looking for the ideal partner to marry? Look no further than the nearest hospital and find yourself a nurse to marry.Don’t believe me? Here are twelve reasons why men who marry nurses end up very happy.12) Shift hours make for ample time apartBecause nurses work in shifts they are apart from their spouses at odd hours. For some couples this is an ideal arrangement as both have enough time to be on their own without having to accommodate the other person. This is something that’s difficult to achieve in marriages where both parties work during the day.11) Nurses are super smartNurses are required to have a college or university degree, and many continue on to specialize further. Married to a nurse, you will not be in the company of a quiet wall flower who has nothing to talk about.10) Nurses know how to be supportive.It takes a special kind of person to handle patients in various stages of ill health day in and day out. It takes a combination of toughness and kindness. They have to help their patients through difficult times and support them when they are at their worst. Nurses deal with people in the most difficult times and give comfort and support to others when they are at their worst. They don’t allow their patients to quit and they won’t allow you to quit either.9) Nurses bring a different, deeper perspective on life.Because they deal with life and death situations at work, nurses don’t sweat the small stuff at home. They don’t get worked up about the leaking tap or a broken window because they deal with far more serious issues at work. In short, they know what’s important and what not. Chances are they won’t be a nag.8) Nurses are compassionate and kind.People who choose to working in the nursing profession tend to be kind by nature. They feel fulfilled when they serve others and make their lives better. They tend to put the needs of others first and their families also benefit from this selfless predilection.7) Nurses are good listeners.Nurses have to listen to sick patients who are going through a difficult time. They have to show empathy and offer support. They have the ability to talk patients through their fears and they bring that talent to the relationship. Married to a nurse you will always have a sympathetic ear and someone to give advice and support – it’s second nature to a nurse!6) Nurses get everyone through tough times.Nurses are trained to calm people down in stressful situations and to focus on what’s important. They are trained to see patients through tough times and support them no matter what. Your nurse wife (or husband) is bound to do the same for you.5) You have a partner in emergency situations.Nurses are trained to handle emergencies and they are really good at it. They are used to working under pressure, know how to prioritize and make important decisions in the midst of a crisis. This is a wonderful trait to have in a life partner.4) A nurse is a spouse with benefitsBeing in the health profession, nurses know the best choices in their field. They know who the best doctors are and where the best medical services can be found. They have the knowledge to keep your family in optimal health. Also, being trained, they are the first to notice when a family member needs medical care and they can attend to most issues themselves.3) Nurses are good team playersYou can’t survive in the nursing profession if you don’t work closely with the other nursing staff. It’s very simple: if you don’t work together and help each other, the work will never get done. In a marriage with children knowing how to pull together is an invaluable trait2) Nurses always have a steady incomeNursing is one of the few professions that provides a stable income. Nurses are in high demand around the world and salaries can be very good. When your spouse is a nurse, your spouse can always pick up the slack in difficult economic times.1) Nurses have a wicked sense of humorNever a dull moment at work – moments filled with belligerent patients, gross messes, unbelievable suffering and more that could drive any normal person nuts. This is what drives most nurses to develop a wicked sense of humor that makes for interesting times over a glass of wine.Sourcelast_img read more

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

first_imgBest for:all kinds of scars and especially acne scars.4. Onion extractDue to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, onion extract-based topical gels may significantly reduce the height and soften scarred tissue without side effects. Try using onion extract gel on hypertrophic scars 3 times a day during the early postsurgical period.Best for:burn scars;hypertrophic scars from surgical wounds.3. Apple cider vinegar + honeyDue to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, apple cider vinegar is widely used as a natural disinfectant and astringent. It won’t help you get rid of those old ance scars completely, but it will surely reduce them so they are not as noticeable. To aviod redness and inflammation mix apple cider vinegar with raw honey, apply to the scars, and rinse after 10 minutes.Best for:acne scars.2. Oils (olive oil and coconut oil)Natural plant oils have a wide range of great therapeutic effects. Coconut oil, for example, contains lauric, caprylic and capric acids, which help heal damaged skin by stimulating collagen production. Olive oil is rich in vital vitamins that promote the healing process of acne scars, keeping your skin hydrated and nourished. Try massaging the scar with olive or coconut oil for 5-10 minutes several times a day until you get the desired result.Best for:acne scars.1. Vitamin CThis may sound surprising but it’s vitamin C, not vitamin E, as many of us believe, that may gradually improve the appearance of scars. To boost the synthesis of collagen, our skin needs vitamin C. It also helps improve skin elasticity, reduces redness, and promotes wound healing. Doctors recommend both internal (drinks) and topical (creams) use.Best for:acne scars;fine surgical scars.BonusThe good news is that many scars fade over the time, but if you have a deep, old scar that won’t go away, you should consult your doctor because no scar can be completely eliminated without serious invasive procedures. But as they say, prevention is better than cure. So, here’s what you can do to your wound to prevent bad scars:Keep the wound clean and moist by applying a moisturizing ointment.Always cover the wound with an adhesive bandage.Avoid excessive sun exposure and apply sunscreen.Don’t use any treatments on an open wound.Don’t pick a scab off your healing wound.Get some exercise.Be consistent and patient.Source Fibrous tissue, or scar tissue, is your body’s attempt to repair what has been damaged. It’s a natural part of healing that takes a lot of time and patience. However, there is something you can try to do to help the process and improve the appearance of scarred tissue.We have found these 10 useful tips for those of you who would rather forget about bike accidents, clumsy shaving experiences, or painful surgeries and would like to make those reminders on their bodies fade away.10. VaselineAccording to studies, Vaseline proved to be quite an effective and reliable remedy in comparison with expensive creams and serums. Applied 3 times daily for 1 to 3 weeks, this ointment helps you keep your skin hydrated, so scarred skin appears less dry and rough.Best for:atrophic scars, left over chicken pox, and acne;stretch marks.9. Pure Aloe Vera gelAloe Vera has been used for centuries for its amazing therapeutic properties. Aloe Vera leaves contain a gel-like substance that promotes the skin regeneration process and has an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect on damaged skin. Apply Aloe Vera gel (just scoop it out of a leaf) directly on the scar, massaging in circular motions. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash it off. Apply twice a day and be consistent.Best for:cesarean and other postsurgical scars.8. SiliconeIf you have hypertrophic scars and keloids, you can also try some special bandages like silicone sheeting pads or self-drying silicone gel. Silicone-containing remedies increase hydration and protect scarred skin from bacteria. As a result, scarred tissue appears flatter and softer. You can start using silicone sheets 2 weeks after your wound has healed (12–24 hours a day for at least 2 months). Silicone gel should be applied twice a day until noticeable results are achieved.Best for:hypertrophic scars;keloids.7. Essential oils (sandalwood oil and lavender oil)Essential oils in general promote collagen synthesis and carry antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and healing properties. Sandalwood and lavender essential oils, in particular, can support the healing and regenerative processes if used regularly. Try massaging essential oils into your scar and notice how it gradually becomes less noticeable.Best for:all types of scars.6. MassageAnother great and affordable way to help your scarred skin heal faster is to try to massage the area with lotion. If you gently massage the scar for 15-30 seconds a few times a day, it’ll help break down the dense bands of collagen that attach to underlying tissue.Best for:keloid scars;cesarean scars and other surgical scars.5. SunscreenIf you want to help your scarred skin heal, never expose it to aggressive ultraviolet rays. They slow the regenerative process and “help” your cells produce pigment, causing dark spots and discoloration. Always use your favorite sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.last_img read more

Why Making the Home Page of TechCrunch is Better than Digg

first_img Visitors from social bookmarking sites need to be roped toward your money pot slowly and strategically. PawSpot.com Originally published Jan 25, 2007 5:47:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 The toughest part is knowing when these events are going to happen. However, if you did know, I might prepare in different ways. . They are explorers obsessed with remaining on the frontier of innovation as they chase their personal aspirations of fame, fortune, or both. Some are entrepreneurs looking for creative inspiration from your product that they can apply to their own. Others are simply looking to get in early on the next big thing. Either way, TechCrunch visitors come to try your product and will give it a genuine shot, willing to work through bugs or user experience flaws in order to understand your reason for being. What were the actual traffic metrics? classic early adopters the real value comes in the brand awareness you gain for making the home page If they end up on your site in a heated debate over your article, show them related discussions in your forum or on other blog entries. Recognize when they are engaged and seize that opportunity to convert them to a registered user or subscribe to your RSS feed. Now you have them in the funnel and can work them toward a close. Social bookmarking visitors will have a small close percentage but the top of the funnel is enormous. The table below shows the page views per visit from each site. As one might expect, social bookmarking visitors came for a single glimpse, with a metric barely above 1. TechCrunch folks dug much deeper into the site, yielding 5 page views per visit on average. Sure. The graph below plots total referral visits against the number of days after the home page appearance occurred for each of these sites. As you can see, the social bookmarking sites yielded much higher traffic initially, with average visitors of about 8,500 in the first day. However, the daily visitors fell off quickly after the first day. TechCrunch, on the other hand, did not quite generate the same initial spike, with a little over 1,000 visitors on the first day. But a reasonable proportion of the original traffic levels was sustained even weeks after the mention. . Despite being fairly new-to-the-block in the media world, TechCrunch carries amazing prestige. To be honest, when TechCrunch covered us, we were still in user experience testing and had not even officially launched the site. However, the mention alone led to coverage by at least 50 additional blogs and invitations to a number of speaking engagements within the next few weeks. Add TechCrunch to your PR firm’s target list and buy Arrington a drink when you see him out on the town. “You have ten seconds. Show me why you are cool. If I like it, I will hang out longer.” . Over the past six months, PawSpot has made an appearance on the home page of each of these entities. Here is his reflection on the experiences. If you had to pick one, which home page would you choose to appear on? I believe TechCrunch visitors want to get right to your value proposition. . For the most part, they come for the sole purpose of the article at hand. The only potential distraction of slightly more importance is the commentary, and hopefully heated debate, that follows the article. If you are lucky, the debate will spill over from their social bookmarking site onto your site. However, the visitors will probably not even realize it, remaining heads down in the verbal onslaught. The analogy here is a bar fight that suddenly spills over into the pet shop next store. There is really no controlling it. You just need to let it fizzle out on its own and hope that more good than harm is done. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack passionate, active participators that thrive on controversy If your small business made the home page of TechCrunch or Digg, would it solve all of your problems? OK, probably not. But if you could choose between the home page of Digg, TechCrunch, Netscape, or Reddit, which would you prefer? To provide some insight, we have brought in guest blogger, Mark Roberge, CEO of For the most part, your site is probably structured reasonably well to suit their needs. Just make sure you have a path for really smart visitors. These folks may know your competitive landscape better than you do so fast-track them to your key differentiation. As one may expect from the above figures, registered user conversion was many multiples higher from TechCrunch than from the social bookmarking visitors. TechCrunch visitor conversion fell in the three to five percent range. Social bookmarking visitors were a fraction of that figure. We found TechCrunch visitors to be the What are the qualitative observations about these visitors? By far TechCrunch. Personally, I do not think the direct visitors you attract from any of them will make or break your business. As successful as these sites are, the demographics of their subscribers represent a small portion of the mass consumer markets. I think What is the best way to capitalize on these home page appearances? We found social bookmarking users to belast_img read more

Google+ Attracts 20 Million Users in 3 Weeks [Infographic]

first_img mark. Below is an infographic showing the top 10 countries for Google+ users, courtesy of the Marketing Takeaway created a graph to show the paces at which Google+, Facebook, and Twitter all hit 20 million users. Google+ is hot. We have been blogging about it a ton since its launch. This infant of a social network hit a major milestone today,  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Google Updates will soon launch and Games on Google+ to directly compete with Facebook. Google is said to plan to take a lower cut of gaming revenues than Facebook does, which could be a major blow to the social networking giant. passing the 20 million users Yes, Google has huge reach and an existing user base, but the rapid adoption of Google+ is still impressive. It seems that Google is making a major push in the social networking space. All Things D is reporting that Google Wall Street Journal Topics: Google+ is growing faster than expected. As a marketer, it is important that you sign up for the free service and understand the mechanics of how information is shared. Soon Google will be rolling out business profiles, which will be a completely new way for companies to leverage Google+. However, we have already started to see the impact Google+ is having on search engine optimization. Originally published Jul 22, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Leon Håland To help put this user growth into perspective, .last_img read more

Realme 3 Pro Flipkart sale begins today: Price, offers, specs and should you buy it

first_imgThe Realme 3 Pro will go on sale in India for the first time today. Realme launched its newest flagship device as a Redmi Note 7 Pro competitor as it falls under Rs 15,000. Despite its affordable price tag, the Realme 3 Pro (Review) is a feature-packed device touting a waterdrop display VOOC 3.0 fast charging support coupled with a large battery, a Snapdragon 710 chipset and ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie to name a few.The Realme 3 Pro will be available for purchase starting 12pm on Monday, April 29. The sale will take place on Flipkart and Realme.com and the company assures a good stock of units as it anticipates high demand.Realme 3 Pro price in India and launch offersThe Realme 3 Pro price in India starts at Rs 13,999. This is for the base variant that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also a 6GB + 64GB variant that is priced at Rs 15,999 and a 6GB + 128GB option with a price tag of Rs 16,999. The Relame 3 Pro will be available in Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple gradient colours as well as Carbon Grey.Launch offers on Flipkart include Rs 1,000 flat discount on purchasing the Realme 3 Pro with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card and on EMI transaction, Complete Mobile Protection at a low price, No Cost EMI for 3 to 6 months and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300.Realme 3 Pro specificationsThe Realme 3 Pro sports a FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, up to 400 nits of brightness and a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 per cent. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU. The phone supports a triple card slot with a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB).advertisement Realme’s newest flagship sports a 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. On the front, the handset gets a 25-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Realme 3 Pro supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and houses a 4,045mAh battery. It also ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro?In our Realme 3 Pro review, we called it one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. This is because the Realme 3 Pro offers terrific value for its starting price of Rs 13,999 that not only manages to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30, but also surpasses them in some areas.Some of the strong points of the Realme 3 Pro is that it offers a bright and sharp dewdrop display, a snappy Snapdragon 710 chipset that is an absolute beast for gaming, a long-lasting battery that is made even better thanks to VOOC fast charging. The Realme 3 Pro also gets a flagship primary camera that allows it to capture stunning phone in most lighting condition, coupled with a crisp selfie camera as well. The Realme 3 Pro ticks mostly all the right boxes and is definitely worth considering if you’re in the market. You can read our in-depth review to get a better idea about the Realme 3 Pro before it goes on sale today on Flipkart.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: 6 things to know before you buy this Realme flagshipALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Which phone offers best value under Rs 15,000?last_img read more