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4 Ways to Give Back

Posted By: on July 3, 2014
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Maybe it was all those sitcoms highlighting it, but somehow working in a soup kitchen (which is a very honorable voluntary endeavor) has become the be all, end all way to volunteer. However, what if customer service really isn’t your thing, you can’t even boil water, or time restraints make it impossible for you to donate your time? There are many ways to give back, and the secret is finding your niche.

If you don’t enjoy your volunteer opportunity, it’s probably just not the right match. It can be just as tough to find this complement as it is the right job or relationship. Broaden your horizons, be realistic with your time and finances, and find something that excites you. If you settle, everyone suffers (including you).

1. Park/trail/beach cleanup

If you love getting outdoors and want to squeeze in a little workout and social time, volunteering for a cleanup crew might be the perfect match. These opportunities are usually just for a day, so you don’t feel bound by a recurring commitment. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people or you can gather your own group of friends to volunteer.

2. Sponsor a child

There are many ways to sponsor a child, and a very small amount of money can go a long way if you choose a reputable organization. There are also organizations that collect clothes, toys and other items so you can clear our your space while helping a child in need. Other options include programs like Big Brother Big Sister or SMART.

3. Kickstart a recycling program

If your condo community, workplace or other location doesn’t have a top of the line recycling program in place, you can always offer to manage it. This is ideal for A-Types who are also green-minded. Almost anyone can do better with recycling, and education is key in making it happen.

4. Be a foster pet parent

Usually, the “best” volunteer jobs at Humane Societies and other shelters are already taken. However, you can foster a pet up for adoption, provide a loving home, make a new furry friend and ensure that your temporary pet has a great life before being placed in a forever home. If you love animals but don’t have the capacity to own one for yourself, this is the perfect compromise.

When it comes to giving back, you have money, time and skills to spare. Find the right opportunity, and the rewards are invaluable.

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4 Signs HR Pros Know it’s Payday

Posted By: on July 2, 2014
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No matter the size or type of company you work for, there are certain signs that payday has arrived (or is right around the corner). It’s an exciting day for every employee, including you, no matter what the salary range or commission status. There’s something freeing and lovely about pay day, even for workers who are really responsible and already know exactly how the income will be distributed. However, for HR managers, payday isn’t all fun and frolicking.

If you’ve been in the industry for awhile, you’ve probably become adept at spotting those tell tale signs of payday panic. In fact, you probably have your fair share of stories, and might even dread this busy day if you have an outdated payroll system or, worse, have to deliver the checks yourself. If there was ever a reason to indulge in some updated software, payday might be it.

You know you work in HR and payday has arrived when:

1. The phone won’t stop ringing

The employees might happily send emails all day long, avoiding an actual phone conversation like the plague, but those standards go out the window on payday. They want to know when the checks are arriving, making sure you did their vacation time correctly, and they want it all right now. There’s no way they’re going into the weekend without the check they deserve.

2. Your email (also) blows up

However, calling you non-stop isn’t enough because they want to make absolutely sure you understand how important this is. As such, they’ll send you countless emails re-detailing their sales, hours or other information that you may have mysteriously missed. Bonus points if they cc your boss or a totally unrelated executive in an attempt to light a fire under you.

3. Suddenly those time sheets don’t add up

If you work for a company where employees clock in and out, and then hours are tallied, you can bet that come payday there will be discrepancies. Sometimes these are honest mistakes, but sometimes it’s an employee trying to get a few extra bucks or a manager who’s shaving hours. Not only are these tactics perhaps illegal, they’re also a nightmare for HR.

4. You hear the same jokes for the millionth time

Either it’s a joke, or a song lyric that’s talking about payday that’s sung to you every single week. Luckily for you, as an HR professional you’re expert at hiding your true feelings and pasting on a smile.

However, NSYNC’s “Just Got Paid” will always make you cringe.

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A Look Inside Pixar Studios (20 pics)

Posted By: on December 11, 2009

Google has become known for creating a fun environment for employees, and has set somewhat of a standard in doing so. We’ve seen the offices of facebook, twitter, collegehumor, and a bunch of others… Now, Read On »

Epic Art Pieces By Jose Vega

Posted By: on January 11, 2012

Art can be found everywhere online, but to find art that makes your jaw drop to the floor is hard to discover. Especially when pop culture figures are turned into epic art pieces, yes, the Read On »

2012 Are You Ready?

Posted By: on November 17, 2010

Well if those darned Mayans are right the end of the world is shortly approaching. With Thanksgiving next week, Christmas will be upon us shortly, followed by New Years…and what do we have to look Read On »

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Newcastle Brown Ale’s If We Won

Posted By: on July 2, 2014
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What if the British won the Revolutionary War? Newcastle Brown Ale presents a unique take on what America would be like as “Great Britain II” and how amazing it could be if America were still under British rule. With that said, they’ve produced 16 short films providing “alternate history” takes on how things might have played out. Elizabeth Hurley, Zachary Quinto and more provide their talents in showing us the country that could have been. Visit http://ifwewon.com and follow @newcastle on twitter for more adventures in alternate history. See Elizabeth Hurley’s take here:

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Greg

Why We Shave

Posted By: on July 2, 2014
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A young boy asks the age old question, “Why do we shave every day?” The answer is nothing short of inspiring. Schick Quattro wants to remind us all that we shave for freedom. Our awesome jawlines and manly faces should never be oppressed by beards. Together we can make the world a better, less hairy place to live. Use #UnitedWeShave and join the conversation. Shave for freedom after watching the short film:

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5 Recession Proof Professions

Posted By: on July 1, 2014
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Even though the recession is slowing down, there’s no telling when another may hit (or when this one may reboot). When choosing a career and profession, it’s important to note the stability of it. After all, many professions require years of specialized schooling, so changing career mid-way due to a recession can be costly and a big mistake. Fortunately, there are many “recession proof” professions if you know where to look.

It’s unsurprising to many that medical professionals top the list when it comes to stability. No matter what the economy or a patient’s financial situation, everyone needs medical care at some point. That’s why medical recruitment is such a hot field right now. With a recession comes stress, and with stress comes the need for medical care which is why physicians make around $175,000 per year and nurses around $50,000.

1. Energy workers

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The field of energy has to keep moving forward no matter what. People still need HVAC services, to drive their cars, or even get ready for the day. Some might be more prone towards energy conservation efforts in a recession, but that doesn’t decrease the need for professionals in this field. You can pursue any path from engineering to being a technician, which will earn around $50,000 per year.

3. Mental health experts

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Surprisingly, mental health providers are more in demand when a recession hits. It’s when stressors go through the roof, which can lead to more psychological issues. Unsurprisingly, the demand for divorce counselors also increases during a recession. Counselors average anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on their specialty.

4. Web professionals

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Big companies realize they need to downsize their marketing departments during a recession, and those who are laid off are encouraged to start their own business. This means the demand for SEO pros, web designers, coders and other techie geek jobs grow in demand to the tune of $60,000+ per year.

5. Police officers

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Crime goes up in desperate times, which means crime units need as much help as possible. Technically this profession is “recession resistant” since there were layoffs in police departments starting in 2009, but others say that’s just weeding out the weakest links.

If you’re a student, thinking of going back to school or changing careers, don’t forget to consider how secure your future job is. Otherwise, all of that training and experience can go down the drain (on the other hand, plumbers also have a recession-proof job).

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Foods for a Better Back

Posted By: on July 1, 2014
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You are what you eat, and that includes when it comes to back health. You probably know what foods can help you get better skin, such as good old water, lemons and antioxidants like blueberries, but did you know there are foods that can help strengthen, soothe and improve your back? Many Americans suffer from chronic back pain, but you might be able to eat your way to relief.

The best approach is to marry back-friendly foods with ongoing chiropractic care and perhaps try acupuncture, massage therapy and of course regular exercise. A holistic approach to caring for your back will lead to the best results. However, the next time you’re at the grocery store, try picking up these “back bites.”

Vitamins and minerals

You need Vitamin A because it’s an immune system booster, antioxidant and helps with tissue repair and bone strengthening. You can get this crucial vitamin in liver, most dairy (such as butter, cheese, eggs and milk), fruits that are orange from apricots to cantaloupe, and orange/green veggies like spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes. Before dismissing liver, consider a pate such as chicken liver spread on whole grain toast: It’s both decadent and very good for you.

Vitamin B12 is also essential because it keeps bone marrow healthy, letting the spine function its best. Get this vitamin in liver, red meat, poultry and fish. It’s also in dairy products and leafy green veggies like broccoli, kale and spinach. To get those Omega 3 fatty acids, opt for oily fish like salmon so you can get a super boost of the good stuff.

Keeping it healthy

It’s no surprise that Vitamin C is important, helping with collagen development and with healing injuries in tendons, discs and ligaments. Berries are high in vitamin C as well as tomatoes, green vegetables, potatoes and bell peppers. Also indulge in extra Vitamin D for calcium absorption and healthy bones. This can also prevent osteoporosis and can be fond in fish oil, egg yolks, and milk (you can also get this for free by soaking up the sun’s rays a few minutes each day while wearing sunscreen).

Additional vitamins include Vitamin K for proper calcium usage, iron for healthy cells, magnesium for relaxed muscles and calcium for healthy bones. Both vitamin K and iron is found in meat products including liver, fish, red meat, pork and poultry as well as green leafy veggies. You can get your magnesium from whole grains, beans and nuts, and calcium in dairy products.

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Algorithm Changes and How to Adapt

Posted By: on June 27, 2014
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Google wants to be the best search engine provider. In order to do this the company alters their search engine results. While these tweaks may seem harmful or unfair to your website these changes benefit users who want to see relevant helpful results. Take these opportunities to improve your website’s content. With relevant content your website will have more long term staying power. First, you must understand what these algorithms are and how you can optimize your website so it will be favored in search results.

The Panda algorithm came out in February 2011. Panda lowers the rank of poor quality websites. The algorithm considers the amount of content websites have and adjusts the search rankings accordingly. The more content the website has the higher the rank. This algorithm increased the rank of news websites. Panda lowered the rank of websites that were considered to be advertising heavy. Panda favors websites with valuable information.

Penguin came out in April 2012. This algorithm lowered the ranking of websites that participated in link schemes. Any websites with huge amounts of links but almost no content had their rankings lowered. It is unfavorable to link spammers.

In August 2013, Google released the Hummingbird algorithm. Hummingbird takes context into account when calculating search rankings. This encourages content to be relevant and useful and not just stuffed with keywords.

How to Adapt

According to this website it is important to change your SEO methods, so your website will be favorable according to these algorithms. You should build websites with original content. If you focus on having high-quality content you can protect your website from future algorithm changes. To do this be sure and hire experienced writers who will produce original relevant content.

Another article recommends using important and relevant URLs and create signals for them. The better and stronger the URLs are the more search engines favor your website in the results. Make sure there is no duplicate information. Have helpful content that the URLs are anchored in. These tips will make Panda favor your website.

The Wordtracker blog has many tips for SEO with regard to Penguin. One tip mentions that web designers should build quality links. Quantity is no longer in favor. To make your website rank higher, you need to do your research first. Look for high-ranking websites in your keyword and study what they do. Check text to link ratios. Study their content.

According to Search Engine Journal there are five ways to adapt to Hummingbird. One such way to adapt is to use keyword synonyms. You should do keyword research and find highlighted terms. These terms are synonyms for the keyword. Using these similar terms lets the algorithm know that your website has more useful and similar content that will be helpful to users that are searching for a specific keyword.

Web designers should do research and provide quality content to users. With a high-quality website you not only protect your website from current algorithms but future ones. Google will never favor unoriginal spam filled websites in the future, so keeping your website fresh and relevant will make sure your website will be a long-term moneymaker.

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Greg

Dull Emergencies

Posted By: on June 22, 2014
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Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more urgent than others. Not every day is like an action movie, but for those days that are, BIC Razors are there for you. Check out this hilarious take on an emergency situation featuring the good folks at CollegeHumor.

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Physical Therapists in High Demand

Posted By: on June 20, 2014
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It’s not surprising that according to the U.S News and World Report’s list of Best Health Care Jobs, medical professions such as dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses all topped the list. Surprisingly, physical therapists beat out physician for the number five best health care job. While physical therapists certainly can be important when it comes to keeping patients strong and healthy, some people might not be aware of what exactly they do.

What a Physical Therapist Does

Physical therapists evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who have limited physical abilities that do not allow them to function normally throughout the day. Most physical therapists have the role of helping patients in the rehabilitation process after surgery or injury. Their job is to help get the patient on the road to recovery and help them regain their strength. One reason they are now in such high demand is because they generally work with the older population and it’s the baby boomer generation that are now requiring these types of services.

However, there are physical therapists specialized in the area of pediatric physical therapy. These specialized therapists work with children who may have been born with a brain injury resulting in medical conditions like cerebral palsy. They may also help babies born prematurely increase their gross motor skills enabling them to reach developmental milestones.

Average Salary for a Physical Therapist

According to the United States Department of Labor, the average annual salary for a physical therapist is more than $82,000 with an average hourly wage of $39.51. The top paying states for this particular occupation include:

  • Nevada

  • Alaska

  • California

  • Texas

  • New Jersey

Training for Physical Therapists

Physical therapists are in high demand and get paid well but what type of training and education does it require? A potential physical therapist must first attain their bachelor’s degree and focus their studies on science. They will then have to enter into a master’s program that is approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Their master’s degree may more than two years to complete. Some of the courses involved are:

  • Rehabilitation techniques

  • Cardiopulmonary treatment

  • Patient management

  • Research methods

  • Pharmacology

  • Kinesiology

  • Exercise physiology

Becoming a licensed physical therapist also involves passing their state’s National Physical Therapy Examination. Once they’ve attained their degree and licensing, their education usually does not stop there as 37 states require physical therapists to complete 10-40 hours of continuing education courses.

Physical therapists are certainly in high demand and it is a great career choice for those who have great interpersonal skills and a desire to help others live their best life possible. Another advantage to being a physical therapist is a more informal dress code that often allows physical therapists to wear cool-looking scrubs like the ones found on Everyday Uniforms.

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Greg

Mache’s Mango Magic

Posted By: on June 10, 2014
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Check out this documentary about Mache, a sneaker designer whose custom shoes have reached a number of celebrities. Watch how he’s been inspired by Bacardi’s Mango Fusion and see what he creates as a result. Discover just how unique his creations are. Discuss using #repyourflavor and then visit http://bit.ly/1eBbox0 for more information.

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