Dec
27

How To Choose The Best Higher Education Option For You

Going_to_College_After_High_School1After graduating high school one may feel overwhelmed at all of life’s pressures. Friends and family want to know what one is going to do after one graduates and one knows that one needs to do something that one will enjoy and still earn enough money to make a decent living. If one was not too fond of school, the thought of going back to school might not seem too exciting, but one needs to realize that there are a lot of options out there.  Even if one has been out of high school for many years, there comes a time when one realizes that one might need to go back to school to make a better living.

Going back to school might seem overwhelming because one thinks of the cost of going to school and the time that it will require to go to school. If one did not enjoy going to school or if one does not want to do the traditional four years at college there are many other options available. There are many trade schools and technical schools that one can attend where one is not in school for four years. One can go to school to become a plumber Los Angeles, and electrician, a mechanic, one can learn how to drive certain forklifts, become a truck driver etc. There are a lot of different options available and even many different ways of paying for school.

When choosing to go to school one does need to realize that it will take some sacrifice because one will have to go to class, do homework and take tests. So ones schedule is going to be temporarily effected, especially if one is still working. When choosing what career to major in it is a good idea to choose something where the demand is still growing. One doesn’t want to go to school and spend ones time and money on a field where the jobs are declining, so doing the research is important.

When choosing the field to go into one should not let the money drive your decision because one does not want to hate ones job. One also needs to make sure the ongoing technology advances will not affect that one’s career. It is said that the auto body repair industry is going to be declining due to the fact that new cars are becoming cheaper and cheaper to the point where people will not want to waste their time fixing a car when they can just buy a new one.  Those are some things to consider when choosing a career, but above all one must make sure that one can see oneself doing it for the rest of ones life.

Dec
10

Energy Saving Tips for Your Classroom

There are many different ways to save energy in a classroom setting. It is important to remember that it is not always the utility provider’s responsibility to keep the bills at a reasonable price. It is the responsibility of the school and ultimately the staffing of the school that provides directly affects the utility efficiency. With that being said, there are several things to assess when budgeting for long-term energy efficiency of a school.

Some energy saving tips for your classroom includes:

  1. A school needs to update their air conditioning units by contacting an AC repair Austin, TX company. Many companies can find a lot of solutions to make the units more efficient. Something as simple as a tune up from a professional serviceman can increase the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. They know that there is build up of dust and other particles in the filters that slow the unit down. Replacing the filters can be a very low cost to the school. It is also a way to preserve the air conditioning unit for many years to come.  The engine won’t have to run as hard to get the same cooling results.
  2. Another way to save energy is to get a new energy efficient air conditioning unit. Many units that are older than 10 years simply do not have the same technology as the newer models. The new models are sure to cut the costs of the monthly bills so the school can see that as money towards the initial cost of the unit.
  3. Window shading and installation of awnings and other devices will aid in the plight to save energy in the classroom.  It is well known that areas out of the direct sunlight are much cooler than those areas in direct sunlight. This simple activity should be a ritual among teachers. As soon as the light begins to creep into the classroom, the shades should be drawn or awnings extended to ensure a good solution to keeping indoor temperatures down.
  4. Another way to save energy is to use fluorescent lighting. These bulbs are low-watt and energy efficient so the utility bills stay low. The natural light in from any widows will increase the heat in a room, but these fluorescent lighting fixtures will not increase the temperature of the home. Thus it will be a long-term solution to energy saving rather than a one time saving price.

If a school district or singular school is looking to save some energy in the classroom, then they should contact a local air conditioning company first. They will be able to check the units and give sound advice on how efficient the units can become. They will also inform if they need to be replaced.

Sep
24

Sending out a Memorable Newsletter

creating a newsletterWe all have to deal with the assault on our inboxes that comes in the form of generic, forgettable emails. The senders of these forgotten emails don’t intend for what they send to end up in your spam folder. It just happens to turn out that way. Anyone who’s signed up to receive newsletters knows a generic one when they see it. The content and design of the newsletter is unremarkable. It looks like whoever created it opened the newsletter template in Microsoft Word and plugged Clip Art and generic content into it. Sometimes the creation of generic newsletters is justifiable, especially when they come from private individuals or companies that don’t necessarily have enough money in their budget to hire someone creative. At the same time, there’s no excuse for failing to find the right way to make something presentable to the people you’re sending your newsletter to. The information is out there for anyone to be able to figure out how to create a newsletter like the professionals. If you want to learn how to master Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, all you have to do is read and digest the massive amount of tutorials that are available for both products.

The first thing that you need to do to create a memorable newsletter is look at examples of other newsletter templates. Study what people do right and where they go wrong. Combine all of the things that other people do right to produce the ultimate newsletter. A lot of people don’t like to be told that they need to buy a product or go to an event. There are creative ways to sell something to a group of people without coming right out and telling them what you’re doing. A good writer has the ability to say something several different ways without detracting from the original meaning. They could tell some creative story or present their product in a way that makes people think that they need it in their lives without realizing that someone just sold them an item. A newsletter that’s a thinly veiled advertisement or an outright sales effort is surely going to go into the spam folder. Each internet user receives hundreds of emails in a day, so you have one chance to make a good impression on them. If you let them down, you will have no additional opportunities to get into their good graces.

Email marketing software exists that tests your newsletters based on what they know about common spam filters. You can use this information to alter your newsletter to make it so it will pass through the filters and make their way into the inbox of your recipient. This software comes at a minimal price. Your newsletters will start to look like they’re professional after a while. A successful newsletter is able to generate consistent traffic and revenue for your website. You have to work at it until your newsletter starts to work for you rather than the other way around.

Sep
06

Tips for Landing Your First Job

getting a jobWhen you are on the hunt for a new job the interview is one of the most crucial things you will do, and your first impression in that interview is critical. Here are some helpful tips that will make it easier for you to land your first job!

Be yourself

The impression that you give from the moment you walk in the door can stick with you and affect the way you are viewed throughout the rest of the interview. Therefore, it is extremely to be well groomed and well dressed. You want to put off a positive self-image and the idea that you care about yourself and your profession enough to look professional. Watch the language that you speak in case you do let some inappropriate words slide from your tongue from time to time! Know what type of environment you are in and make sure that you are elevating yourself to the company’s standards.

Dress the part

If you want an employer to hire you, look like their staff. If they can see that you are there to dress and act the part, it will make it much easier on them to see you as a member of their organization.

Shave!

When you come in to an interview in most cases it is important to be clean shaven along with other grooming tips. However, to have the smooth face for the professional look you want your skin to look good. If you have to remove your hair and reveal your skin you want to make sure your skin looks good. Keep up on your shaving and use good products to ensure better skin conditions and appearance. You don’t want to rush to shave away a bunch of scruff the morning of an interview and discover ingrown hairs and a rush that resulted in razor burn. Take the time to take care of your face, and make sure you do a good job. Using good products can help. And there are even products for those ingrown hairs and razor bumps.  The Art of Shaving has a number of high quality products to consider in order to make your skin look great!

Ask questions

An employer will ask you a number of questions but it is always a good thing to be prepared to ask them some questions as well. They will ask you hard questions but come back with a few hard questions of your own! Just be careful about seeming like an arrogant person or a person that wants to take a lot of time off. Do your research and get to know the company from their website and other information you can learn so that you are properly prepared for the interview.

Aug
14

Do you need an MBA? Is the Investment of Time and Money Worth It?

On the one side there are those who don’t believe an MBA is all that beneficial to an individual and that they can succeed just as well without obtaining the extra schooling. Most programs are two years attending as a full-time student. That is the ideal situation. Many individuals attend their program part-time or only complete evening courses due to the need to work full-time as they complete their degree. Another thing to keep in mind is that MBA programs cost anywhere from $20,000-$100,000 depending on the school you attend. However, we all know the importance of attending a highly regarded university that businesses accredit highly. Denver MBA is a great option to look into. Jeffrey Pfeffer a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business conducted a study which concluded that there was little correlation that obtaining an MBA correlates with career success. Other skeptics to the validity of obtaining an MBA recognize the many successful CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs who did not receive an MBA and more shocking some that do not even have a college degree. Among these individuals include Michael Dell of Dell, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft. This of course begs the question or at least consideration of the importance of education in a career sense. These individuals have proven that they have been able to be successful through hard work and ingenuity not just based on an formal educational degree.

Mba - Letters and Business ManThere is also the other side of the argument. It is evident that people are able to succeed without an MBA, however, many people use the degree to go further than they otherwise could without it. Many people will tell you that the decision to obtain their MBA was the best decision they ever made, and it opened up the door for many more opportunities. An individual who completes an MBA program and is able to pay for the tuition is not only talented but motivated and that looks very good to potential employers. The biggest advantage however of getting an MBA is the skills you learn which directly affects the value you bring in many capacities to any company or employer looking at you as a candidate. David Wilson the President of the Graduate Management Admission Council has stated “an MBA is recognized worldwide as a currency of intellectual capital, and its value will increase as the economy improves and businesses grow.” I really liked how he used the term intellectual capital. Education is an investment of the mind. Your intellect grows dramatically and thus adding to your capital and marketability as an individual. In a survey of MBA students it was found that the most important benefits of the degree were the opportunities to improve personally, gain a desired credential and improve/enhance their career options.

Although both sides of the argument may have valid evidence supporting their views, I personally value the benefits an MBA provides an individual and think that if someone has the ability and means they should go for it. Why wouldn’t you want to take an opportunity that you can learn and grow from?

Aug
13

How to Transfer Data between Computers

Data transferGetting a new computer can be great, until you realize that you need to move all of your programs, files and information from your old computer to the new one. How to transfer data between computers then becomes a primary concern. It used to be that transferring data and information was a very time consuming process as you used a portable drive such as a flash drive, tape backup, or other device to completely copy everything from the old computer and carefully copied it onto the new computer.

Today there are many programs and options available that simplify the data migration or transfer process. Companies such as Dell.com/us offer solutions that will work for you.

What exactly is data migration?

In a short synopsis, data migration is the process of transferring all of the data between computers or storage systems, from one system to another. While updating computer systems might be one reason for transferring data, others might also include consolidation of data, rollovers, and transitions. In the past these migrations have caused down time as well have been costly and disruptive. With the online options available today this does not need to be the case.

Steps for a proper data migration

When preparing to migrate or transfer all of the data from one computer to the next it’s important to make sure that certain requirements are met and certain steps are followed.

  • Create a plan:
    • Begin by making an assessment of the environment you are transferring from and the environment you are transferring to.  While many times the environment is the same or similar if there are differences you need to make note of those differences or particulars.
    • Choose a migration tool or service that will allow you the best outcome when transferring data.
    • Create the migration plan.
    • Perform the migration:
      • Most importantly don’t let either computer or device go to sleep during the migration.
      • If you have chosen a migration program follow the directions given by the program.  If you are using an online backup/restore option you will select all data files you want to move over and then begin the backup process on the original computer.
      • On the new computer you can use the restore feature to install the files copied from the original computer.
      • Validate:
        • Complete any steps given by the program to complete the migration.
        • Finally, make sure that the data transferred correctly.

The key when migrating data is to use a trusted program and follow instructions. The best method of migrating data files is to use an online backup service from the beginning, and then you will have instant access to all of your files on any platform. Not only is the online backup method of migration great for coping large amounts of files or data simultaneously, there are times when you might only need to transfer one or two files. If you have an online backup system you use regularly you can easily access any file at anytime from any computer for download just as easily.

Aug
02

Moving To A New Location For Your First Job? Here Is What You Need To Know

moving for a jobWhen you’re looking for a new location for your first job there are few things that you need to know. Moving can be a hassle however when you’re moving for a job, especially a first job, it is well worth the effort.

The first thing that you’ll want to expect is to expect the unexpected. Any time you move to a new location there can always be something that will turn up unexpected. So, just remember Murphy’s Law and things will be fine.

Once you have landed your first job there are few other things that you’ll need to consider. You will have to find a place to live. Housing can be in the form of an apartment building or a freestanding home. Regardless of where you choose to live you want to pick a place that is relatively close to your new job. Doing this will make sure that you get to your job on time.

Because this is your first job you want to make a positive impression. A great way to do this up is to arrive on time or early for your shift. Because you’re a new employee if the boss asks you to stay late or works some overtime, it is always a great idea to do so. All those extra hours will help you make more money and more money is always good isn’t it?

Moving is not always the fun process. Every time you move you will have left over stuff that you want to take with you and sometimes this will have to be stored somewhere. The best place to put this stuff that you don’t need right away is in a storage facility. When renting a storage unit you want to find something that is capable of housing all of your things and at the same time is affordable for you.

Many times you can find a great deal with Fayetteville self storage units. It never hurts to tell the storage facility owner that you are new in town and that this is your first job.

Always ask for a discount you never know when you may receive one. Many times people are willing to give you a discount just because you ask for one and they want to make you happy. Keep in mind in every business including the storage business thrives on word of mouth advertising. To the storage facility owner wants to make you happy because you will go and tell other people about their service.

Now you have a small moving truck load of tips that will help you when it comes to picking the location of your first job in all the things that go with that job. By using just a few of these tips you can save yourself time and money as well as aggravation.

Jul
09

Managing Extracurricular Activities

Do you have a special skill or talent you can share with new students?  Offering extracurricular activities for children can be a great way to develop or grow your business.  When you are not only the business owner but the teacher as well you can find that your time is easily consumed with the daily classes as well as the responsibilities of maintaining the business.

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When you are the one managing all aspects of your extracurricular activity business consider using the following:

  • A well designed website.  Having a well designed website will give you a place for potential customers to come and find out more about your classes, find testimonials, as well as find out ways to contact you.  If designed right, you can even provide a place a way for them to make payments from your website.
  • Scheduling.  Utilizing online scheduling and registration programs will allow your potential customers to select a class and time and immediately register for the program.  This is a great benefit as it not only makes it more convenient for your customers but saves you time as well.  Instead of having to return phone calls and manually track each student registration and class, you will be able to print reports that tell you important data about each student as well as the number of students scheduled for a particular class.
  • Billing.  Billing is an extensive part of owning your own business and this is particularly true when you are running an extracurricular activity business.  Use an online billing system that will not only free up your time but make billing and payments easier for your customers as well.  An online billing service can help you by processing credit card payments, setting up automatic recurring payments, as well as give you real time information about orders and revenue.
  • Email.  Email is a must if you are running a business and teaching too.  Email allows you to easily contact customers and them to contact you.  Utilizing email marketing you can advertise new and upcoming classes, announce registration dates and deadlines, as well as provide additional activity information about performances, competitions, and more.
  • Social Media and Networking.  Utilizing services such as Facebook® and Twitter® allow you a convenient way to promote your business.  By creating a Facebook® page you create a central place for social media users to find out about your business and recommend it to their friends.  Twitter® allows you to offer limited time offers, send out immediate reminders, as well as keep customers informed about other important information.

When you are beginning your business it’s important to keep in mind that the most important aspects are creating customer satisfaction and loyalty.  Be the best activity teacher or director you can be and utilize solutions that will streamline the rest.

May
23

Rewarding Your Employees For Hard Work

giving employee awardsEmployee recognitions and rewards are not just a nice thing to do; they are in fact vital to your business in increasing morale of your employees.  Using a reward and recognition system to showcase employees going above and beyond specified duties, or those who make a difference will motivate others within the company to perform at their peak as well.

If you are looking to implement a reward system in your company, be sure to consider the following criteria:

  • Once you begin an award or recognition system it needs to be something you can maintain.
  • You need to establish criteria on which the awards are based.
  • Recognitions should occur in a timely manner.
  • The reward given should be consistent.

Here are some ways you can reward employees for their hard work:

  • Create pintable certificates that you can present to your employees to keep.
  • Provide gift certificates to employees.
  • Create a recognition wall in a prominent place of display.
  • Send hand written notes of appreciation or recognition.
  • Give them bonus time off or allow them to leave early on a Friday
  • Allow them to park in a designated parking stall for recognized employees

The other important thing is having a way to find out which employees deserve recognition.  Ideas for noticing the hard work and efforts include:

  • Have a nomination box for customers or co-workers to submit names of those they notice working hard or making an important contribution
  • Set a production or other goal employees can try to achieve and recognize all of those that do.
  • Award employees on anniversary dates for their years of service.
  • Allow for random recognition when you see an employee go out of their way to help another co-worker of they are “caught” helping a customer in a remarkable way.

If as an employer you make the effort to recognize in a real, tangible way the efforts and strides your employees are making for your company, you will find there is increased morale and your employees are more motivated in their jobs and strive for continued recognition.

In fact, consider ways to recognize your employees not only individually, but as a group.  Consider sponsoring employee and family picnics or outings.  This not only lets your employees know that you recognize their hard work and want to reward them for it, it also allows you the option of recognizing the contribution of their family members in supporting the employee as well.

By making recognition and acknowledgement of hard work a part of your business practices you will find you have happier, more dedicated employees who will stay with your company longer and give more of themselves for the company as well.

Apr
04

Interview Etiquette

When you dress sharply for a job interview, it is more likely to go well and the odds of being offered the job are highly in your favor.

There is a certain etiquette that goes with a job interview. Much of it seems like common sense, however there is a huge amount of the American population that continues to fall victim to these classic blunders. Everyone is nervous before a job interview, it is only natural. Do not let that nervousness translate into mistakes and cause you to not think clearly. Here are some tips for any job interview.

  1. Not preparing for an interview. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make as an interviewee is not researching the company that is interviewing you and thinking that you can simply “wing it”. That may have worked for your sophomore year english project, but it does not ‘fly’ in the professional job environment. You will come off much more polished and intelligent if you look as though you know what you are doing and you really do. Know what the job is that you are applying for. Have a friend ask you some typical job interview questions so that you are prepared to answer them in a clear, concise, and eloquent manner.
  2. Dressing poorly. You would be amazed by how many people show up to job interviews at an office building in flip-flops and raggedy jeans. This is not appropriate to wear to work, why would it be appropriate when you do not even have the job yet? Dressing slovenly or haphazardly will send the wrong message across to the people who are interviewing you. Your dress represents the type of person you are. Make sure that you have brushed your hair, brushed your teeth, put on deodorant, and smell good. What you want is to make a fabulous impression within the first five seconds of the interview, and you do that by dressing powerfully and sharply. Wearing a suit is always good, and women can do so as well. Other options for women include office-appropriate pencil skirts and low heels.
  3. Do not, under any circumstances, walk into the interview chewing gum. When you do so you appear to be no more than twelve years old and you instantly send across an image of apathy and lack of seriousness. If you do chew gum, after a morning coffee perhaps, be sure that you spit it out before you enter the room.
  4. Be a real person. This may sound silly, but there are many people who freeze up during an interview and only give general answers to questions. You are allowed to smile and talk a little bit about yourself. Respond in a clear way and they will know that you are a sharp person and intelligent. Focus on the interviewer because when you stare at the back wall you are not sending a good message across. When you do so they may be thinking that you are a passive person who will not accomplish the job that they have in mind.

If you follow this simple advice, you will be fine. Present yourself in the best manner possible so that they will see the best you there is.