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3 Ways To Make Your Graphic Resume Truly Shine

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Resumes might be the first impression a potential employer has of you, but that’s no reason for them to be boring. If you work in a creative industry, injecting a bit of your personality and ability to think outside the box can be a very effective way to show off your skills. There’s no better way to illustrate your story than in the form of a graphic resume, so jump right in and use these tips to make your history and objectives truly shine. Work Within Your Industry Although graphic resumes work best for those in creative industries, nearly anybody can use one effectively if they work their industry into the design. Think about your industry and what defines it–what products, services, or items do you sell or offer? For example, a card dealer seeking a job at a casino could potentially create a deck of cards containing his resume info. It’s exciting, interesting, and shows dedication to the industry. This could even be taken one step further to create a playable game, killing the inherent boredom of sifting through multiple resumes each day.  The reason this works is that it better cements your info in the mind of the recruiter. It’s not something they’ll glance at once and toss away–instead, they’ll be left thinking of you repeatedly during the hiring process. This is far from the only way to implement this concept. If you’re a package designer, make a “package” of promotional goods to give to recruiters. If you’re a seamstress, screen print your resume onto a t-shirt. If you’re a chef, deliver your resume in the form of a menu. This is one concept that can benefit from thinking outside of the box. Unless you’re a box designer, in which case you may want to think inside the box instead. Literally! Make it Creative, But Don’t Get Ugly There’s a limit to how much creativity you should inject into a graphic resume. Unless you happen to be an insult comedian, you always want to keep things professional. If you’re tempted to add a lot of neon, you’re probably verging into the realm of silly. A graphic resume is not a free-for-all, it’s a chance to make yourself stand out from a usually-boring stack of paper on some recruiter’s desk. A few things to avoid include: Oversized or undersized resumes Font that is too small or too large  Harsh color contrasts like orange and blue or red and green The use of multiple jarring or clashing colors The overuse of humor or insulting, degrading jokes Over-cluttering with information–always follow K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid) Adding in far too much clip art Any of these fonts (especially comic sans, the bane of every designer’s existence) Strive to find a middle ground where you can make your skills and background shine without making it look tacky or overwhelming. You want to draw the eye to the most important information without it being an exhausting affair. No one wants to search through 30 clipart sticky notes or ribbons to find what they’re looking for, so use your best judgment. Learn From Past Success You aren’t the first to decide to get creative to your resume, and that’s a really good thing. Learning from those who have had success in the past...

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Selective Hearing Or A Deeper Problem? How Your Teen’s Habits Could Be Causing Hearing Loss

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While you may assume that your teen is choosing to ignore you (it’s that age after all), their detachment could actually be related to hearing problems. This may be a surprise since hearing loss is often related to old age. However, an article in The Globe and Mail says that studies are showing an increasing amount of teens with hearing loss. While the studies were conducted with U.S. Adolescents, Gael Hannan, a program manager at the Hearing Foundation of Canada, says that teen habits across the border are probably similar. If you suspect a problem, you’ll not only want to take your child to an audiologist, but help them refine activities that could exacerbate and further any issues. Digital Music on Smartphones and MP3 players As you can imagine Music is the big contributor to hearing loss. The decibel level at which hearing loss may start to occur is about 90 dB. Unfortunately, many digital players allow the volume to turn up to about 100 dB. The good news is that you can change the maximum volume levels. Sometimes you have to do this in the electronics store, but other times you can go to the settings menu and manually pull down a volume slider. Adjust the bar to 70 percent of the maximum volume for safe listening. Your teen may be reluctant to change the volume, since they may want to drown out any background noise. A good compromise is to have them turn the volume down but provide noise-canceling headphones. As you can imagine, these are pricey compared to smaller ear-buds. However, these headphones have been engineered for those that work in manufacturing facilities, around jets, and other noisy environments. While they don’t completely cancel out high-pitched sounds, they block out enough noise at intermediate decibels to make a difference. Your teen may enjoy studying with these kinds of headphones on—and most importantly, your teen won’t have an excuse to turn up the volume! Rock Concerts Rock concerts can start at about 115 dB; at that range, your teen can start feeling pain in their ears and have tinnitus (ringing in ears) afterward. If the decibel levels go any higher, even short term exposure to the music could cause hearing damage. You may not be able to keep your teen away from a concert since it’s a rite of passage at that age, but you can protect their ears. Pick up some cheap ear plugs from your drugstore and have your teen keep them in a wallet or purse. If your teen is worried about the “coolness” factor, pick up a few more pairs for their friends so that they don’t have to be the lone earplug wearer. If your teen complains that the plugs will block out important parts of the music, you can reassure them that foam earplugs are designed to only block out dangerous frequencies. Miscellaneous Activities If your teen enjoys motorcycling or snowmobiling for a lengthy amount of time, they will be exposed to about 100 db. Since they’ll need a helmet anyway, you may want to look into quiet helmets. Similar to noise-canceling headphones, these helmets contain earmuffs that not only keep your teen’s head safe and warm, but they dampen dangerous frequencies. While you shouldn’t be paranoid over everyday activities that make noise,...

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Why CB Radios Are Seeing A Surge In Popularity

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When most people think of CB radios, they probably think about truckers and polyester bell bottoms. CB’s were once one of the most popular methods for keeping in touch when a telephone wasn’t available, and while they have remained fairly popular among truck drivers, they haven’t really been in use as much among the general public. Cell phones have pretty much replaced the need for CB radios in many households and vehicles across the country, but don’t be so quick to say “goodbye” to the CB radio forever. In fact, the humble handheld radios have begun to enjoy somewhat of a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to a wider interest in being able to stay connected when going off the grid.  Entertainment Factor Although you can go online and meet people from around the world who share your interests, there’s nothing like personal contact with others to up the entertainment ante. CB radios were once the only way you could really communicate in real time with someone randomly, long before the Internet and chat rooms became the popular place to socialize. Today, CB radios are still a great way to meet other people in a more personal way, without putting your safety at risk.  Plus, the entertainment factor of exchanging greetings, making small talk, or receiving warnings about the weather or traffic conditions in your area from complete strangers can be pretty high, and useful. Safety Uses CB radios can be a real asset for drivers or people who are going off the grid where cell phone reception is unreliable. Besides being able to receive warnings about traffic or weather conditions, drivers can alert emergency services via CB if they are in an accident and there is no cell phone service available. With a range of generally 5-25 feet, CB radios make communication accessible in even remote areas, which is important if an emergency occurs and you need help quickly. Because CB channel 9 is designated as an emergency channel and monitored regularly by emergency services, you have a better chance of getting help than if you are relying on a cell phone with spotty reception.  During times when the weather is bad, CB radios could be more effective than other forms of communication, especially if you lose electricity or phone reception. Because the handheld radios can be powered by the battery in your car, it can work wherever you take it. They can even be operated from home using a small motorcycle battery, so you can still have access to communications when you are homebound. Great For Groups If you have a large group of people engaging in an activity, and you want to be able to broadcast directions or instructions to them all easily, CB radios are a good choice. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or simply travelling across country, you can use a pre-selected channel to relay messages and keep in touch with everyone at once. This allows you to coordinate activities, make sure everyone is accounted for, and relay any changes in your plans without the need for cell phones. Inexpensive One of the reasons that handheld CB radios have seen a resurgence in popularity is the fact that they are one of the most inexpensive methods of communication that can be used at home...

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4 Office Phone Upgrades To Make Work Easier

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Communicating with employees, clients, and other businesses is essential for any business to run properly. When you make your business hard to contact, you can miss out on a lot of potential deals or profits. This is why many businesses chose to have professional telephone systems installed. Not only will these systems log calls, create digital voice mails, and supply employees with multiple lines, but they can be enhanced with additional features. The following four features will make the daily workday easier, improve the flow of the office, and are easily available on upgraded business phone systems. Business Phone Accessories Talking on a phone all day can cause a lot of discomfort. A variety of accessories can be installed with the business phones to make communicating easier and more comfortable. Shoulder Rest: A should rest accessory is installed right on the handset of a phone. These accessories can be added to both corded and cordless phones. The rest helps workers free hands and prevents them from straining neck muscles while talking on the phone for long periods of time. Shoulder rests can be purchased in multiple colors to help match the phones in your office. Rechargable Headsets: Wireless headsets are the easiest way to make multiple calls during the day. When you purchase the headset with your business phone package, they will come with a charging base to easily keep everything organized. When the headset is not in use, it can be set into the base and charged instantly. The headsets are programmed to work automatically with the office phone they’re assigned to. Cord Detangler: The cords on business phones can easily become warped or tangled through months of use. Installing a simple cord detangler can keep the phones operating smoothly and prevent tech problems when something goes wrong with the wires. Call Forwarding Services A lot of new business phone packages offer the opportunity for digital call and voice mail forwarding. Instead of coming into the office with minutes worth of voice mails to listen to, time can be saved by listening to them on the way to work or during time out of the office. With a call forwarding service, each employee can have digital versions of their phone extensions. This can help improve productivity and encourage employees to stay on task while in the office. During longer breaks or vacations like the holidays, the call forwarding will help you stay out of the office while still getting the important information that you need. Instant Messaging Everyone in the office has multiple ways to communicate. Instead of calling other cubicles or logging onto to email, instant messages can be sent right over network phone connections. These messages are featured directly on the LCD screens of the business phones. Along with a private extension, every employee can set up the instant messaging profile to communicate on the network within the office. Not only is this great for conversations, but it can help send out meeting or lunch break reminders. App Extensions Make the most out of a business phone system set up by extending the services to a smart phone or tablet. When the device is connected to the network at work, the devices will act as business phones. This makes it easy to bring the tablet into...

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Common Computer Problems And Potential Fixes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Computers are an integral part of our every day lives and it’s not uncommon for panic to set in when they start to act up, as they sometimes do. When your computer starts to act up, you don’t need to panic. Often times the problem plaguing your computer can be easily fixed by you, without you ever having to call in a computer repair professional. Learning what the most common computer problems are and how to fix them can save you hundred or thousands of dollars.  Computer is Running Slow/Odd When your computer starts to misbehave the very first thing you should do is to reboot the computer. Restarting your system may seem basic, or even unrelated to the problems at hand, but it’s the very first step for IT professionals so try it anyway; many problems are fixed with this simple action. When in doubt, reboot.  Often times your computer will be using too much memory, causing it to run slowly. When you you restart your computer, this causes the memory to release the data that it might be storing unused, allowing your computer to work more quickly again. If restarting your computer doesn’t slow the sluggishness, make sure your computer is updated. Updates are critical for your computers security and performance. If you are using a PC follow these steps to update:  Select the start button. Navigate to Control Panel. Select System & Security. Look for Updates (This window will show you if any updates are available). Pop Up Ads Are you you getting pop up ads even when you are not using the internet? Maybe they are telling you that memory is low or that a program you weren’t even sure that you had is in need of an update.  Your computer is more than likely infected with adware. The best thing that can be done in this situation is to run a full scan with antivirus software. If you do not have antivirus make a run to your local electronics store and pick one out that is easy to install and has a simple user interface. Remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to antivirus software. Many versions of free software that you can find on the internet do little to effectively rid your computer of viruses. It’s also not a safe idea to download anything you are not sure of to avoid infecting your computer.  Computer Will Not Turn On It’s happened to many people, your computer was running fine the night before but in the morning it simply will not turn on. There are many possibilities for this, but start with the simplest first, the computer is probably not receiving power (especially if nothing happens when you try to turn it on i.e. there are no beeping sounds).  Unplug the power cord and check for any damage.  If there is no damage plug everything back in firmly, try a different power outlet.  If the above appear to be fine, try replacing the AC adapter.  If when, trying to power on the computer, you do see that it tries to load the operating system or you hear a sequence of beeping sounds, take note of the exact behaviors. These computer behaviors can help any computer repair person that you contact to help you effectively troubleshoot your computer...

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Commercial Security Systems: 5 Features That Help You Avoid False Alarms With Motion Sensors

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the invention of motion sensors, commercial security systems have heightened, and benefited from being able to detect intruders who have the capability of bypassing the alarms. Although effective, motion sensors are prone to false alarms with an alarming 75% of all false alarms attributed to motion sensors going off when they shouldn’t. False alarms can be caused by power surges, lightning, and even faulty equipment; however, at times, motion sensors are designed to be so precise that even the slightest motions cause the alarms to go off. To prevent false alarms, here are 3 features to look for when choosing motion sensors for commercial property. Ability to Control and Adjust the Pulse Count The pulse count of motion sensors is a signal-processing feature that will be used to adjust the sensitivity of the sensors used to detect motion within the environment. By adjusting the pulse count, you can ensure  the motion sensors accommodate the type of environment that it is in without having to mask off zones. The pulse count adjustability is best for commercial environments that have foliage or perhaps banners that are hanging nearby, and within the range of the motion sensors. By adjusting the pulse count, you can prevent the motion sensor alarms from going off due to slight movements that may be caused by the wind.  Detection Zone Customizations and Adjustability with Different Lenses Most motion sensors utilize different types of lenses to detect changes in the environment; some motion sensors rely on Fresnel lenses for their ability to bend light towards the center of the lenses. By choosing motion sensors that are supplied with multiple types of lenses, you can choose which lenses are best suited for the installation that you are interested in. You can use lenses to mask different factors in the environment in an attempt to customize the detection zones. If you have motion sensors that also rely on heat and light signatures, you could change the type of lenses used in an attempt to mask sources of light or heat within a protected environment in order to prevent false alarms.  Pet Immunity If you have guard dogs or other pets running around on the commercial property, these pets can easily trigger the motion sensors. Some motion sensors have a signal-processing feature that will allow for its processing system to ignore heat sources or signatures that are typically found in pets. Depending on the type of pets that you have, you can normally adjust the pet immunity settings, so they are registered to detect only specific sized animals. RF/ Static/ Surge Immunity As mentioned before, some of the false alarms are a result of power surges or fluctuations. To prevent false alarms of these natures, and to improve the reliability of the motion sensor systems, look for ones that have a RF, static or surge immunity. The amount of false alarms that you experience will be great reduced.  Automatic Temperature Compensation Technology If your motion sensors rely on heat signatures as well, look for systems that have automatic temperature compensation technology. This technology will monitor the relative temperature of the surrounding environment and the subject of interest. Automatic temperature compensation technology is important because body heat remains relatively stable while room temperature can fluctuate quite a bit. Motion sensors that do not...

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Four Tips For Setting Up Home Office Security Cameras

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Running a home office often involves a lot of expensive computer equipment, cash boxes, and valuable information. Keeping that information protected should be a priority for any business owner. One of the best ways to monitor and protect a home office is with security cameras. Attaching a security camera to the upper corner of a room is not enough. Taking the proper precautions ahead of time can help secure the office and get the most out of your surveillance system. Home Office Lighting Pointing a security camera directly at a window may seem like a logical choice, but it can cause a number of lighting problems for the security camera. The natural sunlight outside can overexpose a camera lens and cause it to darken all the indoor footage. Consider alternate angles instead. Over the Window: Place a security camera directly over the top of a window so it captures the whole room. The window light will help the camera capture vivid shots. Parallel to Windows: If you are concerned with the window coverage then you can place a camera on the same wall as the window. Mount the lens so it faces the window and can capture side angles of anyone entering through the glass. Lower Angles: A lower angle can help eliminate lighting problems when shooting against the window. Adding in a light curtain or blinds will also help minimize the light that shines into the office when it’s not in use. Motion Detection Security cameras can be set to capture 24 hours of video a day, but that is often very hard to navigate through. Instead of recording every second of footage, rely on motion detection to capture any suspicious activities. A lot of wireless security cameras rely on motion detection to save battery power. The camera’s sensors can be adjusted to activate for the tiniest movements. Some cameras even have microphones built into them to detect sound. A sound detection can also activate recording. This includes windows opening or doors creaking. Hidden Cameras You do not need to make your home office look like the security at a bank. Instead, rely on hidden cameras that will blend into the atmosphere and still capture the footage you want. There are a variety of hidden camera designs that fit into the office atmosphere. Wall Clock: A working wall clock is available in both digital and analog versions. This allows you to record wide shots of the room when the clock is mounted high. Footage can be wired to a computer or stored on an SD card. Smoke Detector: Similar to the wall clock, a smoke detector features a small lens right in the opening of the device. Some models are working smoke detectors while others are dummy devices so examine the details closely to see the difference. Lamp: A working lamp provides extra light for footage and records using a hidden camera in the lamp post. This is an ideal camera for desks and office shelves. Book: Add a security camera to a home office bookshelf. A lens is hidden on the spine of the book while the footage is stored on the inside of it. Wireless Connections Feel at ease anytime of the day by connecting a home office security system to a wireless network. When setting...

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