Carole Martin writes for Monster.com an excellent article about how to “dress for success” at the job interview. Click here to read the entire piece. But the top 10 list of common sartorial mistakes are shown below. Wild Nail Polish: This tip is for women or men. Extremely long or uncut nails are a real turnoff, too. Your nails should be groomed and neat. Jangly Jewelry: Don’t wear more than two rings per hand or one earring per ear. And no face jewelry or ankle bracelets allowed. Open-Toed or Backless Shoes: And mules are a definite no-no. Out-of-date shoes should be thrown out or kept for other occasions. Bare Legs: Wear stockings, even in humid summer weather. Stockings can be in neutral colors or a fashion color to match your shoes. Out-of-Date Suits: These have lapels that are too wide (three inches or more) or too narrow (one inch or less). A good tailor can alter lapels. The style for men’s jackets is full-body and looser rather than fitted or tight. Short Skirts: Hemlines should not be more than three inches above the knee. Don’t wear capri pants or leggings to the interview. Leather Jackets for Men or Women: Even leather blazers are not good for interviewing purposes. They look like outerwear. Turtlenecks for Men: A tie is preferable, at least in the first go-round. At the very least, wear a collared shirt. Printed or Trendy Handbags: Purses should be conservative and inconspicuous. Red Briefcases: Briefcases, purses and shoes should all be conservative in color and in good condition.
Online students reap enormous benefits from studying in a virtual environment. Better time management, schedule flexibility, improved mobility and avoiding a commute to campus are among some of the greatest perqs of online education. All that convenience is unlocked through technology. Specifically, through your personal computer. Whether it is a desktop in your home, the laptop you use while stationed in your favorite coffee shop or the tablet you use while sitting in the park, these machines are essentially your golden tether. Without them, you’d either have to take classes on campus or spend a big chunk of dough to replace them. So it makes sense to take good care of your machine. But many don’t really know what is required to properly maintain their computer and keep it running as well as it did when they first bought it. Many even spend good money to pay for “nerd squads” or other tech support outfits whose business model relies on peoples’ aversion to doing their own system maintenance. But why pay for this preventative maintenance when you can do it for yourself for free? Read this article from Wired magazine’s how-to wiki on easy computer maintenance practices that can keep your machine humming along nicely and save you a bundle.
annual list of the best burgers in the US and In-N-Out was at the top of the list! For us here in the NYC area, the list includes several contenders from the Big Apple. Minella’s Tavern, the Spotted Pig and Shake Shak all made the list. As did Peter Luger’s, the legendary steakhouse in Williamsburg. But if I am going to Luger’s I am eating steak, not burgers. Where is your favorite burger place?This blog periodically covers the topic of fast food and its impact on culture, wellness and society. I have also written several times about my personal favorite, In-N-Out Burger, the west coast chain that haunts my dreams as an east coast denizen. Well, Food & Wine magazine publushed its
Happy to report I found this research which seems to promote the idea that moderate coffee consumption is actually good for you! Yes, science finally catches up to what this blogging genius already knows. Coffee RAWKS. But seriously, the high anti-oxidant content of coffee seems to have a positive effect on brain plasticity, liver and heart functions and a host of other benefits. Read all about the good news in this article from Eating Well magazine’s Dr. Kerri-Ann Jennings.
Robert Soloway, but it is a certainty that your email box has been the victim of his decade-long, spam spree. This fellow made a fortune using techniques of questionable legality to flood your inbox with offers for Viagra, porn, Christian singles and counterfeit Prada bags. In 2007, the law finally caught up to him and he served nearly 4 years for his transgressions. As online students, you’re probably grateful that he’s been punished for wasting so much of your time cleaning out the spam. He’s paid his debt to society now though and has sworn off his old, evil ways. But just in case, a condition of his release from prison requires his emails to be monitored by law enforcement. Gone are his Mercedes Benzes, Gucci shoes and all his ill-gotten gains. He now works in a copy shop for $10/ hr. Maybe Mr. Soloway, you’re interested in a more lucrative new career in Medical Billing and Coding? You can study it online!Just when you thought it was safe to open your email box again… You probably don’t know
the article here from the Business Insider courtesy of Yahoo!. In this piece, we are shown the statistics illustrating that how you look has a material impact on how you’re treated and how much you earn in the market. Cleanshaven men without any balding earn higher than their analogs who are losing hair or growing it on their faces. Conservatively dressed women earn better than their more revealingly dressed counterparts. Read the entire piece to learn how you can present yourself to earn the most on the job.For those of you getting ready to graduate and enter the workforce in your new career, consider
WIRED magazine’s DIY section brings us another excellent piece. Today’s topic is how to get paid what you’re worth when seeking a job. Follow these easy steps to increase your chances of not only landing a job, but one in which you’ll be compensated commensurate with your abilities and experiences. 1 Use an online salary calculator 2 Schmooze, schmooze, schmooze 3 Commit to negotiating 4 But don’t be a jerk 5 Negotiating Strategy 6 Discount future earnings 7 Above all, be flexible 8 Keep your eyes open 9 Finally Click here to read the details of this strategy and get paid what you’re worth!
Courtesy of Wired’s “This Day in Tech” feature, this piece on the anniversary of the world’s first Computer Bulletin Board System or BBS. If you’re as old as I am, you may remember the awe you experienced in the early 1980s when you learned you could purchase something called a “modem” that would conect your Apple II or Commodore 64 computer terminal to your telephone (shown in illustration). This connectivity was the early precursor of the modern Internet. Early users created Bulletin Board Systems where other users could dial in and share textual messages. I remember reading a version of the Anarchist’s Cookbook on one such BBS. We were absolutely smitten as kids, with the idea of being able to communicate computer to computer. Today, this telecommunication framework has grown into full maturity and the modern website is the great,great,great grandchild of the humble BBS. Without which, you wouldn’t be reading this post or studying medical billing and coding from the comfort of your own living room or favorite coffee shop.
Here’s a little medical Valentine’s Day humor. Here’s hoping all our students find love in their lives as much as in their chosen careers.
The National Labor Review Board won its court case on behalf of an Emergency Medical Technician who was fired from her job for disparaging comments she made about her boss on Facebook. The NLRB proved that the speech in question was protected under labor laws allowing employees to openly discuss their compensation, work conditions and hours. While the case was won, it still bears noting that what you post on Facebook and other social media sites is available for the world to see pretty much forever. This case was won but it took a long and expensive legal challenge to prevail. This is not something that every worker is in a position to accomplish. More often than not, workers are fired without recourse for what their employers see on their social media pages. So even though the law is on your side, you may still want to weigh the wisdom of posting anything your boss would be upset to read online (unless you’re prepared to defend it in court). I generally limit my expressions of job dissatisfaction on social media sites to statements I would be comfortable communicating to my superiors in person. If I wouldn’t say it to their face, I won’t post it on my wall. Be sure to keep up-to-date with our blog for medical news, and check out our programs at the Allen School of Health Sciences.