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Online Job Recruitment with Social Media

Online Job Recruitment with Social Media

So we’ve laid the groundwork for finding a job online. But are you going online to find the right people to work for your company? Of course you know how to post to job Internet boards, Google candidates’ names and check out social media profiles. But there’s more you can do for online job recruitment.

Ask your marketing people about how social media could help you find the right person for key positions in your company. Here are some things they may tell you: Click Here to Read Article …

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Sending Angry Email

As a writer and editor I’ve been bred to have a tough skin. Some of my best constructive criticism came from thoughtful professors and kind editors when I was attending NYU for grad school. If it wasn’t for my editor at Inc., I never would have learned to write a lead for my articles. His graciousness and tact throughout my 9 months with the company never went unappreciated. Click Here to Read Article …

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True Time Tracker is Dead Simple Time Tracking Software

True Time Tracker is Dead Simple Time Tracking Software

If you have been avoiding software time tracking tools because many of them take up too much time setting up, then you could consider using True Time Tracker. This free time tracking software can help you manage your time quite effectively.

Once you start it up, it hides in your system tray and tracks time without causing distraction. It will show the time you spend on different tools as well on various websites you visit during the course of a day. It can generate detailed reports that could be exported as a PDF file, and also has a built-in project management tool. The only (possible) drawback: it’s Windows only at the moment.

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Lumosity Brain Trainer Developer Joe Hardy on Brain Games

“Work smarter, not harder” is a common aphorism used by those in constant pursuit of productivity. Generally, it cautions you to avoid hyper-focusing on the work itself, and to make conscious choices about exactly how you are working.

Of course, focusing on both your work and your approach can be a difficult game of mental juggling. Often, you have to simply “be smarter” if you want to “work smarter”. Becoming smarter is not quick and easy, but it’s not impossible either. In fact, a lot of new studies are suggesting that you’re not stuck with the brain that you were born with, and that you can develop your brain much like you’d develop your muscles; with increasingly harder workouts. Click Here to Read Article …

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Awesome Links #19: Email Security Tips, Writing Tips and More

Gmail Security Checklist: Something Everyone Should Know About

The Gmail team recently launched a security checklist which they recommend each Gmail user to go through. I’d recommend that even if you use any other email service (or client), you should go through this. Not only does it suggest email specific security measures, there are suggestions on overall computer and cyber security, on secure browsing and more. Nothing extraordinary, but useful nonetheless. Click Here to Read Article …

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Productive Kitchen Gadgets #4: Food Processor

For those of you out there who like fresh produce, there is one kitchen gadget that you should not be without. That gadget is the food processor. If you grow your own vegetables, and end up having a bumper crop, the last thing you want to do is waste any of that produce. So, what are your options? Bring them to work and supply your coworkers with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Drop by your neighbors’ houses and give them your excess produce before they start to rot. There is something very giving about these options but don’t you really want to consume the produce that you spent the past summer cultivating and nurturing? Click Here to Read Article …

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The Netsetter: SEO Writing Tip #2: Optimize Your Meta Description Tag

[Update: A couple of commenters challenged me on the meta description tag as a Google ranking factor, particularly Josh, whose link pointed me to a meta description test. The test is persuasive, so while most what follows on optimization is still valid, it’s mainly for clickthrough rate, not indexing and ranking.]

I’m always amazed by how little attention even SEO-conscious writers will give their post’s meta description tag. The meta description is probably the most important on-page SEO factor you control after the title tag. Let’s look at this element in detail, and how you can use it to not only increase your article’s ranking in Google, but also its clickthrough rate. Click Here to Read Article …

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Balancing Work Priorities as an Entrepreneur

We sometimes view entrepreneurs as those born with creative genius or great business acumen, that are able to somehow magically transform their business idea into a successful and profitable venture.

However, as evidenced in a report, “Makings of a Successful Entrepreneur,” published by the Kauffman Foundation (November 2009), one factor that ranked as an extremely big challenge for successful entrepreneurs was the stress of running a business and maintaining a balance in life.

In addition, 93% of respondents interviewed in the report identified the amount of time and effort required as a significant barrier to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Click Here to Read Article …

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