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Miyerkules, Nobyembre 28, 2012

Don’t Mourn on Black Friday: 3 Reasonable Ways to Get the Best Gadget Deals

I just can’t wait for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year! As a matter of fact, I spent the last 10 months of this saving up to make the most out of my laptop purchase. I’m pretty sure I can beat any scrolling LED sign when it comes to rushing into a store and grabbing my new laptop.

Before any outdoor scrolling LED sign lights up for the most awaited Black Friday sale, here are 3 practical tips that would help you get the best deals on the hottest gadgets this season:

Black Friday Gadget Buying Tip # 1 Know what you need

What you want is not always what you need. Keep in mind that there is a big difference between the two – and more often than not, it is a few hundred bucks. When buying electronic gadgets on Black Friday, make sure that these products suits your needs.

Laptops, tablets and smartphones are best viewed as investments. Aside from the hefty sum of money you pay to bring them home, you should also think about the costs that you might obtain in maintaining your electronic toys.

Remember that top of the line gadgets might need high-end accessories or spare parts when they’ve reached the end of their lifespan. If you are not sure whether your monthly budget can accommodate costly repairs, stick with a model that delivers nothing more than your needs.

Not sure what you need? Do some thorough research before the Black Friday sale hits. Aside from reading reviews online, you can ask your family and friends for advice especially if they already have a similar product. Weigh the suggestions and information you get before settling on a model that you think is right for you.

Black Friday Gadget Buying Tip # 2 Stay on the budget

Money doesn’t grow on trees. No matter how bad we wish for dollar bills to start sprouting out of leaves, they don’t and it will never probably happen. Buying what you can only afford is giving justice to your hard-earned money. But buying top of the line products is not bad at all. Just know that every purchase you make becomes your responsibility.

How can I stay on the budget? I’m pretty sure you’re asking yourself this very moment. And I have a couple of tips for you. Looking for the electronic gadget of your dreams should start months before the Black Friday sale. Once you’ve found the one, start looking for its regular price. This will give you a pretty good idea on how much to prepare. When the Black Friday season creeps in, start hunting for a deal on stores that carry the product. It is best to check the price in at least 3 stores so that you’ll be able to compare them. If your gadget is included in the sale, expect to spend way less than its original price. Keep an eye on the store and rush to get your hands on that coveted gadget on the big Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale.

Black Friday Gadget Buying Tip # 3

Make sure that after-sales support is available In buying cameras or tablets, never think that you can fix them by yourself. Working for the manufacturer is of course an exception. But kidding aside, customer support is very important when buying electrical gadgets. Remember to ask about return and refund policies especially when you buy gadgets during the sale. Also, make sure that a user manual is included just in case you need more directions in setting up your purchase. Always keep the customer service hotline so that you can easily call the store or the manufacturer for assistance on warranty claims and other needs.

Are you ready to beat the opening of store signs and shop on Black Friday? I’d love to know what’s on your wish list this year so do leave me a comment below.

Martes, Nobyembre 27, 2012

Lessons From The iPad Mini: Personal Branding And Coming In As The Best Surprise In Your Work Place

And Apple did it again. Many were surely caught by surprise with the giant company’s announcement of the iPad mini. I know I was. iPad mini is like the unexpected game changer in the 7-inch tablet arena that’s been bloody battle ground in the past few months between Samsung tablets, the Kindle and other handheld devices in that category.

This new release made me think of another battleground that is the work place. And we can surely pick a thing or two that’s yet to be extensively written in human resource books.

iPad Mini

Apple is a very exceptional brand. And the release of the iPad mini can surely teach us a couple of things about coming into the marketplace (or in the workplace) as a surprise. Take it from the iPad mini. Here's how you can also create an iconic brand in the workplace:

1. Authenticity is the secret ingredient

Show sincerity and don’t just start impressing your boss because of the possibility of getting a salary increase or a promotion. More often than not, these rewards are difficult to come by. And having such a skin deep objective for a task that would entail so much from you will only get you tired in no time. It may even leave you frustrated for not achieving your goal of getting rising up the ranks or getting a fatter paycheck.

2. Take advantage of technology

Be on the look out for methods that the company can apply to be more efficient in doing tasks. Whether it’s the latest productivity software or simply starting an online community where you and your colleagues can collaborate, keep your suggestions coming. Just make sure that they’re relevant and can truly make a difference. There’s nothing more than any entrepreneur could want other than to grow their business and cut on expenses.

3. Do ordinary things in extraordinary ways

I bet every one of your colleagues goes to the office on a work day – but not all of them go early enough or at least on time with a smile on their face. These are just two of the small things that you can do to create your own mark. The great news is, there are thousands of little things that you can improve on to be noticed. Just remember that being consistent is important to make others notice your effort.

4. Be an expert

Contrary to popular belief, being a Jack (or Jill) of all trades will do little for your career. Business owners, hiring managers and headhunters would usually prefer an individual who has polished skills for a certain type of work. Going round and round all over the place is not the best route to the top. Aside from getting years of experience in a field of work, certifications and a post graduate degree would help you seal the deal. Being formally trained in a special area of marketing or accounting would also help in making you the go-to person for that topic.

5. Get a rock star status

Who wouldn't want to be associated with a rock star right? Give your employer that crazy opportunity to have an industry celebrity within the company. One of the most common mistakes made by employees is to forego the creation of their personal brand within the industry. Being invited to be a resource speaker is not only for solo-entrepreneurship or professionals who have established themselves in the industry. You can begin making a name for yourself by joining and being active in industry organizations. In keeping up with the digital age, you can also leverage on the internet to demonstrate your expertise in the field and create your personal voice. Blogging and making your presence felt in social media platforms are great for this job.

Have you been a fly on the office wall? Quit being a second rate employee and start turning heads and commanding respect like the iPad mini. Tell me how you've become a one-of-a-kind employee by leaving a comment below.

Sabado, Nobyembre 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012: 3 Things You Should Be Thankful For About Your Current Work

What are you thankful for? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m pretty sure most of us are already thinking of the great blessings we received over the year. Human resource books surely contain tons of technical skill and lessons that we could be thankful for. But for this post, I invite you to take some time and begin to appreciate the little things about your current career.

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I hope that more human resource management journal would join me in taking a look at careers in a different light. I believe that jobs are more than just performing what has to be done – working is sharing your work and your life’s passions. For this Thanksgiving, I am very thankful to have been cultivating a career that allows me to do what I love while allowing me to bring food on the table. It is also my wish for all of you to find this fulfillment in your respective careers. To be able to do so, here are 3 little things that could help you appreciate the job you currently have.

You have a source of income

The economy has been down for a quite some time now. Though we are making progress in terms of getting it back on track and creating jobs, there are still a lot of things to be done before the economy returns to its once perfect shape. Unemployment is our reality. Thousands of people today are either underemployed or unemployed.

Whether you are working for a small business or a part of a Fortune 500, you should know that you are blessed to be currently employed given our current economic situation. Be thankful for the opportunity to share your skills with different individuals who can help you grow personally and professionally. Becoming a part of something whether your participation is big or small surely helps you to live a life with purpose. Treasure this opportunity by performing well at work and spending your hard-earned dollars wisely.

You have a buddy in your work place

Remember your first day at work? You were the shy noob in the corner because you didn’t know anyone. After months or even years of working for the same company, you now have a couple of close friends you can hang out with for after office cocktails and weekend barbeques.

Your workplace is now much more tolerable with your office buddies around. Never forget how you started without anyone to talk to in your current place of work. And no matter how much you say that you don’t need anybody – you do. People are sociable by nature and it’s great to have a friend or two who you can talk to when things aren’t going pretty well in the office. Be thankful for these individuals and the friendship they offer you. Show them your appreciation by returning the favor and being a good friend to them as well.

Your boss treats you alright

Bosses sent from heaven are like unicorns – they are rare and we don’t even know if they exist. But kidding aside, it is very difficult to find a workplace superior that you’ll love entirely because all of us are just humans. We all have anger outburst and make bad decisions from time to time. But as long as your boss treats you with dignity and respect, that is another thing that you should be thankful for. Remember that it’s very easy to be mean and unfair. However, it takes a bit more effort to treat others right – so give your boss some credit. Don’t forget that somewhere, somehow, someone has it more difficult than you. Learn to work well with your boss and colleagues to continue on the good professional relationship with your office.

BOTTOMLINE: Don’t wait for Thanksgiving each year to start appreciating what you have. Each day that you are alive to see all of these graces in your career, give thanks and work on enriching them to help not yourself and your family but the organization you are working for as well. Your life is full of blessing every day. It is up to you to take time and appreciate all of these wonders. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Biyernes, Nobyembre 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday: 7 + 1 Simple Ideas That Would Help You Recharge from a Week’s Worth of Work

Human resource books are awesome guides in helping anyone at the workplace. But there are only a handful that mentions about how you can make your career feel like new week after week. Have you got any information from them?

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If you can’t the answer from human resource books online, this could be your lucky day. Below, I listed down 7 useful tips on how you can recharge this Thanksgiving. But these tips can be used all year round. You don’t need a special holiday to spice up your professional career and show love for yourself.
Take one of the 7 or perform all of these tips to feel refreshed when you get back to work.

1. Wake up late – without a hangover. Partying on a Friday night with your colleagues might sound like a great idea for rewarding yourself. But staying up late and taking in all that booze isn’t good for your skin, more so for your health. Rest your tired body from a week’s worth of work by having 8 or more hours of sleep.

2. Prepare breakfast. During the work week, I’m pretty sure you just grab a sandwich and coffee to go on your way to work. Cut all the rush of the holiday weekend by taking the time to fry a couple of eggs, make some toasts and toss a salad. Being able to squeeze a glass of fresh fruit juice would make things even better.

3. Go out on a date with your partner, family or friends. Weekends are surely the perfect time to reconnect and strengthen your relationships. Make an effort to spend much time with the people who matter most to you during the holidays. Spending time together doesn't have to be expensive. You can choose to stay at home and do things together or plan out an adventure packed day in your city. Be creative in coming up with an activity or a set of it that will be enjoyed by everyone involved.

4. Take a stroll in the park. Getting to work early and leaving late at night can make you miss out on the beauty of the scenery that you pass by. Especially if you have a lot of concerns for that day. Being locked up in an air conditioned room for more than 8 hours a day might not be very good for your health. When you have time, make it a point to walk around and breathe in natural air not generated by room cooling machines. Take the time to appreciate the scene and the greenery to help recharge your mind.

5. Take a long warm bath. What could be more relaxing than a bubble bath complete with soothing music and scented candles? You can also bring in a bottle of red wine to complete the A-list experience. Taking a little more time in the shower doesn't only help you pay more attention to your body but it also assists the creation of a hassle-free and laid-back day.

6. Cut off (or at least lessen) your connection to technology. In this day and age, this idea might sound crazy. Everyone has mobile phones and other portable gadgets that keep us connected to the rest of the world through the internet and social media sites. Though this type of technology is great for keeping us updated, checking your work email on the weekend or throughout the holiday doesn't help you recharge. Make an effort to unplug for at least an hour during the weekend to enjoy more your time away from the office.

7. Feed your creativity. You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate artworks in a museum or enjoy a theatrical presentation. Sometimes, having the need to stimulate your mind is an enough reason to take on artistic pursuits. Who cares if you don’t actually understand it? Being exposed to the arts or other things not related to your work could be useful for stimulating your mind.

The GOLDEN RULE OF RECHARGING: Consciously sit and quiet down your mind. This may sound pretty easy but it’s not. Just sitting in one corner and taking in the scene without thinking about work could be difficult. But you’ll get this eventually. Just make sure to devote some time to practice this on weekends or a couple of minutes at night before you go to bed.

Do you have tips not included in career resource books? I’d love to know all about them. Leave me a comment below to share your thoughts. May you have a relaxing Thanksgiving this year!

Huwebes, Nobyembre 22, 2012

Shop for These 3 Best Kept Secrets to Look 10 Pounds Lighter during the Holidays

Will you say grace for a slimmer waist this Thanksgiving? If you’re still a few pounds short of that target weight, I’ll show you in a bit what you can be thankful for. But for now, let’s talk a bit about the huge holiday sale coming on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

But before you rush down to the malls or troop to cyber stores, remember that great deals are not only available for gadgets but for fashion finds as well like the dresses, accessories and the Bamboo Shoes. Don’t forget to visit your favorite makeup stores and clothing brands to update your wardrobe in a budget friendly way.

Now, here’s that little something that you can be thankful for. With the right clothes you can hide those extra pounds without going on a crash diet. Here are 3 of secrets to instantly shedding off 10 Pounds…

Choose Boot cut jeans. Though this style seems a little bit out of fashion when placed side by side with its skinny brothers, the boot cut jeans never fail to make you look a few pounds lighter. The trick of the trade here is that the flared bottom of this style looks wider than the waist. This illusion created by the boot cut jeans can’t really be replicated by the skinnies and the jeggings because they hug the actual shape of the body not allowing them to mask certain areas.

Get lean, fit looking through running and wear your sexiest jeans

In choosing a pair of boot cut jeans or a wide-legged trouser, keep in mind that the darker you go – the better. These colors are also able to create an illusion longer and thinner legs.

Wear black. This piece of advice is classic. Nothing can ever beat black in masking a couple of additional pounds. When choosing a dress or a top in this color, make sure that it fits you well.

Clothing pieces that are able to accentuate or highlight the smaller parts of your body like the waist helps a lot in masking a couple of flab here and there. Also, wearing a couple of black clothing pieces in one outfit also brings the same effect. Next time you wear a black top, make sure to pair it with a bag and a pair of heels in the same color.

Look lean and tall in heels. Wearing a pair of kitten heels and a 5 inch Bamboo Shoes creates the same illusion for your figure. No matter how high or low your heels are, they would always add a few inches to your high and lengthen your figure as opposed to our ever trusty pair of ballet flats. As a general rule, pick pairs that are closest to your skin color to allow the vertical line of your body to continue on without getting cut at the ankle.


Creating a vertical silhouette is the key to bring out the leaner version of you. With that said, anything that adds to your height like a pair of heels as well as pieces lengthens your torso including vertical stripes and patterns can help you achieve a figure that’s 10 pounds lighter without having to exercise or undergo a medical procedure.

GOLDEN TIP: In dressing to look slimmer, the name of the game of balance. Always remember that you are looking for clothing pieces that hug the smallest parts of your body like the waist. But dresses, tops, pants and other clothing pieces don’t need to be tight to make you look thin. This would only make it hard for you to move around in your clothes. When you go shopping this Cyber Monday or throughout the holiday season, having a good idea of your body shape as well as your accent areas can make all the shopping easier and more fruitful.

For more Fashion Tips I suggest you Check out: Dress to Ace the Corporate Ladder or Jewelry for a Sophisticated You

Successfully Negotiating a Pay Increase Is Better than Winning the World Series

One of the most awaited sporting events of the year has kicked off a couple of the days ago. With the start of this year’s World Series games, whose side are you on?

Negotiating your salary is just like baseball. Everything is fast-paced and three strikes could get you out of the game. Human resources books have wonderful insights on getting the job of your dreams and the salary you truly deserve.

But what about the changing times? You may ask. Well, that’s what the World Series is for. Here’s what the game has taught me so far about negotiating my salary:

Ready with research

Before dropping any hint that you’d want a pay increase, make sure to start gathering facts. Ask around for the standard industry rate of professionals in your industry who have the same years of experience and skills. In thinking through how much your services are worth, always factor in your certifications, post graduate education as well as the industry awards you’ve received.

Accomplishments on the bat

This is the best time for you to brag (nicely) about what you’ve accomplished throughout your career. In listing your achievements, start with the success stories you’ve created for your current employer. Make a list of previous projects and tasks that made a big impact on the company. Whether it won your current employer an award or closed a big deal under your wing, make sure to take credit for it. When the negotiations begin, this list will serve as your cheat sheet in reminding your boss of how much you're worth in the company.

“It can be done” attitude

With the current worldwide economic downturn, salary increases have moved down the priority lists of companies. But this shouldn’t rub you off staying hopeful and aiming for the salary increase that you deserve. Keeping the right frame of mind is the key to getting passed through this setback. Seeing the situation in a positive light can greatly boost morale in negotiating your salary even in these trying times. Remember to take the possibilities of failure as signs for you to take caution.

Survive through persuasive arguments – not through deception

Negotiating is the art of friendly persuasion. So in putting forward your points as to why you deserve a pay increase, always remember to bring the spotlight to your achievements and the advantages the company enjoys with having you around. Clearly state the perks in black and white to allow your current employer to see how increasing your salary can benefit the organization as a whole. Keep in mind that though you would be the one receiving a higher pay every month, your employer considers it as an investment. Let them know how investing in you can give them the extra mileage over competitors.

Expect the unexpected

If all else fails, you might want to consider other opportunities with another employer or perhaps offering your expertise as a consult to companies who might be needing assistance.

Aiming for the big salary win?

Take the first step by being bold to negotiate your salary. Let me know how strike the bat by leaving a comment below. Oh by the way, I guess all of us want to be a manager so here are some tips on Becoming a Manager if not Today Tommorow

Miyerkules, Nobyembre 21, 2012

3 Ultimate Rules In Finding And Pursuing The Right Career Goals

Human resource books are experts in helping plan out your career. But have you consulted them lately? If you don’t have enough time to go through piles of books, I’m sharing with you the 3 ultimate rules in choosing and achieving career goals.
3 Ultimate Rules In Finding And Pursuing The Right Career Goals

Career Planning Key # 1 Be specific

The first step in setting goals that you can actually achieve is to know what you’d like to attain. Writing down that you’d like a promotion or a raise is not good enough. Given that example, here are 5 smart questions that you can ask to get the ball rolling towards success at the top of the corporate ladder:
  • To what position do I want to be promoted to?
  • How will I measure my achievement?
  • What milestones can I put in place to check my progress?
  • How much time am I giving myself to reach my ideal weight?
  • How will I achieve my promotion?
  • What new skill should I learn?
  • Will I need to go back to school or get a couple of certifications?
  • Why is this goal important to me?
These basic questions will help you uncover the exact end goal that you want to achieve. Getting down to details is very important when plotting out your career. Remember that the goals remain as dreams until you write them down and identify concrete steps to be taken.

Career Planning Key # 2 Tackle your goals one step at a time in bite sizes

It is very easy to feel overwhelmed by long term goals that are grand. More often than not, these types of career goals appear unreachable because of their size and the time frame that we’ve set to reach them. Remember that leaving them to appear this way can lead you to a point of no return. Procrastination is one of the top reasons why many fail to achieve their goal. Here are 4 practical ways on how you can keep your big dreams manageable and attainable in small chunks:
  • List down concrete steps that you’d need to take in order to achieve your goal
  • If you’d need more than a year to get to your dream, develop a yearly plan that outlines which part should be accomplished in a given. Keep your milestones specific so they can also serve as your progress tracker
  • Break down your goals into phases to help you focus your efforts Create a monthly and weekly to-do list for your yearly tasks. This will ensure that you have covered your goals at the end of the year
There are tons of ways to keep your quest towards success running smoothly. Just always remember to approach your goals slowly but surely by taking one step at a time.

Career Planning Key # 3 Be ready to weather the failure storm

Having a back-up has always been a sensible decision. No matter how much you prepare or try to stick with the plan, there would always be unexpected roadblocks that can keep you from getting where you want to be. When writing down your career goals, think of a plan B or even a Plan Z just in case surprises come along the way. Make use of what you have already accomplished when you unexpectedly have to make a detour from your plans. In this way, you are sure that none of your efforts are put to waste.

Do you know where your career is heading?

Start planning your career path today. If you’ve been down the same road for a couple, it’s probably time to reevaluate your goals and make a couple of new ones to bring you higher on the corporate ladder.

Still thinking what career to pursue? Perhaps having a career change, here are some Career Jump-start Tips

Martes, Nobyembre 20, 2012

3 Secrets to Setting Your Goals towards Success

Are you still thinking why you should set goals? Goal setting has been used by individuals from all walks of life to achieve their dreams. Many human resource books and professionals stress the importance of having goals in the growth of an individual. Entrepreneurs and athletes alike also make use of this motivation tool to reach not only short-term but also long term goals that align with their vision in life.
3 Secrets to Setting Your Goals towards Success

Here are more practical reasons to start setting goals today:
  • Focus your efforts on the activities that would lead towards success
  • Make the best use of your time and resources
  • Get a clear picture of where you intend to be in a given time frame
In general, goal setting can provide a solid structure for your life by leading you on a path. So, How Can You Effectively Set Goals and Successfully Achieve Them?

Goal Setting Secret # 1 Ask the “Why?”

Wanting to lose 30 pounds to fit in your old clothes might be a little too dreamy for others – but if that’s your main reason, then let it be. Knowing why you want to achieve something can really help in keeping on you track towards achieving your goal especially when the road gets rough. Make sure to be honest with yourself as to why you would like to achieve your goals. There are no right and wrong answers – just personal responses that speak to your heart.

Goal Setting Secret # 2 Own it

Setting your goals should always be a personal affair. Just like in the first secret I shared, no one else should be involved in setting and achieving your goals other than yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a bold step and set up a goal. Having your own goals is a sign of independence. It is also a great way to show how you value and love yourself. But keep in mind that owning your goals also means that you are responsible for them. So whether you achieve them or not, know that you only have yourself to blame.

Goal Setting Secret # 3 There are different types of goals

All of us surely have tons of concerns that usually revolve around our families, finances and careers. But have you thought about your life outside these fields? Do want to improve other aspects of your life including your health, attitudes as well as your artistic pursuits and hobbies? Remember that your goals should not only revolve around the common aspects of your life. To make sure that you are living in balance, examine all the areas of your life and set goals that would help you continually grow towards a life that is truly worth living.

Setting goals is difficult. And achieving them is even harder. In order to use goals as an effective motivational tool in your life, keep a positive outlook by making these goal setting secrets work to your advantage.

For more tips about Success, you can check out 5 Steps to Get to Career Nirvana

Huwebes, Nobyembre 15, 2012

Party Tips: Jewelry Depending on Occassion

Since Halloween is upcoming, it’s time to get your jiggy on! Sure enough, left and right there will be Halloween parties held everywhere. Whether or not you’re required to come in costume, you have to look your best (scary-best if you’re required to wear a costume). But these days, it’s not just about looking good. It’s also about standing out amongst the crowd. While your clothes will also be important in ensuring that you stand out among the crowd, a part of it will come from the fashion jewelry you wear. Are you willing to do what it takes to get people to notice you?

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Layered necklaces

If you want to truly stand out among the crowd, then this is a definite must-wear. Layered necklaces are quite noticeable, especially if you have more than 3 layers. There are many types of layered necklaces to choose from too. If you choose a colorful layered necklace, do make sure that you wear a white plain shirt with it. If you wear a colored shirt too, you might end up looking like a rainbow. If you wear a one-colored layered necklace, do wear a plain colored shirt too. You don’t want to clash colors especially if you’re already accessorizing a lot.

Necklaces with names

Not only do people appreciate necklaces with names, they also become a very personal accessory for many people. This type of necklace is perfect for those who want jewelry that they can truly consider their own. The only thing you need to be worried about is the color and design of the necklace itself. Do make sure that the jewelry store you buy from can make a simple necklace with the letters. If you have a long name, shorten it to a nickname so the pendant doesn’t go across your neck too much.


Ever watched those rap videos? Every time the lead singer comes into the screen, the first thing you’ll notice is the shining, shimmering chain strung around his neck. Yes, that’s how noticeable it is. So imagine wearing something like that to a party. You’ll surely catch the eyes of everyone around you. Bling-blings are a huge accessory to your outfit. This means you should stay away from any extravagant or bold outfits if you plan to wear one. Let your bling-bling help you stand out.

Long earrings or big hoops

If you’re not the necklace type, long earrings and big hoops can also catch the attention of the people around you. If you plan on wearing a pair for your party, make sure to wear a shirt that reveals your shoulders and neck. You can wear a V-neck or a tube or even a simple t-shirt. Then pull your hair back, to leave your face and shoulders clean and free from any distraction. That way, your earrings will accessorize whatever outfit you’re wearing and it will also highlight your shoulder blades.

Ah, Halloween parties. So much fun. Are you ready to party this upcoming Halloween? You might wanna check out, Halloween Costume Ideas

Caprice Miranda here!

Martes, Nobyembre 13, 2012

Shopping Application on your iPad Mini

How many times have you heard someone say “there’s an app for that”over the last 6 months?

I must have heard it a million times – I’ll bet my well-made pair of Bamboo Shoes at that. Growing tired of hearing this would be easy – if not for the fact that it was true every single time. What started out as probably a joke made to the booming smartphone market is now a reality in every way.

Shopping Application on your iPad Mini

There is a mobile app for everything that you can think of – this is very much possible in this day and age especially now with the new iPad Mini competing in the market as well.

A couple of days back, I came across a new fashion app that’s been a craze for quite some time now. Ladies all over the country can’t seem to get enough of Poshmark. This app is dubbed as the Instagram and eBay of fashion.

How Does It Work?

The Poshmark app connects fashion lovers with one another. Aside from being a social community platform for following and peeping through the closet of people who have adorable styles the Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra made sure that it’s a profitable connection as well. Users can take a photo of their items through their iPhones and iPads for a direct upload to the site. Postmark-holics can start selling their merchandise at Posh Parties after adding a short description, price and image filter to add effects to their photos. The platform collects a portion of the selling price and shipping fee.

What are Posh Parties?

These are virtual shopping parties where users can sell their goods in real time. A virtual attendance is all you need to start shopping, sharing and selling fashion items like clothing pieces and accessories. Posh Parties are a more comfortable way to shop in your own home. Themed parties like Bold Accessories are also a recent craze.

What’s the PoshMark Promise?

It is simply a guarantee from the company that you will always have a stress-free shopping experience. According to the app’s website, payments are kept safe until products have been received. Shop with confidence in the guaranteed safety provided by this app.

Sabado, Nobyembre 10, 2012

The Fantastic 7: Calendar Apps Recommended By Mashable

Mashable is like an online human resource book that can be accessed by anyone. On top of giving away great information, they are certainly relevant. A few days back, I came across Emily Price’s article 7 Fantastic Calendar Apps To Keep You on Schedule on Mashable. It provided a quick review and photos of applications that can save people like you and me from getting drowned in work.
I must say, the list is very helpful. Though I've been an iPhone user for about a year now, I still have very few apps other than the basics like YouTube and Skype. I’m considering buying one of these applications to keep me organized and act as my super hero in this digital age.

CalenGoo. App availability: iOS and Android. Super power: Flexes to the limits with its seamless integration with Google Calendar. This fast and easy to use mobile app provides you with a limitless access to Google Calendar and Google Apps Calendar right on your Apple device. Get your day organized even without internet constant internet connection because this smart app instantly syncs your schedule the next time it gets connected.

Organizer (for iPhone). App availability: iOS. Super power: Mimics a real organizer and (possibly) works even better. This all in one tool allows iPhone users to enter text, events, create diagrams, insert emoji icons, attach pictures and maps, enter contacts as well as record and play voice memo. That is on top managing your daily schedule and keeping your to-do list, notes and diary in order. Organizer is certainly your sheet of paper on steroids.

Pocket Informant. App availability: Android. Super power: Two-in-one combo: a calendar and task management app in one. This best selling PIM on mobile is a fully integrated calendaring system that’s supported on any Android phone. Get the calendar functionality together with a GTD-based task solution on Pocket Informant. Integrate your contacts as well in this calendar and productivity tool.

Countdown Calendar. App availability: iOS. Super power: Super genius can countdown to any event in your life (given that you save it on the app). Counting down is not the only thing this app can do, it can also count up by days, weekdays, weeks, months or even years of past events. Make sure that your important days come in complete package by adding hyperlinks, notes and additional information if needed. Sharing is caring so mail your important days to other Countdown Calendar users or share it in the central repository to let everyone about it.

Week Calendar. App availability: iOS. Super power: Lets you see the future by fixing your schedule on a weekly basis. Improve the current calendar app on your iPhone or iPod touch with this app that provides a weekly view of your schedule. Always be 7 days ahead of your tasks, plans and appointments with this calendar app. Take advantage of your Apple device’s touch functionalities with the Week Calendar’s drag-and-drop or copy/paste style of organizing events.

Touch Calendar. App availability: Android. Super power: X-ray vision. View your schedule in scrollable interface on zoom mode. Start seeing things differently with the different calendar view provided by this app. Zoom and scroll as you would in with Google Maps to get a better view of your weekly schedule if you happen to be looking a month view. Getting organized with the Touch Calendar is just a couple of slides and taps away.

CalAlarm. App availability: iOS. Super power: Bionic ears. Never miss an appointment again with this app’s alarm function. Having difficulty waking up in the morning? Get rid of this problem when it comes to having to be up and ready for important appointments. CalAlarm has a unique alarm clock functionality that not only reminds you of schedules but they can be snoozed and placed on repeat as well.

View a picture slideshow on Mashable of these 7 Fantastic Calendar Apps To Keep You on Schedule here.

Martes, Nobyembre 6, 2012

Career Jump-start Tips

Know that the next few months would be the most difficult ones of your early adult life. Though human resource books always offer pleasant perspectives but it’s still a fact. Graduating from college, with or without sparkling academic honors, is just an amazing thing. After years of studying and working hard, you are finally free from all the books, exams, reports, term papers and anything that spells academic stress.

Career Jump start Tips

Feels great, right? Because it really is; and it will remain to be that way for the next few weeks or even months until it actually hits you’re an unemployed member of the working force. That is of course after realizing that you are in limbo – you’re too old to be in school but still quite inexperienced in the actual workforce. Remember that summer jobs and internships do not count as a real life work experience though they’ve earned you a couple of bucks and thought you a couple of things about the industry you wish to dominate (someday, hopefully).

This is the point where you ask: If it sounds that hopeless, what should I do? Well, just sit there and continue reading this piece. I’m going to share with you 3 helpful tips putting the post-college graduation downtime to good use.

Enjoy the moment. Nothing can be better than enjoying the fruits of your hard labor. And this is the perfect time to do that. Look back on your college days and try to get a feel of how much you’ve grown (physically, emotionally, academically, and in every other way).

Take note of the important things you’ve learned and the great people you met along the way.

Rest up. This is probably the only time in your life when being a couch potato is acceptable. Well, for the next couple of weeks or months probably. After months of rigorous academic work, followed by moving either back home or to a new city, you deserve a break. Read a book or two, watch a massive amount TV series and movies or just lay down in the park. Travelling locally or internationally would be great as well if you have the financial resources to do so.

Treat it as a summer vacation – remember, when you start working you’ll only get a few days off in a year. So make the most out of your down time by being (appropriately) wild and free as any young individual would do.

Be productive. This might seem pretty contradictory to the previous tip but it’s actually not. They even complement one another if you look at it closely. In the workforce, having long gaps between employments somewhat raises red flags. But freelancing and doing volunteer work are effective ways to combat this notion. Also, this is a great way to build a portfolio if you intend to go into graphic design, copyright and any other occupation that may need a proof of your skill level.

Simply put, just drop the plan. Getting a clear idea of what you want to do or achieve is enough to get your career rolling. Knowing where you actually want to go may be great at this point but it’s not as important – you have a couple of years to figure that out once you get a real feel of the actual working environment in your industry.

Everything changes over time; learn to embrace it to achieve success.

Huwebes, Nobyembre 1, 2012

Personal Leadership: Best Kept Secret to L.I.V.E. Your Life to the Fullest

I didn't need a human resource book to improve my career. More so, I didn't need anyone to tell me what I want out of life. Resource books and guides are really great. But at the end of the day, everything boils down to working on achieving what I want.

Personal Leadership

Today I’ll share with you one the secrets to fuller life. Having a strong personal leadership capability can certainly bring all of us farther in life.

What is personal leadership? Personal leadership is having the strong desire and capacity to direct your life towards the direction you intend it to be. This doesn't merely rest on creating plans but more bringing these plans to life. Managing the self takes much courage and commitment in order to gain accomplishments. Proactively taking action to enrich oneself is one of the best ways to extend your leadership to a group or an organization. Personal leadership works on the premise that changes and success starts from within. Assuming full control and responsibility for your life and your future is what personal leadership is all about.

Why is it important? Personal leadership basically allows individuals to bring their lives on a better state. It greatly helps in creating, pursuing and reaching a clearer purpose for your life. Always remember that no one can run your life better than you.

Here are more reasons why learning how to manage yourself is essential:

  • Being able to manage yourself well can be great predictors of success on a personal level and in your career.
  • Developing self knowledge and wisdom are important components of personal growth.
  • Leadership on the individual level can also enhance your effectiveness and productivity in carrying out tasks.
  • Achievements, success and happiness in the long run are some of the fruits of proper self management.
  • Leading yourself well can make a role model and good example for other individuals
  • Have the courage to say “yes” to the life you want to leave
  • Start living a life of purpose
  • Gain the capacity to lead others in different forms of groups and organizations when you are able to lead yourself
Now that you know how personal leadership can change your life, start to truly L.I.V.E. today by following these tips:

Look at yourself thoroughly not only on the inside but your physical self as well. Learn to look after its welfare and further development. Personal leadership is not only about having great principles in life. It is about applying and adhering to these values. Do not expect respect from others when you don’t give it to yourself.

Initiate accountability for actions, words and thoughts. This is one of the best ways to show responsibility and maturity. Manage yourself not only when something wrong has already happened – the real challenge of personal leadership is in learning to discipline oneself.

Volume up your skills, goals and work ethics to continuously grow. Work on making yourself better day by day as you tackle and enhance the different areas of your life.

Escape the victim’s attitude. Thinking that life always live you with no choice is the opposite of accountability. Always know that even if you may not have a say on what happens, you have full control of how you will respond to any circumstances that comes your way. Your reaction will always make the difference.

Let us all be the leaders of our lives. Share this with your family and friends to get them started on the better path as well.