Professional Intern Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Becoming A Physical Therapy Assistant Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:20 +0000 If you have a passion for helping others gain their strength back after an injury, then you might want to consider being a physical therapy assistant. There are some physical therapy assistant schools that have two-year programs. Some hospitals and doctor’s offices might want you to have a four-year degree, but there are those that will offer training on the job with the two-year degree. Before making the decision to become a physical therapy assistant, you need to know that most of the day is spent on the feet, and you might have to lift the people who you work with in order to help get them in and out of wheelchairs or beds.

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First, you need to get your degree. Some of the classes that you might take include biology, anatomy and psychology. There is usually a classroom portion of the program and a clinical portion where you will work in a hospital setting or in an office so that you can get a hands on feeling for what you will do on the job. While you are in school, you should consider improving your overall health so that you are able to perform the duties that are required. After you have obtained your degree, you need to obtain your license through the state. Some states will recognize licenses from other states if you want to move. Voluntary credentials through licensed programs will look good on your job resume. The American Physical Therapy Association is a good organization to try to get a certificate from as it’s a nationally recognized program.

When you have all of the documents stating that you are qualified to be a physical therapy assistant, you can start applying for jobs. Search online for offices and hospitals that are hiring. Nursing homes might be the best place to start as there are often patients who need to have the exercise to sit up in chairs during the day but don’t have the proper help in the staff as there aren’t enough people working. Some states require that you take classes through the year so that you have education credits. Most employers will pay for you to take the classes, especially if you learn new information that can be shared with other employees.

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What Not to Wear: Men’s Job Interview Fashion Tips Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:07:05 +0000 recommended-what-not-to-wear-mens-job-interview-fashion-tips

When you walk into the interview room with a potential employer, the first impression you make can determine the success or failure of that meeting. Regardless of the job you are applying for, the clothing you have on when you enter the room says a lot about who you are, both socially and professionally. Human resource personnel sitting in on that interview will be judging your wardrobe from top to bottom as they try to analyze the value of bringing you onboard with the company.

For every interview there are items you should wear and items you should avoid at all costs. It doesn’t matter if you are interviewing for an entry-level position at a manufacturing firm or a management position at a technology firm, as points out, you should be noticed for you, not for the clothes. So what are some items you should avoid in your wardrobe? Below we’ll tell you what to avoid, what items to wear, and even how to wear those items.

Colognes and Perfumes


A lot of people are guilty of spritzing a bit of cologne or perfume on when they step out the door in the morning. While these intoxicating aromas give you a sense of confidence and an air of cleanliness, they can actually be quite distracting during an interview. In fact, there are a number of problems that could go wrong when you wear cologne or perfume. The amount you put on could be so overpowering that it distracts the individual interviewing you. Worse yet, the scent could remind them of a former coworker they disliked or a former partner.

How to wear it: Try to schedule your interviews in the morning and take a shower before getting dressed. You’ll be naturally clean and won’t need the perfume or cologne.

Tattoos and Accessories

It is common for people to get tattoos and piercings, or wear excessive accessories today. As points out in its career advice blog, piercings and accessories only serve to distract the individual interviewing you. The focus of the interview should be you as an individual and your skills as a potential employee, not the stud piercing in your eyebrow or the hoop earrings you’re wearing. In the case of tattoos, many companies have policies about leaving them exposed in the workplace.

How to wear it: Take out your piercings and ditch the accessories when you head in for an interview. Obvious exceptions to this include wedding rings and medical bracelets. As for your tattoos, just make sure they’re covered and you’ll be fine.

Trendy Clothing

Unless you are interviewing at a fashion magazine or design house, you should avoid wasting your money on trendy clothing for your interview. The latest suit or business casual outfit seems like a good idea now, but it’s better to wear a classic suit to an interview because it can be worn for years to come in the workplace. That trendy outfit could be out of style, and unwelcome in the workplace, in the not-so-distant future.

How to wear it: Keep in mind that your social presence can be different than your professional presence. Buy the trendy clothes as part of your off-the-job wardrobe, and keep it classic at work. Wear suits that are tailored to fit your physique. Clothing that is too loose gives you a sloppy appearance, while clothing that is too tight can be a distraction.

If you follow these fashion tips, you’ll make a stunning first impression on the HR manager interviewing you at your next job. Remember, the idea is to keep the focus on you and your skills, not the outfit you’re wearing.

Alex Outlaw is an editorial contributor and the marketing director for The Idle Man. Whenever he has the chance, he likes to sit down and let others know what’s new in the music, fashion and culture scene by posting on social media and blogging. Find out what’s new on Twitter, here.

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How to Prioritize Your Debt Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:56:15 +0000 When it comes to matters of debt, people are often concerned with how to pay this money back. They are often not as aware of what processes that they should take when it comes to prioritising debt for the long term. Many people want to ensure that they are taking positive steps in being free of the debt cycle. But, this comes with knowledge on how to manage your debts and how to prioritise them accordingly.

There are many different ‘theories’ if you will, on how to prioritise and organise your debt. Of course, this a matter of personal opinion so it may be best to try different approaches to paying off your loans to ensure that you find a method that works best for you.


Your Finances: Which is the Most Important?

When it comes to debts, you may not know which is the most important. After all, all debts are important and should be paid back within the proffered time frame. For many people, they feel that they are struggling with their debts and cannot afford to pay them back in one foul swoop. With this in mind, it’s certainly time to consider your options.

It’s all about being a savvy consumer. If you are paying the right debts back at the correct time, you are leaving yourself with more disposable cash and you will pay off your debts in no time at all.

It may seem as though there is a quick fix, but anyone who is in the throes of debt will tell you that this is a marathon, not a sprint. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to debt and there is no magic way to clear it quickly. But, there are savvy steps that you can take.

First stop: let’s see how you are managing your finances.

Keeping Up With Payments: Yes or No?

In simple terms, you need to assess if you are keeping up to date with your loan agreements. Ensure that you do not default on payments and make sure that you are paying more than the minimum. For some, this is an easy feat. For others, not so much. Debt can be all-consuming for those who are struggling to keep up with the payments. When this happens, it’s certainly wise to consider the options. For many, they look at ways to consolidate credit card debt. Others start looking at ways that they can reduce their interest payments. In the main, there are many ways that you can review your credit options and make sure that you are in a great place to be paying your debts off.

As a general rule of thumb you should contact your creditors immediately to make them aware of the situation and what the current states of your finances are.

Priority and Non Priority Debts: What Gives?

For those that are struggling with their loans and credit agreements, it may be wise to organise your priority debts. When you feel that you are in the midst of your own personal financial crisis, all loans can seem like priority ones. Of course, this is simply not true. There are some loans that obviously take a higher priority than others.

It’s all about figuring out which ones need to be paid with immediate effect and which ones can sit on the backburner.

Priority Debts

Priority debts, contrary to popular belief, are not necessarily the largest debts that you owe. What is more, a priority debt isn’t even one that has the highest rate of interest. In short, a priority debt is the kind of debt that has a detrimental impact if you don’t pay if off.

There are a large number of factors that constitute a priority debt:

  • Losing your home – this could be because you haven’t kept up with a mortgage agreement or you have a secured loan that is tied into your property
  • Having your utilities cut off
  • Being forced to declare bankruptcy
  • Being summoned to court as you have neglected the payments

If any of the above factors apply to you, you need to consider which debts is your priority.

There are some bills that have to be paid first above all else:

  • Mortgage
  • Loans that are secured against your home
  • Council tax
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water
  • Child maintenance
  • TV license
  • HP agreements
  • Court fines

These are all debts that need to be paid as a matter of urgency. For many, if they are feeling the pinch the best way to ensure that you do not land yourself in financial disarray is to contact the provider and make them aware of your financial problems. They may set up a payment plan or freeze interest. It is in a company’s interest to recover costs; therefore, they have to take steps to help you manage your debt. Of course, some companies such as private companies can be less than forgiving. If this is the case for you, seek advice from a debt charity or an independent financial service.

Your Non Priority Debts: They Still Need to be Paid!

When it comes to non-priority debts, this doesn’t mean that they should be ignored. On the contrary, this kind of debt still needs to be paid within an agreed timeframe but there may be a degree of flexibility when these can be paid.

Things like credit cards, store cards and overdrafts can all be managed in a more substantial way. So, if you have non-priority debts, the best way to tackle these head on is to seek out a consolidation service. This will ensure that you are solely paying one rate of interest. What’s more, you will have a clear end date in sight. For many, this can be a positive way to pay off debts without incurring any penalties.

Paying Off Your Non Priority Debts: Most Expensive Always Has to Come First

With non-priority debts, seek out which debts cost you the most in terms of interest. This means that you can target the debt more effectively and ensure that you do not face any further financial implications as a result. With this, you will have to ensure that you are paying off your debts within the proffered time frame and you must not default on payments. Once you have tackled one debt, you can move onto the next. Pay more off each debt every time with the surplus cash that you have left. This will ensure that you get out of debt more quickly.

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Perks of Pre-paid Jet Cards Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:26:39 +0000 Imagine this scenario – You and your friends walk into an airport, swipe a card, and then you’re on your way to some exotic location, or on a trip across the country. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, the only part of this we exaggerated is the swiping part. Many private charter companies are now incorporating prepaid jet cards into their programs. With these handy little cards, chartering a private jet has just become more accessible and easier than ever before.

So what exactly are prepaid jet cards? Think of them like you would a prepaid phone card. You buy a card, with some money loaded onto it, and you can use it any time you’d like. With these cards there are no long term commitments, no large capital outlay, and best of all – no hidden fees. It is one of the best ways to enjoy chartered jets, making the entire experience simple and cost-effective. More and more people are turning to prepaid jet cards to make their traveling easier.

Jet cards might sound great, but are they right for you? Membership into one of these cards allows you to take the stress out of planning a trip. Traveling can be stressful enough, and with one of these cards that’s one less worry on your mind. It also grants you guaranteed availability, so you can travel any time that you would like. If you decide that you want to downgrade or upgrade your current cabin class, there are usually no charges involved. Companies that sponsor prepaid jet cards do so with their customers in mind, trying to make the experience as positive as possible. If you are someone who frequently travels via a chartered jet, then this card is probably right for you. No more wasting time planning out all of those trips. Just sign up for the card, and you are good to go.


If you decide you want to get a prepaid jet card, there are several places to do so. One of the best is the Jet Card Membership Program from They offer comprehensive options for your prepaid card, so you can get the one that is best for you. Not sure which one to get? They will work with you to find out what your personal travel habits are, and help you decide which card to get. They service thousands of airports, making it even easier to get the flight when and where you want.

With all of these advantages for the customer, you are probably wondering what the chartering companies get out of it. There must be a catch, right? Wrong. All they are getting is a repeat customer. Many private jet companies are now using this method in an effort to attract the same customers back to them. So you get easier travel and savings, while the company just gets your business. Not a bad tradeoff, right?

If you are a frequent user of private jets, you owe it to yourself to look into prepaid jet cards. There’s a reason they are becoming so popular, and you will be happy that you did. If you have a private jet company that you already like, see if they offer these types of cards. If not, there are a ton of other options out there, and you may find that the savings and the peace of mind were well worth the switch.

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How to Work the Graveyard Shift Without Turning into a Zombie Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:59:43 +0000 Shift work. Who really likes working overnight? Most people don’t, but we do it because we have to. Plus, we get a nifty shift differential. But, on the flip side, we’re also opening ourselves up to some serious potential problems. Sleep deprivation, unbalanced circadian rhythms, and even accidents are just some of the risks. Here’s how to work that graveyard shift without turning into a zombie.


Try Resetting Your Rhythm

If you absolutely must work the night shift, try resetting your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is the “day/night rhythm” that you body uses to wake you up and put you to sleep. Almost everyone alive today is set to wake in the morning and sleep at night.

But, some people have an uncanny ability to sleep during the day and wake up at night. These people, so-called “night owls,” have rigged their circadian rhythm so that they are not sleep deprived (not in a serious sense) so they’re able to function (almost) normally during the night.

Eat Well and Keep Moving

Diet and movement become especially important when you cannot sleep in a normal day/night pattern. In other words, if you cannot sleep at night, and be awake during the day, you absolutely must fix your diet and get regular movement into your “day.”

That may mean taking regular walks every single day, going hiking on your days off (during dusk or when it’s light out, if possible), and eating a diet comprised of non-sweet fruits, vegetables, some meats, and possibly taking antioxidant supplements. You won’t be getting much vitamin D from the sun, so you should probably look into getting a supplement and having your blood levels checked regularly.

Get Plenty Of Exercise

Get Plenty Of Exercise

Going to the gym will also be important. Lifting weights will help keep your muscles strong, and your bones thick (especially if you’re doing weight-bearing exercise). As you get older, this becomes more and more important.

Get Out Of Shift Work, If You Can

Ultimately, shift work isn’t healthy, regardless of how you slice it. There’s no amount of sleep rigging, dieting, exercising, or movement that will completely erase the negatives of shift work. Some studies show that working nights throws off the body’s ability to cope with stress and puts it into a state of chaos, causing long-term damage, including increasing your risk of heart disease or of having a heart attack.

Watson Goepel, which is comprised of some of the best Vancouver personal injury lawyers, have seen the effects of shift work in their practice: auto accidents.

Unfortunately, a side effect of shift work is sleepiness. Even when you think you’re getting enough sleep, you’re most vulnerable at dawn when you get out of work, and at dusk, when you’re going in.

Dusk is when your body wants to make melatonin – a hormone that puts your body into a deep sleep. Blue light (but really any light, in general) will shut down melatonin production. Without melatonin, your body’s ability to heal from wounds is diminished. Your ability to fight infections is reduced.

You may not like it, but facts are facts. Yes, you can work the night shift and reduce some of the risks. But, you’re never going to eliminate them. It’s a cost-benefit choice each and every one of us has to make.

Krystyn Lewis worked the night shift for a number of years, so she knows how hard it can be for most people. An avid blogger, she enjoys sharing what works for her by posting online. You can find her helpful and interesting articles on many of today’s best websites and blogs.

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An Infographic on Supply Chain Management Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:52:24 +0000 Getting your MBA is the first step toward a multitude of new career opportunities, perhaps some that you hadn’t even considered before. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one such opportunity. Described simply, SCM involves improving efficiencies and coordinating production, inventory, location and transportation among the participants in a supply chain, but there is a lot more to this rapidly growing sector. Based on a new MHI report, the logistics/supply chain business will be looking to fill 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 jobs per year through 2018. The major in greatest demand for some of these SCM jobs is Business Administration and Management. To learn more, checkout this infographic created by Norwich University’s Master of Business Administration online program.

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How To Create a Wildly-Effective Portfolio Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:43:06 +0000

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Top Advantages Of Using Online Time Clock Software Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:19:17 +0000 A simple solution to manual adding up of the number of hours your employee worked is the online time clock. This computerized system of online time clock does not need an installation software giving it a huge advantages over costly time clock hardware that requires to be installed and run on the PC. Moreover the online time clock system can run in any location, in varied time zones and gives the exact and accurate attendance reports and also provides the information to the payroll department.

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So here are the top advantages of using Online Time Clock

A Costly Hardware Need Not Be Set Up: Internet based time clock platforms help the company management authorities can control and detect the clock in and clock out of their employees in all locations by setting up locations on time clock according to time zones.

Prevents Tactics Like Proxy Clocking: Well many a times it may so happen that employees go for a proxy system where fellow employees can clock in for them. But that can also be prevented as the biometric system of online time-clocking employs a webcam feature which takes the picture and verifies which employee is actually clocking in.

Allows Distance Clocking: Suppose Your Employee is working off the office area. Not to worry. He can use the GPS tracking to detect the area of the time clock online and verify his location.

Gives A Peek Into The Employees Work: Some Online Time Clock System like ShiftPlanning employs a system known as screenshot management system. This tracks an employee and his activities via electronic widgets and allows the manager to look into the employees work.

Gives Complete Details Of An Employees Schedule At Work: The Online Time Clocking System allows the manager to monitor over who is clocked in and who is not, the work they are doing while they are clocked in and employs a scheduler to improve an employee’s efficiency when it comes to punctuality.

 Present and Absent Reports: Well an excellent feature of the Online Time Clocks are to prepare and keep updating reports on which employee is present and absent.

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4 Ways To Promote Your Business Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:20 +0000 Offering the best product or service around doesn’t do you much good if no one knows about your business. When you start up a business, no matter what niche you may be in, promoting it is one of the most important aspects of it. Without promoting your business, you will fail to gain new clients or customers, and your new venture will not last long. If you have recently started up a company, or if you are looking to attract new business to an established one, here are some of the best ways to promote your business.

1) Advertising – It is a rare business that can survive without advertising. There are so many different ways to advertise your company these days, that it can be hard to keep up. There are the traditional ways – like putting an ad on TV, or in the newspaper – and there are ways to advertise in the new media – like with online ads or email marketing. We would recommend giving every type of advertising you can think of a try. The important thing is to track how well your advertisements do, and to put more money into the ones that are working. Don’t waste your money on an ad that is not generating any return. No matter how your company is doing, it is always important to advertise, so be sure to clear some room in your budget for it.

2) Website – If your company does not have a website already, make that a priority. For any type of business to survive nowadays, having a website is practically essential. A website is a great way for people to no only find you, but to learn more about you. Building a simple website is relatively easy, and you don’t need a ton of training to learn how to do it. As your company grows you can invest in something more advanced, but for now, simply having your information online is a good start.

3) Trade show – Besides simply getting your name out there, you want to interact with potential customers/clients. One of the best ways to do this is to set up a booth at a trade show or convention. Everyone attending will have some interest in your niche, so you are already pitching to the right people. With a great booth design, and a friendly attitude, trade shows can be a great way to generate new business and forge new connections.

internet-534232_6404) Networking – Along the same lines as trade shows, you want to be networking as much as you can. Find other people who are in a similar niche as you and reach out to them. Find out how you can help one another improve your businesses. Learn more about what problems people are having in your area, and how you can work to solve them. Don’t look at networking as something to further your goals, but as a mutually beneficially arrangement. There are a ton of people out there that can help you, and vice versa, so meet as many of them as you can.

Don’t put off promoting your business any longer. No matter what your current level of promotion currently is, you can always do more. You have a lot to offer other people and companies, but they will never hear about you if you don’t promote it. Use the list above as a jumping off point, and see what areas of promotion your company has been lacking in. Good luck!

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How to Keep Current Customers Coming Back for More Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:08:09 +0000 As a business owner, you know that it’s more lucrative to get current customers to continue buying that to try to entice new customers to make their first purchase. New customers are expensive to acquire, especially as the price of advertising continues to rise. Learn the necessary tips and tricks about how to sell online when targeting current customers.

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1. Customer accounts are there for a reason. To make it easier on the customer to shop again. However, creating an account can feel like a commitment, and maybe one the customer isn’t yet ready to make. A great way to encourage buyers to create an account is to send them a reminder e-mail with a link after they’ve made a purchase. Add something enticing, too, like if they sign up for an account, they’ll have first access to sales.

2. Create a customer loyalty program that rewards repeat shoppers. Additionally, you can reward customers for referring your products or services to someone else.

3. Regularly send out newsletters to your customers. This will keep your brand fresh in their minds and showcase your newest products. E-mail marketing is still one of the best ways to convert customers.

4. Surprise your customers with a small gift, like a handwritten “thank you” note or a random coupon code. The element of surprise will encourage customers to buy, thanks to the law of reciprocity.

5. Connect with your customers on social media and make sure to post often. Also, make sure that social media does double duty as one of your customer service channels. If you’re going to connect with a customer online, it’s important that you can provide customer support there as well.

6. If you sell a perishable item, schedule followup e-mails and outreach efforts. For example, if you sell hair products, you can estimate that a person who uses your gel daily will run out of it in two months. Auto-schedule a followup e-mail to be sent to that customer.

It’s always great to acquire new customers, but your first goal should be to retain the ones you already have.

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