Share your thoughts on the danger of cell phones use

There have been hints for years that cellphones could cause cancer, and now a new meta-study finds that the radiation cellphones emit are a real danger. The new research, which is based on a review of 100 studies, found that the low-intensity radio frequency radiation (RFR), cellphones emit, has an effect on living cells and can damage DNA.cell-phones-cause-cancer-598x427

RFR causes oxidative stress, a condition in which the body creates harmful radicals at a rate so high it doesn’t have the ability to repair the damage they cause.

Study author Igor Yakymenko wrote that of “100 currently available peer-reviewed studies dealing with oxidative effects of low-intensity RFR, in general, 93 confirmed that RFR induces oxidative effects in biological systems.”

“These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health,” said Yakymenko in the New York Daily News. Continue reading

Is this One LinkedIn mistake hindering your job search?

By now, most of us are pretty comfortable sharing information about ourselves. Professional networks, such as LinkedIn, provide us with a platform for showcasing our careers and the best part is that we control what is seen. So, the question now comes up, Why do so many of us not take full advantage of this? Worse yet, why would anyone create a “professional profile” and leave it looking as though it was done by an amateur?Social Media concepts isolated on white background

LinkedIn profiles without a clean, professional-appearing
photo are hurting your chances at getting noticed by recruiters.

If your profile picture doesn’t project a clean, professional image, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Yes, you’re proud of your family or your pet Pomeranian, but those photos belong on your desk, not your LinkedIn profile.

Selfies are for Instagram and Facebook.

If your goal is to project a professional image–which it should be–it’s important to start with a good profile picture. Selfies won’t do. Photos with your best friend mostly cropped out look just as bad, and the one of you holding a margarita…not smart.

In past years it was necessary to use a professional photography studio. Fortunately, getting ahold of a high-resolution camera phone and photo editing software is easy these days, so paying a professional isn’t necessary.

baby faceI like the DIY method. My current LinkedIn profile picture was taken by one of my colleagues here at the office using my phone. The wall behind me came out a strange green-ish color that wasn’t flattering, so I used a free photo editing app online that let me change the background color to white.

Problem solved!

If you can’t be somebody, don’t be a nobody.

LinkedIn profiles with no photo get the lowest number of views. It doesn’t matter if yours is a household name–no pic, no click. Humans are visual. A report recently published by TheLadders that tracked eye movement while recruiters viewed online profiles indicates that 19% of a recruiter’s time is spent looking at your profile picture.

Do yourself a favor and, when you finish reading and sharing this post, take an objective look at your own profile picture and spend a few minutes to make it better. It will be time well spent.

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“Secrets” to getting more job interviews?

The truth is, there are no “secrets” that will guarantee you an interview or a job. Like anything else in life, it takes preparation and a positive attitude. With the right preparation, you will get interviews and ultimately job offers. The attitude is all up to you. But, I’m confident that once you’re properly prepared, your attitude—and optimism—will soar.lobbypeople

Where do you start?

You don’t need to start from scratch, but you will need to begin looking at yourself from the perspective of a recruiter, HR staff, or the direct hiring manager. There are hundreds of emails and resumes submitted every time a job is posted. Whether it’s a computer-based system or a real person reviewing your resume, they need to see the key words that are relevant to the position.

The first contact you have with a potential employer will be with your resume and cover letter. If you haven’t customized your resume for the company and position, you’re already at a disadvantage. You cover letter allows you to point out or summarize particular experience that might be missed by even the sharpest reader.  You want to show how you’re good at what you do, and why you make a good fit for the company. Continue reading