Tips For A Stress-Free IT Job Search

The best source to look for jobs related to Information Technology (most commonly known as IT) is, obviously, the Internet.

Various sites offer listings of job openings for specific fields. The key for a fruitful search is to know how and where to look for the best possible jobs available.

To have access on a certain site’s listing, an individual must first accomplish the following:

1. Register at the chosen site

2. After registration confirmation (via an email from the moderator of the site), the individual may now have access to the list

3. In searching for the preferred or suitable job vacancy, you may be asked to fill out a form (online) that states an individual’s profile.

This is usually used for easier browsing of related work since IT has various fields of specialties. Other sites automatically match an individual’s profile with the available or suited vacancy based on the information given by the person.

4. The applicant has the option to choose from contractual, full-time, part-time, trainee or temporary jobs category.

5. If the individual prefers work that is currently not listed on the site, he or she may have the option of posting his or her resume, from which prospective employers may browse through at some other time.

To avoid frustration while browsing through the numerous listings of IT openings on the Internet, take into consideration the following pointers:

1. Determine the following:

1.1 Organize your career portfolio in soft and hard copies. While most employers will ask for a copy of you resume through the net (email), there are some that still require hard copies for submission at their respective offices.

1.2 Determine preferred location of work. Is the individual willing to be relocated should a good position be offered in another city or state? Does he or she prefer work within commuting distance?

1.3 Salary. Though it would not be wise to make demands on one’s salary especially during the interview process, an individual must have a predetermined range of salary that he or she would be willing to accept, whoever the employer would be or wherever it may be located.

2. Rank the items listed above based on one’s priority.

3. Search the Internet for various sites with listings of IT job openings.

4. Register on a number of sites for a wider access to various lists.

5. Submit resume based on the predetermined priorities.

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Tips To Help You Pay Less At The Pump

Car maintenance can be expensive, and the rising cost of gasoline in the United States can really drain, so to speak, the funds available for car maintenance and related costs.
According to Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, Loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs, and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy.

Here are some tips, courtesy of the Car Care Council, to help you save money on gasoline, even as the prices continue to climb.

Don’t drive aggressively. This can actually lower gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and five percent on city streets, resulting in a cost of 7 to 49 cents per gallon.

Take care of your tires. A smart care maintenance tip in general, since driving with an under inflated tire is the equivalent of driving your car with the parking break on, and can cost you a mile for each gallon.

Watch out for worn spark plugs. Vehicles have four, six, or eight spark plugs, and these fire as much as three million times every on thousand miles, which creates heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. Replace your spark plug regularly for proper care maintenance, and gas conservation as well.

Change your dirty air filter. Air filters clogged with dust, dirt, and bugs cuts off the air and results in more gas than necessary being burned. This wastes gas, and causes the engine to lose power as well.

Watch those gas caps. Approximately 17 percent of vehicles, according to the CCC, have gas caps that are damaged, loose or missing, and this causes 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize each year.

Don’t idle excessively. Idling gets you zero miles to the gallon, and you really only need to warm up your vehicle for about one to two minutes.

Watch that speed. As your car’s speed increases, gas mileage decreases, and each mph over sixty results in an additional ten cents per gallon cost.

Lose some weight. By simply removing unnecessary items from your vehicle, you could reduce the weight by 100 pounds, which in turn will reduce your MPG by up to 2%, based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the weight of the vehicle.

Proper car maintenance is the best way to get the most out of your car, and to make sure that it remains fuel efficient. Don’t skip regular visits to the auto mechanic—the health of your car depends on them.

Top 9 Used Car Salesmen Tricks, and How to Avoid Them

One of the biggest moments in many people’s lives is driving off in their brand-spanking-new automobile. It’s an exhilarating feeling. It’s also a big moment because in that very instant, that brand-spanking-new car loses a big chunk of its value—the difference between the retail price you paid and the car’s wholesale value. That’s typically thousands gone in an instant.

That’s why some car buyers choose to shop around for a used car. You save yourself that steep initial drop-off in value. More importantly, you get a car that runs just as well, is just as dependable, and looks and feels as good as that new car—that is, if you play your cards right.

For if there is one pitfall of buying a used car, it’s the risk of buying a lemon, a junker—call it what you want, you get the point: the wrong car. Used car dealers, after all, have nearly as bad a reputation, if not worse, than lawyers do. This holds true for individual people selling their cars through newspapers, Web auctions and classified sites, or with the old-fashioned signs in their car windows. The saying, “Buyer Beware,” no where has more meaning than with cars.

The opposite to that, of course, is that there are some real steals out there in used cars. We’re talking about quality vehicles that will perform beyond your expectations at a low price. Here’s how to find these perfect used vehicles, and avoid the top 10 scams that used car dealers everywhere try to pull on you.

1. Get a second opinion for the hype. Used car dealers will bombard you with every adjective under the book to sell you on a car—sporty, thrifty, fast, and etc. Don’t take their word for it. Instead, find someone you know, whether a neighbor, a colleague, a family member, or a friend, who owns the same make and model of the vehicle, and ask them for their opinion.

2. Do a background check. One of the most unethical, but legal, things someone can do to you is sell you a used car that’s been in a flood (and sort of repaired), or one that’s had 10 previous owners (none of whom repaired it). To be sure you don’t fall victim to this, track down a history report, including a clearance check on the vehicle title. You can even get some of this information from the seller, simply by asking why they are selling it. You’d be surprised what beans people may spill.

3. Examine for past damage. Used car dealers may also try to peddle a vehicle that was wrecked in a major accident. It’s amazing what autobody experts can do to repair a car’s exterior. So don’t go by the outer appearances of a vehicle. Before you buy it, make sure that it does not have serious damage to its frame, which it would have if it was involved in a crash.

4. Call up your trusted mechanic. Used car dealers, especially the big lots, will say they put their used cars through a “100 point inspection,” or something like that. Once again, a second opinion is in order. Get this one from your own mechanic. He’ll be able to tell how good a shape the car actually is in. Also be sure to ask him or her how often the car had been serviced. A good mechanic can even gauge that.

5. Research for recalls. Needless to say, a used car dealer may sell you a car that’s actually under recall in his mad rush to get the car off his lot. So be sure to call the car manufacturer, or visit their Web site, to see if the vehicle has any active recalls.

6. Avoid the leftover lemon. Along with recalled vehicles, dealers may even perpetrate something much worse on you—sell you a lemon. (By definition, a lemon is a car that’s still under warranty, which has such major problems that, warranty or not, it still cannot be fixed in a reasonable way.) The best way to avoid this is to research in Consumer Reports or the various automobile magazines, which all have yearly reviews of every make and model on the market. They’ll tell you whether a kind of car is known for being a lemon and prone to breakdowns.

7. See through the old paint and bait. Along with performing their “100 point inspection,” car dealers may shine and wax a used car—even repaint it—to hide dents, dings, and rust spots. A keen eye, though, can see right through this.

8. Take the test drive. Once you’ve done all your research, homework, extra credit, and everything else called for in the first seven steps, then comes the fun—the test drive. Drive the car for as long as its owner or dealer will allow you. Then you’ll get a better feel for how the vehicle handles, accelerates, brakes, and otherwise suits your tastes (or doesn’t).

9. Be wary of the pushy seller. At any stage of the game—from the moment you first talk to the seller to the test drive—be careful if the seller gets pushy. Any dealer or seller who is in a rush to move a vehicle should set off bells and whistles. Why the rush? Are they hiding something? In some cases the seller may just be excited to sell you the car—and actually happy for you—but in many other cases, they may be up to something. Better be safe than sorry.

Follow these 9 simple steps to avoid the scams and pitfalls of used car deals, and you could get the car of your dreams—for far less than you’d pay if it was brand-new. Plus, you get that same high when you drive your new used car home, without losing thousands of dollars.

Love Island 2006 – Meet The Contestants – Part One

Love Island has returned for a second incarnation and a new batch of Z-listers who would prefer to laze around on a tropical beach for a few weeks rather than eat grubs and live outdoors will be “entertaining” us each evening. Here is a look at the six girls participating and their odds of success.

Bianca Gascoigne
Top Female Odds: 3/1

Not really a celebrity but the bookmaker’s favourite to win. The step daughter of football legend Paul has often used the tabloid press to express how much she detests the World Cup Italia ’90 cry baby but his name appears good enough to use in order to further her own career. Exceptionally pretty and looks good in a bikini, the lads mags will be queuing up to offer her work after the show has finished as will other television production companies who require semi-celebrity involvement.

Kelle Bryan
Top Female Odds: 3/1

One of former girl band Eternal that wasn’t Louise Redknapp (formerly Nurding). Claims to have been “busy” since the band split up, setting up her own music management company and training as a life coach. She has recently returned to acting after landing roles in The Bill and Eastenders before her Eternal fame. No danger of getting a real job then.

Sophie Anderton
Top Female Odds: 7/2

International model but more recently a reality TV regular who spends her spare time moaning to the press about her former drink and drug addictions and how she was forced into the seedy world of “high class” prostitution. She hasn’t changed much since her incessant whinging on “I’m A Celebrity…” a few series ago and it is not surprising she was left out after the five participating men chose to partner up with five of the six available women. She’s already began moaning about being “left out” and didn’t want to sleep in the one available single bed in the room. Yawn.

Colleen Shannon
Top Female Odds: 7/1

Cute, blonde and the 50th anniversary Playboy play mate. As well as modelling, Colleen is a renowned international DJ. Doesn’t come across as an annoying American. Yet.

Lady Victoria Hervey
Top Female Odds: 9/1

Younger sister Isobella enjoyed several weeks in the sun in last year’s run of the show and following the “you can’t have one without the other” rule of sibling rivalry, it’s now Victoria’s turn to have a go. The daughter of the late 6th Marquis of Bristol is now based in Los Angeles, where she has finished executive producing and starring in a programme pilot. Well, she is almost 30 now, it’s about time she did “something” to earn a living.

Alicia Duvall
Top Female Odds: 9/1

The bookmaker’s don’t give former professional “kiss and tell” merchant Alicia much of a chance although she did come across quite well in the opening show. The young Jackie Stallone lookalike has numerous notches on her bedpost including usual suspects Lee from Blue and Mick Hucknall and split from fiancée Dennis Rodman 18 months ago.

 

Buying Your European Car

Sometimes, just as luck would have it, the vehicle and the dream machine that you are looking for is entirely perfect. Except for one thing: you can only buy it in Europe. Of course, to do that, you still would have to import it back to the United States. And doing such an act could be quite complicated.

Now, before important a European vehicle, try to ask first the Department of Motor Vehicles about any specific requirements. These requirements could include emissions, temporary plates, and special documentation from customs. Also, it would help if you made sure that the sales contract you have verifies that the car has been built so as to match vehicle standards in the US. This manufacturer’s certification label could be actually found attached to the vehicle near the driver’s door.

Traveling your car to the US would require you to first clean it with any kind of foreign soil. The reason for this is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would like to keep any harmful pests away from US soil.

Upon arriving at customs, show them the shipper’s original bill of lading, your bill of sale, foreign registration, and other needed documents. You also would have to complete the EPA Form 3520-1 and the DOT Form HS-7.

In a nutshell, if you are buying or thinking of importing a European vehicle, you should keep in mind that the vehicle must comply with the requirements of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If they do not comply, they must be modified. You should also see if the vehicle complies with the vehicle standards in the United States. It should also have a thorough cleaning. You should also have a title and bill of sale. These pieces of information are actually proof that you do own the vehicle. Make sure that you do have a foreign registration as well as other vehicle documents. Do not forget to fill out the EPA and the DOT forms.

 

Big Brother 7 – Half Term Report Part One

Brother is entering the half-way stage so here is a short round-up of four of the nine established characters and how they fair in the betting market.

Pete
Current Odds: 1/2

Pete has remained the undisputed favourite to win Big Brother ever since he fell down the stairs to mark his entrance. His odds-on status is justified since he appears to be the nicest and most genuine person incarcerated in the house and he has proved there is more to him than his Tourette’s outbusts and nervous ticks. Pete is the unlikely romeo of the house, with Lea, Lisa and Nikki all falling for his unique charms although he claims not to be interested in any of them. At the halfway point, it is difficult to see past Pete as the winner of Big Brother, since the producers love a “journey” and a slushy story about Pete “being accepted for who he is” is being played out right now. It’s all predictable and contrived, but it’s what mainstream television is all about, right?

Nikki
Current Odds: 11/2

Even though Pete is the likely winner, Nikki has been the best ever contestant on Big Brother bar none. Do people like her really exist and if so, how on earth do they survive in the wider world? Nikki is 24, but behaves like someone well short of hitting even their teenage years. Everything upsets her. She cries when she’s nominated, she cried when her fellow housemates had to wash her for a task and she cried when she couldn’t get her MP3 player to work. However, her constant grizzling is amusing rather than annoying and her Diary Room monologues have become compulsive viewing. Remarkably, she’s knocking out these TV gems seven nights a week on the highlights show. Nikki survived three successive eviction nights which will give the other housemates reason not to nominate her so often. Nikki and Pete in the final two – no question.

Glyn
Current Odds: 9/1

After a few weeks lurking in the background, Glyn has emerged as a strong contender to win the show. He’s awkward, lacks social skills, can’t take his drink and fancies the pants off any woman in the same room as him. Much the same as any other teenage boy, then. Glyn is seen as harmless by the other housemates and is funny without meaning to be, which is why he has received just one nomination in five weeks. Glyn’s lusting after “older women” Lea and Suzie is quite entertaining, while he also said there weren’t women like Aisleyne in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Lucky boy.

Mikey
Current Odds: 14/1

Mikey has done very little in almost 50 days in the Big Brother house apart from talk about “biiiiiiirds” and who fancies who. There is very little to his character apart from looking a bit like Vernon Kay and trying to get off with Imogen now Grace has been evicted. However, he was the only housemate that tried to help paralytic Glyn after one drink too many. Mikey doesn’t really do anything to offend anyone else so he could well make it until the final day.

 

Bearing the Soul of a Sports Car

Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda is responsible for the Mazda 6, which is also known as the Mazda Atenza. This vehicle is a mid-size car and this replaced the Capella/626. It has a line up that includes a sedan with four doors, a hatchback with five doors, and an estate wagon. The name Mazda Atenza is only used in Japan, however, in any place the world over, this vehicle is known as the Mazda 6. The platform for this vehicle is used by the Ford Motor Company as the base for quite a number of its vehicles which includes the Ford Fusion, the Mercury Milan, the Lincoln Zephyr, the Lincoln MKX, and a range of its sport utility vehicles and minivans.

A high performance version of the Mazda 6 is the 2006 MazdaSpeed 6. This vehicle features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 liter MZR I4 which has the capability to produce 274 horsepower. It has a revised front end with a raised hood, a 6-speed transmission, and an all wheel drive. Some markets, including Australia, has the MazdaSpeed 6 under the name Mazda 6 MPS, with MPS standing for Mazda Performance Series. This vehicle has an outstanding performance. Primarily, it has a driving experience and acceleration that is often seen in vehicles with a higher price to it, along with two fewer seats.

The Mazda 6 sports a combination of athletic stance along with top of the class sophistication. It gives a full attention to detail. It also has great vehicle dynamics and performance. It carries with it the characteristics of a sports car that is very rarely seen in vehicles in its class. It exudes a unique, fresh yet dynamic cabin design that is coupled up with an exceptional level of comfort and quietness. Space is something that the Mazda 6 could be generous of. Its interior has a smoothly contoured, T-shaped instrument panel that is mounted on a sporty titanium look finish. The Mazda 6’s sleek interior emphasizes the power that this vehicle is capable of. It has well defined shoulders and smoother curves that makes the Mazda 6 stand high above the rest of the vehicles out on the roads. This vehicle also has put in the necessary safety standards and adds up an expressive list of advanced safety features. This vehicle has been engineered to meet or exceed crash safety standards in the different markets around the globe.

Customers and owners of Mazda 6 can check Mazda Parts and Mazda Auto Parts’ extensive stock of Mazda 6 parts and Mazda auto parts.

Rumors have it that a larger version of the Mazda 6 will be made for 2008 or 2009 bearing the name Mazda 9. However, as for the Mazda 6, it certainly has been bagging awards for itself. Awards that this vehicle received includes the 2nd place for the European car of the year, the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Station Wagon award, and the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Family Car award for 2005. Along that line, this vehicle has also been included in Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 2003.