This week I thought I would share an article from the very popular career blog Ask a Manager, written by Allison Green. In this post, she answers a reader’s question regarding why employers are turned off when they hear about how much time this person is spending on their job search. The short answer is that when unemployed, we all should focus on activities that will make us more marketable (such as volunteering or learning a new skill), as opposed to focusing on just improving our job searching skills. But to read the full article, which I highly recommend, click on the link below.
Many of us find Google to be a useful search engine, but we could all benefit from tips to make our search experience easier and more effective.
How Strong is Your Google Fu? is useful for the beginner Google user, and has tips on using special symbols to help you specify the information you are really trying to locate. It also covers how to search for images, currency, measurements, and how to utilize Google alerts to track yourself or other topics of interest that appear in the news or on newly indexed websites.
Get the Most Out of Google is written for individuals doing more extensive research than most of do on a regular basis, however it offers useful tips on how to :
- search for particular types of information like PDFs
- refine your search by specific authors or sites
- utilize keyboard shortcuts
- access Google Scholar, which searches only academic and scholarly work
Looking for great copyright-friendly images to use in your documents? Check out copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com for links to image and sound collections on the web.
We are coming back with new posts beginning in February 2014.
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Facebook recently changed their privacy controls to make it easier to control “Who can see my stuff?” “Who can contact me?” and “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” It also allows you to untag yourself from multiple photos at once, and no longer allows you to hide from people searching for you. Check out all the details in this article from NBCNews.com.
Check out this article from Consumer Reports comparing the two Microsoft operating systems. Basically, the magazine recommends sticking with Windows 7 for the time being unless you are interested in using your computer like a tablet, or want “live” tiles that automatically update when new emails or social media post come in.
Here are some websites which will allow you to do just that at your convenience. You can take a very basic tutorial or exercise your key boarding and/or mouse skills on your own schedule. Click here to explore computer basics.
Want to learn more? View one tutorial or complete a whole class.Here is another free learning website: Goodwill Community Foundation