I am really disgusted with all of the things that are used in the production of food these days, which is not really food. All of the chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and who knows what else. It really sickens me to my core, and that is why I have been reading on http://www.newcenturyorganic.com and trying to figure out where I can get good organic food to feed to my family. I really do not know why governments continue to allow people to be fed such things, when they clearly are not very healthy. I guess it is just the dollar signs, and you can grow so much more food if you use all of these chemicals.
But what is the cost? What is the cost in terms of human lives, and the like. It seems like people would rather stay alive, rather than to eat poison.
I had been wanting to look into Direct TV offers, but it seemed like I just never had the time. I realized how silly that was one day when I was just sitting there watching some mindless show on my cable TV service, so I hopped online to find out what deals there were. When I saw that I could save with this Direct TV offer, I went immediately to the website that was offering incredible deals. I knew next to nothing about Direct TV, but that changed that day when I saw the different offers that are available to all customers.
With my cable package, I had three levels to choose from.
I have been on the Internet for 15 years, but I am often behind the times when it comes to keeping up with the many new applications that come out each year, even when they are very popular. It is very common for my friends to use programs for many months before I get around to it. This was especially true of Snapchat, which is a shame because it is a program that I have had so much fun with. Recently, friends pointed out that there is a Snapchat hack that some people use in conjunction with the main program. I am just beginning to learn about it now.
I suppose most people pick up on these programs quickly. But it has only been the last couple of years that I started using a mobile phone. Perhaps it is my age, but I have noticed that very young people pick up on technology so quickly. First, I really not want a phone.
For CDMA phones
- Determine the IMEI number of your cell phone. You may find this in the battery cover of your cell phone, or by dialing “* # 0 6 # ” on the phone.
- Turn the phone on. Contact the new provider on another phone and inform them that you want to use the phone with your account.
- Provide the network with your account number or phone number, and the IMEI number of your phone. The phone should then be connected to the network.
For GSM phones.
- Find the slot for your SIM card. Typically, this slot is located in the battery compartment, but some phones have separate slots.
- Insert the SIM card into the phone and close the SIM card slot or battery cover.
- Turn on the phone. The cell phone should immediately connect to and recognize the cell phone network.
- A degree in biology can lead to a career as a research biologist working at a university doing research for faculty members. This allows new graduates to get published or develop their research skills. You can also become a microbiologist, who studies and researches bacteria, parasites and viruses. Science majors get careers in medicine and go on to medical school. If you enjoy working with animals, most veterinarians have science degrees with a biological focus.
- Science degrees can lead to more lab-based positions as well, including lab technicians and lab managers. If you get a degree with more of a chemistry background, pharmacology is a career opportunity at a drugstore, medical supplier or testing agency.
- Since the environment is at the forefront of our global agenda, many careers are being developed to fit this new realm. An environmental science degree leads to a career as a city planner or an activist who develops new methods to reduce environmental impact. There are many jobs in environmental testing, planning and risk assessment.
- If you obtain a degree in geology, you will likely find work as an oceanographer, who studies our oceans, sea levels, temperature and marine life. Careers also exist in seismology to look at the effects of natural disasters and their prevention.
- People who obtain a degree in mathematics will not have as many opportunities as those who get a science degree. The most popular career in math is teaching at any grade level. People who obtain a degree in statistics become statisticians, either contracting their work out, doing research or developing new ideas and formulas.
If that does not interest you, perhaps a career as a financial planner will. You assist people with their daily and long-term finances, mortgages, accounts, savings and pensions. A math degree leads to a position as an economist, who studies the trends in national and global economies, or as an accountant, who helps people with financial matters and taxes.
- Decide on a niche market. Every niche has a sales opportunity, which means there is an affiliate marketing opportunity. Stick with what you already know about and it will cut down on research and make it easier to establish yourself as an expert on the topic.
- Open an account with ClickBank, Commission Junction, Ebay, Google and Amazon to find companies actively seeking affiliate marketers. ClickBank and Commission Junction are just two of many companies offering listings of websites in need of affiliate marketers. Amazon, Ebay and Google all have their own affiliate sales programs.
- Go to Google’s Keyword Analysis tool to find the best keywords for the item(s) you are marketing. It is important to find keywords that are highly searched with low competitiveness. The entire Internet operates on keywords and keyword density, it is how the search engines find you. Using appropriate keywords in your affiliate marketing campaigns is the only free way to draw traffic to your site and induce sales.
- Choose the target audience for your affiliate marketing campaign. If you enjoy social networking sites such as Digg, FaceBook and MySpace, then establish yourself as an expert in your field and garner a following of your articles and advice. Add affiliate links to your signatures and ask friends to read and respond to your campaigns.
- Publish SEO (Search Engine Optimized) content with affiliate links embedded in as many places as you are allowed. Do not spam message boards, forums or email accounts. Simply write as much information in article form and publish it online. Squidoo and Hubpages are both good places to start.
- Start your own blog on one specific category and host it yourself so you don‘t violate any affiliate marketing terms on a group hosted site like Blogger or WordPress. If you plan to sell for more than one niche, open a separate blog for each area of interest. For example, if you want to sell a dog training program and a cat grooming tool, open two separate blogs.
- Sign up for a web hosting service and purchase a domain name to establish your website. You can create the website using a free template from your service or by purchasing an HTML editing program such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage.
- Sign up for an online affiliate program (see “Resources” for a list of programs). Make sure that the service you choose is a reputable business according to Better Business Bureau records.
- Browse the various clients who have products or services available for sale through the affiliate service and select the ones that you feel you can promote effectively on your website. The client must approve you based on your website, so make sure that your website is professional and focused on the type of product you want to sell on the client’s behalf.
- Retrieve affiliate links from the client (available from your affiliate services account dashboard) and add the links on your web pages. The links you add should be naturally placed throughout your website’s content to encourage the reader to click the link and evaluate the product or service. For instance, if you are promoting a client’s world travel book, you can write an article about your recent travels and then provide the link where the reader can purchase the book and read more about traveling around the world.
- Promote your website to your friends, family, and mailing list. Study search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to help get your website better ranking on search engines (see “Resources” for a resource on SEO concepts). The more traffic to your website, the higher the chance that you will actually sell products.
- Retrieve payments for selling these products from the client via the online affiliate service. You may receive a check in the mail or a direct deposit on a regular basis.
- Learn about the different specialties in the computer field. Networking, hardware, software and the web are just some of the specialties that exist for people interested in a computer career. You can learn more about these as well as others by visiting the website of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society or the Association for Computing Machinery.
- Use your own computer to gauge your interest in a computer career. If you have a computer and are interested in a computer career, try out the different specialties on your computer. Design a website, create a small game program or network your computer with another to see if a career in computers is right for you and which specialty interests you most.
- Research the salary and working conditions for different computer careers. The specialty you choose can dictate what your working conditions are like and how much you make. People who specialize in networking move frequently throughout the day as they run lines, cables and set up networks within a group or organization, while software programmers work at a desk all day. You can find out more about these working conditions as well as the salary differences between specialties by reviewing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Find out what education is needed for a computer career. Most jobs in the computer field have a minimum of an associate’s degree with some requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree. In addition, if you want to advance in the workplace as a computer specialist you often need leadership and supervisory experience.
- Shadow people currently in the computer field. To truly see what the job of a specific computer specialty entails, spend the day shadowing an individual currently working in the field. Find out how he spends his day and ask any questions you might have about careers in computers.
- Complete an internship. Once you’ve chosen a computer career, find a company willing to provide you with an internship during summer or a long school break. Although you may not have the skills and education to do any significant work while interning, you can still learn a lot being in the environment, even if you’re only getting coffee and making copies.
- Make a list of things you like to do. This could range from skydiving to helping out at your local soup kitchen. Write down next to each activity why you like doing it. If you enjoy taking care of your nephew while his mom does some shopping once a week, write that down, and write down next to it that you like babysitting him because the little things he says always make you smile.
- Talk to a career counselor. Career counselors often work in high schools, colleges and universities, and state workforce centers. They are trained to help you figure out a career path and a plan for achieving your goal of getting a job in your favorite career field. They are likely to ask you questions regarding your background, the skills you already possess, and what you liked or disliked about your jobs or volunteer positions in the past.
The University of Delaware’s Career Services Center suggests that you also ask your friends and family what kinds of jobs they think you would be good at. This provides another set of viewpoints on where to start your career search.
- Take a career aptitude/interest test. These are usually available in schools, as well as at career centers. They help you determine which careers you might be good at and which you might enjoy. They are not absolute. If your results say you should be a diesel mechanic and you hate the thought of being surrounded by diesel-engine noise all day, do not feel that being a diesel mechanic is the only career choice for you. However, if you enjoy putting things together with your hands and making them work, consider being a machinist making precision tools or a carpenter creating ornate furniture.
- Volunteer or do an internship in the career field of your choice. You may be able to work alongside a person who has a position that you would like to have some day. Then again, you may find that you definitely do not enjoy certain aspects of the career field you originally chose. Gaining practical experience is a good way to see if you feel you would succeed in a particular career.
It Starts Early
- Personality’s influence on job choice starts early and is often shaped directly by tests given in high school. These include everything from personality tests to entrance examinations. Personality tests can play a major role as they match potential occupations with the personality type of the test-taker. These types of tests are intended to guide a student toward occupational choices ideal for their personality and away from ones that might counter their personality. An example would be a student who rates high in analytical categories receiving recommendations toward engineering, medical, or computer science fields.
Personality and Employers
- Some employment opportunities require applicants to take exams, often including personality tests. This places the personality as a key determinant of whether a person does or does not get a position. If someone is rejected for a position because of a personality mismatch, it becomes more likely that the next occupational choice will lean toward a different field.
Influence on Job Performance
- The reason personality is critical is that in some jobs a person with a personality not suited to the job will perform far worse than a well-suited person. Put an introvert in a job that requires constant communication, and you might be looking at someone that performs poorly on a day-to-day basis. Other fields, such as creative and design fields, need to be occupied by people with an aptitude for inventiveness. Mismatches can produce poor job performance and ultimately lead to alternative career choices.
Choices and Opportunity
- Success isn’t always about matching a job to a personality; it can also result from the personality opening up more opportunities in the work force – often through effective networking. Extroverts tend to have a much larger network than introverts, affecting the number of external connections they have to the work force. This will place them at a distinct advantage if it means they wind up with more occupational choices.
- At the most basic level, a job is work that you do in exchange for pay. No matter what the industry, your job will involve doing a specific set of tasks using a specific set of skills. Some jobs require you to have a specific skill set or education before being hired, while in others, you’ll receive on-the-job training.
- A career also provides you with the money you need, but there’s often more to a career than just one job. A career is often a series of jobs, usually in the same field or industry. A career is typically a path in a certain direction, suggests the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and constitutes your life’s work. A job is something you might apply for, while you don’t tend to apply for a career, suggests Dr. Tom Denham on the Times Union website. Further, an employer can give you a “career job,” but that job won’t always constitute your entire career.
Preparation, Training or Continued Work Experience
- While it is possible to pursue a career without any formal training, most career paths do start with some level of advanced knowledge. Traditionally, that means attending a technical school, community college or four-year college to obtain knowledge and skills in a particular field. In that traditional model, you’ll choose your career based on your interests. While it’s less traditional, some people also find their career path after working at a particular job for a time, finding that they like that industry and want to continue working in it. They may then set out to advance their skills through more experience or training. Eventually, they may pursue other jobs in the same field. When that’s the case, the first job was a jumping-off point for a longer career in a particular field.
How You View It
- Separating the two terms may also be in how you view it. Some people are “job oriented,” while others are “career oriented” or “calling oriented,” according to Yale University research detailed in Psychology Today. People who are job-oriented, regardless of the level of expertise or training involved, tend to look at their work as something they do for pay and for the benefits, and for its ability to give them the things they need in life. Career-oriented people may be more interested in prestige and social standing, while calling-oriented people — who may also pursue a set career path — tend to look at their careers as part of their self-expression and personal identity. Knowing these orientations exist can help you when you’re trying to choose a job or career, suggests careers expert Katharine Brooks in Psychology Today.
- Determine your level of commitment to pursuing a career in a helping profession. You can acquire a nursing degree in as little as two years. Becoming a specialized doctor can require a commitment of eight years or longer. Most social worker jobs require a master’s degree, as do practicing psychotherapists in order to qualify for a license. Your level of technical and scientific acumen also matters. Nurses and doctors must know a certain amount of biology and pharmacology, while social workers and psychotherapists are required to learn a great deal about the human mind, relationships and society as a whole.
- Pursue a course of study appropriate to the helping profession that interests you the most. Membership in the helping professions is heavily regulated, so you will need to go through an extensive course of study no matter what field you choose. The commitment to enter these professions is substantial and requires a great deal of long-term planning. The expense of the education can be offset through scholarships and grants, but the missed earnings in the meantime make it a financially costly path to follow.
- Seek employment in the profession that you’ve trained for once you complete your course of education. Most of the helping professions require internships and training programs. These programs can assist you in qualifying for more advanced positions. Some also offer stipends, grants and loan repayments.
- Find your niche. Dozens of online stores sell a wide variety of personalized gifts. To compete, you’ll need to put a personal touch on your gifts. Spruce up the traditional embroidered towel by using leopard print towels or bold embroidery. Personalize picture frames with clever sayings. Personalize kid’s books by importing the child’s name and personal information into the story. Use customer-submitted photos to personalize calendars, kid’s toys, bags, playing cards or magnets. Design clever aprons, baby clothes, bibs and diaper bags.
Consider your potential clientele’s hobbies, interests and occupations. Think of ways to spruce up practical gifts. Think up outrageous or tacky gifts. Run your ideas past family members and friends and ask for honest feedback.
- Find suppliers for your products. Buy conservatively until you know your products will sell.
- Purchase equipment to personalize your gifts. If you enjoy sewing or embroidery, invest in a commercial embroidery machine, which you can use to embroider t-shirts, bags, jackets, wraps, blankets, aprons, jeans, bibs, holiday stockings and towels. Many embroidery machines come equipped with hundreds of built-in designs. Purchase a laser engraver which can import your designs onto wood, acrylic, coated metals, plastic, glass and other materials.
- Select a graphic software package to create designs for your custom gifts. CorelDRAW is a vector-based program that is good for beginners and those who draw using curves and shapes. Photoshop is a raster or pixel-based program and a more popular option among professionals working with images and pictures. If you don’t want to avoid the hefty price tags on most software programs, consider free graphics programs like Gimp and Paint.
- Buy a website for your engraved and embroidered gifts. Then, design your site with your business information, customer satisfaction and return policy, shipping details and images of your custom gifts.