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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Shopping For Clothes - 7 Top Tips to Make it Successful

What do you feel about shopping for clothes? Do you love it or hate it; do you make quick purchases or take hours or even longer to decide to buy; do you buy from necessity or are you addicted to buying; do you shop by mail order or internet or have to visit the store; are you loyal to a few shops or like to visit a range? Whatever your mode of shopping these are my top tips.

Try them out and shopping can be a more rewarding experience for you.

There is an old saying 'fail to prepare means prepare to fail' and this is the commonest thread running through discussions that I have as an image consultant with my clients. But more importantly they don't know they could be so much more aware before they make that trip.

1. Know which colours to look for.
People who have had a colour analysis will know how liberating this is. Armed with your wallet you will know which colours will flatter you and just as importantly how to wear these colours.

2. Be clear about the clothes shapes that flatter you.
How often have you been in a shop and seen an item in a good colour for you, often on a store model so it looked gorgeous, and then when you got it home it just wasn't right for you? By having a style consultation , you will know the shapes that flatter your own body shape.Armed with this information you will be a much more discerning shopper.

3. Understand your style personality
If you are a fan of the make-over programmes on television, in the UK, you will realise that this is not an area that is given any prominence. However, to me, as an image consultant it is the catalyst that puts the look together. Without understanding how this personality works for them clients struggle to develop their own individual look. Clients tell me that armed with this advice they can make much more sense of shopping (and dressing!)

4. Know what suits your scale and proportions
For many people knowing about these two aspects of their body, and its affect on clothing, is very important and makes all the difference to the overall appearance of the garment. In some cases just adjusting the length of the sleeves to suit body proportions, could make a person look as if she has longer legs.

5. Wear well fitting underwear
This is fundamental to the look of a garment. The majority of women wear the wrong size bra and this affects where the bust is. An image consultant can explain how your appearance will be enhanced by the right fit, and colour. You also need to consider the pants, we all know about the VPL (visible panty line) and the colour and style is so important. So, when shopping for clothes make sure you put on the underwear that you will wear with the intended purchases. The right underwear can make an outfit and conversely the wrong underwear can detract from what was intended to be a great outfit.

6. Be clear what will enhance your wardrobe
Before shopping, take a detached look at your clothes, consider why you are shopping. Is it for a special occasion; to buy pieces for the new season; changing career; going on holiday? Working this out and writing a list indicating what the intended items (will team with in your current wardrobe) will be really helpful. If few items in your wardrobe seem to go with each other then that is something an image consultant can help you with.

7. Dress appropriately for the shopping trip
Besides, wearing the right underwear consider tights and shoes. If you wear socks when trying on an evening gown you won't be able to judge the gown as your eye will be detracted from the socks. Do think about taking a necklace or ear rings if you want to wear particular pieces with your new purchase. Also consider how easy it is to remove the clothes you are wearing, remove the frustration of taking off lots of layers several times during your shopping session.

So take a few moments to plan your next shopping trip, with these 7 top tips you should find the experience more pleasurable and productive. If you are unsure of colours that suit you, then book a colour analysis; if you never seem to know what shapes or styles to go for then a style consultation will really pay dividends. Once you've had these you'll wonder how you ever managed clothes shopping before.

Janet Major is a Senior image consultant with Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultants. Located on the South Cheshire/North Staffordshire border, Janet offers advice on all aspects of personal and corporate image, such as colour analysis, style consultations and make-up lessons for women; colour and style and image for men and tailor made sessions designed to improve the personal image portrayed by individuals in business. She carries out one-to-one consultations, group workshops and presentations. She contributes to magazines and newspapers on these aspects.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Confused on What IT Certifications Are Right For You?

Most people, even some of those in IT, get confused and/or overwhelmed by the whole Certification process. Well, I am here to sort it out for you. First, you have to assess your situation- i.e. current documentable work experience, products/applications you work with, educational background, your particular job market and what kind of connections you have already in IT positions. Notice I said current documentable work experience, if you have been away from IT for more than 6 months you need to be realistic with yourself. A lot of changes occur in 6 months(you get duller and rounder and IT gets sharper and more streamlined). Here is a question to consider: Are the products and applications you are familiar with mainstream? Microsoft, UNIX, Cisco, Oracle, Adobe or are they Industry specific applications? What kind of education do you have? Have you been exposed to particular technologies? Do you have a good understanding of Networking, Scripting, or Querying? How are your people skills? In your job search, what skill sets have you found companies are looking for? What are the requirements? Experience level? Do they require Certifications?

Once you know where you are in the big scheme of things, you need to decide what fits your current situation. If you are a green IT person looking for work, do not waste your time or the companies' time by applying to a Network Security Administrator position for which you are not qualified.That is a good lofty goal, but grab the low hanging fruit first - everyone has to start somewhere. Aim for the entry level PC Tech, IT Support, Bench Tech, or Help Desk positions to get your feet wet.

Research jobs to find out if you meet requirements and can perform listed job duties. The majority of entry-level positions require an A+ Certification. Even if they do not require an A+, it is still an excellent way to get noticed ahead of your competition. CompTIA A+ certification validates one's skills and abilities to perform PC/Laptop upgrades, hardware/software installation and troubleshooting. Microsoft uses A+ and Network+ as prerequisites for other, more technical certifications. Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician Certification (MCDST) is also a relevant path to pursue. The MCDST will teach a beginning IT Professional how to manage users running Windows desktops and applications, which could be close to 100% of the end-users in your market.

Are you a new college grad with an A.S. or B.S. in Computer Networking Systems? Or Information Technology Security? Are you ready to tackle something new and to work in your chosen field? Do you want to have more than an expensive piece of paper hanging on the wall? The best way to get yourself noticed is to earn a Certification because it will make you stand out among all other applicants. While the A+ is always the initial Certification for most, IT professionals pass it up. This is not an practice I would recommend.

One can look into obtaining the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), or Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP); these will take a little bit more effort. Network+ teaches skills enabling you to set up a network for a small to medium business. It covers topics such as: OSI model, TCP/IP Protocols, troubleshooting, fault tolerance, remote and wide area network (WAN) connectivity. Security+ will provide understanding into the field of network security and how it relates to other areas of information technology by covering topics such as: Intrusion detection, Cryptography, Security baselines and Computer Forensics. You should earn an A+ and Net+, or at least the equivalent knowledge of the content covered in A+ and Net+ before taking the Security+. Security+ lays the foundation leading to specialized security certifications. CCNA is a highly respected, sought after certification; Cisco maintains about an 80% market share in the routers and switches arena and plans to add 1.7 million CCNA's by 2010. The CCNA validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. The Microsoft Certified Professional or MCP certification is designed to help the future Network/System Administrator get familiar with the Windows Server environment and explains how to manage and maintain Windows Server 2003.

If you are a seasoned IT Professional with a lot of chops, but still feel you want more knowledge, need to update your skill sets, or better position yourself in future negotiations regarding promotions and salary increases, you can look beyond some of the entry-level certifications I mentioned above. Ask yourself the questions and assess where you are currently and what career goals are you looking to accomplish? What does your current job entail? What are your job duties and responsibilities? If you are looking for advancement the best way to validate your abilities and knowledge is to earn a certification in your particular discipline. Certifications validate your knowledge of best practices, skills, and your familiarity with the tools to make your network and IT department run at its optimum level. The payback for your and your employer is include higher morale, less stress, a pleasant work environment, and higher wages.

Kable Nunnally

Career Consultant

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Guide to Firefox Search Extensions

All of the time we needed to gather information from the net for different purposes we used an internet browser. Sometimes we know the exact sites to visit, sometimes we bookmark the pages but the most time is spent searching.The Firefox internet browser is equipped with some great searching mechanisms and offers a few tricks so all your searching habits are known and thus you are provided with the best options very quickly.
Firefox offers a built in search box which is considered the real advantage of searching. This search box is located at the top right of the browser. By default Google is selected as expected. In addition several other search engine plugins are also included with a clean install;these include Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, and others. To select a different search engine just click the drop down box and select the icon associated with a specific search engine.

New plugins for different search engines can be installed by clicking the Add Engines link. After this, you will be presented with a list of a few popular search engines, just click on one of your choice and conform the installation when prompted. The new search engine will be added to the drop down list and ready to use immediately. You can use the Mycroft website which is one of the best to find search engine plugins. The site is located at the mozdev site. All the plugins are listed by category for you to browse or you can simply use their search box to search for those hard-to-find sites that are not categorized. After you have located the plugin you wish to install simply click on it and it will be included in your Firefox drop down list of search engines. Really simple stuff. Firefox stores the last search engine used in memory so if your last used plugin was Yahoo and the browser is closed and reopened then Yahoo will be the selected search engine plugin.

When you have experimented with all of these plugins it is common for you to find yourself not needing so many. Sometimes they will clutter Firefox and interfere with your work in progress. To remove some of them all you need to do is locate the 'searchplugins' folder and delete the SRC and GIF files for the plugin. After this you will need to restart Firefox.

You will find two files in Search engine plugins:

- a SRC file that lists the codes that tells Firefox how to use search terms for a specific site.
- a GIF file which contains the icon for a specific search engine.

The SRC and GIF files are by default located in the 'searchplugins' subfolder of the Firefox installation directory. (Please do not confuse this with your Firefox user profile directory).
It is important to note that uninstalling and reinstalling will cause you to lose any additional plugins you added to Firefox from Mycroft or other sites.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Laskar Pelangi

Laskar Pelangi is first novel of masterpiece Andrea Hirata published by Bentang Pustaka in the year 2005. This novel tells a story about life of 10 chlids from studying poor family ( SD and SMP) in a school Muhammadiyah in island Belitong which full of limitation. They is:
1. Ikal
2. Lintang; Lintang Samudra Basara bin Syahbani Maulana Basara
3. Sahara; N.A. Sahara Aulia Fadillah binti K.A. Muslim Ramdhani Fadillah
4. Mahar; Mahar Ahlan bin Jumadi ahlan bin Zubair bin Awam
5. A Kiong;Muhammad Jundullah Gufron Nur Zaman
6. Syahdan; Syahdan Noor Aziz bin Syahari Noor Aziz
7. Kucai; Mukharam Kucai Khairani
8. Borek aka Samson
9. Trapani; Trapani Ihsan Jamari bin Zainuddin Ilham Jamari
10. Harun; Harun Ardhli Ramadhan bin Syamsul Hazana Ramadhan

They go to school and learning at the same class from class 1 SD until class 3 SMP, and calls their x'self as Laskar Pelangi. At parts of story end, member of Laskar Pelangi increases one daughters who so called Flo, a move pupil. The limitation do not make hopeless them, but instead makes them is raced to be able to do thing better.

Laskar Pelangi is first book from Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi. The next book is Sang Pemimpi, Edensor and Maryamah Karpov. According to copy plan Laskar Pelangi will be adaptation to become a filmFilm Laskar Pelangi will be produced by Miles Productions and Mizan Cinema, and tilled by stage manager Riri Riza.

Rainbow Soldier is first masterpiece from Andrea Hirata. This book soon becomes Best Seller which now we know as Indonesia art book is in demand along the length of history.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Preparing & Cooking Safely

There are many facets to the cooking experience, preparing, cutting and handling tools and appliances require not get distracted in the kitchen. Keep the work surfaces clean and free of debris. Get the ingredients for the meal ready ahead of time, put away ingredients not applicable. All utensils and cutting boards should be clean and sanitized before using.

Dry your hands before plugging, or unplugging kitchen appliances.
Do not keep electric appliances next to a water source.
Discard frayed cords.Never yank cords from plug.

Keep a fire extinguisher, designed for kitchen use, in an easily accessible place.

Make sure you know how to use it.

Do not use long cords, or plug too many appliances into one outlet

Keep children and pets out of the kitchen when cooking.

Turn all pot and/or pan handles in toward a wall.

Do not use same dish to carry raw and cooked food.

Never thaw food on kitchen counters, always in refrigerator.

Never leave cooked foods out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours, to be safe, use the one hour rule, this provides sufficient time for foods to cool before putting in refrigerator

Cutting Tips:

Buy quality knives and keep them sharp.

Do not put quality knives in dishwasher, wash by hand.

Keep knives in a block, or in their sheaths, do not throw randomly in a drawer.

NEVER leave knives in a sink, or basin, full of sudsy water.

Do not walk around with a knife in your hand.

Cut meat on a cutting board and away from your body.

Select the correct knife for the job.

Focus on job at hand when cutting meat.

Use even cutting strokes, let the knife do the job.

Always be in control of the pressure you use when cutting, you should be able to stop in mid stroke in case of emergency.

Keep kitchen floor free of water or pieces of matter how small.

Tony Grimes, is a veteran of retail meat operations. Offers free meat buying and safe handling tips and recipes and resources for retail meat operators

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