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Western Civilization's Historical Guide to The Job Search

The search for a job has evolved dramatically over the millenia. Today, with the use of the Internet, we have the advantage of being able to search all over the world for that perfect position. Of course, it wasn't always like that. For most of history, men and women have had little to no choice about what it is they would "do" with their lives, and almost always took on the same occupation as their parents. Let's take a walk through time to see how the search for a job has evolved.

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Death by Bullet-Point, and Other PowerPoint Design Tips

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No Fun League? No Longer! The NFL Is Now Embracing Social Media

It's football season again, meaning more tasteless tweets from your favorite NFL athletes. In the past, the NFL has shunned social media use, but it has finally come to see its necessity. In fact, the league recently secured a deal with Buddy Media to advise all 32 teams on how to properly use social media to their advantage -- and their social presence is growing rapidly. But will teams be able to put an end to the outlandish tweets? Only time will tell.

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How to Enhance Training Courses with a Quiz

Pop quiz: How do you ensure that your employees are really absorbing the materials in the training courses you’ve created with Mindflash? Answer: Make a pop quiz.

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How to Turn Your PowerPoint Presentation into a Dynamic Training Tool

So you’ve toiled and fine-tuned and delivered your PowerPoint presentation dozens of times, until it really sings. The good news is that Mindflash allows you to upload it in a snap, and easily share it with your colleagues or trainees instantly.

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Techno Takeover: Can Your Job Be Done By a Robot?

Sure, everyone at work may like you, but is there a chance you could be replaced by a robot? Humans doing the following jobs might want to keep an eye out for a new computerized coworker.

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How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video

Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. For people creating training content, there's an added bonus: adding media also helps boost retention. A few quick examples:

  1. Photos. A retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale -- photos of the inventory aid in product recognition.
  2. Video. A health care worker needs to perform a multi-step procedure exactly the same way every time -- a video shows how it's done.
  3. Audio. Trainees at a call center must provide consistent answers to common questions -- sound clips demonstrate the proper language.
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First, a Few Ground Rules

Before adding big media files, think about whether you really need them. Most embedded media increase the computing power required to view the presentation -- often without adding value to the presentation. If your audience is running on older, slower hardware, try keeping media files to a minimum -- pictures might be worth 1000 words, but can just as easily suck up hundreds of megabytes. PowerPoint varies more than most software programs across versions and platforms, so the instructions below are deliberately generalized so as to be applicable to everyone.

1. Adding Images

To create a new slide containing a picture, select the New Slide command from the Insert menu. Some prefer a blank slide pre-formatted for ‘Picture with caption’ (right click to reveal the various slide layout themes), but photos can be added easily to any slide type.

Once you have the correct slide, go to the Insert menu and select Picture (this is a perfect time to use the thumbnail display option for menus). Browse for the image you want, and then select it. The photo may not be the size you want at first; adjust it by grabbing any of the corners and dragging until you’re satisfied. Don’t adjust from the side -- that is, unless squishing the image along one axis is the look you are going for.

Keep resolution consistent by selecting the Compress Pictures command from the Picture Tools format menu. A resolution of 150 dpi (dots per inch) is ideal. Make sure the box labeled “apply to selected pictures only” is unchecked.

 

Use An Easy Web Imagine Library

Screen capture of Flickr thumbnail images

Photo tip (above): Even when lacking photos of your own, amateur repositories like Snapfish and Flickr can be great sources of free images. Always contact the owner for permission.

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How Star Wars Characters Could Have Benefited From Online Training

Each beloved character in Star Wars has made mistakes, some of which have cost the life of many a rebel. But had they access to the Internet and its numerous online training programs, many of their problems could have been easily resolved. Let's examine some characters and see how online training could have helped them fare better in their far away galaxy.

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Surprising & Strange: State-Sponsored Online Training Programs You Never Thought Existed

Online training courses have surged in popularity over the last few years due to their accessibility, efficiency, and low cost. So much so that even the government has turned to the Internet to offoer training programs to the masses. Let's take a look at some of the strangest and surprising state-sponsored courses across the nation.

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Does The Food We Eat Affect Our Productivity?

According to the flagship study released on the subject by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2005, our nutrition habits have a direct impact on our productivity. In fact, the World Health Organization says that adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20 percent! This begs the questions: What foods are brain foods and drain foods? And how can employees be encouraged to pursue a healthy diet? 

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