Top 10 Tailgating Recipes

August 31, 2011

One of the top ten tailgating recipesContributed by Marnely Rodriguez, Top 10 Guru

Tailgating is a fun tradition that mainly revolves around two things: the game and the food.

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Top 10 Change of Career Cover Letter Tips

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

It doesn’t matter whether you’re changing careers because of downsizing or an urge to explore new options in your life. Either way, you will need to apply for that first job in your new field.

And when you do, you’ll need to tie your old life and skills to your new direction. That’s where a change of career resume and cover letter comes into play. And since the cover letter is probably the first thing a prospective employer will read, you need to make sure it’s right.

So here are the top 10 career change cover letter tips to make your first impression the very best it can be.

10. Keep personal info to a minimum

Yes, you may really need that new job to pay family bills, but that information doesn’t belong in your cover letter, especially when you’re already trying to start a whole new career. Ditto for political views, social stances and religious affiliations. Unless it’s part of the job, keep it out of the letter.

9. Do your homework

Before you write a single line in that all important change of career cover letter, make sure you have researched the company and the position thoroughly. Then taylor your cover letter to that company. Boiler-plate cover letters seldom open doors, and that’s especially true when it comes to career changes. If you fall asleep on the job with this one, your cover letter (and your resume) will give it away.

8. Don’t complain

Bad-mouthing ex-employers is a sure fire way to get your cover letter passed over. No matter how you feel about your old employer, boss or coworkers, that information never belongs in your cover letter (or your resume or your interview!)

7. Avoid name-dropping

Maybe you do know the mayor. Or your parents were friends with a local celebrity. Unless your work with that person is directly connected to the job you’re applying for, save the name-dropping for parties with your college buddies.

6. Express a willingness to start from scratch and work hard

If you’ve been in a high level position, a new employer may be hesitant to take you on at a lower level. Your cover letter is a great place to let them know that you’re excited about the new learning opportunity, and willing to start from step one if needed. And mean it!

5. Point out new education

If you’ve taken a seminar, class or even a degree to prepare for your new career, be sure to mention it in your change of career cover letter. If it’s just listed in your resume, it could be overlooked.

4. Tie old jobs to your new skill set

Even if your new career and your experience are in completely different fields, odds are there are some overlaps in skill sets. Briefly point out in your cover letter how your experience will transfer to the new position. You can expand on the idea in your resume, but the seed will have been planted.

3. Emphasize your strengths

Avoid phrases like “years ago”, or “I could probably learn…” Choose words that express an upbeat assessment of your experience and prospects. Point out your strengths in a few words.

Underselling yourself isn’t modesty…it’s expressions of uncertainty and that could keep you out of the running for an interview.

2. Be positive

Make sure your confidence comes across in your letter. While you don’t want to appear arrogant, you do need to express your certainty that this new career is exactly right for your skills and abilities. Take your time, and make sure you get it right.

1. Address the letter to a person, not a position

Never address your change of career cover letter to a position. Always, always, always find a specific person to whom you can send it. Sure it’s more difficult. But with all the hurdles involved in starting a new career, addressing your carefully crafted letter and resume to “Dear Personnel Manager” will probably close the very door you are working so hard to open.

Top 10 Future Careers

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

A mere 25 years ago, almost half of today’s most dynamic careers did not exist. Experts estimate that in another 25 years, almost all growing careers will be in fields or specialties that do not exist right now.

But there are hints of what’s to come. So with that thought in mind, here are our top 10 careers of the future.

10. Virtual computing security specialists

How do you keep computers and data secure when the machines go away? With the growth in cloud computing, and developments in bio-based computing, security specialists will be needed to develop ways to keep information flowing – and safe.

9. Remote surgeons

Instead of mastery with a scalpel, the surgeons of tomorrow will need to have expertise in performing surgery over vast distances via computers and robotic assistants.

8. Xenobiologists

With growing advancements in space exploration, previously earth-bound zoologists and bontonists will probably have to contend with noncarbon-based life forms and new types of beings.

7. Genetic designers

Like it or not, the age of genetic design is almost upon us. Specialists who can create designer babies, remove genetic flaws and redesign failing bodies will be among the top careers of the future.

6. Interspace commercial pilots

Not all the careers of the future will be glamourous or exotic. Commercial pilots who now carry passengers from New York to Paris will be replaced with pilots whose route includes other planets or space stations.

5. Lawyers

As life continues to become more complex, the need for lawyers will continue to grow well into the next century. Courtrooms, however may change, as virtual hearings allow clients, judges and attorneys to gather without leaving home.

4. Virtual reality actors

Computer games, once limited to a few blocks of light engaged in a primitive game of tennis, have become more and more realistic. Actors who can respnd to players’ moves for a full immersion experience will open up new opportunities for performers in the decades to come.

3. Food scientists

As the human population grows, scientists who can develop sustainable crops and less dangerous ways to deal with pests will be in demand across the globe.

2. Space tour guides

As space travel becomes more commonplace, tourists will demand guided tours. The people who now bring you and hour and half of chatter on a duck boat will be able to transfer their skills to a flight to Mars or the latest interplanetry Holiday Inn.

1. Water development specialists

One of the biggest challenges facing space settlement is the need for water. Scientists who can develop ways to create or extract water in places far from earth will have one of the leading careers of the future.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

August 31, 2011

A list of the top ten ways to avoid the freshman 15Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Top 10 Guru

The freshman 15: It’s almost a (dreaded) right of passage.

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Best of … kindergarten success tools

August 31, 2011

One of the best of kindergarten success toolsContributed by Tim Brugger, Top 10 Guru

In addition to quality nap time (something many of us still appreciate), finger painting and storytelling, kindergarten is a great place to lay a foundation for learning.
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Top 10 Back to School Bulletin Board Ideas

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

It’s hard to believe we have started a new school year again!

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Top 10 Poems about Autumn

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Autumn is the season of apple cider, back-to-school and colorful leaves.

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Top 10 Back to School Checklist Things

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Summer is winding down, and it’s time to get ready for a brand new school year.

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Top 10 Things to Do on an iPad

August 31, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

The iPad has opened up a whole new world of connectivity.

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Best of … essential dorm survival tips

August 30, 2011

One of the best of essential dorm room survival tipsContributed by Tim Brugger, Top 10 Guru

The time is nearly upon us; our college bound kids are getting ready to brave the dorms.
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