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Understanding Nature: How Fall Works
It’s starting to feel a lot like fall, but why?
Well, even here in Florida, subtle changes can be detected if you look closely. And nature is full of plants and animals that survive on their ability to look closely. Take trees, for example.
On the way to work this morning, you could see leaves falling and wafting in the breeze – even though the car thermostat still said 83. But trees don’t have any idea of time, seasons, or “fall”. So how, even at 83 degrees, do they know it’s time to drop their leaves?
Even though it still feels hot to us, it is actually a bit cooler than it seems and also more dry than it seems. Trees are smart and prepare themselves for the cold, dry months of winter. They do this by holding on to all the water they can by dropping their leaves (because they are no longer needed) and sealing the spots where the leaves grow.
During the rainy season (summer), trees use their leaves to gather water, sunlight, and air to make their food. But once it starts to get cold, they go into a hibernation of sorts, called dormancy in which they make no food and use less energy. And, because sustaining a mass of leaves would require extra energy, the tree simply drops them one by one.
Fun Fact: June 21 marks the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year (which means that it has the most amount of sunlight). But the days leading up to and directly after June 21, have only slightly less sunlight. So if you add up all the sunlight during that time, you get the largest collection of sunshine than you’d have at any other time of the year. And here’s the fun fact. Even with all that sunlight, it takes weeks for the oceans and atmosphere to warm up the earth which is why July and August are actually the hottest months of the year!
So by the time fall rolls around, the atmosphere has had weeks to cool down (with less amounts of sunshine to work with), and the earth’s temperature follows suit.
As the country goes back to school and we settle in to our routines, it may be time to look for a new – or better – or closer – or higher-paying job. If so, consider Gigats.
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Free Email to Everyone Who Reads This!
Did you know that *most* email accounts are free? You can get an email account for free, very easily through a variety of online email providers. Your very own email account that lets you store a ton of information, pictures, links, and, of course, emails.
It was recently brought to our attention that not everybody know that email accounts are free. Another fact that was apparently not widely known, is that your smartphone’s email section can hold more than one email account. You simply have to navigate to the settings area, email section, and then add an account. This way, you’ll have access to each email account you own all on your smartphone or favorite mobile device.
The most popular email providers include gmail (google), yahoo (yahoo), or hotmail (Microsoft) and will most likely require either a phone number or an alternate email address in order to verify that you’re a real person wanting an email address and not a computer, spammer, or hacker looking to create a bunch of fake email accounts for whatever it is you can do with a fake email account. So you should know that going in, but it’s just for verification and backup purposes and can be the number/email address of a friend or loved one – not your own.
Anyway, we just wanted to make this quick announcement in case you didn’t know. Now you do!
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Question of the Day - Do You Know the Answer?
Which came first, advertising or TV?
Okay, that’s a trick question. Advertising’s been around since people could sell things. But it really exploded when TV’s popped up in the homes of every family during the 1950’s. Back then, entire programs were often funded by a single sponsor; for example, I Love Lucy was sponsored by Phillip Morris. Ads were shortened in order to fit more commercials inside commercial breaks and even then, airtime was sold for as much as $4,000 per minute – a hefty sum for 1955.
Today, it’s all about ratings. Popular shows during ‘Prime Time’ can charge almost $400,000 for a 30 second spot and ads are even shorter. The quality of the program makes no difference, as long as it has high ratings. In other words, “TV” could also be called an advertising marketplace because its only purpose is to sell things. Of course we are entertained in the process, but that’s beside the point.
The future of advertising lies in product placement; more specifically, computerized product placement. This means that products can be placed wherever is wanted inside shows, using a computer. You’ll often see this during sports games, where a logo is displayed prominently on the field. Viewers in the stands aren’t seeing it, but you at home most certainly are. And advances in technology will create even more effective ways to input subtle ads into various programs.
Of course there are forms of advertising all around us, and not just on TV. From billboards during our commute, to the pages of magazines, marketing displays at store checkouts, and of course, online, ads are truly everywhere. Even word-of-mouth is a form of advertising. Actually, it’s the best kind of advertising because it’s honest, unsolicited, and trustworthy.
In the 1950s, we were exposed to 100 brand impressions every day. Do you know what that number is today? We asked our Gigats users this Question of the Day and 41.35% got it exactly right, at 1500. Surprisingly, a combined 24.11% thought that just 200 to 500 ads crossed their paths each day. In fact, that’s a 1500 percent increase in just 60 years!
These days, it’s pretty impossible to not be subjected to some type of ad. If you go into any store, drive by any billboard, flip through any kind of magazine or newspaper, watch TV, or go online, you will be exposed to some kind of advertisement.
And that’s okay.
But when you realize that the sole purpose of the all-important black box in the middle of every living room is to extract money from your wallet (and to mildly entertain), it might be better for you in the long run to hit the OFF button and get outside…
But even then, the ball you play with and the cars that drive by will still be bombarding your brain with messages.
Did you know that Gigats.com is free to users? That’s right! 100% free!
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Mobile Phones, Smartphones, and Apps – Oh My!
Did you know that the cell phone is the fastest-adopted device in history? People bought cell phones at a faster rate than they bought cars or even refrigerators, if you can believe that!
Now just to be clear, there is a difference between a mobile phone and a smartphone. And the difference is this: a smartphone has internet capabilities whereas a mobile phone can only be used for calls and SMS text messaging. The introduction of the smartphone further increased the rate of adoption for the cell phone and it’s easy to understand why.
Why are smartphones taking off?
In order to have internet access without a smartphone, you’d have to have at the very least, a computer or laptop and an internet service provider. But for much of the world, access to even those two things is limited. First of all, the money isn’t there, and secondly the infrastructure to set it all up just doesn’t exist.
But a smartphone is one device that is easy to use and easily connects to the internet– without any cords or underground wires. So for just the price of that one device (and a service fee), they can live in a remote area and still connect with the world.
The App Generation
Obviously the smartphone is a phone and a glorified internet connection, but it’s also about the apps.
Here are some FUN FACTS about mobile phones, smartphones, apps, and more:
-There are over 400 million accounts in the App Store and 64% of mobile phone time is spent using apps.
-Spain ranks as the most smartphone-reliant country; 93% say they can’t make it through the day without their smartphone.
-90% of apps that are downloaded are not used more than 10 times.
-The mobile app has created nearly 500,000 jobs in the U.S.
-It takes 26 hours for the average person to report a lost wallet. It takes 68 minutes for them to report a lost phone.
Curious to see where Gigats users stack up? We asked: What kind of mobile apps do you typically download?
-I never pay for apps – only free for me! 28299 (54.71%)
-I will spend up to $.99 for an app. 3350(6.48%)
-Cost doesn’t matter. If I want/need the app, I will get it. 4478 (8.66%)
-I don’t have a smartphone. 14524 (39.48%)
Did you know that Gigats.com has its own mobile app?
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You’ve set a goal for yourself. Great. That was the easy part. But now you’re wondering how you’ll keep up the motivation after the first few days of excited energy slowly diminish.
Motivation V CommitmentSure, you’re motivated to work on your goal, but are you committed? Are you really, though? Because there’s a difference. Motivation will come and go. You’ll have a lot of it in the early stages of your transformation, but it tends to wear off.
If you’re committed, however, and you’ve decided to commit to yourself to the end goal, then the lack of motivation shouldn’t matter. Because even if you’re not motivated, you’ve told yourself that you’re committed, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to go back on your word – to yourself!
Think Actions V ResultsInstead of thinking only about the end result, try reminding yourself, instead, of the actions needed each day to move closer to it. For example, don’t think about the 20 pounds you’re trying to lose – that’s way too overwhelming a task to handle in one day. Instead, think in terms of walking for 20 minutes a day and making a healthy dinner, which is much more manageable.
So you’ve got your goal, which obviously includes your desired end result. But are you thinking in terms of those results or the actions you’ll take by which to achieve them? Again, there’s a difference.
Wake UpThe thing people don’t realize about change, is that it’s hard. Additionally, it can be advantageous to change your mindset. For example, maybe you pride yourself on not being materialistic or on not caring what other people think. But if you’re trying to lose 20 pounds, it might help to become a little vain.
If making a healthy dinner and walking for 20 minutes still sounds overwhelming and like a lot of work, there is only one thing left to say: Get over yourself. Sorry to be blunt but it’s true! If that is the only “hard” thing you have to do today, then consider yourself extremely lucky. There are people in the world who have to walk for miles simply to fill a bucket with water… just to have a bucket of water.
Change Your Thought Process
Similarly, if you find yourself not following through on exercising or cooking a healthy meal, or whatever it is that you really dislike, ask yourself the famous Dr. Phil question: How was your old behavior working out for you? The answer is that it wasn’t. So do something about it.
The process you are on is really one of transformation – whether it’s a physical one or a mental shift, you are working to change who you are and that’s not easy. You can do it though, and really, that’s the best advice you could ever get. Just do it.
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25 Million Reasons to Get Some Training
Because of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 25 million people will gain access to healthcare.
You have to be living under a rock to think that that won’t create jobs – and not just in the healthcare field, either. Of course there will be an increased demand for doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants, but there will also be openings for the average Joe – with some training. There are tons of training programs designed to help you get up to speed on the insurance processes, terms, and codes needed in order to gain employment in the fields below.
For instance, every doctor’s office and hospital will need to switch their medical records from a paper system to an electronic medical records system, thereby creating jobs for computer programmers to build them. This also creates more openings for medical records clerks and health information technicians to input and organize the abundance of information that will come in from patients.
69,000 Diagnostic Codes
Doctor’s offices and hospitals will also need to bill all of those patients. This means hiring medical billing coders to submit patient claims to insurance companies and generally comply with the new coding systems being put into place. By the same token, health insurance marketplaces will need to hire customer service reps to answer questions and provide assistance to citizens in purchasing health insurance.
30 Hours or More
Furthermore, the ACA requires employers to offer health insurance to any full time employee (and not charge them more than 9.5% of their salary). And all of that employee tracking will create a need for more people in payroll. Similarly, human resource professionals will be more in high demand to administer the new health plans; especially benefits administrators.
100’s of Others
Finally, there will be an increase in the need for more highly educated professions such as lawyers to interpret the complex regulations of the ACA and occupational therapists to help optimize disabled people’s homes and workplaces, as insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to those who are disabled. Lastly, fitness and wellness coaches will see an increase in employment as employers work to lower healthcare costs by helping employees get healthy.
Did you know that Gigats.com can help you decide which training will be best for you and your goals?
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How To Nail Any Interview Question Ever
Wouldn’t it be nice if companies handed you the list of interview questions they were going to ask? You could prepare your answers, practice your handshake and be good to go! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Interviewers want to see if you can think on your feet, speak intelligently on the fly, and generally handle yourself under a bit of pressure.
What You’re Really Scared of is the Dreaded Trick QuestionSo there you are, sitting in Mr. So and So’s office, and the next question in the interview is asked. Your mind starts to race as you try to gauge which answer is “right” and which answer is “wrong”, analyzing every possible response for the trick question inside. Just get out of your head. Focus on the question that was asked and answer honestly. The only wrong answer is the one that’s not true.
Know Yourself, Inside and OutInterviewers love to ask about a time when you did something specific. And this is where thoroughly knowing your work history, as well as your past successes, failures, and experiences, comes in handy. This is also where your preparation comes into play.
Before your interview, write down all of your past roles, their duties, and what happened as a result of your actions. Include mistakes, successes, incidents that happened with co-workers, bosses, or customers, and times when you took the initiative to get something done. Then memorize it.
That list will serve as a memory bank from which you can draw, when a question is asked about a time when you… [fill this blank with practically anything]. The things on your list make up your work history, so use them to answer questions.
When you’re asked about a mistake you’ve made and what you learned from it, or a time when you were confronted by a co-worker or angry customer and how you handled it, you can use those details to explain. You can also use them to expand on other answers.
Example: Yes, you cleaned out and organized the supply closet, but what you really did was save the company money on products that didn’t need re-ordering and time spent looking for supplies.
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The 1 Thing You’re Missing From a Great Interview
It might sound too forward, scary, impolite, or even stupid to ask for the job at the end of the interview, but really, you must. Asking for the job shows enthusiasm and eagerness. And you need to reiterate that you are interested in the position (if you still are) and you can do that by asking for it.
Being timid won’t bode well once you’re hired, so why be timid beforehand? Remember, the interviewer has seen and heard a lot. Asking for the job is not going to seem weird or out of place, and actually works in your favor. It shows initiative and that you’re a self-starter – something they look for in a potential employee!
Ask by Not Asking
By asking for the job, we don’t mean to literally ask, “Can I have the job?” What we mean is to ask for it by not asking for it and there are many ways to do this.
One way is to summarize your qualifications and then ask if there is anything they still might need from you in order to make a decision – or if there is anything preventing you from moving forward in the hiring process. This allows you to get helpful feedback if, for whatever reason, they don’t decide to hire you.
Another way is to summarize why you’re a perfect fit for the opening, followed by something like, “After everything I’ve heard, I think we could work very well together and that I could add a lot to the organization. Have I given you all the information you need to offer me the job?” Two other options, “Is there anything I haven’t covered?” or “I hope to hear from you soon.”
Again, you don’t have to use those exact words, but you do need to be genuine, enthusiastic, and polite – which you should have been exhibiting throughout the interview anyway.
The Next Step
You should always follow your gut instincts. If it really doesn’t feel right to use this approach, you can at least ask what the next step in the hiring process is. This will show them that you’re interested and eager to continue on in the process.
Of course, you shouldn’t ask this question until you’re finished asking your other questions to ask the interviewer.
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Here at Gigats, we know a thing or two about interviews. After all, that’s one of the sole purposes of the website – to help people land jobs (and before that), interviews. At the end of the interview, you’ve heard it before. “Do you have any questions for us?” And while maybe you did your research for the questions you were going to answer, you were not prepared with, or didn’t know, what to ask.
And make no mistake – you should ask at least a question or two at the end of your interview, for a few reasons. One, it shows that the interview was as much for them as it was for you. Even if that’s not true (and you just need any job), it makes you seem like a seasoned expert who is taking the time to truly consider the company and whether the fit would be good for you both. Two, it shows that you’ve done some research on the company and are thoughtful about the direction in which it’s moving.
Three, you’ll be able to close the interview on a note that is controlled by you. And four, you can learn a lot by what is said – and not said. Plus, it will give you some insight on your potential boss!
Question 1:What were the 3 biggest challenges you faced in the last year? If you can determine the things they seem worried about and then offer a thought about how you’d make their life easier in that regard, it will sit well with them once you leave.
Question 2:What would you say is the most critical part of this position? This question will really work to pinpoint what you’ll be doing and what the boss will be expecting from you.
Question 3:What are the 3 biggest goals this year for your team? This answer will again, help you to understand where they are expecting you to step in. Plus, if you can relate a similar goal to previous positions, you’ll be setting a bar clearly on that shows you understand the goals and have helped meet them for past employers.
Question 4:Can you tell me about your most memorable team member and what made them so great? This question will give you insight on how the boss will be judging your work and how to impress them.
Did you know that you should end the interview with a powerful statement?
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“Never” is a long time. Especially when it’s used in a sentence like: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” How intimidating!
And for 17% of you, this is the part of the interview process that most makes you cringe. But it doesn’t have to! From what to wear, to that all-important first moment of connection, we can walk you through the process of making a great first impression.
Dress to Impress
No, this doesn’t mean your tightest and shortest dress with the heels you just bought for Saturday night. It means a conservative dress or nice slacks with a blouse or button-down shirt. (It doesn’t need to be exactly this outfit but do imitate this look). For men, nice pants or khaki’s and a clean, crisp shirt that has been washed and ironed. Take a look at great ideas for work attire!
Tip: If you can’t afford to buy a whole outfit or nice suit, try discount stores like Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross, or the Goodwill. Buying just a suit jacket or blazer and then pairing it with slacks is a great look and perfectly acceptable!
Don’t be a dead fish. And this actually has three meanings. One, make sure that you practice proper hygiene and don’t smell. This includes coming out of a smelly car/bus/taxi/etc. (whether it’s cigarette smoke, sweat from a broken AC…). Secondly, don’t overdo the cologne/perfume. Believe it or not, some people are allergic to certain dyes and perfumes and almost everyone gets annoyed by an overwhelming scent. And finally, when shaking hands, don’t let your hand hang there like a dead fish.
A firm handshake with eye-contact is what you want. When you are introduced to the interviewer – or anyone for that matter – stand up and shake their hand with a firm grasp and just a few up-and-down pumps. But don’t use a death grip, it’s not a contest!
Tip: If your hands tend to sweat due to nervousness, carry a tissue in your pocket to dry them off just before shaking hands.
It might sound obvious, but be nice to everyone you encounter – from the parking lot, to the stairs or elevator, to the Receptionist. You never know who you’re smile may be influencing!