You might be a new graduate looking for that first step on the career ladder, a skilled professional with years of experience, or an eager job seeker looking for a foot in the door after an extended career break. If you’re looking for a job, you need to make your résumé stand out. Recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds looking at our résumé, so it needs to grab their attention immediately. advertisement advertisement What’s the secret? Having a well-rounded and compelling résumé is the absolute key to achieving both your immediate and long-term career goals. No matter what stage of your career you’re at, developing this résumé should always be a priority. When you build your transferable skills and take the time to focus on personal and professional development, your résumé will be full to the brim with skills, qualities, and attributes. After all, who knows when your dream role or promotion could pop up? … [Read more...] about 3 things you can do outside of work to boost your résumé
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The train was late. My phone died. It’s easy to spot someone else making an excuse, but when we’re the one explaining what happened, it often feels more justifiable. But reasons are excuses, says Eric Kapitulik, author of The Program: Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams. advertisement advertisement “Saying anything other than, ‘I’m responsible and I need to change this’ is an excuse,” he says. “You don’t need to give a reason why you fell short, regardless of how true it may be. The difference between a reason and an excuse is slight. Instead of spending mental, emotional, and physical energy, have a mindset that every reason is an excuse.” We live in a culture that likes to make excuses, but excuses hold you back from growth, says Kapitulik, who has lived his life with a no-excuses mindset. Kapitulik served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry … [Read more...] about How to recognize your excuses and use them to fuel you instead
advertisement advertisement Google Maps is a lifesaver. But the mapping technology behind Google Maps isn’t just good for highway directions and bike routes; it can also find methamphetamine labs and track gang activity. Experts in the growing field of geospatial predictive analytics use cutting-edge algorithms and data analysis techniques that can do everything from predicting terrorist activity to preventing auto theft. The larger field that geospatial predictive analytics is a part of–geographical information systems (GIS)–uses data points and specialized software to turn maps into sophisticated analysis tools. Although the work is a far cry from something as sexy as you’d see on Breaking Bad, the GIS field is booming; firms specializing in computer-driven map analysis are hosting conventions, holding hiring fairs, and developing specialized software. Max Lu, a professor at Kansas State University, developed a novel method of finding meth labs through … [Read more...] about Google Maps Help Predict Meth Labs Before They Open
Ever consider playing a cross-section of a tree like a vinyl record? We hadn’t until introduced to the work of Bartholomäus Traubeck, who has figured out a way to translate the rings of wooden disks into music using a computer-rigged record player. “I rather wanted to see the tree as just one of many documents in an archive of natural objects that bear the record of their development in their own structure,” Traubeck tells Co.Design. But in order to mine that data, the artist built an elaborate tech setup. The tonearm is equipped with a modified PlayStation eye camera, which streams a close-up image of the record to a computer. “I examine the image for (obviously) year rings, and if one is detected, it is analyzed for its thickness, darkness, and growth factor,” the German artist writes. Those parameters determine the groove’s rhythm, tone strength and length, and pitch. After being analyzed and reshaped, the signal is mapped onto a piano … [Read more...] about A High-Tech Turntable Converts Tree Rings Into Piano Music
In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?