Sunday, January 5, 2020
11 Science-Backed Ways to Help Yourself Wake Up Early Infographic I am not a morning person, and while I think Im pretty good at my job, Id probably better at it if I were.Biologist Christoph Randler, who has studied theeffects of being a morning person, says those who are most energetic in the morning are better positioned for career success.When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards, Randler told Harvard Business Review in 2010. My earlier research showed that they tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them, my survey showed. Theyre proactive. A number of studies have linked this trait, proactivity, with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.I dont know about you, but that sure makes me want to become a morning person which is why I likethis new infogr aphic from online lender CashNetUSA. It outlines a few of the psychological and business benefits of being an early riser and offers 11 science-backed ways to teach yourself to love mornings a little more. Check it out below
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
MEMS Vibrational Micro Power Generation MEMS Vibrational Micro Power Generation MEMS Vibrational Micro Power GenerationNew devices are adapting to the vibrations in their environments to generate energy. Many sensors and wireless technologies have very low power needs so that micro-watts of power or less are now sufficient for measuring and transmitting small amounts of data to a receiver or dashboard nearby.Vibrational energy harvesting (VEH) with micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) is helping power what many consider the ultimate goal wireless, battery-free, autonomous sensing, monitoring, and reporting.Powering wireless sensors and networks with VEH power sources is being considered for use and is being field tested in many applications in which other ambient energy sources like solar or thermal are not available industries such as structural monitoring, roads bridges, industrial process control, appliances, environmental, human power, aerospace, machine monitoring, home autom ation, or automotive.Many different MEMS VEH device designs and processes have demonstrated that sufficient power can be harvested to wirelessly beam data or charge a battery using mainly electrostatic or piezoelectric (and less often electromagnetic) techniques. Typically a moving mass/spring assembly is tuned to operate and return the fruchtwein power at specific frequencies. MEMS devices and technologies have gathered and transformed ambient mechanical vibrations to electrical energy when vibrations occur within a narrow range of frequencies.But most real-world devices start and stop, run at varying speeds, and have varying vibration profiles.Vibrational ChallengesThe challenge of vibrational energy harvesters has been to find the right device tuned for the specific frequency, and getting enough power out of those frequencies for long enough, says Steve Grady from Cymbet Corporation, power management provider for sensors integrated with MEMS VEH and other energy harvesting techno logies.The holy grail of vibration harvesting would be a broadband or broad-frequency device whose power harvesting ability doesnt fall off quickly around a resonant frequency to continue to capture power as vibration conditions change, Grady says. Using arrays of harvesters each tuned to a slightly different frequency is costly.Creative SolutionsMEMS VEH designs, therefore, are improving. In a recent report, Dibin Zhu and others from the University of Southampton, UK, summarized and discussed strategies publicly available in literature for extending vibrational frequency ranges of micro-range VEH that use mass spring systems. They are toperiodically tune the system with mechanical or electrical methods, consuming power intermittently or continuouslywiden the bandwidth by using a generator array, a mechanical stopper, nonlinear (e.g., magnetic) springs, or bi-stable structures.Researchers at the CEA-Laboratory for Electronics Information Technology, Grenoble, France, adopted piezoe lectric tuning with an active powered feedback loop into their electrostatic VEH and reported that the device automatically tunes the system to increase their bandwidth by a range of up to 30% of the resonant frequency, at the cost of less than 5 micro-watts. They also implemented nonlinear springs thatimproved the vibration amplitude as well as frequency range.MicroGen Systems, Inc., Ithaca, NY also plans to implement tuning and other patented strategies to increase frequency bandwidth into future versions of their piezoelectric MEMS V energy harvesters, according to Robert Andosca, the companys founder, president, and CTO. The engineering samples they currently offer are designed for specific frequencies (plus or minus 2 Hz) and acceleration levels of vibrations the device will experience.As the only commercial company in the world producing MEMS VEH, according to Andosca, MicroGen Systems is expecting to release and sell second rev vorfhrung kits in summer of 2011 and high bandwi dth products in 2012. With these improvements, MEMS VEH products are becoming more viable for commercial use.Debbie Sniderman is a consultant, an engineer, and a contributing writer to Mechanical Engineering.The challenge of vibrational energy harvesters has been to find the right device tuned for the specific frequency, and getting enough power out of those frequencies for long enough.Steve Grady, Cymbet Corporation
Friday, December 27, 2019
Eleven General Orders of the SentryEleven General Orders of the SentryIn the Navy and Marine Corps, there are eleven General Orders of a Sentry, also known as General Orders of the Watch. The Army and Air Force have condensed these eleven orders into three. Who Needs to Know the Orders of a Sentry? These are the rules the gate guards, duty officers, and officers of the watch must abide by when on guard duty. Their job is to protect the base or area on the base where people and property reside. Failure to adhere to these standards can cause big problems for you as an individual. Or worse, negligence can result in immense damage to people or property. The Eleven General Orders of a Sentry as listed in the Navys DEP(Delayed Enlistment Program)study guide are below. During boot camp, recruits will be required to quote any one of, or all of the Eleven General Orders ofthe Sentry from memory anytime, anywhere and to anyone. When Recruits Should Learn the Orders of a Sentry Recruits should learn the Eleven General Orders of a Sentry while inDEPprior to departure for Recruit Training. This will give them an advantage over others in their division and will provide some valuable time to perform additional required items for the first few days in boot camp. The Navy version below is slightly different than theMarine Corps version(mostly because ranks and titles differ between the Navy and USMC), and a whole lot different than theArmy version. Standing duty, standing guard, guarding your deutsche post dhl, or standing watch all are terms used by the military to mean that you are the person to holdsecurityfor that area for that particular time. Navy General Orders of the Sentry To take dienstgrad of this post and all government property in view.To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.To repeat all calls from p osts more distant from theguard housethan my own.To quit my post only when properly relieved.To receive, obey and reisepass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.To be especially watchful at night, and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority. Army General Orders of the Sentry I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.. I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner.I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief. Marine General Orders of the Sentry Take charge of this post and all government property in view.Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.To repeat all calls from postsmore distant from the guardhouse than my own.Quit my post only when properly relieved.To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.It is all business when on duty.Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.To call the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions.Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, an d to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Police Application Help for Law Enforcement JobsPolice Application Help for Law Enforcement JobsFilling out a job application may be the most important thing you do as you begin your quest for a law enforcement career. A poorly filled out application can mean the difference between moving forward in the hiring process or heading back to the unemployment line. Understand theApplicationProcess Typically, law enforcement agencies have very objective hiring standards. The process to get hired as a police officer is broken into distinct steps, with clear pass/fail rules and guidelines. In general, if you can make it through all of those hoops, the chances are pretty good that youll get hired. The job application is the first of these hoops, which means it may be the most important. Without it, you wont even get your foot in the door. Avoid Unnecessary Mistakes There are so many people looking for criminal justice careers who miss out on great opportunities because they made simple mistakes in their job applications. Sometimes, they dont know what information they need to include. More often, they fail to properly articulate that they have the required education or work experience. Here are a few tips to help you complete your application and land your law enforcement career Make sure your application is legibleRead and follow all of the instructionsMake your experience countFollow up on the application Make It Legible Think of the job application as your first opportunity to introduce yourself to your potential employer. Remember, first impressions matter. The care you take in preparing your job application will say a lot about how seriously you take the job youre applying for. By extension, it will also speak to your discipline, professionalism, and ability to represent your agency. While a sloppy application, if properly completed, wont necessarily get you disqualified, it may very easily find itself at the bottom of the stack and in job application pu rgatory. Type your application whenever you can do so. There are several programs available that can convert PDF files into fillable forms if you dont have access to a typewriter. In many cases, though, departments will provide an electronic application that you can complete, print and mail. Even better, apply online whenever possible. It will ensure your application gets to the right partie as soon as possible and will eliminate any accidents such as spills, tears or wrinkles, that can happen to a physical application on its way to its final destination. Read the Directions If youre honest with yourself, theres probably been a time or two when you just started filling forms out without regard to the instructions, only to find out that you wrote something in the wrong format or didnt understand what information was requested until it was too late. Believe it or not, this happens all the time with job applications. Unfortunately, in peoples haste, they often neglect to look and s ee that they not only filled their application out completelybut correctly as well. This simple mistake can have big consequences. Failing to read the directions for the different sections completely before you fill out your application can send the wrong message to your potential employer. When you dont read the application, youre essentially telling the recruiter or hiring manager that you cant follow instructions, which, as you can imagine, is a less than desirable trait in a future law enforcement officer. Articulate Your Experience Many agencies have very specific requirements regarding work experience, military service, and education. Quite often, these requirements are set by the state POST or standards and training commission, which means the agency has little to no leeway in bending the requirements. What this means for you as a criminal justice job seeker is that you must be able to articulate how your experience relates to the job youre applying for. For example, if a n agency requires that a candidate must have 2 years of public-contact work experience, then when you fill out the prior employment history portion of the application, use the job duties sections under each of your previous jobs to demonstrate how you had to make contact with the public as part of your muster duties. Follow Up After youve applied, its a good practice to call the employer and ask if they received your application. It demonstrates interest, follow-through, and dedication. Dont get discouraged if the person on the other end sounds annoyed or uninterested. Remember that they often receive hundreds of applications in a week or even a day. Even so, theyll remember you as one of the people who wanted the job. Moreover, if you dont follow up, you may never know if your application got to the intended recipient. Its far better to call and be sure they received it than to be left wondering. Take Your Time to Fill Out theApplicationand Get It Right Completing the job a pplication neatly, thoroughly and accurately is vital if you want to get a good start on your law enforcement career. The job application is your first chance to tell your potential employer exactly who you are and what you can offer. Dont be in a rush to fill it out. Remember make it neat and legible, follow directions, properly articulate your experience and follow up after you send your application in. Following these simple steps can make a huge difference in your chance of success in your criminology career.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Coping with the Initial Letdown of a LayoffCoping with the Initial Letdown of a LayoffA job layoff comes with a cascade of emotions. Anger. Frustration. Grief. Disbelief. Disorientation. Even exhaustion. It might feel like youll never quite figure out what to do or how to put your professional life back on track. But there are ways to approach coping with the initial letdown of a layoff so that you can begin to recuperate from your job loss.Were going to cover how to talk with your family and friends about being laid off, cut expenses, file for unemployment, and give yourself a chance to recuperate from the loss.But first, lets start right there job loss. A layoff is also known as a job loss because its exactly that- a loss.Your relationships with coworkers, managers, and even your friends and family feel like they change overnight when youre let go from a job. In many cases, when the layoff is abrupt and immediate, theres not even time to think about your situation before youre out of work.In order to cope with the letdown of a layoff, you first have to acknowledge the loss and move through it. Until you deal with some key issues, you cant truly begin to recover, both as a person and a professional.And what we most need after weve suffered a job loss is that feeling of recovery. So lets get started.4 Steps to Cope with the Letdown of a Layoff1. Talking to Friends and FamilyThat old adage of honesty as the best policy is true in this situation for sure. If you have a spouse and/or children, talk with them honestly about whats happened. For you and for them, this openness and honesty will make all the changes to come much mora manageable.For example, your daily routine will be changing, so talk to your kids in an age-appropriate way about needing to find a new job and what that means for your schedule and theirs.Its completely normal to feel embarrassed or ashamed after being laid off. And you might try to put on a brave face, or distance yourself from your clos est family and friends, but dont.They can act as a support network to keep you positive as you work to find a new job. By being open and honest up front, youll set the stage for a positive job search with the support youll need.2. Filing for UnemploymentFiling for unemployment can take a good amount of time, so start as soon as possible.Depending on the state where you live, there are multiple ways to file for unemploymentby visiting your states unemployment websiteover the phoneby mail3. Cutting ExpensesAs for cutting any expenses that arent totally necessary to your daily living, its time to estimate how long your job search might take, so youll know how much time you might be without a steady paycheck.This TIME article goes to great lengths to figure out the average length of a job search, which they pin at 43 days, but this estimate is based on how long it takes employers to fill a job,which has exactly zero to do with how long it might take an individual to find a job.The lengt h of your job search will vary depending on your industry, location, and career level. But, as career expert Liz Ryan points out, you have a lot more control over the length of your job search than you think. Writing about the average length of a job search, Ryan says,You have to take control of your career if you want to start working. You cant sit back and say Well, Ive heard this job search could take months, so Im chilling. Its going to take forever anyway- so I send out a few resumes each week. Thats passive. Wheres the altitude in that? A job hunt is not like taking a number at the deli and waiting for your number to be called You have to be out in the marketplace meeting people all the time and researching specific employers and hiring managers.One way to determine the potential length of your own job search is to ask people in your network whove recently changed jobs how long the entire process took them. This also helps open up conversations about your new status as a job s eeker, and puts you in their minds as someone to remember if they hear of any openings.4. Taking Time to RecuperateAs mentionedbefore, losing a job is truly a loss, so give yourself time to move through feelings like grief, frustration, disorientation, and worry.If your former employer gives you access to counselors and career coaches, use them Talking with a trained unemployment counselor can have a really positive impact on all of the negative feelings youre experiencing, and they can point you to more helpful resources.Think you need to get a new job ASAP? Stop for just a minute and evaluate your situation. Could this be the time to go back to school, switch careers, or look for a more flexible work arrangement? It may have a greater payoff in the long run.Assessing what you really want in a new position will set you up for a more productive job search, and potentially, a more rewarding future.Start with where you are- experiencing a loss. And then work through each of these step s to help move yourself along in the process. This mindful approach will help you make small and important progress every single day, which eventually adds up to bigger milestones, and eventually, that next job.Looking for even more help recovering from your layoff? partnered with LinkedIn Learning to create a whole course for you. Get a 30 day free trial with unlimited access to LinkedIn Learnings full course catalog Heres an overview on Recovering from a Layoff to learn more about the course.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
How to Network in the Music IndustryHow to Network in the Music IndustryNetworking is a must in the music industry, even if you hate the idea of networking.Now, heres the good news. Networking need not be painful, cheesy, uncomfortable, cringe-worthy, or anything else you are imaging. Start out by looking at it this way networking doesnt have to be anything more than meeting your fellow music lovers and brainstorming about how you can work together to get great music out there - nothing more, nothing less. With that idea in mind, these tips will help you feel better about music industry networking. Attend Music Industry Events There are tons of music industry networking opportunities from music industry trade shows to local musician meet-ups. If youre not especially comfortable networking or dont have a lot of experience doing it, then start small. Instead of jumping into the conference hall at Midem right off the bat, start out visiting a local event and meeting people there. T he more you get used to mixing in a room of strangers and talking about your own projects, the easier it will get. You can use that confidence you build in those smaller events to move up to larger events. Do Your Research Confidence is key when you are networking, and doing a little homework before any event will help you feel ready to conquer the room. When possible, do some research into who will be attending an event (for instance, before a trade show, check out the attendee database). If there are some people you know you want to make a connection with, find out what you can about their geschftlicher umgang and current projects, so you sound knowledgeable when youre talking with them. Knowing a little something about them will also give some conversation starters. Practice Your Pitch Know your spiel. You dont want to go into conversations sounding like youre reading from a script, but devote a little pre-event time to thinking about how you will describe your work in a clear and concise manner. This rehearsal time is especially important if you are pitching things or looking for business partners while networking, as opposed to simply making connections that might come in handy down the road. When you get your big chance to sit down with, say, the label you want to license your new album, and they ask you what youre working on, you dont want to be unprepared or unkoranvers of what to say. No, it is much better to be prepared to say, Weve just finished recording an album of Joy Division covers done in a flamenco-inspired style. Be Prepared Making network connections isnt like what happens at the end of the night at a bar or club. You dont want to ask people to plug their numbers into your phone or jot numbers down on your hands. Get some business cards made up with your name, company name (if applicable), email address, and contact number and get ready to hand them out to the new people you meet. If you are promoting something tangible, come pr epared with promotional material, if possible- a label sampler, a promo of your band, some samples of your cover art- whatever is relevant. That said, you dont want to invest huge amounts of money into this promotional material. Especially at large events, people tend to collect this stuff and then realize when they get home that they are never going to listen to it. But it is still worth it to come prepared, so you are at least in the standort to put something in the hands of a potential new business partner. You never really know when that one important person is going to hear or see your stuff and become incredibly valuable to your career. Be Yourself Youre good enough youre smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. But how do you talk to people? Bottom line be yourself. Youll see all kind of behavior at networking events, from people who seem to be walking around going, Im networking Im networking Wanna network with me? to people just quietly chatting with a few folks. If youve prepared, feel confident that youve got everything you need to make new business connections and just go for it. Remember that the point of networking is to build mutually beneficial relationships, so no one is doing you a favor by talking to you and finding out about your work. Youre either going to work together, in which case youll be helping each other, or its not going to be the right fit. Theres nothing wrong with either outcome and not making a viable business connection doesnt mean you have done anything wrong. Follow up The most important part of networking happens the next day. Follow up with your new contacts, even if it is just to say, enjoyed chatting- keep in touch. Tips for Successful Music Industry Networking Dont fake it - Dont know about some musician someone is talking about? Dont understand some music industry term used? Admitting you dont know is far less embarrassing than faking it and being wrong. Everyone has to learn the ropes. Theres absol utely zero shame in that. Embrace every learning opportunity. If you are constantly pretending you know, then you will never learn. Picking up new knowledge is positive. Relax - Youre not doing it wrong. Some people love business terms, so they talk about networking. Nothing wrong with that, but if the idea of formal networking makes you break out in hives, remember- networking is just a fancy word for talking to people who work in the same business as you. Dont create a lot of pressure for yourself. Being quietly confident and knowledgeable is just as impressive as being Mr./Ms. Schmoozey Pants. Do your homework, be yourself, and youll be just fine. Work the room - Resist the urge to sit in the corner chugging your beverage of choice with a friendly face. Make the rounds and meet new people. If you are new to this kind of event and a little hesitant to strike up a conversation, set yourself a goal to meet three new people and call it a day. You can work your way up to more as your comfort level increases.Provide advance notice - Especially for large events, if someone is attending that you know for sure you want to meet, it never hurts to drop them an email just to say hello and that you look forward to meeting them. Be open-minded - You never know who is going to make a big difference in your music career- and you never know when they are going to help you, either. Every connection you make is valuable, even if the results are not immediate. Even if you have a short list of people you want to meet at an event, welcome every conversation and connection. You just never know whether that kid you blew off is going to end up being the big shot agent who would be perfect for you five years down the line.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
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