How to Let the Headhunters Get a Hold of Your Head

Looking for a job, getting turned down and waiting endlessly for a call can get very stressful and frustrating. The whole ritual of finding the perfect words to write in a resume and adjusting your CV from employer to employer can seem like an exercise in futility really quickly.

In this competitive job market, some have figured out a way to make the process a little bit more straightforward. Enter the very special people in human resources called ‘Headhunters.’ While the name might sound like you should be avoiding them, the ultimate goal is to lure them in.

Rules of headhunting

Professional ‘headhunters’ are paid to search the work force for the perfect fit for an unannounced vacant position in a company. Most of the time, when a person is looking for a job, they receive a call, e-mail, or LinkedIn connection out of the blue. This means a headhunter has found your trail. Congratulations, you’ve successfully eliminated the long and winding process of resume submissions and job browsing.

However, not everyone will have the chance to encounter them. To improve your chances, here are some guidelines.

Choose your breeding ground

The easiest way to get noticed is to shine the brightest, and making a name for yourself is the surest way to get headhunted. As you might have heard, networking plays a major part in building your career.

Attend conventions, conferences, and important gatherings where industry experts are present. Make sure you list your name and company on the guest list. To push it a step further, research about the recruitment agencies and consultants in your industry and look for their sponsored events. A little bit of research goes a long way. Networking soirees are headhunters’ favorite hunting field.

Improve your digital scent

Digital networking has been replacing personal interviews for many years now. Virtual connections are as good as personal ones. Get yourself familiarized with the ins and outs of LinkedIn. Become active on both Facebook and Twitter. Try and connect with the headhunting firms in your field. Richard McMunn, director of How2Become, believes that to gain exposure and interest, establishing profiles in all major social networking platforms is a must.

“You want the content you share between these three networks to be consistent,” he said. Remember that it pays to be consistent in everything you present online. This is a valuable trait to job hunters

Damage control

Google yourself. Does the first page show favorable links? Is there a rather unsavory entry on the first few searches? Maybe it’s time to do some reputation management, and learn to be careful in posting anything next time.

Never say anything that will be considered tactless. Remember that anything you post on the internet, even the comments on random sites, is public domain and can be traced back to you. There are laws preventing discrimination in employment from social media, but that doesn’t mean that you can post anything you want out loud. Be responsible for your actions, and manage your online presence.

Have you been headhunted? If not, what is your game plan to get these headhunters going your way?

Upcoming iPhone Features hinted based on iOS 7

Although Apple has been keeping it a secret, there are some features in the iOS 7 that hints certain hardware updates we might actually see in the next iPhone. Will the upcoming generation finally include an NFC chip and a camera with a higher megapixel?

Before we present the speculated updates, one thing we can be certain about the next Apple phone is that it’ll retain its Nano SIM holder. We’ve seen a drastic change in iPhone sim sizes over the past few years, from Mini to Micro to Nano SIM. It may not matter for some people who’ll avail the product with a new service, but for those who wish to purchase outside of the contract, they might want to use their old sim with a data plan. For example, in the UK, owners of the iPad sims from O2 can use it in the next iDevice without needing a replacement and waiting for the activation period.

Below, we will mention six things that we can expect in the much-awaited iPhone 5s or iPhone 6:

Apple A7 Chip and 2GB RAM

It isn’t surprising if Apple will name its next CPU with A7 following the A6 chip in the iPhone 5, A5 in the iPhone 4S and A4 in the iPhone 4, respectively. The only question that’s left is, “what’s with the A7?” In an online blog based from a leaked image of the A7 CPU, it is suggested that the chip will sport a Quad-core processing power clocked at the speed of 1.2GHz. This is two times faster compared to the Dual-core A6 chip of the current model. The source also claimed that iPhone 5S will have 2GB  of RAM, double the current memory of iPhone 5.

Camera Upgrade

The camera software enhancements in iOS 7 can’t predict what kind of capturing hardware Apple will include in its next mobile device. However, the new system is capable of supporting a video capture of 60fps, double the value of the smartphone standard 30fps. This kind of feature requires a more advanced image sensor. That is why a lot of rumours claim that Apple will jump from the 8-megapixel in iPhone 5 to 12-megapixel. Some tech blogs also hinted a dual-LED flash to be brought alongside its camera.

Still, No NFC

A support for NFC requires an overall change in its hardware, but since we are in the S year, we are not going to see a significant hardware overhaul. But what really made this claim possible is the inclusion of the AirDrop sharing system. At the WWDC, Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP for Apple’s software engineering introduced AirDrop by saying, “there’s no need to walk around the room, you know, bumping phones.” The new file sharing method will solely use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Although NFC plays an important role in cashless payments in various cashiers and establishment counters, they will most likely stick with their native PassBook application.

Added Physical Sensor

The company introduced a new behaviour for the wallpapers. Tilting the device in different directions will reveal the cropped portion of the picture that was used as a background design.  It’s because iOS 7 has a support for inclinometer, a tool for measuring slopes and elevations in relation to gravity.

These are just some of the rumours we’ve learned so far. These are something to look forward on as we mark our calendars and wait for its expected release. We will also keep you updated with news and relevant stories regarding the next iDevice. Did we miss some news about the iPhone 5S? You can share your stories below the comment section.

5 Android-powered Luxury Smartphones for 2013

Luxury phones are widely available on the market these days. They’re offered by car manufacturers, clothing designers or jewelry makers. While some of these devices offer only a basic GSM experience, some of them are at par with the latest mobile technologies. For this entry, we’ll present you with five of the hottest Android mobile gears that’ll give you more than just a piece of accessory.

Goldgenie’s Samsung Galaxy S4

Mobile photographers won’t be disappointed either since it’s equipped with a whooping 13-megapixel camera. The Goldgenie’s edition, is pretty similar to the original S4 version, except for its exteriors. Depending on your desire, you can choose from the following embellishments for its frame: 24-carat gold, platinum or rose gold. It comes in a luxury cherry oak box with drawers dedicated for its manual, certificate of authenticity, and accessories.

The device features 5-inch display, a slim body at 7.9mm and the ultra-fast 4G LTE technology. The unlocked version of the Samsung I9500 edition is priced at $2,220 (Rs 135,627).

Tag Heuer Racer Sub Nano

The Tag Heuer Racer Sub Nano was engineered with aerodynamic materials and Waterblock technology that protects its electronic circuitry from extreme weather condition. It is dubbed as the world’s first Swiss luxury touchscreen device which is constructed entirely from the “leading-edge” materials of aviation and racing: carbon fiber, titanium and rubber. The rear side of the gizmo is inspired by the looks of a Formula 1 racing automobile. It is packed with the company’s “So Apps” for communication, sports news, entertainment, productivity, business and travel.

Just like the TAG Heuer Link we’ve featured before, it also boasts of a 3.5-inch capacitive display, a 5-megapixel snapper and a front-facing camera for video conversations. The retail price for this gadget is $6,534 (Rs 402,850).

Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin

Also known as the “Gold Mother of Pearl,” the gadget is a great treat for those who value luxury alongside the latest mobile technology. It features a pure gold inset and 139-carat black sapphire crystal for its back plate. Its body is composed of an anodized aluminum body, engineered to be robust and shock-proof. The physical buttons for the on/off switch and volume rockers are also made of sapphire crystal. Apart from the expensive parts, the gadget also delivers a great viewing angle in its 4-inch S-LCD capacitive panel. It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and a front-facing camera. The company hasn’t disclosed the price yet, but it’s available upon request from its official website.

Tonino Lamborghini T700

The Tonino Lamborghini T700 is the Italian brand’s first ever Android smartphone. The frame is made of a metal diamond, while the screen is covered by a sapphire glass. An authentic crocodile skin is also embedded on its rear side, giving its users a comfortable grip, despite the device’s thick profile (approximately 11mm). Same as the Goldgenie’s Samsung Galaxy S4, it supports  4G LTE for ultra-fast browsing on its 3.7-inch screen. On top of that, there’s a 5-megapixel snapper with autofocus and face detection. The device is priced at $2,750 (Rs 169,533).

Aston Martin Aspire

From the well-known British car manufacturer hails a smart device called Aston Marin Aspire priced at $1300 (Rs 80,145). It has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 5-megapixel rear shooter and a VGA Front facing camera. The device’s premium back finish is crafted with a gold plate containing the Aston Martin branding. It comes in black, white, silver, gold and rose gold colors. There’s also an option for a plain 24-carat of gold casing for $1590 (Rs 98 021).

For those who are eyeing a luxury device with a power of a smart phone, these Android gadgets are a keeper. If you are getting one today, what will you choose? For more features on high-end gizmos, subscribe to our gadget’s section. We’ll give you updates with the latest and the most talked about high-end devices on the market. Feel free to leave us a comment below this post.

 5 Powerful Smartphones Under $200

With the influx of high-end smartphones on the market, you may be wondering if you can have a piece of these nifty gadgets for a low price. Although the shelves are dominated by expensive Samsung and Apple phones, you can still get a powerful device for as low as $200. Check out our list of affordable smartphones below:

Huawei Ascend W1 – $198

Despite its low price, the Huawei Ascend W1 performs the nature of a powerful gadget – as a mobile phone, multimedia platform, gaming peripheral, and internet portal.

Notwithstanding the fact it is behind on certain aspects, the pocket-friendly phone’s strength lies on its battery life. It offers a no lag user interface that runs on a dual core Snapdragon S4 chip. You can get this phone as low as $21 on a 24-month contract.

HTC Inspire 4G – $184.49

Compared to the company’s high-end mobile line, the HTC Inspire 4G is very different when it comes to its hardware and design. The developers still maintained its clear camera, HTC Sense, and S-LCD display on this budget phone.

As its name suggests, the 4.3-inch device lets you use 4G, a fast speed for web browsing. Overall, this device is an absolute joy to use because its interface compliments the Android prowess when it comes to performance.

LG Optimus L9 – $189.99

The LG Optimus L9 is a spin-off from the company’s L-series lineup that is known for having a sleek design and affordable prices.

The 4.5-inch smartphone is clocked at 1GHZ dual-core processor and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Made from bits and parts of its other LG siblings, the slim gizmo is a great balance between features and price.

Apple iPhone 3G – $150

Finally, an iPhone that is within our pocket’s reach. For a 150-dollar, this smartphone offers you a bright and clear 3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 320. However, the display is not yet covered and sealed with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, making it prone for smudges and dust.

The iPhone 3GS has a plastic finish as opposed to the original aluminum chassis of its predecessors. Since the device is manufactured by Apple, it’s safe to say that it sports one of the most advanced touchscreen operating system.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 – $179

Of course, BlackBerry still knows how to play their cards. Despite the new BB 10 OS, the older models can still deliver and the Torch 9800 can attest to that. Dubbed as the businessman’s workhorse, this quality gadget has an internal storage of 4GB, with 5-megapixel rear camera, Blackberry 6.0 OS, HTML browser and dual keyboard. Apart from the slider’s buttons, it has a capacitive touch screen that allows for QWERTY keyboard typing.

One of the phone’s strengths is versatility. The internet connectivity of all BB products relies on EDGE. Your service provider bought a particular connection from RIM to get this data.

Among the list of budget-friendly devices we presented, which one would you consider? Do you other affordable phones in mind? Tell us all about it.

Four Gadgets To Help You Stay Fit and Healthy

With the constant innovation in technology, monitoring vital signs doesn’t need any assistance from a health professional, you can do it by yourself using a wearable piece of hardware. Aside from keeping you always motivated, these devices saves you money from regular clinic and hospital visits. In this post, we’ll feature some of the latest health and fitness gadgets that you might want to try to get that summer body in no time.

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Even the weighing scale has evolved over the time. The Fitbit Aria Smart Scale is a battery operated apparatus that measures your BMI and provides a detailed report of your weight trends. It can lift a mass of up to 350 pounds. When connected to a Wi-Fi, it automatically uploads your stats directly to your Fitbit dashboard. Your personal data is then presented in charts with a suitable weight management suggestion. Even if you’re away from your PC to track your progress online, there’s a corresponding mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

MotoACTV Bike Mount

This biking companion manufactured by Motorola is a multi-purpose GPS-assisted touch screen device. The water-proof and dust resistant gadget collects your pace and distance traveled as well as the amount of calories burned. Just like the Fitbit, this tool links to an online platform. In there, you can set realistic short and long term goals and even analyze your daily and weekly performances. Plus, when you link it to a MOTOACTV Android app, you can see your real-time SMS, Facebook and Twitter notifications.

Scosche RHYTHM armband pulse monitor

This armband pulse monitor for iPhone and Android devices looks like a trendy piece of accessory. With yellow and charcoal accents combined, it will perfectly compliment with any gym outfit. Using Bluetooth, it syncs changes in your heart rate, speed, distance and amount of calories lost to an online RHYTHM web dashboard. You can also access the data by accessing its app. The armband also includes a play, pause, and volume buttons to control your phone’s music while working out. Since there is no active screen in the armband, its battery can definitely last for a longer period of time. Its only downside is that it only supports 33–feet distance from your smartphone.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity plus Sleep Tracker

This latest addition from Fitbit do not only track your daily activities, it also monitors your sleeping habits. During the day, the wireless activity tracker records all your movements (steps, distance, pace, no of stairs climbed and the amount of calories burned).  At nightfall, it measures your sleeping cycle and uploads it to your Fitbit dashboard. Accessing your dashboard online will reveal all your activities and personalized suggestions based on your vitals. It is so small and light, you won’t even notice that you’re wearing it. It is also splash, rain and sweat-proof.

These are  some of the coolest gadgets that you can use to stay fit and healthy.  Keep in mind that this equipment will not be as effective as it seems without your dedication and discipline. Do you have any addition to our Fitness Wishlist? Don’t forget to share it by commenting below.

The iOS 7: A Welcome Addition for iPhoneographers

More and more people are discovering the wonders of mobile photography or what fanatics fondly refer to as ‘iPhoneography.’ And with the recent roll out of Apple’s newest ecosystem, iOS 7, many mobile photographers are wondering whether upgrading to the new OS means anything to their photographs. Just like you, we are wondering the same about the new mobile system, thus let’s both take a look at the iOS 7’s latest innovation to its built-in camera and photo app.

Camera Interface

The camera app wasn’t technically changed for the iOS 7. In fact, the functionality of the latest camera remains the same as with its predecessor. However, the graphic interface of the Camera app was vastly improved for a more intuitive and responsive utilization. The look and feel of the new Camera are totally new.

Previously, the app featured a sleek chrome colored interface. Now, the Camera has dark borders with a few bright highlights. It seems like Apple wasn’t a fan of that shutter animation when you take photos; they have replaced that (quite honestly pointless) feature with a sudden flash. Those who got used to the skeumorphic effect might take a while to get used to the new animation.

Instead of cluttering the interface with tons of buttons for different commands, iOS 7 niftily employed a swipe-centric mode. You no longer have to go to the trouble of sifting through the options for a Panoramic shot.

Filters Galore

The App store says it all – users favor photography apps with endless options of filters. Camera360 rose to fame with its impressive glamour filters, and Hipstamatic did the same retro-style. That’s why Apple added the new Filters feature containingg eight (for now) different modes including Noir, Chrome, Mono, Fade, Transfer, Instant, Tonal, or Process. Filters are also available in the editing option on the new photo app discussed below.

It also enables you to shoot with the said filters live. This is only applicable to the iPhone 5 generation though.

Photo Storage and Sorting

With the 300 million photos being uploaded every day on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, Verizon said that storage space is a whole different ball game. Luckily, Apple overhauled the previously disorganized photo application of the old iOS 6. Classified and neatly arranged in chronological order, the photo stream is now categorized by Moments, Collections, and Years.

Additionally, the photo viewing mechanism is now optimized to make the most out of the Retina display that the iPhones boast of. Both of these features are great additions especially when you need a better preview of your photos to be sent for digitization.

Shared Streams are also rehashed in the iOS 7. What’s new is the Activity tab which functions similar to Instagram’s function of the same name. You can even choose between landscape or portrait stream viewing which is a welcome addition. A groundbreaking addition is the new capability to virtually invite other users to participate in your personal stream. This particular feature of the iOS 7 highlights the tech titan’s campaign to show the collaborative capabilities of the device. Together with the internal sharing between Apple devices through the Air Drop function, to the shared photo collaboration – Apple really outdid themselves with this.

The iOS 7 definitely turned the iPhone from a good photography device into the best mobile photography tool. What are your thoughts on Apple’s latest operating system for the Camera and Photo app?

 

 

Must-have Tech Gadgets For College Students

Technology has proven to be an effective educational tool for young and adult students. In this post, we’ll discuss the top gadgets you can fully maximize to bring out the A-student in you.

Before we discuss the nitty gritty of the topic, here are some facts about mobile usage in colleges and universities in the US. Based on a study, 73 percent of college students said that they can’t study without technology. In fact, most of them use their mobile devices when taking down notes. When communicating with professors, 91 percent inquire through email. Traditional books are now being replaced by e-readers, and more than half of the entire collegiate population create visuals and presentations using digital devices. In order to join the bandwagon, here are some of the gadgets that every college student should have:

A Smartphone

As mentioned by Edudemic.com, in many aspects, smartphone is similar to a small laptop. With this gadget, you can create a document, spreadsheet or even a class presentation. It may also come in handy when conducting an online research, editing a short video infomercial, scribbling down important notes and recording classroom lectures. When it comes to computing power, today’s mobile devices are no longer different from your PC. If you look at O2’s Galaxy S4 sign-up page, you’ll see that the Samsung’s latest phone is equipped with an 8-core CPU. This, so far, is the fastest and most powerful smartphone processor today.

Aside from functioning as an e-reader, with this device, you can also run apps that we’ve discussed previously to break your boredom inside the lecture hall.

A Computer

A PC is more ideal than a laptop, because notebooks have several limitations. Those who are majoring in film production, for example, needs a more robust machine to experiment with audio and video editing. Although you can’t bring your desktop PC in the classroom, its expandable RAM and hard disk space are just some of the things worth considering.

A Tablet

Do you find the smartphone too small for your needs? There are tons of tablet available in the market. There’s the iPad and tons of choices for an Android tab. If you’ll strictly use it for e-book reading, you can opt for a Kindle. Tablets are more portable than a laptop, therefore, you can use it while browsing books in the library or while walking in the hallowed halls of your university.

An External Drive

Do we still need this hardware now that Cloud computing is very much popular among students? Think of this scenario: If your computer breaks and there’s a network outage in the area, with an external hard drive, you can still retrieve your important files.  Plus, the Cloud has a limited storage and won’t even allow you to store huge files such as movies and programs.

Bluetooth printer

Although some professors won’t require academic papers, having a speedy printer around will be of great help. Why Bluetooth printer? This helpful machine isn’t limited to a single PC. You can print a note or e-book straight from your mobile device.

A loud alarm clock

Part of a student’s life is putting in a lot of hours into studying or partying. Those who usually sleep late and still needs to be in time for his or her lecture, needs to invest in a very loud alarm clock.

A good headset

To avoid noise-related conflicts with your college roommate, you need a headset when watching media files whether in your mobile phone or computer. Invest in a moderately expensive one that will last for years. Do not purchase a cheaper one that you will replace sooner than expected.

Some of the devices mentioned above are expensive while some are affordable. Our short list includes some of the tools that we think you’ll need throughout your college years. Do you want to add a gadget that you think falls in this category? Don’t forget to leave a comment below.

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