Government Job Openings May Just be for You

America has been humbled by this recession. Job security, opportunities and generous compensation packages feel like a thing of the past. But in these trying times, perhaps what would be perfect for you would be to look at Federal or State job openings. Here are some details about them.

Advantages

Working for Uncle Sam does have its benefits, the most obvious being inherent job stability, an impressive benefits package, and constant pay increases. And for those who feel good about helping others, the emotional payoff is quite high.

Availability

The following are the top government job openings available as of September 2009, along with their annual salaries.

– Office clerk – $32,457

– Registered nurse – $61,345

– Information technology specialist – $67,082

– Human resources specialist – $50,459

– Civil engineer – $73,151

– Accountant – $49,982

– Social worker – $53,550

Where and how to qualify

The best way to look for government job openings online is through usajobs.gov. Otherwise, it would be best to refer to your local government offices. There are about 35,000 jobs available on any given day.

How to get hired

The very first step in figuring out if you qualify is to admit if you are qualified or not. With an application time that takes about 12 hours, failing to meet at least 80% of the requirements will make it a waste of time. Be sure to prepare your resume and a personal essay that explains why you are qualified for the job.

Keeping Employee Satisfaction Alive

Even if you do have a job these days, you may feel that you’re in a cage. Maybe your company’s going through rough times. Maybe there are new people whom you have difficulty working with. It could even simply be a matter of being in the same job for what seems like too long a time.

Here are job satisfaction motivation and performance tips that can help you get that spark back into your working life.

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Keeping yourself busy in new directions is one way to prevent stagnation. Keep your job satisfaction and motivation high by volunteering for challenging assignments and new responsibilities. You’ll never know until you ask your boss. Your boss may be more receptive than you think.

Keep Alert

Another way to keep your job satisfaction high is through performance. Avoid being stuck in an unproductive frame of mind. Strive to keep a good attitude and excellent work ethic. This will be noted by your colleagues and supervisors, and will be shining example of your professionalism

Be up to date

Education should be an ongoing process. Participate in all training opportunities, seminars and development programs. These will keep you open-minded and intellectually sharp. Your marketability will also be strengthened by your growing list of skills and qualifications.

Keep the door open

Employee satisfaction isn’t just about staying put. Always have your network working. Allow yourself to be passively available for other job offers. Who knows, you may find a better job simply by being the best you can be in your current one.

Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’m not even sure how to approach this book. On the one hand, Cassandra Clare has made some awesome side characters that I have come to adore, as well as some amazingly hilarious and witty one liners (which I have mentally noted down in hopes of using it one day). On the other hand, I felt as if the actual main characters and the plot and just everything was, well, meh.

 

I’ve read Cassandra Clare’s works before- I read The Infernal Devices (a prequel series) before I even touched these books and they were pretty good. Not amazing or anything, but good. So, since this was the ‘origin’ of the whole franchise, I decided I had to try it. People had been screaming in my face (in the non literal sense you get on the internet where they use caps locks and talk about it all the time) about it, so there must have been something that made it click. So I read. And got bored. And finished the novel. Then I read the rest of the trilogy for the sake of it.And then I found out there were three more books. Easter eggs rule.

 

Now, I’ve heard a lot of speculation about the whole ‘Cassandra Clare uses other stories as a basis’ theory. Yes, I’ve heard about it. No, I don’t want to talk about it because this is a book review. End of story.

 

Let’s talk about the things I liked first- the side characters. From Alec Wayland, best friend and parabasal (which is basically like having a best friend be your warrior soul mate) to Jace and Simon Lewis, Clary’s so called best friend, Cassandra Clare has managed to make some pretty awesome side characters. They had their own backstories, weren’t cardboard plot pieces and to be frank, any of them would have made better main characters than the actual main characters. We’ll get back to that later.

 

What I really, really loved about this book though- was the dialogue. The dialogue was amazing- and I felt that it showcased Cassandra’s writing skills more than her flowery descriptions ever did. I’d seen some of it before in a Victorian time period with Infernal Devices, but the dialogue was really something that I enjoyed. Cassie was just really in touch with her characters- she knew how they spoke and none of the dialogue was awkward. Take a passage from my favourite character, Simon:

 

“That’s why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don’t say anything, they just nod. The nod means, ‘I’ am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,’ but they don’t say anything because they’re Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.”

The awkwardness is so beautiful. Now, talking about beautiful, let’s mention some people who were somewhat less beautiful in my eyes as they graced the pages.

 

Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, our two main characters.

 

What can I say about them? They’re just very standard YA characters in today’s world- especially in the paranormal world, it seems. Clary is whiny and isn’t very interesting but boys adore her. Jace is a bit of a prick (and has a dark, dark past), but girls adore him. Don’t defend Jace here- he admits it right here (as a shameless way for me to show you more pretty dialogue):

“The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”

It was the dialogue and the fact that Jace knew he was being mean that saved him just a little bit, but he was just very standard and I didn’t have a huge swoon fest as I did with the boys in Infernal Devices. I mean, I got the appeal- I just didn’t like it as much as others did.

 

The plot was pretty much the same as Jace and Clary- not particularly interesting, nor amazingly spectacular. It was passable, and while there were some areas where I was vaguely interested, it wasn’t the most exciting read, plot wise. The world building was decent- maybe it’s just the whole paranormal thing that put me off.

 

Speaking of things that put me off- the writing. It was just so flowery and over similised (which is not a word,but it refers to the overuse of similes) and it was just so unnecessary at times. A small description would have been fine, and I felt that some areas were just overstated. It would have been nice to keep it simple.

 

Overall, City of Bones was a pretty unremarkable read. It wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near my favorites. The dialogue and side characters were a saving grace, but I never really connected with the story. 2.5 stars.

Making Prospective Movie Investors Buy Now than Later

Every business has its ups and downs and not all businesses will see its progress right from the start. When you enter into a business you cannot expect that it can take off right away, right after you launch it. This is also true in the movie industry and when you are into filmmaking, do not expect that it will ripen right away.

If you are into this business you cannot expect that you will be the winner right away. This only happens in fairy tales. In the real world you have to continuously refine and adjust, to be the real winner in the end.

You may have a very good movie idea, good concept, and the project very awesome. This independent move project of your may be the ideal concept, you think, but despite its being very revolutionary you are not seeing people see this or try this. This is probably because the project is new and never been tested, and despite having no competitor nobody is buying it.

Your new independent filmmaking venture may be new in the business and without yet the expected competitors. But you are not experiencing people to try it or see it, is this because you are new and haven’t got the people’s trust? Is it because people have not heard or read about your company?

Just like any business you’re promoting your new venture. You are also marketing and selling to people who are new in the business. To these people you are a new concept that is still alien to them, having not encountered like yours before. In this process you will still have to build trust, and this can mean a very long process that you have to undergo.

Many people have these challenges may falter or quite even before they are halfway through the challenge. Will this happen to you? You may still be the winner, after all. Anyway, there is a cool idea where you can show and offer your concept to people. This is Crowdfunding. There are sites in the internet where you can explore and find out what this is all about.

Crowd finding will allow you to lay out your movie ideas to a crowd of people who are online. These kinds of people may be those who are the enthusiastic kind about sponsoring a movie. But do not source out your entire budget through this method. Limit your crowd funding campaign to a few thousand dollars. This is because you are only trying to sell your movie concept and source out your initial funding. Source out your entire budget through this method will bound to fail.

This is probably a more saleable sales pitch for your prospective investors. This is because you are selling the concept and not the whole project. Because you have now gathered a few thousand dollars you can now finish your independent movie project. You are going to satisfy your sponsors with the finished project.

All these can mean that your new filmmaking project and concept is the ideal thing and you can source out your initial audience through crowd funding. You can also make the initial steps in doing the distribution and other things which you can have control of.

Although there are no business guarantees to think of, like many businesses, you are proving that your concept is cool and awesome and you can source out an audience. This may make prospective movie investors buy now than later.mo

Book Review: The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

Review of: The Krishna Key

Book By Ashwin Sanghi: Ashwin Sanghi

Rating: 2

Summary:

The Krishna Key is a lame attempt by the author to write a Dan Brown novel

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(*Spoiler Alerts*)

A Bollywood Producer and his favourite director was having a discussion about how media has been continuously blaming them of blatantly ripping off Hollywood movies.

 

Producer: We should think off a new idea to copy paste from Hollywood movies. The straightforward rip off is kinda boring now.

Director: (Thinks for a while and then jumps off with joy) Eureka Eureka.

Producer: What? What?

Director: Why do not we ask one of the indian book writers to rip off the source book itself on which a hollywood movie is based ? We can then make a movie on the local book ?

Producer: Brilliant idea. We can then buy rights of the indian version and media can’t technically blame us of ripping off the story from the hollywood movie.

Director: Great, The Da Vinci Code is just out in the market. Instead of Jesus, we can replace the character with our own Krishna.

Producer: Awesome, I have recently read a forward email about how Taj Mahal was a hindu temple and how its name was derived from Tejo Mahalya. Include that in the story too.

 

And this is how The Krishna Key was born.

 

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Almost all the reviews you would read about this book will tell you that how similar it is to The Da Vinci Code. This was my try.

Oh and if the review sounds lame, blame Ashwin Sanghi. I just finished the book.

 

To be honest, if the author did not have desperately tried to be dan brown, The Krishna Key could have been an interesting read.

 

PS: One star for the book and the other for references and Acknowledgements at the end of the book. It has youtube Links to some very interesting documentaries. If you are unable to finish the book, I recommend checking out those videos for sure.

Book Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window By Jonas Jonasson 2

What will you say about the life of man who happens to have given both Stalin and Truman the atomic bomb, almost assassinated Winston Churcill, crossed the Himalayas, created vodka out of goat’s milk, been in prisons all over the world and a penchant for missing death by whiskers on multiple occasions

Yes, that’s how the life of Mr. Allan Karlsson is as portrayed by the author and while the storyline often borders on the absurd you have to give it to the author for having the imagination to construct such a fictional drama which gives you enough chuckles on the way.

As for the present in the story, The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window is a harmless story turned into a criminal and murderous theft and how completely weird characters come together to navigate. Despite Mr. Allan Karlsson being the main protagonist of the story, the author has done justice to other supporting characters and they stand out on their own.

All said and done it is not your typical comic fiction! But that’s what made the book a nice read for me. It has been quite sometime I have read a book that delightfully surprised me and delivers humors not only through the language but also the absurdity of parts of the story itself.

 

“A bizarre yet highly entertaining fiction comedy spanning some of the most critical political moments ever known to mankind with a bunch of swedes, criminals and dumb people to complete the plot.”

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Book Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window By Jonas Jonasson

Product by: Jonas Jonasson

Rating:4

Summary:

A bizarre yet highly entertaining fiction comedy spanning some of the most critical political moments ever known to mankind with a bunch of swedes, criminals and dumb people to complete the plot

The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window, an international best seller starts off as anything but that. But then again, you don’t expect much from a story that happens to be about a 100 year old man! How exciting can a 100 year old man’s story be? But that’s where you get sucked into the equal parts bizarre and foolishly humorous life of a certain Mr. Allan Karlsson (the said 100 year old man). The book then moves in two sections, one detailing the current events in the life of the 100 year old man and one taking you through the past life of Mr. Allan Karlsson, right from his birth. I am biased to say that I liked the latter more but then again, both the parts complement each other well and lends some credibility to the fictional monster that the author has written.

The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window is a story of a certain 100 year old man who on his birthday decides to jump out of the window of the old age home he lives in. He has no plan of where he wants to go but one after the other, the chain of events that follow makes for one hell of a post 100 year life (if it were real). Now, before you can try and make sense of the old man’s actions you are introduced to his past life starting from his birth in Sweden and that’s where you really start understanding the character of Mr. Allan Karlsson. And one hell of a character he turns out to be!