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Learn More Spend Less:

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work (9 of 10)So you have your new job and so far it’s going well. However, as you get started you realize “Hey, I think I may be into learning how to code.” This is great! Coding is an in demand skill and you’re investing in yourself. You go! That being said you’re current position is as an administrative assistant and you have no idea how you’ll afford an entry level coding class. Before you hang up your coding hat and slink back to your job, check out some of the websites that we researched and found for you! Whether you want to learn graphic design or English composition, Not only will they teach you what you want to learn, they’re’ free! Here are our favorites:

  1. Cousera boasts over 1500 classes and 140 partners from colleges across the globe. All courses are offered for free, but there is an offer to pay a fee to sign up for the “Signature Track.” This option provides certificates when you complete the classes. The courses are approximately four to ten weeks long, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. Coursera offers a mobile app for iOS and Android operating systems.
  2. Code Academy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages like Pytho, JavaPHPJavaScript (jQuery,AngularJS), and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. For people who want extra support, Codecademy also offers a subscription-based service called Codecademy Pro, which costs $20 a month and gives you an adviser and unit quizzes.
  3. EdX is made up of weekly learning experiences. Each exercise is composed of short videos broken up with interactive learning exercises. This allows for students to immediately practice the concepts from the videos. While EdX does offer certificates of successful completion, they do not offer course credit. Course credit is up to the sole discretion of the school. There are a variety of ways to take courses, including verified courses where students have the option to audit the course (no cost) or to work toward an edX Verified Certificate (fees vary by course).
  4. Digital Tutors, now Pluralsight states that it offers close to 4,000 courses in its catalog, has more than 750,000 individual subscribers and more than 6,000 corporate clients. The company has seen rapid growth in recent years, and has been named on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, ranking the #9 Top Education Company.
  5. Skillshare’s courses focus more on interaction than lecturing, with the primary goal of learning by completing a project. The main categories of learning are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology, with subtopics covering a myriad of skills. Skillshare offers a membership model, for $9.95 a month, as well as an open platform, where anyone can learn and anyone can teach. The Free Membership option gives learners the ability to watch a limited amount of class content each month at no cost.

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5 Reasons We Should Be Taking Culture Fit Seriously

culture imageAt 24 Seven we ensure our clients and candidates will have lasting partnerships. We’ve outlined the five key characteristics to look for in a company. Finding the right culture fit takes time, but it’s the greatest investment you’ll make.

  1. Low Turnover:

When it comes to your interview, don’t be afraid to ask how long the previous person worked in that role. Ideally, you want to learn and grow in a position for at least two years. Joining a company with happy co-workers who are passionate about what they do will make you want to work harder.

  1. Great Training:

It’s also important to ask what kind of training programs the company offers. Learning a new skill not only raises your worth in the eyes of corporate America, but can give you a personal boost of self-confidence. If your company doesn’t offer the training that you are interested in don’t be discouraged, a quick Google search will lead you to online classes that you can take on your own.

  1. No Egos:

Remember, you’re interviewing a company as much as they’re interviewing you. Come to that meeting with a plan of action on how you could grow the position by working with others. You want to be in a culture where employees get praised and rewarded on a job well done. Steer clear of environments where workers are pitted against each other. You’ll find the best work you do will come from the help of others.

  1. Feedback’s a must! 

Ask: does this company stage reviews regularly? Or, possibly even more importantly, do these reviews allow the employee to give their advice on the pros and cons of the process? Always make sure when you’re giving feedback to your boss, to start with what’s working first. As for what’s not working, come with a thoughtful solution for making things better. Never finger point or cast blame on co-workers.

  1. Work-Life Balance:

One of the key components to work-life balance is management. Great managers know how to delegate, train and hire the best talent. Work-life balance means 8-9 hour days with a lunch break, two weeks plus paid vacation and PTO days. The occasional late night or weekend work is okay, and should be expected. Come to work focused and stay on task. If you find yourself in the office late every night, never be afraid to ask for help, especially if it’s known you’re taking on a lot!

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9 Books For Your Morning Commute

For many city-dwellers, commuting to and from work is the most dreaded part of the day. Why not make use of that chunk of time to do something you will look forward to? Get lost in a good book! Reading is a great way to pass time and prepare your brain for the day ahead.

Uli Beutter Cohen from SubwayBookReview.com says “The subway feels like a microcosm of the New York literary world. Within one car, you can find it all: self-published novelties, the next bestseller and beloved classics. It’s the perfect place to get new ideas for what to read next and to discuss your favorite book with a stranger.”

We couldn’t agree more. We asked some 24 Seven Talent Thread readers what they are reading on their commutes and came up with an eclectic list of recommendations.

Whether in print or audible, be sure to check out these great titles — “but you don’t have to take our word for it.

 A Visit From The Goon Squad 

Anchor Books, 2011 – Fiction – 340 pages
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year:Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR’s On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption. (VIA Google Books)

The Girl on the Train

Transworld Publ. Limited UKJan 2, 2015 – Fiction – 316 pages
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‘Gripping, enthralling – a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read’ S J WATSON, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train. (VIA)

Brewing Up a Business

 Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Starting with nothing more than a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality in the form of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s best and fastest growing craft breweries.

For any entrepreneur with a dream, Brewing Up a Business, Second Edition presents an enlightening, in-depth look at what it takes to succeed on their own terms.  (VIA Amazon.com)

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

W. W. Norton & CompanyMar 31, 2014 – Business & Economics – 274 pages

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Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever. (VIA Google Books)

Anne of Green Gables

Sourcebooks, Inc.Feb 4, 2014 – Juvenile Fiction – 352 pages
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An unforgettable character beloved by generations of readers.

Redheaded orphan Anne Shirley longs for a real home, somewhere she can truly belong. When she first arrives at the Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island, it’s everything she ever imagined. But to stay, she’ll first have to convince Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert to adopt her. And that means controlling her temper (even when Gilbert Blythe calls her “Carrots”), staying out of trouble (and away from hair dye), and not getting too carried away with her daydreams (though she would make the perfect Lady of Shallot floating down the river). Anne might not always get it quite right, but she does keep things interesting. (VIA Google Books)

Bright Shiny Morning 

Harper CollinsOct 13, 2009 – Fiction – 544 pages
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One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original.

Dozens of characters pass across the reader’s sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA’s lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles. (VIA Google Books)

The Buried Book

The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

David Damrosch

Holt Paperback

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Adventurers, explorers, kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this “useful, entertaining and informative” story of the first great epic (The Washington Post) Composed in Middle Babylonia around 1200 BCE, The Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history: The Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 BCE, the clay tablets that bore the story were lost to the world, buried beneath ashes and ruins.

David Damrosch begins with the rediscovery of the epic in 1872 and from there goes backward in time, all the way to Gilgamesh himself. The Buried Book is an illuminating tale of history as it was written, stolen, lost, and–after 2,000 years and countless battles, conspiracies, and revelations–finally found. (VIA  Macmillan)

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

Picador

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Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, for the first time, Davis’s short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance.
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters. (VIA Macmillan)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

HarperCollinsJul 30, 2013 – Fiction – 224 pages
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A major new work from “a writer to make readers rejoice” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)—a moving story of memory, magic, and survival.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark. (VIA Google Books)

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5 Tips for Corporate Headshots

 

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by Michelle Kinney

24 Seven Photographer/Digital Media Specialist

So it’s time to update your business headshot. The grainy, cropped photo from Spring Break you’ve had up on LinkedIn doesn’t really represent your professional image these days.

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A grainy, cropped photo of Michelle from college

Let’s face it – this is more than just a photo. A corporate headshot can be seen anywhere and everywhere from your company’s website, your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Facebook…you name it!  It’s also a large part of the professional image (pun intended) you’re creating for yourself. We want our headshots to effortlessly say all the things about us that we want it to.

Do you find yourself puzzled as where to begin?

I’m here to help out with a few easy tips to get you started on your way to a great headshot you’ll love!

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Do Your Research

Sometimes your employer will provide you with a photographer for your official company photo. But when it comes to a corporate headshot that you will use across multiple media platforms, you’ll want to find your own photographer. Ask around to friends and colleagues to see who they have enjoyed working with. Do some online searches and spend time scrolling through professional portfolios. Whomever you hire, make sure you like their work! Most importantly, try to meet your photographer ahead of time. You want to vibe with a photographer that makes you feel comfortable! Which brings me to #2…

Relax!

Breath is life, so take a deep breath and RELAX! It’s nerve-racking, I get it! Before becoming a photographer, I was a professional singer for many years and I could never get used to having my photo taken. Odd but true. “I’m all dressed up, standing on a street corner, trying to smile and look natural. But nothing about this feels natural!”  I often will ask a client to make a funny face and do 10 jumping jacks to get started. It helps them to calm down and release any body tension. Whatever works!

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I love this shot of Kerin. She looks relaxed, friendly, approachable, and professional. Fantastic!

Attire

The headshot is all about your face, so it’s important not distract from the best part of you. Wear something that looks great and feels great — usually they are one and the same.  Solid jewel tones are your friends! They flatter any and all skin tones and look fantastic on camera. Busy patterns can often be distracting and look a bit dated. Try to keep the jewelry basic and the necklines simple.

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The perfect green jewel tone and necklace. So flattering!

Whatever the choice, make sure it fits well. A common mistake can be to wear a jacket that is slightly too large or small which can be quite noticeable on camera.

Joe’s jacket fits him perfectly! Great shot!

Make Sure Your Photo Looks Like You

I think the goal of a corporate headshot is to look friendly and approachable. You want to look like yourself on your best day, but not look like you tried too hard.  When I think of “trying too hard,” I picture glamour shots.

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Glamour Shot / Photo via http://www.thechive.com

 So let’s take a minute to collectively giggle and agree it’s best to keep it simple! For women I suggest to wear your hair as you would to a job interview. Feel free to splurge on a blowout! Keep the same idea in mind when applying makeup, just add a tad more than usual to stand up against the camera. Also, try not to cut or dye your hair right before the shoot.  Give it at least a week or so.  For the gentlemen, bring some oil sheets like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Oil Sheets to help with shine. A little translucent powder helps too! A little touch up here and there in Photoshop is great, but overall it’s good to keep airbrushing to a minimum.

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 Strike a Pose

If your photographer is shorter than you, politely suggest they stand on a step stool. I am 5 feet tall — exactly. I’d say the majority of my clients are much taller than I am so I make sure to carry a portable step stool with me on all shoots. Photographing someone from a slightly higher angle is always most flattering!  Be aware of your chin as well. Slightly forward and slightly down is just the ticket!

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5 Awesome Apps to Download This Week

Looking to download some great new apps for your smartphone? We’ve done our research, so look no further! If you’re doing some smartphone spring cleaning, be sure to make room for these awesome apps!

Soul Cycle

At last! SOUL CYCLE HAS AN APP!  As any avid Soul Cycle rider may know, the wait for an app was a long one. Tap and swipe to search for a nearby studio, favorite instructor, and reserve your favorite bike! Thank you Soul Cycle, we’ll be tappin’ it back with you soon!

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Inspiralized

With the growing popularity of gluten free menu options, and vegetable “pasta”, Ali Maffucci founded Inspiralized Blog. Her mission? To make creative, delicious and nutritious meals by transforming vegetables into “pasta” using a vegetable spiralizer.  Ms. Maffucci and Inspiralized.com are the definitive resource for cooking with a spiralizer. In addition to her blog and recently published cookbook, Inspiralized has an app! Perfect for anyone looking to make healthy meals at home, and great as a grocery shopping resource!  The app also includes featured recipes with gorgeous photos, and user friendly ingredient searches!

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HBO Now

It was only a matter of time until HBO joined the ranks of Hulu Plus and Netflix to offer a monthly subscription service. With more and more people cutting the cord and opting out of cable subscriptions, this is the perfect way to enjoy the excellent programming HBO has to offer.  Award winning shows like Game of Thrones, VEEP, and endless documentaries like The Jinx at our fingertips for only $14.99 a month? Yes please!

 

 

iExit

Ever been on a road trip and had to rely on billboards to find the next rest stop to walk your dog or grab a bite to eat — only to find that no pets are not allowed and the Starbucks has been turned into an oil change station? Frustrating. How awesome would it be to never rely on highway and billboard signs again? Look no further than iExit!  iExit uses a smartphone’s location to determine where a user is located on the interstate and then displays upcoming exits and businesses without the press of a button. Its powerful search engine allows users to filter upcoming exits by whatever they’re looking for, whether that’s for a business, an amenity, or a location. The Search experience has been completely rethought in it’s latest update and comes with 25 “preset searches” designed to quickly address common road trip needs.

 

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Sleep Cycle

Mornings can be a drag. Sometimes no matter how much sleep we get, waking up can feel just plain terrible! We’ve tried Sleep Cycle and we love the results! And you don’t have to take our word for it, it’s been featured in CNN, Wired, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The New York Times and many more.  Place your smartphone under your pillow and the app actually monitors your movement during sleep using the extremely sensitive accelerometer in your phone.  Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Amazing! Waking up the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Two thumbs up!

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