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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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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks

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Photo : Michelle Kinney

Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)

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“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

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“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

 

#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)

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“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney

 

Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)

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“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)

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“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)

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“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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The 5 Beauty Apps (And Sites!) That Make Looking Good Easy.

Beautiq is where beauty comes to you. Get everything from color, waxing and extensions in the comfort of your home. With services starting at $30 and up, it’s an accessible luxury for every beauties’ wallet

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With Pretty In My Pocket you can scan barcodes on products and see what people are saying about them. You can also review your faves and get connected with other product-lovers in your network:

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Modiface, virtual makeover was made for professionals. Just upload your headshot and the app allows you to precisely apply your makeup. After you’re done, choose what looks you like and the app will direct you to where you can find your favorite products.

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Byrdie is THE beauty site that goes perfectly with your cup of coffee in the morning. Excellent for inspiration and information on trends and ancient techniques.

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Perfect 365 is your beauty go-to when you want  to fake it till you make it. Upload your photo and use Perfect 355 to get rid of dark circles, lengthen your lashes, and adjust color tones.

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Our Top 5 Style Apps Right Now

We’re raving about these fashion and beauty apps right now. The technology being applied to the fashion world is allowing us to organize our closets Cher Horowitz-style and do our makeup with our phones. Take a look!
Go Try It On
Go Try It On is a social style network where you can ask the questions you need to know in the moment, “Can I wear this… with this?” Get opinions from fashion bloggers and your social media friends, instead of having to rely on sales people who may not have your best interest in mind.
POSE
Pose, a style app we’ve raved about before, is a place where you can get your fashion inspiration by looking at others’ style. You can also give your own fashion advice by uploading pics of your favorite looks. As an extra incentive to join the Pose community you can also buy and sell items.
Closet +
Closet + allows you to organize images of everything in your closet. You can create outfits quickly using their customized ‘Grid’. And, you can arrange things so you can see what looks were worn last, their price and how much value you’re getting from them. You can plan ahead, create packing lists, and, if you’re a stylist, you can have multiple closets saved.
Men's hairstyles
Men’s Hairstyles allows you to try on over 140 men’s hair cuts and get your face on with mustache and beard options. You can also get opinions, so go ahead, open yourself up to the ridicule or cheering on of your friends!
Mirror Free
Mirror Free an app for when you’re on the go, you can see how you’re lookin’. Chicest part? You can use settings for office light, evening, and daytime depending on where you’re headed.

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