7+ Great Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed

7+ Great Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed

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Getting your resume noticed is the first step towards a successful employment, and it may lay down the path of the rest of the recruitment stages. Sure, your working experience, skills and personalities may very well be the deciding factor as to whether you or the next candidate get employed or not. Yet, if you do not present your qualities in a coherent manner, the recruiter would not be able to objectively assess you as a suitable candidate. Sometimes, recruiters may be carried away by drudgery of work or deadlines and simply missed out a potential employee because the resume doesn’t look very different from the rest of the cohort. It would be such a waste.

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You need to create a resume that brings out the best of what you possess, and do it in such a way that it looks appealing enough to get their attention. Earlier on, I showcased an entry with some really exceptional resumes that are perhaps more fitting for graphic designing posts: Land Your Dream Job With 25 Innovative Resume Ideas. In this post, however, I’m giving some pointers for those who are more comfortable with the ‘traditional’ kind of resumes where the unspoken rule is to look professional. Even so, there are still ways to tweak and tune your resumes to make it unique and secure you that follow-up interview.

1. Avoid cliche words

After reading one resume after another, the HR personnel would probably get sick of a couple of reused words common among resumes. Words and phrases to describe your past work experiences such as ‘responsible for’, ‘successfully’, ‘developed’, etc, lost their meanings in the pile of seemingly similar resumes.

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If you wish to stand out and get chosen from that crowd, you’ve got to play around with unfamiliar wordings or phrasings. Do a simple search on the net and you can easily find power verb lists like this one from ResumeEdge.

Also equally important, you need to present evidence on what you label yourself as. Everyone had a different experience as to what leads them to call themselves ‘innovative’ or ‘team player’, for instance. It is these experiences which distinguish each individual candidate. Explain what you meant by being a ‘team player’ that you are. One example would be to say that you willingly sacrifice your interest for the good of the team in a particular project. The more specific you are, the more you can stand out from the rest.

2. Have an ‘adaptable’ resume

As much as possible, don’t send the same resume to every organization which you are applying for. It’s better to modify your resumes in accordance to the job requirements stated for the particular post. In other words, you should have a resume which ‘adapts’ to the situations. Now, how should you do that?

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First, you need to consider the format of the resume. When you list down your work experience and skills, should you use a functional or reverse chronological style?

A functional resume categorizes your work experience and skills by skill area of job function. For example, if you had worked under a variety of executive posts in the past, you might have amassed a substantial amount of experience in project managements, planning-related tasks and so forth. What you can do is you create headings such as ‘Project Management’ and ‘Planning’, and you list down in bulleted style the different accomplishments you have under the appropriate headings.

We are more accustomed to the reverse chronological style where we simply list down our work experience over the past decade or so, starting with the most recent one. The recruiter can easily read and comprehend how the candidate progressed in his or her career over time, and see what were the competencies gained through each stage of the progression.

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As you probably can tell, a functional resume allows the recruiter to easily assess the skill sets you possess, and is especially helpful if they are matched to the job requirements. This will be great for those who are making a career switch because they would have lack relevant work experiences pertaining to the new post. Yet, they will be able to single out specific responsibilities they held in their past jobs that are applicable to this post.

On the other hand, a reverse chronological resume would benefit those who sticking to their career path as they apply for the new post. This is because those previous posts would be deemed related in terms of job scopes to the current post you are applying.

Secondly, the resume should illustrate how you, as a potential employee, can help the organization with your skills and experience. Every organization is different when it comes to their vision, values and culture. You would need to do your research well enough to know how you can contribute to the organization, and sell that through your resume. By selling, I mean you need to know what they look for in a candidate, and show that you have those qualities.

3. Be Concise and Neat

When writing a resume, you can imagine that the person reading it has a really short attention span. If he or she reads for 20 seconds and don’t see any point reading further, your resume will be placed on the ‘rejected’ pile. This is understandable because they need to go through hundreds and hundreds of resumes like yours. This is why you will need to get to the point and captivate the recruiter enough to examine your piece.

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Writing on and on with chunks of words wouldn’t help the recruiter assess whether you are the right person for the job. If they need to pick out your skills and experience for you, then you have failed. You will need to help them do that by writing in bulleted style to enhance the readability. There’s no one specific format to follow for bullets, but just keep in mind that the purpose is to organize information about yourself clearly for them.

Given that recruiter has only that limited amount of time for each resume, do remember to keep your resume short. A rule of the thumb is to restrict it to two pages maximum. Well, you may have lots of things to say about yourself, but choose those stuffs which are especially relevant for the job. Pick words wisely, choosing those that strikes a balance between being overly cliché and being informative. When you are doing your editing, you will be surprise by how many words you can actually leave out without compromising your content.

4. Write a Career Summary/Objective

It will be time consuming for any recruiters to read every single resume in its entirety, so most of them would only browse through and pick out the main draw of your resume. Why not help them do that by having a career summary or objective at the beginning? That way, you can score point for consolidating your facts into a neat paragraph for clarity, and you can orientate the recruiter to areas which you wish to highlight.

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Some articles on resume-writing assert that career summary or objective may be outdated because employers are less interested in what you want to achieve in your career than what you can do for them. However, I believe that any job recruitment process involves two parties; the job applicant and the employer. A seasoned employer would recognize the importance of job-fit between the applicant and the job as a good predictor of future performance and company loyalty. A career summary or objective would allow you to voice out your aspirations so that the recruiter can assess whether you would belong in the company.

You can declare your own career goals, but at the same time, try to relate those to how you can contribute to the company. At the same time, highlight your past major achievements to the recruiter such that you can induce him or her to read further and discover more about you. And as always, try to keep it short, concise and straight-to-the-point.

5. Quantify Achievements Wherever Possible

If you are out there trying to catch the eye of the recruiter through your resume, you’ve got to include in details which would separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. You may be in charge of a team for a specific project in your previous company, but you need the numbers to back you up and strengthen your claims.

Instead of simply putting ‘Led a team in research project’, you should also say how many people were in your team, and what the output was in quantifiable amount. Now, the claim become much more complete when you write, ‘Led a team of 5 in research project which cuts down annual operational costs of company by $xxxxx.

You see, there are many people out there who can lead a team, implement programs or whatever. The only way to differentiate yourself is through the results of what it is that you do. Assigning numbers to these accomplishments ultimately translate into what you can value-add to the company you are applying for, and that’s what really appeals to recruiters out there.

6. Explain gaps

One of the things you can be sure that the recruiter would ask you in your interview are those gaps in your resume. If you make it to the interview, that is. To be safe, fill in the gaps for them even in your resume. Briefly explain why you were unemployed for a year or two, and what you did during those times.

If you simply leave the gap unaccounted for in your resume, it might give the recruiter the impression that you have something to hide, or that you didn’t check through your piece. It’s possible that rather than setting up an interview to find out what it was all about, the recruiter might just prematurely conclude that it would be a waste of time to do so. You wouldn’t want to take that chance with your dream company.

7. Integrate keywords of job post

According to CNN, 51% of all resumes are processed via a tracking system that works by detecting keywords. These keywords are chosen based on what the recruiters are looking for in candidates, and are usually found in the job advertisement itself. With the increasing number of online submissions of resumes, turning to such system is an obvious solution for the recruiter to effectively screen out candidates.

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As such, you as an applicant should do some research on your own to find out what qualities or skill sets are expected of candidates. Fortunately, this tracking system is likely to be only used at the early stages of screening, so all you need to do is make sure that you enter in the most basic prerequisites of the job.

Bonus: Visual appeals?

I’m sure that when most of you think of resumes, the first few things that come into your mind is that they have to be professional, neat and preferably in no-nonsense black-and-white. But if you are also hoping that yours would be able to be distinct from other resumes, you wonder if colors or visual appeals would make a difference.

Yes, it probably would, but you don’t want yours to stand out for the wrong reasons. In ‘Land Your Dream Job With 25 Innovative Resume Ideas‘, you see lots of really creative and out-of-the-box ideas for resumes, something that you would least expect from resumes. Like I said, if you are going for graphic designing jobs, you might consider those ideas to illustrate your designing capabilities. But if you are eyeing for a position which has little to do with graphics, I suggest you go conservative with visual appeals.

Now, what can you do to make your resume a little different? First of all, you have to remember that visual appeal has the primary purpose of facilitating the recruiter in reading the resume. It should not distract him or her. In fact, it should be used to accentuate keywords. So, bold or italicize your texts in areas which you want to emphasize.

If you do use colors, try to limit the range of colors that you use; it can get too distracting. Personally, I only use a light blue background and dark blue lines to segregate the various headings and sections. I applied them because it easily enables the reader to see where each section begins and ends.

Author: Michael Poh/by hongkiat

Michael is a freelance blogger from Singapore. He is currently an undergraduate in National University of Singapore majoring in Psychology. He is an enthusiastic video gamer and has a keen interest in CG artworks.

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Brainstorming Tips and Techniques for Freelancers

Brainstorming is the secret weapon of every freelancer and entrepreneur. It helps us recall everything we know about the subject and any related ideas to it. Whether we realize it or not, brainstorming is at the root of every venture we undertake, be it a product, project or something as simple as a blog post.

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There’s a reason freelancers swear by the powers of brainstorming. A single brainstorming session can create new and creative ideas that either make you more productive or help you find a solution to your problem. It’s a great way to extract all the information you have and what you need to know more about. It allows you to notice connections and patterns in the information and helps you create an outline.

Knowing the importance of brainstorming, how can we use it to take our projects to next level? How do we brainstorm effectively? The following tips and techniques will help you get the most out of your brainstorming exercise.

Mind maps

Mind mapping is the easiest and most popular form of brainstorming. They’re especially effective if you’re brainstorming on your own. A mind map is a graphical representation of all your ideas linked to and arranged around one central idea, problem or topic.

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There are no rules to it apart from jotting down everything that comes in your head. Your mind map can be hierarchical or in a tree branch format. You can either do mind map on a paper or use an online program like Mind Meister which lets you save, import and export your mind maps and comes with a free version as well.

Brain dumps

Brain dumps are the most fun. Take a piece of paper or open up your word processor and start writing everything that comes to mind. There’s no rule saying it has to be related to the project.

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If you’re brainstorming logo ideas for a client and find yourself thinking about lunch, note down what you want to have. Trust me, it’s much more productive this way. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck trying to come up with logos while your mouth is watering as you’re thinking about food.

Collaboration

If you find yourself stuck for ideas, talk to someone and invite them on board for the project. Get them to brainstorm with you and compare notes. More often than not, your brainstorming partner will pick up something you might have missed, find a correlation or come up with a unique angle that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.

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If you don’t want to partner up on the project, that’s fine. You can still get them to collaborate with you for brainstorming as long as you return the favour.

Reverse brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming can work in two ways. The first is to visualize the result you want to achieve and then work your way back to the start. For example, if you want to write a blog post, then depending on how you write, your reverse thinking timeline will look something like:

  • Respond to comments
  • Publish post
  • Format post
  • Write post
  • Create an outline of the post
  • Write title

This technique helps you concentrate on areas that you may take for granted and highlights anything that you might have missed. In the example above, you might realize that you didn’t pay attention to the formatting of the post and now know that you need to do.

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The second way is to ask yourself the opposite question of what you’re trying to achieve. First, ask yourself ‘How do I achieve these results?’ and then ask ‘How do I achieve the exact opposite?’

Let’s take this blog post for example. When brainstorming the ideas for this post, I wanted to make this post exceptional. So I asked myself ‘How can I make this post amazing?’ I drew up a blank. I spent an hour looking at my outline for this post trying to figure out how to make it amazing.

Then I decided to ask myself ‘How can I make this post mediocre?’ The answer was staring me right in the face – for both this question and the one above. I could make this post mediocre by simply explaining the tips and techniques for brainstorming and not giving any examples and not showing how to use these tips.

Group sessions

Group sessions are great for getting past ideas that have you stuck. If you’re stuck at a particular section of your project, a group brainstorming session can be your ticket to clarity. The people in your group bring their own experience and knowledge that will help you find ideas for solving your problem.

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It’s not necessary for the group members to be from the same field as you. As long as they have a rudimentary understanding of what you’re trying to solve, their ideas can be invaluable.

Sometimes, even input from someone who has no idea what you’re talking about can help. Encourage them to ask questions and propose any idea that comes to their head – even if it seems silly. Having a novice’s perspective on your problem may just be what you need to find a solution.

Ask Questions

Asking questions is a great way to come up with ideas and answers to your problems. Use prompters like what, where, who, when, and how.

Suppose you’re creating a website for a dentist, ask ‘Who is the customer?’ The answer will be, people who have problems with their teeth. Next, ask, ‘What kind of problems do they have? To which you’ll answer ‘Toothaches, cavities, dentures, etc’ and so on until you have all information you need.

Set A Time Limit

Setting a time limit is a great technique if you’re pressed for time or haven’t been able to brainstorm successfully. It forces you to focus and come up with as many ideas as it can in the given time.

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The duration of the time limit depends on you. The limit has to be short enough to instil a sense of urgency but long enough to allow you to record all your ideas. If you’re trying this technique for the first time, start with 10 minutes.

For bigger projects, break your tasks down in small chunks and then brainstorm them one by one. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the project.

SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is an analysis of your project’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Doing a SWOT analysis will give you a clear idea of what you have, what you need, what you can capitalize on and what you need to improve.

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Reflection

The beauty of brainstorming is the lack of rules. It all depends on you. If you’re a list creator then you’re free to brainstorm through them. If you’re a graph lover then you’re more than welcome to go crazy with print or virtual graphs.

The only thing you need to do before you start brainstorming is:

  • Identify and elaborate the problem
  • Set rules for your brainstorming session (how many people per group in case of group sessions, time limit, etc)
  • Understand that there is no such thing as a bad or silly idea.
  • How do you brainstorm and what is your favourite brainstorming technique?
Author: Samar Owais by hongkiat

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A real-world test of Google Goggles visual search (photos)

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As Google continues to build out its search technology, the company has gradually expanded beyond browser-based text search to include voice and image searches.

The experimental Google Goggles is one such project: an image-based search service that allows people to submit an image and get Web-based search results pulled from Google’s massive archive of indexed photos and images. It’s currently available only on Android-powered smartphones, but a Google developer is working on a side project to incorporate the same functionality into future versions of the company’s Chrome Web browser.

The concept is simple enough: snap an image with your phone, and let Google Goggles search the Web for results based on the image you’ve submitted. But it’s not always easy to execute.

I put Google Goggles to the test on my Motorola Droid running Android 2.0.1. Logos and text seem to be the simplest tasks for Goggles to handle. It had no problem identifying an older version of the CNET logo, returning results with an image of the logo as well as our Web site, cnet.com. Other tests didn’t go quite as well.

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10 Famous Places in the World

10 Famous Places in the World

I love going in different places but I don’t have any money to spend… I’m still lucky because I have a connection in the internet, I can do it by just surfing the net where I can go any where I want…

1. Paris

France, the capital, Paris or the City of Lights, is situated by the river Seine lies in the northern part of France and a big city and it is a vibrant and attractive as well as the home of more than two million Parisians. Paris in a few places in the twelfth century, including the famous Cathedral of Notre de Paris and of course, the nineteenth century the world famous Eiffel Tower. Paris is known for the good sport that one can savor, including operas, which are Garnier opera house’s largest opera as well as more modern Bastille Opera.

2. Spain

Spain is a wonderful country that attracts many tourists thanks to its sun holidays and cheaper climes and is also a lot to see and do in Spain. Spain’s most famous and popular holiday destinations in Europe. To name a few places to see included in Spain Estepona, Granada, Costa Calida, Valencia, Costa Blanca, and of course, Madrid “, the capital city!

3. United States of America

United States, or in the United States of America is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, located in North America. U.S. claims that a large number of tourist attraction and one is that the years to explore all of them! Some are to mention the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the spot of the former World Trade Center in New York, Disneyland, Lincoln Park, and Las Vegas – the entertainment capital of the world.

4. China

The third largest country in the world, “China is an important places in Asia, with great ethnic as well as cultural diversities. Apart from being home to one of the world’s seven wonders of the Great Wall, which also can be seen on the From space, China has many attractive tourist attractions from the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province’s Hangzhou to Hong Kong’s gardens.

5. Rome

Rome, a city with a certain air of timelessness about it, and the capital of Italy’s most populous country in the commune. Easter in Rome in the tourist season begins and continue until October, spring and autumn is the peak period when the tourists poured in from different parts of the world. In some places, must be included in Rome to see the Roman Forum, concrete Roman Colosseum, pantheon, St. Peterâ Square – Colonnades.

6. Greece

Greece is a wonderful country that has a very rich history of the culture and values as well as home to the earliest civilizations and the birthplace of the Olympics. Greece is a popular tourist destination that sees more than fifteen million tourists visited the country to Greece every year for himself to address. Greece’s a lot to offer, including the Acropolis, Peloponnese, the ancient temple of Hephaestus: AgoraÂ, Athens, National Archaeological MuseumÂ: Andros Island, and many interesting festivals, such as Rockwave Festival.

7. Goa

Goa, with its attractive beaches, exciting night, foreign cuisine, and historical edifices, and a unique mix of Konkani and Portuguese, is a summer vacation at any time after a lot of demand for places in India. Another aspect of you may note Goa carnival atmosphere is wear it all the time. This is an event you can not really think much of India. Vacation for a difference, it is the place you should visit.

8. Mexico

Mexico, or the United Mexican States as it is known officially, it is a wonderful country located in South Texas and North America is a part of. Mexico is the seventeenth largest country in the world with more than two thousand and ten to twelve per cent of the various species of the world’s biodiversity.

9. Egypt

Popularly known as the land of the Pharaohs and the pyramids – Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations in North East Africa. From the sea of red attractions in the Sinai desert to Abu Simbel and Cairo, Egypt, a destination that you need a magical journey at least once in their lifetime!

10. Thailand

Thailand is known that at one of the kingdom of Thailand lies in the South East Asia and is home to several indigenous culture. Thai culture, the impact of China and India are key, along with some other cultures of this beautiful country from neighbouring countries. Special interests are tourist island of Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Liberia Samui, and of course the capital of Bangkok.

25 Wonderful Places To Visit In Your Lifetime!

Grand Canyon:

Grand Canyon is the steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in Arizona State of United States. The powerful sources that cause an impact on the Grand Canyon is erosion, first is by water and second is by wind.

Nearly 5 million people visit the 1 mile deep Grand Canyon every year. Planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon national park provides a great relief for you and your family.

The best time to visit Grand Canyon is during the summer, fall and mild spring, but most locals agree that winter is the great time to visit. There are various camp grounds both on the top and floor of the Grand Canyon. Camping at the floor of the Grand Canyon needs a permit from the country office.

Great Barrier Reef:

This is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem. It is one of the top travel destinations in Australia. You can see it from the outer space and it is the world’s largest single structure, which is made of living organisms.

The reef supports 10,000 species which consists of 1500 types of fishes and 200 kinds of birds. This beauty inspires many of the travelers to visit the place.

Florida:

This state built its entire identity with tourism. This is the south eastern state in the US. It is a most popular winter destination. Florida is also called as the Sunshine State. Central Florida is conquered by Orlando and it is well known coterie of theme parks, sea world, universal studios, Disney world, and many more attractions to tourists.

The South Island:

The South Island of New Zealand is characterized by grand open landscapes. The island is well known for spectacular fiords, large beach forests, golden sand beaches and broad plains. Everybody can enjoy the travel to south island.

The south island has ten national parks. These parks incorporate world heritage sites, lakes, glaciers, fiords, native forest, coastline, and world class hiking tracks. The fabulous scenery across the south land attracts many people to plan vacation.

Cape Town:

Cape Town is situated at the tip of the African Continent. The only way to understand and enjoy Cape Town is by experiencing the unique range of multicultural lifestyles and scenic national surroundings for yourself.

During the summer season, Cape Town is filled with holiday makers enjoying the hot weather, sunny beaches and beautiful scenery. So, if you want to spend your time during holiday season, it is best to make reservations as soon as possible. Before reaching the place, have a rough idea about the places around Cape Town, which you want to visit.

Golden Temple:

This temple has a glorious setting and it exists in the middle of the large blue sacred pool. Don’t miss the peaceful and interesting ritual that goes inside the two-story golden temple. When you take a tour to India, you should visit the golden temple.

Las Vegas:

Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada. This is commonly referred to as entertainment capital of the world. The city has great casino hotels and creates a fantasy like atmosphere. Las Vegas is a great travel destination for honeymooners and travel addicts.

A trip to Vegas is usually a trip to “the strip”, about 20 long blocks of neon lights, public drinking and casinos.

Sydney:

Sydney is the economic powerhouse of Australia. The place is full of sun-drenched natural attractions, delicious and daring restaurants, dizzy skyscrapers, friendly folk and wonderful shopping, so most of the travel addicts want to visit the place. You can take a trip to Sydney at any time of the year.

New York:

New York is the USA’s largest metro area. The city is a great center for fashion, culture, finance, research, media, food, art, and trade. The city consists of 5 boroughs and each is differentiated by its own culture.

New York is cinematic. Every year this is a backdrop for about 200 movies.

Taj Mahal:

According to most of the travelers, Taj Mahal, most beautiful building, in India is one of the great wonders of the world. This is a hybrid of many artistic styles. Once you visit Taj Mahal, you can enjoy various places near it.

The river side behind Taj Mahal provides a wonderful environment. You can enjoy greatly along with your family.

Canadian Rockies:

Canadian Rockies is one of the most spectacular places of the earth. This place has potential outdoor opportunities and world class resorts. Visit the two national parks of Canadian Rockies and find why most of the travelers choose Canadian Rockies as their home away home [Canada Travel].

This place offers you the best of the best. It offers you the hikes that you don’t want to miss, scenic drives and many more natural highlights. You can go for the vacation even along with your children.

Winter is a great time to enjoy the place. During this time, you can try sports like skiing, snowshoeing and then relaxing around a roaring fire on every evening.

Uluru:

Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Planning to visit this place is a great way to explore and experience the cultural and physical significance of this Australian icon.

The rock is at its visual best at sunrise and sunset. Most of the travelers like to climb the rock by using an ancient aboriginal trail.

Chichen Itza:

Chichen Itza is a Mayan word. Chichen Itza is one of the largest archeological cities of Mexico and one of the Seven wonders. It is the most visited tourist destination. Travelers like to visit Chichen Itza as a day trip. If you want to enjoy all the activities near by Chichen Itza, it takes 2-3 days stay.

Before entering into the Chichen Itza, you will come across an informative museum, clean rest rooms, a dining room, few vender stands and gift shops. You can visit the site at any time of the year.

Machu Picchu:

It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This is mystical place and a great spot to divinity. It is the Peru’s most popular place, so most of you like to see the place. People of Machu Picchu feel that they are the creators of god. This place offers you strange forces of nature that permit the individual to attain a contrary cosmic state.

The place is located at 2300 meters above the sea level. So, you can enjoy the vicinity of the place. One day is enough to visit the spots around Machu Picchu.

While planning to visit Machu Picchu, you need to understand a little about the geography of this area, because the location is remote and inaccessible.

Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls can be accessed from both the American and Canadian side, but the best view facing the falls is completely from the Canadian side. When you take a trip to Niagara Falls, don’t forget to take a ride on the famous maid-of-the-mist boats. You won’t get the entire experience of Niagara Falls until you ride one of these boats.

It is the foundation for many interesting places to see and things to do. If you love beautiful landscapes, romantic getaways, family adventures and vibrant nightlife then Niagara Falls is the best place to visit.

Petra:

Petra, one of the seven wonders, is fabled rose red city and is a well known earliest Nabataean city in the south Jordan. If you have decided to travel to Jordan, then Petra is at the top of your priority list. The solid red stand stone buildings in Petra are unlike anything that you have ever seen before.

One full day is enough to see everything around Petra. This town offers you a wide variety of hotels to fit your budget.

The Pyramids:

Pyramids and wonderful temples are the great things to enjoy in Egypt. Travel to Egypt offers you the nature and desert treks, fishing, golfing, scuba diving and birding groups. You can choose the places like Sinai coasts or red sea to relax.

Winter is the best season to go for a vacation to Egypt. March-May and September-November is the best time to enjoy the warm days of Egypt.

Venice:

Venice is one of the Italy’s greatest tourist places. You will be surprised by hearing how the city is built up. The city is built on 317 small islands and has 150 canals which are connected through 409 bridges. During the spring time, Venice is completely filled with tourists. At that time it is very difficult to find the accommodations.

Maldives:

Maldives is a great place for tranquil tropical islands, palm trees, white beaches and brilliant turquoise lagoons. Maldives is a group of 1190 coral islands. This place is a great destination for scuba divers.

Visiting Maldives between December and April can makes you to spend some extra hours of sunshine. Also this is the main season for tourism.

Great Wall of China:

The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is the travel icon of China and is one of the most popular travel vacation destinations in the world. It took hundreds of years for its construction. When you have decided to travel to China, don’t forget to see the wall.

Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls was also one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is the most beautiful waterfalls in Africa. This is a cheap travel destination and is full of fun. Those who want to try for adventures will find plenty of activities like elephant safaris, bridge swinging, water rafting and so on [Adventure travel].

There are two sides of the falls, one is Zambia and the other is Zimbabwe side. Both sides are awesome and are a year round destination.

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong, an oriental pearl, is simply amazing. It will be very hard for you to find a more exciting city other than Hong Kong. The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting confused and fired by the confluences and contradictions of a Chinese city with multi Asian and western elements.

The best period to take a vacation to Hong Kong is in the months of October, November and most of December.

Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite is located on the western slopes of Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is one of the nation’s most famous national parks in US. Yosemite Valley is the most famous destination in Yosemite. Every year more than 4 million people come to visit Yosemite Valley. It is packed with restaurants, shops and campsites.

This has hundreds of miles of hiking trails. You will find a great variety of wildlife along with mule deer, black bears and various bird species. When you plan your vacation to Yosemite, you can enjoy various activities like hiking, skiing, camping, snowshoeing, horse riding and bicycling.

Hawaii:

Going for Hawaii vacation will make you feel very happy by the beauty and hospitality. They want to do the things that they would not do at home. The beautiful Hawaii islands offer you to see world famous beaches closely; offer you peace and calmness somewhere off the beaten path.

During winter season, Hawaii is fully packed with tourists. When you visit Hawaii, don’t forget to enjoy the activities like: Seeing Molten lava flow at Kilauea volcano, hiking through Waipio Valley, visiting the largest Hawaiian religious temple Puukohola Heiau and playing in the snow atop Mauna Kea.

Paris:

It is the most beautiful place and also the capital of France. Springtime is the best time to visit Paris. Paris is the city of life, love and light. You will find romance and magic when you visit Eiffel tower to Mona Lisa and from the bustling Champs Elysees to the winding streets of Montmartre.

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Top 10 Insurance Companies in World

Top Insurance Companies in World
Financial turbulence of 2009-10 caused many ups and downs in insurance industry. It was not easy to sustain the kind of growth these companies were enjoying prior to recession. But insurance is after all an issue of trust. We all want to invest in a company that stands by us in hard times. Investing in a finance company that has a good brand value and big market share invokes a sense of security in our hearts. Hence, it is always good to know who are the world leaders in the field.
Following is the list of top ten insurance companies according to their market share.

1. American International Group (AIG)
Country: United States
Market Value: $172.24
billionAmerican International Group, Inc. (AIG), a world leader in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in Paris and Tokyo.

2. AXA Group
Country: France
Market Value: $66.12 billion

In 1980, AXA did not exist. Over the next 20 years, the Group would grow to become a major international player.AXA pursues successfully its external growth strategy: consolidation of AXA existing activities, with the acquisition of Oyak’s 50% stake in AXA Oyak, 2nd Turkish insurer, for 525 million dollars, and penetration of high growth potential markets, with the acquisition of 100% of the 3rd Mexican insurer, ING Seguros (for an amount of 1.5 billion dollars). Today AXA is present in geographically diverse markets, with operations concentrated in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

3. Allianz Worldwide
Country: Germany
Market Value: $65.55
billion

The Allianz Group is one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide. With nearly 155,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 75 million customers in about 70 countries. On the insurance side, Allianz is the market leader in the German market and has a strong international presence.

4. Manulife Financial
Country: Canada
Market Value: $50.52 billion

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories world-wide. We provide financial protection and wealth management products and services, to individual and group customers in Canada, the United States and Asia. These products and services include individual life insurance, group life and health insurance, long-term care services, pension products, annuities, mutual funds and banking products. We offer reinsurance services, specializing in life retrocession and property and casualty reinsurance and provide investment management services with respect to the Company’s general fund and segregated fund assets and to mutual funds and institutional customers.

5. Generali Group
Country: Italy
Market Value: $45.45 billion

The Generali Group is one of the most significant participants in the global insurance and financial products market. The Group is leader in Italy and Assicurazioni Generali, founded in 1831 in Trieste, is the Group’s Parent and principal operating Company.

In recent years, the Group has made a significant return to central-eastern European markets and has set up offices in the principal markets of the Far East, among which China and India.6. Prudential Financial
Country: United States
Market Value: $39.70
billion

Prudential Financial, Inc (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with approximately $580 billion of Assets Under Management as of June 30, 2009, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping approximately 50 million individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth.

7. MetLife
Country: United States
Market Value: $37.94 billion

MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to millions of individual and institutional customers throughout the United States. Outside the U.S., MetLife companies have direct insurance operations in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe.

8. Aviva
Country: United Kingdom
Market value: $33.10
billion

Aviva is one of the leading providers of life and pension products in Europe and are actively growing our long-term savings businesses in Asia Pacific and the USA. Their main activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance

9. Munich Re Group
Country: Germany
Market Value: $30.99 billion

The Munich Re Group is one of the world’s leading risk carriers. It’s business covers the whole value chain in insurance and reinsurance.

10. AEGON
Counry: Netherlands
Market Value: $26.40 billion

AEGON is an international business, providing life insurance, pensions and other long-term savings and investment products to millions of customers around the world. The company has major operations in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as well as other businesses in Asia, the Americas and elsewhere in Europe. AEGON is listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo.

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Amazing Photoghy of Girls Fashion by Jean Baptiste

About Jean Baptise his own words!

At the age of just 22 Jean-Baptiste FORT establishes in Perpignan (France) his first company «Dixia Technologies» which specializes on the development of internet projects . Giving to his peculiar artistic perception of work, which is demonstrated by his company, in 2 years it gains recognition of such media-giants as TF1, AOL, Europe 2, and Skyrock, which stimulates the growth of production. The work specificity becomes more “industrial” and less creative, that’s why after two years Jean-Baptiste FORT passes the management of «Dixia Technologies» to the Internet-operator which he used to cooperate all of the time. Now Jean-Baptiste dedicates most of his time to his main passion – photography. At the same time, undeniable leadership experience, accumulated over the years of company management, is not wasted.
Photography experience suggests Jean-Baptiste numerous opportunities for proffessional growth in Eastern Europe countries, which are beneficial due to their geographical situation and peculiar creative potential. At the end of 2004 he decides to settle in Minsk, where he creates a design-agency with a small staff. Jean-Baptiste is working with different international companies and advertising agencies represented in Belarus. He works primarily in Belarus and Russia, but also in neighbouring countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine).
Since 2010 Jean-Baptiste FORT lives in two cities – Paris and Barcelona.
his e-mail address: jbfort@gmail.com

official site: http://jbfort.com

  
  
  
  
  
  
 
  
  
  

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Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

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  • Quick specs
  • Price: Free to try (30-day trial);
  • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Date added: September 09, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 4,504,851
  • Downloads last week: 45,348

CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on September 16, 2009

In the 2010 version of its well-known antivirus program, Symantec continues to build on the unexpected progress it made last year. In addition to maintaining the quick load and scan times, and significantly smaller system footprint, Norton 2010 includes a behavioral detection engine based on both behavior and reputation.

Called Quorum, this new engine doesn’t adversely affect Norton’s performance–a major concern after years of system-crippling sluggishness. It works in concert with Norton Insight, introduced last year as a whitelist-style guard for ”trusted” files. By examining your files and how they behave–both locally and when trying to access the Internet–and comparing them with other Norton users, Symantec claims that it offers better protection than its competitors. Like its competitors who also have behavioral detection systems, however, Norton allows you to opt out of anonymously submitting your data without sacrificing the protection that Quorum provides. Third-party detection and removal ratings are not available for this new version, but last year’s results placed Norton in the upper echelon for efficacy.

Norton AntiVirus lacks the premium services offered in Norton Internet Security. These include a firewall, parental controls, Wi-Fi protection for unsecured hot spots, and identity protection including antiphishing tools and browser search result authentication for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Norton AntiVirus also offers only one license, instead of the three that come with its bigger brother. It does offer the same support network, lacking a searchable knowledge base but including e-mail, IM, phone support and the Symantec forums. The trial has been doubled from 15 days to 30. Norton’s recent approach to performance and its continued efficacy make Norton AntiVirus 2010 a must-consider program for its class.

Publisher’s description

From Symantec :

Norton AntiVirus 2010 defends your PC against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, and more without slowing you down or getting in your way. Intelligence-driven technology identifies and targets only files at risk, for faster, less frequent scans. Vulnerability Protection prevents threats from exploiting security holes in your PC’s software. Pulse Updates every 5 to 15 minutes and real-time online security checks help ensure continuous, up-to-the-minute protection against the latest threats.

Plus, unlike other antivirus solutions, Norton AntiVirus provides easy-to-understand threat explanations and information about CPU and memory resource usage to help you prevent future infections and keep your PC running fast.

CNET Editor’s Note: The Download Now link will direct you to the developer’s site where you’ll be asked to provide your e-mail address to download a file.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.43

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.43

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  • Price: Free; paid upgrade available $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
  • Date added: December 30, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 30,533,437
  • Downloads last week: 558,914

CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on February 10, 2009

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It’s a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

The app has some nice features rolled in, too. It supports multiple drive scanning including networked drives, context menu options including a scan-on-demand for individual files, and the FileAssassin option under the More Tools section for removing locked files. The interface is simple, but pleasant-looking and well-organized. Tabs live just below the oversized logo, with few options per tab to keep down the clutter. The installation process was fast enough, but interestingly offered up the well-kept changelog and an instant definition file update.

Do note that the real-time protection is restricted to the paid version, as is the scheduler for updates and scans. Overall, though, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a responsive malware remover that does what it should with a minimum of fuss.

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Publisher’s description

From Malwarebytes :

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a high performance anti-malware application that thoroughly removes even the most advanced malware and spyware. With one of the fastest, most effective quick scans and malware removal capabilities on the market, this program is the perfect addition to your PC’s defenses. The full version of the product includes a number of key features, including the ability to schedule updates and scans and most importantly, a real-time malware protection module that blocks malicious processes before they even start.

What’s new in this version:

Version 1.43:

  • (FIXED) Minor issue with crash during scans.
  • (FIXED) Minor issues with 704 (0, 0) errors.
  • (FIXED) Problems with memory usage spiking in protection module.
  • (FIXED) Problems detecting certain types of malicious software.
  • (ADDED) Support for Belarusian language.

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.468

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.468

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  • Price: Free to try (30-day trial); $39.99 to buy
  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Date added: October 30, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 3,370,582
  • Downloads last week: 27,135
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CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on March 06, 2009

As far as reputations go, ESET’s NOD32 is practically unimpeachable. Version 4 of the popular and effective antivirus and antispyware builds on that rep, emphasizing its community-sourced ThreatSense for preventing attacks before they occur, a slick interface, and some of the highest independently-tested detection rates married to low rates of false positives.

Installation is clean and straightforward. Greatly improved from its humble beginnings as separate scanners that once littered the desktop, NOD32 can be toggled between standard features and more advanced options. Scans were neither blazingly fast nor excruciatingly slow, but the real-time defenses produced no noticeable drags on system performance. NOD32 has consistently scored near the top of several independent antivirus testing organization ratings for finding the most malware. An uninstallation option is available, requiring a reboot. However, we found residual system files and Registry settings that had to be deleted by hand.

If you’re confident in your clicking habits, you might not necessarily miss the firewall and spam filter that ESET built into its Smart Security suite that’s based on NOD32. Even without them, though, NOD32′s speed, accuracy, and lack of impact on resources make it a must.

Publisher’s description

From ESET :

ESET NOD32 Antivirus proactively detects and disables viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, phishing, rootkits and other Internet threats. ESET NOD32 Antivirus provides: 1) Proactive Protection – multiple layers of detection protecting you from Internet threats before it is too late. 2) Precise Detection – accurately identifies known and unknown threats; it consistently wins top awards from testing labs and is recognized for having zero false positives. 3) Lightweight Design – requires less memory and CPU power, allowing your computer to run fast and have more room for games, web browsing, and emailing. 4) Fast Scanning Speeds – highly efficient program ensures fast file scanning and product updates; it runs quietly in the background.

What’s new in this version:

Version 4.0.468 improves compatibility with server operating systems and HTTP scanning compatibility and fixes several bugs.

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