Like it or not, sometimes it's obvious when you're on the job hunt. All of a sudden you're crazy active on LinkedIn and all your connections know that you're looking for a new gig. Rather than spell out those telltale signs ourselves, we've left it up to cats, babies, and more to work their GIF magic and break it down.
Planning a graduation trip this Summer? Heck, just looking for somewhere to escape to? Booking a vacation is exciting, of course, but it can also be stressful when it comes to choosing the right place to visit. To help you narrow down the oh-so-big world we live in, we've rounded up incredible places for fun-seeking spirits. All are beachside destinations that promise loads of excitement, so you can get your play — and your tan — on.
One of the most entertaining parts about a graduation is seeing all the great grad cap ideas people come up with. While "Thanks mom and dad" is pretty sweet, it's the creative ones that catch our attention time and time again. Here, we've rounded up some that will make you chuckle and others that will make you think, "Why didn't I think of that?" In the name of some good graduation fun, click on to see six of our picks.
You don't have to be a history buff to appreciate how beautiful and meaningful historic wedding venues can be. They're often rich in stories and boast architecture that rivals that of today's trendiest locales. Before you say you'd never get married in a historic barn or city hall, give our slideshow a look. We have a feeling that after clicking through, you just might change your mind.
A zoo, a carnival, a boat. "Wedding" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of these places, but trust us when we say they're great venue options for your big event. Not only are many of them fun spots to celebrate the special occasion, but the best part is that they're really affordable. We're talking as low as $1,000 affordable. Check out these unique ideas for a special day you certainly won't forget.
So you use Twitter to retweet cool articles and follow your favorite celebrities. But if you're someone on the job hunt, have you used it to fill out your #Twesume yet? Let us explain.
Using social media to land a job is nothing new, but you may have recently heard of the 140-character résumé — or rather, the #Twesume — either by seeing it in your feeds or reading about it online.
While being prepared to tweet out your skills is important, it's just one part of the job search game. Here, check out some tips to get you ahead in the Twitterverse and the job world.
- Be engaged in your industry: Chances are that your industry of choice — no matter what the field — will have a significant Twitter presence. Be someone who contributes to the conversation both by interacting with established career folks or passing on relevant articles. The ultimate goal is for others to look to you as a thought leader in the industry.
- Use it as the starting point: A #Twesume might be a good idea, but you'll also want prospective employers to learn more about you. Hook up your Twitter profile to your LinkedIn page or personal website. Make it easy for them to get a sense of the bigger picture of what you're capable of.
- Take part in industry chats: One of the best things about Twitter is interacting with people you wouldn't necessarily meet in person. And one of the best ways to do that is by joining chats related to your field of interest. Not only will you have a reason to reach out to new contacts ("What did you mean when you said that in the chat?"), but you'll stay up to speed on what's going on in the industry.
- Let people know you're on the hunt: It's good to announce (and remind people) that you're searching for a job so they can put you in touch with anyone who can help. But don't be annoying about it by posting too often and don't be the person who only reaches out when you need something.
- Go to the source: Follow hiring managers, recruiters, and accounts dedicated to promoting job openings. Sometimes you'll get word of a job through Twitter before it's even posted on the company website, giving you a leg up on the competition.
Between Coachella weekend two going on and all the music festivals ahead, we can't help but be in tune with, well, our favorite tunes. That's why we're proposing a music exchange to get in the spirit of the season.
It's a pretty simple (and old-school) concept, but one that's gotten lost with all the current ways to listen to music out there. Just ask friends to come over with their favorite songs, make sure you have speakers set up for all to hear, and listen to some jams all night. Bring out wine and cheese, but it doesn't have to be too fancy of an evening.
Chances are you'll end the night either hearing songs for the first time or reviving old ones you haven't listened to in ages. How's that for an easy but fun way to spend the night?
Is LinkedIn your go-to resource for getting ahead in your career? Well, another site called Levo League just might take over its spot in your bookmarks tab. Here's the scoop: the site is like a community for professional women typically in their 20s — women at the beginning of their careers searching for advice, resources, and inspiration about what it takes to get to the top. It launched in 2011 but has been growing and expanding ever since, adding resources like videos, articles, and more. Read on for a breakdown of some of the site's services.
- Connect: Once you sign up using either your email or social accounts (choose from Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn), you'll be able to connect with others on the site by following them. One of the best "connect" features on the site is getting to ask questions with established women from all different industries who are designated mentors. For instance, you can submit a question to Sheryl Sandberg's profile, and there's a good chance she'll answer.
- Office Hours: Office hours is a cool weekly feature that's basically a half-hour interview with female leaders, CEOs, and CFOs. The chats are mediated by someone from Levo League, and the women answer preselected questions as well as ones that come in during the live chat. The quality of the videos isn't great, and the interviewee can be hard to hear, but their insight if helpful and often full of great nuggets of advice.
- Jobs: The Levo League says it works with at least 100 companies that range from The New York Times and AOL to nonprofits like Pencils of Promise. Depending on what type of job you're looking for, the search can yield more than 40 jobs or none at all. You can filter results by company or a specific job, but don't count this search engine as your main resource for job hunting.
- Local: One of the best features about Levo League is that is supports 19 local Levo groups, from California to Canada to Paris. Users can create networking events, which range from happy hours to book clubs, that are all about like-minded women connecting face to face.
The bottom line: Levo League (levo is the Latin root of the word "elevate") does, in many ways, help women develop and grow their careers. Just browsing the site, you can feel how much it's about women looking out for other women. It might not directly or immediately get you a job, but it can certainly foster relationships — and give you insights — that will.
Sure, you might know Airbnb as the site for affordable places to stay when traveling, but what about using it as a resource to score your wedding venue? That's right — we've searched the site for beautiful but budget-friendly homes that all ring in under $3,000 (some costing as little as $110!). And since the average couple spends almost $13,000 on their wedding venue, that means you'll have a nice chunk of change left over. Click on for the stunners from Portland to Portugal.
After the Boston Marathon bombings rocked the city yesterday, many residents — and even outsiders — came together as a community to show their support. The Red Cross, for instance, offered a way to connect with loved ones, museums opened up their doors for free, and individuals promised places to sleep for stranded runners. Many people took to Twitter to spread the word about the kindness — ahead, see the tweets that reflect their generous human spirit.
Taxes stressing you out? We've got something to make up for it. In the midst of all the W-2 forms and income jargon, lighten up your load by cracking up at memorable memes that poke fun at the process. Still not convinced? Leave it to the IRS cat or McKayla Maroney to do the trick.
Find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee whenever you need a pick-me-up at the office? Instead of fueling the caffeine fix, bring in a motivating poster to do the trick. We've put together encouraging words — from famous quotes to punny sayings — that you can keep at your desk all year-round. Whether they give you that boost to take you to the top or help you out when you're having a rough day, we have no doubt they'll get the job done.
Cleaning a couch is one of those things that doesn't happen as often as it should; part of the reason might be because it's hard to know exactly how to do it without calling in expensive professionals. Can you take a vacuum to it? Do you use water-based solutions? We've answered those questions and more so you can get the full scoop on how to leave your sofa nice and tidy.
- Determine the fabric: Before you do anything else, figure out exactly what type of fabric your couch is made of. Even though it might seem obvious (leather vs. cloth), each couch has specific care instructions. Many include letters on the tag that indicate what sort of treatment you should use. (A "W," for instance, indicates that it's OK to clean with water-based solutions. An "S" means that you should only use water-free detergent.)
- Do some surface cleaning: Before you get down to the full-blown cleaning, be sure to wipe off any crumbs or dust that's on the surface. Most of the time, it's safe to use a vacuum (just don't get too aggressive) to get the job done.
- Figure out the best cleaning solution: Some people like to use a steam cleaner, some a carpet shampooer with an upholstery attachment, and others a spot and stain remover. Again, determine the fabric first to see what the best option is, and test a small section first to make sure it won't damage the rest of the furniture.
- Remember all parts of the couch: Whether it's a metal base or wooden arms, don't skip out on cleaning the other parts of the couch that need just as much attention. Under the couch is often an overlooked spot, and dust tends to gather there easily.
- Clean the extras, and wait for a full dry: Once the main couch has been cleaned, remember to wash the cushion and pillow covers (and/or flip the cushions). You'll also want to let the sofa dry completely before using it again.
As for when you should clean the couch, the answer is it depends. Of course you'll need to tackle the task right after a major spill, but how often you give it a good clean depends on the conditions of your home, how often you use it, and so on. When you notice more spots than usual or if it starts to smell, then consider that a big sign. Otherwise, give it a surface clean about once a week and a deeper clean every month.
What's better than page flags that help you mark points in your planner or notebook? Cute page flags, of course. We've rounded up fun styles, from grass — yes, grass — markers to baby animal and film noir designs. Have a look (there's something for just about everyone) and get marking.
Before you get rid of those empty wine bottles, think about recycling them. But we're not talking about regular ol' recycling; turn them into candles, dispensers, and even chandeliers with the help of these creative upcycling ideas. You can finish most projects in a few hours or less — read on to find out how.
While you're busy dreaming about all the metropolitan cities you're going to travel to next, you can glance down at your desk and see them for yourself. How? With accessories in the shape and style of classic skylines like NYC or Tokyo. We've gathered pieces that bring an urban feel right to your desk — click on to shop them right this second.
Forget planning a wedding; just attending a wedding can be a major wallet drainer. Between traveling, lodging, and gifts, being a guest can cost upward of $1,000. Here are five ways to curb costs while still showing support for the lovely couple and having a great time, which is what weddings should be all about.
- Think through lodging options: Getting a hotel room can take up a huge part of your travel cost, especially when prices soar during wedding season. If you live close enough to the venue (even a couple of hours away driving), consider skipping the hotel room altogether. Or, if you're comfortable with it, ask other guests to share the room with you so you split the cost. Another option is to look for hotel alternatives, like Airbnb rooms for rent in the area.
- Skip the prewedding activities: A big reason why weddings are so expensive is because of all festivities that come before the big day; there's the engagement party, the bachelorette party, and the bridal shower. Don't feel like you have to attend every single one or give gifts for every occasion. It's OK to decline and say you have other plans. If you still feel bad, then you can always take your friend out to lunch to make up for the events you've missed.
- Give handmade gifts: If you do decide to attend all the activities that come with a wedding, then consider gifting presents that are handmade or that have sentimental value without costing too much. If you've known the bride since childhood, for instance, then she'll probably love a framed picture of the two of you in your younger years.
- Get creative with outfits: Dressing up for weddings is always fun, but boy, can it cost a pretty penny. Ask friends if you can borrow their cocktail dresses for the occasion, and head to the thrift store for statement jewelry (you'd be surprised at the gems you can find). Do your own hair and makeup, and we guarantee you'll look great without spending a fortune.
- Split the gift: There's nothing wrong with going in on a nice gift with other guests. This way, you'll be able to get the couple something nicer than what you would be able to afford on your own, and you won't feel like you're breaking the bank.
Do you have any tips of your own for saving money as a wedding guest?
It's one thing to do some surface cleaning before guests come over. But deep cleaning, which is more time-consuming, is much needed every so often. Here are some places that deserve a serious scrub and tips on how to achieve a polished place.
- In the bathroom: the shower. Cleaning a tub or shower can feel like a tough job, but you can achieve a spotless area with a few easy steps. Using gloves, spray a cleaning solution meant for getting rid of (or preventing) mildew and stains, and scrub until you're satisfied with the result. Use a toothbrush to get those hard-to-reach corners.
- In the bedroom: the bed. It's where you spend most of your time at home, so why not make sure it's the neatest? Strip your bed of its linens for washing, flip the mattress, and replace with fresh bedding. Don't forget about organizing and dusting one spot that's easy to overlook: underneath the bed.
- In the kitchen: the fridge and stove top.: Give your refrigerator a thorough cleanse by throwing out food that's gone bad — even check out items that aren't so obvious, like jams. Stove tops get used often and should gleam too, so be sure to tackle spots like the grill attached to the stove top .
- In the living room: the windows. Clean windows inside and out — that includes windowsills, blinds, screens, and curtains. They're often the entryway for dust, so they deserve special attention.
Turns out, there is simple way to travel like a celeb if you think about it — by taking a trip to the favorite vacation spots of the famous. You might not hit the same resorts or hotels, but you can visit the same beaches and cities and get a close enough experience. Names like Beyoncé and Tom Cruise like to jet around the world to places as close as Cabo and ones as far as French Polynesia. Check out these great escapes for yourself, and maybe they'll give you some ideas for your Summer vacay.
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