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11 Common Interview Questions and The Best Ways to Answer Them

11 Common Interview Questions and The Best Way to Answer Them

Glassdoor.com recently compiled a list of the most common questions interviewers ask. Here are the top questions and the best ways to answer them to land the job. Continue reading “11 Common Interview Questions and The Best Ways to Answer Them”

Twitter is about to become Diet Facebook

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently suggested that Twitter is considering removing the 140 character limit, which will take away the only thing that makes twitter unique in the Social Media world.

Hashtags? Instagram and Facebook both have them. Celebrity follows, interaction with people you don’t know? Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook, and Snapchat, and Reddit, to name a few. Twitter is really good for breaking news, true, but they aren’t a news app. They are the fun, short message social media platform that used hashtags first (and, undeniably, the most effectively).

But now, if Twitter is truly removing the only thing to make it unique, it’s going to become diet Facebook. It’s already a lighter shade of blue for that “low calorie” social media flavor.

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Here’s how you can help.

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness day, and that’s important because there are approximately 60,000 slaves in the United States alone.

Take a moment to think about that.

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This holiday season, Bookbyte has partnered with the Center for Hope and Safety in Salem, Oregon to help improve the lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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As you may have heard, the Oxford English Dictionary made this emoji the word of the year.

emoji of the year Continue reading “The Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” isn’t going to replace language”

How to ship books safely: 5 ways to protect your package

Learning how to ship books safely is as easy as remembering five steps. It’s alarming how frequently we receive books that are damaged during shipping, usually due to being poorly packed. You can’t control how your boxes are handled while in transit, but you can control how you protect your books to minimize the chance of damage. Save yourself the heartache of a damaged delivery with these five tips for shipping your books safely.

shipping damage to a fragile box

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Young, Broke, and Optimistic: Are Twentysomethings Too Confident About Their Finances?

Young, broke, and optimistic

Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you’re working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you’re about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance (I’m looking at you, Achilles, and your weak heel). Overconfidence when it comes to your finances? REALLY not good.

LearnVest, a financial planning service, conducted a survey with questions related to how a person’s confidence about their finances affects their saving/spending behavior. In answers from 100,000 users, they found a huge discrepancy in the level of financial confidence between the different age brackets.

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Gender & Books: Who Are You Reading?

girl reading book

Goodreads recently asked the question: What do men and women read when it comes to books?

What is Goodreads, you ask? Goodreads.com is a website for users to track, rate, and review the books they read. Users can participate in book club discussions, follow their friends, create “To-Read” book lists, and read reviews from other users. Goodreads took the top stats of 40,000 of their most active readers to see what the sexes are reading. Here’s their collected information in a cool infographic:

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What’s Your Uber Score? How to NOT Be Stood Up by Your Driver

Uber driver

Services like UberX and Lyft have turned out to be a boon for many a person looking for safe transport from a bar at 4 a.m. Or for people needing a ride from the dentist’s office when the effects of nitrous oxide are still wearing off. With their prices often being lower than what a taxi service offers, these driver-finding apps are even more beneficial for students without wheels of their own.

If you’ve never used UberX or Lyft, here’s the basics: Open the app and select your location, then a driver is sent over and you’re texted when he/she arrives. When you get to your location, you hop out (no need to pay cash – the fare is automatically charged to the credit card on file), and you leave feedback on a 1 to 5 scale. The thing is, while you’re rating your driver, your driver is rating you right back.

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Turning the Classroom into a Multiplayer Game

Gamfication

Avatars, guilds, quests, XP — sounds like the newest installment of World of Warcraft, but for a growing number of classrooms it’s just another day at school.

Lee Sheldon, a video-game designer and Game Design teacher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, came up with the idea of “gaming” his lesson plans after becoming bored with the traditional teaching format of: lecture, quiz, grade, repeat. Sheldon knew if he was boring himself, his college students were probably even worse off. That’s when it clicked: he needed to “gamify” the classroom.

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