Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tips On Writing A Good Resume

By: Jonathon Hardcastle

What do we know about writing a good resume? A good resume is worth its weight in gold. The hardest part about getting any job is getting the interview. Make a good impression first time round, and you're definitely in with a shout for the job. That's why it's important to work on your resume, and keep it continually up to date with every new development in your personal career. If you don't already have a resume, you should seriously think about drawing one up - you never know when it might come in handy.

The first thing to consider when writing any resume is your personal contact details. Make sure you list your name, date of birth where appropriate, address and contact telephone number clearly and in bold at the top of your document. Additionally, some employers like an email contact to ask any quick questions, or to get in touch with you easily. If you're going to give your email address, it is far better to set up an account bearing your name, for example john.smith@emailprovider.com.

This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . Do not offer an email address that has a nickname or some other handle - this can create a very poor image of yourself, and employers will be far more satisfied with a straightforward, professional approach. If you only have a 'comic' email address, you're probably best to set up one in your name, or to avoid including it altogether.

The body of your resume should show off your personal skills and attributes. Talk about what you've done, where you've been, your experience and your qualifications at all time. Additionally, remember to tailor it to each individual position you apply for, to ensure you're only including relevant information for the employer. Think about what your employer is looking for, and think about what you can do to fit the bill. If you can tailor your application to these needs, you're giving yourself a very good chance.

Also, let personality shine through, but make it professional. When you're not being the most skilled and eligible candidate for the job, what are you doing with your time? Something extra curricular that can be tied into a skill set or mindset is a good one to include, and this can really help reflect you in a positive light.

All in all, the resume is where you get the chance to sell yourself, and if you establish a good preconception in the mind of your employer, you're fighting an easier battle at the interview.

Source : http://www.floweradvisor.com.sg/lifestyle/business/careers/43441/tips_on_writing_a_good_resume/

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Importance Of Practice

Those people who begin to learn guitar playing are often confused and upset by the necessity to practice so much. But in this case practice is the only possible method to achieve high level of guitar playing and become good guitar player.

It is normal that sometimes people feel no desire to practice, then just don't feel inspiration and motivation, they just want to leave it and forget. In spite of such strong desires and emotions, you have to cope with them and continue to practice, it is really worth. In order to safe yourself from such stressful moments, you have to organize the schedule of your practice with guitar. Also it is necessary to establish goals which you have to achieve in certain period f time. You have to write down these goals and put the paper with these goals on the place where you can se it every day several times. You can determine goals for day, week and month and try to achieve them according to your schedule. Nobody requires from you to practice several hours everyday, 15-20 minutes is enough. And one more important moment, every day it is necessary to make exercises for fingers.

In order to achieve success with guitar playing, you have to manage your time. It is necessary to establish fives time for guitar practice and don't break this schedule. Everything likes an order.

As for place, it is necessary to find such place where nobody can disturbs you and you with your playing won't disturb anybody. Yeas, it is not easy, but possible.

Source : http://www.floweradvisor.com.sg/lifestyle/interests/music/52805/importance_of_practice/

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Friday, August 27, 2010

The Point of the Event

Allah instructs in the Qur'an: "And they are ordained nothing else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure for Him." The Prophet, upon whom be peace, said: "Actions are judged according to the intention behind them, and for everyone is what he intended."

The intention must be made before fajr and during every night of Ramadan. This point is based on the hadith of Hafsah, which reported that the Prophet said: "Whoever does not determine to fast before fajr will have no fast" (that is, it won't be accepted). This is related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah. Ibn Khuzaimah and Ibn Hibban have classified it as sahih.

The intention is valid during any part of the night. It need not be spoken, as it is in reality an act of the heart, which does not involve the tongue. It will be fulfilled by one's intention to fast out of obedience to Allah and for seeking His pleasure.

If one eats one's pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) with the intention of fasting and to get closer to Allah by such abstinence, then one has performed the intention. If one determines that one will fast on the next day solely for the sake of Allah, then one has performed the intention even if a pre-dawn meal was not consumed.

According to many of the jurists, the intention for a voluntary fast may be made at any time before any food is consumed. This opinion is based on 'Aishah’ s hadith: "The Prophet came to us one day and said: 'Do you have any [food]?' We said, 'No.' He said: 'Therefore, I am fasting." This is related by Muslim and Abu Dawud.

The Hanafiyyah and Shaf'iyyah stipulate that the intention must be made before noon (for voluntary fasts). The apparent opinion of Ibn Mas'ud and Ahmad is that the intention may be made before or after noon.

Source: http://www.ramadhanzone.com/intention.asp

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Tips to Stop Smoking

Consider some of these Ramadan tips:

1. Break fast away from the smoking crowd. Stay home if you have to.

2. Avoid the drinks or foods that are normally associated with your smoking habit. During the fasting month, a variety of drinks and foods can act as alternatives.

3. Leave the table immediately after breaking fast if you intend to end it with a cigarette. Take a walk instead of lighting up. If you break fast at home, go to the mosque for prayers.

4. Look for new distractions wherever possible.
In short, do whatever it takes to disassociate from the smoking routines.

Some other general tips to help quit smoking:

1. Don't smoke any number or any kind of cigarette. Smoking even a few cigarettes a day can hurt your health. If you try to smoke fewer cigarettes, but do not stop completely, soon you'll be smoking the same amount again.

Smoking "low-tar, low-nicotine" cigarettes usually does little good, either. Because nicotine is so addictive, if you switch to lower-nicotine brands you'll likely just puff harder, longer, and more often on each cigarette. The only safe choice is to quit completely.

2.Write down why you want to quit. Do you want
a. to feel in control of life?
b. to have better health?
c. to set a good example for your children?

4. to protect your family from breathing other people's smoke?
Your strength of desire to quit smoking is very important in determining the success you will have in quitting. Smokers who live after a heart attack are the most likely to quit for good, because they're very motivated. Find a reason for quitting before you have no choice.

3. Know that it will take effort to quit smoking. Nicotine is habit forming. Half of the battle in quitting is knowing you need to quit. This knowledge will help you be more able to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal that can occur, such as bad moods and really wanting to smoke. There are many ways smokers quit, including using nicotine replacement products (gum and patches), but there is no easy way. Nearly all smokers have some feelings of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit. Give yourself a month to get over these feelings. Take quitting one day at a time, even one minute at a time-whatever you need to succeed.

4. Half of all adult smokers have quit, so you can too. That's the good news. There are millions of people alive today who have learned to face life without a cigarette. For staying healthy, quitting smoking is the best step you can take.

May you have many spiritually fulfilling smoke-free days of fasting during Ramadan.

Source : http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0509-2807

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About the Event

This event is confirmed by sighting the new moon, even if it is seen by only one just person, or by the passage of thirty days in the immediately preceding month of Sha'ban.

Ibn 'Umar said: "The people were looking for the new moon and when I reported to the Messenger of Allah that I had seen it, he fasted and ordered the people to fast." This is related by Abu Dawud, al-Hakim, and Ibn Hibban, who declared it to be sahih.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet instructed: "Fast after you have seen it [the new crescent] and end the fast [at the end of the month] when you see it. If it is hidden from you, then wait until the thirty days of Sha'ban have passed." This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Commenting on these reports, at-Tirmidhi states: "Most knowledgeable people act in accordance with these reports. They say that it is correct to accept the evidence of one person to determine the beginning of the fast. This is the opinion of Ibn alMubarak, ash-Shafi’i, and Ahmad. An-Nawawi says that it is the soundest opinion.

Concerning the new moon of Shawwal [which signifies the end of the fast], it is confirmed by completing thirty days of Ramadan, and most jurists state that the new moon must have been reported by at least two just witnesses. However, Abu Thaur does not distinguish between the new moon of Shawwal and the new moon of Ramadan. In both cases, he accepts the evidence of only one just witness."

Ibn-Rushd comments that: "The opinion of Abu Bakr ibn alMundhir, which is also that of Abu Thaur and, I suspect, that of the Dhahiri school of thought, is supported by the following argument given by Abu Bakr al-Mundhiri: there is complete agreement that breaking the fast is obligatory, that abstaining from eating is based on one person's report, and that the situation must be like that for the beginning of the month and for the ending of the month, as both of them are simply the signs that differentiate the time of fasting from the time of not fasting."

Ash-Shaukani observes: "If there is nothing authentic recorded that states that one may only accept two witnesses for the end of the month, then it is apparent, by analogy, that one witness is sufficient, as it is sufficient for the beginning of the month.

Furthermore, worship based on the acceptance of one report points to the fact that such singular reports are accepted in every matter unless there is some evidence that specifies the peculiarity of specific cases, such as the number of witnesses concerning matters of wealth, and so on. Apparently this is the opinion of Abu Thaur."

Source: http://www.ramadhanzone.com/arrival.asp

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Quit Smoking Starting This Ramadan

Gathering all the will power they have Muslim smokers who fast during Ramadan are refraining themselves from food, drinks and smoking during the daytime to fulfill their religious obligation of fasting during this month.

Owing to nicotine dependency, some smokers may experience withdrawal symptoms, like irritability, anger, restlessness, impatience, insomnia and difficulty concentrating. Due to the craving of nicotine, most smokers reach for their cigarettes after breaking of fast, some may even do so within a few minutes after consuming food or drinks.

Before the "addicted" smoker can quit, he must appreciate what addiction is all about and how he can be weaned off smoking. Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity to change one's mindset and environment to quit smoking.

Understanding what tobacco dependence is all about can help the smoker change his habits. This is especially so because addictive behavior has a direct influence on the bodily chemicals that affect emotions and behavior.

Often, it is the emotional aspects that cause the smoking behavior to continue. And thus the multitude of excuses which smokers offer such as it gives "a surge of energy", or "acts to reduce tension" or even "gives a feeling of security".

What it actually amounts to is that smoking maintains a certain level of nicotine in the smoker's blood, especially in the brain.

This is, in fact, the key to understanding addiction as a result of nicotine inhaled from the cigarette. Under the influence of a high level of nicotine, all the above-mentioned excuses seem real. The smoker is emotionally satisfied by his smoking behavior.

However, after puffing on a stick of cigarette, the nicotine level in the smoker's blood begins to decrease gradually. Over just about one hour, the level becomes almost negligible, seemingly resulting in a "loss" in energy, "increased" tension and "insecure" feelings. And the urge to smoke begins.

At this point, it is critical for the "addicted" smoker to find new strategies to distract himself from the urge to smoke. Try any one or all of these suggestions:

Before the urge to smoke strikes (about 60 minutes from the last puff), start doing activities that make smoking physically difficult to perform. Examples include washing the car, weeding the garden, jogging, or taking a long shower. Almost any kind of physical exercise may help. Your smoking behavior may be ingrained and automatic. Anticipate this behavior and stick to your plan to quit.

Check your watch (preferably one with the second hand) whenever the urge acts up. Fight it over the next one minute by keeping your eyes on the movement of the second hand. After one minute, your urge will certainly subside. Then continue for another minute. You will feel even better. Repeat for another minute if necessary.

Before the five minutes are over, the urge will pass. Most urges are short. Once you understand and experience this, you will be better able to cope and resist the urge.

Because you are addicted, quitting smoking can prove quite challenging. The physical symptoms of withdrawal from smoking (like being irritable and edgy) may last between three to 10 days, with the intensity decreasing by the day. But the psychological aspect may last longer, weeks and even months. Over time, however, the urge will fade.

Relapses can occur if you are not careful, particularly when you subject yourself to the environment that habitually make you "light up". Be aware of this and the circumstances that will make you do so, such as after a meal or when getting in the car. Keep the cigarettes away as suggested in last week's article.

Most relapses occur within four weeks after a person stops smoking. The chief reason is most smokers are not prepared to make changes. The month of Ramadan should help Muslim smokers who want to give up. Fasting forces a smoker to change his mindset, his environment and his habit. Most routines are broken for a good part of the day over the next four weeks.

So, try to acquire new non-smoking behavior during the Ramadan. Unlearn smoking. Take it a day at a time. If you succeed on the first day, you are likely to succeed again the next day. Before your know it, you are already a non-smoker.

The most vulnerable time, of course, is during meals, especially the breaking of fast.

Source : http://www.islamicity.com/articles/Articles.asp?ref=IC0509-2807

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