Emails are more important than you might think. When applying for jobs, they can be just as important as an impressive resume and well-written cover letter, especially when you’re only corresponding electronically. According to today’s infographic, the majority of daily email comes from business correspondence. So, think about that the next time you include a smiley emoji at the end of a sentence. (It sucks, I know. I love them, too.)
One of the first things you should consider when drafting a new email, or when sending an email to a potential employer from an account you created in high school, is what your email address says about you. We’ve all had that one (or two) email addresses or screen names that are slightly embarrassing. For the longest time, I had a Yahoo address that was hyperhoney2008, and a Gmail that was even more embarrassing. I don’t know what I was thinking. Instead, it’s best to keep it simple. Using your name is good. Since going through college and learning the importance of ‘personal branding,’ I’ve changed every account to aislingclare27, so that my online presence is the same across the board.
Another important thing to think about when corresponding online is what the content of your email says about you. Subject lines should be kept straightforward and to the point. Keywords are important. The infographic shows that 35 percent of people decide to read an email based on the subject line alone.
The rest of your email’s content should also be kept short and direct. As a rule of thumb, don’t use more than 150 words. Your writing should be concise, and you should use proper grammar and punctuation. Potential employers may write you off for a position if you can’t write a simple email.
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when composing emails, and this infographic provides several other tips for writing better ones. If you’re following up on a job application via email, be sure to check these out and utilize them to your advantage.
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For all you music lovers out there, today’s infographic compares and analyzes the top five music festivals in the United States from Ticket City, an American ticket broker and online marketplace. California’s Coachella, brought to you by the Empire Polo Club, comes in ranked at No. 1, with 199 artists scheduled to perform over a two-weekend span, and over 170,000 persons in attendance. Austin’s “ACL” ranks at No. 2, with almost 200,000 attendees, and a cheaper price for three-day admission than Coachella, but features far fewer artists (Coachella – 199 vs. ACL - 130).
Manchester, Tennessee’s much smaller, “roots-oriented” Bonnaroo placed third. With only an estimated 10,000 attendees, and the most expensive price tag for three-day passes, Bonnaroo appeals more to the true hippie adventurers and music lovers. Despite international presence and expansion, Chicago’s Lollapalooza ranked at No. 4, with the fewest attendees for three-day festivals and an average cost.
South by Southwest blew everyone else out of the water for variety and extensiveness of musicians, with a whopping 2,000 plus artists registered to play (and that’s only artists registered to play “official” SXSW showcases; if you have any knowledge of Austin’s SXSW, you might know that there are seemingly infinite un-official shows featuring local artists). But, all that variety comes at a hefty price: $695 for a week-long music badge. For more details, check out today’s infographic.
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Some of you might consider the notion that we eat fish because it’s healthy is common knowledge. Not everyone is quite as convinced, though. In fact, some of us are fully aware of this, but pull some impressive mental gymnastics to avoid eating healthy, because we’re all big babies that can’t take care of ourselves. There are plenty of reasons why seafood is good for you shown in this infographic, and countless more that could be be pulled up in a quick Google search. So to avoid redundancy, I’m going to use this space to try and debunk some the excuses we might give ourselves.
The biggest one goes out to anyone that doesn’t live close to water. Some people will actively dismiss eating fish that isn’t “fresh,” but consider the freshness of any other meat you can get in the supermarket. I personally would take a can of tuna over Spam any day. Then, there’s the very contingent fact that fish is more expensive than other meats. This is mostly true, based on what you’re comparing fish to, but the price difference is only marginal and the gap is closing across grocery stores nationwide. Most of us eat out regularly as a personal treat. If you’re already willing to pay the few extra bucks for that, then consider getting the red snapper Pontchartrain next time because that would take a lot more effort and money to make at home than a steak. Considering that I have trouble drinking eight glasses of water everyday, I think eating fish twice a week is actually pretty reasonable.
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The City of Sin. Las Vegas has always been portrayed as a city that is bustling with life and fun. Throughout cinema, the city is a hotspot for death and destruction. Fortunately, there is neither massive destruction nor chaos running rampant in the City of Sin, so we can feel comfortable watching it happen to LV in some of Hollywood’s greatest hits.
In today’s infographic, there are six films where doom finds Sin City. Starting at number six, we find that giant radioactive lizards and insects can lay waste to the city in a remake of the Japanese hit, Godzilla. At number five, zombies rule the City of Sin, as a group of survivors pass through in search for a cure to the virus that brings the dead back to life. At number four - the most realistic – a plane full of convicts crashes into a casino. The director used the opportunity to film the destruction of the casino at the same time as the filming of the number three spot. Mars Attacks, my personal favorite, is a story that really has it all – it’s about a group of aliens that invade Las Vegas in a comedic and yet terrifying way. At number two, another virus shows how we as humans have much to fear when it comes to survival in a city filled with millions of people. The number one spot in our six ways to destroy Las Vegas, we look to another supernatural event that causes destruction.
While watching these tremendous movies, remember to be “sin”-pathetic. Las Vegas, as hard as it is, has feelings, too. [via]
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There is more to voting than simply going to a polling place and casting your ballot. A lot of planning goes into an election day. Pollsters must be employed, trained, and dispatched to polling places. They start early and stay until the last person has voted. Then, election officials gather the votes in a central location and count them. All of this is done in order to have efficient and honest elections.
An election day for pollsters starts early and goes late into the night. A typical day is 12 hours long or longer. The pay differs from state to state, but usually it’s the minimum wage. Some polling places employ high school students. The request for bilingual pollsters to help out is immense. The question is, can you be a pollster?
Not just people are needed for an election day, but also funding, information, and technology. Funds are provided and spent to update voting systems with new technology. Timely information is announced to the public, such as where to vote. Mobile apps are the new technology used to track election results throughout the day.
In the next election day, think about the people who are helping you out. Think about the process election officials are going through. Finally, after you cast your vote, thank the pollsters for their services.