1. Background checks have gone beyond Google.
Before calling in applicants for a job interview, HR will snoop around online to make sure there are no virtual red flags. "Social media 'stalking' has become the norm-especially at larger companies," says Mary Hladio, who worked in human resources for more than 15 years and is currently CEO of leadership group Ember Carriers. "Beyond typing names into a search engine, companies will also employ
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When it comes to driving mistakes, most people are in the "it's not me, it's you" camp. Everything from minor scrapes to major collisions can easily be blamed on the other driver. But what if it is actually your fault? We spoke to the experts and discovered that oftentimes, you (yes, you!) really are the one to blame. The good news? You're not alone. Read on to find out the most common driving mistakes people make, and what you can do to improve your road skills.
1. You're not paying as much attention to the road as you think you are.
Distracted driving is a huge cause of accidents, and cell phone use is one of the biggest culprits. Think you're in the clear because you're wearing a headset? E
xperts agree that even if you're talking hands-free while behind the wheel, you're still endangering yourself and others. "You're driving a two- or three-thousand-pound piece of metal, and anything you do that distracts you from driving is a danger," saysRead More »from 10 Driving Mistakes You Probably Make
This Halloween, bring empty bottles back from the dead to haunt your home.
Vampire & Ghost
1. Using a paint scraper, remove labels from empty bottles of wine. Soak to loosen glue, scrubbing with a sponge. Dry. (You can also use Goo Gone, found at most grocery stores.)
2. With black and white paint pens, draw on faces.
1. Remove label from an empty green bottle using the instructions for Vampire & Ghost (see above).
2. Wrap blue painter's tape around the barrel of the bottle, stopping where the base begins to curve toward the neck. Using a pen or marker, draw triangle eyes and a toothy grin in center.
3. Lay bottle faceup on a dishtowel to keep it from rolling around. Carefully cut along the markings with an X-Acto knife. Peel off the surrounding tape, leaving the eyes and mouth stuck to the bottle.
4. Using orange sprayRead More »from 5 Spooktacular Wine Bottle Crafts
- Throw a Twilight-Themed Party vampire vibe.
Promise a bloody good time by splattering white cards with red nail polish, says Jennifer Sbranti, who writes the entertaining blog HostesswiththeMostess.com.
Arrange branches vertically around a glass cylinder and wrap with twine, says Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV's Halloween Block Party 2010, airing October 16. Add dry ice (go to DryIceDirectory.com to find it) for the foggy feel of Forks, Washington, the setting of the story.
Place a black charger under a plain white dish and finish with a red satin napkin, says Sbranti.
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Cut small slits in the tops of red apples and slip in paper
Sometimes beauty really is pain, especially when it comes to women's footwear. But it doesn't have to be, thanks to the latest advancements in orthopedic products that specifically cater to ladies' shoe dilemmas. WD found eight solutions to the most common shoe problems, including heel slippage, digging straps and chaffing rubber, so you'll be able to wear all of your favorite footwear-pain-free.
Photo: © Tetra Images/GettyLearn everything you ever wanted to know about heels.
Pain in the Strap
Before you relegate agonizing slingbacks and thong sandals to the category of regrettable purchases, strap these on for size. Available in four colors, these thin strips adhere to the inside of your shoe straps to help prevent painful blisters and ugly red marks caused by slipping straps and excess friction. Strappy Strips, prices start at $3.50; FootPetals.com.
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Who better to steal anti-aging secrets from than skin doctors themselves? From sleeping to snacking-to where to sit on an airplane-these tricks of the trade will have you looking younger without paying the price of surgery or other invasive beauty treatments.
1. "Exercise and keep an active lifestyle," says Gary Goldfaden, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist. Working out helps promote circulation and the flow of nutrients to your skin.
2. "Don't tense your face or neck muscles while working out. Tensing these muscles can deepen fine lines, while weakening the muscles in your neck and promoting sagging," says Frederic Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in Miami and New York City.
3. "Avoid smoking-it slows the flow of oxygen to skin. It also causes fine lines to deepen and increases skin discoloration," says Paul M. Friedman, MD, a Houston- and New York City- based dermatologist.
4. When traveling by plane, avoid the window seat. You'll be exposed toRead More »from 8 Anti-Aging Secrets of Dermatologists
Ask any woman of a certain age and she'll tell you that looking younger is at the top of her wish list. But when it comes to figuring out how to get ageless skin, well, most of us wouldn't know the answer if it was staring us in the face. Serums? Creams? Cleansers? What to use and how? This skincare-by- numbers regimen makes it easy to stop aging in its tracks.
Your Morning Routine
1. Wash your face. Using a non-soap cleanser and warm water, remove dirt and oil to create a canvas for products, which you'll be applying in order of consistency, from thinnest, like gels, to thickest, like creams, so they properly penetrate skin, says Kathy Fields, a San Francisco dermatologist and cocreator of Proactiv.
2. Treat your eyes. "The area around your eyes is the first place to show visible signs of aging-fine lines and wrinkles," says Gary Goldfaden, MD, aRead More »from The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine
By Sarah Jio
Psst-you over there! Don't be shy…orgasms are as much a part of women's health as dental floss-but a lot more fun. For all the things you've been dying to find out as well as things you've never even thought of, expand your knowledge about the "big O" with this list of enlightening facts.
1. Orgasms can relieve pain.Read More »from 10 Surprising Facts About Orgasms
Got a headache? Maybe you should have sex after all. "There is some evidence that orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain-including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth," notes Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, a nurse practitioner who works with Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles and blogs at Gynfizz.com. "The mechanism is largely due to the body's release of a chemical called oxytocin during orgasm," she says. "Oxytocin facilitates bonding, relaxation and other positive emotional states." While the pain relief from orgasm is short-lived-usually only about eight to 10 minutes-she points to past research indicating that even
While some may argue that social networking tools, like Twitter and Facebook, are a waste of time, and others consider them to be innocent fun, there are a few people who would say these innovations are so much more. For example, one woman saved her friend from home invaders after seeing a plea for help on Facebook, while another was rescued by emergency personnel after tweeting for help when she was injured and lost in the woods. Learn about seven real-life cases where a tweet, status update or an application was a lifesaver.
Twitter: Lost Snowboarders in the Swiss Alps
In March 2009, 29-year-olds Rob Williams and Jason Tavaria went on a ski trip in the Swiss Alps and became separated from their group during a snowstorm. A member of their team used Twitter to get phone numbers for the missing snowboarders. Tavaria was contacted on his mobile phone and used his Google Maps application to send rescuers the longitude and latitude of his location.Read More »from Social Networking to the Rescue
By Karen Asp
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get fit. It's free, you can do it just about anywhere and it burns up to 200 calories in 30 minutes. That's why we enlisted Bob Harper, one of the trainers from NBC's The Biggest Loser, to create a walking program that blasts calories by including strength-training moves. Aim to walk four to six times a week, ideally picking a different routine each day. For motivation, check out the stories of four women who each shed major pounds mainly by walking. In just a few weeks, you'll be on your way to becoming the next weight-loss success story!
Walk #1: Muscle Up
Location: Your neighborhood
Goal: Increase upper-body strength by alternating cardio and strength moves. Throw a resistance band in your pocket before you leave.
Total time: 38 min
5 min Warm up: Walk at easy pace.
1 min Walk fast, pumping your arms.
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