Friday, October 24, 2014

Preparing For Life After Graduation



As your college career comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about and preparing for life after college. In general, this means preparing for your job search and giving yourself the greatest chance of success at finding your dream job. It can be challenging to juggle finishing off classes with thinking about job applications, but it will be worth it when you are walking across the stage with your diploma in hand knowing that you have a job waiting for you on the other side. Here are a few key steps to take before you start on that job search journey. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to Have a Great Web Design for Your New Business




If your web stats show high bounce rates, dismal conversion rates, and poor organic traffic, it may be time for you to sit down and analyze your web design. In today’s digital world where everybody searches for products online prior to making a purchase, your website has become the face of your business. Visitors will form opinions about you based on their online experience—and unlike potential customers browsing your physical retail store—you are helpless in changing their minds. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Charleston Construction Jobs

Construction
Construction (Photo credit: Jim Moran)
Post provided by Carolina Services, Inc., a Charelston, SC construction company.
If you're currently working in the world of construction or considering a move to a career in construction, you may be interested in the outlook for these types of jobs. While there's largely been instability in the United States job market, and while the talking heads on the news opine about a slow down in new housing and construction the truth is that in recent years construction labor jobs have far exceeded job growth in most categories. Consider the following:

  • The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that through 2022 jobs in construction labor are anticipated to grow by 25%
  • This projects out to 325,000 new jobs
  • In 2012 there were 1,284,000 of these jobs
So as long as their continues to be growth in construction, there will be job growth in the construction industry. That said, despite the opportunities and stability of the industry there are some potential drawbacks.

  1. Pay in construction jobs is relatively low. In 2012 the average annual pay for a construction laborer was $29,160, barely above the average median wage for all jobs. If you're looking to become wealthy in your career, construction labor isn't an easy path to it.
  2. Physical demands. The term "labor" isn't in the job title for no reason, if you're going to work in construction you're going to work hard and potentially work in dangerous situations. Construction workers have a very high rate of injury, and this is certainly something a worker in this industry needs to consider accounting for.
Working in the Charleston area, there are always an abundance of construction jobs available. If you're interested in learning more about the local industry and the jobs available here, you may want to check out the following links:

Monday, March 31, 2014

5 Important Facts About Your Ford Factory Warranty

If you've recently purchased a new Ford you probably realized there is a lot of important information in your Ford factory warranty (not to be confused with an extended warranty, if you're looking for information on those go to a site like this). The coverage starts the day you take your vehicle home from the dealership. The good news is you are not required to pay for repairs that are covered by the warranty during the stated coverage period. You may, however, have to pay a tax on a portion of warranty repairs.

Sometimes Ford offers a special adjustment program to pay for all or part of the cost for certain repairs beyond the terms of the warranty. The warranty does not by any means indicate that each Ford vehicle is defect free. Five Ford warranty facts you should know are listed below.

  • The emissions performance warranty coverage requires Ford to repair, replace, or adjust, at no charge for labor, diagnosis, or part, emissions control devices or systems. You must meet specific conditions including maintaining and operating your vehicle according to the instructions in the Owner’s Manual.
  • The new vehicle limited warranty and the emissions warranties apply overseas if you bought your car through the Ford Export Operations Military Sales Program, or if Ford stateside sold or leased it to you. The latter condition also requires that the car be originally registered/licensed and operated in the United States.
  • The Ford manufacturer includes coverage on most of a cars systems and components during the full term of the warranty. If a time comes when you need to determine if it is still covered you can contact your local Ford dealer.
  • Several types of damage are not covered under the new vehicle limited warranty. Some of them are: 1. Accidents,collisions or when an object strikes your car. 2. Theft or vandalism. 3. A fire or if your car explodes. 4. Chemicals that are intentionally applied. 4. Driving through a flood. 5. Installation or use of non-Ford Motor Company parts. 6. Surface rust deterioration and paint damage. 7.Cars that have had the odometer disconnected or altered.
  • Ford provides a Roadside Assistance Program that is separate from the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. It becomes valid on the warranty start date and last for five years or 60,000 miles. They have a toll-free roadside assistance number that you can call 24 hours a day 365 days a year. 

A new vehicle limited warranty grants you specific legal rights and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. You will meet the coverage conditions if: 1.your Ford vehicle is operated and maintained properly. 2. If you take it to a Ford dealership for a warranted repair during the warranty period. An authorized Ford Motor Company dealer will not charge you for repairing, replacing or adjusting the parts of your vehicle that malfunction or fail during regular use within the applicable coverage period.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Car Extended Warranties - Get the Right One

There are a number of important factors that people should consider before purchasing an auto extended warranty. Unless they do their due diligence, they will often end up paying lots of money for an extended warranty policy that is totally useless. With ever increasing labor rates along with automobile repair costs, it is vital that people purchase the correct extended warranty coverage for their vehicle.

Always Know the Amount

One of the most important things that people should do when they purchase auto extended insurance is to get an idea about their vehicle’s condition. This allows them to determine the right coverage for their needs. They should also assess the deductible that is required for every repair as well as what types of repairs are covered.

If they are on a fixed budget, an extended warranty policy with a deductible that features a bumper-to-bumper extended auto warranty may often be a wise decision. This is true even if the up-front price is a little higher.

Assessment is Always Very Important

Aside from knowing the amount, people should also take a close look at what is offered in their extended auto warranty policy. The majority of automobile extended policies do not cover overheating and ABS breaks. People certainly need coverage for these.

In short, they should not simply fall for the price alone. Instead, they should do a thorough review of the sample contract before they put their signature on any extended auto warranty policy. Besides, it ultimately helps them avoid paying for additional repair costs in the future.

Avoid Extended Warranty Misunderstandings

The first thing that a finance manager will often say to their customer is that if they do not purchase an extended policy at the time of sale, they cannot purchase a warranty. However, this is not true. What this professional really means is that they will not get a commission if you buy it at another time.

Another common misunderstanding is the bumper-to-bumper extended warranty. Many companies pride themselves in providing this kind of policy for their clients. However, there is no such thing as a bumper-to-bumper policy.

The truth that no factory or other warranty will cover a number of wear and tear items such as hoses, tires, brakes and alignments past the vehicle’s first year or 12,000 miles. Aside from that, the coverage length’s starts at the car’s in-service date when people purchase an extended warranty for a new car or one that is under factory warranty.


Always Know Thy Self

Apart from knowing the type of coverage and the amount that they need for their vehicle, people should also determine their driving habits. The first plan that a salesperson often offers is an 84 month or 100,000 mile extended warranty policy. However, this policy is not great for people who are planning to trade their car in or those who drive often for long distances.

Because of this, it is important for people to know what their driving attitudes are. This enables them to ask their finance manager to only present them with plans that are in line with their parameters. Aside from that, it helps them get a quote in writing.


About the Author: Thanks to Ben from Auto Warranty One for submitting this post! Check out his site to learn more about extended warranty options.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

North Myrtle Beach Nightlife: Beached Out by Day, Rocking Out by Night

You’ve read your favorite book twice, all your favorite snacks are gone, you’ve gone through all five of your swimsuits and you find yourself thinking, “Where have these days gone?” Although lounging on the beach being lazy once in a while is an essential escape we all need at one time or another, eventually, it’s totally normal to want to get up and at it again after several days of being dazed by the suns rays. So, tonight, it’s time to go out! But, where to? No worries. There are plenty of hotspots to visit during your nightlife experience in North Myrtle Beach! Here is a list of just a few places for a great night out on the town:

     Fat Harold’s Beach Club

Don’t let the name fool you. No, there will not be an overweight man dancing it up on stage, so no worries. This dance house is legendary, primarily because it’s the home of the hip dance move “The Shag”. Never heard of it? Come on now! Well, if you want to get up with the times and don’t know this dance move, Far Harold’s even offers lessons to people who don’t know how to “Shag!” The dance floor isn’t your typical dance floor. Instead of a shiny, fancy finish, this dance floor is made of hardwood and it’s sprinkled with beer and saw dust! So come on out in some casual apparel for an evening filled with some Southern country fun!

          Alabama Theatre

This theatre is not only grand in appearance on the outside, but it’s inside is incredibly impressive as well, seating over 2,000 people. If you’re into country music, this is definitely the place for you! Shows run all the way from Tuesday to Thursday each evening. Entertainment and music is provided by some of the biggest starts in country music, along with some extraordinarily talented local bands. The theatre is smack dab in the middle of a huge shopping and restaurant district, called the Barefoot Landing. There are both restaurants and shops to match the taste and style of anyone in the family. So, this is the perfect place to hang for the entire night! 

     Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

      If the beach life has got you a bit exhausted (as exhausting as basking in the sun all day long can be…), then you may want to check out this beautiful marshwalk. Stroll along the coast and watch the sunset and the silhouettes of boats coming back into the bay after a day at sea. Along the walkway, if you start feeling up to it, there are plenty of low-key hot spots, such as the Dead Dog Saloon and Bubba’s Love Shack. . Both feature live bands nearly every night of the week. Two other venues, called the Divine Prime and Fishhouse offer easy-going atmospheres for anyone who thinks they’re hip enough to hang there. So, take a stroll, hear some tunes and select your venue of choice and just take it all in! 

     For more on South Carolina/Myrtle Beach Nightlife, look here:
 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Big Ben: The Top Show Jumping Horse



She did fall but got right back up and finishe...

The strength, agility and endurance of many animals on this planet are truly amazing to observe. So many animals have speed, power and perfectly designed anatomy to achieve optimal performance, but none match that of a champion show jumping horse (and working for Silver Lining Herbs allows me to see a lot of amazing animals!). Their sheer size is staggering and their brute strength and power unfold beautifully before your eyes as you watch them overcome great obstacles. The infamous show jumping horse, Big Ben, was the reigning champ of his day. No other horse demonstrated such dedication. Some thought him to be nearly indestructible and unstoppable.

Big Ben was born on April 20, 1976. His original name was “Winston” when he was born into the van Hooydonk Farm in northern Belgium. Although he was from humble roots and average sized parents, Big Ben grew up larger than most other Belgian Warmbloods: big enough for big goals and dreams. Due to his size, he was bought for a Canadian equestrian named Ian Millar at a hefty cost: $45,000. Big Ben was then relocated to a farm in Perth, Ontario, Canada. As he began training and soon after began winning races, Ian Millar was offered many generous offers for Big Ben, but their bond was a strong one, so he refused every one.

His career took off in 1984 when he began his show jumping events. On top of these events, Millar rode Big Ben through more than 40 Grand Prix titles. Two of these titles included world cups: one the pair earned in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1988 and one in Tampa, Florida the following year. Just a year later, Big Ben lead Millar to three more Grand Prix titles, making Ian Millar the number one rider in the world. The two also won two other prestigious international titles. Big Ben seemed unstoppable, despite two episodes of colic and a traffic accident where his trailer was completely overturned. Two other horses were killed and another was too injured to continue its career. Despite this traumatic experience, Big Ben won the Grand Prix again just two months later. His final derby appearance was in front of 50,000 spectators where he led Millar, once again, to victory. At the age of 18, Big Ben finally retired after a long and successful career. He suffered a third bought of colic, which proved to be fatal. He rests today on a knoll overlooking Millar’s farm.