January 8: Daily Horoscope


IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY

You will embark on a journey of discovery over the coming 12 months and it is quite possible you will discover something about the world that changes your outlook completely. There is always more to learn – yes, even for a Capricorn!

ARIES (March 21 – April 20):

Don’t worry too much about details today. Instead, make a conscious effort to raise your sights and look at the bigger picture. If you don’t, you could miss something important – and that something has the potential to make you rich.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21):

Neptune, planet of deception, warns you need to treat what you hear today with the utmost suspicion. That may sound rather negative but according to the planets someone is trying to put ideas in your head that do not belong there.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 21):

You will find yourself in a heated discussion with a friend or work colleague today and no way are you going to back down. Why should you when you know that you are right and they are wrong? There is no need to compromise.

CANCER (June 22 – July 23):

Start planning your next major career move. The planets indicate that you know what you want and you know how to get it, so move fast and impress people in positions of authority. It won’t be long before you are on the rise.

LEO (July 24 – Aug. 23):

If you find yourself arguing with someone over a contentious issue today you must stick closely to the facts. If you try to bend the truth in any way, shape or form they will find out and it will most likely ruin your case.

VIRGO (Aug. 24 – Sept. 23):

The news you receive over the next 24 hours could be good or it could be bad – it depends entirely on how you choose to look at it. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Do you even see the glass?

LIBRA (Sept. 24 – Oct. 23):

Whatever disagreements or differences of opinion you may have had with friends or family members in recent weeks you can quite easily iron them out now. Make the first move and let it be known you don’t hold a grudge.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 – Nov. 22):

You need to streamline your working routine and you need to do so now. The first thing you must do is decide how much you can comfortably cope with. The second thing is to simply refuse to take on anything more than that.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 – Dec. 21):

According to the planets you will be taking some important decisions over the next 24 hours. The most important thing of all is that you make it clear to everyone that these decisions are not open to discussion. You have decided and that’s it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20):

For some strange reason you appear to believe that everyone thinks and feels the same as you but what occurs over the next day or two will put you right. It really doesn’t matter if others disagree with you – you can still be friends.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 – Feb. 19):

Today’s Mercury-Neptune link warns you need to be careful with money, so keep your cash in your pocket no matter how much others insist this is the ideal time to spend. It may be for them but it isn’t for you.

PISCES (Feb. 20 – Mar. 20):

Even if you are the kind of Pisces who tends to keep your opinions to yourself you won’t hesitate to speak your mind today – and quite right too. The one thing you can’t stand is injustice and you won’t turn a blind eye to it.

Job Interview 101: Top 10 job interview tips


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That dream job you wanted since you were a child might not be as easy to get as you think considering our economy today. The unemployment rate in the US is 5.8% of the labour work force and that’s 9.0 million people each year competing for a job. In Canada, its 1.2 million people unemployed and it keeps growing every year. Imagine the amount of people trying to get the same job as you do, unless you want to work for fast food all your life, its just not going to cut it. Well its a challenge for most of us and we need to find ways to edge our competition no matter how little, it will all add up in the end.

NOTE: First of all there are 6 kinds of job interviews and each has its own characteristics.

  • Structured interview – These are pre-determined set of questions. The interviewee will read this to you in sequence in a job interview.
  • Unstructured interview – These are unplanned set of questions. The interviewee will ask you questions off the top of his head.
  • Mixed interview – It’s basically a mix between structured and unstructured.
  • Behavioural description interview – These are set of questions that will determine future behaviours. The interviewee will ask you about an event that happened in the past and explain what your actions were at that time.
  • Situational interview – The interviewee will give you situations that might happen in the future. The question usually starts with i.e. What would you do if …
  • Stress-producing interview – These questions will determine how well you deal with stress. Involves High levels of stress questions.

Here are some guidelines that you could follow to increase your chances of getting that very elusive dream job.

Interview tips

#1 – Be Prepared!!

This must be the most obvious. According to an independent research firm 38% of managers said that interviewees had done hardly any research about them. Spend time on their website, get to know what their company is all about. Also know what your skills and experiences are. Write it down on a piece of paper and review it before the interview. Another important thing is to know your career plans and goals. This tells your interviewer that you care about your career and that you are committed to your job. I guarantee that this will most likely be part of the interview So be prepared, it will greatly boost your confidence when you know you came prepared.

#2 – Dress to Impress!!

Dress appropriate for a job interview. Make that good first impression. I wrote about how people make snap judgements about others in 5 seconds to formulate a negative or positive opinion based only from your appearance. This is crucial for making the decision. Make yourself known and dress appropriate.

#3 – Make Eye Contact!!

Making eye contact is important because this tells your interviewer that you are confident about yourself. This also conveys that you’re prepared for the interview and confident that you can answer all the questions. And you will also appear to be likable.

#4 Be a Good Listener!!

Stay attentive in the interview and stay still. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Also don’t be afraid of asking the interviewer to repeat the question. Its normal for the interviewee to misunderstand the question, that is why its important to make sure and ask again. This says that you are eager to answer the question.

#5 – Be Honest!!

Interviewees are trained professionals, they can read your body language. If you’re not a trained liar, I suggest that you keep it real. Lying will only lower your chances of getting the job.

#6 – Be Deliberate!!

Think things through before you answer. Don’t just answer the question right away. Carefully weigh in any possible answers to the question in your head. Be smart with your answers. Remember that content is heavier than quantity on an interview.

#7 – Don’t be Afraid of Silence!!

Awkward silences are sometimes viewed negatively but in fact its a good sign that you are thinking it through and it conveys that you are really investing on your answer which is always a plus. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer if you can take a moment to think about the answer. Its really OK.

#8 – Be Confident Not Arrogant!!

There’s a huge difference between Arrogance and Confidence. I got this phrase from www.theladder.com, it says, “Confidence is inspiring and Arrogance is a turn-off”. Its easy to come off as arrogant but it takes work to be confident. Its important to know the difference.

#9 – Sell yourself!!

Sell your self to the interviewee. Say what they want to hear and be the solution to their problem. Talk about your resume and what you can offer the company if they hire you. Companies like to hear about what you can do for their team and why they should hire you. Again, prepare!!

#10 – Ask Questions!!

At the end of the interview when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions never say no. Its important to ask questions at the end of an interview. Know the right questions to ask here are some examples.

Wrong questions to ask:

  • How much do I get paid?
  • What are the benefits?

Right questions to ask:

  • How can I help the company?
  • What do you think is the best fit for me in the company
  • How can I help grow the company?
  • If I don’t get your call on Friday, Can I call you on Monday?

You want to convey the idea that you genuinely care about the company and it tells them that you are interested.There you go those are my top 10 job interview tips. What do you think?

Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto ON, Canada


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              Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is an aquarium in Toronto, Ontario. The aquarium is one of three aquariums owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just south of the CN tower.  The aquarium features several aquatic exhibits including a walk-through tank. The aquarium has 5.7-million litres (1.5-million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater specimens, from more than 450 species. 
 
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It all begins here!


Jelly fish are the coolest, the lightings really brings out the beauty in them.

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There is also a souvenir shop at the end of the trail. If you like stuffed aquatic animals, then you will love the shop. Its full of items that are perfect for gifts. Its a perfect reminder of the experience you’ve had during the trip.

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                        I have always wanted to go to Ripley’s Aquarium since they opened in October 2013. One of the most memorable experience I have had this past summer. That was the first time I went to an aquarium and I’m really glad that I did. Most of the aquatic animals there are rare and I’ve only seen on Television. There are also labels on the aquariums that are very informative so you can be educated of what you are looking at and the history behind it. It is just overall fun and at the same time very educational. Would definitely come back very soon.

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