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Send a “Pain Letter” to Get Noticed by a Hiring Manager

Send a “Pain Letter” to Get Noticed by a Hiring Manager

If you've ever applied for a corporate job and had to go through an online application process, you know it's rather impersonal. You'll lose the ability to stand out among applicants. Try sending a letter directly to the hiring manager telling them you understand their challenges.

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Decryptolocker Saves You From the Popular Cryptolocker Ransomware

Decryptolocker Saves You From the Popular Cryptolocker Ransomware

Cryptolocker is a nasty piece of malware that encrypts the files on your computer and holds them ransom. If you don't pay for a code to unlock the files, you don't get them back. FireEye and Fox-IT recently launched a tool to help users get their files back.

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Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

Check Out the Best From This Week's Open Thread

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Introduce Yourself with Your Full Name So People Will Remember It

Introduce Yourself with Your Full Name So People Will Remember It

At a networking event, we often introduce ourselves with just our first name. Instead, try using your full name so people can remember it easier.

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Notable PDF Edits PDFs From Within Chrome

Notable PDF Edits PDFs From Within Chrome

Chrome: Notable PDF is a Chrome extension lets you edit PDF files from within the Chrome browser. This extension works offline, too, so it's a great add-on for Chromebooks.

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Keep Kids’ Small Toys in a Hanging Jewelry Holder

Keep Kids’ Small Toys in a Hanging Jewelry Holder

Kids tend to accumulate lots of small toys like race cars and action figures. Try storing the toys in a hanging jewelry holder instead of a box.

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Five Best Investment Firms

Five Best Investment Firms

Whether you're saving for retirement or just managing your money wisely, an investment firm can be a huge benefit—the best ones offer online access to your money at any time, guidance that demystifies complex financial topics, and gives you the freedom to make your own decisions. This week, we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Involve Everyone During Group Job Interviews

Involve Everyone During Group Job Interviews

Sometimes, you'll find that job interviews consist of multiple members of the company asking you questions. Even if one interviewer does most of the talking, consider asking the quieter interviewer to speak up.

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This Week's Top Downloads

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

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A Contractor’s Truck Can Be a Window into Their Work Style

A Contractor’s Truck Can Be a Window into Their Work Style

When you have contractors in your home, some clean up after themselves and some leave your home a mess. You can figure out if your contractor is a slob or not by looking inside the truck.

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Make Browned Butter in the Microwave Instead of the Stove

Many recipes call for the nutty flavor of butter that's been slightly burned, often called brown or browned butter. You can make it on the stovetop, but the microwave takes less time and has less risk of overcooking.

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Score a Highly-Rated Kitchen Scale for Just $12 Today

Score a Highly-Rated Kitchen Scale for Just $12 Today

Kitchen scales not only improve your meals' consistency, they can make cleanup much easier as well . If you still don't own one, this attractive stainless steel model from Ozeri can be yours for just $12 today.

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Talk About Social Media "Rules" with Your Partner Ahead of Time

Talk About Social Media "Rules" with Your Partner Ahead of Time

Many of us have gotten into arguments with spouses or significant others when one partner has "overshared" on social media. An understanding in advance may avoid these fights.

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Apple’s Summarize Service Makes Sure You Get Your Point Across

Apple’s Summarize Service Makes Sure You Get Your Point Across

Sometimes when we write, we often include too many details and our focus gets lost. On the Mac, Apple's summarize service can help proofread your work to make sure you're saying what you intend.

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11 Reasons Email Is the Worst

11 Reasons Email Is the Worst

Email is one of those things that's just a part of your life, period. Most of us know someone who has closed their Facebook account or refused to join in the first place in a little foot-stomping stand by their ego, and you might even know someone who is thrilled with themselves for not owning a smartphone.

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Use a “Before” Picture to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed By Any Project

Use a “Before” Picture to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed By Any Project

Working on a new project can be intimidating, especially when you see how far you still have to go. Try taking a picture when you start so you'll keep track of all you've accomplished.

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Microsoft’s Upgraded EMET 5.0 Offers More Windows Protection

We recently covered Microsoft's lesser-known Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that adds protection against malware. Microsoft recently upgraded it to version 5.0 with even more protection against Internet nasties.

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Top 10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

Top 10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

If you're not sure which direction your career should go in, you're thinking about making a career change, or you just want to feel more fulfilled in your career, these ten tips might help.

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Skip Taking Vacations in August to Increase Productivity

Skip Taking Vacations in August to Increase Productivity

For many of us, August is the best time to take a vacation. However, if you're having trouble being productive at the office, you may want to travel during another month.

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This Week's Most Popular Posts: August 22nd to 29th

This Week's Most Popular Posts: August 22nd to 29th

This week we listed the best tech upgrades you can make , inflated a mattress with a trash bag , offloaded some tasks to our phones , and cleaned up our Facebook feeds . Here's a look back.

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Match Your Suit and Shoes Perfectly with This Cheat Sheet

Match Your Suit and Shoes Perfectly with This Cheat Sheet

If you're still learning how to dress a bit better , it can help to have some little "cheat sheets" on hand. This graphic from Slaters shows you what color shoes go with what color suits.

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Why Disabling IPv6 Won’t Speed Up Your Internet Connection

Why Disabling IPv6 Won’t Speed Up Your Internet Connection

Support for IPv6 is enabled by default in most operating systems, and legend has it that disabling it will increase your internet speed. That's not really true, and here's why.

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Build an Intruder Detector with a Raspberry Pi

Build an Intruder Detector with a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a great little computer to use for a home surveillance system , but most of the projects we've seen have been a bit more advanced. Bitreactive put together a guide for a simple Raspberry Pi alarm that detects motion and sends you an SMS if something happens.

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Five Habits of Truly Effective Communicators

Five Habits of Truly Effective Communicators

We all have room to polish our communication skills—some people want to be more assertive, others need help with conflict management, and still others find it hard to speak their minds in a group setting. Here are a few tips that can help you get your ideas across.

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Batch Convert Text Files to Different Formats in Terminal

Batch Convert Text Files to Different Formats in Terminal

Converting texts between formats is a bit of a pain to do on a file-by-file basis, but thankfully, MacIssues shows how to convert text files in bulk using a simple terminal command.

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