How To - Get Fired

How To - Get Fired

Getting fired is a skill that very few master.

Hate your job? Don't resign. Get fired so you can get benefits, including unemployment benefits.

Many people think that getting fired is simply a matter of doing a bad job. Not so. Doing a bad job will get you reprimanded. To get fired you need to use a more advanced tactic.

Question everything that your boss and management says. Stop going to those boring 3 hour staff meetings (you know, the ones where they serve lunch in the middle). Put out an email saying meetings are wasting your valuable time. Question everything. Corporate culture can't handle dissent.

But do it with style, do not get annoyed with anyone and never mention your personal grievances. Be cool, calm and collected. You'll be fired soon because you're now an alien to the corporate culture. Then walk into HR and ask, "OK, what severance package do you have for me." Be upset until you get the severance package you want. You'll be surprised how much the company will offer to get rid of you!

If you need to put HR on edge ask them a simple question, "Do you think this represents unlawful termination". Be relaxed as you negotiate a severance package.

And good luck in your next venture.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott

How To - Understand the Boeing 737 MAX problem

How To - Understand the Boeing 737 MAX problem

If the pilot maneuvers the aircraft hard, generating an AOA close to the stall angle of around 14°, the previously lift-neutral engine nacelles suddenly generate lift.

This lift is felt by the aircraft as a pitch-up moment because the nacelles are ahead of the CG line. This destabilizes the MAX.

To counter this instability Boeing introduced MCAS (software in the Flight Control Computer), and it appears this system has problems, initiating strong nose down trims which are not warranted. In other words - forced nose dives.

People are dying.

My recommendation: Ground every 737 MAX and ask Boeing to do an extreme QA audit of the MCAS software. There is almost certainly a bug in MCAS.

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How To - Find Lost Money

How To - Find Lost Money

The United States is holding about $58 BILLION in lost money. Check if any is yours and claim it. I've claimed several times and got money!

Select a State below to go to the website of the State Comptroller. Then do a search for money.

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How To - Rent Apartment on Hudson River with Fast NYC Commute

How To - Rent Apartment on Hudson River with Fast NYC Commute

Are you looking to Rent an Appartment?

Consider Avalon Ossining. I've been renting here for over 3 years and I love it. On the Hudson River in Ossining NY.

Here's the view from my apartment balcony at Avalon Ossining. The Hudson River is just beyond the trees.

Fast and easy commute to NYC. We are just 3 minutes from the Croton Train Station.

Superb facilities: club house, exercise room, outdoor grills, pool, a walking and biking trail runs right through the property!

Lots of free parking!

Superb staff. Maintenance is included in the rent.

Email me below if you want the inside scoop. I'm a tenant not one of the sales team!

Get a free apartment tour. Call Jason in the Leasing Office and tell him Ken Abbott sent you. Jason (914) 762-7215

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How To - Ace A Job Interview - With Just 5 Simple Rules

How To - Ace A Job Interview - With Just 5 Simple Rules

So you got an interview. Good. Now make it count..

1. Don't be late. Show up on time. In fact, show up a bit early.

2. Dress right. Do research on the company, and dress the way they dress.

3. Greet right. Hold out your hand for a good handshake, and smile as you do so.

4. Don't bullshit. If you don't know the answer to a question simply say so.

5. Relax. Look like you're enjoying yourself, even if you're not.

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How To - Stop Apps from Accessing to Your Facebook Account

How To - Stop Apps from Accessing to Your Facebook Account

Do you know all the Apps that have access to your Facebook account?

Go to the menu bar at the top of Facebook and click the small down arrow on the right (it's not easy to see).

Then choose "Settings". Then look at the menu on the left. Click on "Apps and Websites". These are all the Apps that have access to your account. You can delete any you don't like.

I just deleted 20. Good grief!

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How To - Cut Back on Alcohol

How To - Cut Back on Alcohol

The first step is simply to know how much you're drinking. It's almost certainly not what you think. Here's the scoop..

Alcohol and Calorie Content of Drinks

The Standard Drink

A Standard Drink is defined as a drink that needs one hour for its alcohol content to be metabolized.

So here's what you're drinking in terms of a Standard Drink..

80 Proof Liquor (40% Alcohol by volume)

“Bottle” 750ml - 17 Standard Drinks - 1,640 Calories.
“½ Bottle” 375ml - 8.5 Standard Drinks
“Martini” 200ml - 4.5 Standard Drinks - 437 Calories.
“Miniature” 50ml - 1.1 Standard Drinks

Wine (13% Alcohol by volume)

“Bottle” 750ml - 5.5 Standard Drinks - 635 Calories.
“½ Bottle” 375ml - 2.7 Standard Drinks
“Big Glass” (10 fluid ounces) - 2 Standard Drinks
“Standard Glass” (5 fluid ounces) - 1 Standard Drink

Beer (5% Alcohol by volume)

“Pint” (16 fluid ounces) - 1.2 Standard Drinks
“Bottle” (12 fluid ounces) - 1 Standard Drink - Between 64 and 300 Calories depending on brand.

Notice that a 12 fluid ounce bottle of beer is a standard drink, but even a miniature of 80 proof liquor is more than one standard drink.

The big shocker A single Martini is 4.5 standard drinks and 437 Calories. So if you knock back just 2 Martinis you've had 9 drinks and 874 Calories.

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How To - Make a Change, with Change

How To - Make a Change, with Change

You don't have to do something big to make a change in the world. I make a small change by saving my small change. Here's how..

When I go to the Supermarket there are always people outside feeding empty cans into machines. In all types of weather. I assume this is to get the 5 cent deposit.

So I save my small change in a bowl by the front door. Every time I come home I just empty my pockets of small change and throw it the bowl.

When it's built to a decent level I pop it into a bag and give it to the folks at the supermarket crushing cans. They are always very appreciative.

Join the small change movement. Please share this!

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How To - Find a Job using Indeed

How To - Find a Job using Indeed

Indeed is a job search engine that lists jobs from job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.

Indeed is a "one stop" job search service and is very high volume - it typically lists about 700,000 new jobs per week.

Indeed lists all types of jobs: full time jobs, part time jobs, work from home jobs and more.

For employers it's FREE to post a job on Indeed.

For job seekers it's FREE to search jobs on Indeed, plus you can upload your resume and apply to jobs fast.

So how does Indeed make money? They offer employers a paid sponsorship option that gives sponsored job posts higher visibility.

Indeed was founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, and Indeed Corporate Headquarters are in Austin, Texas.

Indeed launched in 2005 and referred to their service as a "pay-per-click job advertising network".

In addition to searching job postings, Indeed also allows the occurrence of search words to be plotted over time as an indicator of search trends in the job market.

On October 1st, 2012, Indeed became an independent operating unit of Recruit Co. Ltd. On July 1, 2016, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. announced it had acquired Indeed competitor Simply Hired, which would become a publishing partner of Indeed.

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How To - Handle Wells Fargo Bank

How To - Handle Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo recently fired 5,300 employees for opening millions of accounts that customers did not need or want. If you feel you have been caught up in this situation here's how to handle it..

Do not close any accounts!
The reason is simple - the accounts should remain open so they can be investigated.

Request an investigation
Give your Branch Manager a letter requesting a back office investigation. The letter should itemize all your accounts with account type and account number. Include your address and contact information. Sign and date the letter. Keep a copy.

Be polite
Do not get combative. Remember, the vast majority of Well Fargo employees work really hard to serve their customers. Just ask for an investigation, but be firm and polite that's what you want.

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How To - Save Big on SEO

How To - Save Big on SEO

SEO is the process of getting better visibility in the organic (non-paid) listings on search engines. SEO has lots of components, and many website owners spend big on SEO. But there's a fundamental technique that's easy and costs nothing. Most people don't know it, but Google loves it. Here it is..

Update your website frequently
It's that simple. Google hates websites that are published and then left alone. Don’t be one of them. Add fresh and helpful new information to your website home page frequently. How frequently? Daily. Yes, daily!!!!

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott, SEO Expert

How To - Sue For Asbestos Exposure

How To - Sue For Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos has been shown to cause a form of cancer called Mesothelioma and this has produced many lawsuits against manufacturers and users of asbestos. These lawsuits are personal injury lawsuits, unless the plaintiff dies, in which case they usually become wrongful death lawsuits. They are complex class action lawsuits, often involving a large number of defendants and are handled by law firms which specialize in asbestos litigation.

Mesothelioma lawyers work on a "contingency" basis - which means you don't pay any legal fees unless they win a settlement for you.

Asbestos Lawsuit FAQ
"I was exposed to asbestos over 25 years ago but only recently developed symptoms. Can I still sue?"
Yes. The litigation clock starts ticking from the date of your diagnosis, not from the date of your exposure.

"Is it expensive to hire a top asbestos law firm?"
No. It costs nothing. You only pay legal fees if your lawyer wins your case."

"What do I need in order to file a lawsuit?"
There are specific requirements.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a set of 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals and has been mined for over 4,000 years. The world's biggest asbestos mine was near the town of Asbestos in Quebec Canada - and this was shut down by the Canadian Government in 2012. Asbestos has been used in a large number of applications including: fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat fire and acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall joint compound.

What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. The most common location for mesothelioma is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it can also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart), or the tunica vaginalis (a sac that surrounds the testis).

Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms or signs of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years (or more) after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion) are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.

When was Asbestos Banned?
In 1973, the EPA banned spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing material for fireproofing/insulating purposes.

In 1975, the EPA banned installation of asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos block insulation on facility components, such as boilers and hot water tanks, if the materials are either pre-formed (molded) and friable or wet-applied and friable after drying.

In 1978, the EPA banned spray-applied surfacing materials for purposes not already banned.

In 1977, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in artificial fireplace embers and wall patching compounds.

In 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products. But in 1991 this rule was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, there are still many asbestos products that are not banned.

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How To - Advertise on Google

How To - Advertise on Google

Google has two advertising platforms, Google AdWords Express and Google AdWords. They may sound similar, but they're very different.

Google AdWords Express is much simpler and is designed for local businesses, so if you're a retail store with a modest budget this is the one you need. But, if you have a larger budget and want to show over a bigger geographical area and on specific keywords then use Google AdWords. Here's the scoop..

1) The "gateway" to all Google services is Google gmail, so first sign up for this and get a gmail address. This is more than just an email address, it's your "Google Account".

2) Login to your Google Account then sign up for Google "AdWords Express" and run your ads. AdWords Express

3) Login to your Google Account then sign up for Google AdWords and run your ads. Warning - AdWords is far more complex than AdWords Express and unless setup and optimized correctly it's easy to burn your budget. Hire a specialist to run AdWords ads for you. AdWords

Google advertising is pay per click (PPC) which means Google does not charge when they show your ad, they only charge when someone clicks on your ad.

FREE bonus
If you qualify as a "local business" you can list your business locations list on "Google My Business". It's totally free. This will ensure you show up on Google Maps. As far as Google is concerned a "local business" is any business where customers come to a physical location. So for example, a florist is a local business, but so is McDonalds!

Need help? Contact me anytime. I have over 10 years experience advertising on Google.

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How To - Test Your Website Speed and Mobile Friendliness

How To - Test Your Website Speed and Mobile Friendliness

Website load speed has been a Google ranking factor for a while and now Google is using "mobile friendliness" as another ranking factor.

Basically, Google has decided that if your website is not fast or does not work well on cellphones then your organic ranking will suffer. And so will your digital marketing on AdWords.

So, it pays to please Google. Luckily they've provided a "speed test" and a "mobile friendliness test" that lets you check your website instantly. They are worth using!

Take the Google Mobile Friendliness Test

Take the Google Speed Test

Contact me if you need help making your website mobile friendly or help with internet marketing.

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How To - Optimize AdWords

How To - Optimize AdWords

There are two reasons to optimize your Google AdWords text ads - they perform better and cost less. There's a lot involved in AdWords optimization, but here are the 3 most critical points..

1) First optimize your website destination page - this is the page where people go when they click your ad. Make sure the Title Tag is focused on the page topic and contains your critical keyword. Make sure the page content focuses on just one topic and contains your critical keywords.

2) Now you're ready to optimize your ad. Make sure your critical keyword comes first in the ad headline - and put the action you want second. For example: if your want donations for cancer research a good headline is "Cancer Research - Donate". The first line of the ad (the line after the headline) should explain a bit more, and the last line of your ad should be a call to action.

3) Use a very small focused group of keywords.

Google will scan your ad and the destination page on your website in order to measure "quality" - and that is a key factor in ad rank.

Contact me anytime if you need help with AdWords. I have 15 years experience.

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How to - Understand Hydrogen Cars

How to - Understand Hydrogen Cars

Hydrogen cars are very different from all other cars (gasoline, battery, hybrid). Here's how they work..

A hydrogen car is a 100% electric car, but instead of a battery it uses hydrogen fuel cells. These are simple, feed them hydrogen gas and they will constantly generate electricity. They are like a battery that never need recharging. There is no combustion, nothing burns, hydrogen gas is simply fed to the fuel cells to produce electricity.

So where do we get the hydrogen? The cars carry high pressure tanks of hydrogen gas to supply their fuel cells. The tanks get refilled at a hydrogen gas station, and the filling process is very similar to regular gas filling. The hydrogen gas station produces its hydrogen on the spot. How? By electrolysis of water.

Yes, the raw material to generate hydrogen gas is water!

So, the hydrogen gas station makes hydrogen from water. Cars refill their hydrogen tanks. The hydrogen goes through the car's fuel cells to generate the electricity that drives the car. And the exhaust? The car's exhaust is water vapor! Zero pollution.

The whole thing is a water to water cycle!

The range of a hydrogen car is about the same as a gasoline car, and the refueling time is about the same.

Also, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. So I doubt we'll run out!

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How To - Export Your LinkedIn Connections

How To - Export Your LinkedIn Connections

As of December 2018 Linkedin stopped giving email addresses in export files. So you can no longer export the email addresses of your connections unless they specifically allow it with a new privacy setting. The default for this new privacy setting is "no". Almost none of your connections will find it and change it to "yes". End result - you will not get email addresses for your connection when you do an export.

This is a big loss for those who worked hard to build a professional network on the assumption they could contact their connections independently outside Linkedin.

Here's how to export your Connections..

1. Click the Me icon at top of your LinkedIn homepage.
2. Click Settings & Privacy.
3. Scroll down and click "Download your data" (you may be prompted to sign in again.)
4. A display of options will appear directly below "Download your data". Just select the options you need and click "Request archive".

Here's my LinkedIn profile if you want to connect with me.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott, Internet Marketing Consultant

How To - Optimize your LinkedIn Profile for a Job Search

How To - Optimize your LinkedIn Profile for a Job Search

Here's how to optimize your LinkedIn profile so recruiters will find..

The critical steps..

Find some keywords
Find keywords that describe your skills and the job you’re looking for. These can be from a job description or from your resume. These are the keywords that a hiring manager would use when they search on LinkedIn for candidates. We’re going to make sure the candidate they find is you! This is a very important step, so take some time to find the right keywords. You don’t need many, 4 or 5 is plenty.

Check your position in searches
Search on each of your keywords on LinkedIn and see if you show up at the top. Chances are you don’t. So here’s how you fix that..

Edit your Profile
Make these important changes..

The photo should be you only, it should be an up-close head and shoulders shot. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately and smile.

This is the text immediately below your name. Write a short headline that contains your keywords. Keep it factual and do NOT mention you’re looking for a job.

This is immediately below the headline. Complete it accurately, and also add the “industry” field with the industry you’re interested in.

Complete this with a description of your experience and skills. Keep it SHORT, but be sure to use your keywords, and do NOT mention you’re looking for a job.

Complete this accurately.

This is important because this is the place people will endorse you, and endorsements look good. Just list a few skills, and make sure you include your keywords.

List the jobs you’ve held. Keep it accurate. This is NOT a copy of your resume, it’s very different. Make sure the title of each experience contains your keywords, you’ll probably need to write new keyword rich titles. Keep the job description SHORT and keyword rich, and stress any achievements. Do NOT just copy this from your resume. It needs to be MUCH shorter.

This section is critical for boosting you to the top of LinkedIn searches! A “project” is any piece of work you’ve done no matter how long it took - it may have been only a few hours. You should be able to think of several projects. You’re going to need a few. Now add each project. The title should be keyword rich using your list of keywords. The description of each project should be SHORT but accurate, stressing your skills, and of course including your keywords.

Re-check your position in searches
Now do a LinkedIn search on each of your keywords again. You should see yourself ranking higher. But if you don’t the solution is easy - just add more Projects until you see yourself show up. The Projects section is the key!

Build your network
Use all the resources LinkedIn provides to build your network. Also become active by joining some groups that are relevant to your field - and then contribute comments and posts to the group. People will spot you and send invites to connect - accept them. Search and find a few headhunters in your field and send them invites to connect! If you want to build your network FAST send me an invite to connect - I have a massive LinkedIn Network which will then become part of yours. Here’s my LinkedIn Profile where you can invite me to connect.

Good luck and happy job hunting!

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How To - Get Google to Check Your Website

How To - Get Google to Check Your Website

It's important that your website is fast and friendly on all devices. It may look great on a desktop computer, but what about on a cellphone?

Don't just wonder if your website is good.. get an analysis from Google. It's fast, free and comprehensive.

Get your Google analysis here..
Google Page Speed

Good luck!

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How To - Get Your Invention to Market at No Cost

How To - Get Your Invention to Market at No Cost

It's easy to get started. I just submitted my invention to Edison Nation. All you need is a sketch and the $25 filing fee.

They take it through a tough 8-step evaluation process. If it survives they do everything needed to get your product to market and selling. You pay nothing and collect royalty on sales.

I just submitted my idea for a new type of wheelchair using a hand drawn sketch. The whole submission process took me 5 minutes.

Edison Nation

Good luck and happy inventing!

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