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Can social media hurt your career? Beware of these pitfalls….

18 Dec

Social media is flourishing with prospects. Majority of the corporate professionals today make full use of social media platforms to network.

Interacting with other professionals will enhance your career and elevate it to new heights. However, for some unfortunate ones, it could mark the end of their careers.

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Avoid these 7 social media blunders to be a part of the former group.

  1. Badmouthing your work or manager

Saying bad things about your boss or your job, particularly on a public platform, is never a good idea. Do you think your boss can’t see your posts? Well, your co-worker might forward it to him. While a single comment may not seem to hurt your career today, it could end up haunting you in future. What if your future prospective manager sees it and decides not to employ you? Badmouthing your boss whether current or previous is never a way to go.

  1. Sharing your recent employment offer

Always remember that employment offers are mostly confidential and just because you have an offer in hand, there is no guarantee that you may actually get it. If you violate the discretion, your manager may perceive you as unreliable and cancel the employment offer.

  1. Plagiarizing

The biggest mistake you can do to sabotage your career is to plagiarise. Plagiarism is totally intolerable in the corporate world. It is similar to saying, “I’m unskilled and idle, and I have zero reliability!” This is not only true for your professional account but holds equal significance for your personal accounts as well. Are you sharing an article? Cite the writer. Putting up a photo? Give credit to the photographer.

  1. Using SMS Language

While it may not seem to be a big deal to use SMS language on your social media page, it may actually have a negative impact on your career. It seems convenient when typing on your phone or fitting into a 140 character tweet, however, it can seriously affect your spellings and grammar which are crucial to professional communication.

  1. Sharing Offensive Content

You could lose your job if any content that you share insults another individual. Avoid posting unpleasant remarks even if pun is intended.

  1. Posting Obscene Photos

Your photos reflect who you are. Posting an obscene photo will negatively influence your reputation in the workplace. Moreover, there are some countries where alcohol is prohibited and if you happen to live there then please respect the norm. Even if you are over 21 and have full right to individualism, uploading a photo with a glass of alcohol could cost you your career.

  1. Making fun of your clients

Similar to badmouthing your manager, insulting or making fun of your clients can have a negative impact on your job. Numerous virtual stories have gone viral about waiters who took photographs of meager tips and uploaded them on social media only to get sacked for such an act. Complaining about clients only portrays your corporation in a negative light that no manager would tolerate.

Heard of any social media incident that sabotaged somebody’s career? Share with us. Let’s learn together to avoid such mistakes!

 

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Toy Review – Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab

14 Dec

Kids are fascinated with whatever type of toy you provide them, at whatever age. Toys are much more that just to be played with, as they also simulate a child’s creativity, activity and imagination.

Parents most of the times are not concerned about the types of toys they provide their children with. Only a few parents are actually concerned about the toy being efficient in bringing up their child that not only employs fun but also provides learning aids as well, to exploit the creativity and imagination of the child to a better extent.

According to a child psychologist and the founder of Better Parenting Institute, Dr Vicki Panaccione; “For the emotional, mental, physical and social growth of children, play is very important. Play things should be believed as growth and discovering instruments.”

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If you want your kid’s creativity to flourish with some activity and fun, Umagine brings you, the totally-out-of-the-box toy, Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab.

What is Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab?

It is a creative, fun-filled lab themed setup for kids that are fascinated with fictional undead characters in horror movies called “Zombies”. Kids do get excited when it comes to something related to zombies and eating brains.

Actually made for boys, it is popular among both boys and girls due to its fun theme. This product stimulates their creativity and curiosity to the level of fun enabling them to prepare candies from the “lab instruments”.

It costs around $53.87 at Amazon, rates apply different at other sites.

You may ask what this product contains and why should you be buying it for your kid, then here is what you need to know:

Features

The product features a setup which includes:

  • A zombie head
  • 2 tools
  • 5 pouches of edibles for candy mixing
  • A measuring cup

Edible Undead

All the items that are manufactured by this machine are edible. With a series of chemical experiments, children can make brains of zombie that are frizzy and gooey, consume the skin and insert bugs in the empty eye socket of the undead head.

The undead themed candy machine also provides a drinkable called as zombie puck. The zombie pucks its brains by opening the lower jaw into two parts. The so called Zombie puck is actually a gummy fruit-flavored drink. It sounds a bit weird and nasty, but for kids, believe me, it is a lot more of exciting activity and creative imagination!

For Zombie Lovers

For the kids who are fans of these undead creatures in horror films, cartoons and comics, this might be the right and sweetest place to invest. Children could enjoy eating the frizzy and oozing zombie brains, consuming bugs and spiders along with the drinkable zombie throw-up. Through this product, they could live up their fantasies and have a good time altogether.

Kids Love it!

Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab has had positive reviews from most of its customers. They appreciate it much and most of all, kids love it. It is a fun activity for them in which they could move around putting the setup together. They seem to have been enjoying themselves with all the gooey-ness of the jelly brain and the throwing up zombie, it’s more like a treat for children who want to learn at fun’s cost.

The Mad Scientist Thrill

Not all of the best scientists are sane, but with this toy, children could expand their creativeness and imagination and act like the famous mad scientist who creates zombies out of candy. The thrill of the adventure can drive the kids all the way through fun steps to make their own sugar-coated zombies and engage in a chain of adventures.

Candy Textures and Tastes

The brain candy has the texture that is gooey and jelly-like bubbling out of the undead head and tastes like frizzing and popping candy. The zombie vomit seems like being made up of lumpy jelly, tasting like strawberry or cherry. The bugs and skin are made of the same jelly but need moulds and refrigerated for some time or at least 10 minutes according to the instructions to get the perfect semi-solid shape. Different views have been received per personal taste about the food items contained within the toy.

Some Learning, With Fun

With the directions provided, it allows kids to use their imagination to set up the lab and carry out nasty chemical experiments, which provides them with some basic science knowledge and techniques for future learning. At the end, the kids get sweet candies as a reward. They also learn some measuring techniques and right proportion of the items to prepare their sweeties.

Age Restricted

The kids, when given toys respective to their age, are able to manage and learn about problem solving. The manufacturer restricts the age from 5-15 years old and not for adolescents. Older kids can use up some help from adults and make their own zombie candy lab.

No batteries

Technology today is automatic these days consuming loads of electricity and batteries restricting a child’s physical ability to actively participate in productive games and sports.

The lab set up doesn’t need batteries to work as it is manually handled. This might prove as a plus point in the favor of the Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab as kids can have all the fun they want, engaging themselves dynamically without having the fear of batteries dying out.

Keeping it simple and neat

Toys nowadays do not allow children to use their imagination to the extent to explore their creative realm. To keep their creativeness intact, they should be provided with simple educational toys.

The reason for this toy being popular among kids is that it is simple to handle and make delicious delights. The directions are very easy to use supporting the enhanced educational value of the toy. Kids possibly make mess, but in this way, they could be taught about how to keep their apparatus neat and clean and washing the toy after use.

Rarefied and Expensive

Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab, running in the market as a successful toy for years, has been discontinued by the manufacturer. It has now become an uncommon product these days and hard to find in the local toy stores.

An All-Time-Fun Toy

Keeping children busy with their all time favorite toy, this toy has been manufactured since the 90’s and since then is popular among the children. For its quality of being manually handled and fun-at-learning item, it has been a bestseller toy.

Keeping Kids focused

According to Linda Crowe, PhD and a professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Kansas State University, “Children using toys with flash lights and continuous changes and motions, tend to lose their ability to focus and find it very hard to pay attention and indulge in the activities like reading books or playing with motionless toys”.

Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab keeps the curiosity of kids engaged in the experimentation, making the zombie brain frizz and burp with candy. It helps keep them focused at whatever concoction they’re making with measuring techniques and careful observation of the experiments enhancing their focusing and concentration abilities. Because of the zombies, it is very attractive and interesting so the kids are keener to keep their focus from shifting elsewhere.

Special Holiday gift

According to most customers, this is the best present to be given on different holiday occasions like Christmas or birthday etc. Kids would be delighted and their holidays be filled with surprise and joy if given their favorite kind of toy. They could use this toy as a specialty on Halloween and get loads of candies. You could even dare your friends to eat the oozing, popping and cracking jelly brain or drink the zombie’s vomit.

Attraction for Kids

Kids like the toys which keep them indulged in playing and learning at the same time. Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab is such fun and interesting that it keeps the kids curious for experimentation and sampling their undead candy.

User friendly and Family Favorite

This lab toy for children is manufactured on the basis of child entertainment, aiming to be productive in child learning process being user friendly and employed in a friendly environment. Not only children but the whole family experimenting with Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab could enjoy as much or kids can even invite their friends over to play with them.

Parents’ Views

Since this toy is aimed for kids to play and learn at the same time, parents have seem to show positive response as they buy this product for their kids and like it as well.  They believe that their kids enjoy learning about measuring and combining ingredients to make their candies, providing the parents a sense of relief. They help their kids around with the set up and are pleased to see their kids putting their effort to learn and have a good time.

It May be a Bit Messy, but It is Fun

Seeing your kids playing with nasty things is a concern but Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab fills your child’s desire for grossness with a whole range of nasty and delicious sweets. Following all the directions may take you an hour to set up Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab, it might get a lot messy while measuring and combining the ingredients, your candy may frizz too much or the zombie vomit makes you nauseous, this toy is worth the time and mess and guarantees all the fun your child needs.

Durability and Kid’s Imagination

The lab setup for the toy is much more durable if kept safe with required precautions. It is not going to last long if not put together according to given instructions. Due to the informative nature of the toy along with the kid’s imagination to use it, it could be used as plaything for mere enjoyment or various educational purposes without any harm.

The Image on the Box

The toy may not turn out to be the same as the one on the box cover or the advertisement, then do not be disappointed with the piece of plastic in your hands. The fancy ads on the television or the realistic-looking-apparatus on the box cover could be misleading, but what the heck! Even if it does not look much like that, it still works as described if all the parts are kept together and does give your kids enjoyable moments with pleasant learning that this toy guarantees.

Collectable Item

Since the product has been ceased by the manufacturer, it is still available at many toy stores with varying prices. The remaining stock is now sold as a collectable item. Those interested might not want to lose the chance to grab a rare toy. Getting your kids one of these will be their greatest joys as it has become an uncommon product.

Expired Food Content

The candy included with this toy may be a concern for adults who purchase it and the sound of bubbling brain, zombie barf and edible bugs may get them nauseous. It comes as no surprise to know that since the toy has been discontinued, the food items included with it have expired. If the concoction is desired, it could only be prepared for experimentation only but not suitable for consumption. Otherwise, just for kid’s learning and play’s sake under adult supervision, the toy is a good bet.