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So, I live in a really dry area, and my body dries up realllllly fast. So my hands are the worst. I think they look like man hands, and they're so dry! I use lotion alot, but do you guys have any good tips for nicer hands fast? And Im not looking for those "smart people" who are all like "use lotion" thats not what im looking for! like what kind of lotion to use, and stuff like that Thanks!!!

Answer: Do you have rough, chapped, winter hands? No doubt, household chores contribute their fair share to unsightly hands along with the harsh winter weather that takes its toll on the skin. As that may be, no need to fret, there are numerous tips to ensure that you can have hands that are as soft and smooth as a baby’s skin. For example, it has been found that: 1. Petroleum Jelly works miracles on the toughest of skins. Quite simply, before going to bed, slather your hands with Petroleum Jelly and cover them with a pair of gloves or even old socks. You will notice the difference in less than a week. 2. Slough off dead skin cells by making a solution of sea salt and lemon. Use an old toothbrush and rub this solution into your hands. Doing this twice a week, will not only soften your hands but will get rid of any discolorations, as well. 3. Or, make a paste of one spoon of sugar, lemon juice and fresh cream. Rub it into your hands till the sugar dissolves. You can be sure, you’ll have soft hands that are the envy of all. 4. Soak your hands for five to ten minutes in a mix made of half a cup of warm milk, two tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of yoghurt together with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Do a hand scrub after the soak, finishing off with nail / cuticle care, hand massage and nail polish. 5. Dishwashing can take its toll on your hands. Why not add some olive or almond oil to the water. The water will seal in the oil and prevent the harsh dish washing detergent from drying out your skin. 6. Much like Petroleum Jelly, Olive oil has the most amazing purifying properties. It not only deep cleanses sensitive skin, but leaves it baby soft, as well. Using a rich olive oil hand cream every day, will leave them softer than a baby’s bottom. 7. Brown sugar mixed with olive oil is useful in cleaning grimy hands and getting rid of rough skin. Massaging this mixture into your hands and then rinsing off thoroughly ensures hands as soft as a rose petal. 8. Exfoliate with sea salt mixed in olive oil followed up with shea butter massage for hands as smooth as satin. 9. For silky soft hands try two spoons of cacao cream, two spoons of almond oil and liquidized cucumber mixed well. Massage well into your hands before rinsing off. 10. Rub warm olive oil into your hands, leave on for five minutes and rinse off with warm water and soap. Or else, leave it on overnight for intensive hand care treatment. Wear cotton gloves to avoid soiling the bedclothes. 11. Make a hand mask by mixing one spoon of oats flour, olive oil and glycerin with a glass of water. Apply this paste to your hands massaging well into you’re the skin. Leave on for twenty-five minutes, rinsing off with warm water and soap. 12. Make a hand mask using one boiled and peeled potato, mashed and mixed well with two spoons each of milk and honey. Apply the resultant paste to your hands, massaging it in well. Leave on for about fifteen minutes, rinsing off with warm water and soap for soft, soft hands.

I've been out of a full-time job since I graduated last May. I have a Bachelor of Science in Informatics with a minor in Information Technology from Indiana University, as well as two internships under my belt. I also maintained a good overall GPA (above a 3.2) and an excellent major GPA (above a 3.7) while at IU. I have volunteer and extra-curricular activity experience as well. Originally, I had a job lined up as early as December my senior of school. Unfortunately I found out in March that the business was struggling and the program had been cancelled. At this point, the school's career fairs had already happened so I could no longer look forward to them to finding another job. I still have been using the school's career board to look for more jobs. I've landed a few interviews but unfortunately have yet to get another "yes". I have used Indeed, LinkedIN, CareerBuilder, several employment agencies, as well as networked and still I can't seem to find anything. I was told to expand my search from my geographic location; I have. Originally I was looking in Chicago, IL but have expanded my search throughout the nation, and even the world. I have also expanded the types of positions I am looking for. Originally I was looking for Business or Data Analyst positions but have yet to land an interview for one. It's getting to the point now where I can't call myself a "recent" college grad, nor can I call myself experienced. Although this is of course a very trying time, I am remaining positive and not blaming myself or the companies I haven't heard back from. I actively pursue jobs in new ways every day. I make calls and try to keep in contact with the companies I have applied for. So my question is what other steps can I be taking to increase my chances of finding work? If at all possible, I would like to stay within the realms of IT and business, but understand if I need to look elsewhere. As a hiring manager/recruiter, what would stand out to you on an application? What could I do to get that call back? As someone who didn't find a job in his or her field while still in school, how long did it take you to find something? By what method did you find your job? Any input is appreciated!

Answer: Career fairs have been one of the best sources for networking that I have found, both while I was still in college and after finding a job. Have you looked in your area to see if there are any other types of career fairs being offered, other than the ones offered by your college? There are some diversity groups (NSHMBA, ASCEND, etc.) that hold periodic career fairs with major employers in attendance. The career fairs are open to everyone regardless of ethnicity, and it's a great opportunity to get face-to-face time with a recruiter. I've gotten the most follow-up through career fairs. Some of these career fairs also offer interviews on the spot, which is hard to beat. Bring lots of copies of your resume to hand out and dress the part. Second, are you hearing anything back from most of the jobs you're applying for? Do you know if you're making it through the automated filters? Some job websites tell you when you're still under consideration vs. when you're rejected…if you're rejected within a few days of applying, chances are that you didn't make it through the auto-filter to even get in front of a live person. If this is the case, I would recommend refining your resume. Keywords are KEY. If you don't have the right keywords, and the appropriate amount of keywords, your resume won't even make it through the automated filters of most large companies. Look through the job description and make sure your resume is targeted to that specific job. If a cover letter is an option, always take that opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd instead of copying and pasting something generic. I had my resume and cover letter reviewed and critiqued by a professional while I was in college, and it was the best thing I ever did for my job search. Now, people ask me for resume advice because of everything I learned from this one person. Use LinkedIn as another source for networking and view it as an online resume, open to all prospective employers. Connect to your friends and professional contacts that you meet. I represented my company at a career fair recently for college students and you'd be amazed at how many of them asked for my business card and followed up through LinkedIn. Don't miss opportunities to connect and make yourself stand out in a prospective employer's mind. Get recommendations from past employers if you performed well in your internships to add to your LinkedIn profile. I've had many recruiters contact me through LinkedIn, so it definitely happens. Just like your resume, make sure your LinkedIn profile is tailored to the type of job you're looking for. Look at job descriptions of your target job and figure out what the keywords/skills are for that job. In the meantime, see what else you can do in your spare time to add to your resume…whether it's volunteer work, side projects, or additional schooling. If you can focus these activities in the area of IT/business, even better! For example, tax season is here and, in my city, local libraries hold weekly workshops to help people with their taxes. This is supported completely through volunteers. An opportunity like this could be a good resume booster and networking opportunity, since you'd be meeting other people in your target field. Good luck! Don't give up - it only takes one interview to land that dream job. Once you get that interview, my top advice is to prepare a list of 5-10 stories of times you went above and beyond your call of duty to accomplish something truly exceptional. STAR - situation, task, action, results. Then, regardless of what question you're asked, you'll be able to tell one of these 5-10 stories to prove that you would be able to tackle the problem…rather than simply saying what you would ideally do in that situation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situation,_Task,_Action,_Result

And how much are you usually supposed to tip? I've always wondered this because I go to a salon and have always tipped the beauticians a few dollars, but don't remember ever tipping at a Cost Cutters or a Great Clips.

Answer: Yes you should tip them .... Here is some information I found for you that might be helpful on how much and stuff .... How Much Should You Tip? What customers do: In Aveda's informal poll, the lowest tip was 10 percent and the highest was 25 percent, but most women said they stick to 20. In and around big cities, the percentage was more generous, even though the services cost more. Women with supershort hair, which they get cut and colored every four to six weeks, don't always give a huge tip because their annual beauty bill is so high to begin with. Stylists in some small-town beauty shops, however, report 15 percent as the norm. Those who work in mall or drop-in hair salons, and are less likely to have a loyal clientele, sometimes get tips of even less. What salon staff wants you to do: Start from 20 percent to be fair. Young mothers up the ante if their preschoolers are in on the haircut. If you arrive late or have a toddler with you, you should increase your tip. Other reasons to tip more: if the salon squeezes you in at the last moment, your styling includes a shoulder massage, or your manicure includes a hand massage. The bottom line: If you like your hairstylist, tip at least 20 percent. It helps build relations with the salon and is especially helpful in procuring a last-minute appointment. http://beauty.ivillage.com/hair/hairfaq/0,,7v4f4dwh,00.html Hope this was helpful ~~~

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