Milan draw another blank in, Everton go out

first_imgTroubled AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by AEK Athens for the second time in a fortnight in the Europa League on Thursday and Everton were dumped out by Olympique Lyonnais after a 3-0 defeat in France.Arsenal qualified despite dropping their first points in Group H as they were held 0-0 at home by Red Star Belgrade while Lazio, Dynamo Kiev and FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, joined them in the round of 32.There was an extraordinary start at Vitoria Guimaraes where visitors Olympique Marseille had substitute Patrice Evra sent off before kick-off after players became involved in a brawl with fans of their own team.An Olympique player identified by the media as Evra was seen aiming a karate-style kick at supporters who had invaded the area behind the goal.Vitoria completed Olympique’s misery by winning 1-0 with a late goal and the French side had Boubacar Kamara sent off for a second yellow card offence.Olympique Lyon scored three times in the last 25 minutes to leave Everton bottom of Group E with one point and end their hopes of progressing with two games left.Bertrand Traore put Lyon ahead in the 68th minute as he sped past Ashley Williams and steered the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Houssem Aouar turned in the second from Memphis Depay’s pass and Depay headed the third in the 90th minute. To add to the indignity, Everton had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from the end.Lyon joined Atalanta on eight points at the top of the group after the Serie A side conceded a last-minute goal and were held 1-1 at Apollon in Cyprus.Milan stayed top of Group D with 8 points, two ahead of their Greek rivals, although they really needed a win to lift the pressure on coach Vincenzo Montella.Riccardo Montolivo hit the post for the Italians early in the second half and that was as close as they got.Dinamo Kiev went through with a 1-0 win at Young Boys as Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the winner in their Group B match.Lazio are the only team with 12 points from their four games after a stoppage-time own goal by Maximie Le Marchand, who turned a corner into his own net, gave them a 1-0 win at home to Nice in Group K.FCSB qualified from Group G despite dropping their first points in a 1-1 draw at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva.Carlos Bacca and a Simon Deli own goal gave Villarreal a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague which took them top of Group A with eight points.Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow to go level on six points with FC Copenhagen at the top of Group F.Table-propping Bundesliga side FC Cologne, winless in the league after 10 matches, hammered BATE Borisov 5-2, scoring more goals than they have managed all season domestically. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne;last_img read more

A day fore fun

first_imgBut its main fund-raiser is the springtime Zingo luncheon, scheduled for March 2008, President Amy Catt said. Parent Brenda Solis, 38, said events like Kids Helping Kids benefit families as well. “It’s great because some parents don’t have a lot of time to do this, and when the schools or another organization can do it, it really helps,” Solis said. “If we could get more people to do this more often, that would be great.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m seeing a lot of my old friends,” said freshman Leslie Orozco, 13. “It’s my first time here, but I like it because I like golfing.” Members of the Friendly Hills junior golf club, and children of league members and the golf pros, also lent a helping hand, overseeing the students as they swung at the golf balls or relaxed on colorful blankets spread out on the grass. “I think it’s really cool,” said Nicole Prestella, daughter of Friendly Hills golf pro Jay Prestella, who gave the students tips on improving their swings. “I like helping the kids, it’s been a lot of fun so far.” Jay Prestella, a 17-year golf pro at Friendly Hills, said he felt “proud” to have his junior golfers help out – “it’s good for them to give something back to the game,” he added. Throughout the year, the Special Children’s League raises money for the UCP and local efforts for special-needs students that include Easter and Christmas parties, programs, services and supplies, and the Kids Helping Kids event. WHITTIER – As he looked all around him, high-school senior Tim Sanchez could see his friends swinging at golf balls, playing carnival games and enjoying snow cones – but there was only one thing on his mind Tuesday at the Friendly Hills Country Club. “I think when 2008 comes, I’ll be happy to graduate,” said Sanchez, 17, one of dozens of special-needs students who enjoyed a morning at the driving range as part of the 14th annual Kids Helping Kids event. The event, organized by the nonprofit Special Children’s League, is one of few events where league members get to interact with the students they seek to help as a local fundraising arm of the national United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) charity. Aided by the country club, which donates its facility, tents and golf professionals for the event, the league simply aims to provide a fun morning field trip for the students, all of whom hailed from schools in the Whittier Union High School District. last_img read more

Newt boots notions of presidency

first_imgWASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday. “Newt is not running,” spokesman Rick Tyler said. “It is legally impermissible for him to continue on as chairman of ;American Solutions (for Winning the Future) and to explore a campaign for president.” Gingrich decided “to continue on raising the challenges America faces and finding solutions to those challenges” as the group’s chairman, Tyler said, “rather than pursuing the presidency.” Over the past few months, Gingrich had stoked speculation he might enter the crowded GOP field, despite the seemingly insurmountable challenge of entering the race several months after the other Republicans have been running. He noted that GOP voters, especially conservatives, remain unhappy with the candidates and acknowledged that the much-anticipated entry of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson into the race had been bumpy. Yet he also has spoken positively of Thompson and the other leading contenders, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain. Just last week, Gingrich said he had given himself a deadline of Oct. 21 to raise $30 million in pledges for a possible White House bid, acknowledging the task was difficult but not impossible. He abruptly dropped the idea Saturday, apparently unwilling to give up the chairmanship of American Solutions, the political arm of a Gingrich’s lucrative empire as an author, pundit and consultant. American Solutions, a tax-exempt committee he started last October, has paid for Gingrich’s travel and has a pollster and fundraiser on staff. The outfit has raised more than $3 million, mostly from two benefactors who each gave $1 million: Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., and North Carolina real estate developer Fred Godley. Gingrich makes hundreds of speeches each year, many paid. He will not say how much he charges, and neither will the Washington Speakers Bureau, which books him. But some clients have said they paid $40,000 for a speech. He also has a contract with Fox News for commentaries and specials; Fox said it does not disclose the terms of its contracts. Gingrich also is a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Gingrich has a daily radio broadcast on more than 400 stations, and he writes a free online newsletter with 200,000 subscribers that is distributed by the conservative news magazine Human Events. He also has a for-profit think tank, the Center for Health Transformation, which grew out of the consulting firm he started after leaving Congress in 1999. Gingrich quit Congress when his party, after spotlighting President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, lost seats in the 1998 elections. The next year, Gingrich’s involvement with a congressional aide, Callista Bisek, led to his divorce from his second wife, Marianne; he later married Bisek. Gingrich, 64, tried to rehabilitate his image this year by admitting publicly to his extramarital affair during the Clinton impeachment scandal. He made the admission in an interview last month with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, and he won praise for the acknowledgment from another conservative Christian leader, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Teen book pulled off shelves for plagiarism

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” came out in March with a first printing of 100,000. DreamWorks has already acquired film rights. Little, Brown has said the book will be revised as quickly as possible. Similarities to McCafferty’s books were first spotted by readers. They alerted McCafferty, who in turn notified her publisher. Since then, numerous similar passages have been found. Viswanathan was assisted on her book by 17th Street Productions, a book packager specializing in teen narratives. Viswanathan has said she read McCafferty’s books three or four times while in high school but didn’t bring them to Harvard with her and didn’t consult them while writing. “When I sat down to write my novel, my only intention was to tell the story of Opal,” she said in a statement earlier this week. “I was so surprised and horrified when I found these similarities.” NEW YORK – A teen novel at the heart of a plagiarism dispute has been pulled from stores. Author Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard University sophomore, had acknowledged that several passages in “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” were borrowed from the works of another writer. Publisher Little, Brown and Co., which had signed the author to a reported six-figure deal, said in a statement Thursday that it had notified retail and wholesale outlets to stop selling copies of the book, and to return unsold copies to the publisher. Viswanathan has apologized repeatedly for lifting material from Megan McCafferty, whose books include “Sloppy Firsts” and “Second Helpings,” saying she had read McCafferty’s books voraciously in high school and unintentionally mimicked them. McCafferty’s publisher, the Crown Publishing Group, labeled Viswanathan’s actions “literary identity theft” and had urged Little, Brown, which initially said her novel would remain on sale, to pull the book. Viswanathan’s novel tells the story of Opal, a hard-driving teen from New Jersey who earns straight A’s in high school but who gets rejected from Harvard because she forgot to have a social life. Opal’s father concocts a plan code-named HOWGAL (How Opal Will Get A Life) to get her past the admissions office. McCafferty’s books follow a heroine named Jessica, a New Jersey girl who excels in high school but struggles with her identity and longs for a boyfriend.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool REJECT £25million offer from Crystal Palace for Mamadou Sakho

first_imgLiverpool have rejected a £25million bid for Mamadou Sakho from Crystal Palace, according to reports.The Eagles are determined to land the French international after the defender enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club last season.Liverpool have been insistent on receiving a £30million fee for the former Paris Saint-Germain captain despite his public fall out with manager Jurgen Klopp.And according to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have no intention of accepting a lower fee for the 27-year-old.Crystal Palace are eager to add new faces to their squad after losing all three of their opening three Premier League fixtures under new boss Frank de Boer. However, Palace are likely to face competition from West Brom, who are expected to sell captain Jonny Evans in the remaining days of the transfer window. The Eagles are determined to land the French international 1last_img


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Kicking off the New Year with a Blogging Course

first_imgFor the new year, I’ve joined hundreds of other bloggers and writers in the online Blogging 101 course. What? you might ask me. You already have a blog. Yes, I’ve been blogging off and on for the past five years. And in 2014, I dedicated myself to blogging daily. So, why am I taking a course in blogging? If I’ve been blogging for several years, what can I expect to learn?My son asks me the same question every time I register for a new course. He’s in college and can’t wait to be done with classes.Me, I’m a lifelong learner. Though I finished high school and graduated from college years ago, I always seek out learning opportunities. No matter what type of course I take, my goal is to learn one new thing and share it with others. I’m delighted to meet new people in the community, connect and learn from them, and hear their stories.Who Am I?I’m a reader, bicyclist, birdwatcher, and someone who likes to make things easier for people to use. I’ve worked as a naturalist, catalogued lichens and mosses at an herbarium, and led hundreds of people through the sugar bush. I was employee #7 at an Ann Arbor software startup and helped expand the company to 25 people before I left, oversaw software application releases and translations in three languages, and photographed and wrote about U.S. presidents, Michigan governors, and mayors of Detroit as they volunteered to build houses in Detroit. Along the way, I’ve taught English as a second language to adults, tutored children in reading, and taught Junior Great Books. I’ve bicycled over 250 miles across the State of Michigan with 700 other people. Twice. I graduated from taking photos with a Polaroid to shooting with a digital camera. Ten years ago, I had a two-page spread of my articles and photos in the Michigan Chronicle. One of my photos landed in a social studies textbook in Texas.And I worked at a community college for four years in the web department, helping to design and develop the college website.What Do I Do?Nowadays, I create and maintain websites for small companies, organizations, and individuals. Along with co-leaders, I organize WordPress, user experience, and web design and development meetups and conferences for people in southeast Michigan. I’m active in the metro Detroit social media and entrepreneur communities where I meet fellow entrepreneurs, learn about new products, and businesses in our area. I write about user experience, WordPress, web design, accessibility, and technology. And I share a weekly resource post for fellow web designers and developers. How I Started BloggingYears ago, my friend Nick inspired me to get started blogging. I shared lots of tips and resources on Twitter, and Nick asked:Why don’t you blog? You share great resources and info, but I can’t keep up with your tweets.I’ve been blogging ever since.I like writing, and though I know some basics about journalism, I know I can learn more about developing a story, writing articles, and building a community. I’m looking forward to meeting other bloggers in this course! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWrite a Post Every Day for 30 Days? You’ve Got to Be Kidding!When one of my friends suggested I join National Blog Posting Month two years ago, I accepted the challenge. Write a post every day for 30 days? Hmmm. OK, I’ll give it a try! I have to admit, writing and publishing a post every day was not as easy as…In “Blogging”Top Takeaways from WordCamp Cincinnati 2017Last weekend I joined over 200 WordPress users for two days of learning and sharing at WordCamp Cincinnati, held at the University of Cincinnati campus. Three tracks, with one track including 1 ½ days of WordPress tutorials, had me hopping from room to room to catch my favorite sessions. Here…In “Conference”New Milestone: Celebrating Over 1,500 Posts Published!It snuck by me earlier this month, but I am proud to announce that I’ve published over 1,500 posts on Lireo Designs. If someone had told me years ago I would one day publish that many posts, I would have replied, Not possible! A few years ago, I announced reaching…In “Blogging”last_img read more

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Countries demand their fossils back, forcing natural history museums to confront their past

first_img By Gretchen VogelMar. 27, 2019 , 1:10 PM BERLIN—Step into the main hall of the Natural History Museum here and you’ll be greeted by a towering dinosaur skeleton, the tallest ever mounted. Nearly four stories high and twice as long as a school bus, the sauropod Giraffatitan brancai was the largest dinosaur known for more than a half-century. It has been a crowd magnet since it was first displayed in 1937.But the tidal flats Giraffatitan bestrode 150 million years ago weren’t in Europe. It lived in eastern Africa, today’s Tanzania, much of which was a German colony when the fossil was unearthed in the early 1900s. Now, some Tanzanian politicians argue the fossils should return to Africa.Berlin’s Natural History Museum isn’t the only one facing calls for the return of fossils, which echo repatriation demands for human remains and cultural artifacts. Many specimens were collected under conditions considered unethical today, such as brutal colonial rule that ignored the ownership rights and knowledge of indigenous people. “Natural history museums as we know them wouldn’t exist without the colonial period,” says Holger Stoecker, an African studies expert at Humboldt University here. He says repatriation requests are prompting new questions about the stories of “discovery” that many museums have traditionally told. The discussion “is escalating right now,” and highlights that natural history isn’t “apolitical and neutral,” says Ciraj Rassool, a historian and museum studies expert at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although German paleontologists have traditionally gotten credit for discovering Giraffatitan, it was in fact local residents, who knew the bones and used them in religious rites, who guided the foreigners to the find, Stoecker says. He was part of a 3-year project to document the history of the “Tendaguru expedition” that shipped 225 tons of fossils to Berlin between 1909 and 1913. The project reveals how local residents’ contributions were erased. For example, expedition documents call another dinosaur “Nyrorosaurus” after Seliman Nyororo, a local man who led the 1909 excavation of the skeleton. That dinosaur is now on display here, but is named Dicraeosaurus sattleri after a German mining engineer.The Natural History Museum in London is now facing at least three repatriation requests for prominent specimens: Gibraltar has asked for two Neanderthal skulls; Chile has requested exquisitely preserved skin, fur, and bones from a 12,000-year-old giant ground sloth (Mylodon darwinii); and Zambia has asked for the Broken Hill skull, a famous early hominin about 300,000 years old that’s usually classified as Homo heidelbergensis.Many of these objects were sent to Europe without much thought given to who might own them. The first Neanderthal discovered, for example, was unearthed in 1848 by a British lieutenant stationed in what was then the U.K. military base of Gibraltar. Some 70 years later, British archaeologist Dorothy Garrod found a Neanderthal child’s skull in a Gibraltar cave and also sent it to England for study.At the time, Gibraltar lacked facilities to house the bones, says Clive Finlayson, a paleontologist and director of the Gibraltar Museum. Today, Gibraltar is still formally part of the United Kingdom, but it has significant autonomy and its own government. It’s also home to several Neanderthal experts, and part of the territory has been named a World Heritage Site because of its rich evidence of Neanderthals.”These individuals should return home,” Finlayson says of the skulls. “They were discovered here. They were humans who were living here and died here.”The London Natural History Museum declined to comment on any ongoing cases, saying only that it makes its collections available “through tens of thousands of items loaned each year, hosting thousands of scientific visitors to use the collections” and via online data repositories. Negotiations are ongoing, Finlayson says. “I remain optimistic.”Chile is making a similar claim for the Mylodon remains. European explorers found them in the 1890s and shipped them home without permission from local authorities. They have ended up distributed among half a dozen museums in Europe. Chile retains a few smaller Mylodon bones and dung, but the spectacularly preserved skin specimens are a key part of its natural heritage, says David Rubilar-Rogers, director of paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History in Santiago.The Chilean museum has successfully retrieved other fossils, Rubilar-Rogers notes. In 2008, the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, helped Chile repatriate a specimen of Pelagornis chilensis—an extinct bird that is the largest known, with a wingspan of more than 5 meters.Hendrik Poinar, a paleobiologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, who has sequenced DNA from Chilean sloth material in London, isn’t worried about the possibility that museums might have to give back key specimens. “The key is that [objects] are accessible for scientific study,” he says.Giraffatitan, for its part, will likely stay put. Rather than press for its return, the Tanzanian government has said it would prefer support for excavating new fossils, training local paleontologists, and strengthening its museums. The Natural History Museum here will host two museum staffers from Tanzania as visiting scholars this year, says Director-General Johannes Vogel.Meanwhile, Stoecker and Ina Heumann, the museum’s staff historian, are working on an expanded display documenting the dinosaur’s history. Stoecker also hopes to study the origins of the museum’s mineral collection, much of which was taken from Namibia during Germany’s violent colonial reign there.Vogel says the collaboration with historians has paid off. “We want to encourage others to see what rich science there is in all of this,” he says. “There is more than just a natural science story to be told.”*Correction, 28 March, 1:30 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify the London Natural History Museum’s response to Science. ANTJE DITTMANN/NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Countries demand their fossils back, forcing natural history museums to confront their past The story of Giraffatitan’s discovery in eastern Africa long ignored the crimes of German colonialism and the scientific contributions of local residents.last_img read more

4 Ways to Boost Your Career Credentials Without Going Back to School

first_imgHave you been applying for jobs you’re completely qualified for, yet still haven’t had any success? It could be the fact that there are even more qualified candidates who are beating you to the punch.If you’re struggling to outshine your competition, your credentials (or lack thereof) could be preventing you from landing a job. Improving your credentials is absolutely necessary for a successful job search. Employers want to hire candidates who have made the continuous effort to improve and learn new skills. However, the only way you’re going to do this is by putting forth the extra effort into professional development.When it comes to improving your credentials, many job seekers feel like that need to go back to school. However, what you don’t realize is the number of opportunities available that provide you with professional development during your job search.As you continue your job search, here are some ways you can boost your credentials without having to go back to school or take a break from your search:1. Earn an accreditation.Earning an accreditation in your field is an excellent way to enhance your career. It gives you the opportunity to not only build credibility for yourself, but to also become recognized for your knowledge, experience, and accomplishments. Plus, you’ll be able to enhance your professional image without having to pay the extra money to go to graduate school.Earning an accreditation can be a time-consuming process and often requires you to have about five years of experience. Every accreditation program is different, however, most involve a series of presentations, tests, and evaluations by experts in your field.  Although going through this process is time-consuming, it’s an excellent way to show employers you are fully invested in your career.2. Become certified in a unique skill.Certifications are an excellent what to improve your credentials. Especially if you can become certified in a unique skill or program in your field, this will make you more marketable to employers.As you look at job postings, search for skills and knowledge of specific programs employers desire. If you see skills and programs consistently appearing in job postings, consider becoming certified in that skill. This way when you apply for a job and have a certification in a desired skill, it’ll make you a much more desirable candidate to employers.3. Enter a professional competition.Entering a competition is a great way to get involved with something you’re passionate about and to truly challenge yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in your job search and forget about what you love about your field. By entering a competition, you’ll give yourself the opportunity to work on something you want to, and even have the chance to be recognized for your success.Competitions give you the opportunity to have your creative work judged, become recognized by professionals, and of course, add another accomplishment to your resume. This type of involvement will show employers you take initiative, which is a trait many desire.Now, in the event you lose the competition, don’t think it all goes to waste. You’re going to have the opportunity to work on a project you love and have a finished project to add to your portfolio. Your efforts will show employers you are actively seeking opportunities in your field and want to showcase what you can do outside of the workplace.4. Take advantage of opportunities for professional development.Regardless of where you are in your career and job search, you can always be improving as an individual as well as a professional. Job seekers who make the commitment to become continuous learners are the ones who are more likely to land jobs. So, what are you waiting for?Whether it’s an online class or attending a conference, these are opportunities to help you improve your skills and stay informed about your industry. You will keep your skills fresh and maintain your competitiveness as you apply for jobs. These opportunities will also help you build your portfolio and provide more experiences to share with employers during interviews.There’s no better time than now to begin pursuing relevant certifications and making a name for yourself through professional development. Your initiative to build your credibility will show employers you are driven, passionate, and ready to bring results.What have you done to increase your credentials during your job search?last_img read more