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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Buying a Car

Buying a new car can be an exciting experience. However, it is a complex procedure by which you may end up paying extra or a vehicle from which you will not feel happy later. There is countless number of decisions to be taken before buying a car. This article tells you about the common mistakes when buying a car.

Common car buying mistakes
Following are four common mistakes when buying a car:

1) Not researching
You can get great deals on the car you wish to buy if you do a proper research. Lack of research can end up paying more than the car’s actual value and buying a car, which will not be according to your expectations. That is why, it is important to research well before buying a new car.

2) Deciding too quickly
When trying to spend huge amount of money on a new car, emotions should be kept aside. Getting infatuated towards a single model can make you blind to other vehicles, which may be better than the one you are willing to buy. Moreover, getting attracted towards one model can divert you from researching other vehicles prices, reliability, safety and its ratings. Therefore, for determining the best vehicle, emotions must be kept aside and focus on comparing different model and prices, thus access your needs and wants.

3) Underestimating the value of safety features
Vehicles today offers more advanced safety features. Many people who are willing to buy a car do not know about the safety features that are most important. They do not know what to look for when researching and comparing the vehicles. For instance electronic stability control, anti-lock brake systems and head-protecting air bags are worth paying money. This reduces risk of injuries and accidents. It is important to research thoroughly about the benefits of all the safety features available in the car you wish to buy.

4) Skipping the test drive
In car buying procedure, test drive is the most essential part. A test drive can give a chance of observing the vehicle how well it matches to your expectations and how it fits you and your family, so as to avoid any inconvenience and surprises after you buy a car. In an excitement of buying a car, many people do not test drive the car or give only a token test. This is a common car-buying mistake, which should be avoided if you want a car of your dreams.

Finally, the goal is to research and collect as much as possible information for making best decision before buying a car.
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How to Care for Your Antiques

Antiques need special care to retain their value. If your antiques have any issues regarding condition, its value declines. You should always keep a check on your antiques’ condition especially when planning to resell in future. Every piece of antique needs special care and treatment to increase its value, usability and appearance. This article presents you basic tips on taking care of your antiques.

Caring for antique furniture
Following are tips on how to care for antique furniture:

  • Dust antique furniture often using a piece of soft cloth.
  • Antique furniture should be polished once once/ two a year. After applying the polish, leave it overnight for drying.
  • Avoid using a spray polish as it contains silicon that builds a surface that is sticky. Further, this can lead to depletion of natural oils in the wood.
  • Make sure to check on temperature as too much humidity can damage the wood. Extreme temperature changes also damage the veneer of the furniture. This mainly occurs when transporting furniture from one climate to another climate.
  • See to it that your antique furniture is not exposed to sunlight, as it has many damaging effects on antiques like it can dry out wood, fades away the polish, deteriorates the fabrics integrity etc.
  • On sunny days, keep the curtains of the room drawn to avoid too much sunlight, which can damage the furniture.
  • If there is a requirement for repairing the damage, choose a reputable shop.

Caring for antique wall art
Following tips can help you in caring for antique wall art:

  • Paintings should be cleaned regularly with a soft muslin cloth for maintaining its lustre.
  • Avoid using wet cloth to clean antique painting.
  • Make sure that these antique paintings are not placed near fireplaces or near the window where direct sunlight falls as this can fade away the color, especially if they are oil paints.
  • When you carry painting for cleaning or for some other reason, make sure that you don’t hold on top edge of the frame. Lifting the painting from the outer edges or from underneath is a better way.
  • Keep in mind the environmental functions, when trying to store an antique painting.
  • When storing many paintings together, make sure that you place pads between and under them.

Caring for antique collectibles
Following are some tips to care for antique collectibles:

  • Hold the antique item by its main part of the body. Do not lift or hold antique collectibles by its handle, as it is the weakest point. Often there is a damage to the handle which is not seen, lifting or holding the handle can cause further damage or can destroy the entire item.
  • Never use harsh cleaners to clean the antiques.
  • If antique collectibles are very dirty, use a sponge to clean gently.
  • Make sure that you don’t use any kind of tape on the antique collectibles, because peeling it off can remove gilding or enamel from the surface of the paintings.

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How to Implement Successful Workplace Drug Testing Program

To promote drug free workplace an effective drug testing program should be implemented on the employees as it not only maximizes their levels of productivity, but it also decreases employee turnover and absenteeism. This article explores the types of employee drug testing and how to implement successful workplace drug testing program.

  • Clearly define and set objectives: For any organization it is highly recommended to conduct drug testing program. Conducting drug testing program at workplace helps in reducing absenteeism, prevents workplace accidents, improves work performance, reduces compensation claims and keeps healthy and safe work environment. For this the employer should clearly define and set objectives. After setting the objectives, inform all the employees about the importance of drug testing program or give a handbook.
  • Types of employee drug testing at workplace: Employee drug testing is broadly categorized into 5 types – Pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, post accident drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing and periodic drug testing.
  • Pre-employment drug testing: This type of drug testing helps the employer to prevent from hiring the applicant who uses drugs. In general, the test is conducted on the applicant who has been offered the job. The employer should notify the applicant about the drug testing program as a mandatory rule. If the results are negative the applicant will not be hired.
  • Random drug testing: In this type of testing, employees are randomly picked based on the computer generated results. Each employee of the organization has an equal chance of being selected for testing whether the person is recently tested or not. This test is performed without any prior notice. This test is mandatory for those employees especially who work in critical positions like handling big machines, driving vehicles and others.
  • Post accident drug testing: This type of drug testing is done to know the factors responsible for the accident (personal injury or property damage) at workplace. In general, this test can be conducted within 12 hours of accident. By conducting the test the employer gets to know whether the accident was due to drugs or it was just an accident.
  • Reasonable suspicion drug testing: This testing is done when the manager or supervisors finds signs and symptoms in an employee of drug use. But, if the employer fails to show valid reason for suspicion, it can turn to liability. Therefore, it is very important to have clear definitions of what type of behavior justifies the drug testing.
  • Periodic drug testing: Generally this type of drug testing is done on an annual basis. Employees will be notified about this test in prior. Hence, it is more accepted test than unannounced tests.
  • Keep the test results confidential: The test results should be kept confidential to respect the privacy rights of the employees. This makes the employees feel better among the co-workers.
  • Use quality and reliable drug testing kits: Use reliable and quality drug testing kits, especially the ones that are approved by FDA. Because the results are accurate.

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All You Need to Know About Head Hunting

Head hunting is a professional approach in searching, tracking and selecting people who are talented and are working in some other company. It is mostly used by large organizations. Head hunting differs from other recruitment process. Patience, commitment and much efforts are needed in this process. A lot of time is involved in this process. It is done to select the best candidate who can make your business successful.

Things that you need to know about head hunting:

  • Updating your profile: Your LinkedIn profile should be updated, as it will keep you in demand and noticeable. It should be updated with current information.
  • Using keywords: Keywords are used by recruiters for searching on Google and LinkedIn. If appropriate keywords are not there in your profile, you will not be ranked in recruiters search.
  • Reviewing your CV: Latest version of your CV should be loaded on LinkedIn and Google and must be given to recruiters as it will be saved in their database.
  • Registering with relevant recruitment agencies: Before registering yourself, see to it that the recruitment agency is relevant or not.
  • Making yourself known: Getting involved with networking groups, speaking at events, publishing articles, etc is the best way of making yourself known. In this way you will be recognized by many industries and head hunters. You will be approached by many companies and head hunters.
  • Be good and make yourself present: People will not like you, if you are not good, pleasant and fair (not in complexion, but in work). They may also not recommend you if you are on LinkedIn or Google.
  • Having a twitter account: Create a twitter account as twitter helps making someone more visible. To get double coverage, get linked to LinkedIn.
  • Posting your CV online: This is the best way of getting head hunted, as most companies search on website for talented candidates.
  • Creating a portfolio: Making a slide share power point presentation can also help in your profile getting raised.
  • Facebook: Facebook is often used to find out junior candidates attitude, your facebook privacy setting should be checked so that you won’t get overlooked by recruiters.

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