The Reason You Can’t Find Employment – Could You Be Too Smart for a Job?

If you’ve applied to a job in the past few years, you may have noticed the requirements have become – let’s say – a little stricter. Along with the educational requirements, years of experience, solid work history and background check – many places are requiring an assessment test. You’ve seen them, the ones that seemingly asks the same question 50 different ways.

They make it convenient as most are taken online. I’ve taken my fair share of these tests and answered honestly. I didn’t realize what was being assessed until a potential employer told informed me, of how it worked.

Just a little background, I applied to this job as an IT recruiter. I met all the listed requirements, education, work history – background etc. I went online and took the assessment test as required. The test was about 80 questions – and like I said it seemed like it was asking me the same questions repeatedly.

A few days later a received a call from the company and we scheduled an interview. It was a small firm, and the guy who called was the owner. I went in for the interview. The interview went well, he told me his story about being in the corporate world, and how he hated it. So, he decided to start his own small business.

There were five other people who were working in the office as we spoke. None of the five seemed to pay attention to what we were saying, they were all diligently working at their small desks. I chatted with the owner for a while (trying to build rapport) based on our conversations, we were a lot alike in our approaches and thought processes – which is why I believed he revealed to me the truth.

I was asked to take another online test, after our brief conversation. This test was an “intelligence test” (at least that’s what he said). The test took about 30 minutes to complete. This test was basically like the online test that I had taken prior to the interview. When I finished, the owner received the results immediately.

It took him a few minutes to process the results (that’s my assumption) I watched as the other five employees typed on their computers and answered incoming calls. Finally, after about seven or eight minutes, we sat down again.

The owner had a stack of papers that he dropped down on the table in front of us.

The top paper had my name on it. He told me, flat-out in a moment of candor, “based on the results of your assessments, you’re too smart for this job.”

I didn’t know what that meant. He went on to explain, the assessments are designed to weed people out. He said companies are looking for a specific type of person. Someone who “isn’t too dumb, but also, someone who isn’t too smart”.

He said people who are “too dumb”, struggle with the basic concepts of the job. They make more mistakes, and in the long run won’t make a good employee. The people who are “too smart”, learn the job relatively quickly, get bored – and move on to a more challenging job. In the long run, they don’t make good employees.

I was told, the best employees, are the ones that aren’t “too dumb, but aren’t too smart” – and most importantly will happily stay in that place for years. The often asked question, “where do you see yourself in five years” is asked to weed out the overly ambitious.

This was news to me, and I thank the small business owner who told me this, I wouldn’t have known this without his candor. After all he told me, he still offered me the job – but I didn’t take it. He was looking for a long-term employee – and the truth was, that wasn’t going to be me.

He gave me the computerized results with my name on it. He said he doesn’t normally do that – but for whatever reason – he gave it to me. Over time, I read the nearly 40 pages of information formulated from my assessments. It had notations on where and how I most likely would fit in, positive attributes, negative attributes, etc. Things that you wouldn’t expect an assessment test to know. I must admit – most of it was right on the money.

There were two warnings that the computerized assessment gave about me to any potential employer. It said, beware of the employee in an office setting, I could get other people to think like I do, and the other; I wouldn’t be ideal for a sales job – the reasoning – I would be prone to tell potential customers too much of the truth.

As if that’s a bad thing.

In summation, if you recently lost, or are having trouble finding employment. Well, maybe you are too smart for a job.

Playing Video Games With Consoles Vs Playing With Handheld Devices

Video games always have been one of the greatest inventions in entertainment. But there are now a variety of ways we can enjoy it. From consoles to handheld devices there is just no way of stopping game developers to full fill those deepest desires of a gamer all over the world and in different ages. But what exactly is the difference in how we want to play those games, do we want something affordable or something more appealing. Some of those who play video games care much more about the graphics and some the game play. Let us start first where it all began:

The video games are first made from a PC or the personal computer, so the games where first available from floppy disks and can be copied from different computers. Then the consoles were invented which is a fixed device that allows the game to be viewed by connecting to a t.v. And played using a controller. Video games now come in cartridges as programs are stored in microchips.

Handheld video game players were also made that came from black and white then full color, video game companies also created their own version of handheld video game players requires cartridges for larger games. When compact discs were used, new consoles were made to make use of this new storage technology that can store a higher amount of data. Which means better graphics and sound, that made games more appealing and attractive with longer hours of game play.

These are just some of the few factors that affect the gamer both young and old:

Age

Older players tend to spend more time and money playing in consoles while really younger players prefer something more simple like playing in handheld devices like the Playstation portable or the Nintendo 3DS, since they have little hands and it is easy for them to operate.

Budget

Being affordable is also a factor, those who are wealthy care much more about the quality of the game, while those who are in a tight budget would get anything that they can play with to kill time or simply for amusement.

Portable

A handheld device allow you to play anywhere you want and anytime you want, it is also improving in game quality as technology develops. Consoles are only good to play at home or a gaming network, you can’t basically take it anywhere with you.

It really depends on operation, time and budget. A gamer may also prefer both for those who are really addicted in playing video games wherever they want or whenever they have the opportunity.

Continuing Education Is a Necessity – That Doesn’t Mean It Has to Be Tedious

Therapists who see continuing education as something just to get through are missing out. LMFTs (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) LPCCs (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors) and LCSWs (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) are required to maintain current skills by completing continuing education (CEUs) requirements in order to renew their licenses.

This isn’t just a requirement, it’s an opportunity! These precious hours are time for the therapist to regroup, to recharge the batteries renew motivation, learn new skills and update established ones.

Online or Classroom teaching

Therapists can gain CEUs with self-study, online and live trainings and workshops. While it’s easy to see the appeal of online courses (convenient, on your schedule, in your jammies) “live” classes offer so much more than basic information.

Interactive learning

By attending live classes and workshops, therapists have the opportunity to discuss and get clarification, “try on” ideas with colleagues and see the material in a relatable, communicative way. Small groups are especially helpful when the opportunity to “learn it, see it, do it” is offered. This way of learning brings the material to life and offers practical and efficient ways of learning.

Meeting colleagues

Attending live classes also offers you the chance to network with colleagues while you learn together. Being a therapist can be an isolating experience, so talking with your peers, sharing ideas and community is essential. CEU classes provide an ideal opportunity to network, collaborate and educate yourself while contributing to the group as a whole.

Bring Theory to life

Live CEU workshops offer the unique opportunity to see material in action. Understanding a theory is great, knowing how to apply it is essential! As therapists learn and actually practice new skills, they contribute to the well-being of every client they see.

Don’t Put It Off

It’s easy to put off your required Continuing Education (CEU) requirements, but that leads to a rushed experience as your renewal date looms. Help yourself and your practice by getting those CEU dates on your calendar now. While there are legal minimum required hours, there is no maximum to the amount of learning from which a therapist can benefit. You don’t give the “bare minimum” to your clients, why settle for it in your CEUs?

Get motivated

Live classes allow you to be part of a bigger community that will support your work, motivate you to be stretch and that needs your contribution of energy. Online IS convenient, but it’s also one more place of isolation, and often, frustration. Get out of your jammies, go see your colleagues, and get excited about your meaningful and challenging work again!

Three Reasons You Should Consider An ATV

People who enjoy an active lifestyle need a vehicle that matches that lifestyle. If you spend a significant amount of your time outdoors, owning an ATV will further expand the activities you can participate in. Every year, nearly 200,000 of them are sold across the United States. They are purchased by police departments, parks, families, utility companies, fishermen, and hunters, to name a few. Here are three reasons why you should consider one of these vehicles.

1. Cover More Ground, More Quickly

Everybody likes to get places faster. If it is a choice between the freeway and back roads, people take the freeway. If there is a shortcut, it gets used. An ATV is your way of getting places outdoors quicker. With the ability to handle off-road terrain, quads allow their riders to go cover ground that cars can’t, at a pace much faster than walking. Due to their tight turning radius, they can also navigate obstacles such as boulders and trees that would normally block passage to any other motorized vehicle. This is why they remain popular with rural police departments, park rangers, and search and rescue workers.

2. Increase The Scope Of Your Activities

Along with covering rough terrain more quickly, quads also open up the wilderness for different uses. They allow campers to travel to more remote locations that otherwise might have been inaccessible. Hunters can cover larger swaths of ground and scout new areas. Fisherman can access remote lakes and rivers with the knowledge that the ATV provides a way to transport their catch home. Quads also open these types of outdoor activities up to those who may not have been able to participate in the past. People with physical disabilities can cover rough ground they wouldn’t be able to handle on foot. Outdoor enthusiasts in their later years can also benefit from their off-road prowess.

3. Fun Factor

Quads are not only useful and versatile as discussed above, but they are also fun for all ages. Manufacturers offer a wide range of vehicles that allow people of any age or skill level to operate them. Not only that, but a recent study by York University in Nova Scotia found that riding an ATV is both physically and mentally beneficial. Due to the muscle control needed to steer a quad on uneven terrain, a one to two-hour ride is equivalent to an hour of lifting weights in the gym. Researchers also noted that riders felt a great reduction in stress following rides, as well as an enhanced quality of life.

In conclusion, if you spend a lot of time outdoors or want to start doing so, you should consider purchasing an ATV. They allow riders to cover difficult terrain in a faster and more effective manner. This opens up areas of wilderness for use that were previously inaccessible. Finally, riding quads is good for you, both physically and mentally.

A Guide to Tuning Your Car

Electronic tuning of diesel engines has been known for almost a decade. Before that there are limited scopes to enhance the performance tuning. With the introduction of electronic engine management, this has changed. It was possible for tuners now to build on the excess air that the diesel ingests through the air filters to squirt more fuel that what is normally done. After this, around late 1990s, computer controlled engines were manufactured that gave tuners much greater scope to improve engine efficiency.

Why Tune your Car?

For enthusiastic drivers, it is quite attractive to extract extra performance from their vehicles. Diesel tuning aims to improve the engine efficiency and enhance normal driving conditions by around ten to fifteen per cent. With the cost of fuel going up with each passing day, there is a more need of making your car economical by boosting its performance and with improved engine torque.

Things to Remember before you Tune

There is a number of cheap tuning software available online. But, not all of them are good and your car might not be ready for a remap. Here are some of the important points to consider before you have your diesel tuned –

Before you think about tuning, always check the health of your car. Check its engine, tyres, suspension and more. In case you have any engine problems, ensure that you get it sorted before you think about tuning.

Always research about tuning so that you know exactly what you will be getting as many of these processes are irreversible.

It is best to talk to tuning companies and judge them based on their answers. Compare their offers and then check their websites for customer feedback so that you can be sure that you are picking the right one.

You should eliminate any service provider making questionable claims and also those that appear unreliable.

It is best to look for service providers that provide great after-sales service.

Also, look for providers that offer insurance as it will help you in case anything goes wrong during the tuning process.

It is important to see your tuner face to face by taking your car to them and you can ask them appropriate questions regarding the performance of your car.

Which Type of Tuning is the Best?

Diesel electronic tuning involves the modification of the electronic instructions that is sent to the different engine components. Chipping and tuning software rewrites changes the software written to the ECU using carefully developed modified programs that changes the engine management instructions. You can also opt for plug and play packages that intercept the standard ECU signals by placing a small box of electronics between the ECU and the key engine components. The effectiveness of these will vary depending on the cost and the kind of software that is being used.