To say last season was a disappointment for the Detroit Pistons would be a colossal understatement. The team spent truck loads of money on big names like Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, but it was all for naught as they finished with the exact same record as the season before.
With Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower now taking the reigns from the departed Joe Dumars and John Loyer, there is hope in the Motor City yet again.
Unfortunately for them, the Pistons lost their first round pick in the draft lottery due to a shortsighted trade with the Charlotte
Bobcats Hornets. Keeping up with the Pistons luck, this draft class happens to be one of the best in recent memory.
With all of the talent to be had, there will be quite a few options for the Pistons to choose from with their second round selection, the #38 overall…
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Few sporting events are as popular and exciting as the FIFA World Cup! The first stage is about to wrap up, but there is still plenty of action left to be seen. Here’s how to watch any and every broadcasted world cup match:
1. Download the Watch ABC app and Watch ESPN app on your device.
2. Click here to look up which TV station the game is on.
3. Choose the corresponding app on your device, and login using your TV service provider account info.
It’s that simple. Enjoy!
Here is the remaining first round schedule. All times are in Eastern time.
|Tue 6/24||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Italy vs. Uruguay||D||Natal||39|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Costa Rica vs. England||D||Belo Horizonte||40|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Japan vs. Colombia||C||Cuiaba||37|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Greece vs. Ivory Coast||C||Fortaleza||38|
|Wed 6/25||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Nigeria vs. Argentina||F||Porto Alegre||43|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran||F||Salvador||44|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Ecuador vs. France||E||Rio de Janeiro||42|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Honduras vs. Switzerland||E||Manaus||41|
|Thu 6/26||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||United States vs. Germany||G||Recife||45|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Portugal vs. Ghana||G||Brasilia||46|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||South Korea vs. Belgium||H||Sao Paulo||47|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Algeria vs. Russia||H||Curitiba||48|
I’ve been stepping up my game here in landing my dream job as an actuary, and have a tip that you can use if you’re looking to jumpstart that sweet career you’ve had your eyes on too. If you’re more of a math-whiz than a smooth talker (like me), then this post should help you sound professional on the phone and help you make a successful networking call.
First off, I learned an interesting fact the other day: 60-75% of all jobs are found through networking. If you’ve been filling out countless applications to online job postings like I have, and spending all your time doing that… then stop putting all your eggs in one basket and take another, more effective approach: Networking.
Begin today, by making contact with someone within your network (LinkedIn contacts, employees from online directories, names from company websites) and use these tips to make a successful networking call with them:
- Step 1: Introduce yourself and state your relationship to that contact (if any)
- Step 2: Ask for permission to continue – “Is now an okay time to speak with me?”
- Step 3: Explain the purpose of your call – Likely you will be seeking advice, information or referrals
- Step 4: Ask for cooperation – “Would you be willing to help me out?”
- Step 5: Give them a brief summary of your background and what you are looking for
- Step 6: Ask your question
- Step 7: Thank them for their help
Here’s an example of a call I have made to a contact I found on an online directory working in the field that I desire:
Contact: Hello this is John.
Myself: Good afternoon, this is Alexander Stemplewski. I found your contact info on an online directory. Is this an okay time to have a word with me? (Steps 1, 2)
Myself: Great. I’m calling to ask you a question. I am looking to begin my career as an actuary and I’d like to know if you’d be willing to help me out with some info? (Steps 3, 4)
Contact: Sure, what do you need?
Myself: Well, I earned my degree in Statistics and Applied Probability and have passed all 5 preliminary actuarial exams. I am looking to jumpstart my career with an entry-level position or an internship. Do you have any advice for someone in my position who is looking to enter the field and get things going. (Steps 5, 6)
Contact: Sure…. (awesome advice is given)
Myself: Thanks so much John, I really appreciate the help you’ve given me! Take care. (Steps 7)
And that’s the format. Use it to get some advice if you’re not sure how to get things started for yourself. Use it to ask for available openings, or to ask what companies are reputable that you can also contact. You can use it to ask what the best way to apply for an online job posting is, etc… Good luck on your job search
NOVA Job Center – Generating Job Leads
Before you hit the gym again, add these 5 songs to your workout playlist if you need some tunes that get you going and help you push through the final and most excruciating minutes of your workout. (Click the link to listen on YouTube)
Want to immediately increase your one rep Squat maximum? Well, I have a tip that could potentially do that for you if your form is not quite perfect. Here’s the tip: Don’t let your knees cave in.
When many lifters are squatting their knees tend to try and meet in the middle, caving in during the squat. This is problematic, because when your knees are caved in during a squat you are not fully activating your glutes, which is the muscle group that is capable of generating the most power during your squat. If your knees are caved in, you are transferring the force to your knee joints and ligaments which could lead to injury and also decreases your strength. So, what’s the solution? Make sure your glutes are activated, your knees are aligned and allow yourself to tap into your maximum strength.
– Alexander Stemplewski