Coffee Reads of the Week – like leo and the techies

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

career: 10 Jobs that Offer a Big Bang for your Buck by Alexis Grant

While we usually talk about ROI in business, return on investment applies to your career, too. If you spend years studying to prepare for a profession, you want to get paid accordingly. If you put in the time to train, you want to be compensated in your paycheck. But what if you’re not interested in earning a master’s degree or PhD? What if you’d prefer to keep your studying and training in a minimum, and still bring home the bacon?

business: The Sick-Day Bounty Hunters by Eric Spitznagel

Playing hooky without getting caught – as immortalized in the cat-and-mouse skirmish between Ferris Bueller and Principal Rooney in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” — used to be an adolescent rite of passage. Now it has given rise to a thriving industry, with stern legal precedent to back it up.

career: 5 Tips for Aspiring Social Media Marketers by Erica Swallow

Join social media meetups and networks. Make relationships, not pitches.  Stay informed of trends, tools and news. Find an online balance between personal and professional.  Make your resume stand out.

technology: 10 Tools for Getting Web Design Feedback by Jacob Gube

For designers, one of the most critical parts of a project is getting critiques and advice on how to improve designs. After all, they create designs that will be used by many other people. Getting an outside perspective helps spot issues and validate design choices. With the web’s ability to connect us to people from all over the world, getting feedback has never been easier. This list of 10 tools will enable you to share your work and receive reviews of it. You’ll find websites dedicated to offering free design critiques as well as tools you can use to conduct usability testing with real people in order to benchmark your design’s efficacy in the wild.

technology: How To Put Facebook’s Like Button on Any Website by Ben Parr

Facebook’s social plugins, especially its popular “Like” button, have spread across the web like wildfire. They were on 50,000+ websites within one week after launch, on 100,000+ sites in less than a month, and are now on 350,000+ sites.

technology: 40+ Web Design and Development Resources for Beginners by Brian Casel

It’s no secret that web design is a fast-growing industry. Virtually every type of business is in need of a quality website. There are opportunities at the large agency level down to freelancers developing small-business websites from home. So how do you break into this exciting field? With little or no experience creating websites, getting yourself up to speed can be a daunting task. There are so many different avenues of design and development to explore. Which way should you go first? Which skill sets suit you the best?

entertainment: Leo DiCaprio, Dating Was Easier Before the ‘Titanic’ by Georgia Toomey

Who ever would have thought that movie star (and model magnet) Leonardo DiCaprio would be one to worry about whether girls liked him for himself, or were just hitting on him for his celebrity status? There goes my special treatment. Obviously I am a fan.

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