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Do it Yourself (DIY) Wedding Invitations

Preparing for a wedding, whether for 50, 100, or 500 guests can really take a toll on your budget. With everything starting from scratch, you would have to purchase and pay for every single aspect of the wedding.

There are some things though that you can personally make - it can save you cost and at the same time, you get to give it a personal touch. Your wedding invitation, flowers, and wedding favors are some things you can prepare on your own. When making Do-It-Yourself wedding invitations, here's what you will need.

- Printer and Paper - Get specialty paper from your paper supply shop and you can also choose between scented and unscented ones. A good quality printer is what you'll need because apart from the paper, the print will give away if they were poorly done or they were professionally made. Always remember to buy a few extra sheets so you need not go back to the bookstore for replacements. Also have alternative designs for paper if the original design that you wanted will not work out. The type of paper and the thickness, called GSM, are some considerations whether they will truly be compatible with your printer or not.

- Packaging - Apart from the common paper envelope, there are other materials and designs that you can use as packaging such as cloth, mesh, bottle or even bamboo. While the paper envelope is the least expensive, you can still use cloth and the other materials provided you start out using raw materials and you simply make them into small envelopes or canisters by sewing or gluing the pieces together, as needed.

- Accessories and embellishments - You can put charms, ribbons or lace to accessorize your packaging and make it look more professionally done. You can check out bridal magazines for options and ideas on how you can accessorize and decorate your wedding invitations.

- Wordings - You can search online for templates that are normally used in wedding invitations. Apart from the detail that needs to be mentioned, love quotes or your vow to each other are sometimes included as well. The complete line-up for the entourage is also important so they would know who to expect. Check the names for spelling, and the other wordings for typos.

Compared to the cost charged by printing press, it will save you more than 50% of your cost if you create your own wedding invitations. Most importantly, make sure that you have ample time to finalize and then make them as formal invitations are normally sent a month before the wedding (apart from the save the date announcements of course).

Making your wedding invitations can be fun, and it can also be a good bonding moment with your fiancee, if he wants to help out too. Remember that even if you intend to save, what is important is that you do not get stressed or fuss over something like invitations. It can be as easy and as fun as you want it to be.


What Really Matters? Quality Business Cards

Voila! You have just received your business cards. They look nice, in fact they look gorgeous and you are really satisfied with the work that designer studio has done.

Is your card really that good though? There are several things that matter most than the overall look of the card. They can be omitted because you forget to mention them or because your card was done unprofessionally.

The first thing to check is the size of your card. Nowadays there are several standards and you should comply with them. Of course you can always go for something untraditional however this is not always the smartest move.

The next thing to pay attention to is the quality of the paper. Indeed cards printed on cheaper paper are less expensive but they go to the trash bin more often too. Let alone that cheap paper cards damage quicker and they usually look like rubbish by the moment you need to give them away. Invest into quality paper as business cards are supposed to bring you new business.

The ink quality should also pass a test. It should not run if you drop liquid over it. This doesn't mean to try pouring a whole cut of water and let your card stay there overnight. Drop a few drops instead and see what will happen.

The colors and the design of the card are also important. Too many colors, unless they are in a picture, will distract the attention of the viewer. The same rule applies to the images printed on your card. Too many images are distracting.

The fonts used and the font sizes are also a tricky part. Check what the situation with your card is. How many fonts have been used? Do you have difficulties reading the text? Or it is quite too big? Are there any ornaments such as underline, bold or italics used? Is there enough white space on the card? Answer these questions and you will quickly see if there is a problem.

Finally check again your information your name and position, your company name, address, phone or fax numbers, web site address and emails. Are there any spelling mistakes or typos? Of course there should not be any. A single digit mistaken in a phone number can ruin everything especially if you do not spot it. If you do the only thing that you will have to do is to re print the cards.

This is more or less everything needed for a good business card. Have this checklist with you when you start designing your cards. If your cards are already done, check them accordingly and see if you will not need to reprint them.


Using Job Recruiters In A Job Search

For many job seekers, searching for a job can be a long and time consuming task. You are constantly studying job advertisements, writing and sending resumes, and networking. It may seem like you have too much to do and very little time to do it. One way to make your search easier is acquiring the services of a job recruiter.

Using a job recruiter will help you manage your time, focus on suitable jobs, and improve results. The right recruiter will have a great deal of knowledge about the industry in which you want to work and the employers. They will have industry contacts and know about job openings that may not be posted publicly. Sending your resume to a job recruiter is good step to obtaining a job

What does a Job Recruiter do?

Recruiters work for employers or employment departments within a business or corporation. An employer will pay job recruiters a fee to find the best employee for their company. A recruiter does not work for you, but will match your qualifications with the type of employee an employer is seeking.

Types of Recruiters

Retained Recruiters: The recruiter has a contract with a company to fill a specific job opening. Retained recruiters tend to work with high level positions. They will advertise the position and find the most qualified person for the job. Their advertisement will contain all the essential information and requirements for the position. The recruiter will receive a retainer in the form of a fee for their service.

Contingency Recruiter: The contingency job recruiter will only receive a fee if they make a job placement. The recruiter does not maintain a relationship with an employer. There may be several contingency firms competing to fill a particular position. Contingency recruiters generally work with mid-level management and professional positions.

The Advantages of Using a Recruiter

No Cost: Most employers pay the recruiter once the employee completes a probationary period. The job seeker does not pay the job recruiter.

Employer Contacts: A quality job recruiter will have relationships with a number of companies. The recruiter will have unique insight into what employers value in their employees. The recruiter will have a relationship with placed job seekers so they will learn what is like working for a particular company.

Jobs Not Advertised: Because so many resumes pour in when a job is posted publicly, many employers will go directly to a job recruiter to post a job instead of posting it publicly.

Specialty Recruiters: Many job recruiters specialize in a certain career area. It is important to ask a recruiter about their specialty before sending your resume.

The following outlines a number tips that may be helpful when searching for a job recruiter:

- Recruiters prefer working with people who have a specific career objective.
- A willingness to relocate will attract more recruiters.
- Talk with people who have experience working with a particular recruiter. You will learn if the recruiter is dedicated to filling job positions.
- Be wary of a recruiter that approaches job seekers. Normally job seekers approach job recruiters.
- Make sure you tell the job recruiter your salary history. This will let them know the appropriate salary range for your desired job.
- Always be courteous with a job recruiter. Always return their calls as soon as possible because it shows the recruiter you are very interested in finding a job

Whether the economy is good or bad, finding a job can be difficult. Competition for jobs is steadily increasing. Using a job recruiter will improve your chances of securing your desired job.


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