5 Things You Should Know – Part 393

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. There are thousands of vacant opportunities out there unnoticed because companies are reluctant to advertise their open positions on public platforms. Trust me, there are unexplored resources for those who are hit by the unemployment crisis.

Not all companies post up-to-date open positions on regular job boards. Some of them would have expired by the time they post on job boards. So, the best bet would be to bookmark company career pages, internal job portals, and revisit them regularly for the latest updates. Candidates found to have a better response rate from recruiters when they apply from respective career pages or internal job portals. Make sure that you don’t miss out on great resources like the one reported by CNN recently. Do not just rely on any specific job boards and go for referrals if possible. Ultimately, you would want to minimize negative experiences from job applications, hence the need for a different approach.

2. There are not 8 types of burnout. The classic burnout inventory in psychological research has 3 dimensions: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal achievement.

Burnout is a real and important phenomenon, but we need to know how to properly conceptualize and measure it in order to address it. Researchers spend their whole lives studying these topics. So at best, pop psychology provides an incomplete understanding of the issue, and at worst, an inaccurate and misleading one.

The Maslach Burnout Inventory measures 3 dimensions of burnout:

  • emotional exhaustion: feeling you can’t “give off” yourself anymore; are severely lacking psychological resources
  • depersonalization/cynicism: negative attitudes towards others or towards the job (also: withdrawal or detachment, irritability, negative thoughts towards the job or those you encounter on the job)
  • reduced personal achievement: the tendency to evaluate yourself and your work negatively (feeling like you are unaccomplished; like your work is insufficient)

The MBI was originally oriented towards healthcare professionals but paved the way for research in burnout across occupations.

See:

The Maslach Burnout Inventory: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277816643_The_Maslach_Burnout_Inventory_Manual

Schaufeli, W. B., Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (2009). Burnout: 35 years of research and practice. The Career Development International14(3), 204–220. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430910966406

open access link to Schaufeli et al. (2009): https://www.wilmarschaufeli.nl/publications/Schaufeli/311.pdf

Other related scales:

3. Vegan leather is just another way to say pleather, and it’s NOT environmentally friendly at all.

Buying vegan leather is not an environmentally friendly option, even compared to real leather… which is an uncomfortable reality. It’s just crappy plastic at a premium. Producers used the word “vegan” to their advantage to guilt people into thinking that purchasing their product is an “ethically minded” and “environmentally-conscious” decision. But they aren’t making the environment better at all.

Faux leathers consist of a knitted polyester base with a PVC or polyurethane coating and are also usually manufactured from fossil fuels and take a long time to break down once they reach the end of their useful life (which is a lot shorter than leather products, since leather looks better with age). Additionally, leather products are biodegradable whereas PVC takes significantly longer to break down in the landfill.

You go from one industry which is traditionally based on skins that come from the meat industry to another industry that’s heavily dependent on petrochemicals. Both are arguably damaging to animal habitats, animal life, and the future of this planet.

This doesn’t mean eating green is useless, on the contrary, it’s a great idea both for the environment, animals, and the well-being of humans…. but buying vegan leather certainly is an ineffective way to apply vegan ethics to your life.

4. When your goal is to lose weight, all the exercise in the world does approximately jack sh*t when your daily diet is 3500 calories of garbage. Pay attention to what and how much you’re eating.

Much of the first world is facing an obesity epidemic. This is especially plain to see if you live in the states. Many people take up the goal of losing weight. As a matter of fact, among those who make New Years Resolutions, losing weight is the second most common goal, trailing just a little behind saving money. A good and noble goal, but many often fail to see results because of their dietary habits.

Losing weight must, for some reason, be harder for them than most or even downright impossible.

Quick Summary of Losing Weight: Maintain a caloric deficit. Burn more calories than you are consuming in a day.

Many people think they can achieve this simply by exercising. Do you know how many calories running a mile burns? Obviously, there are a few factors involved and this isn’t a set in stone, all cases answer, but a quick google search turns up the result 100 calories burned per mile run. A decent estimate.

Let’s list some junk foods and how much you would have to run (according to this estimate) to burn off those calories.

Hershey Bar – 214 Calories – 2.14 Miles

Dr. Pepper (16 oz) – 200 Calories – 2 Miles

(note the above are quite high in sugar. A Hershey bar has about 24 Grams, while a Dr Pepper has a whopping 64 grams. For perspective, the recommended daily sugar intake for a man is about 36 grams. While these may not seem like a ton of calories, I can guarantee you you’re not going to feel full after eating a candy bar and especially not after drinking a soda. These are essentially calories you’re taking in with no nutritional value.)

McDonald’s Cheeseburger – 313 Calories – 3.13 Miles

1/4 Digiorno Frozen Pizza – 549 Calories – 5.49 Miles

What sounds easier to you, running 2 miles or simply not consuming the Hershey Bar? The fact is you simply cannot outrun a bad diet. If you want to lose weight, 95 percent of that battle is fought in the kitchen. Not the treadmill. Not the bike. Not the swimming pool. It’s all about what you eat.

5. Most online recipes have a “Jump to Recipe” button.

The button is usually hidden under the title/subtitle. It’ll send you right to the simple for printing recipe without having to scroll all the way through the site.

 

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