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While it may seem fun to post pictures of your drunken night at the bar on social media, there’s a good chance those shots can come back to haunt you. You could have the best job interview of your life, but lose it because of what you post on sites like Facebook or Instagram. In fact, it seems more and more companies admit they are factoring social media into their hiring decisions. 

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that just like last year, 70% of employers admit to using social media to screen candidates with 7% more planning to start. And they aren’t just looking for objectionable content. In fact, 47% of employers say if they can’t find someone online they probably won’t give the person an interview, with 28% saying they need it to gather more info on a candidate, and 20% saying they expect potential employees to have an online presence.

Of course, what you put online can also cause you to lose a gig. Overall, 57% of employers say they have found content on social media that made them not hire a candidate for a job. As for what caused them to rethink that decision, some of the reasons include:

  • Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 40%
  • Job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 36%
  • Job candidate had discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.: 31%
  • Job candidate was linked to criminal behavior: 30%
  • Job candidate lied about qualifications: 27%
  • Job candidate had poor communication skills: 27%
  • Job candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 25%
  • Job candidate's screen name was unprofessional: 22%
  • Job candidate shared confidential information from previous employers: 20%
  • Job candidate lied about an absence: 16%
  • Job candidate posted too frequently: 12% 

And once you get the job you shouldn’t think you’re in the clear. The survey finds that 48% of employers continue to monitor social networking sites to research employees, with 10% doing it daily. Also, 34% have discovered content that caused them to reprimand of fire an employee.

Source: Business Insider


It’s no secret that throwing a wedding can be very, very, very expensive. Well, now a new survey on wedding costs reveals the lengths some go to in order to pay for their big day. 

The poll finds that 64% of recently married couples were forced to make sacrifices in order to afford their wedding, with 11% actually delaying their wedding due to financial reasons. What’s more, 60% of married couples seriously considered eloping because of the cost and stress of planning a wedding.

While tradition usually dictates a bride’s family pays for a wedding, that really isn’t the case anymore. In fact, only 39% of newly married women say their parents chipped in for the affair. Instead, most couples are paying for weddings themselves, with 63% using their own savings for their affair, with couples married a year or less saying they paid for over half of their wedding with their savings.

The high cost of a wedding also forced some couples to compromise on their big day, with the wedding dress the thing people are most likely to compromise on (45%), although 29% of those polled were unwilling to compromise on the dress. Other top compromises include:

  • Size of the guest list
  • Venue
  • Food
  • Photographer
  • Hair and/or make-up
  • Centerpieces
  • Flowers
  • Videographer
  • Save the dates/invitations 

Regardless of the financial stress and sacrifices they had to make, 49% of brides say they wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding, although for those who would, 13% would change their dress and photographer, while 12% would change the venue.

Source: SWNS Digital


It may be hot as blazes in most of the country, but it seems Starbucks already has its eyes on the fall. And of course, that could mean only one thing – Pumpkin Spice Lattes are on the way.

According to reports, the coffee chain is planning to bring back the fall favorite on April 28th, with supplies already making its way to some stores. If this seems too early to you, well, it is. It is actually the earliest date Starbucks has brought the PSL back in years, with the drink first returning to menus last year on September 1st.

And those aren’t the only fall drinks coming back on the Tuesday before Labor Day weekend. Internal Starbucks memos shows that the Salted Caramel Mocha and the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte will also be returning. What’s more, the company is planning to roll out new fall items in September, including the espresso-mocha Cordusio, the Cold Foam Dark Cocoa Nitro and the Iced Maple Pecan Latte with Cold Foam. 

  • In Other PSL News…Starbucks just introducedsomething called Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws, which as the title suggests are edible straws with the PSL flavor. They’ve also added Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee K-Cup Pods for those who want the PSL flavor at home.

Source: Business Insider


You know all that advice we hear about how we should eat a wide variety of foods to stay healthy and maintain healthy weight? Well, it turns out that might not lead to the healthiest diet. According to a new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association, eating a more diverse diet could lead to consuming more calories, weight gain, and less healthy diet overall.

The American Heart Association reviewed scientific literature published from 2000 to 2017 and concluded there’s no evidence to suggest eating a varied diet helps people maintain a healthy weight or eat the most beneficial foods. The research did find a link between eating a wider variety of food and a delay in feeling full, which could make people eat more. But part of the problem is what people consider a “varied diet.”

Lead researcher Maria de Oliveira Otto explains that some think eating a “varied diet” means dining on different types of meats, refined grains, and processed foods high in sugar or salt. That’s not nearly as healthy as someone eating a variety of unprocessed whole foods. But don’t let this research confuse you - an assortment of nutritious foods is still good for you.

“It remains a good idea to eat a variety of foods, but they have to be healthy foods,” Otto says. “That way, you’ll have a better chance of taking in enough of all the essential nutrients you need.”

Source: Consumer Reports


While there are definitely people out there with unique last names, there are also plenty of surnames that are so common you probably know several people with them, none of whom are related. Well, now a new report reveals the most common last names in the country, and it may just be yours.

The site 24/7 Wall Street reviewed Census data to find the 50 most common last names in the U.S., noting that the most common can be traced back to Europe and England, although 12 of the Top 50 are Spanish, Cuban or Mexican in origin. 

Not surprising, the overall most common surname in the U.S. is Smith, with 2,442,977 total occurrences, or 828.8 per 100,000 people. And the name continues to grow, up 2.7% since 2000.

Top Ten Most Common Surnames In The U.S.(click here for the complete list)

  1. Smith
  2. Johnson
  3. Williams
  4. Brown
  5. Jones
  6. Garcia
  7. Miller
  8. Davis
  9. Rodriguez
  10. Martinez

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

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