The App Store is approaching 50 billion downloads, and in honor of this, has released the charts of the all-time top paid and free applications. We are excited to announce that Kijiji Canada’s app is number 9 on their list of top free apps in Canada! You can check out the full list of top iPhone applications here.
Thank you to all of the users of the app who have helped us achieve this – we couldn’t have done it without your support! What would you like to see in future app releases?
Want to have a special Mother’s Day, but don’t have a large budget? Don’t fret – the best gift is quality time spent together.
Moms spend so much time making sure their families are fed and looked after – take the opportunity to return the favor, and let her put her feet up and relax! Here are a few meal options to create a special Mother’s Day.
Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? Plenty of trays are available on Kijiji, which make it easy to surprise mom with a morning treat! Not a skilled cook? Look for fresh fruit and veggies from local farmers and prepare a delicious fruit salad to serve with yogurt or granola on the side.
Family brunch! Pancakes or French toast are simple and easy to make for a larger group. For a memorable experience, look after all the details to create a nice environment. Get fancy and press the table linens and decorate with some freshly cut spring flowers for mum, or, buy some plants to pot or plant, which will last all summer (or beyond).
Pack a picnic! There is lots of picnic gear to choose from Kijiji. Grab an old tablecloth, prepare a smorgasbord, and treat your mum to a lovely lunch among trees and flowers. The basket itself makes a great gift for Mother’s Day (remember to carry it to and from the destination, and do all the clean-up).
Share in her interests. If your mom has a special hobby, Sunday is a great time to share it with her. If not, there plenty of other ways to spend time together:
Go for a garden stroll! Mother’s day is an ideal time to view the spring flowers in bloom. If the weather is clear, it’s a perfect time to go to a botanical garden, or a city park with gardens, depending on what is available near you.
Does your mom love to give back to the community? Check out local volunteer opportunities in your community.
Does your family enjoy playing sports together? Play a round-robin of badminton or tennis, or, if you have a large family, try organizing a team activity.
Don’t have the funds to take mom to the spa? Pamper her at home by giving her a manicure. If you don’t have the set up, you can find beauty supplies on Kijiji (be sure to disinfect any second hand materials).
If you don’t have a big budget to spend on fancy gifts, spend your time planning and preparing a special day for her and the family. A handmade card and a lovely day spent together is really what Mother’s Day is all about.
Looking for apartments for rent can be a lot of stress – in many areas of the country, tenants must act fast to secure a nice space, and there is a lot of pressure if you are forced to leave your current residence by a certain date. Unfortunately, there are some who take advantage of this panic, both in person and online. What can you do to keep yourself safe when looking for an apartment?
Always deal in-person. This can be tough, especially if you are planning a long distance move, however, the most important thing to keep yourself safe from internet-based fraud is to ensure that you see the space before making a commitment, and never ever send money online. If this is not possible, ask someone you trust to check out the physical space. Don’t ever use wire transfers, Western Union, or any other service that won’t enable to put a stop on the funds if necessary.
Beware of involved tales. Does the landlord claim to be an African missionary that needs someone to house-sit? Do they say they are posted on an oil rig for months? Big red flags – most land lords are looking for a good tenant for the maximum amount of rent they can get, and aren’t going to spend precious time writing involved stories about their personal situation or making excuses as to why they can’t meet you. It makes more sense for someone seeking a long term tenant to get the value of the rent than it does for them to deeply discount the property for a quick turnaround. If they actually are abroad or can’t meet up for whatever reason, they will have someone who can meet you in person and show you around – possibly a family member, real estate agent, or a handyman who looks after their unit.
Know the market value. If similar properties in the area are posted at significantly more than this one, don’t be excited, be suspicious. While good deals are out there, scams typically will state a price that is so good that it gets prospective tenants excited and forget to ask questions. Newly renovated luxury apartment in a hot location for a low price? It is tempting to act fast, but keep your guard up – if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Too much detail on the condition of a building? Fraudulent posters have been known to copy descriptions from for house for sale ads from around the web. If the rental listing has many details on building condition that would only be relevant to a buyer, not a tenant, keep your guard up.
Asked for in depth personal information before meeting? If you get an email requesting a lot of personal information, such as your SIN number, age, gender, banking information, and job, be aware that this could be an attempt to harvest personal information. A letter of employment is a standard request with many landlords, but be suspicious if they want information far beyond that before they will even agree to meet you.
Avoid cash deposits. You want your transaction to be traceable – ask for ID, sign a contract, and write a cheque if possible. If a landlord asks for cash in absence of a written agreement, this is a major red flag.
Kijiji is full of great landlords and prospective tenants, and we hope that you have a great experience finding a new home. If you see any ads that you find suspicious, or that raise the above red flags when you are corresponding, please let us know by flagging the ad or sending us an email.
So you’ve got yourself organized, posted your resume online, and applied for a few jobs – but have you googled yourself? Unflattering search results could be subverting all your efforts to find a job. If you think you might be looking for work sometime in the near future, ensuring that the web search results for your name are flattering should be the first step (ideally as an ongoing process).
It is expected that applicants will have a web presence, and doing searches on candidates is common practice with recruiters and hiring managers. Don’t go changing your name on all your social networks and putting your profiles on lock-down just yet – demonstrating that you are social media savvy can be a great leg up on your competition, and an absence of a web presence can seem suspicious. So, how can you plan ahead to ensure that your social media profiles will be an asset rather than a handicap when looking for work?
Keeping it clean is easier than cleaning it up. Adjust your privacy settings so that anything that others tag you in won’t appear to the general public. Whether you want to have it set to friends only, or approve the tags individually is up to you – the key is to ensure that search engines won’t be able to show this content.
You don’t have to remove every picture where you have a drink in your hand – having a social life is normal. However, any pictures that imply binge drinking, or any illicit activities should be outright deleted.
Avoid Drama. It can be tempting to use social media as a place to get on your soap box and rant about work, social life, or family – but resist the temptation! Publicly searchable rants about any sort of relationship drama will make you appear unstable. Recruiters and hiring managers are not looking to add someone who will add drama to their team, so overly dramatic or emotional posts should be removed or posted with privacy controls. Any interpersonal rants should not be public.
Complaints about jobs, bosses, or colleagues should be avoided at all costs – they have no place on social media.
Avoid vulgar language. Though you may use obscenities when conversing with friends, avoid it on public posts on social media, and particularly on twitter. You may think that it is only one tweet – but it is difficult to predict which tweets will be indexed by any of the twitter indexing sites and appear on the first page of a web search (at which point, they are difficult to have removed). Save yourself the headache, and avoid using any terms that might get you into trouble during your hunt for career opportunities.
Your average recruiter or hiring manager is generally just looking to ensure that candidates are not a flight risk or a potential detractor from the brand. Take a look at your profiles, and if you see anything you are ashamed of, get rid of it ASAP. Social media can be a great tool to find work, just make sure it isn’t working against you.