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Want to Save Big on Electronics? 8 Ways to Stay Safe Buying Used Technology

Looking for a new cell phone, laptop or tablet? There are tonnes on Kijiji, and a secondhand model is a great way of getting the device you have been lusting after, at a budget friendly price. Staying safe is particularly important when dealing with small, high value items, so here are our tips on how to have a great transaction.

Meet face to face. Never send a seller money from your bank account before inspecting the item in person, and don’t send payment via money transfer services.

Ask for a receipt. Get the seller to sign and write his/her name and address on the back of a receipt.

Take a screenshot. Have a copy of the Kijiji ad so you have it as a reference for the transaction.

Be suspicious of a nearly-new phone being sold without packaging or accessories. If the seller can’t produce a receipt or even a charger, it could be a stolen phone. Here is how to check whether a smartphone is legal for sale.

Establish the condition of the phone. Use the phone, open a few apps, and try to find out what state the battery life is in if you can.

Don’t accept a phone laptop or device in a sealed box. As great as sealed boxes may seem, you need to be able to inspect the item. It is not hard to fake a seal on a box, so if the seller won’t allow you to take the item out of the box to test it, it could be faulty or even a fake.

Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device. If possible start with a clean slate by reinstalling the operating system or wiping the phone.

Take your time, and don’t rush into any decisions. If you see an iPhone or similar expensive device advertised at a very significant discount (even if it’s not the most recent model), then it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t pay until you have the device in your hands, and if in doubt, just walk away.

How to Interview Effectively & Land Your Dream Job

Before an interview, your mind might be racing thinking about the job opportunity, all the ways you could go wrong or botch the interview – but you shouldn’t let it! How should you prepare for an interview so you can interview effectively and land the job?

How to Interview Effectively and Land the Job

Exude confidence. If you have to, pump yourself up in the mirror by complimenting yourself beforehand. Remind yourself of why you would be a great fit, and rehearse answers to some classic interview questions. Make sure you feel good about yourself and are in the mood for a conversation. Make sure you are relaxed and well rested, and remember to eat beforehand. Though they are looking for someone to do a job, they are also looking for someone they can work with and share the highs and lows of the day. Answering questions perfectly does not guarantee that you will land the job. Be aware of your skills as well as your weaknesses. Think: if you were asked why you should be the choice over another individual, how would you defend yourself against the competition? Whether you are trying to get hired as a programmer, office manager, or for a sales position, there is always someone better, so focus on specific advantages that you bring to the table.

Plan your questions. Knowing in advance what you want to ask is a great opportunity to show that you have done your research and are truly interested in the role. Learn about the obstacles the company is facing, and ask them about it. Though you are applying to a specific job, you are also applying to a company, and at least one of your questions should reflect that. The interviewer should walk away knowing that you are passionate about their business and you want to help them succeed.

Get your story strait. Know your story – think back to how you entered the field and got to where you are today. Tie the pieces together and rehearse in front of a mirror. Take advantage of open ended questions; these are your opportunity to pitch! The audience needs to be captivated and engaged by your story. Focus on the transitions and the reasons for them.

Categories:Kijiji Jobs

How To Drive Off-Road

So the salesman told you your new 4 wheel drive vehicle is capable of charging through streams, driving over mountains, carving a path through thick forests, and ripping through the desert without even raising a sweat…

There’s just one problem, while your new pick up truck or SUV looks great, you’ve never been off-roading before! While this guide is no substitute for enrolling in an accredited 4WD course, it will help you get more out of your new 4WD vehicle.

Ridin' Dirty: How to Go Off Roading

Tame The Terrain

Mud and Sand: The trick to getting through mud and sand is to use steady momentum (keep even pressure on the throttle, don’t jerk your foot on and off). When driving in mud, don’t select too low a gear as this will cause your tires to spin rather than grip. Second or even third gear is the way to go. In sand, a lower gear is usually best.

Snow: Use steady momentum when going through deep snow, and don’t select too low a gear, as it will cause tires to spin. If the wheels do spin, ease off the throttle and let the spinning slow to regain traction. Select the highest gear possible for the conditions at hand.

Water: Make sure the river’s safe for you to cross and NEVER attempt to cross a river during a flood. Accelerate as you enter the water slowly to create a bow wave, and then drive at a nice even (slow) pace to avoid overtaking your bow wave (this should sit about one meter off your bumper). Choose a place where the river is wider to cross; while the narrow portions might look more favorable, they are likely deeper than the wider sections, making it more likely that you get stuck!

Hills: Always try and walk the hill, mainly so that you know what’s on the other side of it. Always drive straight-ahead at a hill, never approach from an angle (which could cause your car to rollover), and choose the highest gear the vehicle will ‘pull’ in. On your way down a hill, make sure you’ve stopped and assessed the ground. Pick out a rough path and then, choosing first-gear low range, or 1 in an automatic-equipped 4WD (this will provide the maximum amount of engine braking) set off. If you have hill descent control, use that on your way down.

Airing Down: Means dropping your tire pressures to increase their footprint, which improves traction in soft sand. It’s also worth airing down on rocky terrain as it allows the now soft tire a chance to roll over an obstacle. Make sure you carry an air compressor to re-inflate your tire once you get back to regular terrain.

More Off-Roading Tips

Know exactly how big your vehicle is – that also means knowing its approach and departure angle, ground clearance and ramp over.

Where possible walk the ground you’ll be driving over. A preliminary survey could save you from getting stuck later!

If the hill is too steep, the track too narrow, or the water looks too deep then turn around and find another way to go. Swallowing your pride before you have to get towed is much easier (as well as easier on the wallet).

Keep both hands on the wheel, but never lock your thumbs inside the rim of the steering wheel (kickback could lead to injury).

Tell someone where you are headed, which route you will take, and when you plan to be back (or when they can expect you to check in). You never know what might happen off road.

Check your tires and gear for cuts and pump them back up if necessary.

Don’t set out to go Off-Roading without these items:

  • Tow rope
  • Shovel
  • 2-way radio or a comparable communication device. If relying on your cell phone, make sure it is charged and you get reception where you are going.
  • Clothing that is appropriate for the climate, should you get stuck outside.
  • Footwear that is appropriate for the terrain.
  • GPS navigation and maps
  • Food and water. Keep a big bottle of water and a stash of power bars, beef jerky, or whatever high energy food you prefer on hand just in case.
  • Extra fuel
  • Did we forget anything? What do you always bring on your off-roading adventures?

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    Hibernating in style: Ideas for Fun as the Weather Cools Down

    With the mercury continuing to drop nationwide and snow starting to fall in the mountains, it’s important to hibernate in style – think lush rugs by the fire, classic movies, hot apple cider…it’s all about rewarding yourself, because baby it’s cold outside. But it’s not all about indulgence, it’s important to keep busy too. With plenty of indoor activities to take the chill out of the air, here are some cool suggestions from Kijiji on how to keep warm at home this season:

    Hibernation Nation: Ideas for Indoor Fun as the Weather Cools Down

    Invite the neighbours or your friends around for a games night. Put the smart phones and tablets in a drawer, and go head to head with your friends and put those analog skills to the test with classic board games like Scrabble, Jenga and Monopoly, or newer options like The Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, or Cranium. Prefer video games? Why not dust off the vintage gaming systems and invite some friends over for a nostalgic night of Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis games?

    Do some crafting. Knitting has made a big comeback, so why not learn to knit of crochet? Check out Kijiji hobbies and crafts for patterns and books to teach yourself from the comfort of your couch, or search for knitting classes in your local community for a little extra help. Want to socialize but don’t need lessons? See if there is a local club to get together and knit, or set one up yourself!

    Start a book club. Grab some friends and lock yourself indoors with some mulled wine and a few fictional classics. If you aren’t part of a book club – use Kijiji to start one and source books. Post an ad in the Activities & Groups section to find club members, and set up an alert for upcoming titles in the books category.

    Cook up a storm. Warm yourself up with some comfort food this winter and stock up on those kitchen classics. From fondue kits to cast iron cookware, Kijiji will make sure you’re that much more likely to impress your dinner guests.

    How will you use Kijiji to make your winter warmer?

    Categories:Holidays, Thrifty Living

    The Hottest Halloween Costumes on Kijiji

    It should probably come as no surprise that one of the most popular Halloween costume ideas this year is Disney’s Frozen characters. According to the National Retail Federation, there will be an estimated 2.6 million kids who plan to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the likes of them. Your children just can’t “let it go.”

    But they won’t be the only ones playing dress-up during the night when spirits and the dead cross over into the world of the living for one night. Halloween gives everyone, adults included, an excuse to play make believe, eat candy and party.
    Here are some other trending costumes that have been inspired by popular culture.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    These anthropomorphic turtles who live in the New York City storm sewers made a comeback to the big screen recently. The characters originated from a comic book and peaked in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a cartoon series, films, video games and toys.

    Batman (and other super heros for that matter) continues to be a popular costume choice, likely because Hollywood continues to put out a film every couple of years. Currently, the new TV series Gotham has revived the character and people are still questioning whether actor Ben Affleck is appropriately casted as the Dark Knight in the upcoming upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Look for it in 2016.

    Zombies continue to be a popular Halloween costume choice. Perhaps its shows like the Walking Dead and movies like World War Z. Or it could have something to do with social outings like the Zombie Walk that are bringing out zombies in droves. Either way, with a little face paint and some old clothes all torn up and dirtied, you too can sport the look of dead people.

    Yes, people are so over the movie series Twilight, but TV series The Vampire Diaries and True Blood are still going strong. Popular culture can’t get enough of these blood-thirsty creatures, which is evident with the latest release of the movie Dracula Untold, which is currently in theatres.

    Video game characters
    From classic Nintendo characters like Mario and Luigi to Angry Birds, people are getting inventive with their costumes. Many are getting into their own DIY projects to create and outfit that will stand out from the rest.

    Game of Thrones
    Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons was a popular costume last year and is once again this year from the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Put on a knight costume and a blonde wig and you can easily be transformed into Jaime Lannister.

    Not interested in being part of the trend? Then stick to the classics like witches, ghosts, skeletons and black cats. You can also bring out your creative side by recreating your favourite childhood storybook character. In recent years, costumes like Max from Where The Wild Things Are, The Little Prince and the Paperbag Princess have translated well into costume.

    Categories:Holidays, Kijiji Fashion