Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet Hugh Rollinson of Accident Claims Web UK

Hugh Rollinson is the owner of the popular Accident Claims Web UK website. His company offers advice to UK residents who have been involved in an accident, have been injured, and need advice on what to do next in terms of claiming personal injury compensation. The website contains a huge amount of accident claims advice, and covers all forms of accident and injury claim.

1. How did you first become interested in working in the personal injury and accident claims industry?

It was straight out of university after studying law. I worked for a number of personal injury claims companies within the UK, but after a few years had that classic entrepreneur moment when I thought I could do it better myself--or at least differently!

2. What can people expect when they call your firm for some free accident claims advice?

As soon as they call us, they will be speaking to an accident claims specialist with years of experience and knowledge in the field, perfectly placed to advise them on their legal rights and next steps in terms of claiming for accident claims compensation.

But... that's just what you would expect of course. Where we like to be different is the level of customer service and the plain-talking ethos of our accident claims call center. All the call center agents are trained to the highest levels, and we will only employ people who have a friendly and understanding attitude. After all, people making an accident claim need re-assurance and understanding when they call up--not cold, business-like "legal speak."

Just so your readers know, we don't just handle cases over the telephone. People can also make accident claims via our website using the online claims form on the homepage of

3. What are the benefits for both your firm and your clients for doing a lot of information-gathering and other preliminary work over the telephone?

This is the only way in which we can qualify an accident claim and make sure that we take the correct next steps for both the clients calling in to us as well as our personal injury solicitors who will be handling the accident claims on our behalf.

Within a couple of minutes we can usually advise someone calling us as to whether or not they are eligible to receive compensation for an accident or personal injury.

4. If someone has an accident and insurance has already covered their health care costs and any vehicle and/or property damage, why would there still be reason to consider filing an accident claim?

Good question... and it's one that we often hear. As a specialist personal injury firm dealing with thousands of accident claims each year, we have the experience and know-how to help our clients claim above and beyond what typical insurance policies cover.

You know what insurance policies are like? Sometimes it can be hard to get the money that you truly deserve. Not only that, but if a client is off work due to injury and is suffering from a loss of earnings, then sometimes they cannot wait for an insurance policy to pay out. Our accident claims team will look to arrange interim up-front compensation payments for our clients so that they can get on with their lives and rehabilitation whilst our solicitors handle the legal side of things.

With most accident claims that we cover involving some form of criminal negligence from a third party, there is scope many times for a prosecution. We try to avoid that at all costs with out of court settlements for compensation.

It's not just about monetary value, though. People making accident claims will often need emotional support and other forms of help for them and their family. We also advise on that and connect our clients up with the appropriate charities and support groups.

5. When it comes to accident claims and personal injury law, what do you most want our readers to know?

I just want to tell them that whilst personal injury and accident claims law can be very complex, that should not be your concern. At the Accident Claims Web we will take all of that hassle and stress away from you so that you can recover from your injuries and spend the time rehabilitating. We work tirelessly in the background to represent you both professionally and to the highest level so that you can be assured of receiving the best accident claims compensation amount possible.

If any of your readers would like to see some proof of our credentials, then there are some current client testimonials at the footer of most of our injury claims pages--you can see an example on our brain injury claims page.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity for the interview, I really do appreciate it. I hope that any of your existing UK readers will now use us in the future if they need any form of accident claims advice. Thank you!

Thanks, Hugh!

Meet Liv Kirby, Actor, Dancer, and Model

Liv Kirby was born in Queensland, Australia and was brought up in Sydney and Melbourne. Liv began acting classes at age 12 at the National Theatre in the heart of Melbourne.

From acting Liv then started exploring the world of dance, and by age 15 she was dancing professionally in renowned hip hop crews situated in Melbourne. In 2012 Liv received her Diploma of Modeling and Business of Modeling from the Model Academy and since has been involved in many photo shoots as well as had the opportunity to walk for L'Oreal.

In July 2012 Liv made the move to the United States to take part in the Hollywood Immersive program at Margie Haber Studios in L.A. She then found her love for New York and relocated there. Since her move, she has been undertaking training in Musical Theatre and will be graduating from New York Film Academy in February which will take her onto her next chapter.

1. How did you first become interested in acting?

I first began acting classes at age 12, and at that time what drew me to acting were films I had seen and actresses who were around my age, such as Dakota Fanning--I really admired her talent and career because she could give such influential performances at such a young age, which gave me insight that this could be something I could do. I wasn't really introduced to the theatre till I was around 14. So I enrolled in acting for film classes first and then later also enrolled in acting for the stage.

I found acting as a way to express myself. When I was younger, I was painfully shy. I wouldn't talk to family or friends, and people at my school would spend hours with me just to see if I could say "Hi." So it was quite surprising that I really enjoyed acting. I guess I felt like when I was portraying characters, I didn't have to be myself--when I was acting, I was somebody else, and that helped me through my shyness.

2. What do you see as the connections between acting and dance?

Both of them to me are ways to express yourself in a creative way. Both of them allow you to put yourself, your emotions, and your experiences into an art form. I was taught by one of my wonderful teachers that "Words don't matter; they don't mean anything." It's all about your reaction. I find this so true--the powerful moments in plays are the reactions from one another. This goes for dance as well because your reaction to the music is what makes a piece so beautiful--the audience can tell when you are just doing choreography or when you are really embracing the music you're dancing too.

Acting and dance go hand in hand for me. I've seen dancers dance without feeling, and I can be guilty of that, too, when you're so focused on picking up the choreography because you might be in a class that's moving along really fast, or in an audition and trying to remember everything they're throwing at you. But in the end it's up to you to bring the movement to life, and that's when acting comes into play.

3. How do you balance your work as a model, dancer, and actor?

Right now, I'm focusing on acting, dance, and singing. I'm training full-time and developing my skills to their fullest potential and then will start auditioning and working again early next year upon my graduation. I've found with balancing everything it's important to do the things that excite you. There's nothing worse then working on a project that you don't enjoy: it's like working a job you hate. I'm horrible at saying no to things, so I found at times I really had to step back and work out my priorities. I just have to make sure that the projects I put myself forward for are things that I will happily commit myself to 100%.

4. What prompted your move from Australia to the United States, and how has your career developed following the move?

In 2012 I got into an acting program called Hollywood Immersive which was in L.A. It was an intensive for 10 days. I planned to stay for three weeks and see L.A., travel to San Francisico for a few days, and end the trip with New York. What was meant to be three weeks quickly changed to three months, and in that time I had fallen in love with NYC. After that I caught a flight back to Australia, packed up my room, and moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with two other housemates.

Since 2012 I have learned SO much about the industry and about how important networking and education is. I've taken these few years to work on develop my talents and explore the art of auditioning in New York, which really is a career in itself, haha. I've meet so many wonderful people from directors to agents to Broadway stars to composers who have all given me such great advice that I've taken with me to auditions and classes and have been able to apply to my work. Networking I have learned is definitely a big part of starting off in New York--more than most of the time it's about who you know, so I definitely feel I'm on the right path.

5. As you look ahead to the next year or so, what do you hope to accomplish?

Once I finish the current training program I'm in early next year, I'm looking to going back out and auditioning as much as I can and taking the experiences that come my way. I will still keep taking classes as I don't think you ever stop learning and bettering yourself and your skills, so that will always play a big part to me. I've given myself a goal, and that's that by the time I'm 27 I'll have had my first Broadway show. I'm almost 21, so I'm going to work hard and stay motivated and dedicated to the arts and strive to reach that goal and enjoy my journey there.

Thanks, Liv!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Clothing and Gifts for University of Michigan Alumni

If you're looking for clothing and other fun items related to the University of Michigan, check out the University of Michigan Alumni Store.

The site stocks all sorts of U of M Wolverine gear. When it comes to clothing for adults, you'll find polo/golf shirts, football jerseys, and cheerleader dresses. Jerseys are also available in kids' sizes, and you can have football jerseys customized with the name and number of your choice. For kids, there are also U of M pajama bottoms and a wealth of cute baby items, from one-piece creepers and bibs, to short and long sleeve t-shirts and floppy sunhats.

A lot of well-known clothing brands are represented on the site, such as Adidas and Cutter & Buck. There's also a nice line of watches in different styles, from sleek stainless steel band to a sporty silicon band. Other jewelry featured on the site includes necklaces, charm bracelets, and survival bracelets.

If you need a gift item for a U of M fan, this shop gives you plenty of choices. You'll find license plates and license plate frames, for example. And for pet lovers, you can find pet products like a Wolverines dog bowl and a cushy blue and gold pet bed.

This U of M Alumni Store is easy to navigate, with ample photos to show what you're buying. If you're looking for the latest in blue and gold attire and gifts, you'll enjoy browsing the site.

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TurboTax has become very popular for people looking for an easy to use software program to help them do taxes. The manufacturers update TurboTax each year to reflect the latest changes in tax laws, so you don't have to keep up with all these details yourself.

For many of us, it's too pricey to see an accountant--or for that matter, our taxes are actually fairly simple as long as we're using a program that asks us the right questions. If you're a do-it-yourself type of person but also feel like taxes isn't your area of expertise, using a software program can be a good and affordable compromise between going completely DIY and hiring professional help.

When you buy TurboTax online, you can find coupons in a lot of places to save money on your software purchase. Here are a couple of specific links for 2014 TurboTax discount coupons that were sent to me by a reader of the blog.

Meet Christopher Berg, Career Coach and Consultant

Christopher Berg is a career coach and motivational speaker based in New York City. He runs a business called Go Berg or Go Home. He started the business with a particular goal of helping young professionals become more prepared and marketable in a tough job market.

1. What are some of the specific ways you help clients through your work offering career services?

The strength of our company is that we do a large amount of research on an ongoing basis. Go Berg has over 30 relationships with hiring managers, recruiters, staffing agencies, and HR directors throughout the Northeast region. Through these relationships, we are able to stay up to date on various industries, specifically what they are looking for in resumes, interviews, and skill set. Next, I have "secretly shopped" over a dozen colleges throughout the Northeast. I know what expectations college career centers are setting and what their limitations are. I have along extensive experience in HR, recruitment, hiring, interviewing while also achieving the highest certifications in resume writing and interview/career coaching. I offer young professionals the best services to make you stand out on paper, a chance to learn the best interviewing techniques, and the opportunity to network with my contacts to get one foot in the door. Thanks to the reputation we have built, my contacts know when they reach out to me they are getting top talent to fill their staffing needs. We help young professionals spread their wings in the marketplace by unleashing their confidence.

2. How would you define the servant leadership model, and how do you put it into action in your own business?

I am an avid servant leader. I learned about servant leadership in my master's program at Albertus Magnus College. Servant leadership is basically "serving others' needs first." I built my business with the vision of serving young professionals' needs first. When I graduated college, I was lost! I was taking little jobs here and there and living with my mom, with no clear guidance. Then a little lady named Sallie Mae came looking for money for something called student loans. I was deferring every chance I could because I simply could not afford it.

Fast-forward almost a decade later and what has changed? College grads are feeling the pressures of getting a job more than ever. Then one day it hit me. After attending a college career fair, I was in charge of hiring recent graduates for a leadership development program. After numerous interviews, I was shocked at how many students were unprepared for the interview, what was recorded on resumes, and the lack of confidence in their presentation of skills. I knew the market needed someone like me to help. The essence of servant leadership is having a passion to help others, and that is what I love to do!

3. Would you tell us about some common issues that you see coming up for young professionals and recent grads in today's job market?

Great question. I do have to break it up into two sections because there is a clear difference between young professionals and recent grads.

The most common issue I see in young professionals is how they are playing the organizational game and not knowing how to get promoted in their current career. I hear it all the time from frustrated young professionals. "I don't make enough money," "I don't get the recognition for my work," or my favorite, "Someone else got the position and I have no idea why!" I can absolutely help with these young professionals understand how the system works! How do I know how it works? In my current studies in my doctorate program, I'm focused on researching this matter and I have personally used it in my own career and have received countless promotions by following a PIE model. Want to know what PIE is? Just give me a call!

For recent graduates, it is just helping them debunk some of the myths about what a resume should look like, what some college career centers are teaching, and setting realistic expectations. I have tons of clients who become discouraged because they keep getting declined and passed over on jobs because they are simply not qualified for the position. Coaching to realistic expectations is my strength and unleashing the confidence is key when working with recent grads. Lastly, exposure!!!! It is all about exposure and understandably many college grads do not have the connections. I can help them gain the exposure so their likelihood of getting more interviews and the probability of landing a job increases.

4. Why did you decide to start your own consulting business, and what has your experience been so far when it comes to going out on your own?

Honestly, I feel I can help people. I know the in and outs of the job market game and my experience, story, and expertise can help others. I wish there had been something like Go Berg when I graduated. For most of my clients, they just need a kick in the "you know what!" I know I did at that time in my life! I want to help, spread my message, and use my gifts to help others.

Going out on my own is scary. I still work full time, pursuing a doctorate, while running a business. Time management is key in my life and my experience thus far has been amazing. The feedback, the follow-up letters, the pictures of my clients' working in their new positions makes my heart smile. There is no better feeling then knowing we helped someone start the next journey in his or her life. It is very powerful!

5. If you could give just three pieces of advice to someone who feels that he/she is struggling to find a good job, what would you say?

First, look at the jobs you are applying for. I guarantee half are out of your experience realm. When I pass up on candidates and send the "no thank you letter," I am really just saying, "You do not meet the qualifications of this specific position."

Second, take your current resume and read it aloud or record yourself reading it. It sounds crazy, but I use this technique with my clients all the time. If you are stumbling over your words, have a lost facial expression, or find confusing descriptions, you can imagine what the hiring manager is going to think.

Lastly, avoid online resume writing companies. If you can't meet and have a connection with the person writing about YOU on paper and shaping what is arguably the most important document in a career that helps open doors, AVOID! I recently paid four online companies and sent in a purposely-incorrect resume, and I was shocked on what was edited, not edited, overlooked, and changed. These services are overpriced and misleading. When you are seeking career help, just ask, "What makes you an expert?" because you can tell a lot from that answer--trust me!

Thanks, Christopher!