Study thyself: Political scientists assess extent of sexual harassment at their annual meeting

first_img The letter was blunt: The annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) should be an opportunity to communicate with colleagues, not a chance to proposition them. Weary of counseling a steady stream of individuals who have been sexually harassed during the premier gathering of the nation’s political scientists, 11 senior female academics pleaded with APSA in September 2015 to be more aggressive in addressing the problem.In response, the association last fall updated its antiharassment policy, listing nine forms of “unacceptable” behavior and reminding its 13,000 members that sexual harassment is “a serious form of professional misconduct.” This month it went further, asking members to describe instances of harassment at APSA’s annual meeting. The survey is believed to be the first attempt by an association to quantify the prevalence of sexual harassment at a scientific gathering.“The annual meeting is about professional advancement. You shouldn’t have to worry about people hitting on you at the bar,” says Julie Novkov, a professor at the State University of New York in Albany and one of the authors of the 2015 letter. “But there’s a captive audience. And some people try to take advantage of that situation.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Jeffrey MervisFeb. 23, 2017 , 5:00 PM Attendees at the 2016 American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American Political Science Association center_img Study thyself: Political scientists assess extent of sexual harassment at their annual meeting The survey, emailed to every APSA member, asks how often eight specific types of behavior might have occurred at annual meetings dating from 2013. The list ranges from being “stared, leered, or ogled” at to “being bribed with some sort of reward or special treatment to engage in sexual behavior.” It acknowledges that the topic “may be upsetting” to some but explains that the data are needed “to address the issue of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances at our annual meetings.”The survey was drawn from a questionnaire developed by psychologists for the U.S. Department of Defense in the wake of the 1991 Tailhook scandal involving the behavior of military officers during a symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Quantifying the problem will also give APSA a baseline it can use to measure the impact of any additional steps it may take, says David Campbell, who helped design the survey as a member of the association’s Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms.“We have no idea what we will find out,” says Campbell, a professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. “We don’t know whether the prevalence is 4% or 40%.” And prevalence is not the only variable, says Virginia Sapiro, a professor at Boston University and chair of the ethics committee.“There is reason to believe that one’s experience depends on one’s age, the subfield, and perhaps the baseline cultures of those subfields,” she says. “We really have no way of knowing anything systematic without this study.”The survey was modified to apply specifically to instances at the annual meeting, Campbell says. “Any harassment on campus would be covered by Title IX,” he says, referring to the 1972 federal law against gender discrimination in education. “But if something happens at the meeting, and the two parties involved are from different institutions, the jurisdiction is not clear. So we decided to focus on the meeting, since that is entirely within the purview of the association.”The survey is only one small step in ending sexual harassment at the annual meeting, Novkov says. “Junior scholars or graduate students … reach out to us for advice or just to vent about episodes they have experienced,” the letter explains. Although that interaction may help individuals, Novkov says, “an interventionist culture” that stops such behavior in its tracks would be even more effective.“It would be nice,” says Novkov, “if more people, when they see this happening, would come forward and say, ‘This is not acceptable.’ It’s always uncomfortable to tell someone that he or she is behaving like an ass. But they need to be told.”The survey closes on 14 March, and Campbell says he expects to have the responses analyzed in time for possible action at the 2017 annual meeting in San Francisco, California, which begins on 31 August. APSA is weighing hiring an ombudsperson for the meeting to counsel victims of any instances of sexual harassment that may occur.last_img read more

Plan for new medical preprint server receives a mixed response

first_img By Martin EnserinkSep. 12, 2017 , 6:40 PM NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham Plan for new medical preprint server receives a mixed response CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Medical scientists may get their own place to post unpublished studies. Researchers at Yale University and Yale School of Medicine are preparing to launch a preprint server, called MedArXiv, which would specialize in publishing the results of clinical research.But the plan, presented here this morning at the Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication by Yale cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, has received a mixed reception. Many in the medical community aren’t sure that posting preprints on the web is such a great idea; the general fear is that such papers might sway clinical practice, or prompt patients to try treatments on their own, before reviewers can vet the findings. “It would be helpful to be sure we don’t do harm,” Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), said after Krumholz had finished his talk.Physicists have posted their preprints on arXiv for more than 2 decades, and the number of papers on bioRxiv, a repository for the life sciences launched in 2013, is growing exponentially. Krumholz argued that it’s time for the medical community to hop on the bandwagon; it would speed up research, he said. And data from clinical studies already get out before they’re published, for instance in press releases and at medical meetings, Krumholz said; why not make the full results public?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img Medical researchers are talking about starting an online archive where they could post unreviewed results from clinical trials, such as one that tested this light therapy for cancer patients. Although bioRxiv accepts certain clinical papers, Krumholz says MedArXiv would give medical researchers their own repository. “I’m not sure the clinical research community will feel bioRxiv is their home,” he says. “On the applied clinical side, many have never even heard about it.”But MedArXiv will have a hard time attracting preprints if mainstream medical journal editors decide they won’t publish final versions of the papers. Currently, The BMJ and The Lancet are among the few medical journals that have explicitly said that posting a preprint doesn’t preclude publication; Nature and Science, which both occasionally publish medical studies, have the same policy. But at the JAMA Network, which publishes a dozen journals, the issue is hotly debated. “There are very strong opinions on both sides,” Bauchner says. “I suspect we’ll consider papers posted on preprint servers, but we’ll discourage it.”Bauchner said he was “surprised” that Krumholz didn’t bring up the potential risks to patient health of publishing unreviewed papers in his talk.Drummond Rennie, editor of JAMAevidence and former editor of JAMA, and the organizer of the meeting, says he’s “not nearly as worried.”  “Whilst it’s true that people might give twice the dose as a result of your preprint, that’s a bit far-fetched,” he says. “People in general don’t go straight from a paper to the prescription pad.”  And papers that have passed peer review have all kinds of flaws as well, he adds.For his part, Krumholz—who acknowledged the irony of promoting a repository for unreviewed research at a meeting about improving peer review—says there are ways to mitigate the risks. For instance, papers could be given a clear “watermark” indicating they haven’t been reviewed yet, and are primarily “science for scientists.” As to the debate occurring within the JAMA journals, Krumholz says, “They have a conservative editorial board that wants to learn more about this and see how it plays out. … I think that’s fine. It’s our job to show that [preprints are] not as scary as they think.”Epidemiologist Steven Goodman, who is associate dean of clinical and translational research at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, said that it’s probably “inevitable” that the preprint revolution will come to medical science, but that it should be done “in a very careful way … just like we’d do with a new therapeutic.” One way would be to start small, in just a single field of medicine, he said. But that doesn’t appeal to Krumholz. It would delay the introduction, and “I would not want to restrict who can use it,” he says.Krumholz says the original plan was to open the server for business today, as part of the Yale University Open Data Access Project. But the launch was delayed; Krumholz says discussions with journal editors are ongoing, to avoid “surprises.” He and his colleagues are also talking to bioRxiv about possible collaboration, he says. “Our goal,” he says, “is not to be full owners and dictators of this process.”John Inglis of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York, co-founder of bioRxiv, confirms that CSHL is in discussions with Krumholz’s team on developing MedArXiv. The server may draw on the same infrastructure as bioRxiv but “look different and have additional functionality,” Inglis wrote in an email. Inglis also expects that the collaborators will “adapt and extend” the process bioRxiv now uses to screen clinical trial and epidemiology submissions: “Screening is of particular importance for medically relevant information,” he says.With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser.last_img read more

Karnataka attempts to rein in club class

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 10 (PTI) Wearing a “veshti” (dhoti) will no longer bar you from entering a club enforcing dress code and an elected representative of the people can join a club or association with restricted membership in Karnataka, if a state government move fructifies. The state government has drafted an amendment bill to the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 that aims at removing dress code, imposed by some recreation clubs, on persons wearing veshti (dhoti) reflecting Kannada culture or any Indian traditional dress, to enter into such places and for regulating the membership and fee therein. According to the draft bill, no membership shall be denied to MP, MLA, MLC, a person with meritorious contribution in sports, ex-servicemen or renowned person and those who have strived for upliftment of society, cause of state and the nation. It also asks clubs to duly consider representations for allotment of memberships to them. The amendment bill drafted based on the recommendations of the House committee that looked into the working of the clubs in the state has been uploaded by the Department of Stamps & Registration on its website, for public comments. This Act may be called the Karnataka Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress and Regulation of membership and Fee) Act, 2015, the draft bill states. It states that no person, wearing a veshti (dhoti) reflecting Kannada culture or any other lndian traditional dress, shall be denied entry into any public place, by reason only of this dress; also no unreasonable membership fee shall be prescribed, without the approval of the government. The draft bill notes that if any club, association, trust, company or society, whether incorporated or not, violates the provisions of the Act, the licence or permission shall be cancelled, after having provided an opportunity of being heard to the licencee concerned, in accordance with law. PTI KSU BN PALadvertisementlast_img read more

China warns US against sending warships to South China Sea

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 27 (PTI) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned the US not to “make trouble out of nothing” in the disputed South China Sea amid reports that the American navy plans to send its ships close to islands claimed by China.Wang made the remarks during a seminar in Beijing when responding to a question on the US Navys intention of sending a warship within 12 nautical miles of Chinas islands in the sea.”We are checking out the matter,” said the foreign minister, state run Xinhua news agency reported today.”If it is true, we advise the US to think twice before its action,” he said, urging them “not to act in an imprudent way and not to make trouble out of nothing”.The strong remarks followed recent remarks by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter during his Australia tour that “make no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea will not be an exception”.”We will do that in the time and places of our choosing,” he said adding that US would focus on ensuring freedom of navigation through the South China Sea where, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan contest Chinas claims ofsovereignty all most all of South China Sea.China faced a piquant situation in the area as US is extending security support to the Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.The differences persisted despite extensive talks between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Chinese leaders visit to Washington last month.advertisementIn scathing commentary against Carters comments, Xinhua said US Navy is reportedly preparing to conduct “freedom of navigation” operations, sending warships within 12 nautical miles of the disputed islands in the SCS claimed by China.”Let us not forget that in October 1962, when the Soviet Union was building missile sites in Cuba – not even on US soil – US President Kennedy made it clear in a televised speech that the United States would not tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place,” it said in reference to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.”What on earth makes the United States think China should and will tolerate it when US surface ships trespass on Chinese territory in the South China Sea?,” it said.”China will never tolerate any military provocation or infringement on sovereignty from the United States or any other country, just as the United States refused to 53 years ago,” it said. PTI KJV KUNlast_img read more

How Soon Should You Put In For Holiday Vacation?

first_imgOne of the best things about the holiday season is getting to finally score some much-needed time off. The only problem? Everyone wants to take the same days to spend with their family, go on vacation or to simply relax.If your company doesn’t give the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, those are prime time vacation days that everyone wants to take off. If you’re making specific plans during this busy vacation season, it’s hard to know exactly when you should bring it up with your boss. After all, requesting them too soon might make it hard for them to give you an answer, but if you wait too long you run the risk of others on your team getting their days approved before you do and getting stuck in the office when you really want to be on vacation — putting you in the opposite of the holiday spirit.[Related: 25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation & Paid Time Off]We tapped HR pros to find out how and when to ask, as well as what to do if you miss the boat on the best time to make your request.When To Ask“It’s always best to plan ahead when it comes to taking time off,” says Denise Bukowy, Director of HR Services at kCura. “This is especially important around the holidays since your manager is likely juggling numerous time off requests, trying to ensure that work will be covered, and very likely hoping to take time off himself or herself.” Yup, managers need vacation too, so their own plans are likely to factor into their decision about your desired time off. Basically, the sooner you let your manager know you want to take certain days, the more likely it is that your request will be granted.[Related: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job Search Over the Holidays]“Your manager understands that many of their team will plan to travel or spend time with family during the holiday season, and in most cases, they likely won’t have a problem with it,” she adds. It’s true that managers and HR expect people to take time off during the holidays, so don’t sweat it too much. Just be up front about what your ideal timing is and be open-minded about making small adjustments to ensure that your team or department has coverage if it’s needed.[Related: 7 Ways to Manage Employee Time Off]Too Early vs. Too LateYou may wonder if it’s ever possible to ask for vacation too far in advance. For example, if you ask for holiday vacation in December over the summer, will it come off like you’re trying to “get ahead” of other people’s requests? According to Robin Goldstein, career counselor and founder of JobSparker, “it really depends on how your company schedules vacation.” She explains that some time off request software, which many companies utilize, won’t allow requests that are super far ahead, for example a year in advance. “That said, it really varies based on how your company schedules vacation and how far in advance they can identify the business needs for their team. If you are not sure if a request is too early, the best thing to do is to ask your boss.” When in doubt, just check in with the person who approves your vacation, since it’s better to know than not know, right?[Related: 7 Companies Hiring Seasonal Workers]What To Do If You Wait Too LongSo it’s November, is it too late to ask? At this point, you need to just go ahead and ask your manager. “I would also recommend volunteering to find someone to cover for you,” suggests Goldstein.  If you can provide a solution for your manager, they’re more likely to agree to give you the time you want. If you aren’t able to find someone to cover for you, “see if you can figure out an alternative that allows you to meet both work and family responsibilities,” suggests Bukowy. “For example, ask if you could work remotely for a day or two if you need to travel home for the holidays, or see if you could shift your hours earlier or later one day so you can make a family obligation.” In this situation, it’s all about negotiating in order to find a plan that’s workable for both sides… and next year, you’ll know to ask sooner!last_img read more

So You’ve Hit A Career Plateau—Now What?

first_imgCongratulations. You have worked hard and reached a point in your career where you have achieved success, you are respected by your coworkers and tackled nearly every obstacle placed in front of you. Take a breath. Bask in the accomplishment.However, do you now get the nagging feeling that there’s not much else for you to do? Perhaps advancement isn’t really an option in your current role and you’ve done everything you can do at your current place of employment. Hello, this is your inner voice talking: you’ve hit a career plateau.As Dawn Rasmussen, president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, so eloquently says, “Career plateaus are curious things: No one aspires to reach one but, yet, they always sneak up on us at some point.” If that’s true, you’re bound to hit your own career plateau at some point—or maybe you’re already there—and spoiler, it’s not a fun place to be. “A career plateau is when someone becomes or even feels stagnant in their career,” describes career coach Hallie Crawford.You could have hit it because you no longer feel challenged, because you haven’t yet been promoted, or you’ve lost your long-term career vision. “If you feel stuck or that your job no longer challenges or motivates you—or if you have not been promoted in several years—those are clues that you are on a career plateau,” Crawford says.[Related: 7 Types of Companies You Should Never Work For]But that doesn’t mean you have to stay on that barren, flat career plain. And even better news, your career mentor can help you move past it. “Career mentors can be important and even critical fulcrums to get you out of the career doldrums caused by a plateau,” says Rasmussen. And here’s exactly how they can help. 1. They’ll help you get back to basics. You launched your career in your chosen field because it fulfilled you. Now? Not so much. And worse, you may not know why. That’s where a mentor comes in. He or she can help you “discover or rediscover what is important to you in your career,” says Crawford. Your mentor may ask questions such as: Why did you originally pursue this career path? What did you want to accomplish? Did you achieve those goals? “Perhaps you need a new goal, or perhaps what makes you feel fulfilled has changed,” Crawford says. “A mentor can help you discover this.”[Related: How Has The Jobs Market Changed in the Last 8 Years?]2. They see the forest—not the trees. You’ve heard the cliché that you can’t see the forest for the trees, which means, roughly, that you’re too close to have any real perspective. But a mentor is not blinded by your workplace’s trees. “A mentor can provide the perspective to see around professional and personal obstacles,” says Rasmussen, “to provide insight on what you need to do to re-invigorate your career.”3. They’ll find a way to maintain your vision. You’ve lost hope, but luckily, your career mentor has faith—and better yet, he or she has a plan. “Your mentor can help you brainstorm ways you can grow at your current place of employment,” Crawford says. For example, maybe tedious day-to-day tasks have boggled your big-picture vision. Crawford says your mentor can help you regain it, “or help you change that vision if it needs adjusting based on a new circumstance or a new goal you have.”  [Related: 5 Steps to Finding a Mentor Who Isn’t Your Boss]4. They’ll help you sharpen your skill set. You may feel stuck in a rut because you’re going nowhere—literally. Your dreams of climbing the corporate ladder were crushed somewhere on the rung of middle management. Perhaps you don’t have the skills to move up—or maybe you don’t even know what you need to move up or on. But Crawford says, “Your mentor can help you to discover where you are lacking in qualifications to continue to climb your career ladder and what you can do about it.”5. They’ll be candid. Sometimes what you need to get out of a career plateau—excuse our bluntness—is a good kick in the buns. “Any career mentor worth their salt will also be candid when they think you are simply whining with no intention of ever doing anything about it,” Rasmussen says. “You respect them, and it might take a couple of very direct and frank conversations, but mentors can be the reality check that really can light the fire under you. You know they are going to kick your bee-hind and keep you accountable—so quit whining and do something about it!”last_img read more

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome For Good

first_imgBrowse All Jobs 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Front waiter – Clyde’s of Georgetown Clyde’s Restaurant Group Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Charity Field Engagement Representative (Washington, DC) DialogueDirect Washington, DC CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Averitt Express Washington, DC Engineering and Operations Lead Chameleon Integrated Services Arlington, VA 2.9★ CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h CDL A Driver Cardinal Logistics Management Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h I was working at a job I loved when I started to wonder whether I was a bit of a fraud. Digital strategy and client service was my forte. But when I was offered extra responsibilities that suddenly had me leading meetings with top affiliate global marketers (while I had minimal experience in that field), I began to experience inadequacy. At times, I was certain I was about to be found out.When performance check-ins rolled around, I’d wonder whether I was finally going to hear, “You’re not going to make the cut.” Yet every piece of feedback I received was positive.My aha! moment came when I stumbled on an article about imposter syndrome — I swore I was reading about myself. Realizing that other successful people had experienced the same feelings was a great relief.Since then, I’ve discovered others with imposter syndrome too many times to count. Just the other day, I was mentoring a colleague when she started displaying a lot of the same symptoms: low confidence and self-doubt, despite positive evaluations.When I told her about imposter syndrome, the same wave of relief washed over her.So what is imposter syndrome?Simply put, it’s a psychological phenomenon shared by many high achievers who are convinced they’re inadequate and their achievements are merely luck.The phenomenon particularly affects Millennials. Studies have found that a third of today’s twenty-somethings suffer from a severe lack of confidence in the workplace.People are also more likely to feel fraudulent when they’re already different from their colleagues. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ workers can be more at risk, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).Are You A Victim of the Confidence Gap? Here’s How to Take Back Your PowerKnowing how common this experience is should give us comfort, but we also need strategies for dealing with it and turning our desire to succeed into an advantage.Here are some tips I’ve learned about dealing with imposter syndrome:1. Recognize what’s happening. Being able to identify what I was experiencing was huge — it put my feelings into perspective.Ask yourself, “Why am I doubting myself?” Try to identify why you have feelings of insufficiency. Even just recognizing your behaviors can help minimize them so you can reset and refocus with confidence. Are you a perfectionist? Do you rarely ask for help? According to the APA, those are both signs of the syndrome. Comparing yourself to others — their work, personality, or circumstances — is also often a telltale sign. Unfortunate as these traits may be, they can help you better identify whether you do have the fraudster phenomenon (and later, seek to change it).2. Remember: You’re not alone. When I’m feeling doubtful, I look to powerful women like Sheryl Sandberg and Jodie Foster who have also admitted to feeling like frauds.“I thought it was a big fluke,” said Foster about receiving her Academy Award for “The Accused” in 1988. “I thought everybody would find out, and then they’d take the Oscar back.”Remembering that undeniably successful people share the same struggles can provide great perspective.7 Executives Share Their Top Tips For Overcoming Self-Doubt3. Look at the data. Another great way to get perspective is data. Looking at the facts of our own achievements can ground our feelings, reassuring us about the objective impact we’ve made at work.Keep an eye on the key performance indicators tracked by your team. Collect the opinions of those you admire and trust. Use the facts as a reminder that you wouldn’t be here if you were underperforming.4. Fake it till you make it. Projecting confidence leads others to have confidence in you. So while your ego is feeling weak, just fake it for now. Communicate with confidence, practice eye contact, and smile at those around you. Gradually, you realize you’re actually much more capable in a situation than you believed.Women’s Work: Inside The Rising Trend of Female Leaders in Manufacturing5. Understand there’s a journey ahead. Just recognizing you’re struggling with imposter syndrome doesn’t mean it’ll go away overnight. It takes time to actually overcome those feelings. That’s OK. What’s important is to establish coping and to continue tackling challenges with the mindset of, “I’ve overcome this before, and I’ll do it again.”6. Give others perspective about their achievements. It’s important not just to use these strategies for ourselves, but for helping others who are suffering.When someone shows signs of self-doubt, ask, “Why do you think you’re struggling with confidence here? Does the evidence suggest you’re not performing well?” Help that person gain the same perspective you’ve discovered.Let’s reframe imposter syndrome — not as a debilitating condition, but as a strength. It’s correlated with great things, like being hungry for growth and high achievement. Experiencing feelings of fraudulence actually puts you in a pretty cool club. If you learn to recognize it for what it is, it can keep your ego in check and your eyes firmly set on the goals ahead.Sarah Johnson is Acceleration Partners’ vice president of client services. Sarah has served on AP’s leadership team for more than five years and is responsible for the success of its 60-member client services team and the happiness of our clients. Browse Open Jobs 4.5★center_img Senior Contract Specialist (DOE) GCC Technologies Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Nursing: Intermediate Care – Telemetry MedPro Healthcare Staffing Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 3.0★ 3.5★ Security Guard Allied Universal Washington, DC 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Hair Stylist – Licensed – WASHINGTON, DC-3307 14th Street NW, 20010 Sport Clips Washington, DC 3.7★last_img read more

Top 5 Reasons You Never Hear Back After Applying For A Job

first_img J.Crew Warehouse Positions J.Crew Arden, NC 3.4★ 3.0★ 2.6★ 3.4★ Customer Service Representative Tower Loan Columbia, MO 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Mechanic – Equipment & Fleet Yellowstone Landscape Group Durham, NC RN, Registered Nurse – Cardiopulmonary CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX N/A CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) – Weekend Op Days Westminster Village, West Lafayette Inc. West Lafayette, IN 2.4★ People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?There’s no question job seekers face an uphill climb. High unemployment nationally means more competition for every position; according to a January 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks “… attracted 7.6 million job applicants over the past 12 months for about 65,000 corporate and retail job openings…”An oft-cited recruiter’s complaint is that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through?The Best Job Search Advice from Top CEOS at GM, 23andMe, Hilton & MoreHere are my top 5 reasons you’re not hearing back after applying for a job, with five suggestions for ways to avoid the Resume Black Hole.1. You really aren’t qualified. If a job description specifies a software developer with 3-5 years of experience and you’re a recent graduate with one internship, it’s unlikely you’ll get a call. Avoid disappointment – don’t apply for jobs for which you lack qualifications. Most job descriptions are written with very specific requirements. Yes, the company is trying to find the most qualified candidate; yes, they are trying to weed people out. It’s not personal, it’s business.2. You haven’t keyword-optimized your resume or application. Job descriptions are salted with keywords specific to the skills or attributes the company seeks in applicants. A close read of the job description is a necessity, as is keyword-optimizing your resume and cover letter, if you’re using one, or email. If the job description lists words in a certain order, e.g. a list of programming languages required, use the same order in your resume.3. Your resume isn’t formatted properly. You might think distinctive formatting will set your resume apart, but automated programs don’t care if a document is pretty. Help a machine out. Be consistent in formatting – consider using separate lines for former employer, job title, and years worked.5 Ways to Take Your Job Search to the Next Level4. Your resume is substantially different from your online profile. LinkedIn, Dice and other online profile sites can be useful tools, so it‘s important to make sure they match what’s on your resume. This may seem to be a contradiction – in #1 I advised keyword optimization – but it’s really common sense. Jobs worked, employers, years on the job and other details should match. The subtext here is always tell the truth.5. The company received 500 resumes for one job posting, and yours was 499th in. Looking for a job is a job. Do your research – know which companies you want to work for, organizations where you sense culture fit. Every morning scour the job postings and jump on anything for which you’re qualified (and in which you’re interested.) Being early with your resume or application does matter. Check back often in the first few days to make sure the listing hasn’t changed. Often a company will post a job and halfway through the process change the description.It’s hard to game the system. Your best bet is still a personal referral, and even that may not be enough to get a call. A guy I know gave his resume to a woman who worked at a company where a good job had been posted. He received an automated email noting his resume had been received but never heard another word. After a month he asked his friend to check with the recruiter. It turned out the job description had changed, but the recruiter never bothered to let the referring employee – or the applicant – know. This isn’t unusual, unfortunately. So what can you do?How You Can Get Noticed:1. Research interesting companies on social media. Find out who the recruiters are and follow them. Many will tweet new postings, so watch their streams and jump on anything for which you are qualified. And if they tweet news saying the company’s had a great quarter, retweet the news with a positive comment.2. Consider starting a blog in your area of interest or expertise. It’s a social world; time to build a trail of breadcrumbs leading to you. Include the blog, and links to any especially relevant posts, in your emails to recruiters with whom you’re working.Graduating in May? Jumpstart Your Tech Job Search Now!3. Get professional help with your resume. Either a resume writer or an SEO expert can help you increase your odds of getting through the talent management software. If you can’t afford this step, read the top career blogs for advice.4. If at all possible, don’t wait until you’re out of work to find your next job. I realize for many people this isn’t possible or might even be offensive, but your chances of finding the next job are best when you’re still employed.5. Network. Old advice, but still true. Be visible, be upbeat, be informed about industry trends and news in your area of expertise.Finding a job is tough, no question. I’ve talked to other recruiters who say they only respond to 30 percent of applicants. The odds are good you’ll be in the 60+ percent who hears nothing a lot of the time. Don’t take it personally – it’s not a rejection of you, it’s a reflection of the times. If you don’t hear back, know you’re not alone.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Lube Technician Heiser Automotive Group Glendale, WI 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Lead Line Cook/Line Cooks IL MITO Trattoria e Enoteca Hartland, WI 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ N/A LPN-Updated Competitive Wages! 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Chelsea close to signing ex-Man City keeper Caballero

first_imgChelsea are set to make Willy Caballero their first signing of the summer.According to the Daily Mail, the former Manchester City goalkeeper – who was released at the end of last season – has passed a medical with the Blues.Caballero will fill the back-up role that was left vacant by Asmir Begovic, who joined Bournemouth last month.The Argentine has also attracted interest from Newcastle United and Boca Juniors.last_img

​Crystal Palace and Marseille no closer to Mandanda fee

first_imgCrystal Palace and Marseille are at loggerheads over the fee for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.L’Equipe reports that Palace has rejected the Ligue 1 club’s initial bid of £1m for their former shot-stopper. The Eagles are determined to hold out for a £5m fee, with Marseille willing to pay a maximum of £2m. Mandanda moved to Selhurt Park from Marseille on a free transfer last summer, but failed to make an impression in his stint, having made only 9 league appearances before being sidelined with a long-term knee injury.last_img

Agent reveals Man Utd signing Lindelof a Stoke reject

first_imgManchester United signing Victor Lindelof is a Stoke City reject!TheMirror says Craig Honeyman, the agent who attempted to push through the deal, reckons Jose Mourinho’s £30m signing has everything necessary to be a major success at Manchester United.He said: “Victor is such a well-rounded guy – I can’t see this move fazing him for one minute. But Stoke must be kicking themselves they let him slip through the net.“We had been alerted to him ­because he’d made his debut in first-team football with Vasteras Sportklubb in Sweden when he was only 16.“Stoke had agreed to take a look at Victor and another promising young player called Linus Sjoberg and we brought them over. They played him in a couple of matches at right-back. In fairness he was able to play there, at centre-half or as a holding midfielder.“I saw one of the games and he did stand out. I’m not just saying that, even though I had an interest in him at the time.”I pleaded with the club to allow Tony Pulis (their manager at the time) to have a look at him for just one day in training with the first-team before making a decision. They didn’t think that he was able to do that.”And they would have been able to take him for 300,000 Euros – about £200,000 back then – as compensation.“I don’t know how much the club has spent on defenders since. But they would have saved themselves a huge amount of money if they had spotted the potential.”last_img read more

Spurs target Juan Foyth reveals Roma interest

first_imgEstudiantes defender Juan Foyth has revealed interest from Roma.Tottenham are also being linked with the youngster.“I read it on social media, so I asked my agents for more information and they confirmed to me the news about a Roma offer was real,” Foyth told the Corriere della Sera.“Roma are one of the most important clubs in the world, so anyone would love to play there. It’d be wonderful! Now I am focused on Estudiantes games, then once the tournament is over, we’ll see how the situation evolves.“They are certainly ready to get back to winning ways, as Roma have a great squad and the potential to win. They are also accustomed to always fighting for the top spots in Serie A.“It’d be marvellous to play at the Stadio Olimpico. I saw Francesco Totti’s farewell to the crowd and he represents the best of the club. The love he showed for the Giallorossi jersey is indelible and the whole world will remember him forever.”last_img read more

Earle backing Stoke move for Man City midfielder Delph

first_imgWorld Cup veteran Robbie Earle is backing Stoke City’s move for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.Earle wrote for The Sentinel: “So, Stoke City are keen on Fabian Delph, at least according to the transfer stories which have the midfielder either coming to the Bet365 Stadium on a season-long loan or a £12m permanent transfer from Manchester City.”We saw what a good player Delph can be when he was at Aston Villa before his £8m move to the Etihad two years ago. Signing for Stoke would bring him back to more of that level – into a team where he can play regularly and be an influence and bring some drive and energy into the side.”If he is fit and firing then Stoke would have the sort of influence they have lacked since Steven Nzonzi’s departure to Sevilla for £7m two years ago.”last_img read more

Rooney to REJECT £10M Man Utd payoff

first_imgWayne Rooney is demanding a huge pay-off to leave Manchester United this summer.The Sun says the striker, 31, has a year left on his deal but can trigger a further 12-month option on his £300,000-a-week salary.Old Trafford chiefs plan a golden goodbye of around £10m — but Rooney knows he can TRIPLE that if he stays.Rooney is currently on holiday in Ibiza but has been linked with an Everton return — as well as a possible switch to Stoke, West Ham or the Chinese Super League.But England’s 53-goal record scorer is not agitating for a move and it is understood he and his advisors intend to stand firm.last_img

Article of the week

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 5, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study by the Guttmacher Institute and the International Institute for Population Sciences highlights the continuing problem of maternal mortality in India, the country with the highest annual number of maternal deaths in the world. Even though the proportion of women receiving delivery care increased by one-third between 1993 and 2006, half of all Indian women still give birth without the assistance of a trained professional. The study discusses some of the many obstacles standing in the way of continued progress on reducing maternal mortality.Let us know if this was useful, rate this article here.Share this:last_img read more

360i Summit: Reimagine Behavior with Charles Duhigg

first_imgThis post marks the first of our event content series on the themes and takeaways from the 2015 360i Marketing Leadership Summit. For a preview of the posts to follow, please view our teaser post, “The Top 10 Highlights from 360i’s Marketing Leadership Summit.”At this year’s event, we explored how to “Reimagine (Almost) Everything,” and learned how some of the world’s leading marketers and media companies are navigating change and shaping the future of our industry as it moves from being TV-led to digitally led.****In our opening keynote, Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter and Bestselling Author of “The Power of Habit,” shared several lessons on how to reimagine behavior by understanding how habits are formed.What We Learned: Deliver Rewards Consumers Want: Every habit has three components – the cue for the behavior to start, the routine or habit itself and ultimately a reward. Marketers can change how consumers’ habits unfold by focusing on the cues and rewards, as opposed to the behavior itself. Charles discussed how Febreze air fresheners did this by shifting its campaign messaging from helping consumers get rid of bad smells, to making whatever is sprayed smell as good as it looks. By reframing the reward for consumers, Febreze’s sales exploded, making it the category definer.Even Bad Habits Exist for Good Reasons: Every habit at a company exists because it delivers a reward to someone. Charles shared that in order to make organizational change, it’s essential to figure out what the reward is and how to replicate it in a different way. By doing so, organizations can eliminate silos and take advantage of new opportunities.The Most Powerful Rewards Contain Emotions: The rewards that create the strongest, most durable habits give people a sense of satisfaction and provide a genuine emotional experience. Charles cited how Starbucks teaches employees to make willpower – the greatest correlator to success – a habit in how they interact with consumers. By empowering staff to feel in control and professional, even with difficult customers, Starbucks employees can maintain the in-store experience everyone has come to expect from the coffee chain.By diagnosing the cues and rewards in people’s lives, you can teach anyone – whether consumers, organizations or employees – how to change.Next, we’ll share Post II of our series: “360i Summit: Reimagine Marketing & Featured Case Studies.”last_img read more

Don’t Defer! 5 Ways to Pay Student Loans Off Early

first_img Post navigation Not Applying for More ScholarshipsStudents usually assume the only time to apply for scholarships is before they start college. The thing is, there are plenty of scholarships available for current students. While I applied for a couple scholarships during my time in school, I didn’t take the applications seriously.I told myself applying for scholarships was a waste of time. “What’s the point,” I’d think. “I probably won’t get it.”That line of thinking probably cost me thousands of dollars, and it wasn’t until I was repaying my loans that I realized how much money I’d left on the table. If it seems like a hassle to apply for a $500 scholarship, consider how long it would take you to earn that amount in the real world.Avoiding CreditOne of the biggest mistakes a college student can do is not track their credit history. A credit report is like a financial grade that lenders, landlords and sometimes even employers use to gauge your creditworthiness. If you have a low credit score or no credit, you probably won’t qualify for an apartment by yourself and will need a cosigner.Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry too much about my credit while I was in college. My parents made me an authorized user on their credit cards, so while I was attending class and partying on the weekends my credit history was slowly growing.If you don’t have a credit card right now, and you think your parents could be in a position to help, ask your parents if you can become an authorized user on their card or ask them to cosign on a student credit card.Using a credit card to improve your credit history is simple if you have great self control. Pay a couple small bills with your card every month and then pay the balance in full once the monthly statement posts. Doing so regularly can give you a huge leg up after graduation.But do remember a credit limit is not “free money” and should be looked at as a tool for your financial health. A credit card only has benefits if you pay it off in full every month, carrying over debt could be problematic for your financial future. Succumbing to Peer PressureWhen I was in high school, I heard a lot of lectures about peer pressure. Teachers told us not to do things just because the “cool kids” were doing it. They’d tell us to avoid alcohol and drugs and stick to our own values.Unfortunately, no one explained how your peers could pressure you to spend more money. I can recount dozens of instances where I didn’t want to go out for dinner or go shopping, but gave in because my friends were doing it.It’s so tempting to live the good life in college, putting off the stress of adult life until after graduation, but it’s also important to learn how to say no and think about long-term consequences. You can always strike a balance between having fun and staying on top of your responsibilities. This blog post does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedThe 4 Biggest Budget Surprises for New College GradsMay 24, 2018In “Budgeting”5 Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemJanuary 3, 2019In “Investing Advice”529 Plan: 6 Ways Parents Can Save More Money for Their Kid’s CollegeAugust 27, 2019In “Family Finances” Slipping up while in college is basically a rite of passage. I made so many mistakes at Indiana University – many of which I would never admit publicly – that reminiscing on my college years comes with a heavy dose of embarrassment.Thankfully, most mistakes made while at university are temporary. They may have short-term consequences, but drinking tickets and dorm infractions don’t tend to follow you into adult life. Financial mistakes, on the other hand, can be a little stickier.College may seem like a safe little bubble, but money is still money. The cash you blow on parties and takeout doesn’t magically get reimbursed once you earn a diploma. Beyond that, the bad habits you develop during these crucial years can haunt you for decades to come. Trust me – I’ve been there.Here are some of the biggest mistakes I made in college, and how you can avoid them.Not Keeping a BudgetMy forays into budgeting as a college student usually fizzled out. Like a New Year’s resolution, I’d make a firm commitment and then give up after a few weeks.When I was a second-semester senior, I decided to finally buckle down and stick to a budget. Graduation was fast approaching and I knew I hadn’t been handling my money responsibly. It was time to get serious about budgeting before I entered the real world.At first it was really hard. I wasn’t used to depriving myself, and seeing how much I was wasting on eating out and buying new clothes was a hard pill to swallow. It wasn’t until I started my first real job after college that I finally got the hang of budgeting – but it took a lot of trial and error.If you’re interested in starting a budget, set up a Mint account and try tracking your expenses for a few weeks. Knowing where your money is going could be enough to change your behavior and establish better spending habits.Not Making Loan Payments While in SchoolDid you know you can start paying off your student loans while you’re still in school? Yeah, I didn’t either.When I was in college, I was certain I’d find a well-paying job after graduation. My loan balance was filed under the “worry about it later” category. It wasn’t until much later that I learned a hard truth – if I had paid just $50 a month, I could have saved hundreds in accrued interest.Start paying back those loans as soon as possible, even if you can only afford ten bucks a month. You’ll still make a dent in the total balance, and the solid repayment habits you develop in college will pay dividends when life gets crazy after graduation.Not Researching My Student LoansI knew while applying to college that I’d have to subsidize my tuition with student loans. Before I made my decision, my parents told me to pick an affordable school where I wouldn’t need to borrow more money than I expected to earn in my first year out of school.I wanted to be a journalist, and the average starting salary for a reporter was around $26,000 a year. I planned to take out $24,000 total, so I felt good borrowing slightly less than my future salary.That was the only research I did into my student loans. I didn’t examine what my monthly payments would be or what it would be like to actually live on $30,000 a year while repaying my balance.When I graduated, I got a job making $28,000 a year and was shocked when my first student loan payment came due. The minimum payment was $350 – or 20% of my take-home pay.  After rent, utilities, groceries, gas and loans, I had little left over to save for retirement, travel or spend on hobbies.If you’re not sure how much money you’ve borrowed, it’s time to take a closer look. I had so many friends in college who had no idea how much they were taking out. A few years ago, my alma mater, Indiana University, started sending out annual letters to current students showing them how much they’d pay every month. The result? Borrowing dropped 16%.Talk to your financial aid office about your loans and see if you can take out less next year. If you’re using loans for living expenses, consider getting a part-time job to cover those instead. The less you borrow now, the less you’ll have to repay down the line.last_img read more

How to Start Investing: Part 2

first_imgOne of the biggest tests for investors — and, for savvy investors, one of the biggest opportunities — is how they behave when the market gets rocky. There are essentially two things every investor can do when the market suffers a… Full Story,There are a number of reasons why it might be tempting to cash out your hard-earned 401k savings before retirement. From hefty car or home repairs to emergency medical expenses, sometimes unexpected circumstances cause us to seek out extra cash…. Full Story,2018 was a roller coaster for the stock market. If you’re an investor, you were probably impacted more than once – for better or worse. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500 each hit new all-time… Full Story,You’re bound to make a few rookie errors when trying out anything for the first time, whether it’s making homemade greek yogurt, growing heirloom tomatoes, or learning to drive. After all, learning is a process, and trial and error is… Full Story,It’s easy to think of investments as existing in a vacuum. You contribute money, wait a certain amount of time and watch your portfolio grow. Where that money goes – and how it grows – are questions most people would… Full Story,Out of the main pillars of financial wellness—earn, save, spend, invest, and protect—investing can oftentimes feel like the scary, unknown thing lurking in the closet. Being frugal, creating a spending plan, and buying insurance seem to operate within the warm,… Full Story,Getting ahead financially is a game of inches. It’s about finding every trick, tip, and loophole you can find to maximize the growth potential of your money. There’s no topic where the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is more relevant…. Full Story,When you make a mistake in daily life, you usually have the opportunity to immediately make things right. If you spill soda on the floor, you can mop it up. If you burn the chicken you’re roasting for dinner, you… Full Story,One of the precious, oh-so-sweet things you give up when you go freelance is an employer-sponsored 401(k)—along with any matching contributions. But on the flipside, freelancers have quite a few options when it comes to saving for a retirement nest… Full Story,As the VP of Investments at a fintech company, it’s my job to pay close attention to the ever-changing trends and progress within the world of money. Working at Fundrise also means I’m directly involved with the development of the… Full Storylast_img read more

The common diet myths you need to ignore

first_imgWe’ve all been there. You’ve cut out junk food, stopped the snacking and spend every spare minute in the gym, but you still aren’t seeing any results on the scales. Sound familiar? We’ve spoken to Dr. Michelle Braude, Doctor & Nutritionist and founder of The Food Effect about some of the common dieting myths she encounters regularly in her clinic and on social media, and how these could be preventing individuals from reaching their desired, healthy weight.1. Myth: Skipping meals will help with weight lossYou might think you’re being virtuous by skipping meals or even going from lunch to dinner without snacking at all, but allowing yourself to get too hungry is not conducive to weight loss explains Michelle. Why? Because when you’re ravenous two things happen. Firstly, anything and everything looks and tastes delicious. Secondly, it takes much more food to feel satisfied. As a result, you end up eventually eating a lot more, and not necessarily making particularly healthy choices.Having small, nutritious snacks between meals can help to avoid this, by keeping your blood sugar stable and your metabolism going strong.Michelle recommends always carrying healthy snacks with you if you know you’re going to be out and about for a long time, or working long hours.Snacks should be around 200 calories or less, and a combination of fibre, healthy fats and protein. Good examples of healthy snacks are a portion of nuts, seeds and dried fruit – an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter, or wholegrain crackers with hummus.2. Myth: Everyone should go gluten-freeUnless you have coeliac disease or an intolerance to gluten, there is no advantage to going gluten-free, explains Michelle. Any weight loss that occurs from going on a gluten-free diet is likely to be because you’ve cut the cake, bread and biscuits from your diet, and that you’re eating fewer calories than usual – not because you’ve cut out gluten.Eliminating food groups unnecessarily can lead to nutritional deficiencies, and subsequent health problems. If weight loss is your goal, it’s much better to focus on your portion sizes instead.3. Myth: Healthy food won’t make you gain weightIt is essential to understand that just because a particular food is deemed ‘healthy’, does not mean that it can be eaten in unlimited quantities. Even if you stick to consuming only healthy foods such as nuts, hummus, avocado, olive oil and dark chocolate, it is still important to watch your portion sizes if weight loss is your goal, explains Michelle.For example, whilst there are many benefits in consuming a little olive oil, if you pour it liberally over your pasta and dip your bread in it, it will lead to excessive calories and eventual weight gain. The same goes for nuts – learn what a normal serving size looks like (it’s very easy to eat the whole big bag!) and portion out accordingly.4. Myth: Carbs make you fatCutting out carbs completely from your diet may lead to weight loss at first, but it is not sustainable, nor healthy, and you’ll end up very quickly feeling tired, lethargic, cranky and irritable, warns Michelle.You will also gain back the weight (and sometimes more) the minute you start eating ‘normally’ again. Rather than vilifying all carbs, eat the right ones. These include wholegrain unrefined carbohydrates such as wholegrain or rye bread, quinoa, wholewheat pasta, brown rice, sweet potatoes and oats. These are all great sources of fibre (a very low-carb diet is almost always accompanied by the nasty side effect of constipation), and packed full of a variety of other vitamins and minerals.5. Myth: Going ‘fat-free’ will help with weight lossYour body needs good sources of fat in the diet to burn fat, stresses Michelle. This means ensuring that you eat plenty of healthy, unsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, peanut butter, avocado and olive oil.These fats have multiple health benefits, and add satiety to food (they fill you up!). They are proven to lower the risk of heart disease, and aid the body in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Incorporate them daily into your diet in moderate amounts to feel fuller and more satisfied, helping you lose weight and keep it off for good.6. Myth: Exercise is the key to weight lossWhilst exercise is fantastic and essential for health, it needs to be accompanied by a good, healthy diet for weight loss to be achieved, explains Michelle. As any personal trainer will tell you; ‘you can’t out-train a bad diet’ and ‘abs are made in the kitchen!’ Exercise can also serve to increase your appetite, and so it’s important that you’re mindful of this, and re-fuel properly after a workout.Exercise doesn’t, unfortunately, give you a free pass to eat whatever you like, and the calories you burn only play a small part in your weight loss efforts compared to the food you eat. It does, however, have a myriad of other health benefits, so regular exercise alongside eating a balanced diet is a great lifestyle choice.7. Myth: The number on the scales is everythingDon’t get weighed down by the number on the scales, says Michelle. Getting despondent and impatient, with a need to see fast, drastic results, will sabotage all your weight loss efforts. Besides, there are other, more important, ways to track your progress, such as how your clothes fit, how you look and feel, and your energy levels, mood and stamina.Making sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle and noticing results can be a slow process and can take several weeks to achieve. Try to be patient and stick with your new healthy habits as your body is benefitting every day from all the changes you make. Stick with these, and you are guaranteed to see results and most importantly, ones that will last.Sourcelast_img read more

7 Signs You Might Have Metabolic Syndrome

first_imgAbout 34 percent of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome, but the symptoms are so common they can be easily ignored. If you notice any of the following signs of metabolic syndrome, talk to your doctor.Your pants are oversizedLook at the tag in your jeans—if it says a number greater than 40 inches, you’re in trouble. Central obesity, where the weight settles around your midsection, is the most important sign that metabolic syndrome could be in your future, says Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. “A waist circumference of more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women is the biggest predictor,” he says. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors (abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high levels of blood triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol) that raises the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems. If you have three or more, you have metabolic syndrome. You’re thirsty all the time and can’t stop peeingIf you can’t quench your thirst and keep running to the bathroom, it may be a sign that you have high blood sugar, a risk factor of metabolic syndrome. “Most people don’t know what their blood sugar levels are until they’re really abnormal,” says Dr. Ahmed. Aside from diabetes, stress from an illness, eating too much, or not exercising enough can lead to insulin resistance. You have a headache, feel dizzy, or have blurry vision“Blood pressure is called the silent killer because you usually don’t notice anything until it’s extremely elevated,” says Dr. Ahmed. Worrisome signs that your blood pressure might be sky high is a headache, dizziness, blurry vision, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. “If you feel any of those signs, seek medical care rapidly,” he says. Blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher is the ratio to look for if you’re concerned about metabolic syndrome.You don’t follow a Mediterranean dietA Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, fish, and lean white meat is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight, a critical first step to staving off the risk factors that could lead to metabolic syndrome. “This diet has been shown over and over again in all different conditions to be very effective if you stick to it,” says Dr. Ahmed. You should also focus on reducing your sodium intake and staying below the recommended daily allotment of 2,300 mg.You don’t hit the gym“There’s no better strategy for preventing cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol than losing weight and physical activity,” says Dr. Ahmed. Strive to get the 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week recommended by the American Heart Association. You’re “skinny fat”If you’re someone who looks lean until you lift up your shirt to reveal hidden belly fat, you could still be at risk for developing metabolic syndrome down the line. “You’re at an increased risk because of the central, visceral fat, which settles around the organs,” says Dr. Ahmed. Fat around the hips is also a bad sign. Follow a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise no matter what the scale says.Your good cholesterol levels are dangerously lowIf your blood work comes back with the news that your good HDL cholesterol levels are too low, take note. HDL levels below 50 mg for women and 40 mg for men is a risk factor of metabolic syndrome. Sourcelast_img read more