IPL fixing: Rajasthan Royals’ Owais Shah denies knowledge of probe

first_imgRajasthan Royals’ player said he has heard that he has been named as implicated in Mudgal reportFormer England batsman Owais Shah has denied any knowledge of being investigated for spot fixing and betting in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).Shah’s statement came even though the Supreme Court of India Friday refused to divulge any names in an ongoing investigation.According to The Guardian, Shah said it was “very distressing” and issued a statement Friday through the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) saying he had “no knowledge” of the investigation.Shah, of Rajasthan Royals, was interviewed by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) anti-corruption unit last year as a precautionary measure when details of the Indian Premier League (IPL) scandal first surfaced.”I have heard that I have been named as implicated in the Mudgal report presented to the Indian Supreme Court. Prior to the news, I had no knowledge that I was under investigation or suspicion,” he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.”I have not heard from, been interviewed by or received any form of correspondence from the Mudgal enquiry or the Indian Supreme Court or anyone connected with it. I have no idea what allegations have been levelled at me or what case, if any, I am expected to answer.””Needless to say, this is very distressing as I have as much information as those seeking comment from me. Consequently, I will be making no further statement beyond this one and giving no interviews until I have established exactly what is going on and why I have been named.”advertisementlast_img read more

Marc Wilmots sacked as Belgium head coach

first_imgBelgium sacked national team coach Marc Wilmots after the “intended goals had not been reached,” the Royal Belgian Football Association, or URBSFA has announced.In an official statement on its website, the Belgian Football Association on Friday said it had reached an agreement with Wilmots to terminate his contract, which was due to end in 2018, after the Russia World Cup.”We would like to thank Marc Wilmots for his work during the last four years,” said the statement, adding, however, that the URBSFA’s technical commission have made an evaluation of the recent European championship and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.Under Wilmots’ lead, the Belgian team rose from the 54th place in the FIFA ranking to the first, achieving 34 victories in 51 games.However, according to URBSFA, “a new impulse” is necessary to improve the team’s results.last_img read more

How to Scope Out an Office That Fits Your Values

first_imgCompartmentalizing is so 2000. A slight blurring of the lines between work and home is actually the norm now, and office designs need to reflect that. Working in an office that reflects your own values is not only a possibility today, but it’s also an element you should seek out on the job hunt.Etsy wanted the design of its new offices, for example, to reflect its customers’ and employees’ attention to economic, social and environmental concerns. The beautiful new space, furnished with pieces made by Etsy sellers and local artists, meets sustainability standards and encourages creative collaboration. People who share those values would not only find a comfortable home in such a space, but would also instinctively embrace these values in their interactions with customers.When job hunting, consider these aspects to find an office space that reflects your values. Browse photos inside of your ideal companies on Glassdoor. Employer profiles feature snapshots and videos that can help you make the best decision for your next big job.1. Location, location, locationCompanies that take your needs into account know location is key. Our offices are five blocks from the beach in a neighborhood rich with great food, happy hours and a bustling social scene. This fun atmosphere gets our team stoked not only about working at Hawke, but also about working together.When they’ve been slamming their heads against the wall for hours on end, our teammates can say, “F*ck it. Let’s go for sushi and a beer.” They can cut out for a bit, fuel up and then come back to make up the few hours they spent at the bar, making it easy to be social and get real with each other.In this virtuous cycle, your co-worker becomes a human, not just the guy who pulls Google Analytics data.13 Phenomenal Office Spaces of Companies Hiring Now2. A space to call your ownOffices that feel like busy coffee shops get old fast. Open, 100 percent flexible workspaces are all the rage, but believe me — working in your own space is so much better. You want a desk, at least, where you can set a picture, stash a few snacks and have a sense of ownership.Studies show that workers in open spaces tend to be more distracted, less collaborative and even less friendly. Bottom line: Your own space is better for you and for the company.3. Expressive aestheticsAre the walls, tables and common spaces fun? Do you have cool art or pictures of the team — something to instill pride when they look around?Your new company’s office should feel like a cool hotel or a buddy’s bitchin’ penthouse, not a cubicle farm. Signs of individuality mean you’ll likely be able to express your personality at work, too.While some employers might worry that such an environment would be distracting, research shows that people who can add personal touches to the office actually work 15 percent faster and experience fewer health issues than those in minimalist spaces.How to Create The Perfect Office Environment4. Proximity to leadershipLeadership shouldn’t be cut off from the team. In our office, each team’s director sits with his or her squad, making open communication, problem-solving and course corrections easier and less stressful.It’s a two-way street — if I’m sitting within speaking distance of my direct reports, they’re always ready to help me prepare for a meeting or write an email, and vice versa.What’s more, a study found that 10 percent of performance is driven by that of a worker’s office neighbors. If you see team leads or managers and employees working in one space together, rest assured that your productivity and growth won’t be hindered by miscommunication or slacking co-workers.5. The most essential essentialsPing-Pong tables and amazing cafeterias are nice, but the truth is you’ll spend most of your day at your desk, not playing video games and snacking.Some people assume the best younger employees will demand “fun” workspaces. In reality, fun and creativity are more important to professionals of yesteryear.If the workplace is too much fun, you’ll never want to leave — and that’s no accident. Such a space might be designed to encourage people to put in long hours and late nights. (If you see bunk beds, run.)At our company, we try to kick people out after a certain point every night to ensure they maintain a balanced personal work-life integration. We want to keep them happy and productive, after all, and working them 24/7 won’t do the trick.In the end, how a company designs its office space reflects its values and shows how closely they mirror your own. Finding one whose values match yours — and that attends to the needs of its employees — will go a long way toward ensuring that you’re happy not only when you go home at night, but also while you give it your all — all day long. 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ Business Development Executive Hawke Media Los Angeles, CA Business Development Representative (New York) Hawke Media New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Tony Delmercado is the COO at Hawke Media, a passionately curious entrepreneur, and an all-around solid dude. He enjoys building businesses, playing golf, improving his Krav Maga and jiujitsu game, writing, studying business tax loopholes, and eating Mexican food. He spends his weekends at the T&A Bungalow in Chesterfield Square hanging with his wife, Anthea; his son, Onyx; and his dog, Naz. Brand Manager (eCommerce) Hawke Media Los Angeles, CA 23 hours ago 23h Amazon Specialist Hawke Media Los Angeles, CA Available Jobs at Hawke Media Sales Manager Hawke Media Los Angeles, CA 3.6★ 3.6★ 3.6★ See more jobs at Hawke Medialast_img read more

10 Brilliant Hacks That’ll Let You Work Smarter, Not Harder

first_imgThe job search wouldn’t be so daunting if it you didn’t have to spend so many hours, countless late nights, and weeks on end searching for jobs and sending in applications. It’s a long, exhausting process – but we’re here to help make it easier for you so that you work smarter, not harder!Looking to streamline your job search? Consider the following job search hacks that every prospective employee should try during the job hunt.1. Treat your job search like a full-time jobIf you don’t set a schedule for yourself, you’re never going to get anywhere. Get up early, head to a café or co-working space (just anywhere that’s not your apartment) and work on your job applications as if it was your job to do so. Not only will this prepare you for adjusting to a job schedule later, but the more serious your take your job search, the easier it’s going to be.2. Narrow your search by salaryDon’t waste your time and apply to a company or job that isn’t going to allow you to pay the bills. Want to weed out those jobs? Simply use the Glassdoor Know Your Worth tool to calculate your worth and find jobs that match your salary.How to Negotiate Your Salary3. Work in 20-minute chunksIf you’re already doing step one, considering changing it up a bit and breaking up your work time into twenty-minute time blocks. This will help you be more productive in the long run because staring at your screen for six hours working on the same material will drive you crazy! Instead, work on a job application for twnty minutes, then go for a walk or move to different location. Then, work on a job application for another twenty minutes. 4. Research the companies you are interested inMake a list of the top ten companies you want to work for and read online reviews or articles about these companies. Based on the reviews, make a list of the top five companies you definitely want to work for after reading more about the company. Then, look for jobs at those companies and apply to each one!5. Perfect your resume, then upload it to GlassdoorTake the time to make your resume perfect. Double check for typos and have a friend or resume expert look it over. Once it’s perfect, take 30-seconds and upload it to Glassdoor. Seriously, it’s that easy–and now when you browse the site, you can easily apply to a job.Here’s What the Perfect Resume Looks Like6. Take a breakPlan a rest day in the middle of your week during your job search and do something completely different – like going for a hike. Something as simple as getting out in nature for a little bit can help relive the stress and anxiety you are likely experiencing during the job hunt. It’s important to not spend an entire week just applying to jobs – you always have to take some time for mindfulness, or else you’ll end up tiring yourself out, which, in turn, will lead to lackluster job applications.7. Research company employees onlineOnce you start to narrow in on some companies you really, really, want to work for, consider looking up employees who work there. You can put a call to action out on your social media pages to see if any friends know someone at the company who could give you an introduction.  Social sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can also help you find connections you may not know you have. If you can get the contact information for an employee who works at the company you want to apply to, that can help you get a foot in the door.8. Write down keywordsStuck on those cover letters? Grab a pen and paper and read through the job application closely. Write down all the keywords that stand out or that you see multiple times. This will help you focus your cover letter or resume with the same keywords–which will help make your application stand out!21 Words To Never Include In Your Resume9. Set up job alertsDid you know that on Glassdoor you can set your account settings to receive alerts when a job you might be interested gets posted, or when a company you are following posts a job? Setting up alerts will help make sure you never miss an opportunity that you might be interested in – you never know what could happen!10. Follow recruiters, companies and job search websites on social mediaOne of the easiest, and quickest ways to make the job search process easier is to put job listings at the front of your mind. By following recruiters, job sites or your favorite companies on all social channels, you’ll see their posts in all of your social news feeds–that way you never miss a listing! Who knows, maybe the next time you are scrolling through Instagram or Twitter, you’ll see a hiring post that you might have missed otherwise!last_img read more

How to Navigate the Holiday Party When You Don’t Drink

first_imgAround this time of year, you’ll find a lot of advice for how to successfully navigate the office holiday party. Almost inevitably, you’ll find a tip that instructs you not to drink too much. But what if you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum?There are plenty of people don’t drink (a full thirty percent of Americans, in fact). But even though those who don’t drink are far from alone, it can still feel awkward or uncomfortable when they’re surrounded by people who do — especially at an event like an office holiday party.Ever feel like the odd person out for not drinking? Learn how to handle the office holiday party with ease.Don’t Feel Shy About Saying “No”The odds are good that you’ll be offered a drink at some point during the party. But when it happens, you don’t need to feel thrown off kilter — just have a prepared response to draw on.“‘I don’t drink’ is the simple and smart answer,” says Patrick West, founder of BE THE MACHINE. If you want to go even more general, just “smile and say, ‘No thanks. I’m fine,’” says Laura MacLeod, creator of From The Inside Out Project®.“The immediate response should be said with confidence and a smile. Don’t make any apologies or over-explain,” West adds. “A person’s decision not to drink shouldn’t be viewed as odd or a big deal, so treat your answer as if it’s totally normal not to drink.”Sometimes, it can help to already have a non-alcoholic drink in hand — seltzer, soda, juice, tea, etc.“If people see that you’re empty-handed, they’ll take notice and try to pour you something,” says Karilyn Dearie, Hiring Manager & Career Expert at CVGenius. “Hanging onto a drink of your own choosing will not only steer attention away from your lack of beverage, but will give you an easy out when someone tries to get you drinking. If someone asks if you want a drink, you can politely decline with, ‘I’m still working on this one, thanks though!’”How to Say No and Mean ItLearn to Deflect PressureIdeally, your coworkers will hear your message loud and clear and not bring the issue up again. But that’s not always the case.There’s “an absolutely classic exchange that any non-drinker will likely have encountered dozens of times… You decline the drink and then they say something to the effect of, ‘What?! You don’t drink? Well, you’re drinking now!” shares Nate Masterson, HR Representative at Maple Holistics.Other times, people may press you on why you don’t drink. In moments like those, “it’s important to maintain your composure,” Masterson says. “Don’t normalize the unfair pressure that is being applied to you by laughing or looking like you condone their behavior. Simply stand your ground, repeat yourself — ’sorry, I don’t drink,’ — and hope that they get the message.”Another tactic you can try is by pivoting the conversation topic.“Immediately start a conversation with the person(s) pressuring you: ‘Joe, I heard you did a bang-up job on that presentation last week. Tell us about it.’ or to the group: ‘How’s the holiday shopping going? I don’t know about you, but I’m way behind,’” MacLeod adds. “The idea here is to take the spotlight off you and get the group invested in a conversation.”If you’re sending out a strong message, hopefully “a more mature crowd and instigator will back down, but in a more rowdy crowd you may have to repeat the message a couple of times,” Masterson says. “It is possible that you’ll have to ‘retreat’ and move away from whoever is applying the pressure if they are particularly obnoxious or persistent, but the room at large will view you as the adult in the situation.”And as best you can, try not to let drink-pushers get you down.“Somebody who pushes you hard probably has a bit of a problem… needing others to join in to relieve the anxiety,” MacLeod shares.Join in the FunYou might not be drinking like everyone else, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be branded an outsider — there are plenty of ways to feel like a part of the group without caving into peer pressure.“Match the energy of the room. When people are drinking, they tend to laugh louder and talk more. Try to meet that level of enthusiasm without the assistance of booze,” Dearie recommends. “People usually pressure others to drink because they sense they won’t have fun otherwise. Show them you can have a good time alcohol-free by allowing yourself to be a little more boisterous and outgoing than you would on any given day.”It can also help to enter into a holiday party with “a plan and a purpose,” MacLeod says. “Think about who you want to see and chat with (coworkers you enjoy, people you like but don’t see much, higher-ups who may affect your career or office politics).”And if you feel the need to surround yourself with kindred spirits (no pun intended), reach out to the other folks who aren’t drinking.“There are always a couple of non-drinkers or otherwise very light drinkers in the room. Also, just enjoy the food, enjoy the company of friends or co-workers and enjoy the holiday spirit,” Masterson says. “There are a lot of ways to enjoy yourself at a party that do not involve drinking.”Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ Mechanical Maintenance Supervisors IM Flash Technologies Lehi, UT RNs, Registered Nurses Kindred Healthcare Pasadena, TX Diesel Mechanic RJ Logistics, LLC Chesterfield, MI Customer Service- General Labor Waldan Enterprises Inc. Fort Wayne, IN 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.6★ Delivery Driver Alvarado Restaurant Group Albuquerque, NM 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ Maintenance Technician All Purpose, Inc. 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15 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

first_imgNo matter how many you go on, job interviews can always be nerve wrecking. You put on your nicest clothes, print out your resume, and remind yourself to smile real big–and just when you think everything is going well, the interviewer hits you with a curveball question you aren’t prepared for.Luckily, you’re not going to let that happen again and you’re planning ahead to ace this month’s interview. The best way to for anything is to do your research ahead of time–which is why we’re here to help.If you’re preparing for a big interview in the New Year, prepping beforehand with these 15 interview questions will help you get one step closer to that dream job.1. Tell me about yourself?Most interviews start with this question and how you answer it will make your first impression. If you stumble over the answer and aren’t quite sure what to say–you’re lack of confidence in yourself is showing. If you start listing all your greatest accomplishments and talk too much, your ego might look a little too big. You need to find a good balance between being confident, but not pretentious. The best way to prepare for this question is to prepare an elevator pitch about who you are. Skip your personal history and give about 2-3 sentences about your career path and how you ended up in this interview, applying for this job.  You don’t need to be too detailed, there are plenty of more questions coming. You just want to leave enough curiosity that the interview becomes excited to learn more about you throughout the interview. 2. Why do you want to work for [insert company name]?When a hiring manager asks this question, not only do that want to know why you want to work for them, but they also want to know what you know about the company.  This question tests how well you know what the company does and how passionate you are about the work they do–so make sure you know the company well and can speak truthfully about your desires to work there.35 Interview Questions 30-Somethings Should Be Prepared to Answer3. How did you hear about this job?When asked this during an interview, don’t just say you heard about the job on a website. This is your opportunity to go into more details about why you love this company and what motivates you to want to work there. Moreover, if you have a personal connection at the company, this would be a good time to mention their name!4. Tell me about something on your resume.Everyone has something on their resume that they’re really proud of. Whether it’s a skill or achievement you’ve listed, or a specific place you worked at, considering answering this question with the most interesting thing on your resume. Plus, don’t just say something relevant to your most recent position–you’re already going to be asked about that. Instead, think back to one of the older positions listed on your resume and talk about how that job helped your grow into the person you are today. 5. Why are you looking for a job? Or, why are you looking for a different job?This question might seem innocuous, but this is how interviewers weed out the people who are either a) just looking for any job b) were fired from their last position or c) might have a high turnover rate, meaning you won’t be sticking around for too long. Focus on the positives and be specific. Think about why you are looking for a job: did you just graduate and this will be your first real job? Are you switching career paths? Are you leaving a current job for this one?If you are currently working somewhere, you should also be prepared to answer, “why do you want to leave your current job for this one?” How to Show Culture Fit in an Interview6. Why should we hire you?When asked this question, keep in mind that the recruiter is looking to hear what skills you have that you’re going to bring to the team. Don’t give a vague answer, such as, “I’m friendly and a hard worker.” Instead, be specific, summarize your work history and achievements, and use numbers when possible.In example, say how many years of experience you have or name some of the accomplishments you made at your last company. The more specific you can be about what your skills are and how valuable of an employee you are, the better the interviewer will be able to picture you working there.7. Where do you see yourself in five years?This can seem like a heavy question during an interview, especially when you haven’t prepared for it ahead of time. Keep in mind that you’re in an interview setting–so you don’t need to go into all the details about what your personal life goals are for the next five years. Focus on your career goals and be realistic. If you plan to work at this company for five years, make sure you understand who would be working above you and what potential career growth there is. The hiring manager asks this questions to find out if you set realistic goals, if you are ambitious, and to confirm that the position you are interviewing for aligns with these goals and growth.If this position isn’t exactly a job with a lot of future opportunity, you can simply answer this by noting that you are not certain what your future is going to look like, but that you believe this position is going to help you navigate yourself in the right direction.8. Tell me about a conflict you faced at work and how you dealt with it.This question is important to ace because it helps an interviewer understand how you deal with conflict. It also helps test how well you think on your feet–so if you prepare ahead of time with a specific example, you’ll avoid the awkward moment of silence while you try to think of an example.Once you have an example in mind, simply explain what happened, how you resolved the issue in a professional manner, and try to end the story with a happy note about how you reached a resolution or compromise with your co-worker.9. What is your dream job?Similar to the “where do you see yourself in five years” question, the interviewer is looking to understand how realistic you are when setting goals, how ambitious you are, and whether or not the job and company will be a good place for you to grow.Again, try to set aside your personal goals (don’t say your dream job is to be paid to take Instagram photos) and focus on your career goals. Think about how this job is going to set you up for the future and get you closer to your dream job. But, don’t be that person who says, “to be CEO of this company.”10. What do you expect out of your team/co-workers?This question is meant to understand how you work on a team and whether you will be the right cultural fit for the company. To prepare for this answer, make sure you research the company ahead of time. You can always tell a little bit about a what a company’s culture is like by looking through their social media profiles or reading their reviews on Glassdoor.How to Answer the 50 Most Common Interview Questions 11. What do you expect out of your manager?Again, the hiring manager is looking to understand what kind of employee you would be and whether you will be a good fit to add to their team. In some interviews, your future manager might be interviewing you. Answer this question as honest as possible and pull examples from your current manager if you can show how they positively help you work better.12. How do you deal with stress?Answering this question will help hiring managers identify any potential red flags you might have. You want to show that you can handle stress in a professional and positive manner that helps you continue working or won’t stop you from accomplishing your goals. Moreover, be specific and explain what you actually do to deal with stress–like taking a 15-minute break to take a walk outside, or crossing items off on a to-do list, etc.13. What would the first 30 days in this position look like for you?This question helps a company understand what you will get done in your first month, to three months in the position–and how you answer it will signal whether or not you’re the right person for the job. Start by mentioning what information you would need to get started and what would help you transition into the new role.  Then focus on your best skills and how you would apply those to this position right away.VIDEO: How to Ace Your Next Interview 14. What are your salary requirements?Some interviewers ask this question, others don’t. It’s always better to be prepared, especially because you want to make sure you would be paid a fair wage for the value you are going to add. That’s why we built our Know Your Worth tool–to help you determine what you should be paid.Note: While employers can ask what your salary expectations are, in certain places it is illegal for them to ask what your previous salary was.15. Do you have any questions?The last question you will always be asked during an interview is whether or not you have any questions for the interviewer. This is your chance to really stand out–so don’t blow it by saying you don’t, or that your questions have already been answered. Even if you don’t have any questions–there’s always a question you can ask at the end of an interview.Keep a list of at least three to five questions in the back of your mind so that no matter what, there are at least two questions you have to ask at the end of the interview. Recruiters say that actually enjoy getting to answer some questions at the end of an interview–they did just listen to you talk about themselves, so ask about them for a change. Once this part is over, you can rest easy and walk out of the interview knowing you aced it! 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Popular Companies Using AI to Interview & Hire You

first_imgProcter & GambleOpen Roles: Plant Technician, Design Co-Op, Purchases Manager, Quality Assurance Internship, Sales Account Manager, IT Associate Data and Analytics Manager, HR Internship, Warehouse Driver, Oral Care Account Manager & more.What Interviewees Say: “Their hiring process is up on their website. Straightforward but def designed to get the best of the best. 3 tests (online and on site) before they consider you to be interviewed. For the interviews, be confident (not cocky!) and prepare. I had 3 rounds (HR, Senior Manager, Director). Was offered, but didn’t take it.” —Key Account Manager CandidateBrowse Open Jobs There are many powerful examples of how artificial intelligence, or AI, has positively impacted the world in recent years. From Siri to Alexa, self-driving vehicles to targeted advertisements, it’s hard to find an industry or element of daily life that has not been influenced by AI.In fact, today it is likely that when you apply for a job, AI will also be involved in the process. Many companies — from Allstate to Hilton to Five Guys Burgers and Fries — are using AI to help recruiters and hiring manager screen, review and interview job candidates.“The life of an applicant can and has dramatically changed as of late, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and the increased comfort of chat as a communication standard,” says Ankit Somani, co-founder of AllyO, an end-to-end AI recruiter. “With AllyO, employers create a fast-track application experience, which is available on all smartphone-friendly communication channels. This means that now, when applicants encounter job posts on online job boards for companies that use AllyO’s technology, they are encouraged to apply to the position by simply texting a number or starting a chat on the company website. Within a few minutes of an immersive and entirely automated conversation, AllyO helps applicants find the right job that fits their needs and abilities; screens them specifically for that role; assesses their skills via text, video and/or audio assessments; then immediately schedules them for the next available interview.”Recruiters are using tools like AllyO, TextRecruit and Montage to text with candidates, schedule and execute on-demand videos, and self-scheduling. Candidates can complete interviews on their own time with these AI tools and chatbots can make scheduling and follow up questions much easier. So long, application black hole. Goodbye, weeks of wait time.“[The] technology remains available 24/7 for any open-ended questions, while also continuing to guide applicants through the hiring process,” adds Somani. “This unique, end-to-end experience — available at applicant’s fingertips — is making recruiting more accessible and user-friendly than ever before.”If you’re applying to a new job in 2019, get ready to interact with AI. No, the robots are not taking over. They are, however, making getting hired much easier and efficient. Here are a handful of top companies using AI to hire in 2019. Apply to their open roles today!HiltonAI Details: With the goal of delivering a top-notch candidate experience and automating recruiters’ basic tasks, Hilton uses AllyO to navigate the thousands of applications it receives a day. As an example, Hilton uses AI to conduct follow-up interviews of call center job applicants, scheduling the successful candidates’ final offer-extension calls.Open Roles: Front Office Manager, Barista, Bellperson, Executive Chef, General Manager, Complex Event Services Manager, Security Officer, Night Auditor, Janitor, Analyst, Engineer, Lead Cloud Security Engineer, Associate Software Engineer & more.What Interviewees Say: “There was first a video interview with 3 – 4 questions. if you pass that then you move on to face to face interviews. Both interviews are with the person who will be your manager and another manager.” —Catering Assistant CandidateBrowse Open Jobs HumanaAI Details: Humana introduced on-demand video and voice interviewing as a screening tool, as opposed to live recruiter phone screens that can lead to games of phone tag. Rather than schedule phone interviews with applicants who passed Humana’s initial screening questionnaire, candidate now automatically receive an invite to complete an on-demand video interview or voice interview. “From a candidate experience perspective, that’s a huge win,” said the Talent Acquisition Director for Humana. “I go through the process in a matter of days, I speak to everyone involved, I know the next day whether I have an offer or not, and I haven’t left my house.”Open Roles: Senior Process Improvement Professional, Commercial Market Development Administrative Professional, Proposal Manager, Administrative Assistant, RN Care Manager, Director of Clinical Care, Pharmacy Analytics, Engagement Specialist, Senior IT Compliance Professional & more.What Interviewees Say: “Received a text message stating they’ve reviewed my background and feel I may be a good fit for the position and asking if I had a few minutes to answer some questions. I thought this 2nd screening was pretty cool because you just text back and forth. It asked pretty straightforward questions like, “Have you ever worked for Humana or one of it’s affiliates?”, “Why are you looking for part-time work?” (for this they’re looking to make sure they won’t lose you or that you’re just working there until you can find a full-time position) and “What is the best part of customer service?” —Pharmacy Customer Care Specialist CandidateBrowse Open Jobs ThredUpAI Details: Facing high turnover rates and slow email responses, ThredUp decided to try TextRecruit to reach younger hourly workers to recruit them. They now use mass SMS text messaging and message templates through Text Recruit to hire 100-200 new people per month. ThredUp liked texting candidates so much, they also have begun using AI to do everything from scheduling a phone screen to providing new hires with directions for their first day on site. “Our ability to reach candidates in real time through text messaging has not only decreased our time-to-hire but has allowed us to increase the accessibility between recruiters and candidates throughout the interview process,” says Natalie Breece, Director of Talent Acquisition for ThredUp.Open Roles: Director of Search, Android Engineer, Operations Analyst, Customer Support Representative, Machine Learning Engineer, Assistant Merchandiser, Clothing Warehouse Associate, Distribution Team Lead & more.What Interviewees Say: “After you apply they contact you via text message to set up an interview. The interviews are group interview and they have specific days/times that they do them. You arrive and they have you sign in, once you have finished signing in and everyone is there they will have you all introduce yourselves. After introductions they take you on a tour of the facility. They take you up for the group interview, ask you four questions, and then ask if you have any questions. Following this they will take around 24 hours to email you to let you know if you have been accepted.” —Warehouse Associate CandidateBrowse Open Jobs AT&TOpen Roles: Client Solutions Executive, B2B Sales Development Program, Senior Data Scientist, Sales Executive, Customer Service Representative Sales, Data Network Engineer, Principal Architect, Finance Internship & more.What Interviewees Say: “Applied online, took 2 assessment tests, scheduled RJP via website, RJP & face to face interview, contacted with conditional offer and background consent/drug testing info, hireright contacted me regarding w-2 for 3 employers. Once drug test/background came back I was contacted with final offer via email and phone call. Offered top pay…couldnt ask for a smoother process.” —Wire Technician CandidateBrowse Open Jobscenter_img AllstateOpen Roles: Insurance Sales Professional, Sales Associate, Senior Trial Attorney, Financial Specialist, Marketing Designer, Business Information Security Officer, Senior Product Manager, Field Sales Leader, UX Researcher & more.What Interviewees Say: “Phone interview then in person interview. Then you have to get licensed if you accept. Once licensed then you go through the company’s training. Training involves courses and video conferencing.” —Agent CandidateBrowse Open Jobs Five Guys Burgers and FriesAI Details: “In early 2017, we rolled out AllyO’s end-to-end A.I. recruiting software to help engage, qualify, and schedule candidates for our restaurants across Arkansas and Tennessee. Today, we can standby on auto-pilot as qualified, interested applicants walk in for interviews when managers are available,” says Sivan Aballi, Director of Operations for Five Guys.Open Roles: General Manager, Crew Member, Shift Leader, Assistant Manager, Shift Supervisor & more.What Interviewees Say: “On the spot interview with a very quick hiring process. Questions were very simple and easy to answer with a length of about 10 minutes. I was working the week after I was interviewed. It was a good experience with a short interview process.” —Cashier CandidateBrowse Open Jobs CapitalOneOpen Roles: Manager of Product Management, Synthetic Data Product Manager, Scrum Master, Visual Designer, Lead UX Writer, Cafe Ambassador, Director of Software Engineering, Voice Data Scientist & more.What Interviewees Say: “Best interview experience from recruiting screening all the way up-to relocation and on-boarding. The entire co-ordination of recruiting, interviewing, offer, relocation and on-boarding exceeded expectations. Very welcoming, treated with respect, interview travel needs and scheduling was very smooth.” —Director CandidateBrowse Open Jobslast_img read more

Use These Storytelling Principles to Land Your Dream Job

first_imgA good story will make us feel, compel us to act and help make ideas stick. The value and buzzwordy-ness of “Storytelling” is nothing new to the business world. In fact, telling stories is the most fundamental, and oldest, method of communication, dating back thousands of years to the times of cavemen and hieroglyphics! When carving out a career your love, you can (and should!) use storytelling to help set you apart. If you want to stand out, especially in the crowded employment market, start building and sharing a story that excites prospective employers with these principles:Focus on Your ResumeWhile your skills and projects you’ve worked on are obviously important, they are only one piece of the puzzle. They differentiate you, but only to a certain degree. When designing your resume, consider the niche, or specialization that you’d want to highlight, and create your position around that, says Arielle Shnaidman, Brand Story Coach.Each bullet point on your resume should reflect your niche, contribute to your story and relate back to why you would be successful in the specific job you’re applying to.Define Your PositionOne thing people often overlook is how to be clear on what exactly they do. When building out your narrative, Shnaidman suggests having a clearly defined answer to the following questions:What you do?Who you do it for?What value you provide?Once you’ve distilled your answers, you can create a clear and concise position statement, that can help guide the creation of your resume/LinkedIn, and focus during conversations and interviews. Create focus on where your niche fits within the market, and have confidence when discussing your own skill set and value!5 Ways to Prove That You’re the Best Candidate for the JobGet Clear on the WhySimon Sinek’s Ted Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” has gained lots of attention around the idea that leaders and organizations need to understand their “Why” — their greater purpose — in order to succeed. This frame of thought should also be applied when crafting your personal story and narrative as well.When writing and speaking to your work experience, you must be able to clearly articulate your exact purpose. Ask yourself “Why am I doing this kind of work?” Once you have your overarching answer, take that even further, and keep asking “Why”, suggests Shnaidman.For example, I might ask myself:Q: “Why do I blog for Glassdoor?”A: “I like educating people on ways to be more successful at work”I can take that a step further and ask:Q: “Why do you like educating people about the workplace?”A: “Well, figuring out your career is a challenge, and I like being able to help people”Keep digging through each layer of your “Why”, until you get to the true core. If you can have this answer cleared up in your writing and in the interview process, it will help breathe life into your story and narrative.Quit Trying to Fit the MoldRather than forgetting parts of your life and experiences that don’t quite “fit” a certain mold, use these experiences to reframe your narrative, and create the building blocks for your story. “If you’re constantly in the process of trying to be like everyone else, you’ll forget what makes you unique. Rather than drowning in a sea of sameness, lean into your past experiences that have made you who you are!” says Shnaidman.Remember, “It’s good to be better, but it’s better to be different,” says Sally HogsheadShow Up Online (Consistently) You can’t just show up online when it’s time to find a new job. Like networking, showing up online needs to be a continuous practice. You need to always be present, online and offline, to help show people who you are.Showing up online does not mean you need to stress about pumping out 800-word blog posts every day. Rather, slowly build your presence by sharing articles, thoughts, quotes or anything that resonates with you, says Shnaidman.When you share stories relating to your work, it shows that you’re a human. For example, you might say something like “Hey! Today we launched a product, and here were the hiccups we experienced, but here were the awesome results!” When you share honest stories relating to your life, it demonstrates your values to people around you. If people can assess what you’re really about beyond just facts on paper, they are more likely to work with you and want you on their team, says Shnaidman. Simple things like sharing an update on LinkedIn, or retweeting an industry thought leader help people connect with you.The human brain is wired to connect with narratives, so if you want to increase your chances of standing out from the crowd, show up authentically, get clear on your story and watch your success grow!Stacy is a professional development specialist who helps employees and leaders grow and build new skills through innovative programs. She is passionate about creating opportunities for people to advance in their career while improving their organization’s retention rate and output. She loves sharing insights on workplace development, career building, and networking for success. Stacy also holds an MA in Educational Technology. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or at www.stacypollack.com.last_img read more

Man City skipper Kompany: No break for me

first_imgManchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is spending his summer break in the gym.Kompany has revealed that he will once again spend the summer rehabbing after another season ravaged by injury.He said: “I’ll give myself a little bit of time to relax, because I need to, but then I’ll crack on and I’ll be ready for next season.“I think the days of a footballer going on holiday for a month and having a right go at it are gone.”last_img

Raiola breaks silence over claims of bust-up with AC Milan keeper Donnarumma

first_imgSuper agent Mino Raiola denies there’s problems in his relationship with AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.Amid claims of Donnarumma’s social media accounts being hacked, it was suggested the teenager’s family had sought to end their relationship with Raiola.However, the agent took to Twitter, himself, this morning to deny the reports.Raiola posted: “For Gigi and I our friendship remains.”After the Euros we will meet. For now, the national team is the most important.”Donnarumma is set to feature for Italy against Spain in the U21 Euros semifinal this week.last_img

Antonio Rudiger tells Roma teammates: It’s Chelsea!

first_imgAntonio Rudiger has told Roma teammates not to expect him back for preseason.The Germany defender, reports Vocegiallorossa.it, has contacted several of his closest teammates to inform them he’s joining Chelsea.The two clubs have been spending the weekend thrashing out terms over a fee for Rudiger.The former Stuttgart stopper is expected to join Chelsea this week for €35-40 million. His old German club is due ten per cent of any sell-on fee.Rudiger, meanwhile, has confirmed the news to his Roma teammates as he prepares to clean out his locker in Trigoria.last_img

Waiting to Take Off

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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)This blog post was contributed by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It’s been 5 months into the Young Champions program, and it’s difficult to believe I’m more than halfway to the end of a journey which seems like it just started.January has been a month of exploration for me, as I work on creating a model of sustainability for the community resource centers. I’m still taking baby steps, having meetings with as many people as possible, building possible collaborations we need to pull it off, studying all I can about different community-based health financing models and wanting so desperately to just start something. My patience has been tried by how much time it takes to actually take off, and I just can’t wait to eventually run the community survey to get a wide range of opinions. My mentor at SNEHA has been wonderful throughout this process—open to so many ideas, introducing me to people whom I can ask all kinds of technical questions, giving me space to express myself and genuinely believing I can help create something which will be valuable for the future of the resource centers.On the 25th of January, SNEHA held her annual fundraiser with a concert featuring the renowned Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. Seeing the attendance at the concert, hearing girls and women from our community speak about their experiences with SNEHA, watching the response of those who came and seeing Dr Armida Fernandez speak about the work we do in her comments of thanks reminded me again why we do what we do. I felt proud to be associated with everything; proud that so many people in so many ways come together to give women and children in these slums healthier lives.With just 4 months ahead of me, I am perturbed about how I will accomplish the goals I have written down. Speaking to the other Young Champions has encouraged me tremendously, and every day I firmly tell myself that I will give this my best shot and get this model up and running before I leave.Today I spent half of my day at one of our community resource centers, talking to our organizers who run the place. In a very informal discussion, my colleague and I bounced as many ideas of them as possible to see what they were most comfortable with as possible options for the sustainability plan. I was proud of their creativity. Proud that they’ve started some of the things we are thinking of and of their bravery to try new things in their communities. Spending time gave me the right kick—to ensure we start our process after all these discussions, not to be afraid of trying something new and, most importantly, not to be afraid of failing.Share this:last_img read more

Preconception Planning, Counseling and Care (PCC) is Important for All Couples, Including Those Affected by HIV

first_imgPosted on June 21, 2013March 6, 2017By: Dr. Jean Anderson, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Jhpiego; Kelly Curran, Jhpiego, MCHIP; Laura Fitzgerald, Jhpiego, MCHIPClick 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)Decisions about whether a woman and her partner want to have children, how many they might want to have, and when they might want to have them, are not always clear-cut or predictable. Reproductive goals are often linked to a multitude of complicated and deeply personal hopes and beliefs. For this reason, healthcare providers have a responsibility to value clients as individuals with unique sets of life circumstances and priorities. All women, and all couples, deserve to access the information they need to make safe and informed choices…regardless of geography, regardless of socio-economic status, regardless of age, regardless of marital status, and regardless of the result of an HIV test.Safe family planning (FP) as well as preconception planning, counseling, and care (PCC) are important in the continuum of care for all couples, including those affected by HIV. These critical services:Prevent unintended pregnancy;Promote appropriate birth spacing;Optimize maternal health before pregnancy and maternal and fetal health during pregnancy;Prevent maternal to child transmission of HIV; andReduce the risk of HIV transmission to uninfected partner.A considerable unmet need for FP exists for women living with HIV.  In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, between 66 and 92 percent of HIV positive women do not want more children, but only 20 to 43 percent of women use contraception (Sarnquist et al. Curr HIV Res 2013;11:160). Irrespective of this need and of the safety of most FP methods for women living with HIV, some providers limit options for these women. Research demonstrates that providers are especially hesitant to recommend long acting reversible contraception or emergency contraception in the setting of HIV.Similarly, some providers do not feel comfortable when these women and their partners want to conceive.  Too many HIV positive women are told that intended pregnancies are irresponsible. All people have the right to respectful, quality care; not only do HIV positive women share similar feelings about motherhood as other women, but in the era of antiretroviral therapy, many also experience improvements in fertility.This is not to suggest that women living with HIV are without particular healthcare needs.  For instance, women who live with HIV may be more likely to experience violence within their intimate relationships.  They are also particularly vulnerable to co-infections with tuberculosis or malaria and to suffer from anemia.  Further, many of these women – up to 50 percent in a country like Kenya – are in serodiscordant relationships, and transmission to a partner is a concern. Appropriate PCC for couples allows for optimal prevention of transmission to HIV negative partners, as well as vertical transmission to children.PCC also offers an excellent opportunity to promote healthy behaviors.  PCC presents an opportunity to counsel couples about risk mitigation, FP, healthy eating habits, psychosocial and mental health issues, and long term care plans, as well as to address care and treatment of HIV and related issues.  Additionally, through PCC, underlying medical conditions – such as tuberculosis, other opportunistic infections, or other chronic conditions such as hypertension or diabetes – can be identified and treated, optimizing maternal health and pregnancy outcomes.Recent years have witnessed great strides in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.  People living with HIV enjoy longer and healthier lives. As a public health community, there is a pressing need to look beyond a narrow biomedical treatment lens, and to acknowledge clients’ fundamental life goals. Do couples want to postpone pregnancy to attain other educational, professional, or relational goals?  Do they want to conceive now, a year from now, five years from now, or not at all?  It is time to better understand how to integrate FP and PCC services into HIV care, and to look closely at their effectiveness in achieving better outcomes for women and their families.This post is part of a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.For additional information about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, visit our topic page. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Member of the week: Amy Stoller, dialect coach

first_imgThis is the first day of our newest feature: Member of the Week. We will highlight interesting aspects of a member’s work, and ask a set of questions relevant to freelancing. We choose our member of the week from the profiles in our Yellow Pages, so if you have not created a profile yet, do it now! Our inaugural member of the week is Amy Stoller. Did you ever wonder how your favorite actor learns to speak in different accents and dialects for different roles? Amy is an award-winning dialect coach, helping actors do just this. To learn more about Amy and her work, check out her website and her answers to the questions below.What has been your most interesting project? They’re all interesting! Right now I’m co-directing Cheer from Chawton, a new solo play about Jane Austen. I started on the project as Dialect Designer-Dramaturge, and the playwright-performer valued my contributions so much that she asked me to co-direct with her Choreographer-Movement Coach. We’re all excited, because the show will soon make its UK debut at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. My most challenging project to date, and therefore one of the most rewarding, was doing the dialect design for the New York premiere of The Daughter-in-Law, by D. H. Lawrence. Because the play was written entirely in an obscure English midlands dialect, it posed special problems for the cast – to say nothing of the audience! In addition to my work with the actors, I prepared an extensive glossary for the program. I’m very proud that the production was so well received by our audience and the critics. I feel extremely lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. Each new project has its own problems to be solved, and that keeps work – and life – interesting. Why did you decide to go freelance? As an entertainment industry professional, I’d always had a freelance career, but supplemented my income with various office “day-jobs.â€? After September 11, 2001, the day-jobs were impossible to come by, so I committed myself to building my own business to the point where it would support me. The first couple of years were very tough, but I’ve never regretted that decision – I’m much happier than I ever was when splitting my focus between performing arts work and subsistence work. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance? __ Do your homework! There are lots of organizations, including Freelancers Union, that can help you in the planning stages – and beyond. ** What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?** My neighborhood, the West Village – and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. What is your inspiration? Any good, well-told story. I’m just a fool for good writing.last_img read more

How to overcome loneliness as a freelancer

first_imgOne of the often overlooked facts of freelance life is that it’s a solitary pursuit. Even if our work requires contact with many people, we’re still solo acts at the end of the day. The team spirit found at a multi-person company doesn’t exist, and in its place, many freelancer find a sense of disconnect.Left untreated, loneliness can lead to depression and other behavioral health problems that can also have a major impact on body – so what’s a solopreneur to do?Dr. Jeremy Nobel, faculty at the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and founder of the Foundation for Art and Healing, says the secret lies in the a distinction between alone and lonely.Being alone can be contemplative, enjoyable and essential for creative work, while being lonely is the experience of feeling disconnected. Loneliness is a self-assessment about how we perceive of our place in the world in any given moment: How we see ourselves in comparison to those around us, determines how relevant (or irrelevant) we feel.This can get out of hand fast when we are faced with the need to constantly upgrade skills, keep up with the latest trends and compete with more and more people for less and less work.The good news is that creative activity seems to be the alchemy that can turn lonely into alone.The Foundation for Art and Healing recently launched the The UnLoneliness Project to raise awareness that creative expression through any kind of art medium is an effective way to ease loneliness.Nobel explains, “A growing amount of evidence supports the claim that creative expression improves health and well-being for individuals and community. Freelancers in particular have an opportunity to harness the power of creative expression in the making, sharing and reflecting of creative work, pursuits which for many come naturally and spontaneously!”Try this 3-part creative cure for freelancer loneliness:First, pause the social stream.Since feelings of loneliness often come from comparing where we are now with where we think we should be, social media can be a real trigger. While it can be a great way to check in with friends and connect, it can easily slip into loneliness inducing territory.If you find yourself obsessively scrolling through newsfeeds wondering why you aren’t getting a certain kind of client, taking more vacations, eating more lobster rolls, trying on more hats and going to more weddings, it is time to shut it down.BONUS: Turn your phone off and head to a park. Connecting to nature actually helps you feel less alienated.Next, make something.A simple act of making something, anything, to express yourself will do the trick. It can be something really small for example, write a haiku about what you observe in your immediate surroundings or make a collage depicting how you feel at the moment.BONUS: Rather than relying on the resources your computer or digital devices offer write with pen on paper or draw in a sketchbook. The physical activity helps to shift focus inward and eliminates distractions.Then, share what you madeShow someone what you made. Sharing your creative expression can lift some of the burdens of your emotional state. This doesn’t mean presenting your work in a formal exhibition or performance (although that could be a meaningful goal).Just handing what you made to the next person your encounter or taking a photo and sending it to someone can do the trick.BONUS: Exchange your creation for someone else’s. Receiving something made by someone else is another effective way to feel reconnected.Loneliness can be the shadow that stalks any solopreneur. If we channel it into creating rich interior lives that reach full expression when we’re alone, we can not only battle feelings of isolation, but also become our more authentically ourselves.last_img read more

What about retirement? Simple prep for freelancers

first_img“What will you do for retirement?”“I’ll be just fine. I’m doing something that I love, so retirement is not an issue. In fact, I really don’t plan on retiring. I’ll just keep writing until I can’t write anymore.”I have to admit that the first time someone asked me about retirement, I didn’t give it much thought. With two parents who retired from traditional jobs that either included a 401K or a pension, I’d only understood retirement through the vantage point of two people who worked for others their entire adult lives. At the time, I didn’t personally know anyone who had retired from being self-employed or freelancing.And since I was in my thirties and freelancing was a second career, it didn’t seem like a pressing question at the time.What about the future?This question came back up when I recently talked with a young lady, in her late thirties, who is thinking about freelancing full-time. After we discussed all of the benefits, we had a tough conversation about money. We talked about feast or famine, we talked about surplus and shortfalls, and we talked about the million-dollar question that lingered throughout our discussion: What about the future?I shared with her that as a new birthday approaches and I inch closer to retirement age, I am starting to give a lot more thought to life after freelancing: specifically, will I have enough saved to enjoy my golden years?It’s human nature to wonder about one’s future. There are so many variables that we can’t control and this can lead to angst and fretting. It can also lead to regrets and doubts. Couple those concerns with an ever-changing political climate and global economic infrastructure and the thought of the future, especially one’s long-term financial forecast, may be daunting.But, as I shared with her, it doesn’t have to be.Preparation doesn’t have to be complicatedLike many freelancers, I am familiar with 401Ks, stocks, bonds, real estate and mutual funds. What I am still learning about is the best way to prepare for the days when contracts aren’t coming in or I am no longer able to, or don’t have the desire to, write. As much as entrepreneurship works for me now, it may not look the same in my sixties and seventies.One of the worst things imaginable is that some of us may regret the decision to freelance when we are older because we are ill-equipped to truly enjoy the fruits of our labor. The reality is that whether you are 20 or 59 years old, we all need to be prepared, especially with potential reiterations of social security and medical insurance over the next few decades.Because of this, it’s important to have a working understanding of what you can do now to prepare for later. Although there are several retirement options that you can explore, I want to explore a route called SEP that may be helpful for the overwhelming majority of us who fall into one of the following categories: 1) self-employed, 2) freelancer “on the side,” or 3) small business owner.SEP (Simplified Employee Pension)According to the IRS, “A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan provides business owners with a simplified method to contribute toward their employees’ retirement as well as their own retirement savings. Contributions are made to an Individual Retirement Account or Annuity (IRA) set up for each plan participant (a SEP-IRA).”SEPs are similar in scope to a traditional IRA. You can set up a SEP account for yourself as well as for your employees, if you have any. SEPs are particularly beneficial if you are a sole proprietor, if you still work (and you have other retirement accounts) and freelance on the side, or if you own an LLC and you want to contribute to your contractors’ retirement.How to apply for a SEPThe application process is user-friendly and self-employed fillers can open one up and fund it up until the tax deadline for their business. To get the process started, complete the Form 5305-SEP or the Simplified Employee Pension: Individual Retirement Accounts Contribution Agreement. You can set up a SEP account through banks, insurance agencies, or a brokerage firms.Another benefit of a SEP, especially for second career freelancers, is that you can open a SEP account even if you have a 401K that you have rolled over from a previous employer. To learn even more about SEPs, check out this link.Plan for your future todayWhether a SEP or some other pathway is the best option for you, the most important thing is that you are thinking about the future and protecting those things that you have worked so hard to acquire. If doing it yourself is not ideal, it is worth noting that a financial advisor, wealth management specialist or a CPA may be of great value as you take a deeper dive to explore your options and decide what’s best for you.Freelancers Union offers access to Honest Dollar, which provides simple, automated and low-cost retirement savings solutions!last_img read more

Pay now or pay later: what 10 years of freelancing taught me

first_imgIn August of this year, I celebrated my freelancing anniversary. As with many anniversaries, it was a time of reflection, celebration, and planning for the future. Amongst an avalanche of memories, I started to recall how  timid I was about payment expectations when I first started.  I did not have clearly stated expectations— I was just so happy to freelance that the opportunity itself often slightly outweighed my payment expectations. My first year, I can even recall editing an entire dissertation for a former colleague who paid in $25 increments until he reached a zero balance some 15 months later.As I look back over my early years, I realize that I made a lot of mistakes as it relates to money matters. My nonchalant attitude about payment expectations often set the tone and determined whether I was paid on time, paid late, or paid at all. The latter happened far more often than I’d like to recall. Yet, after so many times of putting forth considerable energy and not being compensated, I realized that my freelancing career would soon be over if I didn’t pivot: Either I firmed up my payment requirements or risked not being paid at all.As someone who went from not fully understanding her value and worth to someone who now advocates for other freelancers, especially new ones, I realize how important it is to understand our power. We may not have the resources or human capital of large firms or corporations, but we do have rights and one of the greatest rights that we have is the right to be compensated for our work.As most of you know, freelancing isn’t free nor should it be. Here are a couple of things that you can do right now to better ensure that you are paid for your services.Require a DepositPart of pivoting required being clear about my own terms. I have never been a fan of net payments (unless it is a large client like a school district or government agency), so I require a deposit that equates at least half of the total amount for the services being rendered. By asking a client to make a financial commitment upfront, it reflects an act of goodwill. Clients who know this cost will, most likely, honor the requirement or seek out someone else.If someone does not agree to this term, it can be a major flag and potentially serve as a warning sign of things to come. The reality is that deposits are required in many other industries and consumers are becoming more accustomed to them, so it should not catch them off guard. The time that you spend creating, developing, or providing a service should be compensated from the start of a project. The terms for the remaining balance can either be one-fourth upon the client receiving a proof (if applicable) and the final one-fourth upon delivery of the product/service or the remaining balance being due upon completion.Be clear about penalties for late paymentWe’ve all probably had one experience being late with something. Even if this is atypical or an outlier for you, many of us know what it feels like for someone else to extend us grace. Therefore, we may extend grace or even give a payment extension if a client needs to make a late payment. The reality is that a major life event can happen in the middle of a project. Even the best client may need an extension, so this is not about being so rigid that you can’t show grace.However, it is about being clear as to what constitutes a late payment and what the penalties are. Some people will require a flat rate whereas others may require a percentage per day. What you want to be careful of is someone who constantly makes excuses as to why he/she cannot pay you; yet, the person is using your goods or benefiting from your services. This is another major red flag. However, with a written clause that clearly indicates what the late payment expectations are, you will have something to leverage if the client’s payments get far behind or they become inconsistent.Honor your own worthWhen we were growing up, my mother would often remind us that we would either have to “pay now or pay later.” Her point was that when doing something, it is best to do it well the first time (pay now) because if not, we would probably have to redo/revisit it (pay later). In other words, it is best to be intentional and deliberate from the beginning, especially when it comes to exchanging money with clients. There will be clients who cannot afford your services or who will not agree to your specified terms. Even if it means that you have to say ‘no,’ make sure that you honor your own worth. Remember, not every potential client is your client.As a freelancer, I wish I had applied the “pay now or pay later’” concept from day one with my payment terms. Looking back, every time I was not clear or I was not firm, I did not get paid or I did not get paid on time; instead, I ended up paying later due to a lack of compensation, a loss of valuable time, and/or wasted creative energy.Unfortunately, I learned my lesson the hard way, but you don’t have to. As freelancers, if we create and honor our own payment terms then we, collectively, make each other stronger and we make the greater freelancing community more powerful. The key is having the terms of agreement in writing and clearly spelled out. Sometimes the problems that we encounter are preventable. Just make sure that you are doing your part by firming up your own payment terms.last_img read more

Weekly Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgAttention, job seekers: 360i is on the search for top-performing individuals to join our team and help us create powerful work on behalf of clients like Coca-Cola, Oreo, HBO, Toyota and more.Right now we have more than 40 open positions across our U.S. offices including vacancies in our creative department, on our HR team, in account management and more. If you embody passion, purpose and perseverance, and are interested in becoming a part of our team, apply for a job at one of the links below.Human Resources Associate (New York) – Our Human Resources team is seeking an HR Associate to provide general support to the HR Director and assigned business groups. Essential functions include general HR policy interpretation/administration, onboarding, performance management, updating employee information in HRIS systems and more.Account Director (New York) – We are looking for an Account Director to act as a brand steward and business partner for Fortune 500 clients. This individual will be responsible for building and growing client relationships, providing thought leadership, creating integrated marketing strategies, managing cross-functional agency teams and overseeing campaign development and management.Analytics Consultant/Advisor (Atlanta) – Our Advanced Analytics team is searching for a driven individual to join their team and assist with developing marketing business models and data analysis for clients to drive business insight. The ideal candidate should be able to develop scripts and ad hoc databases for handling large data volumes, and automatic analytics business processes to create efficiencies in information delivery.Associate Designer, Digital & Social Content (New York) – 360i is seeking a creative individual with an eye for design to join our Content Studio team. This person will be responsible for creating high quality digital advertising and social content for our diverse range of clients.Product Engineer (Atlanta) – We are on the search for a back-end Product Engineer to help us lead development and launch core product features. This individual will be responsible for owning source code development for back-end systems, UI delivery and external data connectivity, as well as providing product technical support and ongoing maintenance.Social Media Publicist (New York) – Our Influencer Marketing team is seeking a Social Media Publicist to actively engage with online influencers, creating conversations and building brand affinity for clients. Day to day, this individual will be responsible for crafting and implementing influencer engagement strategies through blogger outreach, online and offline events, community marketing and more.For a full listing of available jobs at this time, click here.Cover Photo via GirlWithACameralast_img read more

Lung cancer biomarker discovery hoped to lead to early detection blood test

first_imgA team of Australian scientists has uncovered a novel molecular signature for an aggressive type of adenocarcinomas, a form of lung cancer. These cancers were also found to produce specific metabolites that can potentially be identified in plasma samples, raising hopes that a diagnostic blood test for this condition can be developed in the future.“More than one in five lung adenocarcinomas have alterations in the KEAP1/NRF2 pathway, suggesting it is a major cancer driver,” says Kate Sutherland, co-lead on the research. “These cancers are very aggressive, are resistant to standard therapies and have a poor prognosis, so new therapies are urgently needed.”Up to 40 percent of lung cancers are adenocarcinomas, and one in five of these particular tumors are resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The new study revealed that these specific cancers potentially respond well to a new generation of anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapies, known as checkpoint inhibitors. Being able to easily, and quickly, identity these specific tumors will allow physicians to better identify those patients that would respond best to newer immunotherapy treatments.A further consequence of this new research is the discovery of unique metabolic markers that can be identified in blood samples, pointing to a potential early detection blood test.“Working with our colleagues Dr David De Souza and Professor Malcolm McConville at Bio21 Institute, we were able to identify a unique ‘breadcrumb’ trail that the cancers leave behind in the blood,” says Sutherland. “Our hope would be that the test could identify patients likely to respond to immunotherapies, but also that it could be a simple, non-invasive blood test for the early detection of these lung cancers.”At this point, the research has only identified this molecular pathway in animal models, so the next stage is to verify these results in human lung samples. Following that, it may be some time before clinical applications become a reality, but this discovery is a vital first step towards creating a blood test that can both diagnose lung cancers and direct a physician to the most probable successful treatment.The researchers discuss the study in the video below.Sourcelast_img read more

New Deforestation Hot Spots in the World’s Largest Tropical Forests

first_imgIndonesia lost about 1.3 million hectares of forest annually between 2000 and 2014, with nearly 40 percent of loss occurring in primary forests. Kalimantan and Sumatra, the two Indonesian islands with the largest forest area and the focus of this analysis, show no diminishing hot spots and vast areas of new hot spots, indicating that efforts at limiting deforestation such as the forest moratorium established in 2011 have so far showed little to no effect in preventing significant new areas of forest clearing. Indonesia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030, and the bulk of the emission reductions are expected to come from the forestry sector.Moving forward, new and strengthened policies to halt development on forests and peatlands are needed significantly alter Indonesia’s deforestation trajectory. This new method could offer early insights into their effectiveness.Better Monitoring, Better PoliciesEmerging hot spot analyses, taking advantage of multiple years of data, can provide powerful information that allows for rapid and consistent identification of priority forest areas in need of better protection, a valuable insight for decision makers, law enforcement, journalists and activists. By putting a magnifying glass on places with the largest, newest clusters of clearing, it could be possible to intervene in ways never possible before. As more frequent data updates become possible, rapid assessment of impacts can strengthen efforts to reduce deforestation. Unlike Brazil, which has been heavily influenced by anti-deforestation policies for more than a decade, emerging hot spot analysis results for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reflect the country’s poor enforcement of its environmental regulations. From 2000 to 2014, DRC lost an average of 0.57 million hectares of forest per year, and the rate of forest loss between 2011 and 2014 increased by a factor of 2.5. Vast areas of new hotspots intersect with intact primary forests and extend into several protected areas, such as the Sankuru Nature Reserve, the world’s largest continuous protected area for great apes.New and intensifying hot spots of loss radiate out from the city of Beni in the eastern province of North Kivu, where longstanding civil unrest has led to a wave of human migration. However, recent easing of conflict and increasing economic growth are also seen in the results. New and intensifying hot spots are also found along road networks and near city centers such as Kisangani. Forests in these areas are likely being felled for agricultural land or charcoal production to accommodate a rapidly growing population.Indonesia: New Deforestation Despite Forest Moratorium Between 2000 and 2014, Brazil lost an average of 2.7 million hectares of forest per year, but the rate of loss has declined significantly since 2004. This drop in deforestation rates reflects policies enacted by the government in the early 2000s to curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. For example, the diminishing hot spot category is prominent within the Amazonian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso, indicating an easing in the intensity of forest loss there.One could say that Brazil’s anti-deforestation policies were successful based on these results, but they’re also having an unintended consequence. Loss has shifted towards the unprotected Cerrado biome, made up of savanna forest and grasslands, as evidenced by the large areas of new and intensifying hot spots there. The tropical savanna with the highest plant biodiversity and thousands of endemic species, the Cerrado is currently threatened by many of the deforestation drivers that once dominated the Amazon, including soy production, cattle ranching and charcoal production. While new hot spots are less expansive in the Amazon than the Cerrado, deforestation does seem to be expanding west toward more intact portions of the Amazon. This includes a new cluster of forest loss in the state of Roraima, where new settlements are expanding from an existing road network.Democratic Republic of the Congo: Deforestation Continues; Policies Are Poorly Enforcedcenter_img Where is deforestation worsening around the world? It’s a difficult question to answer, as many forest assessments are often years or even a decade out of date by the time they’re published. But we’re getting there, thanks to better data and advanced computing power.A new study by Global Forest Watch, Blue Raster, Esri and University of Maryland released today outlines a method for mapping changes in deforestation hot spots through time. Combining 14 years of annual forest loss data with Esri’s emerging hot spot analysis and big data processing techniques, we can analyze where new deforestation hotspots are emerging and see the effect that countries’ forest policies are having.Here’s a look at what the study shows for three countries of the world with the largest areas of tropical rainforest:Brazil: Successful Forest Policy, but Unintended Consequenceslast_img read more