Saturday, 30 April 2016

14 Facts That Makes Women Great Leaders

In this present world, gender shouldn't be a factor in whether or not a person can be a great leader — a person's leadership abilities should depend on their individual strengths and personality traits. But in many cases, as we can observe now, women aren't encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male counterparts, contributing to an imbalance of who's in power. Now, according to the Huffington Post, last year, only 23 Fortune 500 Companies were led by women. But women are just as qualified as men are to lead, so why is there such a huge disparity between them? A 2015 study by talent management system Saba Software, conducted by the Harris Poll, discovered that 60 percent of male employees expect their companies to play an active role in their individual career options, versus 49 percent of female employees who expect this. Emily He, former chief marketing officer at Saba (now the CMO atDoubleDutch), said that this supports findings from other studies that women are more hesitant to speak up about their career ambitions. But in addition, Saba also discovered that women are driven more by intrinsic motivations about work, rather than what their jobs or employers demand from them. "In opposite to men, who tend to be career-centric and want to maximize their financial return from work, women view work more holistically, as a component of their overall life plan," He said. "Therefore, they're more likely to approach their careers in a self-reflective way and value factors such as meaning, purpose, connection with co-workers and work-life integration." Women's inclination toward a holistic, self-reflective approach could explain why female employees define leadership differently than some men do. Furthermore, sixty-five percent of women (versus 56 percent of men) said they view leaders as those who share their knowledge and connect with their colleagues to help the team and the business. so when women bring this attitude into managerial roles, it may actually make them stronger, more-effective leaders, He said. However, apart from their advantages, Saba's survey found that only 60 percent of women said they feel that they are leaders based on their participation in their business. In this case, women may not always realize how poised for success they are in leadership roles, but their potential and abilities are undeniable. Finally, here are 14 reasons why women make great leaders.
1.They value work-life balance. "As women that we are, we are great leaders because we are able to balance professional and personal leadership skills. It's easier to approach a women leader with a personal request, or a sensitive question. Now in my own case, I care about my team and their well-being, which includes their performance at work and their work-life balance. Furthermore, I also find women more proactive in becoming mentors, and sometimes it's already such an open and communicative relationship that the transition to mentor is easy." – Amy Killoran, creative manager, I Love Travel
2.They are empathetic. "In this case, most women are naturally empathetic and value relationships. This enables them to have a strong understanding of what drives and motivates people, and how to acknowledge different people for their performance." – Anna Crowe, CEO and founder, Crowe PR
3.They make great listeners. "Women in their own way, make great leaders because they take the time to listen instead of reacting right away. As women we appreciate people and their viewpoints. Whether they are right or wrong, we hear them out and then make our decision. We tend to give people chances that no others do." – Jo Hausman, career and leadership coach and author, "Go For It! A Woman's Guide to Perserverance" (Best Seller Publishing, 2016)
4.They are nurturing. "Now in this case, one of the key aspects of leadership is the ability to help your team members develop their own skills and strengths. Regarding that women are naturally nurturing, which in the best scenarios can translate to helping those around you succeed." – Marilyn Heywood Paige, vice president of marketing, FiG Advertising
5.They focus on teamwork. "As for me, the women [I've worked with] consistently demonstrate passion, enthusiasm and an immense capacity to serve and be served by others. I've observed women make bold and wise decisions as leaders while relying on others to be part of their team. The environment is less authoritarian and more cooperative and family-like, but with solid leadership." – Katharine M. Nohr, principal, Nohr Sports Risk Management
6.They're good at multitasking. "Women make great leaders as we are natural multitaskers. The ability to decisively and quickly respond to simultaneous and different tasks or problems at a time is a critical component to successful leadership." – Carolann Tutera, president, SottoPelle
7.They're motivated by challenges. "Believe this... As women, we are creative problem solvers motivated by obstacles. The desire to overcome a challenge fuels us to get things accomplished. Leaders don't take 'no' for an answer." – Jackie Zlatanovski, founder, Flik Flops
8.They're strong communicators. "This days and before now, communication is said to be among a woman's strongest skill — and female leaders know how to use it! Whether communicating with employers, co-workers, or partners, an open communication stream allows for clarity in executing roles and responsibilities. So in this move, female business leaders are able to communicate regularly, clearly and openly." – Tina Bacon-DeFrece, president, Big Frog
9.They dream big. "Women are able to make great leaders because they have an innate ability to dream big, challenge assumptions and inspire teams — and they know how to translate big ideas into concrete action and results." – Angela Dejene, executive vice president, Crosswind Media & Public Relations
10.They handle crisis situations well. "A lot of women, especially moms, are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crisis situations at home with compassion and patience. These attributes become very relevant when a woman leader is dealing with crisis situations whether this is related to HR or [clients]." – Huma Gruaz, president and CEO, Alpaytac PR
11.They can wear many hats. "Wearing many hats in the case of women, is often a regular occurrence in their lives. They often balance careers, households and even aging parents, among other things. Women pivot, adjust and focus on solutions. Resting in the doom and gloom can be time-consuming, so many shift to find positive solutions to life and work problems." – Gretchen Halpin, chief strategy officer, Hewins Financial Advisors
12.They check their egos. "Ego in most cases gets in the way of good decision-making in the C-suite. So in this move, women exhibit ego differently and they are good at decision-making with the ego held in check. This is a key advantage in working with boards of directors, partners and customers." – Joan Wrabetz, CTO, Quali
13.They have high emotional intelligence. "Emotional intelligence: is the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others and relate, also, is something that has recently gained momentum as an essential leadership behavior. In this case, I strongly believe this is something that comes more naturally to women than men, and is something that I've personally encountered in my career. Now, to truly create a great place to work and to get the best out of employees, demonstrating emotional intelligence as a leader is critical." – Lakshmi Raj, co-founder and co-CEO, Replicon
14.They're flexible. "In this part, women make great leaders because they are flexible, and agile. So as women, we can see the direction we thought we should take our company in isn't working and we regroup and change course for the better without much deliberation." – Danita Harris, CEO, Rated M

First-Time CEO? 6 Experiences That Gets You Prepared

In regard that first-time CEOs might initially think they're prepared to run a company, in some cases, they quickly realize they weren't as ready as they thought, new research finds. Now in this move, six months after they started in the job, first-time company leaders said they felt much less prepared than they did on their first day, a study found from The River Group LLC, a global leadership advisory firm. Specifically, first-time CEOs gave themselves an average "preparedness rating" of 7.2 out of 10 on day one, but six months later, reduced their scores to an average of 3.5. Apart from that, most of the new CEOs surveyed said, the job was quite enjoyable and fulfilling. "In overall, the majority find it both fulfilling and rewarding — the best job of their lives," the study's authors wrote. As part of the research, the study's authors uncovered six core "experiences" that first-time CEOS should be prepared to face: 1.Working with the board of directors: The unexpected demands and challenges of the board, in general and individually, are a big surprise for first-time CEOs, the study found. "In this case, they had to engage with the politics of the board collectively as well as with board members individually; this set much of the tone for how the board engaged with the CEO," the study's authors wrote. "This constant jockeying ate up much more time, energy and attention than our first-time CEOs ever expected." The study's authors further advised first-time CEOs to engage board members individually and collectively, set expectations early on and avoid ugly surprises. 2.Serving as master and apprentice: Now, in this part, CEOs quickly realize that their role requires simultaneous learning and leading. While others may view them as the masters, their own reality is that of being apprentices. "So they are expected to have the answers — to be the 'master' the organization requires," the researchers wrote. "Yet, at the same time, they are serving their apprenticeship, not knowing what it is they don't know or need to know about the role itself." So in order to deal with that paradox, CEOs should recognize that although others may see a "complete" CEO, learning on the job will be the reality, the researchers wrote. Furthermore, they should also work with other CEOs who have been through this before to help provide guidance, and should constantly seek feedback and act on it 3.Realizing the weight of their decisions: Get this noted, "the decisions CEOs make have a huge impact on the lives of their employees and their families". In that case, it weighs on them the most, the study found. "It never matter whether the cause of this negative impact was within their control or not, their conscience felt it just the same," the study's authors wrote. "And the feeling was significant and enduring." so in this regard, the researchers advised first-time CEOs to manage the stress that comes with making tough decisions and understand the need for maintaining emotional resilience and personal well-being. In coclusion to this, CEOs should also avoid trying to become detached, because connecting with employees at all levels of an organization is a crucial skill in being an effective CEO, the authors wrote. 4.Feeling alone: Working on this, CEOs should understand that they are often isolated and at the center of attention at the same time. "Our interviewees told us that [feeling isolated] is partly due to the fact that they can not be sure that the agenda of colleagues is pure and in the best interests of the organization," the researchers wrote. "Now the matter is this, who can they trust with information?" And at the same time, these leaders are always forced to be "on." "Their time is in high demand, everyone wants a piece of them and their time is not their own," the researchers wrote. So in order to combat these feelings, CEOs should expect relationships with colleagues to change, the researchers said. Additionally, CEOs need to recognize the impact of what they say and of every expression they make. Okay while their new role will change the behavior of others, it is very important that they themselves don't change, but instead stay true to who they are, the researchers said. 5.Expressing creative vision: Instead of the ability to wield power, CEOs say the best part of their job is the freedom to have a vision, set a course and see it through. "So in this case, they love it because they are in control of the process of creating," the researchers wrote. "That ability to make something, to express an idea and see it all the way through is the single biggest pleasure of being the CEO." Now, to foster this freedom, CEOs should use the power of storytelling to build commitment to their vision, take time to engage others before taking action and understand that having a well-articulated, clear sense of purpose can be a great motivator, the researchers said. 6.Seeing through the myth of control: For this part, be in the best place to know that CEOs don't have the total control that many people believe these leaders have. Organizational politics limit the true amount of power a CEO actually has, the authors wrote. "So with reason, listening to and engaging the collective leadership is vital, and that is why politics is an inevitable, and also arguably healthy at times, part of organizational dynamics — and why the CEO is at its political epicenter," the study's authors wrote. "Not recognizing and managing the impact of 'time vampires' has the potential to derail any CEO." So having this in mind, CEOs must be prepared to manage the realities of organizational politics through open engagement and healthy debate, and take control of their calendars by best managing those individuals who try to suck time away from important tasks. "In addition, the first-time CEO faces more pressure and scrutiny from employees, shareholders, boards and customers than ever before," Sandy Lyons, CEO of The River Group, said in a statement. "Finally, our study interestingly found that a first-time CEO feels more unprepared and isolated than ever before, while still feeling it is the best job of their lives." This study was based on more than 70 in-depth conversations with CEOs representing a range of public and private companies from all over the world

Friday, 29 April 2016

FCC Wireless Auction Meets Spectrum Target, Creating a Way for Fast, Reliable 5G

Television stations have willing agreed to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, and with that, they are potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers. The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said on Friday. In some areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders. This low-band spectrum, in the 600MHz band, is highly coveted by mobile carriers because it can cover long distances and penetrate walls and other obstacles. Furthermore, mobile carriers have pushed for more spectrum as their customers’ network use keeps growing, and the low-band spectrum will help carriers roll out faster 5G service, supporters say. And as the case is now, FCC officials didn’t release the number of TV stations that agreed to give up their spectrum, but they said the number was significant. So in that regard, participating TV stations can either move their over-the-air signals to other spectrum or go off the air in exchange for a share of the auction proceeds. The auction is able to raise US$60 billion, according to some estimates. “But some how, robust broadcaster participation is key to the success” of the so-called incentive auction, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “Today’s announcement reflects the voluntary decision by many broadcasters that this auction truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” The auction will lead to “vast economic and consumer benefits,” Wheeler said in addition. Finally, mobile trade group CTIA applauded the amount of spectrum that will be available. The trade group is encouraged to see so much interest in the FCC’s incentive auction, which will play a critical role in making spectrum available for 4G LTE and 5G technologies,” CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in one statement,

From Diploma to Paycheck: The Simple Job Search Tips for New Grads

In this case, after your graduation cap has been tossed and you've said your final goodbye to college life, it is a must for you to prepare to make the transition into the "real world." And if you're one of the many recent grads who have not yet landed a job, you may be starting to panic. But while you find yourself here, there is no need for you to fear. The forecast is good. According to Michigan State University's (MSU) 2015-2016 Recruiting Trends report, hiring will increase by an average of 15 percent across all degree levels, including associate's, bachelor's, MBA, master's, doctorate and professional. "Most of the signs points to another explosive year of growth in the job market for college graduates," Phil Gardner, an economist at MSU and the lead author of the report, said in a statement Some students may have started searching for their first postgrad gig months ago, but if it occurs that you waited until the last minute, here are you get a few things you can do right now to make yourself marketable to employers. Start going today: Famed poet William Butler Yeats once said, "Don't wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." The same applies to your job search. "One major or most important job search advice for college students is to start early," said Jason Weingarten, co-founder and CEO of talent acquisition software Yello. "Look at it in this form, if soon-to-be grads are just starting their job search, they are already behind. So in this regard, as early as freshman year, college students should begin building their networks by attending club events, networking with faculty members, securing leadership roles within campus organizations and lining up internships," said. Furthermore, you shouldn't necessarily wait until the perfect job listing comes your way, said Geoff Gross, president and CEO of Medical Guardian, a provider of personal emergency response systems. "Now, when it comes to applying for jobs, don't hold back," Gross said. "Even if the job description doesn't sound exactly like the type of work you want to do, it never hurts to apply." Even if you're not keen on a particular career opportunity, the job application process can still be helpful. So finally, get as much interviewing experience as possible, so when your dream job does come along, you'll know exactly how to impress the hiring manager, Gross advised. Show to prove what you've learned: Now to startwith, as a brand-new college graduate, you're not going to have a lot of professional experience under your belt. But even if you've had only one or two brief internships or volunteer gigs, you can still be a valuable employee. Entry-level workers tend to focus on what employers want to hear about their industry-related qualifications, but Erin Keeley, chief marketing officer of creative agency mono, said she's more interested in hearing about what a candidate learned from his or her experiences, professional or otherwise. "Now, this is what Cynthia Davies, managing director at design collective Safari Sundays added., "when I'm hiring, I'm impressed by candidates that highlights their life experiences over skills". So by taking note of this,"you should demonstrate what you learned about life and how you can apply what you've taken away from your background to your job — I think that makes you a well-rounded person." Polish your social media presence: I want you to get it straight, that in the world of today, it's more or less expected that social media will be involved in your job search in some ways. Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer of applicant-tracking system iCIMS, advised building a strong digital presence to make yourself findable online. "Have it in mind that social networking sites are great ways to show off your professional skills and expand your network," Vitale said. "They also offer candidates opportunities to connect with, and interact with, companies to increase their chances of being noticed." Furthermore, Alexa Merschel, campus recruiting leader for PwC US,reminded students that hiring managers are on social media, too, and will most likely search for candidates' profiles. Therefore, those questionable tweets and party photos you've posted might not be the smartest way to present yourself. "Students in this regard should not forget that some of those people [on social media] are potential employers and future colleagues," said Merschel, whose company offers a resource for job seekers called CareerAdvisor. "The best personal brands include a professional and appropriate online presence." In the other hand, social media can also be a research tool. Now, if you know the name of the hiring manager and/or key people at the company you're interviewing with, you should use social media to prepare, said Nathan Moody, design director of smart-space design firm Stimulant. But in anycase, during the interview, ask questions based on the conversation you've had with the interviewer — not what you've dug up on their social media accounts, he said. "There's a big gap between research and talking, reasonable inquiry and [invading] privacy, being curious and being creepy," Moody said further. Work out some offline networking for yourself: Social media has made it easier than ever to connect with others, but at the same time never be afraid to network the old-fashioned way, too. Speaking with like-minded professionals or seasoned leaders face-to-face may help influence your ultimate career path. "[In-person now] networking might be the biggest thing that makes students feel uncomfortable, but doing so will set you apart from the crowd," Gross said. "So create an elevator pitch to sell yourself, but be sure to ask the other person questions, too. Keep up-to-date resumes and business cards with you wherever you go — you never know when an opportunity to network will happen and what could come out of it." furthermore on this, keeping up with industry trends is important, too, because having industry-related information handy for conversation is a great icebreaker when networking with new contacts, said Courtney Buechert, CEO of advertising agency Eleven Inc. So in this move, you need to make it clear to hiring managers that you're not only up-to-date on industry news, but also have an opinion on it — employers are looking to add well-informed individuals to their organizations, Buechert said. "I'm very impressed by candidates that share relevant observations or a unique point of view about the industry," Buechert said. "It reveals ingenuity and self-confidence." Be sure of where you want to go: It's very cool and oKay to go into college and not knowing what you want out of your career. But before or by graduation day, you should have some idea of where you want to land, said Monica Smith, chairwoman and founder of MarketSmith Inc. and its sister companies. In her own case, she encouraged new grads to create personal road maps for the next one, five and 10 years. It may change as you go, she said, but it will at least help you get moving on your journey. "First, define what's important to you," Smith said. "Pitch your plan to anyone who will listen, and before you know it, you'll acquire the interviewing skills you need to put your plan into action." "Take note of this - having a strong personal brand involves knowing where you're going in life," Merschel added. "Recruiters want to hire young people who have put serious thought into their futures." Joe Weinlick, senior vice president at career network Beyond, made a recall to new grads that, regardless of where they end up, their first job often becomes a gateway to every job afterward. "Value the potential of the first job to lead to other jobs down the road," Weinlick said. "That aspect can be more important than salary and other more immediate considerations." Thanks for reading ....

Thursday, 28 April 2016

How You Can Make Your Android Phone Work More Closely With Your PC or Mac

Before anything is said or done, if you think about it very well, the computer you use the most during the day is your smartphone. But as the case is, you still probably have a Mac, PC, or maybe even a Chromebook that does the heavy lifting when it comes to tasks like documents, spreadsheet, image editing, and email. For this fact, in most cases, it's all the more annoying when you have to stop what you’re doing to pick up your phone, whether it’s to answer a text or transfer over a file. Especially since those who live in the Apple ecosystem have Continuity, which allows you to sync iMessages, open a web link with a click, and take phone calls with a paired iPhone and Mac. For now, no such tool from Google exists. But as the case is, there are others that might help you leave that phone on the desk more often. Now, which tools is best for you depends on what you’re after, and how much you’re willing to pay. But finally, there’s a decent spread on the table, and you may want to sample each one before you decide on a full helping. Pushbullet provides the whole package, for a price: Now, to start with, if incase you want to deeply tie your phone to your computer, then Pushbullet is the most complete alternative. The reason for this, is because it does far more than just replicate notifications: you can share links and files among devices, take action on messages, and even keep tabs on topics that interest you. Though the two most useful features, universal copy/paste and “priority” customer support, will cost you $5 per month or $40 per year. They work well and can certainly keep you from the need to pick up your phone all the time. Somehow the cost may be sensible enough, but Pushbullet stumbled a bit when rolling these out because it took some features that were previously fee and moved them to a paid tier. Goodwill is hard to earn, and the company has tried to win it back after acknowledging the missteps made. That one is a minor - then aside, I find Pushbullet to be the top option if you want maximum control over what your phone can do. The file exchange is especially helpful as you can navigate Android’s file system and dig out something that may have been buried. Also a dedicated desktop app for Windows and a Chrome extension (which I prefer as part of my suite of lightweight tools) to keep you connected. So in addition, if you don’t need the extra features, the free level might be enough. Or you could try it out for $5 for one month to see if it’s necessary for you. But for me the only drawback to Pushbullet is a lot of notifications and the ability to reply to messages duplicates some of what I already use: Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, and other services already push out through Chrome, and clicking on the notification takes you to the right app. But presently the extras are worth it for me, and they might be right for you if you desire a deeper hook into your phone. AirDroid is lightweight, but helpful: One other service that I’ve used off and on in the past and got to know again for this piece is AirDroid. It’s another one I like, particularly in how well you can glance at a notification and keep going or take more control over some specific functions on your device. AirDroid also treats your phone more like a PC, with full visibility over the file system and the ability to delete apps, take a screenshot, ping its location, and perform other remote work. furthermore, you have to agree to grant these permissions with the new model in Marshmallow, but once you do that you’re well on your way. Unlimited file transfer, multiple device support, folder transfer, and other tricks are all part of the $20 a year package. finally, the interface could use some work, particularly a few of the iOS-inspired icons. But if you will prefer a tool that can perform several specific phone functions, you may be tempted by AirDroid. Google Voice is still around, so far: Now, for this part specifically, if all you’re looking for is synced message conversations, and you’re ok with changing your number, then you may want to go with Google Voice For a while the service has been around, and operates under the concept that you can use one phone number for all your calls and messaging across multiple devices. The service lives in Hangouts, which at times is on the buggy side. But this offers you a way to give out a separate number for work or for those you don’t quite trust yet with your personal number. And more, in this case you’re able to text and call right from the desktop, which can be a great time saver. But still, if there’s a caveat here, it’s that the future of Google Voice is a little murky. If you try out Project Fi, for example, you may either have to use your Google Voice number or surrender it to the abyss. Google may be angling to kill off Voice as a standalone service and move it over to Fi, but it’s hard to say the exact fact for now. MightyText is straightforward sync and others: In your own case, if it’s just messaging you’re after, then you may find MightyText to be the right solution. It’s lightweight and lives in the browser, but it offers what you might have missed if you switched over to Android from the iPhone: the ability to write and respond to text messages from the desktop. Presently, there’s a free tier, though it’s rather limited. It won’t sync up all your existing messages and there are some nuisances in the form of ads that live in the web app. Though if you go for the pro option ($40 per year) you get quite a bit extra. As for me my favorite feature (available in the free tier) is the ability to send a link right to your phone. Yes, Chrome syncs up your tabs but it’s a bit buried inside the browser. This sends along a push message and it’s right there. Furthermore, while good sevice is certainly worth paying for, $40 a year for mirrored texting feels a bit hard to swallow, especially when you consider you get this type of capability for free with Google Voice or iMessage. The service has been around for many years, and it’s very reliable. It’s just a matter if you want another paid service in your life. Currently, cloud storage is still best for files: While a lot of these service offer file transfer to some degree, as for me I still think you’re better off going with your preferred cloud service. Usually, I recommend that people stick with what makes sense for their workflow: So in this regard if you’re all in with Google services, use Drive (the new selective folder sync is especially useful). If you want the absolutely fastest and most reliable syncing, then go with Dropbox, though you’ll probably want the $100 pear year 1TB plan. Office 365 user? Take advantage of your included 1TB of OneDrive. But also I like you to know that all services have solid Android apps that make it quick and easy to send over files. One quirk if you use Google Photos is that they show up in a series of folders organized by sequential order: now first, you have to go to the web or Android app to get all the facial-recognition magic. One final word of hope comes from an unlikely source: "Microsoft". The company revaeled its Build developer conference how a future Windows 10 update will mirror much of your phone’s notifications. So in that regard, if this turns out well, it could offer a free solution, provided you’re using Windows 10 instead of Mac or Chrome OS. And more, Google could certainly do some more in this space, with deeper ties between Android and Chrome a logical place to go. It would seem the ability is there to mirror Android notifications on Chrome and to more actively highlight features like Chrome tabs and draft emails. But as the case is now, you have some good choices which ought to give you the freedom to just leave the darn phone alone that much longer. Thanks for reading......

Small Business Loan and Cash Advance: What's The Difference You Need to Know?

First, if you're looking for cash to fund business growth, odds are you'll do it with a bank loan or a line of credit. But this, most especially has more to do with smaller businesses, merchant cash advances are another popular source of funds. A 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of New York study found that, regardless that loans and lines of credit are the most popular financing method among small businesses (57 and 52 percent, respectively), 7 percent had used merchant cash advances in the previous year. Smaller businesses were more possible to do this: Now, 10 percent of microbusinesses (revenues below $100,000) took out merchant cash advances last year. Either a loan or a cash advance may be a good choice, depending on how proceeds of the loan will be used. "Loan purpose should drive the whole conversation," said Ty Kiisel, head of financial education for OnDeck, an online provider of business loans. "That is going to actually tell you how much money you need and how much you can afford to spend for it." The mechanics of merchant cash advances: Apart from the fact that both financing methods involve receiving and repaying a sum of money, merchant cash advances are not the same as loans. Rather, the business receives an advance against its future credit card sales, and the provider draws money from the business's future credit card transactions as repayment. Payments are made daily or sometimes weekly. The repayment amount is based on a percentage of daily credit card sales called the holdback, which may range from 5 percent to 20 percent. Let take for example, if a business does $10,000 in credit card sales, and the holdback is 10 percent, the repayment amount would be $1,000. The holdback percentage doesn't change. But in anycase, the payment amount may vary base on the volume of credit card transactions. The cost of an advance, called the factor rate, is also a preset figure. It's also called the buy rate, it is usually expressed as a figure such as 1.2 or 1.4. An advance with a factor rate of 1.3 means the business will repay $13,000 for every $10,000 advanced for a period of a year. Comparing costs: The way merchant cash advances are priced can make it difficult to compare their cost with business loans. An advance charges all interest on the full amount up front, while a loan charges interest on a smaller amount each month as the principal is paid off. So a $30,000 charge for a $10,000 advance is not equal to a 30 percent annual percentage rate (APR) business loan. Instead it is closer to a 50 percent APR. With additional fees, the effective rate can go much higher. Jared Hecht, co-founder and CEO of New York City-based Fundera, an online platform for matching businesses with loans and advances, says users of advances often don't realize the true cost. "furthermore, we've seen customers who have taken out merchant cash advances and are paying an APR north of 150 percent and not even knowing it," Hecht said. Advances are short-term financing, and so are best suited for short-term for needs such as acquiring inventory. Most are designed to be repaid in six to 24 months. And unlike most loans, paying off a merchant cash advance early will not produce any savings. The factor rate is the same whether it takes the full intended term to pay back the advance or a shorter or longer time. For the fact that an advance does not require set monthly payments, a business will pay more when sales are good and less when sales are down. This can help to avoid cash crunches that might be more frequent with set monthly payments. "Now, when it comes to a business that is seasonal, that can be a lifesaver," said Andrew Rafal, president of Bayntree Wealth Advisors. "If they have a down month, they're not going to have to cover the fixed cost of a small business loan." Overall, a business loan can be significantly less costly than a merchant cash advance. Hecht advised always checking to see if a business loan is available before taking an advance. For example, he says some merchant cash advance users could quality for SBA-backed loans carrying a rate of 7 percent. "A merchant cash advance can be tempting, but there are numerous pitfalls that can leave small business owners in poor financial shape," Kiisel said in addition. Key differences: Speed of funding: Speed, in it own case is an important benefit of advances. Advances can often be applied for online and funds deposited into the business's account in 24 hours. So now, by comparison, weeks may pass from the time a bank loan is applied for until the borrower is approved and the cash is available. Borrowing limits: In this case, a merchant cash advance can supply amounts from a few thousand dollars up to $250,000 or more. SBA-backed loans, on the other hand, can go up to $5 million. Borrower requirements: when talking about credit history it is not important with an advance. So a business can be approved for an advance based on its history of credit card transactions. A bank business loan, however, will typically require the business owner to have a personal credit score of around 700. Finally, the owner will often have to personally guarantee the loan and may have to provide additional collateral. For example, a loan to buy factory equipment may be secured by the equipment, or by a lien against the factory building. The bottom line In this case Merchant cash advances can be faster, involve less paperwork, and be accessed by businesses with less credit history. However, they can cost considerably more than business loans, making loans preferable for borrowers that have the time and credit to obtain them. "At this point, what we've found is that most customers can generally take the time to wait a week or two to understand their offers and get competitive offers from a broader array of lenders across a variety of product lines," said Fundera's Hecht. "But somehow, some customers don't want to wait." Thanks........

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hackers Are Now Able to Track Your Whereabouts With Waze Vulnerability

Now, in your own case, if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to being stalked on the Internet, now comes along a new hack to the social driving app Waze. Researchers at the UC-Santa Barbara were able to showcase how to track an individual’s whereabouts by creating hundreds of different “ghost” drivers inside of the application. As was shown to a reporter from Fusion, the team could then track her whereabouts using how Waze which shows the location of other drivers and their username. Fortunately, the trick only works if the user is running Waze in the foreground. But if the app is running in the background it can’t be traced. The flaw isn’t new, as it was first discovered last summer. Now Waze is aware of the exploit, according to the report, so the Google-owned company is presumably working away on a fix. Important notice: It looks like each day there’s something new to worry about when it comes to the world of online security. Further, this latest issue with Waze is indeed creepy, and given the resources of Google we have to imagine that there would be some type of fix soon. And it's going to take someone with considerable hacking prowess to pull this off, but if the issue has anything to do with you then you will want to run the app in the background as much as possible or just go with another navigation solution.

Discover - The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Start a Career

Beyond every reasonable doubt, bigger appears to be better when deciding where to start your career, new research finds. According to that, ten of the 25 largest cities in the United States head Bankrate's listing of the best cities to launch a career, including New York City and Los Angeles, which top the list. In the process, the study evaluated 100 U.S. cities based on several factors a young person should consider when starting a career: job prospects, pay potential, quality of life, social opportunities and career advancement. New York City tops the rankings in part for being the best city for career advancement and social opportunities. Also, it was highly ranked in terms of pay potential and quality of life, while Los Angeles scored highly in the areas of social opportunities, career advancement and quality of life. "regardless that young grads will be faced with major competition for available jobs in these top cities, the opportunities for career growth and quality of life among peers far exceed what is offered in less competitive job markets," Claes Bell, a banking analyst at Bankrate.com, said in one of his statement. Now, without going too far, these are the year's 10 best cities to launch a career: (1)New York City, New York (2)Los Angeles, California (3)San Francisco, California (4)Washington, D.C. (5)San Jose, California (6)Boston, Massachusetts (7)Chicago, Illinois (8)Seattle, Washington (9)Dallas, Texas (10)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regardless that Fayetteville, North Carolina, offers a great quality of life, it ranks as the worst place to start a career, due to its lack of pay potential, job prospects and career-advancement opportunities. So moving in that mode, here are the 10 worst cities to launch a career in this year: (1)Fayetteville, North Carolina (2)Mobile, Alabama (3)Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas (4)Jackson, Mississippi (5)Montgomery, Alabama (6)Knoxville, Tennessee (7)Fort Walton Beach, Florida, (8)Shreveport, Louisiana (9)Greensboro, North Carolina (10)Roanoke, Virginia A low ranking, as the case may be, doesn't necessarily mean a young worker should avoid a certain city, Bell said.So when starting their careers, young professionals should determine what factors are important to their future and use research to determine what area best suits their needs, Bell said. "It's never everyone that is looking to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, so cities that ranked low on our list may be very desirable to some," Bell said. Important note: The study analyzed 100 U.S. cities based on metropolitan statistical areas with populations of above 250,000 and per-capita-GDP levels of above $40,000. And the top cities were selected based on an index that captured a total of 18 variables within five groups with equal weightings, such as job prospects, pay potential, quality of life, social opportunities and career advancement. Thanks.

Nextbit's Current Robin Update Adds Marshmallow and At The Same Time Drastically Improves Camera

Now, in your own case, if a subpar camera has been holding you back from buying Nextbit's Robin, today’s software update could be the catalyst that puts one in your hand. Recently the company announced the latest software update for its cloud-based Android flagship. The software tweaks appear minor at first, but the jump to Android 6.0.1 includes overhauled camera software that addresses some of the concerns that is noted in some of the review of the phone. Without going too far, here’s a quick look at what’s new. A redone Camera app: As the case is, I don't know in your own case. If you read any review of the Robin earlier this year, I think you should know that its camera app was incredibly sub-par for its price ($400 on Amazon). The Robin’s 13-megapixel camera is quite enough for a phone of this caliber, but the software left many of us unimpressed. Going furhter, with this latest update, Nextbit said it “literally ripped apart” the camera application before it was completely rebuilt so that it’s more efficient. “In addition to this, we also went back to camera tuning specialists and worked with them on additional corrections,” said Eric Lin, who is in charge of product marketing for Nextbit. I took two Robins—one loaded with the old camera app and one loaded with the revised app—for a quick spin in our camera lab and around the block. And it occured to be that I immediately noticed the difference in camera performance. One thing is this, the revised app launches more quickly and snaps faster than before. Its low-light photos look about the same, but the shutter is much more responsive. Before this time, the lag between hitting the shutter button and taking a picture was agonizing. It also led to blurry pictures. The interface for the camera app has also been polished up a bit with on-screen navigation controls, though the camera menu bar remains the same. But unfortunately, there is still no panoramic or slow-motion mode, and not much else has been added to the Robin’s manual mode. At the very least, the camera is now much faster in all types of lighting conditions. Better sound: Now, in this case, I want you to be in the best place to know that the smartphone makers are making a huge marketing push to highlight their audio abilities, and Nextbit is no different. Now this new software update features driver-level sound tuning for the Robin’s dual speakers and headphone jack. Furthermore, Nextbit has even partnered with the Danish audio company, AIAIAI, to offer a pair of special edition headphones that match the Robin’s playful coloring. Minor improvements towards a major play: Talking on this, Nextbit’s software development team made a few other improvements to the Robin’s software, including tweaking the Snapdragon 808 processor by optimizing its power consumption. It’s not an obvious tweak, though the updated phone doesn’t get as hot as the one running the older software. Now as the case is, you’ll also have access to all the new expanded emoji set featured in Unicode 7 and 8. Also, stand best to get it that software updates are a big deal in the Android world because too often they’re few and far between. Not even the major manufacturers can keep a consistent timeline. It’s taken BlackBerry five months to deliver its Marshmallow update, while most of Samsung and Motorola’s devices are still hanging out on Lollipop six months after Marshmallow's release. And in this case, that’s the reason for which Nextbit is heavily marketing its software updates, first by Periscoping that there’s one on the horizon, and then by actually launching the software update. Furthermore, smaller companies can often update their phones more quickly, as they usually sell unlocked phones without the carrier bureaucracy in the way. Finally, if Nextbit continues to offer consistent software updates based on user feedback, the company could easily become a favorite among Android enthusiasts. Important note: The software update will reach your Robin phones via an over-the-air update in the coming days - not going to be too long.

How You Can Add a Contact to Your Android Home Screen

Android’s 1x1 widgets are powerful and underused tools that is capable of helping you to start a specific action very quickly. One major example is the ability to add a contact directly to your home screen. Now, Android offers you three options: a widget that launches that individual’s contact card, a direct dial, or text message. Try out this, touch and hold on the home screen and then select Widgets. Next, you choose from one of the three choices: Contact 1x1, Direct dial 1x1, or Direct message 1x1. In this case the contact widget will launch that individual’s contact card details, such as phone number, email, and address. The direct dial widget will launch a phone call. When you place the widget on your home screen, you’ll need to choose the specific phone number that the dialer will start calling, if you have multiple numbers for that contact. And direct message will start a text message with the default texting app on your phone. I think that’s cool pretty handy for a significant other or anyone else you text frequently, as you don’t need to dig through your messaging app to find the conversation. The exact look may differ depending on your phone’s interface, but in anycase, these three main options should be on most Android phones. In conclusion, third-party dialer apps like Facebook’s Hello offer their own direct links you can put on the home screen. Feel cool...

Monday, 25 April 2016

Take Note - Three Mistakes That Could Be Sending Your Employees Away

This time around, when it comes to the case of many companies, retaining top employees is just as important as attracting new talent. So in this case employee turnover can be expensive — tens of thousands of dollars per year per lost employee, many sources say — and it's tough to find and train replacements. So it makes sense that employers would want to hold onto their people for as long as they can.
Now, there are so many different reasons an employee might hold to leave his or her job. Sometimes it's beyond the employer's control, but in other cases, organizational mistakes and a poor office environment cause people to decide to look for work elsewhere. Okay, if we should base on recently released surveys and reports, here you have the three big (preventable) factors that might be driving your best workers away. 1.Employers are not fostering "workplace vitality": In this case, smart employers know that employees who feel fulfilled by and dedicated to their work tend to stick around longer. Mars Drinks developed a concept called "workplace vitality," which measures this employee sentiment by looking at an organization's collaboration, engagement, well-being and productivity. Furthermore a report by Mars Drinks and LinkedIn found that only about half of all employees feel their current employers are doing a good job fostering workplace vitality, and the same percentage said they wouldn't actively recommend their workplaces to other job seekers. Finally, the report found that employees would feel more engaged if their jobs were challenging and important to them, and allowed them to make a positive impact and continue learning. 2.Poor technology results to staff burnout: In the world of today, technology has touched all facets of modern business operations, and tech-savvy employees, especially younger ones, expect to have the right tools to do their jobs. But without the right technology in place, your staff could easily burn out and decide they want to leave. According to a survey by Epicor Software Corporation it was found that 43 percent of business executives are concerned that growth — particularly when it comes without the proper systems to manage it — can increase employee workloads and place too much pressure on staff. So this, in turn, causes key staffers to leave for larger competitors (40 percent) or companies with better tech support (29 percent). In addition, more than three-quarters of respondents said ensuring access to all the information employees need to do their jobs is a very important factor in retention. 3.Employees are not getting the kind of recognition they desire In your own view, you might think that an annual raise is enough to make an employee feel appreciated, but according to a study by BambooHR it was found that money isn't always the best motivator. In fact, one in five employees said they would rather receive a promotion to a higher title without a raise, than a raise without a new title. Another third of respondents said they would prefer public recognition for their work accomplishments (for example, in a company-wide email) over a private bonus. Other factors that employees said they considered to be a significant "career advancement" included more direct reports, expanded responsibility and more face time with company executives. Thanks......

Your Five Awesome Google Keep Features You Aren't Using, But You Should Be

First of all, Google Keep is not preinstalled on all phones, which is a real bummer. But it's one of the most focused and useful apps in Google's arsenal. On the surface it's a stylish basic note taking app, but dig deeper and it ties into several other Google services, making it easier to get things work out. So without going too far, here are the five ways to unleash the amazing power of Google Keep. 1.Shopping list by voice: Keep is very great for making lists, lets take for example a shopping list. Now, if you actually title one of your lists "shopping list," you can add new items to it without even opening the app. It's a simple matter of pulling up your Google voice search by tapping the mic in the search bar or using the "OK Google" hotword. To do this, just say, "Add to my shopping list," and you'll get a cool Google Now card that lets you list items one after another. So by the time you're done, say "finished" or "that's it" to have everything you've added inserted into your shopping list note. Also you can add single items in a single step by saying, "Add [item] to my shopping list." Believe me, it's a remarkably well-developed feature. 2.Reminders: Down there at the bottom of each note in Keep is a "Remind me" button. In your case, you might never have paid attention to it because you already have reminders on your phone via Google Now. However, this feature is actually tightly integrated with Google Now. Now when you tap the reminder button, you have the option of setting a time or location reminder. With the time, you just pick when you want a reminder notification pushed. More, for a location-based reminder, type in an address or the name of a location, and your device will remind you when you are nearby. Take note, all the reminders you set in Keep are accessible in Google Now—it's the same system. Furthermore, you have the added bonus of getting the note text right there in the reminder when you set it through Keep. 3.Sharing lists: Many apps use the same terminology and icons for sharing content on Android, but as for Keep, it's a bit different. Keep has both sharing and sending, and they mean different things. Sending I konw, is what you will normally think of as sharing in other apps—taking the content from your note and pushing it to another app. That's in the overflow menu in Keep. Sharing, on the other hand, refers to making one of your lists available to someone else in Google Keep. So sharing a list gives you the chance for you to allow one of your contacts to read and edit a note. Yes for reall it's a great way to keep track of chores or a shopping list and don't forget the "voice features". So to share a list, just tap the contact plus button at the top of the screen, then enter a contact's name or email address. They'll get a message asking them to accept the invitation to manage the note. You can open the sharing menu again at any time to remove someone from the note as well. 4.Get text from images: To startwith, did you know images can be inserted into Keep notes? I believe that's pretty straightforward, but what about extracting the text from those images? with Keep you can do that too, and it's a really useful feature. Now, for example, you just snap a photo of someone's business card or a sign, then have keep turn it into editable text. The first step is getting an image in Keep. Then you can add a photo to a new note with the camera button at the bottom of the screen. Okay, either snap a new image or import the one you've already taken (these can be screenshots too). For existing notes, the image option is in the overflow menu. So once you've got the pic in Keep, open the overflow menu and select "Grab image text." Google Keep runs optical character recognition on the image (which takes a couple seconds) and adds the text under the image finally. 5.Send to Docs: Using all the widgets, voice commands, image imports, and so on, your Keep notes might start to get a little ungainly. If you want to use that text for something more intricate. Furthermore, Keep isn't the best environment. But luckily, you can get all the text in a note into a Google Drive document in one step. All you have to do is, to just open the note that you want to transfer to Docs, and go into the overflow menu. At the bottom you'll see "Copy to Google Doc." This option catches all your text and images, then transfers them to a new Google Doc. The original note is left untouched, and you can truly say you have mastered Google Keep. Bye for now.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The College Degrees That Can Easily Land You a Job

This year, the college graduates with business or technology degrees should have a leg up on the competition when searching for work, new research finds. Majors related to business and technology account for five of this year's most sought-after degrees by employers, according to a CareerBuilder study. Without going too far, here are this year's 14 most in-demand degrees: (1)Business – 35 percent (2)Computer and information sciences – 23 percent (3)Engineering – 18 percent (4)Math and statistics – 15 percent (5)Health professions and related clinical sciences – 14 percent (6)Communications technologies – 11 percent (7)Engineering technologies – 11 percent (8)Communication and journalism – 8 percent (9)Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities – 7 percent (10)Science technologies – 7 percent (11)Social sciences – 6 percent (12)Biological and biomedical sciences – 6 percent (13)Architecture and planning – 6 percent (14)Education – 5 percent Employers plan to hire the most new grads this year for information technology, customer service, finance/accounting, business development and sales positions, the study found. Overall, this year's college graduates should have a slightly easier time finding work than grads in years past. The research showcased that 67 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates this year — up from 65 percent last year and the best outlook for recent grads since 2007. "In addition to an improving economy, we have start to see a rising number of retirements, which is creating more room for advancement and creating opportunities for entry-level candidates," Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in one statement. Furthermore, in order to help soon-to-be college grads, CareerBuilder recommended several resources for a successful first-time job search: Career services offices: Be in the best place to take advantage of what your school has to offer. Career services offices typically offer valuable research materials, advice on job training and connections to local companies. Talent networks: Now to startwith joining different company talent networks is a way to stay informed of new job openings. Social media: You should follow and engage with various employers on social media. At the same time, be sure your own social media presence is squeaky clean. Professional associations: Get yourself to join local chapters of professional associations dedicated to the occupations and areas in your field. These associations offer great networking opportunities and often feature exclusive job posting boards or a directory of member companies you can access. Alumni: For this part just join your alma mater's local alumni association to learn about, and possibly meet, hiring managers at companies that interest you. Job boards:Start monitoring various job boards, as they often feature opportunities for all experience levels, including new grads. So start making a list of the locations where you'd like to work and the companies you want to work for, and then expand your search to include other related job titles in those companies and locations. Job-hunting events: Now I want you to take note of this, career fairs offer great opportunities to network with new contacts, so practice your elevator speech and gain confidence in speaking with recruiters. This study was based on surveys of 2,186 hiring managers and human resources professionals in the private sector across a variety of industries and company sizes. Thanks for reading

How You Can Switch to Guest Mode If You Let Someone Borrow Your Phone

There are so many new phones out there, and any time you show up with the new hotness your friends are bound to want to check it out. Even if you trust them, you are never quite sure of where their fingers will go. So in this regard, you may have some text conversations or images that you’d rather not open up to a set of prying eyes. right now, Android has a native guest feature that solves this problem. By the time you enable it, all of your data is inaccessible to the guest user: somehow it will be as if they’re looking through a brand new phone. Now!!! Swipe down from the top with two fingers and touch the user icon on the upper right. Next, touch the Add guest icon and then your phone will switch over. Take note of this, all the apps on the device won’t be connected to your account, so Google Photos, Gmail, and Chrome are all safe. To end guest mode, just tap the user icon and choose Remove guest. You’ll then be able to head back into your main account, though a fingerprint, passcode, or other type of unlock is required. Finally this may work differently depending on your specific device. For example, theGalaxy S7 offers a Private mode, which you can turn on from the settings. So you need to be sure to check out your own device if you have a non-stock user interface. Even if the specific configuration is different, the native tools for some type of guest mode should be available. Thanks

Discover The Five Important Personal Branding Tips for Women in Business

Take this fact with me, "if you have an online presence, you have a personal brand". Just like a corporate brand, every status update, tweet, blog post and photo you share will automatically become a part of your cumulative image. Anyone who views your social profiles — be it a colleague, an employer or a potential business partner — can form an opinion about you based on what's there. So for this reason, so many of today's professionals invest time in building and curating an authentic presence that highlights their best qualities. "Just believe this - social and mobile technologies is continuing to reshape how we interact, communicate and glean insights," said Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group. "At the same time these same technologies provide an opportunity for you to shape your message and take ownership of how people, customers and businesses perceive you." Now if we are to talk on women in particular, a strong personal brand can open the door to new business and career opportunities. One thing you need to know is this.... Strong female professionals know that closing the gender gap in the workplace begins with supporting your female colleagues, and putting yourself out there is the best way to make important networking connections with other women in business, said Gabrielle Wood, Ph.D. and adjunct faculty member at Kaplan University. "So as a female leaders climb the ladder, they often find themselves among a few women in upper-management positions," Kaplan said. "Personal branding provides an opportunity for them to gain support by connecting with other female leaders." "Now. looking at women in business, and particularly women in tech, it has become incredibly influential allies," added Lori Wright, chief marketing officer of BlueJeans video communication platform. "Women professionals have more opportunities than ever before, and a strong network can open up opportunities in areas you may never imagine alone." Mou Mukherjee, director of marketing at Aruba S.p.A.'s .Cloud top-level domain registrar, noted that women in business can learn a lot from each other. Sharing your own experience through personal branding can help you find mentors and other female professionals who can play a vital role in your life, she said. "Women can be your biggest advocates because they have overcome challenges themselves," Mukherjee said. "There are some common issues that women may face in their careers; but as the case is, each will take a slightly different path, and I think there's a lot to be learned in those nuances of female character." Finally whether they're just starting their careers or looking to advance, here you have some important things for women in business to keep in mind when they're building their personal brands. 1.Let others know your place: Who you are and what you value are important parts of your personal brand, Kaplan said. She said that you should share your ideas, advice and opinions on professional subjects via social media. This will give readers the ability to get to know your strengths, where you stand and what to expect from you, she said. "This can pique the interest of others in your talents, leading to invitations to engage in professional activities that match your interests and competencies," Kaplan said. 2.Get involved in your community: If whether it's a digital forum or an in-person networking event, devote some time to causes and conversations that matter to you on a personal and professional level, said Hariharan. "So in this move, by strengthening your greater network, you can exchange ideas, find a sounding board and sometimes a support system among those who understand the benefits and challenges and can empathize on multiple levels," she said. Also involvement can mean talking to other women in your industry and asking them for professional advice, said Amy Callahan, co-founder and chief client officer of Collective Bias, a platform that connects brands and consumers through influencer- 3.Created social content:. "I think you should know that business today operates at light speed, so having connections is a huge asset," Callahan said. "I find that people, and women in particular, are happy to share knowledge as long as it's not proprietary information. So not only does your personal brand benefit your organization, but the relationships your brand allows you to build can become critical when looking for that next opportunity." 4.Project confidence and a sense of belonging: Connie DeWitt, senior vice president of product management at financial software company Adaptive Insights, said women in male-dominated work environments often feel like it's not really "their" culture. This sense of feeling like an outsider can really put a chip in your confidence, but DeWitt emphasized the importance of working past that, and assuring yourself that you do deserve a seat at the table. "So stop feeling like a fish out of water and just believe it's your water, too," DeWitt said. "It's not just about establishing yourself as a leader and building a strong personal brand, it's about believing that you belong and have truly earned your stripes. That what that can give you the confidence to propel your career forward." 5.You should believe in what you're doing: Savvy social media users can spot a disingenuous online presence from a mile away, and in this case, if you're pretending to be interested in something when you're not, they'll figure it out. Wright noted that authentic, genuine passion is essential to a credible personal brand. "You can't fake passion for long, so make sure you believe in what you are doing, whether that is the company you build, or the company you work for," Wright said. "Now at this point you can pick up a lot of skills in a variety of roles, but the only way to ever achieve your personal greatness is to find the role that piques your passion." Cause your actions to count as much as your words: Regardless of the fact that your digital profiles are the easiest way for new contacts to learn about you, your personal brand goes beyond what you post online, Mukherjee said. It's also about what you do in your everyday life. "So at this point when it comes to personal brand, people immediately think about writing articles or having a personal website," she said. "While all of this can reinforce and amplify who you are, ultimately, your personal brand is a combination of all your real-life interactions. It's about how you build relationships, how you respond to situations, and the impressions you leave behind everything you do."

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Five Best Job Search Apps

Before anything is said, I believe we all konw that mobile apps are some of the most powerful tools available to today's job seekers. So in this case, regardless of your preferred smart device, you can take your job search on the go, and apply to positions any time, anywhere. So in that sense, here are the five free apps that will help you find your dream job. (1)Jobaware: Jobaware is one of the highest-rated iOS job-search app, It allows you to sync all your job-search activity on the web and on the app, as well as integrate with LinkedIn. You can track your search progress, compare jobs in different cities, check specific companies for jobs and view salary information. It also connects you with a variety of learning resources to aid in your job search. (2)Jobs by CareerBuilder: Using the CareerBuilder app, you are able to search for jobs by industry, location or company. So in that case you don't even need a CareerBuilder account to use the app: All you need to do is to simply upload your résumé from your smart device or Dropbox account, and start your search. You can track and view your job-search history, save jobs for later, and even view your competition with average stats on other applicants' education levels and years of experience. CareerBuilder is also able to recommend jobs and alert you when your application has been received and viewed. (3)JobCompass: Now to starwith, when you're considering a new job opening, proximity is key. So in this case, accepting a position that's far from home could mean you'll have to move or endure a long commute. But the JobCompass website and app focuses on finding you jobs that are nearby. Now, while most job boards allow you to filter search results based on your ZIP code, the JobCompass app uses your smartphone's GPS to show you where the job is in relation to you or another specified location. Fnally if you're thinking about moving to a new area, search for jobs in more than 55 countries to see what's out there. And when you find a job you like, email it yourself or apply directly within the app (JobCompass). (4)LinkedIn Job Search: LinkedIn is believed to be one of the most popular professional networking tools out there, but it isn't just about selling yourself with a flattering personal profile. Just the same on the LinkedIn website, LinkedIn Job Search lets you search for open positions in your industry and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria. So when you find something you like, you can apply directly in-app with your LinkedIn profile. The app also will recommend jobs based on your profile and past search criteria, and notify you when a relevant job goes live in your area. (5)LinkUp Job Search Engine: If it occurs you're searching for positions on open job boards, I believe you run the risk of applying to a fake or scam job. LinkUp pulls listings directly from company websites, so the jobs you find through the app are always current and legitimate. Like many other job-hunting apps, this one lets you save listings you like, revisit your search history and receive alerts for relevant jobs. Thanks......

Google Photos Update Provides Emoji Search, Manual Backup For Local Images and Video

Most times you will rather prefer to pick and choose what gets backed up to cloud storage instead of just tossing everything up there. Finally, you can do that with Google Photos, as the version 1.18 update adds in manual backup so as to enble you select individual photos and videos to store on Google's servers. Google have said that you can choose one or more images at a time and then add them to your online storage. Another new, although peculiar, feature is emoji search. Yes, you can use a cat, taco, or any of those new emojis to track down an image. One of them I think could serve as your favorite is from the Mona Lisa emoji. It actually turned up, well, pictures of the Mona Lisa, so I took a while at the Louvre. So if you want to give it a try yourself and see what you discover, then grab the 1.18 update from APK Mirror or wait for the rollout from the Google Play Store. Major note: Be in clear view that the emoji search is more of a toy to try out Google’s visual search capabilities, and it might impress some friends at your next social event. But in anycase, the manual update will be useful if you will rather be more selective about what you backup. Finally, if you will choose to go through your images and just choose the good ones to keep, that could save you some cloud space.

The Three Career Trends Unfolding in this Modern Workforce

Presently it's no secret that the job market has changed a lot in recent years. And more so far, employers currently value cultural fit almost as much as skills. In this regard, job seekers know that they have the upper hand as employers compete for the top talent. And employees have no problem walking away from organizations that no longer align with their goals, regardless of how long they've been there. As the case is, most workers and employers are aware of these realities, but what else is happening in the modern workforce that could influence career or hiring decisions? Based on recently released surveys and reports, here you have the three career trends unfolding in today's organizations. (1)Workers are returning to their former employers: Most people, when they quit their job, they probably don't expect that they'll ever work for that company again. But in respond to this kind of situation, Spherion and Research Now found that nearly 30 percent of American workers have returned to a previous employer after they've left, and another 41 percent would be open to returning. "Boomerang" employees, as the study called them, say that salary is the biggest draw, but they would also consider coming back if a former manager or colleague asked them to. But in anycase, if the move feels like a step backward or if the culture wasn't right the first time around, employees will pass on the opportunity to come back. Now, employees are learning to be more careful about what they say at work:. Furthermore, despite company cultures of openness and honesty, sometimes a slip of the tongue or an offhand comment can kill your career. One study by authors Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, published on HRVoice.org, found that 83 percent of employees have witnessed a colleague say something that had catastrophic results in the workplace, and nearly 70 percent made a "catastrophic comment" themselves. So more, according to the survey, things like brutally honest feedback, office gossip and discussing taboo topics have cost employees promotions/raises, their reputations or even their jobs. Most working women want to go abroad: First of all most companies often send employees out to their international offices to meet with clients and business partners. But as the case is really, employers are missing big opportunities to engage their female workforce in these assignments. Now, according to research by PwC, 71 percent of millennial women want to work outside their home country during their career, but women only account for 20 percent of the internationally mobile population. So in conclusion PwC advised companies to better align their global mobility, diversity and talent management strategies to close the gender gap for assignments abroad. Thanks

Google: An Executive Who Brought Us Project Ara, Tango, and Jacquard Leaves For Facebook

In many cases, it’s always encouraging to hear about women kicking ass and taking names in the technology sector, but somehow, the loss of former DARPA director Regina Dugan is surely a huge blow to Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) group. Starting from 2012, Dugan’s led Google’s ATAP division through a particularly creative era. She helped propel technologies like Project Tango, which is launching its first smartphone this summer; project Ara, which is Google’s attempt at launching a fully modular smartphone; and Project Jacquard, which involves weaving multitouch textile sensors into regular clothing. Also I believe you might remember Dugan showing off an electronic tattoo at the All Things D conference years back. As Wired notes, part of Dugan’s philosophy at Google was that researchers were assigned to projects for no more than two years. “Really, I believe that that’s essential for innovation,” Dugan told Wired last year. “One week of their time is one percent of their entire duration in ATAP. That makes them impatient with bureaucracy and process. And with a small enough group, you can start to strip away those things and go really fast.” Dugan provided her own statement on the “bittersweet” move to Facebook: On one hand, am tremendously excited. Building 8 is an opportunity to do what I love most... tech infused with a sense of our humanity. Audacious science delivered at scale in products that feel almost magic. A little badass. And beautiful. There is much to build at Facebook... and the mission is human... compelling. But am sad to leave the pirates of ATAP...Each of our efforts to create new, seemingly impossible products, has been faced with intense challenges along the way. Technical challenges. Organizational challenges. Challenges that might have broken lesser teams. This is the type of work we signed up for when we built ATAP. It is terrifying because it means we have to face our fear of failure, stare it down, more days than most. So be it. In anycase, at Facebook, I Dugan will lead Building 8, which is literally a building on the social network’s Menlo Park campus that is devoted to hardware innovation. Furtheremore, there are few details about Building 8 to begin with, but Facebook hinted that it will primarily focus on developing “new hardware products to advance our mission of connecting the world.” And so I believe it’ll be interesting to see if Dugan has a hand in any of the weird hardware shown at F8, too, like this VR selfie stick. During her departure, Google told The Verge, “We are really greatful and much big thanks to Regina Dugan for all her leadership and contributions as part of the Advanced Technology and Projects group, and we wish her the very best.” But the question remains of who will be able to fill such giant, innovative shoes now.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Current International Negotiation Challenges

In the case of many U.S. entrepreneurs, the next step after national expansion is doing business around the world. Regarding that, global markets can represent a large opportunities for profit and growth, and it's easier than ever to connect and communicate across time zones and geographical locations. But one major thing is this.. the technological simplicity of global communications doesn't mean automatic business success from working with overseas partners. Now, as for the case of the Americans they used to dealing exclusively with other people in the U.S., negotiating with international partners can still be a challenge, even in the globalized 21st century. So to further cearify you on this, professors William Hernández Requejo and John L. Graham of the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business are experts in helping Americans create viable business relationships all around the world. So in this case, Business News Daily asked the two about the challenge of these relationships and the solutions. Business News Daily: So far, what should readers know about your background on this topic? John Graham: [William Hernández Requejo and I] so far have spent the last three decades deeply involved in international negotiation representing Fortune 500 companies; studying negotiation styles in 20 countries; [and more ] teaching international negotiations to American and foreign managers including Israelis, Cubans, and U.S. Marines. And between us, we've written four books on the topic. And our most recent and most controversial is "Inventive Negotiation: Getting Beyond Yes" [Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, co-written by Lynda Lawrence]. BND: In your own point of view, why do American business owners struggle to negotiate with international partners and customers? William Hernández Requejo: Now to startwith, Americans struggle in their negotiations with international partners and customers because they are not aware of the complexities such efforts entail. In this case, international work requires a lot of homework and a significant dose of patience. But most importantly, it requires innovation and provokes innovation. Americans [in addition] value good personal relationships less than our international partners [do].So for this reason, we're more interested in information, and they're more interested in trust. We're interested in making deals. They're interested in building sustainable commercial relationships. Graham: At the long run we see four major kinds of problems in working in diverse groups: differences at the level of language, nonverbal behaviors, values and decision-making processes. Speaking the languages of your customers is key, yet Americans are lousy at languages. Already, interest in learning Chinese is beginning to wane in the U.S. BND: How important do you see this problem to be? Does it impact profits? Graham: Okay fine, all these differences can get in the way of innovation and profits. But the rituals of negotiation and the mutual decision-making processes vary around the world. In the States, negotiators prefer a one-thing-at-a-time approach, settling quantity, price, warranty, etc. Okay sequentially. In Asia, a more holistic process is typical, where all issues are discussed in an apparently — to Americans — haphazard way. Americans get angry when a Chinese partner brings up price for the third time. Also, Americans can't measure progress in the talks and tend to give things away when the other side is actually about ready to settle down. BND: With your findings, what are some of the most common issues? Language? Humor? Others? Hernández Requejo: Now, most of the problems we've described above can best get straightened out by investing time in building personal relationships first. As we mentioned, Americans need to understand the critical value this plays within negotiations. BND: Currently are there particular cultures or nations that Americans struggle with? Graham: Okay thanks, the pitfalls of international negotiations vary from country to country. Lets take for example, Americans can't keep their mouths shut during Japanese silent periods. That limits the information we can get, while we spill the beans to the Japanese. Alternatively, Americans don't handle Israeli interrupts well. We get annoyed with the Israeli aggressiveness. German frankness is off-putting, while Mexican indirectness is frustrating. Hernández Requejo: Now, without going too far one of the problems we have seen recently is the discord created when Cubans frequently interrupt Americans. The Americans get cranky, and the Cubans don't learn as much as they'd like, because the conversational styles don't mix well at the nonverbal level. BND: If you don't mind, how can business owners do better at this? Training? Delegation? Consultants? Graham: Now to be in a clear picture, all of these can be helpful. We know that training in innovation process can lead to more-inventive agreements and relationships. One of our clients, an executive at Ford, told us, "When you're negotiating with Japanese, keep your mouth shut," which worked wonders in their joint venture with Nissan. In addition, the importance of involving bicultural locals can't be overstated. Trade always follows immigration, and perhaps the greatest asset we have in this country is immigrants from around the world. Furthermore, Americans will do well to borrow ideas about negotiation from some of our foreign partners, particularly the Dutch and Japanese. Both are great at building sustainable and innovation-filled commercial relationships, by nature. Also, we can learn from Silicon Valley and Hollywood about inventive negotiation. Indeed, one of the most divisive international problems is intellectual-property-rights thefts by Chinese [companies]. However, we note some good news about inventive collaboration — teams of researchers that included both Americans and Chinese garnered a record 1,681 U.S. patents in 2015. BND: Where are we heading to with this? For example, are cultural differences with potential Cuban partners likely to be a more important issue soon? Hernández Requejo: Now for this part, after more than half a century of commercial silence between our two countries, the doors of cooperation are beginning to creak open. During those 50 years, we have forgotten how to work together. Somewhere between Karl Marx and Wall Street is the middle ground of inventive negotiation — that is, collaboration and creativity. Thanks