How To Handle Coworkers Your Really Dislike

first_img 7 Companies With Incredible New Offices Impressive Skills to Include on Your Resume Also on Glassdoor:center_img Coworkers can make or break a work environment—for the better or worse. Although we can’t choose who we work with, we can choose how we interact with them. We turned to Dr. Stephanie Sarkis to get insight into how to approach building and maintaining positive relationships with coworkers.Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a clinical specialist, counselor, author, and overall expert in helping people navigate emotional and professional situations effectively. If your office environment has grown tense or toxic, taking steps to bond with your colleagues and improve your working relationship is not only going to improve team dynamic but it is going to make your job much easier.Glassdoor: What’s the #1 thing people can do to improve their relationships with their coworkers?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Seek to understand rather than to be understood. Consider where your coworkers are coming from with their thoughts, actions, and attitudes. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with them, but it does help you detach from conflict and you may even form some new friendships.Glassdoor: What do you see as common areas of conflict or frustration with coworkers, and how can those best be avoided and/or handled?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: One of the main sources of conflict or frustration with coworkers is feeling like you are not being heard or respected. This can be a demeaning feeling. This is especially true when the lack of respect is a violation of your basic rights – like freedom from harassment in the workplace. Setting firm boundaries with coworkers can help, and if your legal rights are being violated, consult an attorney.Glassdoor: One of my favorite quotations is this one by Samuel Johnson: “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” What’s a strategy or tactic you recommend for working with people you may not like, but have to get along with in order to be successful at work?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Realize that very rarely is anything personal. Everyone you interact with is going through their own struggle, something that you know nothing about. While disrespect shouldn’t be tolerated, remember that if someone at work is irritable, remember the cause of their irritability most likely has nothing to do with you. Watch that you are not “mind-reading” your coworkers – you truly have no idea what they are thinking. Besides, what people think of you is none of your business.Glassdoor: What are some ways to foster connections that also maintain professional boundaries?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Find common ground with your coworkers. Maybe you both share an interest in travel or photography. Maybe you both find your boss to be insufferable. (Be careful talking about that last one with your coworkers – you never know what is going to get back to your boss.) A good rule for professional boundaries is not to talk to your coworker about anything that you would not want repeated in front of your coworkers or your boss.Glassdoor: When all else fails, what can employees do to improve their working relationship with colleagues?Dr. Stephanie Sarkis: Look for the good in others – notice and compliment your coworkers on a job well done. Positive reinforcement is something all people enjoy, and it shows that you are a positive and empathic person. Also, always give credit where credit is due. If a coworker was instrumental in you being able to complete a project, make a point of acknowledging it.last_img read more

Thermo Fisher Is Hiring Summer Interns Now — Here’s How to Get Hired

first_imgPreviously, college students carved out a few hours during their spring break to search for summer internships. Locking in a coveted summer gig could wait until March or early April, however, times have changed and the competition has gotten steep.Biotech company Thermo Fisher Scientific is getting a jump on their intern hiring now with an eye to hire about 200 interns for summer 2018. “Thermo Fisher Scientific offers best-in-class internships. We give you a true hands-on experience, the opportunity to solve real-time problems, the chance to network with other interns from different backgrounds, exposure to senior leadership, and even opportunities to give back to the community,” reads their site.Available to college students of all degree levels, successful Thermo Fisher internships can lead to direct hire positions upon graduation or an interview for their coveted Leadership Development Programs, which are available to new grads and offer on-the-job learning opportunities, mentorship and structured learning.“The program helped me smoothly transition from academia into a business environment, and I gained a lot of technical knowledge from the start. This mentorship program advanced my career and allowed me to develop business acumen and leadership skills,” says one former intern, Taylor. “Through these mentorships, I was able to move into a new position in manufacturing. Now, as a manufacturing engineer I am helping to make sure customers are getting exactly what they ordered in an efficient and reliable way.”Whether you’re looking at a career in genetic analysis, software engineering, research and design or marketing, an internship at Thermo Fisher is the best first step you can take.Check out this inside look at Thermo Fisher’s intern program, and explore an internship that fits your life. Available Intern Jobs at Thermo Fisher Scientific 3.5★ MBA Summer Intern Thermo Fisher Scientific Waltham, MA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 3.5★ Finance Internship Program Thermo Fisher Scientific Allentown, PA Advanced Technology Analytics Intern Thermo Fisher Scientific Madison, WI 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Software Engineering Co-op Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Franklin, MA See more Intern jobs at Thermo Fisher Scientific Advanced Technology (AT) Spectroscopy Intern Thermo Fisher Scientific Madison, WIlast_img read more

How One Mompreneur Makes Remote Work Possible for Thousands

first_imgGlassdoor: I understand that the employees of FlexJobs all work remotely. What are the benefits of remote work that you’ve seen in your own life? Sara Sutton Fell: As you might imagine, founding a job search service that champions flexible work options means that I created FlexJobs with the same sorts of flexibility for our own staff, right from day one. So everyone on our team works remotely from their own home office, and the majority with flexible hours as well.While I hear almost daily from my team members about why it’s important to them, I am personally and continuously thankful for the benefits that remote work offers me as a mom and as a CEO. Just not having to waste time in the morning dressing up for work, and eliminating the stress and time associated with a morning commute make it worthwhile. But also I’m able to be a better, more involved mom because of remote and flexible work–I can easily flex my schedule go to my kids’ school and sports events, to take them to the doctor when they’re sick, or pick them up from school and have an afternoon snack with them to hear the debrief of their day. Other lifestyle benefits are that I pick my lunch from my garden, walk our dog during my coffee break, or take a hike at lunch.And when big things happen, such as when I got divorced or when my father was hospitalized or a friend needs urgent help, the time savings and schedule flexibility are even that much more important to help juggle what I needed to both in my personal life and in my work life.Remote work doesn’t make it all easy, but it does make it all massively easier! 13 Companies With Enviable Work From Home Options Sara Sutton Fell has been tackling challenges in current employment from a young age – in her junior year at UC Berkeley, she took time off to found an entry-level job search website. Years later, during a job search for a position that allowed her flexibility as a new mother, Sutton Fell was surprised by the difficulty she faced in finding a suitable job that allowed remote work. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her not to give up, but to actually create her own remote job – and help others find remote work along the way. The company she founded, FlexJobs, offers a pre-screened database of telecommuting and remote jobs to jobseekers. In the spirit of its work, FlexJobs is an entirely remote company, with employees scattered all over the country. More recently, Sutton Fell founded Remote.co, a resource that offers information, tools, and management for companies and individuals looking to create remote teams. Glassdoor reached out to Sutton Fell, who has been called the “Queen of Remote Work” to learn more about the benefits of remote work and how to achieve it – whether in your own career or for your employees. Glassdoor: What inspired you to start FlexJobs? Sara Sutton Fell: Quite honestly, I was going through a job search myself, looking for a job that would offer some work flexibility (remote work options, a part-time or flexible schedule, or freelance work) but that also in-line with my career. At the time, I was pregnant with my first child, and I knew that as I started my family I did not want a job that had a rigid traditional schedule or arbitrary requirements to be on-site when I was able to be just as productive working remotely. Quickly in my job search, I became aware of the massive amount of low-quality jobs, scams, ads, and “too good to be true” jobs in this niche (especially “work from home” jobs, with some estimates showing 60-70 scam jobs for every 1 legitimate telecommuting job, for example).From previous career experience, I knew that real, professional jobs that offered work flexibility did exist, so I knew that they were just buried under all of the clutter. As I looked at the job landscape, I realized that there were millions of other people looking for flexible job options just like I was, and I believed there had to be a better way.And that’s where the idea for FlexJobs came from—I wanted to create a trusted, efficient site for people who want and need work flexibility to be able to easily find legitimate, professional-level jobs in one place, without having to weed through scams, ads, or “too good to be true” business opportunities. I firmly believe that working parents, and all professionals, shouldn’t have to choose between their work and their life, and that flexible work options are a win-win for both people AND companies.5 Tricks to Stay Motivated When Working at HomeGlassdoor: Why are many managers still reluctant to let their employees work remotely? Sara Sutton Fell: Trust is the biggest issue because the type of trust many managers lazily rely upon is “face time.” In too many companies there is still a big reliance on 20th-century management practices such as where people needed to be in their seats in an office for managers to feel confident that they’re working.  Unfortunately, that type of “face time” or “helicopter” management gives a false sense of control that, in this day and age, is far from guaranteeing productivity.But for forward-thinking companies, that key shift from out-of-date managerial practices to more modern ones integrating current workplace technologies to focus on effective processes, results-oriented outcomes, and the having best talent regardless of geography is already starting to pay off. Remote work organizations that are going to be successful in the future will have to understand this a part of the workforce dynamic, especially with younger generations coming in who are completely mobile and tech-savvyGlassdoor: Do you think the American workforce is heading towards greater levels of remote employment and telecommuting? What you think might help accelerate this trend?Sara Sutton Fell: Absolutely I think we’ll see greater levels of remote work, and the data bears this out. This year, we partnered with Global Workplace Analytics to underwrite a report on the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. We found that regular telecommuting (half-time or more) has increased 115% over the last 10 years. Gallup has also found that “occasional” remote work has increased as well, from 37% of U.S. workers in 2015 to 43% in 2016. According to the research done by Global Workplace Analytics, 56% of all U.S. jobs are telecommute-compatible, so there is clearly room to grow.What will accelerate this trend? First, job-seeker demand. As the market for hiring gets more competitive, job-seekers will have increasingly more leverage to negotiate contract items that are important to them — which work flexibility has been shown to be — and employers will need to adapt or lose candidates. 97% are interested in being a flexible worker over the long-term of their careers. By not adapting to this demand, they also risk losing great employees–62% have left or considered leaving a job because it did not have work flexibility. Second, employers need to honestly assess the benefits remote work offers them, and they are increasingly doing so. For example, FlexJobs and Remote.co host an annual event called the TRaD* Works Forum (*telecommuting, remote, and distributed). We get some truly unique insights from this event because it brings together leaders in remote work from Fortune 500 companies, fast-growing virtual companies, and “future of work” influencers to discuss the important business opportunities and challenges with remote work. One of the biggest takeaways from TRaD Works last year was that to improve remote work across the board, companies need to begin or improve their tracking of the ROI of remote and flexible work programs. In past research, we’ve found that only a 3% of companies even attempt to measure their flexible work programs for things like productivity, performance, and engagement to figure out the real results. Imagine how powerful a remote and flexible work program could be if its managers could harness the data to expand on what’s working and improve what isn’t! This sort of data would also be hugely beneficial to companies considering remote work for the first time.The Brilliant Career Advice from Deloitte’s CEO in One SentenceGlassdoor: How do companies that allow remote work maintain accountability for their employees? Sara Sutton Fell: This is a very common question, and it’s at the core of building trust among managers and remote workers. At Remote.co, we asked leaders of over 130 mostly or completely remote companies and teams to tell us how they measure productivity and keep employees accountable. Here are some of the most common methods:“Quality of work completed; Customer satisfaction; Ability to meet deadlines; Results; Feedback from the business/360 Reviews; Performance Reviews; Objective Setting.” – Canonical“We focus on output rather than time spent. We track our weekly goals closely to ensure that we’re doing what we set out to do. We also have daily standups in Slack where team members share what they did the day before, and what they’ll be working on that day. It keeps us all on the same page as to who’s working on what.” – Groove“As with all of our customer care professionals, the primary measure of success for people in our virtual organization is how they deepen the relationships with customers. Recommend to a Friend – or RTF, our own service-specific version of the popular Net Promoter Score – is the primary metric we use to recognize and reward our front-line employees.” – American Express“We focus more on priorities than on numeric goals. We set then frequently adjust those priorities. Productivity is measured by how much progress we make on those priorities in a given time frame.” – Tortugalast_img read more

3 Situations When It’s OK to Say No to Your Boss

first_imgWhether you have a great boss or an overly demanding one, you’ll most likely land in a scenario where you’re asked to do something you don’t want to do. Maybe your manager will ask you to tackle a lowly administrative task you feel is beneath you. Or maybe you’ll be summoned to a meeting you have no desire to attend.Saying no to your boss is hardly easy, and often, it actually isn’t warranted. After all, just because you loathe doing paperwork doesn’t give you the right to avoid it. And while you might consider meetings a drag, that doesn’t let you off the hook, attendance-wise. But there are some situations where saying no is perfectly reasonable. Here are just a few.1. You’re asked to work late — again.We all work late from time to time, and many of us work late more often than not. If the latter is a common practice at your company, you’ll probably have a hard time saying no most of the time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ever push back.Never Leave Work on Time? Here’s How to Change ThatAt some point, your manager has to realize that you’re a person with responsibilities, obligations and interests outside of the office. And if you’re never given a chance to be a person, you’re going to burn out very quickly. So if your boss requests that you stay late for what will end up being the fourth or fifth night in a row, politely but firmly explain that you have personal items to tend to that you can no longer put off, and since you’ve spent the better part of the week working late, you need a night to yourself. Any reasonable manager will understand where you’re coming from. And if yours doesn’t, it may be a sign that it’s time to find a new job.2. You’re asked to take on a new project — but already have an overloaded plate.It’s a good thing to be busy at work, because it means that your company clearly needs you around. But there comes a point when you can only handle so much of a load, so if your manager asks you to tackle a new project and you’re already clocking in 50 hours a week or more, you shouldn’t hesitate to respectfully decline.If you explain to your boss that your overall performance will suffer if you’re forced to spread yourself too thin, with any luck, they will understand. And if not, try masking a no with an alternate proposal along the lines of, “Which of my current tasks would you like me to unload to take on this new one?”5 Steps to Become a Manager3. You’re asked to work during vacation.There’s a difference between checking your email every so often while away and spending hours at your laptop during what’s supposed to be a vacation week. If your boss requests that you do the latter, you have every right to refuse — politely, of course. Chances are, you’ve paid quite the premium to get away, and as long as you made a point to tackle your pressing projects and train a backup before heading out of the office, you have every right to enjoy that trip to the fullest, without interruptions.If your boss isn’t the respectful type and insists that you jump in on a given task, you can always play the spotty internet card. Just make sure to stay off social media so your manager doesn’t find out and call your bluff.How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Co-WorkersIt’s natural to want to please your boss, but the last thing you want to do is risk your personal life and sanity in an effort to boost your reputation. So if you happen to land in any of the above scenarios, don’t be shy about speaking up for yourself. You may come to find that it actually helps your career in the long run.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published by The Motley Fool. Reprinted with permission. View More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL N/A Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ 2.5★ Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ Hot New Jobs For You Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United Stateslast_img read more

Engineers Share Why They Chose to Work at Glassdoor

first_img View More Jobs N/A Small Engine Mechanic (Bilingual English/Spanish) Glassdoor 3.8 Northern Tool & Equipment Houston Gulf, TX Available Engineer Jobs at Northern Tool & Equipment – Glassdoor 3.8 Senior Front End Engineer, Apply UX Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 4.2★ When you’ve got a solid set of technical skills, there’s virtually no limit to the number of companies you can choose to work at. Regardless of their industry, almost every organization is looking for engineers to help them build and maintain their products. This is great news for you (who doesn’t like to feel needed?), but it does make your job search a bit more difficult. With so many options out there, how do you choose the company that’s right for you?We chatted with a few engineering and product folks at Glassdoor to learn why they chose to work here over any other company — here’s what they said!The ImpactAlthough Glassdoor is a mature tech company with hundreds of employees, each individual is still able to make a significant impact on the organization. In the engineering department specifically, engineers are able to get creative, think big and make a real difference.“I chose Glassdoor because of the impact I could make and the fast speed of development that takes place here. This is not a place where you spend three months implementing a small insignificant change hoping to increase conversions by .001%,” said Kyle Goss, Sr. Front End Engineer. “Here, within the first month, I had already released new features, bug fixes and ultimately improved the process for millions of job seekers.”Machine Learning & Differentiated Data: What Keeps Innovation Pumping at GlassdoorThe Engineering CultureEngineering is in the DNA of Glassdoor. Our CEO, Robert Hohman, began his career as a Software Developer at Microsoft before assuming leadership roles at Hotwire, Expedia and eventually, Glassdoor. Because of this, the leadership team understands the vital role that engineering plays in an organization.“I chose to join Glassdoor after learning that it is an engineering-led business,” said Product Manager Hadley Quish. “It’s empowering to have a CEO who knows the code and participates in hacks — it means that product and engineering are driven by data and built for the end user.”The MissionAt Glassdoor, we’re on a mission to help people everywhere find a job and company they love — and that’s something that each of us takes to heart!“I chose Glassdoor because the trust which it has gained in the marketplace is commendable. It has become a great platform for knowing about a company’s culture,” said Software Engineer Prateek Shekar. “At the same time, it is wonderful to be a part of a company which is expanding tremendously in different parts of the world. The learning opportunities are immense and Glassdoor lives by its vision and treats its employees generously like a family.”What Technical Interviews Look Like at GlassdoorThe Professional GrowthOne theme we heard over and over again from Glassdoor Engineers: the opportunities for development and advancement are nearly endless.“I chose Glassdoor because it has a great energy about it, like anything is possible and there are no limitations,” said Sr. Data Operations Engineer Adam Whitlock.“Everyone is very positive and enthusiastic about the work being done. From the start, there was a conversation about career trajectory, growth and opportunities, and I’m able to not only see the goals I want to achieve, but the path to take to get there,” said Casey Boatman, Software Development Engineer In Test.“People here empower me to discover technical interests and reach new heights,” added Sr. DevOps Engineer Cherry Hertz. “This community made me a true believer in ‘find the job that fits your life’, not only in the realm of ‘work-life balance’, but also taught me how every professional achievement can unlock a door to happiness in my personal world.”The Bottom LineInterested in joining our team? We’re always on the lookout for technical talent — check out our opening engineering roles here! 4.2★ Mobile Small Engine Mechanic Northern Tool & Equipment – Glassdoor 3.8 Columbia, SC Lead DevOps Engineer, Core Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h Senior Java Engineer, B2B Products Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Small Engine Mechanic (Bilingual English/Spanish) Northern Tool & Equipment – Glassdoor 3.8 Houston Gulf, TX 23 hours ago 23h N/A N/A 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Chelsea owner Abramovich frustrated over Conte, board power struggle

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich finds himself at the centre of a power struggle inside the club.That’s according to Italian pundit Tancredi Palmeri.It’s claimed boss Antonio Conte is annoyed with technical director Michael Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia over proposed transfers.He is understood to have made the duo aware of his targets but so far none have been signed up.While Emenalo and Granovskaia are on one side on the picture, Conte is less than impressed on the other side of things.Palmeri tweeted: “Basically it’s Conte on one side of the table, and Marina and Emenalo on the other side.“And Abramovich wanting them to be in peace.”last_img

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez calm over Barcelona talk

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is happy to duck Barcelona transfer talk while in Poland.Saul is preparing with Spain for tonight’s U21 Euros semi against Italy amid reports linking him with Barca.The midfielder is being viewed as an alternative to prime Barca transfer target Marco Verratti, of PSG.Asked about the situation, Saul shrugged: “The rumours? Nothing happened to me.”Anyway, if I have to do something, it will be after the U21 European Championship, I’m focused on this competition.”last_img

​Arsenal star Alexis could go SIX years without a summer break

first_imgArsenal star Alexis Sanchez is facing the prospect of playing football without a summer break for six consecutive years.The Chilean has represented his national team in various international tournaments for every summer since 2014, and it appears that this trend will continue into the future.Stats show that the Chilean, who is currently participating in Confederations Cup, will not get a summer break until 2020 if his nation qualifies for the next year’s World Cup.The 28-year-old converted his penalty kick in the penalty shootout win over Portugal in the semi-final of Confederations Cup on Wednesday. La Roja will play either of Germany or Mexico in the final on Sunday.last_img

Call for Nominations: Women Deliver 50, Inspiring Ideas & Solutions to Deliver for Girls & Women

first_imgEvery year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. Our Women Deliver 100 list in 2011, which featured 100 of the most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women, was covered by over 100 traditional and new media sources. This year, to continue the momentum, we are spotlighting the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women. We would love to hear what you think are the most innovative, impactful, and promising advancements in overcoming gender inequality. Examples of inequities that the solutions may have addressed include, but are not limited to: Violence Against Women; Sex Trafficking; Child Marriage; Political Processes; Maternal Health; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; HIV/AIDS, Lesbian; Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights; Economic Inequity; or Female Genital Mutilation. Posted on January 30, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) These advancements could have been made by an individual, governments, the private sector, or civil society, but they must have helped to improve the condition of girls and women around the world, in one or more of the following 5 categories:Technologies and InnovationsEducational InitiativesHealth ModernizationAdvocacy and Awareness CampaignsLeadership and Empowerment Programs Click here to make a nomination. Thank you in advance for you submissions!Share this: NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 10, 2012. Selection Committee:-Chair: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President of Women Deliver-Jimmie Briggs, Founder and Executive Director of Man Up-Cory Heyman, Chief Program Officer at Room to Read-Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile-Amie Newman, Communications Officer and Editor of the Impatient Optimist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-Lyric Thompson, Special Assistant to the President at the International Center for Research on Women-Michael Tirrell, Communications Manager for Media and Public Affairs at Marie Stopes International The following originally appeared on Women Deliver’s blog. It is posted here with permission. Once all nominations have been received, a selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global NGOs and foundations will choose 25 per category. Voting opens on February 20th, and the Top 50 (10 winners per category) will be announced on International Women’s Day. The winners from each category will be featured prominently on Women Deliver’s website, through the selection committee’s social media portals, and at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Criteria:Advancements may include projects, programs, technologies, initiatives, or campaigns launched anywhere in the worldSolution or Idea must have been implemented in the last five yearsCan be grassroots or global in scale (example: community initiative or global technology)If the solution has been ongoing for more than a year, please provide quantitative and qualitative data that demonstrates resultsIf the idea is in the early stages of implementation, please include an explanation of why it will be effectivePlease provide website (if applicable) and referenceslast_img read more

9-29-09 Runoff Roundup

first_imgWell Tuesday’s runoff resulted in one more Freelancers Union endorsed candidate winning and the other falling short of victory. Congratulations are in order for Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio who swept the field in the runoff and is now strongly favored to be our next Public Advocate. De Blasio has long been a champion of issues that affect independent workers, especially fighting clients who don’t pay. We look forward to his leadership at the citywide level and can’t wait to strengthen and draw attention to the ever-deteriorating social safety net. Our other endorsed candidate, Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky, didn’t win in his runoff–but he did stand fast by the issues that are important to independent workers. We look forward to working with Councilman John Liu as he seeks to stand up for working people across the city as our likely future Comptroller. One aspect of the election season where there were only winners were the thousands of Freelancers Union members who made calls, knocked on doors, handed out palm cards at subway stops, and voted in droves from SoHo to Forest Hills, Riverdale to Bay Ridge, and from the South Shore to Flushing. As your Membership Engagement Coordinator, I look forward to working with you inspiring folks again as we continue to make New York City more freelancer friendly in the days and months ahead.last_img read more

Tax reform and tuition distribution: What you need to know

first_imgIn our previous post, “529 Plans—They’re Not Just for Kids,” which was published prior to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) bill late last year, we mentioned that the initial drafts of the new tax laws included elementary- and high-school tuition as qualified education expenses that could be paid for with funds from 529 college savings plans. This represented a significant expansion from the previous law, which only allowed tax-free 529 plan distributions for college, university, or vocational school tuition.Now that the TCJA bill has become law, it’s important to note that the actual regulations do allow taxpayers to withdraw up to $10,000 from a 529 plan for each beneficiary to pay for tuition for K-12 schools (including public, private and religious institutions) once in a calendar year. However, while earnings on 529 plan withdrawals are currently free of federal taxes, this may or not be the same in regard to state taxes, depending on where you live.Every state has its own tax law for 529 plans, which may or may not allow for tax-free withdrawals related to K-12 tuition. At the time of this writing, fewer than half of the states have definitively said that they are conforming to the new federal tax rules and allowing tax-free 529 plan distributions for K-12 tuition expenses, while other states are still weighing their decisions. Both New York State and Alabama are disallowing tax-free 529 withdrawals.According to Savingforcollege.com, these states are allowing for tax-free K-12 tuition withdrawals from 529 plans: Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.The bottom line: Before making any 529 withdrawals for K-12 tuition, you should check to see whether or not you may be subject to state tax penalties.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancers Union and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available Jan. 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time.last_img read more

10 Ways to Lower the Cost of Moving

first_img Post navigation Talk to anyone who’s recently moved, and they’ll swear they’re never moving again. Moving is an enormous task, and the cost of moving can cause sticker shock.If you have a full-service move, you’ll pay a lot more, but if you do it yourself, you’ll pay with time and effort.It’s not easy to give an average cost of moving, because moves within the US can involve thousands of miles, and people have different amounts of stuff to move. However, there are move calculators online, like this one from MovingGuru.com that can give you ballpark figures.Using MovingGuru’s cost of moving calculator, a move from Atlanta, Georgia to Modesto, California for someone with a three-bedroom house, for example, would cost an estimated $3,600 to $4,400 for a full-service move, $670 to $818 for a self-service (you pack and someone else drives) move, or roughly $36 to $44 per day plus fuel to rent a truck and do it yourself.The same move for someone with a one-bedroom apartment would cost $675 to $825 for a full-service move, $670 to $818 for self-service, and $23 to $28 per day plus fuel for a DIY move.U-Pack, a self-service mover, estimates that a 1,000 mile move from Dallas to Phoenix would cost around $1,624 for an “average” move, including fuel, liability, taxes, and an experienced driver. Whatever services you eventually choose for moving, you can save on the cost of moving with these tips.1. If possible, avoid moving during the summer, over holidays, and at the beginning or end of the month, because the cost of moving higher then.Leases are usually up at the end of the month, so demand is highest then and at the beginning of the month. If you can move between Monday and Thursday, you’ll save over having to move on a weekend.2. Purge your possessions.Evaluate everything you own and decide if it’s really worth packing up and moving. If it isn’t, set it aside in a designated space. Then you can hold a garage sale or give the items to charity.3. Eat everything in your freezer.You’ve already paid for it, so you might as well eat it. By the last few days before your move, you might have some unusual meals, but you will avoid throwing away money by eating what you have on hand.4. If you have lots of books, check how much it would cost to send them media rate versus packing and moving them.Shipping by media rate isn’t the speediest, but it’s cost-effective. Also, it can only be media. You can’t get the media rate if you have other things packed in with your books.5. Get multiple quotes and require proof that the companies you get quotes from are bonded and insured.If one quote is unusually low, it may be because the company doesn’t include services others include, so be skeptical.6. Read reviews of moving companies. Remember how they used to judge ice skating competitions in the Olympics? Judges would throw out the highest and lowest scores and then average the others. This is a good approach to use with reviews.Some scathing reviews are written by people with an axe to grind, and some glowing reviews are written by paid reviewers. Go with the overall impression you get from the bulk of the reviews.Obviously, if all the reviews are bad, you avoid that company.7. Get boxes from grocers and liquor stores, and see if your local newspaper gives away newsprint remnants for wrapping up breakables. The one specialty packing item that may be worth paying for, however, is packaging for hanging artwork, because there’s no readily available free substitute for this type container.8. If you can be flexible with your moving dates, you may be able to save. Even just a few days one way or the other can result in savings, particularly if you avoid a weekend, holiday, beginning, or end of a month.9. Save on hourly movers’ rates by doing as much prep work as possible beforehand. The more you have packed and ready to put on the truck, the less packing the movers (who charge by the hour) will have to do.10. See if your homeowner’s insurance covers moves to avoid having to buy insurance from the moving company. Movers will try to sell you insurance as an add-on, but you may already be covered under your homeowner’s policy. Call your insurance agent and ask, and you could avoid this expense.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

10 Easy Ways to Avoid a Financial Holiday Hangover

first_imgIf you’re like me, the upcoming holiday season brings with it a mix of excitement and dread. While you might love the spirit of Christmas — holiday jingles, festive gatherings with those near and dear to you, the aroma of… Full Story,A few months ago, I was hanging out with a good friend at a bar. In between rounds of drinks and amid the din and bustle, she shamefully admitted that although she had nearly $20,000 of credit card debt, she… Full Story,When I was in college, I had a bit of a spending problem. I loved to buy new clothes, go out to eat and go to concerts.  Even though I tried to budget, I always wound up overspending.  The one… Full Story,If you’re in the market for a TV upgrade, retail price tags can be daunting. Here are some foolproof methods to shave down the cost – so you can enjoy the golden age of television in 4K, 65-inch, HDR-compatible splendor.Full Story,Your checking account is held at a bank or credit union that allows withdrawals, deposits, and payments. The money in a checking account is liquid—meaning you can retrieve it or spend it immediately.  Many checking accounts are free and are… Full Story,Saving more money is one of those big goals that a lot of people have, but get stuck. I know this because we use to be right there too. The year would fly by and we were nowhere near our goal…. Full Story,Cutting the cord is easier than ever – unless you’re a sports fan. Even as the major sports organizations reluctantly shift away from an outdated broadcasting model, it’s still hard to catch all the action without a cable subscription. But… Full Story,Table of Contents Jobs to Keep You Teaching Jobs Online and On Apps Jobs to Get You Outside Miscellaneous Part-Time Work  Additional Resources Being a teacher is one of the most essential jobs there is. Educators are the ones that… Full Story,Taking care of aging parents is an inevitable part of life, and it’s not always easy. We watch the people who raised us slowly slip away, and we want to do everything in our power to give them the best… Full Story,Managing your savings is a skill developed over time. As with all things, it’s always best to start small. What exactly is saving? A savings account and the act of saving are not quite the same. Saving — the verb… Full Storylast_img read more

Newly Unemployed? How to Get Your Money Situation in Order

first_imgStaying on top of your finances when you have a steady paycheck is one thing, but if you’re in between jobs, that’s an entirely different story. It may be far too easy to bury your head in the sand, and momentarily escape from your sorrows by stress-eating sweets.When I was unexpectedly let go from a contract job a few years ago, for the first time in my adult life I was without a full-time job. It’s easy to feel like you’re life is spinning out of control, and to let your finances go on the fritz. However, there are things you can to get your money situation in order.Here are a few steps to take if you’re newly unemployed:File for Unemployment Benefits While this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised at how many people don’t bother to file for unemployment with their state’s unemployment office when they are laid off.“Typically, anyone classified as a W2 employee [not an independent contractor] is eligible for unemployment benefits—unless they were fired due to gross misconduct, but it doesn’t hurt to file a claim anyway,” explains Dan Kellermeyer, president of New Heights Financial Planning. “Unemployment income won’t completely replace your wages, but your employer has paid for these benefits, so you might as well use them.”The rules for claiming unemployment in the U.S. are essentially the same: you generally need to have earned a minimum amount in wages before filing an unemployment insurance claim through the state you live in, must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and are able to work and are actively seeking work. However, specific eligibility requirements and compensation amounts vary depending on the state you live in.Because it can take a few weeks for your application to go through, you’ll want to file as soon as possible. You can start filing the day you get the pink slip. Know What You’ll Get from Your Employer  You’ll also want to have a sit-down with your boss or Human Resources department check to see what do expect in terms of a settlement, salary and any bonuses, plus vacation pay and extension of any other benefits, recommends James Q. Rice, CFA of JQR Capital.“Usually these are paid in a lump sum,” says Rice, “and depending on whether they’re paid before the end of the calendar or next year, could have tax implications.” The money you’re getting from your employer will help tide you over until you land your next job, and should be factored in accordingly.Explore Healthcare Options  If health insurance was offered by your employer, you have 60 days to decide whether to continue coverage through COBRA, which extends your current medical coverage for up to 18 months. Note that it could take up to a month for your paperwork to get processed, and typically costs a pretty penny.Otherwise, see if you prefer to elect coverage through the Health Care Marketplace. Losing a job is considered a qualifying life event, and thus you can enroll during a Special Enrollment Period. If you go this route, carefully review your plan to you know what the monthly premiums, deductibles, limits, co-payments are, and what exactly is covered.  Contact Bill ProvidersIf you might just by scraping by and anticipate difficulty in paying off your bills and credit cards, contact your cable and internet providers, the gas company and so forth to let them know about your situation. There’s a chance they may be able to offer you a temporarily discounted rate or clue you in on less-expensive options. For instance, I was able to get a promo rate for a year on my internet. And I opted for a cell phone bill with less data, at least until I got my bearings.Reassess Your Debt  Take a look at your debt load. Would refinancing make sense and save you money in the long run? If you’re saddled with student debt, you might consider deferring or asking for a forbearance with your student loan servicer for the time being.As for your credit cards, it’s super important that you at least pay the minimum amount due. Otherwise, your credit score will get dinged. If you think you’ll have trouble making payments on your credit cards, reach out to the issuer. Most credit card companies have what’s known as a Hardship Department, and they may be able to offer a hardship plan. if you’re in a financial bind. For instance, they could lower your interest rate, offer a smaller minimum payment, and lower your fees and penalties.Note that the credit card issuer will look at every situation on a case-by-case basis. What they may extend to you may not be the same as the next guy. Also, you typically need to be in good standing with the credit card company to be considered. Reaching out to the credit card company before things actually go south is a sign you care and you’re responsible, and they’ll respond favorably to that.  Get Your Frugal On  Reassess your budget, and see which areas you can cut back on. I remember carefully going over each of my expenses and trying to resort to living circa college survival days. I biked and took public transit as much as I could. I cooked most of my meals, only bought what was on sale, and committed to a no-spend challenge on non-essential items.  Besides contacting all my service providers and utility companies to see if I could get a better deal, I also reviewed my insurance policies to make sure they were still relevant to my situation and needs. While I didn’t end up making any changes, you might find that because you’re not commuting to work, switching to, say, a pay-per-mile auto insurance plan might be a better fit for your current scenario.Figure Out How Long You Can Get By For  Between the settlement amount from your old employer, unemployment benefits, and the cash you have stashed in your emergency fund, figure out how many months you can reasonably get by without a steady paycheck. “Knowing this number will make you feel less stressed, and not knowing this feels like panic for some folks,” says Ian Bloom, a financial planner with Open World Financial Planning. “ ‘Oh no, I need a job now!’ is worse than ‘Oh…wow. Okay, well I’ve got four months to figure this out.’ “ Take on Side Work  While you’re looking for your next job, take on side jobs to boost your cash flow. You never know, these “bridge gigs” could potentially land you your next opportunity. Because I had been moonlighting as a freelance writer while working full-time, I had secured enough work to pay for half of my expenses. And having that existing base allowed me to pursue more freelance opportunities, which gave me the confidence to foray into it full-time.I also took on side jobs test proctoring and pet sitting. That was extra money that helped me get back and not feel so anxious while I tried to figure out what to do next. FYI: If you’re taking on side work, you’ll most likely have to report it to the unemployment office, which can affect how much you’ll receive in unemployment.Figure Out Your Next Big Move  Yes, it can be deflating to your ego when you’re unemployed. Yes, you may feel a mixture of sadness, anxiety, and stress. But it could also be an opportunity to figure out what you ultimately want to career-wise and take steps to get there.  While the clock may be ticking depending on what your financial situation is, knowing you have a few months to figure out your next move allows you the option to do a career pivot, get your learning on, or explore work opportunities you weren’t able to do at your previous job.While being unemployed has an emotional and financial strain, while it’s tempting to hit the “panic” button, take a breather and follow these steps instead. Doing all you can to help you stay on top of your money situation will help you feel like you’re back’s not against the wall. In turn, you can make the most of things, and potentially forge a new career path. Post navigation Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedIs Unemployment Taxable? 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Diastasis Recti: The Post-Pregnancy Body Problem Nobody Talks About

first_imgHow do you treat diastasis recti?For some lucky women, diastasis recti goes away on its own, says Christine Greves, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. But other times, certain exercises—and even surgery—are needed to help close the abdominal separation.Diastasis recti is best treated after you give birth (since your belly is flatter at that point), Ward says, and treatment largely includes exercises that work your core but avoid stressing your rectus abdominus muscles (i.e. your abs) and transverse abdominus muscles (a layer of muscle in your front and side abdominal wall). There are also manual therapy techniques that can help break up connective tissue in your abs to help get your abs back to their former position, she says.Ultimately, it’s important to find a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health who can help create the right plan for you, as well as which exercises to avoid, Ward says. But unfortunately, sometimes that’s not enough. “For some women, exercises and physical therapy can do the trick,” Wider says. “In others, surgical repair may be necessary.”If you think you have diastasis recti, don’t try to treat it on your own. Certain exercises like crunches can actually make it worse, so talk to your doctor. They may be able to design a treatment plan for you, or may refer you to a physical therapist who can help.Source If you’ve never had kids, it’s easy to assume that with plenty of crunches and a healthy diet, your belly will eventually go back to normal after you give birth. After all, plenty of women have babies and eventually bounce back to their pre-baby bodies.But most moms know that’s actually not the case most of the time. Even women who gained relatively little weight during pregnancy are often left with a belly pooch that lingers long after the rest of the baby weight has dropped off. It’s a condition called diastasis recti, and it happens when the parallel bands of abdominal muscles separate where they meet in the middle in order to accommodate the baby growing inside your uterus. It happens to a whopping two-thirds of pregnant women.And diastasis recti can leave you with more than just that annoying pooch, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, MD. You could also wind up with a weak core, trouble holding in your urine, and back pain.What causes diastasis recti?It’s pretty obvious why diastasis recti happens during pregnancy: you only have so much space in your abdomen to hold a growing human, and the baby can put so much pressure on the belly that the muscles simply can’t retain their shape. What doctors can’t say for sure is who will and won’t develop the condition—but there are a few things that seem to increase your risk. Lifting heavy weights, having weaker core muscles pre-pregnancy, having a shorter torso, and having multiple pregnancies or a pregnancy with multiples can increase your risk, says Laura Ward, a women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapist at The Ohio State University. Being age 35 or older during your pregnancy can also increase your risk.There’s only so much you can do to prevent diastasis recti, but building up your core strength before you get pregnant and in the earlier stages of your pregnancy can definitely help, Ward says. You’ll also want to avoid very heavy lifting (which isn’t really recommended during pregnancy anyway), she says.last_img read more

8 Real Reasons He Broke Up with You

first_imgOne minute you’re happy and in love, the next he’s delivering the “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. Why? We have the scoop on the real reasons most couples split up.You Want Different ThingsInitially you two were just hooking up but then you developed crushes and moved into a serious relationship. One of you may want things to progress further while the other is still just into late Friday night booty calls. The guy may want to be married in a year while you’re happy having fun. Or he may still be getting over his ex while you want to move in to his place. Whatever the circumstance, it’s not that the chemistry isn’t right, it’s just that you want different things out of the relationship.You’re At Different Points in LifeOften women think dating an older man is a good thing. It can also be a recipe for disaster. The older guy may be already settled down while the woman in her mid-twenties might still be figuring out who she is, what she wants to do for a living, where she wants to live long-term, and more. An age difference may be one reason you’re at different points not just in life but in your relationship–sometimes older men may have already experienced the things you haven’t yet done and they may not want to do it again, like kids, getting married, or moving for a job. If you’re just at different points and your paths don’t appear to connect, you will eventually split.One Person Is Moving Too FastI’ve been in situations where I was in love with a woman but she moved way too fast and it scared me. Like, slowly move into my apartment without asking me after two months of dating. If we had better communication and talked things through we could have determined the right time for both of us to take that next step. But we didn’t, so we broke up. I know I’m not alone here–in any relationship there is always going to be one person who wants to move forward more rapidly than the other. If that speed is radically different for one person, the other may get scared and call it quits.Lack of TrustThere are a variety of reasons lack of trust in a relationship may develop. One person may do something to break that trust, like tell a whopper of a lie or cheat. Or one person may just carry some trauma from past relationships where that sort of thing happened. In either case it can be a bit like dating a wounded deer, where you want to get close and be comforting but the dynamic is too tenuous and you can’t really relax with the other person. Once a trust is broken or never fully develops, it’s hard to repair. Some people don’t want to put in the work that is required to repair trust, so they leave.An Acutal IssueSometimes, when you honestly reflect back on what was going on pre-break-up, it can be pretty clear what happened. You two were fighting a lot, either about one big recurring issue or several smaller issues. It got heated at times. You both said things that were incredibly hurtful (and that you did sorta mean). Hopefully things didn’t get to the point of being verbally or physically abusive, but if they did then it’s a good thing you’re not together anymore.The Emotional AffairNo one physically cheated, but one of you had an emotional affair. That’s when one or both of you started flirting with someone else, bonding with them over long coffees at work or while running together at the gym, and eventually they became one of, if not the, primary relationship in your life. Even if he was still spending a lot of time with you and the sex was still fantastic, if his mind is constantly on another woman, that does not bode well for the two of you. Don’t be surprised if he suddenly has a new relationship not too long after the break-up. This is a clear sign he had been emotionally cheating.Your Values Don’t AlignShortly after I finished working on the Obama campaign I met a lovely lady and she turned out to be a Republican. As die-hard liberal as I may be, she was just as far right-leaning. We knew not to talk politics because we would end up in a fight. We made it six months before the simple fact that we have drastically different values became too hard to ignore. Yes, there were other issues in the mix, but in my heart I always knew I couldn’t settle down with her long-term because we didn’t see eye-to-eye on a variety of issues. Which leads to the big one:You’re Not the OneIf you’re reading this and you’re currently heart-broken I empathize. I’ve been on both sides of this talk, either not being “the one” for someone else or having to tell someone that I didn’t see myself marrying them and settling down. Frankly, if you’re in a long-term committed relationship and someone sits you down and says they realize they “should” want to be with you forever because you’re so great, but that in their gut they know that’s not true for them, count it as a blessing. It’s better to hear that earlier rather than later. Even if nothing is wrong in the relationship, that’s an indicator that there is nothing so right that he would want to be with you forever. And someone else will, I promise.Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jaime Grilllast_img read more

Learning from Disaster: Chennai Flood Offers a Personal Lesson for Climate Adaptation

first_imgToday, as negotiators haggle over the details of a climate agreement in Paris, my home town is literally underwater. Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world.As Indian Adaptation Strategy Head for WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice, I’m in Paris this week for events surrounding negotiations for an international climate agreement. My family is in southern India – not in our home in Chennai but in a guest house at the Indian Institute of Technology, where they have taken shelter after torrential rains flooded the Adyar River and pushed a local lake to breach its banks. This is monsoon season in Chennai, but the rain we’ve seen this year has been unprecedented. It began on November 10, the day of the holiday of Diwali, which marks the triumph of light over darkness, and has barely ceased since then. Some call it the rain of the century.Having been in the adaptation business for about 10 years now, I find these events reinforce the challenges we face in adapting to a changing climate. No doubt about it, there’s so much to learn from this experience. These sudden, erratic rainfalls are something we’ve seen happening over the years, and the fact that this is an El Nino year has also contributed to extreme events. Certainly, though, climate has an impact as well.An Eye-Opener for PlannersBut we should also realize the problems posed by infrastructure in this case. There are no good resilience plans in place to help the area withstand climate-related natural disasters. With the kind of infrastructure we have and increasing construction along waterways and encroachments along river banks, we can expect extreme impacts from floods. It’s kind of a big eye-opener for planners and policy-makers. It’s very important to understand this in that context and try to do something about it by being futuristic so we can plan well for these kinds of situations in years to come.While we can’t draw a direct connection between events in southern India and climate change, severe flooding is in line with projections of the worst effects of a changing climate and a warmer world. And extreme events now offer valuable lessons for the future. For example, the 2004 Asian tsunami, which had no discernable connection to climate change, was a curtain-raiser for what is in store in terms of rising sea levels. There was little adaptive capacity, and what there was wasn’t adequate to the task at hand. We haven’t learned enough from that experience.There are implications for costs as well, which is why climate finance is linked to this debate. And you need to know where vulnerable people are and which communities are most vulnerable and what kind of risks they are exposed to in order to help with planning. This is an iterative learning process, not just a one-time thing. You need to completely map out these kinds of vulnerabilities, and where and how and what kind of people have been impacted, including the implications of gender roles. And a good monitoring and evaluation framework is a critical feedback loop that helps us learn from our mistakes and move ahead.No Time to WasteAs I do my work at COP21, I of course worry about my family back in Chennai, where they have been without power for almost a week. This isn’t the first time natural disasters have touched my life. In 1998, when my wife was studying at the Clarkson University at Potsdam, New York near the U.S.-Canada border, we spent a week in a community center after an ice storm rolled through the area. So disaster is nothing new – it follows me wherever I go! And it brings home to me the value of adaptation and resilience.I do see a certain irony in my family’s current situation in IIT Chennai, which is one of the temples of technology in India. Even a technology center must be prepared and adapt to deal with a lot of rain.This is why we need world leaders to take action and prepare for mounting impacts of climate change. For some this is abstract; for me and my family, there is literally no time to waste.last_img read more

HubSpot TV – Infecting Your Market with Viral Video

first_img suggests otherwise. HubSpot TV Episode #19 – December 12, 2008 http://bit.ly/XJ4A How to interact on Twitter – @karenrubin @mvolpe Mailbag ! http://www.toprankblog.com/2008/12/5-tips-for-successful-blog-optimization/ http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/smiling_in_your_social_network_photos_means_you_have_more_friends.php Question: Do you enjoy the extra content we have been posting to the iTunes feed? http://www.postadvertising.com/post/2008/12/12/Holiday-Season-Brings-Many-AdsOr-Does-It.aspx Thanks for the feedback on the show length! Marketing Takeaway: Make sure you are using your blog to have a conversation. No one cares about your products, so talk about what’s really interesting to your customers. Submit your votes for best viral video of 2008 to us…. Intro Search Advertising Surges in Q4 Marketing Tip of the Week @indyjones would love to know more about best practices for twitter bio. I’ve had good luck with @grader suggestions based on bios, but Remember to subscribe in iTunes – Viral Videos http://www.marketingsherpa.com/sample.cfm?ident=30953 http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2008/12/10/health-check-how-trusted-is-your-corporate-blog/ Subscribe in iTunes http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2008/12/search-advertising-surges-in-q4-%e2%80%93-defying-the-economic-downturn.html @davecriswell asked When/How should you initially interact with inbound leads? Maybe don’t mention your brand: http://blog.clickz.com/081209-172517.html TiVo Shows Ads on Pause http://success.hubspot.com/Customer-Discussion-Forum/forumid/97/postid/6026/view/topic http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/08/the-newspaper-indust.html Like HubSpot TV? http://rohitbhargava.typepad.com/weblog/2008/12/forrester-finds.html Marketing Takeaway: Print news is dying, find alternative methods to marketing. HINT: Look at inbound marketing. Squeeze Pages as an inbound marketing technique, good or bad?  Marketing Takeaway: Recessions make people focus more on inbound marketing.  Gatorade Ball Girl http://www.smartmarketmovie.com/eric/typical-online-video-watched/ http://itunes.hubspot.tv Chicago Tribune and the Death of Newspapers Marketing Takeaway: Make sure you have a good friendly photo of yourself to use on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, your blog and other social media sites. Headlines Closing 84% of Corporate Blogs Suck http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/4437/You-Oughta-Know-Inbound-Marketing.aspx Marketing Takeaway: Figure out how to make your ads less interruptive. You Oughta Know Inbound Marketing Forum Fodder Smiling in your Facebook Photo Gets You More Friends Originally published Dec 13, 2008 2:47:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The 3 Marketing Personas You Should Hire Today

first_img Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 16, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Topics:center_img Do you want more tips on how to hire the right people to your team? Download this free webinar and learn everything you need to know about how CEOs can measure marketing efforts, hire the right people, and communicate using social media. We’ve written before about hiring marketing gurus according to D.A.R.C. (Digital Fluent, Analytical, Reach, Content Creators), but I think we need to go even deeper into how you can use this methology to hire specialists to your team.While DARC is a great way to evaluate anyone who should be working in marketing today, most companies have a couple of people on their marketing staff that meet the basic DARC criteria but also specialize in something which makes them especially well equipped to take on certain roles. Here are three big personas and where they fit into the DARC methodology.Evangelical NetworkersEvangelical Networkers are extremely outgoing; they have a natural ability to win friends and influence people. They light up a room when they hit a cocktail party, and they constantly help others build their own network. They nurture relationships like a farmer nurtures his crops — more or less constantly. If you ask them who might be a good fit for a blog article, they mention not one but three or more people. They excel at Public Relations and may even thrive in a sales role. They use a smartphone more than any computer because they are rarely in one place, and sometimes are accused of going to too many events and mixing pleasure with business.DARC Scoring: Digital (high), Analytical (low), Reach (extremely high), Content (average)What to ask in an interview: How should we figure out who the influencers are in our market? How should we be approaching them? What do you think is the most important factor that drives 3rd party media coverage today? Do you have relationship with anyone that could help our company? What are you most proud of doing in the past year?How to use them: Get them well trained in your product, content and mission, and then tell them one new thing each week you want them to promote, and set them free.How to measure them: Track the number of articles and online mentions of your company, especially by the most influential people in your market.Content CreatorsContent Creators are the bloggers, video makers, podcasters and producers of other creative content that power your inbound marketing content creation efforts. They are always thinking about how to publish something related to what they are doing or seeing, and they even blog in their spare time, because they find it fun. The Content Creators might have worked as a journalist of some type previously. They usually use a Mac because they think a PC can’t edit video, and they like to play with new photo and video gear.DARC Scoring: Digital (high), Analytical (average), Reach (average), Content (extremely high)What to ask in an interview: What content do you create today? What types of content should companies use? How do you measure the success of your content? What should be the goal of content production at our company? Can you point me to examples of articles, images, and videos you have created? How much content do you create in a typical week? What is the content you are most proud of creating?How to use them: Buy them a camera, video camera, and then set them free on your blog, YouTube and Flickr accounts, and everywhere else online. Make sure they know about anything important happening in the company, and stay in touch with your thought leaders.How to measure them: Measure the visitors to your content, blog subscribers, and traffic, leads and sales driven by your content.Optimization GurusDARC Minimum Scoring: Digital (average), Analytical (extremely high), Reach (low), Content (average)What to ask in an interview: How would you make our website homepage better? If you had 10,000 leads in Excel and knew which ones had closed into sales, how would you go about designing a lead score to accurately give sales the best leads out of the next 10,000? How have you measured your work at other jobs? If a website gets 10,000 visitors and 500 leads per quarter, and 100 of those leads are sales qualified, and sales closes 5 of them, what would you to improve the company? What are you most proud of doing in the past year?How to use them: Unleash them on your homepage, landing pages and conversion forms, lead nurturing process, lead scoring algorithm, and paid media and PPC programs.How to measure them: The great ones will measure themselves, and the metrics will be the percentage improvement in things you are doing today.-What marketing personas do you hire in your company?  Are these right?  Did I miss anything?  Does one of these personas apply to you?  Leave a commment and let’s discuss!Free Marketing Webinar: A CEO’s Guide to Internet Marketing – with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan last_img read more