Science’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2013

first_imgEvery year, the editors of Science huddle together and pick an outstanding scientific achievement as the Breakthrough of the Year. This year’s winner is CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY: harnessing the immune system to battle tumors. Scientists have thought for decades that such an approach to cancer therapy should be possible, but it has been incredibly difficult to make it work. Now, many oncologists say we have turned a corner, because two different techniques are helping a subset of patients. One involves antibodies that release a brake on T cells, giving them the power to tackle tumors. Another involves genetically modifying an individual’s T cells outside the body so that they are better able to target cancer, and then reinfusing them so they can do just that.To learn more about this year’s breakthroughs, including our nine runners–up and our areas to watch for 2014, check out Science’s full Breakthrough of the Year package.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Alapag opted to stay mum on the exchange as he excused himself out of the venue together with his pregnant wife LJ Moreno.Black knows that he needs the two to make amends quickly as the Bolts seek to go up 2-0 against the Hotshots on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pingris: Hotshots ‘gave up’ in Game 1 loss to Bolts View comments The incident almost overshadowed Meralco’s 72-66 comeback win over Star to open their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here, where the Bolts fought back from 17-points down early and rallied from a 12 point hole early in the fourth.Eyewitnesses said Alapag and Nabong had a disagreement on the bench while Meralco was making a furious run in the final three minutes of the game. Alapag was pointing something out to Nabong late in the game, but the bruiser didn’t take one of the veteran guard’s points kindly as the two had to be separated by the Bolts staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlapag would later on join the team’s huddles as Black mapped out his game-winning plays, while Nabong refused to participate and stayed on the far end of the bench.The Fil-Am center rushed to the locker room after the game and was the first one out of Meralco’s dugout.center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBIÑAN — Meralco coach Norman Black offered little to shed light on the spat between assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and Bolts center Kelly Nabong, but promised he would get to the bottom of the issue and sort things out on Monday.“I really don’t know the whole story, but I’ll sort it out tomorrow (Monday) and I’ll take care of it. Believe me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

7 Simple (and Fun!) Ways Boost Morale ASAP!

first_imgIt’s written all over their faces. Boredom, exhaustion, and a general attitude that screams “I’m over it!” Sure, the office mood often fluctuates, but something is different these days—perhaps because the morale has been low for weeks. Before your team members start putting time on your calendar to “talk, and just discuss the future of my role here at the company,” you must turn the ship around.“Executives set the tone and example for the behaviors and the values. When employees see values and expected behaviors being modeled in positive and visible ways, it sends a strong message,” said Kirsten Davidson, Head of Employer Brand at Glassdoor.New research from Glassdoor’s Dr. Andrew Chamberlain reveals that employees are willing to sacrifice their work-life balance for a leader they believe in. So while you may hear whispers at the watercooler, know that they will rally behind a visionary leader.Therefore, you’ve got to take action quick. Here are 7 simple ways to increase employee morale and performance without giving a raise:1. Show them you care.Instead of sneaking into your corner office or running meetings as usual, address the elephant in the room. Call out the less-than-ideal circumstances at the company and prove to your team that you’re not oblivious to their concerns. Directly address issues whether they be compensation, poor reviews, sliding performance, stressful culture or a loss of quality of life. This will earn you major points and allow you to begin the rebuilding process.2. Give them something to believe in and work towards.Most office environments are goal oriented, so give them something positive to inspire them. While you may not be able to give everyone a raise, incentivize their work with additional days off, gift cards or even benefits. Remember, you can’t diminish the importance of recognition and appreciation as integral components of a winning reward strategy.[Related: See Why Orbitz Is One of the Top Companies for Work/Life Balance]3. Ask for their input.Get feedback on how the culture could be improved or put out a call for suggestions on how to nip monotony in the bud. Here at Glassdoor and other successful companies, we do regular, all-company surveys to take the pulse. Try a 10-questions SurveyMonkey poll of employees, which will allow for anonymous and thoughtful feedback.4. Celebrate work anniversaries.At Facebook, the staff celebrates Face-versaries which are the anniversaries of employees, complete with a numerical, mylar balloon and a card from the leadership team. Take inspiration from this and jot down your employees’ start dates. Be sure to acknowledge them with a morning meeting shout-out or even flowers. Company loyalty should always be recognized.[Related: 7 Companies as Cool as Facebook – And Hiring Now!]5. Give your team the afternoon off “just because.”If you’ve checked the calendar and notice that there are no more important meetings for the day and it’s 1pm, just tell everyone to go home. This random act of kindness will endear the team to you and undoubtedly give them the temporary boost that they need.6. Be transparent.“Time and time again, I’ve found that the best teams are built by leaders who encourage and embrace feedback and transparency,” said Robert Hohman, CEO of Glassdoor. “Honest and open communication is key to making sure you operate as a team, and that everyone feels their opinions and ideas are heard and valued. Transparency should be in your DNA, both as a business and as an employer.”[Related: Top 5 Takeaways From Glassdoor’s Pay Equality Roundtable Featuring Hillary Clinton]7. Organize an inexpensive activity.Few things boost morale quite like a team happy hour or trip to the local bowling alley. Break out of the confines of the office in order to relax and recalibrate with your team. Teams at PayPal go out for quarterly happy hours and MSLGROUP public relations agency organized for the staff to go to San Francisco Giants games. Whatever you do, just make it fun. Davidson adds, “When employees are on teams where they feels supported and allowed to authentically show up and contribute, you see higher levels of performance.”DISCOVER: What Makes A Great CEO?last_img read more

19 CEOs & Executives Reveal Their Best Advice

first_imgThe road to success is neither straight nor smooth. Just ask any executive or C-suiter. And that’s just what we did.As we prepare for 2017 and set professional resolutions, it’s important and helpful to glean advice from those who have dominated 2016. Instead of tapping CEOs and executives who have been riding high, we’ve tapped a collection of inspirational leaders who have faced professional challenges and have overcome them with savvy smarts.Whether it’s assembling the right team to grow or becoming more empathetic, here are 19 pieces of invaluable advice from successful business leaders. Take notes!Mary Barra, CEO of GMMary Barra’s secret to securing respect as a leader is consistency. “I follow the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” There’s no shortcut to earning respect. Your relationship with your team is like any other relationship — you can’t build it the moment you need it. You build it over time. It starts when you make it very clear what your values are and articulate a clear vision for the organization. It gets stronger when you live those values every day and deliver results. If your values are little more than words on a page, they won’t mean much to you or the people on your team. But when you do what you say you are going to do — in both results and behaviors — that’s when you begin to build trust and earn respect,” Barra says.Ariana Huffington, Founder of Thrive GlobalAs not only the founder of Thrive Global, but the face of the Huffington Post, Huffington knows a bit about how to strike a healthy balance between work and self-care. “Creativity is the first thing that is sacrificed when we are running on empty,” Huffington says. One simple step toward regenerating creativity she advises: get a good night’s sleep. Jim McGrann, CEO of VSPVSP is an internationally operating vision care health insurance company. CEO Jim McGrann says that what keeps him motivated is focusing VSP’s business model inherently focused on community. “The CSR (corporate social responsibility) work allows me to go to bed every night knowing we’re in business for a good reason. Two billion people in the world don’t have proper eye care; the reason we keep the company healthy is so we can make a dent in that number,” McGrann says. Abby Johnson, CEO of FidelityAbby Johnson believes that involving the entire team in forming collective goals makes these mutually beneficial solutions easier to make a reality. “In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals,” Johnson says. Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe23andme, the revolutionary genetic testing company, is driven by Anne Wojcicki’s desire “to have better and better health information for individuals so we can all make better decisions in our lives.” Wojcicki’s biggest piece of advice to young people entering the entrepreneurship scene is to explore and take risks. She advises to “enjoy asking all the questions and trying all the different jobs and realize that each new experience helps shape your views of the world and what you want to do in it.”Lizanne Kindler, CEO of TalbotsAccording to Lizanne Kindler, getting your workforce to unite behind you is simper than some leaders to make it be. “It’s easy…trust your people. It really is that simple. As the CEO, you have to set clear objectives, goals, and expectations. But knowing that you are trusted to do your job and do it well is the most incredible motivator of all,” says Kindler. Francine Katsoudas, Cisco HR ChiefFrancine Katsoudas on the frontlines of thinking critically about the future of HR, who eschews the title HR Chief and rather goes by “Chief People Officer.” Katsoudas thinks about the big picture. “In truth, I don’t look at this role as having a different set of qualities versus other leadership roles. The thinking should be, how do we have the biggest business impact? What’s happening outside of my four walls? That’s your starting point for any leader: Understand what’s happening inside and outside.  And as you understand the type of impact these forces have on the company, you need to assess whether you have the leaders and the followers to get where you want to go,” she says.Ana Recio, Head of Recruiting for SalesforceWhen Ana Recio says “don’t boil the ocean,” she means that a setting a clear strategy from the beginning can cut out a lot of unnecessary work down the line. “Be smart. Hone in on the root of the problem to figure out what will really move the needle,” she says. Cindy Robbins, Executive Vice President of Global Employee Success at SalesforceWhen asked what advice she would give her 20-year old self, Robbins said: “One, try to find a mentor to help you. A wise person told me once that mentors pick mentees, not the other way around and sometimes we get that mixed up. I found that person at Salesforce – my biggest champion and toughest critic. The mentor that I’m speaking about is someone who has not only helped me professionally. The important thing is that your mentor is guiding and helping you from a career aspect; sometimes they can be your life coach at the same time.The other piece of advice I would give is as you elevate in your career it’s really important to thank the people who helped you get to that next level. I’ve been in Salesforce for ten years. I’ve had great success and I’ve had a lot of great advocates, champions, and mentors. As I elevated, I remembered to go back and say thank you. When you have teams helping you achieve success, go back and tell your team thank you. It’s easy to take the victory lap, but it’s most important to say thank you.”Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by DeloitteBersin advises to “build an irresistible organization,” like his own talent management agency Bersin by Deloitte.  “You don’t have to spend a hundred million dollars a year on training—just build a culture where employees can grow.”Shane Smith, CEO of VICEAt a recent event in conversation with The Wall Street Journal, Shane Smith revealed the wherewithal that powered VICE through doubts and criticism: “when we first went into news people said ‘how is that going to happen?’” said Smith. He added “The reason why Vice News is successful because there was this sort of misconception that young people don’t care about news, they don’t care about international news—all of which as people realized now is completely untrue. They just didn’t like the way news was presented to them.”Lisa Sugar, Co-founder and President of POPSUGARWhen things get crazy, Lisa Sugar stays tranquil by starting the day on a calm and collected note. “I try to leave that first half-hour open in the morning so that I can prioritize whatever needs to get done that day. Then I usually start meetings at 10 a.m. I’ll work with our sales team whether it’s brainstorming stuff to sell or working with clients. I work with the editorial team on strategy, brainstorms for features and network-wide content themes,” says Sugar. Anne Royse, VP of Talent Acquisition at Aegis LivingFor Anne Royse, when she first started working at Aegis living, a national assisted living and memory care provider, she was quickly met with difficult professional obstacles. “I took some time to get a lay of the land and it became quickly apparent that our community leaders were struggling with recruiting their line staff. They had no real recruiting tools other than outlook and maybe some job boards to manage their recruiting. What’s more, our careers pages on our website were not mobile friendly. I formed a team of hiring managers, recruiters, and administrative people to go through a software selection and implementation process. I have done a number of these over the years, and there are always many obstacles one expects along the way. I have never had one go as smoothly as this! With a lot of due diligence, we selected one that is truly user-friendly to the applicants and to our staff, and the results are impressive! Just three months into it, we’ve tripled our applicant flow and doubled our hires!” Julie Larson-Green, Chief Experience Officer of MicrosoftOne of Julie Larson-Green secrets to her long, successful tenure at Microsoft has been to remain focused on long-term missions and goals. But Larson-Green also isn’t afraid to take risks and take opportunities when they come. “One of my mantras is ‘assume good intent.’ You hear rumors and you can build a story in your head about it. But I’ve built a good network and I can talk to people about what’s going on, then refocus on the goal. Sometimes your personal mission does have to change because of larger things that are happening. In 2001, we were working on Office 2003 and wanted to have this online place where people could use Office. Today we call that Office 365! But 15 years ago, it sounded crazy. We were relying on another team for backend infrastructure—and one day they just decided they couldn’t do it, and that was it. But we eventually turned all of our work into the Microsoft Support site, which is huge for us even today. Uncharted places can fuel creativity. If there’s no one telling you that you have to something X way, that can be a big opportunity,” Larson-Green says. Heather Friedland, Chief Product Officer of GlassdoorAs the CPO of Glassdoor, Heather Friedland urges other women to rise to success by choosing the difficult path. “If you’re faced with making a tough career decision, consider choosing the harder, more uncomfortable choice – that’s where you will likely experience the most growth and find out what you’re really capable of. You will likely surprise yourself in your ability to grow and thrive,” she says. Katie Burke, VP of Culture and Experience at HubspotBurke advises to not always assume the best ideas on culture are going to come from the C suite. “Executives don’t usually have the best ideas for what to do with culture,” she says. Instead she suggests to include every involved party in the decision-making process. “Acting on employee-generated ideas is one of the greatest ways to scale culture.”Ed Nathanson, Founder of Red Pill Talent“If you do what everyone else does, nobody cares,” says Ed Nathanson. He advises that as long as you just “be you,” it will resonate with the audience you want to attract. Luciana Caletti, Co-Founder & CEO of Love MondaysAs a woman in the startup space, Luciana Caletti is well aware of the obstacles that women continue to face when starting their own companies. Don’t let the numbers of women in the space bother you or prevent you from starting your own company. That would be my first advice,” Caletti says. “Secondly, for me it was really important to have other co-founders that had the same vision as me and share the same objectives. Having two co-founders that really are aligned with what we wanted to achieve was really essential. Sometimes I see sole entrepreneurs doing it all by themselves, and I really admire them. However, the team aspect was really important in my journey.”Mark Douglas, CEO of SteelHouseAt marketing firm SteelHouse, workers have an employee perk that most of us only dream of: getting paid to go on vacation. This is part of Douglas’s strategy for promoting work-life balance in his workplace. “It’s one thing to say ‘You have three weeks vacation,’ like most companies do,” Douglas told Business Insider. “It’s another thing to say ‘You have cash, and if you don’t go on vacation and spend this money, the money literally goes to waste.’ It’s another level of saying this is real.”last_img read more

4 Common Misconceptions About Job References

first_img 3.2★ 3.4★ 2.7★ Line Cook The Cliffs Landrum, SC 3.3★ 23 hours ago 23h EXPERIENCED AV Installer Inspired Technology and Communications North Easton, MA 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – ICU CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Beavercreek, OH References seem pretty straightforward.  However, many candidates have a lot of questions and, worse, misconceptions about them.  This can be dangerous for your career.  Bad references can ruin your candidacy as much as good ones can strengthen it.  Make sure you know enough about references to protect your professional reputation.  Check out some common questions and answers about references below.1. Do ‘backdoor references’ really happen?   Yes. This phenomenon is even more prevalent in the last 5 years or so because of LinkedIn’s growing popularity.  If you’re not familiar with a backdoor reference, this is the basic premise: hiring managers will reach out to any personal contacts they have at your previous employers.  This can be a problem particularly when you had a bad experience working at an employer.  Even if you choose not to give anybody there as a reference, backdoor references can reveal the skeletons in your closet.  Backdoor references can be especially common when you’re looking for a job in sectors like Tech, where most people in the field are active on LinkedIn.  Here at AVID Technical Resources, we’ve seen this happen to some of the candidates we represent.5 References That Should Be On Your List To Land The Job2. Can managers really be forbidden from acting as a reference? Yes, but it’s important to note that some will do so anyways. There are definitely companies that have set policies that forbid managers from giving a reference.  The severity of these policies and how strictly they’re enforced varies.  Some managers feel like they have the ability to give a reference anyways without any real consequences.  It could be worth considering this information if you’re leaving a company with such a policy.  You don’t want to push too aggressively, but it may be worth asking if the manager would feel comfortable acting as a reference.  You never know if they’ll say yes.3. Is giving a bad reference illegal?   Some candidates wrongly assume that managers will never give them a bad reference because they can be sued or suffer some other legal consequence.  This is not true, so it’s important to act with it in mind.  Give only references who will say positive things about you.  Don’t burn any bridges.  Work hard to build good working relationships with coworkers and bosses.  As mentioned above, you never know if hiring managers will reach out for a backdoor reference. The point of a reference is for employers to get a complete, honest picture of somebody as an employee.  While a lot of managers refrain from outright lambasting somebody (mostly out of basic human decency), they will be honest if they see red flags.Why You Should Use a Staffing Firm After Being Laid Off4. Can I just hand over my references to hiring managers or recruiters?   This is a mistake that staffing agencies and managers see far too often.  Contact your references and give them a heads-up that you’re on the hunt for new jobs.  Ask them if they wouldn’t mind acting as a reference for you.  Let them know a bit about the kinds of roles you’re looking for.  You want to treat your references with courtesy, and respect.  You also want to take the opportunity to thank them for their help in your job search.  They are doing you a favor and you should make sure to acknowledge it.Browse Open Jobs Lab Technician (Temporary position – Materials Laboratory) DOWL Billings, MT 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Mechanic (2nd Shift) New Penn Motor Express Providence, RI 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A Service Plumber Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air, LLC Marietta, GA N/A Crisis Intervention Specialist – Emergency Services – Windham County HCRS Brattleboro, VT 4.6★ Service Route Driver AAA City Plumbing Inc Rock Hill, SC N/A Registered Nurse RN Operating Room CJW Medical Center Richmond, VA 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

4 Common Coding Interview Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

first_img 3.6★ 3.1★ N/A Sr. Java/APEX Software Engineer Bridgeline Digital Woodbury, NY 4.8★ Software Engineer General Dynamics Mission Systems Pittsburgh, PA Sr. Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) Act-On Software Portland, OR Ah, the dreaded whiteboard coding interview. Where you’re thrown in front of a whiteboard, stripped of your usual code editor and hotkeys, and asked to solve a complicated data structures and algorithms question on the spot. Yikes. It’s enough to make anyone a little nervous — even the most seasoned engineers.Lucky for you, you stumbled onto this post about the four most common coding interview mistakes I’ve seen hundreds of candidates make. Let their mistakes be your unfair advantage!1. Not knowing data structures and algorithms.Nothing stops a coding interview dead in its tracks like a candidate saying, “I… don’t really know how big O notation works.” If you have any weaknesses here, this should be priority number one. Make sure you’re 100 percent solid on big O notation. Make a habit of thinking about the big O time and space costs of all the code you write. And definitely get comfortable with logarithms — they come up more than you might think, and they take too many candidates completely by surprise.Before your next interview, take some time to read up on all the core computer science data structures. Know the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Focus on knowing when you should use each one.How To Get Un-Stuck During a Tricky Coding Interview Problem2. Pretending to understand something that you don’t.It’s a very easy mistake to make. You’re chugging away at a problem, and your interviewer interrupts you to point something out. “Okay, I see we’re doing a post-order traversal of the tree.” And you have no idea what that means. But your first instinct is to just… hope it’s not important. Or hope you can get away with pretending to know what that means. Or something. So you just say, “…Right.” At first, it looks like you’ve gotten away with it. But it comes up again later. “So, why did you choose to do a post-order traversal?” “Uh…” You’re busted. Not only do you not know what the heck post-order means… but now you look dishonest. Because saying “I don’t know what that means” at this point means also saying “….I, uh, sort of pretended to know what that meant earlier.” Best to nip this kind of problem in the bud before you end up in that situation.When your interviewer says something you don’t understand, point it out immediately. Lean right in. Because letting them think you understand is only going to make things messy later. Try to be as specific as possible about what you don’t understand. It makes your thinking sound much more organized. Huge difference between “Huh?” and “What does post-order mean in this context?”3. Writing code before you know what the code will do.I see this all the time. You’re a few minutes into the interview. You’re talking about the problem with your interviewer, batting around some ideas for how to get started. Suddenly you have this sinking feeling that a lot of time has gone by — and the whiteboard is still blank. You decide it’s time to get moving. Even though you don’t know yet what your code is even going to do, you start writing it anyway.The function’s gotta have a name, right? So you write out a function declaration with a name and some arguments. That’s safe — we’ll definitely need that. Maybe a closing brace at the bottom of the board. And… there’s going to be a loop in here, right? So let’s throw a loop in there. I guess it’ll loop through that first argument? So you kinda sketch out a loop. Maybe you call a subroutine in there that handles some tricky part you’re not sure yet how to handle. “I’ll write out that function later,” you say.And then you realize you’re sort of back to the drawing board, because you still have to figure out what your code is actually going to do —  but now you have all this half-baked code on the board, which might already have bugs, or might already be pointing you in the wrong direction. That instinct to “get moving” and start writing code actually ended up hurting you. Because now another 10 minutes has passed, you’re no closer to an algorithm, and you have messy, half-baked code scrawled all over the whiteboard.Instead, when that instinct kicks in, just pause. Take a moment. Breathe. Know that worrying about time isn’t going to make you move faster. Lean into the moment. You could even say out loud, “I’m starting to feel like I should start writing code soon, but I know it’s no use to start writing code before I know what it’s going to do.” Just get back to the problem at hand, and keep batting around ideas for how to solve the problem. Play around with a sample input on the whiteboard. Draw a picture of the data structure. Brainstorm. Trust that you’re not supposed to know the answer right away… that’s what makes it a good coding interview problem!What You Need to Know to Ace Your Technical Interview4. Rushing through the debugging at the end.After 45 long minutes, you’ve finished writing your code. Whew. You just want to turn your brain off and relax. You look at your interviewer expectantly — you’re just waiting for them to say, “Perfect! It’s perfect.” But they don’t. Instead, they say “can you find any bugs in your code?” You hope it’s a trick question, but you begrudgingly look back at your code. You step through each line, but you’re not really debugging. You’re just sort of explaining the intention of each line. You’re so hoping that your code is right that you’re only seeing what you want to see. You’re not seeing the bugs. So, of course, you miss the bugs. And of course, your interviewer sees them.Here’s how you actually debug whiteboard code. Write out a sample input. Something short enough that you’ll be able to get through the whole thing, but long enough that it’s not an edge case. Then walk through your code line by line. As it changes the input, actually change it on the board. If it makes new variables, write those on the board as well. That’s right — you’re using your brain as the computer processor and the whiteboard as your computer memory. It’s tedious, but that’s the only way to debug code on the whiteboard. Oh, and once you’re done, do the same thing with all the common edge cases. Empty arrays, single-element arrays, negative numbers, disconnected graphs, etc.Those are some of the most common coding interview mistakes. If you can avoid them, you’ll be bounds ahead of most other candidates. Now go run some practice problems!Parker Phinney is the CEO of Interview Cake, which makes free guides and online courses on how to pass coding interviews. 2.7★ Lead Software Engineer Forward Financing Boston, MA Senior Software Engineer II – CareKinesis Mount Pleasant, SC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ Software Quality Engineering Lead 4G Clinical Wellesley Hills, MA 4.6★ 4.4★ Available Software Engineer Jobs Lead Software Engineer FHLBank San Francisco San Francisco, CA Systems Software Engineer at Vertica Micro Focus Cambridge, MA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ Software Engineer – Java Sila Solutions Group Shelton, CT 23 hours ago 23h Senior Software Engineer **INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY** Montana State Fund Helena, MT 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See more Software Engineer jobs 23 hours ago 23h 2.7★last_img read more

How To Ask For & Get Online Recommendations

first_imgAs an experiment, I recently asked 20 friends to write me a recommendation on LinkedIn. About 25% of the people I asked actually completed a recommendation. Even then, I didn’t really like everything that everyone said. I chose not to show all of them on my profile.As a job hunter, having recommendations available online is a really valuable thing. Most employers do some level of online background checking. It usually amounts to a quick look at your Facebook page and LinkedIn profile. Having several recommendations visible when they look will instantly add to your credibility.Here’s how to ask for and get the recommendations you want:Always ask people who know you well enough to write a glowing recommendation. You’ll know who these folks are. Time on LinkedIn or some other social network is not good enough. Ask people who have worked with you and are familiar with you as a whole person.The best way to get a nicely done recommendation is to write one first. This exchange happens routinely. Take a look at the recommendations on a few pages and compare those to the recommendations on the recommender’s page. This reciprocal back scratching is how recommendations have always worked.If you’re asking someone who is busy, you might offer a sample of the kind of recommendation you’d like. Early in my career, I was surprised to discover that this was how the writing of recommendations worked. If someone really valued my contribution, they’d ask me for a sample that I liked and then edit it to their needs. Offer to write a suggested version.LinkedIn has a great recommendation system. If you ask for help using the system, your reference will be able to add the task into regular workflow.Expect that some (in my case, it was most) people are going to be too busy to help you out. As is the case in most aspects of job hunting, don’t take it personally. Just ask the next person.If you don’t like the recommendation you get, ask for a rewrite. Really. Give the author suggestions. “When you call me a cowboy, I know what you mean, but I think others might not understand your humor. Could you say ‘independent thinker’ instead?”Just because you get a recommendation doesn’t mean you have to publish it. Carefully consider the impact your recommendation will have on a prospective employer’s view of you.Really work to personalize the note you send asking for the recommendation: Hi Bob,I hope you’re doing well. I’ll never forget the amazing time we had when we were working on the Acme proposal in Boston. I’m in the process of gathering references for my next job transition. I’m hoping that you’ll be willing to write one for me on LinkedIn. I’d be happy to offer suggested language, if you’d like.JohnSearch for LinkedIn recommendation samples. If you can’t figure out what to say or what you want said about you, there is a treasure trove of useful boilerplate online. For a good giggle, visit the Endorser. It will automatically generate a reference letter for you.Finally, the essence of a great recommendation is one sentence telling how you know the person followed by at least two or three sentences that tell a story. Stories make your recommendation memorable.Your online profiles are the basis for managing your reputation. Carefully building a bank of references is the key to presenting a solid professional face to the job market. N/A 2.8★ Finance Manager OYSTER COVE BOAT WORKS & YACHT BROKERAGE, INC Gloucester, VA 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Store Manager Meineke Williamsburg, VA 3.0★ Case Manager Kindred Healthcare Houston, TX N/A 4.2★ Kitchen Manager Hojeij Branded Food Dallas, TX N/A View More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Kitchen Manager New Italian Restaurant Ocala, FL Manager In Training Crew Carwash Bloomington, IN 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Culinary Manager Mimi’s Cafe Tustin, CA Hot, New Jobs For You Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Irving, TX 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ Manager Gourmet Burger Restaurant Las Vegas, NV 2.9★ Store Manager X Square Capital Ponce, PRlast_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Wantaway Ronaldo will seriously consider Man Utd return

first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Manchester United are in the frame to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Ronaldo has stunned the football world by telling Real Madrid that he is determined to quit the European champions.And Calderon, who bagged Ronaldo for £80million in 2009, is adamant the Portuguese superstar still loves the Red Devils.Calderon told The Sun: “I remember when I signed Cristiano, he phoned me and said everyone at Manchester United was really happy and kind to him.“Sir Alex Ferguson was like a father and he loved the fans.“The club has been very important in his career. Manchester United is a club he has in his heart.”He also stated: “I’m sure Cristiano won’t leave Europe.“I don’t think he would go and play in China or the Middle East. He’s very fit, in good shape and playing very well.“Ronaldo would cost more than Paul Pogba because he is a better player. Anyone who wants him will be prepared to pay him a lot of money.”last_img read more

PSG launch huge bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas

first_imgPSG have launched a bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.PSG coach Unai Emery isn’t convinced by his keeper options and is returning to Spain for a solution.Don Balon says the French giants have tabled a €44 million offer to Real for Keylor.The Costa Rica international has declared he wants to stay in Madrid, though would earn more should he move to Paris.Real president Florentino Perez could cash in on Keylor and swoop for AC Milan teen Gigio Donnarumma as a replacement.last_img read more

Key Words For Donors To Find You On The Web: An Overview

first_imgThe Pew Internet and American Life project Research studies in 2005 found that more than 60% of Internet users turned to search engines to find information on a daily basis. That number continues to increase and recent studies confirm the growth.Internet users are heavily exploiting search engine functions to better navigate their way in finding their desired information. And, a majority of Internet users begin their search at Google.In addition to the search results, Google runs short text ads on called Google Ad Words. When someone enters keywords (short phrases specifying a particular search query) into ads targeted to those keywords appear alongside the search results.Keyword advertising is also referred to as pay-per-click or PPC advertising because ad buyers pay only when a visitor actually clicks on their ad. It can help your organization reach thousands, maybe even millions of people as they are search online for related information with relatively little effort and lower costs than traditional advertising channels. Using a Search Engine advertising program like Google Adwords is relatively inexpensive and can have a decent return on investment. Entry costs are low, and ongoing expenses can be easily tracked. Your organization simply sets a daily budget and a maximum amount to spend per click on the ad. Even better, Google offers “Google Grants,” an in-kind advertising program specifically for nonprofit organizations. (For more information, visit you’re just starting, don’t enter a million different keywords, landing pages, and ads. Be strategic. Start simply with a group of keywords, one landing page and one ad. Review the performance and then expand. Otherwise, you’ll have so much data and too many choices to make to be able to figure out what works best.Source: read more

Maternal Health Supplies Mapping Survey

first_imgPosted on November 28, 2011November 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)Please take a moment to assist our colleagues at PATH who are conducting a survey on maternal health supplies in collaboration with Population Action International and the Maternal Health Supplies Working Group. Your input is critical:PATH is undergoing an in-depth landscape analysis of the barriers, challenges, and needs surrounding availability of and access to essential maternal health supplies. PATH recognizes the challenges to the delivery of quality MH services and reduction in maternal mortality and morbidity are myriad and complex. The intent of this landscaping is to inform recent efforts by the broader maternal and reproductive health communities to advance maternal health supplies advocacy by building upon the lessons learned and structures created by the reproductive health supplies movement. Their specific focus on overcoming the financial, logistical, and policy-related barriers to ensuring contraceptive supplies has helped to mobilize global support for and increase access to family planning overall.As a first step, PATH is surveying key stakeholders regarding their maternal health supplies interests and expertise, activities, and resources. Your opinions and views are very important to this process. Please complete the survey by Friday, December 16, 2011.To take the survey, click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

World Prematurity Day Events: November 15-19

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 14, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)World Prematurity Day is this Sunday, November 17, and beginning Friday, November 15, organizations around the world will be highlighting the critical challenge of addressing premature birth. Groups will publish new evidence and convene discussions to build awareness and accelerate action on premature birth in many ways.Highlights of this year’s commemoration of World Prematurity Day include the following: New research on preterm birth will be published on November 15 in the journals Pediatric Research  and Reproductive HealthEvery Woman Every Child is hosting a discussionat UN headquarters in New York and organized by USAIDand the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia on November 15. The discussion will highlight cost effective solutions, new research, support for families and the Every Newborn action plan, which is set to launch in May 2014. Although RSVPs may no longer be accepted, you can follow the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtags #worldprematurityday and#EveryNewbornThe Twitter discussion will continue at  #worldprematurityday as part of a 24-hour global Twitter relay on November 15-16.  Other Twitter events will include a chat on November 15, using the hashtag #B2Soon, when leading researchers to discuss evidence that builds on the groundbreaking 2012 Born Too Soon report. On November 16,  The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Every Woman Every Child will convene a Twitter chat from from 9-10am EST that focused on the Every Newborn Action Plan and hosted by Mary Kinney @maryvkinneyOn Tuesday, November 19, the CORE Group, Save the Children and MCHIP are organizing a Technical Symposium in Washington, DC.The symposium is geared toward engaging the maternal, newborn and child health community to discuss strategies for strengthening country programs for the prevention of preterm birth and the care of babies born too soon. The event will focus on identifying what the international community can do to improve the effective delivery of technical interventions.The World Prematurity Day Facebook pageis collecting and publishing personal stories of preterm birth from around the world.For more:Check out the Healthy Newborn Network’s collection of resources on preterm birth and events from last year;Read the latest blog post from Mariam Claeson, Gary Darmstadt, Cyril Engmann, Steve Wall of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on efforts to scale up Kangaroo Mother Care, a practice that holds immense promise for saving the lives of premature babies  around the world;Visit the MHTF’s Perinatal Health topics page, and stay tuned to the MHTF blog for more, including a guest post from the INTERGROWTH-21st project.Share this:last_img read more

How Midwives Can Answer the World’s Maternal Health Woes

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 2, 2015October 24, 2016By: Linnea Bennett, Intern, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) This blog post originally appeared on NewSecurityBeat.orgThe world is about to hit a “turning point” in maternal and newborn health, said Laura Laski, chief of the sexual and reproductive health at UNFPA, at the Wilson Center on March 23. “In terms of strengthening the new health system for achieving the MDGS or any other goals, we have to focus on the human resources for health.” In particular, midwives.Midwives as a way to push global maternal health efforts over the top was the theme of a day-long symposium at the Wilson Center in cooperation with UNFPA, the Swedish government, Midwives4All, and the Maternal Health Task Force. Some of the day’s more than a dozen panelists shared midwifery successes in their own countries, while others discussed international initiatives to improve the number and quality of midwives.Two of the symposium’s four panels focused on the importance of building a global midwifery workforce and the tools and innovation needed to do so. Jessica Koval, an international program manager at Direct Relief, a maternal health NGO, said confident, skilled, and well-equipped midwives are just as important to global maternal and newborn health as technical and pharmaceutical innovations.Midwives’ intimate understanding of communities can inform policymakers and provide a critical bridge between physicians and patients, said Frances Day Stirk, president of the International Confederation of Midwives. “Midwives tend to be where women are. They are more accessible to women and, in many parts of the world, they work in poor geographic areas and environments where many other providers fear to tread.”This makes them critical to making progress in the 73 countries that make up 92 percent of all maternal and newborn deaths in the world. “Only 4 out of these 73 countries already have the workforce which enables us to respond effectively to the needs of pregnant women and newborns,” said Luc de Bernis, a technical adviser for the UN Population Fund in Geneva. In such a human resource crisis, midwives provide a way forward.A History of Positive ReturnsA new series of articles in The Lancet explores the history of midwifery and why it is so critical to maternal and newborn health. Holly Kennedy, one of the contributing authors and a professor of midwifery at Yale University, said the first paper of the series defines midwifery not just as a profession or set of skills, but rather a collection of philosophy, values, practice, and organization of care.The role of the midwife has declined in modern maternal health care systems, however, in part due to the perception that midwives lack professional skills. Such thinking has led to a self-fulfilling prophecy, said Stirk, as many countries with great need have discarded midwives, rather than provide them training, even as research suggests that educated midwives have the potential to cost-effectively fulfill 87 percent of the essential interventions or services needed by mothers and newborns.Midwifery has been shown to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, increase birthweight, and even have positive psycho-social outcomes like reducing anxiety and post-partum depression, said Kennedy. In less developed countries, just a 10 percent increase in effective midwifery care by 2030 is projected to reduce maternal mortality by 27 percent, while a 25 percent increase could reduce mortality by 50 percent. This projection has been tested in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Morocco, four countries that have seen maternal mortality declines as they increase midwifery services.The skilled midwifery workforce is dangerously low in some countries, said de Bernis. If the world stays on its current trajectory, only eight percent of skilled workers needed to fulfill essential interventions in maternal and newborn health will be met by 2030, he said. However, increased investment in building and sustaining the midwifery workforce, along with efforts to increase family planning, could lead to meeting 31 percent of unmet need in the workforce over the same time period.Direct Relief has partnered with the International Confederation of Midwives to develop a standardized midwife kit for low resource settings. When combined with midwives who know how to use it, the kit, which includes medical instruments, catheters, gloves, sanitary products, medicines, and other pharmaceuticals, can reduce maternal and newborn deaths by 62 percent, Koval said. So far, Direct Relief has provided kits to graduates of midwifery programs in crisis areas like Sierra Leon, Liberia, and areas of the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.Building CapacityWhile the potential is promising and midwives require less training than doctors, they still require some education and bringing the number needed through the system is a major obstacle. “In some parts of the world, a person who is called a midwife might have three months of education,” said Stirk. “That is not a midwife in [the International Confederation of Midwives]’s eyes. A midwife is someone…who is educated, who is able to work autonomously and within a team.”Clinics in remote areas often have limited resources and need midwives with leadership skills to handle difficult situations, said Chunmei Li, a senior manager for corporate contributions at Johnson and Johnson. “When a woman manages to get herself to a facility to give birth to a baby, it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure she gets the best care possible,” she said. “Nurses and midwives are best positioned to identify unmet needs, come up with solutions, and implement these solutions.”Li explained one case where a baby was born not breathing and a doctor pronounced it dead. Unable to accept the decision, a midwife had the courage to challenge the doctor and the skills to perform resuscitation which saved the baby’s life.In partnership with Johnson and Johnson, the Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy puts midwives through a leadership course in which they are paired with mentors to learn specific skills and best practices, from early testing for HIV during pregnancy to pre-eclampsia monitoring. “This requires everything from making sure the staff has the necessary clinical skills to better record keeping and medical equipment and supplies to clinics having running water,” said Li.Survive and Thrive, an initiative of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, is part of a global development alliance led by USAID to bring together U.S. midwifery, obstetric, and pediatric associations, the private sector, and non-profits to improve the quality of facility-based services, said Suzanne Stalls, a certified nurse-midwife and vice president of global outreach for the college. By mentoring and training young clinicians, Stalls said they hope to improve clinical competencies and build leadership and advocacy skills. If midwives are “respected and valued,” she said, they will not only perform better, but “have confidence to share their expertise and consult policymakers.”Innovations in Technology and Access Embracing technology is another untapped opportunity for innovation, said Geeta Lal, senior technical advisor for strategic partnerships at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A study by the telecommunications company ITU revealed there were more than 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the developing world in 2014. The cost of one computer is now less than one midwifery textbook. Getting “e-learning” right is not optional in a world where children see digital platforms as the norm, said Lal. “If we don’t think of it someone else in another part of the world will.”To that end, UNFPA has partnered with Intel to provide offline access to multimedia platforms in remote areas. “They can use a cheap projector, tablet, and solar charger – all under $500 – which serve as training modules for midwives to watch while they are doing other tasks at home,” Lal said. Jhpeigo’s e-learning modules are being used in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, and Uganda.Bringing e-learning to scale also requires access to an energy grid, which may necessitate political commitment from the very beginning. “Bangladesh was targeted to receive e-learning platforms because they made a clear goal to digitalize the whole country by 2020,” Lal said, holding up a tablet. “An entire generation of school children will become tech literate. They won’t carry text books, their entire curriculum will be on this.”Digital platforms are still new, however, and Lal cautioned that more needs to be done to understand how they address fundamental causes of poverty and poor maternal health.A Long-Term InvestmentThese efforts to provide adequate training and equipment to midwives can still go to waste if the demand for their services is not there. “It’s incredibly frustrating to me to educate midwives when there’s a 50 percent employment rate,” said Peter Johnson, director of global learning and nursing and midwifery at Jhpiego. Building a sustainable, educated workforce is difficult without the support of governments and donors who are more likely to fund programs that can quickly produce numbers and results. “Sometimes, the results of educating midwives won’t be seen for a decade or even longer if you look at the roots and foundation that we need to lay down.”But Stirk remains optimistic that midwifery is a profession that will be elevated in the coming years. It is the best way to reach those areas where maternal and newborn health is worst, she said. “Midwifery is the system we have chosen, not because it is the cheapest, but because it is the best.”Event Resources:Frances Day-Stirk’s PresentationHolly Kennedy’s PresentationJessica Koval’s PresentationChunmei Li’s PresentationSuzanne Stalls’ PresentationPhoto GalleryShare this:last_img read more

Always Take Something Forward

first_imgJerlyn Thomas, one of the members featured in our subway ad campaign, is a NYC-based web designer and developer. You can read her thoughts on design, food, and nerdy stuff on her blog. She’s very excited to have the internet in her pocket. I’m more of a permalancer. I have a permanent 10-6 job. I work at an agency, mostly working on flash-related accounts. I like the regular hours, and I get to go home and work on my own projects. It’s a good balance with my day-to-day work and my regular hours.  I love that I can have the balance between what I work on during the day and still get to work on my projects. My advice to new freelancers is to create a balance. If you don’t find work doing what you want to do, make up projects to keep up your skills. Just make something up while you look for jobs. Or volunteer somewhere to do work. There are always people who are looking for help. I love the freedom I have as a freelancer. I’m about to take a vacation. It’ll be my first time back to the Commonwealth of Dominica—where I’m from—and I wouldn’t get to visit for as long if I weren’t a freelancer. See Jerlyn in our subway poster after the jump. Every project I work on I try to take something forward. I worked on the interface for the nook 2. It was a new platform. Now I’m starting to focus on iphone apps. Now there are things like the ipad. Currently, everyone is using mobile. We have to look at things in different ways than just websites. When you do mobile, you have to know that people are carrying the internet in their hands. I get my health insurance through Freelancers Union. I looked around at different websites, and liked what I found. Getting insurance was kind of a process. I got stuff sent back a number of times. But I’m a really active person, and I want to make sure I’m protected. The cost is worth it. It’s part of the sacrifice of being a freelancer. Insurance is important, especially for freelancers. – Jerlynlast_img read more

Download the Freelancers Union app!

first_imgFreelancers are often in need of legal support.Maybe you’re thinking about incorporating, you have a contract that you need reviewed, or you just got stiffed.But it can be difficult to find lawyers who are familiar with the issues unique to freelancing and who want to work with freelancers.The Freelancers Union app has your back. We built a network of lawyers who are committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life. Better yet – they’re freelancers too.With the app, you can enter some information about what you’re looking for and quickly connect with a lawyer who handles issues similar to yours.Get in touch with someone who gets it.Download for the App to find a lawyer!To use the app, just enter some information on where you’re located and what you’re looking for…And you’ll be connected to a few lawyers who may be a fit for you:You can reach out to the lawyers to discuss rates and availability and to schedule a free consultation.And this is just the start! Most of the lawyers are in New York right now, but we’ll soon be expanding to new cities and services, harnessing the power of our members to find solutions to our most pressing challenges.Solidarity? There’s an app for that.Questions? Feedback? Need support? Email us at read more

Sophomore slump or comeback of the year? How to handle variable income

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.When you first start working for yourself, one of the comments you hear an awful lot of is how so-and-so could never handle the variable income. Leaving a steady paycheck behind is one of the biggest things we emotionally (and financially) prepare for before launching a freelancing business. But, like many other aspects of going into business for yourself, preparing for it beforehand and actually living it are two wildly different beasts.Before I made the leap, a fellow freelancer warned me about the income “peaks & valleys.” I was ready to set out into a valley, ready to spend months toiling only to barely make rent. My emergency savings were swollen and waiting. I knew my business may not find a whole lot of traction in those first few months. I was so ready for that initial valley.And then after a few months—a peak!—my first $3,000 month.And with each invoice paid and new contract signed, the term “peaks & valleys” evaporated from my brain. My business was taking off.That’s what made the inevitable next valley so terrifying. See, I had it in my head that once you have some traction, it’s smooth (well, smoother) sailing. I knew my income would still fluctuate, but by a few hundred dollars here and there, I thought. The valleys would be relative.I wasn’t ready to go an entire month without a single project. And I didn’t prepare for it—emotionally or otherwise.During my first peak, I wasn’t worried about next month. I wasn’t sending out pitches, building my network…nothing. And that’s what turned an inevitable valley into the Marianas. I didn’t market myself until the “Oh, shit!” moment when, suddenly, I ran out of work.I’m back on Everest now, but I’m resolving that the next valley won’t catch me so far back on my heels.If you’re in the same boat (or you never want to be), here’s what I took from that first panic-inducing valley:Use your down time to plant seeds. It’s tempting to take a few days off, hit the beach. But when your bank account starts dwindling, you need to already have pipeline ready to fill it back up.Make marketing and building pipeline a priority during the peaks, too, no matter how busy you are.Work to find monthly clients whose projects can help regulate your income a little, even in the valleys.Maintain a routine. Hopefully your valleys are never as long as mine was. By the time I filled my calendar back up, I had forgotten how to sit down and be productive on a regular basis. That being said, when you’ve done all you can, give yourself permission to relax a little. That freedom is what we work so hard for, right?Find a slice of sanity in the community. Whether it’s advice, referrals, or even just a sounding board, gaps in work are one of the best times to immerse yourself in our little freelance community.Kiera’s a freelance writer and consultant for software and ecommerce companies. She writes for the likes of Shopify, Wave, and Kissmetrics, among others. Newly located in Boston, MA, Kiera loves cinnamon coffee and a good baseball game.last_img read more

Alternatives to Traditional Savings Accounts

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

Lifehacks to Keep Your Wants Vs. Needs in Check

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5 Ways to Make Sure You Get the Lowest Price Every Time

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How to Keep Your Home Safe From a Major Snowstorm

first_imgShovel Those Walks Keep Fire in its Place If you’re partial to a live tree, don’t forget to water it every day, without fail. Dried-out trees pose a far greater risk of catching fire than their hydrated counterparts. It only takes a few seconds for a short-circuited light strand or overloaded outlet to turn a dry tree into a dangerous ball of flames. The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re like most, you may be tempted to deck your halls with all the trappings of the season. But before you do, it’s worth remembering that the holidays have the potential to bring some not-so-merry tidings. Between the numerous parties, the abundant cooking, the entertaining and the traveling, your home faces more hazards during the holiday season than you may think. Here are six ways you can protect your home, family and finances during the most wonderful time of the year. Travel Smart Cook Safely Whether you’re hosting the yuletide festivities or venturing over the river and through the woods, we hope these tips keep your home safe and sound this holiday season. In 2017, AAA predicted that around 107 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more during the holiday season. If you’re joining the traveling masses this year, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe and sound until your return. Unattended pots and pans. Simply greeting a guest can take your attention from the pots and pans boiling on the stove — and if they catch fire, a scorched meal may be the least of your worries. Dull knives. It may seem counterintuitive, but dull knives can actually be more dangerous than sharp ones. That’s because a dull knife is more likely to slip off your vegetable or roast and nick your counter, or worse, your hand. Keep knives sharpened for safer chopping. Stray dish towels, food containers, etc. Say a corner of your dish towel lands on a burner. Or your gas stove ignites the box of cornstarch you were relying on for your gravy. The ensuing smoke and flames will not only ruin your party, but they’ll cause damage to your home. Plugged-in appliances. When you’re done simmering your trademark apple cider in the slow cooker all day, unplug it. If left plugged in, appliances like pressure cookers, toasters and blenders can pose a fire hazard. While artificial trees may not create the same olfactory ambiance as live ones, they’re less likely to catch fire. You can further reduce your fire risk by trimming your tree with LED lights, which give off less heat. First, make sure your fireplace has been cleaned. A dirty chimney can lead to a dangerously flammable buildup of creosote. Then — and this may seem obvious — make sure the flue (sometimes called a damper) is open. Also, man’s best friends have been known to gnaw on trees, holiday lights, tinsel and other decorations. All of these pose a choking hazard to your pets, so do your best to keep them out of their reach. Look After Your Furry Friends Before you head out on your holiday adventures, make sure your home looks lived in. Double-check that all your light bulbs are working, then place them on timers. Schedule the lights to turn on and off throughout the house at different times. After all, most people don’t turn on one light in the evening and leave it on through the night. If it’s in your budget, gift yourself some smart lightbulbs. That way, you can control your lighting from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Finally, focus on your firewood. Be sure you only burn wood that has been properly dried out, since moisture can create excess smoke. If your firewood has been sitting out in the rain and snow, cover it with a tarp and don’t use it until it’s lightweight and dry. While you may be tempted to adorn your home with all the flora of the season, some holiday plants may not put your pets in a celebrating mood. In fact, some can be outright toxic to animals. Poinsettias, for instance, can cause both your canine and feline friends some gastrointestinal distress, and large amounts of mistletoe have been known to cause low blood pressure, abnormal heart rates and even seizures in cats and dogs. Before you deck the halls with holiday plants, do a little research on which ones are pet-friendly. Nothing says “holidays” like a warm, cozy fire lighting up the fireplace, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you get that fire crackling. And don’t leave town without unplugging everything but the lights. If you live in a cold climate, leave the cabinets under your kitchen and bathroom sinks open. That way, the heat from your furnace can get in and help prevent your pipes from freezing while you’re away. Tend to Your Tree Post navigation Entertaining friends and family are what the holidays are all about. But a word to the wise: make sure your sidewalks and driveways are clear of snow and ice. Obviously, nothing spoils the holiday merriment like a loved one falling and hurting themselves. Remember to keep a fully charged fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit on hand in the kitchen to quickly put out any flare-ups or address any injuries. What’s worse, you could be liable for medical bills if someone injures themselves on your property. That’s why it’s also a good idea to make sure your homeowners insurance policy includes sufficient liability coverage. The centerpiece of your holiday décor — your tree — can also pose a few threats. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, Christmas tree fires did more than $14 million in property damage annually. Jonathan Noble is a Senior Copywriter for Esurance, where he writes about everything from home improvement hacks to IoT and the future of autonomous vehicle technology. Outside of the insurance sector, Jonathan’s writings have spanned from art to travel, fitness and more. To learn more about Esurance’s homeowners insurance policies, visit their website.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Save Money on Holiday Travel (Hint: Book it Soon!)September 18, 2017In “Travel Tips”Survey: 61 Percent of Americans Want to Get Cash This Holiday Season, Don’t Want to Give It.November 15, 2019In “Budgeting”How to Plan Your Budget for the HolidaysOctober 3, 2018In “Budgeting” Even the consummate holiday host can be vulnerable to kitchen mishaps. If you’re preparing a holiday feast, there are a few kitchen hazards you should keep in mind to protect both you and your home: last_img read more