Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
(Bloomberg) -- “Complete” surrender by the Greeks. “Major victory” for the eurocrats.
To those who have followed Greece’s financial crisis for five years, there wasn’t much doubt who won the latest round Friday when the region’s finance ministers struck a deal to keep the bailout on track.
Even German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said he didn’t “want to make it more difficult for them,” concluded Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have a “difficult” time selling the agreement at home. That’s because Tsipras’s populist rhetoric of ending austerity was overpowered by the united front he faced.
A “complete political surrender to the world of reality” was how Erik Nielsen, London-based global chief economist of UniCredit Bank AG, put it. Societe Generale SA and Berenberg Bank both labeled it a “u-turn” by Tsipras, who won election Jan. 25 promising an end to budget cutting.
“If the deal holds, it would be a major victory of common sense over populism,” said Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg in London, who cut his probability of Greece leaving the euro area to 25 percent from 35 percent. “The taming of Tsipras would show that Europe’s ‘tough love’ approach is working.”
While Tsipras says skirting national insolvency meant “we won a battle, but not the war,” economists say he may not have managed even that. That’s because the basics of the existing aid deal he fought against are still intact.
At last week’s meeting, Greece signed up to all the conditions of its current package and to continued international oversight, ditching plans to win back control of its purse strings so it could raise wages and pensions.
“The combination of pressure on the banking sector and on state cash flows has forced the bulk of the concessions to come on their side,” said Malcolm Barr, an economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London.
There were some concessions. Tsipras now gets a chance to draw up a list of reform ideas rather than have them forced upon him. The fiscal target for this year was also made less specific, giving him potentially some extra cash to throw around at home.
Those tweaks left Commerzbank AG chief economist Joerg Kraemer suggesting while donor nations may have gotten their way, they are ultimately likely to back down on explicit requirements, allowing Tsipras some face-saving room to maneuver.
“Nominally, at least, the creditors have won, but reality is likely to be different,” said Kraemer.
Investors boosted European debt as the fear of contagion from Greece dissipated. Italian five-year bond yields and Portuguese 10-year rates both fell to record lows following the deal.
“Europe has drawn the line in the sand - and markets had absolutely no problem with that,” said Nielsen of UniCredit.
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Posted by CAMACOL at 2/25/2015 10:06:00 AM
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Don't Let Your Wardrobe Ruin Your Chance of Getting Hired
First Impressions Matter
You’ve made enough of an impression with your resume and job experience to get an interview, and in that first seven seconds when you walk through the door, research suggests the person on the other side of the table is going to size you up.
And as we all know, first impressions matter. A lot.
What you wear – and, perhaps more importantly, what you choose not to wear to that job interview – could make all the difference in whether you get your foot in the door. “The person should not notice your clothes,” Barry Drexler, an interview coach with Expertinterview.com, said in a recent interview. “They should notice you in your clothes.”
5. Pass the Sniff Test
A wise father once said after getting a whiff of his son’s cheap cologne, “It’s cheaper to take a bath.”
Avoiding a strong smelling cologne or perfume might just be the key to keeping yourself in contention for a job. “Body odor is certainly offensive, but a strong cologne or perfume can also be offensive,” Drexler said. “You don’t want to wear anything overpowering. You don’t want people to be distracted by your perfume or cologne.”
If the smell remains in the office even after you’ve left, it can leave a lingering doubt in the mind of the manager about whether you’re the right fit for the job. And if it comes down to you and one other equally qualified candidate, do you really want the tiebreaker to be your pungent aroma?
“There are a million things that could go wrong with perfume or cologne,” Drexler said. “You could remind them of an old boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s best not to wear anything. It can only hurt you. It won’t help you.
4. Putting Your Best Feet Forward
Want to show you’re a polished candidate? Throw some polish on your shoes, it could just help you get a foot hold on that new job.
Along with avoiding scuffed up loafers, you definitely want to leave flip flops and sneakers in your shoe bin.
“Foot wear needs to be impeccable and polished and needs to match your interview,” Drexler said. “If it’s corporate finance, you might want to have old fashioned wing tips. You want to air on the more formal, than less formal.”
Even if you know a company boasts casual attire for its employees, slipping into something more comfortable for an interview is a step in the wrong direction. “You’re a candidate. You’re not an employee yet,” Drexler said. “They’re not going to fault you for being overdressed.”
For women, open toe shoes can be a nail in the coffin and if you want to wear a heel, keep it on the down low.
3. Don't Reveal Too Much
You wore that low-cut blouse to a dinner party and the raves kept coming. But wearing anything too revealing to a job interview can expose you – and not in a good way.
“If you’re a woman and you’re interviewing with a woman, you don’t want to be too showy,” Drexler said. “How you dress should be targeted to who you’re interviewing with and what type of job you are trying to get.”
Jobs in finance and academics call for a more conservative approach. “You have to tailor it toward the person who is doing the interview,” he said. “You really have to gear your dress to the type of job.”
There are times when it’s OK to be a little more daring. For example, if it’s a sales job you’re after and getting someone’s attention is important. “You can be slightly more provocative,” Drexler said. “After all, that’s what sells.”
2. Don't Be Too Flashy
A green jacket may be something you strive for at the Masters, but when it comes to what to wear to an interview, avoid flashy colors and out-of-date styles for suits and jackets.
“You should have a suit,” Drexler said. “In certain parts of country you can get away with slacks and jacket, but you have to invest in quality clothes that fit you well.”
Poorly tailored clothing that comes easily untucked sends a message to the interviewer that you lack detail and that you don’t care enough about yourself to care about the job you’ll be asked to do.
“You need well-tailored, impeccable clothes,” Drexler said. “They will judge you on that.”
Accessories can be just as important. If it’s a job in finances or high-end products, you may want to wear a shirt that requires cufflinks. If it’s a job in the fashion industry, the clothes, shoes and accessories have to be trendy.
Depending on the type of job, it may be just as important to tone it down. “Don’t show up in a $1,000 suit, if the job pays $40,000 per year,” Drexler said. “You don’t want to be too trendy for a back office type job. That’s off-putting.”
1. Don't Hang by a Thread
Those black slacks that you bought three years ago still fit well, but time has taken its toll on the stitching. Should you wear it anyway? Frayed? The answer is a resounding no.
“You don’t want to look like your clothes came out of the back of the closet,” Drexler said. “You don’t want to wear clothes that are frayed, old or clothes that don’t match the job.”
For women, all that glitters is not gold when it comes to jewelry. Keep it simple and avoid things like heirloom brooches and gaudy belt buckles.
“You shouldn’t wear anything that will distract the interviewer,” Drexler said. “They’re going to judge you by the clothes you wear so they have to be impeccable.”
Remember, it could be all over in seven seconds.
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Posted by CAMACOL at 2/19/2015 11:21:00 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Office universal apps land in Windows 10 technical preview Summary:Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available now with OneNote and Outlook on deck for the Windows 10 technical preview. (ZDNet)
Microsoft delivered its first batch of its "universal" Office Apps for the Windows 10 technical preview.
The apps---Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote---can be installed and taken for a spin by developers running Windows 10 in the weeks to come. Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available now for the Windows 10 technical preview with the others coming in the weeks ahead. These Office apps will be available in the Windows Store Beta within the Windows 10 technical preview. For tablet and phone units running Windows 10, the Office apps will be preinstalled.
For Microsoft, its Office apps will be the front-running universal apps. A universal Office app is one that can run on multiple screens and devices with one code line. The approach will be Microsoft's way to attempt to close the app gap on mobile devices.
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Microsoft is attempting to make Office for Windows 10 mobile and touch optimized. The move is overdue given that Microsoft has Office for iOS as well as Android already optimized. The software giant's plan is to connect these universal Office apps to multiple devices as well as big-screen efforts such as the Microsoft Surface Hub.
In a blog post, Microsoft also noted it is working on Office 2016, which will be designed more for a keyboard and mouse arrangement. The suite, a cash cow for Microsoft, will be available in the second half of the year.
Here's a look at a few screens for the Windows 10 universal Office apps. The interface doesn't look much different than Microsoft's efforts on iOS and Android.
Posted by CAMACOL at 2/06/2015 10:19:00 AM
Thursday, February 5, 2015
There are lots of compelling reasons to work remotely -- but some business leaders and employment experts argue that it's better to work onsite.
Virtual teams -- geographically scattered colleagues who use high-tech communication -- are now common in many organizations. Some of those team members are remote workers and some still work onsite, in the traditional office.
Plenty of pundits have examined this trend and decided the office is a dead man walking. But if remote work is indeed going to kill office work, get ready for a tough time. Remote work can be hard, both for workers and their managers. Even if the employer has a good flexible working policy and the employee has the right skills for remote work, there are downsides to working from home.
Why all the talk of the death of the office? Here are 10 shining examples of how onsite work trumps remote work. They include comments by a British industry panel led by national daily The Guardian and conference call company Powwownow.
1: Working onsite fosters innovation
It's all very well offering flexible working improvements like remote work to employees, but businesses need bodies onsite. When Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, forced all employees to work in the office, she was encouraging collaboration of innovation to improve the fortunes of the venerable internet organization. A Yahoo! company memo from chief development officer Jackie Reses read, "Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings."
2: Onsite workers are easier to manage
In addition to the regular employee management that a team leader deals with, remote workers carry plenty of extra baggage that needs managing. Having remote workers, "creates a potential problem for managers used to having their team in the same room as them," said Jonathan Swan, of work/life balance charity Working Families.
3: Remote working tools are poor
The only bug with the office whiteboard is when someone leaves the top off a pen. Virtual whiteboards have an entire technology stack to go wrong. And have you ever heard the phrase "The VPN isn't working"? Paul Lees, Powwownow's CEO, said, "I don't believe the technology is there yet to allow us to work together remotely."
Employees who need a little water-cooler conversation in their lives actually like being in the office every day. "The office should remain for those that want the office," said Robert Gorby, Powwownow's marketing director.
5: Some employees can't telecommute
Not everybody has that certain combination of skills to successfully work from home. Also, remote workers must show better discipline, communication skills, and punctuality than their office-bound colleagues. In other words, they have to run faster just to keep up.
6: Communication is easier in the office
Can you share a pizza in a video conference? No. Can you share donuts using Windows Messenger? No. And what happens when you communicate less effectively with your peers? They trust you less. Remote workers must be even more contactable than their office-based colleagues or trust goes out the window.
7: Local workers are easier to trust
Time Etc. co-founder Victoria Mileham said that clients had a tendency to be suspicious about how long work was taking if they could not see the people doing it. Less "out of sight, out of mind" and more "out of sight and making me nervous." How do we know that telecommuter is not shirking at home, feet up in front of the TV and browsing job vacancies?
8: Office work is nurturing
Julie Kortens, head of corporate services at British TV broadcaster Channel 4, highlighted some of the benefits of working onsite -- especially for younger staff. "You need guidance as you're developing," she said, adding that it's important for young people to have a sense of belonging and that they needed to know the rules and boundaries between work and play before taking advantage of remote working.
9: Many jobs can't be done remotely
In Europe, where many employees have a legal right to be considered for flexible work, only 18% actually telework (telework is defined as remote work using IT). In Germany it's 12% --and those workers are mainly highly qualified, such as managers, academics, lawyers, journalists, engineers and teachers.
10: Flexible hours are popular with businesses (remote work, less so)
A CBI (Confederation of British Industry) employment trends survey said, "Five years ago, just 13% of firms offered teleworking for employees in at least certain roles some of the time, but now nearly six in ten (59%) do so." Sounds like a lot, right? But just because remote work options are available doesn't mean that's the type of flexible working all the cool companies are doing. Andy Lake, editor of flexible work resource Flexibility, said that more than 90% of companies offered flexible working of some kind, but that this was mostly flexible hours and part-time working.
Dead or merely transformed?
Office work is alive, well, and adapted to the needs of modern organizations. Traditional onsite working is going nowhere. David D'Souza, managing director of Oddbody Consulting, said, "The office isn't dead - it's just becoming far more fluid."
Posted by CAMACOL at 2/05/2015 11:40:00 AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
About $29 billion of the $44.9 billion raised during the spectrum auction was purchased by Verizon and AT&T.
Posted by CAMACOL at 2/04/2015 09:08:00 AM
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
For just $38, this no-frills tablet can be a clock, guitar tuner, weather center, magic wall mirror, and more.
Posted by CAMACOL at 2/03/2015 10:23:00 AM