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- Forbes.com | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Jan 8, 2013 5:09 PM EST | Comments
By Meghan CasserlyAsk anyone: managers, recruiters and job applicants are all unhappy with the current standards in hiring. A candidate comes in after a paper resume's been given the once-over and rattles off her best qualities over the course of a 30 minute interview, during which time you learn little more than whether she can tell a decent story or if you like her blazer. She leaves, feeling dissatisfied that she hasn't been able to show you what she's truly capable of.
Be prepared to be put to work at your next interview--or even before you're asked in.
More often than not, you will never see each other again.
But hiring trends are changing, and experts predict within the next 365 days a new practice will take root that will change the job application process on both sides of the interview table forever. It's called the challenge-based interview process and, in short, it's a process by which candidates, show rather than tell prospective employers their skill-sets.
Elli Sharef, the co-founder of Y-Combinator-backed recruiting company HireArt has found herself in ...Read More »
- Stylecaster News | Fashion | Tue, Jan 8, 2013 5:11 PM EST | Comments
By Spencer Cain, StyleCaster
Beyoncé may seem like she has every right to be the ultimate diva, but apparently it's really not the case. In fact, it turns out that the mega-star is just as awesome and polite as we wished she'd be. Designer Rubin Singer-who recently designed a custom unitard which took two weeks to make for Bey's Las Vegas concert on New Year's Eve-told Glamour that Beyoncé, along with sister Solange Knowles, are "the only celebrities that always dry clean and send clothes back in a box, with a hand-written thank you note. They are true ladies."
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For someone as rich and famous as Knowles, it's nice to see that she's still got a head on her shoulders-and isn't jaded by her blinding success.
"When you do a fitting with her, she doesn't keep you waiting half a day like some celebrities do," Singer said, adding: "When she's there, she's present and honest and grat...Read More »
- Cnbc | Work + Money | Tue, Jan 8, 2013 10:45 AM EST | Comments
By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
The steady drumbeat of "you're just lucky to have a job" that played through the recession is finally starting to fade and employees may be getting ready to say, "I quit!" and bolt for the nearest exit.
One in three employees (33 percent) say they plan to look for a new job this year and nearly one in five (18 percent) say they'll be looking in the next three months, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for job-search site Glassdoor.com.
Over at Indeed.com, their survey showed the number of employees making a New Year's resolution to get a new job jumped to 38 percent.
Part of this shot of confidence comes from the early signs of recovery in the job market, like the December jobs report, and part of it comes from the fact that most companies, while more stable than in recent years, are not confident enough to start handing out raises.
[Read more: Asking for a Raise in a Tight Economy]
"Now that it appears that the extreme highs and lows...Read More »
- Cnbc | Work + Money | Mon, Jan 7, 2013 12:04 PM EST | Comments
By Jane Wells, CNBC.com
Not every coffee company born in Seattle is a winner. Tully's, a 20-year-old chain founded in the Emerald City, filed for Chapter 11 last fall. The chain had trouble competing in the shadow of Starbucks, and it filed for protection reporting $3.7 million in debts and very little cash.
Much of its debt is owed to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters which owns Tully's wholesale and roasting businesses.
The remaining part of the company - retail stores, agreements with franchisees and the coffee sold in grocery chains - is in need of a cash infusion immediately.
Actor Patrick Dempsey is one of several parties bidding to buy Tully's out of bankruptcy at an auction Thursday.
Dempsey told the Seattle Times he'd like to save the 500 jobs at risk. "I've always loved this city, and with the purchase of Tully's Coffee, I plan to spend a lot of time in Seattle - and the stores connecting with the community and growing the Tully's brand."
Other reported bidders incl...Read More »
- Cnbc | Work + Money | Mon, Jan 7, 2013 1:08 PM EST | Comments
By Robert Frank,CNBC.com
You don't have to be the Earl of Grantham to own your own British country estate. But it helps to have a royal-sized fortune to burn.
With this week's season premiere of the third season of "Downton Abbey," we decided to take a look at what it costs to buy, own and maintain a grand estate in the U.K.
Rupert Sweeting, head of the Country Department of Knight Frank in London, said that the biggest costs of owning a country estate are the staff. He said that for a "moderate-sized" 1,500 acre spread, you'll need a butler, cook, secretary, groundspeople and cleaning staff.
"And for hunts, you need gamekeepers, one or two at the very least," he said.
Total annual cost for the staff would be anywhere between $600,000 to $1 million a year.
Then there all those leaky roves and crumbling gargoyles. Everyday repairs on your estate or castle will set you back another $100,000 a year or so.
Renovations are the big ticket item. Sweeting said most owne...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Mon, Apr 29, 2013 1:50 PM EDT | Comments
While traveling through cities in the United States, wouldn't it be great if you could pinpoint where the worst traffic was? There is nothing I loathe more than driving in city traffic. Maybe it's the country girl in me or perhaps I'm just not used to the congestion, but busy highways and traffic filled streets get me nervous and stressed. INRIX, the leading international provider of traffic information and driver services released their Traffic Scorecard Annual Report which reveals the cities with the most traffic congestion in 2012. For the last couple of years they noticed declines in congestion but for 2012 traffic was up 4%. Although this is certainly bad news for drivers there is a positive side to it as well. A rise in traffic means a turn in the economy which is certainly what we are all hoping for. Click through for 7 of the worst traffic spots in the USA! -By Nadia Carriere
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- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Mon, Apr 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You're destined to cross the finish line, but you may get there in fits and starts. If you take advantage of every opportunity that's presented today, you'll find yourself making huge strides toward your financial goal. Keep your eyes open and stay ready to pounce.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Intimacy Secrets Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You know what your goals are and keeping your mind on them helps you stay motivated and focused. You're lucky to have such a strong sense of purpose; don't waste time today with those who are any less driven to succeed.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
No one can hold you back today! You are a powerhouse, and when others try to tackle you, you shake them of
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | Sun, Apr 28, 2013 2:35 PM EDT | Comments
Bill splitting apps
When you're out with your friends, splitting the check can get complicated. Do you divide the cost evenly or itemize everyone's drinks and entrées? How much should each person chip in for the tip? And splitting larger bills-like rent, utilities, and keeping your apartment stocked with toilet paper-can add even more complexity.
Well, I've got some good news: There are a bunch of great apps that do the calculating-and in some cases even the communicating-for you. Take your pick and download them for less than $1 each (a small price to pay for not having to ask your roommate for her share of the electric every month).
1. Splitwise: For Easy Transfers
This free app, available for iPhone and Android, is ideal if you're frequently sharing expenses with someone, like a roommate. Splitwise keeps a running total of who owes who what-from the last three grocery runs you made to the Friday happy hour that your roommate sprung for. When you're ready to pay up, a simple Pay...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Fri, Apr 26, 2013 12:07 PM EDT | Comments
Saying good-bye to your friends is always hard, but saying good-bye to your television friends is even harder. Don't you just hate it when the best scripted television shows have to bow out after several seasons on air, leaving you with the empty feeling that you have nothing to watch (or do) during the Thursday evening 9:00 p.m. timeslot? Well that's exactly how I'm going to feel when "The Office" airs its final season premiere next month and to be quite honest with you, I'm not ready to change the channel just yet. I don't know about you, but that one is going to be a real tearjerker for me! Check out some of the most memorable series finales on television ever below and tell us, did you cry as much as I did when Rachel and Ross finally kissed in his apartment after he tried to stop her from going to Paris? Or when Mr. Big chased after Carrie in the City of Love too (it's always Paris, isn't it?). - By Joanna Mazewski
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- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Fri, Apr 26, 2013 11:27 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You need to shake off the old ways of thinking that are holding you back. Once you realize you can do things in an entirely new way, you can re-write the rulebook. Find ways you are stuck in mental ruts and give them the boot.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're reaching for something simple, but you will transcend your easy goals and make it way further down the field than you had dared to hope. Have faith in yourself, Taurus, and learn to think big. It's the only way to win big!
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Unfortunately preaching about what you know if not as effective as watching silently while someone learns the hard way today. The only rede
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