I want to move on before it’s too late

first_imgI want to move on before it’s too lateOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Icame to England from South Africa in March 2000. Although I managed to get anHR job when I arrived, I took a big drop in salary and position. I knew when Icame to England I would have to serve some time getting back to my previouslevel. Although I have now got to grips with UK labour legislation, I find I amnot even getting interviews for the jobs I apply for. Although I have a lot ofhigh-level qualifications, I don’t have a CIPD qualification. Is this theproblem? What would you advise?PeterWilford, consultant, ChiumentoWhilethe lack of a CIPD qualification is probably not held against you, it wouldcertainly be something UK companies would recognise. So in that sense it mightmake your job search and the recruitment process easier. Youshould talk to the CIPD and consider which avenues are available to you toobtain the CIPD qualification and which methods of study are appropriate. Youmight be able to study part-time which would allow you to work at the sametime, for example.Makesure your CV properly reflects what you have achieved in your previous HRroles. In your case you should perhaps not go for a conventional chronologicalCV, but start with a summary of key experiences and skills instead. Thisapproach will allow you to focus more specifically on your achievements ratherthan qualifications. Employers are interested in what you have delivered andwhether you could do it for them.Doobtain feedback on why you weren’t selected for interview – there’s no harm inasking and it could provide useful information. You should contact thoseorganisations you have applied to and ask them for feedback to help you in yourcareer development. Youshould also contact specialist HR recruitment consultancies to obtain feedbackand ideas on your CV, as well as how marketable you are in the UK HR sector.They will also be able to give you their opinion on whether not being CIPDqualified is an issue.LouiseWhite, consultant, EJ Human ResourcesBuildand use contacts rather than agencies which might struggle to place you in thisdepressed market. If someone knows you and can back up your application, itwill greatly improve your chances. Have you considered targeting organisationswith a presence in South Africa? If part of your experience is of immediatebenefit, then an employer may be willing to give you time and training todevelop in other areas. Notall employers will recognise the relevance of your domestic qualifications, soI suggest you contact the CIPD. It may not require as much work as you think tohave your experience and qualifications accredited.CliveSussams, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible LearningIam very sympathetic to your problem of achieving recognition for your HR skillsand qualifications gained in South Africa. Thisis a very common frustration of many professionals who come to live in theUK.  You can now appreciate I am sure,how competitive the HR recruitment market is in this country and how tight theperson specifications are with many employers. Itis certainly desirable for you to become a member of the CIPD, as this willgive potential employers confidence in your UK HR knowledge as well as highacademic background. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

News story: Government completes 26 major projects that deliver policy priorities and improve public services

first_imgThe IPA’s Annual Report provides a snapshot of how all GMPP projects were progressing as of September 2017.The GMPP is a continually evolving portfolio of the government’s most complex and high risk projects and it regularly changes to reflect government policy priorities. The current portfolio includes 133 major projects with a whole life cost of £423 billion, spread across 16 government departments.Over half of this year’s 26 completed projects received a Green or Amber Green Delivery Confidence Assessment (DCA) – the IPA’s rating of a project’s chance of success at a specific point in time. By taking the right steps following reviews and managing challenges effectively, DCAs are often improved and a project’s likelihood of delivery is increased.The IPA supports the delivery of government projects by helping to set them up for success, building delivery capability in departments and managing more than 200 independent assurance reviews of projects each year.Cabinet Office Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden MP said:“We are focused on building a Britain that is fit for the future and this report shows just how much we have achieved. All of these projects will improve the way we deliver public services in this country.“Project delivery is at the heart of all government activity as it is the main way we implement our most important policy priorities. Getting these projects right is essential to build a country that works for everyone.”Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP said:“We are investing record amounts in crucial national infrastructure projects that are the foundation of our economy and will boost productivity.“It’s exciting to see this investment translate into real projects on the ground that will have a long-lasting impact for the public.”IPA Chief Executive, Tony Meggs said:“The collective size and scope of these projects is impressive. It takes years of hard work from the cadre of world class project delivery professionals in government to deliver projects of this scale and complexity.”“The current portfolio of government major projects remains a broad and ambitious one. It is vital that we continue to help create the right environment for their successful delivery.” Childhood Flu Immunisation programme – reducing the risk of flu in vaccinated children by 66%. Airseeker project – three new military surveillance and intelligence aircrafts that support air and ground forces. Francis Crick Institute – the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe. Government’s role in setting up the Thames Tideway Tunnel – a major new sewer to protect the River Thames and create 4,000 new jobs. Hinkley Point C enabling project – securing private investment into a new nuclear plant so construction can begin. Hosting Services Refresh programme – a major refresh of the Department for Work and Pensions’ IT system, enabling improved digital services for 22 million people. The IPA, which supports the delivery of a range of large government projects, has published its latest annual report on the government’s most important major projects, reporting that 26 have been successfully completed this year.Projects delivered range from transformation and ICT programmes which modernise the civil service and make public services more efficient, to infrastructure and construction projects and military capability programmes, which grow our economy, improve productivity and defend the nation.These include:center_img Read the Annual Report on Major Projects 2017 to 2018.last_img read more

Roberts lights up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgRoberts Bakery has lit up its Northwich factory in pink to mark the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The front of the bakery and its cooling towers will glow pink until the end of October, in a bid to remind the people of Northwich about the importance of being breast aware, Roberts said.The move marks a 10-year partnership between Roberts Bakery and South Manchester-based charity Prevent Breast Cancer, for which the bakery has raised more than £150,000.It also got behind the charity’s BreastFest campaign this month, with a series of pink-themed events and fundraisers.“We were thrilled to light our bakery pink to show our support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands of motorists pass the bakery every day and it was a huge opportunity for us to put breast cancer at the forefront of their minds in such a novel way,” said Lindsay Occleston, a breast cancer survivor and fourth-generation member of the Roberts family.“Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK and, sadly, 12,000 women still die each year from the disease. We want to remind Northwich women that it’s vital to be aware of the risk factors associated with breast cancer and how they can protect themselves from it.”last_img read more

Ben Sparaco Band Releases Debut EP, ‘Bring The Jubilee’ [Listen]

first_imgHot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP.Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the album features a unique southern blues rock-based sound with classic soul and jazz textures throughout. Driven by the lead and slide guitar of Sparaco, the record features Josh Foster on keyboards, Craig Stevens on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.The EP is available to purchase or stream on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp (with an exclusive bonus track), and will be available worldwide on over 50 online stores starting in late May.<a href=”http://bensparacomusic.bandcamp.com/album/bring-the-jubilee-ep”>Bring The Jubilee EP by Ben Sparaco Band</a>To see where the Ben Sparaco Band is playing near you and to purchase a physical copy of the EP, visit their official website.last_img read more

Watch Bootsy Collins, Questlove, Erykah Badu, And More Party In Hilarious ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’ Video

first_imgWe’re bringing it back to 2013 for this amazing collaboration, complete with Bootsy Collins, Leslie Hall, Biz Markie, Questlove, and Erykah Badu. The musicians joined forces for an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, an interactive and live-action program created for children from the ages 1 and up that takes place in a magical land full of music, dance, colorful cartoons, and simple life lessons.In this particular episode, the show’s host DJ Lance loses a magic star on his hat, so he brings his Gabba friends to help him search for it in the music room. That’s where they find the unlikely band of funksters. Watch the hilarious cameo below:[Photo via IMDb]last_img

The splendid tapestry of Commencement

first_img 6Class Day Exercises featured speaker Rashida Jones ’97 (right), who posed for a selfie with students on the stage. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1The Class of 2016 celebrates Commencement week. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Seniors joined by President Drew Faust (right) gather to process to their Baccalaureate Service in Memorial Church. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Graduates are pictured during the Morning Exercises. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Commencement speaker Steven Spielberg (from left) gives his oration during the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in Tercentenary Theatre. Harvard President Drew Faust and Bill Lee look on. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Leon Starr ’40, 97 years old, is the oldest male graduate attending the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in the Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer The 1,661 members of the Harvard College Class of 2016 graduated on Thursday, each with a unique story of toil and triumph through what many will look back on as the most tumultuous, challenging, and satisfying four years of their lives. For some graduates, it’s the story of another diploma in a generations-long legacy, with high expectations reinforced from birth. For others, it’s the story of the first-ever family member to progress past high school, the culmination of a parent’s dream realized through years of juggling child care and working arduous double shifts.Photographs make visible the range of emotions felt on this day. Shrieks of exuberance, tears of joy, looks of quiet gratitude, and eyes wide with awe all show on the faces of these graduates. Photos, too, confirm their diversity, representing all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, and 51 countries, as well as the Oneida Nation within this country. Including the graduate schools, there were 7,727 degrees awarded. The grads are Muslim and Jew, Christian and Buddhist, raised on Park Avenue and in a cabin in the Appalachians, ranging in age from 16-70 (in the Extension School). They are bonded by their Harvard experience and woven together in the splendid tapestry that is Commencement. 11President Drew Faust greets graduates in the procession line. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Ikaika Ramones ’16 (left) and Kimiko Matsuda Lawrence ’16 await the procession into Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Graduates pause for a photo while passing the John Harvard Statue. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10The honorary degree recipients pose for the annual group photo outside Massachusetts Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Harvard Business School graduates cross Weeks Bridge on their way to the 365th Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Harvard Law School graduates celebrate. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 13The sheriff of Middlesex County brings Commencement to order. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Ivie Tokunboh (right) is photographed with Eunice Kim after receiving her degree at the diploma presentation and luncheon at Winthrop House. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Seniors process into Memorial Church for the senior service. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Kirin Gupta (right) shares a moment with her mother, Devika, after she receives her diploma. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Honorary degree recipient Steven Spielberg is photographed by Mary L. Bonauto, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Seniors flow out of Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3The Class of 2016 gets into place before a class photo is taken on the steps of Widener Library. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5James Clarke (center) is commissioned and pinned by his family at the ROTC commissioning ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

NPR’s Nina Totenberg discusses career, feminism

first_imgWhen Nina Totenberg began pursuing a journalism career, she was required to overcome a massive cultural hurdle.“It was extremely difficult in the beginning,” Totenberg said. “People used to just say to me, ‘We don’t hire women.’”Despite the resistance that Totenberg faced, she continued to seek a role as a journalist and storyteller. Totenberg sat down Wednesday with Randy Kozel, a law professor at Notre Dame, to discuss her career as a reporter and her path to covering the Supreme Court for National Public Radio. “I always wanted to be a reporter,” Totenberg said. “I wanted to be a reporter at least when I realized that I couldn’t be Nancy Drew.”Totenberg secured a reporter job, but she continued to confront discrimination in the workplace. Ryan Kolakowski | The Observer NPR reporter Nina Totenberg discussed challenges she faced in her career Wednesday in the Notre Dame Law School.“I suddenly realized that the guy sitting next to me, who was five years younger than I was and had no experience, was making 50 percent more than I was,” Totenberg said.Totenberg moved to Washington, D.C. and landed a position with Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper that lacked significant manpower.“The staff was me,” Totenberg said. “There was the publisher, there was his sister who did the ads and there was me. I was the staff.”Following her stint with Roll Call, Totenberg moved on to the National Observer, a weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones. In her new position, Totenberg filled a number of roles. In addition to covering hearings on Capitol Hill, Totenberg also worked in the print shop to supervise newspaper publication once a week. During her five years at the National Observer, Totenberg began covering the Supreme Court of the United States, which she would report on extensively for the remainder of her career.“I started trying to write things, not just about what had to be covered if it was major, but how the court worked, who the justices were and what these cases were.”When she began covering the Supreme Court, Totenberg did not know all the details of the judicial system, nor did she pretend to have all the answers. In her early years with NPR, Totenberg covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the House and Senate Judiciary committees and all judgeships.“The first thing I did was — this really amazes me in hindsight — I just called up justices and said could I come by and see them?” Totenberg said. “Most of them — not the Chief Justice — but most of them said yes, and I didn’t ask them anything secretive. I asked them how they did their job.”Totenberg noted that the justices were very kind, and she made every effort to acquire as much information from them as possible.“I just was fearless in asking questions,” Totenberg said. “If I didn’t understand something, I would just ask them.”Her passion for acquiring information and her coverage of the Supreme Court earned Totenberg a number of awards, and she has been recognized by the American Bar Association seven times for her work. In addition to carving out a career in legal reporting, Totenberg crafted her passion for storytelling with NPR.To end the night, Totenberg offered advice to students in attendance.“Winning isn’t enough, just like scoops aren’t enough,” Totenberg said. “I love a good scoop, but it’s sort of low-nutrition food, and winning is sometimes low-nutrition food.”Totenberg encouraged students to find their passions, not necessarily the jobs that will earn the most money.“Remember what makes your heart beat, so to speak.”Tags: national public radio, nina totenberg, Notre Dame Law School, NPRlast_img read more

Governor announces $400,000 ‘brownfields’ clean-up grant

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas was joined by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local officials today to announce that the State of Vermont has been awarded $400,000 from the federal government to replenish its revolving loan fund for cleaning up contaminated brownfields sites. The Governor made the announcement at the site of the former Fonda Container Company/Solo Cup property, which received $400,000 in federal funds last year for the ongoing cleanup of contamination caused by paper manufacturing there.“These funds will help us continue with the re-development of sites like this all over the state,” Governor Douglas said. “Turning these brownfields into clean, safe spaces for re-development will help communities from St. Albans to Springfield revitalize their local economies.”In addition to the $400,000 for the state’s revolving loan fund, the Environmental Protection Agency also awarded a similar amount to the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) to re-capitalize its brownfields revolving loan fund and $1 million to the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) to re-capitalize their revolving loan fund as well. To date, the state has been awarded over $1.9 million for clean-up of brownfields sites; SWCRPC has been awarded close to $3 million in RLF and assessment funding; and NWRPC is now receiving $1 million for its fund.“These funds are critical, because even with laws that protect investors in these properties from liability it is still difficult to convince people and institutions to take the risks associated with contaminated properties and get them re-developed,” the Governor added.For additional information about the Governor’s Vermont Brownfields Initiative, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/brownfields/index.htm(link is external).Source: Governor’s office. 8.18.2010###last_img read more

Russia keen on civil nuclear collaboration with Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 07, 2010 Russia wants to collaborate with Colombia over civil nuclear energy, the Russian minister of foreign affairs said Tuesday, after meeting with his Colombian counterpart in Moscow. “We are interested in the preparation of an intergovernmental agreement for cooperation in the area of civil nuclear energy. We hope that this process will produce results”, Sergei Lavrov said, quoted by the agency Ria Novosti. Russia and Venezuela signed a related agreement to diversify Venezuela’s energy resources, when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Caracas on November 27, 2009. To date, only two countries in Latin America, Argentina and Brazil, have nuclear reactors. Since November 2005 Argentina and Brazil have been pursuing bilateral cooperation for research into civil nuclear energy.last_img read more

Recent decisions of the Board of Governors on advertising

first_img Recent decisions of the Board of Governors on advertising Advertising Update – Prepared by the staff of the Standing Committee on Advertising Recent decisions of the Board of Governors on advertising The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar considers appeals from opinions of the Standing Committee on Advertising. The Board’s decisions on advertising issues at its most recent meetings are as follows:The board affirmed the Standing Committee on Advertising, determining that the following language is misleading in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(A):Doctor en LeyesWe think last year’s amendment limiting attorneys fees in malpractice cases didn’t go far enough.. .. On all cases that settle without filing suit, our maximum fee is only 25% not 33 1/3.The board affirmed the committee, determining that an ad violated Rule 4-7.10(c) and was misleading under Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(A) because the firm name shown in the firm’s television advertisements was not the same as the name on a law firm’s letterhead. The advertisement had listed the name “Attorneys Trial Group,” while the name on the firm’s letterhead was “X, Y and Z law firm.”The board affirmed the committee’s opinion, determining that the following language creates unjustified expectations in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(B):Get the compensation you deserve!For over forty-five years X has been helping accident victims like you, get the money damages that you are entitled to. [The Board voted sua sponte that this language also improperly refers to past results of an attorney in violation of 4-7.2(b)(1)(B)].We have a staff of more than 25 who understand the dynamics and mechanics of motor vehicle accidents so we can best represent you. At X and Y we understand the dynamics and mechanics of motor vehicle accidents so that we can best represent you. The board overturned the committee’s opinion, determining that the following language does not create unjustified expectations in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(B):youraccidentrecovery.comIt’s about you- your health, your family and your recovery.The lawyer you choose can help make the difference between a substantial award and a meager settlement.Call the X law firm, where justice begins for you and your family.The board affirmed the committee’s opinion under Rule 4-7.5(b), determining that a nonlawyer spokesperson in a television ad must state that she is a “ nonlawyer spokesperson” and not just a spokesperson.­Recent Decisions of The Standing Committee On Advertising At the committee’s recent meetings it made the following decisions on appeals from staff opinions on lawyer advertising: 1. Misleading Language in Advertisements References to a person on a law firm’s staff who was not a member of The Florida Bar were misleading under Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(A) because the ad did not make clear that this person was a nonlawyer. 2. Quality of Legal Services ­ The committee determined that the following language describes or characterizes the quality of the services being offered and therefore is prohibited by Rule 4-7.2(b)(3):The reputation of the law firm of X and Y is built from hard work, dedication and personal attention to our clients.In any business, reputation is everything. . . . We have a depth of experience second to none.Lawyers of Distinction. 3. Statements Creating Unjustified Expectations Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(B) prohibits any statement in lawyer advertising that “contains any reference to past successes or results obtained or is otherwise likely to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve except as allowed in the rule regulating information about a lawyer’s services provided upon request.” ­The committee determined that the following language creates unjustified expectations about the results the lawyer can achieve in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(B):At X and Y we work hard to help our clients get the compensation they deserve after an accident.A will and estate plan are advisable in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out at the time of your death and also to avoid probate expenses at all possible. A living trust is often used for that purpose.Protect yourself and your family.Protecting tomorrow through intellectual property.I help people in financial distress find peace.Choose peace of mind.This will allow you to financially stabilize your family while you make efforts to recover from your work related injuries.Working to get compensation for their injuries. . . . The committee ruled that the following phrases do not create unjustified expectations and are allowable in advertisements by Florida Bar members:Call the X law firm, where justice begins for your family.Because justice doesn’t happen by accident. 4. Testimonials Not Allowed in Lawyer Advertisements Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(E) provides that “A lawyer shall not make or permit to be made a false, misleading, deceptive, or unfair communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services. A communication violates this rule if it: (E) contains a testimonial.” As noted in the Comment to Rule 4-7.2, testimonials from clients or others regarding an attorney’s services are “inherently misleading” because the reader is likely to infer that he/she will have the same good results. The committee found that the following statement constitutes an improper testimonial in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(E):I believe a referral is one of the greatest compliments you can give an attorney. What that says to me is I was so satisfied with the job you did for me that I feel comfortable referring one of my family members or one of my friends or one of my colleagues to you. I take that sort of compliment very seriously and I’m going to do my best to live up to it.[language added by attorney re his Martindale-Hubbell rating] That means that the local lawyers and judges polled by Martindale-Hubbell granted him the highest available rating not only for his legal skills, as well as for honesty and integrity. 5. Prohibited Visual Images, Generally Rule 4-7.2(b)(4) provides: “Visual or verbal descriptions, depictions, or portrayals of persons, things, or events shall not be deceptive, misleading, or manipulative.” The committee determined that the following images were impermissible in a Web site:Picture of damaged boxcar under caption “Boxcar door injures carman.”Picture of crashed school bus under caption “Collision injures worker.”The committee determined that the following images were impermissible in advertisements:Image of a fierce tigerImage of a tiger roaring without soundClose-up image of the eyes of a tigerMotorcycle crashMan on crutches walking down courthouse steps with attorney 6. Direct Mail The committee determined that the following information and illustration on the outside of a direct mail brochure or envelope is misleading in violation of Rule 4-7.2(b)(1)(A) and negates the purpose of the word “advertisement” on the outside of the direct mail envelope in violation of Rule 4-7.4(b)(2)(B) and (D):The image of an eagle on the outside of a direct mail envelope accompanied by the phrases “Time-Critical Information Enclosed” and “High Priority Express.”If you have any questions regarding lawyer advertising, call the Ethics Hotline at 1-800-235-8619. You may also review the advertising rules and sample advertisements on the Bar’s Web site at www.floridabar.org. June 15, 2006 Advertising Updateslast_img read more