Cost effective vacancy advertisements

first_imgDear Editor,Many vacancy advertisements in the local media seem to ignore some basic criteria of cost effective advertising such as the need to catch the attention of potential candidates and to attract a sufficient number of applicants to facilitate a competitive selection process.Newspaper advertising is undoubtedly the most popular but is not the only method for achieving such objectives; trade journals, radio, TV, in-house and word-of-mouth come readily to mind; and, in today’s fast-paced, ubiquitous, electronic communication, we cannot ignore the cost-free Social Media as perhaps the best means of getting our messages across. Newspaper ads are expensive and must therefore be properly used to achieve cost-benefit effectiveness.A review of all the Vacancy ads appearing in all the local newspapers last Sunday reveals many ‘malpractices’.For example: using the routine ‘clerical’ or ‘defensive’ approach by replicating details from the Job Descriptions and regurgitating the Job Specifications instead of studiously internalising and smartly projecting the essential aspects of the job and applying some ‘marketing’ techniques/approaches to sell it.In this context, it must be realised that people who are happy and challenged in their current positions do not normally ‘look out’ for vacancy ads, yet these are the very people who should be targeted in any serious ad; hence the need for the ‘marketing’ vs the ‘bureaucratic’ approach. (Notwithstanding, it must also be cautioned that the essential focus of an ad must not be lost in verbiage that is confusing; there is a clear example of such confusion in a lengthy ad appearing in last Sunday’s Chronicle where a major corporation confused the search for ‘a person’ to market an asset with ‘the asset’ itself!.Another trend from the review of last Sunday’s ads is the insensitivity to ‘balance’ in that ads for routine clerical functions were given the high prominence and costly space typically reserved for relatively senior professionals heading up major organisational functions. Another major corporation, guilty of this remiss, has been repeating the said ad all of this week.A rather offensive practice is to include at the bottom of ads a note to the effect that “only shortlisted applications will be acknowledged”! What is the purpose or value of such an insulting, off-putting, note? I can think of no better way to deter good applications. It cannot be that the cost or burden of acknowledging all applications is a factor in this e-mail age.It is also worth noting that sometimes (for example for confidentiality/or to avoid undue speculations) it might be better to use a professional ‘head-hunter’ or for the HR Manager and other senior executives to assume the role of typical head hunters instead of always adopting the conventional recruitment processes.Yours truly,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

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New Mandatory Drone Registration: The Worst-Case Scenarios

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Related Posts gregory ferenstein Tags:#drone#drone regulation#law#legislation This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Federal regulators are eyeing the drone industry. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a task force charged with setting the new rules around mandatory registration for some commercial drones. The yet-to-be-determined rules have drone enthusiasts and lobbyists worried about what regulations could do to the nascent industry. See also: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S. Reports indicate that mandatory registration is created primarily so that law enforcement can hunt down operators who cause public safety violations, like recent drone crashes at sporting events or those buzzing dangerously close to commercial airliners. If a drone is recovered at a crash site, a registration number will make it easier to find the culprit.So, what’s to worry about simple registration? I asked experts about the worst-case scenario, to see if all the handwringing was justified. They mentioned several. Burdening Consumers And ManufacturersOne of the consensus concerns was overburdening consumers. Make it too cumbersome for a parent to buy their child a flying toy, and they’ll just buy something else. “There is the risk that this a federal registry could be bad for the industry overall by being overly broad, e.g. requiring every kid with a toy drone to be on a federal list,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of industry lobby The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “If we make it too hard for users to have these devices, they won’t buy them.” Similarly, the rules are supposed to come out by the winter, which is especially worrisome for manufacturers who make much of their money during the holidays. “The task force is expected to complete its work a month from now in order to have a program in place for the holiday shopping season,” said Doug Johnson, VP of technology for the Consumer Electronics Association. Given the tight timeline, one expert worries if agencies will even have the capacity to handle such an operation. “I’m not sure how an agency that is already getting extra manpower just to make regulations about drones in the first place is going to successfully get the bureaucracy to process registrations set up, much less operate efficiently,” said Jeremy Gillula of civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. Curtailing Free Speech And Privacy“A national registry has serious implications for privacy,” Castro argued. “Journalists may want to use drone photography to investigate government or industry corruption, or citizen journalists may want to use drones as part of a protest.” He urges lawmakers to come up with rules that still protect legitimate anonymous actions where possible.The EFF is especially concerned that the feds are overstepping their authority and not permitting the usual democratic process to take place.“The bigger issue is that they seem to be completely ignoring normal federal procedures for enacting new regulations,” warned Gillula. “They haven’t issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.” An FAA spokesperson responded by saying that drones qualify as aircraft, which are already subject to regulation: “By statute all aircraft are required to be registered. Congress has defined ‘aircraft’ to include UAS [unmanned aircraft system], regardless of whether they are operated for commercial purposes or by modelers and hobbyists. No rule is necessary to implement this statutory obligation.” So, whatever the rules, the feds clearly think they are writing regulations within their legal mandate. The public will know more in the coming months. But, it seems that experts do have legitimate concerns—especially with the busy holiday season fast approaching. *For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here. Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWritecenter_img How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Photo: 3-Star Miami WR Commit Isaiah Johnson Visits Florida, Says He “Felt At Home”

first_imgIsaiah Johnson in locker room at Florida.Cover your eyes, Miami fans. It appears the Hurricanes’ football team could be on the verge of losing a recruit. Isaiah Johnson, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has been committed to Miami since mid-February. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect recently received a scholarship offer from Florida, though, and he seems to like the Gators very much. The Palm Beach Gardens native visited Florida’s Gainesville campus today. He says he “felt at home.” Felt at home today  pic.twitter.com/kZt1Eob9MK— Bigplayzay2⃣1⃣ (@ZayLive21) March 14, 2015That’s, obviously, not a great look for Miami. Johnson is rated the No. 164 wide receiver in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

Alabama, Florida State Named 2016 National Signing Day Recruiting Champions

first_imgGraphic shows the best recruiting classes in the country.Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:247sports 2-4Rivals:rivals 2-4Scout:scout 2-4The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.espn 2-4As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.247 composite 2-4Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.last_img read more

Clipper Bulk Cuts 40 Jobs as Part of Its Reorganization

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC0 1.0 Universal license; Image by: AlfvanBeem Dry bulk shipping firm Clipper Bulk has unveiled a number of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.The global operator of Handysize and Supramax vessels informed that the initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach.To further simplify its operational and administrative set-up, Clipper Bulk would cut 40 out of 140 jobs ashore and close its Tokyo office. Additional initiatives will be launched to tightly manage costs and prioritize resources, the company added.As part of the reorganization, additional working capital is put at Clipper Bulk’s disposal.“We have been challenged by the steep, unexpected market downturn. Today, we are taking the steps required to run a viable, profitable dry bulk operation, even in depressed markets. We are establishing a platform, which will allow us to fully benefit from Clipper’s positions of strengths in various trades and geographies,” Peter Norborg, Clipper CEO, said.In continuation of the changes, Clipper Bulk has set up a new Senior Management Team, that will put great emphasis on making Clipper a more focused and specialized dry bulk operator.Clipper will continue to develop its niche businesses, such as Clipper Steel, Compass Rose, China Parcel, Brazil Steel, etc.Clipper Bulk currently operates around 80 vessels, including tonnage operated by 2 Clipper Bulk-managed pools, The Clipper Handy Pool and The Clipper Ultra Pool.last_img read more

This April Bravo Stacks Nationwide Freeview with MustSee Programming including Debuts of

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (April 4, 2017) – Beginning April 11, Bravo is unlocking a nation-wide freeview showcasing its lineup of must-see exclusive dramas.As recently announced, THE HANDMAID’S TALE starring Elisabeth Moss is one of multiple exclusive tent-pole dramas to air in Canada on Bravo. The 10-episode series kicks off with a special, two-hour premiere event on Sunday, April 30 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. – midnight PT) and continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7. Click here for a sneak peek.In THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT Katie Holmes reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis from the critically acclaimed 2011 miniseries THE KENNEDYS, and is joined by Canadian star Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The two-part, four-hour miniseries debuts exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, April 16 and April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for sneak peek. Login/Register With: About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, provocative and psychological thriller CHANCE premieres Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The 10-epiosde, hour-long drama stars Hugh Laurie (HOUSE) as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist.Premiering Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET, cult-favourite PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with its final 10 episodes to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets.Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster is the all new Hollywood drama FAMOUS IN LOVE, premiering on Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode hour-long series stars Bella Thorne (The Duff) as Paige, an ordinary college student who gets her big break when she lands the leading role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. Niki Koss stars alongside Thorne as confident and entitled Alexis, who is up for the same role as Paige.Sunday night movies begin Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET, beginning with the smash-hit MURDER SHE BAKED movie series starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) with the all new movie, MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS. A fan-favourite, the inaugural instalment MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY drew in an average of 400,000 viewers when it aired in August 2015.Also premiering is a brand new murder mystery series starring singer-songwriter Jewel and Canadian Colin Ferguson. FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY premieres exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET.Fan-favourite UNDERGROUND returns Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The Season 2  premiere finds John Hawks (Marc Blucas) working to keep Noah (Aldis Hodge, Hidden Figures) from being hanged for murder.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times.Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Mini-Series Premiere)The mini-series follows the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, as Jackie (Holmes) defies public opinion and marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (Alexander Siddig, GAME OF THRONES). Ted Kennedy (Perry) is pressured to replace his fallen brother and continue the legacy of “Camelot” by running for the White House himself. The Kennedy family is shaken to its core when Ted’s car accident at Chappaquiddick results in the death of his female companion. Jackie returns from Greece – over the objections of Onassis – to help the Kennedys, only to find herself drawn into their attempt to save Ted’s career by evading justice.PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7B Premiere)The liars return to pick up the pieces in the final ten episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. After years of being stalked and bullied by the mysterious “A” – first, the original “A”; then later by big “A”; and now by their newest tormentor “A.D.” – Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) are ready to end the games and finish this for good.FAMOUS IN LOVE (Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)Paige (Bella Thorne) is an ordinary college student, before she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Paige must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.UNDERGROUND (Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)The second season of the Underground Railroad thriller continues the characters’ unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS (Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) is thrilled when she is chosen as a guest for the first Eden Lake Dessert Bake-Off, but when fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson is found murdered; Hannah once again takes it upon herself to find the killer.THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere)The series follows life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead –  with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY (Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of a construction company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Through her renovations she will find clues to uncover the house’s secret past and in turn become an unlikely sleuth to help crack these unsolved mysteries.CHANCE (Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)A provocative, psychological thriller, CHANCE focuses on Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever-deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Turk Telecom has renewed a contract with interacti

first_imgTurk Telecom has renewed a contract with interactive TV specialist SeaChange for its Pulse Remote Managed Services and On Site Managed Services for monitoring the telco’s back office and multiscreen video services.Turk Telekom’s service management director Naci Ishakbeyoglu said, “We are fortunate to have SeaChange manage the day-to-day monitoring and reporting of our video services. The SeaChange team has been extremely easy to work with, defining the operational processes they would then manage and following through with expert monitoring and reporting around the clock every day of the year.  It gives us great peace of mind to know we have video experts managing our overall system, which is critical to the success of our IPTV service.”last_img read more