Tips from a Recruiter: Don't Make Me Read Your Resume
2014-02-15-Sat  CATEGORY: Category: Finance
Tips from a Recruiter: Don't Make Me Read Your Resume

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Tips from a Recruiter: Don't Make Me Read Your Resume

I will read your résumé unless it's 10 pages, but (just as you didn't want to write your résumé) I really don't want to read your résumé. To put it another way, I don't want to read it because I must in order to make a yes/no decision.

This post originally appeared Job Tips for Geeks.

Ideally, I can decide to speak to you based on a few sentences in the body of an email/application, and then primarily read the résumé to prepare for our initial dialogue and use it as a framework during the call. Give me a few sentences to make me want to have that talk.

I never ask for or expect a full cover letter with addresses and dates and all the formatting. Personally, I don't want to read that either, and I'd rather not task applicants with the hassle. All we're trying to do is start a conversation, and it shouldn't take much to get it started. Reading only a few sentences before making a decision will clearly make my job easier, but it will make the job seeker's life a bit better as well. There is much less pressure to have the perfect résumé if you can get past the first stage without that document being carefully judged. Invest five minutes in the application, and you can spend less time customizing résumés.

Roughly 50% of the applications I receive are résumé only. In 2013, almost 90% of my client hires included additional content. The data set is not large, but over my 15 years I'd expect that the figures would be rather consistent. Whether applying for an advertised job via email, an online application, or even if you are just blindly sending a résumé in the off chance a company might consider you for hire, the key concepts to address in the content that accompanies the résumé are:

Tell Me What Prompted You to Apply for the Job
Where did you see the ad? If you were on the major job boards, you saw hundreds. What was it about this ad that caught your eye and made you act? One sentence is plenty. If you saw the ad on the company's website, kudos–you weren't out trolling the boards; you were actually looking into us. What did you like about us?

Show Me Why You Believe You Are Qualified
It isn't necessary to write a long and detailed summary of your experience here, and you shouldn't. One or two sentences that distill the most relevant experience will get us to the next step. You can quantify years of experience in the industry and with a couple technologies listed in the ad, reference a noteworthy accomplishment, or briefly describe how a current or past role prepared you. A link to past work might help in certain cases.

Express Interest
If you've covered what prompted your application and your qualifications nicely, a simple "I'm very interested in learning more about this position…" can suffice. If you feel you may need just a bit more to put you over the top, demonstrating that you did a minute of research on the company can help. Is there a product we offer that you'd like to know more about? Did the way we described our culture have particular appeal to you?

Mention the Company's Name, Twice
Doing this lets me know you cared enough not to send a pure form letter. Applications that use generic phrases like "your company" (or the worst, "your esteemed organization") name scream "I'm just looking for any job" and not "I'd like to be an employee of COMPANY". The first mention can be in the opening sentence when you list the job itself ("…apply for Senior Python Developer at COMPANY"), and specify again in your closing.

Don't Do Anything Stupid or Desperate
Referencing the wrong company name due to cut/paste miscues is a common one, and although we are willing to forgive a small error it does give the appearance that the candidate has applied to several positions simultaneously (which is fine, but decreases our odds of hiring). Creating a tone that you are desperate to work is not helpful, regardless of how true it is. Make the recipient want to hire you based on your skills and not on sympathy. Don't ask me to hire you, just explain why I should want to.

And a few tips for specific situations…
If You Are Asked for a Salary Requirement…
If you are uneasy about providing salary requirements, at least acknowledge the request tactfully (as opposed to completely ignoring it). Try something like "It's difficult to provide an accurate salary requirement before knowing any other elements of employee compensation packages, as well as the job responsibilities and company's expectations for this role."

If You Are Applying for a Job in a Different City…
Recruiters receive many résumés from out-of-town applicants. When we see a non-local address without any explanation, it is often safe to assume that you are applying for many jobs all across the country. There is nothing wrong with that, but the odds that we will hire you become much lower if you are looking everywhere (more choices lower the chance you'll choose us). Combine this with the complexity of relocation–cost of living differences, moving costs and potential reimbursement, changing schools for young children, etc.– and the recruiter has to weigh the decision to spend time with you or someone local. Therefore, unless your résumé is spectacular, an non-local applicants may not be given the same level of consideration.

When targeting a move to a specific city, mention this in the body of your application. Companies will pay close attention to candidates that have concrete plans to move to their city, and agency recruiters are much more likely to work with you if you are only seeking jobs in one or two locations. If you can provide a future local address on a résumé, that may help.

If You Are Somewhat Underqualified for the Job…
There will be times when a job looks very appealing but your experience clearly falls a bit short. In this situation, the opportunity to write a few sentences in support of your résumé is your best shot at consideration. Recruiters will often give at least one chance to underdog candidates who attempt to make up for a lack of years with some enthusiasm or an interesting story. It is much harder to say no to someone who demonstrates that they are eager to work for you.
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The Avanti Group PR code81345782170: Warning to businesses as fraud bill hits £85bn
2013-09-16-Mon  CATEGORY: Category: Finance
The British economy is losing £85.3bn every year to fraud, according to a new report.

The estimate is far higher than official estimates and highlights the damage fraud is causing to the UK economy.
Accountancy firm BDO, which compiled the research, said fraud remains a “challenging and expensive problem” which leads to “less financially stable and profitable companies” as well as “reduced job security and lower disposable incomes for us all”.

The report is being published just days after 12 men were arrested for allegedly trying to take control of Santander’s computers to steal millions of pounds from the bank.

BDO said the report is one of the most detailed studies in the world about the total cost of fraud.

The UK figure has been calculated by studying fraud data from around the world over the last 15 years and establishing what percentage of the world’s GDP is being lost to fraud.

The report says that 5.47pc of GDP is now being lost to fraud, up by 20pc compared with the average loss of 4.57pc between 1997 and 2007.

Jim Gee, director of counter fraud services at BDO, said the most common forms of fraud involved procurement and payroll for businesses. Examples include services and goods not being supplied after payment, or companies being overcharged.

Mr. Gee said fraud remains “the last great unmanaged business cost”.

He stated: “Assessing the true cost of fraud, as opposed to the cost of reported fraud, presents some very scary numbers. Putting in place pre-emptive measures could make very significant improvements to the financial health and stability of UK plc.

“Fraud remains a challenging and expensive problem, and its economic effects are clear – affected public services, less financially stable and profitable companies, reduced job security and lower disposable incomes for us all. The financial crisis, where fraud has risen significantly, has clearly provided the ideal conditions in which fraud can grow.”
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The Engineers Lost Aboard Titanic
2013-06-06-Thu  CATEGORY: Category: Finance
The Engineers Lost Aboard Titanic

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When the Titanic went down she took with her the lives of many brave people including her entire complement of engineers under the control of Joseph Bell, the Chief Engineer Officer. His staff consisted of 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and his clerk. In addition many of the firemen and coal trimmers were lost.
Despite the library of books which has been written about Titanic the engineers, the role they played and the ultimate sacrifice they made, have received scant comment in these published works.

The reason for this could be the fact that no engineer survived and so there was no verbal evidence of the role they played. The evidence of their important role is, however, plain to see for the ship stayed afloat longer than it would have done had they not sacrificed their lives for the good of others. This brief note attempts to explain what the engineers did during those crucial hours before the ship foundered and in presenting this information it is hoped that the bravery of these men will be acknowledged by all who have studied the ship and its brief history.

This document dealing with Titanic`s engineers is divided into the following sections:

I. Engineers` Duties
2. The Collision
3. After the Collision
4. Engineers` Purple

Engineers` Duties
All ships of the period had an engineering routine and this varied from company to company but for any steam ship there was a need to keep well manned watches in engine and boiler rooms. A large passenger liner like the Titanic needed a number of engineers on each watch {12 to 4, 4 to 8 and 8 to 12, am and pm} these men supervising the firemen, greasers and coal trimmers and tending the machinery/boilers under their control. Engineers would have been on duty in the boiler rooms and the engine rooms (reciprocating engines and turbine).

The Chief Engineer would not have kept a watch but the majority of the other engineers would have done so. There were six Second Engineers allowing for two on each watch, one in charge of the engines and the other responsible for the boilers. The five Third Engineers and the Senior Fourth Engineer would have allowed for a further two qualified engineers on each watch, probably supervising boiler rooms.

The remaining nine Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Engineers would have allowed for a further three engineers per watch giving a total of seven engineers to each watch at sea. This would have allowed for four engineers in the engine rooms looking after the reciprocating engines, turbine and other machinery such as the pumps and steering gear, whilst three engineers would have been responsible for the boiler rooms.

Collision with the Iceberg.
Immediately prior to the collision the engineers would have been following their usual routine watchkeeping tasks of supervising the boiler rooms and tending the main engines and turbine. The ship was proceeding at its normal full speed and in the engine/boiler rooms those on watch would have had no reason to believe that anything untoward was likely to happen.

It is unlikely that any engineer would have been at the engine control platform when the telegraph rang to request an engine stop and then reversal thus there would have been a time delay before the engine controls could have been moved to stop and reverse. How long that delay was must be pure speculation but it would probably not have been longer than 30 seconds. A single engineer could have dealt with both engines within 10 seconds. Unfortunately no engineer survived and the inquiry evidence from the engine room hands who did is confused to say the least.

Engine Room Operations After the Collison
When Titanic struck the iceberg the situation changed immediately and all engineers not then on duty would have been summoned to the engine room by means of alarm bell located in the Engineers` accommodation. The letter reproduced below indicates the standing instructions operated by White Star Line and the situation as it is likely to have existed in the engine room at that time.

Letter from F.J. Blake RNR, White Star Line Engineering Superintendent in Southampton. Published in The Engineer, 26 April 1912. p441

Engineers` Purple
The gold braid insignia of rank worn by British mercantile marine engineer officers on the sleeves of their uniform jackets has a purple background. There is a long held belief that this was decreed by King George V in recognition of the heroism shown by Titanic`s engineers. Although it is a fine story and that heroism certainly deserved recognition, it is incorrect. In 1865 it was decided that British naval engineers would wear a purple background to their gold braid of rank in order to distinguish them from other officers and that colour coding transferred to the British mercantile engineer officers when they started wearing uniforms.

Although engineer officers aboard passenger ships wore uniforms the practice was not common aboard cargo ships prior to WWI and so purple was not usually seen. As more engineer officers wore uniforms the purple background became common and the myth associated with the Titanic developed.

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Avanti Hong Kong ingénierie, projets d'amélioration de l'école prêt pour l'appel d'offres/Xing
2013-05-22-Wed  CATEGORY: Category: Finance
Avanti Hong Kong ingénierie, projets d'amélioration de l'école prêt pour l'appel d'offres/Xing

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À la leur dernière réunion, les membres du Comité de construction de l'école de Coventry rencontré Torrado architectes propriétaire Luis Torrado et Vice président Brian O'Connell de discuter des progrès accomplis sur la planification et l'ingénierie de cinq projets d'amélioration de l'école que la société a été contractée pour en mars.

« Nous sommes très bien et rester avec notre calendrier, » a déclaré Torrado.
Au cours de la réunion, o ' Connell s'est mérité les plans de développement et schéma de conception Comité pour chacune des écoles où les travaux se dérouleront. Parmi eux était un plan de désamiantage corrélation avec les exigences de ministère de santé État illustrant des domaines de l'amiante en proie des écoles, y compris les divers endroits de tuile de toit et le plancher à Coventry Ouest, carrelage et environs le refroidisseur d'air conditionné à Coventry High School, mais aussi des carreaux obsolètes et des raccords de chaufferie à Hopkins Hill, parmi plusieurs autres endroits.

Améliorations à des terrains de stationnement et les systèmes de CVC/air qualité ont été également indiquées sur les plans et additionnées de photographies récentes de la mise en page et la mécanique de chaque espace de travail pour illustrer l'étendue du travail requis.

« Vous pouvez vu l'effort exhaustive nous as franchi au document et de comprendre les conditions existantes afin que nous puissions certains vers le haut avec les meilleures solutions, » a déclaré O'Connell.

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Coal crisis - Latest THE AVANTI GROUP news blog
2013-05-08-Wed  CATEGORY: Category: Finance
Latest THE AVANTI GROUP news blog: Coal crisis in the Midlands


Not long ago it would seem unthinkable...the Midlands running out of coal. But that's exactly what's happening.

Heritage steam railways - which will attract thousands of visitors this May Bank Holiday - are now struggling to find suitable coal supplies in Britain.

To keep going, some are having to import coal from thousands of miles away in Russia
This is despite the fact that the Midlands sits on millions of tons of coal.
Steam railways need the right sort of coal. Locomotives can be damaged if the fuel burns at the wrong temperature, or has too much sulphur or ash content. Different fireboxes and boilers have different requirements.

Some railways had been using coal from the Daw Mill mine in Warwickshire, but that has closed following a serious underground fire. Others had used Scottish Coal, but their supplies have been hit by a financial crisis. The situation was made worse by extra demand caused by the very cold winter.

Nevertheless heritage railway operators say it's ironic that the Midlands has so much coal underground that is going unused.

Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham relied for years on Daw Mill and has switched to coal from Wales. Commenting on the possibility of importing coal from Russia, Bob Meanley from Tyseley says:
The whole thing is unbelievable really. When you think we are almost in what used to be Warwickshire we are sat on millions of tons of the stuff and we just can't get hold of it at the moment.

The Severn Valley Railway in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, has topped up its supplies with Russian coal and has enough stockpiles to last through the Bank Holiday and beyond - when many families are to ride behind the line's historic steam engines.

We managed to secure about 150 tons of coal which will see us through the next fortnight. And we are hoping the (latest) Russian shipment will be in by then.

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