The 15 Wackiest Things People Have Listed On Their Resumes
Given that 45 percent of human resources managers say they spend less than a minute, on average, on each job application they see, it’s understandable that some people might go overboard in trying to bring some individuality to their work history. But would you list your unique ability to do the moonwalk in the “special skills” section of your resume?
1. Candidate said the more he was paid, the harder he worked
2. Candidate said he had been fired from past positions, but still included those managers as references
3. Candidate said getting an interview was important because he wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie
4. Candidate listed her dog as a reference
5. Candidate listed-yes, the moonwalk-as a special skill
6. A husband and wife team looking to job share submitted a poem they had co-written
7. Candidate listed ‘versatile toes’ as a selling point
8. Candidate wrote that he would be “a good asset to the company” but somehow omitted the last two letters in “asset”
9. Candidate’s email address contained the phrase “shakinmybootie”
10. Candidate mentioned that he had survived a bite from a deadly aquatic animal
11. Candidate used first name only
12. Candidate asked, “Would you pass up the opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not”
13. Candidate insisted that he be paid for the time he spent interviewing with the company
14. Candidate shipped a lemon with resume, stating, “I am not a lemon”
16. Candidate included on his resume the fact that he had been arrested for assaulting his previous boss
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Samsung Announces LTE Versions of Galaxy S II & Galaxy Tab 8.9
Ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin beginning Friday, Samsung has announced LTE variants of the Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet. The new versions of these devices will have fast wireless data transfer capability with download speeds as fast as 100 Mbps.
Apple Patent Claims Delays Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch in Australia
The launch and advertisement of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet has been delayed until at least September 30 after Apple stepped up its patent infringement battle in Australia’s federal court.
Eric Schmidt: If You Don’t Want To Use Your Real Name, Don’t Use Google+
Google+ was meant to be an identity service, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said this weekend, shedding some light on Google’s reasoning behind Google+’s controversial real-name policy.
Social Media-Related Libel Cases Double in UK
According to research from UK legal firm Sweet and Maxwell, libel cases resulting from posts from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have doubled in the last year.
Samsung is set to enter the mobile messaging market with ChatON, a free texting, group chat and video/image sharing app compatible with multiple smartphone and feature phone OSes.
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UK Government Discusses Limiting Social Media
British officials met with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry to discuss ways of restricting social media use during periods of civil disruption Thursday. Among the items discussed: requiring users to use their real names on Twitter.
WikiLeaks Cables Show China’s Failure to Measure Air Pollution
China has refrained from measuring the most dangerous types of air pollution in an effort to avoid political consequences, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.
Google has upgraded the +1 button with several new features, including the ability to directly share a webpage to Google+.
RIM Launches BlackBerry Music App
RIM has announced cloud-based music service that lets subscribers locally store and stream a maximum of 50 songs for $4.99 per month. Subscribers can also connect to the music libraries of others to expand their own.
Samsung Announces New Android Smartphones & Naming Scheme
Samsung has announced a few details about a line of Android smartphones it plans to unveil at the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September, as well as a new naming scheme for distinguishing entry to premium-level smartphone models.
Sprint to Carry iPhone 5 [REPORT]
Sprint will join Verizon and AT&T in selling the iPhone 5 beginning mid-October, unidentified sources have told the The Wall Street Journal.
East Coasters Turn to Twitter During Virginia Earthquake
Samsung has brought some unusual evidence into its most recent patent battle with Apple — namely, the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey — in an attempt to prove that designs for the iPad and iPhone were established before Apple started filing patents for them.
Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams have announced their first project since leaving their full-time positions at Twitter: a partnership with Lift, a new app designed to unlock human potential.
Gilt has added ecommerce functionality to its Facebook Pages, giving fans early — and in some cases, exclusive — access to a range of merchandise across Gilt’s categories for women, men, children and home.
Conde Nast has released version 1.1 of its group presentation app for the iPad, Idea Flight [iTunes link].
In an ongoing battle against trademark infringement, Apple has filed a lawsuit against two sellers of knockoff Apple accessories based in the New York City neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, according to documents unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.
Google+ Hangouts Can Now Be Initiated From YouTube
We may associate beauty with truth, but beauty is also threatening and sparks our defenses.
Beautiful people are all around us: on billboards, on TV and at the movies—some of them even inhabit our everyday lives.
Great beauty in another person inspires all kinds of emotions: admiration, desire, hope, despair and sometimes envy.
So what is the psychological effect of beauty and how do other people react to it? In fact being beautiful isn’t all good, or so the psychological research suggests. Here are both sides of the coin, first five pleasures and then five pains of being beautiful.
Five pleasures of being beautiful
1. What is beautiful is good
In many situations we automatically defer to beauty, assuming that along with beauty come all sorts of other positive characteristics. We have a tendency to think beautiful people are funnier, more friendly, more intelligent, more exciting, in possession of better social skills, are sexually warmer, are more interesting, poised and even more independent.
These sorts of judgements have been tested over-and-over again in the laboratory and elsewhere. This is a great example of the so-called ‘halo effect’: when global evaluations about a person bleed over into our judgements about their specific traits.
2. More desired
There’s a whole stack of research on mate selection and attractiveness. You won’t find the headline result at all surprising: on pure looks alone we prefer partners who are more beautiful.
Of course that assumes that everything else is equal, which it normally isn’t.
3. Better persuaders
Good-looking people make better persuaders (Chaiken, 1979). This may be because attractive people tend to be better communicators and possess more confidence or just because we believe in beauty. Whatever the reason, beauty can persuade us to change our minds.
4. Get paid more
At work attractive people can receive all kinds of benefits. First of all they may get higher starting salaries, perhaps because their qualifications are perceived as more solid and their potential as greater (this is the halo effect workings its magic). Then, later on, they have an advantage in promotions.
5. Higher self-esteem
Not surprisingly, given all the above advantages, good-looking people also have higher self-esteem. What with all those dates and the extra money, is it any wonder they think better of themselves than their less fortunate peers?
Five pains of being beautiful
Now for the bad news about being beautiful. The beauty bias is probably not as strong as some have suggested and not as powerful as we might imagine (Eagly et al., 1991). For example, when it comes to income, in most lines of work it’s better to be smarter than more attractive (Judge et al., 2009). The same goes for persuasion, self-esteem and even attraction: other personal qualities can easily trump beauty.
Psychologists have also begun to uncover the dark side of being beautiful. Given what we already know about the beautiful it may be difficult to have much sympathy, but here are five pains:
1. Less likely to be hired (sometimes)
Although beauty can help in the search for a job, it’s not always true. When employers are making a decision about someone of the same sex, they can let their jealousy get the better of them.
One recent study has suggested that people who are highly attractive are at a disadvantage in the hiring process when the decision-makers are the same sex (Agthe et al., 2011). It seems we perceive beautiful people who are the same sex as a threat.
2. Beauty is beastly
Similarly there’s evidence that female beauty can be a problem in jobs with strong gender stereotypes. For example a beautiful woman may be at a disadvantage when applying for a job which is associated with masculinity, like a prison guard or a mechanical engineer (Johnson et al, 2010).
The same doesn’t seem to be true for attractive men. They can happily apply for jobs as nurses, lingerie salespersons or HR managers without their beauty counting against them.
3. Perceived to be less talented
The halo effect tells us that when we judge more attractive members of the opposite sex, we generally assume they’re more talented than those who are less attractive. This happens even though what they do or say is no cleverer than less attractive people.
But this changes when it’s members of the same sex. In a study by Anderson and Nida (1978) highly attractive people of the same sex were judged as less talented than average-looking people.
4. Lucky to be pretty
If beautiful people are successful, is it because of their talent, or is it just their looks? After all, people are lucky to be beautiful and we know all the advantages of that.
Research finds that when judging their own sex, people are more likely to think beautiful people’s success is down to their beauty, not their talent (Forsterling et al., 2007). So you’re lucky to be pretty, but probably just rely on that rather than talent.
5. Social rejection
Although attractive people are generally more popular socially, there’s some evidence that very attractive people can experience social rejection from members of their own sex (Krebs and Adinolfi, 1978).
People in relationships also protect themselves from beauty by ignoring it. Research shows that when we’re thinking about love we automatically ignore attractive members of the opposite sex, probably to protect our feelings about our long-term partner (Maner et al., 2008).
Gender and jealousy
Most of the research has been done on heterosexuals but it’s possible similar biases operate for gay people. For both gay and straight, the extent of the biases probably depends on how attractive you are (or at least how attractive you perceive yourself to be). People who are themselves attractive probably don’t feel as defensive around other attractive people, so the biases are likely to be weaker for them.
Although we all know about the benefits of being beautiful, it’s easy to forget the pitfalls. This psychological research is a reminder that beauty can be threatening. It can threaten our relationships, our work and our image of ourselves. We admire it and defer to it, but sometimes we have to defend ourselves against it.
Amazon has announced the launch of GovCloud, designed “to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.”
Two men in the UK have been sentenced to four years in jail for attempting to use Facebook to “organize and orchestrate” disorder.
Facebook is hosting a livestream for the first game in the FA Cup football series in the UK.
In an effort to protect the mobile privacy of children, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a $50,000 fine to W3 Innovations, developers of a range of iPhone and iPod touch games for children.
Englishman Arrested for Planning Water Gun Fight on Facebook & BBM
Following nearly a week’s worth of riots in London, a 20-year-old man from Colchester, England, has been arrested for allegedly organizing a giant water gun fight via BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook.
Recent psychological research reveals 10 strategies that will help you hike your paycheck.
Much of the advice you read about how to negotiate your salary is rubbish.
It’s not just that salaries are a touchy subject and so they’re difficult to investigate accurately, it’s also that the same old clichés get repeated over-and-over again by lazy writers.
But a few recent psychology studies do provide a scientific insight into how to get paid more. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Open negotiations
If you don’t ask, you won’t get. It’s surprising how many people hardly negotiate at interview and, during employment, fail to negotiate a pay rise. Initial very low offers may force us to negotiate but those who are always ready to negotiate, whatever the situation, are likely to achieve higher salaries.
One early study of graduating MBA students found that those who were prepared to negotiate achieved better starting salaries (Gerhart & Rynes, 1991).
It’s pretty obvious advice but it’s amazing how many people fall at the very first hurdle.
2. You should set the anchor
Oddly, articles on this subject often recommend waiting for the other side to open the bidding. This may work in auctions but according to research on salary negotiation, this is wrong.
The first number that gets mentioned is important because it acts as an anchor against which other numbers are judged. If you allow the other side to set the anchor then they will set it low and grab control of the negotiation. Studies find that, whether consciously or otherwise, this first offer sets the tone for the whole negotiation.
3. Start high
When you mention a number, make sure it’s high—that is, high in the context of the industry you work in, obviously it shouldn’t be ridiculous.
One study of simulated salary negotiations has found that when the anchor figure is set high, the final negotiated amount is likely to be higher (Thorsteinson, 2011).
4. Make a joke
One potential problem with making high opening offers is that employers can take it the wrong way. Tension can be diffused, though, by making a joke about, for example, ‘unrealistic salary expectations’.
There is evidence in the negotiation research that humour—when used appropriately—can be an effective negotiation tactic.
Remember that even when framed with humour, a high opening number can still influence the ultimate decision (Thorsteinson, 2011).
Whether you like it or not, negotiating your salary is a game, with all the usual attempts at deception and sportsmanship. So, once the main body of the negotiations are under way, try to dominate them as you would any competitive game.
Try to persuade and assert and, if necessary, misrepresent and threaten. Research suggests that competition is a successful negotiation strategy (Marks & Harold, 2011)
When negotiating your salary, you don’t have to compete all the time, collaboration can also work. Find out what is in the other side’s interests. This can be a useful strategy but…
7. Win-win feels better, but nets less
In the research by Marks and Harold (2011), people who tried to find win-win solutions to their salary negotiations felt better about the negotiation, but crucially made less money. People who used win-lose approaches felt worse but made more money.
This flies in the face of standard advice about looking for win-win scenarios (the problem is they can make you look weak). So the question is: do you want to feel good or earn more?
8. Avoid compromise and accommodation
Common advice on salary negotiation is to be reasonable and flexible. But what’s emerging clearly from this research is that compromise and accommodation tend not to work. These are both strategies which place too much weight on what is best for your employer (i.e. to pay you less).
If you compromise and accommodate the result will be simple: you’ll get less money.
9. Forget gender stereotypes
If you’re a woman and think this all sounds a bit masculine, then don’t. The research suggests there’s little difference between the way men and women negotiate their salaries (although women do still sometimes end up with less). In fact women are sometimes more competitive than men in negotiations (Walters et al., 1998).
10. Be bold
A personality trait that’s central to negotiation is risk aversion: those who avoid taking risks are worse negotiators. Of course some of us are just inherently more risk averse than others. The problem is that high risk aversion is associated with less use of competition as a negotiation strategy, and being competitive works.
The fact is that to get the best deal you have to embrace the risk because if you’re afraid to risk, you’ll get less (Marks, 2011).
Believe that you’re worth it
A common stumbling block in salary negotiations is thinking you’re not worth it. So it’s vital to convince yourself that you are worth it.
Try to find out what other people are getting paid for doing the same job. If it’s more, then you are worth more. If it’s not more, then think of why you specifically should earn more. With that in mind you can go into your salary negotiation with an anchor in mind, a joke to ease the tension and the willingness to take a risk to make a substantial gain.
The first pictures of the long-awaited “Ice Cream Sandwich” upgrade to the Android smartphone operating system have apparently leaked. The new interface features a new launcher and app drawer, a revamped notification bar and other cosmetic changes.
LinkedIn Makes Changes to Social Ads Following Privacy Uproar
Advertisers wishing to target Facebook members in specific zip codes in the U.S. can now do so.
Facebook Denies Privacy Violation Accusations
Facebook has publicly denied rumors that it is harvesting numbers from mobile phones and then making them public.
In the name of swift and public justice, the Greater Manchester Police has begun tweeting the identities of people convicted of criminal damage and disorder during riots this week in Manchester and Salford.
In partnership with Twitter, the Weather Channel is launching The Weather Channel Social, a web, mobile and on-air initiative that will pair weather-related tweets with city forecasts.
Yahoo has given its image search product a makeover.
According to unnamed sources, members of the FTC’s antitrust division are looking into allegations that Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that use its Android operating system from using competitors’ services; that it promotes listings from its own products listings above most other results; and that it scrapes information collected by competitors — particularly local business review services, such as Yelp — in its own products and then demotes said competitors’ sites in its search results.
David Cameron Threatens To Prevent Suspected Criminals From Using Social Media
In the wake of riots in London, which were partly organized on social networks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told Parliament that the government is determining whether it is possible to prevent suspected criminals from sending messages via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook in the future.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has outlined a five-step plan to update the technology that powers the 911 emergency response system with support for text messages, voice calls, videos and photos, as well as automatic location information.
Are You Currently Having Issues In Communication, Electronics or Transportation? It May be Due To the Current Mercury Retrograde….What is this all about?
From August 2 – 26th of 2011, most of us will be bombarded with the maddening effects of Mercury in retrograde. Mercury is a planet which governs all transportation and communication issues. Mercury is not an emotional planet, but rather a highly objective, truth-seeking one. It rules intelligence, education and truth. When it is in retrograde, some of its power is held back.
Retrograde Mercury is the most commonly known astrological signature for Murphy’s Law (“If something can go wrong, it will”), and is one of the first features intermediate astrology students learn about. Say it to a seasoned astrologer and you’ll likely get an amused smile and some delightful stories about how things can get quite unexpectedly unhinged.
When Mercury starts turning in an apparent backward motion, we will start to feel the effects of this event days or even as far as two weeks earlier. When the planet normalizes we will see the tempo of events pick up in our lives as the planet becomes “stationary” and then speeds forward.
What happens when Mercury retrogrades? You miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, checks get lost, you find the car you just purchased during Mercury retrograde is a lemon. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts out, your sister hates her birthday gift.) There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements—but know these will benefit you in the long run. Don’t fight them, although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope with at times.
All machinery and things with moving parts—such as computers, VCRs, camera equipment, garbage disposals, and so forth, will reveal any weak links now. It is critical that you back up your data system and be more careful and vigilant than ever. Projects will demand more time and money than anticipated this month.
In matters of the heart, if your boyfriend or girlfriend breaks up with you or says something hurtful, take a wait-and-see attitude. Since Mercury rules speech, they may not mean what you think they are saying now. Let them have some space, and wait to see if they mean in September what they said in August.
When traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time. Have all bags double-taped closed, count your belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm appointments. Things get lost when Mercury messes us up. Take NOTHING for granted. The sector of your chart that Mercury happens to be skating through will be effected most dramatically, so check your forecast!
Why would the Universe give us Mercury retrograde? Because to move forward it is sometimes necessary to backtrack and reconfigure our paths in life. It is important to reconsider, repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what’s broken, and in so doing, rethink things. It also gives us time to get to projects we have put on the back-burner.
Some activities are lucky or actually improve when Mercury retrogrades. You are likely to bump into old friends that you haven’t seen in years. Adopted children tend to find their birth parents during Mercury retrograde periods, or people locate their long lost siblings. Prosecutors often find clues to crimes that had previously remained unsolved for years. (Although sometimes the reverse is true—there is a greater danger, or example, that police can bungle evidence during a Mercury retrograde period, for clear thinking doesn’t come easy for any of us then.) Mail that went astray weeks or even years ago shows up during Mercury retrograde. Some things that were lost reappear.
Now is also a good time to dress old wounds, clean up relationships or to simply bury the hatchet. Some people have great breakthroughs in psychotherapy during a Mercury retrograde period. For salesman, it is a positive time to backtrack over previous contacts rather than call on new ones. It is a perfect time to schedule work on projects that you haven’t had time to do and you’ve let pile up. Bring your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets. Take time to paint the house. Clear your decks.
Just try not to start new things. If you have to start a job during a Mercury retrograde period know that the nature of the job is likely to change dramatically over time. Perhaps the person you report to will leave, or your responsibilities will be very different from what you thought they would be. Or your company won’t be ready to take you on, and you won’t have much to do until things are reorganized. But remember, if this was a position that you tried for in the past, then you’ve got the vibes working for you rather than against you.
Finally, what about people born with Mercury retrograde? If you are due to give birth to a baby during this period, don’t fret. The ancients felt that this aspect lends a more philosophical tone to the character. Mercury rules thinking, therefore an individual born with this aspect tends to reflect deeply over events and issues throughout their lifetimes. In this case, having this aspect could be a big plus!
Anyway, getting back to your life, with only a small amount foresight here are the precautions you can take to prevent colossal screw-ups in your life during the next Mercury retrograde:
If at all possible, avoid signing legal documents.
If at all possible, finish projects which involve communication before the retrograde.
If at all possible, avoid closing big deals during the retrograde
If at all possible, avoid launching new projects during the retrograde
If at all possible, avoid scheduling meetings to make a big decision
Allow extra time when travelling
Backup your hard drive before the retrograde
If at all possible, avoid installing new computer software during the retrograde
Do needed repairs on machinery before the retrograde
Live Nation Entertainment — the merged ticketing, promotions and agency conglomerate formed from Ticketmaster, Live Nation and Front Line Management — reports that it sold more than 422,000 offers via Groupon in the second quarter.
The first details have leaked about the BlackBerry Colt, RIM’s first QNX-based smartphone.
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Anonymous Hacks Syrian Ministry of Defense’s Website
Hacktivist group Anonymous took control of the Syrian Ministry of Defense website over the weekend (since brought down), posting a message addressed to Syrian citizens and links to a handful of websites protesting the actions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian military.
Social Media Blamed in London Riots
UK press organizations are debating the role of social media following riots in the northern part of London over the weekend, which were triggered by an unexplained shooting of a man by police.
45,000 Verizon Employees On Strike
45,000 workers in Verizon’s landline division went on strike Sunday after their labor contracts expired. Verizon has assured wireless customers that service will not be disrupted.
Google Strikes Book Agreement in France
Google has signed an agreement with Hachette Livre, France’s largest book publisher, to bring tens of thousands of French-language books to the French version of its ebookstore, set to launch at the end of the year.
Apple To Release Low-Priced iMac for Education Consumers?
Apple is set to release a 21.5-inch Mac geared towards education consumers priced at less than $1000, according to 9to5Mac.
Google has made it easier for Google+ beta testers to invite their friends to the service.
The FBI has released an iPhone app that allows parents to store photos and details about their children that they can immediately share with law enforcement should they go missing.
Comcast has rolled out a program offering discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.
The BBC has launched a new version of its video-on-demand service, iPlayer, formatted specifically for TVs.
The New York Times has launched Beta620, a public beta site for experimental projects that may go on to live at nytimes.com.
Gmail has made a new Preview Pane feature available via Gmail Labs, allowing users to preview parts of an email while reading or replying to others.
Researchers Discover How To Use Square for Credit Card Fraud
Researchers attending the Black Hat security conference on Thursday demonstrated two ways in which Square — a mobile gadget that enables Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to accept credit card payments — can be hacked to accept stolen credit card data, with very little technical hardware required and “no technical skills at all.”
Foursquare Updates Website With In-Line Photos
Foursquare, which lets users post photos along with their checkins, is now displaying these images inline with checkins on its website.
Randi Zuckerberg Leaving Facebook To Start Her Own Company
Facebook Director of Marketing Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of founder Mark Zuckerberg, has decided to leave Facebook to start a company that will focus on helping other businesses become more social.
South Korea Fines Apple $2,830 Over iPhone Data Collection
The Korean Communications Commission (KCC) has fined Apple ₩3 million, or $2,830 USD, for violating South Korea’s location information laws with its iPhone product. iPhones contain a hidden file that stores latitude, longitude and timestamps, it was discovered earlier this year.
Skype Comes to 17 More Android Devices
Skype has released version 2.1 of its Android app, bringing video support to additional 17 Android smartphones.
Time Inc. is embracing the tablet category full-on, vowing to bring all 21 of its magazines to not just the iPad but also to “all leading tablet platforms” by the end of 2011.
If You Want to Retain The Best Young Workers, Give Them A Mentor Instead Of Cash Bonuses
If innovative CEOs want their companies to attract the next brightest minds, they should save the cash bonuses and give their younger workers a strong mentor instead.
According to the 14th Annual Global CEO Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 98% of Millennials believe working with a mentor is a necessary component in development. In fact, they ranked training and development three times higher than cash bonuses as their first choice in benefits.
With social media and technology playing such a influential role in the Millennials’ daily lives, the way they judge a successful organization and hierarchy will differ from their parents.
The younger generation tend not to feel as attached to the companies they work for and one in four high potential employees plan to leave their employers within the next 12 months.
They are seeking more than “just a job.”
Vineet Nayar, Vice-Chairman and CEO of HCL Technologies in India, describes the mentality:
"With Generation Y coming into the business, hierarchies have to disappear. Generation Y expects to work in communities of mutual interest and passion — not structured hierarchies. Consequently, people-management strategies will have to change so that they look more like Facebook and less like the pyramid structures we are used to.”
In order to be appealing to the next Mark Zuckerburg, 83% of CEOs plan to make “some” or a “major” change in their strategies of managing people. These forward-looking companies intend to focus on restructuring the HR function to deliver growth ambitions, changing the reward strategy to improve employee engagement and deploying more staff overseas to eliminate skill gaps and transfer knowledge .
More Businesses Are Outsourcing—To Rural And Small Town U.S.A.
Is your small business dealing with an increased workload and more demand from clients andcustomers ? That’s a good thing. But with the economy still uncertain, many of us are leery about taking on full-time employees to help with the workload—even when we’re overwhelmed.
Well, there is a solution—and it’s closer to home than you might think. I first wrote about the trend of “ruralsourcing” on Small Business Trends in the summer of 2010, when several news outlets reported on the practice. Essentially, ruralsourcing means outsourcing jobs—but instead of outsourcing to India or China, the jobs are being outsourced to small and rural communities in the United States.
As the economy slowly picks up steam, I’m happy to report that the ruralsourcing trend continues to grow, according to new research from oDesk, an online global employment platform. oDesk’s latest “Online Employment Report” a monthly analysis of the state of the online workforce, shows that small towns are outperforming their big-city counterparts in both online work activity and the number of hours worked per contractor.
According to oDesk, small towns (those with populations under 15,000) are keeping pace with large cities in terms of the number of online workers per capita. Not only that, they have proportionally higher “actively working” online populations in terms of hours worked per online contractor. On average, small town contractors worked more than 175 hours in January—far higher than the average for workers in New York City (70 hours), San Francisco (54 hours) and Los Angeles (23 hours).
“Workers in small towns need access to jobs, and the Internet can put them in consideration for job opportunities on a global scale,” says oDesk CEO Gary Swart.
Overall, demand for online work reached an all-time high in January, with a record 71,000 online job opportunities posted. What kinds of workers are most businesses looking to hire? Web development/IT jobs, writing and blogging, graphic design, SEO and personal or administrative assistants were among the jobs with the most postings.
I’m heartened to hear that people in the heartland are finding work through online outsourcing. For small businesses on a budget, outsourcing to remote employees is a smart way to go when more manpower is needed. But outsourcing overseas can lead to quality issues, communication problems and delays due to time zone differences (I’ve dealt with this myself). If you can get the work you need done by a remote employee, why not try to get it done in the U.S.?
Creating more work for people in the U.S. is a win-win-win situation for small business owners, the contractors they hire, and the overall U.S. economy.
Why it’s destined to fall: The former NFL safety has held onto this record for thirty-two years. While he’s 18 interceptions ahead of Darren Sharper, the active leader in picks, that is not an insurmountable lead. Sharper may have two or three seasons left, which means the record is within reach.
If Sharper doesn’t reach the top of the charts before his body gives out on him, Ed Reed and Asante Samuel will have an outside chance contingent upon their health. If all three of those defensive backs aren’t up to snuff, there will be someone someday who finally cracks the code.
Jim Brown’s most seasons leading the league in yards from scrimmage
Current record:Brown led the NFL in yards from scrimmage for six seasons.
Why it’s destined to fall:In one way, football fans lucky that Brown retired prematurely. If he hadn’t this record would never leave the books.
LaDanian Tomlinson is too old, and doesn’t give enough touches in a season to have a realistic shot of breaking this record. The onus has fallen on Chris Johnson. The Titans back is young enough, fast enough, and has enough weapons to do it. His time is somewhat limited though, since running backs typically don’t see thirty touches a game by the time they get to the age of thirty.
Darrell Green and Jackie Slater’s most season’s spent on one football team record
Why it’s destined to fall:Longtime Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson has been with the team for 18 full seasons. If his leg can last three more seasons, and the Lions see reason to keep him, he will break one of the hardest records to reach in modern sports since the advent of free agency.
Robert Horry’s most career NBA playoff games record
Current record:Jaromir Jagr has scored 1599 points in the NHL.
Why it’s destined to fall:Jagr has re-entered the league, so his record can only go up. No matter how well he does, though, this record will eventually be toast.
The Moscow born Alex Ovechkin is considered to be a European born player, and he already has 614 career points at the age of 26. The guy is as tough as nails, and will probably play at least another twelve seasons.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s most career points in the NBA
Image: AP Images
Current record: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points during his career.
Why it’s destined to fall:Kobe has an outside shot of matching it. If LeBron scores more than 2,000 points a season for the next ten or eleven seasons (which he should be able to do barring any injury), the record is his. Durant also can fill it up at an alarming rate.
Kareem’s record is very daunting, but it will be overtaken.
Brett Favre’s most career passing yards
Current record:Brett Favre threw for 71,838 yards in his career.
Why it’s destined to fall:Peyton Manning hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and he’s at 54,828. He may not want to quarterback as long as Favre did, but his yearly average for passing yards per season is higher than Favre’s was.
Manning set a personal best with 4,700 passing yards last season. If his production stays somewhere around there, he could break Favre’s record within four or five seasons.
Jim Rice’s single-season record for grounding into double plays
Current record:Jim Rice grounded into 36 double plays in 1984.
Why it’s destined to fall:The Royals’ Billy Butler nearly broke the record last season with his 32 double plays. This season, both Adrian Gonzalez and Torii Hunter have batted into 21 of them already. With so many batters routinely coming close to the required thirty-seven to break the record, it’s only a matter of time.
Ted Williams being the last person to hit over .400 for an entire season
Why it’s destined to fall:It could be a long time before someone breaks the .400 ceiling again, but a few Major Leaguers have seriously threatened it. In 1994, Tony Gwynn hit .394 which is the closest any batter has come to .400 since Teddy Ballgame.
One of these days, a hitter will arrive that is on a similar level to Gwynn, and perhaps he will be slightly luckier.
Reggie Jackson’s record for most career strikeouts
Why it’s destined to fall:Getting a bunch of saves takes skill, but it mostly takes luck. In that 2008 campaign, K-Rod had 69 save opportunities, which was more than most Major League teams got. and he still blew seven saves.
Another closer down the line will get as many opportunities as K-Rod did and he may convert a few more of them.
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