Tactics for Asking Good Follow-Up Questions – HBR

May 8th, 2015 by admin

This is a very good article about digging deeper in the interview process. Be ready for the answers you need to provide substance and meaning from your experience. Good read – enjoy,

Whether you are looking to hire someone, decide whether to trust someone, or enter a business partnership, the better you are at judging people, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, most people are just plain bad at reading others. Several decades of research among psychologists has indicated all sorts of blind spots, biases, and judgment errors we make in assessing people. Much of that research has focused on the mental processes we use to interpret what we see or hear. But errors also occur way before that – the problem can begin with the questions we ask to understand people in the first place.When you want to get a read on someone, what questions do you ask? Most people have go-to questions. The ones I hear most often are open-ended questions like, “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” “What do you want to be doing in five years?” and “What motivates you?” Some savvier questioners ask behavior-based questions, like “Tell me about a time when you….”. Sounds great, right? Now, ask yourself if you have ever once actually learned the truth about someone by their responses to these questions. How many times have you relied on people’s responses to these questions only to see later that those responses meant nothing at all? Most people ask a question like this and then move onto another topic, seemingly satisfied that they heard what they needed to hear. In reality, they learned nothing about the other person…

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Starkey International Private Service Education; Scholarships Available

May 1st, 2015 by admin

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Starkey International offers Private Service Scholarships for qualified applicants. Must be received by May 18 to qualify.

Starkey International’s Certified Household Management Program June 8th – July 31st, 2015

Starkey’s traditional Household Management Program is for entry-level Household Managers. A 360-hour, eight-week course focuses on the psychology and management of private homes. Starkey’s Service Management System sets the stage for an overall understanding of Private Service. This course covers in-depth Household Management, the Relationship of Service, personality characteristics, service style and the technical and resource skills in 10 Service areas including Administrative Management, Private Service Culinary, Clothing and Valet, Housekeeping, Event Planning and Entertaining. Certified Private Service Wine & Sommelier, Mixology and Cigars, Household Etiquettes, Grounds and Property, Personal Service and more.

Starkey International’s Certified Estate Management Program August 24th – September 18th, 2015

Starkey’s Estate Management Program is for seasoned Household Managers who are ready to advance to Estate Management. A 255 hour, 4-week course focuses on the mind of the Estate Manager. This course covers in-depth Management of Multiple Homes, Starkey’s Household Management System, Management of Yachts and Jets, Smart Home technology, working with the Family Office, Accounting and HR practices for the Private Home and an in-depth course on Entertaining, Wine Cellar Management, Vendor Management and working with Private Estate Security.

Please contact Valerie Albano, Director of Admissions, at 303-832-5510 for catalogue and application.

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Writing Your Own Mock Recommendation Can Get You Hired | Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career

May 1st, 2015 by admin

Here’s and interesting approach to interview preparation. What I like is that it helps a job applicant refine their personal story and use concise wording to communicate their background and goals.

The process of writing your own letter of recommendation could actually help you gain clarity on your strengths and how they apply to your perspective new employer. A great letter of recommendation showcases a clear story about your personality, skills and abilities that would make you a great fit for a certain job and an asset to a particular employer. To do that one must know the needs of the company, it’s core challenges and the particular pain points of the hiring manager. One also needs to be clear about what you bring to the table that could help that employer solve his/her thorniest problems.If you leave this exercise up to those who are writing your actual letters of recommendations you could be missing the best chance for organizing your thoughts, crafting your story and tailoring it to the specific needs of a hiring manager.

Source: Writing Your Own Mock Recommendation Can Get You Hired | Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career

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Sales of $100 Million Homes Rise to Record Worldwide – Bloomberg Business

April 30th, 2015 by admin

If your employers are picking up any of these fine homes, please call us for staff!

The ultra-luxury housing market is scaling new heights as a record number of properties around the world command prices topping $100 million.Demand for mega-mansions and penthouses has accelerated as wealthy buyers seek havens for their cash and search for alternative investments such as art and collectible real estate, according to a report Thursday by Christie’s International Real Estate, owned by auction house Christie’s. Five homes sold for more than $100 million last year, with at least 20 more on the market with nine-figure asking prices, the brokerage said.“You’re looking at a universe of over 1,800 billionaires who are starting to become members of this club of collectors of the most unique and incredible real estate in the world,” Dan Conn, chief executive officer of Christie’s International Real Estate, said in a telephone interview. “It’s something they’ll hold onto for a lifetime, the same way they’ll hold onto a Picasso or a Warhol or any number of the great pieces of art we’ve sold over the years.” Sales are likely to increase this year with more newly built properties and off-market homes trading for at least $100 million, Conn said. Demand is growing among affluent Americans and Europeans; billionaires from unstable economies, such as Russia and Middle Eastern countries; and buyers from mainland China, who were barred from investing overseas before 2012 and since have snapped up houses in cities including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and London, he said.

Source: Sales of $100 Million Homes Rise to Record Worldwide – Bloomberg Business

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The Queen is hiring new footman at Buckingham Palace – hellomagazine.com

April 29th, 2015 by admin

We don’t normally post job openings on our blog, but it’s great to see how the most famous household (palace) operates. Enjoy,

A new vacancy in Buckingham Palace has cropped up. The Queen is looking for a footman/trainee butler, who will live and work in the royal residency and have all their meals provided for them.

In the listing posted on the Royal Household’s official website, the job is described as “an exciting role” undertaken in a “unique environment”.

The applicant, who will be paid just over £15,000 a year, will be responsible for front-of-house service and receiving guests, which in the past have included stars from Angelia Jolie to European royalty.

The Queen is hiring new footman at Buckingham Palace – hellomagazine.com.

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After decades of silence, White House domestic staff share stories in new book – The Washington Post

April 6th, 2015 by admin

This should be a great read!

Many of the men and women who have worked in the White House residence — serving presidents and their families in their private quarters — are breaking with a long-held tradition of silence: They are dishing about life behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For her forthcoming book, “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House,” Kate Andersen Brower managed to elicit stories from domestic staff who witnessed up close the loneliness of President Nixon as he faced impeachment, the weariness of Hillary Clinton as her husband’s sex scandal exploded and other surprisingly intimate moments involving the first families. Most of these stories — from Nancy Reagan’s tirade over three broken tchotchkes to the tearful hug Jackie and Bobby Kennedy shared with a favorite doorman in an elevator — are attributed to staffers by name, not wrapped in the cloud of anonymous sourcing that usually cloaks reporting about the inner workings of the White House. These kinds of stories have rarely been told. But it seems there was never a formal policy demanding secrecy from residence staffers, just a long-standing culture of discretion. That, plus the fact that few people ever bothered to ask them.

via After decades of silence, White House domestic staff share stories in new book – The Washington Post.

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Holy crap, the Queens staff could go on strike? | World News |Axisoflogic.com

March 30th, 2015 by admin

 

Well this is an interesting development. I wonder what it would look like for the USA domestic employment market to unionize?

The Queen is facing the prospect of the first ever industrial action by members of the royal household. More than 100 low-paid staff at Windsor Castle are due be balloted from Tuesday, the Public and Commercial Services union [PCS] said. The announcement of the ballot came as the Queen was due to meet David Cameron before she formally dissolves parliament ahead of the election. A vote in favour would trigger members of the royal household taking industrial action just days before the general election. The PCS claims staff have suffered years of pay restraint and are paid less than the living wage. PCS said new recruits at the castle start on as little as £14,400 a year. The union, which represents 120 of the 200 staff at the castle, has proposed non-strike action that would involve the withdraw of goodwill, such as giving tours of the castle to paying visitors of the castle. The dispute concerns the payment of allowances for additional duties. Last year, the staff accepted an “unsatisfactory pay offer” on the understanding that additional allowances for such duties would be considered this year. When these were refused the union opted to ballot staff on industrial action. The vote closes on 14 April.

If staff vote in favour, industrial action would start before the end of April in the week before the general election.

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Estate Manager Television Show – Now Casting

March 20th, 2015 by admin

The following special announcement is from a media company with an excellent reputation. They have asked us to help source potential Estate Managers and families to participate in a new television concept. Please reply to them directly if you have any interest in participating or may have a referral.

For a new show in development, we are seeking five to six high-end estate managers to follow “behind-the-scenes” in their positions as they handle the daily obstacles of running a property, dealing with owners’ requests, managing staff, and the occasional event or party issues.

Ideally, the individual managers would be able to give us full access to the staff and properties. In the interest of privacy, the owners would not be identified by name or sight, unless they wanted to participate. They will give us permission to film at their residences and with their staff.

We want to follow high-end fixers as they solve the myriad of problems in the course of their duties. As well, we would like to find clients with various properties throughout the country and with combinations that differentiate from others. Thus one estate manager might manage one large property, while another deals with multiple locations (California, Texas, Chicago, New York, Florida, London, Spain, Hawaii). An estate that frequently hosts dinners or events would be desirable. A location undergoing renovation or sale might also provide an interesting angle.

At this time, for individual candidates, we will be reviewing bios, descriptions of the estate, and hopefully a few photos of the property to help with the selection. We will be happy to reply to any questions or address any concerns.

Please inquire directly to: estatemanagerstvshow@gmail.com.

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Contract Worker or Employee? Tax Liability Rests on the Difference – NYTimes.com

March 13th, 2015 by admin

If this is an issue in the household where you work, you had better get some good professional advice. We recommend GTM.com and HomePay at care.com.

Tax time can be particularly taxing for families who pay an in-home caregiver or housekeeper.If the worker is considered an employee — rather than an independent contractor — you, as the employer, are responsible for paying payroll taxes and reporting the details to the Internal Revenue Service. They’re often called “nanny taxes” but they can apply to other workers, like caregivers for elderly people, too.

How can you tell if a worker is your employee? Some people focus, incorrectly, on the worker’s title, or whether they are full time or part time, said Laura Weiland, president of the Nanny Tax Company, in Park Ridge, Ill.: “In their heads, they say, ‘I just have a babysitter; she’s not a nanny.’” Continue reading the main story Related Coverage

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You Could Be Queen Elizabeth II’s Next Chauffeur

February 25th, 2015 by admin

The Royal Household is Hiring…

Buckingham Palace has posted a job listing (shockingly, not on Craigslist) for its Royal Mews branch, which handles everything from cars to carriage horses. Here’s what you’re in for:

As chauffeur you will work as part of a busy and supportive team tasked with driving members of the Royal Family, Household officials, guests and official visitors. You will ensure the vehicles are well maintained and kept to a high standard of presentation, whilst assisting with the daily administration and management of the Royal Mews Garage. With the opportunity to develop your skills, you will play an integral part in the smooth daily running of the Royal Household.

It’s a 48-hour, five-day week gig and pays £24,000 (around $37k) a year, which obviously isn’t much, but it notes that this is a live-in position that includes room and meals. Also, you’re driving for the damn Queen, which isn’t something you find on many resumes.

via You Could Be Queen Elizabeth II’s Next Chauffeur.

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