Tips for a Successful Video Interview – US News

April 8th, 2014 by admin

With the rise of Skype and Video interviews of all sorts, this is some good advice.

Congratulations on securing a video or Skype interview. This means that your résumé and/or your initial phone screening were strong enough to advance you in the interview process. Don’t let your great efforts go to waste. Here are five tips on how to make the best virtual impression.

1. Research. No matter what mode of interview (phone, video, in person), nothing kills your momentum like a lack of preparation. Make sure you know enough about the company to have an in-depth conversation. Look up your interviewer to learn about his background and current role. Check out the profiles of other potential team members and colleagues to learn more about their work and experience. Think through why you want this role and why they should choose you. Always create a list of questions you specifically would like to ask THIS interviewer – not just generic questions that can be answered from the company website. Finally, make sure you have exchanged email addresses and phone numbers with the interviewer just in case the video call fails. Your backup preparation will be appreciated in case of an issue.

2. Look the part. Take advantage of making a great first impression by dressing for an interview. Of course, you can still leave on the pajama pants if there is no chance of them being seen on the video, but the rest of you should look professional. You can review pictures on LinkedIn as well as the company website to see if the company image is more trendy, conservative or casual. But in general, err on the side of conservative professional…

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Prince Charles Appoints Police Chief to Household Staff (femalefirst.co.uk)

April 2nd, 2014 by admin

Interesting recruitment update from the Royals…

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla have appointed a police chief to their household staff.Metropolitan Police commander, Peter Loughborough – who is also the 7th Earl of Rosslyn – has served as an officer for 34 years where he covered royal and diplomatic engagements as well as specialist protection.He is now set to become master of the household to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the police force wish him well in his new position.Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick has been quoted saying: “Peter has been an outstanding, dedicated, diplomatic and loyal colleague and leader and has been responsible for many high-profile protection operations, including, of course, the royal wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wish him every success in his new role.”

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How to Make a Resume for Free Without Using Microsoft Office

March 3rd, 2014 by admin

There’s never an excuse for a poorly written or formatted resume. Free resources are available online, and free computers are at the local library. Make your resume impressive…

Google Docs is Google’s Microsoft Office competitor. Like most other Google services, it’s a completely free web application you access in your browser. Google Docs is now part of Google Drive, Google’s online file-storage service.We like Google Docs for this because of the templates it offers. Sure, you could try to open the WordPad program included with Windows and put together a nicely formatted resume, but you’d go crazy trying to do all the formatting by hand. The resume templates in Google Docs make this much quicker.

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New figures show more than one-in-four households now have domestic help as the ‘Downton effect’ leads to young people wanting their own servants | Mail Online

January 31st, 2014 by admin

Lots of help are being hired, yes. So the career aspect with education, training, and standards, are more important than ever. Even more so for clients!!! Being a great employer in business almost never translates to the same in households.

More households now hire domestic help than in the Victorian period as one-in-four young adults admit to being inspired by period dramas such as Downton Abbey which romanticise the notion of servants.

A study of modern-day living in Britain has found while one in six households had some form of help in 1870, that figure now stood at a remarkable 27 per cent.

The survey also found that more than three quarters of a million of us are now living in ‘multigenerational’ homes of at least three different generations.

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Schools Tussle Over Proper Training for Butlers – WSJ.com

January 29th, 2014 by admin

The international market is very ripe for high quality service. But which kind?…

BRUSSELS—The white gloves are on in the fight to serve the growing ranks of the superrich.

New academies for domestic staff are opening doors world-wide, while existing schools are busier than ever. But as the market for talent booms, some established types are fretting about the upstarts and their newfangled ways.

“I’ve been fighting against the many, many charlatans in this business forever, and I will do so for the rest of my life,” says Robert Wennekes, chief executive of The International Butler Academy. “There are too many out there who claim that they’re butlers when they’re not.”

Vincent Vermeulen, a former butler himself, sees things differently. He recently set up the School for Butlers and Hospitality in Brussels. The outfit’s four-week course, as outlined on its website, aims to “prepare students to face challenges of the modern international household.”

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Report says Queen’s household and finances are a wreck

January 28th, 2014 by admin

Eventually even palaces crumble…Hopefully the cuts will come from areas other than staff!

LONDON A report on the finances of Queen Elizabeth II has exposed crumbling palaces and depleted coffers, and discovered that a royal reserve fund for emergencies is down to its last million pounds $1.6 million.Lawmakers say in a report released Tuesday that Britain’s royal household needs to get a little more entrepreneurial, eye possible staff cuts and replace an ancient palace boiler.Legislators on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee urged royal officials to adopt a more commercial approach and suggested opening up Buckingham Palace to visitors more often.The committee said the royal household needed more cash to address a serious maintenance backlog on crumbling palaces. It said at least 39 per cent of royal buildings — and probably more — were in an unacceptable state, “with some properties in a dangerous or deteriorating condition.”

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Royal household hiring new household assistant – hellomagazine.com

January 27th, 2014 by admin

The palace may not pay well, but is this not the ultimate resume builder?

Buckingham Palace is looking to hire a new household assistant.An vacancy has appeared on the British monarchy’s official website advertising a domestic position for which the successful candidate will be “specifically responsible for the care of guests and maintaining the cleanliness, presentation, and general upkeep of all accommodation.”Duties include “the cleaning and presentation of accommodation; the care of antiques and specialist cleaning, personally caring for guests and front-of-house duties at receptions and other events.”

“Internally the post holder will have contact with Members of the Royal Family, guests and all levels of Royal Household staff,” adds the advertisement. “Externally, the post-holder will have contact with members of the public.”
Food and accommodation is included in the 40-hour-a-week post and the salary is listed as £14,400 per annum.
While the job is primarily based at Buckingham Palace, the new employee will be required to travel the other royal residences and “must be willing to work away from London for approximately 3 months of the year.”

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U.S. Visa Law Fuels Domestic-Employee Abuse – Bloomberg

January 9th, 2014 by admin

Here’s an excellent piece on the recent Domestic Worker Rights issues involving foreign diplomats. It is great to see the workers plight being exposed so our industry can come out of the darkness on an international level.

The recent arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has unleashed two kinds of outrage: protests by Indians upset over her treatment by New York police, and, mostly outside of India, anger over Khobragade’s alleged crime of forcing a domestic employee to work long hours for a fraction of the prevailing wage after having pledged in a visa application to follow U.S. labor and wage laws.

Less attention has been paid, however, to a more insidious problem: how international diplomatic practice, and U.S. immigration law, enable the abuse of domestic workers.

Many diplomats, whether foreign or U.S., consider it a right to employ domestic help while on assignment overseas, bringing servants with them as part of their household. U.S. law has two specific visa categories to allow this: one for representatives of foreign governments and another for those working for international organizations. For the 2012 fiscal year, U.S. consular officers issued visas to 1,871 domestic employees accompanying foreign diplomats on assignment to the U.S. Many other countries have similar provisions.

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A bestselling author, she works as a domestic help in Gurgaon – Hindustan Times

January 6th, 2014 by admin

What a great story about the respect between an employer and her help. Very cool.

Her new book is set to hit the stands later this month.However, there is an intriguing twist in the tale of Baby Halder. This 39-year-old prolific writer does not like to be called an author.”I am a domestic help, not a writer,” said Halder, who has two best-selling books to her credit and first shot to fame in 2006, with her work A Life Less Ordinary.For the past 14 years, Halder has been working as a maid at the house of Prabodh Kumar in Gurgaon, where she lives in a temporary house on the terrace.Kumar, 80, her employer, is not only her employer, but also her literary mentor and translator. “When she started working at my house, she had enormous interest in books. She would pick Bengali books from the bookshelf and avidly read them. As I interacted with her, I realised that she had a story that needed to be told,” said Kumar, a retired professor of Anthropology. Halder had a motherless childhood and an abusive father. Her step-mother married her off at the tender age of 13 years to a man twice her age. She was raped on her wedding night.Fed up with her abusive husband, she boarded a train from Durgapur in West Bengal for Delhi, where she started working as a maid at a house. She, however, soon left the house after her employers started mistreating her. Soon, she found work at Prabodh Kumar’s house and life took a turn for the better.One day, Kumar handed Halder a pen and asked her to write her story in her mother tongue, Bengali.

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December 19th, 2013 by admin

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