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.

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

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FREE Gift from DPN: Insider’s Guide download – limited to first 100 copies downloaded!

December 19th, 2013 by admin

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Happy Holidays from Domestic Placement Network! We are giving away 100 FREE downloads (PDF version) of our new book, The Insider’s Guide to Household Staffing, 2ed. Private Staffing Secrets They DO Want You to Know! The first 100 people to go here: http://dpn.contentshelf.com and use coupon code “dpnholiday2013″ will receive the download for FREE.

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No Party? Pope Francis Celebrates His 77th Birthday With Homeless and Household Staff » RYOT News

December 17th, 2013 by admin

No Party? Pope Francis Celebrates His 77th Birthday With Homeless and Household Staff » RYOT News

More good stuff from the new Pope. This time including the domestic staff and treating them like family.

Pope Francis decided to start his 77th birthday off by sharing breakfast with four homeless guests, in which one of them brought his dog.The four homeless people live on a street in the Rome neighborhood just outside the Holy See’s walls. They were invited by the Vatican official in charge of alms-giving to attend the morning Mass that Francis celebrates daily at the hotel where he lives, according to the Associated Press.The birthday pope also invited his household help to join him in a “family-like” atmosphere, and he spoke of each one of them during his homily.After Mass, all were invited to a birthday breakfast with Francis at the hotel’s dining room.Although Francis previously blew out candles on a cake presented by children in the Vatican, he anxiously awaits another anticipated gift: His favorite Argentine soccer team, San Lorenzo, will present the Pope with a replica of their championship trophy on Tuesday.The team’s vice president Marcelo Tinelli, reportedly said, “Arriving on such as special day, like the 77th birthday of the pope, this meeting seems made for God.”Francis represents many changes the church has seen in recent times, making history as one of the more informal and down-to-earth popes.This is not the first time Francis has taken time to reach out to the homeless in his community, making an effort to spend genuine time with those in need.

via No Party? Pope Francis Celebrates His 77th Birthday With Homeless and Household Staff » RYOT News.

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Fulfilling That ‘Banker Bro’ Stereotype In Job-Hunting E-mails Is A Bad Idea – Consumerist

November 26th, 2013 by admin

Here’s a job hunting mishap for fun reading before the holiday…

It’s one thing (though still obnoxious) to be a brash, backstabbing alpha male when you’re out on the town with business associates. It’s another for a job applicant to be so dimwitted as to put that same arrogant attitude into an e-mail and assume it’s not going to be forwarded around, and probably end up on the smartphone screen of the very people you’re insulting.

Thus the lesson being learned by one young college chap trying to secure post-graduation employment with the Charlotte-based firm of Bank of America.

In e-mails screengrabbed on Business Insider, the gent sends of an electronic epistle (e-pistle?) to a Bank of America Merrily Lynch (BAML) recruiter with whom he’d presumably discussed the refined art of beer pong earlier in the week.

via Fulfilling That ‘Banker Bro’ Stereotype In Job-Hunting E-mails Is A Bad Idea – Consumerist.

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Amnesty report: Indonesian domestic workers exploited in Hong Kong – CNN.com

November 21st, 2013 by admin

It is difficult to imagine this type of behavior toward other people, but it goes on worldwide. “Staff” is not far off from “slave” for many.

They live largely unseen, in towering Hong Kong apartment blocks, trapped in a life of servitude to pay back crippling debts to unscrupulous recruiters who’ve lied to convince them to sign up.

According to a new report from Amnesty International, thousands of domestic workers from Indonesia are being duped into working in the city by brokers and agencies solely focused on profit.

“Every step of the way, from the moment their documents are confiscated in Indonesia their movements are controlled in Hong Kong,” said Norma Muico, the author of the report “Exploited for profit, failed by governments.”

“The recruitment agency tells the employer, ‘don’t let your workers out for the first seven months when they pay their recruitment fees. Don’t let them talk to other Indonesian workers.’ Every aspect of their lives is controlled for the purpose of getting the money,” said Muico, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific migrants’ rights researcher.

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Q&A: To Get a Job, You MUST Stand Out « ZipRecruiter Blog

November 13th, 2013 by admin

Here’s a good, quick look at some alternative ideas in the job search. Enjoy.

With an average of 100+ applications submitted to each job opening, it has probably never been more crucial to stand out during your job search. In today’s expert Q&A, Kevin Hungate teaches you how to do just that.How to stand out in your job searchWhat is the typical approach to job search? How did we all end up with the same, cookie-cutter approach?Here’s how the large majority of people approach the interviewing process:

Step 1: They submit their resume online and wait…hoping for a response.

Step 2: If they get an interview, they show-up ONLY with their resume and then wait passively for interview questions to be asked of them.

Step 3: For follow-up after the interview, only an email will be sent.

Job seekers interview in this manner because this is the way it’s always been done. It’s how our parents and grandparents interviewed minus the email, of course. Also, this approach allows for the candidate to put forth the least amount of effort. Unfortunately, most job candidates choose the “easy interview path” not realizing that it differs greatly from the “successful & effective” one.

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The Retreat – Now Casting for Hawaii based show!

October 18th, 2013 by admin

Good Clean Fun production company is now casting for a show in Hawaii. There is pay and all expenses covered for the cast! If you are interested, contact the casting director directly:
Email name, number, photos & resume to GCFCastMe@gmail.com, or call 310.482.3548. Good luck!

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Building a Killer Résumé 3-Part Online Workshop (PC and Mac)

October 2nd, 2013 by admin

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Our trusted associate and Microsoft expert Vickie Sokol-Evans is offering a technical workshop on how to build a resume. This is a great lesson for any level of career professional.

Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Dream Job:

The RedCape Guide to Building a Killer Résumé

using Microsoft Word

Written & Presented by Vickie Sokol Evans, Microsoft Certified Trainer (Video | Bio)

Want your résumé to stand out from the crowd and get noticed? Get your résumés ready! RedCape’s most

requested class is coming to a desk near you. In this 3-part, online course, learn how to format a killer résumé

effortlessly using Word styles, tables and other tricks of the trade.

In this action packed session you’ll learn:

 How to easily format your résumé using timesaving secrets of the pros

 Simple, no-cost things you can do to get your résumé noticed

 How to prevent formatting errors that can cost you the job

 And most important, how you can be confident and ready to land that dream job with your own killer

résumé

No more wasting hours of time when working on your résumé. No more stressful, panicked late nights struggling

to get your résumé out the door. No more feeling paralyzed by the latest technology! You’ll have everything you

need (including confidence!) to leverage the tools you have at your fingertips – Microsoft Office.

See the event details at:

http://www.redcapeco.com/pdfs/Building%20a%20Killer%20Resume.pdf

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Ultimate Assistant Weekend Workshop – San Francisco, Oct. 26-27

October 1st, 2013 by admin

Weekend Workshop San Francisco Oct. 26-27

Our colleague, Bonnie Low Kramen, who is featured in the new Insider’s Guide to Household Staffing, 2nd ed., will be holding a series of Personal Assistant workshops in various cities. These weekend events are second to none and Check out the details on her upcoming date in San Francisco, October 26-27.

This highly interactive and jam-packed workshop is geared towards:Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants who handle personal matters, Private service professionals, and Concierge staff. The class is designed to develop and fine-tune the mindset, confidence, and tools needed to succeed with the most demanding employer. This is for you if you…

  • Love being an assistant but feel stagnant
  • Want to build a stronger relationship and partnership with your manager and fellow staff
  • Need to be as marketable as possible to earn top dollar
  • Enjoy learning and want more tools for your toolbox
  • Want to expand your network of colleagues and resources
  • Are overwhelmed by technology and need simple ways to keep up
  • Love San Francisco like we do!

via Weekend Workshop San Francisco Oct. 26-27.

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