February 25th, 2016 by admin
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February 11th, 2016 by admin
The more tips you can apply, the better your skills and chances are in the job interview. Here’s an article with a video after the link.
There’s more to acing an interview than a good resume and solid answers to their questions. Body language plays a big part as well. If you’re not sure what to do with your hands during a job interview, these tips will help.In this video from the Business Insider YouTube channel, Joe Avella goes over some handy advice from the book Crazy Good Interviewing, by John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus. When you sit down with your interviewer, do:Show your palms: Revealing your palms evokes truth, honesty, and allegiance.Steeple your fingers: Touching the tips of your fingers together like a politician or Mr. Burns on The Simpsons shows confidence.Don’t:Hide your palms: Laying your hands flat on the table or desk in front of you is a sign of dominance, as if you’re trying to take control of the situation.Conceal your hands: Hiding your hands suggests that, well, you have something to hide. Keep them out of your lap and pockets.Tap your fingers: It shows impatience and it’s distracting.You should also avoid folding your hands in your arms, overdoing hand gestures to emphasize a point (a little is okay), and never play with things on the table. Body language can make or break an interview, so always be aware of how you act and how others might perceive you.
Source: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Your Hands During a Job Interview
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February 10th, 2016 by admin
We post stories of interest related to the employment of household staff, and this one involves a very public figure on the international scene. We hold no judgement or opinion of the people involved, but do carefully consider how the events unfolded with regard to in-home employment practices. Enjoy…
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, a labor court ruled on Wednesday.
Allegations of mistreatment leveled by Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Jerusalem home, were dismissed by the Prime Minister’s Office as “evil, skewed gossip” when the civil lawsuit was filed in 2014.
But the court, in its 40-page decision, said testimony by Naftali and other former household employees about Mrs Netanyahu’s alleged abusive behavior toward them at the Jerusalem residence was credible.
Sara Netanyahu has elicited a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen have decried as an undeserved reputation for imperiousness, and it seemed unlikely the latest case could cause significant political damage to her husband, now in his fourth term as Israel’s leader.
An earlier case, in 2010, in which a housekeeper accused her of being abusive, was settled out of court. A spokesman at the prime minister’s office declined immediate comment on the labor court’s verdict.
Naftali, who resigned in 2012 after a 20-month stint at the prime minister’s residence, said he had been subjected to repeated scoldings by Mrs Netanyahu.
In one instance, he said, she had called him at 3 a.m. to chide him for buying milk packaged in a plastic bag rather than in a carton.
Read more via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/netanyahus-wife-abused-household-staff-court-rules_us_56bb63a4e4b08ffac1236c41
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January 8th, 2016 by admin
Just FYI – This is NOT the way to hire staff for your home…
Good help is hard to find, or so the saying goes. So a Key Colony Beach couple decided to sail their boat to the Bahamas and import their own domestic servants for their Keys and New York homes, according to federal court papers.Lawrence W. Blessinger and Janet Meadows, who have homes in Key Colony Beach and on Long Island in New York, face federal charges of conspiring to knowingly bring illegal aliens into the United States. According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrest affidavit, Blessinger and Meadows brought three women from the Bahamas to the Key Colony Beach house between 2012 and 2015. All three women were citizens of Paraguay who flew to the Bahamas before being picked up and taken to Florida on Blessinger’s boats.Federal agents arrested Blessinger and Meadows on Nov. 25. They are out of custody after each paying 10 percent of a $250,000 bond.
Source: Florida Keys man accused of importing domestic help from Paraguay via the Bahamas | Crime | KeysNet
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November 23rd, 2015 by admin
Nice little peek at the Butler life…Enjoy.
Exclusive: the Duke of Marlborough’s butler tells Eleanor Doughty why being a butler isn’t quite like Downton Abbey – although it is, just a little bit…
But although waiting on the aristocracy is a niche trade requiring a cocktail of social and practical skills from tapestry management to shoe care, it is by no means a dying industry – as reflected by Blenheim Palace’s butler school, which the household hopes to launch next year.
The eight-month course will not only act as a finishing school, teaching etiquette, but will also instruct in proficiencies such as coffee mastery, cookery and the maintenance of fine art. Even dog handling will be covered.
Duckett, 36, knew he wanted to be a butler from an early age. At 17 he wrote to Buckingham Palace – not for a letter from the Queen, but to ask whether butlers still existed. They did and the palace had an opening, and it was there that his career began.
Read more: Real-life butlers: What the Mr Carsons of 2015 really do in stately homes
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November 19th, 2015 by admin
Here’s a quick peak at the formal, deep cleaning of an intricate home. Click through for a little video of brush/vacuum technique…
Brodsworth Hall, one of the most spectacular houses in South Yorkshire, is using the quieter time to undertake some much-needed conservation work. Each room will be swathed under ghostly white covers as staff at the Hall clean from the ceilings to the original Victorian carpets.The Hall, built in the 1860s, is run by English Heritage, and sees thousands of visitors every year enjoy its original period furniture rooms and beautiful gardens.But now it will be closed for the winter while the cleaning takes place – although visitors can still visit the grounds.This week, Collection Care Assistants are working in the Morning Room, and next week they will move to the grand Entrance Hall, where the plaster mouldings will all be given a gentle brush to remove dust from the past year.
Source: Video: Winter cleaning at Yorkshire stately home – Yorkshire Post
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October 29th, 2015 by admin
Background services are not all equal. Know what is checked and have a representative who can explain the different elements and search process. This is NOT an area to cut corners and take the cheapest provider!
Before offering a prospective employee a job, many companies will first perform a background check. As with credit reports, any inaccuracies in these transcripts can affect an applicant’s eligibility for employment. To that end, federal regulators have ordered two of the country’s largest employment background screening report providers to pay $13 million in penalties and refunds for providing inaccurate information. The Consumer Financial PRotection Bureau announced that General Information Services (GIS) and its affiliate, e-Background-checks.com, Inc. (BGC), will provide $10.5 million in relief to consumers who were negatively affected by the companies’ erroneous reporting.Employers routinely use these background reports – which include criminal history information and civil records – to determine hiring eligibility of applicants and make other types of employment decisionsAccording to the CFPB consent order [PDF], GIS and BGC – which collectively generate and sell more than 10 million reports about job applicants each year – failed to employ reasonable procedures to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in reports provided to potential employers.The CFPB found that GIS did not require employers to provide consumers’ middle names, and neither company had a written policy for researching applicants with common names.
Source: Nation’s Biggest Employment Background Screeners Must Pay $13M Over Inaccurate Reports – Consumerist
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October 23rd, 2015 by admin
Here are a few good thoughts on personality, especially relevant in the interview phase and also relative to providing genuine service to others.
Self-esteem and self-confidence seem like pretty much the same thing, but they’re not. For example, maybe you can easily get in front of a crowd, give a speech, and command a room, which shows self-confidence, but at the same time, you feel like crap about your own public speaking, which is a lack of self-esteem. Confidence is about whether or not you trust yourself to get the job done, and esteem is about how you value yourself. Ideally, you want to value yourself and have confidence in yourself, but there are a couple of reasons it’s important to understand the difference between these two.
Continue reading at: Lifehacker – Self Confidence v. Self Esteem
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September 24th, 2015 by admin
Here’s a nice article from The Atlantic on the history of domestic help. Enjoy.
For centuries, a woman’s social status was clear-cut: either she had a maid or she was one. Servants—often live-ins—who did the bulk of the cooking, laundry, and childcare were an indispensable part of life for virtually everyone who wasn’t a domestic worker him or herself.Live-in maids, though, are now an anachronism—their outfits are more often seen as Halloween costumes or part of sexual roleplays. The fact that servants used to be a fixture of domestic life and are now reserved for the wealthy is one of the key, but little discussed, reasons why contemporary middle-class men and women feel overwhelmed by responsibilities. The receding presence of hired help has been accompanied by tremendous and long overdue boosts in the rights of domestic workers. At the same time, it means that fewer families today can afford the household support that was available to previous generations; paying even a part-time nanny on the books can be a time-consuming and expensive bureaucratic procedure…
Read more: Maids in America: The Decline of Domestic Help – The Atlantic
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August 25th, 2015 by admin
Some amazing history in our industry. Read or listen from the link in the full story.
Atlanta resident, civil rights organizer and household domestic worker Dorothy Bolden died in 2005 at the age of 80, but the work she did during her lifetime lives on.
“Dorothy Bolden was absolutely fearless when it came to speaking up for the common person,” according to her obituary in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Bolden was born in the historic Vine City neighborhood and started working as a domestic laborer as early as age 9. She was active in the civil rights movement and was even a neighbor of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, Bolden founded the National Domestic Workers Union of America.Her impact on the organization of household help and on the labor laws governing these workers remains as significant today as it was when she helped start the movement in the 1950s.Bolden is part of a collective of women who were a driving force in the unionization of domestic workers. Their untold story is detailed in a new book called “Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement” by Barnard College professor and author Premilla Nadasen.
Source: Book Details How Household Labor Unionized, Started Movement | WABE 90.1 FM
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