A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation said the role of mining ministers in Uttar Pradesh under the tenure of Akhilesh Yadav would be probed in connection with alleged illegal mining, the Samajwadi Party chief on Sunday the “BJP has shown its true colours.”Mr. Yadav suggested the raids by the CBI by opening up old cases were an attempt by the BJP-led Centre to stop the SP-BSP alliance. The two parties along with the RLD are close to formally announcing an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”The Samajwadi Party is trying to win as many Lok Sabha seats as it can. Possibly the CBI or the government that runs the CBI is trying to…What do we have? We can form an alliance and go to the people. And those who want to stop [us], what do they have? They have the CBI,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here.Mr. Yadav, who served as Chief Minister of UP from 2012 to 2017 and held additional portfolios of mining in 2012 and 2013, also said he was ready to be questioned by the probe agency.”If they question us, we will have to answer. We will give them an answer. But the people of the country are ready to give an answer to the BJP,” said Mr. Yadav.The SP national president also used sarcasm to allege political motive of the CBI raid.”I’m happy the BJP has once against shown its true colours. First the Congress gave us an opportunity to meet the CBI, now the BJP is giving us an opportunity,” said Mr. Yadav.He also warned the BJP that it would also have to face the brunt of the “culture” it was leaving behind.The CBI on Saturday said the role of the mining Ministers in UP between 2012 and 2016, which includes Mr. Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.The CBI registered an FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who fought the 2017 election on Bahujan Samaj Party ticketSearches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun. The FIR alleges that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor minerals between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.
England captain Wayne Rooney believes he still has “a few years left” playing for his country, dispelling speculation that the 30-year-old Manchester United forward could soon bring the curtain down on his international career.A knee injury has kept Rooney out of action since February and the emergence of strikers such as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has led to questions over England manager Roy Hodgson’s perceived reliance on Rooney.Like Hodgson, who rejected talk of Rooney’s ability to lead England during the June 10-July 10 European Championships in France, the Liverpudlian is not ready to call time on his international career.”Over the past two years my form for England has been really good. I’ve scored a lot of goals,” Rooney told the PFA’s 4 The Player magazine.”I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great.”I’ve still got a few years left, I feel. I’m a lot more patient now in my play. When I was younger, I could be impatient and I’d end up in positions I didn’t really need to be in.”Rooney, who will turn 31 in October, made his international debut at the age of 17 as a substitute against Australia in February 2003 and became the side’s youngest-ever scorer with a goal in a 2-1 win over Macedonia seven months later.Last September, he surpassed Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record of 49 goals for England against Switzerland and now has 51 goals in 109 internationals.advertisementHe scored his first goal in a World Cup finals against Uruguay in Brazil in 2014 and was England’s highest scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with seven goals.He is also closing in on Charlton’s all-time scoring record of 249 goals for Manchester United and is currently their second-highest scorer with 244 goals, but might need to wait until next season to break it due to his injury.
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has said pacer Dale Steyn and England seamer Stuart Broad are the toughest bowlers he has faced in Test cricket.Watson recently retired from Tests. He is currently playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”The one that consistently comes back is Dale Steyn, especially in Test cricket. Just how relentless he is with the new ball, he doesn’t really give you anything to hit, he swings the ball very late,” Watson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Monday.”He’s got an incredible engine as well. His ability to keep coming back, his energy in his last spell when the ball starts doing something is pretty amazing.”Broad has been fairly successful against Watson, dismissing him several times in Tests. Speaking about him the Australian said, “Stuart Broad I always found very challenging.””He’s always very accurate, always at my stumps consistently. In Ashes Tests, especially in England, he ripped the heart out of us.”‘Broad ripped the hear out of us’The all-rounder cited examples from different Test matches where Broad was at his lethal best.”I can think of three times where the game was in the balance and he ripped the heart out of us; one in Durham (in 2013), I wasn’t playing, but Trent Bridge last year, and then at The Oval, my first Ashes series in 2009,” he said.Watson lauds Ponting, Warne, McGrath as best teammatesWatson also named former captain Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as his best ever team-mates.advertisement”No doubt Ricky Ponting (favourite team-mate). When he was at his peak he was incredible. And everything he did in and around the team as captain was very good.””Shane Warne, with the incredible skill that he had. His amazing belief in his skill and how he could turn a game consistently.””And what a great leader he was as well. I had him at Rajasthan for four years and he was incredible. Glenn McGrath was phenomenal with what he was able to achieve. What he was able to do as a fast bowler was, I’d be surprised if anyone gets near his record,” he concluded.
Cristiano Ronaldo owes most of his fame and fortune to his exploits with Real Madrid, yet he also remains a hugely influential figure when representing his country.Portugal’s results have improved enormously since Ronaldo made his international debut against Kazakhstan as an 18-year-old in 2003.Their recent record at major tournaments is the envy of many bigger countries after they reached the Euro 2004 final, 2006 World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2012 semi-finals, where they lost to eventual winners Spain in a shootout.Portugal have suffered when Ronaldo, who has captained them since he was 22, has been off-form such as at the last World Cup when he suffered a bout of tendinosis in his left knee in the run-up to the competition.The Madeira-born forward, who makes a point of breaking records, is Portugal’s all-time leading scorer with 56 goals in 125 appearances and needs three more caps to beat Luis Figo’s record.Nevertheless, the three-times world player of the year has not been above criticism, with most of his goals coming in qualifying matches against weaker opponents and many supporters wondering why he did not take a penalty in the 2012 shootout against Spain.It is, though, hard to imagine Portugal without him and Ronaldo himself says he wants to play for his country until at least the 2018 World Cup and maybe beyond.”I don’t make plans in my sporting life,” he said in February. “If I feel good in three years’ time, we will see what happens.”
You’ve got the experience. You’ve got the skills. And you’ve got a kick-ass resume and cover letter. But still, time after time, you fail to hear back from the companies that you send your application to.“How can I get recruiters to notice me?” you might ask yourself. “Should I send them flowers? Chocolates? A 5,000-word epic poem on why I want the job?” The truth is, you do often have to think outside the box in order to stand out from the dozens of other candidates vying for the same position you’re interested in. And sometimes, that leads job seekers to take some big, creative risks.5 Excuses You’re Making To Avoid Taking a Risk At WorkWe rounded up five real stories of slightly crazy but super unique ways that people applied to their dream jobs. While we can’t exactly recommend you copy their approaches, they sure make for entertaining reads — and who knows? Reading them may just give you the inspiration you need to come up with your own brilliant way to make a lasting impression.1. I Sent My Hiring Manager a Giant Stuffed Animal“In my early 30s, I wanted to make the jump from being a marketing exec to becoming a marketing consultant. A friend told me about a small marketing firm that had an opening. After the friend got me the interview with the rather colorful owner, I knew that I had to go big. My 3-foot tall thank you card was a birth announcement, ‘Congratulations on your new baby boy!’ On the inside I wrote, ‘I believe an ultrasound will reveal your new consultant has been born.’ This was delivered by a pink gorilla that also had about ten ‘congrats on your baby boy’ mylar balloons. [Not] only did I get the job, within a few months, I had become the General Manager of the international ad agency.” —Bob Olmstead, Executive Coach2. I Handed My Resume to an Employee That Was About to Quit“When I was a new graduate with a BA in Art I decided to visit a local gallery and ask for an entry-level job. The Sacramento, CA Solomon Dubnick Gallery, then managed by the son and sister of Tower Records founder Russel Solomon (a well-known art collector), had not publicly announced any vacancies or job openings. I just knew it was the best art gallery in town with the most prestigious clients and represented artists and that I wanted to work there!I walked in and it just so happened that the Assistant Gallery Manager was about to turn in her letter of resignation the very same day. She took my resume and cover letter, put it on top of her letter of resignation and told me she would walk everything back to the Gallery Director together. I can only assume having a ready replacement made the sting of her leaving a bit easier for upper management to digest. I was called in for an interview with the owner and directors only a day or two later and hired on the spot.The experience taught me that in order to get the best positions you can’t always wait for posted opportunities. Sometimes you just have to just trust it will happen (with a bit of serendipity thrown in for good measure.) I encourage serious job seekers to strategically network in addition to applying through job portals and advertisements.” —Janet Kozak, Content Strategist9 Entry-Level Jobs that Pay Well3. I Worked For Free“I very much wanted to become an adjunct professor of internet marketing. Through a friend who had taught on this subject, I was able to score an interview with a major university in New York City with the department chair of marketing.At the time, I had over 15 years of internet marketing experience, however, I had never taught, and did not have any advanced degree in the subject. To put it mildly, my qualifications for an academic role were weak. In the interview process, I did not make the case that I was qualified for the position. Instead, I explained why I wanted the position, and my concerns about taking it. Instead of either turning me down or offering me the position, the department chair suggested [that] I guest lecture a class to see if I was a good fit with the understanding that if it went well, that I would be considered… In general, the tactic of offering to do the job for ‘free’ for a couple days can be very effective.” —Marc Prosser, Co-Founder of FitSmallBusiness.com4. I Wrote a Clickbait Article Instead of a Cover Letter“When I applied for my position with Vecteezy, I wasn’t in the best place. I was doing contract work as a customer service representative, and because it was contract work, I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. I was ready to pursue something that utilized my strengths in a way my current job didn’t.Long story short, I was applying for a lot of things that didn’t seem to pan out. Meanwhile, my contract was about to end soon, and I was worrying about rent and bills and where my future paychecks would come from. Then, an illustrator friend posted a Vecteezy position on Facebook. I knew right away I wanted it, but I wasn’t sure what the best plan of action would be.Like any younger sibling, I called up my older sister to ask for advice. She’s an art director, so she’s always asking, ‘How can you do this more creatively?’ So, we started discussing my cover letter, brainstorming different ideas on how to make it stand out. I wanted a writing job, so we broke it down; write a cover letter that advertises writing. Instead of a typical cover letter, I wrote clickbait on why the company should hire me [entitled ‘A Young Writer Uses Clickbait as a Cover Letter. What She Does Next Will Shock You.’] Once I wrote it, I submitted it and hoped I hadn’t made a mistake. This experience taught me professional risks can be worth it. Employers want professionalism and creativity, so it’s certainly a balancing act, but I would definitely try it again. I would encourage job-seekers to consider how they can be professional and still take risks, whether it’s in the cover letter, the resume, or something else. The right place will appreciate the creativity.” —Kaitlin Westbrook, Content Writer and Marketing at Vecteezy 5. I Followed the Hiring Team to an Awards Dinner“I really wanted a job once that was a commercial for Chevrolet. I managed to find out that the company was up for an award and got a ticket to the dinner. Then I figured out how to get a seat at their table, so I met all of the people who were getting the award.After that, I sent pictures of ‘me and my Chevy Lumina’ along with notes about how I would be the perfect person for their commercial. Well, at first I didn’t get the job. It went to 2 guys. They did the shoot and tested it, but the audience hated it so much they had to redo it quickly. So, guess who came to mind first?I flew to Detroit and shot the commercial, playing both parts, and it tested very well. They sent me a note that they should have gone with me in the first place.The lesson is, be memorable, and a pleasant pain in the butt, and you just might be the first one they think of when hiring.” —Julie Austin, futurist, inventor, and author of “The Money Garden: How to Plant the Seeds for a Lifetime of Income”
When I started my very first job, my parents had to sign off on the permit I acquired through my high school—that puts me at almost 18 years in the workforce. Over those 18 years, I’ve been an employer for the last seven and held 13 more jobs, so I have a 360-degree understanding of what many job seekers may endure during their search for employment. Whether it’s your first job or you’re looking to move on from your current one, it’s important to know how to approach every aspect of the job search—from application to salary negotiation. Here are 21 dos and don’ts to keep you on track:DO: Build a unique personal brand. Defining your skills and personality is one thing, but truly building a unique brand increases your chances of standing out among the crowd. Creating and sharing content is just one way to make yourself known as a guru in your field.DON’T: Search for jobs outside your skill level.It’s good to have goals in place, but approach them in a realistic manner during your job search. We’ve all been tempted by high salaries and big job titles, but applying to these positions when they’re far outside of your skill level decreases your chances of landing a job. Look for opportunities within a company that has an opening your talent can fill, but also offers growth for their employees. While you may not start out as the CEO, you’ll have a great place to start working your way up.12 Companies With Jaw-Dropping Offices—Hiring Now! DO: Get the right people on your support team. Having “fans” or job search motivators on your side can help you stay positive while seeking a career change. Keeping these people in the back of your mind during an interview can not only help calm your nerves, but also propel you to speak passionately about your desire to get the position. Look for your “fans” in family members, teachers, coaches, or mentors. DON’T: Forget to customize your resume. Flashy colors of paper and fun fonts may make your resume stand out in a pile of black and white, but they don’t help you stand out among more qualified candidates. These colors and hard-to-read scripts may actually turn employers off. What matters most to employers during the application process is simply you. Your skills, background, and unique personality are what will land you the job. But it’s hard to fully express these to each employer if you have a standard resume that you automatically send to each potential interviewer. Prove you’re the right person for the position by altering your skills, talent, and history to only those relevant the specific industry you’re applying.How to Use Keywords to Make a Resume Recruiters Notice DO: Highlight your qualities. Yes, interviewers already know you’re motivated and love teamwork. Stop wasting space on your cover letter and time during interviews listing nonspecific traits about yourself. Rather than simply stating what makes you better than the other candidates, show employers examples of how you’ve proven you have what it takes to excel in their open position. It’s even important to highlight errors you’ve made to show how you fixed them and are willing to improve yourself as an employee. DON’T: Apply mobily without optimized resumes and cover letters. Job boards and companies’ career websites are mobile-optimized, so job seekers have a better user experience. If that’s the case, why aren’t you creating an easier way for recruiters to access your information? Since most job seekers are already searching for career updates on-the-go, it’s important to enhance your resume and cover letter accordingly. Decrease the chance of losing a job posting by keeping your documents on your phone and applying in the moment.Applying For Jobs On The Go Just Got Easier With the Glassdoor Job Search App DO: Bring your resume into the 21st century.Keeping your resume short and sweet does help recruiters focus in on your qualifications, but limiting yourself to the average checklist of previous employer, skills, and education is actually decreasing your chances of showing off to interviewers. Thanks to technology, allowing employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside of your resume is easier than ever — you just have to let them know where to find you. Adding your website, blog, and social media accounts to your resume takes up a small amount of space and gives interviewers the opportunity to see what makes you unique beyond your listed resume skills. DON’T: Ditch the cover letter. Cover letters have gotten a bad rap for reiterating what your resume is already highlighting, but don’t count them out. In fact, if you are using a cover letter to simply restate the skills listed on your resume, you’re doing it wrong. Cover letters are the perfect opportunity to go into detail about why you’re the best fit for the job. Decide which skills on your resume prove that point. Then, base your cover letter around a story that shows how you’ve put your talents to use. DO: Make connections prior to an interview. Every time you see a position you’re interested in, you need to research a company to see what their values are, the benefits they offer, their culture, and with whom you should be connecting. Making these connections could be the edge you need to bring your name to the top of the interview pile. After researching the company, connect with professionals via social media to give yourself leverage. Comment on their posts to establish yourself as a thought leader or share content to show you have similar areas of interest. No matter how you choose to connect, make sure all of your interactions are meaningful and positive.15 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer This Month DON’T: Blow the first impression. It’s difficult to wipe a negative experience out of your mind — the same goes for first impressions. Interviewers make decisions quickly. Whether it’s based off the way you dress or how personable you are, it’s crucial to walk in with confidence and a positive attitude. DO: Prepare for an interview. You never know exactly what an interviewer is going to ask you. This makes it seem impossible to walk into an interview feeling prepared, but with the right techniques, you may find yourself more confident than ever. Before an interview, review everything the company is looking for in both skills and personality. Go over previous jobs, volunteer opportunities, and even classes to plan examples of how you’ve demonstrated your abilities. Having these stories planned out will help calm your nerves during the interview. DON’T: Treat a webcam interview differently than an in-person interview.Webcam interviews are especially great for remote opportunities but are also perfect for saving employers time and money. Many employees like the idea of embracing the comfortability of their own environment during an interview, but this feeling of ease could cause trouble. Even though you’re not in a professional office setting, it’s crucial you eliminate any distractions that could take an interviewer’s attention away from you. Dress in the same appropriate attire you would for an in-person interview and make sure you’re in a quiet, comfortable room.How to Get a Job: Your 2018 New Year, New Job Guide DO: Use informational interviews to network. For busy job seekers, informational interviews feel like wasted time. But it’s those who take extra time to network and prove their dedication to getting the job who are highly successful in the job search. Use these interviews as a stepping stone to make even more powerful connections. Keeping these resources in mind may land you an opportunity you didn’t even know was available. DON’T: Consider every job offer. Recruiters holding all the power during an interview is a common misconception candidates have. You’re not there just to prove your worth to a company — it’s also necessary to decide if the organization is a right fit for you. If interviewers are asking you uncomfortable questions or make you feel uneasy in any way, trust your gut instinct when considering any offers. DO: Ask questions about company culture. Like I said above, don’t forget to use the interview for your own benefit and decisions-making process. Pay and healthcare benefits are very important, but also ask deeper questions that will answer if you’ll fit well with the established company culture. DON’T: Post an unprofessional headshot. If you think recruiters are seeing you for the first time when you walk into an interview, you’re probably wrong. Social media sites and personal blogs make it almost impossible to not form an impression of a candidate before seeing them in person. When taking a headshot, always keep in mind what you want potential employers to think about you just from looking at your picture. DO: Use positive and professional language. Think about the type of team you want to be part of. Most likely, you’re imagining a fun group of intelligent people with positive attitudes who also know how to be professional and get their jobs done. This is exactly the type of image you should portray to current employers and interviewers. Save profanity and useless words, like “um,” for casual conversations with friends.9 Things to Never Do in a Panel Interview DON’T: Burn bridges. No matter the circumstances, you should always try to leave a job on good terms. Close this chapter in your book on a positive note by finishing up all open projects and letting leaders know in advance so they have time to prepare for your departure. You never know when you might need a reference, or if your career will one day take you back to the company. DO: Approach previous employers. The term boomerang employee used to be greeted with employers closing their doors, but rehiring employees is no longer a faux pas. Actually, employers are finding reconsidering employees who left on good terms is saving them time and money in the job search process. Looking to a previous employer for an opportunity doesn’t mean you’re taking a step backward. Open the door for a meeting to discuss what has changed — for both you and the employer — to see if coming back would be beneficial. DON’T: Sacrifice work-life balance for salary. Trust me, I know from experience that money doesn’t always equal happiness. We all have different levels of what we’re willing to sacrifice for a certain salary, which is why it’s important to know your limit before accepting an offer. Discuss your expectations and limits with potential employers to make sure you’re on the same page before passing up other opportunities or quitting your current job. DO: Be punctual — even after you land the job. Once you’ve found the perfect job and begin working, don’t slack on the impressions you made during the application process. Living up to — and beyond — the expectations you set during an interview is crucial for starting off on the right foot. 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What’s not to love about freelance work? You can work from your favorite corner café—or from your couch—without a boss bearing down on you (in person, anyway). But freelance work—consistent freelance work—isn’t always easy to find. So we did some of the looking for you. Here are 14 companies who are looking for freelancers in a variety of jobs, now. 1. Booking.comWhere Hiring: Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and moreWhat Roles: Freelance Photographer, Freelance Videographer, Freelance TranslatorWhat Employees Say: “It is a great environment to work. The management team is always available and ready to support the team and provide the best working conditions at hand.” — Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 4. The Refinery CreativeWhere Hiring: Sherman OaksWhat Roles: Freelance Art DirectorWhat Employees Say: “The Refinery truly cares about its employees’ work-life balance. Yes, there can be long hours, as should be expected at a company of this caliber and in this industry. However, for the most part, there is a healthy balance of work-life, with the added benefits of comped time off, bonuses, and company-subsidized perks such as massage and family services, company get-togethers, etc.” — Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 3. Tiffany & Co. Where Hiring: New YorkWhat Roles: Freelance Producer, Freelance Digital DesignerWhat Employees Say: “Pay is great, and the commission can really add up. Really professional and classy atmosphere really does feel like a luxury environment. Get to meet some great working professionals, amazing for networking. Fantastic co-workers.” — Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 2. Living ProofWhere Hiring: AlbuquerqueWhat Roles: Part-Time Freelance Sales and Education CoordinatorWhat Employees Say: “Great culture. Amazing products. They are very particular about who is hired – everyone is extremely intelligent and adds value. There are a lot of social events.” — Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 6. WunderlandWhere Hiring: ChicagoWhat Roles: Freelance Print Production Artist, Freelance Web Production ArtistWhat Employees Say: “Smart, engaged, & fun colleagues. Excellent work-life balance with flexible schedule opportunities. Everyone genuinely cares about each other’s successes and push each other in a very positive way. We are small and niche and that allows us to develop great relationships with both our clients and our talent. Incredibly low turnover. Super collaborative and just overall a great place to go to every day.” — Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 11. 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As we mentioned above, a job description can be overwhelming and overly detailed. So, when you read a posting, be sure to read it carefully for these key takeaways: Check for keywords. You know by now to use keywords on your resume. A job description is the place to find the right keywords to use, as well as give you an idea of what the employer will look for in the right candidate. How does the employer want you to respond? Make sure you’ve found out the company’s preferred method of communication. Don’t plan to email a resume if the organization wants you to apply through its online job portal. Don’t get too caught up in jargon. Words and phrases such as passion, commitment, team player, responsibility, dynamic interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, detail oriented, and analytical skills are oftentimes just buzzwords that recruiters and managers use in every job description. How to Find the Important Information What a job description is seems pretty straight forward, we know. But for clarity’s sake, let us all take a moment to define a job description as: a written statement explaining an open position. A good job description will delve into the duties to be performed by the employee, its purpose, and the scope of the work to be completed. Some job descriptions include the person to whom the employee would report—i.e., his or her boss—and the working conditions of the job and the broader company. That’s a lot of information to convey in a few graphs—which is just one reason why reading a job description is more of an art than a third-grade-reading-level skill. With so many people unemployed, there are more scammers out there than ever. Online job boards can be used by people posing as hiring companies, so it’s very important to be aware and cautious when you’re looking for a job. You can follow these tips to avoid fake job postings and keep your time, money, and identity safe.Avoid postings that sound too good to be true—and remember that a job that offers a $100,000 salary requires commensurate skills and experience. Job posts that state no skills or experience required—especially they are paired with a large salary—are very likely to be scams. The same can be said of jobs that promise perfect hours, salary, and benefits. If it truly were a perfect job, they would not need to advertise.Avoid job postings that ask you to pay a fee—because legitimate recruiters are paid by employers, not by potential job candidates. If a job posting requires you to pay a fee in order to submit a resume or move on to an interview, it is very likely a scam. A requirement to pay for training materials or web training seminars should also raise a red flag. A legitimate company will not require you to pay for your own training.And postings that ask for your personal information—such as your birth date, social security number, or mother’s maiden name—are also likely scams. This is info you shouldn’t have to give out until you’ve received a job offer—if you give them at all. How to Spot a Fake Job Posting How to Know if You Should Apply Learn More! What Is a Job Description? Now that you’ve read the job description and gleaned key takeaways, it’s time to decide whether you should apply. So now, it’s time to read the description again. First, think of the job description like a series of questions. When a job posting says that 10 years of experience is required, it’s really asking you “do you have that much experience?” Do a gut check: do you meet the requirements, one way or another? In order to apply, you don’t have to have 10 years of experience that exactly matches the job description, but you should have comparable experience to get an interview. Then, take a look at the salary range—if the job description includes one. Is the pay worth a leaving your current company or making a career change? Before applying, decide what amount you’re willing to sacrifice for a career you’re happier with—or what amount will encourage you to leave your current position. Of course, don’t let a posted salary deter you from applying; many companies are willing to negotiate. Next, scan the job description to see if it indicates whether there will be room for you to grow at the company. Knowing where the position does or will fit within the organization will help you decide if there’s room to grow. If room for growth isn’t explained in the job description, using the job title is the best place to start. Go to the company’s website; look for the “About Us” page to see where your job title fits in.But more than knowing whether you meet the job qualifications—or if the position will pay enough or give you room to grow—you should ask yourself if you still want this job. You can ask yourself questions such as will this position fulfill my passions and will I fit into the company culture to determine whether you really want the job. Check out these helpful resources on applying for jobs.Tricky, Tricky: How to Read Between the Lines of A Job Description9 Job Seeker Email Etiquette Tips to Help You Land the JobHow to Apply to a Job in Under 30 MinutesTop 5 Reasons You Never Hear Back After Applying For A JobHow to Customize Your Resume for Each Job You Apply toThe 8 Best People To Pick For Your Job Reference
Atletico Madrid have struck a pact with Antoine Griezmann that he will be allowed to leave next summer.Griezmann was expected to join Manchester United this summer, though chose to stick with Atletico out of loyalty after their transfer ban was upheld.Speaking with Foot Mercato, Spanish pundit Ivan Vargas explained the agreement was only temporary.”It was like an agreement between him and his club. Because if Atlético really wanted to retain him, they would have increased the amount of his release clause. With this extension, Madrid ensures his presence for an additional season.”Next year, the club will facilitate his departure, especially if the offer is close to his clause. And if it is abroad, that is to say not to Real Madrid, it will be even better. Both sides are winners.”
Santos midfielder Lucas Lima has declared he’s joining Barcelona.Lima has confirmed his signing in a game of poker with Neymar in which 50 people were present, according to Globoestporte.Lima will join the club in 2018 when his contract with Santos expires. His current terms run out at the end of December, so from January 1 he will be able to join any club he chooses — and he’s chosen Barça. According to FIFA rules, the player cannot sign anything until six months before his contract ends, so he will sign a deal with Barça on July 1. People closest to Lucas Lima have already been informed of the player’s decision, although Santos still don’t know what the future holds for their midfielder.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is desperate for Wales to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia.Chris Coleman’s side surprised everyone by reaching semi-finals of Euro16 last summer; however, they currently find themselves in the third spot in their qualifying group behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland.He said: “We know what we need to do to achieve our dream of playing in the World Cup. The Euros did inspire us and of course we still believe. There are still a lot of points up for grabs and we are going to give everything to get them.”It would mean so much for us to qualify for the World Cup. We would love to experience that. I love playing for my country and the responsibilities that come with that.”We have a great team, who all get along brilliantly. The Euros showed with hard work and quality you can achieve great things. We always knew what we were capable of. Then to go out there and show that throughout the Euros just gave us the belief and confidence that we can compete with the best going forward.”
This is an excellent and important question. Think of the words ‘visionary‘ and ‘missionary‘. A visionary is someone who imagines possible futures. A missionary is someone who does work under the guidance of a larger objective. Similarly, the vision statement describes how the world will be different because of the existence of the group, while the mission statement provides the ‘vehicle’ for the vision; it describes the means that will be used to achieve the desired future. Because of their nature, the vision statement generally lasts for the life of the organization, while a mission statement should be revisited every two to three years to make sure that the means being used to attain the vision are still relevant. When crafting these statements for your organization, consider the following questions:Vision StatementWhat is the future you want to create for the community you wish to address?Mission StatementWhat do we do?For whom do we do it?What is the impact?Sample Vision Statements:Healthy People in a Healthy WorldLincoln Trail Libraries System envisions a future where collaboration between libraries and organizations results in easy access to information anytime, anywhere.The vision of the ASPCA is that the United States is a humane community in which all animals are treated with respect and kindness.The American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program envisions an enduring recovery for tsunami-affected people. Communities enjoy rebuilt physical infrastructure, restored social networks, quality health services, and vibrant economies, and are prepared for future disasters.Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely safe, healthy communities that respond to harm without relying on prisons and punishment.Sample Mission Statements:To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.Crisis Nursery is committed to creating an island of safety dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the provision of emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.Because all children deserve excellent teachers, the Golden Apple Foundation advances the teaching profession by recognizing excellent teachers, leveraging their thinking and efforts to improve education, recruiting and preparing prospective teachers with a special emphasis on schools of need, and providing teachers access to innovative resources.The mission of LifeQuest Center is to provide educational opportunities which empower individuals to improve the quality of their lives and excel in relationships through personal growth.Lincoln Trail Libraries System connects the people of East Central Illinois to information through cooperation.The goal of Campus Middle School for Girls is to provide a safe challenging environment where all girls can develop their creative and intellectual powers, a love of learning and a passion for excellence, gain a sense of emotional and physical well-being, celebrate cultural differences, and form enduring friendships. To this end, we aim to promote confident, enthusiastic, and responsible young learners through a combination of small class size and a curriculum emphasizing the development of academic skills.Source: Elizabeth Simpson, Group Dynamics Specialist, do good Consulting.
Posted on June 27, 2011June 20, 2017By: María Laura Casalegno, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by María Laura Casalegno, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Although I will stay in my current placement for one more month, the Young Champions Program is officially ending.I cannot believe that this exciting program is coming to an end. It is amazing to see how these nine months passed by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday when we left our homes to start our new lives in our new countries. I am trying to keep track of everything I have lived and everything I have learned. This experience has left me with a lot of knowledge, wisdom, new friends, and new families.Overall, I have been involved in the organization of several courses, have developed my own project, and have held other important meetings. In everything I’ve done during the past nine months, I’ve sought to make an impact on women’s health and also on the wider community. I have been acquiring medical knowledge, but I have also been learning how to manage an organization. The most important thing, though, is that I have been learning about life, different cultures, and different people.I participated as a student in several courses organized by PACEMD, my host organization. I took the PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) course and the ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) course. I have obtained my certification as a provider in both courses. I have also participated in a Critical Obstetrics Course. I organized an international meeting about sexual assault aimed to launch the SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Program in Mexico. I have been in contact and I have taken part in several meetings with the Federal Ministry of Health. The supportive relationship between PACEMD and the Ministry of Health was and is the key to establish the ALSO Program as one of the main federal strategies to decrease maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality nationwide.I have also been collaborating with the Women’s Institute. They have a Health Mobile Unit which goes to rural communities and hold workshops about Sexual and Reproductive Health; the nurses perform pap smears as well. During the last month I collaborated with Formación y Capacitación (FOCA), an organization which has a collaborative alliance with PACEMD. Next year I am going to work with them and PACEMD in developing the Obstetrical First Responder for Communities (OFRC) Program.All the knowledge that I have obtained has made me more committed to the maternal health field. I will continue working in this field, I will continue learning from experts, and I will continue developing projects and ideas to achieve the goal of decreasing maternal mortality rates and to give women tools to improve their own health.As I expressed in other blogs, I will stay in Mexico for one more year, working with PACEMD in the development of several maternal, sexual and reproductive health projects. I will be coordinating the ALSO, BLSO and OFRC Programs in Mexico and probably in some other countries in Latin America. I will be working with rural and indigenous communities where women are the most affected by lack of access to health services (a social inequity reflected in the high maternal mortality rates in these areas). With Dr. Haywood Hall and some other key people from the ALSO Program, we are developing a project that will shift the paradigm in the management of obstetrical emergencies. The project will focus on training systems, providers of different levels of medical attention, and different institutions. The main goal is to train providers from the first level (communities) to the third level of attention, strengthening the chain of survival and ensuring that every woman has access to optimal care when she faces an emergency. To do this, we are going to use the proven experience with ALSO, BLSO and OFRC training.My experience in Mexico was great and I think it will be even better next year. And, what can I say about all the amazing people I have met along this long journey? All the Young Champions, the Maternal Health Task Force and Ashoka staff, and all the people from the PACE office in Mexico became my new family around the world. It is so rewarding to meet people who want to “change the world” and make it a better place.I am really happy I have been a part of this program. And I think this group of Young Champions is just getting started as the next generation of changemakers!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on April 25, 2012June 23, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today is World Malaria Day! The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.”A recent report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed that deaths from malaria are declining, but the report also showed that malaria deaths among adults have been enormously under-reported.The number of pregnant women dying from malaria is also largely under-reported. Malaria prevention, screening, and treatment among pregnant women remains low, despite clear evidence of effective interventions.Recently, the issue of malaria in pregnancy has been garnering more attention by the global public health and development communities. Experts are exploring ways to integrate care and reach pregnant women with prevention, screening, and treatment efforts.In fact, a recent meeting in Rwanda, organized by Roll Back Malaria, gathered malaria and reproductive health experts to discuss progress and challenges in addressing malaria among pregnant women in seven high burden countries.In honor of World Malaria Day, the Maternal Health Task Force shares with you ten essential resources for addressing malaria among pregnant women.1.) Global Health e-Learning Center—Course on Malaria (with a section on malaria in pregnancy)The Global Health eLearning Center was developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health in response to requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. The course on malaria provides basic knowledge about the burden of malaria, the effective tools to treat and prevent malaria, and the challenges and opportunities for scaling up efforts. The malaria course has a specific section focused on understanding malaria in pregnancy.Twitter: @USAID2.) Malaria JournalMalaria Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal focused exclusively on malaria. All articles published by Malaria Journal are open-access—freely accessible online without subscription charges or registration barriers. By entering “malaria in pregnancy” into the search box, you find numerous articles relating to the issue.Twitter: @BioMedCentral3.) Malaria Matters Blog—Malaria in Pregnancy sectionBill Brieger is currently a Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Malaria Adviser for JHPIEGO. His blog, Malaria Matters, provides regular updates on news, research, and stories from the field relating to malaria. By clicking on the Malaria in Pregnancy category on the blog, you will find numerous posts about recent challenges and successes in preventing, treating, and tracking malaria among pregnant women.Twitter: @bbbrieger4.) Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium—Tools and Links section of the siteThe MiP Consortium is an initiative focused around four key areas of malaria in pregnancy: prevention, treatment, burden assessment, and how best to scale up existing strategies and interventions. The Consortium is made up of expert organizations from all over the world—including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Barcelona Centre for International Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Fundaçao Tropical do Amazonas, and others.The Tools and Links section of the site is packed with links to organizations, coalitions, resources, and toolkits focused specifically on the issue of malaria in pregnancy.5.) The Malaria in Pregnancy LibraryThe Malaria in Pregnancy (MiP) Library is a regularly updated database of published and unpublished literature relating specifically to malaria in pregnancy. The library also includes a trial registry of planned and ongoing studies relating to malaria in pregnancy. The library is a project of the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium and aims to serve scientists, policy makers, funding agencies, and others working to address malaria among pregnant women.6.) Malaria in Pregnancy Resource Package JHPIEGO’s Malaria in Pregnancy resource package provides training resources, programming resources, and reference materials to guide the implementation of programs to reduce malaria in pregnancy. The resource package was designed for policymakers, public health professionals, and managers.Twitter: @Jhpiego7.) Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group ToolkitRoll Back Malaria’s Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MPWG) meets regularly to develop strategic advice on best practices for scaling up interventions for the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy. The group also works to foster collaboration between malaria and reproductive health partners at the country level.The working group’s toolkit on malaria in pregnancy includes documents by numerous partners including UNICEF, the World Bank, WHO, UNFPA, Roll Back Malaria, DFID, PSI, USAID, and others.Twitter: @RollBackMalaria8.) The President’s Malaria Initiative—Technical Areas section of the siteThe President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a five-year, $1.2 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources aimed at reducing malaria-related deaths in 19 countries in Africa and the Greater Mekong sub-region in Asia. The project focuses on the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children under five years of age.The Technical Areas section of the PMI site provides resources for several technical areas relating to malaria in pregnancy—including indoor residual spraying, insecticide treated nets, diagnosis and treatment, social mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, and pesticide management.9.) Rapid Assessment of the Burden of Malaria during Pregnancy: A Toolkit CDC’s Rapid Assessment Toolkit is designed to help countries to assess the burden of malaria during pregnancy, develop a policy or program, and to evaluate impact. The toolkit provides most of the materials needed to conduct a rapid assessment including general guidance about planning and conducting a rapid assessment and sample assessment instruments.Twitter: @CDCGlobal10.) Successes and Challenges for Malaria in Pregnancy Programming: A Three-Country Analysis MCHIP’s analysis of malaria in pregnancy programming successes and challenges in Zambia, Senegal and Malawi resulted in three comprehensive country case studies. The case studies aim to highlight best practices and successful strategies that can be applied to other malaria-endemic countries throughout Africa.Twitter: @mchipnetShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
In 2014 it was estimated that only 15% of Ethiopian women deliver in a health facility. In order to engage the community in improving the quality of healthcare, participatory community quality improvement (PCQI) was implemented. As facility delivery was discussed in PCQI meetings, it became clear that quality of care was a significant concern in the community. Women said that they felt they were not treated respectfully when they went to health facilities; though at home, traditional birth attendants — who know the community and its culture — treated them much better. Of course, the health outcomes are worse when women deliver at home, especially when women require emergency obstetric care. Our goal, in collaboration with the government, is to increase the number of women delivering with trained health care workers in facilities.Our research in rural health facilities revealed many issues women face: they were often left alone for hours during labor and/or delivery, their privacy was not assured, facilities were unclean and in general women did not feel they were treated with respect. Men and families also felt neglected.I remember this well when my wife had our first child five years ago. She was giving birth at a private hospital, but I was not allowed into the labor ward. No one told me what was going on and I waited nervously for hours. That was in a private hospital in Addis; typically it was worse in community health facilities.Once the project identified that disrespect was a critical issue to service utilization, we realized we needed to do something. We partnered with the Hansen Project, of the Women and Health Initiative at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn more about what disrespect and abuse actually means.Together in 2013, we conducted a baseline survey in four primary health care units in Ethiopia to measure disrespect and abuse. The results were clear: more than one in five women reported that they have been disrespected and abused when giving birth at health care facilities. Among others, these experiences included non-consented care, lack of privacy, non-confidential care, and abandonment of care, when a woman was left alone during labor.When we discussed the issues with health care workers at facilities, it quickly became clear that they were not aware that their behavior and the poor facility infrastructure were driving people away. Many felt that their job was to focus on the medical component of care — childbirth, cord care, etc. — but they admitted that they didn’t really think about the needs of women. They just saw that women didn’t come to facility without knowing why.Today universal health care has taken hold with the strong leadership of the government. L10K has recognized the issues related to respectful care and is working with health facilities to address those issues. As a result, assisted delivery in the L10K areas is now much higher than the national average. More and more women are delivering at facilities and infant and maternal mortality rates are decreasing. In short, Ethiopia is on the right track. And for me, I trust that when my wife has our next child, I will be able to be right with her throughout her entire delivery.Learn more about L10K’s work in respectful care.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 27, 2015May 9, 2017By: Melaku Muleta, Participatory Community Quality Improvement Manager, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. – Last 10 Kilometers Project, EthiopiaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In 2003, the Ethiopian government launched the Health Extension Program (HEP) to ensure universal health care. The approach here in my country, one with a large rural population with minimal access to quality health services, is to bring primary health care down to the grassroots community level. The approach has proven successful. Through my work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Last 10 Kilometers Project (L10K), I have focused on examining how the quality of services can be improved for communities seeking care. L10K has focused on exploring ways to improve health-seeking behavior in communities, in short, to generate demand for higher-level health services.Men and women gather for a participatory community quality improvement meeting in Ethiopia
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 26, 2016September 27, 2016By: Laney Poye, Director of Community Relations, Preeclampsia FoundationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are some of the leading causes of global maternal morbidity and mortality, with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia accounting for the greatest disease burden. The World Health Organization defines pre-eclampsia as the “onset of a new episode of persistent hypertension during pregnancy.” Pre-eclampsia generally onsets after 20 weeks of pregnancy but can occur up to six weeks post-delivery and may involve damage to the kidneys, brain or other organs.Research strongly suggests that maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are almost entirely preventable with timely and effective care, including the administration of antihypertensive medications to control blood pressure, magnesium sulfate to prevent eclampsia (seizures) and eventual delivery of the newborn.Nevertheless, the nature of pre-eclampsia as a syndrome poses a number of challenges to timely diagnosis. Pre-eclampsia manifests differently from patient to patient. Additionally, its symptoms, which include headache, swelling, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, vision changes, and sudden weight gain, are not unique to pre-eclampsia, making it easy to misdiagnose as gallbladder issues, “white coat hypertension,” the flu, a neurological condition or “normal” pregnancy symptoms.A patient’s lack of understanding of the signs and symptoms of the disease can impact her likelihood of seeking timely care. Recent research from the analysis of state-level maternal mortality by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) emphasizes that patient understanding of symptoms and the severity of the disease is crucial for improving outcomes and preventing maternal death.The CMQCC analysis found that “delays in seeking care” and “lack of knowledge regarding the severity of a symptom” contributed to more than half of all hypertensive-related maternal mortality cases. These potential barriers to seeking care are an even greater threat to women in low-resource settings, making early detection through patient education necessary for preventing adverse outcomes globally. When women know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia, they are more likely to seek care and comply with prescribed treatments.Pre-eclampsia patient education tools should answer four basic questions:What is pre-eclampsia?What are the risks associated with pre-eclampsia?What are the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia?What should patients do if they notice any of the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia?Easy-to-understand, image-based educational materials could be the key to ensuring that women across the globe can recognize the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and understand the severity of the disease. A 2004 study conducted in Jamaica found that a pictographic maternal education card contributed to early reporting of symptoms and a 70% reduction in eclampsia cases in the region.The Preeclampsia Foundation worked with a health services research team at Northwestern University to test the effectiveness a tool for improving patient understanding of the condition. The results showed that patients who received the tool scored significantly better on a pre-eclampsia knowledge assessment than those who received a text-based pamphlet or no additional information, even among women with lower health literacy levels.About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000. As the nation’s only patient advocacy organization dedicated to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the Foundation works to achieve its mission by raising public awareness, providing patient support and education, improving healthcare practices, and catalyzing research. The Foundation envisions a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and their babies.—Read the latest MHTF Quarterly highlighting pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Read community perceptions of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia from around the world.Learn more about pre-eclampsia/eclampsia on the MHTF website.Share this:
Soft candlelight, good wine, and the gentle tapping sound of you typing out one last work email while your date patiently waited to dig into the chicken piccata. Oh, the romantic challenges of the independent worker. When every penny in your pocket seems directly tied to how much time you put in each day, how can you ever relax enough to invest in and grow your personal life? And for that matter, if you’re not working inside your client’s offices or at a coworking space (I’m counting coffeeshops in that category), where do you even meet the people who can become your lifeline, personal or professional? Making a few deliberate decisions to better manage your work/life balance can change your whole game though. Take these tips from Lauren, a freelance writer. She suggests setting deadlines for yourself that will allow you to enjoy your free time, worry-free. That means if you’ve got a date Friday night, your new deadline for urgent to-dos is Thursday. Explain your schedule and obligations to a new special-somebody, too, but try to not to let them overrun your time together. One of her most important tips is to make sure to date someone who’s supportive and understanding! Maybe your best bet, then, is another freelancer? I know where you can find one this February: at our singles/networking party in NYC.__ (Image by Johnny Stiletto, via Flickr.)
The bottom lineIf your freelance business provides on-premise meals or snacks as an employee perk (and an employer convenience), you will be, pardon the pun, eating these costs starting in the 2025 tax year as you will no longer be able to write the expenses off on your business tax return. Despite this, employees are still shielded from having to claim these benefits as part of their compensation under the new tax laws.At first glance, these changes to client entertainment and de minimis meal expenses may seem like minor ones, but these types of deductions do add up over the course of a year. Depending on how often you take clients out to events and how often you bring doughnuts to the office or provide refreshments to your staff when they work long hours, you may have to be prepared to swallow a larger tax bill given the new TCJA provisions.UPDATED 1/10/18Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancer’s Union and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available Jan. 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time. Starting in the 2018 tax year, the deduction businesses can claim for de minimis meal expenses (e.g., providing coffee and bagels in the break room as an employee “perk”) is reduced from 100% to 50%. In the 2025 tax year, the ability to deduct these costs is completely eliminated. Now that we’ve officially rung in a new tax year, it’s time to address the key provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that are likely to impact you as a freelancer on a day-to day basis. (Here is our overview of the TCJA’s overall pros and cons for freelancers).One area that is worthy of immediate consideration: meal expense tax deductions. As an individual freelancer, nothing has changed. Under the new tax laws, you (and any employees you have), can still claim 50% of the cost of meals that you purchase when you are away from home for work purposes. What has changed is how the IRS looks at meal (and other) expenses for entertaining clients. Starting in 2018, the deductions you may have claimed for client entertainment expenses such as tickets to a play or sporting event are eliminated. However, you can still claim 50% of the cost for treating your client to a meal, as long as it is accompanied by a substantive business discussion.As a business owner, there are also significant changes that affect the amount you can deduct for de minimis meal costs which we outline here:How the IRS views de minimis meal expense deductions for your businessExpenses for meals provided on-premise by companies to their employees are considered a form of de minimis or “fringe” benefits by the IRS. Typically, de minimis benefits are characterized by a) their low value (a good rule of thumb is the expense is less than $100) and b) the relative infrequency with which they are offered.Historically, de minimis benefit expenses have been 100% tax deductible as a general business expense under the Internal Revenue Code and, in association with our topic of meal costs, include items such as occasional snacks and refreshments provided to employees by an employer or the infrequent provision of money for meals by an employer when employees are working overtime. A key caution with these types of benefits has always been that they cannot be used as a form of covert employee compensation.New tax rules downgrade the de minimis meal expense deductions your business can claimThe TCJA represents a major departure in how the IRS views de minimis meal and on-premise meal expenses for businesses. The government is taking a step-wise approach to these changes as follows: In the 2018 tax year, the current 50% limit on the deductibility of business meals by individual taxpayers expands to include businesses. This means that any meals provided by businesses on their own premises, such as at a company cafeteria, holiday party or employee picnic—as well as any related operating costs—are no longer 100% deductible. Therefore, this year only 50% of these costs may be deducted by businesses and in 2025 no deduction for these expenses can be taken.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Has your tax professional ever talked to you about creating income?It’s a common misconception that saving tax today is always the best way to grow wealth. Your main objective should be to pay the least amount of total taxes possible throughout your life. In other words, you should try to pay the most amount of tax at the lowest tax brackets and defer the most income at the highest tax brackets.If you find yourself in a low tax bracket at the end of the year, then you should consider increasing your taxable income to take advantage of your tax situation.Creating incomeThere are two traditional methods of creating income: saving in Roth-style accounts and creating taxable conversions. The more common of the two is to save more in Roth IRAs or Roth 401(k)s and less in tax-deferred accounts. However, if this isn’t possible, you can also create taxable income if you have a Traditional IRA by using taxable conversions.A conversion is a transfer of money from your Traditional IRA directly to your Roth IRA. The value of the transfer is the amount of taxable income you have created. The money will then grow tax-free in the Roth IRA and all distributions will be tax-free as well.Income factorsYou can determine if creating income is right for you based on two factors: your current tax bracket and your expected tax bracket in retirement.Your tax bracket is the percentage of tax you pay if you were to have an additional dollar of income. If you will have a lower tax bracket in retirement than right now, then it makes sense to save in your 401(k) account and reduce current income.However, you may have a higher tax bracket in retirement than you do right now. If that’s the case, it may make sense to create income.When does creating income make sense?For people that have a gap in their income during the year, it may make sense for you to create income to take advantage of your lower tax bracket for that year. If you are a postgraduate just starting work and you will only be working for the last half of the year, it is best to save in Roth-style accounts. Your tax bracket for the year will likely be lower, so saving in a tax-deferred account is less beneficial.Another circumstance where it may make sense to create income is during retirement but before you start collecting social security. Social security is taxed differently from regular income. You are only taxed on 85% of the benefits and that begins at taxable incomes in excess of $25,000 or $32,000, depending on your filing status. Your income goes up by 185% for every additional dollar of income over this threshold. This essentially doubles your tax bracket and could lead to you having a tax bracket as high as 40% in retirement.However, this also leaves you with a planning opportunity: if you create more taxable income before you collect social security, you minimize the doubled tax bracket by taking more distributions from your Roth IRA instead of your Traditional IRA.Paying tax at a 22% rate to avoid paying tax at a 40% rate is a wealth creation strategy that will make your retirement savings last much longer.What about capital gains?Capital gains are taxed differently than ordinary income as well. You can actually have a 0% tax rate on capital gains if your income is below a certain threshold. If you have highly appreciated securities like stocks or index funds and the ability to take on income at the 0% capital gains rate, then it may make sense to sell the asset. You can immediately purchase the asset again if you want to remain invested but still recognize the capital gain.The IRS doesn’t like it when you sell an asset for a loss and buy it back again, but they have no rules against selling an asset for a gain and buying it back the next day. If you are in the 0% capital gains threshold, it would be wise to take advantage of it whenever you qualify.Let’s look at two examples:Logan and Karly are retired but not collecting social security yet. They are currently in the 12% tax bracket. They choose to create $20,000 of income and pay $2,400 of additional tax. By doing this, they will avoid paying $4,400 of taxes on that same $20,000 of income once they are collecting social security. This helps them save $2,000 on taxes by creating income before they move into a higher tax bracket. If they were to do this strategy for 5-10 years, they would save tens of thousands of dollars of taxes over the course of their lifetime.Alex and Amanda are both quitting their jobs and using their savings to travel the world for a year. They will not have any income this year unless they create income by utilizing a taxable conversion. Since they are married, they are allowed $24,000 of income tax-free because of the standard deduction. They can move $24,000 of money from their Traditional IRA to their Roth IRA without paying any tax saving themselves $5,280 of tax in retirement.There are many other circumstances where it may make sense to create income, but the prevailing theme is to create income and pay tax now IF you will have a higher rate later. It is also very important to have tax diversification in retirement.You do not want to have all of your assets in only tax-deferred accounts that are subject to whatever the tax brackets at that time are. Instead, build wealth efficiently in each type of tax account and move assets between the accounts if the tax implications are favorable for you.You should discuss these strategies with a professional tax advisor before implementing them to ensure they benefit your particular tax situation.Garrett Gould is a financial advisor who started his own firm based out of New York City. Garrett focuses on helping clients control what they can: taxes, fees and risk. He advises clients on all areas of financial planning and loves developing solutions to meet individuals financial goals.Garrett provides free consultations for all Freelancers. The meeting is a planning seminar to discuss your financial goals and our strategies to meet those goals. All meetings are followed-up with a letter of recommendations free of charge. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time and don’t forget to mention you are a Freelancer!
This is a sponsored post from Joust, the first financial services company animated by and focused on the unique needs of freelancers. What if your bank admired your passion and respected your work? And what if it could guarantee you got paid? PayArmour, a revolutionary new solution from Joust, takes the hassle out of invoicing clients and protects you against client nonpayment.You’ve landed a major client, hit an income target, or reached a significant milestone in your freelance practice. What are you going to do with all that income and work?As an entrepreneur, I’ve seen the excesses of success among my peers and even learned a few lessons firsthand. Celebrate your success — in moderationFirst things first: yes, when you hit that meaningful inflection point, reward yourself. You’ve had your nose to the grindstone and you’ve been keeping it lean. Relax, enjoy, but don’t swing too hard back in the other direction. Don’t go overboard with a Maui vacation or a Tesla Model X. Instead, do something that will refuel you emotionally and physically—not something that will leave you with a hangover of regret. Here are a few moderate ideas:Dinner at a nicer-than-usual restaurant with the people who have been actively supporting youA weekend trip that’s restorative and reasonably priced (e.g. drivable or a cheap flight)A purchase or service you’ve been putting off that will meaningfully improve your quality of life (e.g. a more ergonomic desk chair or house cleaners)Consider how expenditures, whether celebration, self-care, or infrastructure, will set you up to deal with all that’s coming.Grab opportunities, let others goNow it’s time to right-size your business development strategy. Again, you’re looking for that sweet spot.Steady freelance work often starts with a one-off assignment. When it’s a promising client, focus on how you can convert that gig to a long-term relationship. Give them an indication that demonstrates your value and interest, maybe it’s a discount or a proposal for how to increase the utility of the project you’ve been working on. Show them how you can shine. Offer flexibility in working with them.On the other hand, not every client will be worth the effort. After hustling to get business, turning down work can feel wrong. But sometimes it’s the right call. We entrepreneurial types often have an impulse to try to salvage situations — it correlates with our opportunity-seeking streak. Train yourself to be selective and decisive. Chalking up some prospects to “sunk cost” will save your resources — time, energy, and attention — for the long haul. If it’s a client you really want, go all in. But if an assignment is starting to smell bad, get out sooner rather than later.What if you have the extreme case of a big-name dream client? That could play out a number of ways. Here are two anecdotes:A startup that drove itself into the ground trying to fulfill a contract for a major entertainment companyA startup that did fine, had a successful exit, but missed a chance to fully exploit an introduction to a marquee-name tech leaderWhen it’s an opportunity that would max-out your bandwidth and that’s also too good to pass up, subcontracting might be the answer. Does the type of work lend itself to subcontracting? Do you have similarly skilled peers? (and do you trust them to not poach your clients?) Do you have the management skills to transition from “solopreneur” to “microbusiness” owner?If you do subcontract, you’ll need to let go a little. Ensure a baseline level of quality, get out there, and go big on volume.Allocate FundingNext, how are you going to allocate this influx of revenue?Oh wait, maybe we shouldn’t just assume that all those invoices have been promptly paid. If client late-/non-payment or income volatility is an issue for you — as it so often is for freelancers — look into troubleshooting it with Joust’s PayArmour invoicing tool.Back to assessing your financial situation: Are these gains temporary or permanent? Spoiler alert: it’s always cyclical, so commit with caution. Here are some financial considerations, and I’ve bolded the list items that Joust can help with:What expensive debt could you pay off?If you need a big boost to operations, what inexpensive lines of credit could you access?You’ve been setting aside funds for taxes…right? Here’s the moment to catch up.What investments in your business would give you the most bang for your buck?One classic pitfall: office space. In the past, I’ve made my own overly ambitious choices, and I have heard variations on this story again and again. In the era of remote work, wherever you can concentrate will be good enough. Don’t overdo it on the literal overhead.Up until this point, you may have kept your business and household affairs all mixed together. Now that you have serious revenue, it’s time to separate them and add protections to how you operate. Here are a few best practices to start:Segregate your personal funds from business fundsUse contracts and formal invoices to engage with clientsIncorporate to protect your growing business from liabilityGet RealRemember that the wave you’re riding can break. Map out a timeline for how you’ll deal with the next downturn — whether it’s macro-economic or specific to your clients. Look for ways you can hunker down. Look for new ways to grow your business and increase resilience. What are your risks? What would happen if you lost that anchor client? Remember the famine phase. Finally, although this is all cyclical, never forget that you earned the “feast” and that is definitely worth celebrating.