LinkedIn policy changes – Good, Bad or Ugly?

first_img So as most already know, this year Linkedin changed their InMail policy. Instead of getting back all the InMails that didn’t get a response, Linkedin now only credit back InMails that are replied to. They also implemented their new policy around a commercial search limit in which in any given month you can only run a limited amount of searches as beyond a certain number they deem that it is being used for commercial purposes. I’ve seen a number of posts for and against the changes and for what it’s worth, I say bring it on!Here’s why…Sometimes, just sometimes, I shudder when I see some of the activities that are being passed off as “recruiting”. In the last month I have received a number of batch messages that not only are not personalised to me, but have zero relevance to me at all. E.g. I’m an IT/software development sourcing specialist/recruiter and therefore, I have a few technologies listed on my profile. In the greater context of my profile, this is clearly in reference to positions I regularly find myself recruiting and not related to my personal IT experience, YET – I still get messages asking about my interest levels in an exciting and fantabulous open position as a Developer. I’m all for looking at ways to find efficiencies but sending a batch message to anyone with a specific technology(ies) listed on their profile (due to a standard keyword search) is just plain lazy and is certainly not what the vast majority of the recruitment world would identify as effective, solid recruitment/sourcing practice. To date, given the limited InMails available per month on different subscriptions, recruiters were almost incentivised to not be engaging in their InMails and just throw buzzwords in the hope of either a) Quickly engaging a professional who might be actively on the market; or b) being completely ignored, as opposed to opening up conversations with candidates who are not “active” but may be open to discussing other opportunities. If by LinkedIn changing its policies it encourages the careful  and more considered use of InMails as a tool of value and as the medium that could be used to open doors to new networks/candidates/business partners/leads, then I’m all for it and can only see it having a positive effect on the industry.Link to info on new InMail policy: http://sales.linkedin.com/blog/linkedin-changes-inmail-policy-to-improve-quality-of-messages-and-response-rates/On commercial search limits. I believe that the impact on this will be minimal to any recruiter who considers themselves to be somewhat social media savvy as most will be well versed in other online sourcing techniques and know e.g. know how to run x-ray searches via search engines, should they reach their search threshold. The knock-on effect of this is that recruiter who is perhaps not quite as used to other online search methods will have to begin to increase their knowledge of online sourcing methods which surely can only positively affect the recruitment industry?.Link to info on new “commercial use limit”: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/52950/~/commercial-use-limit-on-search LinkedIn policy changes – Good, Bad or Ugly?Shared from missc on 20 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img read more

UVU Softball Adds Former Utah Star As An Assistant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Utah Valley University head softball coach TJ Hubbard announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Wednesday.Anissa Urtez, a former University of Utah standout and a current member of the Mexican national softball team was appointed to fill this position.Urtez will join the Wolverines’ staff officially as she finishes playing with the Mexican national squad.During her playing days with the Utes, Urtez was a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree and durably played in all games throughout her collegiate career.Last season, she had her best offensive output as a collegian, amassing a .405 batting average an was fourth in the Pac-12 with 50 RBI.Urtez is a native of Long Beach, Calif. and starred for the Downey High School Vikings of Downey, Calif.Urtez earned her bachelor’s degree from the U of U in family and consumer studies and human development and minored in health.While coaching at UVU, she plans to pursue a master’s of education with an emphasis in teacher leadership this fall. August 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Softball Adds Former Utah Star As An Assistant Brad James Tags: Anissa Urtez/Downey High School Vikings/Mexican National Team/TJ Hubbard/Utah Softball/UVU Softball Written bylast_img read more

Cage The Elephant & Portugal. The Man Team Up For Central Park Throwdown

first_imgEarlier this week, Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, and Broncho teamed up to help kick off the early season for NYC’s SummerStage concert series. Taking place in the world-famous Central Park, the three performers captivated on the beautiful spring evening with hours of incredible music.Portugal. The Man came out promptly at 7pm, wanting to beat the venue’s 10pm curfew. Their hourlong set leaned heavily towards selections from their recently-released Evil Friends record. Much like the albums, the songs bled one into the other in the live setting without any breaks. The band was rockin’ it from start to finish, thoroughly impressing with a great performance.Cage the Elephant’s set was full of energy, playing a fair amount of material from their new record Tell Me I’m Pretty. Singer Matt Schultz kept the crowd hanging on the band’s every note, running around the stage, screaming and jumping on the backs of his bandmates. Their anthemic tunes like “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” “In One Ear,” and “Shake Me Down” had fans dancing and crowd-surfing throughout the night. This was musical passion at its finest!Check out a full set of photos from the night, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography: A full gallery from Andrew Blackstein Photography can be seen below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Harvard formally recognizes Army SROTC

first_imgHarvard University announced today that it has signed an agreement with the United States Army to re-establish a formal on-campus relationship with the Army Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (SROTC).“This is a welcome step in the long and distinguished history of military service by members of the Harvard community,” said President Drew Faust. “At Harvard, military service is rightly regarded as public service, and I am pleased that we can now broaden access for our students to the leadership and learning opportunities that Army SROTC training provides.”Under the agreement, the Army’s professor of military science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will conduct office hours and provide on-site mentoring to cadets at the Harvard campus. The University will resume direct financial responsibility for the costs of its students’ participation in the program and it will provide the Army with office space and access to classrooms and athletic fields.“The Army welcomes the opportunity to expand its presence on the Harvard campus. ROTC provides officers to the Army from a diverse mix of over 1,000 colleges and universities. Students commissioned from Harvard have long enriched our officer corps,” said Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander, U.S. Army Cadet Command.In 2011, Harvard formally welcomed Naval ROTC back to campus after the federal government repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that effectively disqualified openly gay men and lesbians from military service.“In recent years, the Army has made tremendous strides on racial and ethnic diversity and leadership development, and it’s important to have them here to work with our students,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds.  “Just as importantly, universities like Harvard must continue to be involved in training the next generation of military leaders.  The Army SROTC’s formal return to Harvard helps further those goals, while continuing to expand opportunities for our students to serve their nation through military service.”Harvard Army ROTC — established in 1916 — is one of the nation’s oldest ROTC programs.  Since 1976, Harvard students have participated in ROTC programs through a military consortium involving several area colleges and hosted nearby at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, 18 Harvard students participate in ROTC, including six Army cadets.Under the new agreement, Harvard Army cadets will continue to participate in Army SROTC through the highly regarded Paul Revere Battalion at MIT as the Army has determined that maintaining the consortium is best for the efficiency of the battalion.“I look forward to working on the campus at Harvard, and I am gratified by the welcome that we have received from the administration and the student body. The Paul Revere ROTC Battalion is one of the best in the Army right now, and expanding at Harvard will make it even better,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Hall, professor of military science at MIT.A ceremony marking the new agreement is planned for when the Army SROTC moves into office space in the Student Organization Center at Hilles later this academic year.last_img read more

Freeze-Damaged Landscapes

first_imgGeorgians have gotten through another late winter freeze. Now it’s time to figure out which plants were damaged in the home landscape.Keep in mind that it sometimes takes a few days to notice significant damage to plants. Scout now and double-check a few days later to ensure that you did not miss anything.It’s unlikely, but we could still get a cold snap, so do not act too quickly and begin pruning damaged areas on your plants. The dead tissue can act as an insulator against more damage that might occur with another freeze.As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county agent, my suggestion is to wait until you can see new growth in a couple of weeks, then prune the dead material at that point. Prune down to a healthy, live bud and let that be the new growing point.This year may also be a good time to prune several times throughout the growing season. This will help thicken any shrubs that get spindly. Take it slow and prune only a little at a time. You can always take off more later. You may think that you should fertilize the shrubs and lawn and that doing so will help them recover. Now is not the time to fertilize. Wait to fertilize until there is no threat of cold weather and there is significant new growth on your plants.Plants need to be actively growing before they can use any fertilizer. Otherwise, the fertilizer will become part of runoff and contaminate waterways and lakes.The same goes for lawns. Unless you have a tall fescue grass lawn, wait until 50 percent of the lawn is green before fertilizing. A fescue lawn can be fertilized now since it is actively growing.The only good thing about the late freeze is its effect on crabgrass. Any plants that have germinated probably got nipped back, but plenty of seed is out there and can still germinate for the year. However, it’s not too late to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass.It will take a while for landscapes to get back to normal, so be patient. It looks like the next big hurdle will be the continuation of the dry weather and the drought that will start again this spring.Let’s all hope for rain this growing season.last_img read more

Is your loyalty program data informing every aspect of the customer relationship?

first_imgFirst they were a novelty, then they became trendy, next they evolved into a vital marketing tool, and now, loyalty programs are (or should be) integral to every aspect of a business’ interaction with its customers. Modern loyalty programs have the potential to be the engines that power both your marketing program and your efforts to create an outstanding, meaningful experience for every customer. Are you using insights from your rewards program to effectively inform the total customer experience?Commissioned by Deluxe, Forrester Research’s recent report, “Be a Loyalty Company, Not a Company with a Loyalty Program,” explores the value of data that you can glean through a loyalty program, and suggests ways you can parlay that data into meaningful knowledge to positively influence every aspect and stage of the brand-customer relationship. If your organization is clinging to an old-model loyalty program – one that’s point driven, rather than relationship driven – you’re likely missing significant opportunities to enrich the customer experience across every stage of its life cycle.In addition to simply driving customer purchasing and redemption behaviors, your loyalty program should help you: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Women rising in the workplace: The credit union difference

first_img 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recent headlines in the entertainment industry, with the subsequent trending of the #metoo movement, have again brought to the forefront of our national conversation the issue of the discrimination and harassment women may face in the workplace. It is refreshing to see an entity such as the Credit Union National Association, and the entire credit union industry, actively embrace and encourage the career growth of their female workforce. The credit union industry routinely coordinates and participates in forums that challenge the issues contributing to the proverbial “glass ceiling.” CUNA is also working with the World Council of Credit Unions to bring this discussion to the table. CUNA president and CEO, Jim Nussle, stated in March 2017, “Without more women in executive leadership positions, financial institutions cannot maintain their competitive advantage.”The Credit Union Difference and forward-thinking leadership is at the heart of the strong movement to empower women and put them in more leadership roles within the credit union industry. Consider that more women are increasingly receiving college degrees and joining the workforce at higher rates than their male peers. The Census Bureau reported in 2014 that 32 percent of all women in the US had received a bachelor’s degree, versus 31.9 percent of men – the first time that women surpassed men in this category! Women are also aggressively working to close the gap in the percentage receiving advanced degrees, so it should, therefore, follow that they should have more representation in leadership roles as well.Working for inclusive-minded leadership is a major reason why a career within the credit union industry is such a great fit for women. Speaking at a recent meeting of the Women’s Global Leadership Network, CUNA’s Jim Nussle addressed this very topic.He cited that women make up 70% of the credit union workforce in the USA.  Although women are found to be in the majority of the leadership roles at credit unions with under $50 million in assets (66%), they are still under-represented at the top levels of the larger ones, with women leading only 15% of credit unions with $1 billion in assets. Clearly, further change is needed. Nussle went on to address the gender gap and provide actionable items, such as sponsoring and mentoring women you know, encouraging them to take on complex and visible projects when the opportunity presents and having a diverse candidate pool when filling open positions. continue reading »last_img read more

Facebook for your credit union

first_imgThere’s a saying that goes “It seems too good to be true.” For years, Facebook has been a leading force in social media tech. However, a recent research from eMarketer has everyone wondering, “What’s happening with Facebook?”. Results from the study show that the time people spend on Facebook is trending downward by 3 minutes per day on average. However, we don’t think that Facebook is going anywhere anytime soon. Here’s some reasons we believe Facebook’s time spent is decreasing and what it means for your credit union.In light of all of the fake news polluting Facebook, the social platform decided that it was time to crack down on clickbait articles and trying to eliminate fake news. Because of this, Facebook was aiming to increase the quality of time spent on the app which as a result, decreased the time spent in the app. However, Facebook and other social apps are constantly changing and updating their algorithms to increase engagement. So while there is a downturn in time spent on the app, we will have to monitor to see if this trend continues.Another reason time spent on the app would decrease is Facebook’s sister social platform, Instagram, is rising in popularity. While Facebook is consistently making upgrades to its own platform, Instagram is continuing to update as well. These updates, like the disappearing DMs, are just one example of Instagram mirroring more of their competing social platform, Snapchat. With these advancements and new features, it makes sense that people are spending more time on Instagram to check out the newest improvements. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

This smart tabletop game offers you an innovative gaming experience » Gadget Flow

first_imgThrow your Blinks at a vault to break it open and take the gold that’s locked inside. It’s like Crokinole but for crooks.PaintbrushThis game tests your strategy skills. Your Blink pieces act as both brushes and canvases.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemBlinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with friendsPuzzle 101Work solo or with friends on these challenging puzzles that are endless and self-generating.WHAMWHAM is a smart tabletop game that lets you play Whack-A-Mole at any scale, arrangement, and for any number of players. Imagine playing the classic amusement park game on a much larger and moveable playing field.WidgetsWidgets will upgrade your game night. It lets you use your Blinks even when you’re playing other games. Blink’s Widgets can serve as your dice, coin in a coin flip, and wheel of fortune. The inventors have also created four new games that use widgets: Takeway Dice, Spinomino, Flip Bet, and Topple Stones.ZenFlowFor those times when you need a relaxing game to take care of your mental health, there’s ZenFlow. This relaxing game mesmerizes you with swirling colors and patterns, so you can find your zen.Discover new expansion gamesAnd you can keep the fun times rolling with the Epic Adventure Expansion. Blinks teamed up with creators like Big Potato Games to bring you six new game designs. The set includes six Blinks, six games, one Sushi Roll Case, one Blinks Sticker, and an instruction booklet.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemBlinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with playersTip Toe Volcano by Big Potato GamesBet and bluff without stepping on lava in Tip Toe Volcano. This smart tabletop game is a bidding war to determine who can tip-toe the farthest around the volcano without touching the lava.Ghost Hunters by Keir WilliamsIn Blinks’ first true cooperative game, you’ll work together with other players to hunt ghosts with your flashlight and hunt evil spirits from the mansion. When the apparitions reveal themselves, you and your friends work together to make them disappear.Alchematch by Brett TaylorMatch the correct potions to create a magical brew in Alchematch. It’s a chain reaction that’s fast-paced and fun.Crownfall by Move38 Game Design InternsYou have to stay in the arena to remain in the game. Two teams are on a battlefield, but only one can win. Create an army with your Blinks to take on your opponent and protect the crown.Treasure Tumble by Jacob SurovskyYou’re an archeologist who discovers an ancient treasure chamber. Stack ancient mechanisms to redirect the falling treasure. Collect as many artifacts as you can before it all crashes down.Thalassophobia by Gabriel JonesAfter your oxygen tank leaks while you’re exploring an underwater grotto, you only have six minutes of air left. Can you find your way out of the underwater maze and make it to the surface in time?Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemBlinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system at a cocktail barAs you can see, there are some very cool games you can play on Blinks. You’ll be happy to know that the pieces are durable and drop-tested in the same factory that produces LEGOs. Blinks are also water-resistant, which means you don’t have to worry about playing with them next to food and drink. Finally, each Blink is powered by a cr2032 coin cell battery and should provide over 40 hours of active gameplay.Overall, Blinks are fun, AI-powered game pieces that respond to touch and communicate with each other. Each piece knows its own game and can learn new ones. It’s a smart tabletop game that makes a great gift for any game enthusiast.The Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game costs $79. You can preorder yours on Kickstarter. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on this gaming set in the comments. Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. You land on an astroid filled with rich space ore. Can you collect enough of the material to fill your spaceship before the competition?DarkballPut your ping pong skills to the test with Darkball, another cool offering on this smart table game. You’ll play against a speedy disappearing ball and your fellow players.Group TherapyThis game pushes you to get the Blinks together because, as the Kickstarter page says, extroverts want neighbors, but introverts need their space. You’ll love the focused frenzy for one or many.Heist- Advertisement – Enjoy hours of fun with game pieces that feature AI learning. This smart tabletop game system responds to your touch, communicates with other pieces, and learns from the other pieces. Use your Blinks to play some of the most innovative games you’ve ever seen.If you’re looking for a cool new addition to your game cupboard this winter, you’ll want to consider the Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system. This smart tabletop game is unlike anything you’ve ever played because each piece knows a single game and communicates with its neighbors to help you play. This system provides hours of analog and digital fun, something that’s especially useful on those weekends when you’re snowed in and can’t muster the energy to shovel your walkway.The Blinks are hexagonal game pieces that fit in your palm. Each one responds to touch, communicates with its neighbors, and is magnetic. Each Blink also knows one game and teaches you and the other pieces how to play. According to the company’s Kickstarter page, it’s easy to get started. Simply grab your Blink, choose your game, and link them together to start playing. Each activity plays well with the other Blinks out of the box. And the more Blinks you add, the more challenging and fun the games get. This tabletop game includes nine Blinks, nine games, two Sushi Roll Cases, and an instruction book.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system– Advertisement –center_img Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system with a group of friendsWhat games are included?The Blink by Move38 smart game system includes nine games. You can read the descriptions of each below.Blinks by Move38 smart tabletop game systemBlinks by Move38 smart tabletop game system in a dark roomAstro- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump leaves hospital to fly back to a White House hard hit by coronavirus

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Monday left the  military hospital where he has been treated for COVID-19 and boarded a helicopter to return to a White House hit by a wave of infections and a campaign further shadowed by the pandemic four weeks before Election Day.Wearing what appeared to be a white surgical mask, Trump pumped his fist and gave a thumbs up as he walked down the steps of the Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington, responding to a reporter’s question about how many people were infected at the White House by saying: “Thank you very much.”The Republican president, running for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 U.S. election, was admitted to the hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “Feeling really good!” he said on Twitter earlier. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”The disease has killed more than 1 million people worldwide and more than 209,000 in the United States alone — the highest death toll of any country.Trump, 74, has not had a fever in more than 72 hours and his oxygen levels are normal, his medical team told reporters in front of the hospital. The doctors declined, however, to discuss any toll the disease could have on the president’s lungs or disclose when Trump last tested negative for the coronavirus.The team added that the president had received supplemental oxygen twice in recent days.”He may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” Dr. Sean. P. Conley, the White House physician, said. “If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final, deep sigh of relief.”However, Conley said the medical team believed Trump was ready to leave the hospital, stressing he would have world-class medical care around the clock at the White House.Conley said doctors were in “unchartered territory” because Trump had received certain therapies so early in the course of the illness.Topics :last_img read more