Net system slashes time taken to fill empty posts

first_imgSeniorHR professionals from Cadbury Schweppes and Glaxo SmithKline in the US haveused Internet recruitment to slash costs and reduce the time taken to fillvacancies from weeks to days.AWeb-based recruitment conference in London was told that new search systems,which look at entire applications instead of key words and match vacanciesagainst the CVs of individuals inside and outside the organisation, hasrevolutionised the task.AdrianThomas, head of global manufacturing and supply recruitment at GlaxoSmithKline, claims the company’s UK arm has now set itself the target offilling each empty position within five days – a process which currently takesas much as eight weeks.Thecompany’s US operation took advantage of the country’s burgeoning Netrecruitment culture, which has allowed single job sites like accessto more than 4 million resumés, and achieved this goal 18 months ago.ButThomas urged delegates at the conference, organised by IQPC, to useconventional advertising to promote Internet initiatives.Hecited the case of an advert for, which was broadcast in a breakduring the 1999 Superbowl, causing 2.2 million searches over 24 hours.“Theresults from using the Net in tandem with conventional advertising can be quitestaggering,” Thomas said. “Eighty per cent of the people you are looking forwill probably already work for your organisation – advertising jobs usingcompany intranets is equally important.”DianeTomlinson, global resourcing manager at Cadbury Schweppes, said Net recruitmenthad shaved off $700,000 (£489,785) from its $1.2m (£839,655) recruitment spend.Tomlinsonsaid the company used the Internet to reinforce the company’s already positiveimage in the Asia-Pacific region and to raise the profile of its best-sellingsoft drink brand in America, Dr Pepper. ByRichard Staines Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Net system slashes time taken to fill empty postsOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Live review: Jeffrey Lewis

first_imgEarlier this year New York anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis recorded a covers album based on the work of the British anarcho-punk band Crass. Incongruous as it sounded, the resulting album turned out to be a superb collection of intriguing re-interpretations. Oxford’s Exeter Hall was lucky enough to see the last night of the resulting UK tour. After Noah and the Whale’s lovely set of folky shuffling answers the question of what Beirut would sound like if Zach Condon had never visited Eastern Europe, we are treated to the arrival of Jeffrey’s uncle. The academically dubious ‘Professor’ Louie is a grizzled Brooklyn street poet who offers us cautionary tales of ‘cock-a-roaches’ and ‘corporate powah’ before it’s time for his nephews. Jeffrey shuffles on with brother Jack and his band the Jitters. Jeffrey cuts an understated, geeky figure on stage. Surprisingly, given his penchant for lyrical wordiness, he doesn’t interact with the crowd much, which creates something of a barrier in such a small venue. His music predominantly engages with the brain rather than the heart, and the combination of these two factors lead to a low-key atmosphere that settles and spreads like an autumn mist, pervading the evening. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The band are energetic, though they’d benefit from a violin to round out their sound. The Crass section of the show, including the particularly rousing ‘I Ain’t Thick’, is played in front of video footage sent in by fans of fireworks, war and home-made animations. Lewis makes regular use of multimedia, and the two comedic highlights are his illustrated story of Champion Jim and his salad-based nemesis Celery Sam, and part 4 of an endearingly earnest series ambitiously entitled ‘The Complete History of Communism.’The band then launches into the most crowd-pleasing section of the show, starting with ‘Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror’, Lewis’ masterwork. A literate, witty, hyper-self-aware exploration into the consciousness of alternative art, it’s the greatest song ever written about being violated by an legend. The band and audience finally coalesce, as ‘Posters’, an anthemic version of ‘No LSD Tonight’  and the ex-girlfriend baiting ‘Another Girl’ give the gig a celebratory finale.By Carl Cullinanelast_img read more

Fight the Donald, locally

first_imgDear Editor:Many wonder how they can voice their anger at Donald Trump, his policies, and make lasting positive change. While voters in other states only have the opportunity to express their anger through protest this year, we in New Jersey will have a primary in June and a general election in November that can be the first major referendums on Trump. If we are serious about not only sending a message but a man to Trenton who will make positive policies, in sharp contrast to the Trump administration, the clear choice is John Wisniewski. As a member of the State Assembly he led the campaign to protect drivers from Corzine’s attempt to privatize the Parkway and raise tolls, exposed Bridge gate and the Christie administration’s abuses of power, sponsored legislation to oversee Sandy recovery money and guarantee it got to deserving victims, and has been a consistent fighter for gun safety, school funding, and property tax relief.This is the kind of progressive leadership we need to not only protect New Jersey from the Trump administration but also build on the positive achievements of President Obama at the local level. Together we can elect John Wisniewski.Dan Croninlast_img read more

O.C. Fishing Club Offers Tours For Good Cause

first_imgTour the Ocean City Fishing Club Pier at the Boardwalk and 14th Street from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and help the local food bank at the same time.The Fishing Club invites visitors to bring non-perishable food to be donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Cash donations also will be accepted and given to the organization, which helps the needy.A second open house at the pier will be held Aug. 1.Fishing Club members will be on hand to guide visitors along the pier, answer questions and demonstrate casting and fishing techniques.Last year, 1,346 visitors brought 453 pounds of food and donated $678 to the Food Cupboard during the pier’s two open houses.The open house coincides with the city’s Family Night on the Boardwalk.In addition to helping the Food Cupboard, the private fishing club, which was founded in 1913, has a strong commitment to community involvement through youth fishing tournaments, hosting disabled children, awarding scholarships and advocating for recreational fishing. Ocean City Fishing Club Pier at 14th Street will host an open house.last_img read more

Finsbury puts ‘free-from’ market firmly on agenda

first_imgThe Finsbury Food Group has strengthened its operations in the ‘free-from gluten’ market with the £8.9 million acquisition of Yorkshire Farm Bakery (YFB) and A&P Foods. YFB is a major manufacturer of gluten-free breads as well as rolls and cakes and is located on a freehold site in Hull. A&P shares the same site and produces gluten-free premixes for YFB, as well as United Central Bakeries, also part of the Finsbury Group.Both businesses have been acquired by Finsbury from the Arnett family, three of whom will remain involved. Finsbury has created a new trading company, Livwell, and £4.8m will be paid on completion, with the remainder payable in stages, with a final payment of £2.5m in July 2010. Finsbury group, chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker: “Yorkshire Farm is the biggest UK supplier of free-from with sales approaching £10m in the UK gluten-free market so this is an excellent opportunity.”In a statement issued by the company Brooks said: “The UK retail market offers huge scope for growth, as more and more consumers choose a wheat-free diet, and the UK medical prescription market brings new opportunities.“There is significant scope to develop a stronger export business, as awareness grows in Europe. These businesses fit our acquisition criteria and are further evidence of our confidence in our market positioning and trading performance.”The Arnett family was among several entrepreneurs to sell to listed companies and therefore avoid punitive capital gains tax rates. CGT taper relief was replaced at the start of the financial year by a flat rate of 18%. Combined YFB and A&P sales in the year ended March 2007 were £7.3m, with forecast sales for this year expected to be no less than £8.5m. The acquired net assets are valued at £3.66m.last_img read more

Press release: Hefty fines for unlicensed anglers

first_img It’s a crime to fish without a valid licence and offenders could be fined up to £2,500, have their fishing equipment seized and be banned from fishing. Our enforcement officers inspect rod licences throughout East Anglia and could turn up at any time. All income from rod licence sales is invested directly back into maintaining and improving fisheries. Those who fish without a rod licence are having a direct effect on that work and are selling other anglers short. At £30 for a 2 rod coarse and non-migratory trout license, or £82 to also fish for salmon and sea trout, and short term options available too, the rod licence is great value for money”. Two men have been handed hefty court fines for fishing illegally in separate offences at Manor Farm Lakes Northill, Bedford.They were caught in May last year fishing without a rod licence during targeted patrols by Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officers.Jay John Whitbread, 22, of Church Lane, Bedford, was caught fishing without a licence at the same location on 2 separate occasions and both cases were heard together at court. He was fined £657, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £127 costs. A total of £814.Liam Knight, 27, of Westmill Lane, Hitchin, was also caught fishing without a licence. He was fined £293, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £127 costs. A total of £450.The defendants both pleaded guilty to Luton Magistrates Court on 6 March 2018.After the hearing Environment Agency officer Kye Jerrom said: Anglers are being reminded that fishing for coarse fish in rivers is off limits until 16 June and anyone caught can expect to be prosecuted and face a fine. The 3-month break began 15 March and ends 15 June.Close SeasonThe close season on rivers is important to maintain healthy fish stocks, as it allows fish time to breed as well as giving other waterside wildlife the same break. During this time fisheries enforcement officers will be carrying out regular patrols of rivers with partners under OPERATION CLAMPDOWN.OPERATION CLAMPDOWN is a joint Environment Agency, Police and Angling Trust – Voluntary Bailiff Service enforcement strategy run throughout the closed season. It ensures reactive and planned enforcement activity prevents illegal fishing on lakes, rivers, ponds and canals where coarse fishing is allowed. Officers will be ensuring all anglers have a valid rod licence, and they will also be on the look-out for those using illegal baits, banned methods of fishing and fishing in prohibited areas.Buying a rod licence is quick and easy – either online at – the only site you need, or from the Post Office.The Environment Agency urges anyone to report illegal fishing by calling 0800 80 70 60.last_img read more

BRC reports third fall in a row for food sales

first_imgFood sales are down for the third month in a row, in both like-for-like (LFL) and total terms, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).LFL and total sales of food were down 3.5% and 1.4% in July respectively.  This was largely due to a tough comparable period in July 2013, when events like Wimbledon and the birth of the royal baby helped food sales reach record growth.The decline in sales has worsened this July as expected, although the 12-month average for food has shown a positive growth of 0.4%.David McCorquodale, head of retail, KPMG, said: “The tale of two sectors continues, with polarisation between food and non-food. While non-food retailers had a stellar month, surpassing even last year’s record sales performance, the grocers saw sales tumble in value as their competitive pricing continued.“The grocers’ figures continue to make for gloomy reading for the sector. The impact of their prolonged discounting campaigns may be good news for consumers, but must be being felt deeply by the retailers given like-for-like sales have fallen in value every month for the last 12 months, save for April when Easter helped sales. The headache for the grocer investor is the tonic for the consumer: it’s likely these price wars are here to stay for the foreseeable future.”Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “Warm weather is usually good for food and drink sales, but since last July was hotter than this, year-on-year food retail sales were again disappointing.”Despite the disappointing sales figures for food, some research suggests shoppers are soon to turn their focus to quality when buying groceries.Denney-Finch said: “However, the stream of positive economic news is having some effect on shopper sentiment. A fifth (20%) of them are planning to prioritise quality over saving money in their grocery shopping, compared with 16% who said this a year ago, according to our latest ShopperVista research. With low inflation and a gradual return to wage growth, people are slowly becoming better placed to act on this rising focus on quality.”last_img read more

Organic poultry feed contained no salmonella

first_imgSalmonella appears on organic poultry farms less often than conventional poultry farms, according to a recent University of Georgia study.“There have been a lot of studies that compare salmonella percentages on the retail level. We wanted to look at salmonella at the farm level,” said Walid Alali, a food epidemiologist with UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga.The study was published in the Nov. 2010 issue of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.Seven North Carolina farms testedAlali tracked salmonella, a pathogen that causes foodborne illness, on three organic poultry farms and four conventional poultry farms in North Carolina. The study was conducted in North Carolina because there are no certified organic poultry farms in Georgia. All farms were operated by the same company.“There are natural- and pasture-fed farms (in Georgia), but that’s not certified organic,” he said. “In order to be certified organic, the birds must be raised without the use of antibiotics, be fed organic diets free of animal byproducts and have access to the outside environment.”At each of the seven farms, Alali collected chickens feces, feed and water samples over two production periods, or two consecutive flocks. He tested the samples for salmonella in his laboratory in Griffin. Organic feed was pathogen-free“We found that the percentage of salmonella on conventional farms was a lot higher than that found on the organic farms,” he said. “The main possible reason for this is that we found no salmonella in the organic birds’ incoming feed.”Salmonella percentages are higher on conventional farms also because there are more birds per house on conventional farms than on organic farms. “When there are more birds, it’s easier to transfer salmonella from bird to bird,” he said. He also tested the salmonella he found for resistance to a number of antibiotics. “Antibiotic-resistant salmonella was higher in conventionally raised birds than in organic birds,” he said.Cook poultry throughly, avoid cross contaminationThe UGA study is helpful for poultry growers, he said, but at home, consumers should still be careful not to transfer juices from raw meats, like chicken, to other foods or countertops, he said, regardless of organic or conventional.“More cases of foodborne illness are tracked back to cross contamination of foods than to undercooked chicken,” he said. “Most people know to cook chicken well because no one wants to eat chicken raw or undercooked. It’s not like cooking a steak.”Alali plans to compare salmonella levels on conventional and organic farms at all stages of the production cycle, from the farm to the table.last_img read more

Trail Mix – December 2015

first_img 2:34 Audio PlayerThe Secret StormFast LaneUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:37 Fast Lane The Secret Storm 3:56 Red Letter Ric Todd 4:29 Holy cow! We’ve reached the end of the line for 2015! Hard to believe another twelve months of Trail Mix has passed us by!Somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 songs have been featured here this year, along with scores of artist interviews, ticket giveaways, and insights into the national roots music scene.All in all, it has been a hell of a year and, in keeping with that spirit, it would only be right to bid farewell 2015 with a bang.That means, of course, another collection of killer tunes.Featured this month is Leftover Salmon, the the Colorado godfathers of the jamgrass scene, who released High Country, there most recent record, just last week. Though the line up has seen some transition since the band’s inception in 1989, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt – the driving forces behind the band since its earliest days – remain committed to the band’s singular purpose; hard driving, genre bending acoustic music. Be sure to check out “Gold Hill Line” on this month’s mix.Also on this month’s mix are Jordy Searcy, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice in 2014, and longtime blues master Bobby Rush, who recently released a four disc compilation chronicling his fifty years in the blues game.Be sure to check out brand new tracks from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Wild Child, Barrule, The Secret Storm, The Black Ships, Ric Todd, Husky Rescue, Peter Case, Moa Holmsten, Ben Millburn, Pete Lanctot, Narc Twain, and The Paperboys.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. Upcoming are chats with Town Mountain, up and coming old time musician Sam Gleaves, and Hot Buttered Rum, along with New Years resolutions from musicians and music fans from across the region.And, of course, get out and buy some of the music from these great artists. Tis the season for stocking stuffers and what not. What better way to take care of the music lover in your life than to hit him up with some great music you discovered right here on Trail Mix?Photo by Jay Blakesberg. 4:04 Pelican Bay Peter Case 3:37 Embed You’re Missing mp3 Moa Holmsten Walk Right Pete Lanctot 4:10 2:56 4:10 3:56 Far From The Storm Husky Rescue Ain’t We Brothers (with Tim O’Brien) Sam Gleaves 2:16 4:01 Bone King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Gold Hill Line Leftover Salmon 3:46 Weary Ways Hot Buttered Rum 5:29 3:56 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Big River Town Mountain 4:03 3:35 Seasons Jordy Searcy 3:21 Chicken Heads Bobby Rush Break Bones Wild Child Kinnoull Barrule Twice Born The Black Ships 4:15 Downhill Narc Twain 3:03 Take Me Ben Millburn Back To You The Paperboys last_img read more

Inclusion starts at home

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: Details Spotify made news earlier this month when the steaming service announced it was implementing a flexible holiday policy. In recognition of its diverse workforce, which is made up of 90 nationalities, the startup said it will allow its employees to choose which public holidays they take off work to celebrate. For example, a Spotify employee can opt to work on Christmas Day and not on a holiday more meaningful to their culture, religion or lifestyle.This is just one example of the many ways more firms – from legacy to startup – are taking intentional steps to become inclusive. These organizations understand that opening their services to more people, particularly the underserved, is not only the right thing to do; it’s also good business. And yet, to foster inclusion externally, they must first be able to demonstrate they are doing it internally. More credit union leaders are taking meaningful steps toward advancing financial inclusion specifically in their communities. Providing underserved individuals with financial services that are both affordable and enveloped by financial education can have tremendous impact on a city, town, village or neighborhood. However, it’s far from simple, especially for credit unions looking to execute financial inclusion strategies for the first time.  Chief among the challenges is that financial inclusion is a two-way street. A credit union can offer up fair, dignified, affordable and culturally relevant services, but if community members don’t take action, the impact of those products and services is nullified. To inspire that action, credit unions have to come from a position of authenticity. In other words, community members – particularly those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with traditional financial institutions – want to see certain things from the credit union. Employees who look like them, communications that speak to them and experiences that feel real to them are crucial to encouraging underserved individuals to give credit union membership real consideration.Some leaders are limited in the way they think about diversity, which can also influence how they think about inclusion. While it is important to ensure the people who make your credit union run are ethnically and culturally diverse, it’s also true that the cooperative will benefit from the thought leadership of individuals from diverse age groups, education levels and socio-economic classes. The latter of these segments is becoming important to more credit unions today than ever before. Coopera will soon release a white paper on this very topic, including concrete ideas for fostering inclusion from the inside out. Watch for news of its release here on last_img read more