Am I too qualified for first HR role?

first_imgAm I too qualified for first HR role?On 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. I have an MSc in occupational psychology and I am desperate for a career inHR. I believe my post-graduate degree should help me to find a suitable role,but so far I am having no luck. How do I get my foot on the bottom rung of theHR ladder? I have been rejected from many HR administrator applications despitemy qualifications in HR-related issues and computer literacy and experience inadministration. Advice please! Do HR professionals see my MSc as valuable? Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento The answer to your last question is that HR professionals do not perceiveyour MSc qualification as valuable for the roles you’ve been applying for. Inretrospect, you may have been better studying for a CIPD qualification, whichis the key qualification in demand for entry-level HR roles. Employers recruiting for HR administrators probably view your MScqualification as a barrier, not an asset. It indicates you are likely to beseeking challenging work assignments and rapid career progression, which are nottypical features of such roles. Try applying to large organisations and consultancies that are more likelyto have specialist roles that could benefit from your qualification. John Baker, head of practice, Macmillan Davies Hodes I am not surprised that you have been continually rejected from so many HRadministrator roles. Your psychology qualification would be more relevant to anorganisational development or organisational design role. By entering anorganisation through this route you would be far better placed to move acrossinto a generalist position if this was a route you wanted to take in thefuture. If you wanted to pursue the generalist route once you have secured arole in an organisation, I would advise you to undertake the CIPD qualifications,as this would give you both the professional knowledge and credibility to applyfor such a position. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy I am sure you are not getting considered for HR administration roles becauseyou are seen to be over-qualified. You need to look carefully at the type ofrole you are applying for. Job titles such as assistant personnel officer,human resources advisor and personnel assistant may offer you more chance ofsuccess. Look at jobs in the public sector – there is a lot of HR recruitmentactivity there at present. Another option is to send your CV cold to employerswith a covering letter stating how you feel you could add value to their humanresources function. Statistics show that networking is the most successfulmethod of achieving that next move. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Ocean City’s Spring Block Party Promises Shopping Extravaganza

first_imgOcean City’s Spring Block Party is this Saturday and officials say it should draw record crowds with new vendors and entertainment. (Courtesy City of Ocean City) By Maddy VitaleThe Spring Block Party in Ocean City is always big, with hundreds of vendors lining Asbury Avenue creating a shopping mecca for throngs of visitors. This Saturday will be even bigger, said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.“The Spring Block Party is the unofficial kick-off of the season and we are expecting great weather,” Gillian said. “Everyone is always ready for Spring and the Block Party is an excellent way to get outside, see old friends and neighbors, and stroll through the downtown.”There will be 500 vendors in the sold-out event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors featuring clothing, jewelry, pottery and garden décor are just some of the featured choices available in the downtown shopping extravaganza. More than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and activities for the kids will span over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street. Downtown will be closed to traffic and all street parking and municipal lots near the downtown will be free on Saturday, officials said. Asbury Avenue transforms into a pedestrian mall for the day.And there will be some new additions to this year’s Spring Block Party. “There are many new vendors from up and down the East Coast,” Gillian said.The event will also feature a Philadelphia Mummers Band and other entertainment along the Asbury Avenue including the Tidal Wave Band and the Pennsport String Band.Gillian said the block party really showcases what makes Ocean City special.“Both the Spring and Fall Block Parties help extend the shoulder seasons,” Gillian noted. “The Block Party highlights the downtown shopping district and all that makes it unique.” Gillian credited Justin Juliano and Rose Savastano from the chamber for their efforts to make the Spring Block Party a success in hosting the event, which is in its 36th year, that brings in more than 50,000 tourists and residents.“They do an outstanding job making sure we have diversified offerings, keeping everything organized, and managing the many aspects involved,” Gillian said.Ione Talese, right, the owner of Artisan Body Products, did brisk business at her Asbury Avenue shop during the 2017 Spring Block Party.More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. In addition, kids can even take pony rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle.  Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said the Spring Block Party certainly isn’t the first event of spring, but it is the most popular. “It falls on the first Saturday of May and that usually coincides with some nice spring weather,” Bergen said. “It’s a chance for folks to get down to Ocean City, get outside, and check out all the downtown shops, vendors, food and entertainment.”Live music is performed throughout the day.last_img read more

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Press release: UK energy statistics: 2018 provisional data

first_img UK energy statistics: 2018 provisional data December 2018 energy statistics that allow a provisional assessment to be made of trends in energy production and consumption in 2018. A more detailed analysis will be available in Energy Trends, to be published on 28 March 2019. PDF, 210KB, 5 pages Request an accessible format.center_img This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.last_img read more

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California regulators back major increase in renewables, ban on new natural gas plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:California on Thursday adopted a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double the state’s clean energy capacity over the next decade and close the door to development of new natural gas plants, but green groups said the goal was not aggressive enough.The state’s Public Utilities Commission set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 46 million metric tons by 2030, 56% below 1990 levels. The goal outpaces the state’s overall goal of slashing emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.California electricity providers will need to develop nearly 25 gigawatts of renewable energy and battery storage to achieve the goal, nearly double the amount the state has currently, CPUC Commissioner Liane Randolph said in a statement. The agency anticipates 8,900 MW of energy storage will be included in that total, or about eight times more than existed in the entire United States at the end of 2018.Environmental groups had pressed for a more aggressive target of 30 MMT that would get the state closer to its 2045 goal of sourcing electricity exclusively from carbon-free sources. They favor a rapid shift away from fossil fuels to fight global climate change.In a win for green groups, the CPUC closed a loophole that would allowed development of new natural gas plants if paired with energy storage. Expansion of existing natural gas plants is allowed if paired with energy storage, however.New gas plants are allowed if they use biomethane, which comes from manure, landfills or wastewater and is interchangeable with gas drilled out of the ground. It cuts greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring significant volumes of methane, that would have been produced anyway, never reach the atmosphere.[Nichola Groom]More: California sets goal to double clean energy by 2030 California regulators back major increase in renewables, ban on new natural gas plantslast_img read more

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Solar takes largest share as Maine regulators okay 546MW of new renewable energy projects

first_imgSolar takes largest share as Maine regulators okay 546MW of new renewable energy projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Maine utility regulators have announced the results of the state’s largest renewables procurement to date, with solar developers coming away with the majority of winning bids.Solar will account for about 482 megawatts of the 546 megawatts of projects approved Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Maine now has about 90 megawatts of solar installed, putting it in the bottom ten states according to rankings from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association. But the state is slated to add more than 800 megawatts in coming years.The 17 projects okayed this week also include onshore wind, hydro and biomass. They were the first to get the go-ahead after Maine increased its renewable portfolio standard to 80 percent by 2030 in a suite of climate and clean energy laws signed last year. Maine also set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. In a statement, Governor Janet Mills called Tuesday’s decision a “historic step” toward getting there.The state already gets 80 percent of its electricity from renewables, according to 2019 data from U.S. Energy Information Administration. But hydropower and biomass dominate that total. The RPS legislation that Gov. Mills signed in 2019 — while standing in front of a solar installation — requires the state to rely more heavily on new renewable resources and mandates the public utility commission conduct yearly competitive solicitations for new projects with long-term contracts.Solar developers focused on projects in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, including New York’s Walden Renewables and Glenvale Solar, secured many of the winning project bids for the first of those solicitations. Boston-based Swift Current Energy will develop the largest single solar project in the group, at 100 megawatts. Irish developer BNRG Renewables will work on two installations with local developer Dirigo Solar, part of a larger suite of projects the two are building together in the state.Average winning contract rates were 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to reporting from the Portland Press Herald. That price is competitive with incumbent power in the region, Maine PUC Chair Philip Bartlett II told the newspaper.[Emma Foehringer Merchant]More: Solar dominates Maine’s largest renewables procurement on recordlast_img read more

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A network in a time of need: Credit unions go national when disaster strikes

first_img“One of the most important things in a disaster for a credit union member is still feeling connected with their credit union,” Fagan said. “Having control of their financial life is such an important component of dealing with uncertainty and with tragic events like hurricanes and wildfires.”Credit union membership is a unique relationship in the financial services ecosystem. Members place a particularly high premium on trusting that their CU will be there for them when they need it most. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img If we take only one lesson away from 2020, it’s that disasters are going to happen. However, knowing what form those disasters will take and when they will occur is virtually impossible. A year ago, no one would have predicted that the United States would face a deadly pandemic, a massive Gulf Coast hurricane and wildfires engulfing the West Coast. And yet here we are.PSCU CEO Chuck Fagan told Karen Webster in a recent conversation that his company has spent much of this year helping credit unions (CUs) navigate these disasters and challenges. Those efforts culminated with the National Credit Union Foundation’s recent launch of the CUAid Disaster Recovery App, in collaboration with PSCU.last_img read more

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A new space of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka has been opened

first_imgThe H-building of the former Benčić factory is the first building in that complex, in which one of the city’s cultural institutions has moved in – the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. This also began the process of transforming Benčić into Rijeka’s cultural district.It is a facility that was originally built for the needs of the factory plant of a tobacco factory in the 90s of the 19th century. The part that was added between the wings of the building, along Krešimirova Street, was created in the 30s. The original purpose of the building was industrial. In the first phase of renovation, which was completed in July, according to the project of architect Dinko Peračić, the space was minimalistically arranged to meet the requirements for regular activities of the Museum. The value of the performed works amounted to HRK 20, and the arrangement was financed from the Budget of the City of Rijeka.As the architect Peračić explained, the Museum will be further developed in phases, in such a way that any further intervention in the unarranged part of the building will become part of the new whole. All necessary security and technical systems have been created that enable the modern use and development of museum activities. The first phase of the renovation put part of the ground floor and the first floor into operation. The works that have been done are primarily related to the arrangement of the interior space for the functioning of the gallery activity. The total area of ​​the arranged space is 1550 mXNUMX.The full functionality of the museum with all the necessary facilities is planned to be realized in the second stage in which the expansion of the Museum to the rest of the space on the ground floor and the two upper floors is expected. One of the values ​​of the exhibition space is the retention of the floors and the original shape, with minimal repairs, which together with the load-bearing pillars, gives the space a modern note and patina at the same time. The entrance hall in the southern part of the ground floor is also a living room, a place to stay with an info desk that should function as a space for smaller events, but primarily as an orientation space that directs visitors to exhibitions and educational content. Upstairs is an exhibition space that has direct access to the stairs, separately for staff and visitors.Let us remind you that in the first half of 2020, the city of Rijeka will be the heart and bloodstream of Croatian culture European Capital of Culturelast_img read more

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Bond-valuation changes in FTK will impact buffers, actuaries warn

first_img“However, what matters is the proportion of government paper in the portfolio,” he stressed.“If a pension fund doesn’t have many bonds and is hedging its interest risk through swaps, the impact is less.“In contrast, a conservatively investing scheme with large fixed income holdings will face a much larger effect, of 4-6%.”For pension funds that have deployed swaps to hedge their interest risk, the effect would be between 0.5% and 1%, estimated Agnes Joseph, an actuary at Syntrus Achmea.She added that the largest effect found was 3.5%.In her opinion, the funding level under which pension rights must be discounted – estimated at 92% on average – should be reduced by an equal percentage.This critical level is the coverage ratio pension funds must have at the start of 2015, in order to achieve the required financial buffers within 12 years.Pension funds with a lower funding must cut pension rights (incrementally if the prefer).However, the critical funding level is higher for pension funds with a conservative investment policy.That said, Van de Velde said he doubted whether the critical level would drop in line with the required buffers, “as pension funds are not allowed to have a funding of less than 105% for five consecutive years”.“We expect the amendments to the rules will result in the obligation that a pension fund must show it can always improve its coverage to 105%,” he said.“Our calculations show this is impossible for a funding of 92%.”Van de Velde went on to explain that pension funds also must consider the negative impact of the new ultimate forward rate in their calculations for their recovery potential.“Even if the market rates remain unchanged, the discount rate for liabilities will decrease over the coming years, resulting in a slower recovery,” he said. New rules for the valuation of AAA bonds in the Netherlands would result in a smaller increase in Dutch pensions funds’ required financial buffers under the new financial assessment framework (FTK), actuaries have claimed. Until recently, Dutch schemes had assumed that the FTK – which will come into force on 1 January 2015 – would increase the mandatory buffer from 121% to 126% on average, following a new risk-based accounting method.However, at the request of Parliament, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, has now removed the initial risk surcharge on AAA government bonds, including Dutch ones.Mark van de Velde of consultancy Aon Hewitt estimated that the adjustment would lead to required buffers of approximately 124%.last_img read more

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Qld property confidence crashes as industry moves to calm “nervous buyers and sellers”

first_imgConfidence in Queensland’s property industry has taken a sharp fall. Picture: Mark Cranitch.CONFIDENCE in Queensland’s property industry has crashed to its lowest level in five years amid uncertainty over tighter lending conditions and the upcoming federal election.The latest quarterly ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in sentiment to 118 index points for the March 2019 quarter — lower than any other jurisdiction.National confidence declined by three index points for the quarter.Despite Brisbane’s housing market bucking the trend of falling property prices in Sydney and Melbourne, the latest confidence drop has sounded alarm bells for Queensland’s property industry players as they seek to calm nervous buyers and sellers. Uncertainty around lending conditions and the upcoming federal election is weighing on confidence in Queensland’s housing market. Image: AAP/Darren England.A spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works said a key element of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 was the $1.6 billion Housing Construction Jobs Program, which encouraged partnerships with the private sector and community housing providers to deliver jobs, drive economic growth at a local level and ensure better community outcomes. “Through HCJP, 4544 social homes and 1034 affordable homes will be constructed over 10 years, supporting 450 full-time industry jobs a year,” the spokesperson said.“The Queensland Building Plan also plays a key role in maintaining confidence in the state’s $46 billion building and construction sector by supporting further job opportunities and economic growth.” LNP deputy leader and shadow treasurer Tim Mander said the drop in confidence was evidence new taxes introduced by the Palaszczuk government had impacted the Queensland economy.“These tax hikes on property are wiping Queensland off the investment map,” Mr Mander said.“At a time when we should be taking action to strengthen the industry, Labor’s last budget imposed a land tax, property investor’s tax and waste tax.“Investors are now turning away from Queensland in droves as a consequence of Labor’s reckless plan.” Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford. Picture: Mark Calleja.Mr Mountford said the survey also indicated the industry was less optimistic about forward work schedules, which appeared to be dulling their staffing expectations over the next 12 months compared to previous quarters. “While overall sentiment remains above 100 index points, which is considered neutral, the rate of decline should sound alarm bells for policy makers,” he said.“Now is the time for government to take action to arrest the decline and foster more optimism through actions that unlock activity and build confidence.”Mr Mountford commended the state government’s $70 million commitment to pilot a Build to Rent Scheme in Queensland, but said it wasn’t enough. “Recent tax hikes on property in Queensland remain a major investment and economic handbrake and we continue to urge the Queensland government to take a serious look at their taxation settings,” he said. Confidence in Queensland’s property sector has fallen to its lowest level in five years. Photo: Jodie Richter.Home values and the strength of the property market are set to be a key element to this year’s federal election campaign, with the Morrison government targeting Labor’s plans to overhaul negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said falling sentiment in the state’s property sector was disappointing, but not surprising. “As we draw ever closer to the federal election — which will almost certainly see a Labor victory result in Queensland property investors paying a hefty price through changes to negative gearing — we are seeing a rising level of nervousness from buyers and sellers,” she said. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Ms Mercorella said the ongoing review of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act was also giving investors cause for pause, along with a lack of trust in lending institutions following the banking royal commission.“At a time when we should be feeling optimistic and preparing for real growth in our market, with Brisbane’s growing median house price bucking the falling trend evidenced in Sydney and Melbourne and APRA easing lending conditions, we are instead calming nervous buyers and sellers who are, quite reasonably, concerned about the many unpredictable economic factors swirling around and affecting the property market,” she said.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the drop in confidence could be attributed to concerns around debt availability. “Confidence has seen a significant decline over the past two quarters, sliding back by 22 index points,” Mr Mountford said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“The fall in sentiment can largely be attributed to concerns over a tightening of finance availability.“The survey shows that over the past four quarters, concern has been growing about the availability of debt funding. “These concerns are now flowing through and dampening expectations about national and state economic growth over the next 12 months.”last_img read more

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Ebola death toll climbs to 6,388 as Sierra Leone cases soar

first_imgAP file photoGENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Nearly 6,400 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, amid a ballooning case load in Sierra Leone.The UN health agency reported 17,942 cases of the deadly virus across eight countries as of December 7, resulting in a total of 6,388 deaths — all but 15 of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.On Monday, WHO had put the global death toll at 6,346 out of 17,834 cases.Sierra Leone meanwhile reported 397 new cases during the week of December 7 — three times as many as Liberia and Guinea combined, WHO said.The country now counts a total of 7,897 Ebola cases, including 1,768 deaths, according to Wednesday’s tally.A full third of the new cases, or 133 of them, were reported in the capital Freetown, at the heart of the ongoing surge in cases seen in the west of the country.Sierra Leone, which only a few days ago overtook Liberia as the nation with the most cases of the killer virus, recorded 1,319 new cases during the three weeks prior to Sunday.WHO said Ebola transmission remained “persistent and intense” across the whole country, except in the south, with the previously hard-hit southern district of Kenema for instance reporting just one new case since November 1.Liberia, long the hardest-hit country, has meanwhile seen a clear decrease in transmission over the past month.Data as of December 3 showed the country counted 7,719 Ebola infections and 3,177 deaths, WHO said.Twenty-nine confirmed cases were reported country-wide during the first three days of the month — more than half of them in the Montserrado district, which includes the capital Monrovia.Liberia counted 225 new cases during the three weeks leading up to December 3, WHO said, adding that the previously hard-hit district of Lofa had reported no new cases for six consecutive weeks.In Guinea, where the outbreak started nearly a year ago, 2,292 Ebola cases and 1,428 deaths were recorded as of December 7, according to the tally.Guinea registered 321 new cases country-wide in the prior three weeks — 103 of them in the final week.WHO said that while the case numbers in the country appear fairly stable, transmission has been increasing slightly, and more worryingly, expanding geographically.The number of districts affected climbed from nine on October 1 to 14 on December 1, the UN agency said.The virus is still spreading fast in Mecenta in the southeast, and spreading steadily in several central and northern districts, including near the Malian border. Outside of the three most affected countries, the death toll remains the same — six in Mali, one in the United States, and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola free in October.Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free from Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths.Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person showing symptoms such as fever or vomiting.People caring for the sick or handling the bodies of people infected Ebola are especially exposed.As of December 7, a total of 639 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus, and 349 of them had died, WHO said. HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola death toll climbs to 6,388 as Sierra Leone cases soar by: AFP – December 11, 2014 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 219 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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