Skills best suited to private sector

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. I am currently working for a public sector organisation, and have been forthe past four years – all within HR and training. I am looking to move to aprivate sector role in order to utilise my creative skills and naturalinitiative and am struggling to gain interest from private companies. Anyadvice would be really appreciated. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy In your letter you say you have natural initiative and creative skills somoving to the private sector should be achievable. The fact you have not yet achieved that objective may be a reflection of thejob market or your ability to promote yourself. Does your CV reflect yourpersonal perception of what you have to offer? You must give potentialemployers examples of how you have been creative and where you have used yourinitiative. Private sector employers have certain perceptions about public sectoremployees and you have to prove them wrong. Have you thought of creative waysof getting your CV in front of potential employers? While I am not suggestingusing purple note paper or including your picture, a well presented coveringletter with your key selling points might be the answer. Johanna Simons, HR consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes It is quite usual for employers to want to match industry sector experiencewhen recruiting, especially when there is a choice of potential candidates onthe market. In your case, the move from the public sector may be seen as evenmore of a broader step and could, therefore, be off-putting for some potentialemployees. What I would suggest is you ensure your CV focuses on your past achievementsand personal skills. Try an introductory paragraph highlighting your personalskills and list your key achievements under each role. For example, areas couldinclude savings you have made against budgets, managing people, projectsundertaken, or percentage increase in efficiencies. It is important prospectiveemployers can see you are focused on the bottom line and managing change. Another idea is to send a covering letter with your CV, highlightingachievements that match your skills and experience directly with the role. Youshould also tailor your CV for each role and expand on the essential areas ofexperience and cut down on those that are of secondary importance. A highly-focused application should be harder for a potential employer tooverlook and hopefully this will result in more success for you. Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento Current employment trends suggest we may soon find we are all working forthe NHS, local government or a major retailer! So it may be advisable to reviewyour decision to move to the private sector. You should also be careful about assuming all private sector roles willprovide you with the opportunity to utilise your creativity and initiative.Equally, don’t assume these skills are absent from all public sector roles. Yousay you are struggling to gain interest from private companies. Ask yourselfwhat those people making the selection decisions feel you are lacking. Contactcompanies which have declined your applications for feedback. Possible perceived limitations could be commercial awareness and businessunderstanding. In your CV and covering letter highlight achievements andexpertise in these areas. Demonstrate at interviews that you understand thatmany private sector organisations have to deliver year-on-year price reductionsand not the inflation plus increases to a captive customer base typical oflocal government. You could also consider moving into interim/contract roles in the privatesector where the person specifications are typically less stringent than forpermanent roles. This would enable you to gain experience and prove yourcapability to operate in this sector. Comments are closed. Skills best suited to private sectorOn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 12/26

first_img Tags: Bryce Valley/South Sevier Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballHodson ClassicCEDAR CITY, Utah-Bryce Thomas posted 20 points and three 3-pointers as the Hurricane Tigers clobbered South Sevier 61-36 Thursday at the Hodson Classic at Canyon View High School. Brennen Hunt netted 15 points and 5 rebounds in the loss for the Rams.Girls BasketballHodson ClassicCEDAR CITY, Utah-Oakley Johnson netted 15 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs pounded the Utah Military-Camp Williams Marauders 53-9 at the Hodson Classic at Canyon View High School Thursday. Mackenzie Emmett’s 5 points led the Marauders in the loss. Brad James December 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/26last_img

Government contradicts its own ‘broken rental market’ claims

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Government contradicts its own ‘broken rental market’ claims previous nextHousing MarketGovernment contradicts its own ‘broken rental market’ claimsLatest English Housing Survey published yesterday shows vast majority of tenants are happy with their lot and rents are falling as percentage of pay.Nigel Lewis18th July 20191 Comment674 Views The Government’s claim that the private rental market is ‘broken’ looks questionable after its latest English Housing Survey has revealed that 84% of renters are satisfied with their current accommodation.After canvassing nearly 14,000 rented households, the survey also reveals that three quarters of tenants in the private sector are happy with repairs and maintenance of their rented home.Renters are also spending a smaller proportion of their earnings on rent than they did four years ago, and the report also shows that the vast majority of tenants move out because they want to, rather than because they are being evicted.“Today’s English Housing Survey dispels the myth that private renting means insecure tenancies and ever increasing costs,” says David Smith, Policy Director at the Residential Landlords Association (left).Smith also says the survey should make the government stop and think about their proposed reform of eviction laws, which will see Section 21 ‘no excuse’ notices banned.“It [also] shows that renters are spending less of their income on housing, at 33%, down from 34% the previous year and 36% in 2014/15, and are staying in their homes for over four years on average.”The picture is not so rosy for younger renters. Paid less, rent takes up a greater proportion of their income and, on average, 16 to 24 olds spend 45% of their income on rent.London also remains an extremely expensive rental market. Private sector tenants there spend 42% of their income on rent, regardless of their age. David Smith RLA English Housing Survey July 18, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 18th July 2019 at 10:18 amRealistically does anyone in government have a clue what’s going on outside their little bubble? It seems to me that the only way to get anyone in government to listen is to propose measures that will stand a chance of them getting a few votes. Had this survey been available before any of the latest harebrain schemes proposed by government they would have totally ignored it because they believe everything that their friends at shelter tell them; if shelter said the earth was flat, government would believe them!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Walton appointed assistant professor of African American religions

first_imgSocial ethicist and African American religious studies scholar Jonathan Walton has been named assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), effective July 1.Walton is currently an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. His research addresses the intersections among religion, politics, and popular culture.“Harvard Divinity School is among the premier centers of theological education and hubs of academic inquiry,” Walton said. “I am honored and humbled to join such an amazing scholarly community, particularly since HDS has a proven track record of neither resting on its reputation nor being lulled asleep by its laurels. Its continued commitment to recruiting and cultivating cutting-edge scholars of religion in general, and of American religion in particular, makes it the place I want to be.”To read the full story, visit the Harvard Divinity School Web site.last_img read more

Hall to support global nonprofit

first_imgRyan Hall will host a 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball tournament tomorrow afternoon to support the Wheelchair Foundation, an international nonprofit which distributes wheelchairs to those in need across the globe. Freshman Emily Voorde helped coordinate the event with Bookstore Basketball, SAO and other halls. Voorde, who uses a wheelchair, has played wheelchair basketball with a local team and helped sponsor a similar wheelchair basketball tournament at her high school. “I thought it would be a good event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause,” she said. Voorde said the rules for regular basketball still apply for the tournament. The hoops, courts and balls are the same size. The only rule change applies to dribbling, she said. Each player must dribble once for every two pushes of the chair. Voorde said people may need time to adjust to the game and will have a very different experience in this tournament than they have in others. “People have a lot of questions because it is not something they are familiar with,” Voorde said. Alick’s Home Medical donated 30 wheelchairs for the tournament. Voorde said she worked with the South Bend medical supply store when planning her high school’s wheelchair basketball tournament. Ryan president sophomore Alison Quinn said though the team first hoped to work with a local organization, many South Bend charities focusing on wheelchair distribution already had sponsors. Quinn said they were then drawn to the international mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. Quinn said she hopes to raise enough money to purchase at least one wheelchair, which costs $150. She also said she hopes the tournament encourages solidarity and deeper understanding among students. “It’s fun because you get to play basketball in a wheelchair, but it’s also demonstrative of what some people go through every day,” Quinn said. Students can enjoy free food and winners will receive prizes at the event, she said. Quinn said she hopes for a high level of student involvement and wants to make the tournament an annual event. “Given it’s our first year, we hope to get enough involvement [to continue the event] in future years,” Quinn said. Voorde said students should register to support the charity and have fun with friends. “It’s the same game, same ball, same rules, just on wheels. It’s really fun, and I think it will be a great experience,” Voorde said. To register for the tournament, visit and click on the wheelchair basketball logo. Registration is also available through the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: May 10, 2013

first_imgOur favorite web videos from the week that was:French Overly BroadWe got some rain in the Southeast last week. Understatement. Here are a couple of brave, rowdy boaters running the French Broad at 23,000 cfs.French Broad 23,000 from Shaneslogic on Vimeo.Asheville Guns for IronmanAsheville, N.C. is gunning to host an Ironman Triathlon in September 2014. This is the proposal video they submitted.Brookies in the Blue RidgeBrook Trout in the Blue Ridge, Gordonsville BBQ Exchange, and Tenkara. Does it get any better?Does it Get Any Better? from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.And Now, For Something Different…Extreme.last_img

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Norwegian sovereign fund halves coal company holdings

first_imgNorway’s sovereign fund has nearly halved its exposure to thermal coal since the beginning of the year, only retaining shares in companies where mining is one of several business areas.Since the end of 2014, the NOK7trn (€806bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has divested seven coal mining companies, leaving only eight manufacturing thermal coal used in energy production – worth only 0.01% of its entire equity portfolio.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), told a Norwegian parliamentary hearing the fund retained its stake in large mining conglomerates but that the divestment came as part of its sale of a dozen companies due to concerns over water, deforestation and carbon emissions.The chief executive said: “Some sectors are facing particular environmental and social challenges. Based on an overall financial assessment, we may divest from individual companies. Over the past three years, we have sold off our shares in 114 companies on the basis of such assessments.” The fund earlier this year divested a number of firms over its environmental and human rights records, including some involved in the acquisition of phosphate from Western Sahara.Across its entire portfolio, NBIM now only retains NOK31.5bn in coal and general mining projects, slightly smaller in size than its dedicated environmental mandate of NOK42bn.Slyngstad compared the return of the environmental mandate with that of the whole fund, noting that the 5% return fell short of the 7.6% produced overall in 2014.“The environment-related mandates are currently confined to stock market segments that are well suited to active investment management,” he added.“Our investment managers have outperformed the environmental indices we use as a benchmark.”However, Slyngstad noted that the environmental mandate had underperformed the fund’s overall equity portfolio by 7 percentage points since its inception in 2009, echoing earlier comments.In his own remarks before the committee, Norges Bank governor Øystein Olsen also said the sovereign fund’s potential expansion into infrastructure would bring with it a team dedicated to the asset class.Discussing NBIM’s approach to real estate, in line with its goal to invest 1% of assets into property a year until it hits the current 5% cap, Olsen noted that a standalone property management team had been established.New properties will either be approved by the real estate team’s investment committee or, where sizeable acquisitions are occurring, by the fund’s executive board.Olsen noted that establishing an unlisted infrastructure portfolio is likely to see a similar resource-intensive approach to investment.The Norwegian government last year announced it would investigate relaxing the current 5% hard cap on real estate, and including infrastructure assets in the fund’s investment universe.last_img read more

This avo farm ‘Hass’ to be seen to be believed

first_imgThe property is on the market now.As well as farmers, Mr McNamara said some of the interest from potential buyers was were people that had never owned, or even worked, on a farm.“We marketed it quite widely,” he said.As well as the trees, it comes with a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, a machinery shed and a green house. The home is still on the market for offers above $2 million. Avos are an increasingly valuable commodity.The southeast Queensland farm is offering the best of both worlds for prospective homeowners that might want a career change — with all the smashed avocadoes they can eat (toast not included).Located at 107 Cherry Creek Road, Cherry Creek, the 40 hectare property has been set up to grow thousands and thousands of avocadoes every year. RICH SUBURBS SHUN GREEN POWER AVOCADO HEAVEN: This farm grows thousands and thousands of delicious avos each year, and it is on the market now.THIS could be the answer for all those millennials that do not want to cut the smashed avos out of their diet to afford their own home. The property is near the small town of Blackbutt.The property was originally used for growing peanuts, with just a few hundred avocado trees used as a side crop. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen107 Cherry Creek Rd, Cherry Creek01:58 With the popularity (and value) of avocadoes increasing, the majority of the land was converted to avocado trees. “It is a new asset so there are a lot of young trees that haven’t reached production yet,” he said. The property went to auction earlier today, but was passed in after bids reached $2 million. The property previously produced peanuts.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoWith 3400 mainly Hass avocado trees on the farm, agent Jez McNamara from Ray White Rural said it could eventually produce 50,000 to 60,000 trays of the increasingly popular fruit every year. “It’s got a very good climate, it has good volcanic soil,” Mr McNamara said. BIG PRICE DROP FOR RIVERFRONT HOME last_img read more

Reg’l hospital in Bacolod limits visiting hours

first_imgUnder the adjusted policy, visiting timeis limited to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday only within a given time. Visits will be allowed from 4 p.m. to4:30 p.m. at the ground floor of Heritage Building, pediatric ward, psychiatricward, and fourth floor of West Tower Building; 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., second floorof Heritage Building and fifth floor of West Tower Building; and 4 p.m. to 5p.m., sixth floor of West Tower Building. “This is to encourage people to avoidunnecessary trips to the hospital such as visiting of patients. This is forpurposes of avoiding the transmission of infectious diseases,” Drilon said. Drilon said the policy is subject tochange as the need arises and the public is expected to observe the policy fornow and continually observe basic preventive measures. Copies of the document were released bythe hospital management to the local media on Wednesday. Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chiefII, announced the policy in a memorandum dated March 10, citing thePresidential Proclamation 922 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte whichdeclared a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines. BACOLOD City – The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital(CLMMRH) in this city has set a limited visiting schedule for patients amid thecontinuing threat posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These include frequent washing of hands,proper sneezing and coughing etiquette, avoidance of crowded areas, amongothers. “Rest assured, the hospital isintensifying precautionary measures necessary to combat this health emergency,”Drilon added./PNlast_img read more