Listen Now April 6, 2015 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Ben has been trying to fill a position at his company for almost a month. His biggest frustration is that it takes him an entire day to schedule an interview because he keeps playing phone-tag. It seems like every time he calls to schedule a job interview, his call goes straight to voicemail.Based on a study conducted by Jobvite last November, of the 2,084 adults surveyed, 51 percent of people actively seeking a new job are currently employed. Unfortunately, answering a phone call to talk about an interview for new job while at the applicant’s current job is not always possible.Has society reached a point where potential employers can start using text messages as a way of getting in contact with applicants? Yes, says a January report from Software Advice, which found that 43 percent of job seekers younger than 45 years old considered recruiters who use text messaging as professional.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business WithThe hiring process has changed. Not too long ago, online applications were not widely used. Now, with more adults using their phones throughout their job search, adding text messaging, when appropriate, is the next logical step. Here are five reasons implementing text messaging into the hiring process is not a waste of time:1. Mobile phones are becoming invaluable assets in the job search.Jobvite also found 47 percent of Millennials surveyed use mobile devices in their job search because it allows them to search for jobs almost anywhere. More apps are being developed specifically for the job search. Users typically can send push notifications to themselves when there are new job leads. Text messages are essentially a business’s way of sending a push notification alerting the candidate that they are being considered for the next step in the hiring process.Sending a text message to confirm the time and any directions the applicant may need when arriving for the interview can help eliminate confusion when they get to the office.2. Nearly all adults have a cell phone.Most cell phone plans now feature unlimited text messaging. The fear that a candidate may not be able to text is almost nonexistent. In January 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that 90 percent of adults have a cell phone.Ben had reached out to April by email to request a sample of her writing. When she responded with her samples late on a Thursday, she mentioned she would be willing to give Ben additional samples should he need them but couldn’t check her personal email again until late Friday night.Ben was impressed with her writing but felt the pieces were too similar. Instead of sending an email asking for a different writing sample, he sent April a text letting her know he was interested in seeing more of her work. She responded quickly and was able to send it during her lunch hour.Had Ben sent an email instead of a text, he wouldn’t have been able to schedule an interview with April the same day and would have had to wait for her response the following week.Related: The Jury Is Still Out on Texting for Professional Communication3. The number of connected devices is expected to grow.As people become more dependent on their mobile devices, the likelihood of getting rid of a cell phone becomes highly unlikely. For now, the trend shows that people are only going to increase the number of mobile devices they own.A study conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Verizon in February found that by 2020, the number of connected devices is expected to increase to 5.4 billion from 1.2 billion in 2015.Many tablets now include texting capabilities. With the latest updates from Apple, iPad users are able to send and receive messages from their tablet. Android phone users can also download an app to their tablet that lets them send and receive texts from their regular phone number.4. 1.3 billion smartphones were sold last year.Top cell phone manufacturers release at least one new phone model every year. As brand loyalty grows, consumers have proven they will upgrade to the latest phone, even if the phone they use still works.The International Data Corporation reported in February that 1.3 billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2014. While some technology is here one minute and gone the next, smartphones are not likely to be a passing fad.Something Ben should keep in mind throughout his hiring process is the access to Internet each candidate may have. Released in April, the Pew Research Center that 15 percent of people who own smartphones have limited access to the Internet outside of their phone.If the main way applicants are in contact with Ben is by email, communication will move slowly. While making a phone call is usually effective, for a quick conversation, texting can be useful.5. Software to safely text candidates is available.Using software like TextRecruit, potential employers can text job candidates throughout the application process. TextRecruit tracks the average open and response rate so recruiters know when a candidate receives the text. This eliminates confusion during the waiting period from the time a recruiter attempts to contact a candidate to when they hear back. TextRecruit allows people like Ben to not only schedule interviews and communicate individually with candidates, but also send mass texts about new openings within the company. If recruits are only looking for jobs when they have free time, Ben could sit and wait for candidates to eventually find his job posting. Instead, sending a text informs them there is an opening, and they can decide to proceed with the application process in a timely manner.As always, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome with adopting any new technology is determining the risks associated with it. TextRecruit sets up a number that the text messages are sent from. Candidates will not be able to call the number back and will only be allowed to communicate via text. This will stop the over-eager applicants from following up on the application they submitted.Related: The Rules of Business Texting
Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military CouplesDate: March 28, 2015Time: 11am-1pm EasternLocation: Links between PTSD & Domestic Violence in Military CouplesCasey Taft, PhD, National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Medical Center, will explore links between Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Domestic Violence in Military Couples. Dr. Taft will provide background information regarding intimate partner violence (IPV) in military populations, discuss the development and treatment elements of the interventions, present treatment outcome data obtained from treatment development grants funded through the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs, and discuss current efforts to implement the programs. He will also provide specific tips and skills for working with this challenging population.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
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For all the latest Mumbai News, However,We will continue to protest and have even asked the Administration to organise an open-house meeting to confirm what the education department wants from us? added Mamik According to ISA13 city private schools claimed reimbursement for having admitted EWS students under the RTE Act for the session 2011-13 St Soldiers International SchoolSector 28Ashiana Public SchoolSector 46New Public SchoolSector 18AKSIPSSector 41 and 45Stepping Stones SchoolSector 38Paragon Stepping Stones SchoolSector 26Saupins SchoolSector 32St Kabir Public SchoolSector 26Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public SchoolSector 26Mount Carmel SchoolSector 47St Josephs SchoolSector 44 and Tender Heart School had claimed reimbursement of pending EWS bills worth Rs 84 lakh For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 3 2016 2:24 pm Deepika Padukone has finally got into the skin of her character that of a huntress for her debut Hollywood movie ‘xXx’ in which she will be seen opposite Vin Diesel Director of the film DJ Curaso has shared a picture of Deepika while shooting for the movie (Source: Photo shared by DJ Curaso on Twitter) Related News Deepika Padukone has finally got into the skin of her character that of a huntress for her debut Hollywood movie ‘xXx’ in which she will be seen opposite Vin Diesel Director of the film DJ Curaso has shared a picture of Deepika while shooting for the movie The actress who will be seen as a huntress and Vin Diesel’s love interest is going to perform some heavy duty stunts on screen for this one She has been practicing for them with the stuntman Also read:Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez to Play Vin Diesel’s love interest in ‘xXx’ sequel Sharing the picture of Deepika with a stuntman Curaso wrote “After the slate I felt sorry for this stuntman Serena unleashed #xxx3 #xandercagereturns Dominican here we come” Deepika looks stunning in a body hugging crop top a pair of shorts and leather boots We are sure that the fans will love those tattoos on her abs After the slate I felt sorry for this stuntman Serena unleashed#xxx3 #xandercagereturns Dominican here we come pictwittercom/lG71Za4HQD — Dj Caruso (@Deejaycar) March 1 2016 Also starring Nina Dobrev Samuel L Jackson Donnie Yen Tony Jaa Ruby Rose Kris Wu and Ariadna Gutiérrez the movie will release in 2017 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Ruhi Bhasin | Mumbai | Published: November 27 2015 2:26 am Pointing to photographs showing illegal hoardings the Bombay High Court said that there had been breach of court orders despite a machinery created by the municipal corporations to tackle the issue Related News Stating that it would be an “ideal way of celebrating Republic Day” the Bombay High Court Thursday directed all municipal corporations in the state to carry out a special drive to remove illegal hoardings from December 5 so that all illegal hoardings are down by January 26 2016 Pointing to photographs showing illegal hoardings the court said that there had been breach of court orders despite a machinery created by the municipal corporations to tackle the issue Three political parties had also given undertakings that they would not indulge in such activities A bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice Gautam Patel was hearing two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) alleging that political parties in total disregard to rules and laws have put up illegal hoardings In compliance with earlier orders BJP Mumbai president Ashish Shelar MNS chief Raj Thackeray MNS senior leader Bala Nandgaonkar BJP office bearer Mukund Kulkarni and NCP’s Shivajirao Garje had given undertakings The political parties had even issued circulars in newspapers asking workers to refrain from putting up posters without permission Citing the example of a hoarding with Ashish Shelar’s face the court said the explanation that Shelar had no knowledge is not acceptable “They have committed willful breach of our order and we are issuing contempt notices” said the HC The Bench has issued such notices against other BJP and MNS office bearers too The court has also directed the municipal corporations to create facilities for people to upload photographs of illegal hoardings on the corporation’s website The HC said the civic chief or the officer-in-charge is entitled to reject permissions on coming across individuals or organisations indulging in such illegal activities Meanwhile the HC has granted one month’s time to political parties to nominate one leader per ward for removing illegal hoardings The petition has been listed for hearing on January 8 2016 [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Panaji | Published: November 24 2015 2:34 pm Manoj Bajpayee’s next film in “Aligarh” is based on much-debated story of Professor Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation and the actor says in the film they have not sensationalised his story Related News Manoj Bajpayee’s next film in “Aligarh” is based on much-debated story of Professor Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation and the actor says in the film they have not sensationalised his story The 46-year-old “Gangs Of Wasseypur” actor said director Hansal Mehta has been very responsible while making the film based on such a sensitive story of a wronged professor whose privacy was threatened by sections of the society “Neither me nor Hansal are sensational by nature We are people who take responsibility of the story as it is and doing full justice to it “This is what our endeavor has been Hansal is known to take his stand on many political and social issues So it was a very smooth journey for us and we never wanted to juice it out” Bajpayee told PTI on the sidelines of NFDC Film Bazaar “We wanted to make a great film out of it And not for a second we thought that we were making a film on homosexuality We always thought we were making a film on somebody who deserved much more than what he got from the society” Bajpayee said the film is about Siras’ journey and his fight for his privacy which is his constitutional right The actor said the man was not a brave fighter but rather a reluctant one “He is a reluctant rebel In the film he doesn’t want to get out and fight with anybody there one small thing (privacy) that he is not getting from society And he fought his case in High Court and got the judgment in his favour” he said Taking on the lead role in a sensitive film like “Aligarh” was not a tough decision to make for Bajpayee because he considers himself fearless “I am by nature a very fearless person When there is a good script I don’t think twice Also there was Hansal whom I have known for 20 years we have worked for many things TV and started he started his career with ‘Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar’ with me A subject has never scared me I was looking for a good script on the same subject And I got it with Hansal” Praising his director and friend Bajpayee said Hansal is a delight to work with as he gives his actors enough scope to express themselves “He lets you be and do your own stuff These are the kind of directors I like to work with” “Aligarh” also stars Rajkummar Rao and will release in theatres in February next year For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 10 2017 2:45 pm Top News The National Green Tribunal today took authorities to task for sanitation services in east Delhi coming to a standstill and sought the response from the Centre the Delhi government and recognised workers’ union over employees’ strike due to non-payment of salary A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Environment Ministry the Ministry of Urban Development the AAP government and sanitation workers’ union asking them what steps have been taken to remove waste from the streets and to apprise it about reasons of a deadlock on the issue The direction came after advocate Balendu Shekhar appearing for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) told the bench that urgent directions were needed as EDMC employees were on indefinite strike since January 5 due to non-payment of salary He also sought the tribunal’s intervention to end the deadlock The EDMC lawyer said there was an extraordinary situation and sought directions for immediate release of salary to sanitation workers saying that the ‘dhalaos’ were overflowing with waste Since 2015 east corporation sanitation workers have gone on strike five times over non-payment of salary This time it’s over non-payment of their November and December salaries The NGT had earlier directed all municipal authorities to draw up “an integrated waste management plan for Delhi identify landfill sites and improve condition of existing sites” among other issues For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 28 2016 12:55 am Top News SIX TOURISTS including two women were arrested for allegedly beating up police personnel and employees of a hotel at Mandarmani in East Midnapore district police said on Tuesday The incident took place on Monday evening when seven youths — four men and three women — visited Mandarmani on four bikes and went to bathe in the sea late in the evening in an inebriated state police said They got enraged when they were stopped by the coast guards at the beach as they were drunk Following a heated argument the tourists beat them up Watch What Else is Making News “They are residents of New Alipore of Kolkata and had tried to go to the sea for a dip but were stopped by coast guards” said a senior official of Mandarmani Coastal police station On being informed about the incident the Assistant Sub-Inspector of Mandarmoni Coastal police station along with some police officials visited the spot When they tried to bring the situation under control the tourists beat them up too including a woman constable Pinky Chowdhury who was allegedly kicked in her stomach Later the manager of the hotel they were residing in came over to explain to the group that action was taken against them as it was prohibited to get into the sea after 4 pm However CCTV footage at the hotel showed they allegedly hit him on his head police said The six accused — Ajoy Kundu (49) Mohit Singh (25) Anirban Kundu (25) Rahul Mondal (25) Barsha Kundu (23) and Sangita Sharma (26) — were arrested late Monday night They were charged under nine IPC sections including I86 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) Four of these offences were non-bailable ones police said The six were produced at the local court on Tuesday where they claimed that it was a small incident being blown out of proportion by the media They also alleged that the hotel manager had misbehaved and shouted at them for their altercation with the police While the two women were let off after furnishing a bail of Rs 1000 each the four other accused have been sent in 14-day police custody “We are investigating the matter We will question the accused who are in our custody and get further details” said Alok Rajoria SP East Midnapore For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Karachi | Published: August 31 2016 11:32 am Calls to sack the senior batsman Ahar Ali have grown after Pakistan were trounced by a record margin in the third ODI at Nottingham last night (Source: Reuters) Top News Pakistan One-day captain Azhar Ali is facing the heat after the national cricket team slumped to a humiliating 169-run defeat in the third ODI against England to lose the five-match series 0-3 in England Calls to sack the senior batsman who was a surprise choice for the ODI captaincy after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq at last year’s World Cup have grown after Pakistan were trounced by a record margin in the third ODI at Nottingham last night Former players are upset after England posted the highest ever One-day International total of 444 for three and romped home to a big win to seal the series “It is time for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to admit they made a mistake in appointing Azhar as the ODI captain and appoint someone else for the series against the West Indies next month” former Test captain Javed Miandad said “It made no sense to appoint Azhar last year even though he was not in the ODI team since 2013” the former great said Miandad said the obvious choice was wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmad “One-day cricket has changed a lot since we played and today I think England gave us an abject lesson in how to play 50 overs We were outclassed and humiliated” he said Another former Pakistan great Wasim Akram has also backed Sarfaraz as the next obvious choice to be ODI captain The diminutive keeper is already been appointed the national T20 skipper after Pakistan flopped miserably in the World T20 in India in April that led to the removal of Shahid Afridi as captain Wasim said Pakistan quickly needed to change its approach on how to play ODI cricket and for this a change in captaincy was required “I think it is the right time to give responsibility to Sarfaraz and make him ODI captain He is a performer under pressure and he can bring about a change” Wasim said on ‘Geo News’ channel Another former Test captain Ramiz Raja also felt that Azhar Ali must be feeling a lot more pressure after Pakistan’s slide in limited overs cricket “I am just concerned that eventually all this pressure and criticism might affect his Test cricket performances” Azhar a regular in the Test squad as well has also come under criticism for his slow batting style Former Test opener and head coach Mohsin Khan said Pakistan’s defeat in the third ODI was very disappointing “Where are we going in this format It is going to be a big challenge now for coach Mickey Arthur to replicate his success of the Test matches into limited over cricket” he said Mohsin felt that Arthur needed to think hard on how he could change the fortunes of Pakistan in ODI cricket “It is going to be a tough test for him While we have a settled Test side and are number one it is exactly the opposite in ODI cricket” he lamented The series defeat has left Pakistan in a precarious position as they were already languishing at ninth position in the ICC ODI rankings before the start of the rubber in England A source in the PCB said that a meeting would be held before the team leaves for UAE for the home series against the West Indies “The meeting will be held once the two top PCB officials Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi also return from England But indications are that the board might now be forced into dropping its support for Azhar” the source said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News which are parts of this panel, including the Ministry of Sport and the National Olympic Committee, tell us more about the process.like other Indian companies, the overhead electric lines are de-energised the moment the last train leaves it. rooting for the home side! 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“We consider the company’s 2020 AGM as a good moment for Shell to demonstrate this,” said the investors.“This statement saves the entire sector years in discussions about which scopes, scenarios, metrics and methodologies are reasonable”Mark van Baal, Follow This The investors also said they expected all oil and gas companies to report on their targets and progress in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.Mark van Baal, of Follow This, said: “These six Dutch investors again take the lead in supporting oil companies to truly commit to Paris.“This statement saves the entire sector years in discussions about which scopes, scenarios, metrics and methodologies are reasonable.” The statement of expectations can be read here.NGOs set out expectations for investor coalitionNine campaign groups* have joined forces to call for Climate Action 100+, a major investor-led engagement initiative, to divulge more information about its activities.The groups also set out their expectations for how the investors involved should engage with companies, governments, and organisations like themselves, in a letter to the CEOs of the more than 320 investors backing the coalition, and to the organisations co-ordinating the initiative. Requests included that investors “adopt a consistent, outcomes-focused and transparent escalation process” and support climate resolutions filed by smaller shareholders and civil society organisations.The campaign groups also recommended that Climate Action 100+ publish a list of company targets and an annual statement detailing progress against them.The investor coalition had celebrated key achievements in recent months, the campaign groups noted, but “a lack of transparency makes it difficult to judge the impact that Climate Action 100+ is having at other companies”.In December, Shell announced it would set short-term emission reduction targets and link them to executive pay, a move that followed engagement with investors under the Climate Action 100+ banner. Climate Action 100+ has also encouraged developments at Glencore and BP. Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, one of the nine campaign groups, said: “Climate Action 100+ is the investor initiative on climate change many were waiting for.“But success depends on action and real effort by all signatory investors, and so far, not all are stepping up. Tone from the top is critical, which is why we’ve written to the CEOs of signatory investors. It’s right that civil society demands accountability and determined action from Climate Action 100+ investors in every region of the world.”Stephanie Pfeifer, a member of the Climate Action 100+ global steering committee and CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, one of the five co-ordinating organisations, said: “We welcome today’s letter from civil society organisations. It is encouraging to see recognition and acknowledgement of all that Climate Action 100+ has achieved so far. The initiative and its investors are committed to results and [are] already delivering on its goals.“We value the input and look forward to dialogue with these organisations, many of whom we already work with closely, on a shared commitment to greater action on climate change.”Preventable Surprises, one of the nine civil society organisations behind the letter, had already issued a challenge to Climate Action 100+ investors upon its launch in 2017.*Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, ClientEarth, Follow This, Greenpeace International, Just Share, Preventable Surprises, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, ShareAction All oil and gas companies should demonstrate credible strategies to achieve greenhouse gas emissions targets in line with keeping global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, a group of six major Dutch investors has said.The group – comprising Achmea, Actiam, Aegon, Kempen Capital Management, MN, and NN Investment Partners – set out its expectations for the entire oil and gas sector in the wake of campaign group Follow This withdrawing its climate resolution from the agenda for Royal Dutch Shell’s annual general meeting.The campaign group did so following “intensive” discussions with the six Dutch investors, who considered Shell to be an industry leader for the steps it has taken towards aligning with the Paris Agreement climate change goals.The Dutch investors said they encouraged Shell to bring its long-term net carbon footprint ambition in line with the lower 2°C pathway from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change.