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Financial Focus

Japan's sovereign-rating outlook was cut to ‘negative’ by Standard & Poor’s on Wednesday amid concerns that reconstruction needs after last month’s earthquake will add to what is already the world’s biggest debt load. S&P lowered its outlook at from ‘stable’, after reducing the rating by one notch to AA- in January, which is its first cut since 2002. EUROPEAN sovereign borrowing costs rose yesterday as the official 2010 deficit league table, published by Eurostat, showed Ireland at the top with a deficit equal to 32.4% of GDP. Greece’s 2010 deficit figures were revised upwards to 10.5%, with the UK close on its heels with 10.4. SWITZERLAND’S biggest bank UBS, which needed a £8bn bailout in 2008, saw a surge in new fund inflows in the first three months of 2011, as it reported better-than-expected Q1 results yesterday. Clients placed SwFr11.1bn (£7.6bn) of net new funds with UBS’ wealth management division, the highest level since the end of 2007, as trust in the bank returned. This…

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Glencore employ 70 year-old. Glencore, the secretive commodities trader on the cusp of a record IPO, may pay a high price for its low profile, as corporate governance fears damage its ability to achieve a top price for its stock. Half of the respondents in a Reuters survey of 12 prospective investors said worries about how Glencore is managed have lopped as much as 20 percent off what they might have paid for a stake in the company, which is worth as much as $70 billion according to some sell-side analyst estimates. Some controversial board appointments, including the late naming of septuagenarian Simon Murray as chairman several hours after Glencore's announcement of its intention to float, have rung alarm bells about how easily Glencore might adapt to life as a public company. Metro, the free morning newspaper, has poached Mirror Group Newspapers executive David Vokes to head up its London 2012 commercial operations. Vokes is expected to leave Mirror Group Newspapers in the coming weeks. …

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如何进行一次成功的面试

被邀请参加一次工作面试的机会总是一件让人感觉不错的事,这意味著你的简历已经开始发挥它的作用,能够使你得到别人的注意了。事实真是如此吗? ExecutiveSurf的首席执行官认为,可能并不一定,通常情况下面试机会是直接建立在一个社会媒介基础上。 贝利认为,这个世界让“关键字”疯狂的发挥作用。面试官可能是通过关键字的搜索来发现你的,亦或通过比对一些关键字已经对你进行了一次面试。比如,他们可能想知道你是否熟悉美国通用会计准则及相关经验,或是否具备关于SAAS系统软件的知识,他们可能只是先为了迎合客户的需求,把符合基本条件的人员先搜集起来。所以你需要很具体的研究雇主们想要的,根据你所了解到的他们的需求来调整自身的需要呈现的方方面面。但是要注意,他们必然会检索你,所以你不能“创造 ”或编造出一个新的自己。 所以,不管怎样一个新的雇主已经发现你了,你现在面临的是一个至少有一次面试的潜在候选人的机会。基本的常识告诉你如果去面对这次面试,第一印象是非常重要,不可逆转的,你应该准时出席,穿着得体,并且要和你的面试官做一点适当的问候,一个坚定的握手,良好的目光接触,以及说出他们正确的名字。 贝利说:“不要被所谓的非正式形式所蒙蔽,领带和西装可能不需要穿,可以随意而放松一些,地点也许是一个咖啡厅里,这些可能会让你感觉像是和一个朋友聊天,但这并非是自己在面试是即可随便着装,糊涂的回答以及缺乏锐利度反应迟缓的借口。” 一个优秀的求职者应该会专心,细致周到且准备充分的出现在面试官的面前,而一个失败的求职者不会了解关于应试公司足够的信息,会给人以不感兴趣且无所约束的印象。 一次成功面试的关键在于,通过彼此协调一致的沟通模式创造一个与面试官和谐融洽的面试氛围;专心倾听并有条不紊的做出回答。在面试官提出问题之后,需稍微停留一会以作为短暂的思考.一个求职者对他的面试官做出了错误的判断,把他带入臂力比赛之争中。很多面试官都会抱怨求职者在面试前不把手机关闭,但是这不仅仅是针对求职者,面试官亦是如此,有时甚至会导致可怕的后果。 公司显然是想通过交谈的方式尽可能多的了解他们的求职申请人,但人力资源专业人士在问及一些重要问题时需非常小心,这可能会关于某项反歧视法律或非法劳工等。在英国,雇主可以问求职者是否能提供相关在本国工作的证明文件,但不得探究你具体的出生地,因为这可能会被理解为一个公司的招聘对特定国籍或种族背景有歧视行为。一个求职者永远不可能被问到他们的宗教信仰。面试者不能提及求职者的婚姻状况、子女情况或性偏好,所有这一切可能成为被歧视的理由,问及任何关于年龄的问题亦是如此。 面试官可能会让你解释关于前一份工作时长时间病假的事情,但决不能的问你是否有疾病,无论这是否会影响你的工作能力。一个公司可以在员工手册规定工作中有关酗酒、吸毒和吸烟等问题,但不能问及比如员工的生活方式选择,他们是否酗酒或抽烟等私人生活问题。 面试官问任何与逮捕或定过罪有关的问题都是违法的,但对有些工作,他们可以通过运行一个CRB犯罪记录系统查询有关信息,同时他们也不能询问求职者身高和体重,除非这份工作对此项指标有一个最低标准。虽然这是值得称赞的,但是在实践中,用人单位还是会因为此类的偏见或歧视拒绝求职,只是被说成其他更为适合的理由。 虽然不是违法的,但有一些问题一直在被滥用,以至于任何一名求职人员都在被问到时,都应立即离开那个房间。比如: “你的未来五年会在哪里?”没有哪家公司能够保证一定可以在此工作五年,它是一个没有任何意义的问题,如果你必须回答它,你最好说:“我希望在一个能得到赏识,重视,价值得到认可,开心并附有成有感的职位。” 另外一个典型问题就是:“请问你的弱点在哪里?每个人惯有的回答就是:“我觉得自己是工作狂”,但是面试官更应该通过你描述的优势来了解真实的你,而不是揪出你的弱势。 “我们公司有什么独到之处吸引到你?” 这个也是个很两面的问题,因为很可能现实是只有这一家公司打电话通知你面试,而不是你已经拥有众多令人心动的机会。 一个优秀的面试官是不需要依靠这些俗套的问题;他们会营造一个很专业的会话氛围去激发你对该职位的热情,通过你表达的信息来探究你与该职位的匹配度。 在 面试过程中求职者紧张是不可避免的,同时面试官也有责任尽量让你放松。ExecutiveSurf意大利战略总监Alessandro Tosi说:“对于我来说,最大的挑战是平息紧张。我尝试着尽量友好的对待求职者来让他们放松,这样我才能看到他们真实的一面。”“求职者面对最后一轮面试时,由于承受巨大的压力,最后他们的表现真是糟糕的让人惊讶。”“我曾经见过一个求职者,我面试他的时候,表现相当的不凡,但是第二轮面试时,他碰上了比较严谨的德国CEO,他就变成了《国王的演讲》中Colin Firth的角色。Alessandro说面试官应该了解不同领域的一些敏感话题。“在意大利,讨论钱被看作是件很粗俗的事情。一个时尚行业的高级采购告诉我说她没办法回答关于她薪酬的问题,因为这是她的私人问题不关我的事。” 如果面试官给你机会让你发问,你必须得事先准备,这很重要,否则你就会表露你兴趣不大,处于被动地位。如果求职者在面试中没有问问题,就意味着他们可能回避了这份工作. 没有经过斟酌的发问是最容易导致面试失败的,而这个环节又恰恰是求职者表现自己的大好机会。被调查的150位招聘人士,普遍认为这是他们最大最棘手的难题,并且远远大于前雇主的差评,不接受批评,形象差,愤世嫉俗等问题。 因此,这些导致失败面试:迟到,手机没有关机;及诸如以下这些提问“我什么时候上班”“贵公司是做什么的”“贵公司对毒品的态度”等等。

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Financial Focus

Fears of spreading violence in the Middle East increased yesterday as President Assad’s Syrian security forces stormed the city of Daraa in an attempt to stamp out a six-week uprising. The US National Security Council announced that it was pursuing "targeted sanctions" against Assad to show that his conduct is unacceptable. ITALY will join airstrikes on pro-regime Libyan forces that threaten civilians, Prime Minister Berlusconi told US president Obama yesterday. A REPORT due out today is likely to show that US home prices dropped for a fifth month, prompting further speculation that the Fed will keep to its low-interest rate policy when its bond-buying programme ends in June. MARKETS: ASIAN stocks fell overnight after profit forecasts signalled slowing earnings growth, and as copper suffered its biggest slump in about seven weeks. Analysts said that caution ahead of the US Federal Reserve policy meeting, earnings from Chinese banks later this week, and profit-taking across commodities, were weighing on the market. JAPAN’s Nikkei stock average closed at…

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Vie privée – vie professionnelle: une entente impossible?

Qui n'a jamais rêvé de ne plus avoir à repasser son linge, nettoyer sa voiture ou encore prendre tous ces rendez-vous chez le dentiste, le médecin, après une bonne journée de travail? Et si ce rêve devenait réalité? De plus en plus, les entreprises font appel à des prestations de service afin d'aider les salariés dans leurs tâches quotidiennes. Il s'agit de conciergeries d'entreprise qui proposent des services tels que le nettoyage complet de la voiture, un service de pressing ou encore la livraison des courses. Ce système de conciergerie d'entreprise est d'abord né dans les pays anglo-saxons pour ensuite se développer dans d'autres pays. Si le but premier est évidemment de libérer les employés de leurs préoccupations domestiques et de leur enlever du stress, on peut également leur trouver d'autres avantages côté entreprises. En effet, depuis quand une entreprise se soucie de la joie qu'éprouve un salarié à l'idée que son linge soit repassé? En réalité, chacun y trouve son compte. En aidant les…

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The work/life balance; is it possible?

Who hasn’t dreamed of never having clothes to iron, a car to wash or appointments to make? What if this dream came true? Companies like Peugeot Citroen and L’Oreal are increasingly using more and more services to help employees in their everyday tasks. They are supplying concierge services, such as washing a car, ironing clothes or shopping deliveries. This concierge service originated in the US and has spread to other countries, with companies such as Concierge and Head Concierge. The primary goal is obviously to free employees from their domestic tasks and to remove some stress, but there are also advantages for the companies. Indeed, since when does a company feel concerned about an employee's happiness when it comes to clothes being ironed? In fact, everyone benefits. By helping employees in their domestic chores, the company can combat stress and absenteeism, two problems which are really expensive. Company crèches are on the rise; again the benefits are twofold. For the employee/parent, it means they don’t…

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CSR: Good or bad?

"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains", wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in his 1762 treatise, The Social Contract. Rousseau said that in order to prosper and remove himself from the state of nature, man must enter into a social contract with others and place himself under the general will. For him it was a reciprocal contract between government and its people. In the 1970s, the idea of another sort of contract came about, one between society and business; CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility. Peter Giblin is non-executive chairman of ExecutiveSurf and has considerable experience of CSR. He recalls a meeting where a board tried to define CSR and three hours later, no agreement on what it meant had been made. The European Commission defines CSR as; "a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis." Meaning businesses can make a significant contribution towards sustainable and inclusive growth by…

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Breaking News

Publicis' regional CEO, Kevin Ramsey, and CEO for Thailand and Asia-Pacific, Mark Ingrouille, have resigned from the agency. It is understood Ingrouille resigned first in January, with Ramsey's resignation following in February. Ingrouille is set to remain at the agency until at least September, while Ramsey is expected to work until the end of the year. AOL, the web portal, has appointed Rene Rechtman, the chief executive of Goviral, to the newly created role of chief executive of AOL Advertising Europe. It has also appointed Luke Aviet, the managing director of Goviral, to the role of managing director of AOL Advertising UK. The creation of the new roles at AOL follows its acquisition of Goviral, the video distribution network, earlier this year. RBC CAPITAL MARKETS The investment bank appointed Peter Hirsch as managing director and head of U.S. Dollar Rates and Mortgage Trading. Hirsch, who will be based in New York, had previously worked with Standard Chartered Bank. BARCLAYS CORPORATE The global financial services company named…

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Financial Focus

Two thirds of the Bank of England’s MPC still oppose moves to normalise interest rates, despite rising price pressures. The Bank expects inflation in the coming months to be more than 5%, and exceed its February predictions, its minutes revealed yesterday. However, voting at the Bank’s April meeting showed no change from the previous two months, and analysts see little prospect of the MPC changing its dovish approach in the near term. A REPORT from the Federal Housing Finance Agency is forecast to show US house prices fell for a fourth month, underscoring prospects that the Federal Reserve will maintain monetary stimulus even as central banks in Europe and Asia raise interest rates. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News expect today’s report to say that home prices in the US fell to 0.3% in February. SPAIN saw yields rise at its latest bond auction yesterday, raising fears that Eurozone debt contagion could spread to a country widely considered too big to bail out. Madrid sold 3.37bn…

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Breaking News

Publicis Worldwide in the US has appointed former BBH leader, Kevin Roddy, as chief creative officer of Publicis & Hal Riney. Roddy succeeds Roger Camp, who left Publicis & Hal Riney in August to set-up his own San Francisco agency, Camp + King, with former Riney executive Jamie King earlier this year. Roddy succeeds Roger Camp, who left Publicis & Hal Riney in August to set-up his own San Francisco agency, Camp + King, with former Riney executive Jamie King earlier this year. News International is undertaking a department-by-department review of its newspaper operations as part of a three-year growth strategy set by chief executive Rebekah Brooks. In a speech delivered internally last month titled 'Changing the Game', Brooks challenged News Inte staff to be "smarter" and "remain competitive" in the fast-paced media industry. MediaCom has appointed Tim Ainsworth, a senior strategy director at Starcom MediaVest Group, to the role of Sky account director. He takes over from Claire Ferguson, who has been promoted to…

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