Monday, April 28, 2014

Bob Hughes of Worlco Gives Some Us Tips!

Making The Best Out Of The Cards We've Been Dealt defines Stress as -- “A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences.

It further defines Frustration as -- “The feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals.

What do you think the surest cure for Frustration and Stress is?

Certainly $20,000 or $30,000 month sure would help!!!

The fact of the matter is that we have experienced a prolonged period of stress and frustration due to no fault of our own.  Most of us have been a little out of sync and it causes a ripple effect in the rest of our lives.  Certainly the surest cure to Stress is Success.  What’s difficult is when you try like hell and success eludes you due to forces outside your control.

Three tips on
  things you can change:

1. Productivity - (hoping against hope generally does not pay off) – become more professional and productive

2. Motivation - Only you can motivate you – lazy activity produces lazy results

3. Discipline - Keep your eyes and ears open for new ideas and approaches. Keep an open mind and work on your plan daily.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What You Can Learn From a CEO!

Tips to Take From CEO's!

1. Take breaks every 90 minutes

Tony Schwartz, president of the Energy Project, suggests taking breaks every 90 minutes to maximize your productivity. The reason? Human bodies have an energy cycle that operates at 90-minute intervals throughout the day. When we've been working on something for an hour and a half or longer, it’s natural that our alertness levels will go down and our attention will wander or we’ll feel drowsy (or start checking Twitter or Facebook).
So, the next time your eyes are glazing over, instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, step away from your work for a few minutes instead. You might be surprised how much you’ll get done in the long run.

2. Make yourself uninterruptable sometimes

There’s nothing more frustrating than finally getting into the zone working on a big project — and then being interrupted by a co-worker or boss who drops by your desk. Worse, research shows it can take up to 25 minutes to get back on track after an interruption.
Whether you need to stay focused on intense tasks for a couple of hours a day or you’re working on a big project, using a system that informs people of this will get them into the habit of sending you an email for non-urgent tasks instead of dropping by your desk.

3. Manage your energy, not just your time

You know it’s important to budget your time wisely — but it can actually be more effective to also manage your energy. The Muse co-founder, Kathryn Minshew, is a fan of optimizing her workday by doing her most concentration-intensive tasks during her peak hours, those golden hours when her energy levels are at their highest. Meetings, on the other hand, are something she avoids during these hours and saves for other times in the day.
If you’re a morning person, do your most important tasks first thing and save the tedious, mindless tasks for later in the day when your energy is waning.

4. Don’t be a slave to email

Gina Trapani, founder of ThinkUp, is a fan of checking email only at specific times of the day. Why? Instead of feeling that you have to respond to emails the minute they hit your inbox, you can save time and stay focused by setting a schedule for checking and responding to email (for example, once in the morning and once at the end of the day).
Depending on your position, this may not feel like an option — especially if your boss or colleagues rely on you for quick responses. But you may be surprised at how supportive people will be about your new productivity strategy when you explain it to them. Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week, suggests emailing colleagues to alert them to your new email schedule, explaining that the reason behind it is to increase your productivity, and asking that they call you for urgent matters. You can also set up an autoresponder with a message explaining when you’ll be checking email again and how people can get in touch with you if it’s important in the meantime.

5. Keep your emails short and sweet

CEOs don’t have time for reading novel-length emails — or writing them, either. Andrew Torba, co-founder of Kuhcoon, even goes so far as to sometimes write one word emails and suggests treating your emails as if they have the same 140-character limit of Twitter.
By keeping emails short and to the point, you’ll not only save a lot of writing time, you’ll also save your co-workers a lot of reading time. If your issue is too complex for a short email, scheduling a brief (5-10 minute) phone call can be much more efficient than a lengthy back-and-forth email exchange.

6. Delegate, delegate, delegate

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by feeling that you have to do everything yourself. Delegating, however, is one of the best ways to manage your time. Passing projects off to other members of the team lightens your load and lets you focus on the projects that you do best. Entrepreneur Daniel Tan Kh takes this one step further, and advises not only delegating the tasks, but really trusting that the new owner will take full responsibility for getting them done.
Delegating doesn't mean trying to get out of doing your work — but if you have too much on your plate, delegating one of your tasks to another member of your team can help devote more attention to your more pressing projects. Don’t have a co-worker who can take on your task? Matt DeCelles, serial entrepreneur, suggests outsourcing your dreaded tasks to a freelancer on
Tackling your to-do list may sometimes seem impossible, but if you try making these small changes from the masters, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish during your workday.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Do You Know What You Could Do With Your Old Gadgets?! GO GREEN

What Can You Do With All These Old Gadgets?...
Technology is improving every day and we are always chasing the upcoming new devices. With that being said, we have a lot of money invested in gadgets so the old ones just sit around and collect dust! There are so many things you can do with that clutter while also helping someone in need of that technology.

In fact, the average mobile customer already owns two unused cellphones, though only a small fraction of gadgets are actually recycled. Luckily, there are dozens of ways for you to help change that.

Use Tech Company Recycling Programs

Most of the big tech companies have their own recycling programs, which are typically free and easy to recycle or trade in your unused tech responsibly. The list that follows is just a small sample — you can check the website of your specific gadget's brand for more information.
Note that some companies will even accept gadgets from different brands.
  • Apple Recycling Program: You can send your old Apple products back to the company for proper recycling. If they have any monetary value, Apple will apply it toward a gift card.
  • Best Buy Recycle: Best Buy will recycle just about any tech product, ranging from TVs and computer monitors to DVD players and video cables.
  • Canon Recycling Program: You can send Canon your old cameras, lenses, printers and other devices by selecting your specific product, and then you'll receive the special recycling label via email.
  • Dell Mail-Back Recycling Program: Dell's mail-back program partners with FedEx so you can responsibly recycle your unwanted computer equipment.
  • Dyson Recycle - WEEE: If you live in the U.K., Dyson will recycle your old vacuum cleaner for free when you buy a new one online. The company will pick up your old vacuum cleaner free of charge and recycle it.
  • Lenovo Product Recycling Program: Lenovo offers free recycling of Lenovo, Medion and select IBM PCs, Iomega and LenovoEMC storage devices, and Medion TVs.
  • LG Recycling Program: The website for LG's Recycling Program helps you find nearby drop-off sites and more information on how the company recycles your old tech.
  • Motorola Recycling: Motorola's take-back programs accept any mobile device or accessory, and some devices are refurbished for reuse in developing countries.
  • Nintendo Product Recycling: Because game systems aren't recycled very often, Nintendo tries to minimize waste with a free take-back program, and either refurbishes systems or recycles parts for new products.
  • HP Global Citizenship: HP allows you to trade in any product from any brand, recycle ink supplies and more.
  • Samsung Recycling Direct: As of May 2013, Samsung has collected 276,458,977 pounds of recycled products from its various locations, which you can search through on the website.
  • Sony EcoTrade: Sony accepts both Sony and non-Sony products (as long as they're eligible) and lets you trade them in for credit toward your next Sony purchases.

Donate to Non-Profits and Refurbishing Programs

While it's great to recycle parts, your old and unwanted gadgets can be incredibly useful to someone else. These non-profits and programs work to refurbish and deliver cellphones and other electronics to those in need.
  • Call2Recycle: Call2Recycle is a free program for collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones in North America.
  • Cell Phones for Soldiers: Non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers provides U.S. troops with a cost-free way to call home from their active stations. Your donated cellphone will be traded in for calling cards and other communications devices.
  • CTIA "Go Wireless, Go Green": CTIA's "Go Wireless, Go Green" website gives useful information to consumers about how they can be more environmentally responsible with your gadgets, old and new.
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: You can donate your unwanted cellphones to the NCADV, which partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used electronics and uses proceeds from refurbished gadgets to help stop domestic violence.
  • PCD Donate Option: Similar to the NCADV, Personal Communication Devices' DONATE A PHONE CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Refurbished cellphones are given to violence victims to use during emergencies.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Resources: The EPA's website is a great resource for anyone looking to recycle his or her gadgets, citing reasons to recycle, what to do before you donate and where to drop off your electronics.
  • Verizon HopeLine: Verizon's HopeLine is a program that connects survivors of domestic violence to resources while helping the environment.

Sell or Trade In Your Gadgets

There are some programs that offer you money or replacements for your unwanted gadgets, making sure you don't waste any money (and, in some case, make a nice profit).
  • Gazelle: Gazelle is a marketplace that pays you for the devices you no longer need, and also helps find new homes for them, ensuring little-to-no waste.
  • Glyde: You can buy and sell a variety of devices on Glyde, and also compares the different amounts you can get from other sites.
  • Amazon Trade-In Program: The Amazon Trade-In Program gives gift cards in exchange for eligible electronics (as well as DVDs, books and other items).

Friday, April 11, 2014

How Great is Your LinkedIn Profile? 7 Mistakes!!

7 Mistakes on LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn is a great recruiting tool for us at Worlco and while some profiles are fabulous and EXACTLY what we are looking for, there are others that lack a lot of material that could help them in the professional world. Surfing the internet, I stumbled onto a great article that lists 7 Mistakes on LinkedIn Profiles and contains some great tips for new and old LinkedIn users. 

 Do you have a LinkedIn profile? If not, its always a great time to sign up!
1. Your headshot was taken at a BBQ.
Your LinkedIn photo should make potential employers or business partners feel comfortable with you immediately. Would you show up for a business meeting, beer in hand? Would you wear a strapless party dress? Not likely. Your photo should express "relaxed and at ease," yes, but make it an energetic, in-your-element, confidence-exuding ease.
The only thing worse than an unprofessional photo is no photo at all. A profile page with a picture is seven times more likely to be viewed than a page without one. So put on your favorite (work) outfit, grab a friend you trust, think of a great moment from your last vacation, and get some good shots of yourself. It'll be worth it!
2. Your profile is missing the basics.
Uploading your resume to LinkedIn is just a start—but it's a critical start. If you haven't included recent job history and education, your profile says loud and clear: "I'm not really serious about this LinkedIn thing yet."
Try this: Do a quick Internet search of three colleagues. Do their LinkedIn profiles show up near the top of the list? What happens when you search for yourself? Are you happy with the results? LinkedIn profiles tend to be indexed highly on all the major search engines, which means that your profile is much more than an online resume—it's your professional identity.
3. Your last update was a tribute to Steve Jobs.
An active page is an effective page. To gain traction with co-workers, peers, and future employers, you have to share on a regular basis. Status updates show up on the home page feeds of everyone in your network, so updating frequently is an easy way to keep your name (and your brand) in their field of vision. Share information that's helpful, educational, inspiring, and sometimes entertaining. Keep your updates generally upbeat and relevant to your field of expertise, and post regularly.
4. You have no recommendations.
When you find a mobile app that looks great, but no one has recommended it yet, do you download it, or do you move on to something with 36 five-star reviews?
You probably feel better paying $1.99 for something at least a few people like, right? Same goes for recommendations on LinkedIn. When people vouch for you on your profile, it might not make or break a potential employer's decision to contact you, but it'll raise her comfort level.
LinkedIn has made the recommendation process beautifully painless. Yes, you should still speak to anyone you're requesting a recommendation from, or at least write a personal note. But emphasize that you respect that person's time. Recommendations are meant to be concise. Each should take only about 10 minutes to write. Request a recommendation within a couple of weeks after completing successful projects, and they'll accumulate in no time.
5. You aren't engaging.
Business is social. Hiding out in a cubicle for eight hours a day without speaking to the people around you has never been a good career choice, and it's not a good move to behave that way online, either.
LinkedIn has made it supremely simple to connect socially with people inside and outside your immediate circle. "Liking," commenting, and sharing are all great ways to network, get on the radar of influential folks in your space, and stay in touch with colleagues near and far.
Plus, with LinkedIn's mobile app, you can access the latest news and topics that are hot with your network and the companies you follow, share instantly, as well as direct message your connections, including prospects and clients—from anywhere.
6. You don't belong to any groups.
LinkedIn Groups act as social networking hot spots that many members can't imagine doing without. So, if you haven't yet joined a group, give it a spin. It's a great way to get noticed, share and collect ideas for marketing and content efforts, and build thought leadership.
Just as with your local PTA or Chamber of Commerce, the LinkedIn groups you join and participate in can act as badges of honor. I mean, who doesn't want to show up as a top contributor of a popular, influential group? Be proud of the organizations you represent or belong to, and check in with them often.
7. You're not showing off your treasure.
This one may be new to you, so listen up. You can now showcase a rich media portfolio on your LinkedIn profile: Slideshare decks, infographics, videos, e-books, and more. We call it "building your treasury," because this is where it's OK to show off all the gems you've designed and produced throughout your professional life.
Whether you're a chef, makeup artist, marketer, or journalist, you can now house all your important work in the place that makes the most sense: your LinkedIn profile. Here are some great examples.
If you're hiding a hot career behind a messy LinkedIn profile, it's time to make some changes and take control. Take these lessons to heart, and you'll build a personal brand that is worthy of your past endeavors, and that can help you land the next sizzling opportunity to come your way.

Jason Miller is the senior content marketing manager at LinkedIn. A version of this article first appeared on Convince & Convert. 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The HEARTBLEED BUG and What You Need to Know!!!

What You Should Know About
An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug that has exposed a collection of popular websites — from Airbnb and Yahoo to NASA and OKCupid — could be one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. If you have logged into any of the affected sites over the past two years, your account information could be compromised, allowing cybercriminals to snap up your credit card information or steal your passwords.
You're likely either affected directly or indirectly by the bug, which was found by a member of Google's security team and a software firm named Codenomicon. 
The bad news: There's not a lot you can do about it now. It's the responsibility of Internet companies to update their servers to deal with Heartbleed, and once they do, you can take action (see below).
The issue involves network software called OpenSSL, which is an open-source set of libraries for encrypting online services. 
Secure websites — with “https” in the URL ("s" stands for secure) — make up 56% of websites, and nearly half of those sites were vulnerable to the bug. In theory, a cybercriminal could have exploited Heartbleed by making network requests that could piece together your sensitive data.

The good news: There isn't any indication that a hacker caught wind of this; it seems the researchers were the first to locate the problem.
But the scary part is that attackers could have infiltrated these websites, extracted the information they wanted and left no trace of their presence. Thus, it's hard to determine whether someone ever exploited the bug, or if your account information was compromised.
What to do about it...
First, check which sites you use are affected. If you don't want to read through the long list of websites with the security flaw, the password security firm LastPass has set up a Heartbleed Checker, which lets you enter the URL of any website to check its vulnerability to the bug and if the site has issued a patch.
Next, change your passwords for major accounts — email, banking and social media logins — on sites that were affected by Heartbleed but patched the problem. However, if the site or service hasn't patched the flaw yet, there's no point to changing your password. Instead, ask the company when it expects to push out a fix to deal with Heartbleed.
A big cause for concern is related to sites that have your sensitive information, such as Yahoo and OKCupid (most people aren't logging into with private data). Both companies have since issued a patch to fix the security hole, so users with accounts with those companies — including Yahoo Mail, Flickr and so on — should update their passwords immediately.
Facebook and Twitter use OpenSSL web servers, though it's still unclear whether or not they were vulnerable to the issue. Facebook reportedly issued a security patch last week.
Other websites that have issued an OpenSSL software security update include WordPress, Amazon Web Services and Akamai. Some websites not considered vulnerable include Google, Tumblr, Foursquare and Evernote, among others.
"It's a big deal for Internet users, but especially when it comes to protecting financial information," Joe Siegrist, CEO and cofounder of LastPass, told Mashable. "Some financial organizations are using more conservative web security choices like Microsoft, which is not vulnerable to the bug, so users should check and see if their bank has been affected."

Make sure to keep an eye on sensitive online accounts, especially banking and email, for suspicious activity for the next week or so.

"Mashable." Mashable. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.

Friday, April 4, 2014

One of Worlco's Finest RETIRES!

Worlco Partner, 
Who's Been In the Company Since DAY ONE, 

Claire Craney 

Claire is an Executive Partner and Sales Manager with the company.  Claire has extensive experience in the Recruiting industry with Worlco having been with the company since 1982. She has a track record of success built upon experience in technical, client  support and sales positions in the IT Industry. She has a BS Degree in Computer Science from Millersville University.

After much thought and contemplation Claire has decided it is her time to retire from Worlco. She expressed how much she has enjoyed her job and the people she has met, but is very excited to see what the next steps in her life will bring.

1. How did Claire become a Worlco employee?
Claire has been a part of Worlco since day one, starting 32 years ago. She worked with Frank Parisi, the Managing Partner and Co - Founder of Worlco at her prior company.
She was happy to join Frank and Bob Hughes as they started up Worlco.

2. What was Claire's dream job as a child?
As a child Claire wanted to be an elementary school teacher. Growing up she would hold summer school for the kids in her neighborhood. She would charge the parents 5 cents and teach and play with them for half a day. In college she started a job at the campus computer center and that's when her mind changed, as well as her major. She took a computer class and switched paths to a more Technology oriented career; Worlco thanks that computer center because she is a big part of Worlco's success.

3. What does Claire think makes a good recruiter?
"LISTENING" Claire says confidently. If you can listen to the client/candidate and know their needs, as well as what they're looking for, then you can make the perfect match.

4. What is Claire going to miss about working?
"The people." Claire has made so many relationships during her time here. Not only has she made great friends with her partners at Worlco, but also with the candidates she has placed and the clients she has worked with over the years.

5. What is Clair NOT going to miss?
"THE COMMUTE on the Schuylkill Expressway!" Claire resides about an hour away from Worlco's Cherry Hill office. In recent years she started telecommuting coming into the office typically once a week.  Claire says that although she hates the drive, she enjoys coming to the office to see her partners and stay on top of the Hot Jobs and current activity at Worlco.

6. What changes has Claire observed throughout the years?
With Claire being a part of Worlco for 32 years, she has seen many changes. The most obvious one to her is Technology. Worlco moved form a paper driven office to a paperless environment. The rise of technology changed many of Worlco's processes for recruiting which includes the use  of Social Media.
The other aspect of technology is that they have to keep up with what technologies are used by their clients! Keep in mind, Worlco is a Technology Information recruiting firm, this means they have to know the technology that candidates will be working with and it is always changing!

7. Now that Claire is retiring, what are her plans?
Claire is very excited and says she will be working on the Mind, Body and Soul. She will be spending time with the three G's: gardening, golf and the gym. Claire is in a golf league and is planning on volunteering with the local food bank as well as providing a helping hand at Longwood Gardens. Claire is also a very active member with her church and is excited to spend more time helping out.

Worlco thanks Claire for all of her amazing effort and input throughout the last 32 years 
and congratulates her on her next life steps!