“We’re giving away money to strangers on the internet” is a pretty cavalier pitch for a new startup. But the more I learned about Placement, the smarter it sounded. In exchange for 10% of your income for 18 to 36 months, Placement will find you a much higher paying job, prep you for the interview and help you move to your new city of employment. Actors, athletes and musicians have talent agents. Why shouldn’t office workers? That’s co-founder and CEO Sean Linehan’s vision for Placement. The former VP of product at Flexport thinks he can consistently get people a 30% raise on their cost of living-adjusted income if they’re willing to relocate from either their sleepy hometown or an overpriced metropolis. “We think you can transform your life without becoming an engineer. You just have to be in the right place,” says Linehan. Not everyone is going to learn to code, and Placement isn’t a school. “We’re not in the … [Read more...] about Placement is the much-needed talent agent for jobseekers
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In early January 2012, I noticed that another Jon Ronson had started posting on Twitter. His photograph was a photograph of my face. His Twitter name was @jon_ronson. His most recent tweet read: “Going home. Gotta get the recipe for a huge plate of guarana and mussel in a bap with mayonnaise :D #yummy.” “Who are you?” I tweeted him. “Watching #Seinfeld. I would love a big plate of celeriac, grouper and sour cream kebab with lemongrass #foodie,” he tweeted. I didn’t know what to do. The next morning, I checked @jon_ronson’s timeline before I checked my own. In the night he had tweeted, “I’m dreaming something about #time and #cock.” He had 20 followers. I did some digging. A young academic from Warwick University called Luke Robert Mason had a few weeks earlier posted a comment on the Guardian site. It was in response to a short video I had made about spambots. “We’ve built Jon his very own infomorph,” … [Read more...] about ‘Overnight, everything I loved was gone’: the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone
Consider how you would respond to the following scenario: A patient is suffering from a life-threatening ailment. A team of pastors and parishioners assemble around the bed for an hour a day, trying a new method of prayer therapy in the hope of curing the patient. After a week, the patient has survived the disease and is well on the way to recovery. How many more successful cases like this would you like to see before you are convinced that it was the prayer therapy that cured the patient? Your response to this question likely depends on how deep your religious beliefs are. In past studies, religious people required significantly fewer successful replications for them to become convinced of the effectiveness of the prayer therapy, in contrast to those who were non-religious. At first glance, this finding suggests that religious people have less exacting standards of evidence than those without religious faith. However, when we tweak the above scenario so that it’s a team of … [Read more...] about Do Religious People Have a Bias Against Science?
As 2014 comes to a close, you may be reflecting on the past year and wondering if your current job is where you want to be. If you really don’t like where you work, you are not alone. A Gallup poll found that more than half of workers either are enduring their current job, or actively hate it. In another poll, up to 82% of employees describe their bosses as “jerks” (depending on the workplace). advertisement advertisement But quitting your job in today’s difficult economy is a scary decision to make. Finding another job with the same or better pay is challenging, to say the least. So, it is wise to stop and think about the realities of life before you say, “take this job and shove it” and walk out the door. As a psychologist, career coach, and business consultant, I’ve seen the challenges of bad matches between employees, supervisors, and employers from multiple perspectives. In our book, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, my co-authors … [Read more...] about Should You Look For A New Job In 2015?
Here's the thing: I enjoy cooking. The process of stirring a pot or pan in the evening helps ease my whirring mind out of 'work mode'. But deciding what to cook? Flat out hate it. Come 7 p.m. my brain just doesn't have the bandwidth for any more decision-making – I don't want to evaluate the contents of the fridge (a puzzle that always seems to be missing pieces) against all the other factors like time, health, prep... I'm just hungry. To hit the sweet spot between home cooking and convenience, Youfoodz have launched a new food delivery service, Meal Kitz. With their new Meal Kitz, Youfoodz are encouraging customers to cook because they want to, not because they have to The offering is a little different to Youfoodz's ready-made meals you might already be familiar with. Instead of delivering a heat 'n' eat dinner, Meal Kitz come with pre-chopped and marinated ingredients for a meal that you can cook because you want to, not because you have to. Each kit includes … [Read more...] about Do you struggle with what to make for dinner? We road test Youfoodz new meal kits service and the results (mostly under 500 calories per serve) will impress you