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How to prepare for a telephone interview

Summer is often a time for change and new beginnings. For some, it’s a sharper focus on fitness as the hot weather forces us to strip off and allows us to jog around the park without contracting a nasty cold. Often, it’s the time of year when we decide to shed a relationship we have outgrown. And with thousands of people finishing school, college, university and graduate schemes, there’s plenty of professional change happening, too. Even for those who’ve been employed for longer, you might be feeling ready to make a move to guarantee more (or less) sun for the rest of the year – or for countless other reasons.

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Gabi JamesHow to prepare for a telephone interview
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How to be a good employer to remote staff

We’ve all heard the mythical stories about companies which have gone beyond strewing around a few bean bags to becoming ginormous, open-plan professional spaces with free food around the clock, puppy pens, gyms and beds for employees to nap in whenever they get sleepy. But of course, these things are not right, or even possible, for a lot of work places. So what is it that can make you a great employer in a slightly more conventional work place?

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Gabi JamesHow to be a good employer to remote staff
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How to avoid productivity-killer scenarios in meetings

Whether they are something we find enjoyable or not, meetings are an inevitable aspect of life in the business world. Thankfully, if meetings are run properly, we can come away from them feeling extremely positive and productive as they can help us collaborate as a team, save time and money and generate innovative ideas. Unfortunately however, not every business meeting accomplishes these outcomes.

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Carmen JamesHow to avoid productivity-killer scenarios in meetings
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Planning the perfect conference call

Conference calls are becoming a far more common occurrence for businesses today, with many executive members of staff taking part in at least one call a day. These calls can prove difficult for assistants to organise – participants are in different locations and people can accidentally dial a different number or forget the pin for the call. However arranging conference calls need not be a stressful experience, below are a few tips on how organisation can ensure the meeting runs smoothly.

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Carmen JamesPlanning the perfect conference call
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Conference calls for travellers

As summer reaches the northern hemisphere, the numbers of people jetting off are steadily increasing. While we have had uncharacteristically warm weather recently in Britain as the thermometer reached its highest point in forty years, many of us seek even sunnier pastures, or simply want the excitement of travelling somewhere new.

But though being in a brand new place can be truly exhilarating, it doesn’t come without some challenges. For many, it is the distance itself, the very thing a traveller is seeking, which can be difficult.

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Gabi JamesConference calls for travellers
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The power of a call: Anglican Alliance’s conference call to offer help to Sudan following famine warning

Conference calls have a huge amount of potential for all sorts of different people in countless areas of life. Teachers and tutors, for example, have found them to be a great way to stay in touch with each other and their pupils. Similarly, sports coaches and sportspeople have made great use of them in preparation for big events – not to mention the conference calls that follow big sporting competitions, like football matches. Even musicians have tapped into teleconferences’ potential to perform new music to fans around the world.

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Gabi JamesThe power of a call: Anglican Alliance’s conference call to offer help to Sudan following famine warning
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Feeling the cold? Take advantage of conference calls when you really need them

Conference calls have a huge amount of potential and utility, and can be an ideal solution in many different circumstances. Winter is one of these, as it is a time when both weather and festivities can make going into work difficult and unappealing. With teleconferencing you can remove the need to battle treacherous conditions to attend a meeting.

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Gabi JamesFeeling the cold? Take advantage of conference calls when you really need them
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Get up to date: changes to call charges that affect all of us

Today marks a significant change in the way you’re billed for calling numbers that begin with 084, 087, 09 or 118. These numbers, known as ‘service numbers’ are used by companies to offer services of all types. Some conference call providers for example, use an 08 dial in number (although we don’t do that because we want you to be able to make conference calls for free!). If you’re not up to date, read on to find out how the changes to call charges will affect you and your phone bill.

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Elliot GreenGet up to date: changes to call charges that affect all of us
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A revolution in work life structure – how the way you work is changing

Technological development is a tidal wave that we have been unable to suppress for decades now, with people constantly thinking creatively, innovatively and practically to take the next step, come up with the next big idea that can make life easier for folk like you and me. But this isn’t all just hypothetical, theoretical, abstract development, and nor is it just revolutionary changes like implanting a camera on the front of a phone to make ‘selfies’ a very real (very prevalent) possibility, or creating social media which allows you to share your #breakfast with the world.

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Gabi JamesA revolution in work life structure – how the way you work is changing
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Conference call interviews – the ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s

Holding screening interviews over the telephone is constantly becoming a more common practice. It comes with many benefits, as it saves both the interviewer and the interviewee time and money otherwise spent on travelling to and from the interview, waiting for any possible delays in arrival to the interview and so on. Nonetheless, it is a relatively new and growing technique, and as such conference call tips can be extremely useful, to make sure you get the most out of your telephone conference. To help you hold the most successful conference call interviews possible, here is a list of handy ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s to keep in mind.

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Gabi JamesConference call interviews – the ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s