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Top tech tools to help you work from home – INTHEBLACK

Tech tools can help you and your business deal with the impact of COVID-19 – now and in the long term.

At a glance

  • The greatest impediments to effective remote working are inadequate technology and infrastructure, and a lack of comfort with the new way of working.
  • There are risks and challenges to transitioning a workspace to a remote environment at unprecedented speed and scale.
  • It is important to find the right mix of tools to assist in the transition, factoring in cybersecurity concerns, employee wellbeing, productivity and convenience.

The whole world, it seems, has gone remote. In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work.

In a recent snap poll by research firm Gartner, 91 per cent of Asia-Pacific human resources (HR) leaders indicated that they have implemented work-from-home arrangements since the outbreak.

Remote working has never been easier, thanks to technologies such as cloud services and applications. However, even if you’ve implemented measures such as a conferencing app for team and client meetings, is it enough for what appears will be an extended period of workplace disruption?

“We’re being forced into the world’s largest work- from-home experiment and, so far, it hasn’t been easy for a lot of organisations to implement,” says Saikat Chatterjee, senior director, advisory at Gartner.

“The biggest challenge stems from the lack of technology infrastructure and lack of comfort with new ways of working.”

In fact, 54 per cent of the HR leaders in Gartner’s snap poll indicated that poor technology or insufficient infrastructure for remote working was the biggest barrier to effective remote working in their organisation.

Perhaps that’s not surprising considering many organisations are being required to transform their workplaces at an unprecedented speed and scale.

As a result, both businesses and individuals are facing significant risks and challenges. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of tools and measures that can help.

Getting the right connections

First, you and your employees need to be able to access your business data and applications. If you use cloud applications such as Google Docs and Xero, this should be relatively easy.

However, if your data or applications are on premises in your office, you may need to set up your team with remote access software. Both Windows Pro and macOS have a remote desktop feature, but apps like TeamViewer and LogMeIn make it easier to offer better features to control remote sessions.

“Remote work success depends heavily on whether you trust employees to do their work even if you can’t see them.” Aaron McEwan, Gartner

Don’t underestimate the importance of bandwidth either. You and your team might be able to work remotely, but can everyone do so efficiently? Conferencing and other remote apps typically need fast broadband connections to run effectively – and can consume quite a lot of data. If employees are on entry-level 12Mbps NBN plans, for example, you may need to upgrade them to at least 50Mbps plans.

Staying safe and secure

The control panel of a NordVPN Teams account.

You and your business are also likely to be facing heightened cybersecurity risks. Security vendor Trend Micro had, at last count, detected more than 230,000 COVID-19-related cyber attacks including malware, ransomware, business email compromises and malicious domains.

These threats compound the challenge of securing business data scattered around remote machines in homes.

For this reason, it could be worth investing in fully secured company laptops for all staff. At the very least, ensure everyone is using effective antivirus software or endpoint protection.

A virtual private network (VPN) is also recommended – especially if staff are using remote access software for on-premises systems. This can be done by setting up a dedicated VPN for your business or, at a minimum, by ensuring all staff use a business-grade VPN service such as NordVPN Teams or Perimeter 81.

The Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website is a great source of tips on how to protect businesses and individuals. If nothing else, ensure your team is educated about two major vulnerabilities: email and systems that aren’t kept up to date.

For more in-depth business guidance, we recommend the Australian Signals Directorate’s “essential eight” strategies. Depending on the size and needs of your business, you may also need to consider more advanced security tools (including those covered on page 70 of our June 2018 issue).

Keeping in touch and motivated

The user interface of GoToMeeting, an online meeting, desktop sharing and video conferencing software.

It’s essential to stay in touch with clients. A conferencing app like Zoom, GoToMeeting or Cisco’s Webex is a good way to do this.

However, it’s arguably even more important to use these apps for regular team meetings to keep employees’ minds on the job – and to minimise any feelings of isolation.

Chanty, an AI-powered team chat app.

A global HR study found that two-thirds of employees who work remotely aren’t engaged with the business. Also, 40 per cent of employees who depend on email to communicate with their teammates often feel lonely.

Chat tools such as Slack, Chanty and Workplace by Facebook can greatly improve communications and collaboration. With Slack, for example, you can set up different chat channels for specific teams, projects or just socialising.

If you use Office 365, you already have a conferencing and chat app, Microsoft Teams, at your disposal, as well as other collaboration tools.

For collaborating on projects and tasks, there’s no shortage of options, such as Trello, Asana and others.

Managing remote teams effectively

Meeting bookings on Timely’s appointment-booking software.

It’s natural for employers and managers to feel less in control when employees are working remotely. However, as Aaron McEwan, Gartner vice president, says: “Remote work success depends heavily on whether you trust employees to do their work even if you can’t see them.”

In Gartner’s snap poll, 76 per cent of HR leaders reported that the top employee complaint during the COVID-19 outbreak has been “concerns from managers about the productivity or engagement of their teams when remote”, McEwan says.

Still, managers can retain some visibility with apps such as Microsoft Teams. Using its Presence feature, for example, you can quickly see if employees are available or busy.

Perhaps more importantly, however, you can keep track of the actual work being done with project and task management apps.

If you really need to track attendance or billable hours, apps such as Deputy and TSheets can do this and more.

Another option is Timely, which can automatically track how long each person spends in apps, documents, meetings, emails and more.

Transforming your business in the cloud

A Cisco Webex video chat.

Adapting to the pandemic requires a significant digital transformation for many businesses. It’s no coincidence that most of the above apps are based on cloud services – and you could continue the transformation by adopting other cloud apps that offer longer-term business benefits.

If you’re using an old version of Office, consider upgrading to Office 365 or shifting to Google’s G Suite to enable your team to collaborate on documents, share files via cloud storage and more. G Suite, for example, offers a powerful conferencing tool, Google Meet.

“When the dust settles, we’ll likely see that our remotely working employees were just as productive during this crisis – if not more so.” Aaron McEwan, Gartner

In previous issues, we’ve explained how to use the likes of Trello to help your firm become more agile, how industry-specific apps such as Neto and ServiceM8 can help transform your business, and how cloud platforms like Zapier can automate tasks across apps.

Migrating on-premises data to the cloud will make it easier to access files remotely, and may eliminate the expense of maintaining servers. If you have a basic file server, shifting to the likes of Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox Business should be quite straightforward. Just be sure to continue backing up your data.

What may not be easy is migrating on- premises applications and more complex data storage set-ups to the cloud. You’ll likely need an infrastructure-as-a-service provider such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.

Taking customer interaction to a new level

Nothing beats the immediacy of in-person meetings, but even at the best of times they’re not always possible. However, as conferencing apps become more widely used, they offer an opportunity to catch up with clients more often – while reducing travel expenditure (even when that becomes a viable option again).

Most of these apps can also handle conferences with 100 or more customers, although for hosting large-scale conferences with multiple streams, the likes of Brightcove and Dacast may be more suitable. Alternatively, webinars are a great option for educating customers via an app such as Zoom Video Webinars or GoToWebinar.

Email newsletters are more important than ever for keeping customers informed, with the likes of Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor offering comprehensive solutions.

Meanwhile, apps such as Zendesk and Freshdesk can help maximise customer retention by improving your service and support via phone, online and other channels.

The companies that succeed in the current environment are likely to be those that are smart about identifying prospects and interacting with customers – which makes a customer relationship management (CRM) system essential.

While CRM systems were traditionally designed to help manage business clients, the likes of Salesforce and Insightly have evolved to become consumer marketing platforms, too. They also include advanced tools such as analytics to help identify sales opportunities, manage sales staff and more.

Adopting performance management best practices

A group page on Workplace by Facebook.

Some apps can provide you with more data and insights to help you better manage the performance of your business and employees.

The sudden shift to remote working may be a good thing for managers, forcing them to jettison traditional nine-to-five attitudes. “When the dust settles, we’ll likely see that our remotely working employees were just as productive during this crisis – if not more so,” McEwan says.

Businesses ahead of the curve will likely shift to using more sophisticated key performance indicators that reveal employees’ effectiveness and how much value they bring to the business.

Human resources apps such as BambooHR and intelliHR can help you do this. They also offer best practice tools for performance management and employee engagement, as well as analytics to identify workforce trends.

For managing your business, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau and other business intelligence tools present data in highly visual ways to help you easily spot trends, gain insights and act on them quickly.

Shifting to all-in-one cloud platforms

An ambitious solution for transforming your business is an all-in-one platform such as Zoho One or Salesforce Customer 360. These platforms offer a wide selection of apps for collaboration, CRM, HR, e-commerce, customer service and other business tasks and functions.

The firms that succeed in adopting the right technologies and adapting to flexible work arrangements are likely to be better able to weather the current crisis.

Equally important, they offer the ability to integrate apps, along with data analytics that you can use to gain insights from data extracted from multiple apps. As such, they can enable everyone – from sales reps to service agents – to quickly access the information they need.

They also offer powerful new ways to measure business and employee performance.

Preparing for the future

Undoubtedly, the firms that succeed in adopting the right technologies and adapting to flexible work arrangements are likely to be better able to weather the current crisis.

Yet it could be just as important for the longer term.

Even before the pandemic, Gartner had predicted that demand for remote work would increase by 30 per cent by 2030. Some pundits argue that business travel may never reach pre-COVID-19 levels due to the mass adoption of conferencing apps. If that’s the case, businesses need to continue to prepare for a new post-COVID-19 world.

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What the Tech? How to Find Online Jobs – Alabama News – Alabama News Network

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 5:42 PM CDT

With the number of layoffs and furloughs rising and unemployment numbers top 30 million in just the past 3 months, Americans are looking for ways to earn money from home.

In some cases, working from home or “side hustles” can turn into full-time careers.

If you Google, make money from home, you’re going to see a lot of scams. But these ideas are reputable and they work.

Poshmark is a fast way to earn money by selling unwanted clothes and other items. Download the app, sign up for an account, take any items you’d like to sell, take some photos with your phone.

Add some information and post the listing. Poshmark even sends a shipping label.

While Poshmark gets a percentage of each sale, there are lots of stories out there from people who’ve made quite a bit of money plus, it’s a great way to spring clean.

Similar apps include thredup and Mercari which specializes in selling any items, not just clothes. If you’ve got skills, Upwork is an app to find freelance jobs such as graphic artists, personal assistants, email and social media marketing.

List your skills and be ready to go to work.

Virtual assistants who do things like responding to email, creating newsletters and administrative tasks. If you’re an accountant, you can charge as much as $250 an hour. Some freelancers on UpWork have made over 400-thousand dollars over a few years.

You can earn money answering surveys. It’s easy, takes no experience or skill at all. But for that reason, you’re not going to make enough to pay rent unless you spend most of every day answering surveys. Most surveys ask for information on brands and advertisers.

Other options include Doordash which requires you to deliver food from nearby restaurants to consumers. It can pay about $15 an hour, plus tips.

Amazon is busy as ever and lists virtual jobs online where you can work from home. Some are part-time but you may find full-time jobs with benefits.

If you find yourself furloughed or laid-off, take a look at working from home. You may enjoy it so much and make so much, you’ll never want to drive in to work again.

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Freelance jobs Online

What the Tech? How to Find Online Jobs – Alabama News Network

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 5:42 PM CDT

With the number of layoffs and furloughs rising and unemployment numbers top 30 million in just the past 3 months, Americans are looking for ways to earn money from home.

In some cases, working from home or “side hustles” can turn into full-time careers.

If you Google, make money from home, you’re going to see a lot of scams. But these ideas are reputable and they work.

Poshmark is a fast way to earn money by selling unwanted clothes and other items. Download the app, sign up for an account, take any items you’d like to sell, take some photos with your phone.

Add some information and post the listing. Poshmark even sends a shipping label.

While Poshmark gets a percentage of each sale, there are lots of stories out there from people who’ve made quite a bit of money plus, it’s a great way to spring clean.

Similar apps include thredup and Mercari which specializes in selling any items, not just clothes. If you’ve got skills, Upwork is an app to find freelance jobs such as graphic artists, personal assistants, email and social media marketing.

List your skills and be ready to go to work.

Virtual assistants who do things like responding to email, creating newsletters and administrative tasks. If you’re an accountant, you can charge as much as $250 an hour. Some freelancers on UpWork have made over 400-thousand dollars over a few years.

You can earn money answering surveys. It’s easy, takes no experience or skill at all. But for that reason, you’re not going to make enough to pay rent unless you spend most of every day answering surveys. Most surveys ask for information on brands and advertisers.

Other options include Doordash which requires you to deliver food from nearby restaurants to consumers. It can pay about $15 an hour, plus tips.

Amazon is busy as ever and lists virtual jobs online where you can work from home. Some are part-time but you may find full-time jobs with benefits.

If you find yourself furloughed or laid-off, take a look at working from home. You may enjoy it so much and make so much, you’ll never want to drive in to work again.

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Cooking Up a Business – outsmartmagazine.com

Chef Tae, owner of 210 Fusion (photo by Natasha Gorel)

There’s just something about that special touch of home cooking that makes everything taste better. Chef NaTosha “Tae” Barber has just the right background to transform dull into delicious—a central theme of her catering company, 210 Fusion Cuisine.

Originally raised in Lake Charles, Chef Tae uses her cooking skills learned as a child to take ordinary comfort food to new heights. With 210 Fusion Cuisine, she marries the comfort foods everyone knows and loves with internationally crafted dishes that wow the palate. 

But her culinary pursuits have nontraditional beginnings. “I was originally an insurance agent who had just been cooking ever since I was a young child. Through the years, I started to develop a passion for it. It became a therapy for me. It started out with a few potlucks, and then friends and coworkers started asking me to bring food. So I started to get serious about it,” she says.

Between her 20 years in Louisiana and now 20 years in Houston, her culinary skills are primed to create mouth-watering recipes with influences from across the South. She makes it all—French baguettes with mascarpone, creamy-rich and decadent shrimp and grits, hand-rolled deep-fried boudin balls, and her signature Mardi Gras Seafood Lasagna that she presented when she auditioned for Fox’s MasterChef show.

“Most everything I specialize in has a Cajun flair. I take simple ingredients and add an international twist. I make fusion dishes inspired by Morrocan, Italian, and Mexican meals, and I do it at an affordable price. A lot of my clients are on a fixed budget. They want a complete meal with a special experience, so I create that,” she notes. “I make anything and everything you could want at an affordable price. It’s a party in your mouth!”

She also operates a digital storefront and makes deliveries. Customers may select five meals for $75. Orders must be submitted by Friday at midnight for pickup on Sunday. To make delivery less expensive, she has drop-off spots near Willowbrook Mall, Greenspoint Mall, Almeda Mall, and Memorial City Mall. 

“I make it as central as possible for the four corners of the city. I have clients outside of Houston, too, and we make special arrangements for them,” Chef Tae says.

With so many dining options in Houston, Chef Tae believes her home-cooked style sets her apart from the others.

“I think the thing that sets me apart is that I always offer great service, and the quality of the food is always consistent. For example, take your traditional étouffée. When you get it from me, you’ll know it’s 210 Fusion Cuisine,” she says. “It’s like the quality of a restaurant, with a homey feel. It’s that food you’d have if you went home to grandma or mom.”

Her business model also accommodates anyone who needs holiday meals, private event catering, private chef services, and party platters.

The number 210 in Chef Tae’s business name is an interesting reference to her two daughters. “I have a set of twin girls born February 10. Cooking is one of the things I love passing along to them,” she explains.

While some might be hearing about Chef Tae and 210 Fusion Cuisine for the first time, her nurse-turned-singing-sensation partner, Christina Wells, is well known to Houston music lovers. She was featured on America’s Got Talent during season 13, and she also made waves locally by winning Pride Superstar three years ago. Interestingly enough, Chef Tae was the last to know of Wells’ fame when they first crossed paths at a Houston Pride grand-marshal announcement.

“To be honest, I saw Christina at the event, and I didn’t know who she was. The thing that attracted me was her personality and her ray of light. [I heard] someone mention her name, so I saved it in my phone and looked her up on Facebook. Three months later, she accepted my friend request. We’ve been inseparable ever since.” 

It’s been a relationship that has flourished for both of them.

“She’s helped me along the way of realizing my dream of starting my business. I didn’t know all the steps, but she has been in the public eye for the last couple of years, and she’s handled that really well. She’s given me tips on how to target the clients I want. It’s helped me while I’m building 210 Fusion Cuisine.”

They’ve also combined their skills to benefit the LGBTQ community by establishing an annual Valentine’s Day soiree.

“We were able to put together Love and Libations for Valentine’s Day, where we partner to create a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. Everyone we hire—DJ, decorators, entertainers—is a part of that family, and the event will be something we try to do each year. We’ve taken our personal relationship and built it into a business relationship as well,” she notes.

Chef Tae has listened to requests from her clients and followers to expand her venture further, potentially through social media or by launching a food-truck service.

“I’m considering starting a YouTube or social-media cooking channel. A lot of people have asked for that. I’m also working on a digital cookbook,” she says. “Right now, I’m continuing to grow my brand and get to as many food festivals as possible. I’m looking to do an audition or two for a Food Network-type contest. I’m focused on growing in the Houston area and throughout the state.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chef Tae’s catering gigs have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Weekly meal-prep services and holiday menus are still available. To order food, visit 210fusion.com or call 832-857-4796.

This article appears in the May 2020 edition of OutSmart magazine.

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VIDEO | These jobs are really hard to do remotely – Fast Company

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Things to keep you busy during quarantine, and Jamie Schmidt of Schmidt’s Naturals on running her company from home

On today’s show: Liz Segran recommends some stuff for you to watch, listen to, and do. Also, Jamie Schmidt of Schmidt’s Naturals discusses what running her company from home has been like.

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Work from home jobs: These companies are hiring now – Komando

It’s no exaggeration to say COVID-19 has devastated the job market. In just four weeks, 22 million Americans are out of work, and some companies may never even reopen their doors once all this is over.

Now, not every company is struggling to stay open. Essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies are desperate for employees, and Amazon is hiring 175,000 workers to keep up with all the online orders from people staying home.

What other businesses are surviving? Those with the ability to send workers home to get their jobs done. It can be tough to parse legitimate work-from-home jobs from scams during normal times, so it’s even more important to be diligent now. Scammers are out in full force.

If you’re out of work, we can help. Here are 40 solid WFH opportunities to start your job search.

Beyond Amazon

With more than 175,000 job listings in the past month, Amazon is the biggest employment opportunity for workers on the market right now — but it’s not the only one. There are currently dozens of companies hiring work-from-home positions that will limit your exposure to others while keeping money rolling in.

If you’re like most Americans, your upcoming stimulus check will only go so far to cover expenses. Tap or click here to see when you’ll be getting yours.

Instead of sitting and waiting for Uncle Sam to drop money into your bank account, here are 40 companies that you can apply to right now so you can start working again as soon as possible.

Check out these available work-from-home positions

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Adobe: The developers and creators behind programs like Photoshop and Flash, Adobe is looking for remote workers to help with technical support, business solutions and senior customer service representatives in the healthcare domain.

The following positions are available at Adobe right now:

  • AEM Technical Consultant
  • HealthcareBusiness Solutions Architect
  • Senior Customer Success Manager – Healthcare

Aetna: One of the biggest healthcare companies in the U.S., Aetna is looking for registered nurses, data scientists and social workers who can work remotely to serve clients and patients.

The following positions are available at Aetna right now:

  • Case Manager Registered Nurse
  • Lead Data Scientist
  • Social Worker

Amazon: Most of Amazon’s recent hires included delivery drivers and warehouse workers. But the company is still offering several work-from-home positions for human resources and management.

The following positions are available at Amazon right now:

  • Database Solutions Architect
  • HR Contact Center Administrator
  • Recruiting Manager

Apple: Apple needs no introduction, but one of the company’s biggest innovations has been its support and service division under Applecare. Apple is hiring at-home workers to handle tech support questions and training for customers.

The following positions are available at Apple right now:

  • At-home advisor
  • Creative
  • Specialist

Citizens Bank: One of the most prominent banks in the country, Citizens Bank is looking for at-home workers that can assist customers with mortgage-related matters. There are also openings in network engineering.

The following positions are available at Citizen’s Bank right now:

  • Home Mortgage Business Support Consultant
  • Home Mortgage Compliance Associate
  • Manager Network Engineering

Crowdstrike: As one of the nation’s top cybersecurity firms, Crowdstrike is looking for experienced software engineers and recruiters, as well as product managers with marketing experience.

The following positions are available at Crowdstrike right now:

  • Product Marketing Manager, Public Sector
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Technical Recruiter

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Dell: The famous computer brand is expanding its ranks to include new executive positions, as well as cybersecurity workers and engineers for automated systems.

The following positions are available at Dell right now:

  • Data Center Sales Executive
  • Cybersecurity Operations
  • Infrastructure Automation Engineer

Github: Github is one of the most popular open-source coding platforms, as well as a social networking destination for software engineers. It has openings for several developer positions in enterprise infrastructure, as well as writing jobs.

The following positions are available at Github right now:

  • Ecosystem Content Writer
  • Senior Software Engineer, Enterprise Infrastructure
  • Solution Architect

Healthline Media: An online resource for health and wellness information. Healthline Media is looking for full-time content workers and medical personnel.

The following positions are available at Healthline Media right now:

  • Medical Reviewer
  • Photo Editor
  • Senior Wellness Editor

ICF: A top business consulting firm. ICF is currently hiring coordinators for child services, as well as document formatting specialists.

The following positions are available at ICF right now:

  • Bilingual Copy Editor
  • Children’s Services Study Coordinator
  • Document Formatting Specialist

K12: Provides online educational programs for kids in kindergarten through the 12th grade. K12 is currently looking for instructors that can work remotely with students who are learning from home.

The following positions are available at K12 right now:

  • Curriculum Alignment Contractor – English Language Arts
  • High School Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher – CTE Law Enforcement

Kelly Services: A staffing agency that’s currently expanding its roster to include new engineers, consultants and virtual assistants to its ranks.

The following positions are available at Kelly Services right now:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Software Engineer
  • Training Consultant

Kforce: Staffing agency that provides call-center representatives and other mid-level positions to various companies.

The following positions are available at Kforce right now:

  • Call Center Representative
  • Salesforce Developer
  • Senior Accountant

LanguageLine Solutions: Provides translation and interpretation services for a variety of different languages. Fluency is required for language-related roles.

The following positions are available at LanguageLine Solutions right now:

  • Farsi Interpreter
  • Implementation Specialist
  • Japanese interpreter

Liveops: Call-center agency that provides phone representatives for various companies and organizations.

The following positions are available at Liveops right now:

  • Call Center Representative
  • Call Center Representative, Licensed Insurance
  • Licensed Insurance Agent

Merck: Pharmaceutical group expanding its executive-level workforce. Merck is also seeking accredited scientists for senior roles.

The following positions are available at Merck right now:

  • Associate Director, External
  • Director, Project Management Office
  • Senior Scientist, Global Analytics Large Molecule

Okta: Experienced software developer looking to add new senior management roles and engineers to its workforce.

The following positions are available at Okta right now:

  • Developer Solutions Engineer, Architect
  • Senior Manager, Vendor Management
  • Vice President, Customer Success

Outschool: Outschool is hiring experienced teachers to host and instruct online classes across the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

The following positions are available at Outschool right now:

  • English Instructor
  • Math Instructor
  • Kindergarten Teacher

Pegasystems: Specializing in business management, Pegasystems is currently hiring executive-level workers for senior positions in the company.

The following positions are available at Pegasystems right now:

  • Business Value Advisor
  • Sales Director
  • Senior Curriculum Developer

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Phillips: Developer behind multiple award-winning appliances and devices, as well as a major multinational conglomerate. Phillips is currently hiring for leadership roles and supply chain engineers.

The following positions are available at Phillips right now:

  • Market Business Leader – CT, AMI Precision Diagnosis
  • Senior Manager, Scientific Communication
  • Senior Supply Chain Quality Engineer

PRA Health Sciences: Pharmaceutical-industry company adding new roles for data specialists and analysts.

The following positions are available at PRA Health Sciences right now:

  • Biomarker Data Specialist
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Pricing Analyst

Randstad: This human resources and staffing agency is currently hiring call center representatives and senior-level positions for various companies.

The following positions are available at Randstad right now:

  • Call Center Representative
  • Mortgage Underwriter
  • Senior Pega Developer

Red Hat: This software company is adding new developer roles to help with design, development and production.

The following positions are available at Red Hat right now:

  • Enablement Platform Lead
  • Leadership Learning Development Architect
  • Senior Specialist Solutions Architect

Robert Half International: One of the largest staffing companies in America, Robert Half International is now hiring corporate-level positions.

The following positions are available at Robert Half International right now:

  • Client Services Representative
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Full-Stack Developer

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Salesforce: Businesses across multiple industries rely on Salesforce software to manage customer relationships. The company is now hiring employees for sales recruitment and developer roles.

The following positions are available at Salesforce right now:

  • Digital Transformation Strategist
  • Program Engagement Lead
  • Sales Recruiter

SAP: This enterprise software development company is currently hiring new leadership roles, as well as developer positions.

The following positions are available at SAP right now:

  • Chief Enterprise Architect
  • Global Program Manager
  • Growth Channels Solution Lead

Service Now: This cloud IT business is now hiring new employees for various leadership roles within the company.

The following positions are available at Service Now:

  • Digital Analyst – Customer Success
  • Expert Programs Delivery Senior Manager
  • Senior Global Campaign Manager – Customer Success

Slack: Slack provides secure internal communications for workplaces, and its software is more crucial than ever during quarantine. The company is adding several remote manager positions.

The following positions are available at Slack:

  • Customer Success Manager
  • Customer Success Manager (Public Sector)
  • Principal Customer Success Manager

Soliant Health: This healthcare staffing company is hiring doctors, teachers and other specialists for students and children in need.

The following positions are available at Soliant Health right now:

  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Stryker: This medical solutions company is hiring for leadership roles, as well as recruitment specialists.

The following positions are available at Stryker right now:

  • Marketing Development Director
  • Neurosurgical Sales Representative
  • Recruiter

Syneos: This medical company is hiring research scientists and medical writers who can break down complex subjects into understandable copy.

The following positions are available at Syneos right now:

  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Content Manager
  • Principal Medical Writer – Clinical Pharmacology

Thermo Fisher Scientific: A biotechnology company looking for skilled data engineers and sales specialists with a deep understanding of science.

The following positions are available at Thermo Fisher Scientific right now:

  • Customer Experience Specialist
  • Senior Data Engineer
  • Technical Sales Specialist in Molecular Biology

Tricida: This pharmaceutical company is now hiring for executive-level positions.

The following positions are available at Tricida right now:

  • Executive Director, Government Affairs and Policy
  • Senior Director, Commercial Systems
  • Senior Director Contract Strategy, Pricing

TTEC: This company operates numerous business-consulting services, and is looking for technical support representatives and engineer roles to be filled.

The following positions are available at TTEC right now:

  • Property and Casualty Licensed Agent
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Technical Support Representative

UnitedHealth Group: One of the nation’s biggest insurance providers, UnitedHealth Group is currently hiring care nurses and other essential workers.

The following positions are available at UnitedHealth Group right now:

  • Inpatient Care Management Nurse RN
  • Splunk Architect
  • Veterans Administration Relations Specialist

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Upwork: This online marketplace for freelance workers is currently hiring executive-level workers to oversee operations.

The following positions are available at Upwork right now:

  • Senior Director of Product Management
  • Senior Product Designer – Acquisition, Onboarding
  • Senior Product Designer

Vocovision: This remote teletherapy practice is currently hiring teachers and doctors to work directly with clients over video calls.

The following positions are available at Vocovision right now:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist

Walgreens: One of the country’s biggest pharmacies, Walgreens, is now hiring remote workers to handle the increased volume of calls due to COVID-19.

The following positions are available at Walgreens right now:

  • Call Center Customer Care
  • Call Center Specialist: Work from Home
  • Call Center Specialist

Williams-Sonoma: A popular home decor company, Williams-Sonoma, is adding additional customer service staff to its rankings to handle the increased demand for online orders.

The following positions are available at Williams-Sonoma right now:

  • Customer Service Agent
  • Customer Service Associate
  • International Customer Service Associate

MORE COMPANIES HIRING: A dozen companies are adding thousands of workers.

Zoom: The essential video-chat service is beefing up its workforce for sales and support. Naturally, the company is supporting a number of at-home roles in each field.

The following positions are available at Zoom right now:

  • Zoom Phone Account Executive
  • Zoom Phone Sales Manager
  • Zoom Phone Specialist

Bonus: Essential work is still available – 15 more companies hiring

If you’re not having luck finding a WFH job or your skills are better suited to an essential position, check this list.

Despite the dour outlook for employment, plenty of companies are still hiring. You just need to find the right fit.

The work you do during these times from your home office will not only leave a major impression on your new employer, but it’ll also be something you can take with you wherever you go in the future. Rather than wait for help, you took initiative and adapted to the strange new world of remote work.

And who knows, perhaps these kinds of remote jobs will become the norm in the near future. At the very least, they’re much cheaper to run than a full office. Tap or click here to see what you need to successfully work from home.

A new job often starts with a background check. What will a potential employer find out about you? Tap or click here to run a background check on yourself.

Be sure to share this with friends and family members who are struggling to find a job.

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Setting up Your Remote Workforce for Long-Term Success – Channel Futures

Suddenly, a remote workforce isn’t the outlier, it’s the norm. The organization’s processes, culture and tools must adapt accordingly.

There’s a big difference between employees occasionally “working from home” and having a true remote workforce.

In the first case, you need a VPN, company-issued laptops, a conference call number or two, and some basic ground rules. In these cases, it’s the exception, not the rule. But when a company fully embraces remote work–which many firms are suddenly finding themselves doing whether they wanted to or not–there are additional considerations. Suddenly, remote workers aren’t the outlier, they’re the norm. And the organization’s processes, culture and tools must adapt accordingly.

For MSPs, the recent switch to remote work in light of COVID-19 was either jarring and disruptive or it was more of a natural evolutionary step in its flexible approach to work. Either way, turning the new reality into a workable, long-term solution requires some tweaks–if not wholesale changes–in how MSPs run their day-to-day operations.

Properly Equipping Your Team

Remote workers can’t be expected to do their jobs day after day with an inappropriate home setup. Working in bed might be fun for a day or two, but it’s no way to live for months on end.

To be successful, you must ensure your team is kitted out with what they need to ensure maximum productivity. Everyone has a professional-grade laptop or desktop setup, including a monitor they won’t mind staring at for days on end. And while you may not have the budget for home office furniture, encourage everyone to create a dedicated workspace providing them with proper ergonomics in as quiet of an environment as possible.

Beyond the “stuff” they’ll need to do their jobs, the remote workforce also need guidance and protocols around how to work remotely and their employer’s expectations. Whether it’s mutually agreed upon working hours, a dress code for videoconferences or ensuring redundancy in case someone gets sick, MSPs shouldn’t take it for granted that everyone will approach long-term remote work the same.

There’s obviously a need for flexibility, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of professionalism or productivity. Having those conversations early on and periodically checking in with staff during the transition is crucial to avoiding bad habits from setting in. A refresh or additional training around security protocols may also help reinforce things.

Getting Comms Squared Away

Communication is going to be critical during this period, so workers need a reliable system for staying in touch with colleagues and customers. If possible, they should be using the business phone system and having calls forwarded to their remote office. They should also be able to check their voicemail remotely.

To ensure they sound professional, they should be using headsets. Even better, a dedicated VoIP phone line can create some separation from personal calls and device usage, not to mention superior audio quality.

Videoconferencing and screen sharing are also paramount during these times, so make sure there’s a solution in place supporting these functions. It not only helps with maintaining human relationships, but also makes it much easier to support customers struggling with their own remote work IT challenges.

Securing Client Systems

Depending on the nature of their business, many customers might not have embraced working for home before recent events. Even those who did might have still expected certain staff to always be onsite, which is no longer the case.

Opening up what used to only happen in the office to a fleet of remote workers requires a new level of discipline regarding security and remote monitoring. MSPs should be sure clients have proper defenses in place to defend data and systems while allowing seamless access to those requiring it.

Multifactor authentication is imperative given how many employees will be logging in from unfamiliar devices, as is secure VPN access to servers. And any device a remote employee uses for work should be running current operating systems, applications and browsers, along with having the latest security patches and upgrades installed.

Some people also need remote access to systems that can’t leave the office. In these cases, MSPs can use endpoint management tools to easily enable those workers to do so from their devices at home. Creating automated scripts for common tasks like these will streamline the client support process.

But beyond the technical infrastructure, clients also need

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VIDEO | 4 tools for work-life balance, and the worst jobs to do remotely – Fast Company

On today’s show: It’s more important than ever to keep work separate from the rest of your life. Here are some tech tools that will help keep things balanced. And the comedians at Fast Comedy offer a look at jobs that might not translate so well to a working-from-home situation.

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SRJC, SSU team to offer Virtual Career series – Sonoma Index-Tribune

Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University will co-host a Virtual Career Week on May 5, 6 and 7. Events will include online career fairs to give employers, students and alumni a forum to discuss job opportunities, and to network using the Zoom video platform. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. each day.

The current shelter-in-place landscape of Sonoma County and across the globe is unfamiliar terrain that has made the job search process more difficult for everyone. SSU’s Career Center is joining forces with SRJC’s Career Hub to help connect students with employers who are currently hiring or who anticipate hiring within the next six months.

At a time when Sonoma County’s economy is strained by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, President Frank Chong said that SRJC and SSU have to find new ways to support students who will soon be entering the workforce.

“From the moment students enroll to the day they begin a career, our goal is to support students wherever they are,” he said. “And right now, they’re sheltering in place. We hope that these virtual career fairs will help students continue to succeed and find rewarding jobs in their chosen field during this challenging time.”

“Now more than ever, during this time of uncertainty, we need to support our graduating students as they enter the next phase in their life’s journey,” said Judy K. Sakaki, president of Sonoma State. “A joint virtual Career Fair between Sonoma State and the Santa Rosa Junior College signals to our community that we are collaboratively working to assist, train and guide our students into the careers that they are passionate about and that our community needs.”

Virtual Career Week will feature 10 career tracks with space for up to five employers per track. Each employer will have a specific date and time when they will host a 75-minute virtual ‘booth.’

The schedule includes:

Tuesday, May 5

Summer, part-time and remote jobs; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and health; social service, educations, government.

Wednesday, May 6

Wine, beverage and hospitality; economics; sales and marketing; part-time jobs and other opportunities.

Thursday, May 7

Social services and nonprofit; government; arts and communications; education.

The event is open to all Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College students and alumni. Participants must register in advance using the links below.

SSU Registration is available here, and SRJC registration is available through this link.

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Popeyes’ culinary chief explains secret behind chain’s chicken, shares roasted thigh recipe – Fox News

Popeyes chicken has accomplished a lot in the last year. It sparked a war. It inspired a sexy Halloween costume. And it proved the loyalty of its legions of fans.

Now, those same Popeyes chicken fans can (kind of) get their fast-food fix while in quarantine thanks to a recipe from the beloved Louisiana-style chain’s Head of Culinary Innovation, Amy Alarcon.

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The chicken at Popeyes is clearly different than the chicken at other fast-food chains, as Popeyes fans can attest. But why? Well, according to Alarcon, it all comes down to the marinade.

So, if you’re planning on throwing together a Popeyes-worthy dinner, you have to plan at least a half-day in advance.

So, if you’re planning on throwing together a Popeyes-worthy dinner, you have to plan at least a half-day in advance. (Getty Images/ Jim McKinley)

“One of the hallmarks of Popeyes chicken is the amount of flavor we get from marination, whether it’s a sandwich fillet, a piece of fried chicken, or a tender,” she told Forbes in an interview. “It’s all been seasoned and allowed to sit for at least 12 hours to add maximum flavor. I find myself doing this at home all the time too and chicken is the perfect canvas.”

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As far as upping the flavor, Alarcon told Forbes she always keeps buttermilk on hand, as well as a “well-stocked spice cabinet” and “an assortment of different hot sauces to choose from.”  However, Alarcon says she isn’t always looking for a “tongue scorcher” when choosing a hot sauce, but rather something that adds a little kick to the marinade, the main job of which is to keep the chicken juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

As far as upping the flavor, Amy Alarcon always keeps buttermilk on hand, as well as “an assortment of different hot sauces to choose from”

As far as upping the flavor, Amy Alarcon always keeps buttermilk on hand, as well as “an assortment of different hot sauces to choose from” (Popeyes)

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For those at home interested in trying their hand at a Popeyes-inspired chicken menu, Alarcon shared how to make her roasted chicken, because, as Popeyes shared with Fox News in a statement, the chain’s fried chicken recipe is a secret.

That being said, no one will stop you if you want to deep-fry a cutlet and slap it on a bun, à la the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.

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Amy Alarcon's recipe for Popeyes-style roasted chicken thighs.

Amy Alarcon’s recipe for Popeyes-style roasted chicken thighs. (Popeyes)

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Spice, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • Olive oil pan spray

Directions:

For the marinade:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, hot sauce, and 1 tbs of the seasoning. Place inside a gallon size freezer bag and then add in the chicken thighs. Squeeze out the excess air and seal tightly. Massage the bag for 1 minute to make sure the marinade gets thoroughly coated and mixed around the chicken. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for a minimum of 12 hours, preferably overnight.

To make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take out a sheet pan or baking sheet and place a wire rack on top. Spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  3. Carefully drain the chicken thighs in a colander and shake to remove excess buttermilk/hot sauce marinade. Place on wire rack, skin side up, and allow to sit for about 15 minutes to help the skin dry out a bit. Lightly sprinkle more of the Creole seasoning on the skin just to add a little more flavor and color. Using a good quality olive oil spray, lightly coat the surface of the chicken skin, this will aid in crisping.
  4. Cook for 40 minutes. Some ovens are temperamental, so always use a thermometer to make sure you cook poultry to a minimum of 165 degrees F, and 170 degrees for bone-in chicken. The skin should be medium brown and crispy at this point, too.