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SRT Invests Big in STEM Education; Offers Ten Top Florida Students Summer Internships

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SRT Group (SRT), a provider of best-in-class communications technology for customers in the government, commercial and law enforcement sectors, announces the participants in its summer 2015 internship program. SRT’s robust internship program – one of the largest for small or medium size companies in south Florida – demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to supporting STEM (science, technology, education, mathematics) education in the state.

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Is Your Company Ready for Generation Z


They want to drive to their jobs, head into their private offices and meet face-to-face with colleagues before calling it a day – hopefully, not too late, since work-life balance is their primary career concern. Sound like a baby boomer, or even Gen X? On the contrary, these are the work preferences expressed by more than 770 members of Generation Z (those born between 1990 and 1999) surveyed recently by Robert Half and Enactus.

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Lowe’s Donates $500,000 to Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Grant to Support Emergency Scholarships for Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announces a $500,000 donation from Lowe’s to assist students attending publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This grant will assist graduating seniors in need of financial support to complete their final course requirements.

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Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 197 Nominees for 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

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Allstate Insurance Company and the (AFCA) today announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism. Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the “good” taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities. “For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football,” said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities.” While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, …

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Twitter Launches New Online Safety Center

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In the last few months, you may have noticed some changes on Twitter designed to make your experience safer. For example, they introduced changes to their reporting mechanisms, overhauled how they review user reports and improved their block feature. In our ongoing commitment to your safety, twitter announced they are  unveiling a new Safety Center. The Safety Center is a resource for anyone to learn about online safety, on Twitter and beyond. This resource is a result of work with online safety experts who continuously help them to promote good digital citizenship. Twitter is excited to make this knowledge easily accessible to you via this new site. The Safety Center is organized around Twitter’s tools and policies to address your safety, with sections created especially for teens, parents and educators. These resources should help you quickly understand how to manage your experience on Twitter and also understand how the community and Twitter take action together when their policies are violated. Your online safety is a shared responsibility, and digital citizenship is essential to fostering a safe environment for all. As Twitter evolves along with the world of online safety, we will continue to create new materials for the Safety Center. …

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Emerging Workforce Study Reveals Workers Feel Insecure About Their Job Skills, Career Advancement


For years, employers have struggled with finding qualified workers. However, new findings from the 2015 Emerging Workforce Study (EWS) commissioned by Spherion Staffing reveal workers feel they are sorely lagging behind in their job skills. These results underscore a new skills gap story from the worker’s perspective that will affect the future of the workforce. The study was conducted online by Harris Poll among 225 U.S. human resource managers and 2,027 employed U.S. adults (aged 18+).

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Conference Call Etiquette: Are You An Offender?


Research Reveals Most Annoying Behavior on Conference Calls When joining conference calls, employees should be careful about “phoning it in” if they want to avoid irritating colleagues, new OfficeTeam research suggests. More than one-third (37 percent) of workers surveyed said multiple people talking at the same time is the most distracting behavior on conference calls, followed by excessive background noise (24 percent).

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Network Like a CFO!

When it comes to business networking, email is the communication channel of choice for busy finance executives. Half (50 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed recently said they opt for email correspondence to keep in touch with professional colleagues. Social media was a distant third place, after attending industry and group events. The Robert Half Management Resources research shows evolving preferences for CFOs. In a similar survey three years ago, online networking was executives' top choice. As to what they hope to achieve through their outreach, respondents most commonly cited keeping up with industry trends, which ranked second in 2012. CFOs were asked, "How do you prefer to network professionally?" Their responses: 2015 2012 Email correspondence 50% 22% Attend professional events, meetings, conferences 25% 25% Network online (social media) 18% 45% None/don't network 7% 7% Other/don't know 0% 1% 100% 100% CFOs were also asked, "What is the primary purpose of your professional networking activities?" Their responses*: 2015 2012 Keep up with industry news and developments 46% 20% Grow business 37% 60% Recruit new talent 11% 7% Find a new job 5% 10% Other/don't know 0% 3% 99% 100% *Responses may not total 100 percent due to rounding. "Email allows busy executives to easily stay in touch with contacts and quickly receive feedback on a question or business request," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. As convenient as email can be, McDonald advises professionals to avoid becoming too reliant on it. "Exchanging ideas over lunch or attending a conference with others in your industry is a more personal way to develop a rapport with colleagues. Social media offers a vehicle for quickly widening one's reach and gaining exposure to a broader range of news and insights." Robert Half Management Resources highlights five professional networking tips for senior-level professionals to broaden their connections and visibility: Build a presence at industry events. Delivering a presentation or facilitating a workshop at a national or chapter meeting will introduce you to peers and other contacts. In addition, you'll establish yourself as a thought leader. Mentor others. By sharing the wisdom you've gained throughout your career, you can shape future leaders and gain the personal satisfaction that comes with helping them advance their careers. Volunteer with philanthropic and local organizations. While making a difference in the lives of others, you can also expand your network and gain insights into diverse perspectives by interacting with people from different backgrounds and fields. Serve in a leadership position outside the company. Taking on roles in business and community groups enables you to showcase your leadership skills in a different capacity. You'll also meet people with whom you can exchange business ideas. Engage with your alma mater. You will help prepare the next generation of professionals, while enhancing your firm's connections with professors and the school. Your contributions could build student affinity for your company as well. About the Survey The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on telephone interviews with more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. About Robert Half Management Resources

When it comes to business networking, email is the communication channel of choice for busy finance executives. Half (50 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed recently said they opt for email correspondence to keep in touch with professional colleagues. Social media was a distant third place, after attending industry and group events.

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