Business analyst urges using friends, contacts to help look for work during pandemic

NORFOLK, Va. – It is all about who you know, that’s according to financial and business analyst Dominick Miserandino. He said that notion is more true now as many are still unemployed, due to layoffs and furloughs, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said those friends, contacts, or former colleagues you may know or worked with in the past could help you in your job search. That process is known as networking.

“I always love helping others and I like helping others because I do believe in business,” Miserandino said. “It’s smart business.”

Dominick Miserandino has worked at top positions for several companies. He’s done plenty of hiring and even referrals from people who have simply reached out.

“It is difficult and awkward at times to make that first call, but that’s one of the first tips I tell people is to not be scared, make that first call,” he

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Remote Work Visa Opportunities (and How to Get There on Points)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely than ever before. However, working remotely while living through various stages of stay-at-home orders has caused many to reconsider their living arrangements, sometimes leading to an exit from big-city living to a new location in search of more space, better weather or greater access to nature.

Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. So, if you’ve dreamed of living on a tropical island during the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe during the summer, you’re in luck.



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Here’s what you need to know about which countries are offering remote work visas, how you can take advantage

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Companies are just now starting to figure out remote work

As we move deeper into the pandemic, companies are realizing that the remote work habits that are de facto today will likely persist to become a major part of the way they work in the post-COVID world. Technology will play a big role in this new environment, but the way companies rebuild themselves around the technology may be even more important.

That was the topic of discussion at one round table during Fast Company‘s Impact Council annual meeting on June 30. The panel, moderated by Fast Company technology editor Harry McCracken, included Box CEO Aaron Levie, Visible CEO Miguel Quiroga, Threshold Ventures partner Heidi Roizen, Infoblox CEO Jesper Andersen, Pfizer chief digital and technology officer Lidia Fonseca, Emerald One CEO Laverne Council, and Vince Campisi of Raytheon Technologies.

When the pandemic began, much of the focus was on the technologies that we suddenly needed to enable working from home.

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How To Make Online Learning Work For Your Company This Year

CEO of Livius and co-author of “Hacking the SAT: Tips and Tricks to Help You Prepare, Plan Ahead, and Increase Your Score.”

In the days immediately following the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic on U.S. shores, schools shut down as administrators and parents raced to gear up for digital classrooms. Unfortunately, many of those educators and concerned parents found the nationwide online learning experiment to be a struggle. 

That consensus seems to be growing now that schools across the country have begun the new academic year. Social media is full of posts from parents, teachers and students describing a fraught, frustrating school day that often ends in tears all around. The same is true for employees and leaders attempting to navigate remote working, training and professional development.

Yet there’s a learning opportunity hidden in the chaos, and your company can benefit from it. Given the continued battle against the

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Mowers defends political consulting work

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ADAM: THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE LOOKING TO FLIP THE FIRST DISTRICT IS MATT MOWERS WHO HAS THE PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. MR. MOWERS AS OUR GUEST. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME. I APPRECIATE IT. ADAM: PRESIDENT TRUMP WALKS AWAY FROM THE TABLE ON A LARGE-SCALE COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HELPS TO CUT OFF NEGOTIATIONS? >> I SAID THIS AT THE DEBATE THE OTHER DAY, EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. NEEDS TO GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM AND GET SOMETHING DONE. YOU SEE THIS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PLACE. NANCY PELOSI AND CHRIS PAPPAS HAVE BEEN SITTING AROUND FOR SIX MONTHS NOT PASSING ANYTHING THEY KNOW WILL BECOME LAW. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. WE’VE GOT FOLKS IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CORNERS NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER,

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These small-business owners are still making it work, coronavirus and all


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In the frantic days of late March, as the coronavirus panic burst forth and cities and towns began to impose lockdown orders, MarketWatch spoke to four small-business owners from around the country.

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All four were successful, and most were planning some form of expansion in what then seemed like a booming economy. Yet even as early as March, these owners had already tasted some of the new normal and pivoted to other business strategies.

Each knew the hard part still lay ahead.

In early October, we reached out again to to see how they’ve made it through. There have been more downs than ups over the past few months, but amazingly, all four owners expect their 2020 business to be not far off what they’d anticipated before the virus hit.

Each expressed a sense of being lucky, and of watching the disparate economic

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Swiss Central Bank Faces Crunch Talks on Work Culture Crisis

(Bloomberg) — Thomas Jordan’s biggest personnel crisis since the Swiss National Bank president took the helm eight years ago is about to come to a head.

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The central-bank chief has already been forced to defend his institution publicly over media reports claiming the work culture under his leadership discriminates against women. Now lawmakers are scrutinizing the matter, and Jordan is due to meet with his supervisory board — the Bank Council — on Monday to discuss the merit of the allegations.

“The SNB cannot afford such a blow to its reputation,” Susanne Vincenz-Stauffacher, a lawmaker for the pro-business Free Democrats, said in an interview. “It’s a wake-up call for the SNB’s Bank Council.”

A spokeswoman for the central bank declined to comment on the upcoming meeting.

The storm brewing behind the austere neo-Renaissance facade of the SNB’s 1920s-era headquarters in Zurich is an embarrassing distraction for one of

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5 Strategies That Work for Remote Onboarding (In or Out of Lockdown)

Implement these proven tactics to successfully onboard remote hires now and in the future.

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The COVID-19 stay-at-home mandates threw a few curveballs at small business owners.

Companies were challenged not only to be nimble and innovative enough to keep the lights on during the crisis, but also to prepare for when the economy reopens. Smart business owners wisely took advantage of this opportunity to begin reaching out to and hiring desirable candidates.

Now, as the world begins to recover, many of these employers are tasked with onboarding their new team members. But, how can this be accomplished with lockdowns still in effect in certain parts of the country? What’s more,

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Trump further targets tech-friendly work visa programs in latest immigration restrictions

The Trump administration on Tuesday outlined new rules tightening restrictions placed on guest worker visa programs, including the H-1B program favored by tech industry firms.



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The rules tighten eligibility around foreign workers, so employers must meet more stringent criteria around the jobs they’re hiring for and how much they’re paying. That may make it harder for companies to receive H-1B visas as part of the annual lottery that awards 60,000 slots to foreign workers, not including renewals. The new rules follow a June order from President Donald Trump suspending a range of guest worker visa programs through the end of the year, with the White House citing domestic job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic as the motivator.

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The tech and IT industries that rely on foreign talent now face more hiring restrictions

The Trump administration says the goal is to ensure companies

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Will remote work change central business districts?

This article is part of The Bond Buyer’s multi-platform, four-part series on the Future of Cities, each segment focusing on a different aspect of how life in and the finances of America’s cities could be altered in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

We explore how cities of all sizes are being impacted by outmigration, and where the greatest long-term risks lie; the hard realities and intangibles of the so-called gathering economy – conventions, conferences, theater, sports and arts; how many businesses are at an inflection point with urban office space; and problems that lie ahead and how resilience has taken on a new meaning.

For each, we dig in on the problems and discuss potential solutions with a written story and a companion podcast. Additionally, the series features a video discussion spanning all four topics. To see all of our Future of Cities content, please click here.

The COVID-19

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