A Job That Isn’t Hard to Get in a Pandemic: Swindlers’ Helper

Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of.

The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited Newton to apply for a job as a “local hub inspector.” When she started work in May, Newton began receiving boxes with Apple Watches and laptops in them. Her job was to open the boxes, check the contents and then mail them off to foreign addresses.

But something was off. The boxes were suspiciously plain, even though they included brand-name products. The name on the labels was never Newton’s. When she asked

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Can You Retire Comfortably if You Only Work a Part-Time Job?

Working part time is nothing new, but the gig economy makes it more attractive than ever to take a high-paying hourly job. Rather than toiling in a single full-time job, online employment platforms make it possible to string together a number of part-time positions for a career that features flexible hours and expanded free time.

However, part-time employment has downsides when it comes to retirement. While full-time workers can receive enticing perks like retirement plans and health insurance, gig workers and others with part-time hours may be solely responsible for their own savings and benefits. That can make it difficult to prepare for the retirement lifestyle you want, especially if you only work a single part-time job.

“I’m going to tell you as a retirement planner … it is not possible for most people,” says Wendy Terrill, owner of retirement planning firm Assurance & Guarantee in Burlington, North Carolina.


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How to build a personal brand, to help you land your next job role

Photo credit: Louisa Parry / Jemima Hetherington
Photo credit: Louisa Parry / Jemima Hetherington

From Cosmopolitan

At risk of sounding like your grandma, we’ve never been more searchable online. From Instagram and Twitter to Depop and your 2005 Bebo account, a quick Google of your name will bring up hundreds of results. Which, if you’re waiting for a long-lost summer romance to get in touch, is great! But if you’re hoping to land your next career move, you might find how you come across online is holding you back (hello *those* pictures from #Ibiza2k12.)

A Monster Jobs study revealed 77% of executive recruiters use search engines to find out about their candidates, so having an internet presence that’s in line with where you’re hoping to go professionally is key. “Social media can be a powerful tool for career development when used in the right way,” Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, explains. “But it’s important to be

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Why these developer job titles are ridiculous and shouldn’t exist

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the ultimate god developer of the universe
the ultimate god developer of the universe

Similarly to the nobility in the Middle-Age who loved enslaving poor villagers to make lords and knights rich and powerful, we, software developers, love titles.

A glimpse at one’s title and you’ll know exactly what the developer is capable of, and how much value he’ll bring to the company. How useful! How magical!

We don’t have lords, kings, and buffoons in our little Software Development World. However, your favorite recruiter, CTO, COO, CEO, or whatever C-level manager, might enjoy calling you “coder,” “programmer,” “developer,” “web developer,” “front end developer,” “software developer,” “software developer engineer,” “devops,” “architect,” and even “consultant.” They might use more exotic terms too, depending on the creativity of your management.

These titles aim

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The most lucrative languages to get a better job and salary in the UK

You could boost your salary by up to 75% by learning a second language via a course, an app or books. Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA
You could boost your salary by up to 75% by learning a second language via a course, an app or books. Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA

Speak a second language, or thinking about learning one? You could earn up to 75% more, depending on what you pick.

With many UK companies having international offices, multilingual employees are a precious asset to employers, meaning the financial returns of speaking a second language — especially one in high demand but low supply — can be huge.

Jobs with a pay differential based on how many languages you can speak pay about 20% more to bi- or multilingual candidates, data from shows.

However, depending on the language you speak and the sector you work in, being bi- or multi-lingual could boost your salary by a whopping three quarters, according to new research by online educational provider Preply.

Arabic is the most lucrative language

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4 clever methods to boost your wealth in 2020 by working a regular 9 to 5 job

Sometimes, 9 to 5 jobs get a bad wrap. We are told that to build serious wealth, we need to start our own business or hustle 24/7. But, that’s just not true.

Your 9 to 5 job offers all the components to build wealth. Wealth is built through a relatively simple equation, and it looks like this:

Wealth = Income + Investments – Lifestyle

Our income can come from any source, like our regular 9 to 5 job, starting a business, odd jobs, or side hustles that we do over the weekend.

To build wealth using our 9 to 5 job, we are going to focus on four primary money techniques: increasing our salary, building our emergency fund, investing as much as possible, and controlling our lifestyle.

Increase our salary

For most of us, our salaries are how we earn money. And naturally, the more money that we earn, the

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I’m so glad you can afford to quit your job amid a crisis you helped create

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Kellyanne Conway prepares to appear on “Meet the Press” from the North Lawn at the White House on Sunday. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

Dear Kellyanne Conway:

You don’t know me, but the news of your decision to leave your position as senior advisor to President Trump in order to focus on your children during this relentlessly stressful time resonated with me in a deep and personal way. Now, there may be other reasons — “focus on my family” is the great catch-all departure phrase as you well know — but I’m going to take you at your word. Why would you lie?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brutalized so many, but it’s been particularly hard on working mothers, hasn’t it? With everyone home 24/7, the demands on your time, even when you are clearly working, are endless. And don’t get me started

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Job vacancies climb as companies begin re-hiring

Building site - Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg
Building site – Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Hiring is back as the economy reopens and bosses take on more staff, raising hopes that the newly unemployed will be able to get back to work.

More than 1.1m jobs are available according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), including an extra 125,000 new postings in the past week.

The Office for National Statistics found that online vacancy adverts are now up to 62pc of their 2019 level, up from just over half in late July and a low of 42pc in May.

Previously closed industries are bringing back furloughed workers, with less than 14pc of all private sector staff now paid to stay at home. This is down by more than half from its peak, indicating that most are now working once more.

In the final fortnight of July more than one-quarter of all staff in arts, entertainment, and recreation returned to

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I’m a 19-year-old TikTok influencer. Here’s how I turned social media into a job

Parker James, 19, is a social media creator based in Dallas, Texas, who has made a name for himself on TikTok through his family-friendly comedic character “StEvEn.” His character is the endearing and curious CEO of the Dino Club, a fictitious club he created for dinosaur lovers. Below James shares in his own words how he went from being an average high schooler to a TikTok powerhouse with over 6 million followers, a talent agent and making a living from creating videos.

I’ve always enjoyed making others happy.

When I was younger, I started making funny videos in hopes of making my friends and family laugh. Their reactions always made me so proud and motivated me to continue to come up with new jokes and skits.

However, as I grew older I got more into sports than my previous comedy passions. Unfortunately, while trying out a new trick on my

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It’s my job to help tackle online hate and structural racism

Prince Harry talks social media hate and structural racism
Prince Harry talks social media hate and structural racism

The Duke of Sussex has said it will take “every single person on the planet” to tackle racism, as the author of a controversial new biography claimed the monarchy missed a unique opportunity to have “diversity, inclusivity and representation” at its heart.

Prince Harry said that expecting charities to solve racism was “like throwing a bucket of water on a forest fire,” suggesting that it was now so ingrained in society that structural change was the only answer.

His intervention came as Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, published on Tuesday, that racism “really did play a role” in the couple’s decision to quit royal life, stating that the “level of ignorance” within palace walls “made it very difficult for Meghan.”

He said: “History will remember them as a couple that were perhaps failed by the institution of the monarchy.”


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