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An in-person interview for a job can become a nightmare if you suddenly realize you have missed that you have not got some important documents or forgotten to get a pen. That slip up can become costly as you may end up losing that dream job. To prevent this from happening, it is best to prepare for the interview from the time the company contacts you for the job. The below checklist will ensure that you take everything that is needed to make a great first impression. 

Multiple copies of Resumes: Most candidates fail to take a copy of their resumes to the interview thinking that they have already submitted it when they applied for the job and hence not necessary to carry it. But it is better to have a few copies in hand as you don’t know how many people you will meet and it is best not to assume that the interviewer will have your resume copy in hand while interviewing you.

Business cards: Though you may think that business cards are a little old school, it does not mean you should not carry a business card. Though your resume has all the personal details, it is still a good option to use a business card. Moreover, they can be carried easily and can be given to anyone who asks for one. Ensure that you put your online portfolio, your email, and phone number on the card.

Notepad, pen, and folder: Carry your resume in a folder, better to use a leather one than paper so that you can carry a notepad and a pen too. Take notes so that you can jot down important things and also show the interviewer that you are listening and engaged in the conversation.

Portfolios: Taking along work samples or portfolios is a necessity especially if you are looking for creative jobs in journalism, architecture, fashion, advertising, etc. Even if you are not interviewing for artists jobs, you can carry along performance review, ranking reports, emails recognizing your contributions, etc. Even good feedback from previous clients can work wonders for you.

References: Take a few references of a people who are professionally related and who can corroborate your job skills. Moreover, make sure that you give a heads-up to your references that the hiring manager will contact them. Print out the list of references along with their name, contact number, and designation.

Directions: Ensure that you reach the interview venue well on-time as late arrival creates a bad impression. Make sure to get the directions beforehand and work out the start time. Include delays due to unavoidable circumstances into your travel time and if you are driving find out where you need to park.

Make a list of questions to ask: Be prepared with a list of questions by conducting a thorough research on the company and its business. Sometimes coming up with a meaning question can be challenging if you don’t prepare a questionnaire well-ahead.

You now have everything ready for the interview, stay positive and have confidence in your abilities and ensure you have a good night’s sleep to ace that upcoming interview.

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Garment workers in Thailand receive full compensation after wages expose

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By Nanchanok Wongsamuth

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Garment workers in Thailand who were illegally underpaid while making products for major brands have received all the wages owed to them after theme park operator and film producer Universal Studios agreed to pay the outstanding amount.

Universal Studios, owned by media giant Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal, agreed to give $20,000 to a group of Myanmar workers on Wednesday – following three other global brands in making payments to settle the 3.5 million baht ($116,550) owed in unpaid wages.

“We take this matter very seriously and this is not in line with our core values,” a NBCUniversal spokeswoman said.

A Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation in September 2019 found dozens of migrants from Myanmar working at several factories in the western region of Mae Sot were paid less than the daily minimum wage of 310 Thai baht ($10.32).

A group of 26 workers at one of the factories raided in 2019 by officials sued the owner – Kanlayanee Ruengrit – in August last year for failing to pay the 3.5 million baht owed to them.

Interviews with workers by local and global rights groups found that her factory was making goods for several major brands from Universal Studios to Britain’s largest supermarket Tesco.

The workers later received a payment of about 2.88 million baht from Kanlayanee and three brands that said Kanlayanee’s factory had been subcontracted by their suppliers or partners without permission – Disney, Starbucks and Tesco.

The money from Universal Studios will be paid to MAP Foundation, which has supported the workers and been in discussion with the companies, and will distribute the funds directly to the workers.

“Since the former licensee has failed to respond to multiple requests to pay the affected Thai factory workers, we are making a goodwill donation to MAP Foundation … to distribute funds directly to the workers,” the NBCUniversal spokeswoman said.

Suchart Trakoonhutip, a coordinator at MAP Foundation, said the payment marked the first time that underpaid workers in Mae Sot had received the full amount owed to them in a wage dispute.

The Mae Sot case sets an example for other brands to follow in terms of taking responsibility, but workers should not have to rely on the goodwill of companies in order to receive money they have earned, said Ilona Kelly, a coordinator at pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign.

“The industry urgently needs binding agreements to hold brands to account, the lack of which has become even more notable during COVID-19 as millions of workers are now owed wages and severance pay,” she added.

“Without (government) legislation, the happy ending of the Kanlayanee story will continue to be as unobtainable as a fairytale ending for most workers.”

One of the Kanlayanee workers, who now works part-time on a farm, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that he plans to send the additional money to his sick father in Myanmar.

“I feel happy and proud that I will soon receive the full amount of money I am owed,” said the worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

($1 = 30.0300 baht)

(Reporting by Nanchanok Wongsamuth @nanchanokw; Editing by Michael Taylor. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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BBVA may cut 3,000 jobs in Spain, Expansion says

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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s BBVA is considering cutting around 3,000 jobs in its home market, or around 10% of its staff there, to adapt to the rise in online banking, newspaper Expansion reported on Wednesday, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

BBVA declined to comment.

Last month, the bank’s chief executive officer Onur Genc told analysts the lender was looking into cost-cutting plans for low growth geographies, “including a fast restructuring programme (in Spain)” in the first half of 2021.

Spanish and European lenders are pursuing different alternatives to cut costs, either through tie-ups or on a standalone basis, as they grapple with the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and ultra low interest rates.

BBVA’s net profit in Spain fell 48% in the fourth quarter against the same quarter of 2019.

A spokeswoman for Comisiones Obreras, the biggest union at BBVA, said on Wednesday negotiations or meetings with the bank on potential job cuts had not started yet.

BBVA has around 29,300 employees in Spain out of around 123,000 globally.

The cuts would be roughly in line with similar measures taken by other Spanish lenders.

BBVA’s main competitor in Spain, Santander, last year announced it would lay off nearly 3,600 employees and cut around 30% of branches in the country.

(Reporting by Jesús Aguado, Editing by Inti Landauro and Mark Potter)

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Puma forecasts strong rebound from end of second quarter

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German sportswear company Puma said on Wednesday it expects a heavy impact on its results from lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic through the end of the second quarter, but said it sees strong improvements after that.

“We do expect the negative impact to continue through the first and parts of the second quarter, but expect to see an improvement in the second half of the year,” Chief Executive Bjorn Gulden said in a statement.

For the full year, it expects at least a moderate increase in sales in constant currency, with an upside potential, and a significant improvement compared with 2020 for both its operating and net profit.

Fourth-quarter sales rose by a currency-adjusted 9.1% to 1.52 billion euros ($1.85 billion) and operating profit by 14.6% to 63 million euros, meeting average analyst forecasts for 1.52 billion and 62 million euros respectively.

Puma said growth in the fourth quarter was driven by Greater China and its Europe, Middle East and Africa region, despite lockdowns in Europe, noting that about half of the stores selling its products in Europe are still closed today.

Rival Nike in December raised its full-year sales forecast after COVID-wary shoppers demanding outdoor sportswear drove its third consecutive surge in online sales.

($1 = 0.8226 euros)

(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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