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Google for Jobs

African-Americans, like most job seekers, turn to search engines and job sites like Indeed when looking for work. Google, the worlds largest search engine, has  announced Google for Jobs. The new service seeks to leverage Google’s advanced machine learning capabilities to sort through millions of job listings to better match opportunities with candidates.

This new service could help with black unemployment rates which are almost always higher than the national average. Why? Perhaps your name is too black. But ask any African-American and they will tell you straight up that job hunting is an unfair game.

Google for Jobs does not plan to offer its own job listing service. What it is doing is collecting job listings from third party sites like Facebook, Linkedin.com, Glassdoor, Monster, and ZipRecruiter.  Google will then filter jobs using various criteria and bundle together openings for similar jobs that might be listed under different names.

Major employers like FedEx and Johnson & Johnson have been piloting the program. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai the companies saw an 18 percent increase in applications compared to previous methods. The service works by sending the user to the job site posting to apply. But the job listing market is a big business with a market size estimated at $4 billion annually. According to a report by Bloomberg, Indeed.com job search site raked in over $300 million in revenue in the first half of 2015. Google could be testing the waters before it dives in. 

Google for Jobs could play well among black people by revealing more opportunities for employment. According to a study African-Americans have come to rely on online job search information sources more than any U.S. racial or ethnic group. But evidence indicates that not only are black sounding names shunned in the recruitment process but blacks require more education that whites when applying for the same jobs.

National Bureau of Economic Research report showed that applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback. Applicants with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback. The launch of Google for Jobs is planned in the next few weeks.

 

 

Online Holiday Shopping Series #6 – Shipping

The big day is less that ten days away and the shipping deadline is even closer. If you want those holiday gifts to get there before Christmas you better get on the ball.  Shipping companies are working at maximum capacity so you better get on board while you can.

The United States Postal Service  offers its Holiday Planner and advises all you late shippers of the following dates; for standard postal shipping you already missed the date. It was December 15th. So you have to go with First Class and Priority Mail no later than December 20th. For Priority Mail Express the last date is December 23rd. With the USPS you can print you own shipping label as well as take advantage of other conviences. These include seeing what packages are coming your way even without a tracking number by signing up for Manage My Packages. This is probably the coolest of the holiday shipping tools since you can see what is on its way to your house. This is an extremely valuable tool when you think about the delivery confirmation scams currently sweeping the Internet. This service allows you to hold, forward and even intercept packages that are addressed to you. You can also track the packages you send out and schedule a package pick up at your door.

The USPS also has shipping links for both International and Military shipping. For International shipping you simply select the country you want to ship to and the the website will display the dates you need to ship by. You can also see all the APO/FPO AE zip codes for military shipping and the dates for Christmas delivery.

FedEx has reminders of its shipping dates  posted on its website. There are a variety of services that you can choose from to get the goods there by Christmas. But of course the later you wait the less options you have and the more it will cost you. You can click on the link provided to see the shipping choices FedEx also offers International destinations. You can also download their holiday schedule in PDF format. FedEx offers a money back guarantee for all its package deliveries. FedEx also offers various ways to track your packages including tracking and reference numbers.

United Parcel Service provides a handy chart so you can see exactly when you need to ship for Christmas delivery. You can also download their shipping calendar in PDF format. UPS even guarantees delivery if you ship on Christmas Eve if you use their Express Critical Service. But be prepared to pay.

The big day is soon and all the information you need is available to help you get your gifts to their desired locations on time. Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

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ALERT! Order Confirmation Scam ALERT!

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Courtesy of Stuart Miles

Order confirmations scams are exploding all over the Internet this holiday season. Ask anybody that works for UPS, FedEx or the USPS and they will tell you this time of year is the busiest there is for them. And for many people this time of year is when you send or receive the most packages. And that is the sweet spot for this holiday scam.

Scammers are sending out phony order and delivery confirmation emails by the millions to people everyday. Many people, knowing they have sent or are expecting a package, do something they would not normally do. They let their guard down and click on that link or the attachment. They may never discover, or find out too late, that they have given up control of their computer or their identities. The links or attachments install malware on the victim’s computer capable of stealing passwords for email or banking websites. Or the malware turns their computer into a zombie on somebody’s bot net. If you are really unlucky you could end up with a CryptoLocker malware.

Seasonal scams like this one return year after year because the method of tricking you is so successful. Crooks are catching people off-guard during the holidays because so many packages are being sent and received. And they use exact email replicas of delivery services and reliable shopping websites like Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com and Target.com. People are so intensely focused on making sure their orders arrive before Christmas that they forget the Cardinal rule of the Internet; trust no one. Most confirmation emails do not require you to click on anything to get the tracking number. It is right there in the email where you can see it.

Malcovery, a company that tracks email-based malware attacks, reported these phony “order confirmation” scams began around Thanksgiving. The emails use booby-trapped links and attached files to infect Windows PCs with the malware that powers the Asprox spam botnet. Apple computers seem unaffected.

The Asprox malware is a Trojan that steals email user names and other passwords from infected machines.  This type of malware runs in the background and you may not be aware of what your computer is doing. It also can infect your friends computer and perpetuate even more Asprox malware attacks. If you are infected Asprox can also use your computer to attack other websites.

Malcovery.com points out that the Asprox spam uses some tricky subject lines such as “Acknowledgment of Order,” “Order Confirmation,” “Order Status,” “Thank you for buying from [insert merchant name here]”, and a “Thank you for your order.”

Be alert to these tricks. Should you receive an email from an online or brick and mortar store you do business with and it has a legitimate looking logo and it references an order, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK OR ATTACHMENT! Instead, open up another web browser window and visit the merchant site using the web address you are familar with.  Sign in with your own user name and password and check the status of your order. All that information should be there including order issues, your order number, tracking number and expected date of delivery date and who is delivering the package and other information specific to your transaction.  Remember trust no one! Use your own information to research your order. If there is a problem you will discover it.  And remind all your friends and relatives of this scam. Remember; friends don’t let friends play the fool online!

Here are few more tips to spot and fight order confirmation scams;

  • Print a copy of your order confirmation. Highlight all the relevant information and compare it to any email you get.
  • The scam email may be fairly generic not using your name or any information that is familiar to you.  Examine it carefully.
  • Hover you cursor over any links and examine the web address that appears. Make sure it is taking you where you want to go. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CLICK ON THE LINK!
  • Examine any attachment and look for “.exe”, or a double extension like “exe.pdf.” That could be a dangerous crypto malware.
  • Don’t trust any email just because it has a familiar logo or trademark.
  • Keep good records! What to did you buy and from whom? Who did you send it to? Call the person and let them know its coming, the tracking number and who is delivering it. And ask them to let you know what to expect with the same details.
  • Never click on links or attachments. Use your own information to research a problem with your order.
  • Never pay for delivery of something you did not order or were not expecting.
  • Never give personal information over the phone to someone who calls claming to have some thing to deliver to you.
  • Its the Internet; trust no one.

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See FedEx Fraudulent Email Alert

See UPS Fraudulent Email Alert