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The Blog

05
Feb

How to Spot a Fake Profile Scammer

If you haven't already noticed, there are an ever-increasing number of faked profiles on Linked In. On average I get 1 a week trying to connect with me - so around 50 a year, and my network currently is less than 2000 people.

At best they are harvesting your contact information so that they can sell a list of contacts for spamming / marketing purposes. At worst they may be planning a more sophisticated scam and will soon be trying to establish rapport and build your trust.

Yes there are legitimately lots of people who are just starting out with Linked In, or else have badly written profiles. However, there are common signs of a fake profile.

Read more: How to Spot a Fake Profile Scammer

02
Feb

It's not magic, but it IS transforming business

Did you know that parts of several Philippines business districts have turned into "mini-Australia" because there are such a large number of Australian businesses setting up their offshore teams there? In parts of Manila, Clark, and to a lesser extent Cebu, it is now very common to see Australian brands, Australian flags inside offices, and Australian managers delivering training to their staff.

Everywhere you turn is another Australian brand you recognise. Some are large corporates - banks, airlines, telcos and other big businesses which you would not be surprised to see offshore. But the new majority are actually small and medium enterprises. This reflects the offshore boom occurring in the SME sector due to how easy it has become to set up a team offshore. Some Australian businesses have had a team there for a decade or more, but for most it's only happened in the last few years.

Read more: It's not magic, but it IS transforming business

09
Dec

How to avoid Bob ruining your offshore team

I've been exploring the offshoring / outsourcing / BPO industry since about 2009. In that time I have done extensive research on the industry and its evolution, spoken to hundreds of businesses owners and managers about their offshoring experiences in The Philippines, published a book about the global labour trends, and lost count of the number of BPO / staffing facilities I have inspected and reviewed.

This industry is fast becoming the new boom industry for the 2010 decade ahead, and like the "dot com" boom era, there's an increasing amount of hype, a lot of doomed ideas, and a lot of mist obscuring the worthwhile paths.

We have assembled a short but powerful list of top-shelf providers, which we regularly review and update to ensure it stays top shelf. It's unapologetically difficult to get onto the list because having high standards helps our clients succeed.

Read more: How to avoid Bob ruining your offshore team

05
Dec

Moving with the times – hiring a talented team offshore

The Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Dr Philip Lowe, is bucking the conservative nature of the RBA when voicing his opinion on where Australia needs to develop in order to survive and thrive amidst a rapid uptake of offshoring of jobs.

If we are going to be paying some of the highest wages in the world, and carrying some of the highest living and business costs in the world, then we cannot afford to be doing work here that can be done elsewhere for one tenth of the price.

Australian businesses need to focus on high value, complex, and highly paying tasks, and use global resourcing to make them more price competitive.

Read more: Moving with the times – hiring a talented team offshore

01
Dec

Moving with the times hiring a talented team offshore

Dr Philip Lowe is bucking the conservative nature of the RBA when voicing his opinion on where Australia needs to develop in order to survive and thrive amidst a rapid uptake of offshoring of jobs.

If we are going to be paying some of the highest wages in the World, and carrying some of the highest living & business costs in the world, then we cannot afford to be doing work here that can be done elsewhere for one tenth of the price.

Australian businesses need to focus on high value, complex, and highly paying tasks, and use global resourcing to make them more price competitive.

Read more: Moving with the times hiring a talented team offshore