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If you are a job seeker who wants employers to notice you, a personal website is the perfect tool for that. According to new research from Godaddy, only 32% of graduates actually have an online portfolio to display their work. That means you will stand out more when it comes to finding work. With over three million graduates set to enter the workforce this year, GoDaddy recently conducted research among 250 industry-wide hiring managers and 1,000 students to reveal what the class of 2017 should come to expect when hunting for their first jobs. Other findings include; - 76% of hiring managers regularly check the social media and online presence of candidates - More than 60% of millennial hiring managers said having a website or online portfolio is important for candidates First Impressions Count  The research uncovered some general do's and don'ts for new graduates hoping to make a good first impression when looking for their first professional jobs this summer: 4 minutes - the average time candidates have to form a good first impression, informed by everything from the quality of a handshake (54%) to their punctuality (67%). 53% of hiring managers said they use thought-provoking curveball questions during an interview to form this impression by revealing something interesting about a candidate. Top curveball questions included: How many computers are there in Manhattan ? What tree do you resemble most? If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be, and why? Increasingly though, these first impressions are being formed before a meeting ever takes place -- highlighting how a strong digital presence could be the difference between equally qualified candidates landing a job: Three in four hiring managers (76%) now regularly check the social media profiles and online presence of candidates, but only 50% of graduates make sure theirs is up to standard before an interview. Millennial hiring managers pay particularly close attention to digital presence — more than 60% said having a website or online portfolio is important for candidates. Almost one quarter (24%) have refused to hire somebody based on their online presence. 70% of recent grads think employers typically look for an online portfolio when considering a new hire, but only a third (32%) actually have an online portfolio to display their work currently. Dedicated Hotline for New Graduates + GoCentral To help new graduates show get online quickly and confidently to show off their work as they pursue jobs, GoDaddy has launched a new dedicated, 24/7 consultation hotline for graduates. By calling 480-463-8307 new job hunters will be connected to GoDaddy's customer care team who will provide help and assistance for everything from choosing the right resume website template or online portfolio template, to how SEO can improve their chances of being found by potential employers. "First impressions have always been important, and these findings show that's true now more than ever in a culture where our work and personal lives are increasingly interwoven," said Monica Bailey , Chief People Officer, GoDaddy. "While there are some things graduate job seekers can't ever truly prepare for - curveball questions included - harnessing their natural affinity for digital media to perfect their personal brand will put the Class of 2017 in great shape to land the job they've always wanted. With the GoDaddy Graduate Hotline, we'll be there to help them take that leap and claim an awesome online presence that will serve them for years to come."
While it is true that success cannot be taught, going to college is definitely not the waste of time. Sure, a number of insanely successful people like Steve Jobs or Larry Ellison dropped out of college, but both of them did attend it at one point (Ellison did so two times). And following that excuse, there are also many more people who left college and didn’t succeed after that. There is much more to it than just getting a diploma, and here are a few ways in which your college choice affects your career. Indicator of effort First things first, it is true that your grades aren’t a perfect indicator of your knowledge, but what they do reveal is how hard you are willing to work on the tasks set before you by the education system. At the beginning of your high school, you and your colleagues will all start from the same point, and your own work, dedication and perseverance are the determining factor of how well you fare on this path. Everyone knows that acquiring high-profile university admissions takes more than just hard work (although it is the most important factor), but it also requires a certain amount of resourcefulness and strategic thinking. All of these are things that your future employers will know how to appreciate. Better pay grade The examples mentioned in the introduction are all people who managed to come up with something new. If that wasn’t the case, their pay grade would be determined by things like their proficiency, work station and of course, their college degree. There is an estimate that those who graduate from private schools tend to earn about 7 percent more than their public school counterparts. On average, this is quite a difference, and a good enough reason on its own to think carefully before applying for college. Most prolific career paths To be frank, the difficulty of finding a job and the amount of money you will make when you do mostly depends on the field of study you choose. The most prolific fields are healthcare and nursing, civil engineering, financial studies and of course IT. On the other hand, degrees in communications, psychology, liberal arts and sociology are next to impossible to get a job with . This is something you need to keep in mind before you decide which career path to pursue. Of course, it is always possible to try and change your agenda later on, but it is much simpler (not to mention cheaper) to do it right the first time around. Depending on what you choose, you might need some assistance along the way. For example, is you go for healthcare, consulting and UMAT Tutoring may help you get admitted to your preferred university. Making contacts Even though it is always for the best to rely on your own skills when building your career, it is never a bad idea to have a few friends in high places. Getting admitted to an Ivy League college means that you will get a chance to interact with future world leaders, celebrities and big shots of your own industry. This means that sometime in the future, one of these people might recommend you, endorse you or even contact you about a job offer. Naturally, no one is going to give you a high position just because you were acquaintances in college, but sometimes an entry-level job can be just as good, seeing how it will give you a chance to demonstrate your proficiency and reach that high position through your own efforts. Acquiring skills In the end, the most important of all is that you get to learn your job. The higher ranked college you get into, the greater are the chances that your professors and lecturers will be world-class. Sure, a lot of things will still be up to you since even the most skilled instructor can’t teach you absolutely everything, but having this privilege available definitely improves your chances by a long shot. Conclusion As you can see, although the choice of college isn’t a guarantee for success (there is no such thing), it is definitely a good starting point. A lot of people look at college as some sort of preparation for the real world, but these people fail to realize the essence behind the very concept of college. Once you get into the college, the real world has already begun. The choice of the right one may just be the first major life-changing decision you will have to make in your lifetime. Make it count!
It can be easy to feel defeated while job searching, and it often involves numerous levels of rejection. Reading endless lists of job qualifications to find that there is one certification or level of training that makes you ineligible for a potential job can feel crushing. So can copious amounts of rejection emails or lack of any response at all.   Knowing that it happens to others can help soften the blow. There are lessons to be learned from each resume submission and ways to keep your head on straight while finding the right job to fit your lifestyle and qualifications.   Take Away the Positive   If you have received a personal denial email back from the hiring director that isn’t simply copied and pasted, take the opportunity to write back and learn more on why you did not get the position. Ask them if there were any further qualifications that would have made you a more eligible candidate or if there was any input they might have on how to improve your resume.   Oftentimes, hiring managers will return your email with a compliment sandwich and will highlight what you did well on either side of some constructive criticism. Insight from hiring managers is some of the best critique available, if you can get them to respond to your emails.   Celebrate the small victories. If you get feedback that your LinkedIn profile is really dialed-in, then move onto another task that can help you be self-promotional. Consider doing some networking or using your LinkedIn profile to find other possible job openings within the platform.   Stay Creative   Recruiters and hiring managers sees hundreds of resumes a day. Making your resume stand out as it flies through the hands of someone that has never seen or met you can give you a higher chance of getting an interview. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create a visually stunning product. There are a number of templates online to choose from — both available for free and for purchase. This is one of many ways to keep your creative juices flowing.   If you are currently unemployed and job searching, take the time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. According to American Graphics Institute , spending time in nature is attributed to stimulating creativity. When you are feeling stuck while updating your resume or a tough application question, go on a walk. While you are out in the sunshine, practice a set of interview questions with yourself to try and stimulate innovative and thoughtful answers. Healthy amounts of vitamin D (obtained from sun exposure) has been shown to help elevate your mood and will help to contributing to your ability to stay positive throughout your job search.   Forward Momentum   If you are stuck in a dead-end job and job searching, take the chance to work on adding to your resume by taking a class, or even getting your master’s degree, to make you more appealing to recruiters and hiring managers. If you have been at your job for a substantial amount of time, you can likely find ways to save time and put aside a little study time during work hours. There are a number of free online courses, as well as online master’s programs that you can chip away at while you are seeking out that dream job. At the end of the day, you will at least feel more fulfilled knowing that you were taking the steps towards adding to your resume and making yourself more marketable. Remember that when any door closes, another door opens. Keep your chin up during your job search as confidence can be very appealing during interview process. You have skills to offer and learning how to best highlight them will be your best weapon in getting that interview. If you are not feeling confident about your resume or qualifications, make the move towards setting yourself up for success by registering for a professional growth course. There is a perfect fit for everyone out there, you will find yours! W.M. Chandler is a Colorado native and works best with her head in the clouds. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing about unfamiliar subjects. She writes passionately about nature and the outdoors, human connections and relationships, nutrition and politics. Twitter: @wmchandler1212
if you need a job and live in Southern California you may be in luck. Ralphs Grocery Company is looking to hire 800 people to fill open positions in its supermarkets.  All Ralphs supermarkets will be holding hiring events on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We have a wide variety of part-time positions that we need to fill in every Ralphs store in Southern California ," said Kendra Doyel , vice president of Corporate Affairs for Ralphs Grocery Company. "Positions are available to friendly and engaging people in most every department including front end, deli, meat, bakery and grocery." Job seekers interested in applying for a position at their local Ralphs supermarket should apply online at jobs.ralphs.com prior to May 20 . Then they can visit their neighborhood Ralphs supermarket on May 20 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a job interview. The positions for which Ralphs is hiring offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement. ABOUT RALPHS Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently employs more than 20,000 associates who serve customers in 193 supermarkets in Los Angeles , Orange , Riverside , San Bernardino , San Diego , San Luis Obispo , Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women's health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company's stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR), one of the nation's largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio . For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com . Check out our other California job listings .
You sit down at an interview, your mind is running through everything you’ve prepared – competency examples, technical knowledge, etc. The interviewer starts with: “Can you walk me through your CV?” Are you thoroughly prepared for this? Hopefully you are, as this is one of the most important sections of the interview. Here’s how you should handle it. Importance of the CV walkthrough The CV walkthrough is often the first real impression you make and we all know how impactful first impressions are. It’s also the only time in the interview when you have complete control. During preparation, this section is often neglected as candidates believe they can do it ‘off the cuff’. However, this often results in a flustered, disorganised performance where parts are missed! A confident CV walkthrough speaks volumes and sets you up for the rest of the interview. Not only will it calm your nerves, but will also grab the attention of the interviewer.   How to tackle Think of your CV walkthrough as a performance. It should be a five-minute ‘speech’ about you. Keeping it recent and relevant should allow you plenty of time to cover everything. Don’t dwell on the distant past or experience that isn’t relevant. Focus on highlighting the experience and knowledge which will score you points in the interview. Ordering Construct the walkthrough in chronological order: start with education, then employment history where you highlight only your most recent and relevant roles. Then also add any additional qualifications/certificates you have acquired. A good outline for detailed positions: What drew you to the job in the first place Your daily tasks and responsibilites Reason(s) you left Also, don’t forget to mention what you enjoyed about the role – this adds a bit of personality, making you a more memorable candidate. It will also indicate what will motivate you in your next position. Keeping relevant to job Pick out your technical skills which are relevant. You will find these lie within the role description you’re applying for. Which essential and/or desired skills do you already have? Link these with the ones on your CV and spend a little more time emphasising them. When detailing previous positions, keep in mind you should only spend around five minutes on the CV walkthrough. Concentrate on your current role, along with the previous one or two positions. To avoid repetition, focus on the technical skills here and leave the soft skills for the competency section of the interview. And don’t forget to mention the most important skills required. For example, Excel is almost always a requirement in the finance industry. Although it’s a common skill to have, it is often overlooked by candidates. Additional technical skills and experience will also add a bit of colour to the walkthrough. Some good examples would be: regulatory knowledge (IFRS, US GAAP, MifID II, etc.), fund product knowledge, and migration project experience.   Summarising Providing a summary and bringing the CV walkthrough back to present day will conclude this section and show the interviewer how prepared you are. A good summary will remind them of how qualified you are and emphasise your interest in the role. It should, essentially, state your reason as to why you are interviewing with them Practice makes perfect Simply taking note of your key points won’t suffice. You should practice the walkthrough with the key points as a guide, but don’t memorise a script. This will only increase the risk of making mistakes and sounding unnatural. The best way is to practice out loud to someone – friends, family, or even to the wall! Keep going until it rolls off your tongue. Time yourself during the practice rounds (or get the listener to) so the walkthrough is about five minutes. Any longer and your audience will lose interest. Any shorter and you’re not selling yourself enough. And lastly, don’t panic, this is all about you – and ‘you’ is your topic of expertise. Following these tips will ensure a confident and polished performance and articulate why you are right for the job.   Author: Georgia Waters, Associate Consultant, Core-Asset Consulting http://www.core-asset.co.uk/resource/cv-walkthrough
If you are searching for a job, it’s important to use all of the resources available to you. Finding work is tough in today’s economy, so if you aren’t using everything at your disposal, you could be disappointed for a long time. Here are 7 ways that your iPhone can help. Search on the go First and foremost, you will want to keep your eyes on all of the jobs out there. Every time something comes up in your niche, you will want to know about it. You can find apps which will search through all of the available job sites to find the listings you need all in one place – JobMo is a good example of this. Apply for jobs When you are on the move, you may not have time to get to a computer every time you see a job opening. But if you don’t apply fast, you could end up missing your chance. You can store your CV and other relevant documents such as a covering letter in the iCloud. If you have purchased a second-hand iPhone, you may have to unlock it before you can use this feature. Then just attach your documents from the cloud when you apply. Tighten your CV You can even write, edit, and save your CV on your phone so long as you have an app like Pocket CV . There are various free and paid apps available in this niche, and they will all help you to make a CV on the go. It’s perfect for job seekers who only have spare time while commuting, and can’t be caught editing a CV on a work computer. Practice for job interviews When you have an interview lined up, it’s important to make sure that you are prepared for it. Apps like Career Ready will put you through your paces with the kind of questions that you can expect. You can see strong answer examples, tips on how to answer, and try them out for yourself. Plan your route Need to get to your interview? Google Maps is one of the best apps ever created for navigation, and it’s probably already installed on your phone. You can plot a course to your destination using car, public transport, or walking on foot. So, long as you have an internet connection, you can check your progress. Even if the internet fails you, you will be able to look at the map and figure out your next steps until you get back into a zone with better signal. Make contacts When you are looking for work, having contacts in the right places could make all the difference. Let your network know that you are on the move, and see what falls into place. Connect with people in your industry through the LinkedIn app. This is also a great place to spot job vacancies and read up on company histories. Get social Finally, there are apps for every social network out there – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on. Use these apps for two purposes. First, make sure that your name is not associated with anything cringeworthy – like old photos that you’re still tagged in, or tweets you shouldn’t have sent. Second, keep your ear to the ground for people leaving their jobs or positions becoming available. With these apps in the palm of your hand, your job search will get a whole lot easier. Make sure that you download a few apps as soon as you make the decision to look for a new position. Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Content Manager at VPN Compass - a leading portal on VPN services and internet.
Over the course of the last year, the real estate industry generated about $200 billion in revenue . Even though this was earned by over 210,000 companies and although not everyone got an equally big piece of the cake, this still makes it into one of the most lucrative lines of work out there. With this in mind, those who are still considering their career options might decide to opt for this niche in the end. Here are five tips on how to get started. Clear out your schedule One of the first things people notice about real estate is that it isn’t a typical 9 to 5 job. This, however, doesn’t mean you are necessarily working any less. Furthermore, you most likely won’t be paid by the hour but are rather receiving a commission, which means that working longer hours doesn’t mean getting a heftier paycheck. Next, regardless of your time zone, you might get a call from an important international client in the middle of the night and be expected to accommodate them the best you can. One more thing, even going on vacation doesn’t mean taking a break from work. Your clients might still need your assistance while you are away and as we already mentioned, you are on a performance pay. The type of real estate is key Amongst the first choices you will have to make when you decide to get involved in this industry is the type of real estate you will specialize in. Overall, you have two types of real estate: residential and commercial. For the former, you will have to learn about the strongest selling points in a residential building, like the kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and landscaping. As for the latter one, you will have to become an expert in property management . This means things like accounting, procurement, risk management, security and many other issues in question. Honing your communication skills The key to closing the deal lies in your skill to adequately communicate with a client. A lot of people make a mistake believing that communication is a single skill, but it can be divided into several sub-categories . For example, you need to find a way to use body language to your advantage, change nuances of your voice tone and exercise empathy at the moment when it is most expected of you. Another thing that you need to learn how to do is become an active listener. Sometimes, your clients will be open about what they expect in order to be convinced, but you won’t learn what that is unless you listen. Constant improvement Earlier on, we talked about communication skills being essential to your success, but there are other fields in which you could improve as well. In 2017, the whole business world is migrating online and some speculate that it won’t be long until VR starts playing a huge role in the world of real estate . In order to benefit from all these latest trends, you need to gain at least basic proficiency in some of these IT skills. This is why you need to constantly improve in order to grow professionally. Competing with yourself In the end, a lot of real estate agents make a mistake of competing with their industry peers and seeing this as a measure of success. Unfortunately, this seldom turns out to be accurate or revealing. You see, other agents may simply have better properties, richer/more gullible clients or simply more (or less) luck than you do. The only way you can truly see your progress is by competing with yourself and keeping the track record of your own accomplishments. This way, you will know what you have achieved since your humble beginnings. Although incredibly lucrative, a career in real estate is a highly volatile one. Your success depends on your own skills, dedication and sometimes even luck. For this reason, this profession is reserved only for the most ambitious and the bravest workaholics out there. Nonetheless, even they could benefit from some free advice.
Over the next 5 years Taco Bell has ambitious plans to hire nearly 100,000 people but this summer will also see a major hiring push. Hiring kicks into full swing this month, with the company and its franchisees expecting to fill 3,500 newly created jobs this summer alone. In addition, as the company heads into its busiest season of the year, it will seek to fill 50,000 additional positions across the system by the end of the summer. Connecting the right job with the right candidate is not always easy. Taco Bell is looking to make this process even better for current and potential employees through its newly launched partnership with Roadtrip Nation. Today also marks the debut of Taco Bell's first ever 30 under 30 list. Together, this industry-first partnership and round-up of top talent highlights the career paths within Taco Bell, making it easier for current and future employees to match their job needs and goals with Taco Bell's varied career opportunities.  "Last year we announced our commitment to hire 100,000 new team members in our system by 2022," said Brian Niccol , Chief Executive Officer at Taco Bell. "We are now taking that commitment to the next level with recruiting and employment programs to help us and our franchisees invest in our employees, and their experience, in significant ways." Whether people are looking for their first job, a summer stint or one that can provide education and leadership development opportunities, Taco Bell is helping to remove obstacles to finding and landing the right job. "Our system's employees are central to creating exceptional experiences for the 46 million customers we serve each week," said Frank Tucker , Chief People Officer at Taco Bell. "Taco Bell and our franchisees are committed to building workplaces where team members want to work and grow. That starts by showcasing the diverse pathways in the Taco Bell system and celebrating employees' achievements, which we're doing by shining a spotlight on some of Taco Bell's most impressive young talent."
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression — and the expression especially applies during the job hunt. But for those who may be new to the working world or haven't pursued a job in a while, a primer on what employers are looking for in application materials may be needed to stand out for the right reasons. "Resumes should make it easy for a hiring manager to quickly assess whether a candidate has the right qualifications," said Paul McDonald , senior executive director of Robert Half. "Even small changes in format can help job seekers put their best foot forward."   McDonald added, "Understanding what information to include — and omit — from each section of your resume is the solution. Just one misstep could be enough to sink any chances of landing an interview." Following is a section-by-section breakdown of resume best practices, along with some Resumania™  examples — flubs by real job seekers Robert Half has run across that should not be emulated. THE HEADING Do: Include basic information: name, phone number, email address and a link to your LinkedIn profile. Don't: Add protected or sensitive details, such as age, race, date of birth, social security number, marital status or religion, and attempts at humor. Trying to be funny usually induces more eye-rolls than laughs. Here are job seekers who missed the memo: "Marital status: None that I know of." "Important note: The fastest way to get in touch with me is through email because my laptop is attached to my hip." PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Do: Lead with a concise overview of your most impressive qualifications, emphasizing skills and achievements most pertinent to the position. Don't: Offer empty statements that add little insight into your top selling points. While short and sweet is great, these applicants left out all the details: "Summary: I need a job." "Summary: I qualify for this position." "Summary: Ability to think inside the box." EDUCATION Do: Cite the institution you attended, the degree earned, and (optional) the month and year you graduated. Mention if you graduated with honors. If you were a member of several organizations, include that information in a separate section. Don't: Include your grade-point average, unless it's truly impressive and you're a recent graduate. Listing "relevant courses" is also unnecessary unless you lack work experience. The following job candidates' education sections certainly didn't make the grade: "Education: I didn't achieve much. Schools did little to challenge me, so I didn't put much effort in." "Education: Attended a useless diploma mill." "Education: I'll be honest, I learn from experience, not the classroom." EXPERIENCE Do: Focus less on your responsibilities and more on the positive impact you made. Convert statements that merely describe your job duties into ones that spotlight specific accomplishments. Don't: Include a laundry list of every duty you've ever performed. Also, avoid vague wording such as participated in or was responsible for and instead use more powerful verbs such as created , led , initiated or increased . These candidates certainly didn't win over prospective employers: "Experience: Too much to list. Ask me about it in person at my interview ." "Experience: Recently escaped from a bad boss situation after two years. It feels odd but amazing to finally be free of that jerk and his negative energy." "Experience: Technical support. I was terminated after arriving to training late four times." SKILLS Do: Highlight specific skills that dovetail with the job you're seeking, paying special attention to soft skills . Employers know there's a good chance candidates with strong communication, leadership and interpersonal abilities, for example, will mesh well with colleagues and the company culture. Don't: Waste precious space being vague — or pretentious — about your abilities. These applicants violated another mortal resume sin: not proofreading: "Skills: Writing, listening and public eaking. Yes, I can engage in intellectual conversations with a myrad of professionals!" "Skills: I always try to be goo at what I am doing." "Skills: Efficient and efficient." ACHIEVEMENTS AND HONORS Do: Understand that all accomplishments are not created equal. Focus on achievements that connect to your career. Don't: List so-called "accomplishments" that are dated or unrelated to your profession. This mid-career professional should have kept this personal point of pride to himself: "Achievements: When I was nine years old, I started a neighborhood newspaper staffed entirely by the grade school kids I played with every day. They went on strike after a few weeks, and I edited the paper myself until it folded." About Robert Half Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has 325 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at roberthalf.com . For career and hiring advice, visit the Robert Half blog at roberthalf.com/blog .
GettingHired, a national disability outreach and recruitment solution, is hosting an online career fair for job seekers with disabilities on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 between 12 – 3 p.m. EDT . More than 20 actively hiring GettingHired employer partners, including Merck, MetLife, Amgen, Comcast NBCUniversal and Waste Management, are participating in the event which will give job seekers the opportunity to talk directly with recruiters in real-time via a text-based chat system. Recruiters from participating employers will share information on their business, available jobs and company culture. Job seekers will have up to 10 minutes to chat with each prospective employer; each employer will have at least three recruiters available. Candidates are encouraged to bring updated copies of their resumes. GettingHired last held an online career fair in October 2016 . The event included more than 20 employers, attracted over 700 job seekers, and prompted more than 400 conversations between candidates and recruiters. Tracey Klein , executive vice president of GettingHired, commented: "We are proud to host this unique event for the fourth year in a row. Our career fair gives job seekers with disabilities an unmatched opportunity to connect with dozens of inclusive employers that are actively hiring. Past events have been very successful and we anticipate even higher turnout this year." About GettingHired GettingHired, an Allegis Group Company, is a recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusive employers and advocacy organizations hire professional individuals and veterans with disabilities. We provide employers with a full-service solution for attracting, recruiting, hiring and retaining the talent they need to meet their goals while also complying with OFCCP regulations. We provide job seekers with a fully-accessible career portal and connections to various educational resources. GettingHired is your ally in building a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace. Let us connect you with a professional community of job seekers with disabilities to help your business flourish.  Visit our website: www.gettinghired.com .