CAREER COUNSELOR & PROFESSIONAL SEARCH EXPERT DONNA CORNELL LAUNCHES
BOOK, JOB SEARCHING IN PANDEMIC TIMES
“What the future holds, I don’t know. What I DO KNOW is how to help you compete for the jobs that will be available.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, JULY X — Author Donna Cornell announces the release of her new book, Job Searching in Pandemic Times, via Amazon, for $19.95.
Job Searching in Pandemic Times offers prescriptive guidance for the millions of workers in the US who have lost their jobs during the Co-vid pandemic and have yet to be rehired. The pandemic caused by this virus has created a job war climate where talented candidates are battling for a chance at the few jobs that do exist, and Cornell’s new book offers advice for embracing technology and standing out in the new virtual search process to secure a new position. The book contains concrete advice for the numerous potential obstacles of a job search in today’s environment, along with supplemental worksheets and resources for every step of the process.
“There is an old saying that “timing is everything,” says Cornell on finding employment in this new reality. “In this Pandemic or Post Pandemic world I do not believe that to be true. You are in control of how this job search goes…follow the steps in this book and you can create opportunities that were not timed to open; opportunities to expand and grow exist in all times.”
Readers will gain insight into conquering key challenges the pandemic has presented job searchers, including:
- Virtual interviewing techniques – what candidates need to learn to enhance video interviewing skills, which require a different skillset and approach to differentiating yourself and get to the next level when face-to-face connections are absent.
- Applicant Tracking Systems – successfully navigate robotic search software to get your resume in the hands of a hiring manager and avoid getting lost in databases.
- Resume design in a new environment – creating a resume that positions you to stand out from the crowd by highlighting your value against the current needs of prospective employers.
- Master drill-down networking – the book teaches readers how to probe your network for leads, recommendations, and referrals. Learn how to develop a networking chain of connections to uncover leads and jobs before anyone else.
- Winning the interview – addressing some of the most dreaded questions and how to handle them to asking a potential employer the correct questions and creating your commercial to land the job.
“Donna Cornell’s book Job Searching in Pandemic Times takes her expertise and makes it easily available to others right now when they need it the most. Her knowledge is exceptional, and she has created an insider’s guide to getting the job you want. The virus has changed the job searching landscape.
- Pandemic and Covid Job challenges caused untraveled territory; Job Searching in Pandemic Times is the ultimate guide to help guide people to get the job they want.
About the Author
As the founder of Donna Cornell Enterprises and a Certified Personnel Consultant, she has more than 20 years’ experience recruiting talent, interview-training candidates, and counseling professionals throughout their careers. Job Searching in Pandemic Times follows her first book, Conquering the Life Balance Hoax, a Woman’s Journey from Despair to Millionaire.
A highly successful entrepreneur, Cornell has been a driving force within the professional search, career counseling and life skills industries. Her leadership in the technical aspects finding talent the manufacturing, aerospace, chemical, and related industries gained through two decades of specialized recruitment, in addition to her technical expertise in finance, pharmaceutical, sales/marketing, research, semiconductor, optics and high-tech electronics, of which all enable her to assist individuals in identifying their transferable skills for employment. Building a search organization of 8 offices in 4 states has provided Donna with information not found in other career advice books.
Her leadership talents have been called up on behalf of many regional community endeavors, and her contributions have been recognized by her inclusion in 2000 Notable American Women, World Who’s Who of Women; being named Business Leader of the Year by the Orange/Rockland Arthritis Foundation; being commended by the U.S. Congress; achieving the New York State Senate Recognition for Service Award; and being cited among the most influential people in the region.
Singapore Organizations Adopt AI, ML Amid COVID-19 Induced Uncertainties
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore businesses are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to manage consumer credit risk and deal with economic uncertainties, according to a new research by information services company Experian.
Experian, which surveyed 3,000 consumers and 900 executives working in retail banking, e-commerce, consumer technology and telecommunications, found that COVID-19 has accelerated adoption of digital solutions.
Singapore organizations in particular are embracing AI and ML at a much faster pace than their international peers, with 78% of organizations already using AI to cope with today’s marketplace unpredictability while 79% are leveraging ML. These are higher than the global figure of 69%.
S&P Global Ratings estimates that Asia Pacific (APAC) financial institutions will be hit with US$1.4 trillion in additional nonperforming assets and additional credit costs of about US$440 million as risks associated with COVID-19 and market volatility take hold.
Against this backdrop, 25% of Singapore-based respondents are planning to use on-demand cloud-based decisioning applications, policy rules (25%) and automated decision management (24%) to help them effectively determine which consumers can be safely given extended credit. Over the next 12 months, 69% will be allocating resources towards building their analytics capabilities to assess customer creditworthiness, the survey found.
Online shopping and e-commerce on the rise
Singaporean businesses’ willingness to invest in and adopt digital solutions comes at a time when consumers are demanding better digital-first experiences. A research conducted in June by market research consultancy Blackbox and survey firm Toluna found that while consumers spent more online during the pandemic, about four in ten Singaporeans said they were not satisfied with their e-commerce experience, noting that delivery costs, product prices and delivery time could be better improved.
That being said, global marketing research firm Nielsen expects the penetration of users venturing into e-commerce to continue to rise. Nielsen’s COVID-19 dipstick in March 2020 found that 69% of Singaporean people surveyed who bought household goods online for the first time during COVID-19 will do so again in the next 12 months.
Similarly, Standard Chartered, which polled 12,000 consumers across 12 markets in August 2020, found that, amid COVID-19, Singaporean consumers that prefer online purchases to in-person card or cash payments increased to 50%, up from 35% before the pandemic.
Changing spending habits
Globally, the COVID-19 crisis and its ramifications have disrupted markets and deteriorated the health and economic welfare of consumers. In Singapore, 23% of respondents still face challenges in paying credit card bills, while 20% are encountering difficulties paying their utility bills, the Experian research found. This has prompted many consumers to rethink their spending habits, shifting to essentials and cutting back on most discretionary categories.
In Singapore, consumers are taking steps to manage these financial challenges by reducing their expenditure on non-essentials (22%), saving more (22%), and starting a personal budget (17%), the study found.
According to the Standard Chartered survey, consumers in the city-state are spending about 15-52% more on groceries, digital devices and healthcare, but spend less on clothes, experiences and travel or holidays.
Almost eight in ten respondents in Singapore said they would like to be better at managing their finances, and six in ten said the pandemic has made them more likely to track their spending. Most of the respondents are either user or interested in using budgeting as well as finance tracking tools.
Jeremy Soo, head of consumer banking at DBS Bank, told Fintech News Singapore in September, that, amid COVID-19, people were starting financial planning earlier. Since the bank launched its new digital financial planning tool, NAV Planner, back in April, over one million customers had used it, Soo said.
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Nitric oxide as a potential treatment for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Researchers explore the potential antiviral effects of nitric oxide against the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, scientists all over the world are racing to find a safe and effective vaccine or treatment. The speed and severity of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus’s spread around the world has placed an urgent need for an effective therapy. Unfortunately, to date, there are still no effective therapies for preventing an infection with the virus infection or for treating COVID-19.
Nitric oxide (NO) is a naturally occurring compound that is also produced in the body known to have a wide range of antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses among other things. Previously, nitric oxide has been shown as an effective agent against SARS-CoV (the coronavirus responsible for the 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome – SARS) in lab cell studies and in a small clinical trial involving inhalation of the compound. During the SARS outbreak, nitric oxide was given as an inhaled gas to treat SARS patients with success, particularly because of nitric oxide’s ability to decrease lung inflammation in these patients. The success seen in previous studies with nitric oxide against the SARS coronavirus suggests the potential for similar success against SARS-CoV-2.
In a recent study published in Redox Biology, scientists in Sweden explored nitric oxide’s potential as a treatment against the coronavirus in laboratory cell studies. The scientists specifically focused on examining the antiviral effects nitric oxide had on cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. They found that nitric oxide inhibited the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in infected cells in a dose dependent manner, proving that nitric oxide possesses antiviral effects on the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in a manner likely similar to its antiviral effects against SARS-CoV. The scientists also identified a potential target – SARS-CoV-2 main protease – for future therapeutic developments, including nitric oxide.
While this present study highlights the antiviral potential of nitric oxide on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, there is much more research to be investigated and studied before any recommendations on the clinical use of nitric oxide in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 can be made. The researchers’ next steps are to study whether the antiviral benefits of nitric oxide as seen in this present study are the same when it is inhaled as a gas.
Written by Maggie Leung, PharmD
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Air Travel High: TSA Screens 1 Million For First Time Since March
How’s this for an October surprise? Despite a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in many parts of the country, it appears that more people are flying on commercial jetliners than at any time over the last seven months.
More than one million people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration at airport security checkpoints Sunday. It’s the first time the TSA’s daily traveler count has topped the one million mark since March 16.
And this wasn’t just a one-day surge in air travel. The TSA’s daily throughput figure has topped 900,000 eight times already this month, and the TSA reports that the 6.1 million people passing through U.S. airport checkpoints between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18 was the greatest weekly traveler volume measured since the start of the pandemic.
But experts say there is a lot of pent-up demand for air travel and it’s important to note that despite the modest increase, the number of people flying is still down more than 60% from the 2.6 million who flew on the same October Sunday last year.
Still, it’s a bit of good news at a time the nation’s airlines are burning through tens of millions of dollars a day and reporting huge financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Delta and United both reported last week that they lost billions in the third quarter, as fewer people than expected dared to get onto airplanes in July, August and September. American and Southwest report their third-quarter results later this week, but are also expected to show billions in losses after many would be passengers canceled summer travel plans or drove to their destinations instead of flying.
The industry group Airlines for America says airlines are in desperate need for additional federal coronavirus relief, as they are collectively losing $5 billion a month.
Last year and into January and February of this year, airlines were setting passenger volume records. The TSA reported screening between 2.5 and 2.7 million people on the busiest travel days, which are usually Fridays and Sundays. But as the coronavirus outbreak spiked last March, companies halted business travel and millions canceled vacations and weekend getaways.
By mid-April, the number of travelers passing through security checkpoints plummeted to under 100,000, a decline of 96%. Other than the days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the group Airlines for America says there hadn’t been that few people flying since the dawn of the jet airplane age in the 1950s.
There were short-lived upticks in air travel demand in early summer, especially around the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends. But the number of COVID-19 cases spiked after each holiday, especially in parts of the country that rushed to reopen bars, restaurants and other gathering places. Lingering concerns about spreading the viral illness dampened demand for air travel during the later summer months.
As welcome as this month’s surprising rise in air travel is, there is still a lot of uncertainty over whether the trend will continue, especially heading into the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, which is usually a busy air travel period.
Most airlines have significantly reduced their schedules as demand remains weak, and some have suspended service to smaller cities. In late September, bookings for travel in November were just a fraction of last year’s level, according to the airline data firm OAG.
And with what appears to be a new wave of COVID-19 cases surging, especially in the Midwest, several states are setting records for the daily number of infections being reported. Public health officials in many states are urging residents to stay home to celebrate the holidays in small family groups.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who added that “the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually.”
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