Help in Deciding a Career Path

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Think About What Excites and Energizes You

This one’s the first obvious step—we all want to enjoy and actually like our careers. One of the mistakes most people make all too often is pursuing a career field where they feel they will obtain the most financial gain from without taking into consideration whether they will actually enjoy the career path they have chosen, this in most cases only leads to failure.

Keep in mind what you are good at

It’s all good having a dream career choice in mind, but we also have to be realistic when making our choice. If your dream is to be a mathematician and in reality you are terrible with numbers and figures, that might not be the ideal choice for you. Keep in mind what you are good at, and base your career choice off of that.

Take Personality Tests

When asked the question of what career field a person is wanting to take or what interests them or what they are good at, many people will turn around and say that they don’t actually know. There are many career personality tests online that can be of great use in deciding the first step in your career choice.

Find people who work in the field and ask them for their input

Once you have worked out which specific jobs interest you, speak to those already working in these areas. They should be able to give you good incite of the intricacies of the field they are in.

Internships

If you have flexibility when it comes to salary, an internship could be a great way to test out an industry or type of career. Even if it doesn’t turn into a job or you find out it’s the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network—from which you can get career and job advice.

Make a Career Plan

As with most things, your career will benefit if you have goals and a plan for it. It is important to know the extent of the career path you have chosen and whether the stepping stones later down the path is still something you can see yourself wanting to do.

And lastly, KEEP POSITIVE!!

The most important thing is to maintain a positive outlook about your life and to be ready for change, difference and shifts in your comfort zones. One of the hardest things to do in life is to follow your dreams, but don’t give up for many times than not it all pays off in the end.

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Preparing for a Disciplinary Hearing

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Preparing for a disciplinary

If you have been asked to go to a disciplinary hearing, there are a few things you should do beforehand to make sure you are as well prepared for it as you can be.

 

Has your employer followed a disciplinary procedure?

Every employer should have a disciplinary procedure in place, make sure they are following it. If they aren’t, this could mean any allegations they are making against you might be unfair.

 

What is the reasoning behind you being asked to attend a disciplinary hearing?

In most cases there are three reasons why you have been asked to attend, namely:

Issues with your conduct. This means something you’ve done or not done.

Issues with your capability. This means your employer thinks you are not doing your job well enough.

You have been on long-term sick leave.

In all three cases make sure you are aware of the exact allegations that have been raised against you by your employer.

 

Have you had enough time to consider your employer’s evidence and prepare your case?

If you have not had enough time to consider your employer’s evidence and prepare your case, you should ask for more time. This should be a reasonable length of time. The meeting should be postponed until then.

 

Have you prepared a note or statement of what you are going to say?

Being unprepared in a Disciplinary Hearing is probably the worst thing you could do. In most cases you can be rest assured your employers will arrive well, so being equally or if not more prepared than them will go a long way in helping your case.

 

Is someone coming with you to the hearing?

You should think about whether you want someone to come with you to the meeting. Your employer must let you be accompanied by a colleague or a trade union rep. They do not have to agree to anyone else coming with you.

Once you have found someone to come with you, make sure they know your version of events and what you want them to do for you at the meeting.

 

Do you have evidence to support your case?

When you have considered all the issues above, think about what evidence you have to support your case. This could be a number of things such as emails backing up your case, past experiences where other employees have done the same thing and not been called up to attend etc.

 

In closing

For many employees attending a disciplinary hearing can be a daunting experience, making sure you have covered all your bases and going in prepared Is one sure fire way of knowing that whatever the outcome may be you have done your best to plead your case. If the outcome is not as you desired there is always the next step of appealing against it.

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Top Signs of Work Stagnation

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Boredom at work

If you’re doing the same work each day and can effectively complete it in your sleep, then you need a new challenge. There’s nothing wrong with doing a job you’re good at, but there comes a point where you have to ask a little more of yourself.

No scope for learning

If you’re no longer gaining new skills and experience in the workplace, it suggests you need a change – whether that’s a new job or career is up to you. Should you fail to add new qualifications or develop practical skills over an extended period of time, it will leave a hole in your CV. This could make it more difficult to get a new job in the future, should you set your signs on a different role.

No rise in salary

If you’re continuing to bust a gut for your employer, but receiving little extra in return, it suggests you’ve been in the same job too long. By failing to secure a promotion or move to a different organisation, you risk under-selling your professional services. The longer you go without a decent pay rise, the greater the likelihood that you’re being underpaid.

No great opportunities for growth

If you’ve been in your position for that long with no promotion, then it’s probably not going to come, management likes you right where you are. You could also look at your Company’s growth potential, if there is not a career path you would consider to pursue in its pipeline, that is another sign you are ready for a change.

You feel undervalued

Everyone likes to be recognized and appreciated for the work they are doing week in and week out. If you are not getting the appreciation you know you deserve, why are you sticking around?

You’ve fallen out with your boss

Do you find it difficult to see eye-to-eye with your boss? If so, this could be a sign that you’re getting frustrated at work and your need a change. Perhaps, deep down, you think you could do their job better than they can. Where there are unresolvable tensions, impacting on your job satisfaction and performance.

You’ve become negative

You find yourself increasingly critical and perhaps a tad grumpy at times. There could be a number of reasons for this to be happening, but one sure reason for this that we see again and again is work stagnation.

In conclusion

If you are experiencing even a few of the above signs, take time to reflect on where you are now career wise and where you actually want to be. Work stagnation is one of the hardest situations to realise you are in and also one of the hardest to get out of. Don’t fall prey to it, you know you are better than that.

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Tips When Applying For A Job

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Thoroughly read job descriptions. Most recruiters will tell you a big pet peeve is hearing from job seekers who apply even if they aren’t qualified for the job. Take the time to understand exactly what the company expects from applicants for jobs that interest you; do not ignore the detailed description of what the job entails

 

Identify key words and tailor your resume. Take your time and look over your resume. Find the key words in the job description and make sure you indicate how your accomplishments address those requirements. Be sure to customize your resume and/or cover letter slightly too each specific job.

 

Fill out all fields within the application process. By filling out every field, you are not just giving information that could make you stand out from the competition, but also demonstrating your interest and desire for the job

 

Ensure your social profile is current. Companies are now encouraging candidates to include professional information from their social profiles, typically LinkedIn, Google+, or Facebook, within their online application process.

 

Clean up your public social media profile. Make sure you don’t have public images or content that would distract, or worse yet, deter hiring managers or recruiters from wanting to hire you. Don’t provide red flags for recruiters and hiring managers. If used properly, social media can help you connect with potential employers—just make sure your online data is working for you, not against you.

 

Review all the information you imported before submitting. Before hitting the submit button, take a final glance at the content you have provided. Keep in mind that once you hit that button, your information is sent to the recruiter directly. First impressions are important, so make the best one possible when you apply.

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Handling Conflict in the Workplace

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Handling Conflict in the Workplace

 

Realize that some conflicts are inevitable at work.

Whenever people are committed and fired up, or change and new ideas are emerging, conflict and disagreement are bound to happen. This does not mean you have to revel in conflict or create trouble just for the heck of it, but it does mean that when conflict happens, it’s not the end of the world. It can be the beginning of an interesting learning process. Conflicts mean that people care enough to disagree strongly. The trick is not to allow the conflict to go on forever.

 

Handle conflicts sooner rather than later.

Resolve a conflict when it starts, as it only gets worse with time. Conflicts at work arise not from something that was said, but from something that wasn’t said! Everyone’s waiting for the other to admit he’s wrong and gets more unpleasant after the conflict has stewed for a while. It’s essential to interrupt the “waiting game” before it gets to that point.

 

Ask (nicely).

If somebody has done something that made you angry, or if you don’t understand their viewpoint or actions, simply asking about it can make a world of difference. Never assume that people do what they do to annoy you. Sometimes there’s good reason why that person does what he or she does (even the things that really get on your nerves), and a potential conflict evaporates right there.

 

Invite the other person to talk about the situation.

A hurried conversation at your desk between emails and phone calls won’t solve anything. You need an undisturbed location and time to address the issue.

 

Observe.

Identify what you see in neutral, objective terms. This is where you describe the facts of the situation as objectively as possible. What is actually happening? When and how is it happening? What is the other person doing and, not least, what are you doing?

 

Apologize.

Apologize for your part in the conflict. Usually everyone involved has done something to create and sustain the conflict. Remember: You’re not accepting the entire blame, you’re taking responsibility for your contribution to the situation.

 

Identify the consequences.

What has the conflict led to for you and for the company? Why is it a problem? Outlining the consequences of the conflict shows why it’s necessary to resolve it. It also helps participants to look beyond themselves and see the conflict “from the outside.

 

Define an objective.

What would be a good outcome? It’s essential to set a goal so both parties know the outcome they’re aiming for. That makes reaching the outcome a lot more likely.

 

Get mediation.

Some conflicts cannot be solved by the participants alone, and mediators can help. Mediation involves a neutral third party who has been trained in mediation principles, who is experienced in mediation, and who is trusted by the people involved in the conflict. A good mediator will help the disputants find their own solution, not provide advice or push them toward any particular solution.

 

In closing.

There is no guarantee that the method described here will resolve your conflict at work. It may or it may not. But even if it doesn’t work you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve tried. You have risen above the conflict for a while and tried to address it positively and constructively. No one can ask more of you.

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Common Interview Questions and Answers

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Common Interview Questions and Answers

 

Tell me about yourself.

It seems like an easy interview question. It’s open ended. I can talk about whatever I want from the birth canal forward. Right?

 

Wrong. What the hiring manager really wants is a quick, two- to three-minute snapshot of who you are and why you’re the best candidate for this position.

 

“Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Just tell me what makes you the best.

 

What is your long-range objective?

The key is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.

 

For example: “Within five years, I would like to become the very best accountant your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so, I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in the long term. For example, here is what I’m presently doing to prepare myself…”

 

Then go on to show by your examples what you are doing to reach your goals and objectives

 

What is Your Greatest Strength?

The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that directly correlate with the job you are applying for. Be prepared to answer by making a list of the qualifications mentioned in the job posting. Then, make a list of your skills that match those listed. This list can include education or training, soft skills, hard skills, or past work experiences.

 

Narrow your list of skills down to 3 – 5 particularly strong skills.

 

Next to each skill, note a particular example of how you have used that strength in the past. This will prepare you for when the employer asks you to elaborate on a particular strength

 

What is your greatest weakness?

Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving. Second, it misses the point of the question.

 

You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: “I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner…” then show them your planner and how you are using it.

 

Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it. Just make sure that the weakness that you are working on is not something your respective new employer might not need someone that is a master of it already.

 

If I were to ask your previous employer to describe you, what would they say?

This is a threat of reference check question. Do not wait for the interview to know the answer. Ask any prior bosses or professors in advance. And if they’re willing to provide a positive reference, ask them for a letter of recommendation.

 

Then you can answer the question like this:

 

“I believe she would say I’m a very energetic person, that I’m results oriented and one of the best people she has ever worked with. Actually, I know she would say that, because those are her very words. May I show you her letter of recommendation?”

 

So be prepared in advance with your letters of recommendation.

 

What do you know about us?

This is actually a test. If you know very little, it is an indication that you are not very serious about working there.

 

Focus on them: Candidates who are really excited about the prospect of working there have done their homework. If you really want to stand out, learn more than what is listed on their web site. Do some heavy research—perhaps find some articles on the company that not many would know about. It may even come up in conversation spontaneously, and you can show them a copy of the article.

 

Bottom line:

Even the “boring, standard questions” can have unique and useful answers. You should think hard about how you can differentiate yourself from others every step of the way during the interview process.

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Counteroffers and why you should not accept

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Before we go further let’s clarify the right perspective of a counteroffer.

A counteroffer is an inducement from your current employer to get you to stay after you’ve announced your intention to take another job. It doesn’t include instances when you receive an offer but don’t tell your boss, or when you tell your employer about an offer you never intended to take in a classic “they-want-me-but-I’m- staying-with-you” ploy.

 

What do you do if your employer beats a new job offer?

You have just accepted a position with another company and are in the process of turning in your notice. It was a difficult decision, and you thought long and hard about what path you would take. But you have decided to leave. Suddenly your current employer decides they can’t afford to lose you and counteroffers you. What do you do?

 

Consider the following before accepting a counteroffer:

  1. Your employer will no longer consider you part of that “inner circle” of his trusted confidants. If you have been flirting with other companies, then the trust is always going to be weakened. Your employer might say he’ll forget about the whole thing, but every visit to the dentist will be viewed with suspicion.
  2. Your manager’s effectiveness is judged by how well he keeps his staff happy and by how long he keeps his staff. He could be afraid that his competence as a leader will now be in question, which could damage his own chances for advancement.
  3. It’s easier to keep you with a counteroffer than replace you. The cost of recruiting and placing a qualified candidate can be significant.
  4. If you have to turn in your notice to a company just to get a raise and a promotion, then is that the type of company you really want to work for?
  5. They won’t respect you. They know that they are the ones who really call the shots in your career, not you. Well-managed companies rarely offer counteroffers to their staff. Instead, they treat them with the dignity and respect of an individual who has thought long and hard enough to take his career into his own hands.

 

It’s nice to be wooed back but don’t expect to stay long. Statistics show that in cases of counteroffers being accepted a staggering 80% of employees leave or are dismissed within 6 months of accepting the counteroffer.

 

In closing.

 

Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counteroffers. . .EVER! Their policies are fair and equitable. They will never be subjected to counteroffer coercion, which they perceive as blackmail.

If the urge to accept a counteroffer hits you, keep on cleaning out your desk as you count your blessings. And, if you decide to stay, hire a lawyer to put your newly won promises in contract.

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Effectively Managing Your Emails

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Prioritize 20% emails; Defer 80% ones

Not all emails are the same. 80/20 rule is the idea that 20% of inputs are responsible for 80% of the outputs in any situation. Hence, to be effective, we should focus on 20% inputs that lead to 80% outputs. Likewise, we should focus on 20% high value emails that lead to maximum output.

Realize you don’t need to reply to every mail

Despite what you think, you don’t need to reply to every mail. Sometimes, no reply after a certain time period can be considered a reply in itself too. Don’t stress too much about replying to every single mail. Reply if it helps, but if the costs of replying don’t outweigh the benefits, then maybe it’s not worth worrying about it. Just let it be and things will sort themselves out through time.

Create template replies if you often send similar replies

If you look through your sent folder, you’ll probably find a trend in things you reply to. As you reply, you can customize them accordingly to fit the needs of the original mail. This will save huge amounts of time, compared to in the past when each email needed to be typed up from scratch.

Read only the emails that are relevant

You don’t need to read every single mail that comes in. Pick and select what’s relevant to you.

Structure your mail into categories

Folders (or labels, if you use gmail) are there to help you organize your mail.Firstly, use a relevant naming system to what you’re doing. If your biggest priorities now are, say, (1) writing a book and (2) losing weight, then name your folders as that. Secondly, use hierarchy structure. First level folders are for the big categories, and second level folders are for sub-categories, and so on.

Use filters

Filters are tools that help you sort out the mail automatically when it gets into your mail. There are 2 basic things are required for a filter – (1) The term to look out for (2) Action to apply if the term is matched. Depending on what filter it is, the mail will be automatically sorted into a respective folder / archived. This minimizes the amount of administrative actions needed to do.

Use the 1 minute rule when replying

If it takes within 1 minute to reply, reply to it immediately and archive it. Don’t let it sit in your mail box for ages. It’s going to take even more effort letting it hover around your mind and being constantly reminded that you need to reply.

Set a limit to the time you spend in the inbox

Beyond the 1 minute rule, limit the overall time you spend in your inbox. The next time you check your mail,time yourself. See how long you take to process, read, reply, and sort through your mail. Then ask yourself how much of that time is well-spent. Chances are, most of that served absolutely no purpose.

Unsubscribe from things you don’t read

In your cruising around the web, you probably sign up for a fair share of newsletters and feeds on impulse which you lose interest in afterward. If you find yourself repeatedly deleting the mail from your subscriptions, it’s a cue that you should just unsubscribe immediately.

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Motivating Yourself After The Holidays

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Keep learning:

Work can become pretty boring if you’re not feeling stimulated by what you’re doing. When you’re preparing to head back to work, list a few things that you want to learn or improve your skills in. This way, when you go back to work you’ll feel stimulated and interested in everything you are doing. If it’s difficult to improve your knowledge at work, why not expand your knowledge outside of working hours?

Make lists:

Lists can help you get your head together and feel more organised after a bit of time off work. Start with listing things you need to do today, then list your larger tasks for the week, the month, and so-forth. Having short term daily to-do lists and longer term lists are a great way to organize yourself and work out your schedule.

Don’t procrastinate:

Move those “I don’t want to” priority assignments to the top of your list and get them done. Maybe you need to call some clients about late payments or tell a junior admin you manage that he needs to improve. When you finish unpleasant tasks like these, a weight will be lifted and you’ll have nothing but positive work ahead of you.

Get healthy:

This may already be one of your personal resolutions, but it’s also valuable to your productivity at work. Even little actions like drinking more water can help you feel more alert at the office.

Take your breaks:

It’s easy to write off break time when you’re busy, but it will only contribute to burnout. Make sure you’re giving yourself time to recharge. This means stepping away from your computer periodically and going outside when you can.

Match work to your natural rhythms:

Try to coordinate challenging tasks with the times you are likely to be at your best. If you’re a morning person, for example, don’t start by going through your emails. Instead, tackle that big thought piece and leave the emails for when you’re in a slump. If you have a regular meeting that’s always a bit flat, hold it at a different time of day. If your boss seems on their best form in the afternoon, approach them with your ideas then

Get cut-throat:

Your top resource at work is your time, so work out who and what you need to spend yours on in order to achieve your goals. At the beginning of each week, decide on three things you want to achieve by Friday, as well as a few people you want to have spent some time with. If you hold steady to your plan, you’ll stand a much better chance of achieving at least some of it.

Step away from the smartphone:

If you’re angry or upset at work, do not make any calls or write any emails, at all, to anyone. An emotional email or call will only cause you more repair work further down the line when you have to apologise or rebuild a broken relationship. Leave the work environment, do something you enjoy for an hour, and wait until you are totally calm before acting. If you can, leave things overnight. If you have to respond there and then, keep things factual.

Learn how to play nicely:

No one wins when there’s friction in the workplace, so make an effort to get along with all your co-workers. This might mean congratulating a colleague on a job well done, or you could find something you can all share outside work – a company sports team, choir or exercise group, perhaps. Finally, laugh more. People who smile and laugh at work are more engaged in their jobs.

Focus on what you like and ramp it up:

Consider the things you love about your job, then ask your boss if you can do more of them. Try not to be nervous about asking; your boss usually wants you to succeed, especially if it will make him or her look good, too. Each day, write down three things you’re grateful for. Gratitude for the good parts of your job will give you the strength to ride out the difficult parts.

Work less:

Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. If all you do is work, you’re unlikely to make sound judgements. No one makes sharp decisions when tired. Forty hours is an astonishingly apt ceiling for sustainable productivity. Stop trying to raise it, and instead start thinking about how to make each hour count for more. It’s the constraint of time that provides the creative context for clever solutions. Embrace constraints.

Embrace our culture shift, it’s 2016:

The world is a very different place from our parents’ generation. You and your partner are and will be building your world together, so make sure you really are doing it together. Constantly communicate to ensure that your partner understands how he or she can support you in achieving your blend, and if a big challenge occurs in your family, discuss how you can work collaboratively. Try as hard as you can to see things from one another’s point of view.

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Creating a Successful CV

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1. Keep it real!

Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and that’s two pages of A4 paper! Employers spend, an average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV, and a surefire way of landing yourself on the no pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those niggly little details for the interview.

2. Tailor it

We’ve all done it. Whizzed the same CV out to lots of employers to save time… Stop! Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to work out EXACTLY what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the obvious effort.

3. Include a personal statement

Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter.

4. Don’t leave gaps

We are a cynical bunch and leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Did you do a course, volunteer work or develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork or project management? If so, shout about it!

5. Keep it current

You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that could be important.

6. The error of your ways

Employers DO look for mistakes on CVs and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. David Hipkin, head of recruitment and resourcing at Reed Business Information, warns, ‘With most employers experiencing massive volumes of applicants right now, giving them the excuse to dismiss your application because of avoidable errors is not going to help you secure an interview.’ If you’re unsure then use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you’ve written.

7. Tell the truth

Everyone lies on their CV, right? NO! Stop! Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you claim to know. And that can be VERY awkward!

8. The maths

This may sound dull but by backing up your achievements with numbers it makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six month period. Get it? Big numbers are especially good (although don’t forget point 7 of our list!).

9. Make it look good

We live in a world where image is everything, and that also goes for your CV. Take some time to pretty it up… Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye.

10. Make it keyword friendly

If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. Confused? Don’t be. A marketing candidate might mention SEO (Search Engine Optimization), direct marketing and digital marketing among their experience and skills, for example… If you’re not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.

 

Credit to www.totaljobs.com for this amazing list!
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