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  • drdianehamilton 3:28 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AOL Jobs, , , , , , , Job search, Public speaking, , Weakness   

    Are Employers Trying to Trick You In the Interview? Helpful Answer to a Popular Difficult Question 

    There is a lot of advice about how to ace the job interview.  The book, How to Reinvent Your Career, lists many helpful tools, site links and examples to help with this. 

    One of the main things that employers want to find out is if you are a positive person that has the ability to overcome challenges.  Jobs.AOL.com had an interesting article about how to answer questions about your greatest weakness.  Some may look at these questions as tricks in order to get you to say something negative about yourself.  Others may look at these types of questions and answers as a sort of game.

    Jobs.AOL did give some good advice about how to handle these types of questions. They suggested that it might not be a good idea to say your greatest weakness is that you work too hard.  They also thought it is not a good idea to say you don’t have any weaknesses.  So how do you answer this without looking weak?  They suggest, “Pick a real weakness from your occupational tool set that you know has no bearing on the job you are interviewing for. The interviewer will acknowledge that you were honest with them, and will likely consider your “greatest weakness” to be meaningless to him. You should also mention that you are studying or taking a class to improve in this area. For example, a computer programmer might say that she wishes to improve her public speaking skills and is attending Toastmasters for training. By including your plan for overcoming this “weakness,” you have actually turned your answer into a pseudo-strength: You recognize your faults and set a plan for self-improvement. A very good quality.”

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  • drdianehamilton 4:36 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Have you Googled Yourself Lately? Why LinkedIn and Google are Important for Your Job Search 

    If you are looking for a job, you probably have looked at getting on LinkedIn and some other social networking sites.  If you have created a LinkedIn profile, it should show up on Google’s search engine. 

    In some recent talks I gave to job-seekers, I asked my audience if they had Googled themselves.  Surprisingly, not as many people as you may think have done this.   In my book, How to Reinvent Your Career, I discuss the importance of Googling your name to see what it displays.   You can be sure that employers will do this.

    It is nice that search engines like Google can help people find you.  One way to help improve being found is to be on LinkedIn.  There are other benefits to being on LinkedIn. According to a recent article in WSJ.com, “One of the least recognized aspects of LinkedIn, says founder Reid Hoffman, is the fact that it allows people to help other people.” I personally like the Q&A feature of LinkedIn for this reason.  Not only can you ask a question, but you can offer your expertise and help others. 

    According to Hoffman, Linkedin is an important part of the career search.  I agree.  He also asked an important question: “There are millions of other people out there. What do you do to put yourself in the right place for people to find you?”

    I often give advice for things you can do to be found.  LinkedIn is high on my list.  However, if you are interested in finding out more ways to be found, check out some of my career videos

    How to Get a Job by Understanding  Emotional Intelligence

    How to Get a Job by Utilizing a SWOT Analysis

    How to Get a Job by Utilizing Camtasia and Powerpoint

    How to Market Yourself by Using Social Media

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:07 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: After 40, , , Change Later in Life, Choices, , , , Fear of Success, , Job search, , , Make More Money, , , Opportunity, Passion, , , , ,   

    Leverage Personal Qualities that Reinvent Your Career and Job Search with a Guide Book to Making More Money Doing What You Love 

    New York, NY 11/19/2010 01:08 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

     

    DESCRIPTION: Industry changes, job loss and work dissatisfaction has forced people to reinvent their careers. Finding a job that encompasses what you love, and embarks on personality strengths, is the ultimate goal in Dr. Diane Hamilton’s newest book, HOW TO REINVENT YOUR CAREER: MAKE MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE (October 2010; $16.95)

     

    Dr. Hamilton remained in the same company for 20 years until she found the power to leave and reinvent her career.   She now does what she loves as an author, guest speaker and professor. Reinventing herself 10 times during her career, Dr. Hamilton used her personality preferences and experience to seek the career of her dreams.  Readers of this guide will learn to identify their own personalities, to reinvent their careers, using life lessons as practical solutions. 

    Many people, over age 40 who are seeking new careers find that they are in unfamiliar territory.  Many are displaced after being in one career or role for a long time.  The job market has changed and so has job-seeking.  Dr. Hamilton urges readers to take advantage of self-promotion and social networking through sites like LinkedIn. Some job seekers have been in the same field for decades and can maximize their potential career skills by seeking continuing education with free university content through iTunes-U.  Dr. Hamilton highly recommends mastering the guidelines for today’s interviewing styles at The Business School Edge.  Guided by a passion for your dream career, these outlets can effectively leverage the advantage of experience by increasing visibility within the job market.

    Admittedly loving typing and administrative work, Dr. Hamilton took what she truly enjoyed and applied that to her dream job possibilities. Personality tests like and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and DISC are effective tools for new career seekers to use to point out jobs that may be a good fit for their personality preferences.  In many cases, new employment seekers are unhappy with their current position, may desire a better job, but are unsure where to look for new opportunities.  Each person can facilitate their career search through career analysis and take advantage of their job preferences to land their dream job.

    Many job seekers looking to reinvent their careers are in positions others may regard as the “perfect job.”  How many times does someone start a job for reasons that are fleeting and wind-up in familiar unhappy, Sunday Night Blues territory?  What people must realize is, “that perhaps a perfect job for someone else may not be a perfect job for them,” says Hamilton.  Many fear leaving jobs they may not like because they may feel trapped or fear giving up certain benefits. This attempt at trying to escape the golden handcuffs is a courageous one.  With effort, readers will tap into their personality strengths, leverage the availability of online resources and face the fear of success to ultimately reinvent their careers and make more money doing what they love.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Dr. Diane Hamilton has a doctorate in business management.  She currently teaches bachelor-, master-, and doctoral-level courses for six online universities.  She has written several books including The Online Student’s User Manual: Everything You Need to Know to be a Successful Online College Student, It’s Not You It’s Your Personality:  Surviving and Thriving in the Modern Workplace and her latest HOW TO REINVENT YOUR CAREER: MAKE MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.  To find out more about her writing, visit her website or blog.

    PR Contact:
    Rebecca Crowley, RTC Publicity
    646-619-1178 
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  • drdianehamilton 1:25 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Employers Using Skype for Interviews 

    If you are looking for a job right now, you may be surprised to find out that your interview could occur through video-related software such as Skype.  In order to reduce costs, many employers are doing more and more through the use of video.  It works out well for both parties.  The prospective employee may actually be able to do their job interviews from home. 

    If you are going to be interviewed in this manner, be sure you are prepared.   For a great article on how to prepare for your interview on Skype, check out the following by e.how.com:

    Succeeding in a Skype interview takes as much preparation, if not more, than a regular interview.

    Succeeding in a Skype interview takes as much preparation, if not more, than a regular interview.
    Skype.com
    User-Submitted Article

    With companies slashing expenses in every which way these days, many are now preferring to interview job candidates online using applications such as Skype. With face to face interaction still intact, hiring managers can eliminate the costs associated with flying out candidates while maintaining the considerable benefits of having a face-to-face conversation.

    Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

    Instructions

    Things You’ll Need:

    • A computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and Skype
    • Appropriate interview attire
    • As isolated room with adequate lighting, lacking any distractions
    1. First, remember this is a REAL interview! Do not be tricked into thinking that preparation is not required since the interview will be done online. Though there are some tricks to Skype interviews listed below that are not available in an on-site interview, hiring managers will still be choosing individuals that they perceive as most qualified for the job. Thus, PREPARE for the interview in advance. Call the company or asking the hiring manager what would be the appropriate dress for the interview for you to best fit in with the company’s culture (if you do not know already).
    2. If possible, test out your computer set-up days before the interview is set to take place. If possible, use an ethernet cable to access the web; relying on Wi-Fi during an interview is a risk that should be avoided at all costs. Also, make sure there is plenty of lighting in the room, so that the hiring manager can clearly see your face. Free the room of any unnecessary distractions (for instance, a red umbrella or green coat hanging in the background), but it is okay for there to leave non-distracting objects up (such as a clock, a table, etc.). Test the call with another friend to make sure no minor details need to be adjusted (such as the distance between you and the screen).
    3. Try to get the computer’s webcam high enough so that it is eye-level with you. Some laptops naturally require the user to look down at the camera, and that look is typically not as flattering for an interview as the eye-level approach. This can be achieved by a variety of creative means, but if you have some sort of laptop or computer stand, that would be best.
    4. Get there early! Log onto Skype approximately 15 minutes before the interview start time. If the hiring manager is already online, they will be impressed that you have shown up for this virtual interview early. If not, they will still notice you were already online when they got on.
    5. Be professional, but be yourself! Don’t get nervous; demonstrating confidence can sometimes be one of the deciding factors to who the company chooses for the job. Try not to refer to notes (see tip below), however, feel free to write down anything the interviewer might say. Also, it is appropriate to look at the video feed of the interviewer while they are talking, however, it is imperative that you speak to them by looking at the webcam. This will give the impression of eye contact, which is a major selling point in any interview.
     
  • drdianehamilton 7:09 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Job search, , , Volunteering   

    Changing Careers: Get The Help You Need 

    With the recent release of my latest book, How to Reinvent Your Career, I’ve had a lot of people writing and asking me questions about how to make some career changes.  According to an article in the Independent.co, this is a big time for career changers. In that article, author Russ Thorne stated, “If you’re thinking about changing careers, you’re not alone: according to some recruiters, this is the busiest time of year for job changes, prompted by months of summer reflection. However, a total career change demands more than planning a valedictory leaving do: research, networking and training or voluntary work experience will boost your chances of standing on the other side checking out the color of the grass.”

    I discussed a many of these ideas in a recent radio interview with Anna Banks.  It is very important to have a plan.  Probably one of the biggest mistakes I see people make is to not have goals written down with clearly measurable ways of attaining those goals.

    One of the chapters in my book is titled “The Product Is You”.  I often write and speak about how you must see yourself as the product and market your skills.  Part of preparing to do that is to do a personal SWOT analysis.  For those of you who have not taken many business courses, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  Companies analyze these things on a regular basis.  I think individuals need to do the same thing. 

    After self-analysis, you must also be sure to find ways to stand out in the crowd.  There is a lot of competition out there for the few coveted jobs.  I recommend reading some of the following articles to help you with social networking to get noticed and find your dream job:

     
  • drdianehamilton 1:43 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Contacts in Linkedin, Finding job, First Degree Connections, How to use Linkedin, Job search, , Second Degree Connections, ,   

    How to Find a Job on Linkedin 

     
  • drdianehamilton 7:16 pm on September 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What is an ePortfolio or Career Portfolio and How Do I Create One? 

    Today’s Ask Dr. Diane:  When I graduated from high school, I was told to set up a career portfolio.  What is that and how do I do it? 

    For a complete explanation for “what is a career portfolio” click here.  The basic definition of a career portfolio is a collection of things that represent your skills and accomplishments.  Like a resume, it contains your education, awards, honors, work experience and strengths. 

    There are several ways to develop a career portfolio.  You can find sites where you can pay to upload media you have designed or other things you would like to highlight to potential employers.  There are also a lot of free sites like Linkedin where you can display a lot of your information for others to find you and see your skills and abilities. Many professionals such as educators, journalists, artists and others have used career portfolios for years.  Recently many other types of job-seekers are finding that they want to be able to showcase more of their skills and abilities as well. 

    It can take a bit of a time commitment to initially set up your portfolio, but in the end, it will be easier to update and add things once it is prepared. 

    Quintcareers.com gives the following examples of things you should include in your portfolio:

    1. Career Summary and Goals: A description of what you stand for (such as work ethic, organizational interests, management philosophy, etc.) and where you see yourself in two to five years.
    2. Professional Philosophy/Mission Statement: A short description of the guiding principles that drive you and give you purpose. Read more in our article, Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course.
    3. Traditional Resume: A summary of your education, achievements, and work experience, using a chronological or functional format. If you need help developing a resume, visit Quintessential Careers: Fundamentals of a Good Resume.
    4. Scannable/Text-Based Resume: A text-only version of your resume should also be included. More information about this type of resume can be found at: Quintessential Careers: Scannable Resume Fundamentals.
    5. Skills, Abilities and Marketable Qualities: A detailed examination of your skills and experience. This section should include the name of the skill area; the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.
    6. List of Accomplishments: A detailed listing that highlights the major accomplishments in your career to date. Accomplishments are one of the most important elements of any good job-search. Read more in our article, For Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.
    7. Samples of Your Work: A sampling of your best work, including reports, papers, studies, brochures, projects, presentations, etc. Besides print samples, you can also include CD-ROMs, videos, and other multimedia formats.
    8. Research, Publications, Reports: A way to showcase multiple skills, including your written communications abilities. Include any published papers and conference proceedings.
    9. Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received -– from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc. Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.
    10. Awards and Honors: A collection of any certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.
    11. Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you’ve participated in and/or attended.
    12. Transcripts, Degrees, Licenses, and Certifications: A description of relevant courses, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
    13. Professional Development Activities: A listing of professional associations and conferences attended — and any other professional development activities.
    14. Military records, awards, and badges: A listing of your military service, if applicable.
    15. Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities, volunteer or pro bono work you have completed, especially as it relates to your career.
    16. References List: A list of three to five people (including full names, titles, addresses, and phone/email) who are willing to speak about your strengths, abilities, and experience. At least one reference should be a former manager. Read more in our article: The Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References in Your Job Search.

    eHow has a useful article for how to create your online career portfolio for free. 

    They also suggest the following tips and warnings:

    Tips & Warnings

    • Creating an online portfolio will increase your chance of landing your dream job
    • Always be honest with yourself when displaying your qualifications
    • Give your website address to prospective employers to market yourself
    • Don’t be dishonest because it will backfire!
    • Only give your website to legitimate employers
    • Do not include official transcripts online because it includes your SSN
    • Only give your personal information to only jobs you have applied for
    • Do not include your web portfolio address on your online resume with any online career site such as Monster, Hot Jobs, Vault and Career Path. Read more by clicking here.

    The Fox School of Business had an interesting article about how you should spend a moment to Google yourself to see what others might find out about you online.  They reference the following statistics:  44% of hiring managers use google, myspace, and facebook to do online background checks on candidates. Nearly 1/3 of these background checks lead to rejection of a candidate.

    Some tips they suggest to create your own online image include:

    1. Join Linkedin.com.  This is a great site that will allow you to create a professional social networking “resume” and allows you the chance to connect to a lot of great contacts.  Your linkedin.com profile will also show up when you google your name.  Use this to your advantage and list all of your strengths, education, and experience using well written short descriptions. 
    2. Start a blog.  Starting a blog is not just for people with uncommon niche interests.  Find a topic you find interesting and is relevant to your professional life and write in it often.  Read other blogs on industry news and comment.  All of these small things will help to create a good social presence for your on the internet. 
    3. Check your Myspace and Facebook profiles.  If there is anything that would give an employer the wrong impression of you, take it down!  Pictures should be professional.  You can stand out from the pack if you use your myspace or facebook page as another tool in your job search strategy.  Not everyone has the attitude of “it’s just a social profile.”  Make sure all privacy settings are enabled so only close friends can see things about you.
    4. For those more web savvy people, start a website or create an online resume.  These can be great additions to your paper resume and you can certainly include a link to your online resume on your paper resume and in any footings or signatures of any emails you send to employers regarding your job search.   You can detail more experiences, share some volunteer experiences and even include pictures, showcase some examples of your work.  Be careful with this though….professionalism is of utmost importance.

    A useful student-centered platform for building an eportfolio is available at eportfolio.org.  Once you register, you can set up your portfolio as a student, faculty or institution.  You can then control what goes into your portfolio, who can see it, and can create several versions of it to use based on who you want to view it.  There are fees for this based on how many megabytes of storage you would require. 

    In schools, some students are being taught to create web pages using a virtual learning environmental (VLE) that are not as easily accessible outside of the environment in which they are created.  A good alternative for a student who wants a format that is easier to share outside a school environment, would be to get signed up with a free account on Linkedin.  Linkedin has added a lot of features that allows people to showcase more than just work experience.  Users can also import Google Docs presentations, include a WordPress blog, and there are many more options available to update and promote abilities to prospective employers or potential connections.

    For an example of a Linkedin portfolio, you can look at mine by clicking here.  To see all of the options I have added to mine, you can send me a request to be linkedin with you.  I accept all invitations.  At that point, you can see how I have incorporated Google Docs, WordPress and other features to display my information.

     
  • drdianehamilton 4:54 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Job search, , , , Weedle, What is Weedle   

    What is Weedle and What Does It Have To Offer? 

    I am a big fan of sites like LinkedIn for networking, so I was curious about what Weedle.com could offer that is different.  Weedle is about utilizing word of mouth referrals to get noticed. Sites like Linkedin allow you to create your home page to showcase your work experience, skills, etc.   Although there are applications that you can add to Linkedin to present images and video, it is not as simple to do as with Facebook as other applications. 

    With Weedle, your contacts will be able to see how they are connected with you from past experiences such as where you worked and what school you attended.  This site is about promoting yourself through showing recommendations as well.

    The site has begun to take off with over 50 countries utilizing the site.  Google is picking up this information as it does with Linkedin.  What is different, is the search of your profile is supposed to be based upon your skill as it is optimized that way within Weedle.

    According to onlinebusiness.about.com:

    “Cost: Free

    What makes it different? Certainly there are lots of social tools to promote your skills, but Weedle is different in that it:

    1. works smoothly
    2. includes only professional contacts
    3. gets great Google search rankings

    Popularity: Alexa site ranking: 86,427 (worldwide traffic rank) with 11 sites linking in.

    Time to setup: Count on 30 minutes to setup your account properly.

    What you need to know:  The focus is on individual skills, not on companies. It is an amazing tool to find freelance work, or maybe your next job. You can find scores of success stories on their site.

    Bottom line: If you are a brand-of-one then you should be listed. Really, why wouldn’t you claim your page and get listed? Either you are currently looking to make connections or will be. It’s worth the 30 minutes to setup your page.”

     
  • drdianehamilton 7:29 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Elizabeth Garone, , How to Search for a Job, Job Mistakes, Job search, , Jobs Online, , ,   

    How to Search for a Job Online – WSJ.com 

    In a tight job market, building and maintaining an online presence is critical to networking and job hunting. Done right, it can be an important tool for present and future networking and useful for potential employers trying to get a sense of who you are, your talents and your experience. Done wrong, it can easily take you out of the running for most positions.

    Here are five mistakes online job hunters make:

    The WallStreet Journal had a very interesting article today about common mistakes online job hunters make. You can click on the link above to read it. I like that the author mentioned that people need to keep up with their Linkedin accounts. I see a lot of people that are not active on there. There is a wealth of information that can be garnered through joining groups and going into the question and answer areas. If you are on Linkedin, go to the section called “More” at the top. Under that area, go to answers. You can ask a question or find an answer there. If you are an expert on a topic, it is a great way to get exposure by answering questions that are being asked.

     
  • drdianehamilton 3:00 pm on July 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    How Unemployment Affects You (Even If You’re Working) 

    The impact of unemployment has far-reaching consequences. Even those who don’t suffer layoffs in an office may find that their jobs (as well as their personal lives) have been negatively impacted. And for those who have lost their jobs, hopes for a timely retirement may be dramatically altered. 

    Employees Work Harder but Earn Less
    Labor Department statistics show that Americans are producing more goods than in previous years, but are being paid less for their work. When coworkers are laid off, those that remain must pick up the slack, meaning longer hours, harder work and less pay. Although corporations may show some profits during these times, it often comes from employee cuts or reduced wages for those who remain.Fear of job loss may leave employees feeling like they are at the mercy of their employers. For some companies, the hardest working employees may be the only ones around when the dust settles. While this may be a way to weed out the less productive workers, many of these productive workers may be facing burnout, as well. (To help avoid burnout, see our article Top 10 Ways To Avoid Burnout In Corporate Finance.)

    It can be difficult to find motivation when there are no incentives (bonuses and raises). However, the fear of not having income may force employees to step up to the plate and work harder than ever before.

    Impact on Retirement Savings
    Personal savings accounts can be one of the first things impacted by loss of a job. That’s why it is important for those who are fortunate enough to have a job in good times to take advantage of the automatic enrollment of their retirement plan. According to a survey from The Hartford in 2009, 32% of respondents were likely to postpone putting money into their retirement plan and 24% felt they were going to have to retire later. (Find out more about planning to achieve your retirement goals in Five Retirement Questions Everyone Must Answer.)

    What To Do if Laid Off
    When you find yourself laid off, it’s time to network. There are plenty of online networking sites that can help you get back on your feet. Just remember – any connection can lead to employment.

    One of the major issues people are facing when they get laid off is what to do about health insurance. Remember that there are plans like COBRA that can continue passed your employment.

    Who Does Not Get Hurt During Hard Times
    Not everyone gets hurt by a recession or downturn in the economy. Trends in employment statistics show that women may pass men in terms of numbers in the work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of November 2008, women held 49.1% of jobs. Although there are more women entering the work force, they are still working fewer hours than men, and make only 80 cents for each dollar that men earn, according to the government report.

    In times of recession, not all companies cut jobs – and some even thrive. Historically, dentists have done well in hard times, due to fact that people who have skipped taking care of their teeth find themselves having to play catch up. A survey by San Diego’s AMN healthcare in 2009 showed that during a recession, many nurses went back to work to fill the financial void from a family member’s lost wages. In the survey, 58% of those who responded said they were working more hours compared to the previous year.

    Filing for Unemployment Insurance
    How do you know if you qualify for unemployment insurance? The first place to start is your state’s Department of Labor website, in order to answer a few qualifying questions. There is usually a waiting time before benefits take effect, and even then, the total amount you receive will not equal the amount you’d make while working. So, plan accordingly.(Preparation for unemployment can help you land on your feet should the day come, check out our article Planning For Unemployment for more.)

    Conclusion
    When unemployment is high, people who have jobs may be more stressed and overworked than ever. Those that have lost jobs may be feeling depressed and anxious. Though recessions end, and unemployment rates will fluctuate, it takes more than high hopes to land on your feet after a stint of unemployment. Plan ahead and use the money you have wisely, and you should be back in the office in no time.

    For related reading, take a look at Are Layoff Protection Plans A Good Deal Or A Gimmick?

    by Diane Hamilton, Ph.D

    Diane Hamilton’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and a Doctorate degree in Business Management. She has an Arizona real estate license as well as certifications in the areas of medical representative, Myers-Briggs and emotional intelligence. With more than 25 years of business and management-related experience, her background includes working in many industries, including computers, software, pharmaceuticals, corporate training, mortgage/lending and real estate. She currently teaches business-related subjects for six online universities and is in the process of writing a book on personal finance for young adults. She can be reached through http://www.drdianehamilton.com.

     
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