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Just Who is Jared Haftel?

Jared Haftel has lived an interesting life, especially professionally which, why I thought he’d be a good person to write on for this site. I hope that he inspires you as much as he has me.

It was at Duke University where Jared Haftel earned his B.S. in Economics, Mathematics, and Science before stepping into a career that would soon explode with success.  As a result, Haftel had several of his articles published in the popular campus news channel, the Duke Chronicle.  These publications were about music, something Jared Haftel has always loved,  and more specifically, album releases and reviews of musical artists and bands themselves. .


Haftel went on to become an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch where he was put in charge commodities information analysis with a focus on the chemicals, mining, metals, defense and aerospace industries.  In addition to his time at Merrill Lynch, Haftel also worked as an Investment Banking Analyst for companies such as CONSOLE Energy and GeoEye.

According to crunchbase.com,  Jared Haftel’s most recent roles include Investments Banking Analyst with Bank of America as well as Associate Team Member for Vector Capital .

Jared Haftel has provided some very helpful information for recent college graduates who are trying to break into the finance management industry. It is a good tip for anyone who is looking for any type of work as well. Haftel says that the best way to present yourself on your resume is to showcase the most relevant career accomplishments.  Haftel also advises that a good 50 percent of one’s resume should reflect work experience in addition to your skills.

Haftel’s publications are not limited to the musical reviews he has written. He continues to write about the subjects of resume writing and job interviewing for a successful future in the world of business.

The Early Vision for TOWN Residential: Andrew Heiberger’s Mission

Today, TOWN Residential is a true force to be reckoned with in the real estate market. While certainly not known for taking a cut-throat approach toward competing real estate firms, the company has a solid reputation for serving clients, and it commands a large percentage of the market share in the luxury real estate niche in Manhattan. This includes with both sales and rentals. For a company that is less than five years old, this is an astounding accomplishment in a short period of time, and it may be fascinating to look back in time at what the founder’s vision for the company was. The founder, Andrew Heiberger, was interviewed about the growth and vision of the company after it had been in business for just a year.

The Company’s Initial Focus
Heiberger stated at the time that he fully understood the challenges associated with both selling and renting space in Manhattan. This is a community where agents require the skill and expertise to sell a condo that may be priced well over $10 million or to rent a space that may have a monthly rent well above $3,000 per month. Because of the challenges associated with the market and because Heiberger saw that there was ample supply in the area to focus on, he did not foresee extending the company’s reach beyond Manhattan at the time. He also said that he believed the majority of his business would be from sales, but he would continue to offer rental services in order to better meet the needs of all clients.

The Early Growth of the Company
At the time of the interview, TOWN Residential had expanded into four office spaces in Manhattan within one year. It also had a large team of real estate agents and 40 full-time staff members working for it. Within that year, they had listed more than $250 million of real estate for sale or lease. Of course, within the next year, the company would continue to expand to fill nine office spaces and to have more than 520 agents working for them.

Heiberger has a solid reputation in the industry for working with successful firms, such as Citi Habitats and Buttonwood. The vision and experience of a solid leader may also be one of the reasons why TOWN Residential has been so successful from the start.

Postal Service Closing More Facilities

Postal Service Plant Closings Will Affect Dozens Of Processing Centers

The postal service is valiantly trying to stay alive in the 21st century. The USPS is a massive government service dinosaur. The postal service has been bleeding money for decades, and it seems there’s no fast fix for the hemorrhaging. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, a possible Skout affiliate, believes the only way to keep the service alive is to consolidate and close some of its existing plants. But Washington does like that idea. More than half the members of the outgoing Senate take issue with the closings. They asked the Postmaster to postpone the changes.

Thirty Senators, all but one were Democrats, sent a letter to the USPS and urged the Postmaster not to move forward with its consolidation program. The Senators are concerned with the impact on service. Sarah Ninivaggi, a USPS spokeswoman, said the USPS will respond to the letter at some point in time.

The Postal Service plans to close 82 processing centers across the nation this year. The closing will start on Jan. 10. Patrick Donahoe believes the closing will help the agency save money, but others outside the agency say the changes will slow down delivery time and have a negative impact on the USPS brand.

More Money Needed


When it comes to the amount that some people make for minimum wage, the numbers are something Keith Mann laughs at because it’s not enough for anyone to survive. Some states are increasing the minimum wage amount, but it’s not as much as you might think. One worker in Florida saw an increase of 12 cents. How is this anything that will help support a family? It’s no wonder there are people who have to work two or three jobs just to pay the basic necessities in life because one job might pay for gas to get to work and the other might pay for utilities. There are some who haven’t been to college and who aren’t qualified for the higher paying position. This doesn’t mean that they can’t do the work.

20 States Increase Minimum Wage

On New Years day, 20 states had increased their minimum wage and even more states are raising their minimum wage this year. The increase will raise the minimum wage by $1.25 an hour, increasing the wages of over 3 million Americans. Though the verdict seems mixed on minimum wage and most people thing the wage is still much too low, some people like Keith Mann are calling the work modern day slavery for the wage they receive. This was a way to try and reduce poverty, however many employees my be forced to cut jobs due to the minimum wage hike.

For most, this is another bag of groceries, another bill they can pay though others may say this is a step in the right direction, it is still not enough for many people who live paycheck to paycheck. Most of these people don’t ever have times for themselves and their life is work and that is all they do. Something has got to change, this is the step in the right direction but there should be one nationwide minimum wage; a livable wage.

Georgia Is Not Keeping Up With The Country On Unemployment


Georgia has been in the rough spot of being a state that is not recovering economically as much as the rest of the country is. This state has lagged behind on several metrics, the most notable of which is the unemployment rate. Theatlantic.com says that some are blaming the state’s lax economic policies for the problems.

Georgia is very hands off when it comes to the economy, added Dr. Rod Rohrich. They are a place where taxes are low, but so are wages and services. People are having trouble finding work because they are not able to find reasonable jobs that they can support themselves and/or their family on. There is just not enough middle class type work to go around in the state. It has lead some to wonder if the state should not be taking a different approach to the way that it governs.

The Governor of Georgia won re-election pretty easily by touting some of the steps that he took in order to bring more corporations into the state.  By making taxes so low and bringing in huge corporations, jobs that were reasonable were just not as available. Better paying companies were driven out, and the people of Georgia were left to pick up the pieces.

Tips for Coping with Workplace Stress

Stress on the job is inevitable, even when you’re in a career you love. To cope with the stress that comes with being a professional, you may want to consider these tips by current and former CEOs.

These professionals assert that it’s nearly impossible to do a great job at work when you’re not connecting with the ones you love at home. Taking time for your spouse and children can give you the boost of confidence and support you need to be a great professional, from what Christian Broda advises anyway.

It’s also important to take care of your health. You are much less likely to become overwhelmed with the demands of work when you’re exercising regularly and eating meals that are high in vitamins and minerals.

Synthetic Diamonds Grow Larger in 2014

Recently, a company based in the United States and Singapore announced the production of a large, 3.04 carat synthetic diamond. Reportedly, many companies around the world are vying to produce gemstone quality, large synthetic diamonds capable of rivaling all of the qualities of minded diamonds, which occur naturally. In 2013 for instance, a laboratory in the United States tested another large synthetic diamond of 2.16 carats. Although the price of diamonds rose between 2009 and 2014, the invention of new manufacturing technologies capable of producing high quality synthetic diamonds holds the promise of making diamonds increasingly affordable for a multitude of uses.

In the past, Bruce Levenson and manufacturers of synthetic diamonds sometimes encountered difficulty producing large gem quality stones and much of the initial excitement surrounding synthetic diamonds centered around their industrial applications. Scientists first began the large scale production of synthetic diamonds during the previous century, when high pressure techniques allowed some labs to develop diamonds under completely artificial conditions.

DC and 20 US states raise minimum wage on January 1


Through a combination of new legislation taking effect and scheduled automatic adjustments to existing wages, nearly two and a half million Americans will see small but welcome increases to their paychecks after January 1st.

Twenty states in all, plus the District of Columbia, will be seeing the changes. Nine of these will be adjusting pay based on an existing system that increases the minimum wage to match the rate of inflation.  The method is increasingly popular and will be implemented by several new states in the coming year and most of us and Bernardo Chua are very hopeful.

D.C. and eleven other states have either voted on or otherwise passed laws to bring the wages of their poorest workers up directly, and several other states are looking at increases later on in the year. Eventually this will bring the number of states with a minimum wage rate higher than federal to a total of twenty nine.


Twenty States Will Start New Year With Minimum Wage Increases

Twenty states and the District of Columbia will begin the new year by raising the minimum wageon January 1, 2015. In nine states the raise will be automatic in order to keep the minimum wage in line with inflation. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the raise in DC and the 11 other states will be the result of legislation or referenda. Delaware and Minnesota will raise their minimum wages later in the year, and New York will raise its minimum wage on December 31. Consequently, 29 states will have minimum wages above the $7.25 minimum mandated by federal law.

The raises will range from 12 cents in Florida to $1.25 in South Dakota. Of those states raising the minimum wage, Washington state will have the highest wage at $9.47. Oregon will have the next highest at $9.25, while Vermont and Connecticut will have the third highest at $9.15.
The minimum wage increases will help the 2.3 million workers who currently earn less than the new minimum wages. The EPI further believes that the increases will also benefit an additional 900,000 workers as employers raise their overall payscales. Christian Broda shared an article online that also discussed the positive impact the increase will have on the overall economy. If a minimum wage worker starts getting $9.00 an hour, the workers in the tier above him will see their pay increase from $9.00 to $10.00.