Price Gouging laws seem to break a fundamental principle of free-markets and that is the intrinsic value of anything is indeed, what someone will pay for it. If water is scarce after an Earthquake in San Francisco, which demolishes Nancy Pelosi’s district then water will have to be brought in from elsewhere at an extremely high cost. This cost should be allowed to be passed onto the consumer so the business person does not have to bite the bullet or go broke trying to help people.Next, let’s talk about congress setting price gouging laws. If one gasoline station is too high, then they will have to adjust their prices down to meet the other companies otherwise they might be called a price gouger. Some citizens think this is cool, but if that company cannot produce it as cheaply and is forced to sell it at a lower price, they cannot re-invest in tools to increase efficiencies to compete in the market. This gives advantages to whoever is left as they go out of business.Fewer choices will add to higher prices for consumers, causing the exact opposite of the intended desire. Further if each gas station is setting prices to each other, then they are breaking the “price fixing” rules, so either they are violating the price fixing rules or the price gouging rules. Thus all gasoline stations and companies are breaking the law, one or the other, you see?Although I am no originator of the thought, I hold with Ayn Rand that what will eventually happen if Congress and the FTC keeps sticking their noses into free-markets on behalf of socialist minded mass media incited masses to look like they are doing something, then eventually no one will be selling fuel, there will be none available.If you think this comment is way off base, I could see it happening with the bouquet fuels and mandatory ethanol usage after periods of crop failures from droughts or flooding. You know we really need to get Congress some economic lessons and level the FTC to deal with consumer baby-food issues. Think on it.
First, let’s consider what exactly you mean by that? We go through life making assumptions, don’t we – what do you assume ‘Business English’ means? Is it somehow different to Recreational or Social or Conversational or Vacation English? Is it really specific? Is English for an Automotive Executive different to that needed by a Banker or a Scientist? Does the phrase merely separate one type of student from another, perhaps? Second, let me make an assumption now: English used in a business setting is just the same as any other English, but with a little jargon, some fairly specific vocabulary, and a more mature student! You want to learn Business English.So you need to be able to hold a conversation with a variety of people around the world of business, from Customer to Supplier and everyone servicing your global industry. I would suggest that this includes: Taxi drivers; Airport and Hotel staff; as well as the people in shops and banks and at the end of a telephone that you might have to deal with in the normal course of business, both in the office and on a trip. Business English teaching could be about a specific meeting or document or project, or it could be about a general comfort level in the day-to-day use of English. There are a number of ways of learning business English, from one-on-one intensive study to classroom studies at a college or organised in the workplace.There’s also the opportunity to use modern technology and arrange lessons with a qualified teacher via video conferencing. You want to learn, or someone in your organisation needs to learn? Study the options and offers and make a choice that suits the individual concerned: not everyone needs expensive intensive training; not everyone responds well to classroom teaching; but everyone involved in the International business community needs English!
If you are a job seeker looking for a new challenge, where do you start your search?Take Accountants, for example. There are Financial Recruitment Agencies out there who are major players with high street branches and well known names. They market extensively and enjoy a good reputation so surely they deal with the full range of employers. If not why not?The big players often do deal across the board, but we are all familiar with the old adage “jack of all trades, master of none”. When you look at all the industry sectors who operate in our current commercial world you understand that this is the age of the specialist. If you wanted a software designer, would you take someone from the fashion industry? You may have to if there is a shortage of contenders for your role, but would you wish to pay someone to find one for you? The only reason a consultant would offer you a goat to pull a cart is if it can’t find a horse! And it would do so on the basis that it may take you longer but you’ll get there in the end. That’s not a solution.Anyone who has placed a recruitment ad in a main publication knows that a major pitfall is the sheer volume of aspiring candidates who respond. How do you deal with them, and more importantly who deals with them? Who draws the short straw? This is where specialist recruiters come into their own. A good specialist consultancy with a solid reputation and a well known name in its sector will filter all of the vast range of job titles it holds on its register and come up with a few choice people with the skills and personal attributes that you need in the right locality and salary range. Saving you time and money.Which bring me to my second point and another analogy: Why keep a dog and bark yourself? If you use a general recruitment consultancy you may find yourself, at the worst, inundated with unsuitable CVs from different sectors, or at the best with one or two candidates loosely suited to one or two elements of your role but by no means a perfect fit. Will you be confident in your choice once you’ve made it?Whist it’s true that if you don’t employ you don’t pay, how much time do you spend driving down cul-de-sacs before you reach your goal, and how much productive time do you lose. Who recruits in your organisation, do you have a personnel department or does the task fall to a line manager who wastes valuable time on a journey without a map?As is the case with most outsourced services used by business, if it doesn’t pay to keep a dedicated resource in your business and the learning curve is too steep to contemplate, you outsource. It’s the modern way. You pay for the resource as and when you need it, and the level of expertise that you receive is greater.If you are recruiting in a Niche Market and you chose your consultancy well you should gain access to your key candidate at speed. Eliminating pointless interviews and navigating your way through a whirlpool of employment legislation safely and successfully.