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More Singapore companies allow staff to work past the age of 62

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Friday, July 29, 2011
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Close to eight in 10 private establishments in Singapore (below left) allowed their local employees to work past the age of 62 in 2010, compared with around six in 10 in 2009, according to the city-state's Manpower Ministry. The result came from a survey covering 3,100 private establishments, with a response rate of 90 per cent. The proportion of private companies that allowed their local employees to work past 62 years old rose significantly from 64 per cent in 2009 to 77 per cent in 2010. Xinhua

LinkedIn offers job application tool  

LinkedIn has unveiled a tool that allows jobseekers to apply for open positions by sending their LinkedIn profiles directly to prospective employers. The feature is launched as LinkedIn tries to keep its service amid competition from new networks such as Google+, which allows users to segregate contacts into a professional category. The Apply With LinkedIn feature allows employers to add a button to online job listings so applicants can click on it and send their information to the firm. Applicants can add a cover letter. Prospective employers already using the service include Netflix, daily deals service LivingSocial, Photobucket and LinkedIn itself. Reuters

Microsoft interns' dance-mob test  

A group of Microsoft interns was given the bizarre task of creating a 'dance mob' as part of their on-the-job training. A video posted on YouTube shows a Microsoft employee setting the unusual challenge to interns for them to perform at an annual company dinner later this month. Instead of being asked to demonstrate their technical skills with computer software, the students on work experience are asked to learn dance moves for a flashmob (below right) planned for July 28 at the 'intern party'. According to Microsoft, the intern programme, which also includes street fairs, trips, kayaking and biking, provides the company with fresh ideas and 'energy'. The Daily Mail

Firm tracks job seekers' e-history 

A year-old start-up in California, Social Intelligence, scrapes the internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years. Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honours and charitable work, along with negative information, such as online evidence of racist remarks, references to drugs, sexually explicit files, or flagrant displays of weapons or bombs. The Federal Trade Commission said it complies with Fair Credit Reporting Act, but it alarms privacy advocates. The New York Times

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