Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The History of the CV

The History of the CV

Name: Curriculum Vitae
(A.K.A. CV, Resume)
Born: 1482, Italy



Leonardo Da Vinci creates the first professional CV. His outlined skills and experience include rock flinging, creating lightweight bridges and - in times of peace - sculpture.


The practice of writing a ‘resume’ develops from travelling workers looking to introduce themselves to a local guildsman or lord.


CVs are no more than informal hand-written scribblings made at interviews or meetings.
In 1937 Napoleon Hill publishes ‘Think and Grow Rich’. Number 6 in the “steps to success” includes how to write a killer resume.


CVs become formalised, and are widely expected during job applications. They generally include personal information such as religion, marital status and weight.


Applicants begin to add likes and outside interests to their CVs, building up a more complete picture of candidates’ personalities.


Computer companies begin to produce the first word processors, bringing greater consistency to CV content.


The first guide solely devoted to CVs is published, creatively named ‘How to Write Your CV’.


The commercial world wide web is formed, leading to a number of online job resources and directories for employers and prospective employees being created.
Google is later founded in 1998, further streamlining job-seekers’ online searches.


LinkedIn launches as a new web tool for job networking and recommendations, part of trend of web tools increasingly bringing CVs online.


Video sites such as YouTube enable video CVs to become common - and even required - for some roles.


Using a Lifelong Learning Account anyone in England can store their CV, along with a host of other career, training and learning information in one free, safe online location.
Account-holders can also use a host of online tools, like CV Builder to create a professional CV from scratch.
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Monday, 20 May 2013

Movers and Shakers in the Payments Industry w/c May 20th 2013

BitPay hires Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik

BitPay, a Payment Service Provider (PSP) specializing in eCommerce, B2B, and enterprise solutions for virtual currencies BitPay has announced that it has hired Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik.

His new role will allow him to work full-time on Bitcoin, BitPay, and related open-source projects to benefit the Bitcoin community.

 “BitPay recognizes the need for more resources and developments in the core Bitcoin protocol, especially in the areas of scalability and reliability,” says Tony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO of BitPay. “We strongly encourage other Bitcoin companies to do the same, either through crowdfunding efforts or direct contracts, grants, or scholarships.”

Jeff adds: “Bitcoin is growing up, no longer a hobby but now a professional payment network used worldwide. BitPay's contributions to the bitcoin open source software will benefit the entire community. After working on bitcoin open source software for years as a volunteer, I'm excited that BitPay is now sponsoring my work.“

Bryan Krohn appointed BitPay’s  Chief Financial Officer

Bryan previously worked as VP of Finance and Director of Finance for several Atlanta-based companies in the IT and Healthcare spaces. Bryan will report to Tony Gallippi, CEO of BitPay.

Chaz Ferguson joins BitPay as a Software Engineer

He is a junior at West Georgia College majoring in Computer Science and has begun making improvements to the BitPay workflow to better handle edge conditions. Chaz will report to Kevin McInturff, VP of Product anagement.

Helen Mason to head up Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s

Commercial cards business for EMEA

Helen Mason has been appointed head of Commercial Cards, EMEA, in the Global Transaction Services (GTS) business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Mason has responsibility for product management, new business growth and account management for the EMEA commercial cards platform. Based in London, she reports to Lesley White, head of Treasury Products, GTS EMEA and also has accountability to Kevin Phalen, head of Global Card and Comprehensive Payables, who is based in Chicago.

Mason joined the firm in 2010 and has previously held positions at Citibank, HSBC, RBS and Lloyds during which she managed all aspects of commercial cards, including operations, sales, account management and implementation.

“At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, commercial cards is an integral part of the strategies that Global Transaction Services develops to support the goals of corporate treasurers,” said White, who added that the firm’s commercial cards programme extends to 26 countries in the region.

“With 20 years of industry expertise, Helen is extremely well placed to lead Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Commercial Cards team in EMEA. Collectively, the region’s platform has more than 150 years of card experience, and with Helen’s leadership, we shall continue to drive innovative working capital solutions for our clients in the region,” she added.

The Card and Payment Jobs Team would like to wish all this week's Movers and Shakers the best of luck in their new roles.

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·        Support Analyst, ITSO - Cubic Transportation

·        Business Analyst, UI/UX – Global Payments Network

·        Marketing Manager - Mostyn Chase

·        Risk Manager – RDF

·        Senior Operations Manager, Global Cards, Risk and Fraud – Silicon Valley Bank

·        Strategic Relationship Manager – TalentDelivery

·        Wallet Application Architect - WEVE



Friday, 17 May 2013

The Payment Week in bite size bullets w/c May 13th 2013

If you love detail, go to teh respective companys' websites! Enjoy the bitesize!


Cards, the final frontier: Trekkies get own pre-paid plastic

First Data to offer UK merchants credit financing

Chris Dunne, Payment Services Director at VocaLink celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Faster Payments Service in the UK.


Central Bank of Ireland selects Espion e-discovery software

SIA and Telecom Italia to develop mobile transit ticketing system

BNP Paribas launces Europe's first stand-alone digital mobile bank, Hello Bank!, in Belgium and Germany

Council of the European Union demands Sepa migration push

Visa to cut cross-border credit card fees in EU

MoneyGram signs Intesa San Paolo Bank in Bosnia-Herzegovina

IPayment selects Roam to deliver mobile POS to merchants


Visa enables issuers, acquirers and merchants to deliver targeted rewards to Visa cardholders

Blaze Mobile claims US NFC payments related patents

Citi Brazil agrees to sell Credicard to Banco Ita├║ Unibanco

Oki enters Brazilian ATM market in partnership with Itautec

Telef├│nica and MasterCard Brazil m-payments service goes live

Monday, 13 May 2013

Movers and Shakers in the Payments industry w/c May 13th 2013

Movers and Shakers in the Payments industry w/c May 13th 2013

Simon Haslam named president and CEO of Elavon

“Elavon is an international company and naming a global leader solidifies our strategy of expansion into many countries and emerging ways of doing business,” said Pamela Joseph, vice chair of U.S. Bancorp Payment Services. “Simon’s experience and passion for growth and innovation make him the best individual to lead Elavon as we continue to extend our global reach and the value we deliver to our customers.”

"Elavon’s mission is to drive growth for our customers and partners around the world. We take this calling seriously. As an industry leader with a global presence, we see how our customers’ needs are evolving and are in a unique position to bring new solutions to them – solutions that help them grow their business. Our investment in bringing new products to market, including the establishment of our 50-person innovation lab, ‘The Grove’ will ensure we continue to deliver on that mission and drive growth for our customers,” Haslam said.

Haslam came to Elavon from Citibank when Elavon acquired its European merchant acquiring business. Prior to his years at Citibank, he was a retail and commercial banker at Midland (HSBC) Bank in London, where he began his career in 1980.

MasterCard appoints Andrew Buckley head of Commercial Products, Europe

Based in London, Andrew will be responsible for leading the commercial team in Europe and delivering advanced commercial payments solutions to small businesses and large corporations and their employees.

Jennifer Rademaker, Head of Core Products Europe, comments: "We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to MasterCard Europe. Andrew's deep expertise in the Commercial business, his strong track record of launching new products and his knowledge of corporate and SME customer needs are substantial assets in driving continued growth for MasterCard in the region".

Andrew joins MasterCard from American Express.

First Data names Ed Labry vice chairman

As Vice Chairman of First Data Corporation, Edward (Ed) Labry brings more than 30 years of industry leadership and a well-respected, lifelong career with First Data and predecessor companies. His responsibilities include serving as senior advisor to the CEO responsible for the company’s platinum customer relationships and responsible for prospective enterprise client engagement.

Daniel Henry, Amex CFO to retire

Daniel will be leaving once his replacement has been found

Nish Modi joins SecureNet as VP of Products

"Supporting a collaborative ecosystem for developers and merchants, SecureNet continues to redefine the future of commerce, developing next generation, developer-friendly payment tools," said Brent Warrington, SecureNet Chief Executive Officer. "Modi's extensive eCommerce experience and expertise in product development, user experience and infrastructure will elevate SecureNet to the next level as a leader in payments innovation as we continue to enable seamless, multi-channel shopping experiences for merchants and developers across online and offline channels

Navroze Dastur named MD, India for NCR

NCR, India's largest ATM manufacturer and service provider, announced that as part of the regional realignment of its management team, Dastur has been promoted to Managing Director for NCR India.

Navroze has been with NCR for the past seven years as the senior general manager for strategic alliance and payment solutions responsible for charting the company's overall growth strategy for the payments business and partner alliances

Former Groupon Russia CFO joins Net Element

Net Element’s CEO, Oleg Firer, said, “I am pleased to welcome Irina Bukhanova as CFO of TOT Group Russia. Her global experience, especially in the consumer-centric mobile telecommerce industry, is specifically pertinent to TOT Money, our mobile payment gateway for Premium SMS and Mobile Commerce in emerging markets. Additionally, Ms. Bukhanova’s tenure in the gaming and media field with Ritzio International will be very valuable as we execute our strategy of extending our entertainment programs internationally, with a particular focus on Russia and the CIS region.”

Osama Bedier leaves Google Wallet

Bedier joined Google in 2011, following an eight-year stint at PayPal. Google Wallet has seen its share of struggles since it was first introduced in 2011, with many carriers refusing to allow it.

It is not yet known where Bedier is headed, but Google wished him well on his departure and emphasised its commitment to the Wallet: "He's achieved a lot during his time here and we wish him all the best in his next endeavour. Payments are a big part of what people do everyday and we're committed to making them easier for everyone." Google's landing page for Wallet promises that "the next version of Google Wallet" is coming soon, along with a link to request an invite to a beta programme.

The Card and Payment Jobs Team would like to wish all this week's Movers and Shakers the best of luck in thier new roles.

If you have any news, announcements, events, training courses or jobs for us, please send an email to

  • Head of Wallet Services - WEVE
  • Product Manager, Acquiring - TalentDelivery
  • Team Leader, Card Design - Mostyn Chase
  • Product Manager, Payments - RDF
  • Product Manager, Procing and Settlement, Global Payments Network
  • Senior Project/Business Analyst - Coventry Building Society
  • Software Development Team Leader - Cubic Transportation

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Movers and Shakers in the Payments world w/c April 29th 2013

Braintree, the fastest growing payments platform for online and mobile commerce, has announced that Rob von Behren has joined the company as lead engineer for its San Francisco office. Widely considered a pioneer in the mobile payments space, von Behren was co-founder of Google Wallet and most recently an engineer at Square. In his new role, von Behren will help to advance Braintree's leading position in mobile commerce, including its one-touch mobile payment solution Venmo. 

von Behren entered the payments world four years ago when he and co-founder Jon Wall conceived, founded and successfully launched Google's groundbreaking Google Wallet mobile payment system.

"Rob is among a handful of the very best engineers in mobile and he will help us to continue leading the way in mobile commerce innovation," said Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree. "The best online and mobile commerce experiences run on Braintree because we have exceptional engineers like Rob building the payments tools they'd want to use for their own applications."

"Joining Braintree gives me the opportunity to solve real problems companies and people face when transacting online and on mobile devices," said Rob von Behren , lead engineer, Braintree. "Braintree's approach to mobile is spot-on with the vision I have imagined for the future of payments. It's exciting to be part of realizing the potential."

Braintree has nearly tripled the company's headcount in the last year and has attracted top talent from many of the world's best technology companies, including Google, Square, Yahoo, Groupon and several well-known start-ups. In addition, Twitter's Senior Vice President of Engineering Chris Fry joined Braintree's board of directors in March. The company expects to continue hiring the very best engineers and entrepreneurs across its offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

Fiserv, a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, has  announced that Jim Tobin has joined the company as senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Solutions, Digital Channels.  

In this role, Tobin will be responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of the market-leading Mobiliti™ mobile banking and payments solution from Fiserv. Mobiliti currently supports mobile banking, alerting and payments services for more than 1,000 financial institutions and millions of consumers in North America, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. 

Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in leading innovation within both large and entrepreneurial company settings. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Software and Services at Blackberry, formerly Research in Motion, where his responsibilities included work on mobile payments initiatives in collaboration with banks and telecommunications companies around the world. He also contributed significantly to Canada’s 2010-11 Task Force for the National Payments Systems Review.
Previously, Tobin held executive positions at Comcast, AOL, Time Warner and Bell Canada. He founded and chaired Canadian transaction processor Emergis, now part of Telus, and spent several years at McKinsey & Company working with financial institution clients.
“The mobile banking and payments market is undergoing rapid change, and financial institutions are seeking trusted partners who can help them deliver up-to-date mobile services and a superior user experience,” said Erich Litch, division president, Digital Channels, Fiserv. “Fiserv has shown consistent leadership in the ever-changing mobile banking and payments market, and Jim has the strategic experience to ensure our solutions continue to set the standard, exceeding the needs and expectations of our clients and the consumers who use our solutions.”

Tobin will report directly to Litch in his new role.
     On-Line Strategies Announces the Addition of Billy J. Terrell to Its Leadership Team
 On-Line Strategies [OLS] recently announced that industry professional, Billy Terrell, has joined the company as Sales Director. In this role, Mr. Terrell will be responsible for global direct sales initiatives as well as opportunities brought by its partners and parent company, Incomm.

Terry Richards, Founder and President of On-Line Strategies, remarked, “Billy brings a wealth of industry experience to OLS, along with a finely-tuned blend of technical and strategic planning skills, coupled with demonstrated consultative sales ability. I’ve never known of a customer or prospect that didn’t enjoy and benefit from Billy’s passion for bringing sound business judgment and vision to functional reality through best-in-class business processes and technologies.” 
“As OLS has grown and my experiences have expanded over the years, joining their team seemed like an excellent fit,” added Terrell. “I’m excited to be with OLS and am looking forward to bringing their proven payments ecosystem products to even more merchants and businesses around the world.”

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Silicon Valley Bank advertise on

Silicon Valley Bank are advertising on for a Tempe, Arizona based role. They are seeking a :
Sr. Operations Manager Global Cards - Risk, Fraud
Job Description:
Responsible for the management of the day to day activities of the Global Cards and Merchant Services staff dedicated to Risk management, Fraud tracking/analysis and all accounting/reconcilement functions. Plan, direct, organize and control the day-to-day activities of the Business Credit Card (and World Consumer Elite) operations team dedicated to these functions driving achievement of excellence in quality of service levels, accuracy and overall process improvement. This includes, but is not limited to, training, vendor management, trends analysis and improved reporting/dashboards highlighting strong performance and areas of improvement. Monitor and coach the team on all responsibilities including client service calls, vendor management and accounting accuracy. Provide training and feedback to internal clients regarding processes. Act as "Champion" of process improvements, always looking for ways to accomplish tasks cheaper, smarter and more efficient.

Skills & Requirements:
5-7 years Credit Card operations experience, with a minimum of 3 years managerial experience. Background in Credit Card Operations (Fraud/Risk management or Accounting/Reconcilement) highly preferred.
Strong people management skills including, coaching, mentoring and performance management.
Project management and organizational skills, including creating and managing work plans and resolving issues. Advanced knowledge of all Microsoft applications required.
Demonstrated track record of leadership, successes and determining and executing on process efficiencies designed to improve workflow and client experience

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ECommerce Awards - London October 2013

Taking place at the London Marriott Grosvenor, on October 2nd 2013  the ECommerce Awards cover the following categories:

 Best Large Retailer
Best Small Retailer
Best Pureplay Retailer
Best Multi-channel Retailer
Best High Street Retailer (includes department stores)
Best Supermarket/Grocer
Best Home & Garden Retailer
Best Online Comparison Site
Best Travel Operator
Best Hotel Brand
Best Airline
Best Affiliate Site
Best Financial Services
Best Utility Supplier
Best Telecoms, Broadband and Media Provider
Best Live Event & Ticketing
Best Social Media Campaign
Best Mobile Campaign
Best Customer Service
Best Marketing Agency/Campaign
Best Cross Border Expansion
Best Product at eCommerce Expo
Outstanding Contribution to eCommerce
The Online Gold Award

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