Liverpool is the cleanest club in Europe; Madrid, the 169th

first_imgThe International Soccer Observatory (CIES) has published a study on the faults committed by clubs. It not only indicates the average of fouls committed per game of each one, but also calculates the percentage of fouls of each team with respect to the average of each league. In total, 35 European competitions (around 700 teams) have been evaluated, among which the two maximum Spanish categories are included.As for the world ranking, in addition to being the European champion, Liverpool is also the one that has shown the most fair play, committing 8.14 fouls per game in the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp’s team performs 22% less than the average number of fouls recorded in the English league.He is Levante the cleanest Spanish club in the Santander League and the Smartbank League. Those of Paco López have committed an average of 10.63 fouls per game, 22% less than the average of the first Spanish division. The second in Spain would be the Barcelona, which occupies the 54th position of the European classification, registering 10.95 fouls per game, 19% below average.To find Real Madrid, seventh of the Santander League, you have to go down to position number 169. The staff of Zinedine Zidane has 12.63 fouls per game, 7% less than usual in the Spanish league. For its part, Getafe is the sixteenth by the tail of the 35 European divisions. The Azulón team has committed an average of 18.58 fouls per game, 37% above average. eleven13.95Athletic Bilbao3% 1814.47Pomegranate14% twenty18.58Getafe37% 511.53Celtic-fifteen% 611.89Villarreal-12% 411.47Betis-fifteen% 1314.05Eibar4% 1916.58Alaves22% two10.95Barcelona-19% Fouls per game of each club in the Santander League 913.74Osasunaone% 1414.21Majorca5% one10.63I raised-22% 1214Atlético de Madrid3% fifteen14.26Seville5% 311.32Valencia-17% 1013.74Real societyone% 812.84Valladolid-5% 712.63Real Madrid-7% 1614.42Leganés6% 1715.21Spanish12% Market StallFouls per matchClubHalflast_img read more

Client communication tips every freelancer should use

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Not sure why you aren’t getting clients? If you already know who your ideal client is, then it might be because you’re making a mistake in how you communicate with them.When it comes to communicating effectively with clients, here are 5 important tips you should keep in mind:Email communications make it hard to convey enthusiasm or excitementIf not done right, an email response to a potential client can come off as stilted, boring, or disinterested. It can be challenging to balance out being professional with friendly underlying tones!One of the ways you can keep things a little more casual without sacrificing your professional voice is to use some grammatical contractions throughout (e.g. “doesn’t” instead of “does not,” “I’ll” instead of “I will,” etc.). Another way to master this is to incorporate adverbs and adjectives into your writing (for example, instead of saying “Thanks,” try “Thanks very much”). It conveys a little more personality and gives the other person some insight into who you are—it will make you more human.Being informal does not mean using sloppy spelling or grammarJust because you’re shortening words and perhaps incorporating more informal phrases (such as “That’s great” or “Sounds good!”), doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your spelling.In fact, if you are going to have a more informal voice as a key component of your brand, spelling and sentence structure matters even more than if you write in a formal voice. You want potential clients to take you seriously. Always proofread your email communications before hitting the Send button.Combine casual elements with more professional elementsIf you’re using an exclamation point or two in your email communications, for example, then balance it out by signing off with a slightly more formal closing, such as “Best,” “Best Regards,” or “Sincerely.”As much as possible, try to consider how you would feel about receiving this email if you were in the other person’s position. How much do they know about you and your voice? If this is their first time connecting with you, what is it going to make them think about you and your brand?When in doubt, avoid using emoticons and emojisIt all depends on the feel of your brand, but as a general rule, in professional settings where you are providing a freelance service and you are responding to a stranger’s inquiry, avoid peppering your email with smiley faces. If it’s a client you’ve been working with for a while and you know each other well, by all means, toss in the odd smiley face. Just be sure that it’s in an appropriate place to do so!As a blogger, when I connect with other bloggers, I’ll often use emoticons or emojis in my communications—it’s common among bloggers to use smiley faces. But it’s something I avoid doing for potential clients unless I know it’s something they’re really into, which brings us to the next point…Try mimicking the language your clients useThis goes for your clients in general (what type of language does your target audience use?) as well as individual clients. If someone reaches out to you with tons of exclamation marks and emoticons, and you respond with a formal email because that’s typical of your brand, they might not be as interested in working with you.People want to work with others who reflect their attitudes, values, and personality—and one way to demonstrate that is through our language and writing style.This isn’t to say that you should change who you are or deceive people in your communications, of course! On the contrary, it’s about showing different people different aspects of your personality depending on which fits with them the best.Sagan Morrow has a decade of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager. She is the Chief Communications Officer at Juxta Communications and loves being able to pass on what she’s learned over the years with other freelancers, in between doing her client work.last_img read more

Bottom line There is no more shame in making a gr

first_imgBottom line: There is no more shame in making a grammatical mistake than in making a coding mistake. The shame comes if you don’t care enough about quality to have a system in place to catch it.Most analyses of hiring show another strong factor, which is the ability of the candidate to make money. The relationship between an individual developer and revenue is usually pretty tenuous, but the equivalent attribute is when a developer is associated with shipping projects. In a real sense, no software is ever finished, but gaining experience in delivering value to end users and focusing on customers—not code—is the software development equivalent of being a “closer.” Coffee is for shippers.Bottom line: In your resume and during interviews, don’t dwell on your unfinished work, no matter how interesting or cutting-edge it is. The game framework in alpha is the 21st-century equivalent of the novel in the top-drawer. Instead, emphasize how your code has delivered value to real people.Especially in high-tech hotspots such as the Bay Area, hiring managers have been scorched by turnover. Time-to-first-check-in is often weeks with new developers, and it can be months before someone fully understands the project and its context and starts to contribute at their full potential. But with salaries continuing to rise and career-growth expectations distorted by a combination of an industry boom, the youthful age distribution of programmers, and competition for talent, there’s no gap between the thought “This person has great talent!” and “Will this person leave us after a year?” Last month, discussing the habits that developers should cultivate that will keep them employed, I emphasized aspects that were visible outside your current employment. But the easiest way to stay employable is to be highly valued at your current job; believe me when I tell you that searching for a job is vastly more productive when you are not in financial peril.Before I turn to those aspects, though, I’d like to talk about a fascinating data point from Aline Lerner’s “Lessons from a year’s worth of hiring data”: spelling and grammar mistakes in your resume and initial communication matter more than anything else in predicting whether or not you’ll receive an offer. Proper English is more important than your GPA, the prestige of your college, or even previous employment at a top company such as Google, Apple or Microsoft! Perhaps more precisely, improper English is more damaging than other weaknesses. And although I have not seen Lerner’s data, I am confident that the grammatical errors are not esoteric ones, but mistakes of tense agreement, inconsistency in pluralizing, and homonym swaps such as its/it’s and their/there.One costly mistake I see in lots of resumes and CVs is inconsistency in formatting lists and sections. You would never submit sample code that was inconsistently indented, had improper line endings, and used inconsistent bracketing and whitespace rules. Yes, it’s time-consuming and frustrating to manually tweak the beginnings and endings of every section and bullet item so that they are consistent. But what does it say about your programming discipline if you do not take that time?Unfortunately, I can’t offer you the assistance of SD Times’ editorial staff, who save me from embarrassment every third sentence, but you can hire a well-reviewed copy-editor on Upwork for around US$60 an hour. That’s a trivial price to pay for the single-biggest determinant of a job offer.last_img read more