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Job seekers receive much-needed boost

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4/9/2021

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The £10 voice and data plan, normally worth £35, was first announced on 9 November 2020. It will be available via VOXI Pay As You Go to anyone who has lost their job as a result of the pandemic in the UK. The offer lasts until 31 September 2021. Existing customers who have already taken up the offer will have the deal extended automatically to 31 October 2021.Building on the enthusiastic reception the offer received in the UK, Vodafone is now looking to lend a helping hand to job seekers in its other markets, too. As well as discounts and promotions, this might mean ‘zero-rating’ access to job sites in countries without unlimited plans, for example, so that data usage isn’t an added worry when searching for a job.Job seekers can also learn new skills for free through e-learning platforms like Udemy, which boasts more than 600 courses on technology and professional skills. And they can also use Future Jobs Finder, a self-assessment tool which helps people explore a digital career path based on their skills and interests.Join Vodafone today and have the opportunity to be part of something amazing #TogetherWeCan. To read the full article, click the button below. Search Jobs   Read Full Article

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Vodafone extends cut-price voice and data plan for UK job seekers as part of a number of new support packages launching across Europe, Turkey, Egypt and South Africa.

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Returning to work after having a baby

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2/12/2021

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"Coming back to work, in the middle of a pandemic was so hard.. I think any new Mum going back to work after a year off on maternity leave is challenging anyway, but with my mental health taking a decline, being diagnosed with Post Natal Depression and anxiety, and feeling as though Covid 19 took away the majority of my maternity leave made it all that much more of a struggle. Having such a flexible employer has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. I have been able to ease myself back into work with the flexibility of Vodafone’s Reconnect programme which has allowed me to work 4 out of 5 days a week without it impacting my pay, giving me that extra day to spend with my now 14-month-old daughter. The pandemic has caused so much disruption with childcare, meaning that 1 day a week I have had to juggle my work with taking care of my daughter not easy (she doesn’t always agree with my work schedule, unfortunately). I have had occasions where her nursery has had COVID-19 cases, so I have had to have her at home with me for long periods. I know there are so many parents out there trying to juggle childcare, home schooling, work commitments, taking care of vulnerable relatives etc and I feel so fortunate to have an understanding employer who has gone above and beyond to support me and my wellbeing throughout.  One of the things I love about Vodafone is how seriously they take their employee's mental wellbeing. My team in particular have regular team catch-ups, social events, check-ins, sometimes just an hour out of the day to catch up virtually with a cup of tea and talk about what great new show we recommend on Netflix! My manager checks-in with me not to check up on my workload, but to make sure I am supported and ask how I am feeling. Having the flexibility to work from home and flex my hours during this crazy time has been a huge support. Some days are better than others, I can't always guarantee that I will be able to make it to that Teams meeting or have to move a call to another day but I think this is a new normal now, my daughter has made an appearance on a few calls and I have seen other colleagues (and candidates) in the same boat. I think one of the positives to come out of the pandemic is the realization that work doesn’t have to be 9 – 5, and having that work/life balance is so important and I am proud to work for a company that recognizes that." Interested in joining the Vodafone team? Click below to view all jobs within Vodafone UK. Search Jobs   

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We caught up for a virtual cup of tea with Vodafone employee and new mum Zoe! Zoe shared with us what it's been like returning to work since having her little girl last year and the support she's got from Vodafone during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Enhancing your LinkedIn Profile

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In an age where social media is the biggest pastime, you may find your dream job whilst scrolling through your feed. If you’re in the market for a new job or wanting to take steps up the career ladder, LinkedIn is a great place to do it. There are currently over 610 million active members on LinkedIn, which means your LinkedIn profile can reach much further than your written CV and potentially open more doors for you. It is another tool to market yourself to the employer, so you should spend as much time perfecting and continuously nurturing this to aid in your job search - the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. At Vodafone, our recruiters use LinkedIn as a tool to source great talent, so how do you stand out within a network of other professionals? Here we provide some tips on creating a great profile and growing your network naturally. First impressions count  Adding an appropriate professional photo is proven to result in more connection requests and profile views. Selfies of you at the gym, relaxing in your swimwear on the beach or out for drinks with your friends at the weekend probably isn’t the best first impression on a professional network. Instead use a picture that would accurately represent the person we would meet if you were attending an interview.  Tell your story  Next, you should craft a great summary. Similar to that used on your CV, it is your chance to expand on your headline and talk about your expertise in more detail. A summary can help you appear in recruiter searches. You have 2,000 characters to get creative with, so don’t use this to reel off your skills and job titles (you’ll have a dedicated section for that). Instead bring to life your career purpose, goals and highlight any achievements you want to show off. Try not to switch the reader off with a long summary and remember not to overdo the buzzwords. It's all in the detail  Now include all your professional information and experience that will demonstrate to a recruiter whether you have the relevant expertise for the job. This will include a lot of the information already included in your CV like your previous role titles/employers, skills and education. We don’t recommend just simply copying your CV when writing your experience, but instead take a few key bullet points that you feel summarise your role and achievements. Add your education, any qualifications you have received and search for skills in LinkedIn’s large library.  Grow & Share You are happy with your profile and feel it reflects your best business self and is harmonised with your career aspirations, so how do you gain views? Begin with connecting with your co-workers or previous teams. You’ll be recommended connections off the back of those initial invites so your connections can grow organically this way. Alternatively, following groups, companies or industries that you are interested in or that relate to your expertise can allow others with the same interest to view and connect with your profile.  LinkedIn has many differences to Facebook or Twitter, but one fact remains the same; people scroll endlessly. To prevent your posts becoming a blur on the feed, use visual media like images, videos and hyperlinks to capture the reader’s attention and encourage them to read your post. Posts with visual media receive more likes and comments which means your post will reach further audiences. In addition to this, posting frequently increases your chances of being discovered by those who have the perfect opportunity for you.  Great! You’ve set up your profile but the key is to keep this updated and relevant. Continue to post, engage in conversations and use the tools to learn and develop your skills even further. You never know what opportunities you may find here. Click below to follow Vodafone on LinkedIn and keep up to date on our latest news! Follow!  

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Times are changing and now trawling through job boards isn’t the only way to find or apply for jobs.

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Writing a great cover letter

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3/19/2020

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A well written cover letter can set you apart from other candidates and inform the recruiter why you are interested in the role, whilst reaffirming that you have all the requirements needed.  A cover letter differs to a CV as, instead of an overview of your professional abilities, it is a structured letter detailing why you would be a great fit for the role and the company, by tying your skills and experience together. You can elaborate on details you have provided in your CV and mention why you think your qualification or tenure on a project would be valuable to them. So what should you include? Once you have planned what you are wanting to include, like your CV, there are things you should check before pressing send. The following tips will help you ace that cover letter: Ensure you tailor your letter to the company or role that you are applying for. We understand that you may be applying elsewhere too, but nothing hurts more when you have addressed your letter to our competitors! With that in mind, research the company that you are applying for. Adding a nod to the latest campaign or a recent initiative that has launched can demonstrate your sincere interest in the company and help you stand out against others. Study the job description to help pick out the desired skillset or the areas that the role is likely to focus on. We know it can be tempting to provide all your achievements to grab the recruiter’s attention, but we recommend focusing on just the one that is most relevant to the job. Listing all your achievements could have the opposite effect and put off the reader. Give away enough information to demonstrate your suitability for the role, but leave them wanting to know more which can then be explored through your CV, or via an Interview, Once you have written your letter, remember to spell check or ask a friend or family member to read through it, as they may pick up on something that you have missed.  If you are interested in a role at Vodafone, learn more about our application process here: Tell me more  

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A cover letter is another tool to assist you in landing your next job.

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Meet Amy Stoner one of our Technology Discover Graduates

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2/24/2020

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“What I am looking forward to achieving in 2020? Answering this question is no easy task, especially knowing that my time on the graduate scheme is coming to an end. But my time on the graduate scheme and everything I have been able to achieve has set me up to have an amazing career in technology! I started on the Vodafone Technology Graduate Scheme in September 2018, and I felt super excited but nervous at the same time. There are so many different areas in technology I was intrigued to see where I would be able to make an impact. Since joining, I’ve had 3 rotations and been able to work in AI, Robotics and Machine Learning. Having the opportunity to change roles has been valuable and allowed me to prepare for new challenges and gain new skills, including things I never thought I would be able to do! My most recent accomplishment that started my 2020 off with a bang was building complex machine learning models using deep neural networks - which I am incredibly proud of! I wonder what will come next? For the rest of 2020, I will finish my final rotation in Data Analytics/Science, building more sophisticated models to help improve efficiency in my area and make an impact on my team. Soon, I’ll begin the process of off-boarding to a permanent role which I’m looking forward to. I know I’ll be able to find a position that utilises and builds on my current skill set, as well as offering the chance to achieve more great things. Being a graduate at Vodafone has been a gratifying experience, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me!” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Find out about her experience in technology and what she has in store for the year ahead.

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Introducing George – an inspiring Business Discover Graduate

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2/18/2020

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“We wake up every morning with a hunger for a better society, future and community. Not just for us, but for everyone. Our hunger is rooted in what other generations perceive as our downfall - we’ve got it all. However, we put this privilege to good use. When history tells us “can’t”, we ask “why not?” When confronted with past patterns of failure, we pick up the pen and draw new lines.   We are changing the way the world is seen. We have identified what doesn’t work. It is within our DNA to identify what does. To do that, we are inspired by the revolutionaries of the past. Today, our women: code; study STEM subjects, and play a pivotal role in the boardroom. Our men refuse to follow tradition and are driven by ideals of inclusivity and fairness. Together, we cure cancer whilst we sleep, champion diversity at every level, and create IoT solutions to prevent environmental catastrophe.   Things are moving and they’re moving fast. Whether it be: paid-charity leave; the Vodafone Foundation, or getting involved with our networks – at Vodafone, we are encouraged to grasp the reins.   I found out about Vodafone’s paid charity leave at my assessment centre. I remember having a conversation during the lunch-break with a bunch of other soon-to-be-grads on what we would do. We shared the causes we are passionate about, movements that make us proud, and fundraising ideas. That, to me, is who we are - a forward-thinking collective whose eyes light up at the idea of change.   We live in a world all too often plagued by crises, uncertainties and fake news. The cure? Generation Possible.” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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George shares an insight into the brilliant projects graduates, like himself, get to be a part of here at Vodafone!

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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2/11/2020

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  Today we are recognising The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, because at present, only around 30% of all female students select Science, Technology Engineering or Maths related fields in higher education.    This day was established 5 years ago, and it recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.  With gender equality being a global priority to all, today was implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women with an aim to promote women and girls into science. At Vodafone, we’re working hard to make sure we’re supporting more women and girls into science and technology through a number of initiatives: Vodafone have publicly pledged to be the world’s employer for women by 2025 globally!In terms of recruitment, we aim for 50/50 gender split for candidate shortlistsProviding flexible working practices and our award winning ReConnect programme helps women who want to work in the Tech space a flexible way of re-entering the workplace. You can find out more about this programme here. And finally in the Future Talent space…Code Like A Girl – Teaching female students all the digital and coding skills they need for the workplace. In the past 3 years, 162 girls have completed the course.App in a Day Workshops – As part of the Digital Creators’ Challenge, we ran ‘App in a Day’ workshops where students learnt how to code their own app. In total, 131 females attended these workshops.Insight Days for local schools – An ongoing work experience initiative that shows children how exciting and innovative it is to work for a TechComms trailblazer, empowering female students to consider working in areas they haven’t before! For more information about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science please visit: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/ Wondering how you can gain skills for the future while working at Vodafone? Click below.  Search Apprenticeships  

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Celebrating #WomenInStem

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5 minutes with HR Graduate, Kaneesha

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2/10/2020

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“Hi, my name is Kaneesha Banker and I’m an HR Discover Graduate in the Group Resourcing team. I started as an Intern in 2018 within Group Diversity & Inclusion, before joining the graduate scheme as an HR graduate - I’ve loved every minute!    Over the last year and a half, I’ve discovered new possibilities in each rotation and role. As we move onto achieving bigger things as a company, we’ve recently shifted to our new culture - the Spirit of Vodafone. The Spirit of Vodafone calls for us to place and live the four behaviours through all our work - earning customer loyalty, getting things done together, learning through experiments and creating the future. Vodafone has seen many changes to its purpose and culture but this one truly resonates. I am certain that this very culture will drive graduates, like myself, into 2020 with a positive impact on our teams, our organisation and our development. As Graduates, will aim to create the future with our pioneering spirits while working together with our colleagues and experimenting with new ways of delivering the best customer experience.   From a Resourcing point of view, future candidates will be Vodafone customers. During my final 8 months in the scheme, from January-September 2020, I will place these candidates at the heart of my goals - by consciously thinking of ways to improve each step within their application process: whether that is during the attracting, sourcing, assessing or onboarding stage. Given the limitless possibilities, I will look to introduce new concepts or tools supporting my goals and to also influence senior leaders and help in implementing the changes.    On a personal front, I also aim to contribute to the purpose of Vodafone - 'to connect for a better future.' As we place sustainability at our core, as we aim to improve the lives of millions of women around the world and as we ensure that we are always championing inclusion in its entirety, I will look to drive this purpose forward by ensuring that I contribute towards it by playing an active part as well as leading on various initiatives.”  Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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We caught 5 minutes with Kanessha. A HR Discover Graduate in the Group Resourcing team!

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Meet Dani – a passionate External Affairs Discover Graduate!

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2/3/2020

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“The climate crisis, political instability and ever-growing global inequality. These are few among the many challenges our generation – and those after us – are expected to tackle in our lifetime. That’s a big job – and a lot of pressure. In fact, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task. I wanted to solve all these problems at once, yet had no idea where to start. But Generation Possible makes me feel hopeful. To me, it means that I have the backing of a massive company, like Vodafone, to make change.   After graduating from a degree in Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2018, I was certain of a few things. I wanted to work for a trailblazing company that was a thought-leader in the industry. I wanted to work at the forefront of innovation with the latest cutting-edge emerging tech, AND I wanted to be as close to the action as possible where technology intersects with government and civil society.   So clearly, I wanted a lot. After a fair bit of research, it seemed as though I was aiming for an entry-level job which didn’t really exist for a fresh graduate. Most people working in this niche had decades of experience behind them – from multiple degrees, to time spent in international organisations such as the European Parliament, NATO and the United Nations.   But then I came across Vodafone’s External Affairs graduate scheme which ticked every single box for this impossible job I was after. With rotations in teams like Government Engagement, Public Policy and Vodafone Foundation, I am lucky enough to sit at the heart of the company. Helping drive our global strategy, dealing with market-moving information, and sat a five minute walk away from Vodafone Group’s CEO, Nick Read – I couldn’t be any closer to the action if I tried!   In External Affairs, I’m seen as part of the generation of innovators, digital disruptors and most importantly, change. Within my first few months in the company, I have been able to work alongside experts in their field on projects that have a direct impact in helping shape a digitally inclusive society. In my first rotation in Corporate Communications, I have supported the running of multiple global campaigns that have reached over one million people across the world.   Having worked on initiatives such as planet and sustainability, rural connectivity and gender equality, Vodafone has empowered me to feel as though anything and everything is possible if I want to be a driver of change. With the resources, tools and support from Vodafone to make things happen, the future really is exciting.” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Dani opens up about the tasks she faces within her role and how supporting on the Generation Possible campaign has made her feel more hopeful for future challenges her generation faces.

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Application Process

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• Ensure your CV is ready to go using our CV advice pages • Create your career profile by providing your details and uploading your documents • A cover letter is not a mandatory element in the process but if you wish to include one, follow our advice on creating a great cover letter • There may be some eligibility questions that you are required to answer for each role. Please answer these truthfully • You’ll receive confirmation of your application to the email address provided . Now that you’ve applied, your application is ready to be reviewed by a recruiter.  Recruiters review every CV received which is why it is important to make your CV suitable to be read by a human. The recruiter may contact you to gain further information or conduct a telephone interview to review your skills/experience in more detail. You will be asked if you require reasonable any adjustments or assistance to support you through the process or whilst working with us. Vodafone is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to providing equal opportunities to all. If shortlisted, your CV will be sent to the hiring manager to confirm their final shortlisting. Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to contact all candidates in the process and therefore you may receive an update on your application via email. You’ve been successful at shortlisting so all that is left is the interview stage. • If you are considered suitable, you will be invited to attend an interview with the hiring manager (virtual interviews are being held during Covid-19) • Where applicable, a 2nd interview stage will be held which often includes role-related activities, for example technical testing, presentations or sales based exercises • The hiring manager will inform the recruiter of the results of the interview once all interviews have been concluded • The recruiter will notify you of the outcome, providing feedback to you via phone • If successful, your offer will be processed and your onboarding initiated. Congratulations! We can’t wait for you to join us.  • All new starters must complete security checks before they join. If you have any questions regarding these checks, please contact your recruiter • Now get yourself ready for a great first day! Your recruiter will be available to you throughout the process, so please reach out to them if you have any questions.  Please note that this is an overview of the recruitment process and based on the requirements for each individual role, you may encounter slight differences throughout the process. Applications for Retail, Contact Centres and Graduate Programmes are likely to differ to the above.  Search Vodafone Jobs!  

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You’ve found the perfect role and you’re ready to apply. So what happens next?

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Introducing Lucy – a HR Discover Graduate here at Vodafone

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1/29/2020

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“What a year 2019 has been! I graduated from University, moved to London and in September I started on the HR Discover Programme here at Vodafone. The first three months here have been an incredible journey: getting to grips with an innovative, constantly-changing company, as well as learning so much about myself in my first permanent job.   In 2020, I’ll experience three different rotations within the business. I’ll complete my current placement as a Business Specialist within Group Technology HR, start another six-month rotation in a completely different area, and to finish my year-long placement!   At the moment, I’m looking forward to making an impact in my current area. My goals for the placement have given me real responsibility within my business area, an exciting challenge to rise to as a graduate! One of my goals is to help my team to become more data-driven. Though I’ve still got three months to go and love my current placement, I’m also starting to look forward to a fresh challenge in March. Whatever I do next will be something completely new, and as someone who loves learning new things, I am excited about new knowledge, skills and experiences as I try out a different area of HR. Bring on 2020!” Want to learn more about our graduate and student programmes? Click below.  Learn More  

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Lucy shares what she’s been up to during her time as a HR Graduate!

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Meet Chloe - A Data Analyst Apprentice here at Vodafone

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The level of exposure to projects and opportunities that I have experienced in my first year at Vodafone I believe is not something you would find anywhere else.  by Chloe Bruce  Hi I’m Chloe and I am a Data Analyst Apprentice working in the BI and Data Visualization team in Group Technology. Having received offers to study Business Accounting at university following the completion of my A-Levels, I decided an apprenticeship was a more suitable route for me. The opportunity for career progression whilst studying at the same time is what drove my decision. Before joining Vodafone, I was accepted onto a school leaver programme working in an audit role for a year and a half, at which point I decided it was not for me. Living locally to the Newbury HQ, I always had the desire to work for Vodafone given their reputation as a large corporate company. More specifically I have always wanted to work in the technology space due to its dynamic and innovative environment. When the opportunity came up to join the Data Analyst Apprenticeship programme here at Vodafone I thought it was one I couldn’t pass up.Compared to my previous experiences the culture and work life balance at Vodafone is unparalleled. Having to balance studying towards a Digital and Technology Solutions degree and my everyday role within my team at Vodafone, something quite daunting, has been made easy for me. My team have been very supportive and proactive in helping me to be successful on this apprenticeship programme. I used to play woman’s football at a semi-professional level something that I gave up due to previous work commitments, however since joining Vodafone this is something I have considered getting back into, as the work life balance here would allow me to commit to both. So far I am most proud of my work and contribution to the Data Quality Project. It has given me the opportunity to understand the benefits and business requirements of the project, right through to the implementation of the solution to our local markets. The level of exposure to projects and opportunities that I have experienced in my first year at Vodafone I believe is not something you would find anywhere else. 

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