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Media Jobs Monthly NewsletterJuly 9, 2014
Summer is the time of year when interns are hard at work, earning valuable experience, developing new skills, establishing a work ethic, and making those ever-important connections that could lead to full-time employment down the line. And, of course, this is mutually beneficial to employers, who are able to tap new talent in the form of young professionals eager to make a lasting impression. Even tech giants such as LinkedIn, Google and Amazon know the value of interns -- they're recruiting high schoolers (and paying them too) to cut their teeth on tasks like coding.
Internships do have their downsides, as Mediabistro's own editorial intern, Andrew Russo, acknowledges in his "Media Intern" posts on MediaJobsDaily. There's the pressure to be skilled at multiple disciplines (being a "one-man band," as he calls it) when some colleges lack the access to training students need to do these skills well. And, in the case of journalism internships, the lack of opportunity would-be interns encounter pretty much anywhere outside of New York City.
On the positive side, when the going gets rough interns can turn to other interns for advice (and perhaps to act as a sounding board) -- and find mentors in their supervisors, most of whom are happy to impart words of wisdom. Hey, we were interns, too.
Managing Editor, Mediabistro
Employment Report: U.S. Added 288K Jobs in June (CBS News)
U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in June, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. In addition, the number of jobs created in May was revised up to 224,000 from the original 217,000. Many economists predicted late last year that the steady but tepid recovery would accelerate in 2014. The momentum built over the past four years will finally unleash more hiring and higher wages, they said.
Four Ways to Become a Social Media Influencer (MediaJobsDaily)
According to serial entrepreneur Marc Fischman, there are several key factors to keep in mind if you want to know how to become an influencer. We connected with the CEO and co-founder of Hyperactivate to get the scoop, and we figured he knows a thing or two about the topic since his company was named one of the top three social media startups last year by Entrepreneur.
The Top 10 Shipwrecks of Hiring Mistakes (ERE.net)
No one launches a business or accepts an executive position with the goal of incurring unnecessary expenses. Yet, time and again, shipwreck hires cost organizations three to five times the hire's salary. In his book The Hiring Compass, Mark Debinski points out the top 10 hiring mistakes to avoid.
Why You Should Rethink That Morning Meeting (Fast Company)
When's the best time to schedule a meeting? For many managers, the answer is clear: first thing in the morning. Your team is fresh, you make sure you're all on the same page, and you set yourself up for a productive day. But there are plenty of arguments against the morning meeting. Before you make it your default option, consider a few factors.
The 17 Most Common Ways People Screw Up Tough Interviews (Business Insider)
If you're trying to go into finance, strategic planning, marketing, operations or even the nonprofit world, experts highly recommend that you learn to master the case study interview -- which is when you're presented with a business case and asked to find the solution. These are often the toughest interviews to master, and you might be making career-limiting mistakes without even realizing it.
Big Clients: How to Find Them and What They Want (Freelancers Union)
Most freelancers want big-spending clients, but they're either scared of the competition, don't think they're good enough, or don't know how big-spending clients like to be treated. Here's what you need to know about finding and landing those ideal clients, along with some excellent tips from Walt Kania at The Freelancery.
Putting a Religious Identifier on Your Resume Might Cost You The Job (Vox)
So you're a recent college grad who just blasted your resume to a thousand employers, and none of them is calling you back? Here's a suggestion: take religion off your resume. At least that's what a sociologist from the University of Connecticut suggests.
The Top 10 Productivity Killers at Work Are… (The Hiring Site)
Whether you call it multitasking, recharging or good ol' fashioned procrastinating, we've all been guilty of taking a minute here and there during the workday to refresh our Facebook feed, check the latest World Cup scores or run out to grab a cupcake. But which of these distractions cut into U.S. workers' daily productivity the most? In a recent CareerBuilder survey, employers reveal the top 10 productivity killers at work.
Glassdoor's Employment Satisfaction Report Card by City (2014) (Glassdoor Blog)
Where in the U.S. will you find the most satisfied employees? And what makes them so satisfied in their jobs? For job seekers looking to relocate or launch their career, Glassdoor has released its second annual Employment Satisfaction Report Card, offering a comparison by city of overall employee satisfaction, number of employers hiring, business outlook expectations and more, according to local employees in the 50 largest U.S. metro areas.
4 Must-Read Hiring Tips for Newbie Bosses (Brazen Careerist)
If you're starting a business, the type of business you have will determine the type of employee you need. You may need help with the day-to-day operations or perhaps you need someone with a set of expertise you don't have so you can broaden your offerings. Either way, hiring your first -- or any -- employee has legal, personal and professional considerations to bear in mind.
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