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Johnson Allowing Employees to Reapply For Jobs

ebony-august-2008-barack-obama.jpgChicago-based Johnson Publishing has struck on a novel way to deal with layoffs. Actually, come to think of it, the whole plan sounds like the premise for some sort of media-meets-Survivor reality show — perhaps something publishers may want to consider revenue-wise as the outlook becomes more dire.

Anyway! Here’s the deal. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet, is apparently going through a “multi-phase” staffing reorganization during which current staff will be asked to reapply for new positions within the company — meaning, among other things, there will probably be very little “plumping up” of the resume! Seriously, though, imagine being asked to reapply for your own job. Folio reports that certain employees will be eligible for new positions.

And in a statement about the reshuffling, which could also work as a great lesson on how to use the greatest amount of words possible to say absolutely nothing, a Johnson spokesperson says “We are executing a multi-phase reorganization by adding new capabilities to service the changing media environment and expand the presence of our iconic brands while strategically improving our operational efficiencies.” There you have it. Someone should pitch to Bravo.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.