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So we here at MediaJobsDaily are all about helping you find jobs and keep your job. In the good old days when the economy was still robust, few companies would complain about their employees taking a moment or two to check their personal e-mail or log on to Facebook. In today’s economy, unfortunately, there’s less people and much more work, so digital goofing off is ill advised.

Still we know you’re addicted to socializing online and we want to do everything we can to facilitate that addiction. Meet SpreadTweet, the newest application in the Twittering sphere. SpreadTweet looks like an excel sheet, but is actually a way of keeping tabs on your Twitter account all day long. The application comes in Office OSX, Office 2003 for Windows and Office 2007 for Windows, so you can match the page with your company’s own excel system. Now you can look busy for the boss and still keep up with your daily tweets. Oh technology, how we love you!

Moving On Over?

biz031a.jpgGuess what, no one was fired today! Rather should we say that no one at the New York Observer was fired today. Instead longtime editor in chief, Peter Kaplan, has decided to leave his post at the Observer. Though he says it’s to spend more time with his family, rumors are circulating that he’s heading over to Conde Nast to take over the role of executive editor at Conde Nast Traveler. Of course he told WWD it’s because he needed a life.

“Editing a weekly newspaper and a daily Web site is consuming enough so that if you want to think about abstract or new models, it becomes impossible.” Kaplan said. “I made up my mind that I wanted to see if I could squeeze out another act in my career.”

Of course WWD still needed a scoop to interest readers, so they mixed in some idle industry gossip. Some of those juicy bits include the following: Observer owner Jared Kushner maybe looking to get rid of the paper; Kaplan was unhappy with the direction of the paper&#151less long features and more of a push to break news online first&#151and was looking for an out. None of these rumors are verified by Kaplan though.

What we do know is that some editors had their salaries cut by five percent over the last couple of weeks and there have been layoffs in accounting and payroll departments recently, a source confirmed.

If Kaplan is moving from the Observer to Conde Nast Traveler, we’d like to think this is very good news. First it means that jobs are still available in the industry and second, industry veterans are landing on their feet. I say this is a yay for publishing all around!

What Do You Have To Do To Keep Your Job?

We’re going to file this one under WTF! A reporter for the Suburban Journals, a sister publication of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was shot last year while covering a city council meeting in Kirkwood. After taking a bullet on the job, the paper still felt inclined to lay him off this year.

The reporter, Todd Smith, was the only injured person who survived the shooting last February. Yet just one year later, the paper has decided to cut him for “budgetary reasons.” “I got called in Tuesday and told I needed to be at a meeting on Wednesday,” Smith told The River Front Times. “I thought I was OK since the Internet and the website are the future, and performance-wise I was doing fine. My family is obviously really not happy that I took a bullet for a business. But I guess in these economic times that isn’t enough to save you.”

Immediately after taking a bullet in the city hall shooting, Smith&#151being the dedicated reporter that he is&#151pulled out his cell phone and a filed a story. That, apparently, is still not enough to secure your job in this tough economic climate. As if that weren’t enough, yesterday the Post-Dispatch announced that it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the shooting. Though we can’t confirm it, some of that coverage was probably drawn from Smith’s on the scene report. Man, if even this dedicated reporter can’t keep his job, we wish technophobe Maureen Dowd a lot of luck.

Measuring Success Of HR

So in this economic climate, major companies are always looking for ways to scrimp and save. If you’re in HR, you maybe feeling the brunt of this right now. It also doesn’t help when Rutgers professors are telling people not to trust HR. The truth is there are ways you can shore up quantifiable data that upper management&#151whose bottom line always seems to be numbers&#151will respect.

Over at ERE.net, Erik Sorenson, CEO of Vault, tells us that there are some factors you can use to develop measurable reports for your company.

1)Employee Satisfaction &#151You have direct access to your employees and thus insight into their mood and feeling. You can develop a survey that judges the overall satisfaction of your employees during these troubling times. Everyone knows that unhappy employees make for less productive workers. So if you’re business is a little sluggish right now, maybe go out and determine the general mood of the company. Upper management could be grateful for your insight.

2) Communicate the ROI of Satisfied Employees&#151Okay, so not every head honcho is going to see the benefit of employee satisfaction. In this economy, heck no one is leaving there job and if they do you can always replace them with someone equally or more talented. This is precisely the stance we don’t want right now. You need to show your top dogs the actual price of losing employees or the cost of lackadaisical workers. Couch it in terms of money. That’s something they’ll always understand.

3) Make Cuts Yourself&#151In these times everyone has to make sacrifices and that includes the HR department. Don’t forget to show your bosses that you are making the cuts necessary to keep your company lean and mean. If that means cutting some training programs right now, then that’s what you’re going to have to do. Be assured that once you get through these tough times&#151with your own job still firmly in hand&#151you can add those programs right back.

If you’re interested in knowing the value of such metrics, check out the full article here.

The Best Twitter Applications To Help You Find A Job

twtjob.jpgSo we’ve done social network applications to help with your job search, the best iphone apps, but how could we possibly forget our new best digital friend Twitter? The answer, we can’t, so we won’t. Today from the Cheezhead recruiting blog Tawny Labrum, discusses the best Twitter apps for job searching. Below are our top favorites from the list.

  • TwitterJobCast &#151 A local job search that allows you to see who is hiring on Twitter by browsing for jobs by city, state or zip code. It works by making requests to the Twitter API. Additionally, the Yahoo! Maps API is used to translate locations into geocodes for use with the Twitter API.
  • TweetMyJobs &#151 TweetMyJobs is a service that brings recruiters, hiring managers and job seekers together on Twitter. They create Twitter Channels for major cities and job types, and an easy-to-use interface to subscribe to those channels. You will get instant notification of any new jobs as a text message on your cell phone. In your job search all you have to do it create an account on Twitter and TweetMyJobs, subscribe to the desired Job Channels, and have any new openings automatically sent to your cell phone as a text message via Twitter. You can also access job openings on the web at TweetMyJOBS or Twitter.
  • ConnectTweet &#151 See what is going on inside the doors of a potential company, through the Tweets of their employees. ConnectTweet allows individuals at the front lines of the company to add a #tag to their company relevant tweets, those tagged tweets are then filtered and posted to the companies @org’s Twitter account, allowing the company’s followers to clearly see the human voices on the inside.
  • And while not exactly applications, here are some good Tweets to follow that might help keep you informed when searching for a job.

    @JobAngels &#151 Helping the unemployed find jobs
    @indeed &#151 One search. All jobs.
    @jobshouts &#151 General job postings
    @simplyhired &#151 Job search site

    @StartUpHire – Jobs at VC backed companies
    @twithire – Job board service

    For more services, check out the full article here.

    What’s The Point Of Performance Appraisals?

    So everyone sort of quakes in their boots when they hear that there will be a performance appraisal. Indeed even we discussed the pointlessness of them. Well now it comes full circle, check out Saturday Night Live mocking the practice of performance appraisals.

    If this doesn’t scream pointlessness, we don’t know what does.

    NYT Won’t Negotiate With Globe In Public

    The fight is raging on between Boston Globe unions and the New York Times Co., who threatened to shutter the Globe unless its unions agree to $20 million in concessions.

    Boston unions must have a different way of doing business than New York. The Guild has been pushing NYT Co. to hold publicly negotiations regarding union concessions&#151some of which include pay cuts, the end of pension contributions by the company and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees for veteran employees&#151but the New York company has simply refused.

    “We’re disappointed,” Boston Newspaper Guild president Daniel Totten told the Globe “The future of the Boston Globe and its mission of journalism and free speech is a matter of vital public interest. The Guild had hoped that these negotiations could be conducted in as transparent a way as possible.”

    The Globe says it is prepared to start making concessions, after a strategic earnings call with NYT Co. analysts yesterday brought to their attention that union concessions were the key to saving the paper. The Globe did start a petition yesterday that asked management to “fully share the burden” of cost-cutting. Sounds like some big wigs are going to have their salaries slashed this year!

    Chicago Tribune May Cut 20 Percent Of Staff

    cht.jpgIt’s going to be a tough week for the Chicago Tribune, according to a report by the Chicago Reader. Last week Gerould Kern, editor of the Trib, sent a company wide memo around that promised many changes at the paper. The memo included promises to, “reshape editorial priorities,” and “structure the newsroom accordingly.” He did note that a lot of inaccurate information has been floating around about layoffs, but what exactly he means by this he declines to say in this memo. What we do know is that changes will begin this week. The Reader, who reprinted Kern’s memo in its entirety, says that the company maybe slashing as much as 20 percent of its current staff. Check out the full memo from Kern after the jump.

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    Worst Ways Of Firing People

    Listen up HR Managers! While letting people go is never easy, there is clearly a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. HRM Today has a feature on the top six worst ways they have ever heard companies let an employee go. Below are our three favorites. Pay attention and learn from their mistakes.

  • Turn off their access badge to the building &#151 I worked at a company where they would turn off associate’s access to their building and not tell anyone. There was no “tailgating” allowed (meaning you could only have 1 person in per badge), so each associate had to swipe in and swipe out. If you couldn’t swipe in, you couldn’t get in the building. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a security guard sprint over to ask someone to leave the premises for trespassing…until this happened.
  • Using the overhead paging system, call them into the owner’s office &#151 “Joe Smith, please come to the manager’s office.” Probably not a big deal…until you see that every person who gets called into the principal’s manager’s office comes out in tears. And then my friend got called in…as a brand new manager…and they let him know he should stay in the room to help fire the rest of the folks.
  • Tag them at the holiday parties like Donald Trump &#151 One of the places I worked at had a very volatile CEO. EVERYONE feared this guy, but they all knew he promoted only those he liked best, so everyone tried to get face time with him. The only time we had a chance to have that direct contact was at the holiday party, and folks would get a LITTLE too tipsy to get enough liquid courage to approach him. He would be dancing in a circle with his favorite folks, and others would try to nudge their way in. He’d tap folks in the head and say “You’re fired!” just like Trump (though this was before Trump). I thought he was kidding…until the security guards walked up and escorted those folks out.
  • Check out the full article here. Have any horror stories of your own? Send them to us and we will post them (anonymously if you would like).

    Google News Timeline: The Best Time Suck For Journalists Since Twitter

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    It’s new, it cool and whoa does it waste time. Check out the newest thing from Google Labs (but not if you’re on deadline): Google News Timeline.

    PCWorld reports:

    Google News Timeline is mostly a new way to look at the same material that you can find through Google News Search. The Google engineer who built it, Andy Hertzfeld, says he was inspired by Google Maps, but instead of letting people navigate through space, he wanted to let them navigate through time. So if you want to see all the news reported about HP in April of 2007, for instance, that’s easy to do: you type HP into the search field and set the date for April 2007. When you get is a grid that shows stories about HP arranged in columns, one column for each week of the month.

    But that’s kid’s stuff. In addition to searching the Google News database, you can search through content from specific blogs, magazines and newspapers. You can look only for news photos or videos. Or you can search for sports scores or information on movies and books. Want a blow-by-blow account of the year 1424? You can get it through Google’s connection to Wikipedia.

    Right now this section is still very much in its infancy. There is no way to cut down on your search&#151by state, city or even neighborhood&#151though there are a lot drop-down menus, search fields, date fields, fields for tweaking the display, and ways of rearranging the information by dragging around content sources. But like every Google Labs project, it is still a product in development.

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