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Stay With This Marketing Agency And It Will Make Your Dreams Come True

Dallas-based The Marketing Arm, a marketing and promotions company, is offering a fairly big chunk of cash to anyone who’s been with the company 7 years or more.

According to the Dallas Morning News the company has recently announced that anyone who’s been with the company for seven years will get seven days off and $2,500 to do something crazy they’ve never had the time or money for. Employees with 15 years of service will get 15 days off and $5,000.

The program will cost between $125,000 and $200,000 each year, depending on how many people take the offer.

The catches:

The days have to be taken in one chunk. The time and money must be used to do something personally rewarding or something that betters the lives of others. A four-person review committee approves proposals.

About 50 staffers qualify this year (including those who’ve already passed a seven- or 15-year milestone). Some of the things they’ve planned:

Travis Dillon, director of property management, wants to go to surfing camp in Costa Rica.
Stu Hill, senior conceptor (that’s someone who creates marketing concepts), wants to travel to India for a meditation retreat.
Michelle Palmer, senior vice president, wants to learn how to paint at an art school in Sedona, Ariz.

The Marketing Arm is a part of Omnicom and counts AT&T, Frito-Lay, American Airlinesand GameStop among its clients.

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What Glassdoor Got Wrong In Their Latest Press Release

Valet Parking, Las Vegas, NV

Glassdoor is a pretty neat site, honestly, even if the reviews almost certainly skew toward the extremes. And we usually don’t mind when companies send us ridiculous “top 10″ lists, especially when it’s a slow news week.

But their latest top 10 list, “Top 10 Jobs That Burn Calories,” which is arguably one of the most ridiculous lists we’ve been emailed*, they got something seriously wrong. Okay, two things—first they ranked “firefighter” lower than “valet”—you guys are joking, right, Glassdoor?

But more relevant to this blog’s audience was #4 on this list: news photographer. Yeah, it’s a gym workout and a job all at once, though as prosumer cameras get more and more capable, there’s a lot less gear-lugging than before. But here’s what Glassdoor said:

“Breaking News! Who responds? News Photographers, that’s who. With fewer newsrooms these days and a 24/7 news cycle, news photographers are on the move at all times to capture life’s moments unfolding before it’s too late. They’re constantly moving, running, rushing and lifting heavy equipment to make daily deadlines. You’ll burn some bulge with an 8-hour cardio workout (aka: your normal shift).”

Yep, they said an 8-hour shift is “normal.” Ha ha.

In case you were wondering, the other calorie burning jobs (in rough reverse order) were: personal trainer, landscaper, retail sales, firefighter, nanny, tour guide, roofer, furniture delivery, and the aforementioned valet.

*Who’s seriously going to change their cushy desk job for one where you move furniture around all day? There are easier ways to trim your waistline than making a career change.

F+W Media Buys World Tea Media, Staff Unchanged

F+W Media, a media company serving markets like antiques, crafts, writing and horticulture, has purchased World Tea Media for an undisclosed sum, Folio reports.

World Tea Media’s biggest asset is the World Tea Expo, but also runs the North American Tea Championship and a news site called WorldTeaNews.com, which has three editors listed on its masthead and 19 (freelance) contributors. Existing staff will remain intact, Folio says.

The Most Epic Out Of Office Mail Yet

We’ve featured out-of-office responses on this blog in the past but this one really takes the cake. We think it may be the most epic “I’m not here” message we have seen yet.

Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments but check this out, from exaqueo:

Dear Sender,
Thanks for your email. I am out of the office until January 3. That’s right. I work so hard and am so important to this company that I haven’t taken any vacation this year. So now it’s December 22 and I have four weeks to use. Since I work 24/7, taking the next 13 days is like taking four weeks.
You clearly don’t work as hard as I do since you’re sending me this email today. Procrastinator. But because you took that two weeks with your family in Orlando earlier this year, and then another week at the beach you’re stuck with only a few vacation days left. Sucks to be you.
While you were sending me this email, I was using my hard earned vacation. I had about 5 months of drycleaning stacked up so that took all of this morning to take in. And now I am probably looking for my gym membership card that’s somewhere in my house since I haven’t been since June.
Then, I’ll probably decide not to go, and sit on the couch to watch some daytime TV. Did you know there aren’t many soap operas on anymore? I had no idea so many people were home during the day, but they are. And they’re calling QVC and ordering things from something called the Quacker Factory.
But don’t despair! While watching my tenth episode in a row of House Hunters, I’ll pick up my smartphone and see your email because I can’t ever concentrate on just one thing. And I’ll probably reply, because I love love love love checking my email. Then I’ll decide that the reply is too long to type out on my phone. So I’ll boot up that awesome company-issued Lenovo PC and write you a long thoughtful response…which you won’t read until January 3 because you’re too busy sipping egg nog and spending actual time with your family.
I can’t tell you who to contact in my absence because no one’s available. Meaning, no one will admit they’re available. But most of them, like me, are pretending to be on vacation, so you can email them too and they’ll probably write you back while watching reruns of Battlestar Gallactica or Say Yes to the Dress.
So Happy Holidays, and I look forward to collaborating successfully with you in 2012.
Warmest regards,
The person you just emailed.

Another Day, Another Seasonal CareerBuilder Survey: Most People Like Their Bosses?


Job board CareerBuilder just loves coming up with thematic surveys for holidays, like when they decided to figure out how many American workers spent worktime shopping on Black Friday. They’re silly pieces of journalist bait designed to attract bloggers looking for interesting news in slow news weeks.

Well, call us suckers because we’re going to post about their newest survey, which asked nearly 5,000 workers to compare their bosses to Christmas movie characters. Nearly one in five (19 percent) said their boss was most like George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life, because he’s “well-liked, [and] always willing to help others.”

Only 7 percent of respondents compared their boss to the Grinch, less than the number of respondents who likened their bosses to “A Christmas Story”‘s Ralphie, Macaulay Culkin’s character from “Home Alone,” and even Rudolph.

(Adam Sandler’s character(s) in Eight Crazy Nights don’t appear to have been an option. We don’t know of any Kwanzaa movies but rest assured those characters were not represented either.)

Still, we think the important takeaway here is: only 7 percent called their bosses Grinchy? It must be the holiday season.

AP, Equiom Labs Launch StyleGuard – Like Spellchecker For AP Style

The AP has launched a product that integrates with Microsoft Word to check your documents for AP style. While grammar and spell-check has been around for ages, this may be the first time that a tool has been introduced to catch mistakes that would only be mistakes in newswriting.

Equiom Linguistic Labs and works like other proofing tools power the product: just run it and it will tell you if their is any error in your writing. It also will underline errors just like Microsoft’s usual spell-check. Each correction shows you the corresponding rule so you know why it made the correction.

You need to be an AP stylebook online subscriber and the software only works on Windows, but it will help you improve your miswriting whether you be a journalist, PR professional, or anyone else who needs to use AP stile. You can also install other style guides, right now there is only one for chemicals but we could see how a Chicago Manual of Style or MLA guide would be useful and probably not too far of.

Personally, we think this is a brilliant idea and can’t see how it could go wrong in NE way. After all this post were spell and grimmer checked in Microsoft Word and its fine.

An Oldie But A Goodie: Barney Stinson’s Video Resume

We here at MediaJobsDaily aren’t followers of the show “How I Met Your Mother,” because, quite frankly, who has time for television when we’re so busy trying to scrounge up the best media news for your job search?*

Maybe you, too, have missed out on this gem of a video clip: the video resume of Barney Stinson, the character played on the show by Neil Patrick Harris.

If you’re gonna do a video resume, this is the way to go:

*You’re welcome! Really!

Cyber Monday Cuts Into 50% Of Americans’ Work Time

I Love Shopping su InternetImportant news: half of Americans plan to spend today seeking out deals online instead of doing work, according to that really awesome flat-screen HDTV that’s marked down 60 percent. Uh, according to MarketWatch and a CareerBuilder survey. That’s actually slightly down from last year, said CareerBuilder’s Michael Erwin, though those shoes are still completely fabulous and a steal at $39.99.

Erwin said that employees will spend an average of an hour today, not doing their work but instead shopping for deals on gadgets, video games, clothing, and toys like the Lego Ninjago Lightning Dragon set, which is marked down and is one of the items on their nephew’s wish list. Score!

Erwin also reminded workers that 22 percent of employers have fired someone for using company Internet on personal matters, so “you need to police yourself,” he said, no matter how cheap that refurbished Roomba is.

At Work, Do You Hug, Bro-Hug Or Handshake? The WSJ Is On The Case, Thank God!

Earlier this week, Wall Street Journal workplace columnist Sue Shellenbarger tackled an issue nobody was wondering about: whether you should shake hands, fist-bump, or otherwise greet people in your workplace.

The answer (surprise!) is: it varies depending on the company culture.

“Ashley M. Harris worked for a San Antonio, Texas, public-relations agency that was very ‘huggy,’ she says. ‘You would walk into a meeting and give your client a kiss on the cheek and a hug, saying, ‘How good to see you,’ while holding onto their arm,’ she says. ‘It took a lot for me personally to get used to the hugging.’

“But at a university where she later worked, she threw her arms around a former professor of hers, and ‘he literally did a step back’ and tensed, she says.”

In case it’s all too confusing, the article came with a clip-and-save guide to interacting with your coworkers, sorted by industry. As you can see, in “entertainment, media” an appropriate greeting would be a kiss or hug, while in manufacturing you still shake hands. If you work in PR and your coworker wins the Super Bowl office pool, you are permitted to give a bro-hug. Not sure how? The guide comes with an illustrated diagram.

What more can we say?

Jim Romenesko’s Posts Exhibit ‘Pattern Of Incomplete Attribution’

Poynter.org’s Jim Romenesko, who has been aggregating stories at the wildly popular Romenesko blog for twelve years, is in a small amount of hot water.

Romenesko arguably invented aggregation (and Poynter’s Julie Moos says the same in her post today), taking snippets from stories in the media world and linking back, making his blog a must-read for anyone in journalism.

But an assistant editor at Columbia Journalism Review has noticed a problem. Moos explains: “Though information sources have always been displayed prominently in Jim’s posts and are always linked at least once (often multiple times), too many of those posts also included the original author’s verbatim language without containing his or her words in quotation marks, as they should have.”

Moos adds: “If only for quotation marks, it would be exactly right. Without those quotation marks, it is incomplete and inconsistent with our publishing practices and standards on Poynter.org.”

Romenesko told Moos that he’s been writing this way for 12 years. In that time, no writer or publication has complained to Poynter about plagiarism. But, Moos says, “They are not seeking, nor do they deserve, to have their words used without proper credit.”

Romenesko offered to resign over the issue, and Moos refused to accept his resignation, but from now on, Romenesko blog posts will be edited before publication—and they’ll use quotation marks.

The only reason this is a story, by the way, is because it was posted on Romenesko, which everyone in journoland reads. Here are some initial reactions (thanks, Storify):