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Meet the Mandated Vacation: TED.com’s Staff Takes Two Weeks!

flip flopsYou know how logging off is actually good for you? As in truly being out of the office, not checking messages whatsoever.

Well, the entire staff at TED.com is currently on hiatus through August. Let’s repeat that: The staff is on vacation until August!

We first read about this in Inc.com and simply had to explore it. For starters, their editor blogged about it and mentioned it’s seriously a productivity booster. And this is nothing new for their staff — the concept’s been around for the past five years. Read more

Mediabistro Course Freelancing 101

Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients.  Register now!

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Four Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills

listenWhat’s that, you say? Four tips to improve listening skills? Sign us up!

We admit it, when we’re introduced to someone new within a few minutes if there’s not a nametag in sight, we’re inclined to forget the person’s name.

Sound familiar?

That’s why this piece in The Wall Street Journal caught our attention. Listening skills are critical to business success, not just during an introduction but during meetings, conference calls and even casual conversations. Here are some pointers to help bolster those listening skills so you stay on point and engaged in each and every encounter… Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

New Study Shows We Don’t Ask for Enough Help When Networking

nametagIf you’ve been networking up a storm and haven’t been making much progress, maybe that’s because you’re not asking for enough help.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, 42 percent of senior managers said not asking for help from others is the biggest networking mistake. The second faux pas points to failing to keep in touch with contacts, and as for the third? Not thanking people for their help.

Switching gears, one of the best ways to stay in touch is online, as indicated by the survey, followed by meeting for lunch or coffee.  The third best way is to attend a local networking event.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, emphasized the importance of networking in a press release. Whether you’re “looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts.” And many people don’t ask for help because perhaps they’re embarrassed or think they can succeed on their own but there’s no harm in reaching out for help.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while networking:

1. Be consistent. Network continuously instead of waiting until you’re in freak out mode for a new job. Periodically check in with contacts. Try to help them as well by sending links to relevant articles and job openings.

2. Act quickly. Follow up swiftly after you meet someone at an event or after you meet up for lunch or coffee.

3. Mix things up. Instead of relying solely on social media, mix it up with online networking and in-person approaches. Be ready, too. You never know when a casual conversation in the doctor’s waiting room or on the train can spark a new potential connection.

4. Be specific. People can make a significant impact in helping you achieve your goals if you’re specific. Instead of saying you’re “looking for a job,” you can tailor it to say you’re “looking for someone who works within marketing in digital media who can help you get your foot in the door for opportunities seeking three to five years of experience.”

How to Stay Energized on the Job During the Dog Days of Summer

Brown_Bag_LunchIf you live among heat and humidity, you’re not alone. It’s hard enough with sweltering temps (and if you’re in New York City like we are, the sauna-like subway platforms), right?

Well, that’s why we’re here to provide some reminders of ways to stay energized on the job. In another post we’ll tackle staying focused on the job search but for now, we’re all about living in the present. Whether you have a vacation coming up or just returned from one, it may be a little challenging staying focused on the job.

Thanks to this post we read on TheLadders, there are a few ways to stay focused and keep that energy up, up, up! Read more

Four Media Jobs Make Forbes ‘Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs’ List

moneyWe’re often reporting about the doom and gloom of newspapers, much to our chagrin, but as for today’s news? Things are lookin’ up!

According to this post on Forbes, there are several media-related jobs on the “America’s Most Surprising Six-Figure Income List” that may surprise you!

Let’s check it out, shall we? For starters, broadcast news analysts earn a mean salary of $84,710 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top earnings rake in as much as $186,260. As for the best paying state? Florida. Read more

Think Your Job May Be on Pink Slip List? Here are Four Clues

pink slipIf you’ve been on the chopping block, perhaps you’ve seen the pink slip signs coming. You know, the ones which reveal themselves to you in due time like colleagues who start rescheduling meetings with you three and four times.

Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, their list of warning signs is pretty much on track with what we’ve seen, too. Read more

Three Ways to Break Bad Email Habits

no emailAh, work emails. We certainly can’t live without them and thanks to this post on U.S. News & World Report, there are several ways ditch old habits you may have somehow settled into.

1. Waiting. If you’ve ever received an email that requires research on your part, you’re not alone. If you don’t email the sender back to let him or her know that you won’t have the information until next week, that’s problematic. Read more

It’s Confirmed! Study Shows Multitasking Just Doesn’t Work

multitaskingIf you’re reading this on a tablet while your mobile device is ringing and you’re secretly playing Words With Friends on your laptop, listen up.

According to a new study published in the journal Human Factors, multitasking is simply not effective. Here’s why: The average office worker is apparently interrupted six times an hour (six times!) and in turn, interruptions severely impact the ability to produce quality work. Read more

If You Won the Lottery, Would You Ditch Your Day Job? New Survey Says No

money bagsHere’s a million dollar question for a summer Friday: If you won the lottery, would you quit your job or would you keep working?

According to a new CareerBuilder study, approximately 51 percent of respondents said even if they didn’t need to work for financial reasons, they would still toil away at the daily grind. In addition, 30 percent of all respondents said they would keep their current job. y. Thirty percent of all workers say they would keep their current job. Read more

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