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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

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

Inside Facebook Contest is Live! Enter to Win Content Marketing 101

fb logoCongratulations to our colleagues at Inside Facebook who have covered Facebook since 2006. They recently celebrated the 100,000 fan mark!

To celebrate, they’re offering an All-Access Pass to the popular Content Marketing 101 interactive online boot camp (a $449 value)! The class runs from September 8 through the 12th.

Enter the contest here. The winner will be selected on August 8.

Good luck!

‘Word Crimes’ Spoofs Robin Thicke & Gets Grammar Spot-On

If you’ve ever cringed at the sight of a typo (especially your own), raise your hand! That’s why this video is oh-so-perfect for media folks like us.

“Weird Al” Yankovic spoofs Robin Thicke’s hit, “Blurred Lines,” and comes up with some pretty witty prose. Without impeccable grammar and clean copy, how could we properly do our jobs? Seriously.

Newspaper Reporter Ranks Among Top 10 Most Endangered Jobs

press hatIf you’re an aspiring newspaper reporter, listen up. You may want to know about what a little birdie told us. (And by that, we mean a new report issued by CareerCast on the most endangered jobs.)

Yeah, that’s because newspaper reporter is one of them. Based on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career site projected the least promising career paths relative to job growth, income and existing employment. Read more

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