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Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and SocialTimes editor  Mona Zhang as they talk to Sarah Burns, journalism professor and editorial consultant with 14 years of experience in print and online.

Get tips on how writers can ramp up their LinkedIn profiles, what tools are the best for managing a freelance business and more.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

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 before 7/16 and get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

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Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWhat’s on tap for lunch tomorrow, you ask?

That would be our career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST. We hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Emmy Favilla, copy chief at BuzzFeed and former freelance writer.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWe’re excited to announce tomorrow’s career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST and hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Geoffrey Colon, marketing manager at Microsoft. He is also a subject matter expert on social business and disruptive innovation.

We’ll find out how you can leverage social media skills with innovative digital strategies in order to catapult your career to the next level.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWe’re excited to announce tomorrow’s career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST and hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Maurice Cherry, creative principal at 3eighteen media, a design and consulting firm.

We’ll find out how you can leverage web design along with social media and digital strategies in order to catapult your career to the next level.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

How To Be A Successful Writer

Terry McMillan has had the kind of success most aspiring writers only dream of. After two semi-successful first novels, McMillan hit the jackpot with her 1992 classic Waiting to Exhale, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than nine months and cemented her status as the queen of contemporary African American literature. She went on to write five more acclaimed novels and served as screenwriter/executive producer on three films based on her work (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Disappearing Acts and Waiting to Exhale). In the latest installment of So What Do You Do?, she tells Mediabistro how she creates unforgettable characters and why up-and-coming writers truly need to love the craft:

You’ve had such a long and successful career, what advice do you have for a new writer who wants to break into the industry and have the kind of longevity that you’ve had?
Well, I think first and foremost, they don’t need to think of it that way. I think that’s a big mistake. Do you think when I wrote my first book, Mama, in 1987, that I was thinking, “Oh, I want to have a long writing career?” No. This is not a job. It’s not that. [Writing is] not a career to me. It’s what I do. And to me there’s a difference, you know? But I would suggest that young writers take the craft very seriously [and] not worry about fame. But read. Everything. And I do mean everything. Take some writing classes. And they’ll know if this is what they really are compelled to do. But it shouldn’t be an ambition. “I want to be a famous writer;” “I want to be a bestselling author.” Those are the wrong reasons for doing this. And if those are your motives, chances are it won’t happen.

To get more advice from McMillan, read So What Do You Do, Terry McMillan, New York Times Best Selling Author?

–Aneya Fernando

Time’s Running Out to Get a Free Webcast With a Mediabistro Course Purchase

Although we mentioned it earlier in the week, here’s a friendly reminder: Until midnight tonight, when you buy any Mediabistro class, you’ll get a free webcast! All you have to do is use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

We figure you may want to check out Develop Your Freelance Career. The class covers basic freelancing skills such as creating ideas to pitching them. In fact, by the end of the course students will create two pitch letters and a list of well-crafted salable story ideas.

Course objectives include the following:

  • Come up with salable freelance ideas
  • Find the best publication to target your pitch
  • Write compelling pitches and communicate with editors
  • Maintain relationships with editors to secure long-term work
  • Track your freelance expenses, ensure timely payments, and submit invoices

Mediabistro Job Board Announces Another Big Winner

Congratulations to our Yankees vs. Mets subway series tickets winner David Ortiz, human resources generalist at Harlequin. David has been using Mediabistro’s job board since he joined Harlequin because it “ensures that our career opportunities reach a large pool of qualified candidates.”

When we asked him how he felt about winning the tickets, he said, “I was very surprised to receive the call. It put a big old smile on my face. I’m grateful to have won the contest.” We’re glad he won, too!

If you didn’t win, you still have many chances to win one of our fabulous giveaways. Keep posting jobs with us, and we’ll continue to enter you into our contests as a token of our appreciation.

Win a spot in Mediabistro’s Job Search Intensive with our Twitter contest

Here at Mediabistro, we talk to employers and job seekers everyday and have heard that the interview process can be daunting for both parties. It’s easy to lose your train of thought, ask a ridiculous question or get so nervous you trip and fall while entering the interviewer’s office. So, job seekers, we want to know: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in an interview?

Enter our contest for the chance to win a free seat in Mediabistro’s Job Search Intensive (worth $145) that starts on January 29 online. All you have to do is follow @Mediabistro and tweet us your answer in 140 characters or less.

Include #InterviewFail in your tweet and you’re in! The winner with the answer that cracks us up the most will be announced on Friday, January 25 at 11:45 am ET via our @Mediabistro Twitter account. Good luck!

The Mediabistro job board is the best place to find top media candidates for your open positions. Companies like Google, Amazon, and AOL post with us —you should too!

 

Win a Free 3-Job Posting Pack in our Twitter Contest

Here at Mediabistro, we talk to employers and job seekers everyday and have heard that the interview process can be daunting for both parties. Sometimes it’s hard to ask the right questions during an interview and there’s always one that leaves a candidate scratching his or her head. So, employers, we want to know: What interview question stumps your candidates every time?

Enter our contest for the chance to win a free 3-job posting package on the Mediabistro job board (worth $717!). All you have to do is follow @Mediabistro and tweet us your answer in 140 characters or less.

Include #InterviewQ and you’re in! The winner with the answer that stumps us the most will be announced on Friday, November 30 at 12:15 pm ET via our @Mediabistro Twitter account. Good luck!

The Mediabistro job board is the best place to find top media candidates for your open positions. Companies like Google, Amazon, and AOL post with us — you should too!

 

 

The Top Reasons Editors Reject Pitches

The benefits of being a freelancer are plenty — flexible hours, working from home and being your own boss, just to name a few. But it brings its own set of challenges, and dealing with rejection might be the toughest one. A pitch that you’ve spent a lot of effort crafting could be met with silence, or a meager “Thanks, but no” response.  Luckily, not all hope is lost, and there’s always room to learn from your rejected pitches.

In the latest article for Mediabistro’s Journalism Advice series, freelance writer Kristen Fischer dissects some of the typical rejection responses that editors are known to give. Did you know that “we’re not assigning features at this time” is editor-speak for “Try pitching front-of-book pieces instead?”

For more on how you can learn from rejected pitches, check out The Real Reason Your Pitch Was Rejected. [subscription required]