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Although it’s back to school time for the kids, why should they be the only ones to hit the books?

When you’re looking to propel your career, hone your skills and amp up your mojo, classes are some of the best ways to give your career a one-two punch to the next level.

From now until Thursday at 11:59 pm ET, when you buy any Mediabistro class you’ll get a free webcast! The promo starts today and all you have to do is use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

In particular, we’re fans of the course, Develop Your Freelance Career.  Taught by Brooklyn-based freelance writer Lauren Waterman, 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. Read more

Survey Reveals Emails are Constant Time Drain

According to Modeuro Consulting researchers from the University of Glasgow and U.K., when leaders ease up on their emails a whole lot of goodness starts happening.

Per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, they looked at seven executives in London and how they literally spent their waking hours. Results pointed to emails as a major time drain to the tune of 90 minutes per day. On average, executives emailed 56 times each day.  Read more

Score That Job: Dow Jones

If our recent Cubes episode giving you an insider’s look at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal made you think about working there, here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

Vicki Salemi, mediabistro’s very own career expert, author and editor sits down with Meredith Lubitz, vice president of Talent Acquisition at Dow Jones to hear what it takes to go from candidate to employee.

A couple of hints? Who you are outside the office is just as important as who you are inside. So tighten up that social media presence. They want to know what you’re saying to the world.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Daymon “Daym” Patterson: From Wal-Mart Manager to Travel Channel Host

Daymon PattersonIf you’re looking for ways to make the most out of your lunch break, just look to Daymon “Daym” Patterson‘s Daym Drops YouTube channel for inspiration (or drool-inducing entertainment).

By reviewing fast food during his own down time as a Wal-Mart assistant manager, Patterson amassed millions of views on YouTube, and is now the star of his own Travel Channel show, Best Daym Takeout, premiering July 31. For its latest feature, Mediabistro talked with the burgeoning star about how he used the video platform to take his career to a whole new level:

I started out filming my neighborhood, doing little news reports and uploading them. One day on my lunch break, I went to Burger King and had their French toast sticks, and I did a review of them in the car and put that on YouTube. It received like 134 views, whereas all the other videos were maybe like 30, 50 views. The following week, I went to Dunkin Donuts and I got their new frozen hot chocolate. That video caught over 300 views, and I thought, “OK, now I have something here.”

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Get a Travel Channel Show Reviewing Fast Food, Daymon “Daym” Patterson? 

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Top Execs Make the Case for Not Using E-mail

Got e-mails? If you’re constantly checking your in-box throughout the day, you’re not alone. Sure, experts have said you shouldn’t respond throughout the day because then you’re not tackling what really needs to get done but maybe this will build a stronger case for you. It certainly did for us.

A piece on BusinessWeek points out Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told SportsBusiness Journal he has never used e-mail. And he “never will.”

He’s not the only one to live and successfully work without Outlook. According to the piece, Janet Napolitano has said she never uses e-mail either. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told reporters, “I think e-mail just sucks up time.” Read more

CEO of TheLadders Talks About Its Top Ranked Job Search App

Last month, TheLadders released its native iOS app, “Job Search by TheLadders.”

In merely one week it rose to the top spot in the free and business categories in the App Store. We knew they had to be onto something so we sat down with the CEO to get the scoop.

Alex Douzet, CEO and co-founder explains the significance of job searching via a mobile app: “What’s the last thing you do at night before you go to bed? You turn off the light and intend to look at your phone.” Read more

Ouch: Canadian ‘Community-Powered News Organization’ Has Its Bank Accounts Frozen, Owes Freelancers

Luckily, the individual amounts in question are only a few hundred bucks in most cases, but even a hunsky owed is an annoyance at best and a hardship at worst for the unpaid freelancer.

The startup in question is called OpenFile, and it operated in six Canadian cities before it stopped publication in September. Readers would suggest story ideas, and then OpenFile would assign reporters to them. But on Sept. 28, the company went “on pause.” It’s now November and not only is OpenFile not unpaused, but freelancers still haven’t been paid, the editor-in-chief has found a new job, and auditors have physically removed the company’s books so the founder doesn’t even know the extent of how many people are owed money, MediaShift reported.

Founder Wilf Dinnick still says the company will return in 2013 and that everyone will get paid. He also said that “running a startup is like being punched in the face every day.”

The below video shows how OpenFile should work on a good day. Here’s hoping that blue skies and sunny days are indeed in the future for this as-of-now beleaguered organization.

About OpenFile from OpenFile on Vimeo.

The Atlantic Expected To Be Profitable Third Year Running

Say what you will about the death of media (we know you will whether we give you the opening or not), The Atlantic is one property that has seemingly cracked the code on digital.

Minonline reports that the company is expected to be profitable for the third year running, thanks to increased digital revenues (up 33 percent!) from TheAtlantic.com and the company’s spinoffs.

TheAtlantic.com’s traffic rose 45 percent over the year, the company said, and Atlantic Wire’s more than doubled to 4 million uniques in October. The smaller Atlantic Cities saw a 197 percent traffic increase, for 917,000 unique visitors.

Year-to-date digital sales are up 34 percent, the company said, and in October alone, The Atlantic ran nine custom projects for big brands like Bank of America, Fidelity, IBM and Mercedes-Benz.

The company turned a profit in 2010 for the first time in a decade by “pretending it was a Silicon Valley start-up that needed to kill itself to survive,” a New York Times article said back then. At the time, the company employed about 100 business and editorial folks, and hitting 4.8 million monthly uniques was considered a coup.

This October, the site registered 12.5 million visitors.

Have You Seen The New LinkedIn?


This happened *before* Zombiecane struck, but since people don’t tend to check their LinkedIn profiles often, you may have missed this: LinkedIn has put out a major update to its profiles.

The new profiles, according to LinkedIn’s blog, have a more visual-forward design that “helps you make a powerful first impression and showcase your skills and accomplishments.” The profiles also show you “rich and visual insights on the people and companies in your network” as well as moving contacts’ status updates higher on the page.

To request that your profile be converted over to the new design, visit this link. The new profiles are definitely prettier, but we wonder how LinkedIn’s purportedly staid, traditional audience will take the changes.

Marissa Mayer Reviews Resumes of Serious Candidates at Yahoo

Now that Marissa Mayer’s in charge of Yahoo as the new CEO, similar to Google’s co-founders, she’s reviewing every new hire before they walk in the door.

According to Business Insider, she reviews every serious candidate’s resume. One insider told the site the new change going all the way up the food chain isn’t exactly expediting the hiring process.

The source explained, ”It’s gotten a little frustrating.” After all, according to the site he lost two candidates due to timing.

He added, “I can’t say that I blame her.”

But maybe the change shows that executives really care about who walks into the door as a new employee? Previously it sounded like people weren’t too jazzed to work for the company. “I mean nobody gave a s— to come to Yahoo.”

So, technically he would follow Mayer’s footsteps if given the shot. He pointed out, “I’d want to review all the talent that comes in the doors, too.”

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