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‘Stealing the Corner Office’ Author Shares Three Unconventional Tactics

corner officeIf you want to get ahead at work, raise your hand! Climb that corporate ladder, get recognized and land that cushy corner office.

We checked in with Brendan Reid, author of the new book Stealing the Corner Office, for unconventional ways to get ahead.

1. Never be passionate about your ideas. Wait, what? Let’s hear him out…yes, we’re drawn to icons like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for their passion and perseverance. And yes, for one Zuckerberg, there are hundreds upon hundreds of people who tried and failed. 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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How to Handle it When Your College Kid Intern & Offspring Embarrasses You

vision2We know the drill. Your college kid is home for the summer and being the good parent that you are, you landed Sonny a nice internship at your company.

Only thing is, the internship is going south very fast.

Well, according to a piece in The New York Post, this is one of “those teachable moments” when you need to pull together your skills as both a professional and a parent when your kid starts embarrassing you at work. Read more

Austin-Based Company Hosts Arcade Parties to Recruit Job Seekers

pinballIf you’ve been wined and dined by a potential employer, more power to you!

While some job candidates may have a typical office interview, others are experiencing innovative ways to learn about a company and their culture. Read more

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

What Amount Do You Need to Earn to Feel Successful?

successAh, success. It’s so subjective, isn’t it?

Does success equate to income? Happiness? Achieving balance in life and work? Respect from peers? Self-respect? Fame? All of the above?

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, success in terms of money is relative to salary. And when it comes to feeling successful in accordance with a specific amount, 65 percent of survey participants indicate they don’t earn their desired salary. Only 35 percent say they’re right where they need to be; this is particularly true in the salary bracket ranging from $75,000 to $100,000. 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

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. EDT.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Kim Taylor, a freelance copywriter for a variety of agencies and brands including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel.

Get tips on how freelancers can manage their time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

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

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

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