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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

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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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

‘Devil Wears Prada’ Screenwriter Dishes About Writing Process & Defeating Procrastination

Whether you have a day job and you’re an aspiring screenwriter or you’re blogging away all day at the nearby coffee shop, chances are you’ve battled blocking out distractions, creating a method to your madness and oh yeah, carved out space where you can write and write alone for your baby, your project.

Well, thanks to this new series, “Academy Originals,” released by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we get a glimpse at screenwriter Aline Brosh (The Devil Wears Prada & We Bought a Zoo) McKenna’s process. She sets goals each day like getting to the end of an act or scene, “I go and I move the boulder from here today…and that’s my work.”

Having an office outside the home for 12 years, she needs her own space and time to “just do my thing.” Check it out!

Seven Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedinIf you’re on LinkedIn regularly just like we are, chances are your profile may be a bit stagnant from time to time.

Looking to spice it up? Look no further. Courtesy of LinkedIn, here are a few quick tips they sent us to hopefully boost your views and connections on a daily basis.

1. Create a catchy headline! How about something like, “Social Media Manager?” People should be able to detect exactly what you do by simply reading it.

2. Add your industry to your profile. This will appear at the top headline under your title so it’s clear for people to also identify your industry. Read more

Three Tips to Research a Future Employer Prior to That Interview

suitWe know the deal. You’re pressed for time with that upcoming job interview. So pressed, in fact, that you barely have time to get your suit dry cleaned and ready to go but aside from rocking out to your appearance, there’s one area you simply shouldn’t overlook: Research.

If you don’t come prepared, it could be game over before it already began. For starters, what media company would want to hire someone who didn’t do their homework? This is your shot to do some digging, really snoop around in the spirit of not only landing the job but seeing any potential red flags sooner rather than later. Read more

Four Ways to Keep Your Career Authentic and Uniquely You

vision2Have you ever been at work and wondered how you got there? Not in terms of the daily commute but literally how you ended up where you are today? Or how it may not always feel like “you” all of the time and who you are?

This piece on Huffington Post helps clarify things. While its scope is about staying true to yourself, we simply have to apply this to careers. Considering we spend so many hours of the day working, if it’s not reflective of who we are, then who are we truly? Read more

Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

Four Ways to Become a Social Media Influencer

fb logoIf you’re active on social media and want to know how to become an influencer, listen up.

According to serial entrepreneur Marc Fischman, there are several key factors to keep in mind. We connected with the CEO and co-founder of Hyperactivate to get the scoop and we figured he knows a thing or two about the topic since his company was named one of the top three social media start-ups last year by Entrepreneur.

1. Become an expert. That’s right, go ahead and master a topic so people trust your opinion! Fischman explains, “The idea here is to embrace your area of expertise so passionately, that your blog or twitter feed goes beyond just reporting news; it actually espouses opinions that you formulate and that people will seek out and evaluate.  Does this represent a commitment on your part? For sure.” Read more

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