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How to Answer One-Way Video Interview Questions

videoWelcome to the video interview! No, we’re not talking about Skype. Instead, we’re talking about a one-way video in which candidates answer employer questions with short video answers.

According to a post on recruiting forum ERE, there are a few key questions most employers will ask. And they’re not always looking for the answer itself. They’re often looking to see if you’ll be a cultural fit. Whether it’s in real time or prerecorded, there are a few ways to be prepared. For starters, it helps to anticipate what you’ll be asked.

Here are some of the questions… Read more
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The EEOC Hones in on Social Media for Discrimination

new_twitter_logoThis just in…when an employer relies on Twitter, Facebook and social media sites to recruit, is it going to be liable for age discrimination? What if older people are simply less likely to rely on computers for their job search than younger people?

The Wall Street Journal pointed out cases heard at an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing last week. Essentially they looked at the use of social media by employees, job seekers and employers who follow them. How can social media usage impact the enforcement of employment discrimination laws? Read more

New Survey Reveals Most Workers Take Short Lunch Breaks

Brown_Bag_LunchIf you’re eating a sandwich at your desk right now with one hand grasping the food while the other one’s navigating a mouse, you’re not alone.

That’s because a new survey released by OfficeTeam reveals almost half of workers indicated their lunch break lasts less than 30 minutes. More than 42 percent revealed they spend their lunchtime socializing with colleagues and 29 percent admitted they work right through their lunch break. Others mentioned the surf social media during this time, catch up on personal calls, run errands or exercise/take a walk. Read more

How To Hone Your Specialty As A Freelance Writer

specializingHaving a specialty as writer is a huge advantage in the cutthroat world of freelancing. It can help distinguish you from you peers and create new work opportunities for you to showcase your skills.

Establishing your expertise is key to developing your reputation. It’s also important to make sure the community is aware of your work. Veteran freelancers agree that in order to do that, networking with other writers is key:

Getting your name and face out into the world can be intimidating, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do it. Start by having your byline out there, Rae Francoeur operater of the New Arts Collaborative suggests. Also, consider writer’s conferences, book expos and blog conventions. Camilla McLaughlin, a real estate writer, connects with local editors and homeowners and attends trade shows to keep her finger on the pulse of real estate.

To hear more tips on how to enhance your writing career, including when you should decline a gig, read: Growing Your Writing Career By Becoming A Specialist.

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Got Trust? Questions to Ask Yourself When Trusting Colleagues

Got trust? It’s something that needs to be built, right? And respected.

So, how can you trust a colleague you don’t truly know yet? According to a post on Psychology Today, there are several questions you should ask yourself first.

After all, as Nan S. Russell points out in the piece, the notion of trusting someone you don’t know yet feels a bit uneasy. The kind of authentic trust you want to have at work comes with risk. Here are a few questions to ponder…

How important is this task, issue, project? What’s at stake for me if it fails or something goes wrong? What’s at stake for the other person?

What checks and balances or safety nets are currently in place to mitigate my risk? If there aren’t any, what can I do to limit risk and increase my sense of security? Read more

ESPN Announces Lay Offs

ESPN is cutting its staff for the first time since 2009, reports Deadspin. One tipster indicated more than 400 staffers were going to be impacted but a source at the sports network indicated that number’s on the high side but it seems to be in the hundreds.

Per Deadspin, their official statement reads:

“We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive.” Read more

Video Sparks What It Feels Like to be a Freelancer

As soon as we saw this video posted by our friends at Freelancer’s Union, we simply had to share. It’s dedicated to all the freelancers out their who shake their heads and nod in agreement.

Created by Docracy which apparently has all sorts of free (yes, let’s repeat it and say in unison: “FREE!”) documents, this video pretty much sums up being an assertive freelancer.

Seems innocent enough, right? Sitting in a park, a young lady poses as a boss and promises to dole out five bucks in exchange for a simple drawing…until that is, she doesn’t.

In other words, hashtag it: #getpaidnotplayed.

Times-Picayune To Go The Way Of The Ann Arbor News; Deep Cuts Coming

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is losing a large chunk of its staff and may cease daily publication, the New York Times reported late last night.

Owner Advance Publications/Newhouse Newspapers may be following the Ann Arbor model, in which it transformed the Ann Arbor News from a print to a primarily web-focused publication, cutting staff in the process.

Editor Jim Amoss is said to be leaving after assisting with the transition. Also departing will be managing editors Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea.

Gambit, a local NOLA weekly, has more from shocked employees: “All employees with whom Gambit spoke — even longtime senior writers and editors — said they learned of their fates from The New York Times report….’I had to find this out by Twitter,’ said [a reporter]. ‘Do I go in to the office tomorrow? Do I even have a job to go in to tomorrow? I don’t know. No one has called me. No one has said anything.’”

Also according to Gambit, the layoffs are likely to target at least 50 reporters, bringing the newsroom staff down by one third. The remainder will likely take salary cuts and become bloggers.

If the Times-Picayune owners are truly emulating the Ann Arbor model, the cuts are likely to be deeper than just those 50. When the Ann Arbor News closed, about 10 percent of the 274 employees got jobs at the new

Slashdot Founder Joins Washington Post

Rob Malda, who founded geek news site Slashdot in 1997, has joined the Washington Post as chief strategist and editor-at-large at Washington Post Labs.

He resigned from Slashdot in August and announced the new move this morning, saying that after three months of relaxing, “my wife [was] telling me that it was time to get out of her house.”

At the Post, he’ll be working with editorial folks on existing projects (like Trove and Social Reader) and creating new ones.

“Don Graham is trying to accomplish something that is a bit of a cliche these days: A startup inside an established corporation. A group that can exist at a nexus between newspapers, websites, cable networks, and TV stations and think about the big picture and the future without the normal burdens associated with a business operating at a large scale,” Malda wrote. “I’m hoping to learn as much as I can from the journalists at the Post, and work to in turn provide them with tools to help them better connect with their audience, and at the same time help that audience to better connect with each other. I see a future that blends the created, the curated and the algorithm in new ways that benefits both active and passive information consumers. It’s a mouthful, but it’s important work, and it’s being done at the WaPo Labs.”

(h/t Jim Romenesko)

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What Makes a Social Strategy Successful? The Power of Influence: Identifying Online Brand Ambassadors
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Danielle Brigida 

Manager of Social Media, National Wildlife Federation

Storytelling Through Social Media How to Monitor and Measure Your Social Media Efforts
Michael Brito 

SVP, Social Business Planning,
Edelman Digital

Anthony DeRosa 

Social Media Editor,

The Rise of the Social Customer and Their Impact on Business Social Curation: How to Use Twitter and Tumblr to Build Authority and Spread News
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Director of Sales and Business Development,

Lauren Dugan 


Incorporating Analytics and Social Media How to Use Twitter to Promote Your Company, Cause, or Personal Brand
Devon Glenn 

Staff Writer,

Brendan Irvine-Broque 

Content and Marketing Manager, Facebook Marketing Bible,
Inside Network

The Strategist’s Toolkit: How To Keep Up With Emerging Platforms and Trends How To Grow Your Fan Base and Engagement on Facebook
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CEO, Likeable Media

Morin Oluwole 

Strategic Partner Development,

How to Establish a Brand Personality Through Social Media The Branding Power of Facebook Pages
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Managing Producer, Education,

Leo Widrich
Co-founder, Buffer
How to Build a Targeted Social Media Strategy Productivity Tips from the Social Media Trenches
Baratunde Thurston 

Director of Digital,
The Onion

A Case Study of Creative Social Media Content

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