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Archives: October 2009

Friday Wrap-Up: ‘This Advice Is So Stupid It Hurts My Eyes’ And More

Social media recruiting can work, just like this:

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Sarah Kaufman (portfolio) – used with permission

Our top story this week: Forbes is cutting jobs left and right (though by now the carnage seems to have subsided). Know of anyone else who’s now seeking a new gig? Let us know. Maybe we can help.

Other notable posts from the week:
Media companies can still be fun places to work

Is Media General prepping to lay off some of its copy editors?

The comment of the week comes from Laurie Ruettimann, Punk Rock HR, on a post we made about how to use Twitter for your job search. We don’t always see eye to eye, but she’s got good points, which is why y’all should listen to her too.

(After first posting “This advice is so stupid that it hurts my eyes”, she followed up with:)

This is such a big subject for a comment, but I am offended when someone tries to craft a formula for job-seeking-success using social media tools.

- If four-fifths of your tweets should be business-related, should four-fifths of your life be business-related?
- Does data exist to show that women who tweet too much about their cats can’t find a job?
- Should we start stripping away our personal lives and become robots that are wholly dedicated to enhancing shareholder value and profitability?

Must write a little more about social media & finding a job in a more thoughtful way, but I totally hated these tips.

And some weekend odds and ends:

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Time Inc. Will Announce Layoffs Next Week, $100 Million Savings? This Could Be Big

Time Inc. is going to announce cost-cutting measures next week to save $100 million, including more layoffs, the New York Times reports.

Since 2004, the company has reduced expenses by $800 million, including laying off 6 percent of its workforce—600 people—a year ago. But the company reports earnings next Wednesday and needs to make the shareholders happy.

A “number” of Time Inc. employees are union-covered, which will give them severance in the event of a layoff, Bob Townsend, local representative for the guild, told the Times. Townsend also told the Times that the guild was usually notified in advance of layoffs, and he hasn’t heard anything yet.

Fun fact: The last round of layoffs saved about $150 million, so we can extrapolate that to save $100 million, another 400 Time Inc. staffers will lose their jobs. The NYP’s Keith Kelly‘s got sources saying it’ll be closer to 540, though.

Other fun fact: The last round of layoffs cost Time Inc. $100 million in restructuring charges. Yes, yes, the money comes out of different buckets, but couldn’t you guys have just not laid off 600 people last year and then you’d have your hundred mil?

Oh, Dear…You’re Not Her

Here’s some silly Friday fun for you, courtesy of Tales of the Cluefree:

Once I did a phone interview with a candidate for a travel agent position. This candidate had a flat Midwestern accent, which is pretty common here in Milwaukee.

The candidate answered all the questions reasonably well, and there were no red flags, and she seemed qualified, so I scheduled her for an in-person interview.

When she came in, she had a very strong Russian accent…because she was not the same person. She’d had someone else do the phone interview for her.

Apparently her excuse was that she thought nobody would notice. And you’ll have to visit Clue Wagon to find out what she said next.

We really can’t figure out why you’d want to do this. Having someone else take your drug test? At least you have a chance of not getting caught, in that case.

Forbes Media Cuts Toll: 30 Edit, 100 Total

forbes-cover.jpgThe cuts seem to have come to an end at Forbes Media for now, with the final count resting at 30 editorial staffers and 100 total out of a staff of 600, the New York Post reports.

The Post also reports that Gary Walther, who’d edited ForbesLife for the past 17 months, is out, to be replaced by Richard Nalley.

About half the names are available here.

Earnings: Washington Post Is Losing Money, But Washington Post Co. Is Making It

The Washington Post
The Washington Post Company (WPO) reported $17.1 million in income this quarter, a $7 million increase from the third quarter of last year, even as its flagship newspaper lost $23 million in the quarter.

Revenues at the company’s Education division, which includes Kaplan, increased 14% year over year to $684.5 million. The company’s cable television division also increased revenue by 4 percent to $189.6 million.

Meanwhile, revenues at the company’s newspaper decreased 20 percent to $156.3 million; even online revenue from washingtonpost.com fell 18 percent to $22.6 million. This all adds up to a loss of $23.6 million, but thanks to cost-cutting measures like buyouts and the closure of one printing plant the loss was much less severe than last year’s third quarter $82.7 million, BUT, year to date, the newspaper has lost almost as much this year ($166 million) as it did last year ($178 million).

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P.S. Can we just say that nothing sucks more than feeling dizzy all last night, then thinking “Oh, at least I’ll wake up feeling better” and then waking up feeling THE EXACT SAME WAY? In conclusion, sorry if you missed us this morning. We’re trying to catch up now.

Earnings: A.H. Belo Loses $5.8 Mil This Quarter

dallas_morning_news_logo_2.jpgNewspaper publisher A.H. Belo Corporation (AHC) reported a loss of $5.8 million dollars on revenues of $126.9 million for the third quarter of 2009. The drop in revenue was a 17.5 percent decline compared to the third quarter of 2008, but flat compared to last quarter.

Ad revenue fell another 27 percent; expenses fell almost 20 percent across the board in salaries, distribution costs, and the cost of newsprint.

Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, the Providence Journal, the Denton Record-Chronicle, and the (Riverside, Calif.) Press Enterprise, which just laid off 40 earlier this month, and which is stationed in the city with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

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TONIGHT IN NYC: Meet Sue Frederick, “Career Intuitive”

Author of “I See Your Dream Job” Sue Frederick will be discussing her book tonight at Elizabeth Moore Fine Art in New York City.

Frederick uses numerology, her own dreams, and—according to this New York Times article—conversations with spirits to help people find their dream jobs.

It may not be your cup of tea, but maybe it is: in any case, it’s a free event. At the very least, the conversations with dead people angle is a great pre-Halloween diversion.

The deets: Tonight, 6-8pm, at Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, 963 Lexington Ave, Apt. 2R.

We’ll be taking a closer look at Frederick’s new book in the coming days.

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