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Archives: December 2010

Babble.com Seeks Witty Writer for Strollerderby Blog

Calling all pithy parents! Babble.com is on the search for a blogger to contribute to Strollerderby, Babble’s breaking news blog written by and for witty, in-tune parents.

The gig requires you to write a minimum of two posts per day for the site, and since the blog covers breaking news, this may involve being available during the evenings and weekends. You should be a immersed in media, and be able to work well with others.

The ideal candidate is an experienced blogger with an irresistible and unique voice. You must have strong news judgment and a sizable social media following. If the terms WordPress, tweet and SEO are foreign to you, this may not be your calling. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

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 before 7/16 and get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

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Google’s Marissa Mayer: ‘We’re Looking For Not Only A Good Idea, But Good Execution’

WebNewser sat down with Google’s VP of Search Products & User Experience Marissa Mayer to talk about…a little of everything.

For the full interview you’ll have to read WebNewser next week, but for now, here’s this clip of what Google’s looking for in hires:

La Cucina Italia Names New Publisher

Well that was fast: just two weeks after La Cucina Italia publisher George Hirsch announced he was stepping down so the magazine could hire someone who “knows a lot more about the digital world than I do”, the magazine has named a new publisher, Gregory Slattery from Bauer Media Group.

Slattery certainly fits the bill as an internet-savvy guy: he most recently oversaw the web and print editions of Bauer’s First for Women, Woman’s World, Soap’s in Depth and ID Magazine, reports MediaPost.

Internet or not, Hirsch improved circulation and revenue during his four years at the magazine, so Slattery has his work cut out for him.

However, it’s not all hard work: according to the NYT article that originally announced Hirsch’s departure, the ex-publisher himself had this to say about the gig: “The only real drawback is that you have to go Italy at least three times a year.”

Get Yourself Out There, Not Your Resume

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We’ve just read a disturbing story about a company that somehow knows when its employees post their resumes online and apparently punishes them for it.

In that case, how on earth do you start thinking about changing jobs when you could be fired as soon as you load Monster.com?

No need to sneak around (even if it were possible in the days of Google alerts to “stealth” post your resume).

According to career experts J.T. and Dale, make yourself findable, not your resume. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date (you can just “say that friends and former colleagues have been asking to connect with you, so you felt it was time to set up a profile,” says J.T.) and that it’s filled with recommendations from ex-colleagues.

Then network like hell, both online and in person. Not a bad strategy even if your current employer isn’t hellbent on making its employees miserable.

Jobless Claims Drop; Don’t Get Excited

The number of people filing for unemployment insurance dropped precipitously last week, from 422,000 to 388,000, the first time the number of filers has fallen below 400,000 since mid-2008. But this figure is not likely indicative of a larger trend.

Though economists had predicted 416,000 claims for last week and this number is significantly lower than the prediction, experts can’t rule out the possibility that the Christmas holiday is wreaking havoc on the numbers.

“We need to see more evidence over the next few weeks, particularly in the early part of 2011, that this is a real downside breakout and fewer people are getting laid off,” Stuart Hoffman, chief economist with PNC Financial Services, told CNNMoney.

A total of 8.8 million Americans were receiving some form of government unemployment insurance the week ended Dec. 11, the most recent week for which figures were available. That includes 3.7 million receiving extended benefits; i.e., they had been out of work 27 weeks or more.

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Jobs of the Day: The Mothership Needs Fresh Meat

Fancy working for Mediabistro? You’re in luck, because HQ has an open position: an online marketing associate. The position’s in midtown NY in the company’s strikingly orange offices. Have at.

In the event that this gig isn’t up your alley, we have, as usual, collected some other listings for you:

Amazon.com needs a PR specialist. (Seattle, WA)
Voltier Creative is seeking a social media production manager. (Delray Beach, FL)
Canon is looking for an internet marketing specialist. (New Hyde Park, NY)
Bloomberg LP wants a media planning manager. (New York, NY)
The World Wildlife Fund wants a director of media relations. (Washington DC)
Total Beauty Media is hiring a senior editor. (Santa Monica, CA)
The Erie Times-News has an open position: a summer intern. (Erie, PA)
WNYC is looking for a producer for Freakonomics. (New York, NY)
Cengage is looking for an associate publisher. (Farmington Hills, MI)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1131 jobs on our board.

This Exists: An Outplacement App

There really is an app for everything: employee outplacement firm RiseSmart has just released an app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

According to the release, the app “sends relevant job opportunities directly to RiseSmart’s Transition Concierge program participants’ iPhones, providing them access anywhere to the latest job leads that match their skills and preferences, allowing them to tag jobs for follow-up, send themselves reminders, review notifications for job-related webinars and networking events, phone or email a RiseSmart Transition Specialist directly from within the app, and more.”

The app is free, if you’re a laid-off employee whose former company is using RiseSmart.

Seattle Times Proposes Concessions

Seattle Times management and guild leaders about a possible new contract that includes some favorable concessions for newsroom employees.

The package includes:

  • A 1.5% wage increase effective January 2011
  • Seven furlough days in 2011 (which more than negates the raise, but still)
  • Another 1.5% pay increase in 2012, with a maximum of 8 furlough days that year

It also would guarantee no layoffs and no cutting of part-timers’ hours for six months, and create a unique idea: a “furlough bank” so that any employee who takes more than the required amount would be able to apply the credits to a later furlough or donate it to an employee facing hardship.

The proposal goes to a vote January 6.

Suffering From New Media, Social Media Overload?

That’s what appears to be happening, if two stories that arrived almost simultaneously in our RSS reader are any indication.

A third of respondents to a SmartBrief poll about social media said that they would unfollow anyone who posts 3-7 updates on a social network per day. Three updates a day? That’s less than we suspect most people post, yet a whopping one in three people found that to be too much.

Eight percent think that “a few times per week” is too much Tweeting.

Blogger Mirna Bard interprets:
“This poll has made it very apparent that there is no single correct answer. There are too many factors involved. It depends on the social network, the audience, the type of business, the objective, context and value of the posts, etc.”

At the same time, though, we can appreciate the burned-out feeling. An editorial in TVNewsCheck proposes (partially satirically, we think) a “three-year moratorium on new media.

“Starting Jan. 1, no individual or company may conceive, research, develop, improve, work on, tinker with or otherwise conjure up any program, device or service aimed at disseminating information of any kind to the general public.

“With all we’ve got now, from AM to Zillow, we can go for three years without any more and we’ll all be happier,” writes TVNewsCheck editor Harry Jessell.

We wrote “partially satirically” because the suggestions further down in the piece seem deadly earnest, if a bit misguided:
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