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Archives: March 2011

Angry Unemployed Person Rants About Accent Marks

The dictionary says that that one or two page document you send in when applying for a job is a résumé, not a resume. But guess what: accent marks don’t play nice with all systems (and you could end up sending a RSUM by mistake). And even Merriam-Webster says that “resume,” sans accents aigus, is acceptable.

So what the heck is up with Disengaged Judi’s recent rant?

She apparently just realized that “resume” “properly” has accent marks over both “e”s:

I find it strange that with all the job seeking advice out there, many of them include the importance of proofreading to check for spelling and grammar errors, but left out one crucial piece of advice. I have only come across one article…….ONE……in the last three years, who have made a gallant effort pointing out the résumé spelling error. Unfortunately, this article still had it wrong by inserting only one accent instead of two. Who else would have the most concrete advice for perfecting a well-written résumé to captivate the attention of prospective employers? The group of folks that refer to themselves as “resume writing coaches” and resume writing services. Clearly, they are “gurus” in the field as they exert so much energy consulting you what you should or shouldn’t include, and what tired phrases should be omitted. Strangely, not one of them really thought the whole process through, like how to properly spell “résumé” in the first place. But who can be bothered with such details, right?

I mean, technically, she’s right. But this postscript really makes the post:

Upon further research, it appears there seems to be much debate on the proper spelling of résumé. Sadly, it appears that “resume” have become the norm, but is that because the lazy Americans can’t be bothered with inserting foreign accents? In my days of youth, I learned that an outline of an employment background is called a résumé. NO EXCEPTIONS. So who was the moron that decided to change the rules to further perpetuate the lazy American attitude?

Not that any hiring manager has ever not spelled it “résumé” for speed or technical reasons. And they’ll really appreciate being called lazy and moronic.

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Bloomberg Government: ‘We Are Looking To Hire As Quickly As We Can’

If you are an experienced reporter who knows your “way around government, who can demonstrate a wide variety of skills, who can juggle breaking news, short-term enterprise and watchdog reporting” Bloomberg wants you for its new government initiative but you’d better move fast. Since November, the company has already hired people in six metro areas and is looking to fill six more “as quickly as we can,” Executive Editor Susan Goldberg said in a chat today.

Poynter hosted the chat and judging by the replay, Goldberg was pretty much mobbed by folks wanting jobs with the new expansion.

If you’re in Albany, Denver, Trenton, St. Paul, Raleigh or Lansing, the company is hiring now. If you’re in Washington, D.C., the company is hiring now. If you’re elsewhere, they’re not hiring right now but might be in the future–Goldberg added Madison as a wish-list place to set up a bureau.

Other things to note: many of these reporters will be hired to run one-person bureaus, so “we are looking for self-starters and people who are comfortable working alone,” Goldberg said. Others are in existing Bloomberg bureaus with other reporters. The coverage will be read by hundreds of thousands of people: it may get pushed out to 300,000 Bloomberg terminals, or over the wire service Bloomberg runs with the Washington Post. Or it may end up on the new Bloomberg Government site or in Bloomberg Businessweek.

To apply for one of these jobs, use the Careers site or contact Goldberg directly through the address she provided at the end of the chat. Good luck!

Computer Weekly To Close After 45 Years; Website Lives On

Reed Business Information is selling the website of Computer Weekly and the brand’s events to TechTarget Inc, paidcontent reports.

What TechTarget’s not buying: the print magazine. RBI will close it after a 45-year publishing run. “This change will enable the Computer Weekly and MicroScope teams to focus on delivering an even stronger web product. TechTarget have plans to make changes to the digital magazine and to the web sites which they will of course be keen to discuss with you,” the Computer Weekly staff said in a statement.

ComputerWeekly.com draws an average of 1 million pageviews per month, Folio said.

The company Tweeted earlier today about the acquisition: “Thanks for all good wishes re @computerweekly move to Techtarget.We may no longer be killing trees but we will be bigger better & still here.”

We are waiting to hear whether this acquisition will result in layoffs, but if we had to bet, we wouldn’t bet against it.

J.Crew Seeks Seersucker-Loving Copywriter

Can you come up with 12 different ways to describe the nautical look? Are you adept at transporting a customer to another time and place with your product descriptions? J.Crew is looking for a fashion copywriter just like you.

If hired, your primary responsibility will be to write copy for jcrew.com. You’ll pull samples of each piece and collaborate with designers and merchants on your inspired blurbs. You’ll be expected to write smart-and-succinct copy for 20-25 new items per day, with the goal of meeting marketing, merchandising and brand standards. No sweat, right?

To land this gig, you’ll need at least three years of product copy writing experience in the fashion/apparel industry. You should be on top of fashion terminology and trends, and be a creative multi-tasker who can deliver under deadline. Those who love the J.Crew brand are most wanted. The competition will be stiff, so hurry and apply here.

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

Unpaid Work: Still Popular, Still Not So Much Legal

People working for free is “the new norm,” according to the owner of a startup that has used 50 unpaid interns over the past three years.

“People who work for free are far hungrier than anybody who has a salary, so they’re going to outperform, they’re going to try to please, they’re going to be creative,” Kelly Fallis, the owner of that startup, Remote Stylist, told Fortune.

Some people work for free to gain experience or a foot in the door. Others do it just to feel useful, like in the case of Cassie Johnson, who lost her job and could only land an assistant manager position at Starbucks. She’s now interning at a PR firm, which she said makes her feel happy and relevant again. “I’m not making any money, so it’s tough, but I feel it’s setting me up for a career.”

But as mentioned on this blog numerous times, you can’t just legally work for free: “A lot of employers don’t get that the law is not about personal responsibility or agreements between consenting adults; it’s about getting the pay to people as the law requires,” John Thompson, a partner at employment law firm Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta, told Fortune.

Fallis’s “interns” commit to a 4-month stint at 30 hours minimum per week. That is because “she has been burned in the past by people who were trying to juggle a paid job with their commitment to Remote Stylist.”

Trying to put food on the table while working for free at another job? The nerve.


News Orgs Paying The Price For Costcutting

The last three months have been….eventful, to say the least. What with the Middle East, natural disasters and someone or other getting married there have been a lot of boots on the ground in foreign places.

Some news orgs may have already blown through their entire foreign news budgets with 3/4 of the year remaining, TheWrap reports.

David Verdi, NBC News VP of worldwide newsgathering, told TheWrap that the first day of a catastrophe costs $1 million. Cable news outlets’ costs might be even higher.

Yet the networks that cut more staff have “had to spend millions to play catchup in Libya, Egypt and Japan” and their ratings are not as good as CNN’s, which has the most correspondents covering the news. On the day the quake hit Japan, CNN averaged 2.273 million viewers, its biggest audience since January 2009 covering President Obama’s inauguration.

Cutting staff doesn’t just mean a lack of people, it means a lack of expertise, one analyst told TheWrap: “The loss is not in the ability to cover the event itself. The loss is in the amount of expertise and background knowledge that reporters covering the event have,” said Richard Wald, a former executive at ABC and NBC News and a journalism professor at Columbia University.

Here’s hoping that the added expense in the first part of the year will be offset by ad revenue so as to prevent more cost-cutting at the end of 2011.

Hearst Inks ‘Share Purchase Agreement’ With Lagardere

After nearly two months of “exclusive negotiating” between the two publishing giants, Hearst has signed an agreement to buy Lagardère’s 102 non-French magazines for 651 million euros ($917 million), minonline reports.

Regulatory approval in Europe is still pending but other than that the deal is on. Hearst will then own Woman’s Day, Car and Driver and Road & Track in the U.S. as well as Elle in fifteen countries, but not in France.

The New York Post’s Keith Kelly adds that the merger is expected to result in massive layoffs, with 30 percent of the combined workforce to be ousted.

Keeping It Small | Cap Intelligence Launch Date | More Yesterday’s News

There are so many small businesses in this country and most of them could use some PR help….Bloomberg is launching its Capitol Intelligence service this spring…..new publisher at the Dayton Business Journal…and more…

Jobs Of The Day: Northern Virginia Mag Seeks Self-Starting Internet Whiz


Northern Virginia Magazine seeks a new media specialist. What that means, exactly? You’ll be doing a little of everything: helping to redesign the mag’s website, write and produce for the web, manage all online marketing and pitch in with social media and PR. Up to the challenge? Apply at the link above.

The American Society of Civil Engineers seeks a manager of state PR. (Reston VA)
Forbes has an open position: a marketing manager, new business. (New York, NY)
The Michael J Fox Foundation is seeking a associate director of research communications. (New York, NY)
MML PR has an open position: a publicist. (Venice, CA)
Kyriba is seeking a web marketing manager. (New York, NY)
NBC Universal is seeking a research director. (Burbank, CA)
The St. Louis Business Journal seeks a section editor. (St. Louis, MO)
Cuisine At Home magazine wants an associate editor. (Des Moines, IA)
Harpercollins wants a assistant publicist. (New York, NY)
ASID wants a marketing manager. (Washington, DC)

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 1502 jobs on our board.

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