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Jobs Of The Day: Seek Companies, Not Jobs

We’ve always heard you should seek out companies, not jobs, because once you get your foot in the door, you have a much better chance of proving yourself and getting the position you actually want. So put that into practice today because the OC Weekly has posted a non-journalism job on our board: they’re seeking a receptionist. This position says nothing about writing but we imagine for a patient and promising candidate this could be a back door into the editorial side….

Hampton Roads Transit is looking for a chief communications officer. (Norfolk, VA)
Columbia Law School is seeking a press officer. (New York, NY)
Financial Engines is looking for an email marketing campaign specialist. (Palo Alto, CA)
Middleberg Communications is looking for a junior account executive. (New York, NY)
Churnless is seeking a social media marketer. (Washington, DC)
Freakonomics Radio (New York Public Radio) needs an assistant producer. (New York, NY)
The News Leader needs a news reporter. (Staunton, VA)
The Center for American Progress wants a graphic designer. (Washington, DC)
Columbia University Press wants an editorial assistant. (New York, NY)
DMG Events seeks a lead video editor. (Culver City, CA)

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 1587 jobs on our board.

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Social Media Is Your Cover Letter

“HR Dave”‘s post about blanding up your cover letter (which we picked up here) generated a lot of discussion.

On Twitter, @arbharrisonjr said she agrees with the advice: “If I’m hiring, it’s because of short staffing & I don’t have time to read a CL,” she wrote. If the resume’s good, she’ll glance at the cover letter for “outrageous demands” (such as the time an applicant demanded an executive-level salary for an entry-level position.)

In the comments section, “Masaru” wrote that he’s never gotten a job interview with a company he’s written a cover letter for. “Major organizations have contacted me based on my Resume alone (for listings I’ve responded to that only say “Send Resume for consideration” and don’t mention a cover letter),” he says, adding that a company that asks for a “stellar cover letter” will likely end up wasting your time.

“These days a Cover Letter is redundant, your Social Media profile or Blog should be your Cover Letter,” he says.

Allison Green, who’s written extensively about cover letters at her Ask A Manager blog, chimed in, too. “Really, though, good hiring managers do read cover letters, believe me. (Although if you’re wildly unqualified, a great cover letter isn’t going to change that, so it’s not crazy to look at the resume first and not bother with the cover letter if the resume is totally unsuitable.)”

Finally, Gaspin himself replied with the following:

Don’t revamp your strategy based on what one person says. Lord knows that “experts” in this field are a dime a dozen, and most of them are more qualified than I am.I’m only speaking from experience – the cover letter doesn’t get a read unless the resume is amazing and I want to see more from the candidate, or the resume is borderline and I’m using the cover letter as a “second opinion” to sway me one way or the other, or it’s a position for which writing is requisite. The total of these situations still makes up a tiny minority of resumes I’ve received over the years. So absolutely take what I say with a grain of salt, as you should with anyone who claims to know anything about anything. A healthy dose of skepticism never hurt anyone.

Take Any Job, Or Wait? Why A Bad Job Can Make You Less Qualified For A Good One

278/365 - Hey Guys Hey Guys Hey GuysThe Get To Work blog on SFGate.com points out that while you may feel like in this economy, there’s no such thing as a bad job, sometimes there are real risks to taking a bad job.

A bad job can jeopardize your health (you know how you have to spend all day Sunday preparing for the exhaustion of Monday). It can make you even more stuck, because the longer you’re there, the more you feel like you can’t leave, blogger Kim Thompson says.

You could develop apathy, where you’re just going through the motions but don’t care about being promoted or even doing a good job…which will in turn hurt you when it comes time to show your achievements on a resume or in a job interview for a better job.

Thompson recommends the usual: take care of your health and make goals that will get you out of the bad job sooner than later.

Who’s Searching Craigslist For Jobs?

According to our blogsib FishbowlLA, nationally-known freelance cartoonist Jim Hunt, who’s had work in “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year” seven years running, still trawls Craigslist for gigs.

“Three times a week, I look through Craigslist for major cities. I’ve gotten some good jobs there. I turned out doing my work for Fox Sports through a listing on the Los Angeles Craigslist,” he says.

He also found a gig illustrating a children’s book through Craigslist. The title? The “Chew Chew Poop Pee Express.” Where can we buy a copy? Or ten thousand?

Jobless Claims Hold Steady

The needle barely moved on last week’s initial jobless claims, with the number of people filing for unemployment insurance falling by just 1,000 to 428,000. The four-week moving average rose 500 to 426,750, the Labor Department reported.

It was the twelfth week that claims remained above 400,000.

Continuing claims fell, but more slowly than they had been: for the week of June 11, the most recent week data were available, 7.51 million Americans were receiving continuing benefits, a decrease of 30,701 from the week prior.

Reuters reports that payrolls are expected to have increased by 90,000 in June; the employment report for June will be released July 8.

Jill Abramson’s Playing Whack-A-Mole | Resignations, Promotions, More Yesterday’s News

Jill Abramson on trying to stop defections from the NYT: “Whether it’s Bloomberg or the Huffington Post, I can feel on any given week that I’m playing whack-a-mole keeping our most talented people,” she said…..

NJN Will Be Sold To WNET After All

The New Jersey Senate didn’t block Governor Chris Christie’s plan to let WNET operate New Jersey Public Television beginning Friday, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

While the state will still be on the hook for $2 million a year (which critics say invalidates the larger argument that NJ will be saving money), the bulk of the station’s $19 million operating budget will be paid by WNET.

WNET plans to hire a staff of 20 to 25 to cover Jersey news. The current staff…well, despite Christie’s initial plan to spin off the network without layoffs… the 120 staffers currently of NJN are signing off at the end of the week.

JRC, Leaner, DOUBLED Its Online Traffic In One Year

One year ago, 5.5 million people visited a Journal Register Co. newspaper online.
Now, 11 million of the 19 million people who access a JRC “product” do it online.

The company grew digital revenue 70 percent in the first quarter of 2011 and will do it again in Q2, CEO John Paton said in a recent interview.

And, incredibly, he says, “If we stay on track this year … that growth will be within a percentage point or two of replacing every lost print advertising dollar with a digital advertising dollar….We may not get all the way there, but I think we’ll get very close — enough to prove to the wider world, and particularly the investment community, that newspapers do have this ability to transform.”

Lord.

Granted, the company went through bankruptcy in 2009, sold off 150 publications and laid off 2,000 employees. “The company that went into bankruptcy is no longer the same company,” Paton said.

Okay. So. A bit leaner, yes. But we’ll be watching this company closely.

Fresno Bee Ratifes New Contract

The members of the Fresno Bee Guild voted unanimously Monday to ratify a new three-year contract with the paper, the Pacific Media Workers Guild notes.

The good news: everyone at the Bee who was awarded a raise between January and June of this year and hadn’t yet gotten the extra money will be paid retroactively.

For the rest of 2011, there will be a 2 percent merit pool (so that individuals can receive raises, or not, from that pool).

The newspaper, which is owned by McClatchy, retained the right to implement one week of furloughs in 2011, 2012, and 2013, if needed; the company also cut maximum severance from 40 weeks to 26 and reserved its right to require reporters to shoot photos or otherwise assign staff to duties “outside of their core skill set.” The contract, however, prohibits management from judging staff “based on the performance of duties outside of his or her core skill.”

Social Media Gets More Traffic Than Porn

It’s the latest installment of Social Media Revolution by author Erik Qualman.

According to this video, social media now gets more traffic than porn, Lady Gaga has more Twitter followers than the entire population of Greece, and the Facebook launch of the new Ford Explorer got more traffic than some Super Bowl ads.

A few quibbles: The typos are distracting, the kinetic text isn’t synched quite right with the music, and speaking of the music, we liked it better when it was the opening theme for Civ4.

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