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Archives: July 2012

What Magazines Want Today

Angling for an editor job at a magazine? Folio: asked two magazine bigwigs to explain what qualities would get you a job at their properties.

The best thing you can do? Have an open mind.

Shannon Wong, editor-in-chief of Fitness, told Folio: that it’s important her hires “are as excited about creating content for the digital properties at Fitness as they are about getting a byline in the magazine.” And Dan Shannon, publisher of Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine, said that editors shouldn’t do things “the old way,” with a big wall between editorial and advertising. “I insist that editors, salespeople and operations staff interact constantly. They share ideas, critique story choices and layouts and have a cup of coffee together. When we bump into a virtual or metaphorical wall in our company, we try to tear it down,” he said.

Beyond versatility, what else are bosses looking for these days? According to Wong, passion is crucial (“Even if…you end up covering a subject that bores you”) as is “roll-up-your-sleeves pluck and persistence.” Editors need to be the ones calling the shots even on things beyond the magazine, she said. That includes apps, mobile products, and even events. “Editors know their readers better than any developer or HTML coder ever could,” she said.

Sound tough? Yeah, it’s getting tougher every day to be an editor, it seems. Your skillset needs to be continually improving. Keep your head up, though. We’re here for you.

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Five Ways to Let Go (Yes, Let Go) of Long-Term Goals

We’re so goal-oriented over here at MediaJobsDaily, you’d think we’re over-achievers or something!

Well, according to a piece in The New York Times, maybe we should all exhale for a moment and stop focusing so much on the long-term.

Carl Richards, certified financial planner in Utah and author of The Behavior Gap, indicates we may not have enough money to reach all of our goals. (So, in this case goal isn’t exactly related to becoming a managing editor but rather, traveling to the Acropolis, saving money for a rainy day or a retirement fund.)

His solution? He writes in the piece, “I believe it’s time we let go of outcome-based goal setting and instead focus on the process of living the lives we want right now. Letting go of outcome-based goals can bring us freedom.” Read more

Four Tips For Older Job Seekers

Sometimes we focus on entry level candidates that we completely and inadvertently overlook an equally important population: The older worker.

As pointed out on U.S. News & World Report’s blog, someone 58 years-old may be out of work but not financially able to retire. Here are four ways to increase job consideration for the older job seeker:

1. Stay relevant with your skill set. Similar to how an out-of-work dynamo needs to keep their arsenal sharp, so, too should the older worker. Arnie Fertig writes in the post, “Show off recent training courses, certifications, or other credentials. If you aren’t up to speed in your area of expertise, understand that employer rejection may be about your knowledge and skill sets, not your physical age.” Read more

Survey Reveals More Than One-Third of Employees Talk Politics at Work

As the presidential election gets closer and closer, your friends here at MediaJobsDaily need to issue a fun little reminder.

That is, don’t talk politics at work.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, it may be hard to refrain. After all, more than one-third of employees surveyed indicated they talk red and blue states and one in five who have gone political at work ended up having a fight or heated argument. Read more

Think Bosses Don’t Notice Tardiness? Think Again

A piece in today’s New York Post reminded us the importance of arriving to work on time.

That is, a woman who is a new hire for three months has been noticeably late at least once a week. Pointing out excuses about a tough commute or late bus, the boss doesn’t want to fire her but is in a bit of a quagmire. If everyone was late, the supervisor simply couldn’t run her shop.

The answer is simple so if you’re chronically tardy to the party (and by that, we really mean work), simply set an earlier alarm.

That said, Gregory Giangrande, chief human resources officer at Time, Inc. points out in the piece, “Sometimes, though, mornings can be a challenge when child care is an issue — school drop-offs or nannies’ schedules might require a daily beat-the-clock routine, and some employees may not want to raise that as an issue.”

Advising the boss to explore the problem further and evaluating to see if she’s worth keeping, he also suggests adjusting her schedule to start and end the day later.

So, our major take-away from his sage advice? Your job could be on the line if you continue to be tardy.

If she’s chronically late no matter what, he adds, “She’s out.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch Lays Off Four News Managers

Ending the week on a grim note, the St.Louis Post Dispatch laid off four news managers late yesterday.

An insider told JimRomenesko, “We have intel the total layoffs could grow to a final number of 20+ people on Friday.”

Another source told the site that the four news managers received phone calls at home. This was, of course, after they worked their night shifts.

Brush Up Your Resume With Nine Punctuation Tips

There’s nothing like a little grammar lesson on a Friday afternoon, right?

Our friends at JIST Publishing outlined several ways to polish that resume and make it shimmy and shine (okay, okay so we’re a bit punchy here on a Friday). David F. Noble, Ph.D., author of Gallery of Best Cover Letters, includes over 300 sample cover letters and 20 resumes in his book.

Lucky for us, here are a few punctuation tips that even the brightest of journalists may find refreshing, as pointed out in the JIST blogRead more

‘The Writer’ Plans Hiatus After 125 Years in Print

The Writer magazine is on the sales block by its owner Kalmbach Publishing which means one thing for the 125-year-old publication: It’s going on hiatus after the October issue goes to print.

For those of us with bylines, it’s particularly bittersweet because chances are, we’ve all read and devoured their pages at one point or another.

A letter to its contributors published on JimRomanesko indicates, “Our hope is that The Writer will re-emerge under the careful stewardship of a new owner.”

Also, pointed out by the site via Media Industry Newsletter, The Writer has hosted “some of the most illustrious talents and bestselling authors in American letters: Somerset Maugham, Ray Bradbury, Sinclair Lewis, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King, among them.”

Five Ways to Burst Through Fear & Self-Doubt

Succeeding on the job relies heavily on skills but also about the mindset you bring to it. When we read this piece by Grant Cardone on Entrepreneur, we simply had to repost.

The author of The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure seems to hit the nail on the head when he writes, “Fear an self-doubt plague all of us. To the degree you can overcome your insecurities, you will experience freedom to be yourself and reach your full potential…”

Based on his experience of witnessing people who stop themselves before they even get started due to their own self-doubts, he jotted down five ways to power through. Read more

Did An Intern Post This Martha Stewart Ad Or What?

A tipster sent us this bizarre ad for a homepage producer for Martha Stewart. Here’s the link and here’s a link to a screengrab in case it’s taken down.

The reason we suspect it might be taken down is because it looks like an intern took a boss’s musings and posted them as a job ad with scant editing. Read:

Martha Stewart is looking for a FREELANCE (ON SITE) HOME PAGE EDITOR.
Must have digital editing experience.

Must have experience with Omniture – the web tracking tool.

The person hired would have to have experience as a home page editor. Also the person should have experience with content development and writing headlines.
Really exciting time to join marthastewart.com as we are in a complete re-design phase.
Position is on site and can be 40 hrs per week but could be less ie 20 to 30 hrs a week and will depend on workload / how fast person hired is etc

It would be for Martha Stewart.com so the ideal personwould either have experience in LifeStyles verticals or a strong interest inlifestyles / food et.

Will monitor website traffic –see how many hits website is getting – see what headlines written are getting hits etc etc

SO basically it would be agreat headline writer who also ideally knows how to use Omniture.

Hourly rate depends upon experience

Forget the lack of punctuation and the typos. Have you ever seen a job ad that includes the words “So basically”? From a respected, oldschool brand like Martha Stewart?

We e-mailed Martha’s PR people to ask how this made it onto LinkedIn. If they respond, we’ll let you know.

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