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Archives: July 2012

Five Things to Do While You’re Unemployed

Okay, the summer is officially in full gear which isn’t such a good thing for job seekers. Although more temporary assignments may be available, this means hiring managers are away, job requisitions are on hold, and it seems like everything may be on hold until Labor Day and beyond.

Never fear! For unemployed job seekers, there are five ways to make the most of your down time.

According to a piece on Forbes, for starters, you can take temporary work. Andy Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, explained to Forbes, “If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.” Read more

Five Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft on Job Applications

Calling all media moguls in the making! (Yes, that would be you.) As you’re looking for a job, try not to get too excited and ditch common sense, especially when it comes to applying online.

That is, people may be preying on breaches of security as you enter your personal information such as your social security number, full name, address, and work details.

1. Don’t apply to blind ads. According to a piece on U.S. News & World Report, Miriam Salpeter writes, “The first thing you can do to protect yourself is avoid applying for bogus jobs. How? Don’t apply to blind ads and unnamed companies or recruiters.”

So, if a company isn’t listed and it’s shady as to whether or not a real job is available for hire, move on. Read more

More Layoffs At Sacramento Bee

The Bee Guild is reporting that somewhere between “single digits” and 13 non-Guild-covered employees were laid off yesterday, including two in the newsroom. One was a photo technician, the other was a librarian.

“The layoffs were part of a small company wide reduction primarily in areas where technology has created ‘efficiencies,’” Guild president Ed Fletcher said. “The news both saddens and distresses me. Like most newsroom and advertising employees, I hoped that the dark days were behind us.”

An anonymous commenter (don’t you love them) took issue with the Bee’s use of the word “efficiencies.” “Eliminating someone so multi-talented and so technically savvy is exactly the opposite of technology creating ‘efficiencies,’” the commenter said. “In this case the assumption of technology has created liabilities. We could do without such efficiencies.” Condolences to those affected yesterday.

‘Weekly Reader’ Shuts Down; Scholastic Lays off 55

It’s a sad day in school rooms and for those of us who grew up with it, we’re shedding a proverbial tear, too. Weekly Reader, a staple for 100 years, is going to cease its operations and fold into Scholastic News.

As reported by The New York Post, Scholastic purchased the school newspaper and they’re going to fold it into Scholastic News. Net net: The 60 employees at their White Plains, N.Y. location will be whittled down to five.

Sadly, the demise of the weekly pub follows the footsteps we’ve seen all too recently with other publications as well. As pointed out in the piece, they were struggling with print world challenges and were under pressure to create digital editions. Add decreased school budgets into the mix along with the new owners, thereby creating the perfect storm.

Weekly Reader and its predecessor, My Weekly Reader, have roots back to the original launch in 1902! They were read by two-thirds of children in grammar school and if that wasn’t enough, it was read by 13 million subscribers ranging from all of its editions from pre-school age through 12th graders.

A Scholastic spokesperson told the newspaper, “We are confident that the combined Scholastic News/Weekly Reader team will now offer an even better news and information experience in print and digital formats for teachers and students.”

Four Job Hunting Lessons From the Olympics

Okay, by now we all know the Olympics opening ceremonies begin in three days in London.

There’s definitely some lessons we can learn from athletes who are committed to their sport, honing and defining their muscles, and mental strength. Here are four job hunting lessons a la the Olympics… Read more

How to Handle Three Bosses Who Get Political Without Playing Referee

We’ve seen this situation all too frequently. You report to one editor but have a dotted line to another and technically you all fall under the umbrella of the managing editor anyway.

But what happens when all three editors don’t see eye to eye, creating the perfect scenario for political warfare?

If it’s any indication from today’s New York Post, the advice is to look for the nearest exit door. Gregory Giangrande, chief human resources officer of Time, Inc., writes in the piece,

“You find a new job. Because while the work load and prioritizing problems that can come up when supporting more than one boss can be solved under better circumstances, you can’t solve the fact that they are unprofessional, don’t like each other and talk behind each other’s backs. So the likelihood of getting them to cooperate to make your job manageable even if you did want to put up with their unprofessionalism is nil.”

Essentially, he doesn’t recommend trying to become a referee. Instead, he advises to transfer internally or look for a new job externally.

Nine Ways to Sleep Better & Be More Productive at Work

This blog post is inspired by a post on Harvard Business Review regarding one executive who changed his life around by going to bed earlier and waking up later.

This got us thinking. Seriously, have you ever noticed when you get a poor night’s sleep, your following day may feel completely off? Maybe your meals are off, too and you’re not as focused working on deadline, whatever the case may be, here’s a quick refresher for nine ways to sleep better, courtesy of The National Sleep Foundation. Read more

R.I.P. Rising Sportscaster Jessica Ghawi, Shot in Aurora Theater

As our nation pulls together over the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., this post is dedicated to sportscaster Jessica Ghawi who was fatally shot during The Dark Knight Rises.

According to a piece in The Daily News, she connected with their Rangers beat reporter, and as journalists, it seems through his piece we, too may connect with her posthumously.

Immediately wanting to know Pat Leonard’s story, she asked him who he was, how he got there and ultimately inquired, “Do you love it?”

While Leonard doesn’t remember every detail from their meeting last winter, he does remember this: “She was one of us.”

And as much as we talk here at MediaJobsDaily about ways to land a job and succeed therein, despite setbacks in the economy and scouring for opportunities, we must look at the big picture.

Fragility of life for starters, and our very own zeal and passion for journalism that recently danced in her eyes, too.

Known in the sports world as Jessica Redfield, she loved hockey, loved reporting, and lived and worked in Colorado.

He concluded, ”We may have crossed paths just once, but we were on the same path, and Jessica was robbed of the opportunity to pursue the dream that I now live.”

May she rest in peace.

Five Ways to Deal With a Bad Boss

At some point or another, the odds are against us. That is, we’re bound to end up with a bad boss. Someone who doesn’t recognize our hard work, someone who is unethical or if we’re really unlucky, a combination of both (along with several other negative characteristics).

Well, as Rebecca Thorman writes in a new post on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few strategies to come out ahead, no matter how lousy the situation.

1. Stay positive and perform. As difficult as it may be, you still need to be the best at your job, day in, day out. She points out in the piece, “Your boss can’t complain if you’re doing everything right with a positive attitude to boot. Plus, you’ll feel better by taking pride in your work. You actually contribute to the negative work environment around you when you whine and moan. Show your value and work ethic instead.”

2. Flip it upside down: Look at the challenge as a learning opportunity. That’s right, a challenge in this case becomes an opportunity to grow, to learn, to survive and consequently thrive. Sure, it would be awesome to only have to work with people we like but alas, that’s not the way the world works. Difficult people will cross our paths sooner or later. Read more

Humans Still Top Computers In Content Curation (For Now)

A piece on MediaShift the other day should bring hope to the journalists who fear their jobs have been outsourced to algorithms and “robot writers:” people are still best at some things.

Dorian Benkoil argues that tech companies are turning to editorially-minded staff to help “identify and stoke conversations across the digisphere” rather than using algorithms because humans are still better. Examples: Say Media acquired ReadWriteWeb; Flipboard hired a magazine editor, and BuzzFeed has hired away staffers from Rolling Stone, Gawker and Politico.

“If that’s a trend, I hope it continues,” Tumblr Editor-in-Chief Chris Mohney told Benkoil. Mohney says that the value of an editorial person at a tech company is that they can “help them cohere a public-facing sensibility beyond simple functionality and service.”

In other words, humans are still smarter at the kinds of things that humans value. (Makes sense.) Steve Rosenbaum, author of “Curation Nation” and founder of the video network, told Benkoil that humans “can provide context and judgment that machines can’t.”Machines can only see literal connections. They’re solving math problems. So if your friend likes James Bond, and you like your friend, then you’ll like James Bond — or so the logic goes.”

Give it time, though.