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Archives: August 2012

Sundance Channel Will Air ‘Get to Work’ Marathon on Labor Day

How’s this for irony?

On Labor Day, a holiday synonymous with logging off, the Sundance Channel is airing a marathon starting at 7 p.m. ET for their employment-based show, Get to Work.

The docu-reality series will move to its new timeslot that night at 10 p.m. ET so essentially the marathon will culminate in airing a new episode at 10.

As for the show itself, three job seekers hope for a fresh start as they struggle through back-to-work boot camp called Strive. Maybe it’ll provide a boost of inspiration for job seekers everywhere?

Syracuse & Harrisburg Newspapers Announce End of Daily Distribution

When we heard of The New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper’s announcement this past spring about stopping its daily paper we didn’t know it would be a trend for its parent company, Newhouse Newspapers.

According to The New York Times, Newhouse indicated daily distribution of two of its titles, The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y. and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. will officially cease this coming January. Read more

Four Things to Remember to Ask During Your Annual Review

Whether your year-end review pops up after Labor Day, in early spring or even June, chances are as a full-time employee there are metrics in place to measure your importance.

As such, your pals here at MJD are doing our part to remind you of key things to ask during the year-end meeting, as inspired by a piece on The Daily Muse.

1. Areas for growth. For starters, a review may feel good when you get accolades for a job well done but you can get even more out of the meeting when you ask your performance manager what you should focus on and more importantly, how you can get there.

The key as well to valuable meetings is knowing your manager’s abilities. While you should leverage the meeting as a growth opportunity, realize not all managers are created equal and your boss may not even be able to provide you with productive feedback. Read more

How to Spot a Disgruntled Employee

In the wake of Friday’s shooting at the Empire State Building of Jeffrey Johnson’s rage against his former boss, this causes us to pause and of course, grieve.

As we look at signs of a disgruntled co-worker, boss or direct report, it’s important to notice some red flags.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) site, about two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year and no one is immune. Read more

Job Seeker Hands Out Resumes on NYC Street Corner; Lands Five Interviews!

Ever wondered what would happen if you literally pounded the pavement to land a new job? Or went knocking on doors the old-fashioned way and submitted a hard copy resume to a receptionist?

We’re big fans of thinking outside the box with a job search, so keeping that in mind, one man landed five interviews by standing on a street corner!

As pointed out by The Wall Street Journal, Vincent A. Giordano has been searching for two years. Well, the past few weeks he started working the streets in NYC by handing out his resume.

At 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, he told the newspaper, “I gave out 50 resumes in one day.” That resulted in five interviews “but no cigar.”  

Minority Hiring Increases in TV & Radio As Per New Study

Happy Friday one and all! There’s sunny news to report to close out the week. According to a new survey from the Radio and Television Digital News Association, minority hiring in TV news and radio has increased in 2012.

The increase from 2011 to 2012 is represented by one percentage point; in television news it increased to 21.5 percent. As for radio, minority hiring increased more than four percent to a total of 11.7 percent.

The breakdown by station indicates Fox affiliates had 28.2 percent of minority employees, the highest, whereas NBC affiliates had the lowest at 17.4 percent.

To break it down even further, Asian American women outnumber their male colleagues of a ratio of two to one in TV news. The percentage of African American employees in TV increased to 10.2 percent and the percent of Latino employees rose to 7.8 percent.

Bigger leaps were made in radio since African American employees increased to 5.2 percent from 3.9 percent since last year whereas Latino employees increased by two percent.

Compared to 1933 Unemployment Rate, Times Aren’t So Tough, Right?

Okay, we know times are tough but everything’s relative, right?

According to a piece on CNN, apparently in 1933 the unemployment rate peaked at 25.6 percent! We’re currently holding strong at 8.3 percent. Although it may feel dire at times, at least we’re not in the midst of the Great Depression.

Apparently FRED, an economic database compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, compiled a chart reflecting the staggering unemployment rate. Interestingly enough, the government only started gathering unemployment data in 1940 so prior to that year, economists created their own way to estimate the rate.

For instance, this number is compiled from Geoffrey H. Moore, an expert on business cycles. He founded the Economic Cycle Research Institute and also taught statistics at NYU to Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.

14 Media Women Comprise Forbes’ List of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List

When Forbes releases their annual rankings, people listen so their latest list is no different.

Their World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list was released and out of the 100 names, 14 women are in media. Congrats to the power women!

Jill Abramson (No. 5) – Executive Editor, The New York Times, U.S.

Anne Sweeney (No. 22) -  Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, U.S.

Diane Sawyer (No. 23) – News Anchor, ABC News, U.S.

Arianna Huffington (No. 29) – Editor-in-Chief, AOL Huffington Post, U.S.

Amy Pascal (No. 36) – Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, U.S.

Laura Lang (No. 44) – CEO, Time Inc., U.S.

Sue Naegle (No. 46) – President,  HBO Entertainment, U.S.

Anna Wintour (No. 51) – Editor-in-Chief, Vogue, U.S.

Christiane Amanpour (No. 53) – News Anchor, CNN and ABC News, U.S.

Bonnie Hammer (No. 73) – Chairman, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, NBCUniversal, Comcast, U.S.

Tina Brown (No. 77) – Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, U.S.

Marjorie Scardino (No. 86) – CEO, Pearson, U.K.

Greta Van Susteren (No. 94) – Anchor, FOX News

Mindy Grossman (No. 96) – CEO, Home Shopping Network, U.S.

Four Ways to Determine Your Hourly Freelance Rate

Whether you’re a full-time employee looking to freelance on the side or a full-time freelancer, setting rates is something we all need to do from time to time.

Courtesy of a post on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few guidelines in order to determine what to charge.

1. What were you earning at your last job? In the piece, Lindsay Olsen writes, “Start by thinking about your last salary. Break that down into an hourly rate. You’ll want to charge more than that, most likely, because you probably won’t be freelancing 40 hours a week and you’ll have many other expenses to pay above the simple calculation.” Read more

Wayne Powers, Former Yahoo Exec, Joins Parade Publications

Although a lot of buzz over at Yahoo surrounds new CEO Marissa Mayer, one of their execs is leaving his role as the svp of North American Sales to become president and group publisher at Parade Publications.

As per Adweek, Parade issued an announcement indicating Wayne Powers will “oversee advertising sales and marketing efforts.” In addition, it’s anticipated he’ll “lead the company’s efforts to grow its print and digital offerings.”

Jack Haire, the CEO of Parade,  told Adweek, “The chance to get a guy like Wayne Powers, with his diverse background and experience, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

He added, “We’re playing offense here!”

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