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Archives: November 2012

The U.S. & California Sue EBay Over Recruiting Agreement With Intuit

Wait ’til you get a load of this! When we first heard about it, we had to do a double-take, too.

Actually, it’s not uncommon for companies to have an unwritten agreement to not poach each other’s people but this time, EBay is being accused for such practices! Read more

7 Things Job Seekers Should Include in Social Media Profiles

Social media has revolutionized the way recruiters search for talent, which means job seekers need to make sure their profiles are tuned to perfection. After all, you never know when the right person will stumble across your LinkedIn page at the right time. In the latest Mediabistro feature, career experts and seasoned freelancers tell how to get the most out of social media profiles during the job search. One thing you can include is:

Charity work and professional affiliations

Even if it doesn’t relate to the media biz, fulfilling work you do outside of a paying job can be a great conversation starter. Plus, you never know if the person scoping out your profile knows someone involved in that organization. So, if you spend Sundays tutoring kids at the local community center or helping your child’s PTA organization, include it on your profile.

Likewise, listing professional groups you belong to is a good idea because it builds credibility. (It’s the perfect chance to list those organizations that you pay to belong to just so you can list them on your resume!)

Read more in What Job Seekers Should (and Shouldn’t) Include on Their Social Media Profiles. [subscription required]

Ouch: Canadian ‘Community-Powered News Organization’ Has Its Bank Accounts Frozen, Owes Freelancers

Luckily, the individual amounts in question are only a few hundred bucks in most cases, but even a hunsky owed is an annoyance at best and a hardship at worst for the unpaid freelancer.

The startup in question is called OpenFile, and it operated in six Canadian cities before it stopped publication in September. Readers would suggest story ideas, and then OpenFile would assign reporters to them. But on Sept. 28, the company went “on pause.” It’s now November and not only is OpenFile not unpaused, but freelancers still haven’t been paid, the editor-in-chief has found a new job, and auditors have physically removed the company’s books so the founder doesn’t even know the extent of how many people are owed money, MediaShift reported.

Founder Wilf Dinnick still says the company will return in 2013 and that everyone will get paid. He also said that “running a startup is like being punched in the face every day.”

The below video shows how OpenFile should work on a good day. Here’s hoping that blue skies and sunny days are indeed in the future for this as-of-now beleaguered organization.

About OpenFile from OpenFile on Vimeo.

Cubes: Conde´Nast Shows Off Its ‘Lucky’ Side

Conde´ Nast recently hosted MediabistroTV at its Times Square offices. Style editor and network television morning show contributor Lori Bergamotto walked the crew through the offices of Lucky magazine revealing the hidden corners where nail polish and make-up are put through their paces, colors and fabric samples are checked by the art department, shoes and handbags await their close-ups and racks of outfits hang around waiting for their models.

Take a look at all the small parts that make up a big fashion magazine like Lucky.

Next Thursday MediabistroTV premieres, “My First Big Break: Ken Burns.” You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Guest Post: Does Marissa Mayer’s Approach To Maternity Leave Make Sense?

Contributed by Sebastian Bailey, PhD, Co-Founder and President, Mind Gym, @DrSebBailey

As far as first 100 days go, unexpectedly increasing revenue and the share price of a company described as “ailing” while raising a newborn is not a bad result for Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.

The fact that Yahoo! appointed Mayer as CEO in July should not have come as a shock given her success at Google, except for the fact that she was pregnant—enough to make many directors think twice. Luckily Yahoo! didn’t fall for “baby-brain” stereotypes and made the right decision.

Mayer’s return to work two weeks after giving birth certainly highlighted her commitment to her new role. It also reignited the “how much is enough” maternity leave debate. There are oodles of opinions but little empirical research. Studies linking maternal employment with childhood obesity are accused of adding to working parents’ guilt. New research suggests that it’s not the amount of time parents spend at work that matters, but the amount of psychological strain they’re under.

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5 Questions to Ask a Job Candidate’s References

“What do you want me to say about you?”

According to hiring consultant and trainer Nelson Scott, this is typically the first question people ask when they agree to be a reference. How then are managers supposed to get any useful information from them? In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give advice on how to interview a prospect’s cheerleaders. Below, an excerpt:

“If you were to give her one piece of career advice, what would it be?”

This hypothetical question was suggested by David Gaspin, talent acquisition manager for, who advises focusing as much on imperfections as star qualities. Another example: “Under what conditions have you seen her struggle or get stressed out?”

Junge likes the idea of putting such questions in a mentoring context, rather than just asking for a candidate’s biggest flaws. “Everyone has weaknesses, but most references couch their real concerns,” he said. “Asking a reference where they would focus their coaching efforts gets to a similar place, but is far more likely to produce practical, actionable feedback.”

For more, read What to Ask a Job Candidate’s References. [subscription required]

Two Ways to Decrease Whining in the Office

Got wine?

Er, we mean whine. (And yes, since 5 o’clock is approaching on a Friday evening, it’s definitely on the brain).

One of the most popular blog posts today on Forbes relates to “The First Rule of Management: No Whining.” Although it’s geared toward managers and positive leadership (one manager in particular had a no whining sign in the office!), we can all benefit from this lesson. After all, at one point or another there’s been a whiner in the office that negativity typically spreads to other colleagues as well. Read more

New Survey Reveals Women Negotiate More Than Men When Salaries Are Specifically Negotiable

A new survey debunks rumors that women don’t stand up for themselves when it comes to pay. That said, there’s a caveat: Women haggle more than men when salaries specifically state they’re negotiable in help wanted ads.

When instructions aren’t as explicit and the pay is more ambiguous, the report revealed that men haggle more than women.

We heard about this in The Wall Street Journal @Work blog but the new report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Review reviewed 2,400 responses to help wanted ads for admin assistants in nine U.S. cities. Read more

The Atlantic Expected To Be Profitable Third Year Running

Say what you will about the death of media (we know you will whether we give you the opening or not), The Atlantic is one property that has seemingly cracked the code on digital.

Minonline reports that the company is expected to be profitable for the third year running, thanks to increased digital revenues (up 33 percent!) from and the company’s spinoffs.’s traffic rose 45 percent over the year, the company said, and Atlantic Wire’s more than doubled to 4 million uniques in October. The smaller Atlantic Cities saw a 197 percent traffic increase, for 917,000 unique visitors.

Year-to-date digital sales are up 34 percent, the company said, and in October alone, The Atlantic ran nine custom projects for big brands like Bank of America, Fidelity, IBM and Mercedes-Benz.

The company turned a profit in 2010 for the first time in a decade by “pretending it was a Silicon Valley start-up that needed to kill itself to survive,” a New York Times article said back then. At the time, the company employed about 100 business and editorial folks, and hitting 4.8 million monthly uniques was considered a coup.

This October, the site registered 12.5 million visitors.

Will Being Likable Help You Get Hired? ‘Likeonomics’ Author Says ‘Yes’

We’ve seen this time and time again. Two candidates with similar resumes start interviewing and aside from the fact they both probably got noticed since they got their foot in the door through a referral, the main reason why one got hired over the other is simple.

Their likability.

According to Rohit Bhargava, author of Likeonomics, being more believable and consequently, more likable are the keys to standing out.

As per an interview with AOL Jobs, he explained,

“People are easily manipulated by marketing messages and they know it, so they have less trust in organizations. The keenest examples are the political ads we’re now seeing. The other reason is that technological advances have greatly reduced the number of face-to-face interactions people have today compared to, say, 50 years ago. Many of us have forgotten the importance of personal connections in decision-making, and why we believe certain people and don’t believe others.” Read more