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Archives: January 2013

Can You Get Fired for Napping on the Job? Answer May Surprise You…

If you’ve ever snoozed it up at work, this piece in The New York Post may catch your eye. An employee got caught taking a nap and the boss said if he’s ever caught again, he’ll get fired.

Although the employee may try to claim power naps boost productivity and energy, au contraire, as per “at will” employers.

Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc., indicates if the employer is “at will,” this means “your boss can fire you for any reason — or no reason at all, provided it isn’t for a legally protected reason like race, religion, age, etc.”

So, if you insist on taking a power nap during company time make sure it’s actually on your time instead such as your lunch break.

And don’t be overt about it — catch a quick snooze in your car or something and set the alarm on your mobile phone so it’s within the specified time frame.

3 Reasons to Volunteer & Become More Efficient at Work

It feels like we were literally just celebrating the new year, right? February is right around the corner and we literally just discovered that January is National Thank You Month.

Well, according to Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D., director of the Center for Memory and Learning in the Lifespan at the University of Stirling, UK, there are a few  reasons why we should give back to the community by showing thanks.  Read more

10 Insightful Questions to Ask During Your Next Job Interview

Okay, by now we all know on a job interview you’ll need to come prepared with questions like asking about room for growth and why the position has been made available as well as how long it’s been open (a key indicator as to how quickly the company is looking to make a hiring decision).

Well, this piece on Fortune was pretty poignant in terms of important questions that are sometimes overlooked. As per executive recruiters at the MRI Network, a global headhunting firm, created this list of 10 inquiries they wish more candidates would ask. Read more

Four Pointers for Flu Season Etiquette at the Office

Ugh, it’s that time of year again! By now we’ve all heard the buzz about a particularly horrible flu season this year.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu can spread to other people about six feet away essentially by droplets made when they sneeze, cough or talk. Lovely.

In addition, as per a piece on Forbes, someone may get the flu by touching a surface that has germs on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

So when it comes to office space, we might as well all be germophobes considering all of the surfaces you share with your colleagues in close quarters. As for the good news, there are a few things to do to at least prevent spreading the flu at the day job.

1. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. As mentioned in the piece, viruses spread pretty quickly on door handles and sink faucets. Don’t expect a facilities employee to wipe down these locations in the evening; might as well get some disinfectant wipes on your own to focus on these office hot spots.

2. Wash your hands frequently. This is particularly important for job seekers shaking countless hands of interviewers and even more important if you attend a job fair. Even during the normal work day you should frequently wash. So, how long should you soap up your palms? The piece recommends 20 seconds will suffice.

3. Get vaccinated. The CDC says the annual flu vaccine either in a shot or the nasal-spray is the best way to decrease your shot of getting sick.

4. Be proactive; you may inadvertently infect others before you even know you’re sick. Bill Moffitt, chief executive at Nanosphere, a company that works with an advanced molecular diagnostic platform producing faster test results for the flu, told Forbes healthy adults may start infecting others one day before their own symptoms start to appear.

Moreover, this could be up to five to seven days after becoming sick themselves as well. “That means that you can start infecting others before you even know you’re sick.” You’re really not at fault if you have no idea you’re coming down with the flu so that’s why experts stress the importance of washing your hands frequently, cleaning workspace surfaces, and relying on hand sanitizer as well.

Bonus tip: This one’s a no brainer but if you’re sick please stay home.

Corporate Director Replaces Coffee Meetings with Walking Meetings & Reaps Benefits

Recently a blog post on the Harvard Business Review caught our eye. Nilofer Merchant, lecturer at Stanford and corporate director at a NASDAQ-traded company, wrote about conducting face to face meetings as a walk and talk.

She morphed a typical coffee meeting into a walking meeting. Merchant wrote, “I liked it so much it became a regular addition to my calendar; I now average four such meetings, and 20 to 30 miles each week. Today it’s life-changing, but it happened almost by accident.” Read more

Pros & Cons of Having a Work Spouse

Ah, the work spouse, the ubiquitous, reliable compadre at the office. He or she knows exactly what you order at the deli for lunch while simultaneously knowing how you’ll crank out the next article or project on deadline.

The camaraderie is second to none and according to a piece on U.S. News & World Report, although there are pros to having a work spouse, there are some cons as well.

For starters, work spouses make sense. As you cultivate solid working relationships with colleagues, it’s advantageous for someone to have your back and vice versa. Read more

Win a spot in Mediabistro’s Job Search Intensive with our Twitter contest

Here at Mediabistro, we talk to employers and job seekers everyday and have heard that the interview process can be daunting for both parties. It’s easy to lose your train of thought, ask a ridiculous question or get so nervous you trip and fall while entering the interviewer’s office. So, job seekers, we want to know: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in an interview?

Enter our contest for the chance to win a free seat in Mediabistro’s Job Search Intensive (worth $145) that starts on January 29 online. All you have to do is follow @Mediabistro and tweet us your answer in 140 characters or less.

Include #InterviewFail in your tweet and you’re in! The winner with the answer that cracks us up the most will be announced on Friday, January 25 at 11:45 am ET via our @Mediabistro Twitter account. Good luck!

The Mediabistro job board is the best place to find top media candidates for your open positions. Companies like Google, Amazon, and AOL post with us —you should too!


R.L. Stine: ERMAHGERD! My First Big Break

He makes his living scaring children and has been called the Stephen King of children’s books.

“Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine sat down with mediabistroTV to talk about how finding a typewriter at the age of nine started him on his journey to becoming one of the most successful children’s book authors in history.

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Three Ways to Audit Your Job Search

Okay, let’s say you’ve started to pound the pavement and you’re not seeing a lot of progress in terms of landing interviews.

According to a piece on CareerBuilder, it may be time for a job search audit. That is, enlisting a friend to help you objectively and tell you the truth no matter how hard it stings.

1. Talk about the most three opportunities you pursued. If your friend works in your industry, all the better.

Overall, your “auditor” should be familiar with your career and where you are with your search. How are you finding out about new opportunities? Are you pursuing them by applying online or reaching out to your network? How are you helping others within your network as well? Read more

CareerCloud Creates Social Resumes For Job Seekers

From a recruiting perspective, it’s pretty much an assumption that recruiters go online to do their due diligence about candidates. In this day and age it would be unheard of not to poke around online. Yes, they Google, Facebook, and peruse your profile on LinkedIn.

Last week at a Recruiters MeetUp here in New York City (open to recruiters only, not job seekers – sorry! But we know where you were headed with that one…), we heard about CareerCloud, an innovative social recruiting platform. From a recruiter’s perspective, talent acquisition professionals can log on and gain access to job seeker social media profiles in one simple search (i.e., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Tumblr, and Foursquare). Read more