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Archives: February 2013

Cathie Black’s Advice on How to be the Boss

Cathie Black, former chairman of Hearst Magazines, best-selling author, advisor, investor and board member in digital start-ups and entrepreneurial companies, offered her advice on being an excellent boss to The Daily Muse.

1. Be prepared. She revealed in the piece, “Something I often tell first-time managers: You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, but you should be the best-prepared. When you know the facts and the stats, you’ll build confidence in your own decision making, not to mention impress your team and show them that you’ve really done your homework.” Read more

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Three Ways to Bounce Back from Rejection

We know it all too well. You apply to a job online and think you’re a slam dunk candidate as in a no brainer to interview.

Lo and behold, a few days later you receive a form letter e-mail indicating the company will not be interviewing you. What gives? Here at MediaJobsDaily we like to chalk it up to the “it’s not me, it’s you” approach.

As in, anything could be going on internally. It could have been filled by an internal candidate, the hiring manager could have changed his or her hiring needs, the job could be put on hold soon unbeknownst to you, the boss’ boss’ nephew could have slid in the door. Anything could have happened so please don’t take it personally.

That said, when you’re pounding the pavement and hitting slammed door after slammed door, sometimes it’s hard not to move on. (And if you’re interviewing and getting close to a job offer several times and still haven’t gotten the coveted jobs, well in that case you don’t want to be remiss in looking at your interview style and realizing hey, it is you! But that’s a whole other blog post coming soon.)

According to Dr. Lynn Joseph, columnist at The Washington Post, there are a few things you can do to bounce back from initial rejection. Read more

How to Properly Complain at Work

We know what you’re thinking. We should all be positive at work, right? Happy, happy, happy!

Well, there’s usually one person in the bunch who complains all of the time but then it quickly spreads to even the most well-adjusted colleague.

In another instance, complaining could fester because there’s a legitimate issue and no one is raising it up the flagpole.

Sigal Barsade, professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times, “If we suppress our dissatisfaction, it will come out in other ways, and it will reduce our cognitive function.” She added, “You get a complaining culture.” Read more

Fake Kickstarter Marketer Lands At AOL

called out Sander Saar for creating a clever “fake Kickstarter” viral resume, in which employers could “pledge” to take him out for coffee, give him a two-week tryout, and more, we criticized his execution.

“He doesn’t present very well in video…while an interactive CV is clever, Sander really should have his actual resume on the site.” And so on.

Well, check it out. According to his LinkedIn page he has been working at goviral, an online video distribution agency in AOL’s group, in London, since last September.

Congratulations, Sander!

Al Roker: My First Big Break

Before he was everyone’s favorite forecaster on NBC’s “Today” Show, Al Roker paid his dues on the local TV circuit. The man who lives by the mantra “Don’t be a jerk!” has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did America’s favorite weather guy go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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Five Highly Annoying Habits of Co-Workers

Part of the fun of the info we’re about to share with you relates to office dynamics. That is, what highly annoying habits of your colleagues completely irk you?

We’re about to find out.

Here’s the kicker: You may read the variety of annoyances thinking about someone specifically while simultaneously disregarding yourself. Although it’s easy to nod in agreement and chuckle at some of the following bullets, let’s just say we’re doing a public service announcement in case you fall into any of the categories.

But that’s okay because really we know you don’t do any of the following office faux pas. Ever.  Read more

Three Apps to Expand Your Network & Rock Your World

Ah, apps. We live in a day and age were we certainly can’t live without ‘em once we discover good ones. The following list is no exception.

According to our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few apps that can expand your network, help host effective calls and manage post-meeting work.

1. Rapportive. Google schmoogle. Seriously. This app helps you learn about someone from the comfort of your Gmail inbox. Instead of searching on Google, when you hover over an email and the contact’s photo, all sorts of goodness emerges. That is, the person’s most recent tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and more appears in the sidebar. As for the details, Rapportive is free! It’s an add-on perk available for Chrome, Firefox as well as Safari.  Read more

New Survey Shows Smiling is the Best Way to Make a First Impression

Got smiles?

Good, we knew you did. According to a survey conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, first positive impressions all come down to the power of an attractive smile. So, when it comes to a coveted job interview, candidates should flash those pearly whites to make a positive impression. Read more

Yahoo! Issues New Policy & Bans Working From Home

Wait, what?

Is it 2013 or more like 1993?

According to an internal memo published by AllThingsD, a new policy implemented at Yahoo! on Friday requires all of its employees who work remotely to work on site at the company’s premises instead.

As per the piece, the memo from Jackie Reses, head of HR, explains, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

The memo continued:

“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Per the piece, move will impact several hundred employees but apparently the new policy applies to staffers who may work from home one or even two days a week.

Changes will officially occur this June. So what happens if employees don’t like it? Well, everyone must comply or quit.

It sounds like there was quite a bit of backlash mainly because they accepted their job offer in the first place under the assumption flexibility to work remotely was an option. One outraged employee told AllThingsD: “Even if that was what was previously agreed to with managers and HR, or was a part of the package to take a position, tough…It’s outrageous and a morale killer.”

Should You Be a Reference Even if Your Employer Forbids It?

Here’s the thing: Whether you’re a boss or a colleague, from time to time your colleagues may indicate your name and contact information as a reference when they seek a new job.

Normally it would be a no brainer, right? Give a professional recommendation when asked.

Well, it’s not that easy when employers have policies that basically say you can’t be a reference. According to a piece in today’s New York Post, they’re essentially designed to help avoid litigation in case the former employee sues. (That is mainly because everyone doesn’t always give glowing, positive references.) Read more