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Archives: April 2013

Three Things to Never Tell Your Boss

Whether you work at a full-time job in an office or freelance around the clock, chances are, your boss or client will eventually learn about you and things about you that may be unrelated to the job.

Basic information like sharing you’re a huge fan of the beach is not a problem. Plus, it could be a light conversation topic at a work luncheon. As for how you voted in the last presidential election, well, that’s where things may get heated. It’s fine to reveal certain things about yourself as long as they’re in the neutral zone.

As mentioned in a piece on, political affiliation is just one of the items you shouldn’t discuss with your boss. Here are three others… Read more

Disney Studio Announces Lay Offs

Walt Disney Studios laid off 150 workers yesterday; a few senior executives received some of the pink slips.

Apparently the cuts didn’t impact eliminating entire departments. In addition, the lay offs won’t have implications of restructuring the studio.

As per Variety, employees working in home entertainment, production, distribution and marketing, and Disney’s theater and music business in New York City were hit the hardest.

Disney employees approximately 166,000 employees across the globe. The reduction in force represents less than five percent of the studio’s workforce across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney Theatrical Productions and music divisions.

Four Tips to Working Outside

Spring fever, anyone?

If rising temps get you excited to perhaps take your laptop outside and work, you’re not alone. That said, not all environments are created equal and working outside may bring its own set of challenges. A piece in The Atlantic pointed out some tips we simply have to share.

1. Start slow. After all, it is only April. Over the next few months you’ll be able to fine tune your ability to work outside but first start with a location that’s nearby.

Maybe visit your patio, backyard, a park bench or an outdoor seating area at your local cafe. In the piece, Jen Doll advises, “Choose a place, or a stoop, or a balcony, something near enough to your home or other facilities that you can easily go inside to use the bathroom, get a drink, or take a break for lunch. If you journey further out, bring the items you think you may need with you.” Read more

Three Tips to Managing Creative People

Whether you’re a brand new manager or seasoned one, there are several key factors to keep creative folks happily engaged in their work and of course, productive. And if you’re not a manager, no worries there  — the tips below can give you ideas as to how you may want to be managed by your boss.

1. Spoil them and let them fail. As pointed out on a Harvard Business Review blog post, one effective way to manage creative folks involves encouragement to think outside the box. 

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writes, “Innovation comes from uncertainty, risk, and experimentation — if you know it will work, it isn’t creative. Creative people are the natural experimenters, so let them try and test and play. Of course, there are costs associated with experimentation — but these are lower than the cost of NOT innovating.” Read more

Executives Prefer LinkedIn Over Other Social Media Sites

Business executives at the director level and above prefer LinkedIn as their go-to social media site, as Forbes mentioned a recent study conducted by DHR International and Modern Survey.

Although execs revealed they still frequently use Twitter (27%) and Facebook (44%), LinkedIn got top billing. The second tier encompassed blogs, Pinterest and Google+.

A similar study was conducted three years ago and over the years LinkedIn has increased its lead to surpass other Web sites. In addition to the sites logged onto most frequently, the study showed that executives engage in social media only one hour or less per week. And although they’re not avid users, they are daily users.

Executives revealed in the survey they would be engaged more online if they were actively searching for a new career opportunity, if they better understood the benefits and if the items learned were consistently high value.

Three Job Truths Parents Can Give Their College Grad

Ah, it’s getting to be that time of year again. As college students earn their coveted diplomas that only means one thing: The jobless are likely to return to the nest better known as their parents’ house.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explained, “Many of today’s new college graduates have never set foot in their school’s career guidance office or held an internship, nor do they know how to find employment. It is now up to parents to share the real truths about finding a job in today’s tenuous employment climate.”

As the parent morphs into pseudo career coach, Myers said there are a few things to tell your college grad to succeed.

1.  The most qualified job candidate doesn’t necessarily get the job. Should the most qualified candidate always get the job? Absolutely. Does it always happen? Um, not really. Sometimes the candidate who lands the job is actually the savvier marketer, the stronger self-promoter and better networker. He or she’s able to convince the employer how to add value and fill their needs.

2.  Research your way to success. Myers pointed out the importance of paying attention to local, regional and national sources of business intelligence. He indicated, “Study everything you can about the companies you’re most interested in. Learn to frame your ideas and value in terms that are relevant to the current business and economic landscape.”

3.  An employer’s initial offer is never the best offer. “You might be tempted to take any job offer in a tight economy, yet employers expect that you’ve done your salary research and they anticipate having dynamic negotiations with you,” he explained. “In fact, if you don’t negotiate, the employer will likely be disappointed in you as a candidate.”

Why disappoint them? Get ready to flex those negotiation skills. The worst they can do is say no but you’ll never know if you don’t ask.

HLN’s Kyra Phillips Talks About Striking a Balance Between Career and Family

Anchors and reporters starting out in the broadcast news business often have to choose between having a family or having a career.

HLN news anchor Kyra Phillips waited until she was established on the national stage before starting her family. So is she happy with the path she chose?

Phillips recently sat down with TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens to talk about how she views her life now and shares one of the frustrations of being a role model for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

Also, be sure to check out our first interview with Phillips.

>Media Beat Part One: Kyra Phillips Talks About the Challenge of Holding on to Viewers After the Jodi Arias Trial is Over

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What You Need to Know About the Family & Medical Leave Act

In case you’re dealing with a medical situation and want to know what the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is all about, listen up. Unfortunately, life happens and when it does, we need to rely on provisions like the FMLA to become informed.

For starters, it was implemented in 1993 and says that employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from an employer during a 12-month period. This leave could be due to your own serious medical condition or due to caring for an immediate family member with a serious ailment.

As for what defines “immediate family member,” well that pertains to parents, a spouse and children. State labor laws vary so you should check your own state’s labor laws. For instance, some states have expanded the definition to encompass a domestic partner, parent-in-law, sibling and even a grandparent.

In addition, as pointed out by a post on U.S. News & World Report, this act may also be used as extended parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child.  Read more

New Survey Reveals Hiring Expected to Slow This Quarter

This just in…hiring is anticipated to be slowing down this quarter, says a new survey by CareerBuilder.

Compared to last year, apparently we’ll see a slow down through the end of June. More than 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals were surveyed. Respondents revealed they’re more cautious at the moment than they were a year ago.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, explained in a press release, “The U.S. job market is in a better place today, but concerns over spending cuts, wavering global economies, and other factors are weighing on employers’ minds. We expect continued stability and improvement as the year goes on.” Read more

How to Get a Job in Advertising

With competition as fierce as it is in the job market, finding work in the media biz, let alone in the fiercely competitive advertising world, can seem like an exercise in futility. So, how does someone with solid writing chops but no real ad experience break in?

As much as connections play a role in any field, most ad industry experts agree that your portfolio is always the focal point during the selection process. “Portfolios are the No. 1 must have for ad peeps,” said Allie Freeland, PR director at iAcquire, a digital marketing agency based in Phoenix and New York. “You can talk the talk, but you have to walk the walk with specific examples of your writing, design and media placements.”

Get more tips in How to Get a Job in Advertising [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Nicholas Braun

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