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Archives: August 2013

Tips to End Summer Internships on a High Note

Okay, so today’s posts are dedicated to recent college grads and interns but no worries, on Monday we’ll make sure the rest of the work force isn’t out of the loop with job stories.

Many interns across the country may be wrapping up their internship today if they haven’t done so already.

According to The New York Post, there are a few things to keep in mind to wrap things up in a pretty bow and more importantly, leave things positively for relationship building and potential employment opportunities.

It’s all about demonstrating enthusiasm and a go get ‘em attitude by specifically stating what you’re looking for. And technically this shouldn’t really be too different than the attitude you’ve hopefully exuded all summer long. Read more

Hiring Rate Increases for New Journalism Grads

If you’re a new grad with a sparkling journalism degree, listen up. According to a new survey published by the University of Georgia, there’s good news for our industry after all.

In 2012, 66 percent of journalism graduates landed a full-time job six to eight months after graduation. This is up from 62 percent in 2011 and compared to 56 percent in 2009! Read more

Research Dives into ‘Strategic Flirtation’ in the Workplace

According to a new study, when a work environment is deemed as masculine, more flirting ensues compared to a feminine environment described by sympathy, warmth and sensitivity.

Researchers from Oklahoma State University, the University of Utah, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst surveyed 281 female attorneys at 8 different lawfirms in the southeast. Read more

Three Tips to Handle Your Micromanaging Boss

Ah, the micromanaging boss. They’re in your business, watch your every move and you just want them to take a step back and trust that you’re a competent employee.

According to a post on Psychology Today, there are a few ways to handle your micromanager. That’s right — we’re talking about managing up.

1. Over share. When your boss incessantly asks question after question, in the piece Lynn Taylor suggests providing too much information. Instead of wanting to resist by withholding information, go ahead and share, share away.

In the piece she writes, “Make it a habit to routinely send updates to your boss, such as weekly emails. Anticipate questions she might ask. Organize regular meetings designed to keep your questioning boss in the loop.”  Read more

Want to be Happier? Delete These 5 Things From Your Routine

Want to be happier at work?

This piece on EliteDaily caught our eye especially as it relates to rocking out your own career. Here are our favorite top five things happy people don’t do so let’s make a pact to remove them from our daily routines, okay?

1. Gossip. This one’s self-explanatory but in the piece Ashley Fern writes, “If you are happy and content with your life, why do you even care what is going on in someone else’s? There is no reason to engage in this petty behavior — all it does is make you look pathetic and jealous.”  Read more

New Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Job Seekers Do Not Negotiate First Offers

If you’re looking for a job (and hey, even if you’re not), here’s important information to  keep on the brain.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 49 percent of people searching for jobs do not negotiate their offers at first. They simply accept the first offer communicated to them.

But wait, it gets better. They don’t negotiate and yet 45 percent of employers are actually willing to negotiate! Think about all of the money left on the table. Hmmmph. Read more

7 Mistakes Every Freelancer Should Avoid

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Humility is a virtue that shouldn’t be forgotten at any stage, in any profession — including freelance writing.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran freelancers talk about mistakes they made and learned from:

Assuming you’re so brilliant that readers will just fall into your lap.

“Magnum opus to ‘filler article about diaper rash’ writing is 100 percent reader driven,” said editor and writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth. She reminds new writers that even when professionals speak about how they really only “write for themselves,” they’re usually saying it at a promotional event, with the intention of selling their writing. Truly successful writers write with their audience in mind: Their readers’ needs and wants always come first.

For more veteran tips on navigating the freelance world, read 7 Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Should Avoid.

Sherry Yuan

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Survey Reveals Top 10 Backfired Gimmicks to Get Noticed by Employers

Want to ensure you never get called for an interview? Spit out your gum (yes, we’re talking projectile motion) during the first interview with a recruiter. And yes, this has really happened.

Or maybe you should just bring a shoe to “get a foot in the door.” Or send flowers to an interviewer’s home address that wasn’t previously provided. Downright creepy, yes?

As a foot note to yesterday’s post about innovative ways candidates have gotten noticed by potential employers in a very good way, there’s always the risk factor. After all, not all valiant efforts ended on a high note. Read more

Survey Reveals Emails are Constant Time Drain

According to Modeuro Consulting researchers from the University of Glasgow and U.K., when leaders ease up on their emails a whole lot of goodness starts happening.

Per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, they looked at seven executives in London and how they literally spent their waking hours. Results pointed to emails as a major time drain to the tune of 90 minutes per day. On average, executives emailed 56 times each day.  Read more

What Freelancers Should Do When A Publisher Doesn’t Pay


Paychecks are not meant to be elusive; they’re meant to be in our bank accounts.

Alas, this is often not the case for freelance writers, who may resort to various tactics ranging from gentle prodding to angry shouting, in order to hunt down that check.

Well, what if none of that works? One writer was stiffed on payment for over year, from a pub that she had been consistently writing for. In her case, it took bringing matters to court:

The papers were filed in the morning and an attorney for the magazine called me by early afternoon. I’d since landed another day job, but I’d never given up on getting that money. I worked for it, I earned it and I was never, going to turn down a lump sum of three grand. After all of the time that had elapsed — by now, more than a year since I sent that initial email to my editor — it was just as much about the principle.

To hear the rest of her story, read Lessons in Freelancing: What to Do When Stiffed on Payment

Sherry Yuan
The full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.