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Archives: September 2013

How to Prevent Loudmouths from Monopolizing a Meeting

megaphoneHave you ever sat in a conference room and noticed there’s always one person who’s always chattering away no matter what the subject? There’s always one, right? They monopolize the meeting and it feels like nothing gets accomplished. Hmmmph.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, they may sound like they know what they’re saying but in actuality, they aren’t any more of an expert just because they’re loud.

A new study from the University of Utah and Idaho State University revealed that departments taking time to identify experts instead of just accepting loudmouths as experts perform better in problem-solving tasks.  Read more

Mediabistro Course Freelancing 101

Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients. Register before 7/16 and get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

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Should You Hire a Career Coach?

Job-SearchWe know the feeling all too well.

You’re in a job just itching to get out, you’re putting feelers out all over the place to network and you’re getting a little anxious. We get it.

According to a piece in The New York Post, one parent wanted advice as to whether or not he or she should enlist the services of a career coach for his or her job hunting daughter.

Gregory Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, suggested exhausting all of your free resources first. Ask your friends and family for advice, reach out to career services at your alma mater and ask for informational interviews.

He writes, “There are few absolutes in the job search, but one is never to pay for a headhunter or job placement firm. They make money placing you. For the average job seeker, I’d exhaust all other free advice from those in your network before retaining the services of a coach.”

 

Calling Your Alma Mater: Tips for Effective Alumni Networking

alumniAh, the alumni network. It’s robust, it’s vast and often times it’s overlooked. We like to think of it as a golden nugget or the winning ticket in Powerball, if you will.

If you haven’t tapped into your alumni network, don’t kick yourself but make a vow to start leveraging it. As in right now. (Okay, you can wait until Monday but promise us you’ll reach out then, okay?)

It may sound basic but you’ll need to contact the right alumni to help you. Of course, LinkedIn naturally comes to mind but every single alum probably hasn’t registered on the site yet.  Read more

Really?! Please Don’t Try These Three Wacky Job Seeking Tips

job searchLet’s have some fun on a Friday afternoon, shall we?

When we read about these all-time bad job searching tips we simply had to chuckle.

The round-up is courtesy of our friends at TheWeek. Granted, they’re innovative ideas — we’ll give them that.

1. Send a shoe! That’s right, we said a shoe. If you want to get a foot in the door, that’s not how you do it. Apparently GuerillaJobHunting would say otherwise. They recommended putting one shoe in a box with a card to a potential employer.

Um, no. Read more

Three Signs You Might Get the Pink Slip

firedIf you’ve ever gotten the pink slip, raise your hand!

Now that we’re all friends and have been there/done that at one time or another, it’s likely there were signs ahead of time. Whether or not we chose to ignore them is another topic but a few indicators were probably alive and well.

Per this piece on BBC, there are a few clues that can give you the heads up as to whether or not a reduction in force is going to happen. Granted, we don’t want to create panic but instead it’s the notion of proceeding rapidly with caution and circulating that resume. Read more

New Survey Reveals Decline in Living Paycheck to Paycheck

moneyThere’s good news to report today!

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the number of U.S. employees who live paycheck to paycheck continues to drop. Per the respondents, 36 percent reported they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck. Last year’s numbers came through at 40 percent. This year’s percentage is even more significant because the 2008 numbers reflected 46 percent!

The survey encompassed almost 3,000 full-time employees in the private sector. There’s more good news because 24 percent of respondents revealed they never live paycheck to paycheck.  Read more

Want to Keep Your Job? Never Say These Four Things to Your Boss

exitEmployment is nice. It gives us something to do during the day and the ability to pay our bills. Unemployment? Not so much fun. So, if you want to avoid the latter, take some cues from a post we first read on Monster.

Please don’t be that guy or gal. You know, the one without any tact who lacks a filter and says one of the following things to a boss…

1. Admit who you “can’t stand working with.” Major no-no. Complaining about a colleague’s personality won’t reflect poorly on them. In fact, it could do quite the opposite! It could make you look like you can’t handle various personalities.

The piece advises, “If you have to speak to HR about a problem such as a colleague’s threatening, illegal or unethical behavior, keep your tone professional and the focus on work — not personal issues.” Read more

WATCH: Five Things I Didn’t Learn in J-School

Something they don’t always teach in college is that the real learning doesn’t happen until you’re out of school. But by then it’s called gaining experience or working on your craft. And you get paid for it.

Stephanie Tsoflias, New York market TV reporter and Mediabistro instructor gives her list of the top five things she didn’t learn in journalism school.

If you like what you hear, click on this link to sign up for Tsoflias’ “TV News reporting” class or go to mediabistro.com/courses to search for something else you may want to learn.

From Blogger to Talk Show Host, Nitika Chopra Reveals the Secrets to Success

on airLet’s face it: Most of us have a blog and a professional brand whether or not there’s a full-time job involved. And most of us have big dreams to cultivate our brand and launch it into a show, product…anything!

Nitika Chopra is one of us but here’s the difference: She’s been there, done that and sat down with us to dish.

Last night at the premiere of her show, Naturally Beautiful, in New York City we picked her brain to learn the secrets to her success. After all, she started her blog, Your Bella Life, with the sole purpose to become a talk show host!

In our exclusive interview, Chopra dishes:

“I was very, very clear [about what I wanted] and I was also very clear that no one knew who I was. So, I was like, ‘Okay, that’s nice that you want a talk show but no one knows you so you’re probably not going to get one tomorrow.’ Instead of giving up, I decided that I was going to figure out what are the elements of a show like the guests that you would have, the topics that you would have and me being on camera and put that on a website. And I literally meditated on it every day for the past four years and then I got a show.” Read more

Check Out Our Webcast: Use Social Media to Find Your Next Job

mb logoTwitter, LinkedIn, Facebook. Google+ and Quora, oh my!

When it comes to using social media, are you really leveraging it to find your next job? We didn’t think so because odds are, we aren’t either.

That’s why we need to check out the upcoming Mediabistro online webcast! Next Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. ET, Sloane Barbour will reveal how to maximize your presence on social media to further enhance your career.

Barbour is managing director of Jobspring New York, where he’s recruited top talent for companies ranging from two-person startups to the largest Fortune 500′s in Chicago, Southern California, and now New York City.

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