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Archives: September 2013

Five Questions to Ask Your Potential Boss on a Job Interview

interview 924Just think — a major advantage journalists have when interviewing compared to non-media types is our curious nature.

We’re answer seekers, that’s for sure! So, why not leverage your interview to get the scoop on your boss?

Remember, just as much as they’re interviewing you, you’re interviewing them so be sure to make every second of that interview count.

Per our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few questions to keep in mind:

1. How frequently do you give feedback to your team? And when? This not only gives you an idea of his or her managerial style, it gives you insight into the goal setting and annual year-end review process.

2. What qualities do you look for in a successful teammate? If you want to make your mark, this is certainly one way to do it. Plus, it shows what your potential boss is looking for in a top notch candidate. Win-win situation! Read more

Three Must-Haves For Your Career This Fall

autumnWell, it’s officially autumn and 2013 is in the home stretch now. Inspired by this post on The Daily Muse, there are a few ways to buckle down this fall.

1. Set year-end goals. The piece points out, “Take a look at your last performance review and your current workload, and think about one big thing outside of your typical day-to-day duties you can focus on this quarter. Is there a long-term, back-burner project you’d love to wrap up by the end of the year (or a new one you’d love to pitch to your boss)?”

We know you can do it — set aside blocks of time (even 20 minutes) on a daily basis to get focused on your goal. Read more

Survey Reveals Executives Feel Uncomfortable With Facebook Friend Requests

fb logoThis just in…if you want to friend a colleague on Facebook, think twice.

An OfficeTeam survey reveals more than six in 10 senior managers are uncomfortable when they receive friend requests from their bosses or employees they supervise. Perhaps a more interesting point to note is the awkwardness ranked at 68 and 62 percent, respectively compared to 47 and 48 percent in 2009.

And 49 percent of respondents prefer not to connect at all with colleagues on Facebook. This is up from 41 percent in 2009.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, states in the press release, “People have different comfort levels when it comes to social media, so it’s best not to blanket colleagues with friend requests.” Read more

Want to Change Your Name on Your Resume? Just Say No

job oppsWhen we read the weekly job advice column today in The New York Post, we realized this is something that we haven’t seen before but it’s probably been thought about by various job seekers.

Can you change your name to appear “more American” like Smith or Jones?

Gregory Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, strongly advises against it. He proclaimed, “You cannot adopt a fake name!” Moreover, just think of the repercussions this has with the background check.

He continued:

“Do you want to wind up on some watch list or potentially get accused of fraud or identity theft, depending on whose name you adopt? I highly doubt your name really is having an adverse impact on your job search. If you do have a different name you go by that is on some government-issued document, that’s fine. Otherwise, you can change your name legally and use that. But putting anything false on your resume is never acceptable.

Four Personal Branding Tips for Introverts

introvert at workWe haven’t had the chance to read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking but have heard good things in understanding the world of introverts. (We admit, we’re extroverts here at MediaJobsDaily so we have no problem working a room or picking up the phone and inviting a new contact out for lunch.)

That said, according to this post on Harvard Business Review, there are a few key pointers for introverts as it relates to building a network and establishing your own brand.

1. Leverage social media. For introverts who thrive on quiet contemplation, this platform can give you the opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership and exchange in virtual dialogue on your own time.

The piece pointed out, “Indeed while extroverts desperate for their next fix are trading business cards at cocktail parties, you can build a global brand on the strength of your ideas.” Read more

Three Questions for Maria Cristina Marrero, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Siempre Mujer Magazine’

3QuestionsEarlier this week, we caught up with Maria Cristina Marrero’s at the WiCi Awards in Manhattan. The editor-in-chief of Siempre Mujer Magazine received her own award and we soon discovered the honoree possesses an impressive portfolio.

Her title has experienced a 25 percent increase in subscriptions after a radical redesign! Under Marrero’s leadership, their site was launched successfully with over 200,000 monthly uniques. In addition, this multi-tasker is frequently quoted as a lifestyle expert in Hispanic media on topics relating to women. Oh and by the way, she contributes on a weekly basis with CNN en Espanol’s Showbiz as their New York correspondent.

MJD: What does being fearless mean to you?

MCM: You have to start by thinking that fear does not exist, that’s what my father taught me and I know it’s a little difficult to believe at times but I always say that maybe I have a delay in that emotion or I just don’t have it in me. I do things and then six months later I go, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ so I do feel it and I’m sensitive to it but I just do it! Read more

Editor-in-Chief of ‘More’ Dishes About Fearlessness & Versatility at WiCi Awards

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

There’s no doubt about it, we’re still on an inspirational high after last night’s WiCi Awards honoring rising stars in communications. The New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) program celebrated 10 mavericks as More’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour emceed. (Check out tweets at #WiCi13: One of our favorites? “Growth and comfort don’t coincide.”)

Congratulations to the honorees: Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and chief operations officer, Digital Brand Architects; Deborah Brenner, founder and president, Women of the Vine;  Sara Haines, correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America; Rachel Haot, chief digital officer, City of New York; Dustee Tucker Jenkins, vice president, public relations, Target Corporation; Abbey Klaassen, editor, Ad Age; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, creative director and co-founder FEED Projects; Kass Lazerow, co-founder and former COO of Buddy Media; Maria Cristina Marrero, editor-in-chief, Siempre Mujer Magazine, Jenna Wortham, technology reporter, The New York Times.

Naturally, we wanted to get the secret sauce to their mojo. What’s the deal with being fearless and versatile in this ever-changing industry? We caught up with Seymour in the green room. Recognizing the fearlessness of the winners, we wondered what the EIC of Meredith’s popular brand had to say. Keep in mind the successful editrix seems pretty fearless herself, having penned two books and published the magazine’s first compilation book. Oh, did we mention she was named to Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009? No, we’re not gushing too much.

When it comes to being fearless, it turns out we have to no choice! She dished… Read more

The Turning Point in Your Career? ‘New York Times’ Tech Reporter Recalls Meeting Steve Jobs

Jenna-WorthamLast night in Manhattan at The WiCi Awards, New York Women in Communications’ event honoring rising stars in communications, the honorees were asked about the turning point in their career.

Jenna Wortham, honoree and technology reporter for The New York Times, shared a story that certainly wowed. And it reminded us why we love communications and journalism in the first place.

Here’s her story:

“I was hired to work for The Times when I had no experience and actually turned the job down in the beginning because I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t go to J-school. I wrote about t.v. shows for a website from time to time. I didn’t have a ton of hard core business reporting but I had been working at The Times and was really inconspicuous at my desk….when you’re young and you’re green and starting out it’s hard to shake that.

I remember this experience of being invited to a product demonstration and I had been at the job maybe a year or two. I was still incredibly nervous and I got the invite — I didn’t want to say yes but there are some things you can’t say no to so I said yes. I was anxious and I was freaked out, so I didn’t sleep the night before. I went to work the next day and I’m sweating thinking, ‘I’ll get through this.’

So we go up to the room and we have this product demonstration and it’s Steve Jobs of all people. Read more

Clueless About Health Care Changes? New Survey Shows You’re Not Alone

If you’re in the dark about new changes to health care, you’re not alone.

Per a piece on Fortune, when Aflac conducted its annual open enrollment survey this year, 70 percent (yes, you read that right — 70!) hadn’t heard anything about how their health benefits will be impacted. Plus, merely nine percent of employers reported they were ready to make changes per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Here’s an explanation, as per the piece: An Aflac vice president indicated details keep evolving and new information comes “out of Washington and the state exchanges all the time.” Therefore, employers pause because changes keep taking place. Read more

How to Combat Self-Doubt During a Job Hunt

We’ve seen this happen too many times to qualified job seekers so it’s time to set the record straight.

When an employer sees potential in your ability even if you don’t see it, why not go for it? If you’re starting to wonder about your own ability, consider that normal but then accept that you’re a rock star and can simply learn new things when given the shot! Why not give yourself the chance to succeed?

Per a piece in The New York Post, a job seeker indicates a potential employer thinks he or she is qualified for a big job but as for the seeker him/herself? They’re not so sure.

Human resources executive in the media industry Greg Giangrande writes, “Indeed, you may not be qualified for the role. Or you may suffer from the common career malady in which you go through a bout of self-doubt….They’ve seen or heard something about you that is appealing to them — and you should go for it.” Read more