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Archives: October 2013

Three Ways to Update Your Job Search & Stop Making the Same Ol’ Mistakes

Job-SearchWhen we read this Harvard Business Review piece, we couldn’t agree more. If you’ve been out of the loop with a job search for a while you may inadvertently make some mistakes.

According to Priscilla Claman, president of Career Strategies, Inc., there are a few ways to alter your approach to get what you want.

1. You have an inflated expectation of what you’re worth. This is especially true, she says in her blog post, if you’ve worked for the past five years with a microscopic (or even no) increase in pay. Although she points out zero to one percent was standard for countless employees during the recession, you should be realistic in the salary you’re seeking. Read more

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How to Handle a Boss Who Yells

megaphoneIf you have a boss who yells, listen up. Or better yet, tone it down. Here are some tactics to manage lessening their volume.

Of course, you can only control your actions and how you react to other people’s behavior but according to a piece in Fortune, there are a few strategies to handle someone who shouts.

1. Say nothing. ”Sitting there with a poker face or a quizzical expression, in absolute silence, is sometimes a good way to communicate that what someone just said — or, in this case, how loudly he said it — is offensive to you,” says Steven P. Cohen, president of consulting firm The Negotiation Skills Company. Read more

Freelancing vs. Full Time: Which Should You Choose?


Becoming a freelancer is a brave transition for any professional. It involves leaving a stable job and routine and creating something entirely new on your own.

There are plenty of downsides to freelancing: You have no set routine, it can be lonely and your financial situation is in a constant state of flux.

But if you like the idea of being in control and getting out there to grab clients yourself, then maybe a freelance career is right for you. Plus, there’s the emotional satisfaction of a job well done:

It’s true there can be a lot of stress related to running your own business (rush jobs, late payments, etc.), but to me there’s nothing like the self-satisfaction it can bring. I once wrote a piece on health issues for adults ages 60+. It was real information, not just “Five Ways to Prevent Back Sprain.” One of the topics was on PTSD in older veterans. After the work was published, a widow called me in tears. She told me her husband, a vet, had changed and become violent in the last years of his life. At least now she understood why. Wow!

Fore more on the freelance life and advice from veteran freelancers, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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LinkedIn Influencers Recall Their First Jobs

ice cream coneAlways remember where you came from, right?

Even though the old adage holds true, it’s hard to believe the following heavy hitters had to start somewhere. The truth? It’s easy to forget they truly did have to start somewhere.

LinkedIn Editor Francesca Levy also writes in her post about some common threads, based on the Influencer experiences:

 “One takeaway from this compelling collection: Start young. About 80 percent of the business leaders that answered our survey were working before they were 18 years old. Reassuringly, these weren’t all prestigious assignments. In fact, when we surveyed participating Influencers on their early jobs, 39 percent said that their first professional gig comprised mostly grunt work.” Read more

Meredith Vieira Describes Her New Talk Show in Three Words

Photo credit: Erek Ekroth

Photo credit: Erek Ekroth

On Monday night at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, we snagged an exclusive with Meredith Vieira and the very humble journalist and former Today show anchor dished about her upcoming show.

What can we expect from The Meredith Vieira Show which debuts on the tube next fall?

“I used three words to describe it,” she tells MediaJobsDaily. “Heat, heart and humor.” Read more

Alex Trebek & Deborah Norville Share Insight for Career Climbers at Hall of Fame Awards

ladderIn our other piece today, we interviewed CEOs and executives for their advice for making it big in the industry spanning decades.

Well, in this piece we’ll focus on on-air talent in the press room with our exclusive interviews with Alex Trebek, one of last night’s honorees at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, and Inside Edition host Deborah Norville.

If you want a long career in broadcasting, better yet game show hosting, Trebek is certainly the man to share advice. He’s hosted Jeopardy! since 1984 and even before that he hosted The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers and Pitfalls. He revealed:

“First of all, get a college education, then pay your dues, work your way up, start at the bottom. Start in radio or in small magazines if you want to pursue a career in that side of the business but if you want to be in front of the camera, pay your dues, work hard and then pray to God that an opening comes up in the area in which you are able to demonstrate some skills. You can be the best game show host in the world but if nobody’s producing game shows, you’re unemployed.” Read more

CEOs & Executives Dish Advice at Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards: ‘Take Your Boldest Shot’

on airLast night in Manhattan, the industry’s most notable pioneers were inducted into the 2013 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily (ahem, we’re looking at you) conducted exclusive interviews for our faithful readers.

Although the recurring themes of staying on top of technology in a constantly changing field certainly resonated, all of the executives had something in common. Two words: executive presence.

So, the next time you walk into a room, think about how you can command it without saying a word. Although perhaps the execs weren’t as easily recognizable as when Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan walked the red carpet, just by looking at pioneers in the industry, you knew they were each someone special in italics.

Let’s hear what they have to say about making your mark in the industry we love so much… Read more

New Survey Reveals Majority of Older Workers are Happy Workers

love my jobA new study conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that nine out of 10 workers age 50 or older are very or somewhat satisfied with their job!

Yes, this result deserves an exclamation point.

Regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level, most of the participants said they are pretty darn satisfied on the job. Now, of course there were some grumblings in the report from participants who reported unwelcome comments about their age or maybe they were passed over for raises and promotions.

Let’s look on the bright side, shall we? The bulk of the report points to happiness in this demographic despite a few rumblings which is to be expected. In fact, six out of 10 survey participants mentioned that colleagues reach out to them for advice more often and four in 10 mentioned they were getting more respect at the office. Read more

Should Your Office Dress Up for Halloween?

pumpkinWho is a big fan of Halloween? Here at MediaJobsDaily we absolutely adore this holiday! What’s not to love? Seriously.

Well, when it comes to the office, Halloween could bring its fair share of dilemmas. For instance, in today’s New York Post, one reader indicated that he or she wants to be a fun boss since the staff wants everyone to get decked out into costumes.

As for media HR executive Gregory Giangrande‘s take on it? He advised the manager to just say no. Read more

Millennials Taking Longer to Live on Their Own, Says New Report

generationsHappy Friday one and all! As we head into the weekend, there’s a new report we simply have to share. (Yes, we really do get excited about such announcements!)

Millennial Branding partnered with PayScale for their second annual study on the state of generations at work, namely Gen Y, Gen X and Baby Boomers. Their main finding? It’s taking Millennials longer to live on their own than previous generations. Read more