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New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. 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 now!

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Simply Hired Reports Job Search Spike in Denver & Seattle

footballAccording to our friends at job search engine Simply Hired, apparently the Super Bowl has already made an impact on job seekers. There’s a jump in interest for candidates searching for jobs in Denver and Seattle.

Since winning their division titles, Seattle saw an increase of 29 percent relating to unique job seekers. Denver saw a boost though it’s not as high (their spike was 3 percent). Read more

How to Approach Your Boss With Unrelentless Work Expectations

hangoverIf your cup runneth over, you’re not alone. If you’re immersed in deadline after deadline as your team is short-staffed and you’re picking up the slack, it’s time for a conversation with your boss.

First things first though. Deep breaths. Exhale. Sit still. Okay, now that we’ve taken a moment to pause, the next step is action.

Per a piece on The Daily Muse, you may be tempted to continue burning the midnight oil out of fear of losing your job. Read more

‘Washington Post’ Anticipates Growth With Several New Hires

handshakeWe love hearing about good news and really cringe when we have to report about layoffs. With that spirit, we were excited to read about expansion of The Washington Post in The New York Times.

Growth is anticipated per its new owner, Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos. In a memo issued to staff yesterday, it was revealed that five new politics reporters will be added to staff along with photo editors. This is in addition to data visualization specialists, news desk staff and web designers, too. Read more

Tips on Scoring an Internship in Sports PR

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Sports PR is a specialized field. But it can be a highly lucrative if you’re interested in combining a love of sports and communications. In a competitive job market, scoring a coveted internship can help you stand out from the crowd and is a critical first step in launching a successful career.

In the next round of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we asked three PR veterans to break down the steps of how to nab an internship, how to make the most of it once you’re inside the door and how to turn this into a full-time position. One of the most important steps is choosing the best internship for you:

Nearly everyone would love to intern at ESPN, but sometimes students have to be creative in locating their ideal opportunity; the biggest names aren’t necessarily the best. [Arthur Triche, former vice president of media relations for the Atlanta Falcons] says, “You might have to take a position with a company that wouldn’t necessarily be your first choice in order to get your foot in the door.”

“Getting quality work experience with a smaller company can be just as beneficial for some,” adds [Mike Soltys, senior vice president of communications at ESPN], who has heard “lots of stories about people going to high-profile internships that don’t serve them well beyond perhaps getting a good name on their resume and making some contacts.”

To hear more on this topic, including essential tips on prepping for your interview, read: How to Score an Internship and Launch a Career in Sports PR. 

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New Survey Examines Plight of the Long-Term Unemployed

relocate jobAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, the long-term unemployed job seeker’s plight continues in the new year.

Per the survey encompassing over 300 people who have been unemployed for over 12 months, 44 percent indicated they look for jobs every single day whereas 43 percent said they look every week. Approximately 30 percent said they haven’t gone on any job interviews since they lost their job and the range is wide since another 30 percent revealed they’ve had five or more interviews. Read more

Really?! Women Get Fired Via Facebook Page

fb logoAbout six months ago we brought you the story about a worker getting fired via text message.
Well, we now hear that women in New Zealand were fired on their fast food store’s private Facebook page. What is this world (and in this case, management) coming to? Seriously.
As per AOL Jobs, 20 year-old Taryne Cullen worked for a franchise called Pita Pit for a year. When she returned to work after having knee surgery, Cullen noticed her name was missing from the work roster. Keep in mind the shop had new management by the time she returned. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

Layoffs Anticipated at Time Inc.

pink slipAccording to WWD, Time Inc. staffers are gearing up for some pink slips.

Rumors are racing as employees anticipate layoffs to come as early as next week. Just last month its CEO Joe Ripp informed employees the company was going to reduce costs before it spins off later this year from Time Warner. Read more

Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital, Offers His Best Career Advice

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For the next installment of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we talked to Joe Ruffolo, senior vice president of ABC News Digital. His job encompasses everything from overseeing ABC News online’s various mobile properties and live streams to the site’s social media presence.

In a recent mediabistrotv interview, Ruffolo shared his best career advice: “You have to do well at what you’re doing now, and what you’ve been given — especially when you’re just starting in this profession. And when I look at people even in grade school and high school and college, people who can shoot and edit and all the technology understanding that they have… I think [they] have an incredibly bright future.”

Check out the video below for more from Ruffolo, including an important lesson he learned as an intern.

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