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Relationship & Tension With Cuba Lessens But How Will That Impact Journalists?

flagIn today’s historic agreement between our country and Cuba, relations with that country  have certainly made strides.

In addition to easing up on travel restrictions (not for tourists but primarily for humanitarian, religious, cultural or athletic purposes), it sounds like journalism restrictions will be eased up as well. Per a blog post on the Society of Professional Journalists’ site, strict entrance requirements for journalists on assignment have been in place since 1961.

President Obama revealed in today’s broadcast overall, “These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach.”

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Pew Center Reports Positive Attitudes Regarding Job Market

Job-SearchWe were going to type “‘tudes” but figured that may be taking it a little too far but ’tis indeed true! The Pew Center reports positive attitudes on the street regarding views of the job market.

This marks the first time in at least five years that Americans are hearing good news (26 percent) compared to  those hearing bad news (25 percent). And technically, a 45 percent plurality hears a mixture of both good and bad.

Looking at the sunny side up, this is the first time that more than 20 percent of respondents have indicated positive attitudes surrounding jobs since…wait for it…2009. Read more

New Recruiter Survey Says Current Job Market is Candidate Driven

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re a job seeker, there’s no need to fret. According to a recruiter sentiment study published by the MRINetwork, 83 percent of recruiters describe the current market as candidate driven. Essentially, candidates are calling the shots in the driver’s seat.

The report notes candidates are leading the charge even though employers are still operating under the same processes and procedures when it was an employer driven market.

It’s getting harder for recruiters to entice job seekers as competition spikes for skilled talent. Candidates aren’t spending as much time as they previously have comparing offers. They’re rejecting offers early in the process as well. In fact, three-quarters of job offers inevitably rejected by candidates occurred after the second or third interview.  Read more

Three Tips to Succeed When You Work at a Startup

media-fieldsWe think it’s important to heed advice from successful folks. Agreed?

And even though David Klein doesn’t work in the media (he’s the co-founder and CEO of a finance startup called CommonBond), his insight makes perfect sense.

He tells us via email, “I’ve noticed three qualities all beginning with ‘A’ that differentiate the bad from the good and the good from the great.”

1. Accountability. Have high standards. This applies to yourself and others as well. If you’re on the hook to get something done, he says, “Be accountable for doing it and doing it well.” If it goes well, let others lead the praise.

And what if it goes poorly? Be the first to admit it. This will result in an increased sense of reliability. People will find you reliable and then additional responsibilities will follow. Read more

How to Break Up With a Negative Mentor

menandwomenjpgIn a perfect world, you have a mentor. He or she is energetic, positive, uplifting! And of course, available to meet and talk to you about shaping your career.

Well, what if it’s not exactly a perfect situation and your mentor is um, a little negative? You may want to break up with this so-called advocate but breaking up professionally is certainly not fun, not like breaking up personally is fun either but still…

According to today’s New York Post, HR executive Greg Giangrande dishes some advice. Read more

Sony Email Hack Reminds Us of the Number One Rule Regarding Emails…

no emailDon’t ever put anything in writing you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on the cover of The Wall Street Journal. Seriously. And in the case of the Sony email hacks, this couldn’t be more spot on.

It seems like as each day passes, there’s yet another damaging headline ripped from email exchanges between Sony execs whether it’s about President Obama, Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio. With each new development there’s a blatant reminder about the rules of email.

Sure, you may not be a top executive at a major studio but regardless of your level, regardless of your company, regardless of everything, you matter. Your words matter — spoken, written, all of the above.

And we know you already know this but the Sony incident is an excellent example of a reminder to this point. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an all hands meeting is scheduled today at Sony to discuss the matter out in the open, internally. Read more

Congress Considers Cutting Pension Benefits to Current Retirees

helpWe typically like to end the week on a high note with exciting job market news but alas, we need to make an exception based on the latest headline.

Congress may actually cut pension benefits to current retirees. Come again?

The proposed legislation would amend a $1.1 trillion spending bill by cutting benefits for multi-employer plans most commonly found in the grocery, trucking and construction industries. Fingers crossed media is not in there but it still negatively impacts retirees who’ve worked in industries with employers as well as unions. Read more

Three Places to Actually Avoid Networking

handshake2We’re huge fans of networking. Huge! Waiting for your cup of tea at Starbucks or for the bus to arrive, it’s all good.

Or is it?

Inspired by this piece by U.S. News & World Report, there are a few places where networking would be completely out of line. Read more

Show Me the Money! Global Firm Predicts Raises in 2015

money bagsCha-ching!

We like the sound of that. Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, predicts salaries will be on the uptick around the world in the upcoming year.

Here’s the scoop — global pay should increase by 5.4 percent in 2015 which is higher than the 2014 increase of 5.2 percent. Take inflation into account though; in some regions the boost may not seem too significant. In reality, the Hay Group reveals an average income will grow by 1.4 percent. In North America the key number is an increase of .7 percent. Read more

Factory Workers in China Encouraged to Nap on the Job

man asleep at deskYes, you read that right.

According to NBC News, one factory in southern China doesn’t exactly cringe when they catch workers snoozing. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Workers at the computer hardware factory are actually encouraged (yes, encouraged) to leverage two to 10-minute breaks to catch some shut-eye.

Think of it this way — if you’re going to take a break, you might as well make it productive to get an extra boost you need. Read more

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