When you’re looking for a new job, what tops the list of priorities? Salary? Location? Responsibilities? All of the above?
According to a new OfficeTeam survey, charitable activities rank high on the list in job seekers’ eyes. That is, more than four in 10 professionals surveyed mentioned an organization’s participation in charitable endeavors is at least somewhat a factor in their decision to pursue employment there.
Robert Hosking, executive director at OfficeTeam, explains, “Not all professionals care about working for employers that have philanthropy programs, but many individuals do appreciate companies that share their values and give back to the community.” Read more
Travel writing as a genre stirs up plenty of emotion in people. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly jealousy. Getting paid to travel the world sounds like a pretty sweet deal, and it is… and isn’t. The reality of life as a freelance travel writer isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. You’re constantly hustling to find work and it can be stressful at times.
In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance travel writer discusses the ups and downs of following her passion. One thing’s for sure: networking helped her land work:
Networking continues to be key, as with any profession. I’ve found that travel writers and bloggers are a strong community, and many of us introduce our colleagues to editors we work with if the fit is right. I’ve had the opportunity to write for a large daily newspaper, thanks in large part to a fellow writer I met on a press trip. And don’t forget to use social media for connections. I recently e-introduced myself to a new editor and her publication I’d read about on Twitter and made a few pitches I thought would be a fit — we’re now in conversation about assignments. It’s all about making the right pitch!
To hear more tips on how to cultivate your travel writing career, read: Embarking on My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing.
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Who’s feeling the pressure of the holidays as chaotic schedules reach a fever pitch? You’re not alone.
That’s why this piece in Psychology Today was much needed relief from an otherwise frenetic day. There are ways to slow down, check that — simple ways to slow down. You, too can take a deep breath, exhale and curtail the frenetic pace of a derailed day.
1. Make it a priority. You know how brushing your teeth is simply a matter of habit? Polly Campbell points out in her post that 10 minutes of quiet time packs a punch in terms of health benefits for your overall inner calm and peace. “This is not a luxury. It is part of taking care of your body and cultivating your spirit and it’s just as important as eating vegetables and working out.” Read more
Is this your worst nightmare? It’s certainly one of ours.
Picture it. You’re working late at the office and nobody’s there. Literally, the office is empty. You run to the restroom before you finally depart the building and bam! Just like that, the handle is not budging.
That’s just what happened to Karen Perrin last Friday night at around 10 p.m. in her Washington, D.C. office.
Per ABC News, Perrin called her husband to inform him she was heading home and then she clocked another 10 to 15 minutes on the job and went to the bathroom.
Well, after washing her hands, she soon realized the door was unable to open. She explained to ABC News, “I thought, ‘Ah! This cannot be.’ It sounds crazy, but I went back into the stall and then washed my hands again hoping to change something.” Read more
Yes, you read that right. Here’s how it works in the city of Amsterdam — alcoholics get paid in beer instead of money for picking up trash.
According to The New York Times, a unique government-funded program launched by the Rainbow Foundation, was intended to get alcoholics off the streets and working by picking up trash. In lieu of money, they get paid in their own currency: Beer.
But that’s not all. In addition to beer, cleaning team members earn half a packet of rolling tobacco along with free lunch and oh yeah, 10 euros each day. This particular Rainbow Foundation initiative is apparently pretty popular to the point there’s a waiting list for alcoholics to come on board. Read more
Right on the heels of Mary Barra being named the next CEO of General Motors, data from the Pew Research Center may seem pretty darn shocking regarding goals of women to become top executives.
First, we have to say that we long for the day when it’s not even news for a woman to be named CEO of a car giant. But we digress.
According to research, some young women have no aspirations to work in the C-suite. As per the data, 34 percent of 18 to 32 year-old women said they don’t have any interest in becoming a boss. This is in comparison to 24 percent of guys in the same age bracket. Read more
Pssst. Over here. If you want to boost your income, take these pointers from women who have been there, done that.
According to a DailyWorth piece, several women took on different approaches to boosting their income and they achieved it.
Hamish Hamilton has directed many incredible live events throughout his career. The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 London Olympics — the list goes on…
In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hamilton explains that it’s not all fun and games. He describes the days and months (sometimes years!) it takes to bring these elaborate productions to life, and how he manages to pull it off:
The rehearsal days are intense, long, demanding, physically exhausting, mentally exhausting. You have to make very big decisions quite quickly. I try to get a lot of sleep. It’s crucial to be mentally fit on show day. That said, I normally put in between 14- and 16-hour work days. Having done so many diverse projects, I’ve learned how to control my energy so that I’ve got enough left for the live shows — the last thing you want is to show up to direct a live show being completely and utterly exhausted. That’s really where you need to make lighting-shot decisions.
To hear more about Hamilton’s career, read: So What Do You Do, Hamish Hamilton, Director Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Televised Events?
Want to wait until January to kick-start your job search and take a few weeks off to coast into the new year? Really?
It’s almost like a dieter who wants to wait three weeks to start watching his or her waistline when there’s at least 21 days left of this year to create a new habit (give or take a meal or two).
Sure, we’re in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season but that doesn’t mean career dreams need to be put on pause. There are a few ways to rev up that search even when it’s tempting to convince yourself the holidays will stall it. Read more