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Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

Jobless Claims Drop Showing Strong Sign for Job Market

Job-SearchAccording to the Department of Labor, the number of Americans filing new unemployment benefit claims last week suddenly dropped. This is particularly good news to signify the labor market recovery.

Essentially, initial claims by state dropped 3,000 to a total of 302,000 for the week ending July 12. Per Reuters, economists forecasted first-time applications for jobless benefits at 310,000. And the four-week average of claims is in the vicinity of 309,000. That’s the lowest level since June 2007! Read more

Survey Shares Top 10 Metro Areas for Job Growth

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve had a hard time pounding the pavement, it may be time to switch zip codes. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 10 metro areas are known for their spurts in job growth.

Without getting too technical because we’re certainly not economists, simply stated the following areas grew faster than the national average post-recession. Read more

Hardcore Pawn Stars Talk About the Show’s Popularity

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Back in ye olden tymes, pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where fictional detectives would go to sweat a confession from an equally fictional shop owner. Who would want to work in that environment?

Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are revealing a softer side complete with a family focus.

Recently Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down with MediabistroTV to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint? Anyone looking for a slightly used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

Inside Facebook Contest is Live! Enter to Win Content Marketing 101

fb logoCongratulations to our colleagues at Inside Facebook who have covered Facebook since 2006. They recently celebrated the 100,000 fan mark!

To celebrate, they’re offering an All-Access Pass to the popular Content Marketing 101 interactive online boot camp (a $449 value)! The class runs from September 8 through the 12th.

Enter the contest here. The winner will be selected on August 8.

Good luck!

‘Word Crimes’ Spoofs Robin Thicke & Gets Grammar Spot-On

If you’ve ever cringed at the sight of a typo (especially your own), raise your hand! That’s why this video is oh-so-perfect for media folks like us.

“Weird Al” Yankovic spoofs Robin Thicke’s hit, “Blurred Lines,” and comes up with some pretty witty prose. Without impeccable grammar and clean copy, how could we properly do our jobs? Seriously.

‘Devil Wears Prada’ Screenwriter Dishes About Writing Process & Defeating Procrastination

Whether you have a day job and you’re an aspiring screenwriter or you’re blogging away all day at the nearby coffee shop, chances are you’ve battled blocking out distractions, creating a method to your madness and oh yeah, carved out space where you can write and write alone for your baby, your project.

Well, thanks to this new series, “Academy Originals,” released by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we get a glimpse at screenwriter Aline Brosh (The Devil Wears Prada & We Bought a Zoo) McKenna’s process. She sets goals each day like getting to the end of an act or scene, “I go and I move the boulder from here today…and that’s my work.”

Having an office outside the home for 12 years, she needs her own space and time to “just do my thing.” Check it out!

Newspaper Reporter Ranks Among Top 10 Most Endangered Jobs

press hatIf you’re an aspiring newspaper reporter, listen up. You may want to know about what a little birdie told us. (And by that, we mean a new report issued by CareerCast on the most endangered jobs.)

Yeah, that’s because newspaper reporter is one of them. Based on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career site projected the least promising career paths relative to job growth, income and existing employment. Read more

Seven Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedinIf you’re on LinkedIn regularly just like we are, chances are your profile may be a bit stagnant from time to time.

Looking to spice it up? Look no further. Courtesy of LinkedIn, here are a few quick tips they sent us to hopefully boost your views and connections on a daily basis.

1. Create a catchy headline! How about something like, “Social Media Manager?” People should be able to detect exactly what you do by simply reading it.

2. Add your industry to your profile. This will appear at the top headline under your title so it’s clear for people to also identify your industry. Read more

How to Handle Long-Term Underemployment During an Interview

interviewIf you’ve been underemployed for a while, this post is for you. According to a piece on today’s New York Post, a reader demonstrated frustration in being underemployed for approximately seven years.

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes:

“It is possible your temp work is affecting your job search for a full-time position — but you’ve been getting interviews. That means the length of your temp work isn’t preventing prospective employers from considering you initially. It might have more to do with how you are performing on those interviews.”

Maybe the energy given off during interviews is thwarting efforts for a new full-time gig. Giangrande says if you come across as negative, that may be why you’re not getting hired. Read more

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