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Three Ways to Break Bad Email Habits

no emailAh, work emails. We certainly can’t live without them and thanks to this post on U.S. News & World Report, there are several ways ditch old habits you may have somehow settled into.

1. Waiting. If you’ve ever received an email that requires research on your part, you’re not alone. If you don’t email the sender back to let him or her know that you won’t have the information until next week, that’s problematic. Read more

It’s Confirmed! Study Shows Multitasking Just Doesn’t Work

multitaskingIf you’re reading this on a tablet while your mobile device is ringing and you’re secretly playing Words With Friends on your laptop, listen up.

According to a new study published in the journal Human Factors, multitasking is simply not effective. Here’s why: The average office worker is apparently interrupted six times an hour (six times!) and in turn, interruptions severely impact the ability to produce quality work. Read more

If You Won the Lottery, Would You Ditch Your Day Job? New Survey Says No

money bagsHere’s a million dollar question for a summer Friday: If you won the lottery, would you quit your job or would you keep working?

According to a new CareerBuilder study, approximately 51 percent of respondents said even if they didn’t need to work for financial reasons, they would still toil away at the daily grind. In addition, 30 percent of all respondents said they would keep their current job. y. Thirty percent of all workers say they would keep their current job. Read more

Basic HTML Can Be a Valuable Skill on a Media Intern’s Resume

Media-Intern-Post-4Compared to other millennials, I am late to the technology game. I didn’t have my first home computer until halfway through my freshman year of high school — in 2007. I still remember having to go to my dad’s office or a library to type up papers, which I didn’t even bother with until one English teacher complained about a handwritten short story I submitted. Mind you, my penmanship was impeccable (it’s since taken a turn for the worse).

Now that I’ve caught up and spend most waking hours in front of a screen, I cannot stress enough how important it is for media interns to be more than computer literate and fluent in Microsoft Word. They need to learn some coding.

I’ve said before that journalists should not be one-man bands, but this doesn’t mean they cannot know the basics of the technologies and tools they use today. And coding is a big one.

My experience with HTML before this past year was nonexistent. Aside from the one or two tips I’d glean from a friend who majored in computer science, I basically discarded the skill as something unnecessary for journalism. After all, I’d want to write, not produce. My time should be spent working on finding stories and polishing my writing. Read more

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.

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