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Should You Pursue J-School if Your Career is Stalling?

media-fieldsA piece in today’s New York Post got us thinking.

That is, a reader asked for advice by mentioning he or she has been passed over a few times for a promotion and “yet no one at work complains about my work performance.”

The reader contemplated getting a master’s degree to potentially accelerate career growth.

Here’s the thing — going back to school, of course, is an investment in money and time as well. Will your employer truly value the degree? Is it necessary to complete the job or will it make you overqualified? Will the degree position you for a promotion whether it’s journalism school, a master’s degree or another program? Read more

When to Take an Unpaid Media Internship?

unpaid-internshipNo one likes to hear the words “unpaid internship.” It carries with it the connotation of a glorfied coffee runner or file clerk that can be abused or manipulated into doing a task for the veiled promise of a job. With law suits being filed against companies for using their interns as integral parts of their work force, it makes for a pretty strong argument that all internships should be paid. And while I agree, I don’t think we’re going to see that happen anytime soon. That leaves media students scrambling in the competitive market of paid internships and many others being left in the dust.

So, when should you take an unpaid internship? Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Steady Growth

Find a JobThis just in…the Labor Department reported 209,000 new jobs created last month.

Per The Chicago Tribune, economists were actually expecting an increase of 230,000 jobs but you know what? We think 200,000-plus is a pretty solid number.

As pointed out by CNN, over the past six months, the economy added 1.5 million jobs — the strongest six months since 2006! Read more

Hungry for a Raise? New Research Shows Connection Between Hunger & Entitlement

Brown_Bag_LunchIf you’re hungry for a promotion, raise or project you’re negotiating, new research suggests skipping lunch.

Apparently people who are physically hungry are more likely to feel entitled. In turn, this mental hunger of entitlement can fuel confidence.

Emily Zitek, author of the study and professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, told The Wall Street Journal there is a fine line. Consider this: Feeling entitled too much can create strife at the office. Plus, completely famished colleagues may be less likely to work together in a collaborative setting and more likely to “annoy everyone with comments about what they deserve.” Read more

New Survey Shows One in Five Workers Replaced by Technology

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new CareerBuilder survey, one in five companies have put the kibosh on people in order to replace them with automated technology instead.

Sigh.

We have to add the bright side to this grim news. Approximately 68 percent of employers in the survey who replaced workers with technology mentioned adoption of the new technology actually created new positions being added to their headcounts. Read more

Have You Outgrown Your Job? Three Telltale Signs

Tech Writing FIAre you dragging yourself to get to the office on a Monday morning, dreading the upcoming week? Downright bored from start to finish? You may have simply outgrown your job.

Courtesy of a piece on Business Insider, here are a few telltale signs.

1. You’re bored. Let’s face it — being intelligent is a blessing and sometimes a curse. You’re too smart for your job and constantly underwhelmed by your assignments. Per the piece, this will make it challenging for you to concentrate and stay focused. If you rely on sugar, coffee and oh yes, more sugar to stay alert then it’s time to look for a new gig. Read more

How to Effectively Work in Pairs

TeamworkAh, if only we wrote how to effectively work in Paris, now that would be something! Okay, we’re getting a little punchy here in MediaJobsDaily-land but it’s in the spirit of you, our faithful reader!

Whether you’re working as a PR freelancer with a co-founder of your company or whether you’re paired up with a colleague at the day job, there are a few key things to remember about working as a duo.

As pointed out in a piece on Psychology Today, there’s specific insight about how pairs create. Read more

Lonely at Work? You’re Not Alone

isolated at workA piece on Fortune caught our eye. That’s because it examines the impact of being lonely at work. We’ve been there done, that in a former role in an office where everyone’s heads were buried in their cubicles. All. Day. Long.

Not only was it not enjoyable, it wasn’t productive! A recent study proves it. As cited in the piece, in 2011 two professors discovered that greater employee loneliness resulted in “poorer task, team role and relational performance.” Plus, loneliness at work actually triggers emotional withdrawal from the organization itself. Read more

The Art of Negotiation from the Star of Hardcore Pawn

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If you watch reality shows about pawn stores, you’ll notice the biggest conflict usually centers around the bargaining over what something is worth.

Les Gold star of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn and owner of Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan offers his tips on how to get what you want, which will come in handy the next time you have to haggle for a new contract or you’re looking for that raise you deserve.

Part Three: Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

How to Manage Office Gossip to Your Advantage

bossPssst. Over here. That’s right, I said over here. Did you here the latest about so-and-so?

Sheesh! Have you ever gotten in the middle of office gossip, not even realizing innocent coffee talk could so quickly turn into malicious gossip?

Well, according to Simply Hired, there are a couple of ways to manage the grapevine and actually make it work for you. Read more

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