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Could Bad Manners Hurt Your Career? New Survey Says Yes

successIf the saying is true that it really is lonely at the top, perhaps bad manners could be part of the reason why.

According to a new survey by Accountemps,  70 percent of employees in the survey said people become less courteous as they climb their way to the top.

The biggest breach of workplace etiquette? Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the cell phone. Loitering and lingering around a colleague’s desk ranked second at 23 percent. Read more

LinkedIn Pays $6 Million in Back Wages

linkedinIf you’re an employer, take heed from LinkedIn. It does not pay to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Yesterday the Labor Department announced that LinkedIn has agreed to pay six million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees. In addition, the social networking site has also agreed to provide compliance training, educating employees and managers about a policy that prohibits working “off-the-clock” work. Read more

Come to Mediabistro’s Intern Party in New York!

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Aspiring media professionals are always told that networking is key to making connections and snagging that dream job. Well, here’s your opportunity to get out there. We’re hosting a media intern party next Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Turtle Bay in New York, and we’d love for you to join us!

Come for the conversation, drink specials and complimentary appetizers, and stay for the chance to win free admission to a Mediabistro course.

You can register for the party here. We hope to see you there!

Take That, Bully Bosses! Study Reveals Humble Bosses Rock

Happy-WorkerAccording to a new study conducted at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, if you’re a humble boss, you may be onto something. You empower and appreciate your employees and you’re open to feedback.

Angelo Kinicki, professor at the business school, talked to USA Today about the best type of boss. “Humility is not weakness. Humility has its effects across levels of an organization in an empowered, uplifting way. You can’t browbeat people into performance.” Read more

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

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