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Switching Careers? Avoid These Mistakes at All Costs

Smitten by the media? You’re not alone! If you’re in another industry vying to get into ours, welcome aboard!

There are a few key pointers to keep in mind while making the leap . Tips are courtesy of our friends at Brazen Careerist — please don’t be that guy or gal.

1. Keep it all in your head. Let’s say you’re looking for an editorial position. At first, the piece points out you’re optimistic! Excited! Downright hopeful! All of the sparkly aspects of the job come shining through.

In your head, that is.

And just like that? Wah wah wah (insert game show music here). You did not win the grand prize!

Doubts creep in, you second guess yourself and wonder how you’ll get a foot in the door while taking a step back in salary. The piece continues, “With a sigh, you mentally cross off the possibility of going down this career path.” Read more

Mediabistro Course Freelancing 101

Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients. Register before 7/16 and get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

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The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd: ‘My Odds of Failing Were Pretty High’

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Thankfully, “fear of being eaten by a zombie” ranks pretty low on our list of daily concerns right now. But sometimes, workplace negotiations can be just as terrifying as flesh-eating monsters.

In the latest Mediabistro interview, Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks to us about how she negotiated with legendary filmmaker Roger Corman to get the gig she wanted — even though she was offered a different position.

Most people don’t feel comfortable laying out stipulations to their superiors. Why did you feel entitled to make your own rules? How can others follow suit?

I wasn’t given a choice. It was, “OK Gale, I want you to be the marketing department starting Monday.” (And this was a Friday). I had no training period, so the odds of my failing were pretty high, especially since I was taking the place of two people who had significant experience. I think you have to take some initiative and show that you have the potential to be a leader. I was about to take a position heading a department and negotiating with him proved that I had a degree of the skill set that I needed in that position. If you want to prove that you can take on more responsibility, take that responsibility and be willing to also take the consequences. I knew I wasn’t prepared and I had that conversation up front with Roger. And, if it didn’t work out, my fallback position was going to law school. I think it’s really important to have a fallback position.

For more of Hurd’s thoughts on the fine art of negotiation, film vs. television and a moratorium on slow dying gender roles, read: So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?

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HR Pro Sharon Jautz on The New Rules of Interviewing for a Job

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sj_mjd.jpg Sharon Jautz, director of human resources at Asset International, has more than a quarter century of HR experience in the media industry, but those media jobs have changed since she first started out — and so has the job interview game. Ahead of her talk on career management at Mediabistro Career Circus August 4, she tells writer Jennifer Pullinger what the new rules are for interviewing for a media job in today’s hiring environment.

“Market yourself in terms of your accomplishments rather than making your resume look like you’re a newspaper guy or a video guy. You need to market yourself in this economy as a media guy. [For example,] ‘I know Final Cut Pro. I know this content management system. I know breaking news. I know how to write feature stories, I know how to edit. I’ve managed freelancers…’ I’m looking for skill sets as opposed to background and experience.”

Sharon Jautz shares tips on managing your media career in her upcoming panel discussion at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

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