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Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EDT.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Kim Taylor, a freelance copywriter for a variety of agencies and brands including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel.

Get tips on how freelancers can manage their time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

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 now!

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Networking Is Key to Being a Successful Freelance Travel Writer

Travel WritingTravel writing as a genre stirs up plenty of emotion in people. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly jealousy. Getting paid to travel the world sounds like a pretty sweet deal, and it is… and isn’t. The reality of life as a freelance travel writer isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. You’re constantly hustling to find work and it can be stressful at times.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance travel writer discusses the ups and downs of following her passion. One thing’s for sure: networking helped her land work:

Networking continues to be key, as with any profession. I’ve found that travel writers and bloggers are a strong community, and many of us introduce our colleagues to editors we work with if the fit is right. I’ve had the opportunity to write for a large daily newspaper, thanks in large part to a fellow writer I met on a press trip. And don’t forget to use social media for connections. I recently e-introduced myself to a new editor and her publication I’d read about on Twitter and made a few pitches I thought would be a fit — we’re now in conversation about assignments. It’s all about making the right pitch!

To hear more tips on how to cultivate your travel writing career, read: Embarking on My Greatest Adventure: Freelance Travel Writing.

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How Hamish Hamilton Prepares for Live Events: ‘I’ve Learned How To Control My Energy’

HamishHamiltonHamish Hamilton has directed many incredible live events throughout his career. The 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 London Olympics — the list goes on…

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hamilton explains that it’s not all fun and games. He describes the days and months (sometimes years!) it takes to bring these elaborate productions to life, and how he manages to pull it off:

The rehearsal days are intense, long, demanding, physically exhausting, mentally exhausting. You have to make very big decisions quite quickly. I try to get a lot of sleep. It’s crucial to be mentally fit on show day. That said, I normally put in between 14- and 16-hour work days. Having done so many diverse projects, I’ve learned how to control my energy so that I’ve got enough left for the live shows — the last thing you want is to show up to direct a live show being completely and utterly exhausted. That’s really where you need to make lighting-shot decisions.

To hear more about Hamilton’s career, read: So What Do You Do, Hamish Hamilton, Director Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Televised Events?

A Freelance Web Designer Turned CEO Explains His Road To Success

GabrielShaoolianGabriel Shaoolian‘s success story is at once familiar and entirely unique. He moved to NYC in 2001 and set up his business with nothing but a laptop and some web design experience. Since then, his company, Blue Fountain Media, has generated over $2 billion in revenue by building sites for everyone from AT&T to AOL.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That?, Shaoolian talks about how he went from a freelance web designer to CEO:

Describe the early days of your freelance life.
Well, let me tell you, and I’ll tell anyone out there. It’s crazy. You know, doing this without funding, you lose a lot of sleep, and you lose your life, really. The company becomes your life. It’s not easy. It’s not for someone who wants weekends and who wants vacations. I tell people that you go on vacation and you are still thinking about work every second of every day.

I had no idea what I was in for. I just wanted to build something small. But I realized that I can’t do everything on my own. If I want to do good work, I need team members that are specialized. As Blue Fountain Media grew, I started working on an infrastructure for the company.

To hear more about Shaoolian’s career, as well as his advice for freelancers and entrepreneurs, read: Hey, How’d You Build Profitable Websites For Brands Like AOL and AT&T, Gabriel Shaoolian?

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Soledad O’Brien: Don’t Listen To Other People’s Career Advice

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Soledad O’Brien has had quite the year. After leaving the CNN morning show in March, the journalist launched Starfish Media Group. The company is “dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories,” and has formed partnerships with Al Jazeera America, HBO and CNN.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, O’Brien talks about how motherhood prepared her to be a CEO and the importance of listening to yourself when it comes to your career:

In a commencement speech at Harvard earlier this year, you told grads not to “listen to others people’s take on the life you should lead” because “by not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.” Can you give an example of when you had to follow your own advice?
Oh my gosh. I have to follow it all the time. When I was leaving NBC News to go to CNN, people would say, “What?! Why would you possibly leave the Today Show to go to cable?” If I would’ve listened to people, I would’ve been on a great platform but I wouldn’t have grown as a journalist. So far, most of the steps in my career have been really good.

To hear more from O’Brien, read: So What Do You Do, Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group?

– Aneya Fernando

Be a Boss at Building an Online Reputation

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We all know by now that filtering the content you share on social media sites is crucial to maintaining a professional reputation online.

For media pros though, building a reputable online presence goes beyond basic filtering; censorship is good and necessary, but it can only get you so far. If you want to really impress potential employers with your personal Google search results, understanding the site’s algorithm can go a long way.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, we talk to brand strategists and SEO pros to find out how they manage to keep content fresh:

If your domain is YourFullName.com, Google will rank it higher when people search for you.

“It really boils down to keywords for the homepage optimization,” explained Collin Jarman, SEO technician at Click Optimize, LLC, a North Carolina-based Web design and Internet marketing firm. “So, in this instance, your keyword is going to be your own name because that’s what you want to rank for.”

For more on optimizing your personal search results, read Google Yourself: 4 Ways to Fix Your Online Reputation.

Sherry Yuan

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7 Things Job Seekers Should Include in Social Media Profiles

Social media has revolutionized the way recruiters search for talent, which means job seekers need to make sure their profiles are tuned to perfection. After all, you never know when the right person will stumble across your LinkedIn page at the right time. In the latest Mediabistro feature, career experts and seasoned freelancers tell how to get the most out of social media profiles during the job search. One thing you can include is:

Charity work and professional affiliations

Even if it doesn’t relate to the media biz, fulfilling work you do outside of a paying job can be a great conversation starter. Plus, you never know if the person scoping out your profile knows someone involved in that organization. So, if you spend Sundays tutoring kids at the local community center or helping your child’s PTA organization, include it on your profile.

Likewise, listing professional groups you belong to is a good idea because it builds credibility. (It’s the perfect chance to list those organizations that you pay to belong to just so you can list them on your resume!)

Read more in What Job Seekers Should (and Shouldn’t) Include on Their Social Media Profiles. [subscription required]

Kate White, Former ‘Cosmo’ Editor, Dishes Career Advice in New Book

Now that Kate White is no longer the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan to focus on speaking engagements, digital media and her books, White’s been dishing advice to women in her new book.

The author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know explained to The New York Post:

“We’ve made incredible strides, but I think there are challenges that women face that are not the same for men. I think sometimes we can still have that good-girl tendency not to grab the seat next to the boss at a meeting or not to talk on that project. We sometimes worry about what other people will think. I think men are maybe not as prone to that.”

As for her top ways women can get ahead in the working world, here’s a succinct version. Although her tips are specifically geared toward women, men may likely benefit from her sage words as well. Read more

7 Ways to Keep Your Boss Happy

If you think you’re a star employee because you can tick off all the responsibilities in your job description, think again. Your goal should really be to keep your boss happy, otherwise known as “managing up.”

In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts tell the best ways to communicate with your higher ups and project efficiency and smarts.

No. 4: Keep your manager in the loop.

How do you keep from sharing too much or too often with your manager? Christina T. Schlachter, author of Leading Business Change for Dummies and CEO of the consultancy SheLeads, says it pays to just ask. “Take the lead in determining communication. Don’t wait for your boss to do it. Ask your manager how often he or she wants to hear from you and in what form.”

For more tips, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy. [subscription required]

‘Any job that’s a detriment to your health is not a job to hold on to’

Feeling stressed or stuck while you’re on the job is something that everyone goes through, but sometimes it’s a sign that your career is in need of a new direction. So, how can you tell if your bad day is really just a bad situation?

“When you feel depressed or like your stomach is in knots on Sunday night as you prepare for the work week, this is a sure sign you need a new direction,” said Tiffani Murray, an HR consultant and author of Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today’s Professional Stuck in a Rut. “Any job that’s a detriment to your health is not a job to hold on to.”

Read more in 5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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