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Career Circus: Job Searching’s Laser Focus

(From the panel: Optimize Your Job Search with Manoush Zomorodi, Alan Cohen and Tonia Mattu.)
Q: For somebody who wants to make a radical change, how do they go about starting?
Alan: I don’t think anybody should jump without a parachute. Look at your finances. What do you absolutely have to make? Maybe you feel like you need to stay on that career path [to make money] but maybe you can begin to start developing other skills or interests.

Manoush: Chris Anderson, Wired editor, in his spare time developed a blog about Caterpillar. Now if he ever wanted to become a big machinery expert, he could.

Q: What about over-50 jobseekers?
Alan: Employers that share that age prejudice have specific beliefs over what people over the age of 50 can or can’t do. They’ll believe you have to take naps after lunch. [laughs] You may want to look at how you interview and see how you’re addressing those assumptions.

Q: I used to be able to search myself but there’s a drummer with the same name as me. Now all I see is her drumming stuff.
Tonia: You could add a middle initial. Just keep it consistent from your resume to your email address. Make sure you use it with everything and pretty soon you’ll be known as this new person.

Q: All my contacts are in CA and I want to work in NY. How can I get them to get me work?
Tonia: I didn’t know one soul in NYC when I moved here [from Canada]. It was just picking up the phone. I didn’t spend a minute on Careerbuilder or Monster. I made a list of who I wanted to work with and picked up the phone every day. I got in front of every person that I called.

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Intern Fired For Lifting From NYT

This is just….stupid.

Announcement: Do not plagiarize if you want to keep your job. In the age of Google, you’re stupid to think you won’t be caught. Chris Anderson was caught in like three seconds.

So now Hailey Mac Arthur, a summer intern at the Colorado Springs Gazette, has gotten caught publishing “passages that are substantially similar, and in some cases identical, to passages in news stories originally published by The New York Times.”

You can see the comparable passages here, or read Gawker’s take here.

This girl, she made a really stupid mistake but if she’s already on Gawker she’s getting enough crap, so we’re not going to hassle her online. But we do want to say this: In college, professors seem to labor under the delusion that people plagiarize because they’re afraid of failure. If you’re under pressure and you don’t think you can do a good enough job by yourself, and you don’t think you’ll get caught, that’s when the plagiarism happens.

That’s a fairly charitable interpretation but even if that’s what happened here, it seems like Mac Arthur has totally missed the point of journalism.

Wired Editor: “I’m Not Wedded To Dead Trees. I’m Wedded To What We Can Do With Dead Trees”

Wired editor Chris Anderson and Conde Nast publishing director David Carey spoke to about winning three Ellies and how print is still relevant in the Internet age. Key points? Anderson says some kinds of print are still valued:

You’re not going to want to read 8,000 words on your screen. And we just won an award for design. HTML does not do justice to really innovative design, to what we won for tonight. And so, that kind of print is not dead, it is still thriving. And our company, in particular, focuses on mostly monthly, high-production, high-design visual artifacts.

Carey on e-readers:

We’re happy to work with all the e-reader providers. But our core competency is creating these beautiful magazines. Hardware is not our business…we’re happy to leave the hardware business to [hardware makers], because they can’t do what we do.


If somebody will invent the device that has the portability of the Kindle, the color and vibrancy of print, when that day comes in 20 or 30 years, I’ll give up print. I’m not wedded to dead trees. I’m wedded to what we can do with dead trees.