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How (Not) To Reject Job Applicants

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What’s the proper way to reject job applicants? Canned email? Personal response?

How about a long list of 42 application do’s and dont’s?

That’s what one employer did. According to Gawker, the head of a technology news site decided to send a rather lengthy rejection letter to more than 900 applicants, bcc’d thankfully.

In addition to a thorough explanation of which candidates were and weren’t selected, and why, the letter than provides 42 bulleted application tips, such as “Do be a badass” and “Don’t send Squidoo links.”

One of the rejected job applicants forwarded the email to Gawker and commented, ”I don’t find it helpful. I just find it arrogant.”

Here’s an excerpt from the email:

• Do keep it short and sweet.
Tell me a little bit about yourself— where you’ve written before and a few sentences on why you are awesome. Short and sweet.

• Don’t describe yourself as zany, crazy, or wild.
Zany is not high on the lists of attributes we’re looking for. I don’t imagine it’s high on the list of many companies, this side of birthday clown agencies.

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Rosie Gets Canceled | More Busts at High Times Magazine | Ranking Journalism Schools

So far this morning, in addition to a couple of staff additions at Gawker, we’re reminded of a few things: anyone can get fired, smuggling drugs and magazine publishing don’t mix well, and journalism schools deserve to be ranked.

Huffington Post Fires Back While Tabloids Fail the Accuracy Test, Plus Other News of the Day

- The Week is starting to look rather Radar-y. As the Business Insider points out, the weekly publication has attempted to booster its website over the past year, and in doing so it has brought on six new digital hires, including three from the now defunct magazine Radar. Sounds like an office party. But don’t expect the site to look too much like Radar anytime soon, after all the digital staff has increased to 12 overall, and not all of them come from defunct magazines.

- The Huffington Post responded to former free-blogger Mayhill Fowler‘s loud resignation yesterday with a rather simple point: She never actually worked at HuffPo. “Mayhill Fowler says that she is ‘resigning’ from the Huffington Post,” said spokesman Mario Ruiz to the The Upshot. “How do you resign from a job you never had?” Ruiz continued, saying, “At the end of the day, Mayhill Fowler asked for a paid position; we chose not to offer her one. Nothing new media or old media about that.” Fair point, but when will Huffington Post need to take responsibility for the free bloggers using its servers, after all, it has no problem accepting the page views those bloggers bring in.

- The Bloomberg London offices sound quiet cool. Here’s News on News’s Kevin Coy describing the headquarters as he first entered the building. “Over several floors are the many different functions of the Bloomberg operation in London, often emulating the same functions that are executed over in the US, but for the European audience,” writes Coy. “Rows of desks fill the floors, each with the instantly recognisable four-screen Bloomberg terminals. In the middle of the floors is a spectacular atrium, and something that really wouldn’t be thought possible when viewing the building from the outside.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s influence is clearly identifiable with the vast array of over-size fish tanks housing many varieties of tropical fish.” Actually, sounds a lot like the New York offices.

- Gawker took a look at the celebrity tabloids, figuring out the most accurate rag over the past 20 months. Although US Weekly came out on top, it only had 35 percent accuracy when reporting break-ups, pregnancies, marriages, engagements, adoptions, and reconciliations on the cover. The accuracy improved greatly for the overall book (59 percent). OK! magazine came in at the bottom for cover story accuracy, with  a mere 7 percent of stories reflecting reality. I know you’re not supposed to totally trust all the stories in the magazines, but seeing it in percentage form surprises even skeptical me.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Freelancer Scorned

We all want to get paid well and on time, especially when our month-to-month income is less reliable than our landlord’s need for rent. Well if this is what really matters to you as a freelancer, Gawker has created a list of magazines where you might not want to pen an article.

The list includes notable publications like Self and more obscure mags like Chili Pepper Magazine. The reasons for late payments include everything from, “even full time staff hasn’t received a paycheck in a while,” to “stonily refuse to explain why they don’t pay.” Well thanks for clearing that up for us, Gawker!

While we will not contend that any of these magazines, don’t pay their freelancers for the work they do, we thought we’d include Gawker’s chart as a buyer beware type of situation: Write at your own risk.
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