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HR Execs Tell How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Our Career Breakfast panelists had a lot more to offer than cookie-cutter advice about preparing for a job interview. If you missed our live broadcast, we’ve rounded up a few key tips and embedded the full video below.

Lars Schmidt, NPR’s talent acquisition leader, advised candidates to Google themselves to fully understand what the company may know about you. “You don’t want to be derailed by a question you’re not prepared for.”

Mediabistro VP of education and events Carmen Scheidel reminded viewers that the interview itself is a form of research, essentially a great opportunity to decide if the company culture is something that you can commit your career to.

Finally, HR pro Laurie Ruettimann advised job seekers to remain neutral — in both look and odor. That means no hot pink skirts or dumping on cologne. “You want to be memorable for your knowledge, skills and abilities, not for your wardrobe or how you smell.”

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How do you sound natural but not over-rehearsed? What’s the best way to deal with that big gap in your resume? When do you bring up salary and benefits?

These are just a few of the questions you’ve submitted for our next Career Breakfast tackling job interview prep. Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern, we’ll get the answers from Lars Schmidt, talent acquisition leader for NPR, and Laurie Ruettimann, an HR and social media pro. They’ll join Carmen Scheidel, our VP of education and events and moderator Greg Horowitz, mediabistro’s director of product development to break down the best strategies to impress HR.

Continue to send us your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #CareerBreakfast, on our Facebook page, or in the comment box below. Then, tune in to our Google+ and YouTube channels Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. Eastern to watch the live broadcast.

Would Hunter Have Gotten Hired Today With That Letter?

Last week we published a letter a pre-famous Hunter S Thompson sent to the Vancouver Sun looking for work.

Thompson never worked for the Sun in his lifetime, so perhaps the cover letter didn’t work…on the other hand, the editor to whom Thomson had addressed his missive lasted less than a year in his position until he apparently offended everyone else he worked with and was demoted. So maybe there were more forces in play than it seems.

But would the letter work today? We polled a number of career and recruiting experts, including Ask A Manager‘s Alison Green, Ask the Headhunter‘s Nick Corcodilos, and Laurie Ruettimann of Punk Rock HR and now New Media Services. Here’s what they said… after the jump.

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#Socialrecruiting Summit Streaming Live…

The Social Recruiting Summit today in NYC will be streaming live starting just before 9:30 a.m. You can check it out at If you’re at all in the recruiting space or if you’re a jobseeker trying to figure out how the new breed of recruiters thinks, you’ll want to sit in on this conference.

On the agenda: remarks from Laurie Ruettimann, Fred Wilson, Jessica Lee, and much more.

Friday Wrap-Up: ‘This Advice Is So Stupid It Hurts My Eyes’ And More

Social media recruiting can work, just like this:

Sarah Kaufman (portfolio) – used with permission

Our top story this week: Forbes is cutting jobs left and right (though by now the carnage seems to have subsided). Know of anyone else who’s now seeking a new gig? Let us know. Maybe we can help.

Other notable posts from the week:
Media companies can still be fun places to work

Is Media General prepping to lay off some of its copy editors?

The comment of the week comes from Laurie Ruettimann, Punk Rock HR, on a post we made about how to use Twitter for your job search. We don’t always see eye to eye, but she’s got good points, which is why y’all should listen to her too.

(After first posting “This advice is so stupid that it hurts my eyes”, she followed up with:)

This is such a big subject for a comment, but I am offended when someone tries to craft a formula for job-seeking-success using social media tools.

- If four-fifths of your tweets should be business-related, should four-fifths of your life be business-related?
- Does data exist to show that women who tweet too much about their cats can’t find a job?
- Should we start stripping away our personal lives and become robots that are wholly dedicated to enhancing shareholder value and profitability?

Must write a little more about social media & finding a job in a more thoughtful way, but I totally hated these tips.

And some weekend odds and ends: Acquires Punk Rock HR

Punk Rock HR has joined the family as of yesterday. This puts HR blogger (“and media personality”) Laurie Ruettimann‘s blog up there with,,,, and

She answered some questions on her blog today:

* What does this mean for me? Well, I get paid to write. Scrubby eats better.
* What does this mean for my blog? I have a sales and marketing team. I have infrastructure, baby. If you want to advertise on my blog, you have to talk to my people.
* What does this mean for you? Not a thing. In fact, it means that I will have more time to write since I’m not focused on hustling for ad revenue. I will stay focused on career issues, HR advice, and other random stuff like cats, celebrity gossip, and politics.

May we add that this is also a great new-media success story?

Release after the jump.

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Do Job Boards Work?

Over at Punk Rock HR, an interesting discussion about generalist job boards.

Laurie Ruettimann asked if job boards like Monster and Careerbuilder “worked” for her readers.

They respond, below:

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Buy Your Own Social Network

So Laurie Ruettimann (for those with short, gold-fish-like memories, she spoke at our Career Circus this Tuesday) and Lance Haun of started this social network for HR pros to connect, And after they grew it into one of the leading HR social networks, they realized that the group needed a dedicated person to take it to the next level.

So clearly the obvious step is to sell it on eBay.

Laurie told us backstage at the Circus that she’d be happy if the thing fetched $5. And hell, we were totally planning to put a $5 bid on it on day 1, which was Wednesday, but then we forgot until today.

And now bidding’s gone up to $1,525.


Wanna buy a social network

Punk Rock HR: Will Work For Free?

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an intern’s life. flickr: Steve Webel

Laurie Ruettimann had some choice words about working for free, namely: don’t do it.

“A lot of career advisors disagree with me,” she says. “They think you should get your portfolio in front of people any way you can. But you never do free work. Maybe you barter in exchange for access to a senior executive or for a future job or visibility. But don’t just volunteer to do free work, because they’re going to keep asking. “The more you keep asking the more they’ll keep taking advantage of you. Think about the value of your time.”

Of course, internships are the exception, but you still have to get something, if it’s not cash. The “experience” means nothing, she says. In fact, internships don’t count for anything unless you work them to get a job at the company you’re interning for. “Experience” doesn’t count, she says, “because in those internships you sit there and shred documents. You get mail. If you’re not meeting with people who can help you in your career its truly a waste of your time.”

One intern told her tale of woe: she’d been working for free for six months. Had finally worked up the nerve to tell her direct supervisor that she needed to start getting paid, when that person was laid off “and I panicked,” she says. Laurie’s advice?
“Have an honest conversation with them.” Tell them, she says, that she really enjoys her work but needs to know where her paying job is coming from, whether that’s at the current company or elsewhere, “‘and if it’s not here, may I continue to intern for you while I look for a job?’ They will respect you for saying it,” she says.

What do you think? Do you have an intern tale of woe? Yours truly, a two-time intern was once laid off from her paying part-time job that she needed to afford rent to be able to afford to take the nonpaying internship. (Urgh!) Talked the nonpayers into one week of Metrocard fare (which at the time was like $10, so it’s not like they were shelling out for much) and that was it, but luckily we got a second part-time job soon after. But anyway, in our experience, if they can’t afford to pay an intern minimum wage, they probably can’t afford to hire you.

Career Circus: Laurie Ruettimann Goes Rogue

Laurie Ruettimann of Punk Rock HR was scheduled to talk about work-life balance at the Circus, but she decided to throw that presentation out the window and answer job search questions from the unemployed media folk in the room (about 90% of you). Coooool.

Pam Dawkins, an unemployed newspaper editor, asked: “I’m sending out resumes when I see jobs but I’m not hearing back. How long should I wait before contacting them?”

Laurie says: “Never contact HR. They don’t make the hiring decisions. That’s bullshit. They will never call you back and you will be known as a pest. They’re old biddies busy doing administrative work. Find out who the hiring manager is and talk to that person and get your resume on their desk at any way possible. Once it goes into an applicant tracking system the resume is lost, unless it’s hitting keywords.”

A corporate ad sales director, unemployed 1 month, asks: “Job boards are pretty much a waste of time. Should we not bother with them at all?”

Laurie answered: “I believe in job boards because I don’t believe in ending a pathway. The job board lets you know there’s a job that’s out there. Positions aren’t always just posted because they have to post it. Often times they really are replacing a vacancy.”

Danielle Smith, a former press secretary unemployed since November, asked: “I’m finding it hard to find a job that matches my qualifications. I’m either overqualified or underqualified. How can I tailor my resume to fit?”

Laurie answers: “Most people hire an 80% fit for the job because they don’t want to pay you a higher salary. They want you to grow into it. But if the marketplace is telling you that you can’t get a job, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere. I’ve talked to people who are almost unemployed two years, sent out 600 resumes, always networking. [At that point] maybe you need to look at a different career, a different creative way into a company, or scale down your expectations to get a foot in the door. When I started Punk Rock HR, I had to give up a couple things, like going on vacation with my husband. I spend less money but I’m way happier than I was.”

Also, she added, consider relocation. “NY is low on the list of merit increases. Look in Atlanta, Tampa, DC, Minneapolis. There is a thriving hipster culture in Minneapolis.”

We’ve got more coming up—about the pitfalls of internships and other free work—just stay tuned.