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Travel 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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In the spirit of Twitter going public today and having it’s very own hashtag (ahem, #ring), we were curious. What’s it really like to work at the social media company that was spawned in 2006?
According to reviews on Glassdoor, it received 4.5 stars out of 5. With a market value today of $24.5 billion, 90 percent of its employees say they’re confident in their company’s business outlook for the next six months.
Per GeekWire there are 2,300 employees so 89 reviews may not accurately be a big enough sample but a senior site reliability engineer called it, “A very fun and dynamic place.” (And if you have no idea what that job title means, no worries there. We don’t either.) Read more
Have you ever Googled yourself? Come on, ‘fess up.
We all should do it to see what recruiters find when they search our names. Plus, it’s a way to scan anything questionable and monitor your online presence. Similar to auditing photos on Facebook when you get tagged, it’s always wise to manage your social media sites.
Yesterday Siddhart Varadarajan called it quits via his Twitter handle, @svaradarajan, “With The Hindu’s owners deciding to revert to being a family run and edited newspaper, I am resigning from The Hindu with immediate effect.”
“I see The Hindu as sa paper that commands enormous respect as an authoritative voice for what is happening in India….A paper that gives prominence to social, economic, international political developments. So, the way I see my mandate is really to continue along that path but to go sort of in a way that’s more contemporary, more vibrant, that is more attractive, more interesting to readers.”
When we read this piece on Fast Company, it became food for thought. Although resumes are necessary for systems purposes from a recruiting purposes and having a calling card, are they going the way of the dinosaur at least for the start of the hiring process? Phasing themselves out as recruiters and hiring managers rely more heavily on LinkedIn and Twitter up front?
In the piece, the president of the search division of WinterWyman revealed the resume is “quickly becoming archaic.” Ian Ide continued, “People still like that concise document for purposes of interviews, but the front end is changing pretty quickly.” More and more people are connecting on LinkedIn and landing interviews that way.
In fact, the piece emphasized social media. Imagine captivating recruiters by your interests and online profile instead of being so transparent that you’re looking for a job especially if your current supervisor views your accounts. Read more
Hashtags got you down? If you’re overwhelmed by looking for a job on Twitter, you’re not alone.
As pointed out by CBS News, Gozaik assists users in making sense of the 50,000+ jobs posted to Twitter on a daily basis. You can search and sort the tweets without having to follow specific companies. The site also lets users enter the location you’re seeing by searching for jobs within a radius.
We decided to give the free service a whirl: By entering the title of journalist for 50 miles within New York, N.Y., five job postings appeared on the screen. Wondering why more jobs didn’t appear, we noticed the fine print: ”Gozaik contains jobs from selected US employers. Contact us at 855-6GOZAIK or email@example.com to include your jobs.” Read more
This just in…if you’re particularly cognizant about keeping your social media accounts professional and polished, you’re pretty darn prudent (like we didn’t already know that).
When it comes to social media though you can take it one step further and consider it your online portfolio.
Instead of being overly conscious about having it cost you your job, leverage it to create some buzz and snag a new one. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s just what happened to Jack Moore, co-writer @SeinfeldToday. Read more
Whether you’re online all day or hop onto Facebook on your work computer just to quickly peruse your newsfeed, lawmakers are cracking down, as per a piece on U.S. News & World Report,
Social media privacy laws have been introduced or they’re pending in 35 states, says the National Conference of State Legistlators. That’s not all — since this past January, five states (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Washington), implemented legislation that makes it prohibitive for employers to access employees’ social media passwords.
That said, there are some loopholes. For instance, per the piece there’s a new law in Utah that allows employers to request employees’ passwords for Facebook or Twitter when the tech device has been supplied by or paid for by the company. Whether it was paid by the employer in whole or in part, the law still applies. Read more
Here at Mediabistro, we talk to employers and job seekers everyday and have heard that the interview process can be daunting for both parties. It’s easy to lose your train of thought, ask a ridiculous question or get so nervous you trip and fall while entering the interviewer’s office. So, job seekers, we want to know: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in an interview?
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