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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

September 14, 2011
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Earlier this summer, a company in Wisconsin held a funeral party to bury the recession. They bid adieu to the past and greeted a brighter future with jambalaya and an empty coffin. As much as I love their enthusiasm, I don't think the recession got the memo about its symbolic burial. In fact, the economy didn't grow at all in August and the unemployment rate remained stagnant at 9.1 percent.

Those who are already bringing in a paycheck are getting a raw deal when it comes to raises, even when it's just to cover the cost of living. While workers assume companies will at least cover inflation each year, employers put more weight on other factors, like competitive wages. During a recession when competitive wages aren't what they used to be, employees are left to look for new jobs if they want pay increases. Some bosses aren't even aware an employee is unhappy until she gives notice; even if they counter offer, the promises are too little too late and can come off insincere.

With such a tough job market, there's now debate about whether women should leave flashy jewelry at home during interviews because it can give the impression they don't need a job. The news is indeed surprising, but there are plenty of other ways candidates can stand out, like playing up their unique experiences on their resumes.

Looks like I need to take up puppetry, too.

Jacky Carter
Community Manager

Payrolls Grew by a Big Fat Zero (BLS)
The economy added no jobs in August while the unemployment rate remained 9.1 percent, the government reported. Within that net zero number, however, employment in government and retail decreased, offsetting growth in health care.

An HR Manager Job That Pays $374,000! Want It? (The Tim Sackett Project)
Most people don't post salaries for their open positions, because they just serve to attract unwanted attention (as Sackett's post title surely was designed to do). But there are a few good reasons you might want to be upfront and transparent about what your open jobs pay...

Anatomy of the Lame Counter Offer (Fistful of Talent)
Whether counter offers work is not under discussion, though it's certainly an open question. What's not ambiguous at all is how "pathetic, lame and predictable" a manager sounds when she first gets the news that a star employee is leaving. The words may be flattering, but what the candidate hears is something else.

You Can Ignore the Cost Of Living (HRM Today)
Should pay increases always (at least) match the cost of living increase? "The truth of the matter is that it's common practice to only give a side look at inflation. What companies focus on are: 1) competitive market survey data that tells them what everyone else is paying for like jobs in their area; and 2) the expense to maintain competitiveness."

Staffing Firm Helps Clients Bury the Recession (Fordyce Letter)
A staffing firm's client held a "funeral party" for the recession, a valiant effort at spreading positive energy among the staffing community and the people who create jobs. There was a coffin (empty), a eulogy and jambalaya. Sounds fun.

What Do Older Workers Want? (The Hiring Site)
First off, three-fourths of them want to keep working, but only a quarter gets hired by someone. That leaves a lot of talent looking for meaningful work (and a paycheck). Tempt them with a friendly environment (desired by 94 percent of those surveyed in a recent study), a chance to use the skills they've developed over many years (another 94 percent), or the opportunity to learn something new (88 percent).

Would You Judge an Interviewee by the Size of Her Ring? (MediaJobsDaily)
Some HR managers and recruiters have said that large engagement rings hurt a candidate's chances (because if their jewelry's that big, they clearly don't need the job, right?). Would you do this? Have a colleague who has?

10 Resume Tweaks Candidates Have Tried (That Work!) (
One applicant titled her resume "Things that make me special (besides what my grandma would say)." Another included a QR code. A third, despite having gone through many "real" jobs, still keeps an internship listed -- though it helps that it was an internship with Montel Williams.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, editor,

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