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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

January 11, 2012
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The New Year is known for a lot of things: fresh starts, resolutions and replenished flex spending accounts. (I can't be the only one who is excited about that, right?) But it shouldn't necessarily be a reason to look for a new job. Recruiting pros say it comes off a little desperate to start submitting resumes simply because it's January. A job transition should be made for the right reasons, not because you're in a post-holidays slump and want a change of scenery.

If that advice has you antsy, just sit tight for a little while. The hiring outlook is cautiously optimistic for 2012, with trends predicting a rise in voluntary turnover and more competitive compensation for skilled positions. With employers planning to add jobs throughout the year, one place to look for untapped talent is to people with transferable skills. Athletes, ex-military, older workers and career changers all have previous training that you can take advantage of.

If hiring managers find it risky to source candidates outside of the industry, they can conduct blind reference checks to learn more about what candidates have done. Putting the work into this is worth it. By talking with references and former supervisors and looking into LinkedIn connections, you'll be able to paint a more accurate picture of whether this person would be a good hire.

Or, you can just take the candidate's word. I'm not sure Joe Donatelli's methods would work for everyone, but it is nice to know someone is committed to keeping the office fridge clean.

Happy New Year!

Jacky Carter
Community Manager

U.S. Added 200,000 Jobs In December (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
It wasn't quite the 325,000 job increase predicted by ADP, but the United States economy added 200,000 jobs in December 2011 and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. That's the lowest unemployment rate since February 2009. The private sector added 212,000 jobs, but small decreases in government employment dropped the total back down to an even 200,000.

'New Year, New Job'? Not So Fast (
Candidates that call early in January are "the ones that have made a mental 'knee–jerk' reaction to the dark morning, the poor pay rise and the Christmas / New Year detox." Not necessarily candidates you want to present to clients. A commenter called "New year, new job" the "most unoriginal cliché in the business." Yikes!

Five Time Management Tips for Freelancers (
That includes contingent recruiters, not just journalists and designers. The most obvious tip: get off Facebook. Other tips include setting realistic, quantifiable goals, focusing on things that actually bring in results, and skipping the networking mixers.

2012 Hiring Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic, Plus 4 Trends to Watch (The Hiring Site)
Less than a quarter of companies will be hiring full-time staffers in 2012. Here are four other trends to watch: 1) Pay will become more competitive for IT and engineering positions, 2) Voluntary turnover will increase, 3) "Reskilling" will rise, and 4) employers will target minority candidates.

Where to find your next great hire (CBS Moneywatch)
Athletes, career changers and ex-military members -- all surprising but good places to look for hires, says writer Jeff Haden. Also consider young workers ("you get energy, ideas, enthusiasm") and older workers ("Older workers have years of training under their belts -- training you can take advantage of but don't have to provide.") ...all good reasons to seek out more than purple squirrels.

Evaluate Your Candidate Experience (
Do what you say you will and follow the golden rule, and even rejected candidates will love you. "I've never worked with anyone in an HR capacity who took the time to inform, support and strategize with a candidate the way that you guys did with me," one rejected applicant said. "I really appreciate all the time you took with me to help me try and succeed."

Best Way to Vet a Candidate (
"The more hiring experience I get, the less I rely on my interviewing skills -- and the more I rely on blind reference checking." Yes, that's calling references the applicant didn't list. No, you shouldn't do this without warning the applicant first.

Reference Checking: The Most Important Step in the Hiring Process (WeKnowNext)
"This is why C-suite people often appear to recruit on the golf course - they know they can trust their weekly foursome buddy when he/she vouches for someone. It's not so much a 'Good Ol' Boy' network as a 'History of Shared Accountability and Reliability' network."

A Note To Any Company Considering Hiring Joe Donatelli (MediaJobsDaily)
Would this cover letter get your attention? It says that he promises not to steal pens, swears to play on the company softball team, and will buy Girl Scout cookies (but only Thin Mints). What it doesn't say: much about his background.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, editor,

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