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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

August 14, 2013
Are the dog days of summer slowing you down from your job search initiatives? Whether you're enjoying the time basking in the sun or staying cool from the sweltering heat, it may be a good time to relax and recharge before heading back into the job hunt process full swing. We know seeking employment is often times a daunting task, but here's some encouraging news from The Dept of Labor's July Employment Summary: the unemployment rate is down to 7.4 percent as the economy added 162,000 jobs. It's the lowest rate since December 2008.

So what are some of the hottest areas that employers will focus their recruitment on for the next six months? A recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals found that employers plan to hire for jobs tied to areas such as mobile and cloud technology, social media and big data management. Don't forget that soft skills are sometimes weighed heavier for employers, as it's seen that candidates with soft skills can bring much more value to employers than an employee merely doing one's job functions.

And if you are frustrated by the resume "black hole," trust me you're not alone. A Mystery Job Seeker report investigated how companies were handling online job seekers and pointed out that the process was not getting any better. From lengthy application pages involving personality and generic screening questions, to zero response that a resume was ever received, 75 percent of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" are still leaving job candidates in the dark about the status of their application.

We at Mediabistro try to bridge that gap by providing an easy tool for employers to notify a job seeker applying through our system. A customized message can be sent to each and every candidate and so far the feedback has been very appreciative -- even if it was to notify the applicant that he was no longer in the running for the position.

Liana Choi
Manager, Job Board Operations

U.S. Adds 162,000 Jobs in July; Unemployment Reaches 7.4 Percent (BLS)
The unemployment rate ticked down to 7.4 percent last month as the economy added 162,000 jobs. It's the lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, though the 162,000-job increase is also much less than analysts had expected.

LinkedIn Has a Stalker Problem (BuzzFeed)
A woman who says her abusive ex-boss is stalking her on LinkedIn has started a petition asking LinkedIn to allow users to block stalkers. Currently, Facebook and Twitter have privacy settings allowing certain users to be blocked, but LinkedIn doesn't offer such a granular privacy feature.

Even the Best Companies to Work With are Pretty Bad with Job Candidates (TLNT)
A "mystery job shopper" created by CareerXroads has discovered that even Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" have a long way to go when it comes to creating good hiring policies. Some of the best companies (almost one in four) neglected to even send the mystery shopper an acknowledgement that his resume was received.

Hiring 'Sea Turtle' Talent (
Did you know that a "sea turtle" is a term for an expat who would like to someday return to his or her home country? Did you know they make excellent hires? Read why and how to source this talent pool here.

Score that Job: Dow Jones (Mediabistro)
In this latest installment of "Score that Job," go behind the scenes at Dow Jones and learn what the company seeks in new recruits.

Mobile, Social Media Among Hottest Hiring Areas (The Hiring Site)
More than 2,000 hiring managers surveyed by Careerbuilder say that over the next six months, they will focus their hiring efforts on newer technologies, including mobile, cloud, big data and social media. One in six hiring managers will be looking for mobile-savvy employees, while approximately one in eight will seek social media pros.

The Quick Guide to Being a Great Hiring Manager (TLNT)
Here are six steps that will help you hire well, build a great team and more.

Thirteen Soft Skills to Look for in Hires (Time)
"Hiring is risky, and making the extra effort to look past a resume to the person behind it can seem daunting. In many cases, however, soft skills are as important as hard experience." Here are some to look for.

Handshake Bias is Real, and It May Be Costing You Top Candidates (
Subconscious bias against certain types of handshakes may be affecting the way you perceive candidates, but there are many reasons why a handshake offered might not fit the "ideal." Read this.

Boost Your Lunch Hour by Logging Off (MediaJobsDaily)
What you do at lunch can either make or break the rest of your day, says author Tom Rath. Here are five tips to make the second half of your day amazing.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, co-editor,

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