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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

March 12, 2014
Stories about how social media impacts jobs have ruled the Internet lately -- whether they are jobs you are seeking, jobs you are hiring for or jobs you no longer have (see story below about the teen whose Facebook post cost her father his hefty age-discrimination settlement).

The latest stats say that 65 percent of employers use social media to gauge a candidate's professionalism, 51 percent to see if the person fits into the company culture and 45 percent to learn more about the potential employee's qualifications. Aside from the obvious red flags like drug use and inappropriate content, factors that can determine whether or not you get the job include poor communication skills, lying about the qualifications on your resume and bad-mouthing a previous employer.

And remember whatever you post or email someone via a professional social network has the potential to come back to bite you. Just consider the LinkedIn rejection heard round the blogosphere.

Valerie Berrios
Managing Editor, Mediabistro

Hiring Surprisingly Stronger in February (CNNMoney)
The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services. According to the Department of Labor, the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, marking an improvement from January. However, about 6.9 million full-time workers said their hours were temporarily reduced due to "bad weather" -- the highest level in any February on record since the government started tracking the data in 1977.

Diversity in the Workplace: It's No Longer Just the Right Thing to Do (TLNT)
A recent study explores the challenges of managing an increasingly diverse workforce while highlighting the importance of diversity as a strategic business advantage. As the study explains, many diversity initiatives in the last two decades involved a focus on demographic factors, such as gender and race. Today, there is a wider awareness that the focus should also consider values like cultural fluency, global mindset and language skills.

The Insiders or the Outsiders? (Workforce)
The pace of change and the number of prominent transitions has corporate America again debating where to look for the next generation of leaders. The answer? A company's decision whether to select an internal or external candidate should hinge on the skills and competencies needed to achieve the strategy of the future -- and on the bench strength, experts say.

Who's to Blame for the Perfect Fit Syndrome? (
An employer trying to hire the perfect candidate is in many ways a good thing. It's a significant improvement from the days of hiring anyone who could fog a mirror. But has the pendulum gone too far? The result of falling victim to The Perfect Fit Syndrome is that sometimes these positions are never filled.

Skills Gap 2014: The High Cost of Unfilled Positions (The Hiring Site)
What is the skills gap really costing employers? According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, employers estimate that, on average, they lose more than $14,000 for every job that stays vacant for three months or longer, and 1 in 6 companies say they lose $25,000 or more.

Leaning Out: Men Like to Be the Boss More Than Women Do, Study Says (TIME)
A new study suggests that men prefer being in charge, whereas women are better at working with their peers. While the study only confirms what many office dwellers already know, the findings may bolster Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's quest to get women to lean in more and to be better mentors.

A Teen's Nose-Thumbing Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000 (AOL Jobs)
How much does Facebook cost? Nothing for most people. But a "suck it" post by teen Dana Snay has cost her dad Patrick Snay an $80,000 age discrimination settlement against the Miami-based Gulliver Preparatory School. And that amount was going to fund her European vacation this summer -- presumably among other things.

Nasty LinkedIn Rejection Goes Viral (CNN / Tech)
When you're a city's "Communicator of the Year" and have hailed yourself as a "passionate advocate" for job seekers, you probably ought not blast one of those job seekers via email. But that's what's happened to Kelly Blazek, who runs an online job bank in Cleveland. Diana Mekota, a 26-year-old planning to move to the city, posted the exchange online after Blazek's scathing response, in which she called Mekota's invite to connect "inappropriate... and tacky."

How to Follow Up After an Interview Without Being a Stalker (MediaJobsDaily)
We've heard this question time and time again from job seekers. How long should I wait before following up after an interview? How can I be persistent without being a stalker? Ah, the dance begins. The key is to find out what timing and method of following up works best for your potential employer.

The Role of Social Media in Pre-Employment Candidate Screening [INFOGRAPHIC] (AllTwitter)
Are you using social media to screen candidates for your latest job vacancy, or even before inviting them in for an interview? You should. Indeed, it's a growing trend, with two in five employers now using social media to pre-screen applicants. It pays, too: 43 percent of employers said that they found information online that helped them decide not to hire a particular candidate.

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