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Top 10 Career Advice Stories in 2016

From practical job search advice to the skills you need to get ahead, here's what you all read and shared the most last year

It’s been nearly a whole year since we relaunched the Mediabistro website with a stronger focus on helping you land your next gig and find success in your career.  From answering every job seeker’s most pressing questions to sharing advice and stories from pros in the trenches, here’s what industry pros like you read and…

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What Does a Journalist Do?

Get the scoop on this essential profession

So you’ve wanted to be a journalist since you were 12 and have a framed picture of Dan Rather on your nightstand to prove it. Cool. Hashtag career goals. Kick off “Operation Become a Journalist” by getting the scoop on the job from a couple of seasoned pros. Then go break that story. What exactly does…

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4 Signs That You Might Be Getting Laid Off

Find out what to look for, so you can take steps to secure your future

Although 2008 and the Great Recession are far behind us, the media industry is still dealing with its fair share of layoffs. Just a few months ago The Detroit News, Gannett, USA Today, and Bloomberg announced layoffs. More recently the Associated Press let 25 of it’s employees go, Medium cut its staff by a third and The…

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An Exhaustive List of Jargon, Cliches and Buzzwords to Avoid in Your Job Listings

The more natural your job posting reads, the more likely it is that candidates will respond.

Take a look at any employment site, and you’ll see job descriptions packed with jargon—words and phrases that are used so much, they’ve become meaningless. This lazy language makes job seekers’ eyes glaze over, but it can be tough for hiring managers and recruiters to stop using it. It’s a shorthand that’s hard to abandon,…

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Money

Our best info on setting your rate, getting paid and keeping your books in order

If you’re a freelancer, chances are a good portion of your time is spent on monetary tasks, like checking up on invoices and determining your rate for different clients and projects. Yup, without an accounting department, you’re running the show. And if you’re just breaking into freelancing, this might seem a little overwhelming at first….

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