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Party Photos: Mediabistro’s Student and Intern Party in NYC

With summer internships well underway, mediabistro.com gave the hardworking interns a chance to mingle and share a drink at last night’s Mediabistro Student and Intern party.

On top of meeting future co-workers in the media world, the students also got a chance to chat with  Alex Weprin, editor of TVNewser, and yours truly, editorial assistant and social media coordinator. Also present were Jessica Carlson, client services associate of the Job Board, education manager Amanda Pacitti and education assistant Sandra Reitman. Lots of advice and questions were swapped, but what was the biggest concern for the interns? Breaking into that first job.

Luckily for them, online marketing manager Caitlin McKinney hosted speed interviews for two openings at our own company: online marketing coordinator and events assistant. Nineteen hopefuls jumped into the interview with two to three minutes to prove themselves.

The rest of the students didn’t leave empty-handed. Each attendee received with a $50 discount to a year-long AvantGuild membership, and all had a chance to win a free Mediabistro class and a coffee with a mentor in the field of their choice.

Missed out last night? Then tune in to our free July 31 webcast on what it takes to jumpstart your career in media. Execs and editors from Travel + Leisure, Comedy Central and ABC Television will be online to help you discover the best ways to get your foot in the door.

In the meantime, check out more photos below of last night’s fun after the jump. Read more

HR Execs Tell How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Our Career Breakfast panelists had a lot more to offer than cookie-cutter advice about preparing for a job interview. If you missed our live broadcast, we’ve rounded up a few key tips and embedded the full video below.

Lars Schmidt, NPR’s talent acquisition leader, advised candidates to Google themselves to fully understand what the company may know about you. “You don’t want to be derailed by a question you’re not prepared for.”

Mediabistro VP of education and events Carmen Scheidel reminded viewers that the interview itself is a form of research, essentially a great opportunity to decide if the company culture is something that you can commit your career to.

Finally, HR pro Laurie Ruettimann advised job seekers to remain neutral — in both look and odor. That means no hot pink skirts or dumping on cologne. “You want to be memorable for your knowledge, skills and abilities, not for your wardrobe or how you smell.”

Get Job Interview Tips in Mediabistro’s Career Breakfast

How do you sound natural but not over-rehearsed? What’s the best way to deal with that big gap in your resume? When do you bring up salary and benefits?

These are just a few of the questions you’ve submitted for our next Career Breakfast tackling job interview prep. Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern, we’ll get the answers from Lars Schmidt, talent acquisition leader for NPR, and Laurie Ruettimann, an HR and social media pro. They’ll join Carmen Scheidel, our VP of education and events and moderator Greg Horowitz, mediabistro’s director of product development to break down the best strategies to impress HR.

Continue to send us your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #CareerBreakfast, on our Facebook page, or in the comment box below. Then, tune in to our Google+ and YouTube channels Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. Eastern to watch the live broadcast.

What’s the Best Way to Prep for a Job Interview?

We’ve all stressed out before a big job interview. So, in Mediabistro’s next Career Breakfast, we’ll discuss tactical ways to prepare so you can stop worrying and get that job. Send us your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #CareerBreakfast, on our Facebook page, or in the comment box below. Then, tune in to our Google+ and YouTube channels July 10 at 10 a.m. Eastern for the answers.

In the meantime, check out our first Career Breakfast below.

What Really Happens After You Submit Your Resume

More and more employers are asking applicants to submit resumes to their online systems, but do you really know where your information is going, or even if it will get to human hands? In this Mediabistro Career Breakfast, our panel explains what happens after you apply and how you can stand out from the field of applicants.

David Gaspin, head of talent acquisition at TheLadders.com, and WeightWatchers HR rep Kate Van Arsdale spoke about how to write a resume that will grab a hiring manager’s attention, while THINQACTION CEO Antonio Neves, revealed the one thing that will guarantee you don’t get an interview.

Watch the full video above and follow us on Google+ to find out about our next Career Breakfast.

Land A Feature (And A Job) At Working Mother

Where most parenting magazines focus exclusively on children, Working Mother is meant for mothers who are dedicated to their families and committed to their careers.

There are lots of pages to fill at this niche pub, as editors are on a constant search for profiles of a special mom who’s making it work, and a closer look into certain industries through the lens of working motherhood. Get a few good clips under your belt from the glossy, and you might even land a full-time gig.

“We’re always looking for freelance writers who understand our initiatives and can pitch some fresh angle,” said senior research editor Krista Carothers.

Find out which sections are the most freelancer-friendly in How To Pitch: Working Mother. [subscription required]

Your Tone Of Voice Can Ruin That Job Interview

Even if we say all the right things on a job interview, it won’t matter if you don’t have the enthusiasm to back it up.

Adam Lyons who, as the founder of Insurance Zebra, has interviewed “hundreds of applicants” said, “If you don’t care, I don’t care. Sell yourself and get me excited to work with you. Sometimes people come off like they are sleeping — no excitement, no passion — and it’s a big turn-off.”

Find out how to fix eight more pet peeves of hiring managers in 9 Things You Should Never Do on a Job Interview.

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Read This Before You Quit Your Job

By nature, even the coolest jobs start losing their luster the day you start them. So how do you learn to re-love a gig once the honeymoon is over?

Tactic No. 1: Do something different. ”Become an elastic band. Push yourself to take on new assignments and gain some extra skills,” said Mark Swartz, senior career columnist for Monster Canada. “Be part of something bigger.”

“Know what you love and think about how to incorporate this aspect into your work,” said career coach and corporate trainer Carin Rockind. “Adding these passions will make you like your workplace and the rest of your job more.”

For five more ways that will help you go from hating to loving your job, read 6 Ways To Love The Job You Have.

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How To Get Over Your Networking Fears

If all the spring conferences and after work mixers typically leave you noshing on free appetizers rather than actually meeting people, there’s a cure. In mediabistro.com’s latest AvantGuild feature, career coaches outline five steps to help even the most socially averse conquer their new-people phobia.

No. 2: Listen first.

The one hard and fast rule to remember is to listen more than you talk, says Juli Monroe, a coach at 1 to 1 Discovery, a Washington, D.C.-based networking and social media agency. “If you listen first, then you know how to talk about yourself,” she explained. “If you can address their needs, then you can pitch your services, but in a targeted and strategic way.”

Read more in How To Network in Any Situation.

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The Right Answers To Those Dreaded Interview Questions

We’ve all faced those questions in interviews. You know, the ones that make you hesitate, stumble, or just plain feel like you won’t get the job if you answer them incorrectly. For example:

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made at work?

The key is to shift the focus from something you did wrong to something your team could have done better. ”Never openly admit to a mistake that might have caused damage to a client relationship or delayed a project,” said Tiffani Murray, human resources consultant. “Speak more in terms of lessons learned from successful projects. Point out a learning experience that was beneficial to both you and the company.”

Read more in 7 Tricky Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them.

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