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Four Ways to Assert Your Independence Over Technology

email at signThat is, a digital detox. Who’s with us?

With the July 4th holiday of course comes fireworks, barbecues and thoughts of independence. What better way to declare your independence than break free from the shackles that bind. And by shackles we mean technology.

Yes, we know mobile devices make life easier and oh-so-convenient but they also make it oh-so-possible to work when you’re at the beach, on vacation and in the mode to detach and ultimately recharge.

According to a piece on Entrepreneur, there are a few ways to deplug the next few days.

1. Practice mindfulness. Be aware of the constant distractions. Set aside time on your calendar for a distraction-free zone. No interruptions. You can thank us later.

1. Reset your internal cycle. The piece points out, “A detox allows you to impose a cycle upon your technology use — while it’s constantly available, you can isolate your interaction by cutting it off completely and setting a new schedule once you resume using it.”

3. Reflect on your goals. Be still and evaluate our goals and better yet, how you’re going to accomplish them. What actions are moving you in the direction of your dreams? What achievements have you already surpassed? Take time to celebrate them, too.

4. Change your schedule to change your lifestyle. A detox shouldn’t only be a one-time deal. Sure, you can implement it this weekend but why not make it portable for use down the road?

The piece mentions the detox is a way to boost your lifestyle. “People need to have periods of activity followed by a break when they unplug and reflect. Embrace your design: Stay in rhythm.”

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A Social Strategy Could Help You Land a Job

Social-Media-Article1Although most people use social media to keep friends and family updated on the minutia of their daily lives, it can also be an invaluable tool if you’re looking for a job.

After doing your research on the company you’d like to work for (what platforms they’re on, what they share, etc.), create a social media strategy to help make you marketable to potential employers:

Your strategy can be as sophisticated as something based on a classic marketing model or as simple as a plan to send a certain number of industry-relevant tweets a week. What you’ll need is a clear idea of which platforms you are going to use, how you’ll use them and what you want to achieve. Set goals, too, from taking part in discussions and starting conversations with relevant people or organizations, to getting interviews.

For more advice, including social tools that can help your job-seeking quest, read: How to Use Social Media to Get a Job.

New Survey Says 89 Percent of Job Seekers Rely on Mobile Devices

mobile phonesIt’s hard to believe there once was a time when many of us actually searched for a job offline. As in the newspaper!

That’s because a new survey published by Glassdoor reveals 89 percent of job seekers rely on their mobile device to search for a new gig. That’s really no surprise when you think about how convenient it is to search whether you’re sitting on a train for your commute or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. Whatever the scenario, the numbers keep rising. Read more

Four Ways to Leverage Your Google+ Profile to Land a New Job

G+ logoAh, social media. Sure, we’re all on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, but how about leaning on Google+ to self-promote and land your next job?

According to a piece on Brazen Careerist, there are several ways to create a solid Google+ profile in order to get your name out there. Consider this: Google+ is the second larges social network out there. Considering it has over 500 million members, it’s an untapped market if your profile isn’t ramped up. Plus, keep in mind that Google+ feeds Google, as pointed out in the piece. Where do most employers search for passive candidates? You guessed it: Google.

1. Complete the entire profile page. Susan Joyce writes in the piece, “Connect to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter account, blog, employer’s website or even your favorite posts on Brazen.” Read more

Want to Boost Your Productivity? Go Tech-Free & Embrace Stillness

no emailHave you ever felt busy but not productive? Like you’re sitting at your desk for several consecutive hours and yet nothing is getting accomplished?

Per a piece on Fast Company, there’s a strong case for sitting still. Being over doing, silence over noise.

For instance, the writer spent a month at an artist residency in Wyoming. In addition to living off a dirt road without cell phone service and spotty internet connection, she writes, “It was also a dream.”

The New Yorker initially looked at her phone and after a moment of panic she quickly realized that her phone was going to take on a new identity. Yes, it had morphed into a paperweight. Read more

Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWe’re excited to announce tomorrow’s career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST and hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Geoffrey Colon, marketing manager at Microsoft. He is also a subject matter expert on social business and disruptive innovation.

We’ll find out how you can leverage social media skills with innovative digital strategies in order to catapult your career to the next level.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Not Getting Enough Rejections? Your Goals are Too ‘Safe’

rejectionA headline on Business Insider caught our attention today: “If you’re not getting rejected, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.”

It’s time to dream bigger. Seriously.

Chris Dixon, entrepreneur and partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, actually values rejection. Instead of viewing it as a failure, he flips it upside down. Dixon merely views rejection as a way to emphasize his lofty goals. Read more

Top Journalism Conferences for Students & Educators to Attend in 2014

mikeIn case you’re looking to ramp up that Rolodex (sidebar: does anyone really use a traditional one anymore?), look no further.

Dan Reimold of College Media Matters compiled a list of “the most indispensable, regional, national and international conferences in 2014 for individuals practicing, teaching, advising and studying journalism.” Read more

Four Tips to Stand Out at Online Job Fairs

at signYou know the drill as you prep for a job fair. Look the part, dress the part, act the part.

When you’re preparing for an online job fair though the same rules don’t always apply. Yes, you need to be articulate and present yourself in the best light but when you’re not exactly sporting a suit and able to read body language, other cues take front seat.

Per our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few pointers to keep in mind… Read more

A Freelance Web Designer Turned CEO Explains His Road To Success

GabrielShaoolianGabriel Shaoolian‘s success story is at once familiar and entirely unique. He moved to NYC in 2001 and set up his business with nothing but a laptop and some web design experience. Since then, his company, Blue Fountain Media, has generated over $2 billion in revenue by building sites for everyone from AT&T to AOL.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That?, Shaoolian talks about how he went from a freelance web designer to CEO:

Describe the early days of your freelance life.
Well, let me tell you, and I’ll tell anyone out there. It’s crazy. You know, doing this without funding, you lose a lot of sleep, and you lose your life, really. The company becomes your life. It’s not easy. It’s not for someone who wants weekends and who wants vacations. I tell people that you go on vacation and you are still thinking about work every second of every day.

I had no idea what I was in for. I just wanted to build something small. But I realized that I can’t do everything on my own. If I want to do good work, I need team members that are specialized. As Blue Fountain Media grew, I started working on an infrastructure for the company.

To hear more about Shaoolian’s career, as well as his advice for freelancers and entrepreneurs, read: Hey, How’d You Build Profitable Websites For Brands Like AOL and AT&T, Gabriel Shaoolian?

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