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New Report Says Facebook Isn’t Reliable to Judge Potential Stellar Employees

fb logoIf employers want to do their due diligence on potential new hires, they should just scope out your Facebook page, right?

Um, not quite. Per Forbes, rsearchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University and Accenture got 416 college students involved in their study. The students were applying for full-time employment and agreed to participate which meant researchers captured screenshots of their Facebook walls, info pages, photos and interests.

Next, the researchers asked 86 recruiters in attendance at the school’s career fair to review the Facebook pages and judge the job seekers’ personality traits. Oh yeah, they also had to rate how employable the candidates seemed. Keep in mind judgments were based on Facebook alone; resumes and transcripts were not included. A year later researchers followed up with the graduates who had landed jobs. Actually, the researchers asked the grads’ supervisors to review job performance. Although only 34 percent of supervisors from the original job pool got involved, the small number isn’t as significant as the findings.

One of the researchers wrote, “Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance.” Read more

News Anchor Publicly Announces Resignation in ‘#Xmas Jammies’ Video

If you’re among the 12 million YouTube viewers of the hilarious tongue-in-cheek Christmas card video by the Holderness family of Raleigh, you’re not alone. This spoof on traditional holiday cards mentioned that Penn Holderness will resign from his role as local news anchor.

In the video his wife rapped, “The biggest thing is what happens next — as of next month, he’s stepping off the anchor desk. It’s the biggest decision of his life, he’s going to step off the desk and come work with his wife!”

All we can say is bravo for their ingenuity and not-so-shameless plug of their next venture, a video production company called The Green Room.

And on that note, happy holidays to all and to all a good night.

Fired PR Executive Issues Apology Regarding Her Tweet: ‘I Am Ashamed’

new_twitter_logoWe can’t even imagine what was going through Justine Sacco’s head on Friday when she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

We have no words. Seriously.

The senior director of corporate communications working for Barry Diller’s company, IAC, was promptly dismissed. Per her LinkedIn profile, she was promoted to that position in July. Prior to that, she served as director of corporate communications since September 2011. Read more

Copywriter in Indonesia Dies After Working 30 Consecutive Hours

helpThis story broke our heart.

Mita Diran, a 24 year-old copywriter in Indonesia, passed away on Sunday after clocking 30 consecutive hours in her office.

According to The Epoch Times, she collapsed onto the floor and then slipped into a coma. Adding insult to injury, the employee of Young & Rubicam in Jakarta tweeted regularly about her intense schedule.

Just last month she tweeted, “Home before midnight after three long, exhausting weekends. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.”

Per the piece, one of her father’s employees attributed the death to “too much of overtime working, and too much kratingdaeng attacks her heart.” Read more

How to Unplug for the Holidays

rookiefreelancing1Anyone doing a digital detox for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. We’re going to try to at least limit our usage somewhat but now that we think about it, we don’t have a concrete action plan.

Lucky for us, the folks at Mashable created one. Incorporating a variety of strategies into their game such as “internet eraser” and “the login liquefier,” there’s one that truly resonated with us.

Yes, the “workaholic’s withdrawal.”  Read more

LinkedIn Outlines Top Overused Buzzwords of 2013

buzzwordsIf you’ve perused several LinkedIn profiles in the same sitting, you may notice a trend. Check that, a responsible trend.

After all, “responsible” is the most overused buzzword on their site according to their recent survey. Looking at their 259 global members, they noticed the word responsible was used twice as often as its number two buzzword, strategic. Read more

Glassdoor Announces Best Places to Work in 2014: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google Land in Top 10

ribbonAs 2013 quickly comes to a close, there’s nothing quite like looking to the future, right?

Glassdoor released its Employees’ Choice Awards by announcing the 50 best places to work in the new year. Considering winners were determined by their own employees, what better way to get the inside scoop than from current workers?

The 18-question survey was sent to U.S. employees and the ranking was determined by looking at the cumulative ratings from the 500,000 employees from last November to this November. Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with their employer as well as other factors like compensation and benefits and work-life balance. Read more

New Survey Reveals Majority of Workers Succumb to Cyber Monday Shopping (at Work)

cyber mondayAh, we know the drill.

You’re at work. A click here, a click there, a click everywhere. After all, it’s Cyber Monday and there are steals and deals to be had!

As per a new CareerBuilder survey (via AOL Jobs), 54 percent of employees expect to spend some time today shopping online for the holidays. This is an increase compared to 49 percent from 2012.

We’re not going to get preachy here to say you should wait until lunchtime or a break before you hop online but we will say to watch the clock so a lot of your day isn’t eaten up by online purchases. Your wallet will thank you and also your boss. One out of five workers will apparently spend between one and three hours browsing for deals during the holiday season and 10 percent will spend more than three hours. Read more

Journalists & the JFK Remembrance: How Times Have Changed

american-flag-2aAs journalists from Europe, Asia, Latin America and yes, our country arrived in Dallas to mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, it gives us pause.

It’s one of those events that people will always remember where they were and what they were doing when they found out the president had fallen. For our older generations it’s this assassination. For slightly younger ones like your friends here at MediaJobsDaily, it was the horrific day, 9/11.

So, imagine doing your job as a journalist on the scene in a completely different world in 1963. No Twitter. No Instagram. Just you and a spiral notebook. Read more

Interns Who Sued Admit to Challenges Landing Full-Time Jobs

job searchDiana Wang sued Hearst, parent company of Harper’s Bazaar, for an unpaid internship but now, per a piece on CNN Money, she’s selling granola in Columbus, Ohio.

Wang admits to challenges in landing full-time employment in the big apple. Whenever potential employees Google her, they see that lawsuit. Although she says in the piece it’ll “be worth it in the end” and she doesn’t have any regrets in suing, there’s a tarnished record online.

She states in the piece, “I knew from the beginning that it could be really ugly for me….I must seem like a happy lawsuit type of person…without knowing me, I can see why they would write me off.” Read more

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