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What’s Your Career Resolution For 2010?

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With the new year right around the corner, we thought we’d ask what you all are hoping to accomplish in the new year.

  • Are you a freelancer hoping to raise your rates?
  • A student who’s trying to land that elusive internship?
  • Unemployed and seeking your dream job—or any job?
  • Hoping to get into the media industry next year—or out of it?

Why don’t you tell us? It’s not just for our own edification; we’ll use your responses to tailor coverage. How ya like that, hm?

25 Places To Look For Work

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Just in time for New Years, when you’re rethinking your job search, tackling the problem from new angles and giving it your all, here’s twenty-five places to look for jobs and freelance work. The listings are geared toward journalists, writers and bloggers, but there should be some PR and marketing work here too.

Note: This list came from a mailing list we’re on—and we’re tickled to note that our job board was listed first—but other than that, we can’t necessarily endorse the other boards and we’re providing them here just for your reference.

Without further ado, on to the listings after the jump!

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Being A Twitter Suggested User ‘Makes No Difference’

Consider this a warning about Twitter ‘gurus’ and “increase your followers” spam:

Anil Dash, blogger and self-described geek, was added to Twitter’s list of suggested users to follow shown to people joining the site for the first time. It surprised him, because “I’d like to think I’m not a terrible tweeter…but I’m obviously not a better tweeter than 99 million other Twitter users, I never asked to be on the list, and it’s never been explained to me why I was chosen.”

He goes on to explain in his blog that most of his new followers probably treat his non-sequitorish updates “like a notice that their new Windows computer has cleaned up the icons on their desktop.” Something random, unexplainable, and nonsensical. Which means: “Being on Twitter’s suggested user list makes no appreciable difference in the amount of retweets, replies, or clicks that I get.”

Why? Because the extra followers (sometimes 2-3 a second) don’t care about him, don’t understand him, and don’t know why they were asked to follow him. He’s noise.

This reminds us of the Wired piece from last month where writer Evan Ratliff tried to “disappear” (while still remaining on the grid, somewhat—it’s not like he hightailed it to the mountains to live off possum and wild berries). As part of his new, incognito persona, he created a fake name with a fake Twitter account. (Of course.) And to make his Twitter account look real (aka “have a lot of followers”): “I set about finding people who would accept my friendship automatically, and soon my profile was overrun with multilevel marketers and inspirational speakers.”

Then what are you left with?

Someone who can give you a job? Someone who will buy your products? Or a meaningless number to trumpet around?

How LinkedIn Lags And How To Fix It

The WSJ reports on the measures 53-million-users-strong LinkedIn is taking to compete with Facebook, which currently boasts seven times as many members as the business-only site.

We’ve already noted their new iPhone app and site redesign, but according to Comscore, in October (the most recent month stats were available), the average visitor spent 13 minutes at LinkedIn during the month compared with 213 minutes at Facebook.

LinkedIn is “not really a community as much as a collection” of names, Brigantine Advisors analyst Colin Gillis told the Wall Street Journal.

To create community and encourage people to stick around, LinkedIn’s CEO is opening up the site to third party apps, and working on ways to integrate LinkedIn profiles with the outside world. For example, the new version of Microsoft Outlook will allow users to quickly see contacts’ LinkedIn profiles.

All well and good, we say, but here’s LinkedIn’s example of a stellar app: “Software maker SAP AG has written an app that allows certified SAP developers to highlight their credentials by adding a “badge” to their LinkedIn profiles.”

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Oh, excuse me, I just fell asleep. Seriously?

We think the problem is maybe just that the 30 million people on Facebook but not LinkedIn aren’t interested in a social networking tool where you can’t manage a farm, throw sheep at people, or whatever it is you crazy kids do on Facebook these days, and LinkedIn doesn’t need to court them. Right now the only people actively on LinkedIn are either looking for a job or looking to hire someone, and maybe it’s okay to stay that way.

Washington Times Sports Section On The Edge

washington times logo-175.gifThe Washington Times is laying off 40 percent of its staff, as it announced almost a month ago, but as of yet nobody knows just where the cuts will come from. The paper’s new management has said previously, however, that the Times plans to focus much more on national reporting, causing local reporters and the 25-person sports team to pack up their desks.

In fact, rumors of the impending closure of the Washington Times‘ sports section are so bad, the Washington Post‘s Neely Tucker reports, that the head coach of the Washington Capitals bid goodbye to the Times reporter after Monday night’s game.

Sources say the announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. Optimists hold out for early February, Tucker says, but “almost everyone considers it a done deal.”

If you know any more, please tell us.

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Careerbuilder: Top Ten Hiring Trends Of 2010

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Careerbuilder surveyed 2,700 employers and came up with the top ten hiring trends for the new year:

  1. Replacing Lower-Performing Employees
    37 percent of employers say they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher-performers in 2010.
  2. Emphasis on Social Media to Strengthen Brand
    Close to four in ten employers (37%) plan to put a greater emphasis on social media in 2010 to create a more positive brand for their organization. One in five employers plan to add social media responsibilities to a current employee, while 8 percent plan to hire someone new to focus or partially focus on social media. (our emphasis)
  3. Rehiring Laid-off Workers
    Among those who had lay-offs in 2009, thirty-two percent of employers now say they plan to bring back workers with three-in-ten either doing it now or plan to do so in the first six months of 2010.
  4. Flexible Work Arrangements
    Thirty-five percent of employers say they plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2010.
  5. Cutting Perks and Benefits
    Thirty-seven percent of employers say they will cut perks and benefits in 2010, including bonuses, medical coverage, suspended 401k matching and free coffee.
  6. Rehiring Retirees and Postponing Retirement
    Twenty seven percent say they are open to retaining their workers who are approaching retirement. Sixteen percent say they are likely to rehire retirees from other companies in 2010.
  7. Freelance or Contract Hiring
    Thirty percent of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2010, up slightly from 28 percent in 2009. Six percent expect to employ more freelance workers or contractors than last year, while 15 percent expect to hire the same amount and 10 percent plan to hire fewer.
  8. Green Jobs
    Eleven percent of employers say they plan to add “green jobs” in 2010, the same amount who said they added them in 2009.
  9. Bilingual Recruitment
    Nearly four-in-ten employers (39%) said they plan to hire bilingual candidates in 2010 and half said that if they had two equally qualified candidates, they would be more inclined to hire the bilingual candidate.
  10. Business Travel
    Forty-three percent of employers say that in their organizations there will be less business travel in 2010 than in 2009.

The same survey found that the hiring outlook is improving, if only slightly: 20 percent said they planned to add staff next year, up from 14 percent last year, and only 9 percent said they planned to reduce staff, down from 16 percent.

Jobs Of The Day: Paste, AOL Travel, More

Here’s ten more jobs pulled fresh from the boards. As always, if you don’t like these, we have more.

AOL Travel is seeking travel bloggers.
Paste is hiring an associate editor.
University Readers Inc is hiring sales execs and acquisitions editors.
Earth, Wind & Power Media is seeking a PR intern.
Clear Channel Radio wants a graphic designer.
Drum! magazine needs a paid intern.
The Boston Courant seeks a reporter.
The Lenoir News-Topic is hiring a sports writer.
Epsilon is looking for an associate creative director.
HUGE is seeking an experience lead.

Last, The New Republic is hiring for its reporter-researcher program; you can find the application instructions after the jump.

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LinkedIn Updates IPhone App

linkedin-iphone-home.jpgToday LinkedIn released LinkedIn 3.0 for the iPhone, an upgrade Mashable is calling “really innovative.” There’s a new interface, improved search, and the ability to exchange (and connect with) anybody you meet who also has the LinkedIn app installed on their phone.

LinkedIn just redesigned their Web interface earlier this month.

Will these changes make you more likely to use LinkedIn? Or do you agree with the Mashable commenter who snarked: “More features for my least-used social network?”

Laid Off Biz Editor: ‘I Miss Journalism Almost Every Day’

The UNC School of Journalism’s Talking Biz News interviewed Mike Nemeth, ex-business editor of the Fresno Bee, in a heartbreaking read.

“Some part of me believes I will be the ME of a smallish paper even now,” he says. “That was my dream. Helm a 40,000 circulation paper and retire, then count kind notes from journalists I mentored.” He also admits, though, that though he loves journalism, “I also like to paint cars, rebuild houses and run marathons. Of course, none of those interests pays the bills.”

Nemeth didn’t have to worry about money, thanks to his wife’s income and a decent severance, and now he works for a nonprofit as a grantwriter. All of which is good. But someday we hope to be able to write a story about a journalist who gets to pursue his or her passion—not some simulacrum that uses most of the same brain cells.

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