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May 25, 2011

What Would You Do -- If You Worked for Mario Batali?

5683807493_1a5d61d22f_z Monster.com has teamed up with Mario Batali as he searches for his new media production coordinator. That's right -- Monster and Mario Batali are hiring for the job of a lifetime, so competition is going to be fierce.

Batali is a critically acclaimed chef and restaurateur, an award-winning author, and a well-known television personality -- the person he hires to be his media production coordinator (whose duties include preparing for shoots, assisting with video production, and basically making sure Mario Batali is able to focus on his job as a superstar chef) will have to be able to think on his or her feet. So if you've applied for the job (or are about to), take a moment to tell us:

How would you handle each of these situations?

1. You’re on location in front of an urban produce stand to film a two-minute setup with Batali, but a large road-repair crew is making too much noise for you to film. You have only 30 minutes to get the segment. What would you do?

2. While reviewing a recipe segment in post-production, you realize that there are extraneous items on the cooking table that shouldn't be there during taping. It’s midnight, the three-minute segment is due by 7:30 a.m., and Batali is on an overnight flight to Rome. What would you do?

3. You’ve accidentally scheduled Batali to be in two places at once -- tapings for two high-profile TV shows: Rachel Ray's and Martha Stewart's. He’s supposed to be at one studio by 9:00 a.m. and the other by 10:00 a.m. It's now 7:30 a.m. How would you handle it?

4. Batali is minutes away from going on "Good Morning America" for a live segment in which he’ll prepare his famous pesto. A producer tells you that the llama from a previous segment ate all the basil leaves Mario was going to use. How would you handle it?

Share your solutions in the Comments section!

Posted by Charles Purdy on May 25, 2011 at 07:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (29) | TrackBack (0)

May 23, 2011

5 Steps to Career Success

 Janet Swaysland, Monster’s SVP of Global Communication & Social Media, recently spoke at an event sponsored by the Global Women's Innovation Network (an organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of women seeking careers in the fields of science and technology). 

At the event, Swaysland outlined five crucial steps to career success:

1. Be clear with yourself.
Know what you love doing, what’s important to you, and where you want to go. For many people, this very basic (and important) information remains unarticulated. Make sure you've put your desires firmly into your conscious mind -- writing them down can help.

"Once you state your goals to yourself," says Swaysland, "they are much likelier to be achieved. Once you share your goals with someone else, they take on yet more power."

But, she adds, it's also important to leave "room for serendipity" and stay open to new ideas and new opportunities.

2. Make it easy for others to help you.
After you've clarified what you want to do, make sure that the people in your network know, too. That way, they know how to help. Swaysland suggests that you "build in checkpoints, so you're accountable": telling other people about your goals can help motivate you to achieve them.

Also consider finding a mentor or coach, and don't be shy about asking for help when you need it.

3. Do a great job in the job you have.
Shine where you are. Even if your current job is not your dream job, it is a step in your career. And almost every job provides networking and learning opportunities. Always be trying to make a great impression, and seek out projects and relationships that support your goals.

Stay busy, but be sure to ask yourself whether you're busy doing the things that move you toward your goals. Swaysland says, "Motion and movement are not the same. Focus on movement.”

Also, don't neglect to document your achievements and your measurable impact -- communicate your successes to your boss and others.

4. Create a presence: "Brand You."
It's important to have a great online presence. The first step, says Swaysland, is to "Google yourself. Get rid of the bad, and then create and curate the good."

A great way to do that is joining (and participating in) the largest and most-relevant professional networks and communities.

Then take a bit of time each week to share your ideas -- via a blog, social-networking sites, and industry forums. Stay active by offering to write posts for other industry blogs, for instance.

5. Give to get -- it's the key to networking.
A great way to get over feeling shy about asking for help when you need it is to start offering and providing help to your network now. You really do have to give to get. Swaysland advises, "Connect online and offline. While sharing your goals, find out theirs -- and offer advice and connections."

She also recommends being purposeful about connecting. Ask yourself, "Why am I connecting to this person -- what can we offer each other?"

And once you establish a connection, stay in touch with periodic updates and news.

(Want more networking advice? Check out "10 Tips to Improve the Quality of Your Networking.")

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May 20, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday--Careers Edition--May 20

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five cool career-advice articles you may have missed.

5. We have to share this New York Times article about putting your job search in the palm of your hand -- with the right mobile devices (and not just because it features a glowing review of Monster.com's Interviews app). Read "Searching for a Job? Try Looking at Your Handheld First."

4. This story, from Monster.com's Advice section, made the Yahoo! homepage on Wednesday -- and it's advice that may just save your career. Read "Top 10 Ways to Get Fired."

3. And career expert Penelope Trunk has advice for you if you've left a job of your own accord. Read "How to Quit Every Job and Still Have a Good Resume."

2. The job interview has always been a crucial part of the hiring process. But in today's intensely competitive labor market, it couldn't be more key. Read "New Rules for the Job Interview" (from Time.com's Curious Capitalist blog).

1. Finally, FoxBusiness.com has some interesting career advice to mull over this weekend: "Career Advice: Don't Do What You're Supposed To." Think about it -- and we'll see you on Monday.

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


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May 13, 2011

What Would You Do? Monster's Worker-Integrity Survey.

What would you do if you witnessed a workplace crime or ethics infraction? Companies worry about this all the time -- they don't take employees' honesty for granted, and they sometimes implement very expensive policies and technology to catch people misbehaving.

But we have good news for them: U.S. employees have are mostly quite trustworthy when it comes to common concerns like theft -- more trustworthy, perhaps, than you might expect. Here are the results of Monster's Worker-Integrity Survey:


We asked, "If you knew a colleague had embezzled a small amount of money, what would you do?" And 85 percent of respondents said they'd turn that colleague in (70 percent would do it because "stealing is wrong"; the other 15 percent just didn't want to risk being perceived as an accomplice). Ten percent said they would turn a blind eye (3 percent said this was because they didn't want to be called a snitch, while 7 percent said it was more a matter of the issue being "none of my concern"). A small minority -- five percent -- would base their decision on whether they liked the colleague in question.

We asked, "How much company property (office supplies, etc.) is it OK to take home per month?" And 66 percent said none -- that "even a paperclip is stealing" -- however, a full 4 percent did say that they think pretty much all company property can rightly be taken home -- that is, "if it's not nailed down, it's up for grabs." Of the rest, 26 percent said $1 to $10 dollars' worth per year (a few pens here and there) was OK, while 4% were in the $11-to-$75-dollars'-worth-per-year range.

And we asked, "If you had proof that a work friend was promoted because he or she was having a secret affair with a manager, would you report it to HR?" And it seems that relationships might make "right" and "wrong" a bit more ambiguous for people: 50 percent of respondents answered with an unequivocal "Yes," while 18 percent were firmly in the "No" camp. The rest were on the fence, saying it depended on whether the promotion affected their own career path.

What do you think of these results? Are any of the numbers higher or lower than you would've expected? Join the conversation in the Comments section, or find us on Twitter or Facebook to share your thoughts.

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May 06, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday--Careers Edition--May 6

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means that it's time for the monthly report from the U.S. Labor Department -- and, happily, the news continues to be good: although the unemployment rate remains high (slipping back up to 9 percent), small businesses are hiring at the highest rate in five years, and that has analysts predicting continuing improvement

And according to new Monster.com surveys, people are feeling the optimism: in a recent poll, more than 80 percent said they were actively looking for a dream job.

We hope you're looking for your dream job (if you don't already have it!). To help, here are five cool career-advice articles from this week:

5. Maybe your dream job is something philanthropic or green -- if so, you'll want to check out the tips in "Non-Profit and Green Jobs: 4 Ways to Find Them." (And if you like to do good in the world, you should also check out our friends at DailyFeats.com, where you can join a community and earn real-world rewards for helping others and achieving your goals.)

4. When you're looking for work, a great cover letter is often the first thing a potential employer sees. So you should check out "10 Cover-Letter Dont's."

3. And then comes the interview! For advice, read "How to Answer the 5 Toughest Interview Questions You'll Face."

2. Feeling overwhelmed by all the new technologies available to job seekers? Check out "Navigating the Digital Job Market When You're Not Tech Savvy."

1. And when you're ready to take the Internet by storm, weigh the advice in "5 Easy Ways to Build Your Digital Reputation."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.

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