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September 30, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 30

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week.

5. One story that got our attention this week was about a new line of Hallmark cards -- for the recently unemployed. Now, sometimes a card is quite nice -- but we have some more-practical way to show a recently laid-off friend that you care. Read "New 'Sorry You Got Laid Off' Cards from Hallmark."

4. With fall come increasing challenges to our health: longer hours indoors and more "treats" around the office are just a couple of the obstalces we face. A new Monster Special Report includes several articles with tips to help you overcome those challenges. Peruse "Stay Healthy at Work." 

3. From our friends at CareeRealism.com, a brief article on a topic all job seekers are concerned with: employer background checks. Read "The Latest Background Screening Techniques."

2. Anyone can say that they work well with others. AvidCareerist.com has advice on how to show it. Read "5 Ways to Show 'Works Well With Others' on a Resume."

1. We'll close out the week with news from the LA Times on a fast-growing new occupation. Read "Employers are Liking -- and Hiring -- Social Media Workers. "


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Posted by Charles Purdy on September 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM in Current Affairs , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 28, 2011

New "Sorry You Got Laid Off" Cards from Hallmark?

Hallmark has a new line of cards for a demographic they haven't targeted before -- people who have recently lost their jobs:

What do you think? Would you like to receive a card after having been laid off?

Now, cards are nice -- but because we're in the business of giving more-concrete assistance to the unemployed, we thought we'd list a few other things that an employed person might do to help an unemployed friend (instead of, or in addition to, a card):

1. Write a letter of recommendation.

2. Ask if there's anyone in your network (on Monster's BeKnown professional-networking app, for instance) he'd like to be introduced to -- networking is important for job seekers, but many are shy about asking for introductions.

3. Take her to lunch near your office, and let her bounce job-search plans off of you -- a friendly ear can be invaluable, as can having a "professional" appointment during the workday. Plus, you'll be able to better help her if you know what her goals are.

4. Find an appropriate colleague to review his resume -- even if it's just for five minutes, this is as much about networking as it is about resume critique. 

5. Invite him to your professional networking events if you can (even if he's in a different line of work, those network contacts can be invaluable).

6. Just keep her name on a sticky note near your computer, so her job search is on your mind -- that way, you'll be sure to keep an eye out for leads!

7. If he's tweeting, blogging, or otherwise promoting his career via social media, help him extend his outreach.

8. If you can help her brush up on any skills, offer to do so.

9. Don't ask him, every time you see him, if he's found a job yet. But do ask what he has been up to, and let him tell you if he feels like talking about it.

Would you like to receive an "unemployment card"? What other things would you like friends to give you to help you after a layoff? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.



Posted by Charles Purdy on September 28, 2011 at 06:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Laid Off? 5 Ways to "Slash" Your Way Back to Work

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Last month, more than 165,500 people were laid off in the United States, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those job losses were part of mass layoffs; some 391 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector alone. A look at national headlines shows that layoffs continue and aren't expected to slow down anytime soon.

If you are (or suspect you might become) one of the unlucky laid-off American workers, it might be a good time to consider diversifying your income sources. In her book "One Person/Multiple Careers," Marci Alboher popularized the term "slasher" for those who can't answer the question "What do you do?" with a single word or phrase. For the book, she interviewed hundreds of people pursuing multiple careers simultaneously, from lawyer/chefs to surgeon/playwrights and mom/CEOs, and found that many of today’s most fulfilling lives are the ones filled with slashes.

While some people prefer "slashing" to maintain control of their own work lives and keep things interesting, others resort to working in various jobs out of necessity. Even if slashing isn't your first choice for a career, now might be a good time to open your mind to the possibilities. Here are five ideas to help you start the process of finding your own potential slash career:

1. Write thank you notes. When dealing with a layoff, gratitude may not come naturally. But Alboher says it's a good time to send handwritten thank you notes to the people who have helped you in your career thus far. You never know; touching base with supportive people from your past may spark ideas of your own or inspire them to call you up with a new opportunity.  

2. Mine your passions. Have you always dreamed of being a chef? Doing stand-up comedy? Owning a bookstore? If you have a nagging dream that just won't go away, now is a good time to pursue it. Even if you don’t launch a full-time business, consider taking a part-time position that would get you closer to your ultimate goal. When a new job opportunity arises, you'll be a slasher.

3. Take a course. Money may be tight, but you have lots of time on your hands. Why not splurge for a community college class on photography, cooking, writing, speaking, music, or some other topic in which you're interested? Get to know your instructor and brainstorm ideas to make money with your new skill. Maybe you could bake and sell cakes for children's birthday parties, perform at a neighborhood club, or sell your photos on a stock photography website.

(For more tips on turning a personal passion into a career builder, see "Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume.")

4. Leave your job on good terms. If you suspect you may be laid off, don't leave in a huff. Instead, "continue to do good work, and touch base with those in the senior ranks who may be able to give you some insights about what is going on," writes Alboher in the New York Times. Making positive connections with superiors may keep you on their minds if they ever need a consultant with your skill set.

5. Fulfill a need. Is there a product or service you wish you could purchase but isn't available? Maybe you want organic dog food you can afford, or an easy way to change the oil in your car on your own. If so, chances are other people share your desire for this product or service. So why not figure out how to make or provide it, and you've got yourself a side business.

Guest blogger Nancy Mann Jackson is an award-winning journalist and corporate communicator who writes regularly about small business, parenting and workplace issues. She has written hundreds of articles for publications including Working Mother, CNNMoney.com, Entrepreneur.com, and MyBusiness.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 28, 2011 at 09:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 27, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Government Edition

Lots of talk this week government jobs -- so this week's "cool jobs" spotlight is on companies hiring people to work for, with, or on issues relating to government agencies.

1. Associate Editor/Writer, Military.com, McLean, VA
If you have in-depth knowledge of military issues, national security, and technology, as well as solid reporting experience, the people at Military.com (a Monster organization) want to hear from you.  

2. Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence  Agency, Washington, DC
For your eyes only! the DIA is seeking candidates who have "relevant experience and/or a bachelor's or advanced degree in political science, regional studies, international affairs, geography, economics, engineering, or physical or life sciences from an accredited college or university; or knowledge in another appropriate area." Foreign language skills are highly desired, so bi- and trilingual folks take note!   

3. Government Research Analyst, Gallup, Washington, DC
Survey says: Great opportunity at Gallup! Gallup's government division "is dedicated to providing research-based consulting and learning and development programs for the United States government."

4.  Executive Vice President, Association of Food Industries, Neptune, NJ
Lobbyist wanted -- be the public face of olive oil in America. In this role, you'll "develop and lead" PR programs, attend trade shows and other industry events, and monitor activities of the International Olive Council.

5. Senior Manager, Government Relations, Orbitz, Washington, DC
You'll go far in this role at Orbitz: "This key position supports a very active government relations agenda in a high-profile sector that is an intersection of travel and e-commerce."


Posted by Charles Purdy on September 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM in Current Affairs , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 26, 2011

83% of Workers Want Employers Who Are "Good Corporate Citizens"

Monster recently asked site visitors, "When you evaluate a job offer, how important is the company's reputation as a good corporate citizen?" And 50 percent said it was a "primary consideration," while another 33 percent said it was at least somewhat important. (Of the rest, 9 percent said this was a minor concern, and 8 percent said this was "not something I think about.")

These results are fairly consistent with a Monster+HotJobs poll of September 2010, at which time 54 percent said an employer's corporate citizenship was important, 29 percent said it was at least somewhat important, 6 percent said it was a minor concern, and 11 percent said they didn't consider it at all. Although the numbers are slightly different, in both 2010 and 2011, a total of 83 percent falling in the "important" or "primary consideration" category. 

What does being a "good corporate citizen" mean to you? How do you evaluate a company's citizenship when you're considering a job offer? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

September 23, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 23

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week.

5. Early this week, CareeRealism posted an article that might be of interest to older -- or, rather, more mature ... or perhaps just overqualified -- workers. Read "How Do I Avoid Revealing My Age in a Resume?"

4. We, too, were sharing resume advice for the worker of a certain age. Read "Five Ways to Rejuvenate Your Resume." 

3. Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail published (via Forbes.com) some very helpful resume advice on jargon and buzzwords that can send your resume right into the No pile. Read "Cliches to Ditch on the Job Hunt."

2. We've just been through the Autumnal Equinox -- there's no more denying that summer is over and fall is here. Monster.com has a great collection of articles appropriate to the season. Peruse "Get Back into the Swing of Things with Your Career.

1. And now to close the week with some advice and encouragement -- U.S. News and World Report is here to help people who spent at least part of this week waiting by the phone for that hiring manager to call. Read "Why It's Taking So Long to Hear Back After Your Job Interview."

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.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM in Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

September 22, 2011

Networking in the Age of Social: 5 Minutes with Ryan Paugh

By Matt Cooney (originally published on Monster's BeKnown Blog)

What does "community" mean in the world of social networks? How can you involve yourself in and manage a community online? For answers to questions like these and more, we’re delighted to welcome Ryan Paugh, community-building expert and a cofounder of Brazen Careerist -- "the #1 social network for Generation Y" (Mashable) -- to the upcoming discussion "Networking in the Social Age."  Ryan recently helped our social media team with the launch of BeKnown, the fast-growing professional network on Facebook, and has been featured as a GenY thought leader in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Associated Press. Monster's "Networking in the Social Age” panel discussion will take place at 7:00 pm on September 28, at the British Consulate in Cambridge, Mass. Register for the discussion via this link -- tickets are free and space is limited to 50. The event can be followed online via Twitter at @BeKnown and @MonsterWW, via Facebook, and via the BeKnown blog.

Monster: What is your background?
Ryan-Paugh1 Paugh: I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism in 2006.  I spent one year working for Merck Pharmaceuticals in Corporate Communication.  It was during that time that I started getting involved with social media.  The first step I took in building an online professional network was starting a blog and it was through that blog that I met Penelope Trunk and Co-Founded my first startup, Brazen Careerist, a place where ambitious young professionals go to connect and grow.

Since leaving day-to-day operations at Brazen Careerist, I started my own consultancy called Community Karma, LLC and have been helping companies (including Monster.com) build engaging online communities.  I have also taken on a role with the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) as their Community Director and Chief Of Staff.

Monster: What is your expertise?
Paugh: My passion is community building, which started when I assumed the role of Community Director at Brazen Careerist.  Since, then I have helped over a dozen organizations build communities for connecting with their brand advocates and customers.

Being in the startup world means that on any given day you are assuming many roles. Beyond community building, I spend a lot of time managing day-to-day operations at the companies I work with, building mock-ups for new products and managing  our development teams and brainstorming strategies for making the organizations that I work for more successful.

Monster: For someone to thrive in social networking, what should they do?
Paugh: If you truly enjoy helping people then you will be a natural.  Social networking is about creating relationships through giving.  Find people who you admire and you think you can help.  Offer to do something for free that will make their lives or their businesses better.  Most people that I have done this for have been good-hearted individuals and have reciprocated by doing something valuable for me in return.

Monster: How do you see social media evolving?
Paugh: I think exclusivity is going to become more important to people as time goes on. The Web is such an open place.  You can gain access to virtually anything and anyone at the click of the mouse.  In a way this is a wonderful thing, but it is also a big distraction.

For me, as an entrepreneur, what has become more important to me than my social networks on Facebook and Twitter are niche groups where not everyone can join.  I think that whoever figures out how to provide people with access to the best people and the best services, without all the noise, is going to make a lot of money.

Monster: What interests you at the moment?
Paugh: Entrepreneurs.  The job market has been a mess for awhile now and I believe that entrepreneurship is the solution that America is looking for.  Through the YEC, we’re doing a lot to advocate youth entrepreneurship as both a solution to unemployment and underemployment.  We’re urging the government to do more to support these people and, consequently, create more jobs.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 22, 2011 at 03:38 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 21, 2011

Mario Batali Hires New Media Production Coordinator through Monster.com

Mario Maynard, Mass., September 21, 2011

World-renowned chef and restaurateur Mario Batali announced that he has hired Drea Bernardi as his new Media Production Coordinator through Monster.com,the leading job-matching engine and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW).

Successfully finding great candidates for a high-profile employer dramatizes how companies can meet their talent goals with innovative recruiting solutions to find the proverbial "needle in a haystack." Monster developed a strategy for Batali's new position that attracted over 1 million job views and nearly 50,000 resumes from multiple talent sources in 55 days, and then the "perfect fit" was identified through Monster’s award-winning 6Sense search technology.

"When I met Drea, I realized she was such a good fit that it's almost as if the job description was written just for her," said Batali, referring to the position that called for a candidate who wanted to break into new media; had a shared passion for food, wine, and travel; and spoke Italian. "I'm impressed that Monster.com found me the perfect match for this job, no small feat considering the massive amount of resumes they needed to sift through for this position."

Even an exciting opportunity such as Batali's new position requires more than any one tactic to reach a robust group of relevant candidates. Monster used its Career Ad Network to attract candidates with an interest in Batali's trifecta of food, Italy, and media. Social media, CRM, and online branding rounded out the recruiting strategy. Then came the challenge of filtering through tens of thousands of resumes. To accomplish this, the Mergis Group used Monster’s 6Sense semantic search technology to find the top 50 best-matched candidates for the job. Candidates were then evaluated and narrowed down to the final five applicants who Batali personally interviewed before making his final selection.

"We are thrilled to have found Mario the perfect hire for the position," said Ted Gilvar, EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Monster. "This is an illustration of how our 6Sense technology not only improves the efficiency of hiring, but finds people with amazing experience and qualifications. We found an Italian-speaking, food-loving New Yorker who lived in Venice, degreed in Mass Media with a concentration in production, with experience at producing cooking content. Now that's precision."

In her new role, Bernardi will aid Mario Batali in all activities relating to upcoming media (TV) and new media (Web-based) projects. She will get the exciting opportunity to work side-by-side with Mario Batali and his team, assisting in all aspects of production including research, logistics, and frequent travel -- and in the process, she will be learning from a visionary talent.

"I've always admired Mario Batali and want to thank Monster.com for helping me land my dream job," said Bernardi, the new Media Production Coordinator with Mario Batali. "This is exactly what I wanted to be doing with my career, and I am eager to get started with Mario."

This newest Cool Job example with Mario Batali comes on the heels of Monster.com's collaboration with Aflac to help search for a new voice for the famous Aflac Duck.  Monster previously worked with popchips and their President of Pop Culture, Ashton Kutcher, to find a VP of Pop Culture and also used its 6Sense technology to help Alicia Keys find a head blogger. 

Get career advice from Mario Batali in "A Recipe to a Happy Life: Finding Your Truth."

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 21, 2011 at 02:16 PM in Current Events , Food and Drink , Job Search , New Media , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 20, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Emmys Edition

Last Sunday's Emmy Awards may have got you daydreaming about a career that'll land you on the red carpet -- but there are plenty of great jobs behind the TV scenes, too. In honor of the Emmys, here are this week's cool jobs -- just a handful of the more than a million jobs posted on Monster.com

1. Publicist, Nickelodeon (New York City)
If you've got "three or more years of TV industry publicity experience," you might just get to work with SpongeBob! MTV Networks is hiring a publicist to "manage and execute media relations activity for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family."

2. Senior Assignment Editor, ESPN (Bristol, CT)
If you've got strong editorial skills, a love of sports, and eight or more years' experience in TV or a related field, you might just be ESPN's next most valuable player.

3. Talent Acquisition Recruiter, NBC Universal (New York City)
Help cast the company's new stars at NBC: the person in this role is responsible for "identifying top tier talent, maintaining proactive sourcing activities, and ensuring qualified and diverse applicant pools."

4. Producer - Corporate Presentations, Home Shopping Network (St. Petersburg, FL)
If you're someone who can "creatively write, produce, and direct visually compelling presentations for internal and external executives," act now to nab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at HSN.

5. Senior Director, Online Marketing, Golf Channel (Orlando, FL)
Fore! If you've got a college degree and 8 to 12 years of relevant work experience in marketing new media brands, this job could be your hole in one.

Your dream job not on the list? Well, we've got a million more job posts on Monster.com. Use our intelligent advanced job search features to pinpoint the perfect job for you. And for daily career advice and more cool-job updates, follow @monstercareers on Twitter.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 20, 2011 at 05:04 PM in Careers at 50+ , Current Events , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 19, 2011

On Leadership: 5 Tips for Improving Communication

In the super-connected times we live in, people can share every aspect of their lives in real time via social media. They can record all their personal ups and downs on their blogs. We can all call, text, or email anyone -- family, friends, coworkers, and managers -- at any time. Are you experiencing communication overload? If not, you're among the very few.

According to OfficeMax cofounder and former CEO Michael Feuer, the author of the new book "The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition," innovations in communication sometimes make it more difficult to get your point across.

"Since we can say as much as we want in multiple forums these days, almost everyone -- including businesspeople -- provide too much information (or TMI) in their exchanges," says Feuer. "In many organizations, the art of cutting to the chase has been lost."

The lessons he has learned have convinced him that a great leader's management style should mirror that of a benevolent dictator. This, he says, is not as scary as it sounds, because the "dictator" side of you calls the shots and makes the difficult decisions, while the "benevolent" side makes sure to put the interests of the organization, your team, and your customers ahead of your own. And part of being a benevolent dictator is requiring clear, concise communication at all levels, so that key decisions can be made quickly and effectively.

Here are five of Feuer's tips for making your own communication more concise and effective, while inspiring the same communication styles in your organization:

Be clear about what you need. The first step in encouraging concise communication is to be straightforward about what you need. Don’t expect your team members to pick up on the hints that you’re dropping. (In other words, if you don't want to read between others' lines, don’t force them to do so with you.) Remember, though, that one size doesn't fit all, so you may have to infuse your cut-to-the-chase request with humor or compliments to soften the message.

"When someone is giving me way too much information, I politely interrupt and tell him that I recognize him as an expert on the subject matter being discussed," Feuer shares. "Then I say that since I know it's a given that this person knows his stuff, I merely need a short sound bite. Usually, this strategy soon leads to more frequent one- or two-sentence summaries."

Talk through conversations. While you can't control every word that comes out of your team members' mouths, you can establish standards of what is appropriate. Tell them that brevity and clarity are key, and point out that these things will set your organization apart from the competition. After all, clients and callers will appreciate the chance to do as much talking and question-asking as they want.

"Also consider asking your employees to end all conversations and messages with a tagline that expresses your organization’s best attribute," suggests Feuer. "Some tried-and-true examples are 'Your satisfaction is our number-one priority,' and 'Getting to the point makes us better.' At Max-Wellness, our branding tagline is simply 'Be well.' I've found that clients respond better to these than gratuitous endings like 'Have a stupendous day.'"

Get frequent updates from key people. (Simply put, micromanage.) Somewhere along the line, "micromanage" has become a bad word. It conjures up images of bosses who can't delegate, who don't trust their team members, and who don't give employees room to do their best work. No, you shouldn't do your team's work for them, but according to Feuer, you should get regular (and, of course, succinct!) updates from key people. These fast-and-frequent communications allow you to keep your finger on your organization's pulse.

"When you know what's happening in real time, you can accelerate your organization's growth and prevent garden-variety problems from snowballing into disasters of Biblical proportions," explains Feuer. "During the first 18 months of OfficeMax, I required every store to call my home seven nights a week to give me sales figures, which I recorded in a ledger. This ritual helped me to manage our growth by knowing our daily cash flow, with an emphasis on accounts payable down to the last few dollars. This protocol not only accelerated our growth but set a management style for executives to operate in a similar know-what’s-happening fashion. Don't underestimate the importance of remaining aware of the flow of factual information!"

Use your negatives sparingly. Say you're telling your team everything they need to know, but you still aren't getting the results you want. What gives? Well, the problem might lie in how you’re delivering that cut-to-the-chase sound bite. Think about it: How many of your announcements start with a negative, followed by a litany of unpleasant consequences? (For example, "If we don’t increase sales next month, we'll have to start letting people go.")

"Many leaders think that this style is more forceful and expedient, but it's actually counterproductive," says Feuer. "If you make too many of these negative announcements, your employees will be motivated only by fear and desperation -- at least in the beginning. As time goes on (and presumably, a majority of your threats don't come to pass), your team will come to see you as a knucklehead, and they'll start to ignore your message altogether."

Look in the mirror. The Golden Rule -- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- definitely applies to leadership and business. It's always a good idea to treat your team as participants and partners in whatever you're doing ... not just as people to blame when something goes wrong. Remember that they appreciate appropriate amounts of respect and praise, and that they also enjoy being given credit for having the ability to grasp the obvious.

"If you’re not getting the results you want, you might be the problem," Feuer says. "Leaders, especially those nearer to the top of the organizational hierarchy, sometimes forget how it felt to be directed. Ask yourself how you'd want to be told to do something important. Chances are it wouldn't be to do XYZ, or face dire consequences without any further explanation. When you're open about what's at stake and use a logical, positive tone, you'll probably find that your communications take root and grow!"


Posted by Charles Purdy on September 19, 2011 at 03:47 PM in Books , Career Development | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)