Category: Television

March 11, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday--Careers Edition--March 11

The+celebrity+apprentice TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" is back for a new season--and as always, it provides a very interesting look at workplace dynamics. Strong personalities, unfamiliar tasks, high-stakes competition, a very demanding boss, and nearly impossible deadlines make for a lot of drama.

Of course, workplace drama doesn't happen only on screen--anyone who's had a job has faced all of the aforementioned elements at work, and that's part of what makes the show appealing to some people and unappealing to others (who get enough job-related craziness at their own jobs).

(Do you need tips on dealing with conniving colleagues? Read "Beware of Back-Stabbing Coworkers.")

What did you think of this week's episode? Was firing former teen heartthrob David Cassidy the right choice? Or was Richard Hatch, as the project-manager tyrant, more deserving of the axe? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

But first, take a look at five of our favorite career-advice articles from this week:

5. Have you been fired or laid off? Handling that on your resume can be tough. Get tips, in "Job Termination and Your Resume."

4. Or maybe you quit your job. That can be hard to explain, too. Read "What to Say About Why You Walked Away."

3. Unsure about whether a job posting is legit? If it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Read "Help Wanted: Take These Steps to Avoid Job Scams."

2. It's that time of year again: time for spring cleaning. Read "Checklist for Spring Cleaning Your Job Search."

Sxsw_hiring_hubproof 1. Monster is going to be a huge part of this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference (a major showcase of the best new websites, mobile apps, video games, tech innovations, and startup ideas in the digital community). We're providing the Hiring Hub, featuring tons of cool job opportunities--in IT, Web development, social media, and more--posted by companies at the event. Follow @monstersxsw on Twitter for a list of open jobs being broadcast from companies exhibiting at SXSW. If you're going to be at SXSW, come visit us to see what's hot in hiring, check out our amazing mobile apps, and more! Also, before you hit the trade-show floor, check out "7 Tips for Networking at SXSW."

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.

Posted by Charles Purdy on March 11, 2011 at 07:09 PM in Career Development , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , New Media , Resume , Television , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

February 08, 2010

Super Bowl Commercials Recap Around the Watercooler

Last week, I promised to look at how the 2010 Super Bowl commercials tackled the office, and this year it just didn't happen like last year. Perhaps we're all looking for a more optimistic time, and the anger towards the workplace we saw in last year's commercials is not something we want to be reminded of on a weekend when we're watching football -- or commercials -- with friends.


But I'm sure that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of talk around the watercooler about the Super Bowl ads at your work. In fact, the first IMs I received this morning were about's ad (of course) and the Busy Fiddler's Web site.


You can see the Super Bowl ads ranked here on USA Today's Ad Meter -- and it also gives you a chance to see any spots you may have missed.


So which Super Bowl commercials made it to the top of your list? What was the buzz in your office?

Posted by Norma on February 8, 2010 at 04:14 PM in Current Events , Television | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

February 03, 2010

Why Does Work Show Up in the Super Bowl Ads?

Pass the chips and dip, because this weekend I'm ready to hunker down to watch the Super Bowl commercials. I'm sure the action between the Colts and the Saints will be exciting, but for me it's secondary to the ads surrounding all the plays and touchdowns.

In preparation for the event, I've been revisiting some of my favorite Super Bowl commercials from years past. And I am noticing that work is often the main topic or setting for many of these ads. How come?


Take this list of the most memorable Super Bowl spots.'s "When I Grow Up" earns a mention -- who didn't feel for those kids? Reebok's "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker" also made the list -- it still cracks me up; I can't watch it just once.


In Time's "Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials of 2009," the author notes: "The night's theme of workplace anxiety is established." He goes on to list the following work-related Super Bowl commercials as a reflection of how American workers felt a year ago:


     -'s "Doubletake"
     - Bud Light's "Meeting"
     - Doritos' "Crystal Ball"
     - Hyundai Genesis's "Angry Bosses"


Just what makes work such a comical setting? Probably for the same reasons the workplace is the focus of so many sitcoms. Whether you work in an office or not, Americans have a good idea of what it might be like, clichés included. It's a bit of storytelling shorthand, which is especially important in a 30-second spot.


So what can you expect to see in this year's Super Bowl commercials? Get a sneak peek at Monster's new Super bowl ad.


Let's regroup here next week for a look at how the world of work manifests itself in this year's Super Bowl commercials. And in the meantime, share some of your favorite ads from Super Bowls past below.


Posted by Norma on February 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM in Current Events , Television | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)