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bookEveryone seemed to like my reading suggestions last week, so let’s keep this new feature going. When I search the web for content, I’m looking for writing advice, where to find gigs, increasing my network, career advice, ideas for this blog, media trends and news, ideas for freelancing and budgeting, and ideas for the clients I already work for. This explains the random range of articles that I’ll feature on “What to Read.” Keep sending me what you are curious about, and I’ll keep finding awesome and educational reads. Here is double the amount from last week’s “What to Read,” from giving gifts with meaning to networking tips and 100 places to find a job.

  1. Social Media Predictions 2009– Exactly what it sounds like and you can download a sweet .pdf. Hint: Web 2.0 is about passion and quality, not quantity (though that is important, too).
  2. How to Blog and Grow Rich– Makes it sound easier than it is, but some helpful tips.
  3. Are all Bloggers Journalists?– A very personal and interesting take on this endless debate.
  4. How to Give Gifts Unconditionally– A very sweet take on cheap and thoughtful gifts (and just in time for you holiday procrastinators).
  5. 8 Job Interview Tips– They are a bit obvious (like looking the interviewer in the eyes), but these gentle reminders are still key interview rules, and this article is nice crash course.
  6. How to Update Your Resume– Again, some are gentle reminders, but all are very important. These tips (like preparing a separate resume to tackle salary history questions), are a great place to start if you are beginning to revamp your resume.
  7. Personal Branding Lessons from an Advertising Exec– Great tips like, “Define and articulate your vision, mission, and message” and my personal favorite, “Learn and grow professionally.”
  8. Top 100 Blogs– If you are trying to get a new job, freelance write or blog, you NEED to be reading these. This is what the world is talking about.
  9. 100+ Places to Find a Job– Comprehensive list of sites to find gigs ranging form education to tech. Lists career building sites as well, and explains briefly what they all can do for you.
  10. Networking Tips– Been following @DailyCareerTips on Twitter. This is last week’s roundup. My fave: “When asking to network, don’t ask for appt convenient to you ask for a time that is “amenable to them across the next few weeks.” If you are on Twitter, I would follow them!

Till Tomorrow,
C

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junk_food_junkieYou are sending out resumes, making contacts and taking on new freelance work, but what about your health? Often we find it hard to put all our concentration towards one thing and be successful at something else at the same time. The same is true of eating right and exercising during a transition period like losing your job.

Here’s a list of what I do to keep myself in check. None of these are amazing revelations, yet we still don’t do any of them and they all can help tremendously.

1- Write it down.
I spend my day writing—cover letters, blog posts, articles—so I write down what I eat, too. Did you have a bagel for breakfast? Don’t have a sandwich for lunch; try soup instead. If you had pizza last night for dinner, have some eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast instead of a toaster strudel. Being able to see what you’ve been eating (don’t forget to include the little things too—like that Hershey’s kiss every time you pass the candy jar), will help prevent you from binging or treating yourself a little too often.

2- Close your laptop and get your butt off that chair. Take 30 minutes to an hour at noon or so for a physical break. I understand that the computer has power over you and you can’t bare to tear yourself away from it, but you must. I have a treadmill and elliptical machine in my basement, so I utilize those during my physical break. But you don’t need that kind of equipment. And just because its somewhat cold out, doesn’t mean your legs can’t move. Take a brisk 20 minute walk around your neighborhood and maybe pick up your laundry while you’re at it—double the efficiency.

3- Sleep at least 7 hours. I’ve talked about this before, but keeping yourself on a good sleep schedule is super critical to successfully taking care of yourself. You can’t pass out to infomercials every night and wake up after 11 a.m. everyday, and expect yourself to get a bunch of productive work done. Try to get up at 8:30 (or 9 at  the latest) and hit the sack by midnight. You will have more energy, get more work done and be doing your body a big service, all at the same time.

Till tomorrow,
C

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ear
(Ok, failed attempt on posting twice in one day. But I was so close…)

Yesterday, while blogging to you about what job articles you should check out, I was hanging in Montclair State University‘s Audiology Department with my ear-loving pal, Raia. She needed some extra observation hours, I’ve got some free time and before you know it, people were prodding my little ears with foreign tools (the good news is I actually woke up on time, so there was no need for Raia to throw pennies at my window).

According to trusty source Wikipedia, an audiologist is “a healthcare professional specializing in identifying, diagnosing, treating and monitoring disorders of the auditory and vestibular system portions of the ear.” That means (most simply speaking) that they deal with inner ear balances issues (think vertigo), deafness, hearing loss, aids and implants.

A second year audiology student was playing with my ears and testing my hearing for about 40 minutes while Raia observed the whole shebang. Since I’m as curious as a cat (a fine characteristic of a good journalist if I do say so myself), I asked a whole bunch of questions from “What is this in my ears? It really itches” to “Explain why you used this specific pattern of words for me to repeat—what do these particular sounds indicate?” My intense curiosity prompted the actual audiologist in the room to suggest to Raia that I apply to the program.

Although this was quite a nice compliment and I love the cochlea as much as the next guy, I can’t help but think such a drastic career change six short months after graduating college is not a good idea. Sure, I went to college thinking I was going to be an M.D., studied pre-med (and cried myself to sleep three weeks into Bio 101) and have dealt with medicine and science in my real life, my whole life (I have a parent with a chronic disease), but does that mean I’m to abandon my editorial dreams and give it all up for the ear? Yes, it would fulfill my desire to help others but what about media?

I shrugged off the audiologist’s and Raia’s compliments on my research abilities and intelligence. Then earlier tonight I was doing my nightly tweets, when I stumbled upon U.S. News & World Report’s Best Careers 2009. There it was—audiology—in slightly large, bold print. Was this a sign?

It’s scary to see the media world morphing and collapsing faster than any of us can comprehend, but as silly as it may sound to others, I know I’m not going anywhere. I’m riding this crazy storm out. People still need the news. People still want information. As long as there is that need, the media will stick around in some form or another, and I truly believe that.

No matter where you are in your career, have you been thinking/fantasizing about doing something else in this economy? How are you handling it?

Till tomorrow,
C

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Banging out this blog entry 35 minutes before my self-imposed deadline of a post before midnight isn’t exactly getting off to a great start. No one said this challenge would be easy! I’m disciplining myself to get all these great thoughts down, even (well, especially) when I am lacking motivation.

Tonight was the season finale of Entourage. Right before the show, I was on the phone with my pal Michael talking about how I feel like Vinny Chase—once feeling on top of the world, now doubting myself without a clue of what my next move is (or in his case, movIE). At the end of the episode, Vinny scored the lead role in a Martin Scorsese film. Totally corny and ridiculous, but I am taking that as I sign that I will end up the star in my own major motion picture (read: dream career).

Next week brings some big things. I should be hearing some news, I will be meeting more people and making more connections. The fruits of my online labor have been showing—some people have contacted me through Twitter and others have reached out on LinkedIn. LinkedIn also has these new guides on how to maximize the site depending on who you are/what you are looking for. This is the link for job seekers. If you are trying to pimp your online presence, I would also suggest checking out Google’s starter guide to SEO.

Ice skating at the Pond at Bryant Park
I leave you with this photo from yesterday’s ice skating
festivities.

Till tomorrow,
C

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Posting vow

I’m making my own challenge—I vow to post once a day for a month. Lots of things have been going on, and I want to share them all with you.

Just because you aren’t officially working doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and enjoy yourself. You are working just as hard (maybe even harder) than you were before, and you need to be rewarded! Today I’m headed to my favorite place in the city during this time of year, the Pond at Bryant Park. After my ice-skating escapades, I’m headed to dinner and then around the town with some pals.

Hope you are all doing something to enjoy yourselves, too, no matter what your circumstance.

Tomorrow I will start posting some news.
Till then,
C

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When you are unemployed, you have to get out of your house/apartment/room. It keeps you sane and makes you feel like you are actually getting some work done. My choice spot is Panera Bread—free Wi-Fi, gingerbread bagels and an amazing chair with a cup holder, gorgeous view of the parking lot and footrest.

Me at Panera I can spend hours at Panera. I get there around 10am, sometimes I get a gingerbread bagel, sometimes I get dutch apple and raisin—I go crazy with it. Then I set up shop in my favorite chair, open the MacBook and get to work (while munching on a seasonally sensational breakfast). I work on my website, apply to jobs, unfortunately read about layoffs at varying companies, read more media news from Mediabistro, I WANT MEDIA, Gawker, etc. (and frequent CNN, obvi) find some freelancing opportunities and work on my current freelance projects. Before I know it, my tummy is grumbling, and it’s 3pm. (Here’s me in my fave lil’ nook at Panera.)

While trying to find some new resources, I stumbled upon some helpful sites on writing, freelancing and blogging.

Check ’em out:
The Golden Pencil

About Freelance Writing
Help a Reporter Out
ProBlogger

If you find some useful info or something that really strikes you/teaches you something, let The Galley in on it!

Till tomorrow,
C

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