July 7, 2013

Emerging Occupation: Digital Journalist

Journalism is simultaneously a declining and emerging field.  Oh great, you may say, just what I need: more uncertainty in my life.  The mainstream print  and broadcast media continues to shrink. Newspaper employment, for example, is down about 5% over the past year. Paradoxically, however the number of employed journalists is rising.   Over the past year, the number of “news-analysts”, reporters and correspondents is up 23%, according to analysis by South Mountain Economics and 21st Century […]
July 3, 2013

System Administrator or Spy: What Do Job Titles Really Say?

When it comes to titles and job names, misnomers abound.  They can lead to confusion and even, deception.  In turn, erroneous titles make it very difficult for you to identify yourself and to search for jobs. Take the case of Edward Snowden who leaked classified documents about national security surveillance. He has been referred to as a system administrator, a person who ensures that a variety of systems work together smoothly.  But Snowden said he […]
June 25, 2013

Innovations Hold Promise for Recent College Grads

Today, we’re starting a new series on jobs for 20 something college grads. The last several years have been tough for recent grads.  We’ve all heard the news: a college diploma is no guaranty of a job.  Sometimes, all it seems good for is qualifying you for a job that doesn’t need a college grad in the first place. However, as some innovations in biotech, big data, energy, health and other come to fruition, they […]
June 13, 2013

Negotiating a Flex Job

How can you negotiate to turn a full-time job into a flexible position?  Research the different flex time options and the challenges your selected companies are facing. Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line (2010) gives advice on setting up flexible arrangements.  To implement this strategy, you will need to network with enthusiasm and communicate with your family for ongoing support. Remember you’re just trying to get back in the […]