Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The worst job on the careercast.com 2012 list is the best job I've ever had


I recently came across the Careercast.com 2012 list of the best and worst jobs.  It’s no surprise that being a software engineer is the new “it” job. The job rankings were based on the amount of physical labor involved, stress level and income of the job.

Being a lumberjack was rated the worst job. I can understand that. In an environmentally-conscience world, no one likes a guy who chops down trees.

For the first time ever, two media jobs made the Worst Jobs list. Newspaper reporter, and Broadcaster.  

Matt Lauer may not think so. He just renewed his contract on the Today show, for reportedly, $26 million a year.

But I know a few friends who have had to redirect their journalism careers because their job in newspapers and TV news are being replaced by digital media on demand. 

I worked in news broadcast  as a TV producer and reporter for 20-years. The job is definitely not a 9 to 5 gig. My job security was only as good as my last story. The stress level is high and, yes, the income fluctuates like a playground sea-saw. 

The physical labor includes, running, standing for long periods of time in different weather conditions. Sitting for long periods of time, and lots of deadline hyperventilating. 

For the bravest of journalists, dodging bullets and running toward danger is also part of the job description. 

My job now, as an online blogger/journalist, is less stressful.
I get to write about topics I like and, my deadlines are not do-or-die events. The only stress I have now is on my eyes and my shoulders, due to countless hours of reading and being hunched over my laptop. 

Gone are my broadcast TV days of running through endless marbled floor corridors on Capitol Hill in search of sound bites from lawmakers and newsmakers.

Gone are the days of standing around for hours, under a hot sun, damp rain, or cold subzero temperatures waiting for that news-breaking press conference or that “must have” five-second-shot of a famous someone, running from a building, to a waiting car.

I no longer have to hyperventilate, in calm despair, as my video editor works his magic to put together the last visual images of a story that is, literally, seconds from going on air.

I no longer have to fake looking self-composed during a live shot, when only minutes before, I was near vomiting, from the stress of nearly missing my cue. The door to our news van completely slid off, into the middle of the street as I tried to shut it, running back from a “must have” interview, at the State Department.  

Me: Go!
Driver/camera man: Get the door!
Me: Go! We’re not gonna make it!!
Driver/camera man: I gotta get the door!!!
Me: Get the door!!!!!

A Journalism career is not for the faint-hearted. It is a 24/7/365 job.  You have to know what's going on in the world. You have to “get” the interview, become an expert on the spot, and have a lot of, “hurry-up-and wait,” patience. There are no scheduled lunch breaks. An ill-planned bathroom break can mean, no story.

On the more serious side, being a journalist can be life threatening. Those who cover wars, and conflicts, have my deepest admiration. Journalists have lost their lives in their quest to inform the world, They are our silent heroes. On May 4 2012, four journalist were brutally killed in Mexico, for trying to pull the covers off the drug trade that has taken over that country.  
 
Being a journalist can be a heart-wrenching job that makes you witness to tragedy. It brings you face to face with victims who allow you into their private lives in hopes that you may help them find their missing child or the killer of their son. They allow you to broadcast their loss and grief after a horrific event like 9/11. 

The rewards are also priceless. You get to meet people from all walks of life and find yourself in the middle of history-making moments like; the impeachment of a president, the visit of a pope, and a president’s speech in the Rose Garden of the White House.    

The most meaningful rewards come from knowing that my coverage of a story helped find that missing child.  Or, that it gave a voice to factory workers who were being discriminated against because of their ethnicity.

For me, the rewards are also, the camaraderie, and crazy moments I shared with the people I worked with, while chasing the story. It’s the second family I generated from spending more time in the newsroom than I did at home.

Being a journalist is definitely not one of the easiest jobs to have. But, it's not the worst job either. It’s actually, job number one, on my list.   









Thursday, August 22, 2013


Drunk History - The Assassination of Julius Caesar by the Coward

I just got back from a trip to Rome. But I did not get this drunk version of Julius Caesar's assassination offered by Drunk History, which I think really helps make it simple.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Women Billionaires: In-N-Out Burger owner is the youngest

Lynsi Torres, In-N-Out Burger Owner, Is America's Youngest Female Billionaire

Go Daddy's "Super Bowl "Perfect Match" kiss scores historic sales for company

Go Daddy Posts Biggest Sales Day in History After Super Bowl Ads Run

Superbowlads

Dell goes private at $13.65 a share

Dell in $24 Billion Deal to Go Private

Forget Coca Cola: The soft drink giant is now banking on orange juice

Coke Engineers Its Orange Juice—With an Algorithm

Coke Engineers Its Orange Juice—With an Algorithm

Do you research your date online?: Find out who does

Nearly Half of Single Women Research Dates on Facebook

Monday, February 4, 2013

Case for U.S. drone strikes against Americans revealed in confidential memo

EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

Ugly underbelly of the Super Bowl: Known as single largest human trafficking event in U.S.

Former sex trafficking victim shines light on dark underworld of Super Bowl

Sex trafficking, the ugly truth of a Super Bowl venue


(Video) Don't be too anxious to get on live TV: You might walk into a not-so-friendly reporter

Advertisers capitalize on Super Bowl outage: Light up Twitter to promote products

How Advertisers Made The Super Bowl Power Outage Work For Them

Super Bowl's other winner: Beyonce

Beyonce Super Bowl performance impresses fans, critics

Love him or hate him: Ray Lewis comes out on top

Amid All the Contradictions, Another Championship for Lewis

What a game! Ravens win Super Bowl 47: Beat 49ers 34-31

Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl 47 Over San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 (PHOTOS)

Joe Flacco

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Job seekers: Thinking outside the box to beat the competition


By: Edie Vaughan

Finding a job nowadays has gotten so complicated. Unemployment is high and competition is stiff.  Thanks to social media like Facebook, and poor decision-making by it's users, very personal inebriating moments, loud political views, and unprofessional fashion statements can easily be accessed and scrutinized by prospective employers.

Non-the-less, if you want to improve your professional visibility, you have to have internet presence on such sites as Linkedin and Twitter

But that’s not even the hard part. Now, you have to be more creative than ever in how you present yourself as the best candidate for the job. You literally have to sell yourself.

Take Frenchman Philippe Dubost. His resume was designed to look like a product on amazon.com. Up to 100 prospective employers were considering giving Paris-based Mr Dubost a job after his creative resume went viral.

Creative: Philippe Dubost has set up an online resume that perfectly mimics an Amazon webpage


Billboards have also become a platform to shout-out to all passers-by that you're hurting for a job. Brandon Stuard, a desperate and caring husband in Toledo, used one to help his layed-off wife, find a job.

billboard hire wife














Then there’s the resume video. Yes, to get the job, you now have to have on-camera talent. This format can be a little tricky, though. It is a slippery slope that can get you fired before you even get the job.

You not only have to “preform” in front of the camera; you also have to have production skills. Or, have the cash to hire a production company to do it for you.

You say: “Wait. I’m doing the hiring? I don’t have a job. I don’t have any money.”

Here's an example of a professionally done video resume.



Professional Video Resume - Shelly


Youtube, the go-to site for all you ever wanted to see and learn how to do, is where many debut their employ-me-please visual resumes. Many are produced with misdirected ambition and can come off as cheesy and end up on the "what not to do" list. 

The video resume performance may get you exposure, but not necessarily the job. Expect to get feedback from the peanut gallery, a.k.a, the comment section.

Reviews such as, "really boring, " and "you can tell your reading." are some of the nicer comments.  Then there's the real professional feedback. Sexist comments such as "She's hot," were posted on the video resume of a professionally dressed and attractive woman looking for a job. 

Here is a video resume that has all the bells and whistles of a broadcast TV production.




This is an example of a self-produced video resume. It's well-intentioned, but runs too long and the production quality is poor.



All you really want your resume to do is get the employer's attention and entice him/her to want to meet you face-to-face. 

You're Hired!

It really is all about putting yourself in front of the right person.


If you manage to impress the right person with your resume, you may end up getting your dream job with relocation expenses paid in full. 

Watch the video resume that got an ambitious young woman hired, on the Ellen Degeneres Show.



Notice that Erica gets the job after her face-to-face interview with Ellen. So, be bold and creative but do it right. And make sure you deliver your resume to the right person.