How to handle word of your layoff

November 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Several email correspondents lately have asked for advice about whether or not to mention to prospective employers that you were laid off from your job, and when in the hiring process to mention it. The basic answer from experts is not to hide this information but not to focus too much on it either. A few tips:

*The “doctrine of no surprises” is an important one to follow with prospective employers, especially in journalism. If they think you haven’t been upfront and honest about something, they are going to doubt whether you would be honest in the workplace once hired. So always err on the side of what we now call “transparency” in Washington. From the start, even in your cover letter mention that you left your job at such-and-such at such-and-such a date. Don’t try to hide it.

*Yet you don’t necessarily have to use the word “layoff” — especially initially, if you don’t have much of a chance to explain the situation to the prospective employer — if you think it may have a negative connotation. One way to say it in the cover letter, especially if your position was cut with many others, would be to give the reasons: “I was a reporter for such-and-such from XX date to XX date, when my position was eliminated with 43 others following the merger of my company with such and such.” That’s informational, direct and also shows that forces beyond your control led to you losing your job.

*When you are further down the road with a prospective employer, provide more information about why you left your job, again so that they know the circumstances. Most employers in journalism these days are only too well aware of how many good, talented people are losing their jobs, and many will be sympathetic.

*Yet don’t dwell on this, and never, never speak ill of your former employer to a prospective one. You want to provide the information they need about why you are on the job market at this time but showing any anger or bitterness to your former employer — even though you are, of course, entitled to those feelings — won’t help you get a new job. Express those feelings to family and friends, not in the hiring process.

*Following up on a post a few weeks ago about health benefits under COBRA being much more affordable currently to “qualified” (there are always tons of rules when the government is involved!) laid-off workers through stimulus funds, I thought I would provide some information for appeals. A few correspondents have told me they’ve had a bit of trouble with eligibility. Appeals can be made to the Department of Labor (link below). While that may take longer than most laid-off workers would like there is a phone number for general advice, and perhaps the “benefits adviser” would have other suggestions. Also, I’m told the government folks are suggesting that those eligible pay for a long term and will be “reimbursed” if they don’t need the coverage for that long. Obviously a bad idea — if you get a job, you’ve given them a free “loan” of your money — sign up for the shortest period available and extend later if you must, experts say!

Here’s that link:

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRA/main.html

*As always, some job leads. Please keep sending them — the best tips and leads come from each other!

*The good folks at POLITICO are listing several D.C. openings on their site (Politico.com) — here are a few that appear promising:

44 Reporter

Available: 11/03/2009

Department: POLITICO

Contact: employment@politico.com

Description :

The POLITICO 44 team is seeking a disciplined, efficient reporter, preferably with White House, congressional or campaign reporting experience, to contribute to POLITICO’s coverage of the Obama administration. This reporter would be stationed at the White House, developing sources and covering briefings and public events to file a constant stream of information for real-time posting on POLITICO 44. Applicants should be prepared to work with multimedia as well, principally to conduct video interviews with officials and visitors to the White House.

Qualifications:

It is POLITICO’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.

Send Your Resume to POLITICO NO PHONE CALLS EEO,M/F.

*Congressional Reporters

Available: 12/01/2009

Department: POLITICO, POLITICO.com

Contact: employment@politico.com

Description :

POLITICO is seeking several reporters to join our congressional team. The ideal candidates will have a passion for congressional politics, a proven commitment to moving quickly and a burning desire to break news. This is not an opportunity to write long-form features or weekend thumb-suckers; it’s a chance to drive the conversation with quick posts all day, every day.

Qualifications:

Experience in political journalism at the professional or collegiate level; established ability to write clearly and accurately on deadline; proven ability to handle an intense, very demanding, fast-moving reporting job; video skills a plus.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume and clips to employment@politico.com, subject line “Congressional Reporter.” No phone calls, please.

POLITICO is an equal opportunity employer.

NO PHONE CALLS EEO, M/F.

It is POLITICO’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.

Send Your Resume to POLITICO NO PHONE CALLS EEO,M/F.

*Web Calendar Editor

Available: 11/20/2009

Department: POLITICO

Contact: employment@politico.com

Description :

POLITICO seeks a Web editor to produce and manage a daily online calendar of events in Washington. The Web Calendar Editor will be expected to track and post Washington’s most important political, social and government events.

This critical position requires strong organizational and web production skills. Duties include reaching out to political, government and social sources, as well as preparing all postings for Web presentation (writing entries and maintaining quality control).

If you have a voracious appetite for all things political, keep a meticulous personal calendar, and love working on the Web, this is the job for you.

Qualifications:

College degree required. Demonstrated Internet publication experience preferred. Proven ability to meet fast-paced deadlines required. Experience working in a political environment – whether in a newsroom or in a congressional office – is a plus.

Application deadline: Friday, November 20, 2009

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
To apply, email your resume, a cover letter describing your qualifications, and contact information for three references to employment@politico.com, using the subject line “Web Calendar Editor.”

NO PHONE CALLS EEO, M/F.
It is POLITICO’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.

Send Your Resume to POLITICO

*National Geographic in D.C. has what could be an interesting management position for the right person….The hat tip on this listing is to paidcontent.org:

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Director, Marketing Partnerships (National Geographic Channel) Posted Nov 10
Fox, Washington , DC
National Geographic Channel
Director, Marketing PartnershipsNational Geographic Channel (NGC) is recruiting a Director, Marketing Partnerships to work with the VP, Ad Sales and Marketing Partnerships. The main function of the Marketing Partnerships Department is to leverage unpaid media assets to build channel and program awareness/viewership and to enhance sponsor value wherever possible. The department also supports Ad Sales revenue generation through creative solutions that maximize Channel assets and partnerships to enhance value, solidify deals and achieve client objectives. This position is located in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities:
• Lead and develop promotional partnership strategy including oversight of the partnership budget by successfully leveraging promotional partnerships behind key programs to drive viewership.
• Lead and develop partner marketing vision by developing and leveraging working relationships with peers and Sr. level executives across National Geographic Society (Missions, Licensing, Home Entertainment, Publishing, Gaming, Feature Film) as well as Fox and News Corp. units (FBC, other Fox Cable networks, Home Entertainment, Theatrical, HarperCollins, TV Guide) to develop mutually beneficial third party cross-promotional opportunities.
• Lead Ad Sales Marketing and sales development for the western region. Manage all marketing requests, proposals and internal sales development efforts.
• Propose and develop strategic reciprocal marketing solutions as natural extensions of ad sales proposals to generate incremental exposure for NGC and incremental value for advertisers/sponsors.
• Manage Marketing Associate in support of partnership and ad sales revenue goals

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Minimum of 7 years’ promotion marketing experience at a media/entertainment organization.
• 10+ years overall business experience.
• Demonstrated record of success building partnerships that increase ratings and drive revenue.
• Strong management and leadership skills.
• Demonstrated expertise in marketing sales and or partnership development though innovative marketing concepts, creative development processes (working in print, outdoor, radio, TV, collateral, and more), marketing effectiveness/ROI and project management.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Negotiation and presentation skills.
• Managing up, down and across including direct reports, peers and senior management.
• Ability to read people and be political savvy.

TO APPLY
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Director, Marketing Partnerships (National Geographic Channel) Posted Nov 10
Fox, Washington , DC
National Geographic Channel
Director, Marketing Partnerships

 

National Geographic Channel (NGC) is recruiting a Director, Marketing Partnerships to work with the VP, Ad Sales and Marketing Partnerships. The main function of the Marketing Partnerships Department is to leverage unpaid media assets to build channel and program awareness/viewership and to enhance sponsor value wherever possible. The department also supports Ad Sales revenue generation through creative solutions that maximize Channel assets and partnerships to enhance value, solidify deals and achieve client objectives. This position is located in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities:
• Lead and develop promotional partnership strategy including oversight of the partnership budget by successfully leveraging promotional partnerships behind key programs to drive viewership.
• Lead and develop partner marketing vision by developing and leveraging working relationships with peers and Sr. level executives across National Geographic Society (Missions, Licensing, Home Entertainment, Publishing, Gaming, Feature Film) as well as Fox and News Corp. units (FBC, other Fox Cable networks, Home Entertainment, Theatrical, HarperCollins, TV Guide) to develop mutually beneficial third party cross-promotional opportunities.
• Lead Ad Sales Marketing and sales development for the western region. Manage all marketing requests, proposals and internal sales development efforts.
• Propose and develop strategic reciprocal marketing solutions as natural extensions of ad sales proposals to generate incremental exposure for NGC and incremental value for advertisers/sponsors.
• Manage Marketing Associate in support of partnership and ad sales revenue goals

Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Minimum of 7 years’ promotion marketing experience at a media/entertainment organization.
• 10+ years overall business experience.
• Demonstrated record of success building partnerships that increase ratings and drive revenue.
• Strong management and leadership skills.
• Demonstrated expertise in marketing sales and or partnership development though innovative marketing concepts, creative development processes (working in print, outdoor, radio, TV, collateral, and more), marketing effectiveness/ROI and project management.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Negotiation and presentation skills.
• Managing up, down and across including direct reports, peers and senior management.
• Ability to read people and be political savvy.

TO APPLY
Click here to apply

*The next is for a digital marketing job at Eagle Interactive in D.C. — also listed on paidcontent.org:

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Digital Marketing Executive Posted Nov 10
Eagle Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC
Eagle Publishing is in search of a Digital Marketing executive with strong SEO experience. One of America’s leaders in the Conservative Journalism and Financial Publishing arenas seeks a savvy marketer with deep search experience looking to grow their skill set by supporting multiple media properties. Working in conjunction with Eagle’s various marketing directors, this individual will set Eagle’s digital marketing strategy, oversee management of all aspects of the company’s search marketing efforts and lead development of processes and systems necessary to establish a world-class search marketing capability.Responsibilities:
• Set overall search marketing strategy for each of the company’s lines of business.
• Oversee search initiatives to support existing and new lines of business as they are developed.
• Develop mechanisms to quantify and measure the impact of SEO efforts, both strategic and tactical, in order to capitalize on opportunities and drive efficiencies in the channel.
• Work with marketing, product development, IT and leadership teams to set goals, refine strategy, and drive performance vs. goals.
• Monitor paid and organic search engine results rankings for all of the company’s web sites and key competitors and identify opportunities to improve results.
• Stay abreast of changes in search engine algorithms and determine implications on the company’s natural search program.
• Research emerging technologies for opportunities to improve internal tools and capabilities.
• Manage outside vendors and serve as the liaison between outside services and internal stakeholders

The candidate must have:
• Passion for Conservative politics and the stock market
• Experience working for a top web property (1- 3 years)
• 3+ years of search engine optimization experience across all major search engines.
• Advanced knowledge of paid and organic search marketing/SEO strategies and tactics
• Proven ability to establish key performance indicators to measure success vs. key objectives, and oversee development of reporting mechanisms.
• Deep understanding of web site usability, design, and A/B and multivariate testing techniques.
• Strong quantitative analytical skills.
• Clear understanding of ROI analysis.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to build strong relationships with business leaders, both internally and externally, while also providing the domain expertise to lead, develop and inspire team members at various levels of experience.
• Bachelor’s Degree (MBA or MS preferred).

If you think you have the right stuff to take Eagle Publishing to the next level of digital excellence, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history as specified below.

Happy hunting!

Jodi

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