When life (and jobs) are like the movies…

December 31, 2009 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

As 2009 draws to a close (good riddance!!) it’s time to think about (not resolutions, I promise!)…movies. So we here at dcworks thought it a good time to look at some films playing at your local cineplex (or to put in your Netflix cue) and to explore them for their messages about jobs, job hunting and work in general.

In no particular order:

*”Up In The Air.” (c’mon, it had to be first!!) Yes, it’s about a (very good-looking man) whose job it is to travel around the country and fire people. He’s good at it — and ultimately makes people think he might actually be “doing them a favor.” (I would’ve much preferred a few minutes alone in a room with someone who looked anything like George Clooney to my en masse conference-room layoff. He at least was smooth!) George Clooney as layoff expert Ryan Bingham makes it look easy, but also makes you think. The takeaway for job hunters: Though the company that’s dumping you isn’t doing you any favors in the short run, a layoff does allow you to look at your life and figure out what you might really want to do. (Hint: It’s a lot easier if you have decent severance.)

*”Julie and Julia.” Julia Child is a bored wife of a diplomat in Paris, so she learns to cook. In 2002, New Yorker Julie Powell, equally bored with her mind-numbing cubicle job, decides to become a blogger and cook all the recipes in Child’s first book. Cute, charming and Meryl Streep makes a fabulous Child! (And Amy Adams isn’t too shabby as Powell.) The job/work message:  neither of these women knew exactly what they really wanted to do but they knew they liked food (Child starts off first liking to eat and learns to cook; Powell perfects her cooking skills and becomes a writer in the process) so they went off in search of a way to turn that into a calling and profession. Start with what you like and what you know. Enjoy the work along the way. Maybe a paycheck will follow.

*”A Serious Man.” The Coen brothers focus their black comedy (circa 1967 in a Jewish suburb of Minneapolis — hey, I lived this life!) on Larry Gopnik, a college professor whose life unravels, bit by bit, as his wife prepares to leave him, his children ignore him, the world of the 1960s is not one he recognizes, and he is being blackmailed by a student. The job/work message: Don’t be Larry Gopnik. Beyond that, don’t count on anything — including your job or your profession — too much; it can be pulled out from under you. And tell the truth — honesty wins out and what goes around comes around, it really does.

*”Up.” In this delightful animated movie, grieving widower Carl Fredricksen ties thousands of balloons to his home and heads out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, and an eight-year-old “wilderness explorer” comes along for the ride. Job/work takeaway: Take breaks and take vacations when you can. Animated Carl never went on the big adventure with his wife. And save for retirement!

*This is the greatest list…maybe ever for job hunters! Via mediabistro.com, which “borrowed” it from some list they’re on…this is a list of their “25 best job-hunting sites.” I have used many of these and recommend them to you. Bookmark alert!:

Just in time for New Years, when you’re rethinking your job search, tackling the problem from new angles and giving it your all, here’s twenty-five places to look for jobs and freelance work. The listings are geared toward journalists, writers and bloggers, but there should be some PR and marketing work here too.

Note: This list came from a mailing list we’re on—and we’re tickled to note that our job board was listed first—but other than that, we can’t necessarily endorse the other boards and we’re providing them here just for your reference.

Without further ado, on to the listings after the jump!


























*And as always, a few job leads — perhaps to make your first applications of 2010. The first few listings come from one of the above sites — the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism:

*Another good NPR opening in D.C. — this one for an editor for Weekend Edition:

Editor II, Weekend Edition (0810105001RFEA)

Category: Radio
Location: Washington
State: DC
Salary: n/a
Work Schedule: Full Time

Develops timely, original program content for Weekend Edition. Serves as a key decision-maker in determining the look, feel and sound of the program, while also undertaking complex daily and longer-term projects. Takes lead in instigating, researching and executing major show-based projects, working closely with Weekend Edition hosts. Provides editorial guidance and mentoring for production staff prepping material for radio and online. Works with Digital Media to ensure the program is pro-active in developing creative Web content. The current workweek for this position is Wednesday through Sunday.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Required: At least six years of experience as a reporter, editor, or producer. Demonstrated writing ability. Thorough knowledge and demonstrated skill in news-writing and sound editing techniques. Considerable skill in feature and copy editing. At least two years of experience in editorial decision-making. Skill in oral presentation. Demonstrated skill in blogging and Web 2.0 functionalities. Demonstrated ability to organize and disseminate information and to coordinate daily news coverage. A broad range of general news knowledge. Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions. Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure. Ability and willingness to work varied shifts. Ability and willingness to travel. Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system. Ability to relocate. In the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer. Preferred: Expertise in editing shows under breaking news conditions. Experience copyediting commentary. Daily news experience. Experience in digital media. Knowledge of audio production. Experience editing on digital audio workstations. Understanding and use of principles of effective management.

How To Apply:
Submitting a resume online at a job site could cause valuable screening information to be missed. Please apply directly at: http://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=216405&company_id=15859&jobboardid=1197 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Email: 216405.15859.1197@openhireresumes.com
Web site: http://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=216405&company_id=15859&jobboardid=1197

Posted: 12/28/2009 – 09:52 a.m.
Modified: 12/28/2009 – 10:06 a.m.

*Targeted News Service is looking for free-lance writers based in D.C.:

Category: Freelance
Location: U.S. and International
State: Wash, D.C.
Salary: per document
Work Schedule: Part Time

We are looking for writers who can pull raw data from the U.S. Federal Register and turn that data into comprehensive news briefs for our audience. We use a very specific style and format and you must be able to understand and comply with our procedures in every instance. These briefs will range in length from short to medium length.

You do not need to have writing experience in any specific area, however, you must be fluent in writing in American English and you must have a schedule that allows you to work daily.

How To Apply:
Contact us at: editor@targetednews.com

Email: editor@targetednews.com

Posted: 12/17/2009 – 01:32 p.m.
Modified: 12/17/2009 – 05:25 p.m.

*Washington City Paper is seeking a news reporter and an arts reporter in D.C. (hat tip is to journalismjobs.com):

December 30, 2009
Company: Washington City Paper
Seeking News Reporter and Arts Reporter
Washington, District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $25,000 to $30,000
Ad Expires:
February 3, 2010
Job ID: 1138660

Arts Reporter and News Reporter: The Washington City Paper is looking for two full-time reporters—one to oversee its coverage of local arts and the other one local news, both online and in the paper edition. The job’s first requirement is to innovate; we are looking for someone who’ll freshen and amplify our coverage by introducing new ways of reporting and presenting content, especially at washingtoncitypaper.com. We’re also looking for applicants who know about story-telling, editing copy, meeting deadlines, working on core special issues, and so on. Interested? Please send your stuff–cover letter, resume, clips or thesis, miscellany–to editjobs@washingtoncitypaper.com. Regular mail: Washington City Paper, ATTN: EDITOR, 2390 Champlain St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 Please put in subject line either Arts Reporter or News Reporter. For a little more information go to City Paper’s classifieds: http://classifieds.washingtoncitypaper.com/washington/Results?sort=&showDisclaimer=Yes&section=&searchPhrase=city+paper&submit=

*And last but not least, APCO Worldwide is looking for a graphic and digital designer (hat tip to creativehotlist.com) in D.C:

Graphic + Digital Designer

APCO Worldwide, a global communication consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., has an immediate opening for a graphic and digital designer within our in-house creative studio. We are looking for a team player with excellent communication, time management and organizational skills. Responsibilities will include working with an art director, creative director and diverse clients to conceptualize and design a range of print and online media. APCO’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, non profits and a wide range of organizations.

Qualified candidates will have exceptional creative abilities and the capacity to integrate message and visual elements. You should have a minimum of 3-5 years or relevant experience and a BA, BS or BFA degree in graphic design, fine arts or a related field. A solid understanding of print production process, working from templates and photo research; strong skills in Adobe CS including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, basic HTML/Dreamweaver & Flash, and Adobe Acrobat; and proficiency with a PC/Mac and knowledge of PowerPoint and MS Office Suite are also required.

APCO Worldwide, named one of the “Top Places to Work in PR” by PRNews, is an award winning firm and offers a collegial work environment, countless training and development opportunities, and a competitive compensation and benefits package.

You can also network with us at http://www.facebook.com/joinAPCO or at http://www.twitter.com/APCOjobs.

Please apply online at:

Happy New Year, everyone! 2009 was definitely a weird year and for everyone who is job hunting, thinking about leaving their job or trying to stay in journalism despite all the carnage around us, may 2010 be much brighter! And remember, in the end, a job is still  a job…If you’re healthy, have people who care about you, reasonable creature comforts and meaning in your life, that’s what’s really important. Thanks for your friendship and support this year, and am counting on it next year!



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