Warnings, watches and alerts for a snowy weekend

February 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Today I’m taking a page from the meteorologists predicting a historic snowstorm in the D.C. area and offering some warnings, watches and alerts on the job-hunting front:

*First, a warning: The scam artists are out in force and targeting job hunters — the more desperate they are, the more the scammers smell blood. There are outright work-at-home scams (I’ve alerted to these before) but some are more subtle and may be in the form of offers of lists of jobs and accompanying “coaching,” which often consists of leads you could find here or on a variety of job boards for free! Don’t bite! Research any such offer very carefully and ask for names of current clients. If they won’t give them to you (they usually won’t), run in the other direction and never, ever divulge your credit-card number or other financial (or personal) information unless you initiate the dealing or have thoroughly checked out the enterprise and the offer.

Here is a recent CBSMoneyWatch.com post (by my friend and personal finance guru Kathy Kristof) on another work-at-home scam:

More scams targeting the out-of-work…this one said you could work at home. http://bit.ly/cBRt

*On the watch front, the Obama administration (is it a coincidence it’s a mid-term election year??) is focusing heavily on creating more jobs and has several proposals that could benefit job hunters. From marketwatch.com, here are some ways you might be able to take advantage of this:


Four ways to take advantage of Obama’s budget proposals

President Obama is rightly focused on jobs. The lack of them is killing America, and it’s worse than you’d think. The unemployment rate is actually a whopping 17.3% when you consider those forced to work part-time as well as those fully unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

See Jennifer Openshaw.

*And as for alerts, here are some leads to peruse over this snowy weekend:

*These first two leads are for journalism or marketing students looking to get some experience. The first is for a grant with the Pulitizer Center for story-telling:

The Pulitzer Center is excited to announce the second edition of Project Report:
Once again, the Pulitzer Center and YouTube are partnering to give non-professional, aspiring journalists a chance to tell stories that might not otherwise be covered by traditional media. They’ll also get to compete
for five $10,000 grants to work with the Pulitzer Center on an international reporting project.  The details: Project: Report – the second edition – will launch on February 1, 2010. YouTube is again partnering with the Pulitzer Center and the whole program is made possible by Sony Vaio & Intel.  Two rounds of assignments this time. Ten (10) semi-finalists will be selected from round 1 and will receive technology prizes from Sony and Intel that will help them produce their videos in round 2.  The assignments will not only be judged on the quality of the story you tell, but also on the production value of your videos.  There will be five (5) winners this time instead of just one, each winning a $10,000 grant to work with the Pulitzer Center on an international reporting project.  Submissions will be accepted beginning on February 1.  The due date for the first assignment will be February 28th. To learn more visit: http://www.pulitzercenter.org/open.cfm?id=984. Get excited about the competition by listening to Arturo Perez, winner of the first Project: Report.  Arturo calls his experience a life-changing opportunity – he traveled to Jerusalem to tell the story of dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis through the eyes of youth. We’ll post videos of his experience in the weeks leading up to the February launch of Project Report.  Learn more about the first Project: Report at the Pulitzer Center website.

*This is an opportunity for those interested in breaking into marketing — the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation is hosting a summer program in Columbia, Md. Application deadlines are below:

The Interactive Marketing Immersion Xperience (I-MIX):
Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) is hosting a one-week summer program designed to give students an in-depth review of some of the latest trends in marketing. The program is entitled the Interactive Marketing Immersion Xperience (I-MIX) and will take place August 2nd to 6th in Columbia, Maryland. The program is open to juniors and first semester seniors. Participants will be housed at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel. Most sessions will take place at the corporate headquarters of Merkle (http://www.merkleinc.com/), the principal sponsor of the program. This program is a perfect complement to your classroom lessons. Students who attend will expand their understanding of strategic, creative and tactical marketing practices.  I-MIX will also provide students with an opportunity to improve their leadership and teamwork skills and the career workshop and resumè critique will help prepare them for the tough job market ahead. Students selected for the program will be required to pay a $300 enrollment fee for the week-long program.  All program materials, housing and most meals will be covered (students will be required to cover one meal on their free night and all incidental expenses). DMEF will reimburse travel costs up to $500. Financial assistance may be available for students who request it in advance are prepared to demonstrate their need. The deadline for completion of the application and receipt of all supporting materials is March 31, 2010. Since admission to the program is highly competitive, students are urged to submit their applications and supporting materials as early as possible and to confirm that the materials are received by DMEF by the application deadline.

Important I-MIX Dates and Deadlines:
Application Deadline:            March 31, 2010
Acceptance Notification:       April 30, 2010
Enrollment Fee Due:             May 14, 2010
To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, visit http://www.directworks.org/Students/deault.aspx?id=3124

*This next lead comes from Craigslist.com (it’s good to check there every once in a while as they sometimes list openings that don’t appear elsewhere) for a free-lance copy editor for a D.C. trade association:


*The Small Business Administration in D.C. is seeking a writer/editor:

Writer Editor
: Small Business Administration – Washington, DC
Job Title: Writer-Editor, GS-1082-13/14 Agency: Small… and comprehensive. After analyzing internal communication needs, also initiates, develops, and prepares… $89,033 – $136,771 a year
From Federal Government Jobs

*And last but not least, with a hat tip to dcrtv.com, WNAV Radio in Annapolis is looking for a news director:

2/4 – Date: February 4, 2010… Job Title: News Anchor/Reporter… Contact: WNAV Sajak Broadcasting Corp… Deadline: March 1, 2010… Job Description: Full service AM station in Maryland’s capital city has an opening for News Director. Along with anchoring drive time newscasts and managing your department, you must have knowledge of topics of interest to our audience to include: politics, the environment, business, and local sports. And the applicant must be competent on digital equipment, computer use, and have flexible hours. Tapes/CD’s and résumé’s (NO CALLS) to: Bill Lusby, Program Director, WNAV Radio, Radio Park, PO Box 6726, Annapolis, MD 21401. Or a résumé and a short (2 minutes, max!!!) mp3 to jobs@wnav.com. Sajak Broadcasting Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Happy hunting…and if you’re stuck inside because of the snow this weekend, send me some ideas and contributions for next week’s blog posts!


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