DIY celebrity!

i had all the best intentions to post a video clip i saw on the today show a few weeks back entitled “how to stand out in a crowd”, but alas, the technology gods and fast pace of the internet foiled my plans (i couldn’t embed the video, and now it’s been taken down anyways). HOWEVER, i did remember the general gist of the piece and of course i want to share it with you guys.

in the segment, a group of stylists and various other folks transformed a normal, every day woman (one of the today show’s producers) into a “celebrity”, complete with a platinum blonde mane, a huge entourage, some paparazzi, and even a tiny dog. as the cameras rolled and the woman walked through the city, countless city passersby were fawning over her and asking for pictures and autographs. when questioned as to who she was and why they wanted her picture and/or autograph, the majority of people had the same general answer “she looked important, so i figured she must be a celebrity.”

now, obviously it would be ridiculous (both unnecessary and impossible) to hire paparazzi and a gang of people to follow us all around each day. but the point of the segment was that ANYONE can create an “aura of importance” from the minute they walk into a room. the key is to really believe that you’re an important, strong person…and most importantly, the perfect person for the job – and others will believe it too. don’t buy it? the next time you walk into a room, decide consciously on a confident, powerful attitude- combine that with good posture, eye contact, and a firm handshake, and you might just have employers asking for your autograph in no time. :)

booze you can use!

Now, drinking alone can earn you some cheddar!

Booze Writers Wanted for Adult Publication (Midtown)

Date: 2010-01-25, 7:06PM EST
Reply to: xxxxx@craigslist.org 

We need a few writers with a passion for booze (spirits, wine & beer.) XXXXXX has recently grown our Booze section, and we are looking for competent writers who can intelligently and accurately review alcohol. If you write well and meet deadlines, more opportunities await. 

We are looking for writers who are willing to do more than just write booze reviews. As mentioned, the section has just expanded and there are other sections that need to be filled: Booze features, Booze advice, recipes, interviews with booze experts, and bar profiles. If you’re itching to write creatively and have a passion for booze, then we’re looking for you! 

We are still a startup operation. There is VERY small monetary compensation attached with this writing position, though you will have the opportunity to suggest a particular product and get that to review without having to buy the booze. This is a great way for a writer to get some bylines and build up their portfolios. 

  • This is a part-time job.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

don’t sweat social media.

remember all the hullabaloo about 2 or 3 years ago when all those news stories came out, telling you to make your online profiles completely private and to basically make any record of yourself unsearchable on the interwebz? thank goodness that’s over.

for those of you saying to yourself, “wait, it’s over?” i’m here to tell you, it’s over. dead. pushing up daisies. extinct.

but hold on. before you go crazy, letting the world see those pictures of yourself passed out in your own puke, pleease note that i’m not saying that potential employers need to see EVERYTHING. however, it seems that these days, letting your style and interests show through in your online profiles seems to do more good than harm.

in an interview for my current job, one of the interviewers mentioned that he’d been looking at my twitter and saw that i was tweeting about the reality show “the cougar” the night before, which they also had watched. yes, a somewhat silly topic to connect on, but it was almost like a “hey! it’s a real person!” and worked to my advantage in that sense.

one of my favorite ways to display some interests is to become a “fan” of things on facebook – in most cases, it can be seen when someone looks you up on facebook even if they can’t see your profile. so, if you don’t want them totally invading your privacy and lurkin’ on your facebook turf, there’s always the option to give them a little peek of what you’re like. so tweet ’til your heart’s content, facebook ’til your face falls off, and love linkedin without fear! just sayin’.

couch potatoes, take heed!

i may or may not have just applied to this…


Wanted: Obsessive “The Bachelor” Viewers/Writers

Date: 2010-01-04, 5:46PM EST
Reply to: xxxxxx@craigslist.org

Don’t lie. All you do is watch TV. Yes, you have a job, but it’s not a priority. The Bachelor? Now we’re talking priorities. So how about this? Earn the right to say, “I’m a Bachelor-viewing professional,” and earn some money at the same time. We’re looking for a talented writer and pop culture junkie to become the expert for The Bachelor – blogging, recapping, highlighting fashions, and otherwise leading web users to what they need to know about your show. Send us a writing sample – approximately 300 words – recapping an episode of The Bachelor. Then, let’s talk. 

  • Compensation: $15/hour
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • This is a contract job.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Job – Stepcase Lifehack

Unsure about your current gig? Here’s a great article sent to me by Twitter pal and all-around fabulous gal Carla Ray Thompson (check out her blog, The Ride). 

10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Job – Stepcase Lifehack.

well, at least they’re honest…

auto-response a reader received from an application. more companies should be so forthcoming, dontcha think?

P.S. We regret that we may not be able to respond to every email. However, if we are interested in your work, we will definitely get back to you. If you hadn’t heard from us in more than 10 days, assume we’re not interested. Thank you and sorry about any inconvenience this may cause.

networking, schmetworking.

you’ve heard the phrase: “it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.” i guess this can hold true, as in the case of film critic, journalist, and tv personality ben lyons (son of jeffrey lyons) and folks like paris hilton. however, for us regular folks – especially in this economy – “connections” often aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be.  from what i’ve gathered from my experiences and those of friends, “informational interviews” with well-off alumni or employees at  companies you aspire to work for more-or-less end with a “thanks for coming in, see you never” or “i’ll pass your resume along to so-and-so.” yeah, i bet you will, right after that meeting and phone call and….you get the point.

so anyways, while connections and networks always have the potential to be helpful, don’t hold your breath and bet the farm on an “in” that may never come. often, the best type of networking happens when you actively promote your personal brand without focusing solely on a specific position and create connections with all types of different people. you never know who may be paying attention when you least expect it!