Cynopsis: Classified Advantage
Good morning. It's Tuesday, July 31, 2012, and this is your weekly issue of Cynopsis: Classified Advantage!
Remember when being cool really meant something? Not anymore, too bad, it was a good expression.
There was a time that being cool meant being different, and that difference made you cool.
Nowadays, being cool means being the same, being different is just weird. In the office, it might be the bow tie guy, the guy who wears the seersucker suit or the woman with the tattoos. They are talked about behind their backs, they are snickered at and just seem out of touch with the corporate culture. And that is not only a shame, but also harmful to any and every company.
When you have any kind of institution that believes there is only one way to do things, those companies will eventually fail. Why? Because some odd, out of the box thinkers at a competing company thought of a different way, faster, better, less expensive way.
The old boy's club may not be dead yet, but it certainly is on life support. Business as usual is business going bad. We need the bow ties, we need the searsuckers, we need the tattoos.
Business is changing, more now than ever. The out of the box thinkers, the weirdoes, the formally ostracized are now and always have been the pioneers.
So to all you weirdos out there, keep doing what you're doing. And to all those HR Professionals out there, spend a little extra time with the weirdos, not only will they help you're company, but they are actually pretty cool.
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Each interview is different. The position, the interviewer, the corporate culture, you all of it comes into play with each interview process. However, despite the uniqueness of each individual interview, there are some questions that you're likely to come across more often than not. Having answers at the ready for these questions can help you nail the interview and set yourself apart from the other candidates. Following are the four most common interview questions and how to answer them.
1. Tell me about yourself. Although this isn't truly a question, it is one of the most common ways an interview begins. It may also come at the end of an interview in the form of the question, "Is there anything else you'd like to tell me about yourself?" Either at the beginning or the end, this is your chance to make sure the hiring manager knows what a perfect match you are for their position. Give a brief overview of your career with a focus on your skills and experience that are specifically relevant to the position for which you are interviewing. If their job description said they were looking for a candidate who had experience with X, Y and Z, this is your opportunity to tell them about your experience with X, Y and Z and the success you've had in the past with those skills, as part of a general synopsis of your career. Keep your answer fairly succinct at around a minute in length. A good interviewer will ask you to expound on points they found most interesting.
2. What are your strengths? This question is another opportunity for you to really shine during the interview process. Although this is a rather general question, you should tailor your response to include what strengths you have that will be of benefit to the company and are appropriate for the position you are interviewing for. Have a list of the top three or four items you excel at ready, as well as examples of how you've used these strengths successfully in the past, for other employers.
3. What are your weaknesses? This is probably one of the most difficult questions to answer, yet one of the most common you'll encounter in the interview process. Everyone has a weakness, or something they'd like to improve upon, so don't simply say you have none. That will ring both arrogant and false in the interviewer's ears. Instead, choose a weakness you have and what steps you are taking to overcome it. Better yet, choose a weakness you have recently overcome, discuss what you did to overcome it, and how you continue to strive to not let it negatively impact your work.
4. What salary range are you looking for? This interview question is one that you do best to avoid answering. When it comes to salary expectations, usually he who speaks first loses. Give a figure too high, and you could cut yourself out of the running for the position. Give a figure too low, and you may leave money on the table when you receive an offer. Instead of answering the question directly, let the interviewer know that the position to you is more about opportunity than salary. If you both decide the position is the right fit for you, you are certain you can come to an agreement on compensation, when that time comes.
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My supervisor has given my responsibilities that are clearly his. Since then, he makes a habit of taking two hour lunches and leaving early. What can I do without hurting my own career?
Having your supervisor delegate some of his duties to you can be perceived as a complement and even grooming for future advancement. However, if your boss is taking advantage of this delegation, it can be quite frustrating. Before you do anything, you need to consider your unique situation.
Are these added responsibilities negatively affecting your ability to complete your regular duties? Or are you able to take on the additional tasks without too much challenge. If the latter, then take this as an opportunity to gain experience in new areas that will make you better suited should your supervisor's position come open (which may be likely if he's always leaving early and taking two-hour lunches). However, if your regular duties are suffering, then you need to say something to your supervisor.
Request a meeting and begin with letting your supervisor know that you appreciate that he has confidence in you to take on these tasks. Then give specifics with how these new responsibilities are preventing you from completing other tasks. Ask for his help in prioritizing the old and new duties. Hopefully, he'll then see that he needs to reclaim some of his tasks, because your plate is overfull.
Can I quit my job and still receive unemployment, or do I have to be fired or laid off?
Each state is different when it comes to unemployment rules and regulations. In most instances, unemployment insurance is typically only available to those who have become unemployed due to no fault of their own. Quitting your job is often seen as voluntary unemployment and, therefore, usually makes you ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. However, there circumstances where you may be able to quit your job and still collect unemployment.
If your working environment was hostile, unsafe or unhealthy, you were transferred into an unsuitable position, the employer reduces your pay or hours, or you are a victim of harassment, then you may still receive unemployment benefits. Personal reasons for quitting, that may be acceptable, include: health issues, needing to care for a sick family member, or changes in union rules. In most states you need a good cause for quitting, based on urgent and compelling reasons to maintain your eligibility.
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Music industry veteran, Daryl Berg was promoted to VP/Music at Shine America. In his new role, Daryl will spearhead Shine America's music strategy in addition to expanding the company's music portfolio by developing music-based productions and increasing licensing properties across scripted, unscripted and digital productions.
On Monday, News Corporation revealed a restructuring of its senior leadership team and has promoted Peter Rice up from Chairman/Entertainment for Fox Networks Group (FNG) to Chairman/CEO of Fox Networks Group. Peter will helm all programming and operations for the group which includes Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Media Group, FX, Fox International Channels and the National Geographic Channels. David Hill was additionally appointed SEVP/News Corp. to head programming, digital efforts and other initiatives for the company's operating units throughout Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the US. David will be based in Los Angeles. Furthermore, several executives will now report to Peter Rice including David Haslingden, President/COO of FNG and Mike Hopkins, President/Distribution of FNG; Randy Freer and Eric Shanks, Co-Presidents/Fox Sports Media Group; and Kevin Reilly, President/Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company and John Landgraf, President/GM of FX will both continue to report to Peter.
Here Media Inc. promoted several in its advertising sales department: Joe Landry was upped to EVP/Publishing; Joe Valentino becomes SVP/Group Publisher for Integrated Sales; and Greg Brossia was bumped to VP/Publisher for the OUT brand.
Effective immediately, SapientNitro added Patty Cohen as VP/Group Account Director in the company's Chicago office. Patty will be in charge of developing the account management group and will be involved with strengthening client relations. Before this appointment, Patty was with Energy BBDO where she served as EVP/Client Service Director.
NESN, New England's sports network tagged Joseph Maar to become VP/Programming and Production, Executive Producer. Joseph will head and manage the network's production, programming and network operations teams. Most recently, Joseph was with FOX Sports North (FSN) led the redevelopment of the company's original programming.
Stacey Offman was hired by Jigsaw Productions as VP/Development and Production to oversee the New York-based production company's growing production business and to develop new documentary and feature projects. Jigsaw Productions also added Dave Snyder as VP/Development to develop and supervise new television series for Jigsaw. Both Stacey and Dave report to company Founder/President Alex Gibney.
Lauren Skowronski was promoted to VP/Media Relations at MSNBC up from Director/Media Relations. Lauren heads internal and external communications for MSNBC encompassing program publicity and the overall media strategy. She further is the network's chief spokesperson. Lauren reports to Phil Griffin, MSNBC President.
Los Angeles-based Sean Canino advances to Manager/Creative Development at multimedia studio, Electus headed by Ben Silverman. In his new role, Sean will spearhead the development of scripted and unscripted projects in addition to identifying the acquisition of new projects. Sean will also support Jimmy Fox, Head/Creative Development at Electus and he serves as liaison between the Electus International team and the Head/Creative Development in finding international formats for domestic development among other duties.
Cynopsis Media, a division of Access Intelligence has appointed Denise O'Connor to the role as Group Publisher where she will head the brand's publications, signature events and additional programs relevant to broadcast, cable and digital executives. Denise has most recently served Cynopsis Media as a Business Development consultant on the West Coast. For her new role as Group Publisher, she is relocating to the East Coast and will be based in Cynopsis' New York and Norwalk, CT offices. Denise will further oversee CableFAX, another property within Access Intelligence's Media Entertainment Group. Congratulations, Denise!
Effective immediately, Katushiro Takagi advances to the position of President at Toei Animation Co. Ltd., up from Senior Director. Katushiro has been with Toei Animation for more than 30 years and in his new capacity, he will continue to grow the studio's international partnerships and expand the company into new markets.
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has bolstered its London-based executive team by promoting Jonathan Sichel as Managing Director of the company's operations in the UK and throughout the EMEA. The company's UK-based operations encompasses Food Network UK, Food Network South Africa, Fine Living Network and Travel Channel International. In his new role based in London, Jonathan will supervise the daily operations of the company in the EMEA territory among other duties. Jonathan will report to Bob Baskerville, Chief International Operating Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive. Nick Thorogood, also based in London, has been appointed SVP/Content and Marketing for the UK and EMEA. Nick will report to Jonathan Sichel and will manage content development and strategy related to programming and marketing efforts for the company's wholly-owned and operated channels in the UK and EMEA.
Knoxville-based Jupiter Entertainment is expanding and opening a new office in New York which will be managed by company veteran Matt Sprouse who will oversee operations as Co-Executive Producer. A team of experienced and new production talent will be based at Jupiter New York in addition to Harrison Land as Manager/Development who will supervise development and the creation of new shows. Jupiter New York will be the production hub for two of the company's newest series, Homicide Hunters for Investigation Discovery and an untitled series for National Geographic Channel. Besides company headquarters in Knoxville and the new office in New York, Jupiter has a third office in Los Angeles which launched in 2010. Jupiter's West Coast office manages the development and production of Discovery Channel's series Sons of Guns and the new Animal Planet series Wild West Alaska.
Beginning August 6, Jamie Mottram will become Director/Content Development for USA TODAY's Sports Media Group. Most recently, Jamie spearheaded strategy and development for blogs, social media and SEO for Yahoo! Media and helped strengthen Yahoo! Sports as its Senior Editor for blogs and community from 2007 to 2009.
Digital media services company SpotGenie, Inc. tagged Robert Porter as VP/Sales, Western Region. Rob will oversee the launch of SpotGenie's proprietary advertising distribution services on the West Coast and manage business development efforts in all market segments. Rob will work in tandem with and report to Wayne Dykes, President/CEO and to Rudy Fernandez, Head/Marketing.
Telemundo Media appointed Pilar Garibotto as Executive Producer of the network's weekday newsmagazine show, Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste. Pilar will be based in Miami reporting to Sylvia Rosabal, SVP/Network News.
Later -- John
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