Those Unpaid Interns: Risky business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Craigslist help wanteds still carry myriad ads for unpaid interns. A number of disgruntled former unpaid interns had filed lawsuits - and won.   So risky this situation has appeared to Conde Nast that, after being sued, it had established the policy of not hiring unpaid interns.

Competing for Assignments/Jobs - Those Unpaid, Time-consuming Tests

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Recently a media outlet focused on the ad world demanded a three-hour unpaid test to compete for assignments paying $25 for a whole bunch of research and high word count. But, sometimes there's enough money and long-term opportunity to take those unpaid tests.

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[Unpaid] Experience in Speechwriting

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Those in the Norfolk, Virginia area can break in through unpaid speechwriting for a local campaign.  "So how do I break into speechwriting?" " That's a question readers of this blog constantly ask.    Now I have a concrete answer.    We are our portfolios.    This will provide samples.    Here are the details.

Unpaid Interns/Bloggers: Is this a domestic Foxconn heating up?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unpaid interns/bloggers are proving to be more trouble to organizations than the expenses they might be saving.  I look at the risk shareholders face when they invest in companies which contract with unpaid help. 

Those 8000 new Huffington unpaid Patch bloggers: Develop niche expertise

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  According to Jeff Bercovici in FORBES , 8000 unpaid bloggers are being recruited by Huffington's hyper-local Patch.    Our mirror neurons or that part of our wiring which is the platform for human empathy are not working overtime on this one. 

The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development

Speaker Launcher

By definition it means to obtain information or input into a particular task or project by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet. Crowdsourcing is one of those buzzwords we all hear tossed around these days.

Writers: How you/your school can talk employers into unpaid internships

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The problem is that the new Department of Labor regulations on those unpaid internships make it illegal for organizations to use us as regular interns without paying us.  But there are ways that we or our school can configure the internship in order to have organizations allow us in - unpaid.  Experience, along with contacts, is the new game. 

Here's the deal: Paid greeter at Wal-Mart or Unpaid Public Affairs Intern at Columbia Law School

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a growing controversy: Should someone gain workplace experience by seeking out paid work, any kind, or by taking an unpaid internship in a prestigious institution.    It is seeking an unpaid Intern for its Public Affairs, 10 to 20 hours a week.    The latter, of course, provides access to power and that could be useful if you are young and attractive.

Guest post: The Woman Speaker Slot

The Eloquent Woman

There’s plenty to be said on fixing the problem of poor representation of women in tech, but there is one thing I am relatively certain will not fix anything, and that is asking women to do extra unpaid work.

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The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

One of the most difficult habits to change for part-time or unpaid speakers (those of you who speak occasionally as part of your job or for community events) is the habit of not practicing, or waiting until the last minute to practice a presentation.

Real Magic by Nana Danso - A Book Review

Speak and Deliver

Disclaimer - I was sent a review copy of Real Magic by the author, but this review is unpaid, and all links are non-affiliate.). As I''ve said before - every speaker should have a book.

InsideDailyBrief - Corridor of Shame

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It has become standard to warn those considering applying for an assignment or a job that the process will entail actual work - unpaid. Unpaid. At the front end, applicants should be alerted that they will have to invest unpaid actual work in the application.

Talent Inc. - Beware

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I do not take unpaid test assignments. Had I been warned at the beginning of the application that an unpaid test was part of the process I wouldn't have even started with it. Talent Inc. posted a help-wanted for a resume writer on Flex Jobs. 

Content Marketing - Be Interactive (8 Musts)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Typical is: "Click here for your complimentary consultation that ends your sleepless nights about unpaid taxes." The problem with much of content marketing is this: The focus is on providing polished content, not a sales pitch.

Lifehack, et al. - Read through Application Before Applying

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No, not every help-wanted ad has this kind of demand for unpaid work. BTW, I have found that frequently it is the kind of help-wanted which demands unpaid work which does not mention in the ad itself the level of compensation.

Ivanka Trump - Is she her sister's keeper?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Vanity Fair reports, G-III only provides unpaid 12-week maternity leave to employees. Is Ivanka Trump her sister's keeper? Yes, since she created that signature for herself at the RNC.    Therefore, it's puzzling that her company partners with G-III. That's a manufacturing and distribution enterprise which has been licensing her brand since 2012. That is the legal minimum.    Should Trump use her power to change this policy?

TruConversion - It's Really Trying to Pull This (the business of Congress to investigate)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The second issue is: Should a content player be engaged in encouraging doing unpaid work? No, producing an unpaid sample of what you might be able to do for an employer or client is not unethical all the time. Click on this help-wanted on ProBlogger - Jobs by TruConversion.

Blogging: Do it right like Outten and Golden and business/national media will come

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  An example of blogging done just right is Unpaid Interns Lawsuit.     For the law firm Outten and Golden, it brings in plenty of business for its litigation niche fighting for justice for interns who go unpaid, allegedly in violation of labor laws.

Digital Writer Offers To Work For This Blog For Free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, no, I am not going to offer unpaid work to the man who contacted me. No, I won't take advantage of "it." " The "it" could be a passion for blogging or simple desperation to gain exposure.

Chipotle Can't Catch a Break, Not in Court of Law, Not in Court of Public Opinion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The obstacles include unpaid maternity leave at G-III. A jury awarded former Chipotle employee, Doris Garcia Hernandez, $550,000 in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

Donald Trump - Should he yank the account from Jones Day (and hire Saul Goodman)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That is, unpaid.  Smirks. That's the universal response to the outing of Jones Day as in the front lines of legally representing the interests of illegal immigrants. Simultaneously, two of its partners are serving Donald Trump's Make America Great Again campaign.

AOL: Judge tosses lawsuit filed by dummies who blogged for free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I refer to them as dummies because, as with unpaid serial interns, they rarely get anywhere laboring in the digital vineyards for nada.    Unpaid work is of a lot less value than paid work.  "Tasini v.

Ad Tech - Today Don Draper Would Be Chief Marketing Technologist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For this reason, the leadership, the rank and file content providers and those unpaid worker bees who write for free for exposure at Huffington Post should be worried. Those unpaid writers will have to move on to another setting to work for nada.

Manhattan PR - Fewer Jobs, More Internships

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A cunning organizer would establish a collective bargaining something for the surging number of interns, paid and unpaid, in the public relations industry.  The last full-time employee in a Manhattan public relations firm, shut off the light.    A performance art maestro can stage a 90-second event in Grand Central.    You bet, the interns will have the media contacts to cover that.

Craigslist (Temp) Help-Wanted - Gaming The System, Part 1

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, there is a continual call for unpaid interns, despite the lawsuits won by former unpaid interns against brandname enterprises like the "Charlie Rose Show" and Conde Nast. The non-hustlers among us don't bother checking out Craigslist help-wanted.

Aging & Student-Loan Debt - The Mess

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In New York Magazine , Eric Levitz reports: "Last year, the government took $171 million out of the Social Security checks of 114,000 Americans age 50 and older in order to collect unpaid student-loan debt."

The Power Of Not Responding - Post-Oprah, Robert Scoble Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A prospect for our business emails a nasty request for us to submit an unpaid 800-word blog post on motivating members of the sales team. Silence casts spells. Being too eager to have a conversation about whatever marks us as less valuable.

Conde Nast - McKinsey Will Issue Its Findings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Yet probably an undergraduate business major could have conducted the same study as an unpaid intern.  No one expects many surprises when McKinsey and Company issues  its report on how Conde Nast can reset itself, including its cost structure.    That's supposed to come later this month.    The consulting firm was searching for sources of redundancies and unnecessary spending.    So there will be job cuts and cuts in budgets. 

The Black Life We Care About: Elie Mystal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Most of us wring our hands over the $12K unpaid credit-card balance. Immediately after Dallas happened, Elie Mystal posted on Facebook that if he said what he thought, he would be fired. Since I care a lot about Mystal I left the comment "Say nothing."

David Messerschmitt - Confirmed He Was Living Sustained Double Life

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet, this same man had to understand that recreational sex, paid and unpaid, was high risk.

Joshua Bryce Newman - Power Of Cool In Digital Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If they had, reports Matthew Goldstein in The New York Times, they would have become aware of the "lawsuits that have been filed against Mr. Newman or companies he controls [and that] he has a history of bouncing checks, unpaid debts and misrepresented intentions." Cool is a selling tool some lucky businesspeople get to leverage. Among them seems to be Joshua Bryce Newman.

It's not about luck

Speak Schmeak

They practice, they seek out opportunities wherever they can, they take unpaid gigs, and they do what they have to do to get as much experience and feedback as possible. Download audio here. As a companion piece to yesterday's post about excuses , I want to talk about luck.

It's not about luck

Speak Schmeak

They practice, they seek out opportunities wherever they can, they take unpaid gigs, and they do what they have to do to get as much experience and feedback as possible. Download audio here. As a companion piece to yesterday's post about excuses , I want to talk about luck.

Chasing Recognition, Staying Broke: Selfie Ethos Destroys Shot at Making Good Living

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's why there are so many in college seeking unpaid internships in glam fields. The predominant ethos, reports David Zweig in Fortune, is to chase recognition.  Here is that analysis.

Clean Energy: That's where the writing assignments will be

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Craigslist lists plenty of unpaid internships. In last night's State of the Union, the President championed clean energy.    He reinforced that with his recommendation that tax payers stop subsidizing the oil industry.    The writing assignments will be there - in all formats, ranging from speeches about clean energy to white papers on the best technologies to produce it. The challenge is to get those assignments. 

Slavery: Manhattan style

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Maybe it's aging but to me this doesn't seem any more "cool and fun" than doing unpaid agricultural work.  "Manhattan pr firm seeks non paid interns to work in cool and fun environment."  "  That's how the ad on Craigslist starts out.  There's   There's more.    "Must work 25 hours more a week." 

Playing Christopher Molisanti on "The Sopranos" - Road to success [much] longer than Michael Imperioli dreamed

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  For four years the acting he did was unpaid [sound familiar, writers?]  Michael Imperioli, who played wise guy/screenwriter Christopher Molisanti on "The Sopranos," never dreamed the road to success would be so long. 

Lacey Spears - Mommy Blogging Has Its Dark Side

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Greensburg's February 25, 2015 post on her college daughter's frantic hunt for an  unpaid summer internship has attracted 155 comments. [Lacey] Spears chronicled her sickly son's many illnesses - including his final one - on Facebook and a personal blog.

The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

One of the most difficult habits to change for part-time or unpaid speakers (those of you who speak occasionally as part of your job or for community events) is the habit of not practicing, or waiting until the last minute to practice a presentation.

Ken Tweets, Writes on Wall: Now we all want to work for Mattel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Among them was AOL's purchase of HuffingtonPost.com and none of the proceeds going to the passionate unpaid bloggers.  The same time Egypt was leveraging social media to topple a government, we bloggers in the U.S. were toppled by the raw realities of capitalism.