Continuum of Extreme Exploitation of Labor: From Upaid Internships to Unpaid Auditions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Compensation: Unpaid. " This kind of legalized value system of extreme exploitation could be the platform for the growing number of those hiring to mandate unpaid "auditions." " The task could require hours of labor - unpaid.  On Craigslist is a soul-wrenching help-wanted. As you will read here , in the D.C. section, the poster claims to be a healthcare executive needing coordination assistance with emailing, writing, and calling in the Reston area.

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Linkedin Updates - Major Influencer Platform, Unpaid

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What's in it for us unpaid influencers? WPP is taking it on the chin. That's because "Mad Men" days are over. Marketers want influencers, not traditional advertising. For that they are willing to pay the big bucks. Well, the geniuses at LinkedIn have figured out how to attract influencers, without having to dish out funds. The platform is LinkedIn Updates. There, participates create exponentially expanding traffic, likes, and comments. 

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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.   Those which advertise opportunities on Craigslist for unpaid interns might be smarter in the long term to pay at least minimum wage. 

Webselenese Help-Wanted on ProBlogger Doesn't Warn Application Requires Unpaid Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is no warning in the text of the help-wanted on ProBlogger or in the beginning of the application that unpaid work will be required.    By the time the applicant arrives at the box with the unpaid assignment, he or she has already keyed in a variety of information. This "failure to warn" about required unpaid work seems to be a blatant example of a lack of transparency.

[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.

C-Suite Beware - "Jones Day v. Serenity Pharma et al" Goes After Corporate Executives for Unpaid Invoice

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the situation of former client Serenity Pharma's unpaid $5.3 Like any other professional service, law firms get stiffed all the time - or, at least, clients try getting away with not paying the bill. million bill, law firm Jones Day has taken an unusual approach, reports Law.com. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, is "Jones Day v. Serenity Pharma, Samuel Herschkowitz, and Alain Kodshi." " Here is a copy of the complaint.

2019 40

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. Ha-Ha-Ha. The deal was listed on respected MediaBistro.com. Smart writers I know didn't go for it.    Also, there are scams. Organizations just want free ideas or words they can scramble for their own copy.

Nick Denton Named as Defendant in Unpaid-Intern Lawsuit against Gawker

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Three former unpaid interns have filed the lawsuit "Mark v Gawker Media LLC" contending that their internship violated standard labor laws regulating internships, reports BLOOMBERG.  Likely they were emboldened by the win by unpaid interns in the lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures. Now the high-profile gossip tabloid Gawker has become copy for gossip in legal and business media.

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.    That's despite the lawsuit already filed for the 9000 unpaid bloggers who were toiling in the vineyard before Arianna Huffington cashed out to AOL.   Our mirror neurons or that part of our wiring which is the platform for human empathy are not working overtime on this one. 

AOL, Huffington: Unpaid Bloggers File Class-Action Suit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The unpaid bloggers, who view themselves with a grievance, are filing a lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and AOL.  The legal system is a crap shoot or a hail-mary pass.    So, any group or individual who has guts and funding [or can do litigation pro se ] can get in, play at a fascinating game, and, you never know, can win.      Media coverage is in the bag.    After all, in America we love a fight. 

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.

Content-Creators - You're Offered Peanuts for Your Research, Thinking, and Actual Content

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But before that you are told you will have to take a three-hour timed unpaid test. Increasingly, it happens. The "it" is investing thought and time into preparing a cover letter for a help-wanted, both for full-time jobs and for contract assignments. The return email, text, or phone call offers peanuts. 1) You don't have to respond at all. 2) If responding, you can simply insert. 3) You can consider leveraging your background to another career path.

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The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development

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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. I did not even realize I was crowdsourcing when I […]. The post The Power of Using Crowdsourcing for Product Development appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

2016 64

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. On Blogging Pro - Jobs, InsideDailyBrief posts a help-wanted for a writer. Here is the ad.

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I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

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But, still, I’ll hear unpaid speakers say, “No, wait. By taking an unpaid engagement, the privileged person silences the voices of people I want to hear from the most. Who’s making bank on unpaid labor? I give up. Starting today, on #EqualPayDay — I won’t pay to go to business conferences where speakers don’t get paid. The conference organizers will pay for the room and the food.

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. All other help-wanted I have answered in the past two years indicate upfront there will be an unpaid or even paid test. Talent Inc. posted a help-wanted for a resume writer on Flex Jobs. 

COVID-19 Fallout Hits New York Post Hard

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Runners" - that is the part-timers who roam the city picking up news and transmitting it into the newsroom - have been put on unpaid furlough. The falloff in advertising demand because of COVID-19 has sent tabloid New York Post reeling. Daily Beast reports that sources note there have been layoffs of about a dozen staffers. Alexa staff has also been furloughed.    The New York Post publisher Sean Giancola was grim in his internal messaging.

2020 43

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. Within you will find another click to get to TruConversion's formal application. The process of filling it out is extensive.

2016 52

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. In addition, as AD AGE points out, the blog pops up on Google first when someone keys in  "unpaid intern lawsuits."   What's right about Unpaid Interns Lawsuit?

Chad Albright - The New Kind of Expatriate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During that time, the unpaid nut was accruing interest. Of course, the student loan debt goes unpaid.  Back in the time of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, being an expatriate was glam.    Now, it's evolved into a financial necessity. And not only for retirees and the semi-retired.    What could become commonplace is the narrative about Chad Albright. Here are all the details from the media.

2019 40

Stories That Stick

Speak and Deliver

Editor's note: As always, this is an unpaid review, and I am not soliciting sales with an affiliate link. Every now and again, I get asked to review an advance copy of a speaking related book - something I enjoy doing immensely. Such is the case today. For those new readers of my blog, know that I don't hold back if I don't enjoy a book - which may be why I haven't gotten as many chances to review over the last few years as I used to. I'll start by admitting I'm a sucker for stories.

2019 72

Deep Cuts Expected at Former American Media - The Hazards of Hope

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Also, those hiring for assignments will request an unpaid test. Now that American Media is A360 Media, merged with Accelerate 360, employees anticipate a major reduction in force, reports the New York Post. And, the glut of media types will become even more glutted. On ProBlogger content providers are being offered 2 cents to 4 cents a word. That used to be 75 cents a word. Such as a 500-word article that requires research. 

2020 43

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. There is something those searching for work better get down cold. That's to read through the entire help-wanted and/or formal application before starting to compose a cover letter or fill in the application.

2016 43

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. His preference was for a job on this blog. If that wasn't available, he added, he was willing to work for free. He attached a resume. Has the plight of digital writers really gotten this bad?

2015 52

Ghosting - Happening in Gig Economy, Also

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For the second one he was to research and write, unpaid, a 1,500 guide about re-thinking the 4% rule. For those who are adept at marketing and sales, there is usually no good reason to perform unpaid work. And, yes, do unpaid work versus a block/delete.  Liberal media outlets have gleefully covered an emerging stick-it-to-employers phenomenon. That's  ghosting.    The employer arranges an interview or even sets a start-to-work date.

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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. "'Marketing is rapidly becoming one of the most technology-dependent functions in business,' a CTO and marketing analyst for Gartner wrote in a Harvard Business Review article.

2015 59

Stimulus Optimism - Stocks Are Doing Fine, Labor Market Isn't

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Often the unpaid test is administered without any specific number mentioned for compensation. The U.S. economy is about 70% consumer-driven. So, the stock market rejoices at any sign of financial aid from government to the people.

2020 52

The Game Your Mother Warned You Against.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The way it's played is to move the unpaid balance on a high-interest credit card to one which has no interest for a certain period of time. "April marked the biggest year-over-year pullback for [credit card] no-interest balance-transfer offers since 2018, according to Mintel Comperemedia." " - The Wall Street Journal , June 6, 2020.

2020 40

Resumes/Cover Letters, Your Edge for Success (YES), and The Disrupted Job Search Category

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unpaid. Unpaid.   When I was hired for my first professional job in a corporation ghostwriting/speechwriting for executives at Chevron, no, I didn't have to do a sample article - unpaid. Resumes and cover letters? Some employers are still using those in the hiring process. But, they could soon enough be history - ancient history. Grandma, what was a "resume?" 

2019 43

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.

"What Happened" By Hillary Clinton - Books Keep Personalities in Limelight

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's if they have a seasoned publicist with the contacts to get them media interviews, paid or unpaid speaking engagements, and published reviews. Last night on "The Late Show" was Bernie Sanders. His new book is "Guide to a Political Revolution." " Next week on that same show will be Hillary Clinton. Her new book -"What Happened"- will be published September 15th. It's #1 on Amazon.    And, it's generated a lot of eye-rolling.

2017 40

Academia's Power Game - Often More Brutal than Corporate Machiavellianism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There were also nutty things like being an unpaid gofer. Retired Michigan State University political science professor William Jacoby has been accused by the school of sexual harassment of two graduate students. One was matriculating at MSU, the other at the University of Michigan. The allegations have been made after the university investigated. Here are more details from the New York Post.

2019 40

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. AOL" might go down in history as 1 of the silliest class action lawsuits.    It was filed by 9000 bloggers who agreed to produce work for the digital site for free in exchange for exposure. 

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.

2015 50

Paige Moody Bisher - Suicide Seemed Like the Answer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Meanwhile he was on unpaid leave. For embezzling more than a million dollars Paige Moody Bisher faced a long prison sentence. It could have been life. She didn't know. Instead of waiting to find out she fatally shot herself in a shopping plaza in Texas. Here are the details of that suicide in the media.    Her reversal of fortune started when she and her husband were laid off from the oil industry. Then they started a restaurant. That failed.

2018 40

Encore Careers - This One Can Be Ruled Out (for now)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those include being unpaid as the trucks are loaded or unloaded. After the end of the first career, many aging are healthy. They also get it that the more they keep earning now will make their lives more comfortable when they aren't so healthy or simply don't want to work any more. That's why the concept of encore careers is gaining attention. That's The Next after closing the door on what the over-50 have been doing for income for decades.

2019 40

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.  With the intensity of conviction of all uninformed they proclaim the site contains no legitimate well-paying assignments. From the get-go I knew better.

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Persuasive Speech: Actionable Writing Tips and Sample Topics

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Unpaid internships unfairly favor privileged students. What is Persuasive Speaking? What are The 3 Types of Persuasive Speeches? Factual Persuasive Speech. Value Persuasive Speech. Policy Persuasive Speech. How to Write a Persuasive Speech: The Essential Steps. How to Start a Persuasive Speech: Opening Tips and Examples. What are The 5 Persuasive Techniques? Repetition. Social Proof. Comparisons. Agitate and Solve. Storytelling. Bonus: Address Counter Arguments.

2020 50

Year of COVID-19: March 29, 2020 (a time of miracles)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe Michele should add to her menu of paid services:  Dog Rescuer (which she already has been doing, unpaid, for decades and made her birthday a fundraiser for the CT Animal Haven). COVID-19 isn't just a sustained narrative of fear and suffering. There have been miracles. Big ones, that is, the old-fashioned kinds when people assumed to be dying roared back to a life. Also, there have been profound acts of generosity.    David Lat is off the ventilator, out of ICU. 

2020 43

Channeling Jack McCoy - Points of Law & StrastasCorp's Romeo Spino, BMG's Rodney Burrell

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At issue is an unpaid invoice, dated September 27, 2017, with N15 day. That is why I have made this unpaid invoice a matter I am sharing, at the present time,  with my devoted blog readers, U.S. I am channeling Jack McCoy from "Law & Order" in taking on two business entities. They are are government contractor  StrastasCorp. The chief executive officer is Romeo Spino. The corporation is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

2017 40

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. 

Please, Law Enforcement, Shut Tessa Paloma Down

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  For those hungry enough, there will be unpaid work for a month. The header on this Los Angeles section of Craigslist help-wanted contains the illegal term "young." " Here you read that ad for social media wizards. Click it open, and you get even more of a treat to the kind of verbiage that's an eye-bugger. An entity who titles itself "Tessa Palmona" indicates that applicants, in addition to young, be hungry.