Voce Student Weekly Reading 12/23: YouTube GIFS, Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job Search Over the Holidays & More
“If you have ever created short, looping animations, you will appreciate the simplicity of YouTube’s tool. At the top is a film scrubber, which displays a series of frames from the video above. The frame tool moves along the strip as the video plays above and can be grabbed and dragged to any point in the video. It defaults to a three-second grab, but can be stretched out to six seconds or condensed to 0.3 seconds.”
Voce Insight- An embedded GIF tool will make it easier than ever for brands to create quality GIF content. Once the tool becomes readily available, brand content managers should test it out to see how GIF’s supplement their usual content. This tool is a great asset, and will go a long way to simplifying GIF creation.
Employers aren’t solely hiring seasonal workers; they’re also hiring regular full-time employees. Last year, employers hired about 40,000 more people in December than in January 2014. Clearly, employers are looking to hiring employers before the new year begins.
Voce Insight – Take advantage of the countless holiday parties and networking events to connect with new people and rekindle relationships with old colleagues and employers. Whether it’s a party at work or a community holiday event, be sure to make an appearance at networking events over the holidays. Also, while others are taking a break this holiday season, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to snag up interviews and land a job!
“Pitching journalists without understanding what they cover—or even glancing at the publication’s site—will not only annoy the recipients, it’ll also ruin your chances that future pitches will be well received. Compounding that mistake only exacerbates things. Your persistence will be regarded as a nuisance.”
Voce Insight- Time is an extremely valuable commodity for a journalist. Don’t waste it by sending pitches they will never be interested or have time to read. Keep your pitch short, sweet and concise. Don’t make the journalist have to dig through a massive email to find your “story,” instead present it to them in quick, easy to read bites.
“There is something predatory, cruel even, about a pen suspended over a text. Like a hawk over a field, it is on the lookout for something vulnerable. Then it is a pleasure to swoop and skewer the victim with the nib’s sharp point. The mere fact of holding the hand poised for action changes our attitude to the text. We are no longer passive consumers of a monologue but active participants in a dialogue.”
Voce Insight- Reading with purpose (and a maybe even a pen in hand) is an important part of becoming a better writer. Dissecting the writing of others will help you improve your own – in pitches, reports and contributed articles.
“Everyone knows that you should arrive early for an interview. It’s important to show that you’re punctual, that you’re eager about a job. But past a certain point (20 minutes early? 30 minutes early? An hour early?), earliness starts to seem like you’re overeager. It can be awkward for the hiring manager, who might not be able to help feeling like they’re making you wait.”
Voce Insight- Like everything in life, moderation is key. While it’s important to arrive early for an interview, you don’t want to arrive too early, at the expense of making the hiring manager uncomfortable. Likewise, while most advice will say to be yourself and stay natural in an interview, you still need to stay professional with your mannerisms and speech.
The struggle that the main character, Jack Frost, goes through the entire movie is figuring who he is and what he’s meant to do…Which is essentially the same core struggle we all go through in life.
Voce Insight – Your work life and your life life are never going to be completely compartmentalized. As you evaluate what jobs to apply for, make sure your true interests and skills align. This will set up you up for success more than any amount hours you put in.