Category Archives: MPS Newsstand

Sending Job Search Karma to You Guys at Brides’, Too!

Goodness gracious! On the heels of Monday’s announcement that Conde Nast is closing four magazines, is the news that Brides is laying off twelve staffers. Who’s next? It’s like a death watch over there.

http://www.observer.com/2009/media/layoffs-brides

Ex-Conde Nast Employees: MPS Is Sending You Good Job Search Karma!

gourmetIt’s no secret I’m a magazine whore. I adore the tactile experience of pulling it out of the mailbox, scanning the cover (sometimes gagging at the cover model) and crawling under my duvet to devour its contents. I love the artwork, which I don’t think can be justly reproduced online. I don’t think you can duplicate the reading experience online, either. Helloooo…I spend enough time at the computer.

So when the news came out Monday that Conde Nast was closing Gourmet, Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride, dedicated readers hit the Web to express their shock, sadness and displeasure. I mean, Gourmet has been the best friend of gastronomists for 70 years!

I’m still smarting after the closure of Domino, so afterbride thinking to myself “the bloodbath continues”, I thought of all the employees who are losing their jobs. The job market in NYC is tough enough. Hell, the market all over is still tough, especially in creative fields. So I want to send all the good karma and wishes I can your way, ex-Conde Nasters. Here’s hoping you find even better success down the road with fabulous new work! 

Mwahh!

http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/05/news/companies/gourmet_magazine/index.htm?postversion=2009100517

MPS Newsstand: Cosmopolitan July 2009

lauren-conrad-cosmopolitan-july-2009Just got mine in the mail, and I have to say, it’s a great issue. Yes, Lauren Conrad is on the cover, but I’d rather see her than floating eyes Audrina, bleached out Heidi or, worse, Spencer. Also, the cover headlines don’t convey the fun inside Cosmopolitan‘s pages. Here’s the dirt:

The Good:

  • Loads of stories about men: getting a man; what he’s thinking; fixing your shitty sex life; what not to discuss on a date; why he needs space; soul mates; signs he digs you; 100 straight-forward, wham-bam-thank you-ma’am answers to questions about sex–this one’s great.I know it sounds like bogging yourself down in guy land, but let’s face it: it’s Summer, dating’s a good distraction from job hunting and you don’t have to buy one of MANY $20 books about the same subjects!
  • Confessions pages. Always fun. Always distracting. Always glad it’s not me
  • Inexpensive, “fun fearless fashion”. Usually the clothes in Cosmo, are way cheesy, but some of the offerings are really cute! Love the Avon earrings on p. 61!
  • Affordable beauty products, tips and cheap splurges
  • “Fake a Spa-Perfect Pedicure”, p. 84. Those salon foot pampering sessions don’t come cheap!
  • “When Fights Get Physical”, pp. 124-127. Everyone should be aware of dating violence, whether it’s happening to you or a friend
  • “Feel So Freakin’ Sexy”, pp. 136-139. Just plan silly and fun
  • Money saving tips
  • Excerpts from 4 hot beach reads, pp.146-148
  • Becoming a thrill seeker and daredevil, pp. 150-153
  • Chelsea Handler’s new “Ask Chelsea” column

The Bad:

  • Hot Sheet – Who cares about Kelly Osbourne and her ghostly boyfriend?
  • Article on Lauren Conrad, pp. 28-31. Nothing new in the least
  • “1 Top, 2 Ways”, p. 68. By now, if you don’t already know how to work a white t-shirt 50 different ways, you’re hopeless beyond the pages of a fashion magazine

The Ugly:

  • “One-Tone Hair or Two?”, p. 34 – Do we really need a poll to tell us it makes you look cheap?
  • “Heidi’s Not So in Love”, p. 36. Again–who cares about this fame-whoring duo???
  • “Why They’re Still Virgins”, p. 130-132. Once again. Do I care? These girls are all in their early 20s. Give me someone who’s 35 or 40 for a real shocker!

The Verdict: Four BIG Pink Slips. For the sheer fun and frivolity alone!

MPS Newsstand Archives: FastCompany.com March 2009

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Meant to send this out back in ‘da day, but I forgot. It’s still a great resource! Go check out FastCompany.com’s Top Jobs 2009 Web feature:  http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/web/133web.html

From Fast Company: “Downsized? Burned out? Just curious? We scoured the globe and grilled hiring experts for our annual package on the hot careers of this year and the future.”

Take a peek at the contents: 

  • Where in the World to Find a Job
  • Ten Best Green Jobs
  • Seven Steps to Surviving a Post-Layoff Existence
  • Dream Jobs to Delight Your Inner Child
  • Career Advice for Tough Times
  • Fast Cities 2009

 

MPS Newsstand: Atlanta Magazine June 2009

The 06June09Good

  • The cover – It’s all about jobs, baby!
  • From the Editor – a kind reminder that this rough economic time, too, shall pass
  • Story on Andy from “The Office”, pp. 19-20. Did you know he’s from Atlanta? The actor, not Andy. That guy makes me laugh my ass off.
  • The Jobs section – pp. 55 -65. Everything from how to find a job to networking to top growing area industries to higher ed, psychology and unemployment 101. It addresses how to keep the job you have, too.
  • Entrepreneurs “Come in We’re Open”, pp. 70 – 85

The Bad

  • Review of Restaurant Eugene. The restaurant is apparently incredible. But couldn’t you review it in an issue that’s not all about jobs and people having no money? It’s not like we can afford to go. 🙂 But we want to!
  • Same with the cocktail story on pp. 46-47. I’m out to find a deal on Bud Light, not what ridiculously expensive drink I can get at the W.
  • Gorgeous home features. I’m jealous.

The Ugly

  • News that Atlanta is the 10th most “unhappy” major U.S. city (even BEFORE the recession). Isn’t that like kicking us while we’re down?

The Verdict: Four Pink Slips. Great stories and useful, applicable information on jobs and the recession. Well worth the purchase.

Recessed, Depressed and Need a Big Cry? Enlist a Friend and Let It Flow

I think it’s safe to say if you’ve lost your job or are close to someone who’s been laid off, you’ve experienced some tears. And you’ve probably tried to fight them back. Well, Psychology Today tells us if we borrow a buddy’s shoulder and and unleash the flood gates, we might feel better!

According to Psychology Today‘s June issue (on stands now), 88.8 percent of people feel better after crying. Also, Sophie Kerszberg writes, “weep on a friend’s shoulder and you might share a smile afterward. Sob alone and you may be left with your problem and a tear-soaked pillow for your troubles.”

Good advice. Now grab a Kleenex and get on with it.

**This is a good issue. I’ll be reviewing it later for MPS Newsstand.

MPS Newsstand: US News & World Report May 2009

Get thee to a newsstand before this issue exits the racks! I picked it up at the airport — wish I’d seen it sooner!

The May 2009 issue is themed “Jobs for the Future” and is chock full of information for all of yousnewscover_CV_20090421210341u, whether you’re jobless, strugging, questioning and/or seeking a new path.

Brian Kelly’s editor’s note focuses on “career audit[s]”, pointing out the hidden value of a recession — that is, this is a great time to reevaluate your work life and where it’s going.

Articles include:

  • How to Win the New Job Game
  • Choosing the Career Path Less Traveled
  • This Year’s Best Careers
  • Smart Way to Give Your Career a Boost
  • Obama’s Green Light for Green Jobs
  • Win at Work
  • Making a Living as a Professional Blogger
  • Relocating
  • Landing a Job After 50
  • Social Networking
  • Online Education and Grad Programs
  • Strategies for Saving Money
  • Status of B-Schools, Law Schools and Med Schools

There is really something in here for everyone. Some of the content may be things you’ve heard before, but I still think it’s the best $4.99 you’ll spend this week!