What could have been a fairly apolitical "Career Do's and Don'ts from 2008" retrospective has become an exhibit of how liberal media bias is ubiquitous in digital media. E-mail tipster John Genin informed us of how Yahoo! HotJobs writer Tom Musbach cited liberal heros Barack Obama and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as worthy of emulation while citing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's wardrobe non-scandal as a warning against corporate expense accounts.:
With the U.S. presidential election and the Olympics as major highlights of 2008, politicians and athletes had a major influence on this year's list of career lessons from high-profile figures.
As demonstrated in the examples below, everyone has career highs and lows, with some more public than others. But learning from them is the key to success. Below are six do's and don'ts that can help your career advancement in the coming year.
1. DO stay focused on achieving your goals, despite adversity or distractions. President-elect Barack Obama succeeded in one of the most lengthy and public of all hiring processes, in part because he kept his cool and kept his eyes on the prize. Another great example of this principle is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in Beijing.
3. DO find your niche and be persistent. While some have called MSNBC's Rachel Maddow an "overnight success" due to the highly-rated show she debuted this year, she has worked for years as a radio host and pundit with a unique style that is now being appreciated by a wider audience.
"Rachel Maddow proved that if you continuously do good work and provide a service that people value, eventually you will be recognized and rewarded for it," says Levit. "There is typically no such thing as an overnight success in competitive fields such as media and entertainment. What separates those who make it from those who don't is persistence."
4. DON'T take advantage of expense accounts or corporate credit-card privileges. Reports of excessive GOP-funded expenses by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin created a flap that may have undermined her credibility with voters.