Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chip Rogers is a blogging machine

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Do you think anyone will notice if I leave the v out of interview?
As Chip Rogers gets into the rhythm of things at Georgia Public Broadcasting, the former state senator has started to wax poetic on the nuances of the state's economic development.

Well, that's one way of putting it. But after reading his first several blog entries, the 'WebMD for Georgia jobs,' which is now being called Georgia Works, reads more like a series of advertorials. Recently, he's published brief posts plugging companies such as Mohawk Industries, Infosys, and Athenahealth.

Then there are posts in which Rogers shares pointers for the job-hunting masses. Here are some excerpts from the GPB executive director's finest posts:

Create Your Own Job - Sell Online: "Being connected to the world offers unlimited opportunities, including, working for yourself. The online marketplace has become a trillion (yes, with a "t") dollar global enterprise."

Telephone vs Formal Interiews: "Know the Difference How should you treat a telephone interview compared to a formal "face to face" interview? Secrets to acing the telephone interview are easier than you might think."

Now Here's an Idea! Chocolate Bar Resume: "Getting your resume noticed is one of the first steps towards opening the door to a new career. One enterprising young man decided to use the magic of chocolate to help his chances."

Tax Tip - Don't Forget Your Expenses While Job Searching: "No one is required to pay more in taxes than what is actually owed, so watch this helpful video and learn what you can do to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket."

The public radio network might want to add 'copy editor' to the laundry list of job responsibilities that they plan on giving a soon-to-be-hired producer. GPB Spokeswoman Nancy Zintak previously told CL that a new employee would edit the radio show, book guests, screen calls, and take on a "heavier lift" on the initiative's website.

Rogers started at GPB in January after he resigned from the state Senate. The former majority leader has caught flak for his $150,000 salary, which critics have called "unconscionable" and a "taxpayer-funded golden parachute."

Even his onetime Republican peers are distancing themselves from Rogers. According to the AJC's Jim Galloway, Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, told a constituent on a recorded telephone call - which was later sent to the Democratic Party of Georgia - that Rogers wasn't "worthy" of his cushy job. When asked about Georgia Senate Democrats' sly attempt to reduce GPB's budget by exactly $150,000, he said:

We budget for the entire state government. We don't tell the governor who to hire and who to fire. That's his job. Totally. We don't have any responsibility in hiring or firing employees. I could cut $150,000 out of that budget if I had enough votes to go with me.

We could have taken the $150,000 out of Georgia Public Broadcasting. But they probably would have cut somebody else's job, to be honest with you. They probably would have cut three or four employees and kept him. That was more a political move on the Democrats' side.

So who wants to be Rogers' right-hand man? Any takers?

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