In the Headlights, November 25, 2020: The Thanksgiving Special

The Thanksgiving Special

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For those of us in America, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving. 2020 has been an extraordinary, challenging year (to say the least), and we’re thankful that we’ve made it this far without anyone in our immediate families being substantially harmed. Not everyone has been so fortunate.

Thanks to your support this year, we’ve made recurring donations to the Greater Boston Food Bank and the MSPCA to help each other and our non-human friends through tough times. We’ll continue doing this as long as we’re able.

As is tradition, we’re bringing back our leftovers recipes for what to do once the meal is done, though you can use these recipes at any time. (re-using last year’s leftovers recipes is the ultimate meta-leftover) Save this issue of the newsletter for the days after your next major holiday feast and put your leftovers to good use!

Katie’s Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes Waffles

Katie’s favorite leftovers question would make a great YouTube show, which we discussed recently: Will It Waffle? In her words, “Basically, anything that i can put in my waffle iron is a winner. like a turkey, mashed potato, and gravy quesadilla – add some cheese to make it stick together.”

Her favorite for the holiday season? This Thanksgiving Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes Brunch Waffle recipe, which turns leftovers into a waffle.

Chris’ Turkey Tetrazzini

Chris’ turkey tetrazzini foregoes the usual massive pile of heavy cream in favor of a can of soup. Substitute any relatively thick soup of your choosing, or even make your own with stock and the thickener of your choice to lower the calories and fat.


  • 2-3 cups chopped turkey
  • 1 box pasta, preferably farfalle, penne, or other sturdy noodle
  • 1 can condensed mushroom soup
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables or 2 cups chopped vegetable leftovers
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon finely powdered garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely powdered onion


  1. Cook the pasta to al dente in salted water and set aside. Avoid rinsing it.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, soup base, garlic, onion, 1 can of water from the soup can, vegetables, and turkey together. Stir thoroughly to coat everything. Add additional spices as desired, such as thyme, oregano, basil, or pepper.
  3. In a large, lubricated casserole dish, sprinkle half the cheese on the bottom in an even layer.
  4. Scoop out 1/2 of the mixture evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese on top of the layer.
  5. Add the remaining mixture.
  6. Evenly sprinkle the Parmesan cheese atop the mixture.
  7. Cover with foil or lid and bake at 350F/175C for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes or until Parmesan cheese is golden brown.
  9. Remove from heat and allow to rest uncovered for 5 minutes, then serve and eat.

John’s Turkey Rangoons

A good leftover meal doesn’t look like the original food, so you don’t get bored of it. This recipe turns leftovers into an appealing meal or snack.


  • Leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes
  • Wonton wrappers


  1. Chop leftovers finely and mix in a large bowl.
  2. Scoop into wonton wrappers and seal.
  3. Pan or deep fry, then serve with cranberry sauce as a garnish.
The Bright Idea

In this week’s In-Ear Insights, we discuss what to do when the data doesn’t offer up any answers. How do you make decisions when your data is confirmatory at best, not telling you anything you didn’t already know?

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Rear View Mirror Data

In this week’s Rear View mirror, we have a bit of fun with the holiday and searches. What could we learn about people’s Thanksgivings?


This year, we see that while volume overall is holding relatively steady, there’s an increase in people searching for turkey recipes and cranberry sauce recipes. Why? We suspect that because of the pandemic, more people are home and thus trying to figure out how to cook these particular items, whereas someone else might have cooked them in the past.

While fun, near-realtime search data is valuable to us for understanding behaviors and reacting to them quickly. As you move into 2021, consider adding realtime search data to your dashboards and KPIs to get a sense of what audiences are searching for and when.

Methodology: Trust Insights used AHREFS and Google Trends data, blended together, to determine search volumes for the 7 key terms over the last 5 years. The timeframe of the data is November 25, 2015 – November 25, 2020. The date of study is November 25, 2020. Trust Insights is the sole sponsor of the study and neither gave nor received compensation for data used, beyond applicable service fees to software vendors, and declares no competing interests.

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Get Back To Work

We’ve changed things up in Get Back To Work, and we’re looking at the top 310 metro areas in the United States by population. This will give you a much better sense of what the overall market looks like, and will cover companies hiring in multiple locations. Want the entire, raw list? Join our Slack group!

What do you do with this information?

By looking at this data, you’ll see what the most popular titles are; use any of the major job/career sites to ensure your resume/CV/LinkedIn profile matches keywords and phrases for those titles. For companies, search job sites for those companies specifically to see all the open positions and apply for them.

You can also hit up LinkedIn and see who you know at companies listed, and see if your connections have any inside tips on hiring.

Top Marketing Positions by Count, Manager and Above

  • Marketing Manager : 276 open positions
  • Digital Marketing Manager : 189 open positions
  • Social Media Manager : 107 open positions
  • Director of Marketing : 85 open positions
  • Marketing Director : 78 open positions
  • Account Manager : 61 open positions
  • Demand Generation Manager : 53 open positions
  • Product Marketing Manager : 48 open positions
  • Product Manager : 47 open positions
  • Project Manager : 47 open positions

Top Marketing Hiring Companies by Count, Manager and Above

  • Pearson : 116 open positions
  • Google : 95 open positions
  • Services LLC : 49 open positions
  • Deloitte : 44 open positions
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific : 36 open positions
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. : 31 open positions
  • New Relic : 27 open positions
  • Cozymeal : 23 open positions
  • Verizon : 20 open positions
  • Facebook : 19 open positions
  • Harnham : 19 open positions
  • Microsoft : 19 open positions

Top Locations of Hiring Companies by Count, Manager and Above

  • New York, NY : 401 open positions
  • San Francisco, CA : 169 open positions
  • Boston, MA : 162 open positions
  • Chicago, IL : 159 open positions
  • Seattle, WA : 158 open positions
  • Remote, NA : 150 open positions
  • Atlanta, GA : 145 open positions
  • Dallas, TX : 119 open positions
  • Denver, CO : 115 open positions
  • Los Angeles, CA : 107 open positions

Methodology: Trust Insights uses the API to extract open positions from a geographic area focused on marketing analytics, marketing, social media, data science, machine learning, advertising, and public relations, with a filter to screen out the most junior positions.

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