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Ten years ago, a college degree was your Golden Ticket. As long as you graduated, there would be a job waiting.  However, while the numbers are still in favor for today’s college graduate, I, along with many other jobless degree(s) holders, are feeling the negative effects of the job market. Personally, it’s been a frustrating six months of searching for a public relations job…and coming out empty handed. It’s not like I take a laid-back approach or apply to jobs sporadically. I live by a piece of advice I heard a while back: “Looking for a fulltime job is in itself a fulltime job.' So every morning I make my way to a local coffee shop, and start perusing jobs in my current city (Denver) as well jobs elsewhere that match my qualifications. I’ve also focused on networking with professionals. Most of my interviews have come from other PR practitioners [...]

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5 in 5! with Her Campus

January 6, 2011

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Stephanie from Her Campus. Stephanie is a co-founder and the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media. As a 2010 graduate of Harvard University she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. She spent Summer ’09 as an American Society Of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and Summer ’08 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation. Stephanie was named to Inc. magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? We look for candidates who are hardworking, reliable, detail-oriented, professional, creative, quick-learners, and who are passionate about Her Campus’s mission. 2. How did you get started in the industry? How can a student today get started? My [...]

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Last week, we took a brief gander at some of the moments that defined the first six months of 2010, and now we’re back with the gritty remainder. Please keep your lap bar in a locked position until the ride has come to a complete stop. We do not care if you need to vomit. JULY Wikileaks publishes over 90,000 of the U.S. government’s classified documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan, 20-25 of which are not unbelievably mundane. Compromised secrets include Hamid Karzai’s preference for the lob wedge to get out of sand traps, which checkpoints have the best DirecTV signal and how American soldiers are reprimanded if they leave a fountain drink on a tank. The Solar Impulse becomes the first sun-powered aircraft to stay aloft for 24 hours. Researchers hope this could someday lead to a Boeing propelled by rainbows or an Airbus fueled by smiles. AUGUST [...]

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We’ve found 10 awesome students and recent grads from across the country who will be blogging for us over the next six months. ‘ Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll have a new post from one of them. They’ll be writing about school, schedules, dream jobs, next internships, graduation, and their ongoing journeys toward career nirvana….or at least a good job. . Hello, bloggers :,,) Bernice Chuang – Journalism, Human Relations David Roberts – Finance Major, History Minor Irina Dykhne – Comparative Lit, Political Science Kelly Rogers – Marketing Paris Mackey – Journalism, Public Relations Robin Selwitz – Psychology Ryan Winn – American Government and Philosophy Sarah Alfarhan – Illustration (Design Track) Taryn Sidney – Communication & Mass Media Vannessa Vargas – Media Productions Check out their full bios, photos, and schools here. Have any topic requests? Leave them in the comments below! BLOG LIFE.

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With 2010 slipping away from me, I’m starting to think about what 2011 will be like. This post is an attempt to figure out what I expect out of myself in 2011, and to set my professional goals/New Year’s resolutions for the 2011 year. First a recap… In 2010, I finished off my Sophomore year in college with above a 3.0 grade point average, was elected Black Student Union Vice-President on my campus, and I got an internship for the summer, and started in May. The internship went so well that the company opted to keep me for the Fall semester as well! Currently, I am still working with the company, internships.com, and I am loving it! Although this year was great, and full of amazing opportunities and accomplishments, I am pushing for 2011 to be even better! Here are my New Year’s professional resolutions for the year 2011… Strengthen [...]

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I.M.H.O (In My Humble Opinion) is an ongoing series of posts written by guest authors who have been there, done that…and have great stories to show for it. . This week we have a post written by Jeremy Levine, who has written for us before about his journey from Intern to Founder. Be sure to check out Jeremy on CNN , follow him @JerLevine and most importantly get trading on The Sports Stock Market. 3 Keys to Landing that Dream Internship (or Job) and Making the Most of it: (1) Follow Your Heart Find a company that is doing something you are passionate about. You are only going to love doing something you really care about, and it’s not worth doing something you don’t love. (2) Hustle Your Ass Off Once you find the company of your dreams, reach out to their leaders and be impressive. Don’t just send a [...]

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What employers want

January 3, 2011

This fall, we asked our registered employers to tell us how they hire on our site. Want the inside scoop?  Read on! Do alma maters matter? Employers told us relevant experience and interview performance were the biggest factors in choosing an intern – and less than 9% of employers said the college an intern attended mattered. Having relevant internships is the best way to move up the ladder to more exciting internship opportunities – and, ultimately, to a much better full-time job. Paid vs. Unpaid? About 38% of employers say their internships are generally paid. Though employers have cut back on paid intern positions during the recession, there are still plenty out there. However, paid internships are, as a rule, more competitive. If you need one, make sure your resume and application materials are solid and ready to be sent out (or found…see next paragraph) ASAP. They’re looking for you. [...]

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Sweet Tweets

December 31, 2010

15 Already! They just get sweeter and sweeter. __________________________   @Tmotherlover: Bye bye partying, wilding, TTU, and all of the below… Hello career, better job, great intern, and right path! @Shaggyshan: Best part of having an intern? He’s the one who’s gotta play Dance Central. @MsCharm84: @ItsMissP omg I def told my intern supervisor that I was going to go to the dollar store to get crayons & coloring book for break he laughed @akmorrison: @CrimsonRoses Deal! There’s a few interns at my dad’s job who like to go tornado chasing! We can tag along! @jeffisrael25: Just kidding. We don’t have 8-year-old interns. Stupid child labor laws…. @DJAmpHi: I only take serious things seriously. Like paying bills. my internship. school on a good day.everything else has potential to be a joke. @theresia21: 5 more internship days left.. Fighting @thisisjendoll: intern just went “to shovel” @MISZ_AMAZIN_305: RT @1BooByD_Gibson: “Many people want [...]

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5 in 5! with Internships.com

December 30, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week we have Synthia from yours truly, Internships.com. 1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis? My business card says Student Marketing & Internship Coordinator which roughly translates to managing our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages, putting up new blog content and making it look pretty, keeping in touch with both students and employers, helping to develop and launch new products on the site, hiring our interns and making sure they have an amazing time with us … you know, a little bit of everything! I get really excited when I hear about people who have successfully used our site – it makes my day! So I guess the main focus of my job is to try to understand and appreciate the people who are coming to our site and figure out [...]

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Now that we’ve got a little more than a year until the end of the world, we should probably assess what the human race has accomplished in 2010. I’ll actually answer that for you here, if you don’t want to read this whole post: there’s not much to brag about. But I’m going to keep typing anyway. JANUARY The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is officially christened in Dubai by shooting fireworks off its sides. To those who fear Middle Eastern culture, I will point out that this is exactly the way most things are christened in Alabama. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince and large parts of the island of Haiti. Record numbers of Americans donate via text message to the relief efforts, but are irked when they don’t receive a Black Eyed Peas ringtone in return. FEBRUARY After a crushing loss in the quarterfinals, Team Canada defeats Team [...]

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