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Hey all, It’s that time of the year again…holiday season! Whether you’ll be stuffing Christmas stockings, lighting the menorah, or just snuggling up by the fire, sooner or later you’re bound to end up at a holiday party. Whether you’re going for the cookies, music, opportunity to dress up, you can also work on your professional goals at the same time. Here are a few tips for mixing business and pleasure at holiday parties this year. Mix & Mingle: Don’t be a wallflower! Get up, grab some eggnog and mingle with the party people. Who knows, you may meet someone who works with a company that you’ve been dying to intern for or that you’ve never heard of and could be a great opportunity. Mix and mingle to get your name out there and talk to interesting people. Be positive: Aim to be the life of the party! Ask lots [...]

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Fast Pitch: Time to give

December 15, 2010

The holiday season is a good time to think about giving back – and not just because it’s the nice thing to do. At a time when companies are still obsessive about minimizing the risk of a bad hire, demonstrating good character can give your resume an important edge. Maybe you’ve thought about volunteering before, but didn’t know whether you could fit it into a busy schedule. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help out your community that don’t require tons of your free time. And they can be a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people. Cook in a kitchen for a homeless shelter. You don’t have to be a master chef to fit into this convenient volunteer job, which you can do around dinner time and be out in a couple hours. Most shelter kitchens use simple recipes with clear directions so that anyone [...]

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This week, you may or may not be subjected to some sort of workplace gift-exchange ritual that forces you to plop down even more shopping cash on something that nobody could conceivably ever want. As anyone who has ever dated or taken a sociology class knows, gifts are a social construct invented to destroy relationships. Therefore, you should probably approach your office’s “white elephant' exchange with extreme caution – and only after all efforts to bail out have been exhausted. If you are compelled to participate, you can still protect your interests with these time-honored strategies: 1. Buy something only you could want. If you end up recouping your gift, you’ve gamed the system and risen above the stupidity of giving. To ensure nobody develops a sudden affinity for your DVD copy of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, you’ll need to disparage your white elephant gift at every opportunity without giving [...]

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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. The Doctor is in! Michael “Dr. Woody' Woodward, PhD is a CEC certified coach trained in the field of organizational psychology. Dr. Woody is author of The YOU Plan: A 5-step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career in the New Economy! He has appeared on CNN International, Fox News, Fox Business, Daytime, CBS, and the Bravo Network. The holiday season is in full swing, which means your office holiday party is likely just around the corner. These always seem like a great way to get on the management radar screen, particularly if you are an intern. The casual setting and festive atmosphere make for a great opportunity to strike up conversations with decision makers and influencers you typically wouldn’t get the [...]

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The internship itself is a pretty new institution, so it’s tough to define any aspect of the experience as “traditional.’ But until recently, it was almost always associated with summer, like lemonade, bad TV and the skinny dude from The OC. Now, however, there’s a new movement to extend internships throughout the year, including during the fall and winter academic semesters. Since students tend to have odd class schedules during the week and an often unpredictable list of extracurricular obligations, the “virtual internship’ – one that can be undertaken from anywhere with a broadband Internet connection – has become increasingly popular. There are a number of reasons for it, but here are the four that we think appeal most to students: 1. Typically, virtual internships involve far fewer hours per week, so they still can be reconciled with your other activities. Even if the hours are the same as a [...]

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Chloe’s Clicks

December 10, 2010

Happy Friday! Check out the links that made my week go faster! TGIF . If it’s one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things of 2010,” you know it’s good. Go get your microlending on.  Here’s My Click! A word to the not-so-wise:  how to not get hired after your internship. Fearful you may be on the wrong path?  Here’s My Click! I’m seriously considering moving to Herndon, VA this weekend JUST FOR THIS INTERNSHIP. Want a Bugatti to be a part of your intern perks?  Here’s My Click! Because we all know, being an intern never gets old… Great stories from the super-chic Eternal Interns.  Here’s My Click! Looking for perfect gifts for your office Secret Santa, the cat lady in HR, or your nerdy little brother? You have found your one-stop-shop. Heres’s My Click! Find any links you love this week? Share ‘em in the comments!

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Will it Staple? The Pillow

December 10, 2010

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The world is your classroom

December 10, 2010

There’s no doubt that living on campus is fun. But there’s a whole other world out there, and college is an increasingly popular time to go see it. Why? Well, for starters, you might not get many chances for a while once you graduate and start working. Most universities now encourage or facilitate study abroad programs to enhance the value of their degree programs, and for good reason. As economies continue to globalize, many more careers are requiring a familiarity with the way life is lived outside the United States.  Immersing yourself in a foreign culture can be a transformative experience, exposing you to a wealth of different perspectives and languages and teaching lessons that take much longer to instill in a classroom. And, um … it’s insanely fun. For most people, the perceived barrier to studying overseas isn’t psychological so much as it is financial. But you shouldn’t table [...]

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If you’re lucky enough to be assigned a company laptop during your internship, you should probably guard it like Billy Bob Thornton guarded the Alamo. (I mean in terms of overall resolve. Please avoid the use of firearms.) Company laptops are known to inspire possessive fits of jealousy in some work environments, particularly if they’re badass. If your employer hands you a Macbook Air, that’s serendipity. A higher power has ordained it. You must protect it. But when you’re at the bottom of the totem pole, anything that’s assigned can be taken away just as quickly by your colleagues, for just about any convoluted reason. In this high-stakes game, trust is but a mirage. To keep yourself computing on the go, you must live by the following tips – or face a desolate, Wi-Fi-less future. Disguise it as a book. This is easier to pull off if the laptop is [...]

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5 in 5! with Double H Ranch

December 9, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week, we have John from Double H Ranch. The Double H Ranch is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round programming (residential summer camp, weekend support programs and adaptive winter sports) to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  Founded by Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood in 1993, the Double H Ranch serves over 1,000 people annually and is 100% free of charge. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? We have been really fortunate as an organization to attract hundreds of qualified, desirable candidates each year.  The qualities that stand out and help pull that application to the top of the pile are passion for service and a willingness to learn.  If you are passionate about our mission to serve kids and families and you are ready to grow personally and professionally, you are an excellent candidate. 2. [...]

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