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December 3, 2010

Numero 13. Time for some of the silly & insightful (& not so insightful…) tweets we see on Twitter during the week. Enjoy! ————————– @beachbound3: Poor intern had no idea her last week would be spent following an old lady in a walker to open doors! *sigh* I wanna walk again! @blowdart: I think my poor intern is getting disillusioned with the reality of work :,,) @swtypewriters: interns are loud @Amanda_Rudelt: Adding the stuff I did for my crazy internship to my resume makes it look like it was a way cooler gig than it was. @FashionChinkz: i want a hot chocolate i shld send this intern butttttt il b nice… @tarynwantslunch: I do not make my interns get coffee. They know very well that they’re not allowed to leave the office @Aaronsmith2: Our winter intern heats up soup everyday for lunch. It makes the office smell like a hospital. [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week, we have Jessica from Mental Health America. Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.  They accomplish their mission through advocacy, education and service. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? Enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. The interns who get the most out of their positions come in looking to make a difference and get real hands-on experience. Dependability and openness. We look for people who are going to come to work on a regular basis.  We also look for people who are willing to talk about things [...]

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While the global recession has taken its toll on many office perks, there are still plenty of companies that believe worker happiness is non-negotiable. Here are five you might want to check out when looking for a place to intern – and eventually, launch a career. Orbitz is one of the Web’s top travel booking sites, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that they let their employees take a little time off. How much, exactly? New employees get 12 vacation days, five floating holidays and 10 regular holidays in addition to sick hours. Telecommuting is totally acceptable, and with the company providing plenty of travel vouchers, you might conclude that your best work gets done from the beach. For the charitable among us, the company also boasts a unique volunteer program that pays for two days off, an airfare and a hotel night when an employee chooses [...]

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You probably don’t need us to let you know it’s hard out there. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics reports (we know, you read them all the time, too) the national unemployment remains steadily at 9.6 percent despite the general economic consensus that things have, well, stopped getting worse. Actually, 9.6 percent probably sounds pretty good to you. If 91.4 percent of you and your friends were employed, you might have been able to break yourselves off a steady diet of $5 footlongs by now. The harsh reality is that young people are bearing the worst of the country’s labor woes, with approximately 15 percent of 20-24 year olds and 27 percent of 16-19 year olds unable to find work. And those numbers don’t account for the vast legions of underemployed – people who have taken part-time work but still want to work full-time. But the data does tell [...]

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I.M.H.O: This is just a test.

November 29, 2010

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. Meagan Johnson is a professional speaker and her clients include: Harley-Davidson, Dairy Queen, American Express, Loreal, Pepsi, Cadillac, Burger King, the C.I.A. and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  She is known as the Generational Humorist and she and her dad, professional speaker Larry Johnson, are co-authors of the book, Generations,Inc: From Boomers to Linksters,Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. Meagan lives in Phoenix, AZ with her four dogs that have a total 15 legs (you do the math). I agonized over choosing my major. I wasn’t a big fan of school to begin with. All I wanted to do was get it over as quickly as possible, but how was I going to do that if I couldn’t even choose a major? One evening my dad called [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week, meet David, the founder of RockStar Consulting. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? RockStar Consulting is a professional development company that works directly with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them develop the skill sets they use to run their businesses.  We’re a smaller company, so the first thing I’m looking for is someone who actually wants to get engaged in the activities of the business.  It’s not enough for someone to show up and get coffee - they have to be willing to take the initiative.  The other attribute I look for is “coachability”.  Too often students have a closed mind when it comes to learning new skills, which is unfortunate because they’re hopefully in an internship to learn!  If an intern is motivated and willing, I can teach them the skills they need to be successful – [...]

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Guys, it’s that time of the year. We get to spend an insane amount of money on an over-the-top meal that mostly ends up in the trash. We assemble family members who give us every reason to avoid them for the vast majority of the year. And, when you consider the fact that many businesses take Thursday and Friday off work, we do so at the expense of billions of dollars of productivity. And still, there is much to be thankful for. I, for one, like to begin my holiday season a day before Thanksgiving. While some treat “Black Wednesday' as a monument to poor life choices, I like to get the party started with positive cheer early in the afternoon, when I’m still reasonably sober and at work. After all, as Tim Canterbury once said, people spend more time with their co-workers than they do friends and family. Aren’t [...]

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Take it from the girl with a full load of classes, three jobs, and an internship: overloading your schedule is a “no no’.  Like I have mentioned in the past, my schedule is jam-packed but it’s also very organized. The conflict with overloading your schedule is that initial freak out that you are eventually going to have about there not being enough hours in the day to do everything. This conflict can be extremely draining and stressful—try to avoid it! When adding things to your schedule, always take into account that there are only twenty-four hours in a day BUT 6-8 hours of these hours should be dedicated to sleep. Emphasis on should. As a college student, this tough.  I don’t know any of my friends who sleep 8 hours, as we are often cranking out 16-20 hour days. Take it from me:  don’t cut into your sleep time! It [...]

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Will it staple? El Sombrero

November 19, 2010

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5 in 5! with Textaurant

November 18, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: Josh from Textaurant. 1. Where do you work and what is your job? What do you do an a day-to-day basis? I am the Founder and Executive Chef at Textaurant, the company that wants you to wait online, not in line. Basically, I run the company, handling everything from sales and marketing to product development to hiring – anything that doesn’t involve actual coding. On a given day, I might be out talking to a dozen restaurant managers, meeting with potential partners, writing a blog post or email newsletter, and interviewing a candidate or two for an open position. If I don’t get it done, nobody else will, so I learned quickly that nothing is “beneath me” as the head of the company. 2. Did you have internships while in college? Do you feel your internship experience ultimately led you to where [...]

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