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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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Believe it or not, something strongly resembling our modern concept of “business' was conducted before the advent of the smartphone. In fact, as early as the late 1600s, the British East India Company had monopolized the indigo dye and silk trades across the entire Eastern hemisphere without mobile access to Excel spreadsheets. Nowadays, the idea of dressing yourself in the morning without consulting an app seems patently ridiculous. Like it or not, you’re worthless without your technology. If your employers could legally hire an HTC Evo or iPhone 4 instead of you, they probably would. But until our phones can drive our cars to work, drink our coffee and socialize inappropriately with interns on our behalf, we must learn to operate harmoniously together. Like any other business partner, your smartphone must be used politely in all contexts. I’ve found that one particularly tricky theater is the men’s bathroom. As most [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: Janet from Easter Seals Florida. Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. They work with children with special needs and disabilities with the ultimate goal of preparing them to enter school with no further need of intervention. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? As the Director of Special Events at a non-profit organization interns are an excellent resource.  They are the unsung hero’s with fresh ideas and their experience provides them with an excellent opportunity to gain and develop professional skills.  When I interview a potential intern I look for someone with the ability to communicate effectively, maintain a high level of energy and appear to have passion. It is important to know the individual believes in the mission of the [...]

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It was once an inescapable facet of modern life: You or your family knew someone affected by a Decoy Name on Facebook. It seemed like a perfect plan. That Jessica Giatis chick in your Strat Comm class was gripped by a primal desire to share evidence that she passed out on the wheelchair ramp of an Arby’s – AGAIN – with the Internet at large. It was the Age of Transparency. A reputation for zaniness was at stake. But in the back of her mind, Jessica knew that certain employers would frown on this brand of recreation. So one day, you did a brief double-take when Jessica’s recent wall posts suddenly become attributed to “Jess G-Attitude.’ Unlike Miss Giatis, who had actually interned at a reputable PR firm and was known to enjoy Romantic literature, Jess G-Attitude was a no-holds-barred, fist-pumping, bong smashing, bouncer-grinding party machine. She would roll up [...]

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Your resume is the premier document that sums up who you are as an employee, and what you have done. Typically, it is the first thing that an employer sees when you apply to an internship and/or job. Keeping your resume updated regularly does not need to be a bothersome task. Have you looked at your objective statement lately? Pick apart your objective statement, and make sure that it lists all new skills and attributes that you’ve acquired since your resume was last updated. If your resume is missing internships or jobs that you’ve had, be sure to add those as soon as possible! After all, every real world work experience that you’ve had assisted in developing who you are today. Letting potential employers know about these positions can assist them in making a decision whether or not to hire you. Also, your resume should keep industry-specific jargon constantly updated.  [...]

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2011-02-24 15:33:51

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