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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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Sweet Tweets

November 5, 2010

Sw???t Tw??ts Numb?r ?Tw?lv? @azadehg: disaster. phone banking pages got blown over by office man. interns running around picking them up… coke can spill. i love today.love hate @elecray7k: I send out letters asking to be hired as an intern that go: “blah blah blah college, entry level, PS WORKED AT A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY.” @dross6: @gtricecakes Apparently they want an intern for 2 years. I thought that was called a job? @MoMoneyMoPablum: Day 2: Told ex-intern/cubicle pal Young Sam my plan. Him: “Cool. Just don’t wuss out, wussy.” Never shoulda put him on salary. #Novembeard @MattThomps: I am no longer an intern. My new title is Apprentice. It sounds cooler. @Milbermann: needs a job…anyone need an intern?? will work for peanuts! @Injury_Proned: You know it’s bad when your unpaid internship was one of the best parts of your summer @jennybara: LOOOL feel like an intern getting lunch for the [...]

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5 in 5! with Groupon

November 3, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer.  This week: Noelle from Groupon. 1. Where do you work and what is your job?  What do you do on a day-to-day basis? I am the Events Manager at Groupon.  If you aren’t familiar with Groupon, we are a daily deal website that features something cool to do at an unbeatable price (50%-95%). You have 1 day to buy the deal, and in most cases a year to use it.  Groupon is in 90 markets in North America, 29 countries and has more than 20 million subscribers.  What I do is plan awesome appreciation parties/events across the country for our subscribers and merchants.  On any given day, I could be planning anywhere from 2-5 events – securing the location, choosing menus items and entertainment, or working on guest lists.  Post-event analysis also a part of what I do on a daily basis.  I travel [...]

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Letters of recommendation and referrals can be crucial components of any sort of application. This is why asking the right person to write it, and asking them properly is extremely important. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your recommender… First, ask , who knows you well? Professor Mentor Supervisor/Manager Close friend Next, consider which of these people would be willing to write your letter. After you’ve decided who you want to write your letter of recommendation or referral, it’s time to ask him or her to write it. Consider the following before you ask for this favor. Don’t ask, “Can you write a letter?' instead ask “Do you feel like you could be able to write a letter of recommendation for my…' Give him or her ample amount of time to complete the letter or referral by its due date. When it comes to a task like [...]

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I Make a Difference, Do You?

November 2, 2010

So your eyes are burning from a grueling internship search that has your task bar permanently emblazoned into your retinas. Blink a little, stretch your legs, and get up. No, not now. After you’re done reading this. The point is you gotta get out more. Building your web presence and applying to jobs and internships is clearly important, but a lot of the best opportunities to build your career come through networking. This week, The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is bringing some of the nation’s most influential young businesspeople to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. for a free conference to inspire students to build their enterprise visions into reality. Speakers include web startup CEOs, nonprofit executives and small business owners from a wide variety of backgrounds. EET is partnering with one of Internships.com’s closest nonprofit affiliates, iMADdu (I Make a Difference, Do You?), to put on the event, which will [...]

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