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5 in 5! with SIRIUS XM

September 30, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Ross from SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? I get asked this question a lot by career centers and applicants alike, and I wish I had a simple answer.  At SIRIUS XM we recruit for interns in all of our departments.  That’s everything from Finance and Accounting to Broadcasting.  For each position, the requested or required skill set may differ a little or a lot, giving us a real challenge when recruiting each session.  One thing that I can speak to that is critical when we recruit for interns is that they have passion.  Whether it’s for their major, our company, the industry, or even for some element of our content.  We are a company that has been built upon the passion of our programmers.  I truly feel like enthusiasm that our programmers [...]

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It’s heartening to know that, despite the cutbacks and layoffs and job losses of a protracted recession, businesses are still reluctant to part ways with their most precious commodities: crap from the middle pages of the Staples catalog. Here are some products that only seem useful after hundreds of hours of exposure to fluorescent lighting. The Staple Remover: Let’s be honest. The amount of time you’ve spent clicking the teeth together and pretending it’s a snake skull far outweighs the time you have actually spent removing staples at your job. Gold Paper Clips: One office supplies retailer claims these will give your documents “an executive look.' If you’re paper clipping a document to begin with, it is not executive. I can scarcely envision a scenario where they’re even appropriate, unless you’re filing a tax extension for Gucci Mane. The Neon Blue Highlighter: Actually, I can understand the advantages of having [...]

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When you think of the word ‘Target’, ‘McDonald’s’ or ‘Burger King’ images of their brand automatically pop up into your head- the red and white target symbol, the golden arches, and the king.  Companies like these have been building their brands for years, and coincidentally, so have you!  That’s right, you! Your personal brand is something that can make or break you getting a job, which can ultimately guide your career path. You’re probably wondering what “personal branding' is- personal branding helps to define who you are, why you are amazing, and why you need to be sought out or hired.  Building your personal brand is all about building a name for yourself, and cleaning up your cyber image. Here are a few tips to clean up your cyber brand… Facebook- Make sure that your Facebook account is searchable, this means having your first and last name both present in [...]

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Sweet Tweets

September 24, 2010

Lucky number 7!  We spend lots of time on Twitter trying to keep up with what you’re all talking about. We see it all: the good, the bad, the ugly… and the silly. Here we go, Sweet Tweets time. ——————————————– @davlomb: If you leave a can of Coca Cola open for longer than a month that it will start turning into jelly. Thanks to my summer intern, I now know. @SincerelyJane: “Don’t point the gun at him, he’s an unpaid intern.” @KettyMercedes: Enjoying my internship. Ladies in lock-up had me laughing this morning! See, it’s not all sad and depressing.. actually, not really. @JohnRWiley My intern partner and I decided that we are going to have “Bring your dad to work day.” @mekie26: Another day no dollar #intern @a_ditk3: coffee makers, 1 toaster, 10 bags coffee, 3 box splenda, 3 box stirrers,3 ottomans,1 filing cabinet, ink, 8 box tea…1 errand. [...]

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5 in 5! with Nestle Purina

September 23, 2010

5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. Brook from Nestle Purina. Nestle Purina PetCare Company is  “passionately committed to making pets’ lives better.” While “pet lover” may not be an absolute requirement, it certainly would be amazing to work with a company who loves your pet just as much as you do! They offer great internships and training opportunities in almost every field you could think of (Brook started as an intern, BTW!). 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? As we have over 40 positions this year, this depends largely on the internship or entry-level position.  Typically our internships focus on college juniors and our full-time entry level opportunities focus on college seniors.  The majors we are seeking include:  Business, Marketing, Communications, Engineering, Food Science, Animal Science, Engineering Technology, HR,Computer Science, MIS, Accounting, Finance and Biology/Microbiology.  We are recruiting individuals into positions in the following functional [...]

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Hey all, During these developmental years in your life, it is extremely important to network with your peers and anyone and everyone that you meet. Get to know your professors more that what they share with you in class.  Have lunch with a study group from a few of your classes.  Share the stresses of your week with a few ladies or gents from your hall. Networking simply means making contact and exchanging information with other people.  Not only can one of these people lend you a helping hand when you need one (getting a job or telling you who to talk to for something that you want), but he or she can also act as a support system when you need it most. I’ve got a hypothetical situation for you. You’re in the library at school, and you realize that you have five minutes to print out a paper, [...]

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Meet the Intern: Kyle Peters

September 17, 2010

Kyle is graduating in December 2010 with a finance degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. His interests include working out, playing hockey, golf, and reading. This summer, he completed his fourth internship with Southwestern/Great American. 1.  Please tell us about your internship experiences. I have been interning for Southwestern/Great American for the past 4 summers, ever since my freshman year ended at MSU. It is an international corporation of 21 companies, with areas in financial services, insurance, health foods, consulting, real estate, fundraising,and more. I have worked with their college program,though, which is in sales. I have ran my own business each summer selling educational products such as textbooks, software, and web tutoring. When I say books and software, I mean things like Kaplan SAT/ACT software all the way down to Clifford Reading computer games, math help books to supplement elementary to high school [...]

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5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week: Justin from Highly Relevant. My name is Justin Hong, and I’m the Chief Operating Officer of Highly Relevant, an Internet marketing company based out of Los Angeles.  We specialize in converting web traffic into tangible results (such as leads, sign-ups, or sales), particularly for eCommerce businesses.  To find out more about us, please visit our website at www.HighlyRelevant.com — and if you’re an ambitious and enthusiastic person who is interested in interning with us, please contact me at justin@highlyrelevant.com.  We’re always looking for good people to bring on board. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern? To me, a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and ambition are much more important than actual skills.  You can always train people on the skills that you want them to learn.  Attitude, enthusiasm,and ambition are not always traits that you can develop in people. [...]

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My past experiences with writing resumes have always started off daunting, and ended up going well.  I have learned how to take the standard resume that I have perfected, and mold it to fit the job description of any position that I apply for.  The first steps to writing a great resume, is to identify sections of the resume that you feel will help portray you skills and work experience the best way possible.  The below are some sections that resume’s typically contain… Objective: This is the statement that explains your career plan in reference to what the employer is looking for in their applicants. Education: List what school you go (or have gone) to, major(s)/minor(s), any relevant coursework that you’ve taken, your GPA, and your graduation date. Skills/Research: List any personality traits that will be of value to the position, your software experience, a research that you’ve complied and/or [...]

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Getting an internship isn’t as easy as applying, and having your resume reviewed by an employer.  Not only must one apply, but he or she must also go through the interview process.  The interview process- scary to most, and natural for some.  For me, the steps to making sure that my internship and job interviews go smoothly are: dress to impress, be confident, avoid jargon, don’t be too personal, and practice. 1.  Dress to impress. When going into an interview, I make sure that I dress to impress because like it or not, what an employer sees will be his or her first impression of you as a potential intern.  I typically wear a nice button-up shirt, simple slacks,and a low heel to my interviews.  Remember,there’s nothing wrong with being stylish, but you don’t want to be too flashy.  For guys, I would suggest a nice crisp button-up shirt or [...]

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