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Though some signs point to a slightly improving labor market, many employers have been very reluctant to expand their payrolls during the long climb out of the Great Recession. The result? Today’s graduating classes are becoming very familiar with the phrase “unpaid internship” — and not everyone feels the same way about it. Is the explosion of unpaid internships an opportunity, exploitation or a little of both? Today we present two (somewhat) opposing viewpoints on the matter. Dallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur and media mogul Mark Cuban lashes out at the government’s attempts to regulate unpaid internships in this blog post from 2009. Small business owner Dawn Reshen-Doty of Benay Enterprises, a Connecticut business management service, suggests employers can help the economy, a frustrated generation, and even Egypt by doing whatever it takes to hire one extra paid intern. Do you think it’s fair for employers to hire unpaid interns? Leave [...]

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Cialina (Twitter: @cialina) is a freshman member of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City, where she intends to be an English and Media Studies double major. She also runs Muggle-Born.net, a blog that discusses books and issues affecting publishing interns. Last August, I felt like I had woken up from a fantastic dream. I had ended a spectacular internship at Scholastic where I learned the ropes of the publishing industry. I worked firsthand on manuscripts and sent out a ton of rejection letters. I learned the process behind publishing a book from the messy first pass pages to the blues, and I got a sneak peek of the changes a book jacket goes through. But most importantly, I got to witness firsthand the everyday life of a children’s book editor – an editor who was not only my teacher, but also my guide into the world [...]

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One of the basic tenets of American citizenship is that no matter what race, class or belief system you come from, you don’t need to have the slightest inkling of what is occurring in the world around you. That’s why Abraham Lincoln fought so hard to expel the British. But in this increasingly international business climate, where things routinely get mailed from Tokyo and people are always asking you about things you haven’t seen and people you’ve never met, you should probably have enough current events knowledge to at least gracefully exit a conversation. To avoid offending anyone along the way, here are some key phrases you can count on when a divisive subject arises: WORD POLITICS “It’s crazy over there.' The best approach to discussing a foreign calamity without weighing in on which side, if any, you support. For example: “I heard there are two Sudans now. How crazy [...]

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Coffee Clicks 2.9.11

February 9, 2011

U.S. unemployment takes its toll on youth. Found your calling, or still looking? Either way, read this. Is simple entrepreneurship the key to beating the recession?

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Internships pervade pop culture (and reality TV) and if you’ve read our blog in the past, you know that tons of celebrities got their careers started as interns. Sweet. Shows like The Hills and The City have come and gone – offering viewers an inside look into the competitive lifestyle of high fashion interns in New York. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a new entrant into the pop culture internship domain through the uber-popular show Gossip Girl. Blair and Dan landed internships at a fashion magazine in NYC, and well, the rest was history… No spoilers here, in case you still have the last few episodes saved on your DVR. We just wanted to give a little shout-out to our neighbors, the CW Network, here in Los Angeles, for developing an internship storyline smack in the middle of internship search and application season. Though the events may be [...]

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Hello, students and recent grads! My name is Sarah, and I am an illustrator. If you are an art student putting together your resume, you must have wondered whether or not to incorporate your design or drawing skills into your resume. I have applied to 220 jobs and internships so far (possibly more, because not all positions I applied to were written down in my mini ‘Places I Applied To’ notebook!). I want to share my personal experiences with two types of resumes: the standard one-page and the creative resume. Everyone is familiar with the standard one-page resume. Recently, I talked about writing for resumes and artist statements with my supervisor at the Letterpress shop (where I am currently an intern). She mentioned the College Art Association website, where they have standard guidelines for artists’ resumes. I found it to be very helpful. The second kind of resume is the [...]

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The most important part of a resume package will always be its content, no matter how many gold fasteners and wax seals you adorn it with. But once you’ve put time into crafting a technically solid pitch, here are a few tasteful presentational upgrades you can make to ensure a mailed application is especially memorable. Print it on card stock paper. If you want to splurge a bit to making your resume look fancy, it’s best to stay clean and professional. Printing on a slightly thicker matte material not only gives your application a nice weight, but it also improves legibility. Steer clear of glossy printing materials, as they tend to have the opposite effect. And please don’t decorate your resume. PLEASE. Know typography – or pass your resume to someone who does. You can have the strongest resume in the stack, but it’s guaranteed to get laughed at if [...]

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Every week, we’ll have a new Featured Student who will share some fun facts about themselves,  be featured on the Employer home page, and get a fun gift from us. Just for being so awesome. So what’s beyond the resume? Well, I’m currently a Business major with a concentration in International Business. The idea of different people and cultures working each other, despite their obvious differences, is fascinating to me. I’m hoping to study abroad sometime in future–hopefully the near future! To be honest, I’m a real nerd at heart! I wouldn’t mind spending a whole day just browsing through the books at my local public library. And I absolutely love shopping for new school supplies when the beginning of the school year rolls around! Living life to the fullest is my ultimate goal. I want to learn as much as I can and do as much as I can in the [...]

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Coffee Clicks

February 7, 2011

Think critically when it comes to unpaid internships. Hey recent grads: 11 ways to build your network after college The economy is recovering, but local government jobs may be at risk A few easy investments to guarantee a professionally-fashionable future. Once you get an internship…how and why to network on the job.

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Coffee Clicks

February 7, 2011

Links to click while letting the caffeine sink in… Internship tips from a recent post on BNET. Top 10 companies that pay their interns the best. Virtual internships: for those who want to spend more time at the office? Calvin Klein intern spotted on NBC NY’s Street Style feature.

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