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Callum Ng is an entrepreneur and former Canadian National Team swimmer who currently serves as Director and Partner at NG Farrell Marketing in Vancouver, Canada. At 19, he created his own summer job by founding Green Grads Exterior Cleaning, an environmentally friendly window and gutter cleaning service. 1. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate? We like to interview people that have reached out to us in a creative way. Sometimes, this is as easy as shooting us a tweet, at other times it can be making a cool video. Either way, presentation, professionality and knowledge of our industry is key. Also, we like to know that our interns or entry-level candidates are passionate about what we do, and work for us because they believe in what we are doing. 2. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is [...]

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Coffee Clicks 2.3.11

February 3, 2011

Links to click while you’re letting the coffee sink in. Top 10 internship resume mistakes. Navigating the social recruiting circle of trust. The ugly truth about weight and work (hint: thinner is better). Slideshow of the 10 most affordable cities in America according to ABC news.

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Coffee Clicks 2.2.11

February 2, 2011

Links to click while you’re letting the coffee sink in. In an interview, it’s not all about you. White House intern takes a break to…audition for American Idol? Lose 15lbs and get an internship with Self Magazine in NYC! Do you have a nickname for the giant snow blanket we’re under? (our fav is Snowprah Winfrey)

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Coffee Clicks 2.1.11

February 1, 2011

Looking for something to read while letting the coffee sink in? Here’s today’s clickable bits: Need to send in writing samples? Don’t do this. Calling all foodies: your internships are here. Only insane people are entrepreneurs.  *Note: I can neither confirm nor deny seeing as my boss is an entrepreneur. USA Today:  Everything you need to know about virtual internships Want to get fired from your internship? Leave it to Gossip Girl’s Dan & Blair to show you how.

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Junior year is an important year. Maybe you begin to search for internships that might culminate in a job offer upon graduation, or you start prepping for graduate school. It’s exciting, but I am finding it stressful to say the least. I’ve had two years to explore all the fun options college has to offer, but now, it’s time for me to make some big decisions.  In particular: Should I pursue my masters in communications (or something related), get an MBA, or go straight into the journalism field? My parents have been hinting, encouraging me to pursue a masters (preferably in business) because they don’t think journalism is a viable career path and believe you can never get enough education. For some people, it might be easy to shrug off parents’ wishes and think “This is MY life, so I’ll do whatever I want.” But in reality, it’s not so [...]

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When I was your age (anywhere from 18-50 months ago), I wasn’t particularly fond of worrying about summer internships until parents started asking. When you’re shuffling to morning classes in five layers, barely leaving a footprint in snowdrifts that have frozen solid, summer seems like a far-off prospect — like flying cars or AARP registration. Let me assure you, it’s not. Especially not this year, when we’ve seen an astonishing number of students already agonizing over their interview performances on Twitter. Summer internship search season hasn’t just begun: If it were Benjamin Button, it would almost be getting down with Gwyneth Paltrow by now. If you’re part of the camp that likes to “wait till spring break,' you might find your options to be pretty limited by then, especially if you’re looking for paid work. At the very least, you need to make sure you’re prepared to submit strong applications [...]

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I recognized it before I even opened the email. I recognized it by the courteous yet curt subject line and the unnecessarily long introduction emphasizing my talents and how pleasant it was to meet me. Any time a potential employer takes that much time to tell me how nice it was to meet me before getting to the punch line, it’s almost always the internship/ job kiss of death: the dreaded rejection email. As a senior in college, I’ve applied to more than my share of internships. I’ve had a good number of successes, but unfortunately, they’re generally preceded by many rejections. And, sadly, it still stings every time. That first hour after reading the email and processing the fact that I won’t be working at the company I was so excited about is very disheartening. But not only is it disheartening, it’s also incredibly frustrating because of all the effort [...]

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Paper Airplane Races – including fastest, thru-the-loop, and best trick. “I’ve never made an airplane in my life. These boys, they probably make airplanes everyday to like, throw at each other. I’ve never made an airplane before.”

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It used to be that getting your college degree was all you needed to get a great job after college, but times have changed! Grad schools and employers are looking for real-world experience when they are looking at your resume. One great way to go this is by getting an internship. Are you thinking about an internship? Are you required to have an internship for your major? Getting started can be intimidating and confusing unless you know the right questions to ask and the right places to look. Where to look When I started my internship search, I went to talk to a career advisor at my school about jobs and internships, and while I was there I signed up for the College Central Network, which had a huge listing of internships and jobs for students and alumni of my college. Internships.com is the largest internship marketplace and a great [...]

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