• How would you know you were successful in your career?

    April 30, 2009 by

    Success is confidence.

    — Submitted by H. P. from Surat, Gujarat, India through the CollegeRecruiter.com Career Blog Application on Facebook.com.

  • Making CollegeRecruiter.com Less Like the Wisconsin Dells

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    Wisconsin Dells billboard signsThe Wisconsin Dells is an area which has incredible natural beauty, is very close to Madison and a few hours northeast of Chicago, features many hotels with incredible waterparks, and may have the highest concentration of billboards of any town in the U.S. Get outside of the town and you are in heaven.
    If you go to the Dells and drive through the town, you feel that you are almost literally in an obnoxious carnival. It is really unfortunate that the town leaders didn’t have the foresight decades ago to limit or even prohibit the massive store signs and billboards which visually pollute their town and give you the urge to move your wallet from your back pocket to your front pocket or perhaps even a money belt.

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  • How to Create Your Personal Brand | Part 4

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    The first three posts in this series, explored how you can begin creating your personal brand through having a few great brainstorm sessions, organizing your thoughts by creating a web diagram, showed you how to create your own self-hosted blog with some great how-to videos and then gave some tips on how to promote your personal brand.
    This week’s post will give some quick tips on how you can monitor your personal brand and see the conversations taking place about you on the web.
    Monitor the conversations
    First, it’s important to understand that conversations are taking place all over the web. Everyday, millions of people read blogs, comment on them, write their own blog posts, tweet about content on Twitter, post links on Facebook and update their status. What is being said about you on the web is important because it helps to build or break down your personal brand. If you don’t know the conversations taking place about you on the web, you’re flying in the dark and missing out on critical information.
    If you don’t know what’s being said about you on the web don’t fret. Remember, creating your personal brand is a process that you should continuously strive to improve. Monitoring your personal brand is just the next step in your brand’s evolution.

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  • Entry Level Jobs With Bungie Aren’t Just Fun and Games

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    It’s been almost 6 months since I first started talking about how the video game industry is a good place to find a job during a recession, yet I continue to be amazed by how aggressively some gaming companies are hiring. I don’t know if it’s a result of the fact that people buy video games when they’re unemployed or it’s that hard to find people to fill these jobs, but I’m shocked to see a company like Bungie with 21 job openings – many of which appear to be suitable for new grads. Now, Bungie and I go way back. I’ve been using Macs since the early 90s, and Bungie was one of the premier game creators for Macs. Although I was never a serious gamer, I definitely have fond memories of Bungie’s first huge success – Marathon. Then they hit it big with Halo. Microsoft bought them out, and they picked up shop and moved (all of their employees chose to follow the company) to Kirkland, WA.
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  • Entry Level Jobs With Pier 1 Imports

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    Are you “interesting, impressive, hippy, happy and one-of-a-kind”? If so, you’re a lot like the products sold by Pier 1 Imports and would likely fit in well as part of their team. As North America’s largest retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts, Pier 1 Imports offers extensive benefits focused on quality of life. According to their Web site, they have chosen their benefits to “help associates stay healthy, feel secure, meet their financial goals, and balance the demands of work and personal life.” But, let’s face it, I’m sure everyone’s favorite benefit is the employee discount!
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    This is a guest post by Heather R. Huhman. Heather is the media relations manager at a national health care professional association. She is also the entry-level careers columnist for Examiner.com, a career expert for the CAREEREALISM Twitter Advice Project, the job search expert for Campus Calm and author of the e-book “Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty.”
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  • Achieve “Brilliance in the Digital Space” With a Free Association Internship

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    I’m a sucker for a good design, which is why I spent months perfecting the new design that I launched last Friday on One Day, One Job (a One Day, One Internship version is coming soon). It may not knock your socks off, but, hey, we can’t hire a fancy design firm like Free Association. They’re a Brooklyn, NY based “team of designers, developers, and strategists who are dedicated to brilliance in the digital space.” And brilliance is what they deliver. They’ve worked with Microsoft, MTV, Mint, and more. I’m impressed by their work, and I think that you will be too. Continue reading about Free Association…
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  • How to Get an Internship With Howcast

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    When you don’t know how to do something (like find an internship), what do you do? You probably head straight to Google and look for an online resource to tell you how to do what you want to do. It didn’t used to be that easy. You’d either have to ask someone, or buy a book (if you could figure out which book to buy), or figure it out yourself. Answering “how to” questions wasn’t easy, but now it is because of websites like New York City’s Howcast. Whether you head straight to Howcast or you find their answer to your question through Google, you’ll be delighted to find what they call “the best how to videos on the web.” Howcast covers nearly every topic you can imagine – from How to Adopt a Child to How to Psyche Out the Competition and – more relevant for our purposes – from How to Deal with a Smelly Coworker to How to Dress for a Job Interview. Each topic has both a video and a Wiki with written instructions, and the content is either user submitted or Howcast produced (it’s generally very high quality content). Oh yeah, and Howcast was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites of 2008. That’s pretty cool. Continue reading about Howcast…
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  • Taking Full Advantage of Your Internship

    April 29, 2009 by

    The thought of stepping out into the real world may be scary for some college students. It might be scarier if they don’t have any work experience, which most employers usually look for in entry level job candidates. A great way to gain some experience is through an internship; it’s like a preview of a real world job.

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  • Tour Guide: A Job In Heaven or Hell?

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    Most of us have, at one time or another in our careers, been quite disgusted with the hypocrisy, mendacity and generic mean-spiritedness that we encounter. And the workspace, for all of its subdued lighting, central air, and other amenities, may as well be a reptile house instead of an office. It’s always at these times, when we feel the most vulnerable, that we tend to idealize other jobs. You know the drill – ‘I wish that I worked in Hawaii, even as a dish jockey’. ‘Home Depot doesn’t seem so bad, and hey, I might even learn a thing or two’. True, most of us do, however, stop just short of wanting to work at McDonalds.
    Yet of all the jobs that many mid-careerists find very appealing – at least from afar – is that of being a tour guide in some exotic clime. No, I don’t mean standing around musty, and often bloody relics at, let’s say, the Bullfight Museum in Madrid. Or even acting like a shave-headed Russian mafioso, while showing the tourists around the former Nazi/Communist headquarters, now called The House of Terror Museum in Budapest. What I’m really thinking about is what it would be like as a tour guide in Kenya, or Costa Rica, or Tibet. You know, a la National Geo. Sun-kissed mountain peaks, volcanoes, wildlife, expensive cameras, khakis and Timberlands.
    In the interest of honesty, let’s take a look at what these folks, who we tend to glamorize, really do. Let’s say that we’re going to take a group of tourists around one of these eco-friendly countries for a week. Check out the following job description. BTW, also remember that these duties and responsibilities apply 24/7.
    The 25 Basic Tour Guide Duties:
    1. You must display total patience and enthusiasm at all times.
    2. Meet and greet all jet-lagged and cranky new arrivals at crowded, often chaotic third-world airport.
    3. Make sure that all luggage is accounted for, and loaded onto bus. Deal with any missing luggage at claims office, and hope that your pigeon version of the local language suffices.
    4. Take the first of many headcounts.
    5. Answer any and all questions.
    6. Coordinate hotel/lodge check in, to include passport collection and return, luggage off-loading and delivery to rooms.
    7. Deal with any and all complaints as to room size, view, missing towels, etc.
    8. Resolve any special menu requirements or dietary restrictions before meal time.
    9. Answer any and all questions.
    10. Review the tour schedule with bus driver, so that each trip arrives at, and departs from, each site on time. Continue reading …
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  • Entry Level Jobs With Reasoning Mind Add Up to Great Careers

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    I don’t know where they were when I was looking for a math related non-profit for Pi Day, but I was excited to learn about Reasoning Mind through a Facebook message from George Khachatryan that asked me to help them get the word out about their entry level positions. We’ll get to those in a second, but first let’s talk about what Reasoning Mind is. It’s a Houston, TX based non-profit (with offices in Dallas, TX and Moscow too) that is offering “an engaging online community that develops students’ math knowledge and thinking skills” so that every child can receive “a first-rate math education.” They’re already working in quite a few schools in California, Texas, and Louisiana, and they also offer individual enrollment over the web. Reasoning Mind seems to be a family affair, as the President & CEO and the Vice President also happen to be Khachatryans.
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