• 7 Tips for Searching and Settling into a New College Life

    July 31, 2012 by

    Seven tips to follow for searching and settling into a new college lifestyle:

    1. Visit the Campus/College Town before Visiting – You can begin this search on thecollegetourist.com but of course you should take the official campus tour and make sure you really explore on your own. Trained tour guides show you the school’s selling points but take your own walk and ride around town. Continue Reading

  • Insurance for College Students

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    College kids show up at school with a lot more than a big bag full of T-shirts and jeans. They also bring a slew of electronics—computers, printers, smart phones, iPads—that can be expensive to replace. Your homeowners insurance will generally cover students’ possessions if they live in a dorm, and it may provide coverage if they’re in an off-campus apartment, as long as their primary residence is still your home. The rules vary a lot by insurer; most require your child to be a full-time student and under age 24. Continue Reading

  • 2012 Best Internship on Earth Outdoor Youth Ambassador: Episode 2

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    The following video is from Joaquin Sosa, the 2012 Best Internship on Earth Outdoor Youth Ambassador, featuring a compilation of footage from outings in Lake Pyramid, the Grand Tetons, Puerto Rico and Outdoor Nation.

    Joaquin recently completed his third year at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he’s studying digital media and photography.  A self-described wilderness enthusiast, Joaquin is eager to explore all the wild places our country has to offer and share his journey through video blogging. Continue Reading

  • Get Your Game On! – Three Questions about Your Candidate Experience.

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    Joe Murphy

    Joe Murphy of Shaker Consulting Group

    Game designer and TED presenter Jane McGonigal had an article in the January 22, 2011 WSJ “Be a Gamer, Save the World.” She states we (the royal We) spend three billion hours a week gaming.  The average 18 year old spends 80 minutes a day gaming and extreme gamers spend up to 45 hours per week connected to a digitally delivered challenge. The quick lesson here is that engaging experiences hold our attention.  The first question is: What kind of engagement does your candidate experience deliver? 

    Charles Handler, in his Candidate Bill of Rights suggests a candidate assessment should last no more than 30 minutes.  Is that to free up time for gaming?  Or is that because the assessments he is thinking about are a form of torture.  Maybe he is seeking to limit the pain of a putting a candidate through poorly designed on-line assessments. He wants to limit (but not ban)– Applitorture.  Or, the degree to which the applicant is subjected to mental or physical anguish from the act of applying for a job. Continue Reading

  • 7 Ways to Screw Up a Job Interview

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    Once you land a job interview, you may feel the hard work is done. You might even allow your enthusiasm to melt your inhibitions during the meeting. Don’t let your excitement rob you of a chance for the job you’ve been waiting for. Arm yourself with these key interview strategies that include practicing restraint as well as excellent preparation.

    Here are some things to avoid doing during job interviews. Continue Reading

  • 5 Tips to Manage Difficult Employees, Resulting in Better Customer Service

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    Good employers know that one part of having a successful business is delivering quality customer service.  This means having workers who deliver quality customer service; but, how do they deal with difficult employees?

    Too often, organizations promise satisfaction to external customers and then allow internal politics to frustrate their employees’ good intentions to deliver. It’s important to remember that your customers aren’t the only ones who come through your organization’s door every day seeking quality service. Your coworkers and leaders also need to be served. If they’re not happy, it’s not likely they’ll deliver stellar service, and the same goes for you. Inevitably, “difficult people” will creep into your work life, disturbing you, your colleagues’, and your leaders’ workflow and negatively affecting the service you all provide your customers.

    Ron Kaufman has some eye-opening news for you. He says, at some point, we’re all viewed by our colleagues as the organization’s “difficult person.” That’s why it’s important that we find a way to provide uplifting service internally all the time…even (and especially!) when difficult situations arise so internal tiffs don’t lead to rifts with customers. Continue Reading

  • The College Major—Making the Right Choice for the Right Reasons

    July 30, 2012 by

    While college is very much about living in a dorm room, eating various forms of microwavable food, and staying up for 24 hours straight in the library, it is also about discovering your passions, exploring your every academic interest, and learning who you want to be in your professional future. That being said, one of the most difficult and unnerving aspects of our college days is the process of choosing a major. As young 18 to 20 year olds, nothing is more daunting than thinking about the academic topic that seemingly decides the rest of your future. Today, students are faced with even more difficult decisions and challenges than ever before. As our national and global economy continue to falter, student loan debt mounting at an all-time high, and jobless numbers staying steadily high, even more pressure is being put on young undergrads to make the “right” choice. Don’t be blindsided by crashing economies and lucrative careers, consider these tips to choose the right major for the right reasons. Continue Reading

  • Top Three Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

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    Pat, Pete, and Evan

    Patrick Ambron, CEO & Co-Founder, BrandYourself.com (on the left)

    If you’re like most college students, you’ve got to deal with an issue your parents didn’t have to worry about – your online reputation. You might not think it’s a big deal while you’re still in school, but if you want to find a job, during or after college, it’s a good idea to start managing your online reputation now.

    When you apply for a job, you will be Googled, and your social media pages will be checked out. Will potential employers find a positive, professional image on your Facebook page, or will they see you winning a tequila shots contest on Spring Break? Managing your online reputation can make all the difference. Here are three tips that can help: Continue Reading

  • How Recruiters and Hiring Managers can Help Candidates Make an Informed Career Decision

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    Joe Murphy

    Joe Murphy of Shaker Consulting Group

    Candidates are decision makers too. Patty Van Leer of NAS Recruitment Communications understands that.  I had a chance to speak with Patty at Taleo World.  I asked her what we can do to help candidates make a more informed career decision.  She offers three clear suggestions on what can be done to the candidate experience.  Click PLAY below and hear what she has to say.  Then scroll down to read more. Continue Reading

  • Olympic Watching to Have No Measurable Impact on Overall Economy

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    London 2012 Olympics logoWith the Olympic Games officially underway over the weekend, NBC Television is barely into its 5,535 hours of coverage, including 3,500 hours of live streaming of events online.  The network hopes to match the success of the 2008 Olympic coverage that attracted an average of 27 million American viewers each day over the 17-day event. While most viewers will catch the most popular sports during the network’s prime-time coverage, the five- to eight-hour time difference between London and America’s four time zones (11 hours for those lucky enough to live in Hawaii), means that many fans who want to watch live events will do so from their work desks.

    According to workplace expert John Challenger, CEO of global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, it is difficult to pin down a monetary value of the lost productivity that could result from employees watching the Olympics.  “In reality, it will have no measureable impact on the overall economy.  Where it will be most noticeable is the IT department, which is likely to observe a significant slowdown in company Internet speeds, as bandwidth is eaten up by Olympic fans watching streaming videos from their desks,” he noted.  “At the end of the day, productivity will be no worse for wear, as employees who slacked off during the workday, stay later to complete their projects or take work home using their growing arsenal of portable technology that has helped virtually erase the line between our work lives and personal lives.”