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Posted April 08, 2010 by

Entry Level Jobs With DonorsChoose.org

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Article by Willy Franzen of One Day, One Internship and One Day, One Job

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Entry Level Jobs With Applied Physics Laboratory

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This has nothing to do with physics, but yesterday was likely the greatest day in Cornell athletics history. I’m a happy guy. I’m also a guy who took AP Physics and found it extremely difficult. Despite the fact that our survival is based on having a basic understanding of physics (like knowing how a spear will fly when you throw it at a mammoth), most of us have basically no clue about the scientific side of physics. That’s not the case with the folks at The Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. The APL is a division of Johns Hopkins University, and it’s “a not-for-profit center for engineering, research, and development.” The Laboratory’s work has a huge impact on the success of our nation–they work in areas like Air and Missile Defense, Homeland Protection, Biomedicine, and Civilian Space.
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Article by Willy Franzen of One Day, One Internship and One Day, One Job

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Entry Level Jobs With White Pages

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Willy Franzen.jpgOne of my new favorite sites is Mixergy.com. It’s kind of like One Day, One Job for entrepreneurs. Nearly every day, Andrew Warner, the founder, does a video chat/interview with an entrepreneur. It’s a fantastic educational tool for aspiring entrepreneurs, and it’s also a pretty decent job search resource. One of the interviews that I watched recently was with Alex Algard, the founder of White Pages. He tells the story of how he started the Seattle, WA based company as a student with an initial $1,100 investment. White Pages is now a $57 million per year business. What do they do? They help people find people online. How have they made it so profitable? They’ve worked with the right advertisers from the start.
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Article by Willy Franzen of One Day, One Internship and One Day, One Job

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Internships With ALDI

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Sweet 16! And if I’m going to find a way to get to the game, I’m going to need to start shopping at ALDI, because flights to Syracuse aren’t cheap. Luckily, the groceries at ALDI are. I’ve never stepped foot in an ALDI store, but I’ve heard plenty about them from friends and articles. They are unlike all other grocery stores. They almost never stock name brands–they have their own private labels. They don’t have shelves–they use pallets. They charge for reusable bags, and taking a shopping cart requires a 25 cent deposit. ALDI also doesn’t take credit cards, and they stock far fewer items than your typical supermarket. ALDI may not offer a luxurious shopping experience like Wegmans does, but they make up for it by offering insane value. If you’re pinching pennies, you have no excuse not to shop at ALDI. Even with their limited selection of products, they’ve found that most of their customers “can do as much as 90% of their weekly shopping at ALDI.” Continue reading about ALDI…
Article by Willy Franzen of One Day, One Internship and One Day, One Job

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Internships With Internet Consulting Services

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Today is possibly the biggest day in Cornell sports history (GO BIG RED!), and as an alum I am extremely excited. Our Men’s Basketball Team is facing off against Temple early this afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tourney, and our Men’s Hockey Team will take on Brown in the ECAC semifinals later this afternoon. We also have our wrestling team competing in the NCAA Championships and our Women’s Hockey taking on Mercyhurst in the Frozen Four semi-final this evening. I’m especially excited about this because I’ve been a good fan all year (do I sound like Andy Bernard yet?). I even plunked down $69.95 to be able to watch crappy quality Internet video of all of my favorite teams. I may have to strain my eyes to see the puck or to make out the numbers on the back of a basketball jersey, but it’s been worth watching all season. The company behind this crappy quality video is Syracuse, NY based Internet Consulting Services. They may have the most boring name ever, but they actually have a pretty cool business. Continue reading about Internet Consulting Services…
Article by Willy Franzen of One Day, One Internship and One Day, One Job

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Hiring Trends and Tips for Spring 2010

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After more than a year in the dumpster, hiring appears to be on the upswing with employers in the Twin Cities and other metropolitan areas.
“Things are ramping up exponentially. This year, we’ve seen a lot of upper managers and directors being hired,” says Linda Forseth, President of recruiting firm IQ Staffing Solutions, in Spring Park, Minn. (www.iqstaffingsolutions.com).
Forseth reports about a 90% increase in job placement requests from corporate clients since September 2009, and expects hiring needs to trickle down in the coming months. “As companies get their top-end needs filled, they look at bringing in the troops behind them.”

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4 Resume Basics You Missed

So out went another resume–and it is guaranteed to not receive a response. Why not? Because it’s plagued with one of the following four mistakes that are easy for anyone to make. Take a moment and review the following four points to ensure you’re not making a rookie mistake:
SECOND AND THIRD HAD BETTER HIT THE ROAD
Implied first person is the correct verbiage for your resume. Second and third person have no place in your there. In other words, don’t start your sentence with, “Mr. Thompson is an excellent project manager, which is displayed by his ability to …”
Instead, opt for implied first person. Here is an example:

  • First person with the I: I restructured the branch to reduce …
  • Third person: Mr. Jones restructured the branch to reduce …
  • Assertive first person without the I: Restructured the branch to reduce…

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Which Resume Format Is Right Functional or Chronological?

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Functional vs. Chronological
The two most common resume formats are functional and chronological. Both have advantages and disadvantages and neither is ‘one size fits all’. You must consider your unique professional history when deciding which format is the best one for you.
Chronological resumes list your work history beginning with your most recent position and work backwards through time to your earlier ones. This format is ideal for someone who has a consistent work history and tends to stay in a position for two or more years. It is straightforward, well organized, and is easy for a hiring manager to find the information he or she needs. This format will not work well for someone who has little or no work history, has been out of the work force for a considerable amount of time, has significant gaps between positions, and tends to job hop. Using a chronological resume format will only call attention to these problem areas.

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How Does Google Affect Your Job Search?

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What does Google say about you? Why should a job seeker care?
Candidates should care, because employers care, recruiters care, HR personnel care.
Google can open opportunities for you … or knock you out of contention. Not having anything listed about you in the first few Google pages may work against you. Then again, having negative results show up in the first few pages of Google can be damaging to your job search.
It may seem that Google is just a huge invasion of privacy, that it only causes problems in your search efforts. While Google can cause problems for your search, in most cases it only causes problems if you let it.

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Is Your Opportunity Pipeline Big Enough?

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I recommend to my candidates that they build an opportunity pipeline 3 times as large as their expectations … or compared to their last job search. Why do candidates need such a large pipeline?
While we’ve seen a glimmer of hope in recent US Department Of Labor numbers, we’re still in the middle of a lousy job market … the worst in our lifetimes. What are you going to do about it?
Yet, most candidates I talk to are satisfied with about the same opportunity pipeline level that they built during their last job search – in the midst of a good job market. Even recent bad job markets (2001-2002) are good compared to today’s hiring numbers.

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