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Posted August 26, 2013 by

6 Ways a Summer Internship Finder Can Keep in Touch with a Former Boss after the Experience

Are you a summer intern who has finished or is about to finish your internship?  Even though, the experience is or about to be over, that doesn’t mean communication with your former boss has to be.  The following post shares six ways an internship finder can keep in touch.

Featured: Featured I know most of you are finishing up your summer internships. Here are some tips on how to stay in touch with your summer internship coordinator after the internship ends: 1. Find out his or her birthday. Put this on your calendar and remember it every year for the rest of your

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Posted June 22, 2012 by

Opportunity to Start Franchise is Improving

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?  If you’re holding back because of the economy, you may want to reconsider.

The first few months of 2012 have brought some encouraging news for potential franchise owners hamstrung during the recession by a clenched-fist credit market.

Since the collapse of the housing market and near-collapse of the world economy in the fall of 2008, banks facing increased regulation and oversight of their lending practices have been loath to lend money, especially in the form of unsecured loans — the kind that most newly minted franchise owners need to cover their initial investment costs.

Lately, though, franchisors that work with FranNet, the international network of franchise consultants, have reported that their franchisee candidates are finding it easier to borrow money, even in the form of unsecured loans. It’s a sign that the economy is on the road to recovery and that banks are recognizing the benefits of lending money to worthy business ventures. (more…)

Posted June 17, 2008 by

What did you like about the best manager/boss you’ve had?

The best boss I’ve had would not only teach his employees how to ‘dress’ for success, but would actually buy them a new suit or two!

— Submitted by Nami from Sunnyside, New York, United States through the Career Blog Application on

Posted May 16, 2008 by

Letter of References: True Testimonials of Character & Employability

If you are looking for an entry level position without a letter of references, you may be following a lost trend. Recent grads with hopes of entering the workforce need to consider the importance of their letter of reference. Employers use the letters as testimonials of character and employability. With the right letter at hand, recruiters can decide if you are the right person to call for an interview.
Testimonial of Character
Former employers’ letter of references can qualify you for entry level positions in your desired industry. Recruiters who review letters of references often judge a candidate by former employer’s discussions of their work ethics. Recruiters find the letter of reference a real testimonial of character regarding a candidate’s dependability, professionalism, and future objectives in business. In the letters, old references can help with your qualifications for an entry level position; stay in touch with your network to ensure it is okay to use their recommendations for your job search.

Distinction from Competitors

The grads of 2008 are launching their job searches right now. They will have portfolios (or e-portfolios), resumes, and letters of references prepared for their job hunting. What will you have to compete? Your letter of references can distinguish you from your competition. Recruiters prefer details of profits, professional development, and ambitions of prospective candidates. If you want the job, you need to use your past achievements as basis for future growth in your industry.
The true importance of a letter of reference lies in the heart of the reader. Some recruiters may consider the letter a true testimonial of character while others will never read it. Recent grads with portfolios (and/or e-portfolios) are sure to receive a moment of a recruiter’s time if their letter can make a standing ovation from their previous success.

Posted April 06, 2008 by

Using to find jobs in Utica

For the recent college graduate, the financial burdens college has placed on them are starting to come into focus. You realize that the loans that looked like free money a couple years ago aren’t quite as great as you thought they were. You also begin to realize that in the real world, there are no scholarships and once you are out of the dorms, it is time to sink or swim. Whether you are employed or not, the bills will keep coming in and they expect to be paid. You may have even thought in a last act of desperation, “I will run away to Utica.” But guess what, the bill collectors know where Utica is too. It looks like it’s time to settle down and find a job and if you are looking for entry level jobs in Utica or hundreds of other places, can be of great value to you. helps in the first part by bringing education in the form of blogs and informative articles on topics of interest to recent college graduates seeking to establish themselves in a new career. These informative articles and blogs deal with a wide range of subjects that can help the college graduate to land better paying entry level jobs in Utica and elsewhere by educating them on the best ways to prepare for interviews or where to get work experience to increase the effectiveness of their resumes.
Secondly, the Entry Level and Internship Job Search Page found at will prove valuable to the college student who needs to pay the bills by helping them to locate internship opportunities and entry level jobs in Utica, not to mention hundreds of other places around the globe. This tool provides the ability to quickly search all of the posted internships or entry level jobs in the Utica area, the whole state or the country. It even has the capability for international searching just in case you are still thinking of running away. As an added asset, all of these listings are for internships and entry level positions that will give both your resume and your career a little extra boost with the work experience and training they provide thus making your future job searches a little easier.
College is there to help you get back on your financial feet and find a career after college, whether that be an entry level job in Utica or your hometown.

Posted October 09, 2006 by

There is something to be said for the satisfaction of a hard day’s work…reflections and musings

I really wonder if some employers realize the impact of a job on a person’s life. And I am not simply referring to the monetary value of the job.
When I received my first paycheck after my first week back to my old job I very nearly cried. Although I don’t know what that really says about me to anyone reading this, but take a deep breath and I will explain.


Posted October 01, 2006 by

My First Day Back to Work and More

Well things went pretty smoothly I guess you could say. I worked a concert last night, and they had me cashier out in the parking lot. I was able to just kinda pick up where I had left off, but with some problems here and there. Although I seemed to be doing pretty well for having not worked there for a year, and no “re-aquaintance” training when I came back, I was being chastised by the supervisor in my area for not doing some things right. I was being berated and essentially made to feel small and stupid by my supervisor because I didn’t know that these certain things had changed since the last time I had worked.
At the end of the night, even though he was very rude to me, my supervisor did verbally give me a pat-on-the-back for my work that night. The other 2 people working alongside me weren’t getting the cars moving as fast as I was able to, and I brought in the most money of the night.
Back when I had the opportunity to substitute teach, well I thought that opportunity had gone and flown away. Yesterday I received the application package in the mail for me to fill out and send back to the school. I’m pretty confident my resume will shine, and I’m more than positive I’ll pass the security clearances. So, I am hoping within the next couple of weeks I will be listed on their substitute teacher list.
To top things off, a couple of cousins informed me of some openings at their workplaces. Tomorrow afternoon I will be heading to both places and picking up applications. I really need to find a job that will eventually down the line give me some sort of health benefits. My job at the concert venue doesn’t offer full-time employment or any kind of benefits. And being a substitute teacher I do not get to benefit from the state incentives. All I know is that now that I’ve had to purchase a new/used car because my old car died, I am, once again, in a financial crunch.
But here’s to hoping that something good will pop up soon.

Posted August 08, 2006 by

Don’t underestimate the importance of former employers

I spent a lot of time looking for a full time job, most of that time I occupied at a part time job that I really loved. However, after months of feeling underappreciated I had to give up my position to pursue full time employment. This was a heartwrenching time, as the job market was tough and every job I interviewed for seem to have another candidate that was more qualifed.
After some time searching for the new wonderful job opportunity waiting for me I was beginning to get impatient. That’s when the old job started calling again.
I went on again, temporarily at first. My second day back on the job they were already giving me my full time dream job.
I thought a lot about my background, and how well I did at that job and thought that those references would help land me a job. After a while though, I thought, “No employer will ever know that I’m such a good employee! How can I show them?”
As it turned out, I was such a good employee, I didn’t have to show anyone, in fact I already did. In the end I got my dream job… at least for now.

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Posted July 18, 2006 by

One Foot Out the Door

After the past few days, I think there is nothing more exhausting and nerve-wracking than working out your 2 weeks notice, especially when you’re leaving a “real job.” Maybe extra especially when your bosses are the owners of the company. They have actually been really nice about it, saying they understand and that everyone should be doing what they want to be doing. I know they’ve noticed the tension and my frustration with my position there, and it really has nothing to do with them as managers or people. Well, they do micromanage me more than I prefer, but I think all small business owners are likely to be like that. They want a hand in every aspect of the business, constantly, and they’re always changing directions to grow and stay afloat. And they make it personal.
That’s the one thing about working for a Mom and Pop — and leaving a Mom and Pop especially — is that they make it very personal, and it shouldn’t be. Business can be influenced by the personal certainly, but at the end of the day, it should be business. Sure, I choose a job based on what’s fun and interesting to do and the kind of people I’ll be working with, but at the end of the day, it’s really about the health of my career, the opportunities it will open, and the growth and accomplishments it will allow me.
So, it was really just that I wasn’t cut out for the job. I’m not a good assistant of any kind. I have no trouble working with others or even reporting to a manager, but I do have trouble with not being given the big picture, not being given a set of deadlines and personal goals that I can meet or exceed, and being constantly switching projects, switching direction, and not given any real independence. I need to be able to assert myself, think up creative solutions, implement them, and excel. Or fail, if that’s what happens, and then move on. I know I can do that on a “team,” too, as long as there’s a clear expectation of my contribution and role.
How can you really begin and establish a career if you’re being constantly pulled off projects before you can allow them to be successful, if your business is constantly changing its goals (besides the “just make money” goal), and you know that your contributions — which are really appreciated by your bosses — won’t really matter in the fields you want to go into? You just can’t.
It’s hard when you’re leaving not to make it about every little thing that ever bothered you, but that’s not really why I’m leaving. I’m leaving because it’s not the job, not the field, and not the place for me. Even that’s hard to explain without sounding bad or hurting their feelings, so you wind up talking in platitudes — “It was an offer I couldn’t refuse” or “It was just a really great place” — and hoping nobody asks the deep questions. In the end what it really boils down to is something they could have accommodated (though even then I can’t guarantee how long I’d stay) but even if they ask, I can’t tell them that. I know they’d just get mad.
How could they have accomodated it? Well, it’s something Geena Davis’s new VP said on that short-lived television show about a female president — “If you want someone worth a damn in this job, you’ve got to make the job worth a damn.” (I didn’t even watch that show much, but that line has always stuck with me for some reason.) He was talking about having his own area of responsibility where he could really manage it without a huge amount of influence from her, and that’s exactly what I wanted. It’s also why I like sales. Sales managers are usually pretty hands off once you get good at your job, because the #1 thing they want is good numbers.
So, handling the big “WHY?” is extremely difficult, and there’s only so much avoiding you can do. Avoiding the question for 80+ hours over two weeks sure isn’t easy.
P.S. Sorry to quote a television show. I try not to. 😉

Posted June 22, 2006 by

The right place at the wrong time

I left my last position in good esteem with everyone, despite the fact that my departure was not due to the most pleasant circumstances. When I quit my job I did it for a lot of good, logical reasons even though I absolutely loved my job. One of the main reasons, or at least the genesis of those reasons can be traced back to the head boss and his inability to respect the employees and the company we were working for. I let all of this go out of my head until I received a call a week ago from the president of the board of directors. She was calling to ask about the performance of my head boss, and believe you me I had more than enough to say. When she gave me a survey to fill out about his performance, however, I began to worry. When I left, on good terms, my boss offered a great recommendation and told me he would be a fantastic reference. I do have enough references, but his reference could realy help if I attain another job in this field. I didn’t want to ruin this reference by unleashing my anger in a survey that could very well affect his job. Still when I filled out the survey I did it with honesty. When he reads it, I know he will know it is me because the events I talk about are specific. However in doing this I did more than just vent my anger, I hopefully was able to help the organization for the greater good. I didn’t write an angry letter, I wrote a thoughful analysis. We work with children and they need the best staff they can get. I hate that I am not that staff anymore, but if I still have to power to help. I would rather do that than retain some reference.
Sometime you have to remember what is most important. The job itself was never the important thing, it’s those kids, and somehow even though I’ve moved on, I think I was still able to help.