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Vault Survey Reveals Top Internships for 2015

summer internsIf you’re going to be an aspiring intern in 2015, this post’s for you. Vault released a list of the top employers for interns in the upcoming year based on recent survey results. They invited more than 500 organizations to participate in their annual Internship Experience Survey.

Essentially the survey asked current and former interns to comment on their internship experiences. Plus, they were asked to rate them. On a scale of 1 to 10, approximately 5,800 interns from 100 different internship programs rated their experiences in terms of quality of life, benefits and compensation, the interview process, career development and full-time employment prospects. Ratings were averaged into an overall score for each program.

As for the best media and telecommunications internship? Read more

Five Job Seeking Tips for Disabled Workers

media-fieldsNeed some inspiration? Look no further. According to Next Avenue, Kate Williams, runs an employment program in San Francisco.

The 72-year-old blind woman told the site, “I have an opportunity to let people know that life is not being defined by your disability, but your ability.”

Here are several of her recommendations for disabled job seekers, in particular for the blind and visually impaired.

1. Start with a positive mindset. In the piece she said, “You have to get out of the ‘I can’t do it. I’m not capable’ mentality.”

2. Target a company where you really want to work. Next, network to find someone you know who works there. Read more

Four Types of People to Avoid Being at the Office

menandwomenjpgAccording to our friends at Brazen Careerist, there are a few types of people at the office you don’t want to be.

1. The good-old-days guy or gal. Are you surrounded by people (or even one person) who constantly talks about the good ol’ days? Do they rely on nostalgia to get them through the day? Maybe that’s because he or she wants you to know how long they’ve been working there and subliminally, how resistant they are to change.

So, if you are this person, the piece suggests asking yourself if you resist change in your work environment. If so, ask questions to gain further insight and identify benefits to a new process. In turn, this will help you adapt to the change. Read more

Pilot Passes Sobriety Test; Airline Grounds Passenger for Tweeting

airplaneWe’ve heard about employers slapping the wrist on employees for scribing questionable tweets but in a recent case, an airline sent a passenger packing when she tweeted about one of its employees. Namely, the pilot.

According to AOL Jobs, a passenger says she was removed from a JetBlue flight after sending a tweet. Not just any ol’ tweet — it was about a pilot’s sobriety test.

Here’s the deal: Lisa Carter-Knight from Pennsylvania was waiting to board her flight in Philadelphia. During that time, the airline mentioned it was delayed due to a unique set of circumstances. That is, the pilot believed another passenger actually accused him of being drunk. Read more

New Survey Reveals Scariest Jobs in America

scaryIf there are certain jobs you wouldn’t pursue in a million years, you’re not alone. They’re scary, they’re spooky and downright frightful!

According to a new survey released by CareerBuilder, some of the scariest jobs include stand-up comedians, kindergarten teachers and morticians.

Participants were asked to choose from a list of jobs they thought were the most frightful. They were also encouraged to submit their own. Do any of the top jobs on their list scare you, too? Read more

Red Flags Employers Spot When You’re Looking to Leave

judgeIt’s okay, you can secretly nod in agreement if you’ve quietly pranced in and out of your office to a lunchtime interview. This may go unnoticed if it’s happening once or twice but suffice it to say, when you’re actively looking to leave and frequently interviewing, your employer may start to take notice.

Thanks to good ol’ social media, when you really want to broadcast to your network in order to expand connections, you need to be more cognizant about your moves. Here are several aspects, per a piece on Fortune, to be mindful of when you’re looking to land a new job.

1. Be mindful on LinkedIn. If you’re inactive on the site and then all of the sudden you’re making dozens upon dozens of new connections, others may start to wonder if something is up, especially if you’re already connected to your boss. So, be sure to switch on your privacy settings. This is particularly important when you want to start following companies such as competitors. Plus, it helps you discreetly  update your profile and tweak your current role. Read more

Three Ways to Productively Procrastinate

lazy coworkerIf you’ve been known to procrastinate from time to time, this post’s for you.

How many times have you attempted to tackle a lofty task or goal only to get distracted?

Well, what happens when distraction actually becomes a productive use of your time? The initial goal is being brushed under the rug but you’ve managed to at least get something else done. Read more

Making the Case for Revising Your Job Description & Asking For More Money

moneyLet’s get pumped to ask for more money that’s rightly deserved!

Here’s the deal. If you’re constantly going above and beyond your job, doing it diligently, doing it exceptionally well and continually getting shafted in the pay department, it’s time to do something about it. One option is to always look externally but if you like the company and see growth potential, Plan A consists of methodically creating your own promotion. (And if leadership isn’t keen on it, well then you pretty much know they don’t recognize your service and it’s time to work for someone who does.)

For starters, pull out that job description from when you were initially hired. Create a new one of your daily responsibilities and projects. How do they contrast? Highlight the differences. Read more

Tips For an Office-Friendly Halloween

pumpkinHalloween is only a few days away!

Considering it’s on a Friday this year, chances are you may plan on attending a party or two that night.

How about during the day? Fridays lend themselves to being more casual in general at work but how does that apply to the work-related Halloween fete?

Well, like everything there’s a fine line between being appropriate and crossing the line. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so you can have fun in the office while not being that over the top guy or gal. Read more

Survey Shows Most New Hires Leave Within 12 Months

graduation capRemember back in the day when you felt you had to stay with an employer at least two to three years to look loyal and steady?

Well, it’s not uncommon for Millennials to jump around prior to that timing and a new survey proves it. Approximately 77 percent of businesses expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year. Read more

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