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Summer Job Prospects Sizzle for Teens

flip flopsSummer’s officially here and if you have a teenager who’s just starting to look for a summer gig now, no worries there.

According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Grey and Christmas,  “employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 217,000 in May.”

In fact, they say teen employment will be strong throughout the summer. This bodes well for teens who need structure and need to simultaneously build a strong work ethic. Read more

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Per Survey, Most Hiring Managers Say Colleges ‘Somewhat Prepare’ Students for Working World

successAccording to a new survey, The Multi-Generational Job Search, conducted by Millennial Branding and Beyond.com, the top three attributes companies are seeking are a positive attitude, communication skills and the ability to work as a team.

Soft skills, anyone? It just goes to show there’s an emphasis on being that enthusiastic team player who communicates well. Furthermore, based on their data, earning a college degree is important but not as important as an applicant’s personality.

There are the soft skills again. Is there an echo in here?

Maybe the focus on a candidate’s personality is actually a good thing since 73 percent of hiring managers felt colleges only “somewhat prepare” students for the working world. Their biggest challenge falls into the category of how job seekers present themselves. Many people from hiring teams reported candidates are “unprepared and said they have a “bad attitude” while interviewing.  Read more

Is it Too Late to for College Students to Land Summer Internships?

summer internsAccording to a piece in The New York Post, a college student inquired if it’s too late to land a summer internship? The answer? Um, yes.

A junior heading into his or her senior year is looking for more meaningful employment than waiting tables and flipping burgers. As per Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, there’s a bigger issue here to fry. Read more

Condé Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit

internAs per The New York Post, Condé Nast has quietly settled a class action suit filed last year by two former interns. The summer interns claimed they earned less than a dollar per hour for their labor.

It should be noted that five months after the lawsuit was filed, the company indicated it was ditching its internship programs. Read more

Colleges Offer Photo Shoots; Students Can Discard the LinkedIn Selfie

selfieHave you ever seen a colleague upload a new LinkedIn profile photo and said to yourself, “A selfie? Really?!”

What you really wanted to tell them how unprofessional it looked but alas, you held your breath instead.

Well, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, schools like Lawrence University are offering professional headshots to their students for free. Here’s the thing — per the social media site, profiles with photos are 11 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without pictures. Read more

New Study Reveals High Schoolers are More Career-Minded Than College Students

graduation capThis just in…a new study published by Millennial Branding and Internships.com revealed that high school students are more career- minded and entrepreneurial than college students.

Check this out — half of the participants of the study are in high school internship programs (yes, you read that right) and more of them are seeking volunteer experiences than college students. Employers agree that internships give high schoolers an inside edge in order to get into better colleges, better college internships and higher paying jobs. Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Says Grads’ Majors Don’t Align With Their Jobs

graduation capRemember when you were in college and perhaps stressed about what to study, thinking it was the ultimate big decision in life? Well, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder, the major itself isn’t so important after all.

Almost half of college-educated employees indicated their very first “real job” after college wasn’t related to their major. In comparison, 32 percent of survey participants indicated they never even found a job relating to their major. And for survey respondents older than 35, that number was 31 percent.

The survey was conducted from August through early September by Harris Interactive for approximately 2,100 employees across the country. Now, we’re not saying a college education is irrelevant by any means but typically the experience and skills students gain in school help propel them into a meaningful career. Well, that and a strong network to get a foot in the door even if it’s not relevent to the course of study at the beginning. Read more

Interns Who Sued Admit to Challenges Landing Full-Time Jobs

job searchDiana Wang sued Hearst, parent company of Harper’s Bazaar, for an unpaid internship but now, per a piece on CNN Money, she’s selling granola in Columbus, Ohio.

Wang admits to challenges in landing full-time employment in the big apple. Whenever potential employees Google her, they see that lawsuit. Although she says in the piece it’ll “be worth it in the end” and she doesn’t have any regrets in suing, there’s a tarnished record online.

She states in the piece, “I knew from the beginning that it could be really ugly for me….I must seem like a happy lawsuit type of person…without knowing me, I can see why they would write me off.” Read more

LinkedIn Influencers Recall Their First Jobs

ice cream coneAlways remember where you came from, right?

Even though the old adage holds true, it’s hard to believe the following heavy hitters had to start somewhere. The truth? It’s easy to forget they truly did have to start somewhere.

LinkedIn Editor Francesca Levy also writes in her post about some common threads, based on the Influencer experiences:

 “One takeaway from this compelling collection: Start young. About 80 percent of the business leaders that answered our survey were working before they were 18 years old. Reassuringly, these weren’t all prestigious assignments. In fact, when we surveyed participating Influencers on their early jobs, 39 percent said that their first professional gig comprised mostly grunt work.” Read more

Tips to End Summer Internships on a High Note

Okay, so today’s posts are dedicated to recent college grads and interns but no worries, on Monday we’ll make sure the rest of the work force isn’t out of the loop with job stories.

Many interns across the country may be wrapping up their internship today if they haven’t done so already.

According to The New York Post, there are a few things to keep in mind to wrap things up in a pretty bow and more importantly, leave things positively for relationship building and potential employment opportunities.

It’s all about demonstrating enthusiasm and a go get ‘em attitude by specifically stating what you’re looking for. And technically this shouldn’t really be too different than the attitude you’ve hopefully exuded all summer long. Read more

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