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How to Write a Joke or Find a Job: Maximizing Returns on Your Keyword Search.

How to Write a Joke or Find a Job: Maximizing Returns on Your Keyword Search.

I was working on putting together a set for a stand-up comedy gig that I have tomorrow night.  I always try to use the old stand-by material mixed-in with something new that I am trying out; I’m always writing new material.  After almost every show, and I am expecting this tomorrow night, someone asks me [...]

February 25, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Four Ways to Completely Botch an Interview

Unfortunately, there are more than four ways to completely botch an interview and ruin whatever chance you had at getting that internship or entry level job. Way more.  However, in my very first interview, I was guilty of four in particular, so they have sort of stuck with me. I had applied for an internship [...]

February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Establishing a competitive entry level pay philosophy

I often have potential Experience customers ask me how they can stay competitive in the market when hiring entry level employees.  There is no simple answer to this question but I’ve dug into my HR compensation background to provide you with some basic info. According to Salary.com (my former employer) a pay philosophy is a [...]

February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Not finding that perfect entry-level job or internship? Tips on what to do while you wait…

What’s a person to do if they’re applying to their first job out of college and hearing nothing back from employers? What if you’re still in school and you can’t seem to land the internship you’re counting on to give you some experience? In Dain’s recent blog titled College Grads are you a catch 22, [...]

February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Internships Blog Post Three – ex of video embed

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February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
5 questions I wish I had asked before graduating from college

5 questions I wish I had asked before graduating from college

I sent the link to my last blog post to my younger sister on Facebook and this was her response: “So relevant, so true! Went for an interview Friday- got the job before end of day, had to call to say I couldn’t take it on Saturday- Gen Y wants opportunity not ‘a job’” Of [...]

February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Playing for the Endgame at Entry Level

Julie Andrews might tell you that starting at the very beginning is a very good place to start, but when facing the prospect of a long wearisome job search after graduation, it may be quite discouraging advice. Even worse, when you, the entry-level job seeker or college student, find yourself three months into a job search [...]

February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More

The One Unique Thing: How to Sell Yourself In the Interview

When I am teaching my LSAT and SAT preparation courses, inevitably I will get questions regarding how to write a personal statement or a good entrance essay.  It is difficult, it seems, for people to figure out what to write about.  Most of us are conditioned from a very early age to not brag about [...]

February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Is Corporate America Forcing Generation Y to Innovate?

Is Corporate America Forcing Generation Y to Innovate?

One of the many things I do in my life is work as a business developer and sales associate for a Remax Connection. Within the real estate industry, like most industries, there is a lot of talk about hiring Gen Y and creating an ideal work environment for them. I love listening to companies that [...]

February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Don’t Make Tyra Mad! Or, What Reality Shows Can Teach You About Work

Don’t Make Tyra Mad! Or, What Reality Shows Can Teach You About Work

So I know it sounds crazy. I know. After all, reality shows exist to help you forget about whatever it is you do the rest of the day, right? Think about it this way, though — while many reality shows revolve around surviving in the wilderness or losing more than half of your body weight, [...]

February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More

How to conduct a job interview – 10 tips

You really don’t need me to tell you how to conduct a job interview but, I do have some general process tips for you. 1. Do your homework.  Make sure you have read their resume and know it cold so you don’t waste the first half of the interview getting their back story. 2. Chose [...]

February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Gen Y and Job Satisfaction

At age 34 I would be placed at the upper end of the Gen Y age range.  I’ve witnessed the creation of the internet, the cell phone and the fall of the library.  Those light-up neon shoes from Back to the Future II are a reality and the Speak & Spell from my childhood has [...]

February 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Looking for a place to rent? Avoid these mistakes!

1. A run down, crappy apartment. Now this one my same like a ‘Duh’ moment, but let me explain further. So many people do not take the time to go through all the different aspects of searching for a place to rent. Make sure you look at the place before you rent it. And make [...]

February 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Don’t Dread Your Entry-Level Job

College is over… I earned my diploma, so why am I only worth an entry-level position? I already did my part… four years of difficult class schedules and sleepless nights studying. I used to fear the “entry-level job.” Why should I succumb to an entry-level position? The truth is, entry-level jobs are far more valuable [...]

February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More