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Sep07

Advice for Internships By Samantha Lauro

Samantha Lauro

You Were Chosen For a Reason:

Every person has the quintessential, “I don’t know what I am doing” feeling when they start a new job. It is only natural, as you’re in a completely new environment consisting of client approval rather than grade percentiles. There will definitely be moments that challenge you and even make you question your chosen career path. Your most important asset is how the anxiety is managed, as what ultimately defines the situation is the end result. Therefore look at the long run rather than getting caught up in the moment.

Morning Routine:

I suggest treating yourself to a coffee, or general beverage/snack, at least once a week to keep your mornings interesting. This especially goes for those who commute; not only does it expose you to new locations around the city, but it also takes the mindlessness out of the daily routine. I am a self-proclaimed, or self-diagnosed, caffeine addict so to me this is essential.

What to Wear: 

Attire is important. It is the first impression people have of you and sets the tone. The rule of thumb is usually, dress a level beyond the position you are aiming for. I concur, but my personal thought is that one must gage the social climate and dress appropriately. In other words, integrate yourself with the office culture but maintain a professional appearance. If your place of work is on the casual side, I recommend mixing professional and dressed down pieces to keep the balance.

Going to a Work Event:

This is a great opportunity to get to know co-workers. Be social and make connections. It may be intimidating but I have found most people to be open and friendly, plus casual conversation is a great way to gain insight on the field you are embarking in. Be yourself and be genuine; at the end of the day a real relationship is far more important than a list of completed office tasks or superficial conversation. Enjoy yourself!

Stay Off Your Phone:

To become fully involved and connected with jobs and accounts one should avoid distractions. Put the phone down and get the full experience. Use 100% of your mental capacity and it will pay off with regard to work quality and work relationships.

Junior Associate Mentality:

Think of yourself as a junior associate rather than an intern. People will tell you not to sweat it because “you are only an intern” but I say rise to the occasion. Don’t give yourself a proverbial out. You are working at a real company and the work you do will have an impact in some way, especially if you elevate your thinking.

Meetings:

Pay attention to details and take notes. Observe and absorb the general information and the essence of the gathering. Note the interaction, strategy, attitude, posture, and language. There are so many external and intrinsic lessons to learn, as meetings show thought process, culture, and final result. Always have an opinion about what is being said, and try to contribute when appropriate. You never know when you will be asked about your thoughts, therefore, listening intently is key. Additionally, ask questions to show that you are attentive and interested in learning. If you are nervous ask questions after the meeting or through a follow up email.

When in Doubt, Go for It:

There will be quite a few times during an internship where the opportunity to go beyond what is expected presents itself. Many times it means putting oneself on the line or taking a chance. Admittedly, this is pretty scary especially in a new place. Personal examples of this included emailing my thoughts on an account after sitting in on a meeting, creating a POV, presenting an idea to an art director, and asserting my opinion despite the fact that it challenged the idea of another co-worker. Before every decision I contemplated whether or not I should act, and I went for it. I can say with confidence that it was worth it, as each became a personal victory despite varying degrees of success. Take a chance on yourself, it will pay off and show initiative.

Don’t be Afraid to Stay Late:

Staying late can be daunting. If there comes a time where you need to stay late to get something done embrace it; buckle down and get to work. You want to show your team that you are dependable and dedicated, therefore don’t run out of the office at 5:00pm on the dot. In the process of staying late you may even meet some coworkers who you would not have met during the day. Additionally, if you are working on a project for someone, always check with them before you head out for the day.

Commuting:

Commuting is exhausting and can be mind-numbing. A good percentage of the time I was passed out on LIRR, but for the days when my mind was left wandering I often searched for a way to pass the time. I suggest making a playlists to keep it fun; good music makes every situation better. I also recommend podcasts, as they are a great way to wake up your mind for the workday.

Time Management:

One will quickly realize that time is fleeting, especially if there is an abundance of work to be done. Stay on top of your work and things will run smoothly. Additionally, quality is essential so do not rush through your tasks at hand. It can be hard to say no to projects when multiple people come to you for help at the same time. If you think you can handle more work then go for it, but do not take on more responsibility if quality of work will suffer. It helps to know deadlines and be open; ask your supervisors when things are due and create an open dialogue. Lastly, keep a schedule to keep track of jobs.

Carry a Notebook:

I am a firm believer in carrying a notebook at all times during an internship. You can record what is going on, keep track of work and information, and have a daily account of your internship experience. It is also great for writing down ideas when inspiration strikes.

Work Quality:

Quality on one task can determine whether people will come to you for other jobs. Put in maximum effort. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions, as an internship should be about developing your skills.

Be Hungry:

An internship is a learning experience. Strive to learn as much as possible, and experience all that you can. Ask to attend meetings, look for work, volunteer, and enquire about opinions. Be assertive, in a mature way, and you shall receive.

Think Outside of the Box:

Creative thinking is valuable. As an outsider you do not have preconceived notions/stigmas from the industry and are not assimilated to the general way of thinking. Moreover, you hold a fresh perspective and come from a place of different experiences. Use this to your benefit and go against the grain. Also, some of the most wacky and outrageous ideas can be the best, or at the very least can stimulate thought, so make sure to speak up.

End of Internship:

Meet with your supervisor one last time before you leave to debrief. It can be a great way to gain valuable feedback on your performance and can showcase your progress. Be sure to thank your supervisor, as graciousness goes a long way.

 

Aug11

IS THE NEXT UBER-ESQUE CRAZE HERE?

By Ian Tash

DessertsThe 2010-decade seems to be seeing hit after hit of an economic revolution, where people like never before can become entrepreneurs, and use their skills to support themselves. Companies like Lyft and Uber employ people with a car, a license, and a good record to help those who need rides in their local area. Sites like Fiverr or the newest development, PimpCookie, allow people to sell their trade skills to people all around the globe.

PimpCookie is a service that allows consumers to buy desserts to be delivered right to their door. Now searching for sweets doesn’t just fall into what is in the area. Just browsing through the site’s listings can fulfill any special occasion or just sweet tooth craving. But can great food be delivered on a global scale? Companies like Naturebox, Shari’s Berries, or even a small Bakery like Bakersfield CA’s Sweet Surrender deliver food all over the world constantly. At PimpCookie, however, the delectable treats available have limitless potential and variety; all somebody needs to do is just search through the numerous options, from marshmallows to brownies to fudge to jerky and (as the name implies) cookies, and beyond.

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Now, here comes the Uber-esque part. The question for some very well may be, “Where do these treats come from?” Others might be thinking to themselves, “What if I like to cook more than I like to eat?” Well, the thing about PimpCookie is that it allows home inspired bakers, cooks, and creators from all over the world to be able to post their small batch treat items for the global audience to enjoy. And unlike many other entrepreneurial marketplace websites, at PimpCookie, the seller always retains 85% of each sell! The site can even serve as a safe zone for experimentation with new dessert ideas. As long as someone has a great recipe for a wonderful treat, they can make it and sell it for a demanding public, looking for sweet satisfaction.

Consumers and creators alike can all come together on a site like PimpCookie, opening the door for culinary experts and the mouths of curious consumers. Now the power of Uber and Fiverr combine, selling chocolate fantasies from online right to the front door. This site seems like it very well is the next great idea, filling stomachs and bank accounts alike.

Jul15

3 Ways to give your business a boost

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1. Update that website to HTML 5 for responsive design and mobile

These days it can be tough to compete in business if you don’t have a website that’s well designed, up to date and formatted for mobile phones. If your website is more that five years old there’s a good chance it’s not developed with HTML 5 or responsive design. This means your website may not look correct on different browsers and devices. Pages may get cut in half, images don’t load and crazy scroll bars may need to be used to read content and click on buttons. Know the feeling? According to Wikipedia, “Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones)”

Why Use Responsive Web Design?

The number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site will continue to change. Responsive web design represents a shift in how websites will be built for at least the next ten years. Ignore this and your company will be at a disadvantage for delivering information, products and services online.

How can you update your website and mobile app without breaking the bank or paying developers?

Enlist a consulting company like Creative Village to manage the transfer of content and improve site design with a new HTML 5 responsive website with the revolutionary platform Wix.com. Creative Village will take the project management and design portion of the project off your plate and assure improved user experience, design and applications without having to complete excessive coding, testing or developing because we they partner with designers that are Wix.com experts and offer support and updates to your site even after the project is complete.

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2. Improve your talent pipeline by creating an internship program

Some of the benefits of having a quality internship program include reduced cost in pre-qualifying entry-level candidates, increased bandwidth for projects and training opportunities for staff that participate in the program. Companies have reported saving an average of $15,000 per hire when utilizing their internship program for pre-screening of future hires. In addition, it has been proven that employees who intern at your company will stay with the company longer than employees who never completed an internship program. Therefore employee retention rates are higher for companies that have quality internship programs. Creating useful and engaging learning exercises that prepare the intern to work at the company is important for both the intern host and intern to understand that a full-time position is never a guarantee when interning. This agreement and other important details of an internship program should be written and documented within the actual internship program and contracts signed by both parties.

Sound like too much administrative work to put together an internship program?

If so, check out the Quickstart Internship System. It’s a downloadable guide with templates for everything required to create a quality internship program.

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3. Provide online skills gap training for your staff

These days there are several online training resources to give employees a chance to develop new skills or brush up on current skills that have not been used in a while. With online training platforms such as Grovo.com and Linda.com, employers can offer immense knowledge resources for small monthly subscription fees. Some resources like Grovo.com offer free access for some users. Some of the skills gap trainings available for free include Digital Etiquette, Google Apps and Twitter Ads. Totally captivating because the lessons are broken into short  videos followed by brief multiple-choice exam to help you recall the information. Grovo’s a great tool for any learner trying to learn or improve a current skill.

Jun15

Triple your job chances with this simple thing

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Jun10

How companies review your resume

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If you have done up your resume on resume bond, maybe with some carefully chosen fonts – then you are almost sure to be rejected as a candidate for a job. First impressions count, and companies aren’t looking for superficial impressions but an idea of how qualified you are to fill the position. What surprises many people is finding out how many companies use software to filter the first round of resumes.

Automated resume filters

Most larger companies are using automated resume filter software, and many smaller companies now hire recruitment agencies to use filter software to make the number of applications they review manageable. These filters take a scanned image of your resume, and then score it according to key words and phrases the company sets that describe the qualifications and skills needed for the job.

The importance of using a template

Resume templates are very important when applying for a job today. Make sure everything on your resume is presented in a logical order so that reviewers are able to skim it. Using a resume template keeps your information in order, and easy to read. A great tip if you want your template to stand out from other applicants is to have a look at ResumeShoppe. This site has a selection of cv templates for Word that will surely get you noticed and help you structure your information.

Keywords and key phrases

To beat the filter you have to know the key words and phrases used in your industry to describe the job that is listed. You may excel in being level headed and organized, but if the standard way of describing that in the position is “flow based management” and “conflict resolution,” you need to use their words and not your own. Make sure you do your homework so you know the right words to help you get through the filter to land the interview.

Making sure you understand your industry

Before you race off and grab a resume template that you like the looks of, take the time to do a little investigation into what your industry is looking for in a candidate. There is a pattern to how they want to see information. Some industries want to see your skills first, while others will be more interested in your related experience. Just about all of the companies are going to want to know more about you – but whether it is through an objective/goal statement or an executive summary is going to depend on the position as well.

May29

You Too Can Find Your Dream Job, Here’s How?

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If your current job does not satisfy you or you think it is time for a change in careers, you are most likely leaning in direction of following your dreams of working in the industry of your dreams. It is unlikely that you will jump from one bad job to another so if you are seriously thinking of leaving your current job for a new one, we suggest you apply for your dream job. You do not want to waste your time in yet another job that does not satisfy you.  Life is way too short.

If you are seriously considering this, you need to do the following things to land the job of your dreams:

1.    Get a Clear Idea of What Your Ideal Job Is

Can you sum up in two to three sentences of what your ideal job is? If you cannot, we have some major work to do here. You need to be able to define the exact requirements you are looking for in a job that you absolutely want.

Base your requirements on your interests and hobbies, and then come up with a job description that matches them. We repeat never ever take or leave a job based on other people’s view on it. For instance, you love to paint and want to make a career out of it, knowing that not many succeed. Just go ahead and do it.

2.    Learn to Sacrifice and Compromise

In the beginning of any job, you will struggle, but it is on how you handle the struggle that defines your success in the future. To deal with the setbacks, you will have to compromise on certain things. You might have to sacrifice going out to eat with friends, your car, and other things. However, the sacrifices and compromises that you make all depend on the type of job you have selected for yourself.

3.    Learn to Sell Your Skills

If you are a website designer, you will need to find customers who need their websites revamped. How will you find them? By calling them and selling your services, you might land a few clients. Remember, companies may not want to hire an unknown person cold calling them. In the beginning stages of your dream job, you can sell your services at no cost to them. Perhaps, they might even end up hiring you.

4.    Never Give Up

You might not find your dream job as soon as start looking for one. You may land interviews, but may not secure the jobs, but the key here is never to give up. You need to keep searching for your dream job regardless if takes you a six months or a whole year. Since it can take you a while, remain at your old job or take up freelancing jobs in your field to showcase your talents.

Whether you are looking for your next dream job, or you are a Recruiter or Employer seeking a new employee the Social Media, Digital, Web, Creative and IT Global Jobs Board can help you.

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May28

Philanthropy and its benefits for business and the community

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Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others. Some successful businessmen and women feel that they would like to give something back to the society in which they live.

Many people donate money to charities, often each year when they receive the annual calendar, but modern philanthropists want to go further. They do not simply wish to donate money; they want more involvement. Some will not only donate their money but also their time. Modern philanthropists are much more conscious of where their money goes and how much good it does. Many of the top philanthropists give their money away because they want to make a difference. They want to change lives, and their money can achieve that.

Philanthropy benefits both the community and the business. The community benefits from having an individual or business that is committed to starting and funding good projects, whether it is a scanner for the local hospital or computers for the local school. A business benefits because it raises its profile. In a time when stories can travel rapidly around the internet, a good reputation is important. It can also help to motivate, retain and improve the loyalty of employees.

Many companies that wish to invest in philanthropy will involve their employees in deciding which charities or causes to donate to. Employees can also be encouraged to volunteer their time in the community, and giving employees time off to allow them to do this can make them feel that they are doing something worthwhile and that their efforts are appreciated by the company. Two popular ways in which companies donate their money is by matching gift programs, in which the company matches eligible employee donations with their own (this can double or even treble the amount of money donated), and volunteer grant programs, in which the business donates money in exchange for the employees volunteering their time and skills.

Popular areas for companies to donate to are health, education, and poverty. Most companies will choose causes that are in line with their business. For example, as Pepsi is a beverage and food giant, it chooses causes such as access to clean water, sustainable agriculture, and affordable nutrition.

The Lord Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholarships are five scholarships for students studying in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications at the University of Leeds. The scholarships are for students who come from less-privileged backgrounds and is part of the Access to Leeds initiative, which works in the local communities and schools to raise young people’s aspirations.

Bill and Melinda Gates have used their fortune to support a number of causes. Their Global Health Division aims to use advances in technology and science to save lives in developing countries. They have donated millions of dollars to the fight against malaria, a disease that kills thousands of people in poor countries. Their Global Development Division is working to help lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty.

Philanthropy has a long history and can bring benefits to both businesses and communities.

May27

Marketing yourself online as a creative

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Working as a freelance creative can seem like a dream job. You get to do interesting, varied work while setting your own hours and working from home. But in addition to being your own boss, you also have to be your own agent, marketing manager and public relations officer. Whether you’re a copywriter, an artist or a designer, making contacts, attracting attention and securing work is arguably the most important aspect of what you do. You can be the most talented creative in the world, but if nobody knows about you, then you don’t get paid, and ultimately you might have to go back to waiting tables or office drudgery in order to make ends meet.

Thankfully, the internet and the wide variety of interactive media platforms available means it’s now easier than ever to market yourself online as a freelance creative professional. Your potential client base is now worldwide; you just need to reach out to them with a professional, authoritative presence that displays your abilities and experience to the best effect.

Presenting your portfolio

With an uncountable number of work portfolios available online, presentation is just as important as your actual work. Be creative and innovative in how you catch the eye of potential clients and draw them in to view your art, design or examples of your writing. The front page of your website should impress immediately. It should be striking and original, but also easy to navigate and interact with. It should also be appropriate to the kind of work you do as well as the market you’re aiming at.

If you’re not confident in building a personal website, go to the professionals. GoDaddy is probably the world’s best-known domain registrar and web hosting company, and is an online provider for many small businesses. The award-winning firm also provides e-business software and services. Founder Bob Parsons certainly knows the benefit of innovative marketing, using his personal charisma alongside a series of celebrity spokespeople in edgy, fun and often controversial advertisements that helped make GoDaddy a billion-dollar brand. And as this Bob Parsons news shows, his philanthropy also attracts attention.

Selling your brand

It can help to focus on a niche market in which you have expertise at first, and then gradually expand out from there. Find your USP (unique selling point) and emphasize it in your presentation. Use social media and have a consistent and eye-catching logo that you can use across all platforms and in online advertising. Also remember that networking and making contacts is the bread and butter of any online creative. Try to maintain a blog in addition to your regular website, where you can show off your work and keep up a controlled, ongoing interaction with the wider world that also allows a little bit more of your real self to come through.

A professional and engaging portfolio is the key to finding work as an online creative, as is a well designed website. Include references from contacts and impressive examples to stand out from the crowd, and let your talents shine through.

May26

Career advice for engineering

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Engineering is an exciting field that is always in demand. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to pursue a career in engineering. 

Explore different sectors 

Engineers can specialize in many fields. Reading some job descriptions and looking at the websites of major firms can give you a better idea of what a job in a particular sector will actually entail. This can also make it easier for you to decide what engineering degree program will be best for your long-term career goals. Firms such as Transducer Techniques have found success by specializing in one sector of engineering. The company engineers state of the art load sensors that allow for better precision in fields such as manufacturing. Other exciting engineering sectors to consider include aerospace and automotive engineering.

Don’t be afraid to use your innovation and creativity

Engineers are thinkers. They are always looking for ways to create solutions. If you have a great idea, then there is nothing wrong with attempting to turn it into a reality. Some of the greatest innovations come from those that are not afraid to explore and think outside the box. For instance, Transducer Techniques started as an entrepreneur’s dream and found success by focusing on one specific aspect of engineering. Finding a niche market can ensure your success.

Explore employment with small companies as well as large

There are plenty of good opportunities with small to mid sized companies. A company does not have to be large to be extremely successful. Many people overlook these opportunities because they are determined to be employed by large firms. Small firms are also great places for those that lack real professional experience. If you are still a student, do not count out these smaller firms, as they can provide internship opportunities that can lead to better jobs later on down the road.

Recruitment fairs and networking are your friend

Websites and social media such as LinkedIn can be extremely helpful in networking with potential employers and other key people in your chosen sector of engineering. This can lead to many opportunities. Recruitment fairs or engineering trade shows are another valuable opportunity to meet firms face to face and find out what they are all about. This can help if you are still trying to hone in on which sector you feel most comfortable working in. Some firms offer several different sectors, so you may be able to work a bit in both.

Internships can make the difference

While a great education is important for employers, real hands on experience at an engineering firm can make them look at you in an even more positive way. Sometimes internships lead to full time employment at the firm that you intern at. These programs are very popular because they give firms a chance to recruit and nurture talented up and coming engineers.

Talk to experienced engineers

Talking to those that have been in the business for a long time can be valuable. They can give you insight into what is currently most in demand and what they find lacking in new engineers so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

Despite the challenges of this field, engineering can be a very rewarding career, and the wide variety of job opportunities in this sector ensures that there is sure to be a specialty field to suit your interests.

May25

The importance of regular office maintenance

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The business world is a busy one. In the rush to get as much done as possible, it is very easy to ignore maintenance of office spaces. Unfortunately, this could be driving customers away from your business, which means you could be losing money from disorder. Here are some more things to keep in mind about the importance of office maintenance.

A well-organized space means less mistakes and time wasted

We have all been in a situation where we simply cannot find what we need to do a job. This can be a huge time waster, which in turn costs not just time, but also money, so organizing and keeping your office clean can actually save your business money. It is also far less likely that employees will make mistakes if their individual office spaces are well organized. It is too tempting to take short cuts or become confused if things are disorganized.

Good maintenance makes clients want to stay

When an office space is clean and comfortable, then clients and customers will be comfortable as well. No one wants to sit in a messy office space with stained floors and fast food cartons on desks. Part of the reason for this is that messiness implies a certain carelessness that can make customers assume you will be just as careless when you do business with them.

Employees work better in positive and clean environments

If you want your employees to not dread coming to work and to perform at their best, then it is important that the office space be clean and comfortable. Garbage should be removed regularly and carpets should also be shampooed regularly and cleaned to avoid odors and unsightly stains. When you choose Action Chem-Dry for Toronto carpet and area rug cleaning, you will enjoy service that can remove 98% of the allergens from your carpet and upholstery and an outstanding 89% of airborne bacteria. This means employees and customers will be in the healthiest environment possible. 

Encouraging good habits

When a space is kept clean, it sets a standard of expectations that employees will try to follow. If an employee starts work at a firm that is disorganized and messy, there is a good chance he or she will be that way as well. That doesn’t mean you can’t change behaviors, so long as you level with your workforce and let them know the direction you would like them to take towards tidiness. Lead by example by making an effort in your own office space.

Set a schedule

Creating an office maintenance schedule can be an effective way to make sure that it is not overlooked. Fore example, you can schedule carpets to be cleaned every six months or have the windows washed monthly, while basic actions like taking out trash may be duties that you leave to your workers. What works best is going to vary based on your own preferences and the size of your company. Also be sure to set reminders for yourself so that you can make sure that cleanings don’t interfere with your business.

The importance of regular maintenance of an office cannot be stressed enough. Ensuring a clean and comfortable working environment means employees will be more productive as well as happy, which benefits everyone in the long run.