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~ Stand out from the crowd in college. It will be very rewarding in the end.~

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While the price of a college education rises and money in college students’ pockets is disappearing, a job is usually considered a must-have after the spring semester is complete. Even better than just a job, how about a job that is in your particular field of study, such as an internship. I only speak from experience that an internship has been the most valuable opportunity that I have had in college.  Not only are student able to gain tremendous experience in a particular program, but also a great way to build your resume for a future career. Often times an internship can turn into full time position after graduation, which is always a perk.  In today’s aggressive market an internship is just as competitive as getting a full/part time job.  What are you waiting on juniors and seniors…?

                                            Where can you find reliable career information and advice?
                                                       Here are some ideas to get you started!
  • Your college career counseling center. The perfect place to start is with an appointment with a college career counselor. Find out exactly what resources your school offers to help students with career planning. Careers centers typically offer free career tests to measure your interests and aptitudes. They also offer information about college internships and resume writing.
  • Talk to your professors. Your professors may have specific information about career opportunities in your field. They may also have job contacts.
  • Research, research, research. Your career counseling center has books and other resources about career choices, and visit the library as well. In addition, surf the web in search of information about career choices and companies that interest you. You’ll want to research types of jobs, the availability of jobs, job requirements, and salary ranges. Don’t skimp on you research.

 

Always remember, you don’t need to have all the answers about your career right away. And while it’s important to investigate possible careers while you are a student, don’t focus too much on this. Enjoy your life as a college student and focus on getting an excellent education. An internship is just one excellent experience that will make you stand out when going for that first interview! Therefore, don’t let the opportunities slide away from your finger tips!

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Facebook is a great networking tool and is one of the fast-growing social networks. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family.  It was, potentially, an enormous source of personal data. Internet users behaved differently on Facebook than anywhere else online: They used their real names, connected with their real friends, linked to their real email addresses, and shared their real thoughts, tastes, and news. By viewing others Facebook pages, you really get to know who that person is. Is it really safe to display your personal life on the website? What if you’re trying to trying to potentially get a position or currently working for a reputable company? The answer is….NO! Employers are taking advantage of Facebook and using it as part of their background check, before bringing someone aboard. It is quoted that employers are “now scrounging through Facebook to see what dirt they can get o potential employees”, (Jack Cola.)  This is not cool! Therefore, you should only post “things” on your Facebook that you wouldn’t feel ashamed of your grandmas viewing.  Basically everything that you post/upload on Facebook is never fully 100% deleted. Check out “Deleted’ Facebook Posts Not Really Deleted.” for more information. (very scary!)

Securing your Facebook privacy settings is very important and is currently being discussed in the media. Just when you think your page is “locked down, very hard”, the public has access to everything about YOU. Uploading photos and being tagged in photos by your friends need to be appropriate. If you’re hesitant when uploading a picture, your best bet is not to!!  I have provided a list of recommendations on how to protect your privacy on Facebook. 

  •  Have everything set as “Friends Only” (meaning only friends have access to your page.
  •  Turn off Public Search
  •  Set it so only friends  or friends can find you
  •  Set it so only friends can see your friend list, education, location, likes
  • Avoid stating your location or where you will be
  •  Only accept friend requests/add friends that you regularly talk to
  • Delete any comments you make, or status update you write within a month
  • Limit public conversation to a minimum
  • Let only friends see your photo’s tagged photo’s     OR
  •  Only allow “me” to see tagged photos of yourself
  •  Check your PRIVACY SETTING at least ONCE A MONTH for Facebook changes

 

Words of Wisdom.. Keep your Facebook account securitized and professional at all times!        

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Should You Let Your Future Employer Look At Your Facebook Profile? 

 

  

 

The Top 4 Most Popular Social Networking Websites

Facebook.com: Was initially intended for college students — it branched out, and now allows everyone membership. 500 million members.


 
MySpace.com:
130 million members. This site is massive, boasting the largest membership of any social networking site on the Internet. 

Twitter.com: A free social networking service that allows users to send “updates” (text-based posts that are up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, email, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific. The site has become very popular in only a few months — a lot of people are watching it.

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  Linkedin.com: 75 million members — a powerful tool for business networking. 

 
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Belief…
           “Confidence is the feeling by which the mind embarks in the great and honorable courses with    
              A sure hope and trust itself.”      ~Carl W. Ackerman         
                                                                                                                      ….Solution

Networking can often times get you a job or otherwise expand your business horizons. The key to networking is taking the initiative and refining your conversational skills. Networking is extremely important in today’s competitive market.  Being that jobs are scarce many are competing for the same jobs.  It is said that 85% of jobs/internships are never advertised (Penny Loretto.) Therefore, the likelihood of a job opening not being advertised increases the level of the job. Just how do you go about networking? Listed below are successful networking tips.

  • Start by developing a list of contacts such as, people you’ve met through various social and business functions. Your contacts may give you a job leads, offer advice and information about company or industry.  Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, teachers and the list goes on of possible contacts.
  • Communicate with your network on daily basics. You can do this by a phone call, email, and mail. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Often times many people enjoy working with others and mentoring them.
  • Set goals for yourself. For example, I want to network with 5 people this week. The purpose of having goals will make you work hard through networking. Setting goals will be well rewarding in the end as you’re on your pathway of success.
                  Always remember….
                             Networking help you uncover all those hidden possibilities.
Source:
http://internships.about.com/od/networking/tp/NetworkingTips.htm 

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Using career websites are a spectacular tool to aid your “job search” and enhance your knowledge of companies worldwide which are hiring. This is a great opportunity to utilize free career board services that may lead to unanticipated job opportunities.  My advice for you as a young, soon-to- be professional, is to check websites regularly even if you’re not looking for employment. It’s great to become familiar with companies and explore the career opportunities out there. Perhaps, if you’re unsure of what career path to go into, looking at job listings could help lead you in the right direction.  When you are searching for a job, you can personally contact the company if you do not see job postings during that time. Contacting a company extends a greater chance that your resume will be looked at, as these job search websites are very competitive in nature.  As a job seeker, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.  Here is a list of useful career websites to check out!     
On the Job-Hunt – Career Websites
 AfterCollege Back Door Jobs (seasonal/short term job opportunities)
CampusCareerCenter 
CareerBuilder
Careerjet
CareerProfiles                                                                       
CareerRookie
Careers.org
CollegeGrad.com
CollegeJobBank
DiversitySearch
EmploymentGuide.com
GetTheJob
Glassdoor
Hound.com
Indeed.com
Jobs.net
Jobcentral                      
Monster.com
Monstertrak.com
NationJob
SHRM
SimplyHired
The Ladders.com
TrueCareers
Urban Employ Network (formerly DINetwork)
USAjobs
WetFeet.com
WorkplaceDiversity
Yahoo! HotJobs

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NO EXPERIENCE, NO JOB

 …That seems to be the trend these days as college graduates leap into the “real world.”
Bravo! You just received your bachelor’s degree, now what’s the next step? Start job searching would be a great answer, but how do I go about getting a full-time job in this economy? There’s a lot of competition in the workforce and as graduates we feel we don’t stand a chance.  Firms that are hiring are often times seeking candidates who have both a college degree AND experience. Even if a business provides a strenuous list of qualities you must possess, it’s worth a shot. It only takes a few minutes of your time to email your resume to a company. In order to stand out from others, you must job “search” on a regular basis. If you’re waiting for the call to say you got the job, think again, few and far between occasions arise this way. In order to get a job, you must display characters of being a self-driven, determined, and diligent individual to be successful in today’s job mark.

“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.” ~Author Unknown

While you’re exploring possible opportunities in the world, don’t limit yourself to only seeking a job in the field you graduated in. If you do, good luck! Kristina Cooke, Reuters Report stated, “Millions of young professionals are all caught up in the aftermath of the country’s deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression.” So, don’t ever think you’re alone in this situation. Many are going back to school and furthering their education, while others are working part-time. If you’re stuck and spinning your wheels on where to get a part-time job, I have listed a few ideas to help your brain get to thinking!  Good luck and never get too discouraged because  when one door closes, another opens.

“Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken.” ~Robert Brault

Still searching for a full time position, but need part-time employment NOW? Here are a few suggestions to help you..
–  Retail stores (shopping mall, outlets)
– Grocery stores
–  Gas stations
–  Waitress/Waiter

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Young fight for full-time work in job market

We will be adding constant internship search tips and resources throughout the fall semester… keep checking our site daily for future entries on :

  • How to find and secure internships ABROAD
  • Deciding between an internship at a small company versus a large corporation
  • Tips for visiting your school’s Internship/Career Fair
  • Using the right KEYWORDS to help your resume rise to the top of the pile!
  • Specific advice on finding internships in engineering, business and technology
  • GREEN internships  – tackling the nation’s energy crisis one internship at a time

Welcome to InternStreet.  The premier resource for college students looking for internships and opportunities in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

InternStreet will take you through the entire  internship process over the next academic year.  In October and November, we’ll be sharing tips on getting your resume prepared, interacting with employers at college fairs and narrowing your search.  Later in the year, we’ll give advice on interviews, deciding on offers and leveraging your internship into a full time job.   There will also be giveaways, announcements of area internships and guest writers.

The world of internships is HUGE.  Welcome to the one place that provides the answers, tips and resources you’ve been looking for.  Welcome to InternStreet.