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CBcampus on Facebook

I bet you’re too busy Facebooking to be looking for an internship, right? (Or maybe that was just me…) If that’s the case, I come bearing good news: CBcampus.com will look for you.

The new CBcampus Internships application, launched this week, sends users continuously updated internship listings based on the information found in your profile. It will scan your Facebook profile for your major in school, hometown
and network and match it with the most relevant internships available
in the database. You can apply to internships directly, or access a link to find more internships on CBcampus.com.

You can view opportunities in your current town and/or other locations. You can also invite friends to add the application and share opportunities you find with your Facebook friends.

You can also search for full-time positions by adding CareerBuilder.com’s ‘Find a Better Job’ application, which applies the same processes as CBcampus to find you relevant postings.

“Building a job matching application on Facebook Platform enables CareerBuilder to interface with a large, highly interactive community dominated by users who are choosing and building career paths. We are making the job search process easier and more convenient for Facebook users while providing employers with a unique way to market their job openings,” says Richard Castellini, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at CareerBuilder.com.

So keep on Facebooking, and look for some jobs along the way.

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Are you ready for the real world?

I’m sure you think you are…but take this quiz from Nicholas Aretakis, author of “No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide,” to find out.

1. You dream of making it big in the fashion industry. You have an assistant manager job at a Gap store in the suburban Midwest. You spend most of your job-hunting time:

  1. Searching the Ralph Lauren and Prada websites for job listings and making contacts on MySpace.com with people who describe themselves as working in fashion.
  2. Launching your own clothing design business and planning a move to New York.
  3. Taking night classes in design and doing an internship with a local clothing designer who’s been able to get her clothes into a few area boutiques. You want to learn more about the business before you make any big changes.

 

 

2. You’re offered an entry-level job in your desired field, but you’re not sure if you can live on what they pay you. You:

 

 

 

  1. Turn down the job because you refuse to be exploited that way.
  2. Accept the job. You’ll take a second job or find a cheaper place to live.
  3. Accept the job and move back in with your parents. You miss them anyway.

3. After a year at an entry-level job with no sign of a promotion on the horizon, you:

  1. Start looking at graduate programs. School is much better than the working life, and no matter what degree you get, it will help you get a better job and earn more money.
  2. Decide you like your job enough to stay, so you resolve to work even harder. You’ll deliver consistently excellent work, show that you understand the business, and network with co-workers. You’ll stop complaining about problems and start offering creative ideas about solving them.
  3. Look for a new job. You weren’t that comfortable there in the first place, and you believe you’ll be able to realize your true potential in a more supportive workplace.

4. Your grandparents give you a college graduation gift of $5,000. You:

  1. Go on a shopping spree and plan to spend the summer bumming around Europe. With your college degree, you’ll be earning plenty of money on your own soon, so it doesn’t matter if you’re broke by September.
  2. You use $1,000 to pay off your credit card debt, put $2,000 into a savings account, and plan to use the rest to help you out while you’re doing a low-paid summer internship in your chosen career.
  3. You spend half the money backpacking with friends in Costa Rica, a trip you’ve dreamed about since high school, and then use the rest to live on as you look for a job and apartment in the city you’ve chosen to live in.

5. Your new schedule is killing you. You have to be at work at 8:00, and don’t leave the office until 5:00 p.m. or later. All you have energy for after work is watching TV. You:

  1. Quit. You’re just not ready to be so grown up, and you don’t want to become a stress mess like your parents. You’ll wait tables part-time for a year or so until you’re ready to re-enter the real world.
  2. Resolve to work harder, waste less time on personal e-mail and blogs, and become a key player at the office. If you get a promotion, your job will be more exciting and you know you’ll feel better about the long hours.
  3. Sign up for a yoga class and resolve to get off the bus a couple of stops early so you can walk part of the way to and from work. You know you always feel better if you exercise regularly.

Scoring: Give yourself 10 points for each A, 20 points for each B, and 30 points for each C.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 50–70 The Entitled Prince/Princess. You have unrealistic expectations. You think you deserve freedom, accomplishment, money, and enjoyment, but you aren’t willing to put any effort into getting them.

 

  • 80-110 The Overachiever. You’re driven and have your eyes on the prize. You’ll probably accomplish great things and earn plenty of money. But don’t forget to make space for the other two qualities of happiness: freedom and enjoyment.

 

  • 120-150 The Happy Pragmatist. You’re goal-oriented, but not as driven as the Overachiever. Work/life balance is important to you. You may not climb as high on the career ladder or earn as much money as the Overachiever, but you’ll probably have an excellent balance of all four qualities of happiness: freedom, accomplishment, money and enjoyment.

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You’ve moved into your new pad for the school year, you’re done with the hell of registering for classes and you’re living up the beginning of the school year before classes start. Add this to your ‘to-do’ list: Secure an internship.

Sixty-one percent of hiring managers say they are hiring college students or recent college graduates for internships this fall, according to a new CBcampus.com survey. Forty-four percent say they would likely hire college interns as full-time, permanent employees.

“It’s never too early to start thinking about internships and there are a great deal of opportunities that exist as long as you take the time to search and apply,” says Nathan Lippe, senior career advisor for CBcampus.com.

Fifty-nine percent of hiring managers surveyed said they currently recruit interns or they have in the past, while 14 percent plans to recruit interns in the future. Eighty-four percent of hiring managers say they will be hiring college interns for the fall between June and September.

“College students and recent college graduates need to take advantage of this so that they can gain hands-on experience to add to their resumes and build a professional network,” Lippe says.

Plus, everyone’s looking to make a little extra cash, right? Thirty-six percent of hiring managers say their internships are paid, and 14 percent say they have both paid and unpaid positions.

Follow these tips from Lippe to secure your internship as a full-time job:

Be enthusiastic. Being energetic and showing your manager how much you enjoy your job goes a long way. Thirty-five percent of employers say the biggest mistake college interns make that would cause them not to hire the intern permanently is not showing enthusiasm for the job.

Go above and beyond. Motivating yourself to do more than just the assigned task will make you stand out among your co-workers. If you’re not convinced that managers notice your extra efforts, maybe this will help: one-in-five employers say not going above and beyond the assigned task would be the biggest mistake a college intern can make that would cause them not to get hired permanently.

Be on time. Being punctual shows that you’re both reliable and responsible. While there are managers who aren’t as stringent when it comes to start times (as long as work is getting done), others expect you to be on time every day. With 13 percent of employers saying arriving late to work is the biggest mistake college interns make that would cause them not to hire them full-time, waking up 15 minutes earlier is probably worth it.

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Back to school

Believe it or not, when you’re out of school, you’ll start to miss it. So, in the spirit of the start of a new school year approaching, this week’s blog features 10 jobs in education to consider pursuing.

Whether you’re still in school and pondering your future, or you’ve already graduated and you need a job, check out these positions in education as a field to look into.

PS- This probably isn’t the last of the back to school theme. Stay tuned!

  • Teachers (preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary) help students learn and apply concepts in various subjects, depending on the age and skill level of their students. They help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems and develop critical thought processes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. General education teachers need a bachelor’s degree and a completed, approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject and education credits, as well as supervised practice teaching. Average salary: $45,205
  • School counselors provide individuals and groups with career and educational counseling. In school settings they work with students, including those with academic and social development problems and those with special needs. They advocate for students and work with other individuals and organizations to promote the academic, career, personal and social development of children and youths. Counselors are required to hold a school counseling certification and to have completed at least some graduate course work; most require the completion of a master’s degree. Average salary: $52,858
  • School nurses give healthcare services to students, plan school health programs, participate in medical examinations and reviews findings to evaluate the health status of pupils and progress of the programs. A school nursing position requires a registered nurses license. Average salary: $51,544
  • Principals direct and coordinate educational, administrative and counseling activities of primary or secondary schools; develop educational programs through meetings with staff, review of teachers’ activities and providing directives. A master’s degree in education plus teaching experience is typically required for carrying out the responsibilities for this job. Average salary: $72,527
  • Postsecondary teachers usually include college and university faculty, postsecondary career and technical education teachers, and graduate teaching assistants. They usually teach several different related courses in their subject and give lectures to several hundred students in large halls or lead small seminars. They prepare lectures, exercises and laboratory experiments; grade exams and papers; and advise and work with students individually. Educational qualifications for postsecondary teaching jobs range from expertise in a particular field to a Ph.D. Average salary: $68,505 (salary varies depending on rank and type of institution, geographic area and field.)
  • Librarians in the school media center work with students and faculty to help find the information they need; show users how to access information; and may even help teachers develop curricula, acquire materials for classroom instruction, and sometimes team teach. A master’s degree in library science usually is required; special librarians may need an additional graduate or professional degree. Average salary: $47, 705
  • Coaches in high schools are primarily teachers of academic subjects who supplement their income by coaching part time. They teach student athletes the fundamentals of individual and team sports and are responsible for instilling good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit and teamwork. They also manage their teams during both practice sessions and competitions. Average salary: $29,290
  • Special education teachers work with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities using general education curriculum, or modifying it, to meet the child’s individual needs. Most special ed teachers instruct students at the elementary, middle and secondary school level, although some teachers work with infants and toddlers. All states require special education teachers to be licensed; licensing requires the completion of a teacher training program and at least a bachelor’s degree, though many states require a master’s degree. Average salary: $43,570
  • Deans/Administrators direct and coordinate admissions, foreign student services, health and counseling services, career services, financial aid, and housing and residential life, as well as social, recreational, and related programs. In larger colleges and universities, separate administrators may handle each of these services. Most usually have a doctorate in their specialty and have held a professorship in their department before advancing. Average salary: $75,245
  • Teacher Assistants tutor and assist children in learning class material using the teacher’s lesson plans, providing students with individualized attention and allowing teachers more time for lesson planning and teaching. Educational requirements range from a high school diploma to some college training. Average salary: $19,410

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Sean Combs – aka Diddy – is looking for an assistant. Lucky for you, he just narrowed the applicant pool to only college graduates.

Diddy placed a help-wanted ad onto YouTube, looking for someone to do everything from holding his umbrella in the rain to chaperoning his band.

Don’t get too excited just yet – Diddy doesn’t want any old resume – he wants a video resume.

“It’s a new age, new time, new era,” he says in his first posting. “Forget coming into the office and having a meeting with me and being all nervous.”

Diddy is onto something here – video resumes are next “new” thing in career advancement. Though usually not be used in place of a traditional paper resume, videos are a great supplement to showcase your personality and strengths on camera – and to put a face to all the faceless resumes.

But, if not executed properly, your ‘visume’ could end up hurting you, rather than helping you. For example, if you talk to long, get too creative or act unprofessionally, your chances of being brought in for an interview decrease. But, if you’re to-the-point, charismatic and professional, you’re sure to at least get a viewing.

Joe Turner, career expert, offers nine video resume mistakes to be aware of:

  • It runs too long. “Don’t bore the hiring managers. Keep it under two minutes; about one minute should get your message across.
  • You don’t know who you are. “Prepare your ‘elevator pitch’ before you record. Here is an example: ‘I’m a seasoned Sales Manager whose strength in creative sales and marketing techniques generated $500,000 in brand new revenue for my employer in 12 months.'”
  • Thinking a video résumé is your résumé on video. “Contrary to its name, a video resume is NOT a resume. It’s a 30 to 60 second ad spot to entice your viewers to look at your (digital) résumé and find out more about you.”
  • Rambling on cameraPut it on paper first. Think of what you want to say about yourself. Write it down in short sentences and then say it aloud. Replace any syntax problems or phrases that are hard to enunciate with simpler words. You speak differently than you write, so keep it in a conversational tone as if you were speaking to your real-life interviewer a few feet away.”
  • Too many “ums and ahs.” “Don’t wing it. Your finished product should be compelling. This is the most professional image you want to present, so prepare ahead of time and memorize your script.”
  • Severe case of “Serious Face.”Have a bit of fun with it. You want to project enthusiasm. Think “upbeat” and smile when you look into the camera. Imagine that you are meeting with a flesh and blood hiring manager at a great company who already likes what she sees.”
  • Giving far too much information. “Remember the KISS formula: Keep it simple stupid.”
  • Uninviting appearance. “Remember, a video résumé is a type of interview, so dress the part. Give the appearance of someone in the role for which you are applying. You will also have some background showing on the video. Make sure it’s not your dirty laundry or the clutter of your bedroom.”
  • Too many “Clowns.”No arms folded or hands on hips. While it’s OK to use your hands to accentuate, watch out for those ‘clowns.’ These are what acting coaches call unnecessary arm movements which, on playback, tend to make you appear like a clown, i.e., humorous. You don’t want unintentional laughs. Keep your arms and hands by your side as much as possible.”

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