Archive for May, 2008

The other day I saw a news segment on Millennials, which is a topic I mentioned several months ago, and I thought it might be worth talking about again. If you haven’t heard that word yet, be prepared. It’s the term used to describe Generation Y, or more simply, the generation of workers that has come after Gen X. The timeframe is debatable, but most people say if you were born between 1983 and 1997, you’re a Millennial.

Why does this matter?



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Summer Job Tips

All work and no play, blah blah blah. We know how it goes: take a little time to have some fun. It’s Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re semester’s not over with, it will be soon. It’s the official start to summer, unless you live in the southern states, where the heat never goes away and every sunrise is the start of summer weather.

There’s a good chance some of you have already landed summer jobs (or perhaps permanent positions). I thought I’d give you quick pointers to keep in mind as you begin your new occupational endeavors.

Remember that you’re being graded. Even though you’re not in school, your boss is judging your performance—and I don’t say that so you feel like Big Brother is watching you. I mention it because if it’s a part-time job that could be a great career launcher, you might impress the boss enough to offer you a permanent position. Or if it’s a summer job you’d like next year, he or she might tell you to contact them next year and it’s yours for the taking. Or maybe you just need a good professional recommendation for your résumé ‘cause you’ve got to start gaining them somewhere.

You’re not married to the job forever. Take your job seriously, and learn everything you can, but don’t feel like you have to fall in love with everything about the job on Day One…or even mid-way through summer. If what you want is a learning experience, a chance to network, and a way to make some summer money, then appreciate the job for what it is. If you hold out only for a job posting that sounds 100 percent perfect without ever applying, you’ll miss out on a lot of opportunities.

The summer’s not very long. I know it seems like you have all summer to do whatever you want, but the summer months pass quickly. So if you want to get as much as you can from this job, you should approach it ready to hit the ground running. Ask questions, take on responsibilities when you can, learn from the people around you. Absorb what you can, it will pay off in the future.

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Chances are you’re too young to remember a time when the Internet wasn’t a vital part of your job search…or even your daily life, come to think of it. I’m in the same boat. Luckily, we don’t have to live through those Dark Times, where Facebook and gossip blogs don’t exist to help us pass the time.

Well, in addition to making your job hunt easier via job boards and the ability to e-mail résumés, the Internet can also give you a better picture of employers. You can only learn so much about a company by reading their Web site, so CareerTV takes you inside the mechanics of a company. In short segments on the Employer Videos page, you can find out what specific companies are looking for, what a day at the company is like, and other information you couldn’t readily find elsewhere.

You can also get some information on the job requirements for certain industries. Here’s an example of what informational videos are available, with this one focusing on forensic science technicians.

Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, it’s a good way to see what your options are. Plus, it’s a way to pass time and learn a little bit between SuperPoking your friends.

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Summer Jobs

Here comes summer!

One thing college students know all too well is the need for some spending cash during the summer. I think some older people forget that summer jobs aren’t just for high school kids learning the value of a buck. When you’re in college and living off of financial aid, scholarships or a part-time job, you need something to pull you through those long summer months.

After all, you might not have the budget to travel around the world for vacation, but you do want to be able to afford the fun that summer brings. And for some new graduates, a permanent, full-time job isn’t the ideal thing. Teachers, for example, won’t begin work until the end of the summer. Or if you’re moving to a new city, you need to earn money between graduation and the big move.

What to do? Here are a few jobs to help you out:

Childcare workers – If you like children, get a job as a personal caretaker in a family’s home or at a childcare facility. Not only will you be doing something you like (which counts for a lot), but you’ll also be able to test the waters to see if working with children is something you could make a career out of.

Landscapers – Doing various landscaping work allows you to be outdoors in the summer sun, stay in shape, and to exercise a little creativity. Plus, there’s the fact that your work doesn’t come home with you, which lets you enjoy your summer evenings without any worries.

Hotel and resort staff – If you want to help make vacationers feel like they’re in paradise, work at a hotel or a resort. You gain some great customer service skills and you get to see how the behind-the-scenes operations are kept separate from the relaxed atmosphere for clients. (Plus, the opportunity to network with clients and earn some good tips.)

Office assistants – An office job might not be as sexy as being a lifeguard or even a resort attendant, but it’s a good way to get office experience that could directly relate to your upcoming job. You can get entry-level (or even more advanced level) experience that gives you the foundation to apply for other permanent jobs.

Sales associates – Retail jobs are probably the most popular kind of summer work, but in actuality few people are cut out for it. As anyone who’s held a sales associate job can tell you, customers are demanding, the hours can be hectic, and you might not sit down for the whole day. However, customer service teaches you how to multi-task, deal with clients of all background, and improves your verbal communication skills. It’s a rich experience that really does benefit you regardless of what job follows.

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