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I would be lying if I said I’ve never had money woes. The college years were especially tough. It wasn’t unusual for my friends and I to pool our money to split a pizza…or something from the dollar menu of a burger joint.

This–shall we say less than appealing–economy is making plenty of people feel a financial pinch. They’re looking for new ways to earn some extra cash. A CareerBuilder survey found that 10 percent of workers began working a second job in the last year in order to supplement their income.

A new survey asked workers to list some of the most unusual ways they earned extra money. There are some of the most entertaining responses.

  • Used a portable propane burner to heat oil, and sold catfish dinners on his front porch
  • Made Star Wars costumes for people
  • Donated blood plasma
  • Researched stories for a gossip columnist
  • Won money on a game show
  • Juggled chainsaws in a talent competition
  • Posed for an art class
  • Worked as a tarot card reader
  • Wrote a freelance article on Big Foot
  • Took notes in class for college students
  • Took items from the Lost & Found and sold them online
  • Gave people in the office hair cuts
  • Tested recipes for a book
  • Worked as a movie extra
  • Participated in product testing for bandages
  • Played in Poker tournaments
  • Participated in university research studies

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hiremytvadCareerBuilder is looking to you to make its next Super Bowl ad … and will give you $100,000 to do it!

That’s right. CareerBuilder is looking to job seekers to create its next TV spot because, after all, who knows job search better than the job seekers themselves?

If you win, CareerBuilder will produce your ad, send you on a trip for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the commercial and air it during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. Oh, and did we mention the $100,000 “paycheck”? Or the $50,000 runner-up prize?

All you have to do is go to http://www.hiremytvad.com/ and submit a 25-second video of your idea. Applications will be judged on: creativity, originality, entertainment value, performance level, humor and alignment with the CareerBuilder brand.

Want to know more? Check out the story in today’s Wall Street Journal and go to http://www.hiremytvad.com/ for full details and to enter.

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cbbreeToday we hear from Bree, as she reflect on the key lessons she learned as a CBCampus Ambassador. Here’s what she’s taking away from this experience:

  • Communication is key! Being a communication major, I obviously appreciate this. However, there were a few times I was a little unclear about the task at hand and extra clarification and communication on my part would have helped.
  • Learn on the job….and quickly! Prior to being a marketing representative, I had never written blog posts. It took me a few times to figure out the style and what my company was looking for. This trial and error process is something I know I will use….often.
  • Ask for help! When I was struggling with things like formatting blogs or creating posters, I found the easiest way to get the job done was to ask for help. I can’t be too proud or I’ll never improve.
  • Learn from peers! Fortunately, I was able to contact marketing reps from other schools who had already been through the process. They were a great tool and didn’t make it seem like I was jumping into something blind folded. People before me have been there, done that. They knew what worked, and what didn’t. Using co-workers as a resource is vital to my success.
  • When I get knocked off the horse, I have to get right back on. Rejection is going to be a part of my career…whether I choose entertainment, marketing, public relations, etc. I’m going to get rejected. I experienced this a few times during my marketing endeavors, but I had to get over it really fast; I can’t let rejection phase me. Learn from the experience and move on!

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This week we’ll be featuring the last posts from our CBCampus ambassadors. They’re about to move on to that place you’ve all heard so much about: The Real World. So as they prepare to move on, we asked them for some final thoughts on what they learned during their time with us, both professionally and personally.

Morgan says…

cbmorganBlogging, for example requires me to write up some of my thoughts, thoughts that will forever be attributable to my name. I had to learn confidence to feel comfortable with accepting all ridicule as well as praise that could come from posting my ideas on the Internet. Mostly, my boost in confidence came when I had to organize as many friends as possible to be in a CBcampus photo for a photo contest. They thought it was ridiculous, but with persistence and good humor I was able to make my friends go along. Even though I thought it would be like pulling teeth to secure answers for the various surveys that we had to give to career center staff, it was rather easy. The lesson learned is that people will generally help you out and you shouldn’t worry that they will shut you down. The closer the people are to you, they can also do bigger favors…

The economic times that we’re in have impacted my work and experience at CBcampus. The new economic challenges we face now and will face in the future are ideas that affect student employment. As students we are uniquely situated in a confusing spot where there are no jobs, but we constantly hear that our education will take us so much farther. Things will change though, times will get better. My CBcampus experience has impacted the way I understand the world around me, and I am very thankful of that.

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For sports fans and latent gamblers, March Madness is in full force. Talk of brackets and pools can be heard everywhere you go. And for anyone not in the basketball know, you can’t escape the madness even if you want to. Not even at work. Nearly one-in-five workers (18 percent) said they have participated in March Madness pools at work, according to CareerBuilder’s annual survey conducted among more than 8,000 workers between November 12 and December 1, 2008.

Men are more likely to get in on March Madness in the office than women. Twenty-four percent of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11 percent of females.

More workers in the Midwest have played March Madness brackets than any other region. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of workers in the Midwest said they have bet on a March Madness pool at work, compared to 18 percent in the Northeast, 16 percent in the South and 15 percent in the West.

March Madness isn’t the only reason workers are signing up for office pools. Workers also reported the most unusual office pools they’ve placed bets on:

  • How far the Dow Jones would drop that week.
  • Number of emails new manager would send in one day.
  • Who in the office would win a burrito eating contest.
  • When the gigantic snow pile in the parking lot would melt.
  • Co-workers’ cholesterol numbers.
  • When the building would be condemned.
  • How long it would take for someone to break up.
  • Who would be the next Pope.

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whitolivLast night on MTV’s The City, was a classic example of when one employee steals credit for another employee’s idea or work. Good girl Whitney and socialite Olivia, who work for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, were tasked with pulling outfits for the next cover of Elle magazine.

Olivia, as the project lead, and Whitney were supposed to suggest six outfits from the designer’s line. When Whitney pulled a jacket and shorts that she thought would be a winning look for cover model Jessica Alba, Olivia nixed it saying it was “too matchy-matchy.” Olivia reluctantly left the jacket in the mix.

Lo and behold, the look chosen for the cover was Whitney’s but Olivia took full credit and even gloated. And Whitney said nothing (although her eye rolling spoke a thousand words). She didn’t speak up as soon as Olivia usurped the credit and she didn’t call Olivia out in private.

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Does your morning routine typically include hitting the snooze button and scrambling to get out the door? A recent CareerBuilder.com survey found that 20 percent of workers said they arrive late to work at least once a week, up from 15 percent in last year’s survey. One-in-ten (12 percent) said they are late at least twice a week.

Actual reasons for coming in late vary from worker to worker, but traffic was the main culprit with one-third (33 percent) of workers claiming it caused their tardiness. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said lack of sleep, while 10 percent said getting their kids ready for school or day care was the main reason. Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

“While some employers tend to be more lenient with worker punctuality, 30 percent say they have terminated an employee for being late,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for CareerBuilder.com. “Workers need to understand their company’s policies on tardiness and if they are late, make sure they openly communicate with their managers. Employers have heard every excuse in the book, so honesty is the best policy.”

Hiring managers provided the following examples of the most outrageous excuses employees offered for arriving late to work:

  • My heat was shut off so I had to stay home to keep my snake warm.
  • My husband thinks it’s funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.
  • I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn’t find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.
  • I got locked in my trunk by my son.
  • My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.
  • A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.
  • I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn’t rabid.
  • I feel like I’m in everyone’s way if I show up on time.
  • My father didn’t wake me up.
  • A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat.
  • My driveway washed away in the rain last night.
  • I had to go to bingo.

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever given for being late to work?

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