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8 Benefits of Doing a Summer Internship Abroad

Category : Internships , My First Job

The benefits of taking on a summer internship or an overseas internship program are extensive. Not only will you gain the experience you need to carry out a full-time position, but your confidence will improve, you’ll build up your connections, and you may even land yourself a job if you really impress. However, simply showing your face every day is not enough. You need to ensure you make the most of your internship if you are to truly experience the benefits. Here are my top eight tips to help you do so:

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  1. Record your experience throughout – You should take the time to record your experience while interning. You could keep a diary or write regular blog posts – the choice is yours. This is important for self-reflection and progression, yet it can also serve as a portfolio for potential future employers. But, remember to be careful with what you include so that you don’t breach any confidentiality agreements.
  2. Read the literature – Through my experience, there are many people that take on summer internship programs yet never read any related literature. They don’t pick up a book or read any blogs or articles to do with the industry. If you want to progress, you need to immerse yourself in the field you are interested in completely.
  3. Choose 1-2 skills you want to develop the most – You’re not going to become a master in your field overnight, and a lot of interns make the mistake of trying to develop as many skills as possible. Instead, focus on one or two key skills and hone these.
  4. Ask for a reference letter – You should always seek a reference letter from your internship placement. You will be able to use this reference letter when you apply for any jobs in the future, and it will validate that you are a good candidate for the position.
  5. Have a positive attitude – It is normal to feel apprehensive, nervous or even a little bit shy when you experience your first internship. After all, you’re taking a step into the unknown. But, it is important to have a positive attitude. You should be enthusiastic and willing to take on any task that is thrown your way, irrespective of how tedious it may seem.
  6. Network and socialize – When doing the summer internships abroad, the importance of networking and socializing cannot be undervalued. You will meet key individuals that can potentially grow your career. This is especially the case when you engage in an international internship, such as a London or Hong Kong internship from Elite Intern. Your contact book will become global, and this can really benefit you in the future.
  7. Be professional and stay focused on what you want to do – It is vital to remain professional and focused at all times. Don’t get distracted by your mobile phone or Facebook.
  8. Talk to your manager and ask for feedback – You will never be able to progress if you do not get a true reflection of your current performance. It is vital to talk to your manager so you can receive constructive criticism that will help you to continue to grow and improve.

Author Bio
Andrew Ho

Andrew Ho

Andrew is the Co-founder of Elite Intern, an international internship placement agency with our base in Hong Kong and operations in London, Shanghai and New York. Elite Intern’s internship program covers more than 20 industries and 5000 employers. It strives to offer students the top internships to advance their career and personal development.


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From Intern to Employee

Category : Internships

One of the great things about our site is that we managed to keep it so flexible. So while, our name seems to imply that we only allow job postings, feel feel to post (and search) for internships and volunteer opportunities as well.

That being said, I wanted to pass on this article by Tara Weiss on Forbes.com with advice on how to take advantage of a summer internship and turn int into a job offer.

Basically, “Treat it as a 10-to-12-week job interview,” says Alex Taylor, a vice president of university relations at Bank of America.

And while this was written for internships, all of the advice is applicable to any entry level job. Especially this one, Don’t be shy about asking questions, especially if you need clarification on an assignment. No one wants to be a pest, but its best to get it right the first time.


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On the Internet, It’s All About “My”

Category : My First Job

People generally feel pretty strongly about the domain name, myfirstpaycheck.com – they either love it or hate it. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it (I actually bought it when I was 16) and the lovers far outweigh the haters so were sticking with it, but it’s an interesting issue to revisit every once in a while.

This Sunday, The New York Times published an article about My Domain names, David Browne wrote, “the Web is awash in sites that begin with that most personal of pronouns, and not simply MySpace. A few quick clicks will connect you to MyCoke and My IBM even MyClick, a mobile-phone marketing company. Collectively, they amount to a new world of Web sites designed to imply a one-on-one connection with a corporation or large business.”

They don’t mention myfirstpaycheck.com, but they could have.

The article continues, “The rise of sites with the ‘my’ prefix is an outgrowth of an increasingly customized world of technology, such as the iPod and TiVo.”

The article continues, “We all want to be individuals and this brand will help you express your individuality,” said Nick Bartle, a director of behavioral planning at the advertising agency BBDO. “These ‘my’ Web sites are the logical extension of that strategy.”

But they illustrate how corporations are striving to show that they can be as intimately connected to their customers as in-vogue social networking sites. They’re not just impersonal businesses; they are your close, intimate friends.”

I like to think of myfirstpaycheck.com as a friendly company, do you think its working?


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Student Summers: Jobs vs. Internships Round 1

Category : Internships

I argue that its not necessary for college students to intern during their first or second summer of college.

This is going to be the start of a fun debate between me and Willy from OneDayOneJob.com, keep reading!

What do you think?


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Seth Godin’s Internship Program

Category : Internships

Seth Godin recently announced on his blog that he was looking for interns, I read right over it but Brandon Laughridge decided that it was the internship for him.

What did he do? Started an advertising campaign, obviously.

Brandon created http://www.sethsfavoriteintern.com/ and has done pretty much everything else he can think of to show Seth that he is the best candidate.

As my buddy Willy wrote on his great site, Brandon’s efforts are a great example of the showing off necessary in a job application. Willy wrote, “instead of telling a company that you’re qualified, show them that you’re qualified. You can fake a resume, but you can’t fake something like a Search Marketing and Social Media campaign. If Brandon put on his resume that he was able to convince bloggers to write about him, it wouldn’t sound very impressive. If he aggregates all the posts about him on his site and makes it easy for Seth Godin to find them, that is impressive.”

I think its brilliant. Brandon, if Seth doesnt put you to work, I will.


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Preparing For an Interview

Category : Interviews

I’ve hired almost 100 people in my corporate career at all career levels from entry through expert and I want you to know how to ace an interview with someone like me. What follows gives you a great understanding of what I look for and how you should get ready for any Corporate America interview when you’re just starting out.

The Phone Screen

Phone screens are generally 30 minute phone calls or video conferences focused on figuring out if you:

  1. Communicate effectively
  2. Have the basic skills needed for the job
  3. Want the job

I personally start by introducing myself, telling you about the position, and then allowing you to ask questions about the position. I learn a lot from your questions so you need to be prepared with some. If you have an interest in the position then we will move on.

Next up is generally a skills based question. I want to get an understanding for whether you actually have the skills that are on your resume that are relevant to the position I’m hiring for. Here I’m listening carefully to how you communicate and assessing your skill level.

Finally I’ll generally ask an experience or a problem solving question. These let me know how you deal with situations you’ve been exposed to in your past work experience or present you with a theoretical one so that I can hear about how you think and approach problems.

The best way to get through the phone screen is to:

  1. Know who I am ahead of time
  2. Ask good questions about the company or position
  3. Show me you have the technical skill I’m interviewing for and can communicate them
  4. Show me you can solve problems and that you’re open with me

To get ready for a phone screen:

  1. Look up the person on LinkedIn
  2. Learn about what the company does
  3. Create a list of a few questions
  4. Find some sample technical interview questions for the skills on your resume and practice them

The Phone Interview

dreamstime_m_31903135If you make it past a phone screen often you’ll make it to a phone interview next. Phone interviews are generally 60 minutes on the phone or a video conference. If you’re interviewing for a technical skills role you may need internet access so that you can collaborate with the interviewer.

The most important thing for you to get out of a phone interview is an understanding for the position and whether you want it. To do so you need to ask questions! At the end of the interview, if you don’t want the position, just let the interviewer know, you’ll save them a lot of time.

When I conduct phone interviews I’m focused on figuring out:

  1. Do you really have the technical skills I need
  2. What are the limits of your technical skill
  3. How you work on a team
  4. Whether you will fit with the team I have an opening on

If we haven’t talked already in a phone screen I’ll start with an introduction of the role, the team, and the position. You then will have the opportunity to ask questions. Finally we’ll jump in to the phone interview questions.

Questions will be specifically designed to show me where your skills are, how you work with other people, and how you handle things you don’t know how to do, and the behaviors you have had at previous jobs.

To get ready for a phone interview:

  1. Look up the interviewer on LinkedIn
  2. Look up recent news on the company
  3. Figure out an answer to any phone screen questions that you bombed
  4. Run through sample interview questions for the position you are interviewing for (meaning: practice!)

The In-Person Interview

Teacher meme by Filip PticekWow, you made all the way to an in-person interview. If you’re going for a job at a large company this is a big deal! Apparently the interviewers so far liked what they heard and they want to get a better understanding for you and get opinions on you from some of the team members or the interviewers peers (a multi-session interview with different people is called a “loop”). This is exciting and can make you nervous.

Tip #1: Relax! This is just another day and you’re talking with some people you don’t know about stuff you do know.

In an in-person interview loop, as the hiring manager, I want to:

  1. Sell you the position
  2. Give you an impression of what it will be like to work for me
  3. Get a final opinion on your fit on the team

Other interviewers will focus on different areas of your skills and abilities and the limits of your capability. Don’t be worried about getting the right answer… I and the interviewers working with me are far more interested in how you deal with things you don’t know. So, we’re going to try to figure out what you know and where that ends. This way we know where your boundaries are. We also want to see you figure things out.

Tip #2: Clarify Questions! We want to know that you don’t go running blindly into walls, rather, you ask where the light switch is first

Tip #3: Don’t Worry About Not Knowing! We are trying to find the limits to your experience and skills.

Tip #4: In-Person Interview days can be tiring! Be sure to ask for breaks, get liquids, eat a snack, and get a walk in if possible.

 

Here’s how to get ready:

  1. Relax
  2. Dress professionally
  3. Print and bring a couple resumes, just in case
  4. Arrive early
  5. Be yourself

If you’ve made it this far and done all this you can be confident that you’re being given the job, or not, based on who you are.


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Sales And Retail

Category : Jobs In

Sales and retail industry provides numerous employment opportunities for those searching for jobs, especially young people and students who are interested in working on part time. There are different types of retail outlets and products sold differ. We take a look at sales and retail as well as some of the jobs you can expect to land in the industry.

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Careers

There are so many amazing careers ahead of you when you are in High School, Community College, Tech School, University, or still just wandering, looking for a great area to focus your life on. There are a million ways to choose one as well. Most people choose a career or area of focus for their work as a specialty. Over the years it has been found that specializing is a fantastic way to build your reputation, credentials, and earning power. Today we call that a “Career”.

How To Choose A Career

There are countless ways to choose. You can focus on the things you like and find careers that maximize the time you will do those things. You can look at earnings potential. You can look at global impact for good. You can look at hot growing areas or high reputation areas. The most important thing to do is to just go ahead and pick an area and start moving in that direction. Here is some more information about specific ways you can choose your career or gain advice.

Personality Tests or Career Aptitude Tests

These are surveys that you fill out and provide some insight to the things you enjoy doing and you are good at and provide suggested careers based on those things. There are many tests out there and the quality varies greatly. Some tests will require a fee while others are free or paid for by the ads they show you. I suggest you do a google search for free career tests, complete a few, and find out what they suggest. You can use those suggestions as guidance for you to consider.

Here are some options:

Things you already enjoy

If you already know you love working with children or young adults then maybe you should be a teacher. If you already know you like working outside and building things then maybe a vocational trade is the right choice. Starting with what you already know and enjoy is a great way to simply continue down the path of starting or advancing a career.

Have some ideas? Do a job search.

Going to School

Going to school is a somewhat questionable track if you do not already know what you want to do since you will likely be paying a lot of money for classes that may not line up with your eventual choice. That said, it is a great place to be exposed to ideas and people and opportunities that you will not get at home or in your current job. Consider schools carefully. If you would like help choosing a school we can certainly help you there. Take this quick survey so we can match you up.

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Internships

Internships are a great way to get exposure to a field by working in its lowest level jobs while working with very experienced people. Internships are generally paid positions and can last anywhere from 3 months to 12 months depending on the business you get a position with. The best way to find internships is to find companies that are in the general area you are interested in and visit their jobs websites.

Here are some options from HerCampus.com

High growth fields

High growth fields are those that are or are expected to see a lot of new demand for people to enter them in the next five or so years. Past hot careers include software development, nurses, engineers, and machinists. A simple google search for Hot Careers will bring back a lot of great ideas.

See the US News Money report on the best jobs

High paying fields

These are areas where the pay is great once you get some experience. Anything in the software development or eCommerce field is a great example. Others include nursing, engineering, and biology.

Volunteering

Like an Internship, volunteering gives you exposure to careers but in a more indirect way. Generally you will be volunteering with a Not-For-Profit corporation. There are millions of them but they generally do not take up the same sort of work as for-profit companies. Definitely use volunteer positions as a way to build experience and if you can find a position in your field, excellent.

Check out this google search for volunteer opportunities which will show local results

Popular Career Choices

Software & Computer Technology

A career in computer and software technology can take many, many different forms. Common job titles include Software Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Tester, Analyst, Systems Engineer, and Application Engineer. Depending on the area you want to focus on different paths to your first job are recommended. For example, to enter an Information Technology department you just need to be curious, a good learner, and reliable. To enter Software Engineering you generally need a college degree.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Analytical thinking, problem solving, passion for technology, creativity.

Jobs: Search for jobs in the field

Health and Medical

Do you dream of being a nurse, doctor, dentist, radiology technician, councilor, physical therapist, or other jobs commonly found in hospitals, clinics, and care offices? This is your career area. People in these fields tend to feel personally rewarded by helping others improve their lives. Education varies greatly depending on your target job.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Care-giving, medical, problem solving, listening, communication.

Check out our Health and Medical Career Guide

Government

There are so many different jobs in government and types of governments that to describe this field is difficult. Two very well known career tracks are Politics and Public Service. You may also find a long career in the state or federal military branches. Other government jobs include road crews, park rangers, federal agents,  and bus drivers.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Varies by area of focus

Check out our Government Jobs Career Guide

Vocational Trades

Vocations are jobs commonly associated with construction of buildings or machines, for example, plumbers, insulators, carpenters, machinists, masons, dockworkers and countless others. If you enjoy working with your hands, having a varied work environment, and applying yourself to something that makes clear physical progress in the world then a career in the trades may be for you.

Education Required: High school to Tech school

Skills Required: Common sense, ability to learn, precision, communication

Check out our Vocational Trade Career Guide

Banking & Finance

This field is all about money, business, and investing. The field is very wide in that you can be anything from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to a financial adviser to a bank teller to a financial councilor to a debt collector. There is definitely something for everyone in this field and the education that you gain in building your education here will serve you in your personal life every day.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Precision, customer service, economics, finance

Check out our Banking And Finance Career Guide

Law & Security

Well developed countries all have something in common: laws and a need for security. This field is what would be typically considered “Law Enforcement” and “Military” but there are many other options as well. Did you know that security guards outnumber police officers? Everyone from the local government to the federal government to corporations to casinos have positions in this area and the requirements and tests required in each vary significantly.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Personal presence, personal protection training, customer service, loyalty

Check out our Law Enforcement and Security Career Guide

Utilities & Construction

If you like directly seeing the results of your work then the utility and construction sector are a great match. The number of careers you can enter in this field is vast though so you will need to spend some time considering which direction you want to go. Local governments, construction companies, trade organizations, and even housing developments employ people in this field and the education requirements vary widely from middle-school to graduate degrees in architecture and design and engineering.

Education Required: Middle school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Utility and Construction Industry Career Guide

Biotechnology

This field has everything to do with drugs (pharmaceuticals), viruses, animals, plants, and countless other specialties. Some well known careers include drug research and vaccine development. Chemistry and biology weigh heavily on this field and there are varying requirements for positions though in general education requirements are higher here than in other fields.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Biotechnology Career Guide

Media & Publicity

This is all about marketing. These days marketing is everything from social media to print to video to influencing. The field also includes everything from managing red carpet events to brand marketing specialists. With social media’s importance there are even software engineer and data analyst roles in this field. So, there is plenty to do and various areas you can get in to over time.

Education Required: High school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Green Technology

Green technology brings together many fields in to a hot growth area. Green technology is really just a marketing term for energy efficiency and thus you can see why this field can be so large. Construction, engineering, software, biotechnology, marketing, trades, and governments all have a role to play here. So, this is more of a theme than a specific career field. If you’re interested in this sort of thing though, you have an awesome career ahead of you.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Extremely varied

Check out our Green Technology and Energy Career Guide

Keep Reading About Careers!

We have a ton of content about careers, how to choose them, and the information you need to help choose one or two or three. Check out some of this great stuff.


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Building Your Credit

Category : Money

An intern working for me recently asked how she could build her credit score. Happy to help I asked her what she knew about how credit scores work and what they are for. She shared that she knew a little and opened a credit card with a $500 limit about 6 months ago that she was paying off every month. Other than that, she didn’t really know much. Here’s my guide to building early-career credit scores.

Credit Score (Jeff’s definition) – A number in a range that is an indication to lenders of how likely someone is to pay back a loan on time. Some also consider it an indication of financial decision making.

Okay, let’s start with what a credit score is then move on to what it is for and how you build one. You can just read this post for an overview or you can follow the links to go more in depth. If you want to improve your score, I suggest you take the time to learn about this.

What is a Credit Score

credit by Kalyan on FlickrA credit score is a number that provides an indication to a lender of how likely you are to pay back a loan on time. That’s it! Now, these days many types of businesses use your credit score, for example landlords, potential employers, credit card companies, and the banks extending you a loan. That list includes a couple that might be new to you: employers and landlords. This is because more and more businesses are finding that the credit score is a good indication of how you make financial decisions, not just whether you will pay back a loan or credit account on time.

Many things go in to the credit score, including:

  • Number of bank accounts, credit cards, and loans
  • Age of accounts
  • Types of accounts
  • Payment history of credit cards, loans, and bills
  • Credit limits on credit cards and store cards
  • Amount due and monthly payment on credit cards, store cards, and loans

Here are things that do not go in to credit scores:

  • The amount of money in your bank account
  • Whether you have a job
  • How much money you make
  • Accounts or history outside your home country (generally)

Learn more about what is in and not in your score here (USA specific):

In the USA Credit Scores are created by private businesses and the scores are sold to businesses, banks, and others. So, there are actually many companies that have score information and it can vary from company to company.

Why Do I Want A Good Credit Score?

Eine Opossum Liebe machen auf eine Melone by Tom on FlickrHere are some things that are easier when you have a higher credit score:

  • Buying a house with a loan
  • Rending or leasing an apartment
  • Buying a car with a loan
  • Buying an engagement ring with a loan
  • Opening a credit card account
  • Increasing the credit limit on your credit card account
  • Getting a job

The reason all these things are easier is that businesses providing these things to you all use your credit score to help make the decision on doing business with you. They also use it to help decide the terms they offer you for loans or payment.

For example a landlord may require more money up front and a higher security deposit if your credit score is lower. A bank or car dealer may offer a lower interest rate if your score is higher because it suggests you are more likely to pay on time every time, and so lower risk for them.

Okay, let’s get to how to build (increase a credit score).

How Do I Build Credit (Get a Better Score)?

grow by brian donovan on FlickrBuilding credit is about doing a variety of things and making good decisions with money. A credit score is based on information about your situation and behavior so you want to have the right behaviors consistently. Everyone’s situation is different so feel free to drop comments below (but be smart about what you share, don’t give out bank names account numbers, etc) and from time to time I’ll drop in to give you specific guidance. You can also use the contact form.

The basic accounts everyone should have:

  • Checking
  • Savings
  • Credit Card

The behaviors everyone should use every month:

  • Pay your utility bills on time, every single month
  • Pay your rent or lease on time, every single month
  • Use your credit card every month but don’t go over 50% of the credit limit
  • Pay the full balance on your credit card on time, every single month
  • Take any notices that you are late on payments seriously and resolve the problem

Here are behaviors you should show every year:

  • Ask your credit card company for an increase in the limit on your card
  • Get your credit report (not your score) from all three credit reporting agencies (USA specific) and review the information. If anything is inaccurate, get it fixed.

Here are some other ideas on improving a credit score:

That’s it. Having these accounts and using these behaviors will build up your credit score over time. This isn’t something that happens over night, particularly if you need to open accounts now or change your behavior. This is something that you set yourself up for and then make a difference with good decisions every month and year.

As I said before, feel free to drop questions in the comments or use the Contact form. I’m happy to give you guidance on your situation if you want it.

Jeff



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Hospitality And Tourism

Category : Jobs In

A career in hospitality and tourism could be a very exciting one. In addition to the fact that many jobs in this industry offers you opportunity to meet many exciting people, they also enable you enjoy certain services that others will need to pay for free of charge. You are especially going to enjoy a career in hospitality and tourism if you find it easy relating with people. In this piece, we provide you an overview of this industry as well as some jobs you can find in it.

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Student Job Search

Category : Interviews

There comes a time in the life of an average high school or college student when the need for a student job search arises. While having extra spending money is usually the main reason for a looking for a job, there are several other benefits to be gained by working while still a student. But then, how do you carry out a successful student job search? Where do you look? Read on to find out the answers.

Resume is Key

Chances are that your desired student job will require you to submit a resume. Your success in landing the position will depend on how well you compose your resume. Therefore, careful efforts need to be put in to make sure your resume does a good job for you. Find and read through tips on how to write an effective student resume. A tip is that your education information should be near the top, after your summary, since it is unlikely you already have significant work experience. Ensure your resume uses the right format and length. And do not forget to check your spellings and grammar.

Where to look for jobs

There are many avenues you can explore for a student job search. Below are some of them.

1. Career office – One good way to get your student job search going is to visit the career office in your school, if one exists. You will be able to access listings of jobs you can apply for, including internship opportunities. And that’s not all. You could also be provided with personal career counseling and other forms of assistance, including resume writing and review. Some college career offices also offer recorded practice job interviews to help.

2. Job fairs – It is advisable to also consider attending job fairs whenever you have time to spare. At such events, you are provided with the opportunity to meet several companies looking to hire students. A job fair may be organized on your campus or off it. Interviews are sometimes conducted at these events and, if you are able to prove your mettle, you could land yourself a good job. For this reason, it is important that you have your well-written resume ready when attending a job fair.

3. College recruitment programs – Some large organizations have formal agreement with schools through which they hire students to work with them after graduation or during holiday breaks. These opportunities usually include paid or unpaid internships for gaining work experience. Participation in such recruiting programs could be helpful in your job search.

4. Online Job Search – Given you can do almost anything online these days, you can also do your student job search there as well – right from the comfort of your home. One great place you can find a job this way is myfirstpaycheck.com/jobs/. On that job search page, you will be able to search for whatever job you desire and also stipulate location where you want it to be. If you want, you can get more specific by stating the name of the company you would like to work with and how much you want to earn.

You need an open mind to achieve quicker success on your student job search. Try to be flexible about the fields you where you would like to work and apply for many jobs to improve your chances of getting a job.


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Student Jobs

There are different reasons why young people look for student jobs. This is usually the case when the allowances or student loans become rather inadequate to cover all those expenses you feel you need to make as a student. Here is a guide on the types of employment you can consider either as a student or a graduate.

Part-time jobs

This is a work-study type of employment. As a matter of fact, part-time jobs are the kind people usually have in focus when talking about student jobs. These jobs allow you have time for your study while at the same time making some money on the side. But you need to endeavor not to lose focus on the main reason you are in school, so you need to cap the number of hours you work a week at a level that will not impact negatively on your study. The number of hours to spare for work per week will fluctuate from time to time as determined by your academic workload.

Here are a couple of the most popular part-time jobs you may consider:

Sitting jobs – People sometimes require the services of a person to help take care of their kids or pets while they are away. A mother could need your help in taking care of her child while she is on a night out. Homeowners may also need someone to look after their pet and/or house while going on a journey. You could make a decent amount, with possible tips, by doing this sort of jobs.

Retail jobs – The retail sector also makes for a great place to look for student jobs. By working as a sales assistant at a retail outlet, your duties will include attending to customers, receiving payments and restocking shelves or freezers. Retail jobs offer flexible working hours, making them great for students. You may also get to enjoy discounts on your own purchases as an employee.

Full-time jobs

These are jobs that require you to work for long hours each day, just like an average employee. Since this type of employment involves you working a full work day every day, it may not be totally correct to describe it as student jobs. The jobs are better suited to graduates who have completed their education.

Internships

Internship refers to a work arrangement by employers that lets students work with them for a short period of time. It could be offered on either a full-time or part-time basis. You may call full-time internships the full-time option of student jobs. This is because they are usually offered during holiday periods and allow you work for long hours each day. Internships enable you gain useful work experience. They could be paid, unpaid or partially-paid openings.

Finding student jobs

You can find different kinds of student jobs on myfirstpaycheck.com/jobs/. You only need to enter the kind of jobs you want in the “What” field and your preferred location in the “Where” field. To further fine tune your search, you can click on Advanced Job Search to specify the name of your preferred company, salary date and time since job posting, among others.

The information provided here should be useful in helping you find desired student jobs that could enable you make extra money and gain useful work experience.


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Job Titles

Category : Careers

While it is true that most young people are driven to look for jobs by the lure of extra spending money, the benefits of such jobs do not end there. These jobs could give extra boost when it is time for you to seek admission into college, as some institutions now look beyond just your educational grades. If you are thinking of getting your first job and in need of ideas on what you can do, here we present some job titles, with brief descriptions, to help you decide on what job you can do as a teenager.

Waiter

This sort of worker is charged with the duty of waiting tables in a food service establishment. As a waiter, you ensure that patrons are properly attended and the job can sometimes be a bit hectic. Pay is often below minimum wage, but tips usually make up for that.

Babysitter

A popular work option for teens, babysitting is ideal for someone who loves young children, more suitably for females. A babysitter takes care of kids while their parents are away, with duties including feeding, bathing and changing diapers.

Housekeeping assistant

You could get a job of housekeeping assistant in a hotel and your main duty entails keeping rooms tidy at all time. This sort of worker performs tasks such as vacuuming and washing of linens. Opportunity for tips also exists here.

Personal assistant

This job involves you providing different types of services to an older person. These services include running errands and doing any other tasks that the person you work with finds comfortable assigning to you.

Tutor

There are certainly one or two things that you can teach someone else by working as a tutor. You could take up the job of teaching a younger person a subject you are good at or teaching how to play an instrument, among others.

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Mover

Local packing and moving companies usually need young people to assist them with moving stuffs every now and then. If you are willing to flex your muscles a bit, this job might just do it for you.

Busser

In some very busy restaurants, teens are usually needed to work as busboy or busgirl, in addition to waiters. A busser is responsible for clearing away dirty dishes, setting tables and assisting a waiter or waitress in any other way.

Dog walker

Teens also do well as dog walkers, whose primary duty it is to ensure that canines get enough exercise. You will also often be responsible for feeding and watering dogs under your care.

Care giver

As a teenager, you could find job as a care giver for sick or elderly people. You will be charged with the responsibility of running errands for these people and probably also ensuring that they take their medications as due as well as other relevant tasks.

Bagger

Chances are that you have seen some workers bagging items at a local grocery store – they are very likely baggers. Other duties of a bagger, a role you may be able to apply for if you at least 14 years, includes welcoming customers and helping load groceries onto carts.

Stocker

This is another job you can get in a grocery store. A stocker’s work is to ensure that products are taken from where they are stored and arranged neatly on shelves. It is a good job for an introvert teen.

Car wash attendant

Your local car wash may need extra hands, especially in the summer months. Depending on your age and height, you could get the job of an attendant helping out with car washing. There is opportunity for getting tips in addition to your circa minimum wage earning.

Warehouse worker

Job opportunities exist for teenagers to assist with loading and unloading in warehouses and distribution centers. This sort of job is a great recommendation for those looking to work their muscles.

Animal shelter worker

If you are the kind of person that really loves having animals around, the job of an animal shelter worker might just be perfect for you. The job can be done on part-time basis and mostly involve taken care of animals and cleaning their enclosures. But be aware that you may be called to help out with putting sick animals to sleep – something you might not have the heart to stand.

Lawn care worker

This job entails helping those who are too busy to take care of their gardens and lawns. A lawn care worker helps to mow lawns, cut grasses and trim hedges ensuring the greenery looks pleasant to the eyes. There is opportunity of making good money if you are diligent at your work.

 

Newspaper delivery person

Teenagers have been doing newspaper delivery for a very long time and it remains a good job for extra spending money today. The job is pretty simple: just pick up the newspapers from the distribution centers and go place them at the doorsteps of subscribers.

Lifeguard

If you a good swimmer, this job may be perfect fit for you. A lifeguard helps to ensure that people are safe at swimming pools and beaches by keeping them from drowning. Aside the pay, this job offers you opportunity to make new friends.

Pizza delivery worker

The job of delivering pizzas is one you could consider if you love driving around. It gives a bit of freedom to enjoy yourself while making deliveries and you can also get tips every now and then. But this job is a bit hazardous in that delivery workers are occasionally assaulted or robbed.

Web designer

This job is good for those teens with expertise in designing websites and in need of part-time jobs. Web designers are well paid and you have the flexibility of working in a company or on a freelance basis via sites such as oDesk.

Data entry worker

Businesses often need people to help them gather and enter information into databases. For example, the job of a data entry worker could entail searching on the Internet for information and entering same into a spreadsheet or via a web interface.

Camp counselor

Extra hands are usually required to assist with activities during camping programs, which are especially more common in the summer months. Teenagers are brought on to guide younger children or help in any other way as the needs arise.

Sales associate

Sales associates or clerks help out with sales in retail stores. They advise customers on available products while making recommendations. The pay for a sales clerk is around minimum wage, but the job offers a good means of improving your people skills.

Product demonstrator

It is possible that you have seen people handling out samples at your local grocery store before and wonder what it would be like to be in their position. Those people are product demonstrators and you can work as one, even though you are a teenager. Average duties include ensuring cleanliness of the demonstration area, setting up products for demonstration and getting customers to try out samples to induce them into making a purchase.

Amusement park attendant

Amusement parks have predilection for hiring teenagers to work for them, possibly because their main customers are also young people. Your job as an amusement park attendant will usually involve helping out visitors, providing directions or information and ensuring that nobody is at risk of getting injured.

Dishwasher

This position is self-explanatory by merely looking at the job title. Big and busy restaurants require services of more than just waiters and bus persons. Dishwasher help to ensure that dirty dishes are properly washed, rinsed, and arranged in appropriate places.

 

There you have just some of the job titles that young people can consider taking up. These jobs and some other ones can easily be found on MyFirstPaycheck.com, if available. All you need do is to enter the job title you prefer and search for available openings. Being a teen, it may be advisable for you to search for only those jobs that are close to where you live – you can do this by entering your preferred location in the provided field. You can even refine your search further by using the full-time, part-time, internship, freelance and temporary filters.

The experience gained, in addition to wages, at these jobs can come in quite handy when applying to other jobs in the future or trying to gain admission into college. However, before thinking of taking up any of these or other jobs for teenagers, make sure that you are qualified for such by first consulting the child labor laws in your state.



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How To Snag A Marketing Job

Category : Other Stuff

A job in marketing can make for a great and very interesting career. Online marketing is growing consistently and with plenty of work in the field can make a great potential career path.

Here is what I believe should be done:

Apply for an internship

Have you noticed that most of the good positions require experience? Do you have any idea how to get some? Interning is your best solution. While you are in school, offer your services on a part-time basis, then apply for an internship right after you graduate. You can use this as a springboard to a full-time position.

Volunteer at non-profits

If you volunteer at a company that is a non-profit, you will have solid experience to add to your resume. While many non-profits offer internships that are unpaid, the chance to further your career is worth it according to UK marketing recruiter Spotlight Recruitment. Never mind the fact that it is for a great cause.

Network

As the old saying suggests, it really is about who you know. Build your brand and it will offer you more chances to meet people that can give your career a jump start. I also think it would be smart to join industry associations and any associations that are related to the university you attended.

Learn to love social media

The newer generations are expected to have a firm grip on social media and all of the latest technology. Once an employee sees that you are adept at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter blogs and online communities, you will see far more valuable to them. You can also use social media sites to look for jobs, get career advice and stay alert to any great opportunities. You never know when something will fall right into your lap. Here are some great online courses.

Do your homework

You should know which companies have programs for graduates. It is also a good idea to know which talent agencies help people that are in this particular field. You should focus on the type of work environments available (corporate, government, non-profit, etc) so you know which you are more suited for. Once you find a job that piques your interest, check your skills and interests to see if they fit the requirements. You should be aware of the products and services offered as well as any pertinent news when it comes to the companies you are interviewing with. Make sure that you showcase this knowledge in your cover letter and during your interview.

Write as much as you can

People in the marketing field rely on great writing skills to get by. Add well-written samples to your portfolio. Review a concert, write a letter to the editor or a paper. Start a newsletter or create a piece for a local journal. While you may not be published in a national magazine, this will help sharpen your skills. If you are in advertising, you should add to your portfolio every chance you get.

Proof your work

There should be no errors on your resume, cover letter or any other documentation you provide
to prospective employers. If you know English is not your strong suit, have someone else look it over for you.

Ask for assistance

If you are open with recruiters and companies, they are generally more receptive to any inquiries you have, and they will try their best to offer a useful response. Invite an HR person from a company you adore out for coffee. Let them know that you are interested in learning more about the company and you want to know how to move forward. This will help show that you are interested without having to deal with a formal interview just yet. While they may not be hiring right away, they may keep you in mind for the future. A lasting impression can help you snag the job you want. They may even be willing to refer you to others in the industry who have open positions.

Create a custom resume

You can tailor your experience for each job you are applying to. Let employers know how you can benefit their company. The opening paragraph should focus on the specific job you are interested in. There plenty of business in the resume area to help.

Show your passion

If you are offered an interview, show that you are different by expressing the passion you have for the industry and the specific job you are applying for. Always let them know that you are willing to learn and grow. In some cases, passion is a substitute for the experience that is required.


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Resumes

Your resume is the most critical tool you have when you are searching for work. These days you generally do not know the hiring manager that is considering you for employment. That means that your resume is how they get their first impression. Resumes that are tool long get tossed. Resumes that are too short get tossed. Resumes that have spelling or grammar errors get tossed. Your resume has to make a good impression for you to get a job, period.

Here are some resume DOs:

  • Do include your name, address, email, and phone
  • Do include a LinkedIn profile link
  • Do include an objective tailored to the position and company you’re applying to
  • Do include all work history including volunteering, babysitting, etc
  • Do include your education information
  • Do make a statement that you are happy to provide character references on request

Here are some DON’Ts:

  • Don’t include your Facebook or Twitter or Instagram account (though most employers will google them)
  • Don’t let your friends post silly or unprofessional stuff on your social media accounts
  • Don’t submit one resume to every employer, make one per position
  • Don’t make spelling and grammar errors, have multiple people proof read your resume!
  • Don’t skip any leadership experience you have in clubs, religious groups, or schools
  • Don’t use overly formal or overly playful fonts and styling

Remember, your resume is your first impression. If you make a good first impression then the hiring manager will want to know more about you. That is what leads to a phone call or an in-person interview. So, it is worth spending the time to make a great resume. Also, remember that the hiring manager is actually reading your resume, so everything on there needs to be top notch.

When it comes to editing, a great way to get feedback is to ask people you know who have hired someone to take a look and tell you what they think. Every hiring manager has a different approach to reading a resume too so if you can ask more than one person for resume feedback, all the better.

Jeff’s Resume Screening Process

As we just covered, every hiring manager screens resumes in a different way. Here is my approach:

  1. First I look at your experience. If that is solid, then I move on.
  2. Next I look at your objective to make sure that what I am looking for and what you write that you want are congruent. If they are not, then I move on.
  3. After the objective I quickly scan everything else on the resume to make sure I’m still interested
  4. If anywhere along the way I notice a grammar or spelling problem, you’re getting significant negative points… I might keep going though, if it wasn’t too bad
  5. If your resume makes it this far I go to Google to find your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. I look at each one in turn. If there is anything on one that makes me uncomfortable then the resume goes in the “Pass” pile.
  6. If anywhere along the process I notice anything that contradicts itself then I’ll pass (honesty matters)
  7. If you made it past the social media check the congratulations, you’re being considered for a phone screen so that I can get an understanding for how you communicate

Jessica’s Resume Screening Process

Jessica goes about resumes differently than Jeff. Like I said, everyone is different. Here is her process.

  1. She generally runs top to bottom on your resume
  2. So, first is your name and contact information
  3. Next is your objective
  4. Generally a summary or your experience comes next and she goes straight though
  5. If she finds any spelling or grammar mistakes, you’re out
  6. If after reading the whole thing she is not impressed, you’re out
  7. At this point she decides if she wants to phone screen you
  8. After a phone screen that goes well she’ll research you on the internet

Resume Ideas

Now you know how important resumes are and how important it is that you spend time to make yours a great representation of you. You also know that hiring managers have different styles for screening candidates. So, get out there and work hard to make your resume something that will be noticed.


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Jobs In New York City

Category : College

New York City is a highly popular place in the world, being the center of major institutions and top corporations. Perhaps, you have been fantasizing about working in this world-renowned city after completing your college education. If that happens to be the case, presented in this post is guidance on how to be successful in finding jobs in New York City.

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How to Become a Tutor

Category : Careers

The benefits of becoming a tutor are not just about the opportunity to make money. Tutoring helps you to have positive influence on another, perhaps, younger, person. It makes it possible for you to enhance your own knowledge level at the same time. But how do you become a tutor and how do you get a job as one? You can find the answers to these questions and more in this post.

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Vocational Trades

Category : Jobs In

It has long been held that college education helps to improve the chances of someone making high income in their chosen careers. But sadly, college education does not appear to be for everyone anymore, as costs keep rising beyond the means of average students while there seem to be limited job opportunities available for graduates. These have combined to drive interest in vocational trades in recent years. But should you also consider a vocational trade career? Read on to learn more about vocational trades and available jobs for young people.

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Banking And Financial Services

Category : Jobs In

The banking and financial services industry is a very important one in the economy. The industry encompasses different types of businesses or organizations, including banks, credit unions, insurance companies, credit card companies and stock brokerages. If you happen to have special interest in working in this industry, you will no doubt wish to know a bit more about its potentials and what sort of jobs you can get in the industry as a young person, most likely fresh out of the college.

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Jobs in New York

Category : Job Search

Are you a college graduate and interested in entry-level jobs in New York? If yes, you would be pleased to learn that there are diverse opportunities and openings available for college graduates. Information technology, marketing, finance and health are few of the industries with the highest number of these opportunities. Here are some of the best entry-level jobs for college graduates.

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