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Career Expert’s New Book Examines Today’s Internships in America

June 07th, 2011

New Book Explores the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Internships in America Today!

Hi All!

I wanted to share this Press Release with you about a new book I highly recommend checking out, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle, by Heather R. Huhman.


Today’s internships are creating and evolving the next generation of our workforce – and generating controversy, urban myths, and false prophets. In her newest book, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (Happy About, 2011), career expert and experienced hiring manager Heather R. Huhman examines the condition of internships in today’s economy – and tackles the good, bad, and ugly.

Available on June 6, 2011, Lies, Damned Lies & Internships explores the current state of internships, buried in misconception, exploitation, and controversy, and gets down to what really matters: experience and education.

Huhman, who has been recognized by CNN/CareerBuilder for the past two years as a ‘top job tweeter you should be following’ and included in’s ‘The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Search,’ says, “As a five-time intern and proud intern-employer, I believe that an intern is hired to learn, not to go on coffee runs and make endless copies. In fact, internships aren’t meant to be ‘jobs’ at all. This book looks at both sides of the internship debate – and ignites a new discussion amongst legislators, employers, universities, parents, and, of course, interns.”

Lies, Damned Lies & Internships includes a forward by Mark Babbitt, CEO of YouTern. According to Babbitt, “It is time for all of us, across the board – corporate America, higher education and the intern candidates themselves – to focus on the importance of high-quality, mentor-based internships as a means to transition from academic pursuits to the real world.”

In Lies, Damned Lies & Internships, Huhman discusses:

  • Recent controversies surrounding internships
  • The importance of internships
  • Characteristics of a good internship program
  • How to create an internship program
  • Current problems and possible solutions
  • An analysis of “internships gone bad”
  • How to turn an internship into full-time employment
  • How to turn interns into full-time employees

Lies, Damned Lies & Internships is available for purchase and download at Happy About. Soon, the eBook also can be enjoyed on the Kobo, Kindle, iPhone/iPad, Nook, and Google Books.


Heather R. Huhman is the Founder & President of Come Recommended, and has nearly a decade of public relations and marketing experience, specializing in media relations, content marketing, and social media. She is also a well-recognized career expert, an experienced hiring manager, and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable.

Grab a copy of her book today! It’s interesting and definately worth reading!

Bye for now,


Link to Free Panel Discussion About Recruiting and Retaining Gen Y

August 21st, 2009

Hi All,

Okay, so before I dive into this blog post, I wanted to share some fun news! Today I was interviewed by the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report! And also recently by the Wall Street Journal. Lots of interest in Gen Y (aka Millennial) news and insights! I’ll post links when the articles are published.

That’s all. Here’s what this blog post is really about…

Last month I was a panelist for an online discussion about recruiting and retaining Gen Y employees. It was hosted/presented by, and 5 other experts were on the panel with me. is an exclusive online community connecting the best internship and entry-level job candidates with the best employers. And was founded by a fabulous Millennial entrepreneur, Heather R. Huhman.

It was an interesting format using a service called Cover It Live. So it wasn’t like a webinar or webcast where you could hear us; the questions and answers were all done in a written format. It was pretty cool!

Anyhoo, here’s a link to the recording of the event. It’s free so they’re not hitting you up for any money:

Here’s an overview of the topic discussion:

Recruiting budgets, staff and overall resources are being slashed all over the country. So, how do you go about hiring quality interns and entry-level employees during these tough economic times? What benefit packages can you offer that are inexpensive to your organization but highly sought-after by young professionals? And once you have them, what are the best practices for retaining Generation Y? These questions and more will be answered by esteemed workplace experts in a free online panel discussion-you won’t even need to leave your desk!

More to share but not enough time to write at the moment! Will write again soon.

Bye for now!


I've Been Selected As Expert Panelist for Popular Gen Y Career Blog

June 10th, 2009

Hi All!

I have some cool news to share. I’ve been selected as an expert panelist for’s “Ask The Expert” blog. I, along with other knowledgeable panelists, will answer job, career and workforce questions posted by Gen Y (college students, recent grads, and those already working in their career). And, we’ll also answer questions for employers who have questions about Gen Y.

Being selected as an expert panelist is a pretty big deal because is THE leading job board for Gen Y. Their reach is HUGE and their company is highly respected by well-known employers and universities across the country.

Click here to read the press release about me being added to the panel!

The “Ask The Expert” blog is just one support service that offers to people who register with their website.

Here’s more info about them:

Founded in 1996 by Steven Rothberg, has become the leading job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities. features hundreds of thousands of job openings and tens of thousands of pages of employment-related blogs, articles, podcasts, and videos. This website has also been featured by countless major media, including: CNN, BusinessWeek, ABC, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. And, for 2 years in a row, received the prestigious Weddle’s User’s Choice Awards for best job boards, and was rated a “best” site by CareerXroads. 

So be sure to come visit their busy blog and submit a question! Our team of experts are there to help 🙂

Bye for now!


New Resource for Recent College Grads & Entry Level Job Seekers

May 30th, 2009

Hi All!

There is a terrific new online service that matches Gen Y college grads with employment opportunities. This new service,, was developed and founded by go-getter Millennial, Heather R. Huhman. And not only is this talented, savvy young woman the founder, but she also writes a popular column for entry-level job seekers on

I believe in what she’s doing with this new service so much that I’m supporting her efforts by being a business sponsor. And, no, I don’t get any money for doing this, so before you believe I have ulterior motives for promoting ComeRecommended, I don’t.

Anyway, if you are a recent college grad looking for a job, or an employer seeking entry-level employees, I suggest you check out the website.

And here’s more info about all of this from a recent Q & A session with Heather:

Q: What is Come Recommended?

A: Come Recommended is an exclusive online community connecting the best internship and entry-level job candidates with the best employers. Unlike other exclusive recruiting networks, Come Recommended requires both candidates and employers to provide at least three recommendations to gain access to the community.

Q: Who can join Come Recommended?

A: There are two user categories—candidates and employers. Candidates must be over 18-years-old and can include current high school or college students or individuals who graduated from college up to one year before the current year. For example, right now, young professionals who graduated in 2008 will be accepted into the system. Come January 1, 2010, those who graduated in 2008 will no longer have access.

On the employer side, Come Recommended welcomes human resources professionals, staffing firms, recruiters, headhunters and anyone else charged with hiring interns and entry-level professionals.

Q: Who will benefit most from the site?

A: Both individuals seeking and those needing to fill internships and entry-level jobs will benefit extensively from using Come Recommended.

Q: Does it cost anything?

A: All of Come Recommended’s “core” features—those included in the original launch—are free to candidates and employers. Students and recent college graduates don’t have a lot of disposable income. And, with the current economic climate, organizations are changing their hiring strategies to be more streamlined and cost-effective. Come Recommended helps them achieve these new goals. Even when the economy bounces back – and it will, with time – Come Recommended’s “core” features will remain completely free. However, to help us keep our features free or low-cost, we encourage users to purchase services and products from the candidate and employer Resource Centers and click on the site’s banner ads.

Q: How does Come Recommended work?

A: First, candidates and employers register and build detailed profiles. Before being accepted into the community, all users must first be recommended by at least three individuals. For candidates, this can include current or previous employers, industry professionals, professors/teachers and other non-family members. For employers, this can include current or previous interns or entry-level professionals. References need not be registered users of Come Recommended.

After building a profile, users are able to send recommendation requests via e-mail using the site’s technology. The e-mail received by their references includes a link to a simple online form. For candidates, this form includes the most typical questions hiring managers ask during the reference check process. For employers, the form asks questions a candidate might ask a current intern or entry-level employee about the organization. All answers are automatically transmitted back to the requesting user’s profile.

Once a user has three recommendations, and these recommendations have been confirmed to follow the rules I just outlined, they are accepted into the community and can access Come Recommended’s numerous features.

Q: How do you verify that the recommendations on your site come from legitimate sources?

A: We will do this in several ways. First, recommendation requests can only be sent to “paid” e-mail domains—not free accounts such as Gmail or Hotmail. Second, because references must provide their phone numbers, Come Recommended staff will perform random checks to assure accuracy. Finally, if a user suspects a reference might not be legitimate, he or she is encouraged to contact us immediately, and we will follow-up. If, indeed, the recommendation has been falsified, the user will be permanently banned from Come Recommended.

Q: Are the forums moderated?

A: No, they are not. However, candidates and employers are encouraged to report abusive behavior by sending an e-mail to

Q: Are there other Web sites like Come Recommended?

A: While there are many sites with a similar goal, Come Recommended distinguishes itself mainly through its exclusive nature. The recommendation process serves as a way for employers and candidates to gain immediate, objective feedback on each other. Most other Web sites lack any type of screening process for their users. This is very problematic for career-based sites because they become cluttered with false or misleading job ads and the résumés of unqualified candidates.

Q: With what other organizations do you have relationships? How do those relationships benefit Come Recommended users?

A: A full list of the organizations with which we have a relationship can be found on the Current Sponsors page. Prior to launching Come Recommended, we formed relationships with organizations we know provide valuable services, products and advice for our users. These organizations include:

  • Campus Calm, which empowers students and recent graduates around the world to breathe, become stress-resistant and create their own paths to purpose, prosperity and happiness.
  •, a leading career news and perspective site for young professionals ages 18 to 40 that was named a ‘must-read’ by and
  •, a career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time company reviews and ratings, salary details and interview reviews and questions regarding specific jobs for specific employers — for free.
  • Intern Bridge, the nation’s largest college recruiting research firm responsible for discovering best practices by surveying over 50,000 students annually, and providing information through workshops, seminars and a series of publications.
  •, a resource for students to rate, research and compare internships in various industries across the United States.
  • Keppie Careers, which encourages, enlightens and empowers job seekers for success.
  • The Orrell Group, lead by popular speaker, author and consultant Lisa Orrell, which improves generational dynamics and team building in the workforce and coaches Gen Y employees entering leadership roles at work.

Q: How does Come Recommended make money? Do you plan to seek investors or raise capital from advertising and other fees in the future?

A: Initially, Come Recommended will be solely supported by advertising, sponsorships, paid seminars/courses, career coaching services, cover letter and résumé review services, paid speaking engagements and other strategic business relationships.

Additionally, users will be actively polled during the first six months regarding future feature requests. After that time, they will still have the ability to submit requests and ideas via a dedicated e-mail address. Come Recommended will consider every request and plans to begin implementing new features starting May 2010, or sooner if possible. Additionally, Come Recommended will evaluate new features on a case-by-case basis to determine whether and how much to charge users for each.

As far as seeking investors in the future, we have not ruled out that possibility.

Q: Who can advertise on Come Recommended? Can employers advertise jobs?

A: There are several different types of advertising, as outlined on the Advertising & Sponsorship Packages page. Come Recommended reserves the right to reject any advertising that we determine, in our sole judgment, is not in keeping with our mission. For example, Come Recommended will not accept advertising for the sale or provision of goods or services relating to tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, pornography or other such matters that would, in our opinion, be inappropriate for our users, some of whom may be under the age of eighteen.

And yes, employers may advertise jobs through either targeted e-mails to candidates or banner/square advertisements on the site itself.

Q: Do you plan to extend this service beyond intern and entry-level jobs in the future?

A: Perhaps, but only time will tell. I’ve always felt those just launching their careers have a tougher time finding and landing jobs because these skills are among the few things not taught in school. While this may sound like Come Recommended is very one-sided in favor of candidates, employers actually have just as much to gain from candidates educated about what it takes to qualify and apply for their open positions.

So, there’s all the scoop! One more way you can possibly find a job or find a great candidate!

Bye for now,


Focus On the Upside: Advice for Gen Y About Taking Risks

May 13th, 2009

Hi All!

The following guest post is courtesy of Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of SixFigureStart, a career coaching firm that specializes in working with Gen Y young professionals. Formerly in corporate HR and retained search, Caroline most recently headed campus recruiting for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Citibank, Disney ABC, and others.

Her article is entitled “Focus On the Upside!”:

Two strikeout leaders in baseball are Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth. Neither player is remembered as a strikeout leader. Still, people hear stories of great success coming only after great struggle, and this is not enough to encourage them to go after their dreams. The potential downside of failure often greatly outweighs the potential upside from success.

Here are some tips to focus on the upside, especially in an anxious market that may reinforce your habit of playing it safe:

Confront the downside. What are the specific consequences of failure to meet this goal? How much money will you lose? How much time will you have invested? How much notoriety will this bring? Really visualize for yourself the worst possible downside, and make specific plans on how to mitigate the consequences.

Confront the upside. What are the tangible effects of success at this goal? Express it in pictures that you hang on your wall. Write it down in a journal that you read regularly. Tell friends what it means to you. Keep your upside in your sight, your mind, and your words, and it will seem more reachable. Replace one fear with another. At some point, we need to just take our shot. You may never get over your fear of failure, but you could replace it with a greater fear of never knowing.

Think about what it would mean for you to never know what happened if you tried. The prospect of living with a what-if is not very appealing. Focus on the regret, remorse, disappointment, shame, sadness, etc. of not even trying, and you may find these feelings worse than any downside from failure.

Reggie Jackson wouldn’t be a Hall of Famer, baseball icon, and candy bar, without also being a strikeout leader. Putting himself in the game meant downside, but also great upside. If you never take your shot, nothing will change. Is the life you have now exactly the way that you want it to be? If not, take aim. As Wayne Gretzky, hockey sports icon, noted “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Article provided through Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Bye for now and thank you, Caroline, for the guest post!


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