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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.

PRESS RELEASE:

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 Monster.com’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.

ABOUT HEATHER R. HUHMAN:

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,

Lisa

Famous People Share 100 Tips for Recent College Grads

June 14th, 2010

Hi All!

The following is a guest post courtesy of AccreditedOnlineColleges.com. It’s a fun read filled with quick tips and quotes from (mostly) famous people about how to succeed in life after graduating from college. So for all your Gen Y/Millennial students, check it out…

Below you’ll find 49 out of 100 of the tips and quotes, but click here to read all 100!

Here’s the article:

Emerging into the real world after graduation can be a time of great excitement but also one of great trepidation. Here are some quotes that can help offer some sage advice, insight and guidance to make your transition from college to the working world a little less scary.

On Graduation

In these quotes, great thinkers, politicians and businesspeople speak on what graduation means to them.

  1. Orrin Hatch:There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.
  2. Arie Pencovici: Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.
  3. Adlai Stevenson: When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.
  4. Tom Brokaw: You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
  5. Author Unknown: The future lies before you, Like a field of driven snow, Be careful how you tread it, For every step will show.
  6. Newton D. Baker: The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.
  7. Dr. Seuss: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
  8. Carly Fiorina: The truth is, I was afraid the day I walked into Stanford. And I was afraid the day I walked out.
  9. Oscar Wilde: Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.
  10. e.e. cummings: It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
  11. Catherine Pulsifer: Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for the new graduate.
  12. Arie Pencovici: Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.

On Education

These quotes promote the virtues of education.

  1. Louis L’Amour: The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.
  2. Mahatma Gandhi: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
  3. John Updike: You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.
  4. Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  5. Aristotle: The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.
  6. Will Durant: Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.
  7. Theodore Roosevelt: A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad.
  8. Jean Piaget: The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
  9. Andre Gide: The only real education comes from what goes counter to you.
  10. John Dewey: The result of the educative process is capacity for further education.
  11. Galileo Galilei: You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
  12. William Butler Yeats: Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.

Inspiration

These quotes will inspire you to achieve in your life after graduation.

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:Hitch your wagon to a star.
  2. Confucius:Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
  5. Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
  6. Robert Louis Stevenson: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
  7. Terri Guillemets: There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you – just reach deep into yourself!
  8. Marianne Williamson: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
  10. Henry David Thoreau: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
  11. Arthur C. Clarke: The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
  12. William Arthur Ward: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.

Motivation

No matter what you want to do in life, these quotes will motivate you to get it done.

  1. David Lloyd George: Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
  2. Fred Dehner: The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.
  3. Henry Ford: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  4. Ralph Marston: Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
  5. Arnold Palmer: The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
  6. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Dream no small dreams for they have the power to move the hearts of men.
  7. Carl Sandberg: Nothing happens unless it is first a dream.
  8. Ralph Waldo Emerson: It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.’
  9. Robert Frost: The best way out is always through.
  10. Samuel Johnson: Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
  11. Publius Terence: Fortune favors the brave.
  12. Theodore Roosevelt: Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
  13. Helen Keller: One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.

Congrads to all of you students and cheers to your future success!

Lisa

Relocating for An Entry Level Job – New eBook Provides Great Advice

January 04th, 2010

Hi All,

In this current economic climate it’s not unusual for people from ANY generation to pursue job offers that require relocation. And Heather H. Huhman, founder and president of ComeRecommended.com (a popular job and career site for college students and entry-level job seekers), has written a terrific ebook for Millennials (Gen Y) on the ins and outs of relocating successfully for a job.

The ebook is entitled: “Relocating for an Entry-Level Job – Why You Probably Have to and How to Do It”

This info-packed ebook is loaded with tons of useful info such as:

1. The Top Areas in the U.S. for Entry Level Jobs

2. Strategies for Finding a Non-Local Job Opportunity

3. How to Up Date Your Career Tools to Show Willingness to Relocate

4. Determining the Cost of Relocation

5. How to Negotiate a Relocation Package

6. Relocating Without A Job

7. And A LOT MORE!

And you can click here to access a FREE preview of her ebook to read the Introduction and see the Table of Contents!

Click here to read Heather’s complete bio, and you’ll quickly see why she is qualified to write a book like this. Not only did she start ComeRecommended.com, but she’s also a entry-level career’s columnist for Examiner.com where she offers college students, entry level job seekers and younger employees advice on career, work related topics, and job seeking. She is also a contributing writer for many career blogs, and author of “Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty“.

I highly respect Heather and think her new ebook is something many will find very beneficial.

And if you want to skip looking at the free preview, CLICK HERE to order the whole book!

Bye for now,

Lisa

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Thinking of Working Overseas? Here's Some Advice

December 29th, 2009

Hi All!

Below is a guest article contributed by Paul Johnson, Director of Outsourcing Consultants with 10 years experience of HR and recruitment within the Middle East. Author Website: http://www.outconsult.com.

I thought it was something many of you Millennials (Gen Y) would find helpful as you begin to explore career opportunities. And, it’s certainly great info for people from ANY generation who is toying with the idea of working outside of the U.S.

So, without further delay, here is Paul’s article, entitled: Thinking of working overseas? Think, think and think again.

I am sure we have all thought it. Wouldn’t it be great to work away from our home country? New climate, new friends, more money (in some cases), get away from the humdrum life I lead now, experience new cultures etc, etc. Whatever the reasons, the grass is certainly not always greener on the other side. It takes time and not a small amount of perseverance and patience to make it work.

Take my experience. Back in 1998 my girlfriend (now wife) and I decided we needed a change from the UK. Dubai seemed like a good option as my wife had lived there with her parents in the mid 70’s. Being the days when the internet was something to do with fishing together or a goal in football the communication with prospective agencies and employers was by no means easy. Many calls and faxes ensued until eventually we both, miraculously landed jobs in Dubai starting 2 weeks apart.

Arriving in Dubai was a massive culture shock, especially 11 years ago even though I had travelled the world extensively. People from all over the globe were resident there especially from South East Asia. Everything was different from needing a UAE driving license to driving on the other side of the road!! The bureaucracy to do anything was immense and very frustrating. After 2 months we were reeling and wondering what on earth we had done! Shall we give it until Christmas (two months away)? Shall we leave now? Many questions and uncertainties. We were told by new friends, many of whom were long term expats, to give it 6 months, we did.

To cut a long story short we stuck it out and are still here 11 years later with 2 kids in tow! Dubai is not perfect by any means but where is?

My advice to anyone thinking of taking the plunge is:

1. Be aware of a huge culture shock even if you are well travelled, living somewhere is a completely different world.

2. Be patient!

3. Become culturally aware as fact as possible and do not attempt in anyway to impose your culture on your new hosts, it will not work.

4. Give it 6 months to settle in or you will regret it.

5. Use any means at your disposal to connect with people living there, seek out the lowdown and dirty to the place first.

6. Take up your interests as early as possible to meet people, do not get trapped into the work, home sleep unhappy triad.

7. Do not limit your exposure to other expats from familiar cultures only.

8. Take every opportunity offered to you initially to socialise, be it camping trips, birthdays, whatever. Good luck!

Learn more about Paul at:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/pauljohnsonoutconsult.

Bye for now! And Happy New Year!

Lisa

Twitter @GenerationsGuru

NOTE: Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Several Hot Companies Hiring Run By Generation X or Millennial CEO's

October 26th, 2009

Hey All!

The job market may be tough, but there are some hot companies that are hiring in this economy…and according to Fortune’s new 40 Under 40 list, these companies are owned or run by members of Generation X or Millennial (aka Generation Y) CEO’s…yes, people under 40.

And are they all tech startups funded with new VC money? Uh, no. Oh, and did I mention quite a few of the CEO’s only list a high school diploma as their highest education level completed…or a Bachelor’s degree?

CNNMoney.com published this article last week, so check it out. Quite a few of these businesses are currently hiring for 20 or more positions: sales, marketing, social media, project managers, product managers, engineers, human resources, accounting, and customer service.

The article also includes information from the CEO’s about what they’re looking for in job candidates, and what will turn them off to applicants.

So, if you’re seeking a job, and you’re a Millennial (Generation Y), Generation Jones, Gen X or Boomer, you need to check out this article. Companies ARE hiring; but they may not all be mainstream brands you’re aware of! However this list includes a few that are, such as Walmart.com and Facebook.

Here’s an excerpt from the article to give you a taste of what it includes:

These rising stars from Fortune’s 40 under 40 list have great jobs to fill. What are they looking for and how can you impress them?

Max Levchin, Slide Founder

40 under 40 rank: 25

What openings do you have at Slide now?
We are always short great product managers and designers. We are rarely limited by our demand, but rather by the available supply of awesome people in the job market.

What’s great about the jobs?
You get to work at the very forefront of innovation in social software, so you learn an enormous amount very quickly.

What are you looking for?

My favorite type of hire is the budding entrepreneur; someone who in a few years will want to start their own thing. They know that with every effort at Slide they are ultimately investing in themselves the most and so tend to be very productive.

Any secrets to impressing you?
Bring not just your skills, but also your thoughts (about the industry, Slide, etc.) to the interview. If you’re engaged and interested, it tends to stand out.
–Jessi Hempel

Click here to read the whole article!

Bye for now!

Lisa

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