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McDonalds Job Application

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Stop Stressing About Writing Your Resume!!!

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25 College Blogs for the College Student!

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a list of my favourite top 25 blogs for the college student. These great blogs are fun, informative and provide great tips and advice for the college student or recent graduate

 

Life After College

There’s no manual for the real world. Find resources for life, work, money, happiness, personal growth, productivity and more:  http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/

Graduated And Clueless

Graduated And Clueless is Your Source for Conquering Life After College! http://graduatedandclueless.com/

Life is like a box of chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” http://www.lifeschocolates.com/

Hooking Up Smart

HookingUpSmart.com aims to support women and men in their search for meaningful relationships http://www.hookingupsmart.com/

The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a blog for those of us who need both cents and sense http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

Google Student Blog

Google news and updates especially for students http://googleforstudents.blogspot.com/

My Very Worst Date

War zone reporting from the dating trenches: yellers, criers, freeloaders, psychos, the depraved, etc http://www.myveryworstdate.com/

The “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks

A moderated blog with user-submitted pictures of quotation marks used improperly, with humorous commentary. http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

Green Smoothie Girl

Helping you achieve extraordinary health eating whole foods. http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/

Student Branding Blog

Navigating Students to Future Success! http://studentbranding.com/

THEMADGRAD

We started this site, because after College we found ourselves, as well as many of our friends, going through the “After- college crisis.” http://themadgrad.com/

Courting Your Career

Match yourself with the perfect job http://courtingyourcareer.wordpress.com/

Gearfire

Gearfire is a student productivity and organization blog, bringing you tips for academic success. http://www.gearfire.net/

BUSTEDTEES

We decided to start making T-shirts because we want people to have fun, laugh, look good, feel comfortable http://blog.bustedtees.com/

HoboStudent.com

Relax grab a beer and read what HoboStudent.com has to offer. http://hobostudent.com/

Surviving College Life

Surviving College Life is every student’s guide to the ins and outs of college. http://www.survivingcollegelife.com/

Every College Girl

The concept is simple: “things every college girl should know” http://everycollegegirl.com/

Lazy Man and Money

Lazy Man and Money is my personal journal where I explore how I can save money and make more money. http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/

Man vs. Debt

Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love http://manvsdebt.com/

Overheard at College.com

Overheard something funny or interesting on campus? Post it Here! http://www.overheardatcollege.com/

Ivy Gate

News, gossip and commentary blog that covers the Ivy League http://www.ivygateblog.com/

College Candy

Read, frollick, comment, catfight: Have it out at CollegeCandy http://collegecandy.com/

PassiveAggressiveNotes.com

Photographs of vaguely threatening signs, notes and messages http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/

The Prereq

The Prereq: Required reading for your college world http://theprereq.com/

Poorer Than You

Money issues for college students and 20-somethings, without being boring http://poorerthanyou.com/

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Advantages for using a professional resume writer

September 21, 2010 1 comment

Something to think about…

How many times have you picked up a magazine while waiting for an appointment and flipped through the hundreds of pages of articles? How long did it take you to decide whether or not to turn the page? Studies show that most people make this decision in less than 5 seconds.

This is the exact same scenario with your resume—it can be discarded within a matter of seconds. When applying for jobs, you can be assured that 50% of all the other applicants have similar skills and knowledge. So how do you make your resume stand out from the others? How do you ensure that you’re at least given the chance to present yourself in person?

Your resume is a marketing document, a convincing reason to want to meet with you for an interview. Without an appealing and marketable resume that contains information employers require, you will not get the job you want. While you may feel that you are the perfect fit for a job, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t have a convincing resume which is written, structured and formatted correctly.

Remember: A well written, formatted, structured resume you will get more calls, more interviews and find a new job faster…. Guaranteed!

5 Reasons to use a professional resume writer

1) Staying ahead of your competition
In the current state of the economy, demand and competition for jobs has never been higher. It is guaranteed that when you apply directly for a job there can be upwards of nearly 100 people other people applying for the same job. Some of this competition has probably used a professional resume writer, and this gives you an immediate advantage before the screening process even takes place

2) Most candidates are not capable of composing a resume that adequately highlights their strengths, accomplishments and achievements
Writing objectively is hard, and most candidates tend to struggle when writing about themselves. Resume writers approach the writing process from an employer’s, rather than a candidate’s point of view. They are then more successful with highlighting what potential employers are really looking for.

3) Professional writers have direct knowledge of “buzz words”, “keywords” & industry jargon

4) Recruiters and hiring managers don’t have time to read through a bad resume
A well-formatted and grammar-free resume will grab a reader’s attention and generate interest in you and increase your chances at getting to the interview stage.

5) Applying for jobs is serious business
Just like you would call upon a professional builder to help construct your house or a professional mechanic to repair your car, you need a professional resume writer to help you get a job. Writers offer advantages over the competition that will greatly improve your chances at getting hired.

If you require a professionally written resume to help you with your job pursuit please visit the resume experts at “RedStarResume” http://www.redstarresume.com.au/

The Hardest Challenges Facing College Graduates

September 20, 2010 1 comment

Competition (too few jobs and too many graduates)

Here is the scenario… You have graduated college with a good looking degree; you feel on top of the world and ready to pick and choose your dream job. The reality however is that your one of a many in the same boat. While you feel as though you would be best suited for a particular role there can be hundreds of other people who feel the same way as you. I often tell the story about my days as a recruitment consultant where I used to recruit for graduate positions. I would post a graduate position on the job boards and by lunch time I would have 200 applicants in my inbox. So what can you do to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd? You need to ensure that your resume is in the top 5-10% of all resumes. A single mistake in your resume can be the difference between your resume ending up in the interview stack or in the deleted folder

Downturn in the economy:

We are all sick and tired of hearing about the global financial situation, sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment. Unfortunately this is the situation which new graduates find themselves facing when looking for a job in 2010. My best advice is to network, stay patient and increase the effort into the job search. You are going to have setbacks and days when you feel like the whole world is against you. The real challenge will be ones of Continuing perseverance and confidence.

Lack of Real world experience:

My advice to all graduates (and those preparing to graduate) is to seek work experience. I personally hated this advice while I was at university but looking back now my work experience helped me plan out my career and gain vital experience in competitive industries. When the time came to put forward my resume, my previous work experience set me apart from many of my competitors.

Too high expectations:

Many graduates (myself included) complete university and expect to hand pick the job which they want. Furthermore in 2010, graduates have an expectation that they know what is best and should actually be the boss rather than working for the boss. So many times I have had graduates apply for job positions which are so unrealistic and then get despondent because they are not getting interview requests. It’s important for graduates to realize that they need to gain the experience before they can call themselves the boss.

Debate between further higher education and job seeking

Do you continue to study or start straight away with the job seeking? Many graduates don’t have a choice in this matter but for those who do continuing to study can lead to greater results long term (financial and job position) and also further help distinguish yourself apart form other graduates. On the other hand is it better to start working and get your foot in the door? There’s no better education then real life experience of learning on the job.

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Make the Right Decisions!

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

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5 First-Time Resume Concerns

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

5 common concerns and a few suggestions on how to overcome these.

1. Lack of Experience

This is probably the most common problem faced by students and new graduates. Try to fill this gap by focusing on skills you have acquired through school projects, coursework, volunteer activities, or part-time jobs. Did you maybe take a foreign language class in college? Do you have research experience? Skills such as these can help boost your resume.

2. No References

References shouldn’t be listed on your resume itself, but a potential employer will ask you for references at some point. If you’ve hit a wall here because you have little to no experience, that’s ok. Academic references are definitely acceptable, as are references from supervisors at part-time or volunteer positions. Do everything you can to avoid references from family or friends as these are not typically accepted.

3. Low GPA

If you’re a student or recent graduate, a potential employer will probably want to see your GPA. If it isn’t great (under a 3.0, for example), there are ways to get around this. You could try listing your major GPA (classes that applied towards your major) for example, as opposed to your cumulative GPA.

4. Length of Resume

Definitely keep your resume within the 1-2 page range. If you don’t have much experience, you can probably get everything on one page, but try not to feel restricted by this number. Two page resumes are entirely acceptable as long as they contain relevant information.

5. Resume Format

Education or experience listed first? Everyone is different, so use your best judgment on this one. Generally speaking, students and graduates list education first, but if you have some amazing professional experience to highlight on your resume, list that first.

Laura is the Marketing Coordinator for RedStarResume, a business that provides resume and cover letter writing services for students, graduates and young professionals.

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Saving money with Amazon!

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

By Lauren Daley – University of Colorado, Boulder

As a student, I am always looking for ways to save money. I use discounts and promotions when I buy food, gas, and I always try to save money when it comes to buying anything school-related. When you’re a poor college student like me every saving helps. You don’t have to necessarily sacrifice the “finer things in life”, but you do need to shop more wisely. Trust me – doing a little bit of research and knowing a few tips can help you save hundreds of dollars!

 

It seems like the prices of textbooks are getting more expensive every year, and it’s only been this year that I discovered a number of ways to save money on textbooks, and all of these options are on amazon.com. If you’re like me and you don’t want to pay full price, or if the discounts on used books at the bookstore just aren’t good enough, then I have three tips to share to help you save money!

 

 1) Gold Box Deal of the Day

The Gold Box Deal of the Day is an Amazon incentive that is not widely known. Every day, Amazon offers a particular deal at an amazing savings rate. Typically, all savings are up to 50-75% off their normal price.

 

2) Sign up for Amazon Student.

After I signed up to Amazon Student I was able to save up to 30% on the price of new textbooks. In addition, Amazon also offers great value for used textbooks through their Textbook Buyback program. By becoming a member of Amazon Student, you are also entitled to other free benefits including shipping, shopping benefits, exclusive offers etc. It’s free to sign up so there’s nothing to lose!

 

3) My favourite section is the: Deals and Bargains Section

The title speaks for itself. Keep an eye on this section and you can receive huge markdowns and special promotions. You can find anything here from clothing, electronics, movies, books etc. Savings can start from as little as 5% and go up to as high as 80%.

 

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

 

LD

 

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Need a Job? Top 20 Best Online Job websites

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Monster: The premier global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people               http://www.monster.com/

Yahoo Hot Jobs: Leader in the online recruiting industry: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/

Indeed: Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. http://www.indeed.com/

College Grad: The #1 Internet job search service for college students and recent grads.  http://www.collegegrad.com/

College Recruiter: The leading job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities  http://collegerecruiter.com/

Simply Hired: Simply Hired is building the largest online database of jobs on the planet. Our goal is to make finding your next job a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey http://www.simplyhired.com/

Career Builder: As the U.S.’s largest online job site, CareerBuilder.com puts over 1 million jobs in front of poised job seekers wherever they are – at home or at work – in print and on the Internet http://www.careerbuilder.com/

Jobster: Search for Jobs, build a career network, and connect with the hiring team at the companies you want to work for. Meet your future employer with Jobsterhttp://www.jobster.com/

Job Central: Find local jobs and apply online via company employment career sites. No middle man. Job Central is a free service of Direct Employers Association http://www.jobcentral.com/

Jobfox: Expand Your Job Opportunities with Our Revolutionary Job Technology. http://www.jobfox.com/

Jobserve: Search JobServe for over 50000 permanent jobs, contract jobs and temporary jobs advertised weekly. Jobs in IT, Accountancy, Engineering and Sales plus other http://www.jobserve.us/

Snagajob.com:                                                                                                                                                                                                                Search over 100000 jobs on SnagAJob.com. Find all types of employment – full time, hourly and part time jobs. Our jobs are updated daily. http://www.snagajob.com/

topusajobs.com: Jobs and Careers: Search jobs from specialized job search engines. Find your ideal career. Jobs updated daily. http://www.topusajobs.com/

Job Monkey: JobMonkey is to help you find seasonal or year-round jobs working for employers who can offer you unique opportunities to travel the world, have fun, and earn good money doing it. http://www.jobmonkey.com/

job.com Start your job search at Jobs.com. Find jobs that are close to home. Search job opportunities in your field. Jobs.com makes your employment search easy. http://www.job.com/

Dice.com, is the leading career website for technology and engineering professionals, and the companies that seek to employ them, in the United States http://www.dice.com/

Careerjet: Job search engine designed to make the process of finding a job on the internet easier for the user. It maps the huge selection of job offerings available on the internet in one extensive database by referencing job listings originating from company websites, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites. http://www.careerjet.com/ 

BankJobs Welcome to Bankjobs.com, the #1 career site for banking and financial services jobs and resumes! http://www.bankjobs.com/ 

Americas Job Exchange: AJE is America’s Career Destination! Our mission is to provide everyday Americans the job opportunities and career tools to find that dream career. The American dream is alive and well on AJE! http://www.americasjobexchange.com/ 

Hire My Parents: If you’re a parent looking for some flexibility in your work life, so you can spend more time with your family, this is the place you’ll find every option, from freelance to fulltime. http://hiremyparents.com

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How to Protect Your Resume From Identity Theft

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s pretty sad that in recent years resumes have become more and more popular as vehicles for stealing personal identities. It sort of makes sense when you think about it because resumes contain some pretty vital personal information. Aside from the obvious work history information, resumes can include home addresses, telephone numbers, and education information. Sometimes they even contain enough information to open a credit card! It’s scary to think that this information is stolen all the time, but there are a couple of things you can do to avoid becoming a victim. Below are a couple of suggestions.

Leave your home address off your resume

The home address used to be an important component to the resume, but times have changed. Resumes are not posted or faxed anymore – almost all job advertisements call for a candidate to email through his or her resume, making their home address somewhat irrelevant. Companies today are also aware of the identity theft risks associated with resumes, so they don’t expect to see home addresses included on resumes.

Don’t apply for a job unless the company name is listed

You might notice that a lot of job advertisements today list the company name as “private” or “unlisted.” STAY AWAY FROM THESE. While some of these ads might be from legitimate companies, the vast majority of them are not, and they are just trying to get you to submit your personal information. Even if the company name is listed on the ad, check it out first before you submit your information. It’s just not worth the risk.

Sound too good to be true? It probably is.

Everyone has seen the ads – “Make over $100K working part-time from home!” “Earn up to $200/hr!” These scenarios sound great in theory, but these types of ads are usually not real, and there is always some catch. Most of these ads will link you to websites that ask for your personal information and, after you submit it, will ask you to pay a “starter” or “application” fee. Don’t fall for it – no legitimate job will ask you to pay them.

The overall message is to just be careful. Identity thieves prey on this type of personal information, and especially on people who are desperately looking for jobs. Just be patient and make sure that a job or company is legitimate before you submit your resume.

Laura is the Marketing Coordinator for RedStarResume, a business that provides resume and cover letter writing services for students, graduates and young professionals.

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