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  • Burger King Pays Big Bucks To Teen Workers In Sex-Harassment Cases

    Burger King Pays Big Bucks To Teen Workers In Sex-Harassment Cases

    She was 17 when she got her first job, at a Burger King. Soon after, her older married supervisor allegedly followed her around, touched her, asked her about her virginity, told her to have sex with him and other male employees, and asked how much that would cost. The young woman complained to management, but... Continue Reading

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    How to "Tweet" Your Way to the Top

    A friend of mine recently landed a new job with a sports news outlet. The employer who hired him followed my friend's sports tweets on Twitter for several months and was very impressed by the sports knowledge he conveyed via his tweets. My friend was called in for an interview and hired a few days later. Continue Reading

  • Follow-up OR Forget About It

    Follow-up OR Forget About It

    If you're merely posting your résumé online for open positions on job sites like CareerBuilder or Indeed.com, you're not effectively job hunting. As a recent college graduate, you should be reaching out to every possible contact you can think of. Then, after you speak with your various contacts and... Continue Reading

  • Find your happiness, then find your job

    Find your happiness, then find your job

    It took me less than four months of working for a major TV/Radio network in Manhattan to realize that I was headed on the wrong career path, but boy did I wish I had figured it out before taking the job. My regret? I never took the time to really sit down and weigh all of the positives and negatives of the... Continue Reading

  • You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

    You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

    Have you ever watched the final scene of "My Cousin Vinny" starring Joe Peci and Marisa Tomei? Peci (playing Vinny, an inexperienced attorney) conveys his disappointment that other people had to help him win his murder trial. In response, Tomei's character sarcastically says to Vinny: "You know, this could be a... Continue Reading

  • Ways to Make Some Extra Cash Right After Graduating from College

    Ways to Make Some Extra Cash Right After Graduating from College

    It's generally accepted and probably even assumed that as a college student, you were more often than not going to be short of cash on a regular basis. With all of the expenses that go along with a college education, it is understandable that you ended up counting your spare change to pay for a meal or two.... Continue Reading

  • Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

    Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

    Whether it's day one, or day 101, always show initiative at work. Allow me to relate a personal story: While in college, I worked as a desk associate for one of the major TV/radio networks in New York City. I assisted the producers with phone calls to reporters and possible interview leads, gathered facts for... Continue Reading

  • The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    The Resume - how good do YOU look on paper?

    A dean of the Hofstra University School of Communication recently told me, "Your cover letter and résumé are the first things an employer sees -- and if they're not right, they're the first things an employer throws away." So, how good do YOU look on paper? Continue Reading

  • Your greatest weakness better be a

    Your greatest weakness better be a "strength in disguise"

    The interview is your one opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Don't get tripped up on questions designed to separate the good applicants from the BEST applicants. For example, here's a question I had on an interview "What would you say is your greatest weakness?... Continue Reading

  • Why a New Website May Be Great for Job Seekers & Communities

    Why a New Website May Be Great for Job Seekers & Communities

    A reputable business website is reporting that AOL is about to expand an experiment big time. Business Insider is reporting that a community-based news website called Patch.com, which is owned by AOL, plans to expand from a couple dozen sites to hundreds across the country. Patch.com is a group of the web... Continue Reading

  • Get Over it Millennials, You're Not Entitled to Anything

    Get Over it Millennials, You're Not Entitled to Anything

    If you're a recent college graduate, there's a good chance you're a member of the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y), which comprises individuals born between 1977 and 1998. I'm one of them. There are numerous qualities and phrases that are frequently used to characterize us Echo Boomers,... Continue Reading

  • How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

    How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

    This is what Troy Tillis got out of working as a Peace Corps volunteer: a great job and a graduate degree. Tillis is a planning and performance analyst with the federal General Services Administration. He helps manage and analyze the long-term direction of a major federal agency. And he credits both the work... Continue Reading

  • The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

    The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

    Can serving the world lead to a great job? Yes it can! In my last post, I talked about how volunteer work with federal organizations such as the Peace Corps or VISTA can help you gain job skills and contacts that will land you a job afterward, even in this tough economy. Todd Valdini provides a good... Continue Reading

  • A Lesson from Haiti - Volunteering (And it Can Lead to a Job!)

    A Lesson from Haiti - Volunteering (And it Can Lead to a Job!)

    As I watch the coverage of the rescue and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, it brings a lot of thoughts and emotions. Several years ago, when I was working in Miami and the military junta in Haiti was about to hand the government back to the elected president, I got sent there for a couple of weeks to help in our... Continue Reading

  • How They Got Their First Jobs: News Reporter

    How They Got Their First Jobs: News Reporter

    As we help folk look for and, more importantly, get that first job, each week I am going to profile someone who beat the odds and landed a great job in this tough economy. The goal is to show you successful strategies for landing that first job. Christina Pascucci is a recent grad of USC, and is working as a... Continue Reading

  • Are You Talking?

    Are You Talking?

    Everyone knows the saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know." This aphorism rings true in the business world, especially when it comes to the initial step of getting your foot in the door of a particular company or organization. Let's see, who is more likely to get the job... the well qualified... Continue Reading

  • Five Reasons Being A Recent College Grad Will Help You Find a Job

    Five Reasons Being A Recent College Grad Will Help You Find a Job

    A recent article about job trends says that the U.S. may become a nation of freelancers. While the tone of the article was gloomy, this made me think about the reasons being a recent college graduate may make it easier for you to find a job. These are my five reasons why: 1) You are not tied down: A lot of... Continue Reading

  • College Grad Job Prospects - A Little Good News

    College Grad Job Prospects - A Little Good News

    Is there any good news out there for college students who are about to enter the job market? If you read most of the headlines these days, the answer is "no". But if you dig a little deeper, there are some signs of hope. The National Association of Colleges and Employers tracks hiring trends and their latest... Continue Reading

  • The Job Interview - Know Your Company

    The Job Interview - Know Your Company

    There is an old adage that goes "Know Your Enemy". It means that you will do a better job of defeating an enemy if you know a lot about them. If your enemy is the other person trying to get the same job you are, then rewrite the adage to say "Know Your Company." If you have done enough legwork to get a job... Continue Reading

  • An Entry Level Job Success Story

    An Entry Level Job Success Story

    I have always been a fan of the new-graduate advice "Get your foot in the door." By that I mean find a job in the industry you want to work in, even if it is below your expectations, and get yourself on the inside. Then, work your tail off and prove you can do a lot more than what you were hired to do, and work... Continue Reading

  • My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    I've always believed in teaching by example. When I was about to graduate (more years ago than I care to admit), the economy was in a downturn. It was not quite as serious as this one, but still considered a recession. Interest rates were through the roof, inflation was more than 14%, unemployment was around... Continue Reading

  • You Are Your Own Best Product

    You Are Your Own Best Product

    You are about to begin an adventure. Like any adventure, it is going to have some highs and lows, some moments of exhilaration and some of depression. You are about to look for your first full-time job. The first thing you need to realize as you start down this road is that you have to start thinking of... Continue Reading

  • Five Job-Hunting Holiday Presents to Give Yourself

    Five Job-Hunting Holiday Presents to Give Yourself

    By Geoffrey Roth For soon-to-be-graduating college students, winter break is here. While your thoughts may be on heading home for the holidays, you should also realize that you are only 5 months away from wanting to have that first job lined up. Here are five job-hunting gifts you'll want to give yourself this... Continue Reading