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How to Make Up to $19/Hour Before You Get Your College Degree

Want to earn close to $19 per hour while you are still a college student? Some students are doing just that. According to a recently released survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), college juniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering can receive $18.90 per hour as an intern. Other students with technical, quantitative, and scientific majors can also expect to earn at the higher end of the internship wage spectrum with hourly salaries between $17.85 and $18.90.

Here’s how the internship salaries for college juniors across a variety of majors stack up.
Communications, $15.71
Marketing, $15.98
Business Administration, $16.15
Human Resources, $16.26
Finance, $16.73
Accounting, $16.79
Liberal Arts, $16.91
Economics, $16.99
Social Sciences, $17.21
Information Technology, $17.85
Actuarial Science, $18.44
Mathematics, $18.50
Physical Sciences, $18.64
Health, $18.68
Engineering, $18.90
In addition, the study reports that offer rates and acceptance rates are the highest they have been for interns in four years, and the conversion rate of interns to full-time employees is reported to be 58 percent, compared to a 47 percent conversion rate in 2007. The study also indicates that interns that become employees have a 76 percent retention rate after one year and a 55 percent retention rate after five years.

Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week September 20 – 26

We know that your job search can get quite frustrating these days with more people trying to find a job and less employment opportunities available.

To ease the burden, we’ve tracked down 10 top companies with the most job openings this week from sales jobs to finance jobs, full-time jobs to part-time jobs. We hope you find a job that’s perfect for you.

Good luck job hunting!

01. rue 21

rue21 is a leading specialty retailer offering the latest fashion for girls and guys. We continue to strive for the best selections while offering a competitive pricing strategy. As new goods arrive daily, our choices of style are always fun and affordable for that fashion-conscious customer.

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02. Aegis Therapies

From proven clinical capabilities and professional staffing – to compliance management and exclusive rehabilitative programs – Aegis fulfills our company’s mission: To improve the lives of the people we serve through compassion and innovation in healthcare.

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03. Colors on Parade

Founded by Robert Lowery in 1987, Colors on Parade began with a vision to provide the automotive industry with body shop quality repairs from a mobile unit, thus allowing services to be conducted on the customer’s own site; all while maintaining cost-effective pricing.

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04. United States Army

The Army can strengthen you for tomorrow in many ways. In addition to the unique training and salary you’ll receive, the Army also offers money for education, comprehensive health care, generous vacation time, special pay for special duties, cash allowances to cover the cost of living, family services and support groups.

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05. Brookdale Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living has provided exceptional service and care to seniors since 1981. Throughout out years of operation, we have remained a leading provider of senior living by focusing on one goal and one goal only – serving our residents.

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06. Sears

Sears Hometown Stores were developed sixteen years ago to serve our customers in locations outside of major metroploitan cities. There are currently about 900 Hometown Stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These stores carry all of the top home appliance brands, consumer electronics, tools and lawn and garden equipment.

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07. Firestone

Since 1926, drivers have trusted Firestone Complete Auto Care to keep their vehicles running well. As America’s auto care needs have grown, so have we. We’re the leading provider of maintenance, repairs and tires for a reason: because we believe in offering a total auto care experience that perfectly meets your needs.

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08. Farmers Insurance

Today, the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, is the country’s third-largest writer of both private passenger automobile and homeowners insurance. Our agents, independent contractors and independent agents, along with Farmers employees, are responsible for servicing more than 15 million customers.

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9. Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc. is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. The company is strongly committed to a foundation of financial strength, operating excellence and professionalism.

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10. Conklin

Conklin Company Inc. is celebrating over forty years in the network marketing business. At the core of the Conklin opportunity lie our quality products – more than 130 across six major product divisions: Agronomics, Animal Products, Building Products, Health, Home and Vehicle Products. Our products are marketed through a vast network of Independent Business Owners. The diversity in our product lines offers unlimited opportunities for sales to a variety of customers.

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One-Week Job-Search: How to Lay the Foundation for a New Job in Just Seven Days

One of the hardest parts of job-hunting is often putting in enough effort to get the results you seek. You may respond to a few job ads, perhaps talk with a couple of people in your network, and possibly post your resume on a few job boards… but then you wait and nothing really happens.

If you are serious about finding a new job, then you need to put more time and dedication into the process and one way to accomplish this feat is to set aside a week to focus solely on your job-search. This process involves starting each day with a set of goals to accomplish and then spending the day doing your best to achieve them.

By following the guidelines in this article, you should be well on your way to laying the foundation for a new job.

Day 1 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to establish your job-search goals and to get organized. These two activities are essential to job-hunting success.

The ideal goal is one or more solid job leads by the end of the week, but you may have some other goals too, such as expanding your network of contacts and researching further educational or training opportunities.

Organization is essential. You can too easily waste time the entire week if you don’t step up the planning an organizing. Consider setting up some spreadsheets or logs for your network, for job leads, and for other aspects of your job search.

Day 2 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to make an inventory of your accomplishments, develop your USP, and analyze your network of contacts.

Before you can even begin to analyze your resume or work on your interviewing skills, you have to spend the time describing and categorizing accomplishments from all your relevant work experiences including school projects if you are a new grad. Review all your past experiences and brainstorm the impact you made how you performed the job differently than anyone else and what results you achieved. Whenever possible, try to quantify those accomplishments.

Once you’ve identified all your accomplishments, you can start on your unique selling proposition (USP). Your USP is the thing that makes you different better than all the other job-seekers. Your USP sets you apart. You’ll want to craft your USP into about a 10-15 word statement that you can use on your career marketing documents as well as in interviews. Some experts also refer to this statement as your elevator pitch.

The final part of your day should be analyzing and mapping your network of contacts. Your network is the people with whom you have a relationship family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, mentors, former bosses. And your network actually can extend to the networks of all the people you know. Your goal is to organize and prioritize your list of network contacts so that you’ll be prepared to contact the people who will most likely have access to or knowledge of job openings in your field.

Day 3 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to perfect your career marketing documents and spend more time on networking.

Now that you have identified your accomplishments, you can write a new resume or revise your existing resume. Actually, what you’ll be doing is perfecting your resume foundation because with each job opportunity, you’ll want to modify your resume to reflect the specific requirements of the job as well as use some of the words and phrases the prospective employer uses to describe the position. There simply is no such thing as one-resume-fits-all anymore.

Finally, if you have any concerns about your resume your most important job-hunting document consider having it critiqued by a resume professional.

The other important career marketing document is your cover letter. While the goal of your resume is to obtain an interview, the goal of your cover letter is simply to get your resume read. Your cover letter must be dynamic and concise. Your goal should be to develop a solid cover letter core that you will modify for each opportunity.

An oft-neglected marketing document is your list of references. Take the time now to review who you currently have listed, brainstorm some other possibilities, and most importantly, contact each person you have listed or want to list and be sure they are willing to be listed as a reference for you. Remember that you do not have to list former bosses as references; use people who know your work and will speak highly of it and of you.

The last part of your day should be spent on networking. First, send your newly revised resume to your key network members. Do not ask for a job, but ask for their help in identifying possible job opportunities. You should also look into ways to add new members to your network.

Day 4 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to exhaust all possible avenues for job leads.

First, follow-up with your network about any possible job opportunities because these leads will have the most likelihood for success.

Second, develop a list of prospective employers in your target area and then conduct an in-depth research campaign to learn more about each one, obtaining the name and contact information of the hiring manager for your area of expertise. Remember to check each organization’s job postings to see if there are any openings that match your qualifications.

Third, research and contact recruiters and temporary agencies that place job-seekers with your expertise.

Fourth, talk with the career services and alumni offices at your previous (or current) educational institutions and obtain possible networking and job leads.

Fifth, search some of the online job boards for possible leads. Don’t just search the major boards; consider geographic-specific or industry/profession niche boards.

Sixth, consider conducting some informational interviews. This networking tool often leads to the discovery of other job opportunities as well as strengthening/broadening your knowledge of a particular industry/profession and expanding your network.

Send or deliver cover letter and resume packets to the hiring manager for each of the leads you uncover.

Day 5 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to prepare for job interviews and follow-up on job leads.

The best way to secure a job offer is to perform strongly in job interviews, and the best way to perform strongly in job interviews is through preparation. The most basic preparation you can do is to review a list of typical job interview questions, such as you can find in our Job Interview Questions Database for Job-Seekers.

The next level of preparation is to uncover the types of interviews or interview questions that are most likely for your industry/profession. You can learn more here: Job Interviewing Resources for Job-Seekers.

The deepest level of preparation is to actually write your answers to expected interview questions. There’s considerable research that shows that this type of preparation helps you better retain the answers, thus helping you perform better in the actual interview. Just remember not to memorize your answers.

Finally, remember to format your answers to interview questions as short stories illustrative anecdotes that focus on your actions, accomplishments, and learning experiences.

And as the day progresses, remember to continue to track down and follow-up all job leads. Schedule interviews.

Day 6 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to continue following-up all job leads as well as pursue further career development.

Continue to work the phones, emails, and hit the pavement in your quest to uncover and follow-up on all job leads.

While you are waiting for the results of all your efforts, you may want to consider strengthening your interviewing preparation by developing a career portfolio. Your career portfolio contains an archive of job-search materials that help document your qualifications… your accomplishments. Portfolios often contain samples of your work, letters of accommodation/recommendation, awards and honors you’ve received, client testimonials, professional development, and much more.

Day 7 of Your Job-Search
Your goal for this day is to continue following-up all job leads, scheduling interviews, and considering other options to take.

Your persistence in tracking down job leads will pay off greatly, so keep at it.

You should now have several hot prospects on your radar.

However, if, at the end of the day, the end of the week, you have gotten little or no interest from all your hard work, you may want to consider working with a career professional to review all aspects of your job-search campaign. Sometimes an outsider can see and help you fix some minor issues that are holding you back from achieving your goals.

Finally, remember to keep your network in the loop and send thank-you notes to everyone who helped you in your job search.

Final Thoughts
The one-week job-search lays the foundation for a successful job-hunt, but you may not see the results of all your hard work for weeks or months after this intensive seven-day effort. You may get lucky and be in the right place at the right time, but if your one-week efforts do not lead to any solid job leads, the best advice is to keep at it. The average job-search takes months, so don’t get discouraged — just keep following-up all job leads and keep uncovering new ones.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market: Uncovering Unpublicized Job Leads

Have you ever conducted a job-search and thought to yourself that there must be more job openings than the ones found through online job searches? Guess what? The answer is a resounding yes. If you are simply searching online (regardless of whether you are using Monster, Indeed, or Google), you are missing out on at least four times as many job leads, job leads that go unposted publicly.

To make matters even worse for you as a job-seeker, the job leads you actually discover online may be so old that the position has long been filled or closed.

In order to track down the most job leads leading to the most interview and job offer opportunities job-seekers must go beyond online job boards and search engines and attack the hidden job market. As much as 80 percent of all job openings are filled through (direct and indirect) referrals, not through job postings.

Why Job Openings Often Go Unadvertised
The actual hiring process is a long and winding road that begins when a hiring manager requests a new position or when a current employee leaves his or her current position. The first step is getting approval to fund (or continue funding) the position and approving the recruitment plan. What happens next is a multi-stage process that eventually leads to a public job posting if all other measures are unsuccessful.

During the initial time of the request, hiring managers put out feelers to find internal candidates for the expected position. Strong and proven internal candidates are almost always favored by employers over the unknown quantity of new outside hires. Once funding has been approved, the next step is an internal job posting, again with the intent of finding an internal candidate to promote. At this stage, hiring managers may also contact their network and inquire about possible external candidates (referrals).

Only when it’s been decided that there are no viable internal candidates and no known external candidates is a position publicly posted.

Strategies for Uncovering Hidden Job Leads
There are two main strategies for uncovering a wealth of unpublicized job openings: networking and cold-calling. These strategies both work because they break into the middle of the hiring process before positions are publicly broadcast. Even better for you as a job-seeker, if you can make a strong case for your fit with an unadvertised position, you’ll face much less competition from other job-seekers, immediately improving the chances that you’ll get a job interview.

Career Networking
Just about all of us network everyday throughout the day by chatting with our fellow commuters, making phones calls or sending emails to our suppliers or customers, updating our Twitter or Facebook status, talking with our colleagues at work, meeting with friends or family for drinks or dinner after work it’s just that most of us don’t think of it as networking.

But that’s the basic premise of networking and why networking is such an easy job-search tool. Networking is simply about building and maintaining relationships with the people around us. The more people we know and the more people the people we know are connected with the more powerful our network. Remember to not only maintain your current network, but strive to regularly add new contacts especially those who work at prospective future employers. As a colleague of ours likes to say, job-hunting is now a contact sport and the more (relevant) contacts you have, the better your chances for success.

When you’re ready to seek that next job or when you need to seek that next job the simple way of uncovering hidden job opportunities and leads is by asking people in your network if they have heard of any openings for the job you’re seeking. There are two keys to being successful. First, you need to know exactly the type of job you are seeking. Second, you are not asking your network contacts for a job, but rather for information that may lead to a job.

It’s best to use a combination of traditional (face-to-face) networking and social (online) networking, as well as a combination of personal (family and friends) and professional (present and former colleagues and bosses, peers, suppliers, customers, and the like) contacts.

To really ramp up your networking techniques discovering new ways to develop and maximize your networking opportunities, review our many networking tools in our Career and Job-Search Networking section.

Cold-Calling
Cold-calling is an old sales technique and an even older job-search technique that works as well today (if not better) as in the past. The basic premise of this approach is that you identify specific employers and send them an unsolicited cover letter and resume requesting an interview.

The first step is determining the exact type of job you are seeking. The better you know the position you seek, the better you can find employers that hire job-seekers for those positions and the stronger you can target your cover letter and resume.

The second step is identifying employers. You should target employers based on location, industry, or values/reputation. You can find employers through industry associations, chambers of commerce, and lists of best companies.

The third step is researching the employers so that you can understand their culture (using some of their own language in your cover letter and resume) and uncover the hiring manager (department head, division manager, etc.) for the position you seek.

The fourth step is crafting a compelling cover letter and focused resume that work together to land you an interview. These documents can be sent electronically or by postal mail — or through both methods.

Find more details in our article, Cold Calling: A Time-Tested Method of Job-Hunting.

Final Thoughts
These strategies will help you uncover numerous hidden job leads when you are actively seeking a new job, but what can you do to tap into these unpublicized leads when you are not on the job market? You can indirectly uncover hidden job leads even when you are not actively searching for a new position by having employers and recruiters find you for fresh job leads they are seeking to fill.

Develop your personal career brand through social networking sites, industry and professional association participation, writing relevant articles and blog posts, and developing your personal Website.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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Follow Up All Job Leads: Don’t Wait by the Phone (or Computer)

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re in the market for a new job, and after conducting all your research, you send out 20 cover letters and resumes to potential hiring managers. Weeks go by and you wonder why not even one of those hiring managers has called you for an interview. Is the problem too obvious? It must not be for situations like this one are the most common we hear about when job-seekers ask our advice about their situation.

If you remember nothing else from this article, please remember these words if you want to succeed in finding a new job: follow up, follow up, follow up. Following up job leads shows prospective employers your interest in the company and position and gives you another chance to sell your qualifications. Some job-seekers fear sounding desperate or annoying when making follow-up inquiries, but as long as you do it right, you will come across as interested, not desperate.

Determining Best Method of Follow-Up
How you follow-up your job leads depends partly on how you initially contacted the employer, as well as your own personal preferences. For job-seekers who simply hate talking on the phone, e-mail may be the best (or at least initial) method of follow-up, but for people who are natural extroverts, the phone may be the best way to showcase your personality.

But, don’t waste time debating the method you choose. The important lesson here is that job-seekers need to be aggressive in following up all job leads because employers are not going to call you when hundreds and thousands of other job-seekers are applying for the same position. Choose a follow-up method, review the follow-up tips listed below, and get moving toward a more successful job-search!

Tips for Following-Up
Here are some useful guidelines to consider before you follow-up with prospective employers.

General Tips:

  • Always make time to follow-up all job leads, no matter how busy you are.
  • Follow-up in a timely fashion usually a week to 10 days for conventional job-searching, sooner for online applications.
  • Create a job leads log, so you have a record of your job-search and follow-up.
  • If you apply online for a position, consider following-up the online application with a cover letter and resume sent to the hiring manager via postal mail. You will stand out over the other online applicants because few will also send a hard copy.
  • Keep your follow-up brief, to the point, and professional.
  • Focus your follow-up around your fit with the position and organization and your USP. You might also ask the hiring manager if he/she needs any further information not included in your original application.
  • If you recently completed training, received an award, or earned some other recognition that would make you an even better candidate for the position, be sure to mention it in your follow-up.
  • Continue following-up regularly, but don’t overdo it.

By Phone:

  • If you are nervous, consider developing a short script about what you want to say (such as your fit with the job, knowledge of the company, USP).
  • No matter what, you should at least make an outline or some notes of the key points you want to make.
  • Keep a copy of your resume nearby in case you need to refer to something on it.
  • Make the phone call from a place where you can talk calmly and not have distractions – and avoid following up from your current place of employment.
  • Be prepared for a short screening phone interview by practicing answers to common interview questions. Use our interviewing resources.
  • End the conversation thanking the hiring manager for his/her time and asking about the hiring timetable/next steps. If you are extremely confident, you could ask when you might expect an interview.

By E-mail:

  • Always address your email to the hiring manager. If you are having difficulty finding hiring managers, read this article: Sleuthing Out Hiring Managers Is Key to Job-Search Follow-up.
  • Keep your email short and to the point. Simply again state your interest in the job and your key qualifications for it.
  • Be sure to spell-check and proofread your e-mail before sending it.
  • Remember to check your email regularly.
  • Because e-mail is such a one-way communication, and you don’t really know if your e-mail is even being read, consider asking for a phone number so you can then follow-up by phone. (And if you get no response, do your research and uncover the phone number yourself.)

Final Thoughts
You may get discouraged if you discover through following up that you are not a final candidate for a position, but isn’t knowing that information sooner rather than later better in terms of moving forward with your job-search? And don’t let a rejection stop you; in fact, if you are told you will not be one of the job-seekers interviewed, consider asking why so that you can improve your chances for other job openings. And if you have a good rapport with the hiring manager, you could also ask about the possibility of an informational interview, possibly turning that person into a valuable networking contact and source of future job leads. You could also say that you would like to be considered for future openings.

Finally, please keep repeating these words at your mantra: follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. It truly is one of the keys to job-search success.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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