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HiredMYway vs. BookRenter: Intern Challenge

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Our friends over at hiredMYway.com challenged our intern Keith to the first-ever hiredMYway Intern Challenge against…his own brother, Kasey! Kasey has been their social media intern for the past summer and proved a worthy opponent in rounds of mental and physical challenges.

Click on the image below to watch the video:

Click on the image to watch the Intern Challenge

HiredMYway is a Detroit-based startup that brings employers, job seekers, and people with talented friends together. The site identifies and delivers only qualified candidates, saving employers and recruiters precious time and money. Candidates receive bonuses if hired. And if a friend that you refer gets hired, you will both earn a bonus!

They wrote a great blog post earlier today asking, “Is Culture Important in Your Job Search?”

Every organization has a different culture, and different cultures suit different people. Although it takes five years of working at an organization to truly understand the culture of that organization, it is important to find an organization with a culture that appears to match your personal values right away.

This post brings up a topic that college seniors looking to burst out of the gate or anyone desiring a head start can relate to. Give it a read, and let us know what you think.

Did Keith deserve to win the Intern Challenge? Are the culture and environment at your workplace dealbreakers?

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Thanks to my second cousin’s friend’s daughter’s friend’s mother, I landed a wonderful internship.

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With these simple suggestions, so can you.

by Guest Blogger Jane Olsen (name has been changed for privacy reasons)

My career of choice – publishing – is a very apprenticeship-based industry. Having an internship – or two, or more – under your belt is practically a prerequisite for any entry-level job. This summer I was lucky enough to land an internship in New York City. Yikes, but I learned a lot in two short months!

If you’re going to be looking for an internship, here are some simple suggestions that can help you earn a place at the table – and make them want to ask you back.

1. Use your network to find a job. I started working on getting internships for this summer last December. I made sure that all of my family members, friends, peers, and professors knew that I was looking for experience in the publishing industry. And, lo and behold, my grandma called me one day to tell me that my second cousin’s friend’s daughter’s friend’s mother works at a magazine in New York and was interested in helping me out. My second internship, at a literary agency, came about in much the same way. So cast your net far and wide – you never know where you’ll find the connections that count.

2. Accept any internship that comes your way, whether the job is paid or not, in your industry or not. While I was looking for a paid internship in the book publishing industry, accepting my internship at a well-known magazine was an incredible decision. I’ve learned how to work as a member of a professional editorial team and how to market writing to the consumer. I understand professional hierarchy more than I did before and have learned that if you’re qualified for a job, you’re qualified for a job. (In other words, don’t be afraid to accept a job just because you feel it’s a stretch – they’re not going to hire you unless they believe that you’re the right fit.)

by Kaysha

3. Don’t be intimidated by the city. A random but very important fact about New York City: It isn’t the intimidating place we see so often depicted in movies and on television. It’s pretty much a town like any other. That means that the best way to fit in with your temporary work/life environment is to blend in with the locals. In New York, blending in is pretty simple: Don’t get in the way of other commuters on the subway; have your MetroCard ready when you enter the station; walk quickly and make room for others on the train. Oh, and know which train you need to be on. Not sure? Give yourself a little extra time to make mistakes.

You might also try wearing sunglasses in the subway (well, okay, that part is optional, but it does give me a certain air of je ne sais quoi, even if I do say so myself). Simply put, no one is going to know you’re an intern in the city for the first time unless you tell them, so have confidence in your rightful place as a [temporary] New Yorker.

4. Prove that you’re grateful for the opportunity your employer has given you. It’s easy to be the bright-eyed and eager intern your first two weeks, but it takes real dedication and passion to want to lick your boss’s shoes the entire time you have the job. While I haven’t literally licked anyone’s shoes, I gladly gave up my first weekend during the internship to finish a job that needed to get done. No one asked me to take the work home but I wanted to prove how happy I was to have the job. And my hard work paid off.

Not only did my supervisor’s supervisor tell me that while she normally hates interns, she thinks I’m awesome, but my supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor told me that she loves me and gave me a gift certificate for a free pedicure to prove it. While I gladly put in the extra hours to establish myself as the willing intern, I solidified my relationship with my employers and will most likely be getting a great recommendation at the end of my time here.

5. Cherish your time at your internship. Both my internships only lasted two months and I just left New York two days ago. Time has never flown more quickly. By the time I really felt at home here, a month had gone by. I felt like I would never have enough time to accomplish everything that I wanted to do.

Then again, there will always be lots more that I want to learn – and plenty more tourist sights to see.

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Looking Cool When the Heat is On

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Some simple ways to make your wardrobe work all summer long

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

July is here, and by now, we’ve all settled in our summer routines. But remember to enjoy your break in style! Leave behind your short shorts and tank tops for a retro, loud celebration. I know the guys don’t really care, but girls, here are some tips for refreshing your wardrobe that will have you looking – and feeling – cool.

Go Retro and Girly for Play

Tailor these trends to fit your style, and you’re golden. If you’re not into following trends, update your essentials with bright accessories and colors that put you in a summer mood.

  • Get yourself a pair of wide-leg pants. Yes, the 70s are back in full force. Skinny jeans may look great, but while the heat is on, this roomier, breathable style throwback will keep you cool. This look is graceful on those blessed with long legs or the ability to walk in high heels. Keep the volume under control by tucking in a contrasting fitted shirt.
  • Go feminine and classic with a maxi skirt. More skin isn’t always sexier, and for summer a pretty maxi skirt – especially when you pair it with a sweet tank or gauzy cotton top – is a wear-anywhere combo. If you’re wearing a maxi dress, accent it with a signature belt to define your figure.

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  • Add a touch of crochet to your cover-up. It’s subtle and totally not granny-like anymore! Rock black and navy blue for some edge, or go for ivory if you’re a little more conservative.

For Workplace Wear, Be Smart but Sassy

Got a job or doing an internship this summer? You might be wondering how you can look professional when the temperature outside is 90 in the shade.

While every company has its own culture and its own style (I’m wearing flip flops right now!), designer Michael Kors suggests showing off with color, not skin. Break up a neutral wardrobe with a colorful cardigan. Play with pops of color when the temperature goes up by wearing an eye-catching accessory. And it’s fine to show off your arms – just no strapless dresses.

Morganne Hatfield, University of Oregon junior, is interning at a consulting firm in Seattle, a city notorious for its temperamental weather. So she needs “a bit of everything – boots, sandals, boyfriend jeans, skinnies, stripes.” Ursula Wagner, Oregon senior, suggests looking at Nordstrom’s patterned skirts and dresses from the junior’s section for great summer work-wear options.

What’s in your summer wardrobe? How are you keeping beautiful and cool in the blazing heat?

We value the diverse voices and fresh ideas that our guest bloggers bring to BookRenter.com. However, the ideas and opinions expressed in guest posts are strictly those of the post’s author and don’t necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of BookRenter.Com. The information in guest posts is often drawn from a variety of sources, and we count on our guest authors to verify and fact-check the content they post. BookRenter.Com makes no claims, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of guest post content or the suitability of the content for a specific purpose.

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Bamboo, Bruschetta, and the Beginnings of a Killer Tan

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All in all, not a bad first day at work

As I sat at home and enjoyed the breeze flowing through my window, I looked at my arms and thought, “Wow, I’m tan!” How many people can say that after their first day of work at a company housed in an office building?

Like the first day of school - by Nicole Baarde

I started my social media internship at BookRenter yesterday. Right after I opened the door, my boss Rebecca (the Community Manager) rushed me into a conference room for a webinar on Twitter’s promoted tweets and promoted accounts. We set up two campaigns and marveled over the analytics dashboard. I sloppily took notes on a borrowed notepad and felt like a student on the first day of school forgetting her pencil.

Next up were introductions. Everyone was super hilarious and welcoming. I immediately felt, “People here love working together!” The VP of Marketing asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I answered honestly, “I don’t know.” He laughed and said, “That’s a good answer. I still don’t know what I want to be!”

Now here’s where the tan comes in: Rachel (one of two PR/Corporate Communications interns), Whitney (PR), Rebecca, and I went out to a local Italian restaurant called B Street & Vine for a lunch/brainstorm session. We ordered four dishes of bruschetta with various toppings, from brie cheese and apple slices to gorgonzola and honey. I’d forgotten how difficult bruschetta was to eat (I’m already a sloppy eater), and I spilled toppings all over my plate as I loudly bit into my bread. Embarrassing moment #1: Check!

Around noon, the sun started beating down on our outdoor patio table. Made it a little tough to concentrate on brainstorming, but I was super thankful for the chance to catch a few rays. Stuck in dreary Oregon, I had been pale for way too long!

Whitney had scribbled all over the butcher paper underneath our plates and cut the section out, coffee stains and all, to bring back to the office.

It was time to actually get work done, and Rebecca gave me my first task: Turn the editorial calendar into a Gantt chart. Two problems: First, I only vaguely remembered what a Gantt chart was. Second, I abhor Excel with a passion. I tried to teach myself how to translate Gantt into Excel for an hour and failed. (Embarrassing moment #2: Check!) I finally asked Rebecca for help, and she sent me an example that made perfect sense. I set away plugging information into cells and playing with color-coding.

Curse you, Excel!

I wrapped up my day by taking my fresh bamboo plant out of its box, a gift Rebecca’s daughter had picked out. I still couldn’t believe I had my own cubicle; I felt so adult. I walked out of the office into a wall of heat and tanned even more at the Caltrain station where the trains were half an hour late.

A few more days like this and I should be looking pretty cool. Thanks, BookRenter!

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And the winners are…

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Charmaine Ng and Keith Kaplan tapped for 2011 BookRenter Summer Internships

The competition for the BookRenter Summer 2011 Social Media Internship is over, and we’re pleased to announce that Charmaine Ng, a student at the University of Oregon, and Keith Kaplan, who just completed his undergraduate work at Michigan’s Albion College, will officially be joining the BookRenter team for the summer.

Charmaine and Keith – who also received shiny new iPads – were among 10 finalists chosen by BookRenter staffers from among hundreds of seriously amazing applicants. BookRenter’s terrific Facebook fans then narrowed the field by popular vote to a Top Three that also included Brittany Goodman of Peace College.

The other finalists were:

  • Samantha (Sami) Main I UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
  • Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY
  • Angela Andaloro I PACE UNIVERSITY

We’re tremendously excited about having Charmaine and Keith on board – and a little bit sad that we didn’t have a slot for ALL the wonderful students we met during the course of the competition. The good news: In the months ahead there will be a number of opportunities for students who are interested in working informally with the BookRenter team as Guest Bloggers and on special initiatives. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for a Summer 2011 Social Media Internship; to our 10 finalists, who logged some impressive hours authoring guest blogs (and coming up with creative ways to win your votes!); and to our rockin’ Facebook fans, who had the tough job of narrowing a field of 10 outstanding intern candidates to our final three.

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