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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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Summer Jobs: Get Up and Get Out There!

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From camp counselor to coolest babysitter ever, here are 8 ways you can still have fun this summer (and get paid for it).

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.

So okay. You’re getting tired of hearing about the cool things your friends are doing this summer while your days seem to be filled with a whole lot of nothing. Well, summer may be half over, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the weeks you have left. Here are eight ways to have some summer fun – and get paid for it.

1. Lead the way into the woods as a camp counselor. Disconnect yourself from your phone, and jump into the outdoors with kids! Sure, there’s a lot of potential for stress, but think of it as a mini vacation – with pay.

by Mallix

2. Lounge by the pool as a lifeguard. Well, you won’t really be lounging all the time. There’s real work involved. But hey, you’ll have an amazing tan!

3. Live in crowds of retail. This time of year lots of department stores and other retailers are hiring part-timers for the back-to-school rush. You’ll work hard for the money, but if you’ve got stamina and people skills, this is a job made for you. (The benefits aren’t bad either: 40% employee discount, anyone? Killer red heels, here I come.)

4. Paint. Yes, paint. Houses, fences, window trim – many homeowners like to get these chores done this time of year, before another fall and winter set in. This job won’t juice up your intellect, but there’s a certain satisfaction in the exacting nature of the work. (You might even make some new friends while you wait for the paint dry.)

by Mike

5. Become the coolest babysitter ever. If you’re looking into a career involving young children, this can be a great way to test your interest in a real-world – a very real-world – situation. Plus, you get to make some young and probably over-worked parents very, very happy.

6. Give back to your community. Homeless shelters and nursing homes always need more hands. Sometimes these jobs pay, sometimes they don’t. But the chance to tap into your altruistic side and nurture others in your community can be more than enough reward.

7. Exercise your brain muscles as a tutor. Ah, those poor kids who are consigned to summer school! Help those little suckers out by sharing your knowledge and experience – at an hourly wage that you will most likely get to negotiate.

8. Get that smile on and wait tables. It’s tough work, but if you’re a people person, the conversations and lively surroundings can make the job fun. The tips aren’t half bad, either!

You can take away something from every summer job, so don’t waste away these precious months. Get yourself out there!

Last note: Speaking of jobs, Keith has written a 3-part series on collegiate entrepreneurship. In it, young business owners share where their big ideas came from – and why they love what they do. Catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2.

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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?

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