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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.

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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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Can’t Beat the Summerfest Buzz

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Jamming to Jason Mraz and performing pull-ups at the world’s largest music festival

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

Click on the image for a Summerfest Welcome

Never heard of Summerfest? Well, neither had I until one of my friends invited me to join her and her parents for a trip to the largest music festival you’ll ever see. Mix a lot of music, people, and drinking, throw in some humidity and heat, and you have Summerfest. The festival, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, runs for 11 days on 11 stages. Low-priced tickets – $8 or $15, depending on whether you go during the week or on a weekend – give you access to all the bands that are playing that day, not too bad a deal.

I was definitely overwhelmed by the size of the park and the number of people who actually go to this event.

Rockin' Out to the Styx Concert

An Aerial View from the Sky Rail

I was able to attend only two days of Summerfest, which is a shame because popular artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Nicki Minaj were scheduled to appear. Not that I’m complaining: The highlight of our first day was seeing Third Eye Blind, Girl Talk, and Styx. The second day was even better, partially because it wasn’t as hot, and we got to see Guster and Jason Mraz. It was an awesome concert, especially from our eighth-row seats (thanks again, Mr. and Mrs. Graunke).

Adding to the atmosphere were vendors selling typical festival fare like neon glow sticks and band t-shirts. They even had an entertainer during the day who juggled fire (though it must be said that he wasn’t that great). Companies like Sony, Planters, Pepsi Max, and Axe also had tents set up and were giving away free goodies. At the Planters tent I tried 5-Alarm Chili Peanuts; I was dying for water after I snacked on them. Elsewhere on the Summerfest grounds, I got a chance to show my love for BookRenter by doing 23 pull-ups for the team. Here’s my proof:

Click on the image to see Keith do 23 pull-ups

After walking around the park and listening to all sorts of music on Saturday, it was time to head over to the Marcus Amphitheater – the largest stage at Summerfest – to hear Jason Mraz and Guster.

Click on the image for a clip of Guster and Jason Mraz!

This concert was by far the best we saw. Jason Mraz was awesome at engaging the audience – he had us clapping our hands and repeating the lyrics to his songs; he even got me up and dancing. My trip to Summerfest won’t be soon forgotten. If I were you, I’d definitely put Summerfest on your schedule for next year!

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What Should Our Social Media Interns Do Next?

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One of our enthusiastic social media interns, Keith Kaplan, likes to do pull-ups – a lot of them. He also loves BookRenter, of course. So he showed off his love by performing as many pull-ups as his arms could bear at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest.

Go, Keith, Go! Click the image to watch the video.

Cheer Keith on as the Marines laugh at his attempt! (We think 23 is not too shabby!)

What do you think our social media interns should do next?

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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:

  • Mia Mishek I UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
  • Samantha (Sami) Main I UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
  • Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY
  • Angela Andaloro I PACE UNIVERSITY
  • Sarah Coffey I DRAKE UNIVERSITY
  • Taylor Dunnigan I EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE 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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