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Finding a summer job might be in your plans for the summer if you aren’t graduating at the end of this semester. Sometimes finding a job that will take on students for only a few months of the year can be hard. Your sights can be narrowed down to just a few fields, quick turnover jobs, such as retail and service industries, or seasonal summer jobs. With limited options, the summer may seem like a dreadful few months, but there are some perks to working some of those summer jobs. Yes – I know that this isn’t the case for everybody, but let’s have some fun and take a look at the bright side of some of the ‘usual’ summer jobs. Here’s a list of five that ain’t that bad folks.
Sun? Tan? Water? Swimming? Yes, yes, yes, and yes? Lifeguarding isn’t BayWatch action all the time, nor is it a lazy, navel gazing job. Lifeguarding can be a good team building experience, you develop some essential quick thinking skills. Knowing basic First-Aid is a pretty good resume booster, and knowing how to treat a 3rd degree burn isn’t a bad thing to learn either! Lifeguarding also means that you get to be around water all summer, so if you’re looking to escape the heat it just might be right for you!
2. Camp Counselor
If you’ve ever been to a summer camp when you were young you know that the counselors were are always the coolest kids – at least you probably thought that. If you have a knack for making kids laugh, or can at least tolerate a wild bunch, camp counseling might be good fit. And on a serious note, if teacher’s school is ever on your horizons then counseling will look extremely good on a resume.
If your university experience has been anything like mine, then you have probably spent A LOT of your time sitting in front of a computer, or a pile of books, or a TV. Landscaping can be a grueling job but it might be the right fit if you’re looking to be a little more active this summer. Lawn cutting, shoveling, and gardening all seem like heavy work but think of it as a work out. You’ll be paid to get in shape. Maybe you’ll discover your inner green thumb.
4. Tree Planting
Are you financially stuck? You need to work but you want to do some traveling? Looking for a little adventure this summer? Tree planting could be your ticket. Like landscaping this could be a good change from regular sedentary university life and you’ll be roughing it with some fellow traveler-types. If you enjoy the outdoors, don’t mind camping out for the summer, and are looking to do some work that is a little outside the box (way out in the wilderness) than tree planting could be for you.
5. Kitchen Staff
And finally, there’s the various types of kitchen jobs to consider. Cooking, serving, bar tending, or dish washing. Working in restaurants can be a face-paced environment, but the tips are always a perk and you’re bound to meet some interesting folk on the job. If you manage to get a cooking job, you can learn some valuable skills to take with you back to school next year – maybe do a little home cooking and less dining out! And if you’re serving you’ll gain ample amounts of customer service experience and maybe a good story or two.
It seems April Fools is not limited to pulling pranks on friends and family. For year companies as well as news publications have and continue to strategize ways in which they can prank consumers.
In 1957, BBC News produced a poof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland and in 2008 produced a news clip featuring footage of flying penguins. Just last year Richard Branson announced plans to launch Virgin Volcanic, Conan O’Brien declared he was the new CEO of Mashable, and Kodak unveiled their development of a live kitten printer. There is no question April Fools marks a day in which the news titles and the announcements you read and hear about must be questioned, and this year is no exception.
Here is a list of the top 10 April Fools day pranks of 2013 carried out by companies and news publications around the world. Did they fool you?
1 – Scope launches a new flavor of mouthwash
Scope announced the release of a new flavor in mouthwash. Not only will your neighborhood pharmacy offer the classic flavors such as peppermint and spearmint,but now according to Procter & Gamble you will also have the option of purchasing bacon flavored mouth wash.
2 – Boden‘sMarylebone Man-Skirt
STYLE ALERT- Boden announced today the release of the Marylebone Man-Skirt. The clothing company’s website explained stating:
“Trousers made sense when men rode horses, ploughed fields and trawled for fish. But now that so many of us are sat in front of a computer monitor all day the man-skrit is a smart choice.”
3 – Netflix subtle trickery
This year Netflix decided to trick subscribers in a sneaky but believable way. If you are a Netflix subscriber you are probably used to receiving personalized movie suggestions that are often quite accurate. Today, you will notice these suggestions are alittle out of the ordinary. Netflix has included exceptionally bizarre suggestions as apart of an April Fools Day prank, including movies starring fruits, vegetables and fungi…
4 – Sony launches a line of tech products for pets
Sony was no exception to the pranking, today Sony announced “the Animalia line of technology products specially designed and created for pets.”
To make the prank more realistic Sony shared information regarding the Sony K9 4k TV, a television designed specifically for dogs, in-cage speakers for your little critters, and cat-friendly headphones. In a statement regarding the launch of the Animal friendly tech line Tony Barret, “lead engineer” for the line stated:
“Sony is known for making products that enrich our lives, and the Animalia line was developed for domesticated animals who also naturally seek visual, music and emotional experiences.”
5 – Virgin Airlines announces new design for glass Bottomed Airplane
Virgin announced that it is introducing a “glass-bottomed plane” for its new route to Scotland.
6 – Twitter, can I buy a vowel?
In an almost plausible spoof, Twitter announced that it will now be charging tweeters to use vowels. Consonants are free, and in addition, they social network explained that it will always offer Y free of charge…
7 – BMW Announces plans for the launch of a stroller line
In anticipation for the birth of the royal baby BMW announced plans to launch a luxery line of strollers. Here’s what BMW had to say about the product line:
With a royal baby due this summer, we are proud to announce the launch of our limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue, this soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology. With two or four-wheel-drive, it rides as smoothly on a polo field as it does down The Mall and comes with air conditioning and built-in extendable flagpoles as standard. For those who are ‘too posh to push’ this masterpiece of motherhood even comes fitted with N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine).
8 – Youtube’s devastating announcement…
Youtube announced that after eight years of success users would no longer be able to upload videos to the site. Furthermore, the web company announced that in addition they will be running an American Idol-like competition for the best video on Youtube, that will be chosen by Youtube celebrities….but that’s not all of it! The site took it one step further stating that the winner will not be announced for another 20 years and following the announcement it will be the only video posted on the re-launched site.
9 – Obama Takes to Crowdtilt to fund U.S. Debt
To deal with the United States debt, today President Obama turned to Crowdtilt for some crowdfunding?
Here is what he had to say:
A PERSONAL APPEAL FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
My fellow Americans,
Despite the best efforts of my administration, prolonged partisan debates in Congress are preventing us from a solution to our mounting national debt. Instead of bickering over taxes, we’re taking a new approach: asking everyday Americans to chip in so we can pay off our debt once and for all.
With your help, it’s time to act. HELP PAY OFF our NATIONAL DEBT
10 – Googles Levity Algorithm and Google Nose
This year Google took every opportunity possible to trick the public. Google announced the launch of Google Nose, which helps you find out what your search terms sell like. Google additionally launched what they call the Levity Algorithm, with the purpose of making your day more productive….
Check out Goggles advertisements of both products below:
End of term is approaching quickly for university students. The smells and sounds of spring are in the air, the end-of-term assignments are piling up, and exams are – well you probably don’t want to think about them yet. The end of term is always a time of excitement and high stress. For some students this is the final term which means there is the added pressure of figuring out what happens next. Travel? Job search? Grad school? Moving?
There are some typical cliches about life after graduation: working behind the counter serving up fast food delicacies, moving back home, finding yourself on the road… If working is your next step then take the time to think about how you will approach your search. Here are a few tips for balancing the end of term work pile-up and getting a jump-start on your career.
1. If you can, don’t rush things. If you’re finishing school with assignments and exams, don’t add to that stress by diving right into your job search. Take the time to finish school on a strong note. Working hard on getting your GPA as high as possible will bode well for you. Graduating with recognition for your hard work, such as magna cum laude (Latin for “with great honour”), gives you the advantage in your job search. Being able to put graduating distinctions on your resume will show employers that you know how to work hard.
2. Take advantage of your School’s Career Center. Being at a university often provides all kinds of added perks that you won’t realize you had until they’re no longer available. Check in with your Career Centers. On top of providing job postings, Career Centers often provide opportunities for students to have an expert read over their resumes, interview practices, and a whole slew of career related seminars. These opportunities are a great way to prepare yourself for a full-on job search.
3. Survey your friends. No, I don’t mean walking around campus with clipboard and paper. Test the waters, see what your friends are doing. Where are they looking? What connections do they have? Get a feel for how your friends are approaching their post-university futures. You never know what may turn up – a possible job lead or a pro-tip for the search.
4. Take an internship. If you already haven’t done so while in school, internships may be the way to go. Internships are a great way to build on-the-job experience. You get to showcase your freshly educated mind and figure out how to apply what you’ve learned in the workforce. Internships often give you the chance to try out a variety of tasks in an organization. Look high and low for internships. If you can, tap into your local startup community – you’ll get hands on experience with a business working from the ground up. You will get a feel for how your field works and a great internship experience can provide leads on new opportunities.
5. Prepare for yourself for set back. Finding the right job will take some time. You may find yourself going through many interviews without much luck, or you may find yourself in a job that is not quite what you were hoping for. These things happen. Finding the right fit for a job can take some time. After years of school, it may take some time to find the right position that allows you to use your strengths. But do not let these set backs deter you, take them as valuable job experience. You will learn what you do best and hopefully gain new skills, then you can take these experiences to apply to your dream job.
Andrew Stager is a talent advisor at Jobbook.com. Jobbook is a Montreal-based career site that makes the best matches for employers and job seekers.
Employee appreciation day serves as a gracious reminder for all the hard work put in day in and day out for those with jobs out there. On this day, I think it is important to appreciate those on the other side of the spectrum – those seeking employment. Whether you are jobless and actively searching or are unsatisfied with your current position and open to new opportunities, the countless hours spent combing job boards, honing your resume, networking and cold calling can take really take a toll on a person! While an ideal career match may not always come easily, the hard work will be well worth the effort. So give yourself a pat on the back, the for self appreciation. Here at Jobbook, we are trying to make the experience a little less exhausting by providing a career matching platform that does not rob you of your time (and sometimes dignity) through the consuming process of filtering through the millions of jobs out there. While sending out countless applications can be agonizing, sometimes the worst part is waiting for a response , hopeful an employer sifts through candidates to come across your resume and reach out for an interview.
As a hiring manager, considering candidates can be a messy task of filtering through many unqualified candidates. This system is not working – not for employers and not for candidates. Inefficiency breaks down communication and candidates end up wasting time when employers can not take the time to express the position was not the right match. Appreciation on behalf of the employer and job candidate should not be a difficult notion to express, time and effort are valuable to everyone and the recognition for these sacrifices are the least anyone can ask for. This process is far from ideal for a candidate, and certainly brings nothing of worth to the employer.
While companies may have hundreds if not thousands of applicants, only few get hired. There are ways for employers to show their appreciation, and they should not only extend it to their employees. Jobbook presents a simple solution to a simple problem. Each time a candidate applies to a position through the Jobbook system, he / she is subsequently presented with other opportunities matched to their profile and job selections. Should the initial application not translate into a job offer, an automated message is sent to the applicant thanking him/her for their time, wishing him/her luck on their career search, and inviting him/her to explore more opportunities matched to their profile through their Jobbook Dashboard. Since their resume is already complete, each “left-over” candidate can simply review new job matches and apply to new targeted opportunities with the simple click of a button. With this new process, Candidates are left happy, respected and satisfied.
YES! It’s that time of the year. Valentine’s Day is here, a day to pick you up out of that winter funk and to celebrate love, romance, and all those happy feelings that can at least warm our hearts emotionally.
While it still sounds a bit bizarre to some, the idea of using the Internet to find that perfect love match has become one of the most popular ways to find that special someone. Why have they become so popular? Because they actually work, people have realized the power of the Internet, and the increasingly sophisticated methods of matching that have proven to be one of the most effective ways to communicate, connect, and build relationships with people.
Finding the perfect fit with a job is a lot like finding that perfect love interest. It takes time, some trial and error, and eventually the perfect match is found. But when it comes to job sites they can lack the power of matching and social networking that dating sites have built upon. It becomes a tedious, frustrating, and difficult task to sift through jobs on the many job listing sites out on the web. The time it takes to figure out, the often cryptic, post information, find out more information on the job, and contact a poster can be wasteful and often lead to few results.
The key idea behind dating websites is the notion of private matching. Matching one person with another based upon common interests and goals. Matching. This is the keyword. Job sites should work to match candidates with the right employers, and match employers with the right candidates!
Jobbook.com has taken the dating site formula and retooled it for the job site, creating a community based matching site. The site works for the common interest of both parties in the hiring process, the candidate and the employer. Like dating sites, candidates create their profiles indicating their experience, skills, education and anything other relevant information. The information in their profile then is used to match them, in private, with jobs that best suit them. They have the opportunity to browse these jobs and express their interest in the jobs, making the employers feel all warm and fuzzy because people want to work for them.
On the other side of things, employers are given their own profiles where they set up their job posts and they get the chance to connect with possible candidates for their position. They too get to send warm and fuzzy messages to potential candidates, letting them know that, yes!, there is someone out there that wants you to work for them!
Did that sound confusing? Maybe. But it’s simple, matching up with the right job is a lot like matching up with the right person for a relationship. So why not take the proven matching method of dating websites and apply it to job sites? Jobbook figured it out.
Some of us enjoy team work, while others loath it. Those in favor of the group ensemble support it because they like being part of a team, being able to depend on others, and the group interactions that come with it. The nay-sayers are usually anti collaborations because they either dislike having to depend on others, enjoy having sole ownership and responsibility, or crave the full serving of credit and praise that comes from a job well done.
What is a team player?
Hate it or love it, here’s the bottom line: two heads are better than one, no one’s exceptionally great at everything, and everyone has a weakness (or two). The best team player is one who owns this sentiment, knows their strengths and accepts their flaws. Whether you’re dealing with work or family, team work is an essential and necessary component to any projects’ success. In order for it to succeed, every player must learn and apply the four essential skills of teamwork. Master these and you’ll come to love what team work can do for any of your future projects.
Team Work Skills
1. Organizational Skills
In order for everyone to excel at their designated role, each team member must have a clear and complete understanding of three things: the group’s end goal, and their individual objectives, and overall responsibilities. To ensure these tasks are clearly understood, they must be constructed and delivered in an organized fashion. Set up a comprehensible blue print presenting goals, deadlines, individual duties, etc…so everyone’s on the same page from the get-go.
2. A Reliable Member
In order for team work to pay off and be a hit, there has to be 100% commitment from every single member of the team. The moment one person doesn’t hold up their end of the deal, trust and dependency decrease by half. What’s worse? Other members of the team start slacking on their responsibilities with a “what’s the point, it’s already not perfect” attitude. Manage your tasks, if not for you, then for the sake of the rest of the team.
3. Communication Skills
Don’t understand something? Ask about it. Have a great idea? Share it. Most don’t speak up out of fear of either looking dumb, accidentally hurting someone’s feelings if they don’t agree with an idea, or because they think their opinion doesn’t matter. If you think someone’s idea isn’t worthy, speak up. Not saying anything could damage the team’s chances of achieving its outcome. On the same token, if people discuss an idea that you think is awesome, let them know. They might really need and appreciate your support, even if they don’t show it. Either way, remember, when you communicate with your team members – whether showing support, or challenging their thinking – stay positive, respectful, and keep emotion out of it.
4. Stay Flexible
Even if you’re working on a solo project, no matter how good your plan is, odds are two or three issues will pop up that set you off course. That’s life. In this situation, your best offense is a good defense, so learn how to be flexible and roll with the punches. Unfortunately, obstacles and challenges are even more likely when you’re working in a group. Some people may join the group along the way, others you were depending on may drop out for personal reasons, budget cuts, deadline changes…the list is endless. Fact of the matter is, unforeseen things will come up, and the only way to work through them is by staying flexible, and seeing opportunities in these “obstacles”.
Being a good team player can be hard at times. But it’s important to remember, this can be your chance to shine! Look at team work as not only a challenge, but a great opportunity.Whether it’s for work or personal matters, organization, communication, flexibility and reliability are all key tools that will get you through any project. If you’re not willing to adopt these skills for the sake of being a good team player, consider this: rarely do you see a president or superstar athlete makes it to the top without those key strengths.Adapt these skills, if not for your team, then for your career’s end goal.
From Rags to Riches, Ravens Michael Oher’s Superbowl win makes his Football Career Priceless.
If you didn’t read the book, you saw the movie. And if you didn’t see the movie, Sandra Bullock’s Oscar win for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy introduced you to the story’s synopsis. The movie The Blind Side is the true story about a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. This boy, now man, is Michael Oher, the current offensive lineman of the 2013 Superbowl’s winning team Baltimore Ravens.
A true rags to riches story, Michael Oher went from living a life on the streets, to having a net worth of $15 million, earning a solid 2.7 million dollars a year. Aside from receiving the standard Superbowl ring and a chance to touch the Lombardi trophy, Oher (along with the other members of the winning team), will receive a $83,000 winners paycheck.
While Oher should enjoy the victory pay check (and the endorsements that are sure to follow), the real piece de resistance here isn’t numerical but symbolic. Oher now has a title, he’s a Super Bowl champion. He’s not the first to come from nothing and find financial success. He is however, one of the rare people who have not only come from nothing, but has so peaked in their industry to have landed an irrevocable title, and land themselves a place in history.
The Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens vs. 49ers game is certainly one to be remembered. From the NFL coaches being brothers, to the NFL power outage, this was not your average Superbowl. Maybe it’s because I was a fan of the movie The Blind side, or because I’m a sucker for a grand happy ending, but if you ask me, the Baltimore Raven Superbowl championship made this costly event a priceless win for Michael Oher. For those interested in a career in football, it’s clearly not about where you come from, but how hard you’re willing to work to get there.
Here’s a discouraging fact for those trying to watch their weight: there are over one hundred unsuspecting triggers that influence your every “need” to eat. Despite the fact that we’re only suppose to feed ourselves when we’re hungry, 99% of us indulge because of family and friends, food packaging, shapes and smells, our emotional state, and the list goes on. It doesn’t help that the beloved food companies providing our go-to snacks spend millions of dollars choosing the right images, colours, and even font to lure us in to buying their products. As if this intentional deception wasn’t already unappetizing, the stuff they’re selling (and you’re currently eating at your desk) not only leave you unsatiated, they take a jab at your health and deflate your energy. If we weren’t so blinded by the pretty packaging and catchy slogans we’d probably realize these unenjoyable effects for ourselves. Consider this, have you ever seen any vegetables or fruits wrapped in flashy packaging? No, because their health benefits sell for themselves. Rule to live by: the more eye catching the product, the less healthy it probably is.
Doctor or plumber, lawyer or secretary, we all like a good snack at work. Some crave it out of boredom, others for energy, and for most of us, due to stress. The sad truth is, the comfort foods we turn too, for whatever reason, are strategically packaged energy killers. To be clear, this blog isn’t a plea to wage a war against snacking. It’s simply a suggestion, for the sake of your health and productivity, to consider swapping your current snacks for healthy (and yes tasty) alternatives. Whether your craving sweet or salty, soft or crunchy, there’s a legitimate snack swap you can implement. Not only are they actually nutritionally dense and heart healhty, they’ll give you the energy you need and that full-feeling you’re looking for to keep your productivity high.
Are you craving….
This is probably the most common afternoon craving and unconsciously leads us straight to the chip aisle. Not only are these products sparse in vitamins and minerals, they’re high in sodium which can increase your blood pressure (ya…that food you’re eating to calm your stress is actually only propelling it, sorry), and can contribute to high cholesterol. Not so comforting for a comfort food is it? Try these alternatives instead: Almonds, flavoured rice cakes, trail mix, crunchy veggies with hummus or even popcorn. Believe it or not, popcorn is rich in polyphenols — antioxidants that prevent damage to cells and contain disease-fighting properties. My personal favourite? Carrots or celery with peanut butter.
No, donuts are not just consumed by police men. Many of us love our mid morning sweet snack, be it a cookie, pastry or dare I say Twinkie (RIP). Filled with empty calories and soaring in sugar, that momentary sugar high, is always quickly followed by a sugar crash leaving you in a state of fatigue, nausea, weakness and (believe it or not) hunger. Try these alternatives instead: dried fruit, a natural chewy granola bar or a small bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and natural sweetener. My personal favorite? Naturally sweetened cottage cheese with sliced bananas and soft granola clumps.
Nothing gives you a better break than an old fashion Kit-Kat bar….or at least that’s what their marketing scheme wants you to believe. Some of the compounds in chocolate have been categorized as mood-elevating and pleasure-inducing, so it’s no surprise we often turn to it for a quick fix. Fortunately, the healthier alternatives for typical chocolate bars aren’t too far off from the real thing. Try these alternatives instead: dark chocolate (at least 70%), chocolate flavoured protein bars, dark choclate covered fruit/nuts, or Skinny-Cow low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt. My personal favourite? Hot chocolate, made with one cup of non-fat milk and two teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.
The marketing schemes and glitzy packaging for these snack swaps may not be as alluring to the ones you’re used to. But remember, that’s only case because healthy foods (that are actually good for you) don’t need to go overboard on trying to convince you to eat them. Not only will you be loading your body with beneficial nutrients and minerals, you’ll have more energy, be more productive, and no-longer be a victim to the billion dollar marketing and advertising antics of the food industry.
People say 13 is an unlucky number, but when it comes to non-profit organizations, this years’ 2013 has been all about good fortune. Why you ask? Because these organizations have finally uncovered the true benefits that come with using Jobbook. Just recently a variety of well established non-profit organizations have turned to our online career community to broadcast their jobs and source qualified talent. Some of these organizations include The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Union for Reform of Judaism. While Jobbook has beneficial services that appeal to all types of actively recruiting employers, when it comes to non-profits, these five points make it crystal clear why they’re avid users of Jobbook’s unique matching system.
Top 5 Reasons Non-Profits Love jobbook:
1. Variety of Candidates. The environment at non-profits is a far cry from the “one size fits all” motto. They typically have a variety of different employment type positions that need to be filled at all times. Their mix of job opportunities differ from part-time to full-time, or entry-level to senior level positions. Thankfully, Jobbook doesn’t cater to one particular age group, the community is made up of all demographics. Whether they need university students for an entry level part-time job, or want an experienced, highly skilled candidate to fill a full time position, Jobbook showcases their positions to all candidates on one network.
2. Below Average Fee. Unlike job boards, which don’t guarantee a hire and cost between 500 to 1500 dollars, there are no upfront costs for employers using Jobbook’s services. While headhunters don’t charge up front, if a hire is made their fee varies anywhere between 15-20%. If an organization makes a hire through Jobbook, they pay a quarter of the price at 5% for their candidate. This deal applies to all Jobbook employer members, not strictly to non-profit organizations.
3. Time Saver. Most non-profits are typically short on resources and high on workload. They don’t have the luxury of time to sift through hundreds uniquely styled resumés from un/or under-qualified candidates. Because Jobbook always presents applicants in hierarchical order from most qualified to least qualified, and allows employers the option to preview each candidate’s qualifications, the precious time of their HR department is no longer wasted.
4. No Geographic Restrictions in North America. Jobbook candidates are not concentrated in one specific area. They are spread across North America in Canada and the U.S. This characteristic makes searching for candidates for positions in different cities easy, accessible and full proof.
5. Connected to Future Leaders: The Jobbook community isn’t limited to job seekers and passive job seekers who can (privately) see what other employment opportunities exist. With the help of Jobbook’s “University Ambassadors” on campuses across North America, they’re connected to great student associations loaded with potential candidates looking for part-time or volunteer work to help build their CV.
Free publicity, no sign up fees, low costs, and one to one customer service. It’s no wonder non-profits looking for candidates use Jobbook as their one stop shop! If you know any non-profits looking to hire, do them a favour and send them to Jobbook’s site. Doing a good cause, to help a good cause, makes you the ultimate philanthropist.