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  • rsangeorge 9:47 pm on January 19, 2016 Permalink  

    Dealing Effectively with a Temp Agency – and What to Expect 

    Image result for temp hiring“A temp agency – are you kidding me?”  That’s the understandable reaction of many upcoming or new BAs when someone suggests  going to see a temp agency.  But for upcoming graduates or unemployed recent graduates, it may be one of a number of options to consider, especially if some of this applies to you…

    • You are very unclear about the career path you want to pursue, or even the employment sector that most interests you – government? non-profits? private sector? start your own enterprise?
    • You worked your way through school in a retail job, nannying, etc. – and this limited your opportunities to do internships.
    • You are facing financial pressures and need to start earning money asap, but working in a hardware store is not an appealing career path.

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  • rsangeorge 3:08 pm on August 21, 2015 Permalink  

    Writing a Knockout Cover Letter 

    The biggest challenge to overcome in landing the job or internship you want is the first level of applicant screening. Often this means getting a very bored, junior person to sit up and pay attention to the cover letter and resume you have sent in. Today we’re going to focus on cover letters.

    Most people will admit they have difficulty writing cover letters; what they usually mean is that they have a lot of trouble starting cover letters. Here’s a formula for overcoming the writer’s block and anxiety of doing cover letters. (More …)

  • rsangeorge 2:39 am on February 17, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: best workplace, ,   

    Best Non-Profits To Work For 

    The Opportunity Knocks website has announced the 4th Annual “Peoples Choice Best Nonprofit to Work For Awards.”

    Winners are mainly local organizations throughout the USA, but one familiar name for AU students is ACDI/VOCA, a large DC-based international NGO that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries.  Factors considered in selecting the winners  were: quality of work/life balance, organizational adherence to its mission, comradery of employees, unique benefits, training programs and career paths.   A total of fifteen (15) winners were named in three categories based on size of operating budget.

  • rsangeorge 1:37 am on December 13, 2010 Permalink
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    Young Entepreneur Council 

    Considering alternatives to the conventional workforce?  Check out the Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization with mission to “teach young people how to build successful businesses.” A founder is Scott Gerber, author of “Never Get a Real Job.”

  • rsangeorge 1:28 am on December 13, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: college grads, ,   

    "No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own" — NY Times 

    Sunday NY Times (12/12/2010) has an interesting story about recent college grads finding a different way to succeed in the job market, as small entrepreneurs.

  • rsangeorge 9:27 pm on December 3, 2010 Permalink
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    JUMO.COM, a major NGO info site, launches 

    JUMO.COM, a major new website, could be an important source of informa t ion for people seeking jobs in t he NGO world.  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has launched the site, which is not a jobs site, but rather is intended as a hub to catalyze social activism with a wealth of information on a variety of causes.  Its slogan:  “We connect individuals and organizations working to change the world.”

  • rsangeorge 10:43 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: background investigation, federal employment, security clearance   

    Getting a Security Clearance 

    Students and recent grads obtaining federal employment often view security clearance background investigations with great apprehension.  Here is advice from people who run such background checks about the major problems people encounter:

    1. No. 1 reason why security clearances are deniedbad credit history.  Investigators say that students and recent alums facing a security clearance check should get their own credit report to make sure there’s nothing negative in it, and if so, to deal with it candidly when speaking with investigators.

    2. No. 1 background problem that people intentionally omit from disclosure form:  past drug use.  Candor is the best policy.

    3. No. 1 reason why background checks drag on and on:  people spend a semester or year living in a country that is not considered to be a U.S. ally, and fail to keep track of (i) who they met (and their contact information); (ii) where they went in-country.  Investigators advise keeping close track of this information — if possible in an online calendar, otherwise on paper.

    • Jennifer Carignan 5:50 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink

      This is great information, Rob. We can’t emphasize enough how critical candor is throughout the process!

      In addition to the honesty issue, your third point regarding record keeping is critical. As you mentioned, applicants can make use of calendars (online or paper) to keep track of contacts and previously-visited locations. One additional tool is OPM’s Standard Form 86, otherwise known as the Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Applicants who may have to undergo a security clearance can start filling this out immediately and could shave weeks (or longer) off of their wait time by doing so. The form lists all of the information that will be required during the security clearance process — no guessing necessary.

      The Partnership for Public Service offers some additional summary tips at its Making the Difference website (http://www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/securityclearances.shtml). AU students and alumni should also feel free to visit the Career Center for more tips on how to prepare for the security clearance process.

    • fblume 5:01 pm on October 18, 2010 Permalink

      There are three pretty good web sites that can help, too. The first is from the FBI, the second is about working on a military base, and the third is an overview from TAOOnline.

  • rsangeorge 8:56 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink  

    Human Rights Watch to add 120 staff 

    Philanthropist George SorosLegendary philanthropist George Soros is making a $100 million grant to Human Rights Watch, which will enable the hiring of 120 staff in various places.  The New York Times broke the story.

  • rsangeorge 3:49 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
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    Avoid the "Free" in "Freelancing" 

    Some entrepreneurial students with the right skills are jumping into self-employment while still in school and/or are considering independent work as an option after graduation.

    The work ranges from freelance writing to web designing to IT programming — virtually anything that can be done working remotely.  If you are considering self-employment, here’s a good story from a New York-based business publication about the need be diligent about contracting.

  • rsangeorge 4:30 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: investigative, , philanthropy   

    CJR profiles growth in non-profit investigative journalism opportunities 

    CJR has an interesting feature about the growing trend among some philanthropists to fund non-profit investigative journalism initiatives along the lines of Pro Publica.

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