Posts Tagged ‘Jobs’

Top Summer Jobs for Teens via TODAY Show

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 1:05 pm

It might be mid-summer, but there’s still time for teens and college students to land a summer job. Yesterday I shared my top tips on the TODAY Show. The first is that you just might need to be a bit more creative and enterprising—get beyond just looking at the mall and think about creating your own job.  Here are a few great summer job options:

Follow the green. If you enjoy spending time outdoors and are physically fit, two great jobs for teens are mowing lawns and caddying. No one wants to mow their own lawn in the hot summer (!), so offer up your services to neighbors and friends or local landscaping companies. For caddying, many golf courses/country clubs have programs geared toward teen caddies and you can make great money ($50-$100 per round, plus tips).

Amusement parks. One of the classic, seasonal summer jobs, and known to be fun and teen-friendly. Six Flags, for example, has parks where 50% of employees are teens aged 15-19.

Catering helper. Local, family-owned restaurants, markets, bakeries can often use an extra pair of hands to help with food prep, administrative duties, and the endless schlepping that accompanies setting up at summer farmer’s markets and events.

Retail sales and stock. These are among the most in demand jobs for teenagers– in part because you’ll likely get an employee discount! Don’t limit yourself to big name stores at the mall; look at local boutiques and businesses that might need help behind the scenes doing stockroom duties and inventory.

Tutoring. If you have great grades and test scores, you might be able to score one of these jobs. Check out sites such as, which allow tutors to work on their own schedule, tutoring students all over the world.

What Type of Job Interview Best Finds Talent? via CBS News

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 2:24 pm

Today I spoke on CBS This Morning about new trends in job interviewing, and whether the typical free form interview is best at evaluating talent. The general thinking is not really, in part because interviewers can have subconscious biases that cloud evaluation of a candidate. One is “similarity” bias—we tend to be biased toward those that are like us, whether that’s age, sex, race, interests or where we went to college. Here is a great discussion of these issues by Adam Grant.

To better find talent, many forward thinking companies are trying for a more objective approach, and the buzzword in interviewing these days is “competency based interviews”(CBIs). Basically, competency based interviews are a structured series of questions that aim to figure out if the job candidate fits the criteria for the job, as demonstrated by how they’ve handled similar situations in the past. The idea is that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. So, let’s say it’s a global job. You might be asked to share a time you demonstrated the ability to work successfully across cross-cultural boundaries, or managed a team of people from different cultural backgrounds.

To help prepare for a structured interview, ask the manager or rep what you should expect from the interview (Will it be straightforward Q&A? Will you have to do any tests or evaluate case studies? Give a presentation? All of these things are possibilities!). Also, take a look at the job description or requirements to get a feel for what are the criteria you may be asked to demonstrate. Do a few mock interviews with a close friend or significant other. Brainstorm 3-4 good anecdotes about specific job accomplishments that show how you were successful in previous roles—and try to work in these examples regardless of what you are asked!

How to Succeed in the Job Hunt via CBS Atlanta

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 9:31 pm

Yesterday I spoke with about tips for standing out in the job hunt. We covered how you can use social media to find contacts at your dream company, and the all important use of “key words” to save your resume from the so-called black hole. Check out the video above!

Adventures in Go-Getting: Meet Cassandra!

Monday, September 20th, 2010 9:56 am

I’m excited to introduce our guest blogger for the next few months, Cassandra.  She’s 26, hails from San Diego, and graduated from University of California, Irvine (in three years, while working part-time!). She’s got a few GGG goals she wants to accomplish, and will be charting her progress right here. Check out her posts every other week. Here’s her first post below! Debra

For a twenty-something, I could have passed for successful but something wasn’t right.  Plenty of my friends told me it was a quarter-life crisis since many of them asked the same questions I had been asking myself.  Am I succeeding the way I wanted to succeed in life?  Am I passionate about what I do on a regular basis? Am I where (or close to) I saw myself being at this stage of my life?  Of course it is easy to roll one’s eyes and dole out a sarcastic “No” to every question or even go as far to say, “No one is.”  Which is when I say (on a good day), “Well that’s just not good enough.”

I must have been awfully whiny about my situation because it was about this time when a good friend of mine sent me The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide from across the country.  Since then I quit my “successful” position in the staffing industry and landed in education at a fashion college, supporting the creative community and gaining more time for myself to pursue my own creative passion—writing.

I realized early on when reading The GGG Guide that I must have all been closing doors for myself rather than opening them.  I have a small awesome circle of friends and I’ll be honest, I like it that way.  However, there have been many times that I’ve been invited out to a mixer, social outing, even a sporting event and before really even thinking about it answered politely, “No, thank you.”  I hardly ever give an excuse or a reason, to me it was clear: I shouldn’t spend the money, I shouldn’t take the time away from my loved ones who I barely get quality time with, I don’t know anybody there anyway.   Normally here is where I would start to list all the things I have missed out on but the truth is if I didn’t go, I don’t even know what I missed!  So here is my 1st GGG project for the next three months: Accept rather than decline invitations to social and business events.

Since I will be growing into a beautiful social butterfly, I need give my body and mind a little me time and make sure I have the energy to keep up with my peers out there!  I am setting a goal to go to the gym at least four times a week with the intention of lowering that BMI for long term health and happiness.   As I lean out from my hours at the gym and am being seen around town, I better look pulled together and rockin’.   I’ll be monitoring my closet’s inventory and making sure there is a surplus of fabulous power ensembles.

Cassandra Altmann

Ask GGG: Telling an Employee What Not to Wear

Monday, September 13th, 2010 3:55 pm

I’m a mid-level manager working in marketing, and some of my employees take the dress code a little too loosely. As a manager, how do you tastefully address what is and is not appropriate to wear to work without getting people all fired up? Beth*, age 36, Phoenix

You want to avoid calling out your employee personally. Instead, send an email to all of your direct reports reminding them of the dress code, with specific do’s and don’ts. You might even attach a non-judgmental magazine article summarizing how to dress-your-best for work. If he or she doesn’t take the hint, try linking a conversation about appearance to a specific work-related event. Let’s say you’re a senior lawyer and your rumpled associate is joining you for an important court date. Say something like, “This judge is extremely picky about how we dress. What you were thinking of wearing?” and then launch into some tips and requests for what to wear.