References, Referrals & Inside Connections: How to Obtain, Maintain & Use Them to Your Advantage

In this job market, internship and entry-level job candidates are searching for months, and sometimes more than a year, to land the positions they seek. They claim to be “doing all the right things,” but what are the “right things” these days? What is really going to secure these coveted junior-level positions and get your career off to a good start? These questions and more will be answered by esteemed career experts in a free online panel discussion. Date: Sunday, August 2 Time: 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time To Register for FREE: click here Panelists: Heather R. Huhman Heather R. Huhman is founder and president of Come Recommended, the company sponsoring the panel program. An experienced hiring manager who has been in nearly every employment-related situation possible, Heather knows and understands the needs of today’s employers and internship and entry-level job candidates. She is also the entry-level careers columnist for Examiner.com. J.T. O’Donnell J.T. O’Donnell is a nationally syndicated career expert, author and founder of CAREEREALISM.com. Her work has been noted by leading sources including, CareerBuilder.com and BusinessWeek.com for its timely, cutting-edge job search and career strategy advice for young professionals, ages 18-40. In 2009, O’Donnell founded the Twitter Advice Project that currently has 15+ top career experts providing FREE advice to job seekers. Maria Pascucci Maria Pascucci is the founder and president of Campus Calm and author of the award-winning book Campus Calm University: The College Student’s 10-Step Blueprint to Stop Stressing & Create a Happy, Purposeful Life. In the two years since Maria launched Campus Calm, she has attracted a panel of 17 educational experts, published a book, been featured in national media outlets around the world and speaks at colleges nationwide. Tim Besse Tim Besse is co-founder and vice president of product and marketing of Glassdoor.com, a career and workplace community. Previously, Tim was the director of product management and online marketing the Asia Pacific division of Expedia. In this role, Tim developed new markets in Australia, Japan, and China, and assumed general management responsibility of the Hotels.com business in Asia. In other Expedia roles, Tim helped launch other early stage businesses, including Expedia’s telesales and private label businesses as well as its online luxury offering, Classic Custom Vacations. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Stephanie Gurtman Stephanie Gurtman is the co-founder of InternshipRatings.com, a resource for students to evaluate and research internship opportunities. She is currently a senior at Boston University in the College of Communication pursuing a B.S. in Publication Relations and a minor in French. Stephanie is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Public Relations Student Society of America, Boston University Chapter. Lauren Grunstein Lauren Grunstein is the co-founder of InternshipRatings.com, a resource for students to evaluate and research internship opportunities. She is a rising senior at Boston University and currently a public relations & social influence intern at Mullen in Boston, MA. Lauren’s previous internship experience includes fashion public relations, branding and social media. Shawn Graham Shawn Graham is Director of MBA Career Services at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Courting Your Career: Match Yourself with the Perfect Job. Shawn is a frequent commentator in online and print publications including a popular blog at FastCompany.com and articles for CollegeJournal.com and The Charlotte Observer. He has been cited in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and msnbc.com. To register for the event, click here.

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

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Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

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If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

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If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

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All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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