Tried And True Job Hunting Techniques For College Students

With literally thousands of job boards out there how do you expand beyond trolling craigslist? The answer is 3 tiered.

1. Find a job board aggregator or a site with a lot of posting towards college students

2. Make sure it is a site that tailors to college students

3. When you find a job that you want to apply for try to find someone in your network (check linkedin and facebook) who might have worked there or knows someone who might work there.

You might say, that is easier said then done. I did too until I went on the hunt for the sites that I can trust. There are two sites that satisfy all of those requirements and I list them below.

1. Veechi.com: Veechi aggregates the majority of internship and entry level jobs posted on the internet. If you are searching for a job you must use this service. They also have a cool tool that shows you all your facebook friends and where they work. It is definitely worth your time to see if you have any even 3rd order connections to a job you might want to work at. This site is a must.

2. Internships.com: Internships.com only focuses on internships. They have a large database of internships. The quantity of internships is not high but the quality is. Only if you are looking for business or marketing type jobs. It is great for that!

I hope you start using these simple tactics to help you get a job. They have definetly helped for people I know.

Note: To All ASC Readers, Due to the fact that this is the worst economy since the great depression you need to learn how to make your job hunt smarter. Once we week we will be posting simple tips to enhance your job hunt. If we leave out any information that you would like to know please comment on this blog or e-mail us.

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Arizona’s Immigration Law (SB1070) – Is It Racist?

Well, yes and no. The law does not explicitly state that “all those of brown skin or accented speech shall be detained and asked to demonstrate their legal status in this state”. Anyone who didn’t sleep through their freshman history class would know such explicit statutes are not necessary for a law to be overtly racially targeted. Remember poll taxes and literacy tests. Neither stated that a pollster was required to test and tax every black person or that the law was passed in order to keep blacks from voting, but those were the realities of the laws’ implementation.

So while the law does not say that those of hispanic origin shall be targeted, that seems the reasonable prediction given the situation in Arizona. Consider the following:

We’ve already watched Sheriff Arpaio launch massive racially targetted “crime-supression sweeps” in the name of combating illegal immigration (even as illegal immigrants are repeatedly shown to commit less crimes than white citizens). We’ve already seen a widely supported governor of the state refuse to recognize MLK day as a holiday. We’ve already seen ethnic studies banned in the state’s public schools and teachers with accents fired.
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Arizona’s New Immigration Law – The Facts and How You Can Help

“Every Generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new worlds… to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation” – Ellison S. Onizuka, American Astronaut.

The law has been amended to require that an individual can only be subjected to an immigration inquiry when the questioning officer is engaged in a lawful interaction with that individual. As Shikha Dalmia argues, this is less of a restriction than a sugar coating over the previous law. While eye-contact is no longer sufficient cause for an officer to demand proof of citizenship, Jay walking, littering, loitering, or failing to signal for a full 500 feet before making a right turn would be more than enough. Given Arizona Sheriffs’ fondness for race based round-ups, this amendment does little to sooth concerns about fairness and equal protection before the law.
First there are some general impacts related to Arizona’s law which will occur regardless of your opinions on the matter.

Tourism- Is a vital component of Arizona’s economy. Spending directly related to tourism amounted to $18.5b in 2008. This generated approximately $2.6b in tax revenue. An estimated 1.4b of which goes to state and local government.

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2 Social Media Tips To Help You Get Hired

There are two important things any college student needs to know in order to best help them get a job. Network your social network (including facebook and twitter) and create a simple, concise resume.  Below are two great references to help you in the process.

1. Veechi.Com: Is an online tool that helps college students along the process of attaining a summer or full-time job. They provide students with the ability to create professional resumes, network their facebook network, and they match your resume with over 1 million entry level jobs and internships available from their site.

2. Dan Schwable: He runs a site that helps students manage their online brand. Check out his student branding blog, as well as his book Me 2.0.

Since a lot of colleges student will be seeking employment in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, we will be having a lot more posts on college jobs coming your way. Stay tuned.

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JOIN THE E-MARCH TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET

Participate in this historic action to build a broad public education coalition and send a message to the governor demanding full funding for all of public education in California.

With the Governor currently preparing his budget proposal for 2010-11, now is the time to take preemptive action to influence the state budget process.

California public education unions and organizations are launching an electronic march or E-March on the Governor’s office to demand adequate funding for public education in next year’s budget proposal. The idea of the E-March on the Governor is to send messages from supporters of public education all over the state (students, faculty, staff, parents, labor allies, alumni, community supporters, etc.) before he finalizes his budget proposal that will be released in early January.

To join the E-March today, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/edemarch

It will be a first to have stakeholders from across California’s public education spectrum working together on a budgetary advocacy effort. The historic nature of our E-March will garner media attention and help build public awareness of the devastating budget cuts facing education in California.

The E-March is also the initial step toward more assertive actions around the budget this spring and will help engage a larger network of activists to help in the fight to protect student access to the greatest education system in the world.

This is a busy time for everyone, but before you leave your campus or work for the holidays, take one quick and easy action:

• Click on the link below to see the common message we are all sending to the Governor

• If you wish, add a statement with your specific concerns

• Add your sender information.

• Click on “Send Message.”

Take a few minutes to go to this link, and your voice will join thousands of others speaking up for public education in California

Letter to Students and Families (Download this letter)

How to Talk to Your Legislator about the Crisis in Higher Education (Download pdf)

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Jennifer Lerner, response to Rubin Navarrette, Jr. “Life’s tough, UC students, get used to it.” SF Chronicle, Nov. 26, 2009

Mr. Navarrette-

I am not going to lie, when I read your article, I was appalled. I thought, you obviously do not get it. You do not get our generation, nor do you get our fight or struggle.

Let me start out by introducing myself. My name is Jenn Lerner, and I am a 4th year at Cal. Almost all of my friends have at least one job to pay for their schooling, some have two. In fact, the majority of people here are working. Some of the working students are doing unpaid internships – while taking a full load – so they can get a better shot at getting a good job, should they be so fortunate enough to graduate from here. Many are also doing volunteer and community service work because they believe in helping to make the world a better place, even if that means sacrificing monetary compensation. Acting as if you are the expert on our generation because you talked to a couple of HR friends is ridiculous. We are not lazy, nor apathetic. We work because, well, even without these fee increases, school is expensive. Many don’t qualify for state grants, yet attending Cal puts a huge dent in our family’s, and our, income.

So, Mr. Navarette, saying that my generation does not work is not only insulting, it’s just straight up wrong.

It is also important to note that when you went to school, tuition was a lot cheaper. For example, just a mere ten years ago, tuition at the UCs was less than $5000; it will now soon be double that.

Not only that, but just focusing on the tuition hikes is not looking at this problem holistically. One of the main problems that I have with journalists reporting on the UC and CSU protests is that they say we are principally protesting the tuition increases, which oversimplifies and hides the totality of the reasons we are fighting.

Tuition hikes are only the tip of the iceberg. We are fighting for the principle of things. We are fighting for the fact that the UC President Yudof and the Regents have unilaterally decided how to re-allocate our money. Yes, we have a problem with Sacramento and its systemic underfunding of our jewel of public education, but they are not the only ones contributing to our “crisis”. Receiving less money from the state does not justify letting the most vulnerable suffer. Yes, Yudof claims that families under $70,000 will receive financial aid, but what about to the rest that do not qualify on paper? And who’s to say that this “Blue & Gold Plan” that we have will continue to exist in the future, even as tuition continues to rise? Nor does systemic underfunding justify laying off dozens of workers, and implementing a 10% cut to those that remain, slashing even more of their already poverty wages. Nor does it justify giving GSIs less pay while making them take on more students. Nor does it justify drastically cutting classes, including ones that are required – yes, REQUIRED – to graduate. Nor does it justify not being able to offer Spanish 1 next semester. We are the #1 public university in the nation and we can’t even offer Spanish 1?? What is this world coming to?!?

We fight in part because we want a say in how the budget is being reorganized, yet the budget remains hidden. If the budget is released and we collectively determine that the way these officials organized the budget was the best way to do so, then fine. But they have not even given us that opportunity.

Yudof, the Regents, and others tell us to go to Sacramento, but their actions demand otherwise. How can we fix the problem from the state when we can’t even accomplish internal reform? What good will a little bit more money from Sacramento do if They continue to re-allocate the money unfairly??

We have our sights set on Sacramento, but our battle starts right here. We are not just fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for OUR (including your) kids, our grandkids, and the generations to come. We are not just fighting against tuition increases, we are fighting for fairness, transparency, accessibility, and equality.

You call us spoiled, I call us fighting for justice. Jenn

Jennifer Lerner

University of California, Berkeley B.A. American Studies ’10

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The Federal Stimulus Should Support Research at Public Universities

By Christopher Newfield and Gerald Barnett
A year into the federal stimulus, state economies continue to
stagnate or sink. Large industrial states like California and Michigan
are in particularly bad shape, and if recovery fails in such places, it
will damage the economy of the entire country. It is particularly
unfortunate, therefore, that the federal research stimulus is not only
putting too little money into public universities, but is putting it
there in a way that makes the problems of those institutions worse.
Higher education split $100-billion in stimulus support with
elementary and secondary education in the final American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act legislation. About half of that was given to the
states to distribute with considerable latitude, and the final impact
on universities was modest. In most cases, the federal stimulus
funds did no more than keep cuts from being even worse.
The act also provided $21.5-billion of one-time money for research,
about half of which is being spent at universities. So far so good, and
last year the federal government spent more than $50-billion to
support university research. That support came in the form of direct
costs—the budgets proposed by university investigators—and
“indirect” costs—the expensive facilities, general services, and
administration upon which research depends. It is with the indirect
costs that the stimulus’s negative impact on universities begins.
Those indirect costs, called “facilities and administration,” or “F&A,”
are fees calculated as a percentage of the amounts directly budgeted
for research, less some adjustments. For universities, they usually
are 45 percent to 65 percent of direct costs—meaning that for every
dollar spent on direct costs, the government spends an additional 45
to 65 cents for research infrastructure. Continue reading

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