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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

5 Signs You Should Walk Away

We have all had times when we had a strange feeling about something. Some call it intuition, while others feel it's God. Whatever it is called, we receive a mental or physical sign that we need to "walk away" from a situation, which may cause us more harm in the long run. If you've given your all to a relationship and your boyfriend has been a perpetual cheater, it's time to walk away. If you have a friend that causes drama, always wants to borrow money and is not genuinely supportive of you, you need to walk away. If you are in a store and a salesperson is trying to get you to pay a higher price for something, it's time to walk away.

Here are 5 Signs You Should Walk Away:
  1. Physical Pain: Sometimes when we're in the company of someone who is trying manipulate, we may have pains in our neck, back or head, caused by stress.
  2. Dishonesty: If you feel you cannot trust someone as a friend or business person, it's not necessary to continue the relationship.
  3. Not Being Heard: You've talked to a salesperson and told them you want shoes for $25. They work on commission and bring you shoes that costs $50. If you've clearly explained what you want several times and they still don't listen, they really don't care about what you want.
  4. Negative Talk: People will often try to demean or make you feel guilty to get their way. Sometimes friends or family will challenge if you love or care about when they want you to do something. For example, you're supposed to be my friend, why can't you loan me $20?
  5. Controlling Behavior: You may like a boy that tells you he will take care of you and do everything for you. It sounded cute and romantic in the beginning, now he's telling you what to wear, calling you every five minutes and keeping you away from your friends.  
There is no shame in walking away from people who are toxic and only care about their own needs. In other words, don't minimize your views or "make yourself small," to suit someone's needs or demands. If you are compromising yourself in a personal and business relationship, walk with your head tall and walk away.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Start Now with College Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

If you just finished your junior year of high school, the summer is great time to start on college applications. During the summer, you can research colleges online, visit campuses, start writing your statement of purpose (why you should be accepted), take SAT courses, send school transcripts and Letters of Recommendation (LORs). Getschooled.com describes LORs and discusses the best people to ask for them. If possible, ask during the summer. This gives teacher or professional time to write a recommendation, before they receive numerous requests during the school year.

As soon as senior year begins, get an early start on applying to college. There's so much to plan for during that year: Prom, school activities, sports events and having time with friends. If possible, apply for early admission. Applying for early admission or by September or October will give the best chance of getting into the school you want.

Preparing for college will only take a few hours. You can still have fun this summer and be ahead of the game. You may even receive an acceptance letter from your dream school by the end of the year.

Jen:)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great Customer Service Goes a Long Way!

I go into food places and retail stores and I get so annoyed by the service I receive. The sales person does not say, "Hello" or "How may I help you?" I have walked out of stores if they take too long to greet me or have major attitude. I refuse to spend my money at a place if people are rude. Recently, I went to a place and the person at the window could not put her cheesy fries down long enough to sell me tickets. Really? I don't even want to go there with the workers who have long conversations, while customers wait to pay or order food.

I know many of you will work summer jobs in offices, retail stores and food companies. Please treat customers or clients the same as you'd like to be treated when you're buying food or clothing. I've had retail gigs at Bloomingdale's, Tiffany & Co., Burlington Coat Factory and my first job was at a fast food place; I'm speaking from the experience of working on the other side. If you present a positive attitude, the company may invite you back for another summer or as a part-time worker during the school year.

Here are tips for giving customers a great customer service experience:

  1. Smile when greeting customers. Act as if you are thankful for jobs (in this economy, some people don't have them).
  2. Say "Please" and "Thank You," when speaking to customer. Ask if they need any help in the store.
  3. Don't talk about your personal business or complain in front of a customer. No one wants to hear about your relationship drama or how much you hate your boss.
  4. Know your product. If a customer asks about a dress size or what's in certain foods, you should be able to answer it. If you don't know the answer, tell them you will check and get back to them. Managers can also help with customer questions.
  5. Give clear directions of where an item is in the store. If a customer is having a problem finding something in the store, walk them to the area or give them exact directions. "Somewhere over there," is not the best way to answer. Customers can get frustrated and leave.
  6. Speak in a professional manner. You can speak "slang" or use other language with your friends. Not speaking properly may turn off customers and give them a negative impression of you.
You may feel it does not make any difference if a customer buys or not. It's not your company. It really does make a difference. A customer, who has a great experience in a store, is likely to spend more money and return to the store again and again. This impacts you, because the number of customers shopping in a store may affect the number of hours you receive for work, if you receive a raise and if you will continue to have a job. Giving great customer service will help make your job a lot more fun!

Jen

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

TV Shows Sizzle this Summer!

Our blogger, Ariam, shares her favorite TV shows for the summer.

Like, Ariam, I watch Basketball Wives and I'm looking forward to the return of Atlanta Housewives, "Who gone check me, boo?" It promises to be more drama. Thanks to DVR on my TV, I can record shows and enjoy the world around me, knowing my favorite shows will be waiting for me. I agree these shows can be confrontational and unrealistic, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to have fun and decompress from a busy day. At least, that's what I tell myself.

I think reality shows are fun to watch, as long as, you remember it's TV. For example, fighting like the "cast members" of Atlanta Housewives, Basketball Wives or Jersey Shore might land you in jail. Having nude pictures leaked online like Kim Kardasian, Paris Hilton or Jennifer Williams will not give you cool points or a reality show, it may lead to a bad reputation or land you in serious hot water with your parents. So, don't try this at home, ok, boo boo (in my Evelyn of Basketball Wives voice)?

Keep it safe,

Jen

Monday, June 20, 2011

Beyonce's Album Drops Next Week!

Your girl, Bey will receive her album titled, 4, on Tuesday, June 28th. If you can't wait that long, you can pre-order her deluxe album through Tar-jay (Target), which includes bonus tracks and an extra-special video. Hopefully, you were not on the computer listening to the leaked version of her album. Be a real fan and pay the money to "cop that album" for yourself with real cash. Artists work hard to entertain their fans, and should be compensated for it. 'Nuff said.


Anyway, Bey will be in Central Park for Good Morning America's Summer Park Series. Beyonce's Official site is giving away tickets and some of the local NYC stations will be giving away tickets, too. Even if you don't win any tickets, you can still watch it on TV. That's what I'll be doing. . .


Have a good one!


Jen

What are your favorite summer TV shows?


As an adolescent, I remember coming home from after-school and being glued to the television screen (my body and eyes, both!). Now I'd be lucky to catch up on any of my shows because of work and school obligations! A maximum of 2 hours of TV a week sounds impossible, but believe anything!

When I say television I mean reality shows, soaps, talk shows (nothing educational, just for leisure). Some of my favorites include Bravo TV's Real Houswives: New York, New Jersey and Atlanta (which is on a hiatus this summer) and Basketball Wives: Season 3.

On the topic of shows this season viewers said goodbye to The Office, (ran for seven seasons), and said hello to VH1's Single Ladies, which is a drama scripted show that explores the lives of racially mixed women in Atlanta.

It seems like networks are fighting to keep viewers on the couch, but I'd rather watch the shores on the beach anyday. Sorry!

Talk to you soon,
Ariam

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jigga is Giving Away Scholarships!

Hip-hop artist and mogul, Jay-Z (Jigga), is giving away scholarships to college-bound high school students!

In order to be eligible for the scholarships and to keep them, you must fulfill the requirements below:
  • Show proof of US residency
  • Provide acceptance letter to a 4-year college or university, community college or trade school
  • Utilize scholarship funds for undergraduate programs only
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade average
  • Participate in community service projects as a scholarship recipient
  • Mentor incoming scholarship recipients after first year of college program
The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation was created with Jay-Z and his mother, Ms. Gloria Carter. In addition to other community programs, they created the Shawn Carter scholarship fund to help students, who really want a chance for higher education. The foundation members offer scholarships to single mothers, children of alternative schools, students who have earned a G.E.D., and even formerly incarcerated students looking for a second chance in life. This is a great opportunity! If you're unable to take advantage of it, please pass along to someone else who can.

Scholarship Deadline: June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Create Your Own Internship Opportunities

Hi There,

We have another program for you. Click on the program name below to be sent to the website. The Hyper Island accepts students for a digital fellowship program in Stockholm, Sweden for minority high school and college students. Yes, you can become a world traveler.

Hyper Island Digital Fellowship

I didn't really get a good internship until I graduated from college. Hopefully, you'll have better luck with getting an internship than I did. Many high school and college students get stressed out about internships, but it eventually works out in the end. If you are not having much luck with internships, try to get experience in a different way by thinking "outside the box." As a college student I did a small internship at a company where someone basically gave me busy work, before I landed my big internship. After graduation from college, I was accepted as an intern for the American Association of Advertising Agency (4 As) Minority Advertising Internship Program. I was a paid intern at an advertising agency, which also helped me move to New York City. Before I was accepted at the internship, I sold advertising for my college newspaper for three years! It was not considered an internship, but I gained career experience. I worked there five days a week for several hours per day. The point of me talking about all of this is to emphasize the paid or unpaid programs at your school, where you can gain career experience. There are some great career clubs to help you gain experience, too. I was in an advertising club in college, which helped me receive a scholarship, go on trips and; ultimately, earn an internship. There are definitely programs and clubs out there, but if not, you can be a leader and create your own opportunities.

Jen

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

7 Websites to Know, Internships & Stilettos

It's Wednesday and you're halfway through the week. Yay! I hope you're making the best of your weekday, so you can have some fun on the weekend!

Our blogger, Ariam strikes again. She's posted a list of 7 websites that you need to know to help you get "in the grind" and work toward your dream career. She's also a campus ambassador for the site, internqueen.com. She gives tips on how to search for and land, your first internship.

If you are a "stiletto woman," you must read Yolanda's blog about high heels. They are beautiful, but did you know they could be hazardous to your health? Plus, it's beach and pool season, do you really think the cutie from your English class wants to see your feet at the beach with corns and hammertoes? I don't think so. . .Read her post and you'll learn how to stay fashionable and have healthy toes.

Have a great night,

Jen

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Special Post: Link to 7 Websites Every High-schooler Should Get to Know


Remember the Intern Queen post? Well, I just found a link on the blog dedicated to high school students! Perfect timing!

The post includes sites that surely everyone has already been introduced. Craigslist, Fastweb.com, and Skype. Yes! Video chatting is a great tool college students use both professionally and personally. So, get familiar if you haven't.

Well enough said, here's the link:

Any questions or comments, just mention me twitter.com/ariam_alula!

Beauty & Free Events This Week

Hey there, Beautiful! Yes, I'm talking to you. This is blog is here to remind you of your beauty, even if no one else does (including, you). Read Yolanda's post on why you are beautiful. While you're reading our blog, take a look at free cultural events that are happening in New York this week. Ariam has researched the latest and greatest events in our beloved city, so you won't need to do it. It's easy, just click and you're done.

As always, have a great night and see you tomorrow!

Peace,

Jen

You're Beautiful

Ok! I'm totally sick of girls trying to have a “beauty contest” when they meet or boys making comments to make a girl feel less beautiful. There's no hierarchy! Beauty is what you make it. "You are all beautiful," even if the next person doesn't see it or appreciate it. It's up to you to realize there's one you and that defines your originality and beauty. You can be confident in yourself and love it! (make that your motto)

The next time someone tries to make you feel less beautiful just think like Beyonce says, “You're Irreplaceable!"

unHealthy shoes......

Ok! WHAT? A girl "gotta" love some height in her shoes! They give you an extra inch of confidence and sassiness. Unfortunately, someone has to always find negatives to things we thought could never be "unhealthy" such as SHOES. As much as I'm hesitating to share the bad news, I have to do it. So, here I go "bursting bubbles." As fashionable as it is to flaunt heels; apparently, they are not so good for your feet and body.

1) Abnormal Posture
A high heel shoe places your foot in a plantarflexed (foot pointed downward) position, putting more pressure on your forefoot. This means your whole body has to adjust itself so you can remain in balance and this is not your normal posture.

2) Foot Problems
Heels increase the pressure on the bottom of the forefoot. The pressure increases as the height of the shoe heel increases. The increased pressure may lead to pain or foot deformities such as hammer toes, bunions, bunionettes (tailor's bunions) and neuromas. In addition, a condition called Haglund's deformity (pump bump) may result. The pointed, narrow toe box found in high heel shoes also causes corns, callouses and blisters.

3) Hard to Walk
When walking, your foot is in a "plantarflexed" form. In other words, you are unable to push off the ground with as much force. This causes your hip flexor muscles in your legs to work harder to move and pull your body forward. In addition, your knees stay bent and forward, causing your knee muscles to also work harder.

4) Off Balance
High-heels put you at risk of losing balance and spraining your ankles.

5) Back Pain
The normal s-curve shape of the back acts as a shock absorber, reducing stress on the vertebrae. Wearing high heels causes a change in this position and causes you to lean forward. The body's responds to this by decreasing the forward curve of your lower back to help keep you in line. Poor alignment may lead to muscle overuse and back pain.

6) Sore Ankles
High heels limit the power and movement of the ankle joint.

Ok, so does this mean, no more high heels?

No! It is recommended you only wear high heels for special occasions and even then only a heel height of 1.5 inches."

So take caution........

Love your feet. Love your body. ALWAYS.

Monday, June 13, 2011

More Hair Love

Hi,

Hope you had a fab weekend!

I had a great time celebrating my little one's birthday with friends and fam. It's Monday and I'm glad to be back with you, my BFFs (blog friends forever)! Yolanda, a.k.a, Yolie shares her secrets straight from "Mother Africa" on how to keep her natural styles beautiful and healthy. Check out some of her tips on your natural 'do or be daring and make a temporary switch for the summer. I'm giving it some thought myself. . .Check in tomorrow for tips on summer events and more feel-good conversation:)

Jen

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Free, Fun Events This Week


While on the topic of summer events, I've found some great places for summer goers like you!

Generation Gap (calling out book lovers!): Contributing editor and columnist for Newsweek, Ellis Cose, will discuss his new books, "The End of Anger," and his independent research on the generational transformation of American values. MONDAY., 7-10 PM. FREE GALAPAGOS ART SPACE. 16 Main St., Brooklyn

Decemberists in June: An indie band called the Decemberists will perform at a benefit concert at Celebrate Brooklyn! Opens at 6 p.m. TUESDAY., 7 PM. FREE. PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL

MILE A MINUTE: Nine of the country's museums, all calling Fifth Ave. FREE as part of the Museum Mile Festival, a huge block party and visual art celebration. TUES., 6-9 PM. FIFTH AVE FROM 82ND to 105 Sts.

"SELENA GOMEZ" GMA: Selena Gomez headlines a free performance as part of "Good Morning America's" summer concert series. FRIDAY 7-9 AM. CENTRAL PARK RUMSEY PLAYFIELD, 72nd st and fifth ave.

FANTASTIC FIREWORKS: Head to Coney Island boardwalk for the First Friday Night Fireworks of the 2011 season. Arrive early for some live entertainment. FRIDAY., 9:30 PM, CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK, BROOKLYN.

All should go out and take advantage of what our beautiful city has to offer!


Looking for an internship? Head over to Intern Queen!


For all of my high school students (seniors, pay close attention), if you haven't heard, the Intern Queen is a great site to connect with internships in a variety of fields!

Intern Queen was founded by Lauren Berger, who juggled 15 internships throughout her college career! Whew! I'm feeling the pressure as I'm typing across this keyboard. She created the site primarily for college students (high school, too) to score internships and learn how to get career experience.

Recently, I became the campus ambassador of my school. Read my blog intro for the Intern Queen. I have been exposed to a world which was once foreign to me. The reason I'm spreading this knowledge is for you to become familiar with this site, as well as, other internship-based websites that open doors to high school students.

Whether you are looking to gain skills in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Marketing; there is a wealth of information on this site that is important for your future.

Here's how it works:

The employers/companies looking to get interns post on the site. It's the potential interns job to fill out the information and place yourself in a pool of applicants. If desired, the employers will contact you.

I know it may seem overwhelming, but I got my first internship the summer after my freshman year of college. If you're close to graduating, you may want to educate yourself about the application process. So, when next summer is here, you'll have a few resources available to you.

Other sites:

Good luck, and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at frezghi91@gmail.com!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

HAIR SECRETS



In response to Jen's "Love your hair" blog, I totally agree. Our hair definitely does define a tinge of our personality and origins. Quite frankly, society has tried to set "hair standards" to defy our individuality, our culture and our roots. It's lovely for us to have so many options, but we should also embrace our natural hair. I really love rocking my "mufushwa" [as seen in pic]. It totally offends some people, but that's just me! Anyway,  no matter how you wear it, if it defines you, then it's BEAUTIFUL, regardless of what anyone else may say or think. In addition to style, the other important thing is to always look after your hair.

Here are some tips!

1) Know your hair type: this helps you pick hair products that are best for your hair.

2) Wrap or braid your hair before going to bed. Based on your preference, you can part the hair and plait (braid) it, tie it back or wrap it with a scarf before going to bed. This will reduce the number of tangles you'll have to comb out the next morning, therefore; minimizing the chances of breaking your hair.

3) Don't wash your hair too often this will dry it out. (No more than every week to week and a half.)

4) Sleep with a satin scarf or sleep cap or with a satin pillow case. This helps avoid split ends caused by the rubbing of your hair against a "rough" cotton pillow case. It also avoids moisture being drained out of your hair into your pillow case.

5) Oil your scalp regularly with good natural oil, like shea butter or use a daily moisturizer. Some other natural oils to try are jojoba oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil.

6) Do a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment once a month.

7) Massage your scalp regularly to promote circulation and oil production.

8) Do not use Vaseline or petroleum products on your hair this blocks pores.

9) Always use a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair.

10) Spritzing a little water on your hair every day is good idea. Get a spray bottle and just spray it just a little.

11) Eat a proper diet. Vitamins and protein are essential for proper hair growth.

Love your hair, always!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Love Your Hair!

I was thinking of how fortunate it is to have the hair of black girl. I love my hair. I thought about this today when I was at a salon getting my permed hair styled, while my daughter was getting hers braided. We have many diverse styles we can rock on any given day. We can change it by season. It's too hot so we decide to wear it short or have braids. It's too cold, so we decide to grow it long, wear a weave or a wig. Sometimes our hair reflects our world views. A sister is into the history of African and African-American culture, so she decides to wear braids or a 'fro. Another wants to celebrate her Caribbean roots and grows her hair into beautiful locks. While another has a huge personality and wants a big weave to reflect the style of her favorite celebrity.

We often judge each other based on our hairstyles as if one style is better than the other, but really it's personal preference. If you have dreads, it doesn't make you more political. If you wear a perm, it doesn't mean you're trying to "act white." Some love the act of combing and grooming hair, while others are busy and want to be able to get up and go in the morning.

Whatever style we wear now, we have all had moments as little black girls of getting our hair braided or combed with pain or pleasure. No matter what the process is, the end result is beautiful. Our hair, like our culture, is strong and resilient. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Real Talk

I think it's time I added some real talk to this blog. Yes, it's cool to learn about where to find jobs, upcoming events and the latest in music; however, it's important for you, the reader of this blog, to have some real discussions about things happening in your life. That is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. Somehow, I got off track with the true purpose of this blog.

I started this blog, because of frustration. I look at TV, around my neighborhood in Brooklyn or have discussions with friends about teen girls and the stories I hear are heartbreaking. It's become cute and trendy to "dumb yourself down" for the attention of a boy you like or to be friends with someone that you think is cool. I like reality shows and follow celebrity culture as much as the next person, but the consequences are much greater if you are a girl "in real life." I'm sure you've seen the stories of girls sending naked pics to their boyfriends, but when they break up, they're sent to the whole school or posted on Facebook and twitter. Some girls have even been charged as sex offenders.

You may not realize it now, but you can be your own individual. That doesn't mean your life in middle school or high school will be easy. I know from experience that when you choose to get good grades or not have sex that people around you will tease you and give you labels. Plus, I had many male friends in high school that talked about sexual things they did with girls.  I knew that I didn't want to be the girl they talked about at the lunch tables. When I was called a "virgin" or a "nerd," I felt a brief moment of sadness (about 5 minutes) and then lifted myself back up, because even at a young age, I knew I wanted to go to college. I dated and had boyfriends, but there was not anyone that was going to take me off my path or discourage me from accomplishing my goal.

Think of a goal.

It doesn't need to be college. It can be graduating from high school, learning a trade, starting a business or helping your community. Whatever it is, be unique and powerful enough to choose a path that will determine a positive future. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Music For Monday!

Hi,

Hope you had a fantastic weekend! It's nice to finally have some weather that actually fits the season. It is June, so we should have warm, sunny days. Cold and rainy winter days are not cute, especially for my hair. Anyway, my friend posted this video on his Facebook page. I thought I'd share this with you, too. Enjoy as these two ladies known as VanJess (Ivana and Jessica) sing their rendition of Alicia Keys' song, Unthinkable. Hearing the girls sing their version of Alicia Keys' song makes me think of how gifted, Alicia Keys is a musician, singer and songwriter.

See the YouTube video for yourself. Learn more about VanJess on Facebook and twitter.


Have a great Monday,

Jen

Friday, June 3, 2011

FREE Outdoor Summer Concerts!

As you know, I love things that are free (and fun, too). I am especially looking forward to free summer concerts in New York City. There are concerts in all five boroughs featuring different music styles like hip-hop, jazz, classical, salsa, African, Caribbean and more! You are able to learn about diverse forms of music, in a cool outdoor setting. See this list of concerts, which includes dates from June to August at venues, including Central Park Summer Stage, BAM, Washington Square Park, Prospect Park, etc. Pack a lunch, grab your friends and enjoy some exciting outdoor entertainment.

This one is sure to be a "hot" performance at Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY: 

BROOKLYN TEEN FAMILY DAY, featuring Black Girls Rock!, Phony PPL, Bed-Stuy Veterans, UrbanWord NYC and Brooklyn Steppers

Sunday, June 19th, 3 PM

To get more details on the featured performers visit the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation website for Von King Park.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Got "Killa Swag?" Intern for a Summer Culture Program

If you have "Killa Swag" or love fashion, this is the program for you! The Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program (FC) will present its Summer 2011 program with the theme, "Killa Swag." The FC program is accepting applications from youth (male and female) ages 13-21. 


This program is located in the Bronx, where hip-hop music and fashion was born. In this program you will learn about the origins of fashion in African, American, American, Caribbean and Latino communities. This program is presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 


The summer intern program includes a lot of great field trips to museums and activities such as street-fashion research, interviews and photography. If all of these great activities are not enough for you to apply, you will also receive money to participate! Interns will receive a stipend of $300-$400 for the summer.


Program Dates: July 12-August 11, 2011


Program Time: Tuesday-Thursday (and some Fridays) from 10 AM-5 PM


Email the program director, Jade Banks, to get additional program details or contact her at this phone number: 718.652.6256


I hope you will apply to this amazing program. If not, spread the word to someone that you know!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jobs in NYC are Scarce; but It doesn’t Have to Be That Bad


The purpose of this post is not to discourage anyone from seeking a summer gig; however, as a New York City native I can give you my first account of being on the job prow in the big apple. Here are some tips to increasing your chances of finding a job in a fast-paced city.

Tip #1: Don’t fear rejection.

You’ll come across many job opportunities through different mediums (i.e. word of mouth, the Newspaper, Craigslist, twijobsearch.com and other job focused sites), but don’t be alarmed when you may not get a call back from any of the employers.

Last summer, I went on 11 open houses (throughout various locations in the city) and didn’t get a follow-up call from anyone.

With the competition here, you have to be ready to stay persistent with employers and continuously ask around because you don’t know who may put in a good word for you.

Tip #2: Have no limitations—you’ll be surprised at how far you get

Maybe you have experience working in retail or sales commission, but it’s best to keep your job objective open to any position if the one desired is filled or harder to attain. When an employer ask “What position are you looking to apply?”; You should say, “I’m open to any positions available.”

Speaking from experience, I have no to minimum retail experience; however, because I have worked at a food bar and dealt with customers I can say “I’m customer friendly” and that’s a desirable quality employers are looking for in their employees.

This helped me connect with employers on a different level. I may have been at a disadvantage among prospective employees, but because I had a positive attitude and used customer service as the base for all companies, I stood out!

Tip #3: Don’t React—Be Proactive. Get Involved!

Instead of being discouraged and frustrated with employers, you must keep a positive outlook and no that the right job will find you!

In addition to the 11 open houses, I went on four interviews last summer and got nowhere. At one job, I even went as far as taking a background test and providing legal work documents, and still wasn’t hired!

You shouldn’t spend weeks of searching and let job prowling consume your time. Remember you are on vacation! Find other activities to do, while you are going on open calls and interviews.

The summer is a great season to volunteer. I myself started volunteering for a non-profit at a bookstore (and get this I get free coffee, pastries, and drinks plus other discounts on already low-priced books!)

Tip #4: Career/Recruitment Fairs

Become a staple to recruitment centers, which I’m sure are plentiful in New York or any city for that matter.

Among a crowd of hungry employers, I was offered a position at a gift shop and a great deal of help came from the account managers/officers at the site who screened me and referred that I work there.

Recruitment centers deal with the unemployed, and they want to help you find a job. Based on your skills, officers will screen (briefly interview) you and from their judgment they decide on whether you are suitable to stand out in a crowd of fellow job seekers! Other services include resume building, mock interview, and computer access. Plus you have the chance to speak directly with employers who come to these sites.