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Unpaid Internships: Foot in the Door or Stepping on a Landmine?

Career Solvers

There was a time when the only people who sought out unpaid internships were students who wanted to gain valuable work experience and were willing to forgo a salary to get it. But several states are concerned that in the current economy many companies are offering unpaid internships that are violating minimum wage laws. The Department of of Labor looks at six criteria to determine if the internship is in compliance with wage and hour rules.

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it’s your Friday good news

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I learned a lot in that job, but I felt like I paid for a another degree in what I had to withdraw from my savings over 18 months just to cover my bills. But I have been reading your site for 2 years, and took your advice on my cover letter, resume, and interview prep.

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phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams

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As a rule, if a job posting sounds interesting but there is no e-mail contact other than the generic Craigslist one, and if there is no info about the company, I send a quick e-mail [.] "> { 23 comments… read them below or add one } Stephanie March 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm Unsure if this is the case anymore, but the resume format for federal government jobs (and maybe some state government jobs) REQUIRES a SSN and other nutty things like salaries for each job listed on the resume.

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short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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Would it seem unprofessional if I send two emails, one without attachments (cover letter and resume posted in the email body itself) and one with attachments? Would it mess up my format if I send my cover letter and resume in the body of the email? How to address a cover letter How should you be addressing a cover letter in situations where you have absolutely no idea who the person who will be reading it will be?

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is my employer plotting against me?

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March 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm I’d like to point out that a company cannot prohibit employees from talking to each other about working conditions – this includes wages, bonuses and reasons you are leaving the job. It’s federal law, and christ am I tired of hearing about bosses trying to make rules against it. in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? Thompsons cover letter get him an interview?

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interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself?

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I emailed a thank you letter that night indicating my strengths; how I could add value to her department; what excites me the most about the position; how excited I am to have an opportunity to work with her and the team; and how our backgrounds are similar and that we share the same perspectives. To not risk the chances of getting a professional federal job because I was afraid of being fired from a minimum wage job doesn’t seem worth risking my health in retrospect.

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how can I get employees to use vacation time? — Ask a Manager

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This means that you need to actively work to find ways to cover their work while they’re gone, be willing to push back deadlines or other obstacles that make it hard for them to ever get away, etc. Also, in this economy, lay-offs and freezes on wages is far from uncommon, so vacations may be more of a luxury than a necessity. Is a Federal audit “easier&# ? That way, when you ask to schedule your time off, you can say, “I’ve got it covered.&#

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