Seth Godin recently announced on his blog that he was looking for interns, I read right over it but Brandon Laughridge decided that it was the internship for him.
What did he do? Started an advertising campaign, obviously.
Brandon created http://www.sethsfavoriteintern.com/ and has done pretty much everything else he can think of to show Seth that he is the best candidate.
As my buddy Willy wrote on his great site, Brandon's efforts are a great example of the showing off necessary in a job application. Willy wrote, "instead of telling a company that you’re qualified, show them that you’re qualified. You can fake a resume, but you can’t fake something like a Search Marketing and Social Media campaign. If Brandon put on his resume that he was able to convince bloggers to write about him, it wouldn’t sound very impressive. If he aggregates all the posts about him on his site and makes it easy for Seth Godin to find them, that is impressive."
I think it's brilliant. Brandon, if Seth doesn't put you to work, I will.
An article about the declining number of teenagers in the workforce, and some of the possible factors behind it.
Interesting piece, but it starts, "What do Warren Buffett, Walt Disney and Ross Perot all have in common? Besides being iconic American businessmen, all three have "newspaper carrier" on their boyhood résumés. But don't bother looking for leaders of tomorrow's corporate America to be walking down your block at dawn: Your newspaper carrier today is most likely an adult in a car.
As recently as 1990, nearly 70% of newspaper carriers in the U.S. were teens. But that number dropped to 18% in 2004, and more declines are likely, according to Robert Rubrecht, director of circulation and marketing at the Newspaper Association of America."It's an evolutionary process," he says."
If 2008 NCAA tournament scores were determined by the median salary of its graduates,
this is how the March Madness brackets would shake out.
Important Tax advice for teens. Here are the five most significant things you can explain to your teenager to help him understand income taxes according to Denise Witmer.
Make your teen aware that if he works(earns income), he will have to pay taxes - minor or not.
Your teen needs to understand certain paperwork and tax forms.
Your teen may need to file if he/she has unearned income.
Your teenager needs to know that the money she brings in babysitting and mowing lawns is considered earned income by the United States government.
Your teen needs to know how tax money is used by the government.
These are great tips. When you do receive your first paycheck, make sure you go over it with your parents (and probably your boss) to make sure you know what everything means, and where the funds are going.
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The link is explained in Kate Zezima's article in The New York Times.
She writes, " In an effort to win support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and its allies have blocked voting on legislation that would allow employers to rehire foreign seasonal nonagricultural workers independent of a 1991 quota.
As a result, the government is limited to issuing the 66,000 seasonal work visas set when the visa program, known as H-2B, became law — 33,000 for winter workers and 33,000 for summer workers. Last year, more than 120,000 foreign workers entered the country on H-2B visas.
For Cape Cod, the impact has been devastating. Employers will receive only 15 of the 5,000 visas they had requested, according to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce."
Many vacation towns rely on foreign workers because they can work the whole summer, are affordable, and are happy to work in a beach or resort - those are all qualities teens have too. If you are still looking for something to do this summer, I'd suggest searching for a seasonal job in a resort community like these ones.
We are proud to join The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is urging lawmakers to approve HB 2196, a Pennsylvania state tax credit for businesses that employ disadvantaged youth.
Rep. Josh Shapiro (D - Montgomery County) introduced this terrific bill that would encourage business to hire young adults from under privileged households.
Under this measure, if a business hires a young adult who comes from a household with income that does not exceed 235% of the federal poverty level, that business would be eligible for tax credits equal to 70% of the employment expenses incurred. Introduced by Rep. Josh Shapiro (D - Montgomery County), the bill sets aside $20 million for these tax credits.
Putting young people to work is important. We want our teens to have the valuable skills and life experiences earned from working, and it's great to see Rep. Josh Shapiro and the state focus on how they can help.
This is not a hand out, but a working solution.
Please contact your state legislators and ask them to vote YES on HB 2196, the Youth Employment Incentive Tax Credit.
From the Chamber, Details of the Bill:
• Employers must submit an application describing the position to their local Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB will submit applications that meet threshold criteria to DCED for review. DCED will issue a commitment letter to employers that will include the maximum amount of tax credits the taxpayer may claim. Tax credits may be sold or transferred with approval of DCED.
• Eligible youth are Pennsylvania residents between the ages of 14 and 21, whose median family income does not exceed 235% of the federal poverty level -consistent with TANF grants.
• Qualified expenses include wages, fringe benefits, related payroll and training expenses, and other related expenses approved by the Department of Revenue (e.g. Transportation).
"When Pennsylvania boosted the minimum wage twice in 2007, restaurants, retailers and other business interests groaned.
A report issued this week by the state’s Minimum Wage Advisory Board shows why they were worried. Businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail trade sectors employed two-thirds of all of those making minimum wage in 2007.
Business owners complained that increasing the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15 per hour would raise their costs, forcing them to cut workers.
The increase directly affected 132,800 Pennsylvania workers, or about 4 percent who earn an hourly wage, the advisory board said.
It cited census statistics showing a less than 1 percent decline in employment in retail trade and manufacturing shortly after the two wage hikes. However, employment in leisure and hospitality rose by less than 1 percent during the same time period.
So call it a wash.
Any worry that Pennsylvania is less competitive with the higher wage will be moot as the federal minimum wage rises from $5.85 to $6.55 on July 24 and to $7.25 in July 2009."
Have you noticed any changes?
Mike Armstrong wrote in today's Inquirer, "The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
says 70,000 people ages 16 to 24 in Philadelphia and its four western
suburban counties do not have a job. The Philadelphia Youth Network,
through the WorkReady program, placed about 8,000 young people in work
settings last year, but turned away at least 3,000 who applied because
there were no jobs for them."
I hear that today's teens don't want to work, here's at least 3,000 kids who applied for jobs and didn't get them. And many more, applied and couldn't find jobs outside of WorkReady.
Teens make great employees. They might require a little more training and support, but they are loyal, affordable, and great advertisers.
Myfirstpaycheck.com | Job Advice for Teens connects teens and the business community that is seeking part-time employees with the teens who want to work.
Myfirstpaycheck.com | Jobs for Teens also provides tools such as job advice for teens and a great resume builder for teens to help young adults have a better job application process.
Have you posted a job opportunity on myfirstpaycheck.com yet?