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Free Career Teleclass for Parents of Gen Y Teens and Young Adults

Parent’s Guide To Internship and Entry-Level Recruiting

Friday, February 6, 1p EST

A Free SixFigureStart Teleseminar,

Presented by Caroline Ceniza-Levine and Connie Thanasoulis


  • What matters more than a high GPA and strong academics?
  • Which industries start full-time recruiting for seniors during freshman year?
  • How do I make the most of on-campus (and off-campus) recruiting?


Learn surprising trends in the recruiting of students for internships and entry-level jobs.  Find out what your child needs to know about the job search process and what parents can do to help.


SixFigureStart co-founders Connie Thanasoulis and Caroline Ceniza-Levine have a combined 40 years of HR and business experience.  Connie led campus recruiting and new hire training for Citigroup, Pfizer and Merrill Lynch.  Caroline led campus recruiting and new hire programming for Time Inc. and has also recruited for Accenture, Booz Allen, Oliver Wyman, Disney ABC, TV Guide, and others.  Caroline and Connie write career columns for CNBC.com, Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com, Vault.com, TheGlassHammer.com and Wetfeet.com and are adjunct assistant professors of Professional Development at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 


*The teleseminar is free but callers are responsible for any long-distance charges incurred to access the conference line.  Conference call spots are limited.  To receive dial-in instructions for the event, please RSVP to caroline@sixfigurestart.com. 

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Career Coaching Lessons From Sports

See my latest post on CNBC.com to find out what good offense in sports can teach you about good career management:


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The Power of Staying Connected During a Job Search

The most successful college students get connected at school:  they join a student club or sports team, volunteer for a good cause, or get a job at school.   That connection keeps you going when things aren’t going your way.

The most successful job seekers do the same.  Those that are laid off need to immediately connect to a group or a coach or an outplacement effort of somekind or they risk becoming isolated.  Worse yet, they don’t have the vast resources that a group can share.  This is the reason why no country will every send one person into outerspace.  Better decisions are ALWAYS made with 2 or more people.  

So if you are in college – get connected.  When searching for internships – consult your buddies at school, your professors, and of course, your career services group.

And if you’ve been laid off – get connected.  When searching for a job – form a “mastermind group” that meets once a week for coffee – to share the information they’ve found along the way. 

New resources are popping up every day.  I just networked with the founder of www.greatplacejobs.  This new website (just formed this past September) lists jobs at the very best companies that are still hiring in this tough economy.  There is a small fee to belong, but I searched their database yesterday and was impressed!

So whatever your situation, search for or create a mastermind group of people going through exactly what you are going through.  You’ll be surprised, and pleased with the results!

Connie Thanasoulis

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Career Coaching Tips For Your First Day On The Job

This is a compilation of great career tips for your first day at work in Heather Huhman’s column for the Entry Level Careers Examiner (I’m at #5):


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Book Review: Randy Komisar’s The Monk and The Riddle

Jobseekers can benefit from this book for entrepreneurs and not just because it solves the riddle of how to drop an egg three feet without cracking it (no, I won’t spoil it here).  Komisar has an illustrious career spotting and shepherding start-ups (LucasArts, WebTV, Tivo) but his lesson for entrepreneurs about passion v. drive is important for jobseekers especially now.

Komisar talks about identifying the why (the passion that pulls you) of your startup and not just relying on drive (which you need lots of as well) to push through.  Similarly jobseekers need the drive to get through the minutiae of the job search — networking, follow up, interview practice, copyediting that resume.  But the thing that separates the successful career from the mundane is the passion.  In this tough market, where no sector is safe or easy to break through, you need passion for your choices to pull you forward and get you through the anxious, bleak, and frustrating times.

It was also nice in The Monk and The Riddle to follow two entrepreneurs on their journey and see the risks they took.  Jobseekers and employees face risks as well.  It’s always inspiring to read about other people who go for it.  At the very least, it reminds us that we have choices.  Regardless of the market (the sample entrepreneurs in The Monk and The Riddle were in the funeral business of all things!), we have choices in what we pursue.  Lead with passion, follow up with drive, and make bold choices — excellent advice for entrepreneurs and jobseekers as well.

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Career Coaching Tips For December Graduates

Read tips from both Connie and me on our latest Vault blog:


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Career Coaching Tips For Getting Unstuck

Read a fun one in my latest CNBC.com blog, accompanied a very fun clip from Seinfeld:


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What Are Two Things You Must Do For Success With Your Career Goals?

Read about the importance of budgeting and tracking in your career goal planning in my latest post on CNBC:


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Job Search Success Story: Steady and Persistent Action Wins

One of our current clients recently got an offer and is working on a second one, another company where he is also a finalist.  When we started (less than four months ago), like a lot of jobseekers we see, this client was spread over a lot of ideas.  So how did he manage to get a job he wants in this market with last quarter hiring freezes and the slow holiday search season in the way?

He got started right away.  We told him that his search had to get serious well before the holidays in order to have enough momentum before the inevitable slowdown.  He listened and had a working resume and a target list of companies well within the first few weeks;

He kept going.  He started with some industries that proved to be not quite right.  So he dropped things that weren’t working and added to things that were right.   When he had a bad interview practice (it happens to the best of us), he listened to the feedback we gave and incorporated it into his real interviews.

He keeps going.  We always advise to aim for more than one offer.  Even when he has one offer, he’s working on more.  This client is a shining example of steady and persistent action.

Get started, keep going in the face of adversity, keep going in the wake of success.  There are jobs to be had even in this market.  Steady and persistent job search action will get you hired.

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How Do You Identify The Career Change That Really Matters?

Find out in SixFigureStart’s latest post on CNBC.com Executive Careers


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