Monthly Archives: March 2011

Employers expect to hire 21 percent more new college grads this year than they did last year, according to preliminary results of NACE’s Job Outlook Spring Update survey. 

Back in August, employers projected a 13.5 percent increase in college hiring for the 2010-11 academic year. However, since that time, other NACE surveys have pointed to college hiring gaining momentum. For example, NACE’s hiring index, conducted monthly October through February, showed an increase in the percent of employers planning to hire more new college graduates. In addition, NACE’s monthly recruiting activity index pointed to increased activity on campus: In fact, the index hit an all-time high in February, foreshadowing a greater increase in hiring for the college Class of 2011 than originally anticipated. 

Virginia Commonwealth University Presents:

The 2nd Annual Lessons From Leaders Forum

“Vision: Imagination Drives Intelligence, Innovation, and Industry”  

Monday, April 4th, 2011

5:30 – 7:30 pm

VCU Student Commons – Commonwealth Ballrooms A&B

 (907 Floyd Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23284)

Welcoming Reception with Food & Refreshments

Open to All at No Charge

 The 2nd Annual Lessons from Leaders Forum, put together by VCU’s top student organizations, faculty, and staff, will allow area employers, friends, & alumni to network with talented students and explore the topic of vision and leadership from four individuals who exemplify these characteristics in their professional as well as personal lives.

This year‘s forum topic will be “Vision: Imagination Drives Intelligence, Innovation, and Industry”  

In a period marked with much turmoil your best strategy is to stick with what you believe in – your vision. Four distinguished business and community leaders will share how their faith in their vision impacted their professional as well as personal lives and led them to their ultimate success.

This year’s panelists are:

Tom J. Dorsey – Founder & President of Dorsey Wright & Associates

Bob Kelley – Founder & President of Pure Culture Consulting + Mediapond, Previous Senior Vice President of Operations at Ukrops

Christy Cottrell – Founder & President of Retail Data LLC

Charles Dankwah – Founder & President of Hawknad Manufacturing Industries

 To RSVP, please register at:

For Students, please RSVP at:

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Happy spring, job seekers! It’s that time of year again – summer internship application season. If you’re a college student, recent grad, or are looking to gain experience in a new field, this newsletter is dedicated to you. This month, you’ll find tips, search suggestions, and general advice about how to find and secure a summer internship position. Not in the market for an internship? Don’t worry! You’ll have no problem applying this month’s news and tips to your own job search.

Get Your Search On!

Looking for an internship can be daunting, especially when you’ve already got other responsibilities on your plate. To help, we’ve identified a couple different search strategies. Not looking for an internship? The suggestions below work just as well in a conventional job search!
Your college career office: Whether you are a student or alumni, your college career office likely has resources that can help you in your search. Get links to area career offices on
The search engine: Almost any conventional job search engine will also list internship positions. You can use RichmondJobNet’s search function to find positions located within a 50-mile radius of Richmond. There are also many search engines dedicated to helping you find an internship. Here are just a few:,, and

Company websites: Often times, companies don’t advertise on job boards so it’s a good idea to expand your search to include other sources. Create a list of companies you’d be interested in working for and check their career pages for opportunities. This is easy to do. For instance, if you’re a finance major, check out SunTrust. If you study communications, look into Media General. To get you started, take a look at the lists of local companies on the Greater Richmond Partnership’s website. You can search by top private employerstop public employersFortune 1000 companiesinternational companies, and investors.

The cold call: Not all employers actively seek out interns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own position. A great way to find an internship is to contact someone with hiring authority within an organization you are interested in working for. Introduce yourself and suggest a 9 to 12 week assignment. This strategy is especially effective within small- to medium-sized businesses who may need extra help but don’t have the time to create a job posting or sort through candidates.


Networking: Let your network know that you are seeking an internship. Be specific about what you are looking for (major, field of interest, etc.).

Who Hires Interns, Anyway?

The simple answer is that anyone who needs workers is likely to hire interns. This includes a wide variety of Greater Richmond businesses – large and small – from finance and insurance firms, to retailers, to manufacturers and much more. Take a look at the opportunities below to get started. You may be surprised by the array of positions available. And, if you’re looking for a more senior position, you’ll find those advertised in the links below as well.

General Tips for Finding and Securing an Internship

  • Internships aren’t just for college students. Recent graduates and anyone changing careers may benefit from an internship position.
  • While most companies don’t expect you to have a lot of work experience to qualify for an internship, demonstrating some knowledge and interest in the industry will get you hired over your competition. Mention related topics and skills learned in your classes, as well as why you’re interested in the internship.
  • Don’t delay your search! Companies start advertising summer positions early, so application deadlines are coming up quickly.
  • As employers cut costs, the intern’s pay is often the first thing to go. If you can’t find a paying gig, it’s worth your while to take an unpaid position to gain experience. You’ll be glad you did when it comes time to look for the real deal.

This month, I’d like to close with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:
“Nothing can stop the man [or woman!] with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
If you work hard and remain confident in your abilities, your opportunity will come!

Your Friends at RichmondJobNet

Volunteer Resource Coordinator/Senior Connections The Capital Area Agency on Aging

Non-profit agency seeks an energetic self-starter for a part-time position (30 hours/week) providing resource coordination for a child mentoring volunteer program.  
Duties include arranging schedules with volunteers; responding to questions and requests from volunteers, volunteer stations and community partners; creating and maintaining manuals, forms, informational packets and related notices; organizing and maintaining data collection systems and reports; serve as liaison for volunteers and community partners; assist with planning, scheduling and conducting orientations and trainings for volunteers and with special events/initiatives, such as volunteer recognitions; coordinate intake and placement processes for potential and new volunteers. 
Background and skills: Education in business or human services.  Experience in the use of Microsoft Office, data entry and database management is required.  Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers and community partners is a requirement.    Aptitude for demonstrating initiative, managing multiple priorities and functioning independently is required.  Must have strong customer service, organizational, and communication skills.  Supervisory experience is preferred. Some experience working with older adults is required. Some experience and/or training in the field of gerontology is desirable.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
Submit cover letter and resume by March 14th.  Email to, fax to 804-649-2258 or mail to Human Resources, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, 24 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219-3733.  EOE/AA

Camp Hanover is hiring summer Camp Counselors (small group leaders),
Program Staff(Aquatics Coordinator, Gardener, Camp Naturalist), Day Camp
Onsite Director, and Day Camp Counselors.  If you are looking for a
meaningful, fun-filled summer making a difference in the lives of young
people, and building community, please visit our website at or email the Summer Camp Director Minh-Vu Nguyen at  for more information.