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  1. If you’ve lost your job, been furloughed, had your salary cut, or worried if your job is next, it’s undeniably stressful. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the workforce, especially the job market. It can feel overwhelming to think about anything other than applying for new jobs right now, but there are a few immediate steps you can take to make your life a little bit easier while you’re on the job hunt. The TL;DR Right now, you could receive an extra $2400 per month in unemployment insurance. We know it sounds like a hassle, or maybe it’s something you never saw yourself doing, but it’ll be worth it. We completely empathize that applying for government benefits and health insurance plans is probably not what most of us envisioned even a few weeks ago. We’ve tried to make it as quick and easy for you sort out, so that you can focus on taking care of yourself, your loved ones, and finding your next opportunity. Alright, here’s what you can do: Get an additional $2,400 in stimulus money + unemployment insurance Sort your health insurance (before you lose your company-sponsored plan) Extend your personal runway Get your stimulus money If you’re feeling weird about it or are unsure if it’s worth the hassle, here’s why we think you should prioritize it: If you’ve lost your job, had your salary cut, hours reduced, or you’ve been furloughed, you could qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, which can easily add up to a few hundred dollars per week. If you qualify for unemployment insurance, you’ll get an extra $600 per week in pandemic assistance thanks to the stimulus package/CARES act. These payments do not include the one-time direct deposit stimulus package payment of up to $1,200 depending on your income. You can check on the status of your economic impact payment at IRS Get My Payment website. We read the stimulus package, figured out the math, and turned it into a quiz, so you can calculate your total benefits and get step-by-step instructions to help you sign-up. As you have probably heard or experienced first hand, wait times for application approvals are much longer right now. But, don’t worry, your benefits will be applied retroactively. Sort your health insurance If you’ve been laid off, furloughed or you’re losing an employer-subsidized plan, it’s good to sort out your health insurance now. As tempting as it might be to procrastinate, the application and enrollment process can take at least a few weeks, and you certainly don’t want to be insurance-less in a pandemic! Your key next step is to take a few minutes to find the most cost-effective plan for you right now. You might be thinking about continuing with your employer-provided plan through COBRA. This can be a good option, but it could be quite expensive depending on how much your employer covered. It’s worth exploring other options through ACA (“Obamacare”), or direct through private insurers. When you take our quiz, we’ll include our health insurance guide to help you navigate your options. Extend your financial runway COVID, among many other things, is not helping our bank accounts. Here are a few things you can do to help you financially weather this transition period: ✔️Check out our post and tools for detailing your income, assets, core expenses and discretionary spending. We know ️its not the most fun exercise but we tried to make it easy for you! ✔️Explore discounted and free services, cash assistance and job opportunities from our crowdsourced list of relief resources. You can filter the table by benefit type to discover the most relevant offers. ✔️Consider taking on a side project to help supplement your income while job hunting. Check out this list for some ideas. It can be hard to handle all these things on your own. Under normal circumstances, losing your job can be unnerving. Now with all the added stimulus programs, and general complexities that come with an unexpected global event like the COVID pandemic, taking care of yourself can be more complicated than ever. You are NOT on your own and we are here to help if you need it. Join the Mento community to receive more additional job support. They’ll be sharing more resources to help you ramp up on the job search, connect with you new job opportunities and offers, and manage your money in the time of COVID. The post Here Is What You Can Do If Your Job Or Salary Has Been Impacted By COVID-19 appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  2. You’ll sometimes hear successful people talk about an “aha” moment: a realization that they weren’t just doing a job, they were building a career. At Enterprise, these kinds of aha moments happen all the time—and that’s because of the company’s long-term growth culture. It’s a true equal-opportunity meritocracy where someone’s success is determined exclusively by their performance. At the same time, it’s a company that takes care of its people like they’re family. Here’s a look at six different Enterprise employees—who have excelled in their careers—and how they would describe their aha moments. Ethan: Applying For His First Promotion—And Getting It Enterprise is a company built from the ground up. And for our employees, that ground floor is the Management Training (MT) program. When Ethan graduated from college and entered the MT program, he started learning how to run an Enterprise branch on day one. “Everyone was really eager to help me grow quickly,” he said. As a Management Trainee, Ethan heard a lot about the culture of quick promotions and steady advancement at Enterprise. And while he was excited for the opportunity, he wasn’t sure if he could believe the hype. However, after he’d put in the work as a Management Trainee, it was time to take the qualifying test and apply for his first Assistant Manager position. He aced the test and got the job—and that’s when he had his aha moment. “I started to realize the promote-from-within hype is real, and I’m moving up because of it,” Ethan says. Sam: Learning To Run His Own Multimillion-Dollar Business Sam is now a successful salesperson in Enterprise’s business rental division, but his aha moment came earlier in his career at Enterprise when he got his first branch manager position. “I looked around and realized that a bunch of professionals early in their Enterprise careers were running multimillion-dollar businesses, and how amazing that was,” he says. “It really came to me at that moment how much responsibility was shouldered on me.” The reason that Enterprise employees with as little as two-years’ tenure are entrusted to do so much is because of the training and mentorship they receive to help them reach their goals. “In each of my roles at Enterprise, I’ve had a relationship with someone who was invested in me,” Sam tells us. “Not just my sales or service performance, but for me as a person. My life goals and my career goals.” That’s why when it was Sam’s turn to run a branch, he was ready. Kendra: Quitting Enterprise (And Then Coming Back) Kendra excelled early in her Enterprise career, getting promoted to branch manager in only a year and a half. But when she received an offer to join a sales team at another company, she took it. Shortly after she arrived at her new job, she saw some stark differences in the culture. “I remember I asked my supervisor, ‘How does this fit into our bottom line?’ And she told me that I didn’t need to worry about that right now,” Kendra recalls. “If I asked someone at Enterprise about a part of our business, they would’ve taken the time out of their day to teach me, not just to give me the answer but to show me the big picture, too.” That culture of mentorship and learning at Enterprise is an essential part of the company’s performance-based promotion plan. And why Kendra, ultimately, decided to return to Enterprise. “You get promoted by performance from day one,” she explains. “And that’s why we take development so seriously. When your manager moves up, so do you, and vice versa. Everyone wants you to take their job in the best way.” Now, as an Area Rental Manager, Kendra is the kind of boss she always had at Enterprise: ready to lend a hand, teach a skill, and guide her teammates to success. Philip: Doing More, Making More, Becoming A Leader Philip had a goal to double his annual salary within two years—and he knew sales was the way to get there. “I started as a Management Trainee,” Philip tells us. “I liked the idea that my career would be based on my individual performance and how I could contribute to the overall atmosphere and experience at a branch.” And his individual performance really did shape his career. A strong work ethic and success with key management attributes allowed him to rise through the ranks, eventually getting him into a role with Enterprise Car Sales. Within the two-year mark, Phillip was hitting his original goal, but that wasn’t when his aha moment came. “One day my Area Manager asked me what I thought about being in management,” says Philip. Philip was an all-star individual contributor, and that brought him a lot of success, but with the encouragement of his Area Manager and a few other leaders at Enterprise, he took on a management role while still staying in sales. Now, he’s got a new goal: senior leadership. Phillip’s aha moment came when he realized he would never run out of ways to grow—and people to support him—at Enterprise. Gloria: Managing Hundreds Of People—And Her Own Life Gloria started in the Management Training program at the St. Louis Contact Center – where employees provide remote customer service – and quickly found her place on the roadside assistance team. Her dedication to customer service over the years led to her current role: managing an international reservations and customer assistance team. “Collectively I’m responsible for about 120 to 140 employees,” Gloria tells us. “It’s pretty exciting. I get to learn and grow with them.” Her aha moment came around 7 years ago at a pivotal time in her career. “Right around the time I was working towards a promotion, I found out I was pregnant,” she recalls. She was nervous that her career growth wouldn’t be compatible with her personal growth. But when she told her leadership team the news, they were excited for her. “The thing that was so great was that there was room for my whole self at Enterprise,” Gloria says. Not only was she able to get flexible work-from-home arrangements, but her managers were still just as committed to her growth. “I can’t think of another organization that is so intentional about you being your best self,” she explains. “This is a place where you know that your performance will be your passport to a long and healthy career.” And that’s still true, a couple promotions (and kids) later. Ali: The Freedom To Work Creatively—And Succeed On Her Own Terms Ali has always been independent. She loved cars but wanted to make her own career outside of her dad’s bodyshop business. That’s why she joined the Enterprise Management Trainee program. “I thrive on customer relationships,” Ali says. “One of my mantras is to treat every conversation as an interaction instead of a transaction.” At the beginning of her career, this worked great in the branch with rental customers, but Ali had a feeling her philosophy could carry her to even more success in a formal sales setting. “I knew I’d be more apt to succeed in a business-to-business sales environment,” she says. And, of course, her dedication and support from her managers helped her achieve that goal. But her aha moment came when she realized a measure of her success came from being able to do it in her own way. “Being creative and getting involved in the community have always been important to me,” Ali explains. “Both as a professional and as a person.” And that’s been the key to Ali’s success in her current role as a business rental sales executive in Nashville. She’s a member of local organizations for business owners and community members. The connections she makes in those groups have led to new relationships for her and new business for Enterprise. Experience Your Own Aha Moment At Enterprise Looking for a career, not just a line on your resume? Whether you’re seeking a summer internship or an entry-level position, you’ll find room to grow and the training and development you need to thrive at Enterprise. Ready for your aha moment? Check out open opportunities at Enterprise on WayUp! The post How 6 People Had Their ‘Aha!’ Moments At Enterprise appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  3. As a full-time college student who also works part-time, I can find it hard to schedule and organize my day. I have found it even harder to prioritize now that all my classes have gone online. After trying various methods of trying to organize my different tasks and responsibilities, I have found time blocking to be the most efficient form of time management. What is Time Blocking? Time blocking is a time management method where you “block off” your day. Each block is allocated to completing a certain task or group of tasks. Unlike a running to-do list where you mark off things as they are finished, time blocking allows you to dedicate a certain amount of time to work on each task. Fun fact: Elon Musk uses this method to help him run his two major companies! Why Time Blocking is Beneficial It is a simple way to add structure to your life. It also is an effective way for you to take control of your day. Time blocking can be especially helpful for those who: Have long-term projects/assignments Struggle with various interruptions throughout the day Juggle many responsibilities or projects at once Find yourself in reactive mode; responding to emails, messages, texts, etc. Blocking your Time Now it’s time for you to sit down with your favorite paper planner or electric planning app. I personally like the Day Designer planners, since there is a schedule on every page for each day. I also find it handy to have an electric planner, in case you’re on the go, Google Calendar is great since it syncs on all your devices. Prioritize your commitments Go through and add in any prior commitments, such as meetings, appointments, and hard deadlines. Next, go through and determine which tasks are higher on your list. Allocate them to your most productive time of day, whether that being morning or afternoon. Set your daily schedule Now go through and block out the rest of your day. You can be as specific as adding your morning and night routine, or lenient to where you just add academic or work obligations. Fill out the rest of the day While filling out your schedule, be sure to add buffer time between your blocks. It can be hard to have a strict cut off time, so make sure you allow extra time in between blocks. Also factor in things such as travel time if you need to drive to an appointment. Once you are done, your schedule should look something like this: Insert to-do list within your time blocks Once you have blocked out your day, you can then go in and add a specific to-do list within the blocks. Todolist is a great tool that connects with your Google Calendar and lets you add individual to-do lists in each of your blocks! Revise as needed Obviously not everything goes as planned, so as things come up, revise your schedule. Also, at the end of the week, take some time and reflect on how your blocking for the week went. Did you find it productive? Did you allocate enough time for all tasks to be done? This is a draft that can constantly be adjusted to your needs. About the author: Makahla Stout is a junior at Virginia Tech where she is studying Fashion Merchandising and Design. In partnership with InternQueen. Check out internqueen.com for more tips & advice! The post What Is Time Blocking and Why You Should Be Doing it? appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  4. Every person who applies to a job on WayUp hears back from the employer within 24 hours. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, don’t take it from us. Take it from our other users: “I like the idea of someone being in my corner. I’ve applied for work for some time without any responses and now I’m getting them using your platform.” “The feature where you get a response within 24 hours is amazing. It’s unlike any other job board, in an excellent way.” “The site has made it easier to find internships that suit my interest and I am able to make connections with recruiters more easily.” The average recruitment platform doesn’t offer this feature—which is why it’s no surprise the #1 complaint we hear from candidates about the job search process is that they don’t hear back from employers. So, how did WayUp change that? 1. CANDIDATE PROFILES Every candidate who signs up for WayUp creates a digital profile that gives candidates an opportunity to provide as much detail as possible about their work history, education, and anything else employers may want to know over the course of a job application. Candidates can also make these profiles public and searchable so employers can reach out to them directly about opportunities. Check out our CEO’s! This example profile of our CEO showcases essential info with a personal touch. (Pro Tip: A puppy never hurts.)The digital profile also helps us promote our employers’ jobs to candidates who are qualified, helping recruiters who can then spend less time sourcing and more time interviewing. It also has the added advantage of making sure candidates are only seeing and applying to jobs for which they meet the basic requirements. For example, we would never show an internship intended for rising sophomores to a graduating senior.‍ This saves both for you and the potential employer. 2. THE DIGITAL SCREEN Every job on WayUp requires a digital screen in order to apply. Employers determine which qualifications they want to require for the job, whether it be certain majors or the willingness of candidates to relocate for the position. These questions ensure that candidates who are not qualified for the role don’t advance to the interview stage. Brief questionnaires like these allow companies to have all the information they need to make first-round decisions.The purpose of the digital screen is to ensure employers have 100% of the information they need to make a “first-round” choice on candidates, and to give both sides 100% visibility into the job application process. We also make sure employers have a chance to review every application, even those that don’t meet the minimum requirements. 3. NOTIFICATION & SCHEDULING After the digital screen, WayUp technology matches job qualifications to each candidate’s answers and digital profile, and based on the employer’s criteria, will send a response within 24 hours. ‍Candidates who do meet the requirements are immediately routed to our scheduling engine, which lets the candidate move forward into whatever the next step of the employer’s hiring process is. This can include anything from: Their team phone screening the candidate Our team phone screening the candidate (our Pro/Premium package) The candidate being asked to formally submit an application to the employer’s ATS …or anything else the employer’s process may entail If you don’t meet the requirements and the employer decides not to move forward with your application, you’ll still get a response within 24 hours. OUR VISION FOR YOU Our vision is for the job hunting process to be transparent, informative and easy. With our 24-hour guarantee, we help candidates like you spend their time focusing on what they need to do to prepare for their interviews, rather than worrying about whether or not their application was reviewed. This also helps employers and recruiters by giving them the time to interview qualified candidates rather than spend time with unqualified applicants. And every second they have to spare is one they can—and will—spend interviewing great candidates, just like you. The post How WayUp Makes Sure Employers To Get Back To Everyone Within 24 Hours appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  5. This post is brought to you by Kopa—a digital platform for finding temporary housing in places like NYC. After you land an internship in New York City (maybe with the help of WayUp), you’re flooded with feelings of relief and excitement. But this excitement is often replaced by stress and panic as you realize you need to find a place to live. It’s no secret that NYC has a high cost of living. (FYI, Monica’s apartment in “Friends” would actually cost $14,000/month.) Add in unfamiliarity with the city, neighborhoods, and boroughs, and finding housing can be a nightmare. However, there is housing that you CAN afford, and it’s not as hard to find as you might think! 1. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Typical residential buildings in Bed-Stuy. | Photo credit: Eli Duke Commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy, this neighborhood is located near the popular (and more expensive) neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick. It’s bordered by Flushing and Broadway Avenue and offers historic brownstones, small restaurants and stores, and plenty of trees and community gardens. Transit Score: 8/10 Subway lines A and C can get you to the Financial District in 30 minutes, but you may have to walk a bit to a station if you live in the middle of the neighborhood. You can also choose to bike the 5-6 miles into Lower Manhattan. With all there is to do in Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods, it’s easy to walk to restaurants and entertainment. Top sights and attractions: LunAtico: Owned by three musicians, this cocktail bar offers ecletic live music. Richard Beavers Gallery: A gallery showcasing work from up and coming artists who focus on issues facing the Black community. A&A Bake and Double and Roti Shop: A casual Trinidadian bakery and restauarant known for their doubles – flatbreads oozing with various fillings and chutneys. Average price per 1 bedroom: $2,250 Average price per single room: $1,200 2. Ridgewood, Queens Many parts of Ridgewood consist of rowhomes in friendly communities. | Photo credit: Timothy Krause Located at the southwest edge of Queens, Ridgewood has a family-friendly feel with housing options ranging from apartments in rowhomes to rooms in multi-family homes. While the area is largely residential, new restaurants and shops are poping up, and the hip area of Buskwick is within walking distance. Transit Score: 7/10 If you’re heading into your summer internship in Midtown, you’ll be able to hop on line M for a 40 minute ride. Walking to attractions in the area is easy to do. Top sights and attractions: Vander Ende-Onderdonk House: This Dutch stone colonial house was built in 1709. Rosa’s Pizza: Simple and fancy pizza, garlic knots, and more. The Footlight Bar: Hosting live music, drag bingo, and open mics. There’s an event for everyone here! Average price per 1 bedroom: $2,150 Average price per single room: $1,200 3. Washington Heights, Manhattan Washington Heights is located close to/better known as Harlem and Upper Manhattan. | Photo credit: Allie Smith This neighborhood is quickly becoming a hip enclave for millennials, with more restaurants and shops opening up. The area has a smaller population density and larger living spaces than the rest of Manhattan. Transit Score: 7/10 Even though it’s in Manhattan, Washington Heights is located over ten miles from the Fiancial District. You’ll have easy access to to Upper Manhattan and Midtown, but plan to bike or take a 40 minute subway ride to Lower Manhattan. Top sights and attractions: The Cloisters: A Metropolitan Museum focusing on Medival art and architecture. The High Bridge: The oldest bridge in the city, it now serves as a pedestrian walkway between and The Bronx. Manhattan Sweet Life Pastry: A friendly spot offering baked goods and Mexican fare. Average price per 1 bedroom: $1,800 Average price per single room: $1,150 4. Astoria, Queens Astoria buildings vary in architectural style and size. | Photo credit: Ed Johnson With small family restaurants, hip new bars, older family homes, and new apartment buildings, Astoria has it all. Rental prices in this neighborhood vary depending on the type of real estate you live in and how close you live to subway lines. Transit Score: 7/10 With lots to do in Astoria, it’s easy to walk to parks, restaurants, and bars. However, if you need to head into Lower Manhattan, you’ll need to hop on the N or W trains for a 30-40 minute ride. Top sights and attractions: The Noguchi Museum: Showcases the work of artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi. Astoria Park: Home to the ‘s largest pool, this 60 acre park offers plenty of green space. NYC Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli: Offers big, cold-cut sandwhiches at low prices. Average price per 1 bedroom: $2,600 Average price per single room: $1,600 5. Fordham, The Bronx Fordham has plenty of tenement buildings like these. | Photo credit: Nate Bolt With lots of young residents and the presence of Forham Univeristy, Fordham feels a bit like a college town. It contains a lot of tenement buildings and has a bit of a grungier feel than the other neighborhoods on this list. Transit Score: 6/10 The B, D, and 4 trains can take residents into the Finanical District and Southern Manhattan. However, expect a ride of at least 45 minutes. Top sights and attractions: 188 Bakery Cuchifrito’s: An inexpensive Puerto Rican restaurant with a large menu. Edgar Allen Poe cottage: The last home of the famous poet. Elsa La Reina De Chicharon: A highly-rated, unassuming Dominican restaurant. Average price per 1 bedroom: $1,750 Average price per room: $1,050 Finding Housing that Suits You Whether you’re looking to sublet a small room, live in a house with a big living room and 5 roommates, or just find a place where you can start your journey to becoming a New Yorker, these neighborhoods are good places to look for housing. The post Guide: Most Affordable NYC Summer Internship Housing appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  6. The COVID-19 crisis has caused confusion and worry for many, especially those in the class of 2020. In a recent survey we sent out to graduating seniors, only 10% of students were confident in their ability to find a job—an 80% drop from before the pandemic. Even with these fears, some great opportunities are still out there for students and recent grads to take advantage of while they have the time. WayUp has assembled a list of these opportunities, which range from paid tutoring gigs to educational resources that can help you get the job of your dreams. If you hear of a program you think is great for students and isn’t listed here, please reach out so we can include it! Paid Tutoring Gigs Chegg Tutors Pays: $20/hour+ Becoming a tutor is a great way to make extra money, with skilled tutors earning more than $1,000/month. You can find out more and apply to be a Chegg Tutor at the link above. Tutor.com Pays: $12/hour+ Tutor.com has been connecting students with tutors for over 20 years. Tutoring can be done remotely and pay depends on the subject. You can find out more and apply at the link above. Varsity Tutors Pays: As much as $1,000/month Varsity Tutors is looking for online tutors across all academic subjects. Tutors who take advantage of their “Instant Tutoring” option have earned more than $1,000/month. You can find tutoring positions they’re actively hiring for on their WayUp profile. Care.com Pays: Set your own rate Care.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care. Among those care services is tutoring. You can find families and students seeking tutors by signing up for Care.com through their WayUp profile. Skills Development Treehouse Cost: 7-day free trial, then $25/month If you’re looking to learn anything in programming, Treehouse has a massive collection of tech tutorials on everything from mobile apps to SQL. Courses can be 50+ hours, go deep into each subject, and you can try it for free. See the tracks they offer and learn more at the link above. Udemy Cost: Promotion of $9.99 per course in May Udemy is our go-to for a wide range of courses on everything from business management to financial analysis to digital marketing. Every course is reviewed to make it easy to pick the best value options. Explore the course catalog at the link above. Codecademy Cost: Free, with additional courses and development paths available for $19/month Codecademy is a great resource to learn how to code and is even greater for students, with 25 courses offered for free and only $19 per month for the full product. Their career paths, from Web Development to Machine Learning, can be explored at the link above. DataCamp Cost: Free to demo, and $25/month for the basic package DataCamp is hyper-focused on data science and analytics, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking to pursue a career in those fields. Learn the basics for free and get more in-depth with student-friendly pricing of $25/month. Check out their course catalog at the link above. Job Training and Online Degrees SV Academy Cost: Free If you’re exploring opportunities in sales, SV Academy is a great place to start. It’s an intensive 1-month (or 3-month, part-time) online bootcamp that trains you for a career in tech sales. Students have to be accepted, but don’t have to pay to take the program. We also partner with them so you can apply right on WayUp. Thinkful Cost: Courses start at $4,950, with pay-nothing-up-front plans available If you are looking to get training on a level that allows you to walk into an engineering or other technical job, Thinkful (also a Chegg service) is a great place to look. With intensive immersion courses available from engineering to digital marketing and product management, Thinkful has a great track record with 86% of engineering graduates getting hired. You can explore their catalog and pricing at the link above. Coursera Cost: Auditing courses is free; certifications can range from $29 to $99 per course; $399/year for unlimited courses; degree costs vary Coursera is a go-to for online degree offerings that run the gamut from humanities to computer science. Although their online degrees can cost upwards of $25,000, their online courses are much more reasonably priced and can mostly be audited for free. If you’re looking for a range of options to prepare you for any number of jobs, both technical and non-technical, Coursera is a great choice. Lambda School Cost: Pay tuition of $30,000 either up front, or when you get hired Lambda School has received a ton of attention in recent years due to its free-up-front job training program. Although right now their curriculum is limited to software engineering and data science, if you’re interested in one of those fields, their 9-month program might be a good fit for you. Find out more at the link above. Have a suggestion for the list? Reach out to us at support@wayup.com. The post Resources For When You’re “In Between” Jobs (Or Can’t Find Your First One) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  7. If you’ve lost your job, been furloughed, had your salary cut, or worried if your job is next, it’s undeniably stressful. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the workforce, especially the job market. It can feel overwhelming to think about anything other than applying for new jobs right now, but there are a few immediate steps you can take to make your life a little bit easier while you’re on the job hunt. The TL;DR Right now, you could receive an extra $2400 per month in unemployment insurance. We know it sounds like a hassle, or maybe it’s something you never saw yourself doing, but it’ll be worth it. We completely empathize that applying for government benefits and health insurance plans is probably not what most of us envisioned even a few weeks ago. We’ve tried to make it as quick and easy for you sort out, so that you can focus on taking care of yourself, your loved ones, and finding your next opportunity. Alright, here’s what you can do: Get an additional $2,400 in stimulus money + unemployment insurance Sort your health insurance (before you lose your company-sponsored plan) Extend your personal runway Get your stimulus money If you’re feeling weird about it or are unsure if it’s worth the hassle, here’s why we think you should prioritize it: If you’ve lost your job, had your salary cut, hours reduced, or you’ve been furloughed, you could qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, which can easily add up to a few hundred dollars per week. If you qualify for unemployment insurance, you’ll get an extra $600 per week in pandemic assistance thanks to the stimulus package/CARES act. These payments do not include the one-time direct deposit stimulus package payment of up to $1,200 depending on your income. You can check on the status of your economic impact payment at IRS Get My Payment website. We read the stimulus package, figured out the math, and turned it into a quiz, so you can calculate your total benefits and get step-by-step instructions to help you sign-up. As you have probably heard or experienced first hand, wait times for application approvals are much longer right now. But, don’t worry, your benefits will be applied retroactively. Sort your health insurance If you’ve been laid off, furloughed or you’re losing an employer-subsidized plan, it’s good to sort out your health insurance now. As tempting as it might be to procrastinate, the application and enrollment process can take at least a few weeks, and you certainly don’t want to be insurance-less in a pandemic! Your key next step is to take a few minutes to find the most cost-effective plan for you right now. You might be thinking about continuing with your employer-provided plan through COBRA. This can be a good option, but it could be quite expensive depending on how much your employer covered. It’s worth exploring other options through ACA (“Obamacare”), or direct through private insurers. When you take our quiz, we’ll include our health insurance guide to help you navigate your options. Extend your financial runway COVID, among many other things, is not helping our bank accounts. Here are a few things you can do to help you financially weather this transition period: ✔️Check out our post and tools for detailing your income, assets, core expenses and discretionary spending. We know ️its not the most fun exercise but we tried to make it easy for you! ✔️Explore discounted and free services, cash assistance and job opportunities from our crowdsourced list of relief resources. You can filter the table by benefit type to discover the most relevant offers. ✔️Consider taking on a side project to help supplement your income while job hunting. Check out this list for some ideas. It can be hard to handle all these things on your own. Under normal circumstances, losing your job can be unnerving. Now with all the added stimulus programs, and general complexities that come with an unexpected global event like the COVID pandemic, taking care of yourself can be more complicated than ever. You are NOT on your own and we are here to help if you need it. Join the Mento community to receive more additional job support. They’ll be sharing more resources to help you ramp up on the job search, connect with you new job opportunities and offers, and manage your money in the time of COVID. The post Here is what you can do if your job or salary has been impacted by COVID-19 appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  8. Did he just interrupt me? Or is there a lag in the video…In an online meeting, it’s much more difficult to tell. It’s much easier to blame it on technical difficulties. And beyond being interrupted, it’s much more likely to not be invited into a meeting at all. So how can we stand up for ourselves behind the screens? Even before the onset of COVID-19, remote meetings have become an integral part of workflow, as our businesses become increasingly global and always-on. Now that we’re nearly entirely working from home, it’s more important than ever to change the culture around online meeting dynamics. We can start by asking our teams to set some standards around online meetings. The person calling or leading the meeting has the power to change the entire dynamic: Create an agenda. This ensures each person has their allotted time to speak and questions can be held until the end to mitigate any instances of interruption. Start the call by making all participants feel a part of the conversation, emphasizing that this is a forum with equal opportunities to share from all attendees. As the call goes on, ask for direct input from participants who haven’t had a chance to contribute. Not getting what you need from leadership? Always introduce yourself on a call if there are folks you don’t know — even this little moment of establishing relationships with those on the call can limit interruptions. And always speak with volume and confidence, and when you use shorter sentences, your stops in between aren’t as long, making it harder for people to interrupt. Be clear and assertive, using words like “believe” and “will” — and don’t be afraid to keep talking through interruptions! And when you’re STILL interrupted, here are a few polite, but sharp responses: “May I finish?” “I wanted to add that…” “There are a few more essential points I need to make. Can you delay a moment while I do that?” “I know I will appreciate your feedback, but can you hold off until I’m done?” Start calling it out when it happens to your colleagues, and if there’s one repeat offender, get together with a few of your teammates who share the same sentiment and make a pact to have each others’ backs. A little “I’d love to hear more about what Jane was saying,“ goes a long way and sets a precedent that this won’t be tolerated. Not getting the chance to speak because you’re not invited to even have a seat at the table (or a screen at the WebEx)? Ask for your team to create shared calendars as a way to better coordinate schedules and share weekly all-team updates since it is difficult to hold large calls with everyone involved. That way, you’re always in the know and can ask to be included if you feel you have something to contribute. Microaggressions have the power to become more macro when people can hide behind their screens — but if we come together and speak up, both inside and outside the Fishbowl community, we can shape this new digital workplace culture in a positive way. About the author: Ro Kalonaros, Manager, OMC Hive at Omnicom, and Fishbowl Community Leader In partnership with Fishbowl. Check out fishbowlapp.com for more advice & to get connected with other professionals in your field. The post “Can You Hear Me Now?” Dealing with Online Meeting Dynamics appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  9. Want to know what it’s like to work at WayUp? We spoke to one of the leaders of our Customer Success team, Jessie Vaccaro, to get a better sense of why she loves coming to work every day—even with her telecommute from Chicago. Tell us about your role at WayUp. What do you do? As a Director on the Customer Success team, my Co-Director and I are responsible for leading the CS team. Our team manages all of WayUp’s enterprise clients on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that our clients are “Green” (aka happy) and that the team is operating at a very high level from a logo- and net-revenue-retention perspective. We act internally as advocates for the client and meet with internal stakeholders to make sure that client needs align with the product roadmap and offerings. Why WayUp? What attracted you to the company? I was attracted to WayUp because of our mission! I love that we’re bringing a diverse slate of students to our clients and that candidates have a chance to interact with a wide range of employers on our platform. What does a typical day look like in your role? Every day is about balancing client responsibilities and internal projects, requiring CSMs to consistently reprioritize tasks. We meet with our clients on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis so we are constantly pulling updated data, drawing insights, and making strategic recommendations for improvements. Because we speak with our clients so frequently, other internal teams at WayUp look to us to hear what our clients are saying and understand how we can best serve them as a business. This creates a lot of opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage. We love being able to make an impact on how the product progresses! What’s the culture like at WayUp? How do you work as a team? The WayUp team as a whole is really social and collaborative! The CS team specifically is great at sharing client insights with one another and being able to brainstorm for problems. We are always willing to help out one another with client needs! What kind of positive social impact does your work have? What are you most proud of? I love being able to be a thought leader within the early-career space. We are the conduit between what our users want and helping clients shape their hiring process to better serve students and recent grads. The post Q&A: What’s It Like To Be A WayUp Customer Success Manager? appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  10. Being a college student is tough; you have to leave your home and move away, leave your childhood friends behind and make new ones and be on your own, and now our entire lives have been flipped upside down with the tragic news of COVID-19. Instead of seeing all the bad it has brought us we should focus on the good; reuniting us with our families, extra-long summer vacation, and ONLINE SCHOOL!!! We know that things can get tough if you have never taken classes online and that your mental health might be taking a toll but we asked college students how they are making the best out of everything! Here are a few ways to deal with virtual classes and staying mentally healthy: 1. Connect with your support system Having to pack up your newfound life or life you have had for a few years already can be difficult. Your routine has been shifted and your mental health will be affected. Being in quarantine means you can’t see your best friend, you can’t see your cousins, you can’t see your sorority sisters, but it doesn’t mean those conversations have to stop. We are lucky that we live in a time of technology and we have so many ways to connect with others. During this time a lot of emotions can come up and it is a difficult time for everyone – CONNECT with them, be there for them and let them be there for you! 2. Your feelings are valid! It is okay to feel what you are feeling whether it is being overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or mad; take it one day at a time. Everyone is in the same position and we need to support one another. Write down your thoughts and feelings and track your mood to make sure your mental health is okay. 3. Communication is key Transitioning to online classes can be tough for some people; they don’t know how to use the online software, they focus better in in-person classroom settings and use tutoring and office hours to excel in classes. Remember just because the work and lecture are online now does not mean your professor is gone too. During virtual class, meetings ask as many questions as you can, just like how professors say when you are in person I promise someone else has the same question as you! Don’t be scared to email a classmate or your professor if something is confusing about the work, communicate with others to get your work done the correct way without having to stress out! Everyone is in the same boat together so don’t be scared to communicate! 4. Don’t forget about yourself Being at home can get the best of us, we start losing what day of the week it is, we sit in bed all day watching Netflix, we start to worry about our family and in the process forget about ourselves. Take the newfound time you have and paint your nails, put on a facemask, take a bath, try out that new workout routine you saw on YouTube, put on some makeup and do your hair, do ANYTHING for yourself even if it takes less than five minutes. Taking a few minutes out of your day to focus on yourself doing something you love or something you have always wanted to try out will put you in a better mindset and help you feel normal during this time. 5. Online classes Online classes are either someone’s favorite or most hated. Every student learns differently; there are virtual learners, visual learners, physical learners, verbal learners, and aural learners. During quarantine, this might be difficult for most but we need to learn how to transition into virtual learners. The BEST tip is to buy a planner or notebook to write out all deadlines. Writing out deadlines will keep you on track doing your work. As a virtual learner, you need to set out priorities. It can be tempting to lay in bed all day but wake up, fix your bed, change out of your pajamas, and move to a different part of your house to get the feeling of “going to class”. The last tip I have for you is to still have your study groups – of course virtually – but studying with friends will help you stay motivated through your coursework and have you prepared for finals! About the author: Coral Dayan is a senior at CSUN studying System and Operations Management and Apparel Merchandising. In partnership with InternQueen. Check out internqueen.com for more tips & advice! The post My Classes Are Now Virtual, Here’s How I’m Staying Mentally Healthy appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  11. Cana started his college career with a lofty ambition: He wanted to be a neurosurgeon. What did he like about it? It was a challenging discipline that required expertise and intelligence, and had a direct, positive impact on people’s lives. It only took a few classes for him to realize something: He was excelling in business and economics-related courses and losing interest in the natural sciences. He liked the bigger-picture thinking of economics and decided to major in it. But he didn’t lose his drive to make a difference in people’s lives. It was just a matter of finding a company that would let him combine his interests. And that’s just what happened when he found Maximus—a leading provider of government services worldwide. A Desire To Make An Impact Through Business And Finding A Company That Actually Does It’s hard to find a company with a more direct social impact than Maximus, whose mantra—helping government serve the people—is more than just a mission statement. It’s an accurate description of their day-to-day business. And that stood out to Cana when he found the company during his summer internship search. “Our core philosophies really aligned. And seeing the results that Maximus has been able to produce, especially in the last ten years, was really impressive,” Cana says. Some of those results include large-scale deployments of essential government services, like Affordable Care Act enrollment and the dispersal of disaster recovery aid. Cana noticed these efforts were at the corner of social impact and the business skills he was building with his economics studies. So, he applied for a summer internship and was offered a position on their business development team. After training with the entire class of summer interns, Cana shipped out to Atlanta for a project: working on developing a mental health app called WellbeingZone. Work That Hits Home And Has An Impact All Over The World “WellbeingZone is an app where people can log into their health systems to find treatments and options for their mental health issues,” Cana explains. “It was already up and running in the UK, so we had to find a way for caseworkers and people in the child health and welfare field to use it in the US.” Cana and another intern helped the Maximus team find use cases for the app in the United States. They learned about the complexities and challenges of a project tied to government services. And the more he learned about both the business side of it and the issue in general, the more he connected with the work. “After doing market research and reading articles about mental health issues plaguing college students and young people—and how many of us are hiding or masking these problems—it really struck me,” Cana says. “I didn’t realize how severe the mental health problem was. Plus, from a business standpoint, there are billions of dollars of lost productivity from mental health problems from people around the world.” This was the kind of challenging work—with a direct social impact—that Cana was looking for all along. “On both a personal and a business level, it’s really interesting to me to be able to empower people around the globe. Especially for kids my age who are struggling in places that aren’t the US, where maybe it’s less alright to talk about these topics,” Cana says. Finding The Perfect Full-Time Role And Taking His Work To The Next Level After an exciting summer with the Maximus team, Cana returned to school for his senior year. When he got a call from a recruiter in October asking if he would come back to Maximus for a full-time role, he explained that he loved both the public health angle and global reach of the WellbeingZone project. So, the recruiter connected him with the leader of the Global Health Business Development team—and he started as an Analyst the next summer. Now, he’s in good company. His story—being a business or humanities major with a desire to make a real impact on people’s lives—is a common one at Maximus, so he works with similarly passionate people. “My business acumen was a factor, but they really recruit on a holistic basis,” he tells us. “I know plenty of new employees who had very different majors. What’s really important to Maximus are the values an individual holds. Why are you interested in the company? Are you involved in your community? Because caring about communities is the heart of what we do here.” Want to make your own impact on the world around you? Check out open roles at MAXIMUS on WayUp! The post This Company Is Helping Government Serve The People And They’re Hiring People Who Want To Make An Impact appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  12. A benefits package is more than just health insurance options. It’s also a reflection of how a company views its employees and values their experience and engagement. A great example of this: the benefits package at CenturyLink. CenturyLink is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through their extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. The company strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world, and they’re focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. But CenturyLink understands a great employee experience is the key to delivering a great customer experience —and these four benefits prove it. 1. They’ll Pay You Extra To Complete Wellness Goals One of the coolest elements of the CenturyLink benefits package is its Well Connected wellness program. Basically, you can earn up to $600 for completing healthy actions that range from preventative screenings and condition management programs to fitness events like 5Ks. Even completing small wellness goals like meeting a step goal for the day or flossing your teeth counts! Usually, a healthy lifestyle costs a little extra, but at CenturyLink, they make sure their employees are walking away richer for it, and not just in health. 2. They Help You Plan For Your Financial Future—And Your Present For new grads, saving and spending at an appropriate level can seem like a daunting task, and that’s why CenturyLink’s online financial planning tools also offer advice and lessons on how to navigate the complex world of retirement saving, budgeting, and fiscal responsibility. They also want you to be saving for retirement from day one, so they’ll automatically enroll you in the 401(k) program as a part of the onboarding process. Of course, you’ll also have the choice to customize your 401(k) contribution plan as you see fit. 3. They Help You Balance Your Personal and Professional Lives —With Paid Time Off And Flexible Time Off Plans When you’re a CenturyLink employee, you have the opportunity to rest and recharge with their time off programs. Depending on your role, you may earn a generous Paid Time Off allotment or have the ability to take off as much time as you need—as long as you complete your work and have your manager’s permission—through the Flexible Time Off program. The collaborative team environment at CenturyLink helps ensure colleagues are supported during their time off. So, you can take that dream vacation you’ve always wanted to and get back to doing your best work. 4. It’s Not Just Stuff You Need, It’s Stuff You Want Having fun and de-stressing is also a part of a healthy lifestyle. And that’s why CenturyLink helps you do that, too. CenturyLink offers its employees discounts on items such as movie tickets and trips to Disney. They also offer partial reimbursement on gym memberships. So, whether you need to sweat out the stress on the treadmill or unwind on Splash Mountain, you can do it for less with CenturyLink’s programs. And this is just the start of a great benefits package! Want to learn more about what CenturyLink offers students and recent grads? Check out open opportunities at CenturyLink on WayUp! The post 4 Amazing Benefits At This Tech Company (That Make It Perfect For Recent Grads) appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  13. From Silicon Valley to locations all over the world, KPMG not only is one of the world’s largest professional services firms, they are constantly striving to be the best. Watch these KPMG employees tell us what it’s really like to live, work, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interested in joining the KPMG team? Check out their open roles and opportunties here. KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations. KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career, and is consistently named one of the nation’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine. Their people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, diversity and inclusion, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. The post What It’s Like To Work At KPMG In The Bay Area appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  14. From Silicon Valley to locations all over the world, KPMG not only is one of the world’s largest professional services firms, they are constantly striving to be the best. Watch these KPMG employees tell us what it’s really like to live, work, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interested in joining the KPMG team? Check out their open roles and opportunties here. KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations. KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career, and is consistently named one of the nation’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine. Their people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, diversity and inclusion, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. The post What It’s Like To Work At KPMG In The Bay Area appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  15. These days you can find Emily and Sam—two sales professionals at GE Appliances–giving their clients business cards with titles like “Area Sales Manager” and “Senior Manager.” But they didn’t start at GE Appliances with roles like these. In fact, both Emily and Sam started in the company’s sales internship program. Where they went from there—and where anyone in GE Appliances’ hands-on, high-growth internship and entry-level programs can go—is the result of the company’s unique approach to learning and development. Here’s a look at their journey with the company—and how you could do the same. Entering The World Of Sales—With Serious Support Sales is a demanding profession. It requires knowledge: of the product, the industry, and the competitive landscape. But just as important as the knowledge are the technique and instinct that spell the difference between a salesperson and a sales star. In the GE Appliances sales internship. program, they believe in teaching you both. Through classroom-style training and mentorship, you’ll absorb the knowledge required to succeed. But thanks to the hands-on work, you’ll also quickly build the skills required to actually connect with customers. At least, that’s what Sam found during his internship. “I was thrown into meetings, learning systems, operations, product, selling techniques, and so much more,” Sam says. “I was treated like a full-time employee, even though I hadn’t graduated school yet.” That trust and responsibility helped him learn by doing, but it also inspired him to work harder. If he was going to be trusted with adult responsibilities, then he was going to match that level of professionalism and dedication. Emily, too, was impressed with the skills she was able to pick up in such a short time. “You have the opportunity to work with multiple different functions and learn how they operate with sales to grow the business,” she says. “You learn that you’re not only selling appliances, you’re selling the company as a whole.” These experiences didn’t just teach Emily and Sam to sell; their internships inspired them to apply to full-time roles after graduation. Taking The Next Step: The Commercial Development Program This was just the beginning for Emily and Sam. After the completion of their internships, they were offered full-time roles in GE Appliances’ Commercial Development Program—a sales program that would allow them to rotate between Area Sales Manager roles to learn the business, build connections, and employ the skills they gained during their internships. In short, they were on Level Two—and they were ready for it. “The core responsibilities have stayed the same,” Emily explains. “Work with the customer, understand what they need, use that to sell to them, and ensure they’re happy.” What’s really exciting about the Commercial Development Program is the “development” part of it. The point of any program like this—especially at GE Appliances—is to allow its participants to grow at a quicker rate than they would in a traditional entry-level role. And it wasn’t just sales that Emily found herself learning about. “Having sales experience allows you to learn about different functions and how they coincide with the goal of the business,” she says. “I’ve worked with supply chain, finance, IT, engineering, marketing, the list goes on and on. I’ve made connections within the different departments and I’m able to understand how each entity operates to help develop my career into the department I want.” “Now,” Emily says, “my career can go anywhere within the business.” Want to see where your career can go with sales experience? Check out open opportunities at GE Appliances on WayUp! The post From Interns To Area Managers: How We Fast-Tracked Our Careers At GE Appliances appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article