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Does Your Facebook Profile Need an ‘About-Face?’

When we were still based in Bangkok, we were looking to hire two college interns to spend their winter school break holidays working for us. The chance to escape blustery winter weather and spend a few weeks working in balmy Bangkok apparently appealed to many, and we ended up with 75 applicants for only two internships. (We’d like to think the college students were really only interested in working for us, but we’re far more realistic than that!)

Anyway, out of the 75 applications, we narrowed it down to five on our short list. On paper, they were all stellar, and my personal favorite resume was from a young man (we’ll call him Jim) who seemed full of promise. Always excited to talk with bright young people, I looked forward to my interview with him.

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TWO BOOKS IN THE HOW YOU™ ARE LIKE SHAMPOO PERSONAL BRANDING SERIES ARE WINNERS IN THE 2011 READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS

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Two of author Brenda Bence’s books have won awards in the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards. How YOU™ are like Shampoo for College Graduates: The Complete Personal Branding System to Define, Position, and Market Yourself and Land a Job You Love was named the Silver Winner in the Non-Fiction – Business/Finance category. How YOU™ are like Shampoo for Job Seekers: The Proven Personal Branding System to Help You Succeed in Any Interview and Secure the Job of Your Dreams was named the Bronze Winner in the Non-Fiction – Motivational category.

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HOW YOU™ ARE LIKE SHAMPOO FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES WINS A 2011 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD

CHICAGO – May 2011: Brenda Bence’s personal branding book, How You™ Are Like Shampoo for College Graduates: The Complete Personal Branding System to Define, Position, and Market Yourself and Land a Job You Love, has won the top award in the Career Category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards®.

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Give the Gift of a Brand – and a Great Job – to a Soon-to-Be College Grad!

Is there a college grad in your life? If so, the greatest gift you can give him or her for graduation is the best chance at landing a job they’ll love, right out of school.

Recent headlines say it all: “College Grads Struggle to Find Jobs,” “College Grads Urged to Be Aggressive In Seeking Jobs,” “College Grads Worry About Finding Jobs,” and on and on. But college grads shouldn’t let a lack of work experience get in the way of landing a position they’ll love, no matter what the economy.

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HOW YOU™ ARE LIKE SHAMPOO FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES WINS A NATIONAL BEST BOOK 2010 AWARD

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Author Brenda Bence’s book focused on helping college graduates find a job using personal branding — entitled How YOU™ are like Shampoo for College Graduates: The Complete Personal Branding System to Define, Position, and Market Yourself and Land a Job You Love — is a winner in the Young Adult: Non-Fiction category in THE NATIONAL BEST BOOKS 2010 AWARDS. USABookNews.com, the review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of the awards on October 26, 2010. Awards were presented for print and audio books published in 2010 and late 2009.

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Recent Interview about How YOU™ Are Like Shampoo for Job Seekers

Click here to read a recent interview about the second book in my personal branding book series “How YOU™ Are Like Shampoo for Job Seekers.”

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Unexpected Riches: The Six Advantages College Grads Have in a Job Search

As a college student getting ready to graduate, do you find yourself worrying that you’re at a disadvantage in the job pool because you don’t have as much experience as older applicants? If so, you’ll be glad to hear that you have some definite advantages while looking for a job just by virtue of being young and new to your job search. If that sounds too good to be true, here are six reasons you may very well be chosen for a job over an older, more experienced candidate:

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Do YOU Make Any of These Top 5 Job Interview Mistakes?

Recruiters Vote on Grads’ Worst Fumbles in Job Interviews

What do more than 50 seasoned college recruiters from top-level corporations and universities say are the biggest mistakes college grads make in job interviews? That’s the question I recently posed to recruiters from companies and schools like Google, Disney, Sony, and Stanford University. The outcome of their votes? Their 20 ‘biggest bloopers’- five of which are outlined here. Are YOU committing any of these mistakes in your job search?


1. Not paying attention to YOU on the Internet. Chances are your interviewer or future boss will do a “Google search” on you before they decide to call you in for an interview. In fact, I found out about 45% of recruiters now go beyond Google and search for you on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. So, think twice about what you post online, even if you think it’s protected by a password.

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How YOU™ Are Like Shampoo for Job Seekers Wins 2010 National Indie Excellence® Book Award

Author Brenda Bence’s book about how to find a job using personal branding – How YOU™ are like Shampoo for Job Seekers: The Proven Personal Branding System To Help You Succeed In Any Interview And Secure the Job of Your Dreams – is the Winner in the Career Category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

How YOU™ are like Shampoo for Job Seekers is one of 80 category winners for 2010 in both fiction and non-fiction categories out of thousands of new books submitted by independent publishers from across America. Bence’s Job Seeker book also won the Grand Prize in the 2009 Best Beach Books Festival and was an award-winning finalist in the USABookNews.com National “Best Books” 2009 Awards.

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HOW YOU™ ARE LIKE SHAMPOO FOR JOB SEEKERS IS AN AWARD-WINNING FINALIST IN THE FOREWORD REVIEWS’ BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

CHICAGO – Author Brenda Bence’s book on how to find a job using personal branding – How YOU™ are like Shampoo for Job Seekers: The Proven Personal Branding System To Help You Succeed In Any Interview And Secure the Job of Your Dreams – is an award-winning finalist in the Career category of the FOREWORD REVIEWS’ 2009 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS. The winners in each category, as well as Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction winners, will be announced at Book Expo America in New York City on May 26, 2010.

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