My Career Search: Week 5

April 13, 2009

Hi everyone,

Here’s the video for Week 5 of my career search!  With graduation only about 4 weeks away, the days seem to be going faster and faster, but I’m still doing everything I can to secure a position following graduation.

A couple weeks ago I visited Staffing Solutions, Inc., a local placement firm in St. Louis, to interview them about the St. Louis job market.  It was a great opportunity because they had some fantastic suggestions for job seekers like me. 

To check out all the videos from our interview, CLICK HERE.


It’s Hip to be Cheap

April 10, 2009

I found an article in The New York Times today that talks about the growing popularity of being “cheap.”  Kellee Sikes of Kirkwood was interviewed and she shared how she’s been saving money: by no longer using paper napkins.  To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

As more and more people find themselves facing unemployment or reduced hours (or they fear that they may soon be in that position), it’s now popular to be frugal.  I know I’ve tried to group together errands so I can save money on gas, and my friends and I don’t go out to dinner anymore.  So my question to you is, how have you been saving money in this recession?  If you have a story or a tip to share, leave a comment–we’d love to hear from you!


My Career Search: Week 4

April 3, 2009

Hi everyone,

Week 4 of my career search is wrapping up, so it’s time for another video!

I’ve been checking out a lot of company websites, and more often than not there aren’t any openings. It’s tempting to get frustrated or discouraged, but instead I’m going to take this time to do my research and to make sure when the job market improves, I’m ready.


My Career Search: Lauren Schwarze, Week 3

March 27, 2009

Hi everybody,

It’s the end of Week 3 of my career search, so here’s another video!  I had a lot of schoolwork this week, so I didn’t get a chance to apply to as many companies as I wanted–my goal is 5 per week–but I did have the chance to do some research so I can send in more resumes this weekend.

I still haven’t heard back from the companies I’d applied to over spring break, but I’m staying optimistic–I need to apply to as many places as I can, and I can’t lose my focus.


My Career Search: Lauren Schwarze, Week 2

March 20, 2009

Hi everyone,

It’s week 2 of my career search, so here’s another video.  Last week was spring break, and I took the time off to apply to 15 jobs.  Unfortunately, the only response I got was to tell me that one of the companies I’d applied to wasn’t hiring. 

At first, I was pretty disappointed, but I’m not going to let it get me down.  I’m going to stay positive, and I’m going to keep trying and keep applying to jobs. 


Community Voices: Beyond Housing

March 18, 2009

As we continue our Community Voices series, we gave one of our partners, Beyond Housing, a Flip video camera so they could record their responses to President Obama’s new home foreclosure plan.  Chris Krehmeyer, President and CEO of Beyond Housing, and Linda Ingram, Director of Foreclosure Prevention Services at Beyond Housing, both talk about the plan and what it could mean for St. Louis.

 

Below we’ve featured one of the videos.  To see the other videos from Linda and Chris, you can visit our YouTube channel, or the Community Voices section of our site.

 


The American Dream

March 12, 2009

In January 2009, KETC/Channel 9 gave students from St. Louis University Flip cameras to interview their friends and peers about their visions of the American Dream.  The videos are fantastic, and what I like most is the optimism of the students.  They realize that times are tough right now and that the economy isn’t doing well, but instead of viewing this as a roadblock, many students think the economy is just an obstacle–something that, with hard work, can be overcome.

To check out the videos, visit the American Dream section of our website where we’ve featured a few of the videos, including the Living St. Louis segment by producer Patrick Murphy.  To see all of the videos, check out our YouTube channel.