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TalentEgg wins the Impact National Conference pitch competition!

Congratulations to TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese for taking home 1st prize in the inaugural Impact Pitch Competition at the 6th annual Impact National Conference on Saturday night in Toronto!

The entire TalentEgg team is so proud of Lauren’s accomplishments and all her hard work on TalentEgg from the start.

"Congratulations to the winners of our Pitch competitions, Christine Poirier & @laurenfriese!!#INC09" (Credit: @ImpactOrg)

Lauren won over the competition’s judges and the audience, made up of top students from across the country, by giving a short, five-minute speech about the story behind TalentEgg, why it’s such a valuable service for students and employers, and why we’ve been so successful as a business so far.

Check out the video below to see and hear the winning pitch that took 1st place and a prize of $10,000 in services from KPMG (a great company that happens to be one of our clients!).

Give a big egg-shaped welcome to TalentEgg's assistant editors!

Have you noticed the awesome content we’ve been publishing lately?

Well, get ready for even more and even better articles every day thanks to the hard work of our 10 new assistant editor interns who each manage a section or two of the Career Incubator or LAUNCH Magazine.

Some of them are familiar faces who have been contributing content since the beginning, while others are brand new.

To help you get to know each of them a bit better, we asked them one, very serious career-related question:

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ishani Nath
Assistant editor of the Entertainment section

ishaninath“When I was tiny, I had BIG dreams. I wanted to be everything ranging from a super celebrity to Missy Elliot’s backup dancer to a graffiti artist to an Olympic athlete. Anything that meant I could get paid for having fun went on my list of future endeavours.”

Ishani is a third-year arts and science student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She is also a local millennium scholar, has won the Duke of Edinburgh gold award, and is on McMaster’s Dean’s Honours list.

Natalie Gallo
Assistant editor of the Entertainment section

nataliegallo“I wanted to be everything when I was little, from a singer to an actress to an interior decorator at one point. But I guess my answer would have to be that I always wanted to be a writer because I was always making up little stories about my friends and showing them to my parents. I was always writing!”

Natalie is a fourth-year journalism student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., who hopes to make a career in magazine writing.

Erin Albert
Assistant editor of the Health section

erinalbert“I wanted to be a ghost hunter. In second grade, I spent recesses with my best friend recording “clues” about the “ghosts” in a little black book. Why? I blame it on reading too much Nancy Drew and R.L. Stine while I was young and impressionable.”

Erin recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an MA in Journalism and also holds an honours B.Sc.in life sciences from McMaster University. Her work has been aired on CBC Radio and CHRW 94.9, and published on rabble.ca and in the London Free Press.

Katherine Rageth
Assistant editor of the Living Space section

katherinerageth“I wanted to be a veterinarian more than anything. I love every kind of animal and at the tender age of five I was unaware of the rather devastating aspects of fulfilling this dream. Once I found out, I quickly decided I would rather be an astronaut – a much less stressful career choice.”

Katherine graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University’s honours arts communication studies program this spring and recently had two guest columns published in The Kitchener-Waterloo Record and The Cambridge Times.

Jeleen Yu
Assistant editor of the Money section

jeleenyu“Either a veterinarian—because I loved animals!—or an astronaut, because I wanted to fly a spaceship and explore the galaxy (with my dog in tow, of course!). Though I became neither, I still continue to dream vicariously through trips to the zoo and tons of Star Trek reruns.”

Jeleen graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2007 with a degree in business management and is now a writer and editor for the newsletter of a non-profit microfinance organization in the Philippines.

Hilary Fair
Assistant editor of the Travel section

hilaryfair“My first notable ambition, circa age four, was to be an Ice Cream Lady. My best friend and I planned to own the local Dairy Queen. A lifetime of blizzards and dilly bars was all the payment we required (apparently).”

Hilary is a travelling and writing enthusiast who is recently out of school and looking for ways to make the two things she loves most coincide. She steadfastly believes a trip to a local park, like a trip through Europe, can be an excellent adventure if you’ve got the right attitude.

Nicole Wray
Assistant editor of the How To section

nicolewray“I wanted to be a circus acrobat because I was always jumping around and playing on my trampoline. I loved going to gymnastics class and imagined by life as a future circus performer, travelling the world on a trapeze.”

Nicole is a fourth-year English and global studies student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. She also volunteers at the Laurier career centre as a peer advisor.

Kelly Hinton
Assistant editor of the How To section

kellyhinton“I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I was lucky to have very nurturing and influential instructors and I wanted very much to be able to eventually provide the same guidance, love and passion for learning that I so fortunately received.”

Kelly is a graduate student in the department of political science at the University of Toronto who also works at a downtown Toronto sports bar.

Danielle Lorenz
Assistant editor of the Career Building: On Campus and Education sections

daniellelorenz“I wanted to be a paleontologist, because I loved dinosaurs and always wanted to learn more about how they lived, the different species, etc. I wanted to like Robert Bakker; I thought his beard was awesome. I also knew I was a girl and that growing a beard like his wasn’t possible, though.”

Danielle is a current student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., studying honours English with a minor in indigenous studies, and has previously completed a combined honours degree in anthropology, and cultural studies and critical thinking.

Julie-Anne Cleyn
Assistant editor of the Career Building: Off Campus section

julie-annecleyn“I wanted to be an artist. I loved spending my time drawing. When I was six, as soon as I could write, I wrote and illustrated my first book, in French, about a girl who lost control of her imagination. That was my earliest inclination at wanting to be a writer, which eventually took over.”

Julie-Anne is a recent graduate of the information and media studies program at the University of Western Ontario, and is currently taking continuing education courses in Ryerson University’s magazine publishing program in Toronto.

TalentEgg traffic up 46% from August

The numbers are in, and things are looking eggceptional traffic-wise at TalentEgg!

September traffic is up 46% from August… WOW!

Press Release: TalentEgg helps students hatch great careers

Just in time for the back-to-school and campus recruiting season, Canadian career website TalentEgg.ca went live with a brand new site design and experience for students and recent grads September 1, 2009.

TalentEgg.ca originally launched in April 2008, as a career hub connecting students and grads with meaningful career opportunities. Over the past 16 months, the company has responded to the needs of struggling students and recent graduates by expanding the services it offers. In May, TalentEgg launched an online career resource magazine that is updated with new content twice every day.

Today, TalentEgg re-launches with even more tools and resources to help students make informed choices in their transition from school to work.

For students and recent grads, this means greater access to jobs and career resources, and career-lifestyle resources. Job seekers are now able to bookmark their favourite companies’ profiles for later, share profiles and job opportunities with friends on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg, and save advice articles they think will help them in their job hunt.

They can also interact with TalentEgg’s two online magazines, covering career advice and lifestyle topics specific to students and grads, and take career-related tests to assess their strengths.

“Our goal at TalentEgg is and always has been to help students make a successful transition from school to work,” says TalentEgg founder and president Lauren Friese, “and in order to do that, we’re constantly innovating to improve the experience for students, employers, as advertisers.”

For employers and advertisers, TalentEgg.ca remains the best way to reach and engage with Canada’s top students, and with new grads who are now off-campus.

Now available with the new TalentEgg.ca are unique vanity URLs, custom sponsored content, more attractive real estate, and several new channels to ensure that advertisers reach their desired demographic.

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To learn more about TalentEgg.ca, its new site design, new initiatives for fall 2009, or any general inquiries, please visit www.talentegg.ca or contact TalentEgg.ca president, Lauren Friese at 416-907-0425, or lauren@talentegg.ca

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