Monthly Archives: April 2010

Simply Hired Offers Targeted Job Search for New Graduates

New Grad Filter to Provide Relevant Jobs to Recent Graduates

Mountain View, CA – April 6, 2010 – Simply Hired, the largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network, today announced the launch of its newest specialty filter for “New Graduate” jobs. This filter is designed to serve the thousands of expected college graduates entering today’s competitive workforce. announces the New Graduate job filter just in time for students to begin their job search before graduation. This filter will allow job seekers, specifically recent graduates with limited to no work experience, to view jobs nationwide relevant to their experience level. It will offer recent grads an easy way to filter through the three million job listings on to find positions that are relevant to their majors and fit their skills.

“According to a poll, 78 percent of job seekers graduate without a job at the time of commencement, so we’re proud to aid new graduates in their job search with a relevant tool,” said Andrew Chen, Sr. Product Manager, Simply Hired. “Entry level jobs are out there; new graduates just need help finding them.”

Along with the New Graduate filter, Simply Hired also offers a “Share” feature which enables job seekers to share jobs through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and email. By socializing job search, users can easily and quickly network and share jobs with their community, as well as receive referrals and find unknown connections.

The New Graduate filter further strengthens Simply Hired’s mission to personalize job search by giving recent graduate job seekers a comprehensive view of all the jobs available in an easy and efficient manner.

About Simply Hired
With more than five million job listings worldwide, Simply Hired is the world’s largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network. The company powers jobs on over 10,000 network partner sites such as LinkedIn, Plaxo, CNNMoney, BusinessWeek and The Washington Post. It operates global sites in 19 countries and ten languages on five continents. Simply Hired has been lauded as one of the “50 Coolest Websites” by Time magazine, a “Top 100 Website” by PC Magazine and the “Best of the Web” by BusinessWeek. Simply Hired has raised $22.3 million in funding from venture and individual investors including Foundation Capital, IDG Ventures and News Corporation. The company is privately held and is based in Mountain View, California.

First-time Filers Should Use Free File to Prepare, e-File Returns

Media Relations Office Washington, D.C.  Tel. 202.622.4000
For Release:   March 8, 2010
Release No: IR-2010-03

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today offered a tax tip to college students and first-time filers: use IRS Free File to prepare and file their federal tax return. This and other suggestions can help new tax filers avoid the April 15 rush and maybe even get any refund due within 10 days.

Filing a federal return may seem like a daunting task for a first-time filer but it is made much easier with tax software such as Free File, a service offered by the IRS and private-sector partners that allows everyone to prepare and electronically file their federal tax return for free.

New taxpayers can check out Free File at where they can review about 20 software options. Each participating tax preparation software company sets its own eligibility but anyone making $57,000 or less can find at least one option. The software follows an easy-to-use format that asks questions and completes the appropriate tax form based on answers.

An online tool, Help Me Find a Free File Company, will help identify those companies that match the taxpayer’s criteria. Want to know more? There’s a new how-to video available at Also, each Free File software company has links to the 20 states that offer their versions of Free File.

There are two formats to federal Free File: Traditional Free File, which is the step-by-step software offered by participating companies, and Free File Fillable Forms, which is the electronic version of IRS paper forms that do simple math. There is no income limitation for Free File Fillable Forms but it is the best option for people comfortable doing their own tax return. Either format is free and allows for free electronic filing.

Other suggestions:

  • Check with your parents: Depending upon the circumstances, they may still be eligible to claim you as a dependent. Your parents can claim you or you can claim yourself, but not both. So, talk over your taxes before you start.
  • File a return: If you had federal taxes withheld from your paycheck in 2009, you should file a tax return – even if you are not required. There’s a good chance you could get a refund.
  • Use Direct Deposit: When you combine direct deposit with e-file you can get your refund in as few as 10 days.
  • Gather records: Employees will receive a Form W-2, a statement for your income and taxes withheld. You still must report all your income, including tips. Remember, all income is taxable unless exempted by Congress. By the way, good recordkeeping throughout the year makes this whole tax preparation process a lot easier. See Taxable Income for Students.
  • Grants, scholarships and fellowships: Amounts spent on room and board may be taxable while the money spent for tuition, books and fees may be exempt. ROTC allowances are not taxable, but ROTC active duty payments are taxable. See Tax Information for Students.
  • Expanded education credits: The new American Opportunity Credit provides a maximum $2,500 credit for tuition, books and fees. Heads up: If your parents claim you as a dependent, they get to take the credit. Otherwise, you get to take the credit in most cases. For details, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.
  • Only the person who made the tuition expenditure can claim this credit. So, if your parents are footing your bill, they get to claim the credit.
  • Recovery Tax Credits: In addition to education credits, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided new benefits for homebuyers, energy upgrades, new vehicle owners and workers through the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. See for more details.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit: If you’re 25 or older, you may be eligible even if you have no children. See for details.
  • Save a little; spend a little: Another new provision this year lets you also use your refund to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds.

Have more questions? Visit and check out 1040 Central, a one-stop stop for your tax needs. The IRS Web site has answers to frequently asked questions, tax tips and you can even track your refund.  And remember, you must go through to be eligible for Free File offerings.

One last suggestion: Don’t wait until April 15. There is no need to cram or panic. You should just take your time, use Free File and do it right. Help is available if you need it.

Editors: Need more information? Contact your local IRS spokesperson for more details. Click here to embed an April 15 tax count-down widget.


Environmental Defense Action Fund Launches Campus Video Challenge


CONTACT: Rebecca Rasch, (202) 572-3365,

Encouraging Students to Take a Stand for their Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON, DC (April 5, 2010) – Today Environmental Defense Action Fund begins sharing its mic with college students.  For the next eight weeks EDAF is asking students from across the country to create short video clips calling on Congress to pass strong climate and clean energy legislation.

EDAF is reaching out to campus green leaders and club presidents across the country, from the University of Alaska Anchorage to University of South Florida, to encourage participation. EDAF will award grants of up to $3,000 to the environmental club that collects the most video submissions.  EDAF welcomes submissions from any student group from any university.

“College students around the country are eager to show Congress how much they support clean energy, and EDAF is happy to help,” said Challenge Director Rebecca Rasch. “After all, it’s their future that hangs in the balance.”

For more details, please visit TakeAStand (, where you can view a sample video and enter the challenge. To interact with the participating groups or see campaign updates, like which group is pulling ahead or entered the challenge, become a fan of our Take A Stand Campus Video Challenge fan page on Facebook.


About Environmental Defense Action Fund

Environmental Defense Action Fund is the lobbying arm of the Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.