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TalentEgg traffic is up again, but people sure are searching for some weird things…

We’ve had our noses in Google Analytics a lot recently, and we’re proud to announce that, once again, we’ve experienced a huge surge in visitors to TalentEgg: traffic has increased by 26% over last month!

And while we were monitoring that trend we noticed some pretty … interesting … keywords people used to get to, the Career Incubator and LAUNCH Magazine. Some of these definitely made us LOL in the Egg Carton and we had to share them with you.

First, the serious career stuff

Some students and recent grads who came across TalentEgg were feeling totally alone in their unemployment, a common trend among students and graduates this year because of the economy. Some of them posed the questions, am i the only unemployed graduate? and am i the only student unable to get a summer job – we hope that after reading some of the personal stories of unemployed students and recent grads on the Career Incubator, they felt less alone!

We also hope the person who searched find me a job realizes that sitting in front of their computer screen demanding search engines find them a job doesn’t work so well. Other strange career-related search terms include:

  • unpaid internship for experienced engineer (save them for the students and recent grads, please!)
  • i am an mba who needs a job (guess that whole grad school thing didn’t pan out too well, did it?)

Recent grads have a love/hate relationship with their parents

Some surfers are seriously concerned not only about moving back in with their parents, but also about how long they can live with their parents without killing them. Although we admit we were amused, we were also somewhat disturbed by these search terms:

  • average rent living with parents
  • how to survive living with parents in your 20s
  • average age kids move out
  • too old to live with parents
  • buying life insurance on your parents
  • who pays credit card when your parents die

On a less funny note, debt is sometimes top of mind for students and recent grads

Recent numbers suggest university grads are leaving university with about $25,000 in student and other debt. Debt is especially tough to deal with when you’re young and un/underemployed, as the next phrases suggest. Hopefully they found what they were looking for in the Money section of our LAUNCH Magazine.

  • can not get out of credit card debt and depressed
  • credit problems of generation y
  • how debt is destroying people and how people are abusing credit cards
  • how to make your mortgage less evil

Some students and grads may be turning to an all-Ramen diet to save money

After our article on cheap meal ideas, which was written by Ishani Nath to help people avoid a diet of Ramen noodles, thrifty eaters flocked to LAUNCH Magazine after searching for the following (somewhat sad) phrases:

  • is ramen and potatoes an okay diet?
  • is ramen bad to eat if you are on a diet?
  • is there a ramen noodle diet?
  • ramen diet to save money
  • cheaper than ramen noodles

To answer your questions: No, yes, and I hope not! Ramen noodles is not a food group, people!

Finally, just weird stuff

  • lifting with your mind
  • how to avoid destroying life
  • fruits and veggies go bad in vending machines?
  • tips for frostbite
  • there are how many axe in the world
  • turkey dump, turkey dump, turkey turkey dump dump (re: The Turkey Dump phenomenon)
  • canola sales

Written by

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.


  1. October 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Turkey dump turkey turkey turkey dump dump … this has been making me giggle for days now

  2. Zeeshan J.
    November 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Hello TalentEgg,

    I came across this article while browsing through and one item of note struck me as pretty rude.

    The comment is question is this one : ‘i am an mba who needs a job – (guess that whole grad school thing didn’t pan out too well, did it?)’

    I found the comment in brackets downright obnoxious and as if you were taking shots at people who do their MBA. As a recent MBA graduate who is finding it extremely difficult to find employment, I do not appreciate these sorts of snide remarks on my degree and business profession. In my experience, most people who do a MBA are doing it because they want to get ahead in their roles or want to gain experience when coming from a general Arts or Science background.

    I am sick and tired of people bashing the MBA as creating monsters, and people like you making these sort of remarks when you do not know what the MBA is or how it can help people with general undergraduate degrees. It is true that recently more and more people picked grad school to escape from the repercussions of the recession, but the admissions is pretty stringent to throw out any people who are doing it just to escape.

  3. November 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    @Zeeshan J.

    Hi Zeeshan, thanks for your comment.

    I’m sorry you were offended, but this blog post is not a personal attack against MBA students and grads. The overall tone of this post is jokey and lighthearted, and is obviously not an in-depth look at the pros and cons of MBAs.

    I was not bashing MBAs or saying MBA grads are monsters. In fact, I do know what an MBA is and it is my personal opinion that, for most people, it’s not the best replacement for plain and simple work experience — especially at such a high cost.

    I’m entitled to my opinion and we, here at TalentEgg, do not see value in censoring our opinions in case they might rub someone the wrong way. We’re pretty transparent that way.

    I have a journalism degree and people have told me, and I’ve read online, that it was a waste of time and money. That’s their opinion and they’re entitled to it as well.

    Thanks for sharing yours.

  4. Zeeshan J.
    November 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hello Cassandra, thank you for your succinct reply. While your assertion may be true for people who do their MBAs right out of doing their undergrad, I think it is a wonderful degree to have once you get at least 2-3 years of solid work experience. The main point of my argument was this – you were devaluing the MBA and putting it next to a person who has a general Arts degree which in today’s world is completely useless. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry have university degrees nowadays because of the easy accessibility of university education. MBA is one of many unique degrees where someone who has a vested interest in entrepreneurship and business to advance faster in the organization than others. But, it doesn’t replace having solid work experience, but complements it.

    I am glad that you and TalentEgg have not censored my comments just because I disagreed with your assertion. I just wanted to set the record straight. Lastly, the people who told you a journalism degree is waste of time and money, have their own shortcomings or are envious of your accomplishments.

  5. zzzz
    November 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    LMAO @ Zeeshan J
    Welcome to the Internet.

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