Young Candidates Compete for Dream Jobs on MTV’s “Hired”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that hiring by private employers decreased sharply in May (even though the unemployment rate dropped slightly due to a rise in temporary census jobs). With the economic recovery obviously still tepid, thousands of new grads face one of the toughest labor markets in history. For many, visions of that dream entry-level job seem more of a mirage than a reality. Resumes flood employer’s desks for coveted positions, and the pool of candidates is larger than ever before.

As young candidates vie for the job of their dreams, they wonder, “How can I stand out from the rest?

To help answer that question, MTV is taking an inside look with its new docu-series “Hired”, which debuted May 17 on the network. The series will follow the lives of hungry job applicants as they attempt to secure the job of their dreams at top companies.

As a millennial, I look forward to watching the series unfold and hopefully seeing first-hand just what employers are looking for. All viewers will have a chance to follow the ups and downs experienced by applicants throughout the application and interview process—and learn with them along the way. Candidates will battle tough competition and learn lessons in etiquette, interviewing, and more. In the end, some will come out ahead, and others will face the harsh reality of rejection.

The show will continue to air weekdays at 4pm ET/PT on MTV.

Participating companies

The candidates will be competing for coveted positions at the following companies:

American Rebel PR, a full-service public relations, marketing, branding, and events firm.

Arkadium creates innovative game solutions for consumer brands, ad agencies, online gamers, and any company looking to expand their presence.

Blowfish, a young, junior brand of shoes and handbags for  girls.

Bridal Reflections, New York’s premiere bridal salon.

DavidBartonGym Astor Place, a 40,000 square-foot, four-story mega gym located in the heart of the East Village.

Energy Muse, a conscious lifestyle brand, providing tools of empowerment, inspiration and hope for a diverse audience.

Gen Art, a national arts and entertainment company that showcases the best emerging talent in fashion, film, music and art., the African American women’s online lifestyle guide.

King Baby Studio and owner/designer Mitchell Binder are the epitome of luxurious Rock & Roll style for men and women.

Malibu Family Wines, the premier wine maker situated in the beautiful Malibu Mountains.

Models International, a premier boutique modeling agency based in New York and Los Angeles.

Organic Avenue is dedicated to improving the lives of raw food enthusiasts and those devoted to a healthy lifestyle.

Premier Sports & Entertainment, a leading full-service sports and entertainment management and marketing firm with over 25 years of experience.

Privé Salon Los Angeles, the go-to beauty sanctuary for clientele from around the world looking for the most talented salon personnel in the business.

Reveille, a leading independent studio focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights in scripted and unscripted television and digital entertainment, and a world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers.

SHEfinds Media publishes blogs and buying guides on their sites and that help busy women shop online.

Steve Madden designs, sources, markets, and sells fashion-forward footwear and accessories for women, men and children.

theBalm Cosmetics is a line of quality makeup guaranteed to give you a beautiful, natural look.

VaynerMedia is a boutique consulting company that provides guidance on techniques and strategies to help businesses leverage social media tools to build brand equity.

Warren-Tricomi Los Angeles has become a haven for Hollywood elite and beauty industry insiders.


Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently joined SPARK Advertising in Neenah, Wis. as a public relations specialist. Find Cassie on TwitterBrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.

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3 Responses to “Young Candidates Compete for Dream Jobs on MTV’s “Hired””

  1. avatar Jackie says:

    fyi, the show airs every weekday at 4PM> not as you listed as just mondays at 6:30PM. this is a daily show.

  2. avatar Cassie Holman says:

    Thank you. The change has been made.

  3. Great article here! Very clear and informative; well written and I can see you put a lot of time and effort into it. Good job!

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