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3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Summer Intern

School is out. The days are long. And thousands of high school and college-age students are looking for summer internships.  If your company is looking to hire an intern, here’s what you need to know.

  1. Don’t Hire an Intern Just to Fetch Coffee

It can be tempting for a company to view an intern role as nothing more than inexpensive labor there to assist with grunt work and coffee runs. Don’t be one of these companies.

Your company culture should inspire internships that allow interns to make a dent while learning from your experienced staff. Many of us have bad memories of being interns for ungrateful organizations when we were younger, so have some empathy and create internship positions that matter. This will attract talented candidates hungry to prove their value, and word will quickly spread that your organization has the hottest internship position in town.

  1. Use the Intern Role to Fill Gaps in Your Organization

Is your marketing team swamped? Is accounting constantly playing catchup? Use an internship position strategically to help fill gaps in your organization.

Hiring an intern to pick up slack in the company is a quick and easy way to jolt bottom line performance. Let’s pretend your summer intern joins a team of five full-time staff and works 40 hours a week. The 40 hours the intern works were previously split among the full-time staff, meaning each staff member is getting 8 hours (40 ÷ 5) added back to their availability every week.

What would you get done with an entire day freed up each week?

  1. Use Your Intern as a Swiss Army Knife

Interns can bring new skill sets and fresh vantage points not found anywhere else in your organization. Don’t be afraid to unleash this fact to your advantage and craft a flexible job position. For example, maybe the new HR intern has been taking courses in videography and filming things in her leisure time. If you have a need for a new company video, let her help the marketing team. She might spot something they overlook.

Or maybe your new accounting intern is skilled in the latest social media tools and practices. Let him meet with the social media team for a day. These interactions can be mutually beneficial and they’ll lead to a more well-rounded internship experience.

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Pros and Cons of Working From Home

We’ve all heard the cliches about what it’s like to work from home. You wear pajamas, sit on the couch and watch TV while periodically checking your email to make sure your boss isn’t pestering you.

While the pantless, pejorative view of working from home may ring true for some, let’s take a look at the real pros and cons of substituting your kitchen for the conference room.

PROS

  1.   No commute. A recent survey result taken across 28 major U.S. cities found that 23% of workers have quit a job because of a bad commute. That means nearly 1 in 4 Americans are leaving their employers because they’re working too far from their home.

    But when you work from home this is never an issue! Not only does this add up to more “you time” in your day (the average American spends over 4.3 hours per week commuting to and from work) but it also saves you a lot of money on car maintenance and gas.

  1.   More freedom. When you don’t have to report to an office everyday, you have more freedom to choose your work environment. Many people with “work from home” jobs opt for a nearby coffee shop or outdoor cafe instead. The flexibility of working remotely frequently means you can get your work done anywhere with an internet connection. Which, in 2019, is just about anywhere.

  2. Peace and quiet. While the jury is still out on open office environments, one thing is clear about working alone from home: it’s quieter.

    For those who do their best work in a quiet setting without distraction, you can’t beat home sweet home. Offices mean sharing the space with others, and because you can’t control what other people do (or how often they interrupt your work to talk about the latest Game of Thrones episode) it can be hard to work a day without being interrupted at least a couple of times.

    And because it takes nearly 24 minutes to fully recover from an interruption, your productivity can skyrocket when left to your own devices in the confines of your home.

 

CONS

  1.   It can be lonely. The flip side of the “peace and quiet” coin is that it can get too quiet for some. Having other people around to bounce ideas off or collaborate on projects together can be stimulating. And if you’re the type of person who thrives on human interaction and watercooler talk, working from home may be too isolating.

  2.   You are ALWAYS bringing work home with you. Out of sight, out of mind can be a beautiful thing. The physical separation of the home–a place for relaxation and rejuvenation–and the office creates a mental separation as well. When the line blurs and your home becomes your office it can be more difficult to recharge at night because your work is never fully out of sight.

  3. There’s less structure. If you’re the type of person who needs a boss or colleagues to keep you motivated and on track, working from home may not be for you. Instead of reporting to the same cubicle or desk at the same time everyday, you’ll have to decide for yourself when, how and where you do your best work. Without others around to reinforce your behavior, it’s up to you to create good habits and routines.

 

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5 Qualities Companies Look For When Hiring

Job searching can be a lonely process. Rejections, ignored applications and long days of scrolling online job boards will make you feel like you need a vacation before you’re even hired.

But, job seekers take heed, there are specific qualities all companies look for in their new hires. Maybe you already possess some of them, maybe not, but all can be learned before you land your next opportunity.

Currently Employed
Let’s get this one out of the way first. While it is true that companies prefer to hire candidates currently employed elsewhere, you don’t necessarily need to hold official employment status to demonstrate this quality.

For example, if you’re currently unemployed and on the job hunt, consider taking an unpaid internship or volunteer position with a company. You’ll learn valuable skills and you can list it on your resume just like you would any other job. You’ll find that many hiring companies don’t care if you’re working for free; they may even applaud the go-getter initiative this displays.

Strong Work Ethic
It can be tempting to turn your resume into nothing more than a list of roles you’ve held. But companies want to know what you’ve accomplished, not just what seats you’ve occupied. Make sure you can demonstrate how your hard work has translated into tangible results and success for current/previous employers. If you can’t paint a picture in the employer’s mind of how hard you work, they’ll never know.

Loyal
Are you looking for your next temporary landing spot, or a long and fruitful career? While the modern world has reshaped what is considered an acceptable tenure with an employer (the average person now changes jobs an average of 12 times during his or her career), hiring managers are still on the lookout for someone who wants to grow with the company long-term. Make sure you can demonstrate why you are looking for growth opportunities.

Collaborative
Do you play well with others? There are very few jobs in the world where being a team player is not a prerequisite. When job-seeking, you should demonstrate that any prior success was due in large part to the team around you. Employers want to know that you will not cause any team dysfunction if they are to bring you on board, so do not leave it as an unknown question mark in their minds.

Culturally Balanced
While your strength as a candidate should depend first and foremost on your skill set, employers are also looking for certain cultural qualities to fit their company. Before getting too far along in the application process with any company, do your homework on what the culture is like there. A company’s website and their LinkedIn and Glassdoor pages are a great starting point to do a little reconnaissance. You don’t need to be a social butterfly, but companies want to know what type of person you are as a whole (you’ll be spending a lot of time together should they hire you), so share a little about what hobbies and interests pique your interest outside of work.

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Salary Calculators

In a market where there are more jobs than candidates, how does a company stay competitive with salaries?

In looking at several different salary calculators online, Ninja Gig has compiled a list of the top tools to use this year.

Indeed

Ninja Gig posts jobs to Indeed because it’s the largest online job posting site on the Internet. Indeed has an extensive database from which it pulls job ads, worker reports and employer information. Free to use, it gathers information from a number of organizations, which makes it a useful tool for analyzing competitors.

Salary.com

An exclusive employer-reported information site, the basic service for Salary.com is free, but subscriptions can vary from $29.95 to $1,200 a year, depending on several factors, including industry, company size and geographic location.

BLS Salary Survey

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses quarterly employer surveys that rely on geography, industry, organization size and job characteristics, to allow companies to analyze salaries. As a bonus, this is free because it’s a federal organization and receives funds from tax dollars.

PayScale

PayScale relies on employee-reported information that is regularly updated as more people visit their salary information. The first comparison report is complimentary, but after that, pricing varies on a case-by-case basis.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn Salary is a new feature that uses employer-reported data and is free to Premium subscribers. It allows for easy comparisons for salaries with similar titles in other companies.

Staying competitive on wages is an essential component to attracting high-quality candidates to your company. If companies offer salaries that are too low, you’ll miss out on quality candidates that won’t apply for fear of being unappreciated. On the flip side, if they’re too high it might seem too good to be true, and then you’re also leaving money on the table.

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2019 Workplace Trends

As 2019 gains full speed ahead, some new workplace trends will be popping up in companies across America. We want to highlight a couple of these important trends that will define the workplace over the coming several months.

Centralized Communication

Workplaces need a form of centralized communication to ensure that all employees are on the same page. While some companies have tried instant messaging to help curtail overflowing inboxes, reports show that employees feel pressure to respond to instant messages immediately. This also decreases overall productivity and may lead to employees having difficulty concentrating on tasks. While instant messages and other chat applications will not disappear, we anticipate they will take a backseat, and we will see a shift in overall communication within companies.

Work-Life Balance

With the advent of technology and digital tools, many employees can work remotely and set their schedules. However, the push for work-life balance will be a central theme for employees. Companies need to let their teams know that work-life balance is a priority to them to help boost employee morale. In fact, work-life balance comes in third when employees consider essential job security components, with salary and job security coming in first and second. Companies need to set clear expectations and boundaries, and not expect employees to be readily available for work around the clock to help accomplish this goal.

Fast Paced Environments

Just because employees want a better work-life balance does not mean that the pace at which companies expect their employees to work will slow down. In fact, with today’s collaborative work management platforms, templates, automation and other technology, employees can accomplish more in less time. This year will not be about robots and automation replacing employees, but about how these technological advancements can help improve workflow and increase business productivity.

Mentorships

While we focus so much on technology, the human element of business is not forgotten. Young millennials in the workforce define their success by rapidly growing their careers. However, employees that stay with companies long-term have mentors to help them successfully build their jobs. Businesses that pair up younger employees with experienced workers can help to implement a retention strategy that boosts morale and personal growth.

Gender Equality

A hot button topic last year, gender equality will continue to define workplace culture and personal interactions in 2019. One study conducted by Ernst and Young shows that increasing women in leadership positions by 30% helps to boost company profitability by as much as 15%. We anticipate that 2019 will make more headway implementing requirements and mandates to ensure that gender equality becomes an integral part of company culture.

 

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Hiring Seasonal Resort Nurses

As the ski season ramps up, so too does the need for seasonal resort nurses. Many of the big ski resort towns grow into a blossoming resort in the wintertime. As the slopes become packed with skiers and snowboarders, the hospitals near resorts see an overflow of emergencies, broken bones and head injuries. With so many seasonal patients, these resort-area hospitals need to hire additional resort nurses to ensure they have full staffing during the winter months.

Traveling nurses especially make the most of the ski season. Here is a list of the top five nursing ski destinations:

  1. Vail, Colorado
  2. Park City, Utah
  3. Killington, Vermont
  4. Aspen, Colorado
  5. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Ninja Gig offers customizable online job applications, which means that you can ask the tough questions up front before committing to a lengthy interview process. Here are some excellent employment application questions to ask seasonal nurses on an online job application:

  • Why did you decide to become a nurse?
  • Write about a situation where you had to deal with a demanding, difficult patient and what you did.
  • Why are you applying for this job and why do you want to work at our hospital?
  • What made you choose your particular field of nursing?
  • What kinds of personality traits do you feel are necessary for nurses to have?
  • In your opinion, what are some of the most significant issues and challenges that nurses currently face? Why do you think you are qualified for the job?

Essay questions can be an insightful part of the initial interview process. When advertising for seasonal nurse positions, make sure to list out detailed requirements and education to help avoid unqualified nurses from applying. Additionally, since ski resorts are incredibly busy in the winter, it’s best to make sure applicants can work in a fast-paced hospital environment.

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Five Tips for Hiring the Right Employee

Whether you’re a seasonal company gearing up for the winter holiday rush or you have some current positions open in your organization, hiring the right employee is critical to your success.

While you can’t please everyone in your company, you can do your best to mitigate poor hiring decisions and focus on deciphering what employee traits are valuable to your company so you can better facilitate the interview process.

Here are the top five things to consider when interviewing candidates:

  1. Career Commitment – If someone is committed to his or her career, this may signify loyalty. Employees that switch jobs or careers frequently in pursuits of higher salaries may not be the long-term employee your business desires. Heavily weigh the candidate’s previous job duration and make inquiries about why they keep switching jobs. It could be something out of their control – like layoffs – but if they’re always looking for something better that pays more, it may be best to consider another qualified candidate.
  2. Test Learning and Analytical Skills – Keep in mind that a resume may be impressive, but there are also a lot of companies and freelancers that specialize in writing resumes. Because resumes can contain lies, it’s best to use a variety of methodologies to analyze candidates’ skills.
  3. Compatibility Match – You may find an impressive, brilliant applicant, but if they aren’t compatible with your company’s culture, you’ll have personality clashes, which can lead to an unproductive, unhealthy work environment. If a candidate expresses that they have difficulty getting along with co-workers or bosses, it may be a red flag that they are not a good fit for your company.
  4. Improve Your Hiring Process – Companies that follow these hiring steps have more success with finding long-term employees:
    a. Avoid magic bullet or irrelevant questions and focus on the candidates’ knowledge, capabilities, confidence, skills and attitude.
    b. When advertising available positions, make sure to list all job requirements to minimize unqualified candidates applying for the job. For example, list specific responsibilities, experience, skills, knowledge and required education.
    c. Involve several people in the hiring evaluation process, because the more people that participate, the better chance your company can hire a good fit.
  5. Review Social Media – Looking at a candidates’ social media page may have some legal complications, but companies can weigh the pros and cons. Today, nearly 90% of companies recruit through social media platforms because having an online presence is so important in our business world.

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Fall Employment Trends

Mid-August through October is the best season for hiring qualified employees. Once Thanksgiving hits, it is harder to hire employees during the winter months, unless you are only looking to fill seasonal positions.

Here are the five hottest jobs that are in demand this fall. If your company is looking to hire any of these positions in these categories, make sure they set themselves out from the crowd to attract the brightest talent.

  1. Fitness Trainer – Fitness is a booming industry trend. Health and wellness are hot-button topics and trainers can help people get back in shape, lose weight and also serve to educate clients about exercise and physical fitness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics anticipants that the need for fitness trainers will increase by 8% by 2022.
  2. Occupational Therapist Assistant – Healthcare is a growing field, especially as Baby Boomers begin to age. Occupational Therapists work with licensed therapists to help patients recover from injury or illness. These assistants teach everyday skills, such as moving, eating, dressing, traveling and personal hygiene. Reports anticipant this profession will grow by 40% over the next four years.
  3. Personal Financial Advisor – For people with math skills, being a personal financial advisor may be just the career they want. Finance professionals help clients manage their money, advise them about their investments and help them plan their long-term retirement. This field is expected to increase by 30% by 2020.
  4. Computer Software Engineer – Both big companies and startups are looking for highly trained, qualified software engineers. Software engineers and developers design and refine computer programs, which is why their demand is expected to grow more than 17% in the next four years.
  5. Registered Nurse – There’s a major shortage of qualified nurses in the U.S. right now, and with a growing healthcare field, this is an excellent career for people that enjoy science and have the necessary empathy to work with ailing patients. The demand for this field will increase by 16% by 2020 and it won’t just stop at hospitals but will carry over into doctors’ offices, schools, agencies and clinics.

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How Fast Food Restaurants Can Decrease Turnover Rates

You may think that fast food restaurants and high turnover rates are synonymous with one another, which is usually right. However, a few fast food restaurants are bucking this trend and changing their company cultures to ensure that they retain good talent longer.

Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

Fast food restaurants can take a valuable tip from successful companies, such as Google, and hire employees with good attitudes. Employees that have good attitudes will help improve customers’ experiences, and they are more likely to be happy with themselves, which directly transfers over to work performance.

The primary demographic for fast-food restaurant employees are part-time people and teenagers. It’s easier to groom young employees that have an excellent attitude and train them with the skills they need to succeed in their jobs than it is to try to teach someone that is negative and doesn’t have the desire to succeed.

Opportunities for Improvement

It’s important that fast food restaurants train their employees, retrain them, provide them with certifications and then re-certification. For example, the most successful fast food restaurants that have low employee turnover invest in 100 to 120 hours of training and require certifications for each specific job before employees go on the line. Re-certification is essential – and easy to institute via random drawings and pop quizzes – because people get rusty and can get stuck in ruts. It’s best to keep people on their toes, so their knowledge is up-to-date.

Leaders are Teachers

It may seem silly, but there’s a lot of truth in having good leaders that are teachers. Some companies organize management to read a range of books each month. Management then meets to discuss these books, whether it’s classic literature or the latest business self-help guide. Leaders are teachers, and when a company recognizes them as coaches for the staff, they feel more motivated to do their jobs, and those under them feel and share that same enthusiasm.

Having a culture that treats management well will also help employees aspire to work their way up in a company and become management too.

Some companies wonder if it’s worth training fast food employees and investing valuable time, resources and money in them when most of them will not make a life-long career in the industry. However, consider this point. If you don’t invest in your employees, you will have a high turnover rate, which directly impacts customers’ and their experience with your restaurant.

 

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How to Hire the Best Customer Service Representatives

One job that has one of the highest turnover rates is customer service representatives. Hiring an excellent customer service representative is not hard, but typically, someone who makes a good representative is born and not taught. This makes it critical for companies to have the necessary interview skills to spot an awesome employee in the making or a future dud that needs polite escorting to the door.

Here are some common traits that excellent customer service representative’s share.

  • Eye Contact – Customer service representatives sell the experience of a product or the company. No one wants to buy from someone that doesn’t maintain eye contact. Maintaining eye contact is a common sign of courtesy. This position fields complaints and concerns and customers need to have their feelings validated by having someone give them eye contact. If someone doesn’t maintain good eye contact during an interview, they won’t make a long-lasting customer service representative.
  • Upbeat Energy – Customer service representatives need to be upbeat and have positive energy. If customers are filing complaints, having someone that is upbeat and polite makes a significant difference. If you hire a customer service employee that is down on life and complains to customers, this will translate into bad experiences for customers. Good customer service representatives have a can-do attitude that lets customers know that no matter how bad their problem may seem, it’s fixable.
  • Empathy – Good customer service reps have one thing in common: they have empathetic voices. If someone has empathy and can diffuse customers by making them feel good, it will be a huge benefit to any corporation.
  • Smiling – Whether in person or over the phone, customer service reps need a smile in their voices. To hear whether a candidate has the skills it takes to shine over the phone, make sure to conduct a telephone interview as a hiring prerequisite.
  • Previous Experience – If someone has held several different short-term customer service representative jobs over the years, they may not be a good fit. Studies show that people that love working in a customer service environment will stick with a position for longer, which shows on resumes.

If companies hire the right customer service representative for their organization, they’ll have less turnover, which translates into substantial cost savings for employers.

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