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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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Is Unlimited Vacation a Good Idea?

Summer is the busiest travel season of the year. With kids on summer vacation and warm weather nationwide, hundreds of thousands of employees are taking time off to visit new places.

Despite so many people taking off work at once, the economy never collapses and organizations keep humming along. Which got us thinking about one of the newest crazes in company perks: unlimited vacation policies.

Are they a good idea? Or is the old model of 2-3 week restrictions still ideal? Read on to find out.

Pro #1: It Increases Employee Happiness

A 2017 report from Gallup showed that 53 percent of employees rank having a job that allows them greater work-life balance and personal well-being as “very important.” Giving employees complete flexibility over vacation schedules is the quickest way to appease this wish.

Con #1: Employees May Abuse the System…Or Get Abused by It

The verdict is still out on what type of companies truly benefit from unlimited vacation policies. Some employees can’t handle the unlimited time-off and abuse too much of a good thing. This leads to lost production hours for the company.

And on the flip side, many company cultures are so cutthroat that flex time is viewed as a weakness that sets careers back, so employees actually take less time off than they would if prescribed a set amount of days.

Pro #2: It Can Cut Costs

Traditional vacation policies result in accrued unused days off at the end of each year. And when an employee quits, gets laid off or retires, the company has to pay out these unused vacation days. Contrast this to companies with unlimited vacation policies that don’t have to carry any liability on their books for unused time off, and the difference is staggering. According to the U.S. Travel Association, this has the potential to save companies $1,898 per employee.

Con #2: Vacation Days Can No Longer Be Used as a Reward

Long-tenured employees may not take a liking to unlimited vacation policies. They spent years, and sometimes even decades, working hard to build up extra vacation days, and they viewed their surplus as a badge of honor. When the playing field is leveled and new employees are granted the same number of days off (unlimited) as everyone else, morale can take a hit.

And if companies can no longer offer an extra week of vacation in exchange for continued employment, there is one less negotiating chip on the table when an employee considers leaving for a new opportunity.

Pro #3: It Can Help Attract the Best Talent

According to a brand new survey from MetLife, the Los Angeles Times reports that unlimited vacation is now the #1 benefit workers want. Your company can use this insight to their advantage when recruiting talent. In fact, research from Glassdoor shows that nearly 80 percent of workers prefer additional benefits over income increases. That figure grows to 90 percent with millennials.

 

Con #3: You Have to Trust Employees to Manage Their Projects Accordingly

Offering unlimited vacation can backfire if you don’t have policies and procedures in place. Without structure, companies open themselves up to being burned during the busiest times of the year. When vacation days are capped, there is a safeguard in place to protect against people being out too often. Managers will need to communicate more heavily and set clearer expectations when the safeguard is removed.

 

 

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Why Your Organization Needs to Create Employee Personas ASAP

Your marketing department has created detailed customer personas. They know your organization’s target audience better than they know themselves. They know exactly who they are marketing your product or service to, and, just as importantly, who they are not trying to reach.

This level of detail and clarity guides your organization’s communication strategy at the highest level and impacts the bottom line in the most profound ways. But unfortunately for the majority of companies, they don’t go to the same length internally when it’s time to hire.

And this is a shortcoming of the highest magnitude.

The standard practice for hiring companies is to create job postings stating what the open positions are, the requirements to be considered for the role, and the responsibilities expected on a daily basis. These job postings are necessary for organizing the scope of the search to one detailed page, but they are not enough on their own.

Your company’s hiring managers should also be armed with employee personas to guide their search; much like the marketing department has customer personas to guide every campaign. Here’s why this is important:

Ensure Cultural Fit
Skills and talents are obviously important in candidates, but so is their cultural fit in your organization. A highly talented but difficult to work with individual won’t add as much value to the team as you’re looking for. In fact, they could be a net-zero addition or even a detraction to the company.

This is why you need a clear persona in place that can provide guidance on the cultural aptitudes needed to fit within the organization. For example, is your company’s culture quirky, collaborative and close-knit? Put that down on paper as part of the persona. A reclusive, hyper-competitive person likely isn’t going to fit well here, regardless of how talented they are.

Separate Passions From Employment Record
It can be tempting to only rely on a candidate’s resume and cover letter, but many people aren’t truly passionate about what they’ve built their careers around. It’s possible to have a long resume without actually ever viewing a job as anything more than collecting a paycheck.

If it’s important to have a passionate workforce, make sure your employee personas capture this. For example, the persona could read “Our employees are passionate about XYZ and exemplify this even outside the workplace.” Not including passions in the persona will lead to an incomplete picture of your ideal hire, making it harder to peg the right person during the interview process.

Hire the Right Strengths, Not Just the Right Experience
Does your org chart operate with an employee strength tracking system in mind, such as CliftonStrengths? If so, include the exact metrics in your personas. Two candidates may have nearly identical resumes and experience, but their strengths could be total opposites. For example, if it’s important for a new hire to rate high in strategic thinking, you can use the strengths assessment to help determine this.

Hiring without employee personas is akin to playing billiards blindfolded. Sure, you know your way around the table well enough to hit a few good shots but the entire process is shrouded in mystery. Take the blindfold off. Get detailed.

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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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How Ninja Gig Streamlines Your Hiring Process

As a business owner or HR professional, there’s not a better feeling in the world than hiring a talented candidate who propels your organization to the next level.  But as anyone who has ever hired people knows, the process of getting there is never easy.

Until now that is. Thanks to Ninja Gig’s hiring software made easy, you can streamline your hiring process from the start. Here’s how.

 

  • Ninja Gig Removes the Technical Hurdles

 

Ninja Gig’s software is extremely easy to use. As part of your registration, you will automatically get your own Ninja Gig portal. We let you choose your own domain name (yourcompany.ninjagig.com) and you will use that link to point applicants in the right direction.

And we didn’t stop there!

We enabled our software to make accepting employment applications from a mobile device a piece of cake. While some job portals are nightmares to use on mobile devices, your mobile visitors will automatically be redirected to a mobile-friendly website and still enjoy your fully-functional employment application.

 

 

  • It Slashes Your Pre-Screening and Review Time

 

In traditional recruiting there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to review and pre-interview every candidate that crosses your desk. So we created the tools to fix this dilemma.

  • Create custom questions on the application to save you time on the phone later. It takes a lot of time to both schedule and take screening calls with applicants. What if you could combine the application and the screening questions into one step? With Ninja Gig you can add unlimited, customizable screening questions directly into the application. By utilizing this tool on the application, some of our customers have slashed the review and pre-interview time for an applicant from roughly an hour per applicant to only a few minutes.
  • Do away with the time-consuming paperwork. Hiring teams can rank applicants directly in the Ninja Gig portal, saving time when it comes to deciding who to invite to an interview. There’s also an electronic auto-save feature and we offer automatic downloads of each applicant and resume, so you can spend more time hiring and less time dealing with physical paperwork.  

 

 

  • Post Once, Ninja Gig Does the Rest for You

 

There are too many job boards out there to manage posting on them all. With Ninja Gig your jobs are automatically published to many job boards, including Indeed, Google Jobs, Zip Recruiter, and more.

You can turn this feature on and off at will, per job. Not only does this integration save you money on additional advertising costs, but it also saves you a ton of time, as you only have to create your jobs in one place and we do the rest!

 

 

  • Bilingual Applications

 

The world is getting increasingly global. As diversity grows in the workplace, organizations need to be prepared to respond with more diverse hiring processes. With your Ninja Gig website you can easily translate all applications into Spanish, opening the door to many more potential applicants without having to spend the time working on translations.

And no need to stop at Spanish! If you require additional language support, we are happy to add those other languages thanks to Google Translate.

 

By signing up with Ninja Gig, companies easily promote openings using online employment applications. Online job applications make it easy for qualified applicants to apply. Sign up now for your free trial and get your online job applications in front of potential candidates now.

Explode Your Recruiting Reach With These 4 Hacks

Spend some time on any job site on the internet and you’ll quickly notice something: big companies are spending a fortune to promote their openings.

But what are you, as a small business, to do? You’ll never have the same recruiting budget as the big boys, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same reach to find employees. We’ve compiled our top hacks for exploding your reach with Ninja Gig using free (or low cost) online tools and social media best practices.

Read on to learn how to reach more candidates starting right now!

 

1. Build a direct link on your homepage

The first tip is the easiest. After you’ve created your Ninja Gig portal and chosen your custom domain name (yourcompany.ninjagig.com), you’ll be ready to promote the link anywhere and everywhere. But too many companies forget to start with the low-hanging fruit first.

So, start at home–literally. Your organization’s homepage is the most widely visited page on your site, so why would you bury your job openings on another page? You can provide potential candidates with an easy apply through the Ninja Gig link as soon as they land on your site.

2. Create a Social Media Video with Link

All the major social media platforms use algorithms to determine reach. Which means that in order to get your content out to as many candidates as possible, you need to create content that the algorithms favor. And video posts can average 50%+ more reach than any other form of content!

Most companies simply post a boring “We’re Hiring” post with a plain text link to the opening. Not only can you reach more candidates with video, but you’ll also garner more applicants by sharing an engaging video that shows why your organization is a great place to work. The video does not have to be high-end (you can even shoot it on your phone) but it must be authentic and inspire candidates to want to apply.

Be sure to include a “Apply Now” link on the post to your beautiful Ninja Gig portal so candidates can easily swipe/tap/click their way to the application.

3. Embed a “We’re Hiring!” Link to Your Ninja Gig Portal in All Company Emails

Whether there are a handful of employees at your company or thousands, the reach from current staff adds up. Turn your entire workforce into a recruiting army by embedding the Ninja Gig links in all company email signatures. Use a tool like HubSpot’s or Gimmio to implement with ease.

4. Create a Social Media Post For Current Employees to Share

References are the most powerful recruitment tool, which is why most organizations offer referral bonuses to current employees. Use your employees’ motivation to land the bonus in your favor by creating a social media post that they can simply swipe and post to their personal accounts. Not only are you amplifying your reach for free by tapping into their personal networks, but the message itself means more when it comes via word of mouth from a current employee.

Use a tool like Canva or Pablo by Buffer to create a stunning visual that employees will be proud to share with their networks along with your company’s Ninja Gig link.

 

By signing up with Ninja Gig, companies easily promote openings using online employment applications. Online job applications make it easy for qualified applicants to apply. Sign up now for your free trial and get your online job applications in front of potential candidates now.

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.

Ninja Gig makes hiring super simple for companies of all sizes.  Ready to simplify your hiring process and find great candidates?  Sign up now for a 30-day free trial and start accepting job applications online immediately!

 

Full-Service Restaurants Trends

Several new restaurant trends are kicking off 2019 with a bang. Whether you’re looking to reinvent your restaurant or want to start a new eatery, check out these restaurant trends.

Cuisines

Peruvian food is making a big comeback in 2019, as well as regional Russian, Italian, Mexican and Asian. Additionally, down south, experts expect to see more Creole, Cajun and Floribbean tastes expanding along the East Coast. If you are looking into delving into these new cuisines, look for a chef or kitchen staff with experience to help implement inspiring dishes.

Seasonings and Sauces

Sauces, such as South American chimichurri; African harissa, berbere, dukkah, zhug, tahini and baharat from the Middle East; sambal, adobo, chaat masala from Asia; fermented foods and sweet and sour tastes from Eastern Europe; and pepper sauce, varietal citrus and jerk seasoning from the Caribbean are expected to be big flavor profiles over the next several months. Gone are the days of only using salt and pepper, so bring in the big spice guns!

Health

As the Baby Boomer population ages, there will be more menus focusing on health trends to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and other harmful medical conditions that may be controlled by diet. Additionally, younger generations are turning to more plant-based foods and restaurants are going to be incorporating foods that have the same taste and texture of meat, but are plant-based.

Beverages

IPAs are the hottest beverage of the moment, and with the gluten-free trend making headlines, varietal apple and pear ciders from the Pacific Northwest are rapidly winning more awards and becoming more in demand in restaurants.

CBD-Infusions

As legalized marijuana gains popularity in several states across the nation, cannabis will begin being incorporated into several different drinks and menus across restaurant concepts.

Vegetables

Dark green vegetables, such as cabbage and chicory are coming into the spotlight, and we anticipate they may be bigger than the star center of attention – kale – that has hogged the restaurant trend limelight for many years. Cabbage and chicory are easy to flavor, and they’re very versatile, which will make them a welcome addition to many menus.

Delivery

Delivery will be a central trend that helps to drive restaurant sales this year. Delivery-only items will have higher profit margins and will need to travel well, which means that experts predict the rise of more delivery-only storefronts that do not feature in-store seating.

Technology

With there being more jobs than employees right now, restaurants may start to limit the number of servers touching tables and begin using tablets to help streamline more routine ordering processes. Restaurants can easily use technology to alter menu options and provide a customizable platform for diners.

Smart Equipment

As rents increase and kitchen spaces decrease, restaurants will be relying on more “smart” equipment that is Bluetooth-enabled to program settings, reduce errors and improve efficiencies.

Are you interested in finding the top, brightest talent to help run your kitchen and restaurant? By signing up with Ninja Gig, companies easily promote openings using online employment applications. Online job applications make it easy for qualified applicants to apply. Sign up now for your free trial and get your online job applications in front of potential candidates now.

The Latest in HR Trends

Every year seems to have a different focus on the HR industry, so what trends are going to be present throughout 2019? Ninja Gig weighs in with what they are seeing kick off this new year.

Personalization

In the past, many companies have focused on a “one-size-fits-all” approach to standardizing businesses. Employees have different work styles, and some employees work better in a collaborative work environment, while others prefer more isolation and silence. Tailoring specific office design settings to employees’ work styles helps to produce more productive employees and a personalized work environment.

Trust

Trust is a big one. Do people trust the companies that employ them? If not, then it makes it difficult for employees to be loyal and stay with a company long-term. I mean if someone doesn’t trust their employer, why do they still work there? If a company says they’re going to do something, they should try their best to do it. Broken promises and smoke and mirrors all contribute to a poor work environment, which leads to higher turnover rates.

Paternalism

While traditionally companies have been taught that leaders and managers should be good coaches, this isn’t necessarily true. In reality, many managers aren’t good, motivating coaches. It’s essential that managers undergo training to help them understand the process of becoming a good coach. If you invest in helping managers to become good coaches and teach them how to enjoy their jobs more, you’ll have long-term employees that are more productive and happy.

Doing Less

Management needs to make an impact by doing less because it produces more significant results in the workplace. If there are an overwhelming number of rules and regulations, work can feel more like going into court than a positive working environment.

Focusing on People

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in semantics, but in the end, all employees are people. Sometimes the expectations of the workforce can be too high. Understanding the psychology of people, what motivates them and how they are driven to succeed will significantly help to improve company performance.

By signing up with Ninja Gig, companies easily promote openings using online employment applications. Online job applications make it easy for qualified applicants to apply. Sign up now for your free trial and get your online job applications in front of potential candidates now.

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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