School’s Out for Summer: How to Attract Top Notch Interns

May 02, 2018

Summer is internship season! There are many benefits to hiring an intern, and if you want to attract the best-of-the-best, I can help you to get the ball rolling.

 

In addition to my 6 tips for attracting the right intern, I have a fantastic BONUS for you at the end of this article so keep reading, doll!

 

Pay Them. It’s important to understand that having an intern doesn’t mean having someone working for you, for free. There are still laws surrounding pay and, if you want to attract the cream of the crop, you need to be competitive. You are best to position yourself as a generous employer so that you can attract the right people and keep them!

 

Connect with a Recruiter. You may think it’s crazy to pay a fee to a recruiter for finding your rockstar intern, but digest this for one sec. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers reported converting an average of 51.7% of their eligible interns into full-time hires....

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Avoid Getting Passed Up for Slam Dunk Job Opportunities!

Apr 25, 2018

Are you feeling more like a classic car these days? Does it seem as though hiring authorities like the experience that you bring but still pass you up for newer models?

 

We hear this situation from our candidates all the time. Age discrimination exists and, rather than ignoring this fact, I want to help you leap into the driver's seat and kick up the horsepower.

 

Here are some ways to show that your expertise is a must-have for any organization:

 

Position Yourself as a Thought Leader. When you are positioning yourself as a real expert, age quickly becomes a moot fact. Log into LinkedIn and publish some articles related to your industry. Pick up a small speaking gig with an industry association, or choose to mentor someone newer to their career.

 

Harness Your Fashion Sense. Have you seen the male model, Philippe Dumas? He is reaching 62 years old and has turned everything upside down when it comes to age barriers in the fashion and modeling industry. What...

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Cover Letters. Do You Need One?

Apr 03, 2018

What I know about cover letters:

  • 100% of candidates dread writing them.
  • 100% of applicant tracking systems comb them for related keywords.
  • I have a formula that makes them a breeze to write.

Unless a job posting says explicitly no cover letter necessary, it is always a great idea to send one. It’s important to note that you want to target the cover letter for each specific role.

Here is why I recommend sending a targeted cover letter with each application:  

  1.    A cover letter is an expression of interest.

Just like when you are trying to date someone new, you need to compliment them, tell them why you are interested, and close with a qualifying statement.

Julie, I have had the biggest crush on you for the longest time. I think you are brilliant and, the fact that we are both into marine biology is something that we can talk about for hours. Dinner?

Let’s try that technique on an employer:

Hiring Manager,
After carefully reviewing the...

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How to Keep Millennial Employees Engaged 2.0

Apr 03, 2018

You guys asked for it, so here it is! Part two of our discussion on millennial employee engagement. Why is this a two-part convo? Because it’s fascinating, complicated, and incredibly important!

Last month we talked about how to keep the “Job-Hopping Generation” from leaving your organization.

We discussed ways to lay the solid groundwork that included:  

  • Making authentic connections.
  • Linking work and contributions to a broader purpose.
  • Providing access to a diverse array of learning and development opportunities.
  • Demonstrating fairness in promotion and advancement decisions.

As discussed last month, research shows that by the year 2025, millennials will make up over 75% of the workforce. What I want to talk about today are more tangible day-to-day activities that will attract, and keep, millennial employees.

 From the discussions I have had with thousands of clients, and a gazillion candidates, here is what I know works best:  

Nix the 9-5....

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Keep Millennial Employees Engaged and Watch Your Business Grow!

Mar 15, 2018

"Millennials, typically born between 1982-2004, are often referred to as the “Job-Hopping Generation.” 

Ouch.

As elusive as the millennial employee can be, here is what we know for sure. They are our most social generation, spending nearly 20 hours per week on their smartphones. In an article by Forbes, we are told that 82% of millennials would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. And, with research showing that by the year 2025, millennials will make up over 75% of the workforce, it’s no longer an option for us to ignore our millennial retention strategy.

If you aren’t familiar with the organization, Great Place to Work, check them out. They examine, survey, and poll millions of employees and thousands of the best workplaces, globally. They help organizations learn how to build sustainability plans and be recognized for their cultures.

When asked about how to hold on to millennial employees, President of Great Place to...

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#AskAmy March 2018 - Cover Letters that Get a Callback!

Mar 02, 2018

Unsure of how to spin your current cover letter? Resumes floating in the abyss, and not getting any callbacks?


Join us for this month’s #AskAmy Career Connect Live! Tuesday, March 13th at 6PM, learn how to write a cover letter that will get you a callback in only 90 minutes! 


Link to sign up at: amycoleconnect.com/askamy

Can’t wait to see you!

 

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3 Toughest Interview Questions (With Answers!)

Feb 27, 2018

Pressure makes diamonds.

It also makes your palms sweaty, and your voice crack.

I’m talking about interview pressure here. When you are unprepared for the interviewer’s toughest questions, it feels like drowning in quicksand.

Lucky for you, I have your back! I’ve prepared you some responses to the toughest interview questions you may encounter.

Make them your own or memorize them verbatim. It’s all up to you, doll!

1. What is your biggest weakness?

This question can come cleverly disguised:

If you could take added training on any topic, which would you choose?

What are the most significant challenges in your current role?

If I called your current employer today, what would they say you need to work on?

Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for the position. A bus driver in Buffalo should not be afraid to drive in the snow!

Prepare your reply into three parts:

State your weakness.
Show what you are doing to improve.
Discuss how the improvements will benefit...

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#AskAmy February 2018 - How to Execute A Career Transition!

Feb 09, 2018

Your industry changing at the speed of light? Aged out? Or simply not sure of your next career move?


Join Breakthrough WorkShop #AskAmy Tuesday, Feb. 13th @ The Yard, NYC. In 90 minutes you'll learn to tools on How to Execute a Career Transition!

Click the link below to sign up. Can't wait to see you!
amycoleconnect.com/askamy

 

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This Valentine's Day - Fall in LOVE with Your Job!

Feb 09, 2018

I am in love with many things - swimming in the ocean, lobster drenched in butter and Ryan Gosling (don’t ask!).

When you think of love, most of us will not list our jobs in the top five. IF at all.

It’s easy to daydream about a new position; however, the grass isn't always greener.  In many ways, it's easier, smarter and more fruitful to fall in love again with your current job and experience career growth right where you are!

Try these 4 simple steps:

1. Take some vacation time.

Set yourself up for a new level of success by refreshing your energy.

Sometimes all it takes to analyze your next career move is hitting the RESET button. Revisit your career goals and aspirations with a clear mind.

Even if you don’t have a lot of vacation time, you can take a long weekend “staycation” by booking off a Friday and a Monday.

Regenerate by turning off your work email and investing some time into yourself. Sleep in,...

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How to Find 'The One'

Jan 31, 2018

Valentines Day is just around the corner. It’s bringing up feelings of happiness and love.

Love feels marvelous, doesn’t it?

Do you know what else feels splendid?

Finding THE ONE.

That one candidate…the needle in the haystack. You know them when you find them. Like Cinderella’s slipper. They just fit.

Now, we have all hired a dud from time to time. You know the type. These candidates say all the right things in the interview. They are charming and persuasive. That little voice tells you something isn’t quite right, but you ignore it. You need someone in the role.

Fast forward six months into the future and this imposter-superstar has taken more sick days than you can count, and they are late more often than your Visa payments in college.

I want to share with you my tricks for hiring right the first time.

1. Put Instructions in your Job Ad

Putting simple instructions in your job advertisement will at once weed out the candidates who are making blind...

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