What does the future of the workplace look like to you? Thanks to the rise of the digital age and the after-effects of the 2008 recession, the students who are now entering the job market are more different than their employers than ever before. Millennials are used to having everything they need at their fingertips—from ordering food to booking vacations—which doesn’t always translate well with those of earlier generations who have had to go through more channels to get what they want. However it’s a great fallacy to think that this makes younger candidates any less hirable, or even desirable. In fact, with a bit of coaching, they can be a huge asset to your company.
The secret to shaping the future workplace lies in supplying jobs for full-time students
Just as they use mobile technology to buy movie tickets, students do the same when it comes to finding work. Gone are the days when established companies send representatives to a select few universities in order to uncover those who might fit in at their three-month summer internship programs. Instead, students need only flick their fingers a few times on a computer or smartphone before they uncover the wide variety of opportunities available to them. This can result in your receiving more applications from a higher quality pool of students, multiplying the work you need to do in identifying top prospects.
But while this might rock the boat a bit, it also brings some great benefits to you, the recruiter. While there are certainly many who have flourished under the established summer internship system, there’s no doubt you have also encountered pupils who don’t fit in at all. Perhaps they just weren’t interested in your industry after all and found it hard to be motivated. Perhaps they were overwhelmed with the amount of work required on a daily basis. Perhaps they weren’t quite ready for the newfound freedom that comes with moving to a big city for the summer. Whatever the reason, in hindsight you can’t help but feel like the internship was a waste of time for both sides.
Today, you can curb these instances by pairing your internship program with part-time work for full-time students. Thanks to mobile technology (again), students need not be available to you in person in order for you to test drive their skills and see how they meet deadlines, follow directions and exhibit professionalism. Even better, their familiarity with the changing digital world might just help you find innovative new ways to reach your client base and move people through the sales funnel. In a way, you’re creating your own reference for them rather than relying on people you have never met before.
And while these students are helping you, you get to help them too. Whatever you envision for the future of your workplace, you can instill these traits in your future hires early on via smaller tasks that take much less of your time than the three months of a traditional internship. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for HireOwl today to see the students who qualify for your positions, review their resumes and see what other work they have already performed.