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HireOwl Announces Career Coaching Services!

HireOwl Announces Career Coaching Services!

HireOwl Team is excited to announce its partnership with some of the best career coaches in the US to offer career coaching to its students.

When attending college, students frequently choose to pursue different avenues, some party, some play sports, and others try their hardest to study and do well on their exams. But what sets each of them apart from one another after they receive their diplomas, is the amount of experience they’ve had in the professional working environment. Have you ever found yourself lost on the path of knowledge, unable to figure out where to go next? If you’ve ever wished to have a chance to learn and be exposed to the way professionals think and function in your career field then we have the tool for you.

HireOwl is proud to present career coaching on our platform which connects students with mentors in their fields. This program allows you the student, to connect with mentors in the career path you’re studying for. The biggest advantage a student can have is experience, it helps in applying for a job after graduation or meeting a prerequisite for graduate school. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in this program you can apply whether you are a senior or freshman, but currently enrolled student are preferred.

If you are still unsure on wether or not you should consider applying for this golden opportunity consider these reasons. The benefits of getting a career coach is that they can show you the failures that they faced when they were in your position.

Forbes states that “Through the use of career coaching individuals find a balance between personal and professional life, leading them to increase the amount of revenue by roughly 4% annually.” (Forbes.com, 2015).

On average students who use career coaching feel “25% more concentrated on business related tasks” and tend to find success in any new business undertaking. By finding out what errors they’ve made it cuts out a lot of time testing methods to attain success. Another benefit to having a career coach is that they can help you in networking. By getting additional exposure to members high up in your field you have a higher chance getting a kickstart on your career. In order to be the first to sign up for our new career coaching follow this link.

Who You Should Hire for Marketing Projects

Who You Should Hire for Marketing Projects

When thinking of hiring employees for marketing positions employers must consider which generations are most exposed to the ever evolving methods of marketing. Within the past 10 years, internet marketing has become an extremely viable way for any business to increase their income and in addition earn recurring customers. As an employer you may be asking yourself “What is internet marketing?” and in short internet marketing is the promotion of your product through different social avenues such as networks, forums, and niche sites. Networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest all have wide audiences and are niche specific, so it’s beneficial to some of research on which social network your business would thrive best in.

Upon searching for talent in marketing and posting job openings on career sites, employers must recognize that currently, enrolled students are their most viable tools in order to successfully develop a marketing strategy for their business. Since students have used social media since early adolescence, some even as early as eleven years old, they have garnered the skills to know the absolute ins and outs of every social media and networking platform. While they may have not yet used social networks as tools to promote your business, in particular, they have learned how to use hashtags, links, and keywords to gain exposure on the internet. With these tools in hand, it takes little adaptation to create a positive social media and marketing presence for your business. Students should be your prime source for marketing as they have been around the tools you need to seek new audiences the longest.

Whether you are looking for new customers or trying to stabilize your monthly income, consider hiring students for marketing positions at your business. To find out potential student candidates for your marketing positions feel free to try HireOwl, a fast growing student employment network.

Student Profile That Lands a Job

Student Profile That Lands a Job

What is the first thing a business notices about your online presence before giving you a chance for an interview? Your profile. A poor profile shows a business that you’re not capable of providing an organized list of resources and that you may be incapable to complete even the easiest of tasks. Here at HireOwl we will give you the best guide to teach you how to craft yourself a concise and professional profile worthy of any job position.

Quick Q&A

Question: Why should I have a complete profile?

Answer: There are limitless benefits to having a full profile, but the main reason is that the employer will get a quick and easy way to evaluate your work, and profiles that are 100% complete get priority over those that aren’t which immediately puts you ahead of the competition. Here is a quick and easy 2 step guide to having a profile that all employers love to see.

Step 1: Fill Out These Essential Categories

  • Make sure you have a high quality photo. The first thing someone sees before they even have a chance to talk to you is how you look. By having a high quality picture you put yourself ahead of those with grainy images.
  • List your best skills and don’t leave any out! If you’ve done graphic design and it’s your passion make sure to list it as one of your skills. But if you’ve also mastered the Microsoft Office Suite through your college years as many students have, you can also list that as a skill. The more skills you have the more versatile you can be when applying for jobs.
  • List your references, blogs, and social media. Remember a business will make sure that you’re doing the best job at representing them so social media presence and references are extremely important. If it’s your first time listing references do not worry! If you have family friends or coaches that have known you for a long time they can be listed in that category.

Step 2: Create a Video Profile

  • Use your webcam and create a video. In an ever evolving business world millennials need to seize the tools that will put them ahead of the curve. Due to our recent partnership with IntegriVideo we can now integrate video with your student profile. Here are some of the statistics and success stories of having a video on your profile.

“In a survey of more than 500 hiring managers at companies with more than 20 employees, OfficeTeam found that 63 percent said their company often uses videoconferencing for job interviews.”

John Scohen, CNBC.com

  • If you mess up don’t worry. HireOwl allows you to record and re-record your attempts as many times as you’d like before you get the perfect one. In addition you can choose your thumbnail to be the most appealing part of the video. Due to the fact that HireOwl prefers students with 100% completed profiles and recommends them higher to employers it’s very crucial to complete a video profile!

Now that you’ve read this Q&A and two-step guide to success in kickstarting your career what are you waiting for? Log into your HireOwl profile today and get started!

Top 3 Summer Jobs for Students

Top 3 Summer Jobs for Students

Every summer thousands of students suffer with the task of battling through job interviews, awkward networking, and fierce competition for opportunities for employment. This summer make it easier on yourself and earn some money by working as one of these 3 positions!

Internships

Many companies seek summer time interns and in our advancing society it’s becoming more commonplace to find internship positions that actually pay for your work. Whether it’s traveling to Boston or New York City, or just working at your local accounting firm, many businesses seek interns and are willing to pay more than minimum wage. Interning may seem difficult at first but it provides a chance to kickstart your career and if you do a great job could land you a permanent spot in the business.

Freelance Writing

So you’ve just finished submitting that last eight page paper as your final and you don’t want to look at another writing assignment until next year. That’s okay but there is a whole other world out there that you haven’t explored yet! By writing about your favorite sports teams, bands, or television shows you can get paid a lot for the content you produce. Learning a little bit about SEO or Search Engine Optimization you can gain the tools you need to write for any company you’d like. Freelance writing allows you to use your now learned expertise in writing in college to make you money. A lot of students use their summer to pursue freelance writing which not only gives them a steady source of income, but also improves their writing.

Customer Service

Now this may seem like a position that will require you to sit long hours at a telephone answering easy questions but it’s not! Most customer support jobs allow you to travel around your city helping those who need it the most, and any successful business from large to small needs a good customer service team to help out. Whether it be electronically by filing paperwork, or in person by helping solve difficult problems customer service positions are usually a good entry-level position that allows you to make a stable income during the summer.

Hopefully some of these positions seemed appealing to you and helped you find inspiration for a job this summer. If you want to see if these positions are available in your local neighborhood feel free to sign-up for HireOwl, submit your resume, and search away.

Careers for College Students: Should I Focus on Role or Industry?

Careers for College Students: Should I Focus on Role or Industry?

Career posting sites such as those managed by your college or third-party companies like Monster are always asking you the same questions. Some are easy: Where do you want to work? How many years of experience do you have? For some, however, the two fields entitled “Role” and “Industry” on the search form pose more of a conundrum. As a student and soon-to-be grad, what if you’re not sure either way?

The good news is that like most aspects of recruiting, making the right decision comes down to confidence and research. In this post we’ll review the benefits of picking your job with either of these two parameters at the forefront of your decision.

How college students choose their careers by role or industry

The benefits to choosing your industry first

There are many who swear that the industry is the only thing that matters in your decision, primarily because you get the opportunity to build industry knowledge. It’s easy to see why they feel this way. Knowing how your industry has changed over time is essential to innovating and moving it forward. Beyond that, you’ll make your life easier if you stick within a particular industry through the vocabulary you’ll build and the contacts you’ll make.

Another factor is that the industry is what you’ll be immersed in every day. “Think about how difficult it is (or would be) to be constantly thinking about, talking about, planning in, or executing in a world you just don’t care about,” writes Henry Hsu, the general manager of growth and new markets at NerdWallet in a contribution to LinkedIn. “You might be at the most respected data analytics company in the world, for example, but if you don’t have any interest in data analytics, you’re signing up for some pretty long days (regardless of how many hours you work).” In other words, choose an industry for which you have some passion, or you may find yourself quickly becoming bored.

The benefits to choosing your role first

Just to clarify, when we speak of “roles” here we’re not referring to “titles.” Especially for those of you who are recent grads or new to a particular industry, a title matters very little when you balance it with the actual responsibilities listed under it, and thus should not contribute greatly to your decision.

There do exist certain circumstances where the role can be prioritised above the industry. These are usually for anyone who seeks to become a sole practitioner or consultant in a trade someday. For example, if your dream is to delve into the mysteries of SEO and get the skills you need to run your own SEO consultancy in the future, it might not matter where you’re working as you cultivate these skills. Whether you’re researching keywords for website pages having to do with nail salons or B2B technology, you’re still honing your passion on a daily basis.

Other considerations

Let’s fast-forward to when you start to receive your job offers. If you find yourself having to choose among several, consider the company. Are you looking for a startup where you can carve out your own role by taking on more responsibility? Or are you looking for a bigger company with an established and reputable training program and more predictable promotion ladder? Either way, look at the number of employees that already exist within your department. You want to make sure that you’re putting yourself in a position where there are opportunities available for the taking, so make sure you identify any bottlenecks that may get in your way.