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The Benefits of Hiring Students Versus Hiring Graduates.

The Benefits of Hiring Students Versus Hiring Graduates.

As employers we’ve all been faced with difficulty in hiring new employees. From not knowing whether the new person will be able to function successfully and synergize with your other workers. To having to spend money in order to train them to work efficiently, hiring a new worker can be an extremely difficult task. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a student versus hiring a graduate for your business.

Faster Learning

When considering hiring a student versus a graduate we must recognize that students are often more eager to learn because learning is how they’ve been taught to function throughout life. Many students are very versatile, especially after their first year of college in which they are exposed to new and different curriculums. Thus making them more quick to absorb new information and use it correctly. This is a huge benefit for businesses that want to minimize costs on employee training. Lowering costs while bringing in more efficient work is something all businesses should strive to do, by hiring students they would be accomplishing that.

Large Network

Another benefit of hiring a student would be the fact that have access to a large network of peers. Because graduates have become alumni from their universities they may not have as large of a networking pool as those still in college, and industries that rely on promotion and marketing in order to gain exposure benefit greatly from hiring students. Graduates will also be seeking jobs that pay high wages, frequently denying minimum wage jobs thus making currently enrolled students more valuable for small businesses.

Business Growth

Lastly, it is more beneficial to hire students as they’re more likely to grow with the business. If a student receives a part-time job during the beginning of their freshman year and continues to work until graduation, they will have gained all of the skills required to bring income to the business. To find students you’d like to hire feel free to post a job on HireOwl today!

HireOwl Goes Global and Welcomes Foreign Students

HireOwl Goes Global and Welcomes Foreign Students

The HireOwl Team is thrilled to announce that the HireOwl service is now available to foreign students studying at Universities outside of the United States. Students from any university in the world can now sign up, create a profile and apply for a job. Foreign students can work remotely, or leverage the internship on-boarding service recently offered by HireOwl.

This big step will offer HireOwl employer clients a larger and more diversified workforce. At HireOwl, we strongly believe that with a larger student workforce, employers will have more choices and will be able to fill their positions faster.

For many foreign students this is a great opportunity to gain work experience at any company globally and earn a competitive pay.

HireOwl will now support payments to students located in the following countries:

Australia Canada Denmark Finland
France Ireland Japan Norway
Spain Sweden United Kingdom United States
Austria Belgium Germany Hong Kong
Italy Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand
Portugal Switzerland Singapore

 

Almost every growing business is trying to leverage the power of global distributed workforce in today’s economy.  At HireOwl, we fully understand the challenges involved when working or managing such teams. Our mission is to give our clients the tools they need to succeed in such environment. We believe that Web-based video is a critical component in the today’s workplace.

Our recently announced partnership with integrivideo.com enabled us to offer our clients the technology to connect, collaborate and stay engaged throughout the project.

Hire a foreign student now!

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.

A New Look at the Student Profile

A New Look at the Student Profile

HireOwl rolls out a new user interface for students to build their personal, professional and video profile. The UI comes with simple and easy to use navigation that helps students describe their background and skills. The new video profile is powered by the best-in-class WebRTC protocol from IntegriVideo. Students can now record or upload their intro videos boosting their profile appeal. If you’re a student, come and check it out. Record an introductory video of yourself answering a few suggested questions. It only takes a few minutes. Employers will love it!

 

HireOwl Partners with Integrivideo.com for Web-based Video

HireOwl Partners with Integrivideo.com for Web-based Video

Partnership Announcement

HireOwl.com is thrilled to announce that it’s partnering with IntegriVideo.com to integrate advanced video and collaboration capabilities into its current service offering.

With the new collaboration features, employers will enjoy new tools to meet and interview students remotely. Adoption of these technologies will result in significant time-savings and better hiring decisions. Students will get a better chance to get to know their future employer before accepting a job offer.

These collaboration capabilities will also enable employers and students to interact with each other on a regular basis, creating a  virtual workspace for them discuss new assignments, plan deliverables and review the results.

At HireOwl.com we believe that this technology enables us to deliver a complete solution to employers for recruiting and working with the technology-savvy millennial workforce.

About HireOwl.com

HireOwl.com a fast growing student employment network, helping students find part-time jobs and internships.

About IntegriVideo.com

IntegriVideo.com offers industry leading video solutions to its clients in the form of web components, such as webrtc-based video, chat, recording, file sharing and many more. Its advanced analytics platform offers real-time analytics and monitoring of the service allowing for better scale and optimization.

Student search

Student search

Dear Employers,

We are excited to let you know that we’ve working hard to improve our college recruiting platform. We know it’s not easy to get a perfect student, so we’ve decided to give you an additional tool.

You can now browse and search students based on the University, major, graduation year or skills. You can then invite the students you picked to apply to your job opening.

Just login to your employer account, choose the All Students tab and give it a try.

We’d love to hear from you!

Exciting Improvements and Pricing Changes

Exciting Improvements and Pricing Changes

Dear Employers,

We are excited to let you know that we are in the process of improving our service. You may have noticed the new website and improvements in speed.
You’ll see major improvements in students profiles and great video capabilities coming soon.

We have also taken steps to simplify our pricing:

we now offer a single plan of $20 per month for each open job.

You can see the pricing also on our website www.hireowl.com

Timesheets will continue to be supported. The transaction fee will only be 5% (to cover bank charges), instead of the 20% we used to charge.

Please let us know how we can make our service better for you.

The HireOwl Team
HireWisely@HireOwl.com

Use Jobs for Full-Time Students to Shrink Your Recruiting Budget

Use Jobs for Full-Time Students to Shrink Your Recruiting Budget

Sticking to a recruiting budget can be an incredibly frustrating endeavor. The more time you spend in contact with specific recruits, the more time you have to convince them that your company is the right fit for them. But this is a hindrance as much as it is a help. By spending time with certain students—from correspondence to on-campus visits—you’re also potentially neglecting another great pool of students from elsewhere. Beyond that, there’s no guarantee that the students in whom you’re investing the most time are going to say yes.

This is where learn-and-earn opportunities give you an edge. Hone your recruiting resources and narrow your field, all while getting work done in the process.

How jobs for full-time students can minimize recruitment spending

They take less time than traditional internships

Internships are a gamble for both students and recruiters. On the student side, there’s a huge dearth of opportunities compared to the number of students seeking them. On the employer’s side, investing months in a handful of people to see if they’re a good fit for your company can be a huge waste, especially if you realize within the first few weeks that it’s not meant to be. After all, time is money.

As you already know too well, it doesn’t take months to see if an applicant fits the mold. Term-time work, on the other hand requires much less of a time commitment. Learn-and-earn opportunities consist of real projects that the student works on part-time while still in school—and you get to choose the duration. Whether it’s a month-long quest to reboot your social-media plan or two weeks of market research, you hold the reins and determine exactly how long each individual has to prove to you that they’re worthy of being sought after college.

They give you a real idea of a student’s potential

Gone are the days of the recruitment bullhorn. Today’s students aren’t looking for the companies that make the most noise or post the most ads. Instead they’re looking inward, considering what they want to do before they decide where they want to do it. From a budgeting perspective, this should come as good news for recruiters.

Take your job descriptions and put them to the test. Post term-time jobs that involve different roles, from assisting with accounting to helping plan events. If someone does the job well and seems to enjoy it, continue the conversation and see if he or she would be interested in working with you on a more permanent basis. And spread the word! In the growing freelance economy, you don’t necessarily have to work with a potential recruit in person before determining whether you want to hire him or her permanently. Because of this, your learn-and-earn opportunities don’t have to narrow your focus to only a few of the most competitive campuses.

They encourage retention

It has been proven again and again is that it costs businesses less money to retain an employee than to hire a new one. This, of course, makes recruiters’ jobs more difficult, as they are tasked with not only filling roles, but also filling them with the right people. By test-driving your potential employees before you hire them, you’re ensuring that they’re a good fit for the job and your company’s culture code.

Temporary opportunities allow your candidates to work directly with someone who could ultimately be their immediate supervisor if you hire them permanently. After each assignment, have a conversation with this person to ensure that he or she feels the fit is right. This way all the responsibility doesn’t sit on one person’s shoulders, and you can gain so much more knowledge than you could during interviews alone.

Spend more time targeting the right students—not necessarily the most students—to narrow your field. Use the HireOwl platform to post jobs and communicate directly with students who are interested in helping you out.

What To Do When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

What To Do When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

This is a special contribution from a HireOwl student, Emily C. of NYU.

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s a question that comes up constantly in essays, interviews, and job applications. If you’re like many college students, you don’t have a great answer. You have your major and you have a list of jobs you can pursue with that major, but you don’t really know what you want to do for the next few years, let alone the rest of your life. Or maybe you do know, but you’re nowhere close to getting there and don’t know where to begin. Luckily, being unsure of things in college doesn’t mean staying unsure your whole life. Many successful people also had no idea what they wanted to pursue or what to do when they started out. Take just a few examples of what future leaders were doing in their 20s:

  1. Oprah Winfrey: The soon-to-be talk show host was just fired from her news slot on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.
  2. Ralph Lauren: The future fashion designer had dropped out of college, served in the US Army, and was working as a salesman for a tie company.
  3. Mark Cuban: The man who would become owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a wildly successful businessman was living with five friends in a three-bedroom apartment. He had just been fired from the PC company he worked at.
  4. Tina Fey: The future comedian was working as a child-care registrar at the YMCA.
  5. Sylvester Stallone: The someday actor, screenwriter, and director was making $1.12 an hour at the Central Park Zoo cleaning lions’ cages.
  6. Whoopi Goldberg: The future View co-host was applying makeup to corpses in a funeral parlor.
  7. Ray Romano: The undiscovered comedian was studying accounting at Queens College.
  8. Walt Disney: The legend that would start his own company had just been fired from his job as a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination.”
  9. Jeff Bezos: The man who would found Amazon.com was working as a grill man at McDonald’s. He was never even promoted to cashier.
  10. Howard Schultz: The future Starbucks CEO was a salesman for Xerox.

If you’re one of the millions of students who have no idea what they’re doing, don’t panic! The most important thing you can do during your college years is expose yourself to many different disciplines and jobs. The more jobs and internships you have, the better you’ll understand what you enjoy and what you want to dedicate yourself to.

Most successful people say that the experiences they had in their younger years are what led them to where they are, however disconnected the jobs may seem. Don’t be afraid to take that internship or job in a field you aren’t absolutely sure about. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. And of course, let HireOwl help you find them!

The New Labor Market: A Startup Lawyer’s Perspective

The New Labor Market: A Startup Lawyer’s Perspective

Excerpts from a discussion HireOwl had with David Sorin, the head of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice at McCarter & English, where he works with early stage and growing tech startups. 

Dave framed our conversation with his observations of the new digital marketplace:

“The No. 1 content company in the world—Facebook—doesn’t own any content. The No. 1 lodging company—AirBnB—doesn’t own any real estate. The No. 1 transportation company—Uber—doesn’t own any cars. The No. 1 wholesale company—Alibaba—doesn’t own any goods.”

According to Dave, the ‘new economy’ looks very different for people just entering the workforce.

“My parents’ generation had one job from the time they left high school until the day they retired. My generation has moved to a new job every few years. Many [millennials] are going to work for multiple employers at the same time.”

“Employers don’t want bench capacity. They don’t want to pay expensive benefits for full time employees.” New technology is allowing more companies to utilize remote workers a la carte. We call them freelancers, consultants, and/or independent contractors. Businesses can now say “I only want to pay for the portion of you that I’m going to use.”

Not surprisingly it’s all about new technologies.

“Thanks largely to new technologies and related productivity enhancements, businesses today are much less labor intensive than ever before. Many of us, in a knee-jerk reaction, assume that globalization is the primary cause for a declining need for employees here in the U.S. A far greater cause of the declining need for employees, however, comes directly from massive increases in productivity due to digital technology and the internet.”

Digital platforms for handling data and communication have decreased the need for mid-level jobs. Without the middle rungs, there isn’t as clear a ladder to climb. “The ideal ‘career path’ is no longer an option for many students and young people just entering the workforce.”

“The flip side is that businesses can be much less capital intensive. This, coupled with a rapidly changing employment sector, is a strong motivating factor for people to be more entrepreneurial.”

In other words, employees (or independent contractors) are becoming less and less hamstrung by tools and infrastructure. We don’t need an office to house a supercomputer, nor do we need to be on the factory floor inspecting our widgets. We can fit that functionality on to the smartphones in our pockets.

One might expect Dave’s field, law, to be among the least-changed industries since the school-to-job path is straightforward and inflexible. You need to earn a specific degree from a specific type of school, pass a specific test, and then you can find a placement through your school’s professional network. But, according to Dave this isn’t so. “In the legal profession, firms used to decide two years in advance who they were going to hire. That isn’t the case anymore.” Law schools that aren’t preparing their students for an uncertain and evolving job market “are doing a disservice to their students.”

Everything is moving faster. This is particularly important for those in higher education (students, faculty, and staff) to understand. “Better, faster, cheaper applies to everyone, including professionals and knowledge workers.”

New entrepreneurial programs are one way that schools are preparing their students for the future. One example is NYU’s Leslie eLab, where Dave holds regular office hours for NYU students and is a contributor to panel discussions and other events.

Dave warns that “entrepreneurial institutes [like the Leslie eLab] shouldn’t be looking only for the ‘next big thing’.” Rather, “they should offer tools that develop the entrepreneurial skill sets of their students. Students need to learn when and how to take reasonable, rational risks in support of innovation.”

Finally, Dave agreed that while “school should be about finding your passion, it also has to be about how to monetize that passion.”

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Students, to identify a passion that you can turn into a career, it is imperative that you stay ahead of these rapid changes in the labor market and the economy more broadly. Working freelance jobs while still in school can give you the versatility necessary to navigate whatever uncertainty might lie ahead in your career.