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Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Hello Student! We have a couple of questions for you:

  1. Are you a university student who has many connections with your peers on campus?
  2. Are you interested in setting up a network of people who will grow and progress with you?

At HireOwl you are given the opportunity to invite your peers to join you on your career seeking adventure. Through the “Refer a Friend” system every time you get somebody to sign up and apply for a job you make money. By recruiting enough of your friends you can make up to 2,000 dollars, and since you’re inviting your friends it encourages more employers to post jobs as they notice that there are more potential employees.

Having the ability to recruit your friends to the website gives you a great skill which is social marketing. By learning social marketing at an early stage in your career development you’ll become a more valuable asset to any corporation as this is something that can generate sales for any business.

With tools provided by HireOwl you’ll be able to see how successful you are in your recruiting process by tracking your stats in the “Referral” section on your profile. Most importantly this opportunity gives you a chance to see what your friends are skilled in.

With a powerful social network you’ll be able to enter any career field with your peers and be able to start an entry level business. If you’re looking for more information on how our referral program works in a step by step system feel free to follow this link.

Login to HireOwl and start earning referral $ now!

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.

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!

 

The Student Spotlight: Dhruv Goyal, Harvard ’16

The Student Spotlight: Dhruv Goyal, Harvard ’16

The Student Spotlight: showcasing talented students around the country 

Dhruv Goyal, Harvard ’16

Major: Economics

Minor: Government

Tells us about yourself, including past work experience and/or your involvement on campus.

I enjoy the intersection between government and business, so in the past summers I’ve worked on a Prime Ministerial campaign in India, done research at HBS and worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.
On campus I currently serve as Vice President of our student government, having been elected in a school wide campaign, the first non-US student to do so. I am also involved with the consulting group and international society at Harvard.

What’s your dream job? 

Prime Minister of India, a dream I share with about a billion other people…

What would you like your first job to be after graduation? 

Most likely consulting with (hopefully) McKinsey. A hedge fund would probably be fun too, especially when it comes to learning disciplined investing.

Favorite professor: 

Kiran Gajwani, from the Economics department at Harvard. She changed the way I think about global development issues like poverty.

What’s the most fulfilling work you’ve done to date?

While working on the campaign, we got to travel to several parts of the country and interact with people of very different backgrounds and motivations.

When not in class, you can usually be found:

Playing billiards

The Student Spotlight: Ben Pleat, Harvard ’17

The Student Spotlight: Ben Pleat, Harvard ’17

The Student Spotlight: showcasing talented students around the country 

Ben Pleat, Harvard College ’17

Major: Economics

Minor: Computer Science

Tells us about yourself.

I’m a Junior at Harvard studying Econ and CS. On campus I help lead Harvard Ventures, the undergraduate entrepreneurship group, through which students learn about startups, work with Boston-based startups term-time, and ultimately launch their own ventures. I also help lead the TAMID Chapter at Harvard, an organization that teaches students business skills through interaction with Israeli startups and companies.

What’s your dream job?

Any job where I get to interact with ambitious entrepreneurs and thinkers.

What would you like your first job to be after graduation? 

Startup co-founder or corporate development at a rapidly growing startup.

Favorite employer:

WeWork – perhaps the most amazing company I could have asked to intern with, and one of the most exciting companies that’s changing the way we view work. WeWork is truly the platform for creators and was an invaluable learning experience for me in seeing just how a rapidly growing startup could maintain an unbelievable culture and innovate daily.

Most fulfilling work:

WeWork – working with some of the best folks on the Growth Team specifically! See above!

When not in class, you can usually be found:

Using my tennis skills on a squash court

The Student Spotlight: Jason Plush, Johns Hopkins ’16

The Student Spotlight: Jason Plush, Johns Hopkins ’16

The Student Spotlight: showcasing talented students around the country 

Name: Jason Plush

School: Johns Hopkins University

Major: Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS)

Minor: Entrepreneurship and Management, Marketing and Communications

Tells us about yourself.

On campus, I’m the President of the SGA (Student Government Association) and the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. I’m also the captain of the Hopkins Club Ice Hockey Team and a member of the Senior Leadership Consultants. Finally, I serve as a Tour Guide and Admissions Representative in the Office of Admissions at JHU. In terms of skills, I play the bass guitar, the drums, and enjoy singing and have an avid passion for coaching and sports. I also enjoy journalism and have experience working in radio, marketing, and sponsorship activation.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to be an Analyst—either for ice hockey or baseball—for one of the large sports networks in the US, particularly NBC Sports, CBS Sports, or ESPN. Since I was 6 years old, it has been my dream to make it big in the sports industry and I would love to be a lead analyst at one of these companies.

What would you like your first job to be after graduation? 

If I decide not to pursue graduate school directly out of college, I would enjoy working for a sports marketing company. I’ve worked for a company called IMG the past two summers and have flourished in the job, so I could see myself entering into an entry level position at a company of similar caliber. I also wouldn’t mind being a sports writer for a newspaper and/or online editorial or magazine.

Favorite employer and/or professor:

Favorite employer: my boss, Tom Murphy, at IMG. He has a strong sense of the business I want to go into and has been a tremendous mentor, coach, and friend. I’ve enjoyed working for him every day and I feel like I learn something new about the marketing and sports industry each time we interact. He’s an awesome leader and someone I really look up to.

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bill Smedick. Bill teaches in the Center for Leadership Education at JHU and has had a tremendous influence on my college career. He is an effective communicator, strong leader, and commands a strong presence every time he steps into a room for a lecture. Additionally, he strikes the perfect balance of being professional and kind/approachable.

Most fulfilling work:

The most fulfilling work I’ve done in my life is when I volunteered in a small village in India called Leh for three weeks. The experience opened my eyes to being more involved in the communities I surround myself in and made me realize how fortunate I am to have the life that I do. It was tremendous to be able to make such a big difference in a short amount of time to a community in need. We constructed recycling systems for various parts of the village and taught Algebra and English to local students. It was incredibly fulfilling. Professionally, working at IMG has been the most fulfilling experience because it made me realize that I truly want to be involved in the sports industry as a professional career.

When not in class, you can usually be found:

In the music studio practicing, catching up with friends, or on the ice rink

The Student Spotlight: Kenny Soto, CCNY ’16

The Student Spotlight: Kenny Soto, CCNY ’16

The Student Spotlight: showcasing the talented students of HireOwl

Name: Kenny Soto

School: The City College of New York – CUNY

Year: Senior

Major: Music Theory

Website: www.kennysoto.com

Twitter handle: @KennySoto_NYC

Tell us more about yourself. Elaborate on your involvement in student government and your work on personal branding. Have you turned that into a business? Have you started other businesses? Feel free to mention teams, clubs, and special skills or experience. 

My name is Kenny Soto and I am the incoming president of Student Government at the City College of New York. I realized early on that the majority of knowledge I could gain in college was not from my courses but from the people I would meet. In order for me to gain a large base of connections at my college, I had to market myself. Entering student government was vital because I knew that I would learn the necessary skills needed after college, and I have utilized those skills to start my own consulting business for students.

What’s your dream job?

I want to own my own venture capital firm that helps fund education technology startups based in New York City.

Name your favorite employer you’ve worked with, and why.

My favorite employer has to be SCORE NYC, based near City Hall in New York. This is because throughout my eight-month internship I have been able to learn more about the issues that plague so many entrepreneurs. Having the chance to see retired executives coach and mentor current CEOs has shown me what it takes to execute and create a scalable and successful business.

What are the top ways you have benefited from working while in college? 

The biggest benefit I have gained from working while in college would have to be learning the theories you get from college classes and implementing them in a pragmatic way. The most important lesson I have obtained is that knowledge gained is useless unless you put it into action and test the theories you’ve learned. A college degree only serves to show an employer that you can handle a certain set of tasks given a specific deadline. If you want to stand out, you must take extra steps so people can see you as an asset.

When not in class, you can usually be found:

On my free time I am usually writing on my blog (link at start of article), taking photos across the city, working with my Fraternity (Tau Kappa Epsilon), doing volunteer work, and reading business books.