Onboard an International Intern!

Onboard an International Intern!

Summer is approaching soon. Have you thought of hiring an international intern?

This is a perfect opportunity to get things done in a cost-effective manner! And it’s not too late.

HireOwl now helps US employers hire and onboard European Students.

We help you

  • Connect with a diverse pool of students from Top Universities in Europe (Undergrad, Masters, PHD)
  • Interview candidates online
  • We assist with the VISA process and immigration
  • We guide new hires through the relocation, housing, help them adjust
  • 24/7 support during the internship

We make the process simple for you. Just following these steps.

  1. Post your job on HireOwl
  2. Interview candidates and make an offer
  3. Request onboarding
  4. Candidate arrives and joins your team

Get started NOW!

Referral program announcement

Referral program announcement

HireOwl, a fast-growing student employment network, is pleased to announce a Student Referral Program. Students can now earn money by inviting other students to sign up and apply for a job.

HireOwl pays $5 for every student you invite who signs up and applies for a job.


Here are the details:

  • Invite your friends by entering their emails or sharing on social media.
  • Easily track your invitations, signs up and job applications
  • Once you earn $25 or more, redeem your rewards.
  • HireOwl will transfer $ directly to your account.

Students can easily track their earnings and request a direct payment to their bank account.


Referral awards

Give it a try!

HireOwl Referral Program

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

The Founders Series: Smart Hustle

The Founders Series: Smart Hustle

The Founders Series
: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

With the Founders Series, we reach across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup law firms to mobile yoga studios sprinkled in alongside tech startups.

This week, we caught up with Ramon Ray, the Founder of Smart Hustle, a multimedia (online and print magazine) resource that offers valuable advice to entrepreneurs on most aspects of growing their businesses.

Tell us about Smart Hustle. What’s your vision for the company?

We aim to make Smart Hustle the leading national resource to educate and inspire small business entrepreneurs. We’re creating a community of small business entrepreneurs on the journey toward success. Smart Hustle Magazine is the rallying point for those who are using their smarts, creativity, and tenacity as they pursue the hustle–the smart hustle–on their way to even greater success. Smart Hustle Magazine is not just about those who have already succeeded, but those who are on the journey of small business entrepreneurial growth.

What inspired you to start your own company?

With Smart Hustle, I wanted to go beyond tech, which is the focus of my other company, SmallBiztechnology.com. I wanted to cover small business entrepreneurs in the HUSTLE/on their journey.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship?

I was working at the United Nations, managing an office. I started 3 companies while at the UN, then left the UN.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?  

There is not just one important trait, but persistence, smart hustle, always learning, and being nice are a few.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company?

Be humble and get practical knowledge, not just MBA or BA knowledge. (HireOwl note: we couldn’t agree more that getting practical knowledge is critical!)

Where can people find out more about Smart Hustle?


How to Keep It Positive When Finding Jobs Takes Time

How to Keep It Positive When Finding Jobs Takes Time

As your college days are beginning to dwindle, receiving job rejections can take its toll on your psyche. It can feel like everyone around you has already signed a job contract while you’re the only one without prospects. And then when you finally do get an acceptance, it’s easy to rush into something that might not be the best fit in order to join the club, which can be short-lived if you decide to leave.

What to do when the process of finding jobs gets you down

Know your strengths

This, of course, is something that you should be doing before you even begin to write your first cover letter. But we encourage you to go beyond listing only that which sounds good to an employer. Take a good chunk of time to sit back and think about what makes you great, even outside of the business mindset. Maybe you’re a team player; what specific teams have you been a part of and what accomplishments did you achieve together? Or maybe you’re a good public speaker; when did you rouse a group of people to do something well? When did you perform in front of others—maybe with an instrument or in a theatrical event—to applause or acclaim?

When you create a resume, it’s usually the personal things like this that get shoved to the bottom or deleted in an effort to keep it to one page. But don’t just get rid of them entirely. Instead, write a new list that you get to keep for yourself. In addition to serving as an easy-access grab bag of conversation topics with recruiters—especially for those with whom you have something in common—this can be just what you need to stay positive.

Find your best fit

“Company culture” is a buzzy phrase that has permeated the business world. Some point to companies like Google and Facebook, which have brought the casual, perk-laden business environment to the forefront. Others point to the recession, which caused businesses to find other ways to retain employees than promotions and raises that they couldn’t afford. Whatever the source, company culture has become a mainstay.

Due to this, more businesses than ever are upfront about what defines their culture, especially because many of them have developed it after much trial, error, and research. This is why you can often find descriptions of company culture on the business’s own website as well as in its job postings and easily searchable Slideshares.

The reason we suggest that you spend a good amount of time understanding a company’s culture before you apply to join is because it gives you an idea of where you might fit best. You might not love the Google environment after all. Maybe you prefer to wear a suit and speak directly with clients. Or maybe you prefer to work on your own with minimal collaboration and don’t need all the community hoopla that other people prize. The point is that everyone’s different, and so is every company. Knowing yourself and precisely what you want will help you not only land a job, but also stay happy. And if you realize it wasn’t a good fit to begin with, you can keep your chin up and know that it wasn’t meant to be.

Be useful and productive

Just because you haven’t received a job offer yet doesn’t mean it’s time to sit back and do nothing. Find ways to fill your time and contribute to something. That could mean building your own blog to learn the ins and outs of site design and SEO. You could take advantage of short-term opportunities that help you build lasting relationships and potential references, even if it’s in a different field than you pictured yourself working in. Perhaps there’s a volunteering or freelance opportunity you’ve always wanted to try. The list goes on.

In addition to helping you feel productive and boosting your morale while you wait for an offer, these opportunities might even help you get a job in the future. You’ll be networking and expanding your interests, which might be the clincher that makes a recruiter take interest in you. Rejection is a necessary part of trying, so embrace the time it gives you and do something that helps you stand out.

Why Do I Want to Work for This Company? Attracting College Talent

Why Do I Want to Work for This Company? Attracting College Talent

The college recruitment game goes two ways. The truth is it can be just as daunting for a recruiter to attract top college talent as it is for a student to stand out from the crowd. How do you go about finding not just the best students, but the best students for your business? In this post we’ll discuss how to market your company to Millennials and ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward.

How to answer this question: Why do I want to work for this company?

Think about the modern, young applicant

We’ve entered a new age of employment where retaining employees for the long term is getting harder and harder. Today’s college graduates expect (and perhaps even look forward to) trying out several business environments before finally establishing their own businesses or settling at a company where they can make a big impact. And even that might not be permanent.

While this might not be optimal for you as a recruiter, whose best-case scenario is often to find someone who will thrive and stay in one place, it gives you an opportunity to market your business environment to young applicants. What about this job or this company can give them the edge as they experience career development? In other words, put yourself in their shoes and speak directly to what they want.

Prioritize culture above compensation

But what exactly do they want? An article in the Harvard Business Review shows results from a survey led by Collegefeed in 2014. The analysts asked 15,000 Millennials—60 percent of whom were still in college—what the top things were that they looked for when considering an employer. The results were very telling. People and culture fit, career potential, and work/life balance were the top three, while more traditional aspects such as compensation and market leadership trailed behind.

Thus perhaps the best thing you can do to boost your job applications is to take a step back and look at your company culture. How would you define it? What are the rules that everyone lives by to succeed? Do you provide any perks—free or otherwise? How do you reward good work? What about your team makes it elite in the business world? And be honest. If you misrepresent your company culture, you’re only going to get people who don’t fit well with the real thing, causing your retention rates to drop. There’s something out there for everyone, including your business.

But why wait until it’s time to fill a full-time position to convince students that your company is a great place to work? Learn-and-earn opportunities provide both you and them with a chance to test-drive a company, department, and position before they graduate. This gives your business a chance to speak for itself as the student gets a taste of your culture and priorities. If they line up, you have the chance to shrink your recruiting budget and find someone who will fit right in. And if they don’t, well that can be just as valuable for both sides.

Get ahead of the game by posting several short-term, part-time positions on HireOwl. The platform enables you to review resumes and take advantage of numerous other features, all the while keeping your part-time employees organized and easy to find if you’d like to reach out again. Get the ball rolling!

Best Practices in Asking for an Employment Reference

Best Practices in Asking for an Employment Reference

When it comes time to apply to a job, whether for the summer months or full-time after graduation, it’s easy to get nervous. Many of us have been programmed not to brag about our accomplishments, so it can be particularly intimidating to ask someone else to do it for us. But fear not. The truth is if you ask the right person and prepare them adequately, he or she might be honored to serve as a reference for you. In this post, we’ll delve into how and why.

How to set up a successful employment reference

Know who you’re asking

It might seem easy just to ask whoever seems the most important, but you really want to ask someone who can speak to you. Recruiters can spot a generic fill-in-the-blanks reference on paper a mile away, and it’s also pretty obvious to detect it over the phone as well. Worse yet, you could accidentally ask someone who gives you a bad reference, and it’s very difficult to bounce back from that. So before you march up to the CEO or someone else who might not know you that well, consider someone with whom you’ve made a meaningful, professional connection.

Think strategically

Different references serve different purposes. While there is some overlapping, an academic reference can speak to different aspects of your productivity than a supervisor or a peer. Who can give specific examples that point to your willingness to put in extra hours to get the job done? What about your skills as a presenter or salesperson? Or your writing proficiency? Or how you always meet a deadline? Or that time you led a team? Think about what the recruiter is looking for in someone to fill the job. If you know of someone who can cover all the bases in one phone call, great! But chances are you’ll need at least two people, and there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Ask and discuss

Ask first. This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d probably be surprised how often people find themselves on the receiving end of an unexpected call for a reference. Not only is it rude and presumptive to give someone’s name and contact information without his or her permission, but it’s also unfair not to allow that person to prepare. A good reference will ask you if there’s anything in particular you’d like them to speak about. Take advantage of this opportunity!

Sit down and have a discussion with each of the people you’re asking. It’s silly to assume that other people are keeping track of each of your accomplishments—at least as well as you have—so provide them with a brief synopsis. This way you can mention anything you’d like them to speak to in particular. If this sounds like a conversation that would make you uncomfortable, you’re probably not picking the right person. We’ll also add that if you need to ask for discretion, this would be the time.

Follow up

Even if a reference phone call lasts five minutes, those are five minutes that someone has taken out of his or her day to help you. Besides, if you chose the right people, they likely spent some time preparing as well. Show your gratitude by writing a thank-you note and offering to take them out for coffee. You don’t have to go over the top, but some appreciation goes a long way. After all, you may want to ask this person for a reference again in the future. Being gracious can help maintain this relationship even after you leave the company.

If you do convince them to come out for a cup of coffee, use the opportunity to ask how it went and gauge the reaction. If they answer “Great!” and change the subject, they probably don’t want to review the little things. But if they give you some examples of things they highlighted, you can reinforce them during your next interview.

A great reference (or two) can be the key to getting your dream job, so start building them now! It’s never too early to prove yourself. Start with short-term, part-time opportunities you’ve found on the HireOwl platform. You’ll work on real projects that provide potential references with lots of chances to see how great you are.