The ‘Total Package’: How JVS Career Services Helped a Chicago Transplant Land the Perfect Job

In the rush of a flight from Chicago to Cincinnati for a job interview, Jon Mann misplaced the portfolio containing his resume and business cards—critical materials for his afternoon appointment.

“However, as I was sitting in the JVS Career Services office,” Jon said, “They quickly created business cards, printed my resume, and provided a portfolio, all without me knowing.”

Jon and his wife made the decision to move to Cincinnati earlier this year. They are from Chicago but spent the last several years in Milwaukee, where his wife cared for her father and where Jon did fundraising for a senior living and healthcare facility. Ready for a change and to be closer to family, Jon started to look for work in the Queen City.

“So I reached out to Kim Slaton [JVS Career Services Managing Director],” he said. “Kim’s professionalism is beyond belief. She instantly responded to my email and set up a time for us to Skype. From that point on, I felt incredibly comfortable under her wings.”

By the time they scheduled an introductory call, Kim had a lead on a job that matched Jon’s skills and interests at The Jewish Hospital.

“She told me that while she wanted to talk to me, I had to hang up and apply right away. Following her directions, I applied and was selected to undergo the interview process.”

Before that in-person interview in Cincinnati, Jon had his first interview via Skype. Kim helped him prepare for the digital interview and ultimately for the more traditional interview. Not only that—Kim followed up with Jon after the interview to see if he had heard back, and she checked in with the potential employer to see if they had made a decision.

In a matter of weeks, Jon had an offer—evidence of something Kim calls JVS Career Services’ “special sauce.”

“In Jon’s case, the sun, moon, and stars all aligned,” she said. “But that’s not by chance. We work hard to network and create business connections so that we know about great opportunities as soon as they come open. Then we identify the perfect candidate for the role and connect the two.”

Jon said Kim is the “total package,” as she understands the whole process and is an advocate for her clients.

“Not only am I grateful for Kim’s professionalism, but I am grateful for the direction and advice she gave me in managing that relationship,” he said.

Jon is just a few months into his new role as the Director of Development at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health. And so far, he’s happy with the move. Jon has been a very active member of the Jewish communities in which he has lived, and he is looking forward to becoming part of Jewish Cincinnati.

“I am in an exciting position with a dynamic organization, in a city and Jewish community where I want to live,” he said. “I am grateful to JVS Career Services for all they do to care for those coming into the Cincinnati work force, and I am a donor to JVSCS. I am excited to call Cincinnati home.”

To learn more about JVS Career Services’ career coaching, contact us, email careerservices@jvscareers.org, or call (513) 936-9675

After Frustrating 3-Year Search, JVS Career Services Helps Cancer Research Institute Find ‘Perfect Match’ Within Months

Three years into her search for a Senior Staff Scientist at Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory, Dr. Julia Carter, Ph.D., received a letter in the mail from JVS Career Services. That was in July 2017. She put the letter on the shelf, thinking she was already in the middle of trying to find someone qualified. In November though, Dr. Carter opened the letter, and within six months, she hired a smart, skilled, enthusiastic new scientist who began writing grants, mentoring college students, and reorganizing an underutilized lab at Wood Hudson.

“Once I talked with JVS Career Services, it was a clear path forward,” Dr. Carter said. “I had every confidence JVS Career Services could do the job, and they did.”

Wood Hudson is a not-for-profit research institute housed inside a former Catholic school building in Newport, Kentucky, a move from Covington made necessary as a result of the increased size of the institute’s research and education programs. Inside is a world-class biospecimen repository, containing more than two million tissues from 65,000 cancer patients, donated by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Scientists at Wood Hudson study human cancers for new methods of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. They study the environmental causes of cancer, particularly food and drinking water chemicals; and train undergraduate STEM majors, the next generation of scientists and physicians. Its scientists use equipment and techniques on the cutting edge of cancer research nationwide.

Before turning to JVS Career Services, Dr. Carter, who is the President and Founding Trustee of Wood Hudson, posted the opening in listings through professional societies—a seemingly well-focused search that did not yield the candidates she needed.

“Being a small, independent cancer research institute in Northern Kentucky isn’t your usual niche,” she said.

It was also difficult and time-consuming for her to review candidates. The process was stressful, said Dr. Carter, and took her away from her research.

JVS Career Services took a different approach. They cast a very wide net and got a diverse group of applicants from across the country—138 applicants, in fact. JVSCS selected just nine people for Dr. Carter to interview.

“Can you imagine if I had to deal with 138 people?” she said. “They knew what we were looking for and found people that matched it. I can’t tell you how much they relieved me of the angst of interviewing people that were not qualified.”

Dr. Carter relied on JVCCS’s judgement, efficiency, and expertise to narrow the candidate pool. To further narrow the list, JVS Career Services suggested asking candidates to write a one-page proposal of what they would do if they were hired.

“That separated the sheep from the goats,” Dr. Carter said. “When I saw Leila’s proposal, I knew she was the one.”

Dr. Leila Valanejad, Ph.D., who saw the posting on LinkedIn, had just the research and grant-writing expertise Dr. Carter was looking for, including 16 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals. And she has made an immediate impact on the institute. In addition to leading research and writing grant proposals, Dr. Valanejad oversees the Undergraduate Research Education Program, which employs students from universities around the country, giving them hands-on res

earch experience in a laboratory setting.

“She’s wonderful with students, enthusiastic, very bright, and very hard-working. And she loves science,” Dr. Carter said. “She is dedicated to getting to know other aspects of cancer research. In many ways, it was a perfect match.”

Learn how JVS Career Services can help your organization attract talent with our recruiting  services by contacting Peter Landesman by phone at (513) 745-2905 or by email plandesman@jvscareers.org.

 

Peter Landesman, Senior Business Development Manager and Career Coach, comes to JVS Career Services after 40 years as a marketing and marketing communications professional. Peter has worked in a wide variety of industries that include consumer packaged goods, retail, publishing, healthcare, information technology, private aviation, professional services, and employee benefits. He has worked for well-known companies such as World Book Encyclopedia, JCPenney, American Heart Association, NCR, and NetJets.

Peter has passionately pursued and welcomed opportunities to assist individuals with their careers and share connections that lead to the next step in their journey.  In addition to fulfilling a volunteer role with many JVS Career Services clients, Peter co-facilitates the American Marketing Association’s Career Transition Group. Among his other non-profit activities, Peter served on the Governing Board of the WE Lead Athena Program and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Greater Cincinnati HR Collaborative.

He and his wife, Linda are members of Rockdale Temple and Peter is proud to volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

The War for Talent – Strategies for Success

By Peter Landesman, Senior Business Development Manager and Career Coach, JVS Career Services

The unemployment rate reached a historic low of 3.7% in September as reported by the US government. It has not been this low in nearly 50 years. While the news is a big positive for many workers, it’s not always good news for employers.

The shortage of available and experienced labor could hamper a company’s ability to grow and, in some scenarios, adversely impact the national economy.

The current jobs outlook skews towards jobs in healthcare, but there are other opportunities for workers, and some of these do not require college degrees. The Top Ten Most In-Demand Jobs in Central Ohio are:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service Reps
  • Office Clerks
  • Nursing Assistants
  • General & Operations Managers
  • Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses
  • Accountants & Auditors
  • Maintenance & Repair Workers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Trailer

To attract and retain workers, employers find themselves being forced to increase pay and benefits in what is now a very competitive labor market. The recent announcement by Amazon that it is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour will have a cascading effect on its direct competitors as the supply of in-demand workers continues to shrink.

Employers are implementing a variety of strategies to attract and retain talent. HR Departments are relying more on social media to position their companies as an employer-of-choice. They are also focusing on creating a positive candidate experience throughout the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process.

More employers seem to be offering signing bonuses to acquire high-demand workers. The demand for Registered Nurses is so high that some hospitals are offering bonuses as high as $15,000 or, in a new twist, are offering to pay off a significant portion of an RN’s student loans.

And yet, employers are challenged to fulfill the demand for workers. They just do not have the resources on hand to focus on talent acquisition while struggling to run a business in today’s competitive market.

One solution is to work with professional recruiters that have the experience and resources to acquire talent. They have the inside knowledge and a network to find qualified candidates. Professional recruiters handle the screening and assessment of candidates, so the employer’s selection process is focused on only a few, highly qualified individuals. And professional recruiters work full-time to fill an employer’s open position.

Many local employers rely on JVS Career Services to be an extension of their organization. Whether it’s for entry-level or senior executive positions, JVS Career Services is a trusted partner that can find the best, most qualified talent. As a nonprofit, JVS Career Services can offer recruiting services at surprisingly affordable rates without sacrificing the quality of service that is provided.

Learn how JVS Career Services can help your organization attract talent with our recruiting  services by contacting Peter Landesman by phone at (513) 745-2905 or by email plandesman@jvscareers.org.

Peter Landesman, Senior Business Development Manager and Career Coach, comes to JVS Career Services after 40 years as a marketing and marketing communications professional. Peter has worked in a wide variety of industries that include consumer packaged goods, retail, publishing, healthcare, information technology, private aviation, professional services, and employee benefits. He has worked for well-known companies such as World Book Encyclopedia, JCPenney, American Heart Association, NCR, and NetJets.

Peter has passionately pursued and welcomed opportunities to assist individuals with their careers and share connections that lead to the next step in their journey.  In addition to fulfilling a volunteer role with many JVS Career Services clients, Peter co-facilitates the American Marketing Association’s Career Transition Group. Among his other non-profit activities, Peter served on the Governing Board of the WE Lead Athena Program and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Greater Cincinnati HR Collaborative.

He and his wife, Linda are members of Rockdale Temple and Peter is proud to volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

To contact Peter Landesman, please call (513) 745-2905, or email plandesman@jvscareers.org.

CEO’s Corner: How to Create a Mentoring Program that Benefits the Whole Organization

By Joni Burton, CPCC and CEO, JVS Career Services

Men∙tor (noun): a trusted counselor or guide (Miriam Webster)

Having a mentor is a powerful personal and career development tool that can enable the mentee to achieve or exceed their career goals and aspirations. Mentoring can improve employee satisfaction and retention, enrich new employee initiation, make your organization more appealing to recruits, and train your leaders. A good mentoring relationship is one of trust between two individuals—one of whom is more experienced in the organization than the other—and provides insight and guidance, and can help to make connections.

To create an effective mentoring program:

  • Set your program up to succeed by defining goals and involving top leadership within your organization to champion the plan. This will help ensure that the mentoring program becomes part of your company culture.
  • Seek out people who are truly passionate about being mentors. These individuals should see the value in mentoring for themselves, the mentee, and the organization.
  • Train mentors. Define their basic roles and establish boundaries, including trust.
  • Identify mentees. Ask managers or the mentors themselves to nominate individuals to the program. An accurate pairing is perhaps the most important ingredient to successful mentoring.
  • Create a framework for the relationship. It is advised to require a time commitment from both mentor and mentee.
  • Schedule gatherings for all participants to connect and share experiences.
  • Measure success. Over time, a successful mentoring program should improve the individual mentee’s professional success, as well as job satisfaction for both parties.

Many think that mentoring was designed to help the mentees, the up-and-coming. However, mentoring programs help the mentor keep their skills fresh and allow the mentor to give back. Many mentees become mentors to others later, paying it forward and passing on the benefits of these valuable programs.

Quick Tips to Rock Your Job Application Video

By Kim Slaton, Managing Director, JVS Career Services

Has this ever happened to you? You’re reading through a job description, and it sounds like the perfect position for you! You’re already organizing your resume and crafting your cover letter in your head… but you’re stopped in your tracks. At the end of the description, the company requests a short video—nothing fancy, just you and your smartphone explaining why you would be a great fit for the position. Panic sets in. You’re not a news anchor, you’ve never made a video of yourself before, and now the perfect job hangs in the balance.

Don’t let this video get the best of you. With these quick tips, you’ll be rolling in no time!

Write an Outline
The most important part of this video is what you have to say, so before you get bogged down in the video-making process write an outline of what you want to cover, and make sure you’re answering the questions you were asked. Be concise and stay on topic, but if it’s relevant, feel free to add a short personal story. Then practice aloud a few times without the camera rolling. The interviewers want to get a sense of who you are through this video. Be professional, but let your personality shine through.

Dress the Part
Select an outfit that you would wear to an interview for this job. Try to avoid bright white, as it can make you look washed out, or solid black because it can come across as flat. Anything else is fair game!

Find Your Best Lighting
For an amateur video, lighting is the key to making yourself look good. Film during the day. You’ll look best in natural light. Film outdoors if possible, but be careful if it’s windy because wind blowing across the microphone may make it hard to hear you. If you need to film indoors, don’t stand in front of a window. Instead, face the window and let the outdoor light shine on you. Do a few test shots and see how you look on camera. If you need to use lamps to brighten up your shot, make sure you place them so your face is brightened, not in shadows.

Choose Your Location
Location is also important. Choose an area that is relatively clean and clutter-free. You want to be the star of this video, not the background. Good locations include a natural outdoor setting, a tidy office, or living room. Avoid kitchens or bedrooms, as they are casual, less work-appropriate spaces. If you’re unsure of the best location, choose the place with the brightest, most natural light.

Set up the Camera
Turn the camera on its side, so it is horizontal, and film that way. You don’t want to submit a tall, vertical video because most people will be watching on horizontal screens. If you have a tripod, use it. If not, set your camera up on a sturdy surface like a table and lean it against something to prop it up. No selfie sticks! Ask a friend to help you frame the shot. Or do it by yourself. But make sure you like what’s showing on screen. Do another test shot to re-check the lighting, your background, and the sound.

Record When It’s Quiet
Background noise can be distracting. Minimize it as much as possible by asking family members to be quiet while you’re rolling or by putting pets in another room. Speak clearly and make sure you are loud enough for the microphone to pick you up.

Watch Your Video
Don’t expect that your video will be perfect on the first try. You may need to film more than once, making adjustments as you go. When you watch your video, check for lighting, sound, and that you like what you’re saying.

Don’t Go Crazy Editing
Unless you’re a professional video editor, you probably don’t want to edit your video very much. If you do feel it needs some tweaks, keep the fancy effects to a minimum. Less is more. This video is about YOU, not your editing skills.

Use these simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to a beautiful video in no time!

Want to Learn more?
JVS Career Services offers Career Coaching and has the knowledge, the experience, the expertise, and the community network to help propel you to success. Contact us today.

Kim Slaton, CPCC, CPRW – JVS Career Services Managing Director, is a Senior Career Consultant with more than 11 years of experience advising people in transition about how to prepare a successful marketing strategy for today’s competitive job market. As a career catalyst, Kim is known for her consistent successes, adaptability and resourcefulness while staying current with the most important career search trends. This includes helping individuals craft sharp résumés and cover letters, creating effective marketing tools, polishing interviewing skills and enhancing social media and face-to-face networking abilities.

Kim partners with clients from all backgrounds and industries to provide focused and effective methods for navigating various life transitions. This includes college graduates, young professionals, mid-career professionals, executive level clients and retirees seeking encore careers.

Kim is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs® personality assessment tool and holds a BS degree in Human Services with a concentration in counseling from Plattsburgh, SUNY. She is also a graduate of The Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati EXCEL year-long leadership development program. In addition, Kim has reviewed and contributed to several college career course textbooks. Prior to joining the JVS Career Services (formerly Cincinnati Career Network), Kim was the Director of Development and Event Planner for Hillel Jewish Student Center of Cincinnati, Senior Fund Development Associate for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, as well as the Acting Executive Director for the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation in Lexington, Kentucky. Kim’s focus is on building relationships with her clients by getting to know them and learning about what empowers and motivates them to achieve.

To contact Kim Slaton by phone, please call (513) 745-2903, or email her at kslaton@jvscareers.org.

JVS Career Services’ ‘Personal Touch’ Helped Dietician Thrive, Come Back Home

“I missed home. I wanted to move back to Cincinnati.”

A familiar story. Drawn away by opportunities and education, but pulled back by the Queen City’s charm, the presence of family, and a feeling of being home and part of a community.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Lauren Cohen is a proud graduate of Sycamore High School and had been an involved member of the Jewish community.

During her senior year of high school, her parents encouraged her to apply for a Hilb Scholarship, which is administered by JVS Career Services of Blue Ash, to help with the cost of college tuition. She had been accepted into the Nutrition program at Ohio University.

“JVS Career Services made it possible for me to pay for college,” Lauren said. “I received a Hilb Scholarship each year at OU. That was the only tuition assistance I received, and it was critical to my success.”

When she approached graduation, she turned again to JVS Career Services, who helped her successfully apply to graduate school.

“I was one of a handful of people in my graduating class of 30 to be accepted into a program to become a licensed dietician,” she said.

So Lauren packed up and moved to Portland, Oregon, where she was part of Oregon State’s Dietetics Internship program. However, two and a half years later with license in hand, and despite a budding career—something was missing.

She longed for her family and her community.

“I’m a very family-oriented person,” Lauren said. “I grew up in a tight-knit Jewish community, and to me, that sense of community is core to being Jewish. I knew I would be better off being closer to home.”

She called once again on JVS Career Services and her “personal” career coach Dedra Perlmutter, who helped her prepare for a cross-country job search.

“Having been gone for a long time and being out of town during the search was really daunting. JVS Career Services provided that local connection. The second I saw an opening for a Retail Dietician for Kroger, I called Dedra, and she was there!”

Dedra helped Lauren freshen her resume, write a compelling cover letter, and feel confident going into her interview, and she landed the job.

“Dedra is a real person with a real family, and she cares deeply about the people she works with,” Lauren said. “She wants you to succeed, and that personal touch makes a difference. She really wants you to thrive.”

Thrive Lauren did. She now works as a grocery dietician at three Kroger locations—Anderson, Milford, and Amelia. She helps shoppers make healthy choices and helps patients at Kroger’s The Little Clinic accomplish their health goals through nutrition counseling. In addition, she writes a blog for Kroger on healthy eating and recipes.

Lauren says the skills she developed through JVS Career Services will help her in the future as well.

“They didn’t just update my resume for me; they taught me how to do it myself,” she said. “They didn’t just write a great cover letter for me; they taught me how to develop my own cover-letter-writing skills. And, more than anything, they cared about me.”

To learn more about JVS Career Services’ career coaching, contact us, email careerservices@jvscareers.org, or call (513) 936-9675

JVS Career Services Hires Marketing Veteran as Career Coach

JVS Career Services has named Peter Landesman as a Career Coach. Peter will provide a range of services for job seekers including: connecting job seekers with employers and mentors, one-on-one support to job seekers during the job search process, assistance with preparation of resumes and cover letters, organization of a job search plan, and improving networking and interviewing skills.

“Peter brings with him an unparalleled Cincinnati professional network as well as deep job search knowledge,” said JVS Career Services CEO Joni Burton. “Peter had been volunteering for JVS Career Services for years, assisting our job search clients to land positions. We feel honored to now have Peter on board as part of our professional team.”

Peter comes to JVS Career Services after 40 years as a marketing and marketing communications professional. Peter has worked in a wide variety of industries that include consumer packaged goods, retail, publishing, healthcare, information technology, private aviation, professional services, and employee benefits. He has worked for well-known companies such as World Book Encyclopedia, JCPenney, American Heart Association, NCR, and NetJets.

Peter has passionately pursued and welcomed opportunities to assist individuals with their careers and share connections that lead to the next step in their journeys. In addition to fulfilling a volunteer role with many JVS Career Services clients, Peter co-facilitates the American Marketing Association’s Career Transition Group. Among his other nonprofit activities, Peter served on the Governing Board of the WE Lead Athena Program and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Greater Cincinnati HR Collaborative.

He and his wife, Linda, are members of Rockdale Temple, and Peter is proud to serve on the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Planning & Allocations Committee.

“Having been the beneficiary of great advice early in my professional career, I can think of no better or more honorable way to ‘pay it forward’ than to share my advice and connections with individuals in their search for meaningful employment,” Peter said. “I am thrilled to join the professional staff of JVS Career Services because I now have the opportunity to positively impact individuals, as well as our community, on a full-time basis.”

To contact Peter Landesman by phone, please call (513) 745-2905, or email him at plandesman@jvscareers.org

Internships Put College Students on Road to Success

By: Christine Olsen, MBA, Career Coach and Internship Program Manager

How do I get job experience if no one is willing to hire me? Get an internship! 

An internship is a structured work experience related to a student’s major and/or career goal that should enhance the academic, career, and personal development of the student. There are a variety of internship models: paid and unpaid, part time and full time, seasonal and year long.  Offering an internship helps employers manage work flow economically and find new team members to help join and grow their business. Done well, the internship is mutually beneficial for the student and participating employer.

Internships allow the student to network and establish mentors and references. Working with professionals in the desired field or industry is a major advantage of an internship. This circle of contacts can be useful for anything from career advice and mentoring to job recommendations. If the intern has proven themselves a capable professional, and the work they have done is impressive, the internship will have served as a foot in the door for full-time employment.

Internships allow students to explore potential careers and gain knowledge of the field or industry from a real-world perspective. They afford valuable insight and help determine if the industry is the right choice for a college student.

They provide important leadership and soft skills development. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Internships as a Pedagogical Approach to Soft-Skill Development identifies the five most important soft skills cited by employers as being valued in the workplace:

  • Communicate
  • Work in a team structure
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Obtain and process information

Internships will help enhance a college student’s resume. Internships add valuable work experience to the resume. The internship experience allows the student or new graduate more opportunities to say, “I can do that!”

For the college student or new graduate, internships offer real world experience and the opportunity to try on a job for proper fit. For the employer, who prefers to hire people they are familiar with, internships provide a try-out of potential employees. The value proposition is that internships can be a win-win for both!

At JVS Career Services, we work with students seeking internships. We prepare students for their internship experience and match them to employers with fitting opportunities.

OK, I’m sold. So how do I get an internship? Cincy Internships!

Jewish college students in Cincinnati have three opportunities to do paid internships—in Cincinnati or Tel Aviv. With one, simple online application, students can apply to all three internships. The programs were convened by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, with Cincinnati 2020 in mind, to develop career and networking opportunities to engage the next generation.​ They are administered by JVS Career Services, Cincinnati Hillel, and Hillel at Miami University, with funding from the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

  • Careers Cincinnati connects Jewish college students with paid internships in their field of interest. Interns are provided with networking opportunities in Cincinnati throughout the year that connect them to the local community.
  • Onward Israel provides professional experience for Jewish college students or graduate students in their respective fields in Tel Aviv, Israel. Travel expenses and room and board are paid for with an Israel travel grant from The Jewish Foundation.
  • Workum Fund is an innovative summer experience for Cincinnati area college students that provides meaningful, career related employment through paid, supervised internships in Cincinnati Jewish communal agencies.

To learn more about internship opportunities or to apply online, visit cincyinternships.org.

Are you a business looking to hire an intern? Here are some things you should know: The Value Proposition of Internships

 

Christine Olsen, MBA, is a Career Coach and Internship Program Manager with JVS Career Services who is passionate about helping people and organizations to achieve their true potential. She has done this throughout her 25 year career in Business and Education in the areas of Finance, Leadership, Training and Development, Recruitment and Career Consulting.

Prior to joining JVS Career Services, Christine served as Career Services Director in higher education managing advisors and coaching students and alumni through their career preparation and transition.  She facilitated writing marketable resumes, teaching job search strategies, coaching on interviewing, networking strategies, personal branding, business etiquette, and employer hiring trends and culture fit, so that clients would enjoy a significant increase in job offers.

Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Education from SUNY Buffalo, NY and her Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Hofstra University, NY.  A native New Yorker, she has embraced Cincinnati as home for the past 24 years as proven by her commitment to quality education for all serving 10 years in Ohio PTA officer roles, as Event Planner for Educator Job Fairs, and as a 12 year elected Board of Education member.

Christine’s goal at JVS is to contribute to positive collaboration with all stakeholders to build trusting relationships that motivate and empower clients to successfully achieve their ideal careers.

To contact Christine Olsen, please call (513) 745-2913, or email at colsen@jvscareers.org.

The Value Proposition of Internships

By Christine Olsen, MBA, Career Coach and Internship Program Manager, JVS Career Services

Student: How do I get job experience if no one is willing to hire me?
Answer: Get an internship!

Employer: How do I get the right new talent that fits the culture and will fulfill the needs of my organization?
Answer: Provide an internship!

An internship is a structured work experience related to a student’s major and/or career goal that should enhance the academic, career, and personal development of the student. There are a variety of internship models: paid and unpaid, part time and full time, seasonal and year long.  Offering an internship helps employers manage work flow economically and find new team members to help join and grow their business. At JVS Career Services, we work with students seeking internships and organizations seeking interns. We prepare students for their internship experience and match them to employers with fitting opportunities. Done well, the internship is mutually beneficial for the student and participating employer.

 

How does the employer benefit from offering an internship?
It is a means of finding future employees and possibly improving retention. Because of the familiarity with the student, the employer has the advantage of evaluating the intern as a potential employee. Trying out candidates helps a company reduce mistakes when it comes to full time staffing. There is a higher retention rate of entry-level hires who have interned. The happy intern also spreads the good word about the company, creating positive PR and exposure.

It is a way to give back to the community by hiring into the local workforce and facilitating a positive future for the student.

It allows the employer to take advantage of short term productivity needs that come up during the year, including special projects.

New people bring fresh ideas and specialized strengths and skills, which can augment the abilities of the workforce.

The modest wages of an intern provide a cost savings. Meanwhile, interns are frequently the most highly motivated members of the workforce.

 

So, what are the benefits to the student intern?
It allows the student to network and establish mentors and references. Working with professionals in the desired field or industry is a major advantage of an internship. This circle of contacts can be useful for anything from career advice and mentoring to job recommendations.

Internships allow students to explore potential careers and gain knowledge of the field or industry from a real-world perspective. They afford valuable insight and help determine if the industry is the right choice for a college student.

They provide important leadership and soft skills development. The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Internships as a Pedagogical Approach to Soft-Skill Development identifies the five most important soft skills cited by employers as being valued in the workplace:

  • Communicate
  • Work in a team structure
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Obtain and process information

Internships will help enhance a college student’s resume. Internships add valuable work experience to the resume. The internship experience allows the student or new graduate more opportunities to say, “I can do that!”

For the college student or new graduate, internships offer real world experience and the opportunity to try on a job for proper fit. For the employer, who prefers to hire people they are familiar with, internships provide a try-out of potential employees. The value proposition is that internships can be a win-win for both!

Christine Olsen, MBA, is a Career Coach with JVS Career Services who is passionate about helping people and organizations to achieve their true potential. She has done this throughout her 25 year career in Business and Education in the areas of Finance, Leadership, Training and Development, Recruitment and Career Consulting.

Prior to joining JVS Career Services, Christine served as Career Services Director in higher education managing advisors and coaching students and alumni through their career preparation and transition.  She facilitated writing marketable resumes, teaching job search strategies, coaching on interviewing, networking strategies, personal branding, business etiquette, and employer hiring trends and culture fit, so that clients would enjoy a significant increase in job offers.

Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Education from SUNY Buffalo, NY and her Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Hofstra University, NY.  A native New Yorker, she has embraced Cincinnati as home for the past 24 years as proven by her commitment to quality education for all serving 10 years in Ohio PTA officer roles, as Event Planner for Educator Job Fairs, and as a 12 year elected Board of Education member.

Christine’s goal at JVS is to contribute to positive collaboration with all stakeholders to build trusting relationships that motivate and empower clients to successfully achieve their ideal careers.

To contact Christine Olsen by phone, please call (513) 745-2913, or email her at colsen@jvscareers.org.

Article References:

National Association of Colleges and Employers 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey http://www.naceweb.org

National Association of Colleges and Employers Internships as A Pedagogical Approach to Soft Skill Development https://www.naceweb.org

Case Study: Hiring a New CEO

One of the most important activities your board and senior management may undertake is the hiring of senior leadership. If you hire the wrong person, especially the CEO, it can have catastrophic consequences for your organization. Best practice is for an organization to go through a formal recruiting process to assure the right candidate is hired. We recently helped a local nonprofit through that process.

JVS Career Services was contracted by the Board of Directors of a nonprofit agency that provides professional social services to families and individuals in times of need, to recruit for their next CEO. The departing CEO had been with the agency for 19 years, had been CEO for the past 11 years, and had strong relationships with the staff and local community.

Before we started the search, we knew it was important to understand exactly what the agency was looking for in a new CEO. The JVS Career Services recruiting team met with the agency’s board and discussed the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities the new CEO would be facing. Candidates have different strengths and weaknesses, so we asked the board to prioritize the areas of expertise attractive candidates must have versus strengths that would be nice for candidates to have. As we were working with the board, we also learned a lot about the culture of the agency. Culture fit is very important in making a hiring decision!

Once we understood what we were looking for, our recruiting team started sourcing candidates.  While we posted the position on various job boards, we also sought out potential applicants. An organization is not going to get the best candidate pool by waiting for people to apply for a job. The JVS Career Services team networked with people, reaching out to passive candidates. A passive candidate is a person who isn’t looking for a new position.

We developed interview questions to qualify candidates and presented the top candidates to the agency’s Board for review. In this situation, the hiring committee members had experience interviewing candidates for senior positions, but this is not always the case. In those situations, JVS Career Services educates the hiring committee on interviewing techniques.

The top candidates went through a number of interviews, including video interviews and face-to-face interviews, to determine how well their background and experiences met the qualifications needed in the position. Final candidates were given an assessment to help determine how their competencies matched the requirements for the role. We don’t recommend making a hiring decision solely on an assessment, but it is a good tool to use, in combination with others, to make sure a candidate will be successful in the position. It is also a great tool to help develop a coaching plan for the newly hired executive.

The next time you hire a new executive, use this proven recruiting process and consider using an outside recruiting agency. The dollars spent using the agency will help assure you hire the best, most qualified candidate for the position.