A Special Thank You

November 6th, 2009

I am stepping away from discussing the benefits of internships this week to say thank you.  This past weekend we were notified that the Internship Academy was awarded the Amber Grant from the Womens Net.  This award will allow us to continue relevant programs and find new and creative ways to better serve our student, career changer, and corporate clients.  We are so appreciative of the recognition of the educational and career building emphasis of the Internship Academy.  Keep watching for our new ideas or better yet, share what you would like to see from us, with us!

To learn more about Womens Net go to their website

What Do You Think?

October 30th, 2009

I have spent a lot of time the past couple of weeks looking for trends in the job market and where the new hot bed of employment is.  What I have found is a lot of information but no definitive answers.  The exception is in social media jobs.  I have come across the “virtual internship”, where interns stay in their own environment and work on social media marketing and blogging.  I have seen a number of new jobs posted for social media marketing and or management.

My interest is piqued, is anybody interested in these jobs and can you make a living at them?  I would love to get your feedback.  I would really like to know what the experience has been for someone who is employed in this field or is currently in an internship or has just completed one.

The Rise of the Free Agent Talent Pool

October 23rd, 2009

This topic is co-authored with guest author, Martin Rosenau, owner of CrossFire Group LLC, a professional staffing and  recruiting firm.

Today’s workforce has a limited sense of loyalty toward employers, and many employees lack confidence in their current employment situation. Generations X and Y have been programmed to change jobs, and possibly careers, at least five times during their lifetime. Beginning in the mid-80s, the U.S. has steadily shifted from an employer-centric to an employee-centric culture. This culture is supported by the tax structure where we now have 401(k) plans and self-directed IRAs making our retirement accounts portable. Plus, with the recent debate around health care, there is a move to separate health plans from the employer, making them more portable as well, and further emphasizing this “free agent” culture. Companies are now faced with re-inventing their offering to potential employees beyond retirement and health benefits.

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Where are all of the Permanent Jobs?

October 7th, 2009

“I want a full-time job”, is a phrase that we often hear when talking to a candidate about a contract assignment. Most times after further investigation, the candidate is interested in a perceived “permanent” position with an organization. We have seen many candidates hold out and pass up contract opportunities waiting for that proverbial “permanent job”. Most end up extending their unemployment status. What they do not realize is that they could be earning while waiting for that “permanent job”.

Most contract assignments are “full-time” jobs. Some candidates seem to shy away from contract assignments because they are perceived as “non-permanent”. With unemployment creeping toward 10% on the Federal level, I wonder what exactly is a “permanent” position anyway?

Job-seekers typically equate “permanent” positions with one or more of the following characteristics:

Full-time (40 hours or more) of work per week
Health Benefits
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Retirement Plans

Reputable staffing and consulting firms with strong client … Read More