Tag Archives: talent development

Jun29

Working With Other Interns

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A big part of internships is learning how to work on a team, if not with other interns than with your superiors. If you are working with other interns, it can be hard to find the line between “coworker” and “friend.” Especially because other interns will probably be in your age range, it’s easy to forget that you are in a professional work environment. There are two big pieces of advice that I have to offer for a successful coworking experience:

Stay out of the gossip

You wouldn’t believe how much gossip I hear between interns throughout the day, whether it be directly said to me or over the wall of a cubicle. Gossip can be the result of the line between coworker and friend is blurred, for example after a night out together.

My best advice is to just stay out of it. Don’t start it and don’t spread it. Just listen if you have to and forget it ever happened. It’s unprofessional and can get in the way of teamwork in the future if the other person finds out you’ve been talking about them. Trust is lost, respect is lost, and an overall team tension can build.

Don’t act like it’s a competition

Sure, some healthy competition can be a great motivator in the workplace, but don’t let it get to the point where you’re thinking “I must beat him/her!” You guys are all in the same boat: youngsters trying to mold your skills and build a career.

Instead of trying to beat someone out, look at it as a growing experience together. Other interns could have a lot of valuable insight or job search tips that could help you out in the future. If you’re friendly and helpful, they’ll return the favor if you ever ask for it. It never hurts to have an extra connection or two.

Written by Diane Ly

Jun19

How to Rise Into Fame & Stardom

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Whether you dream of on-stage spotlights or scoring victoriously on the basketball court, breaking into stardom is no simple task. If rising from mediocrity to fame and success were easy, then who would make up the population of average people? Along with innate talent, acquired skills and boundless determination, future stars can achieve their wildest dreams.

Jack of All Trades

Expand upon your single-faceted skills. Whether you’re in school for an acting degree or want to try theater, step outside your comfort zone and throw yourself into the trenches of artistry and performance. Test out singing, dancing, your live energy on stage and onscreen presence. A multi-talented individual can fulfill a wide range of mesmerizing character portrayals, which helps in scoring that one big break.

Tom Hanks perfectly embodies the ideal actor who has exceptionally diverse acting capacities. In 2013, Hanks will appear on the Broadway musical “Lucky Guy,” thus demonstrating that Hanks isn’t restricted to any role or genre.

You are Your Character

The ability to effortlessly and veritably portray a character with depth grows and improves your acting repertoire. Magnetically convincing audiences and directors takes work, and successful actors actually live as their characters. Place yourself in the character’s world. Feel their fear, pain and euphoria. Uncover the true nature of any character and how he or she impacts the storyline. As her role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Rooney Mara earned an Oscar nomination because of her dynamic “ability to convey a range of often competing emotions,” describes InterviewMagazine.com.

Confidence is Essential

To obtain star power and shine, an individual must be comfortable and self-assured. For example, young athletes who dream of going pro need to maintain a high level of confidence, especially during disappointments, losses and moments of self-doubt. Incredibly talented athletes who just need a little growth and experience also have to learn how to drop their egos while on the field or court. Accept criticism, let go of defensiveness and practice what you’re taught. Follow in tennis extraordinaire Roger Federer’s footsteps as he rose to become a world-class, victorious pro athlete despite a year of rival losses and a No. 2 ranking.

“I’m not over-confident, just very confident. I know my game’s in place now. Once I win a certain number of matches, I know what I can do, what I can’t do…” (Roger Federer).

Never Give Up

The pursuit of stardom, fame and ubiquitous recognition for your talent and passions shouldn’t be without letdowns and disappointments. The moment you experience self-doubt and the urge to give up, remember that more often than not, Grammy-award winning singers and bands who perform in front of a sold-out crowd had to overcome struggles too. Nate Ruess and his indie pop band, Fun., finally earned their deserved recognition by winning the 2013 Grammy’s Song of the Year. Lead vocalist Ruess is a self-taught singer from Glendale, Arizona who first acquired his taste of fame with his widespread, yet under-acknowledged band The Format. After The Format split, Ruess formed Fun. and has since broken into the music scene with star-studded prowess.

Written by Helen Macgregor: A successful designer of theater and movie costumes, Helen’s life is all about fashion and how it can be used to tell a story of one’s life.

Jun08

Tips For Your Internship by Morgan Sobel

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Be A Sponge

Interning is the best way to gain some real world experience before jumping into the work force, so learn all you can! Ask plenty of questions, and ask for help if you’re unsure of what you’re doing. Gaining knowledge and confidence is a surefire way to ace your internship and help you land your dream job.

Ask to Help

If you’re experiencing some downtime during your internship, don’t sit around checking your email. It doesn’t hurt to offer your services to those around you. You may just gain an opportunity to work on something really great, and proving yourself a valuable part of the team may work out in the long run.

Introduce Yourself

The office can be a a confusing (and sometimes lonely) place if you don’t know your neighbors. Take a moment to say “hello” to your fellow creatives, let them know who you are and why you’re there. Even if you don’t work with them all the time, remembering names and positions is a good thing to do. Besides being polite, you may make some great connections you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Carry a Notepad

…Or a tablet, if that’s your thing. Your internship will keep you on your toes, and you never know when your next great idea (or next important question) will pop into your head, so keeping a sketchbook or notepad for notes can come in handy. Especially for the person that has an extensive post-it note collection, having all your notes in a book can help to keep you organized and collected.

Smile

A little personality can go a long way, it makes the people around you more comfortable, and makes you more memorable too. It may sound ridiculous, but sometimes a good disposition is the difference between getting the job or not. People would much rather be around someone with a positive attitude, and this goes for outside of the workplace as well.

Show Up on Time

Creatives are notorious for showing up to work late, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to get away with it just yet. The same goes for taking breaks too. It sounds obvious, but it’s really important – show up ready and on time, It’s one of the best ways to show your willingness and dedication to your new internship.

Watch Your Web Use

You can find out anything on the internet, so it’s time to think about what you’re putting out there. Photos and words can come back to haunt you, so It may be time to clean up your web presence. You should also think twice before complaining about your job or a co-worker, there’s a good chance someone can find it. Companies search their name for recent news all the time, so think before you tweet!

Written by Morgan Sobel

Jun06

Tips For Developing Talent

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As an employer you want to have quality employees in your company and finding the most qualified person from among a pool of job applicants is not always easy. You should consider hiring an intern – this is a great way to bring in fresh talent that can be molded into a great employee. Here are some tips for developing intern talent:

Find out what motivates your intern?

This will give you ideas of ways you can bring out the best in them. For example, if you learn that your intern is motivated by music allow them to listen while they work.

What are your intern’s goals?

What can you do to help them achieve these goals? Knowing what it is that your intern plans to do in the future is a good way to figure out how they will best be put to use working for you. Maybe you can find a way to combine their goals with the job to make it work to the advantage for you both.

Encourage creativity.

Be open to new ideas that your intern may have. Allow them some freedom to explore new ways of doing the job as long as the end result is the same. This gives the intern the opportunity to use what they know or have learned in school.

Build on skills the intern already has.

Allow your intern to shadow you during meetings so they can see how you perform. This gives them an idea of how they should model themselves. Give detailed instructions on how to do things. This will help eliminate mistakes and give the intern a sense of good guidance.

Measure improvement.

Show your intern how far they have come since they first started. Seeing results gives a sense of accomplishment. If the intern feels like they are doing things right, they will be happy continue to do better. A happy intern will produce good work for you.

Communicate openly with your intern.

Offer them constructive criticism – this will  only help them become better. Give feedback on the work they have completed. If there are areas that need improvement, let them know. The better the work is done, the more your company will benefit.

Having quality employees working for your company is a competitive advantage. Although these employees may not come in at full potential, you can create an environment that helps to develop talent and produce the best results for your business.

Written by Monique Skinner

May18

Attract More Applicants To Your Job Postings

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Applicants want to be more informed these days about the companies they apply to. With all the online resources available to job seekers such as Glassdoor, Linkedin and YouTube, it is easier than ever to learn about an employers’ culture and work environment. Written reviews and videos are often published about businesses on their company websites.

But how do you differentiate your open positions from all other written job descriptions listed online?

Here are some tips to make sure you have the best possible written description available for posting to online job boards and websites.

Get Specific. When posting job opportunities on career sites, add specific details to the description including: hours, location, office environment, and commission structures, reporting structure and day-to-day duties and activities. If the position requires someone to be on the phone 3-4 hours a day then indicate that in the description or if the ideal candidate is expected to be out of the office attending events 3 nights a week then it is best to include this type of information in the description. Applicants that enjoy going to events and talking on the phone will be more likely to apply to your position.

Get feedback from others. If you are writing the job description, get specific input about the position requirements from others at the company. For example, talk to an employee currently in the same or similar position. Whether you are updating a job description or hiring for a new role, make sure to ask others in the office for feedback on what the job description should include. Companies often change as they grow and new duties arise out of these changes. Stale job descriptions that do not match up with the actual position can cause confusion for new hires and the managers they report to.

Be authentic about what the position requires. Capture and list a couple quotes from current employees talking about why they like working at the company or what’s unique about being an employee for the company. Maybe you have awesome daycare resources for employees or offer split shifts to help employees improve their quality of life.

List learning and development opportunities. Highlight any training programs or education reimbursement your company provides in the description. Some job seekers will leave a current employer for an opportunity to gain an advanced degree. Others seek an opportunity to learn new things and possibly get promoted.

Offer a paid internship program. If you have an internship program, nothing increases the applications like the word “paid” on the job description. Event if you just offer a paid stipend, it can increase your chances of more applicants for your postings. If you are looking for interns, watch this video by Marc Scoleri, CEO of CreativeInterns.com Tips To Hiring Kick-Butt Interns.

Build a talent pipeline. Create a quality internship program that shapes and develops the kind of talent you need for your business. Read this article about 10 Things Your Internship Program Should Include.

May14

Looking to Start an Internship Program?

Want to start an internship program, but don’t know where to start? Treat your internship program just as you would any new program you start at your company and research is key to a great start.

What type of internship program is your company able to offer? You need to know if you have the resources to host interns year round, by semester, or summers only. Learn about students currently seeking intern opportunities with your company to get an idea of what your pool of talent will look like.

Where could your company use the help of an intern? Determine if you have the resources available to support an internship program. This will help you figure out how many interns you can bring into the company, where to place them, and if you can compensate them. Interns are useful in  areas like research, web design, and social media.

What is the budget? You will need to know if you can pay your interns, how much you can pay and if you will offer a stipend or other benefit. You should think about offering some compensation such as travel reimbursement or provide lunch to alleviate the financial constraints that interns experience. As an intern, these two things that were very helpful to me, especially with the transit fare hikes.

Is your plan clear? Create an outline of the responsibilities and learning objectives of the internship program. This should be a clear description of what you want your intern to accomplish.This also helps the intern to see what skills they will be gaining and what will be expected of them.

Does everyone know their roles? Your intern will need to be supervised and should know which team members to approach if they need assistance. This will help alleviate mistakes that can occur from interns asking the wrong person for help or not asking a question at all because they are unsure who can help. Also, you want to avoid making your staff appear incompetent and unhelpful. Get the whole team on board and aware of what is going on.

When will your interns be in office?. Make a set schedule of when your intern is expected to be in the office. Having a regular schedule makes your program more professional and gives your intern a sense of really going to work. Try to be flexible as most interns are students.

Look into any legal aspects to make sure you are in compliance with your state’s employment laws. According to Internships.com, “A host organization should consult with their company’s legal counsel before hiring interns.”

Starting an internship program at your company is simple and rewarding if properly done.

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Written by Monique Skinner