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Employer Spotlight: Velocity Sports Performance

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As Minnesota’s premier sports performance training center, Velocity Sports Performance offers training in a positive, safe, and professional environment. Athletes in every sport, at all ages and all skill levels, have the opportunity to improve speed, agility, mobility and flexibility, and energy systems, while reducing the risk of sports-related injuries. Our Adult Fitness programs are designed for adults looking for a challenging training program. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, a weekend warrior or just looking to stay active our classes will challenge you. Our proven training, elite curriculum and professional equipment allow athletes and like-minded adults the opportunity to train like the pros.

Describe your company culture.  What do your employees enjoy about your organization?
Velocity Sports Performance offers a relaxed sports environment with a young, energetic and passionate staff. We offer an opportunity dedicated to spreading the joy of sports achievement, and providing you with business and life skills that set you apart from the rest.

What are some challenges they face?
The sports and fitness environment is continuously changing, which keeps us on our toes. Finding ways to communicate the importance of sports performance training so that athletes deem it necessary to continue participation in the world of sports can be challenging at times.

 When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
Velocity Sports Performance at times can be a very fast paced environment, at the same time there may be down times. Finding an employee that is organized, hardworking and proactive is vital to our success.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
With the ebb and flow of the sports training season, we are constantly hiring part time sports performance coaches. A large majority of them are hired from within. Rise above the rest during your internship and you could be next on the list. Furthermore, with multiple locations and new training partnerships every day, the need for a part time operations manager is imminent.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Do the little things, work hard and be proactive to put yourself a step above the rest. Connect with co-workers and clients and use your resources.

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Employer Spotlight: Enterprise

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the largest car rental company in North America.  We are a $17 billion company with more than 1.4 million vehicles in our rental and leasing fleet.  We have more than 74,000 employees and over 8,000 locations in 70 different countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.  Enterprise was founded by Jack Taylor and has been owned and operated by the Taylor family for over 50 years.

In 2007, the Taylor family completed an acquisition of the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car businesses. We were recently ranked as the #5 Best Place to Launch a Career by BusinessWeek magazine and are currently ranked #1 in our industry.  All of our promotions are from within and solely based on performance, not tenure.

Describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?

Enterprise is a stable, diversified, and decentralized company with a very energetic culture and an emphasis on strong customer service.  Our company culture is fun, competitive, team oriented, and fast paced.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

I am looking for someone who is professional and has good communication skills to effectively work with people in a face to face environment.  In addition, we look for someone who has a strong work ethic, adaptability, and big picture thinking.  Someone who is self-motivated, goal oriented, and driven to succeed.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

The first step to be considered is to fill out our online application at www.go.enterprise.com.  After that we have a 3 step interview process where you actually get to spend some time at one of our locations really learning about a day in the life of an Enterprise employee.  A successful career is a two way street so we ensure that you pick us just as much as we chose you!

 What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Do your research.  Come prepared knowing why we are a good match for you.  It is really not about cars, it’s about learning to run a business.

 

Employer Spotlight: Target

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Target is growing fast and we are currently looking for talented, driven individuals to lead our teams within our stores. Target focuses on our brand promise of Expect More, Pay Less. We strive to meet the needs of our guests and focus on our teams to help grow and improve our organization.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?

The company culture of Target is what I love most about this company. In every role you feel the team atmosphere and everyone collaborates. Target focuses on the development of their team members at every level so you always feel like you’re growing. Target cares about their team and is able to make you feel valued through the recognition and training they provide. Target is ever changing so the ability to adapt and be open to new ideas is something that’s really important.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

Personally, when looking for a leader within a Target store we are open to diverse pool of candidates. We look at all majors and backgrounds because we want our teams to bring different perspectives and experiences to showcase their leadership. It is important that are leaders have a focus on our guest and their teams.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

It varies by position but our interview process usually entails a phone interview and then in person interview with our leaders. We ask a series of behavior based questions so we get a better grasp of their experiences.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Take some time to understand the position you are applying for. Ensure you long term aspirations match the job description and that you see yourself as someone who could grow within the role you’re applying for.

Employer Spotlight: Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual LogoNorthwestern Mutual The Bohannon Group has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. As a part of Northwestern Mutual, our financial representatives draw from a wide range of resources to offer clients customized solutions that will help meet their individual financial needs. With exclusive access to world-class products and services such as life insurance, disability income insurance, education funding alternatives, retirement solutions, estate analysis, and business needs analysis, our representatives can create a personalized and flexible approach that incorporates complementary financial solutions for each of their clients. Having expert resources to draw upon is the key to our representatives’ success. Representatives work in collaboration with our team of expert advisors and specialists. Clients rely on the knowledge and insight of their representatives for guidance and an approach that is versatile enough to accommodate life’s changing situations.

 Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization?

Our culture is based highly on family and community involvement. Giving back to the community and organizing family events are important to us. There are four main words the Bohannon Group believes in: Growth, Relationships, Integrity, and Passion. What are some challenges they face? Learning how to connect with people over the phone and face-to-face and understanding the financial services industry.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

When we look for new employees or interns we look for people who would fit in our culture and share the same values as our current employees. We also look for leaders and people who are easily coachable. Someone who enjoys working with people and has a great work ethic. It is important to be self motivated and driven.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

It’s a three step process – us learning about them as well as them learning about us and making the decision that this internship is a mutual fit.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Find someone who is currently in the industry. Continue to connect with people to build your network.

Employer Spotlight: Renewal by Andersen

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Renewal by Andersen®, America’s premier replacement window and door company, is seeking a highly motivated Canvassing Rep for our greater Twin Cities office. In this role, you would be generating pre-qualified leads through door to door marketing for in-home sales presentations to homeowners. We provide full training, so you’ll learn about our product lines and the various installation methods in addition to learning the at-the-door appointment setting process.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face? 

We offer an excellent compensation package including a base hourly rate, weekly pay, and performance-based bonuses. Other perks include company apparel, transportation, and access to our experienced and knowledgeable management team. Weather is the biggest challenge faced by canvassers, which is why we provide the appropriate winter apparel to make the position as comfortable as possible.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

Candidates should be highly motivated, friendly and coachable. While a background in canvassing or sales is an asset, it is not required. You must be available to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Phone pre-screen, In-office interview, background check, drug screen, onboarding/training.

 What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Have a friend or advisor review your resume prior to submitting it for an open position. Research a company prior to an interview. Ask questions in your interview when appropriate. Internships and work experience are always a plus!

Employer Spotlight: AXA Advisors

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AXA Advisors is recognized as a leading financial services company. AXA Advisors is a part of the global AXA Group,* one of the world’s largest financial services organizations. AXA Advisors is a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management. AXA’s operations are diverse geographically, with major operations in Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific Area. AXA Advisors is positioned to offer highly motivated, achievement-driven individuals an opportunity to grow a thriving business.

Take a look at some of AXA Group’s highlights:

  • 102 million individuals and corporate clients worldwide
  • $1.1 trillion in assets under management
  • Operations in over 57 countries
  • More than 160,000 employees and exclusive sales associates around the world3

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?

AXA Advisors here in Minneapolis is a hub for Financial Professionals. The company culture is exciting, active, and engaging. AXA employees love the flexibility of creating their own work schedule and participating in AXA social events. AXA employees greatly enjoy the training and development offered by our Managers and mentors. Training at AXA Advisors focuses on an array of skills and values. Employees are involved in daily coaching meetings, weekly sales and marketing training, and monthly professional development campaigns. AXA focuses on the development of its employees on a professional level as well as personal level.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

In order to be a successful Financial Professional, you do not need to have a degree in finance or economics or any work experience. What we do need is a Financial Professional who is a results-driven self-starter, able to take ownership in what he or she is doing and willing to work hard to achieve success. The most successful candidates find fulfillment in knowing that they are not only making a lot of money, but working towards building a career in the financial services industry.

 The ideal individual will have:

  • Achievement-driven goals
  • A desire to help others
  • Motivation to learn
  • High integrity and a strong work ethic
  • A team-oriented focus with excellent interpersonal skills and communication abilities, with a high degree of self-confidence

  What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Our hiring process varies depending on the style of the hiring manager, but we generally start with an initial meeting or phone conversation and then bring in the candidate for a formal interview. Our total interview process is 3 interviews and the 3rd interview is generally a marketing presentation prepared by the candidate. We like to move the entire process along quickly but it usually spans from 2 – 3 weeks.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Explore a variety of companies within the industry and figure out which company platform works best for you. So many financial service organizations have the same services, but find a company that matches your values and goals. Also, do as many informational interviews as possible. Employees and recruiters have a different story to share and it’s important to hear from individuals outside of the interview process.

Employer Spotlight: Hennepin County

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Briefly describe your organization.

Hennepin County enhances the health, safety and quality of life to Hennepin County communities.It is a progressive public sector entity that employs more than 8,000 talented and diverse individuals at over 100 work sites. Headquarters and many services are located in downtown Minneapolis – easily accessible by bus and light rail.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization?

Our employees remain at Hennepin County for the following:

  • Opportunity to grow professionally
  • Benefits
  • Stability and job security
  • Interesting work
  • Opportunity to work and give back to the community
  • Hennepin County’s reputation for being a respected employer
  • Life/work balance

 What are some challenges they face?

30% of  our workforce is eligible to retire in the next 6 years.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

First, because all of our positions have minimum qualifications – either education, experience or both- we focus on candidates who have or in the process of obtaining the required education.

Customer focus and integrity and trust are essential. Other traits are a positive attitude, the ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, and critical thinking skills.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Applicants apply on line, applications are reviewed to determine a top group and the top group is then sent directly to the hiring supervisor. Hiring supervisor interviews and selects the hire. We have a decentralized hiring process

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Sign up to receive emails of newly posted jobs. Call HR to obtain application tips and more information about the position.

Employer Spotlight: Insight Global

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Briefly describe your organization.

Insight Global is a premier technology staffing services firm, ranked as one of the fastest growing staffing firms for the past 9 consecutive years and named the 4th largest IT staffing firm in America. Since our inception in 2001, we have experienced unprecedented growth within our industry. We have rapidly expanded from an Atlanta based start-up to one of the most successful IT staffing firms in America, with 39 offices and counting. Insight Global employs over 20,000 people in companies each year and currently boasts revenues over $1 Billion. We plan to continue this growth trend by expanding to 98 offices nationwide, entering into industries such as Finance/Accounting, Administrative and Healthcare staffing, and continuing to expand internationally.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization?

We hire business savvy, personable, goal-oriented college graduate with the desire to work in the people-side of business. We focus on individual employee development, maintaining a fun company culture, and continuing our success as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. To sum it up: Work hard, play hard!!

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

Insight Global is seeking qualified college graduates. The best candidates for our company have gained leadership experience through internships or organizations on campus, held positions in sales/marketing, have a competitive drive, and love working with people. Candidates must have strong communication and time management skills, and be able to work well with a team. This opportunity is best for people who thrive in a results-oriented, competitive, social and fast-paced environment.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Usually our interview process is a 2-3 step process. First interview is in the office to meet and greet with a few employees, see the environment and get all of your questions answered. This is also the time where we will want to get to know you and your background. If everything goes well, the second round interview is a lunch interview. So much of our business is being in front of clients in a social setting, you will be able to get a feel of what an average day will look like. We are looking for December graduates as well as May graduates to start the process as soon as possible!

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Personality is everything. We offer an awesome training program, so all backgrounds and majors are welcome. A positive attitude and the desire for a career opportunity will get you very far in our company!

Employer Spotlight: Coenen Bros.

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Briefly describe your organization.

Coenen Bros. is a premier recruiting firm in the Twin Cities for finance and accounting professionals. We are an external recruiter for many different organizations around the Twin Cities and we help them to find great talent to grow their organizations with. Our business is based off targeting and working with the best candidates in town by forming strong working relationships and providing them with a great job search experience.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?

Our company culture is energetic, fun and based off teamwork. We are an outgoing group that has a passion for helping others and working hard. Our employees enjoy that every day at Coenen Bros. is exciting and different and we are all constantly learning.

A challenge that our employees face in the beginning is learning the ins and outs of the finance and accounting market of the Twin Cities. It can also be a challenge to learn about the high caliber people we work with and the different expectations they have.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

We are big on finding employees that will fit comfortably in our company culture. For our candidates, we find the biggest decision factor in the job search is the culture of the organization they join…we fully believe that this idea applies in our own organization as well. Employees must also have a competitive drive and the desire to succeed.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Our hiring process involves meeting with a few people on the team, taking a personality test and doing a job shadow day to get some exposure to what we do on a daily basis.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

The world of recruiting is all about building relationships. To be successful in this industry, you need to step outside of your comfort zone at times and be able to interact with all different personality types. There is a lot of learning to be done, but in the end it is a very rewarding and fulfilling profession!

2014 MN Education Job Fair

Registration for the 2014 MN Education Job Fair is open! Meet school district and education organization representatives, attend district presentations, and interview for jobs. Here are the details:
2014 Minnesota Education Job Fair
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Minneapolis Convention Center
10:00am – 3:00pm Employer Booths Open
10:00am – 5:00pm Interviewing Area Open
The MN Education Job Fair is open to students and alumni from participating MN colleges and universities. Teacher candidates must be licensed by December 2014. Education services candidates (such as school counselors, school social workers, speech therapists, or school administrators) may also attend.
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Registration:
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) students and alumni should register with CEHD Career Services by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:30pm. There is a $20 fee to attend. Need-based fee waivers are available.
Visit the CEHD Career Services website for more information about registration instructions, event logistics, employers attending, and preparation tips.