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Employer Spotlights | Enterprise


Briefly describe your organization

Today, our massive network means Enterprise is the largest transportation solutions provider. We offer car, truck and motorcycle rentals, as well as car sharing and car sales. We’re in over 30 countries with more than 7,200 locations. What does this mean to our customers? We’re there when you need us.

Please describe your company culture?

Our guiding principles, and humble beginning, revolve around personal honesty and integrity. We believe in strengthening our communities one neighborhood at a time, serving our customers as if they were our family, and rewarding hard work. These things are as true today as they were when we were founded in 1957.

What opportunities lay within your company?

New opportunities in locations throughout the world mean that the career you want is closer than you think. Whatever your strengths, and wherever you see yourself, take a look at what we can offer. In any Enterprise branch you’ll come across people who are motivated about their careers. These same people have a unique dedication to customer satisfaction and building relationships. There’s a lot more to our business than simply renting cars. We offer excellent training and development; and a promote-from-within culture—the sky’s the limit.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!


Employer Spotlight |Convergys Corporation


Briefly describe your organization

Convergys is a world-class customer management firm made up of 125,000 employees working in more than 150 service centers in 31 countries. Clients and customers around the globe benefit from our exceptional service, geographic footprint and ability to support 47 languages worldwide.

What does your company do to promote diversity?

At Convergys, we believe individual differences produce genuine competitive advantages in a global market. Leveraging our workforce’s diversity maximizes our productivity and enhances the quality of service we offer all of our clients. Global Diversity & Inclusion, the inherent, acquired, and learned qualities that employees, clients, and suppliers bring to our organization, is a strategic imperative at Convergys. Convergys will provide maximum practicable opportunity for diverse suppliers to equitably compete with other suppliers who meet our quality, service, procurement, business and contractual requirements.

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

At Convergys locations across the country, we’re recruiting new talent for both our call center and home-based positions. So whether you’re new to the workforce or simply making a new start, we offer everything you’ll need to succeed and advance, both personally and professionally.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!

Employer Spotlight |Coenen Bros. Inc


Briefly describe your organization

At Coenen Bros., we represent pro-active finance, accounting & IT professionals who are interested in exploring options outside their current roles. 80% of the people we represent are not actively pursuing a new position, but are open to hearing about great roles they are qualified for. We specialize in recruiting top talent professionals from the Big Four public accounting firms, various regional public accounting firms, and public or private companies in a broad range of industries. Our clients include mid to large sized public and private companies as well as a limited number of elite, mid-sized public accounting firms.

What are the typical areas you focus on?

Tax, Audit, IT Audit, SEC reporting, Technical Accounting, Financial Analysts, Financial Planning & Analysis, IT Security, Application Development, Business Analyst, Project manager

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

“The best time to start keeping an eye open for other opportunities is around the 2 or 3 year marker. At this point, you have established yourself in the public accounting world and are desirable to many hiring managers out there. Whether you are two months or two years out from making a move, it doesn’t hurt to start the conversation early!” – Big Four Alumni

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th! There are some amazing opportunities online. Check out GoldPASS

for more information.

Employer Spotlight | C.H. Robinson

CH Robinson

Briefly describe your organization

C.H. Robinson is one of the world’s largest third party logistics (3PL) providers, with 2014 gross revenues of $13.5 billion. We provide freight transportation and logistics, outsource solutions, produce sourcing, and information services to over 46,000 customers through a network of offices in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

What are some challenges your company face?

The ongoing challenges of the supply chain industry inspire us to innovate and search for new ideas that challenge limits and extend Beyond Brokerage. Our customers, contract carriers, and suppliers are the beneficiaries of this forward-thinking approach, because we believe they deserve nothing but the best from their 3PL. We are not content to simply meet their expectations—we are committed to exceeding them every single day.

What opportunities do you have for recent graduates or students?

We give all of our new hires a valuable opportunity: a chance to earn professional respect with our customers and the industry. With an internship or starting position at C.H. Robinson, you’ll gain immediate, hands-on experience that will help you establish your career. On day one, you’ll start to make an impact on our business, working with teams across the country.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th! There are some amazing opportunities online. Check out GoldPASS for more information.


Employer Spotlight |Brooksource


Briefly describe your organization

We’re your trusted partner for IT hiring, recruiting and staffing needs. For over 15 years, Brooksource has established and maintained relationships that are designed to meet your IT staffing needs. Whether it’s contract, contract-to-hire, or permanent placement work, we customize our search based upon your company’s unique initiatives, culture and technologies. With our national team of recruiters placed at 20 major hubs around the nation, Brooksource finds the people best-suited for your business. Then we follow through to make sure that the project is successful. By remaining engaged with our clients and consultants, we build trust and lasting partnerships with both.

How would you describe your company culture?

We know that quality service can only come from quality relationships. That’s why we are committed to understanding our clients’ cultures and needs and strive to continually strengthen our partnerships. This philosophy extends to support our tight-knit family of Brooksource leaders, pushes us to give back to our communities, and drives both personal and professional development for our employees and consultants alike.

Does your company have that aspect of community engagement that some students are interesting in?

Each of our offices spend time volunteering for local charities and engaging in community service efforts. Projects vary from location to location, and include work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Special Olympics. Our company also participates in the Super Service Challenge–a national movement that inspires coworkers to serve together. To enter the challenge, teams of coworkers create a simple video sharing how they served and submit it to the Super Service Challenge.

We were really excited that several of the videos we entered in the 2013 challenge were chosen as winners, meaning the charities’ won financial gifts. Those included $10,000 for Safe Harbor in Pennsylvania, and $5,000 for St. Mary’s Child Center in Indiana. Check out these videos to see some of the service projects.

How can you be contacted?

You can call us at 800-611-3995 or visit our website at

We are holding on campus interviews:


Date: November 5, 2015

Location: Minneapolis – East Bank – Bruininks Hall Interview Center RM 524

Available Positions: Recruiter, Sales Account Executive

Apply by October 28th. See details on GoldPASS

Schedule ID: 4083


Employer Spotlight: Boom Lab



Briefly describe your organization

Boom Lab, in partnership with ThreeBridge Solutions and Keyot, was founded on the idea that great consultants don’t need multiple degrees and three-piece suits. Consulting is a mindset that favors questions over answers and always puts the client first. We find the brightest new consultants, prepare them with world class training and deliver high-impact projects at our premier clients.

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

We’re building a new generation of consultants by hiring talented Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Technology Analysts to join our growing teams across the Midwest. We hire individuals from a wide range of areas from English to Business/Management.

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

Our training includes two weeks of intense project delivery methods, and builds based on role and experience as consultants grow their careers with Boom Lab.

Please describe your company culture

Our Boom Lab consultants excel in team environments, possess very strong communication skills, learn quickly, and help build creative solutions for our clients. Our team brings energy and excitement to the workplace, and grows together through training, mentorship, and giving back.

We are excited to meet you at the Business and Human Resources Career Fair on October 28th!



Campus Opportunities

Fellow students, are you still looking for work-study opportunities, internships or volunteering experiences? Find below, some information that you can benefit from.

Work Study:

301759 – Community Builder – New Hope

301798 – Youth Program Assistant (Ft. Road Flats Apts., St. Paul)

301799 – Youth Program Assistant (Obama School – St. Paul)

301803 – Youth Program Assistant (New Hope)

301805 – Youth Program Assistant (So. Mpls)

301934 – Community Builder and Somali Interpreter – So. Mpls

302825 – Youth Program Assistant (N. Mpls)


Tutor-Mentor Volunteering:


PPL Summer Youth Programs

Volunteer positions are available at locations throughout the Twin Cities, with a 1-2 day/week commitment for 7-8 weeks over the summer months.

PPL Summer Youth Programs

We are looking for consistent, enthusiastic volunteers to work with great kids this summer. PPL’s Youth Development programs provide support and opportunities for youth from low-income communities to strengthen academic engagement, improve literacy skills, and build confidence over the summer months. We currently have five summer programs in the Metro area:

Roots ‘n Reading:

City Explorers

You can learn more about these programs and apply at

Any questions, contact Anna Preus at / 612.455.5108




Employer Spotlight Questionnaire

1. Briefly describe your organization

We help break the cycle for at-risk families and children for a total family recovery. This is accomplished through comprehensive models that include: supportive housing, case management, mental health services, parent education and child enrichment programming.

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

We work hard and have a lot of different programs to offer our clients. We also have a lot of fun doing what we do! We have approximately 25 full time staff members and another 15 part time staffers. Some of the challenges we face are being able to provide programming for all the needs of our community.

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

Be passionate about your cause and truly love what you are doing. Challenge yourself each day. Do what you love and love what you do.