Category Archives: Employer Spotlights

Employer Spotlight | C.H. Robinson

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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

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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 https://www.brooksource.com/

We are holding on campus interviews:

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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

 

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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!

 

 

Employer Spotlight: Youth Enrichment League

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Youth Enrichment League is an after school and summer camp enrichment provider for kids across Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Colorado. We believe that each child has certain gifts and abilities they are given, and by providing quality enrichment to those children we can then nurture those gifts and abilities.

What do your employees enjoy about your organization?

Youth Enrichment League’s Three Pillars of Excellence

  1. Influence – Make a difference in a child’s day.
  2. Implement – Your yes is your yes, and your no is your no. If you agree to a class, schedule, sub assignment, we take you at your word that you will honor your commitment. The other facet to this pillar is implementing the curriculum and guidelines we have given.
  3. Individuals – Children are gifts to their parents, their schools, and their communities. YEL teachers should interact with each child as a distinct, unique student.

YEL employees are bubbly, energetic, sincere, and truly have a passion for working with children. Our office staff strives to ensure that each teacher is fully prepared for each class that they teach. If any issues arise our teachers know that they can call our office and get help in any situation immediately.

What are some challenges they face?

The biggest challenge our employees face is classroom management. Working with children can be stressful, and managing a full classroom with up to 20 students on your own can be difficult. We need instructors who understand children, and know how to command a classroom and be able to teach a class while still allowing the kids to have fun in the process.

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

We are really looking for individuals who want to make a difference in a child’s life every day they go to work. Our employees are reliable and dedicated to the students that they teach. They also have excellent communication skills, and reliable transportation.

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

The first step of our hiring process is to go to our website, www.youthenrichmentleague.com, to fill out an application. After we have received your application a member of our staff will place a phone call to the applicant to answer any questions they might have about the position and set up an interview. After the interview a decision will be made within two business days.

Employer Spotlight: KForce

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Kforce (Nasdaq:KFRC) is a professional staffing firm providing flexible and permanent staffing solutions in the specialty skill areas of Technology, Finance & Accounting, Government Solutions and Outsourcing Solutions.  With over $1Billion in sales, Kforce operates 63 offices in 41 markets bringing the value of over 50 years of experience.  Kforce works with 70% of Fortune 100 companies in the U.S.

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

Kforce offers a very competitive compensation package including base salary, monthly commission, healthcare, dental, vision, 401K, employee stock purchase program, PTO, performance incentive trips and other employee discounts.  We offer multiple career paths in recruiting, sales, operations and leadership.  Last year, over 500 employees were promoted to new positions.

Our core values of respect, integrity, trust, exceptional service, commitment & fun and stewardship & community make Kforce a fun, energetic culture that truly cares about being a “team”.  Employees enjoy the involvement in community organizations from Feed My Starving Children, Toys for Tots, making sandwiches for the homeless, helping at Second Harvest and much more.   We also enjoy numerous other team building events and incentives throughout the year.

Working at Kforce can be challenging as it is a results-driven environment.  It is very goal oriented and requires commitment and dedication to excellence.

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

Kforce is seeking individuals who are looking to make a career in recruiting and sales. The individuals we hire are hard working, competitive, goal orientated, team orientated and results driven.

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

The hiring process starts with a phone interview from one of our internal recruiters to discuss both Kforce and the individual’s background and career goals.  This is followed by the candidate filling out an online application and personality assessment.  Once complete the individual will come into our office for an in-person interview with our team.  Finally, selected candidates will be offered the opportunity to shadow existing team members to learn more about our team, office and culture.  Throughout this time every candidate is in contact with our internal recruiter who is making sure they are well prepared for each step of the way.

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

The recruiting and staffing industry is at an all time high right now.  With low unemployment rates in both the Technology and Finance & Accounting sectors that we work in; our industry is more valuable today than it ever has been.  Industry experts agree that it will only continue to expand even further.

 

Employer Spotlight: One Heartland

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One Heartland is a national nonprofit whose mission is to serve children, youth and families facing significant health challenges or social isolation. At the core of this mission are the camp programs at our flagship facility in Willow River, Minn., as well as those in New York and California. We provide over 500 camp experiences every year, and because the majority of program participants live below the poverty line, we rely on donors to make our camps a reality.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?                                                                           Our summer camp staff members are fun, energetic, accepting, creative and compassionate. The staff enjoys the fun activities, great campers we serve, and friendships developed in 2 short months. The biggest challenges our staff encounter are the long and chaotic days of summer camp.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
We are looking for positive, enthusiastic, fun, open-minded, hard working and team players for the summer.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
To apply interested applicants will go to OneHeartland and complete step one of the process.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
I would recommend those interested in this field to get as much experience as possible because it will help secure your first job.

Employer Spotlight: ACR Homes

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ACR is a group home company that provides care for adults with disabilities all throughout the Twin Cities. Voted #1 Workplace by the Star Tribune, ACR hires students to help them gain experience for their medical careers by offering a wide variety of training and internships.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?                                                                   The culture of ACR is defined by our core values: Acceptance, Communication, and Respect. Everything that we do revolves around having the best quality care for our residents. Our staff love the personal care aspects of the job where they can build relationships with the residents, help them reach their goals, and simply be a friend to them while also learning to provide medical care.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?                                           ACR is always hiring for our direct care Program Counselor position because we have over 60 homes (and still growing) that all require 24 hour care. We care about helping students gain experience for their careers, and we will place them at a home where they can get that experience. Our internships also go hand in hand with the job, so students can be getting a paycheck and building their resume at the same time! We simply search for competent people who care about helping people in need.

 What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?                                    We first schedule applicants to come in to our office on University Ave. for the testing and interview process. They bring in their application with them, and they don’t need to prepare for anything beforehand. There they will go through a few computer based quizzes including some personality tests and situational decision making, and then they will have the face to face interview after that.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?       You must have a driver’s license and be able to make at least a 6 month commitment.

 

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.