Category Archives: Employer Spotlights

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: 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!

Employer Spotlight | Minnesota United FC

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Describe your organization.
Under new ownership and rebranded at the beginning of the 2013 Season, Minnesota United FC is dedicated to making professional soccer sustainable in the state of Minnesota. Our position as a growing sports franchise creates a unique atmosphere where “start-up” meets pro sports team.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?
Our company culture is smart, fast-paced, and hardworking. We are very much in a start-up culture, and growing quickly. Sometimes this is good, and sometimes it is challenging. There is a lot of opportunity to launch new ideas and projects, and improve on what was done before. We can only work within the capacity we have as an organization, so sometimes we have to make choices about priorities and timing. There are two distinct times in our workyear – the season and the offseason. Priorities are different in each one.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
Generally, we look for people who have bachelor’s degrees, preferably in sports management, business, or communications. We always like sports-specific experience, and look for people who have done at least one internship during school.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
Generally, we begin with phone interviews, and then in-person interviews. Sometimes we will do a second interview, and usually conclude the hiring process within a month. Many people participate in the interviews, including a representative from human resources, the hiring manager, and other executives in the front office.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Passion is good, but doesn’t go a long way in making a candidate stand out in the application and interview process. It’s great if someone likes or plays soccer, but since we are not hiring soccer players, we are more interested in what non-soccer skills our employees will contribute toward making ours a successful club.

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Minnesota United FC representatives at the 2014 School of Kinesology Job and Internship Fair

Employer Spotlight | Target

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Describe your organization.
From our Minneapolis-based headquarters to over 1,800 stores and more than 35 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, Target offers a world of possibilities in an environment that will encourage you to innovate and contribute ideas. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.
What do your employees enjoy most about Target? What are some of the challenges your employees face?
Many of our team members enjoy the people they’re able to work with and the overall culture of Target. Target focuses on hiring great leaders with diverse backgrounds, which allows you to gain many different perspectives while having fun at work. Target’s culture is focused on team, development and results. You are able to continuously look at your development and work with leaders to grow personally and professionally.
At Target, we realize there are different ways to lead teams, and we value diverse perspectives and leadership styles. Target leverages each individual team member’s strengths and opportunities to help our team become the best they can be.
When looking for employees, what do you search for?
Our ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working within a team, can motivate and inspire others, and has the ability to lead and engage teams to provide a great guest experience. Target focuses on continuous improvement, and great teams allow us to become better.
What tips do you have to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
We certainly recommend you do your research before applying for a position. Determine what is important to you and where you want to be long-term. Don’t focus on using positions as stepping stones; rather, start with a role you will truly enjoy. This will make the journey a lot more enjoyable!

Employer Spotlight | Coenen Bros.

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Answered by: Ken Coenen, Coenen Bros. Partner
Describe your organization.
For the past 8 years, Coenen Bros. has been exclusively targeting and working with the best candidates in town, The Pro-Active™ candidates that consist of the top 10% of Finance professionals in the area. Thomas and Ken Coenen firmly believe that by getting back to the basics of recruiting–actually getting in the trenches to speak with candidates and forming relationships–is the only way to find these top tier candidates. This exclusive focus is part of the reason why Pro-Active™ candidates from Coenen Brothers stay at a company 3X’s longer and produce 50% more than traditional candidates.
To date, Coenen Brothers have worked with 23 of the 25 largest firms in Minneapolis and continue to build a reputation for working with Top Tier financial talent and doing so with integrity. As of 2013, Coenen Bros. has expanded our services to the Chicago market.
What do your employees enjoy about Coenen Bros? What are some of the challenges your employees face?
I really enjoy the culture at Coenen Bros…it’s important to like the job you are doing but even more important to like the people you work with! Every day at the office is fun and different. A challenge I face as a financial recruiter is not having full control over the candidates I work with…ultimately it is their decision on what to do with their careers!
When you are looking for employees, what do you search for?
We look for individuals who are outgoing, determined, have a fun spirit and a competitive drive. This job is all about forming relationships with professionals so we need people who are able to comfortably interact with strangers and form a strong working bond.
Do you have any tips to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
Advice that we often give our candidates is “company first, job second” and I think that holds true to all professionals. The reasoning behind this is that your job title is no doubt going to change frequently over your first five to ten years at a company, but the company culture and the type of people who work there will remain the same. Find a place where you know you’ll be happy and you’ll enjoy going to every day and focus less on the title you’ll be putting on your resume.

Employer Spotlight | Fraser

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Describe your organization.
Fraser serves children and adults with more than 60 types of mental and physical disabilities, and is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services. Fraser School provides childcare and early childhood education for young children with typical needs and special needs. Fraser offers an array of housing and in-home support options for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. Our programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation, and individualized, family-centered approach.
What do your employees enjoy about Fraser? What are some of the challenges they face?
In our recently annual survey, Fraser employees stated that they love the work they do in working with the clients. Fraser employees across the organization derive satisfaction in contributing to the mission and vision of Fraser. In addition to the value they find in their work, Fraser employees enjoy flexibility in their jobs, opportunities for personal and career growth while enjoying a collaborative work environment with great co-workers!
Fraser is a rapidly expanding non-profit as we seek to provide quality services to clients. Our vision is to provide regional services so that clients never have to travel more than 35 miles or 35 minutes from their homes. As we expand to new locations, employees are continuously challenged to work collaboratively and strategically in order to contribute to best practices in Autism services while continuing to provide the quality of service that clients have come to expect from established locations.
When you are looking for employees, what do you search for?
-We seek employees who are passionate about the Fraser mission which is “to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of children, adults and families with special needs. We accomplish this by providing education, healthcare and housing services.”
-In addition to being passionate about the mission of Fraser, we all seek employees who would serve as an example of the Fraser Employee Credo “I am passionate for the client, I am committed to success and I value relationships”
-We look for employees who are positive, team oriented and promote/embrace change.
Do you have any tips to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
-Always submit an updated resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the company
-Resumes – ensure your resume displays your skill sets accurately to show how your background aligns with the requirements of the position you applied for.
-Research the company to make sure the culture and job are the right fit for you!
Fraser has a variety of part time and full time opportunities available across all divisions, if you are interested in employment with Fraser, please go to our website to submit an application at www.fraser.org/employment