Employer Spotlight: Insight Global


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.


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!

Success Story | Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development

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Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development
Financial Recruiter | Coenen Bros

How did you learn about your current position?
At the Human Resource Development (HRD) recruiting fair held in STSS.

Describe your position.
I am a financial recruiter for Coenen Bros. My job is to recruit public accountants from the Big 4 accounting firms and place them in new positions within our client companies. Throughout the process I provide a wider professional network for my recruits, offer them career counseling and resume tips as well as create the opportunity for a more satisfying professional life.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoy that every day isn’t the same. I get to talk to a handful of different people each day, go to coffee with recruits and get to know them, and talk to different clients and showcase the strengths of the recruits I am working with. The variety of things I get to do helps me to stay really interested in my job and look forward to each work day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Recruiting is an area of HRD that I explored in the course Professions and Practices of HRD (OLPD 3696) and really took an interest in. I have always wanted to work with people and be able to help them in some way, so recruiting helps me to tie my interest in the business world into my desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy seeing people make positive advances in their careers to make for a better work-life balance overall, and I’m happy that I can be the one to help make that happen.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I constantly updated my resume and sought out advice from other professionals in my network. I made sure to be outgoing at career events such as the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services because making yourself stand out from the crowd is sure to help in landing the perfect position!

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found attending the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services to be the most helpfuI. An event catered to my field of study was the perfect way to find an internship within my interests and it offered a really good way to get my name and resume out to multiple employers at once.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Take your internship day by day and really focus on all the different things you are learning! Internships are the perfect way to really decide what you want to do later in life. I would suggest doing as many internships as you can and getting a feel for multiple types of jobs so you can make sure you are following the right career path.

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

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor’s (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization’s website.
Describe your position.
My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service’s advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don’t forget to send a ‘thanks letter’ for follow-up with employers after interview.

Valeria Sinelnikov | Business and Marketing Education, Talks about her Job Fair Experience

Valeria Sinelnikov
Business and Marketing Education

Why go to the job fair?
There are a couple of really good reasons, and in my opinion the main one is the face to face experience. Because candidates today can apply to practically any job online, employers will appreciate individuals who took the time to come in and meet them in person. Another great reason is the practice. At the job fair, you can practice your networking skills and work on overcoming the initial fear of approaching someone that you never met before in a professional setting. Also, introducing yourself and talking to company recruiters is a great way to repeat your elevator speech and work on your interview skills.

Who do you think should attend the fair?

Some people may think that the job fair is only meant for juniors and seniors. However, this is not true at all. My first time at the job fair was during my freshman year, and even though I was not looking for a job at that time I still learned a lot. For example, I got familiar with a large number of companies that I have never heard about before. Had I not gone to the fair, I would have limited my job search in the future only to the companies that I was familiar with. Therefore, it is wise to spend some time at the job fair learning about the business of different companies. You will be surprised how much you can find out about new opportunity that best match your needs.

What do you recommend doing before attending?

I think that a couple of things are critical before attending:
– Make sure that you look at the list of companies attending and choose the ones that you want to speak to their recruiters. Take some time to research them, so you can have something to talk about to their representatives. Remember that the few minutes that you spend with the recruiters can sometimes be critical.
– Print a couple of copies of your resume. Make sure that is it the most updated copy, and if needed visit the career services for advise!
– Practice your elevator speech, or at least make sure that you have an appropriate opening line to introduce yourself. Also, practice your handshake if you are uncomfortable about it.
– Relax, and set yourself reasonable expectations. You may not get a job offer on the spot, but you for sure will be one step ahead in your job search only by attending. Remember that the job fair is for creating the initial contact with employers and learning about new opportunities. As long as you come to the fair feeling comfortable and with an open mind, you will have fun.
– Bring a binder for the business cards and other materials that you will receive. You do not want to walk around with a pile of papers in your hand. Also, bring a pen so you can write on the back of the business cards some of the things that you talked about with the recruiters. The notes will be useful when thinking about how to begin a follow up email.
Finally, what to wear?
At the fair that I attended, I was impressed that students who wore a business attire rather than casual looking clothes appeared to make a better first impression. Since a job fair is a professional event, definitely go with the business look.

Success Story | Yifei (Duke) Lu, Human Resource Development

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Internship Assistant | Minnesota Historical Society

Describe your position.
My position is Internship Assistant, and I am working for the Minnesota Historical Society.
What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The thing that I most enjoy is I am working for a great manager. My manager always gives me clear goals, work orders, and schedules. In fact, she helps me to focus on my job and give me less pressure in my work. On the other hand, I also think she can always teach me a lot of things. She is a steady and careful person. I am enjoying working for my manager.
I think what is most challenging is that I need to learn how the American workplace operates. This is my current challenge as an international student, but it is also a great chance to learn.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Networking. I believe the networking is always very important to every job candidate.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Being confident. I think this is the very important for a job interview. I think people need to get enough sleep before a job interview, because high quality sleep can help you save energy and this can help you look more confident during a job interview.
Researching the position is the best thing to make a job candidate stand out. They have to show that they know more details about the job and they have their faith to do a better job than other people. Also, if job candidates do research for their positions, it can prove that they really understand the duties of the position and that they are the right person for the position.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Create Your Own Resume and Cover Letter. Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready and bring them with you the first day you begin your job search. You never know who you will meet and who maybe able to help you. You may change the content and tailor your resume and cover letter to match the requirements of the job you’re applying for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won’t need to be changed.
Be Sharp in Your Professional Dress. First impressions last, and it always very important to be you!
Use Job Search Engines. GoldPass, LinkedIn, and Internship.com. They are always very useful.

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.

Teaching positions in Wayzata Public Schools for 2014-2015

Beginning in January, Wayzata Public Schools will be scheduling preliminary interviews for anticipated 2014-15 teacher openings. Whether you are just beginning your career or are a seasoned veteran considering a career change, Wayzata Public Schools want to hear from you if you meet the following requirements.
• Must TRULY believe in the ability of each and every student to achieve excellence, and are confident in your ability to teach and assess all levels/types of learners.
• Must be able to follow trends and ensure that the preparation of today’s children is always focused on preparing them for the world in which they will live and work.
• Must possess the communication skills necessary to work together with colleagues, parents and students to ensure maximum student achievement and professional growth.
•Must have a high level of knowledge in your subject matter. If you are an elementary teacher this means that you must be strong in all core subjects.
If you meet all of these requirements above and feel that Wayzata Public Schools is the place that you want to call your home away from home, please apply online to job number 14-100.These are preliminary interviews for jobs that we anticipate having open for the 2014-15 school year. They are not representative of current active openings. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about Wayzata Public Schools and an opportunity for us to learn about you. 

More Information: www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/jobpostings
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