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Internships are Important

Internships are Important

Lately, I have noticed the internships have been getting a bit of a bad rap. Students view them as “working for little or no money,” and only envision themselves fetching coffee and making copies. It’s important not to be so short sighted. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that: 60% of paid interns and 37% of unpaid interns are offered a job at the conclusion of their internships. In industries like finance and accounting, where competition for positions can be fierce, an internship is a great way to get a competitive edge. But, internships deliver much more. The following are five reasons why college students and graduates should consider completing an internship.

Monday, January 20, 2014/Author: Laurie Knafo/Number of views (12598)/Comments (3)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Phone Interview Tips

Phone Interview Tips

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the hiring process is the phone interview. In an effort to save time and resources, many employers use phone interviews to help screen out candidates that might not have the skills and personality fit for the position. However, many candidates underestimate the importance of a phone interview, thinking of it as just an administrative step in the interview process. But make no mistake, a phone interview is a “real” interview and if you do not complete it successfully, you’ll never move forward in the process.

Monday, December 30, 2013/Author: Laurie Knafo/Number of views (15323)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Job Search Tips for Older Workers

Job Search Tips for Older Workers

Because of the number of Baby Boomers and lower birth rates of younger people, job supply and demand will eventually favor mature workers. But for now, employment opportunities can be hard to find. In March 2013, 51% of job seekers 55 and older were unemployed for 27 weeks or longer, compared with 41.7% of those ages 25 to 54, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Over the last two years the trend has been clear: older workers are unemployed and remain unemployed for a longer period of time.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013/Author: Laurie Knafo/Number of views (13105)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Holiday Hiring Trends

Holiday Hiring Trends

During November and December 2014, holiday consumer sales are expected to top $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. This is a 3.9 percent increase over last year. But do more holiday sales mean more holiday jobs?

Monday, November 25, 2013/Author: Laurie Knafo/Number of views (12463)/Comments (3)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Employee Retention Tips

Employee Retention Tips

For many employers, the issue of employee retention does not become top of mind until the unthinkable happens: a highly valued and trusted employee resigns. Sadly, by the time this takes place, your ability to keep the employee long-term is minimal. That’s why I encourage all of my clients to take some time each month to think about and invest in employee retention. The following are techniques I have seen employers use effectively to increase employee satisfaction and retention:

Monday, November 18, 2013/Author: Laurie Knafo/Number of views (11687)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 5.0
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