Empowering millennials: The age of the intern

Girl at deskBorn 1980-2000, millennials (also known as Generation Y) are by far the most technologically savvy, mobile and free-spirited generation thus far. With a college diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they’re ready to dive headfirst into the workforce. However, eagerness and education aren’t enough to compete these days, and this generation faces an uncomfortable unemployment rate of 12-14.5 percent.

While graduating from college is supposed to be a huge weight off of your shoulders, many grads are faced with even more stress and financial troubles than they were in college. Not to mention the fact that most days are spent applying for jobs and hearing nothing back.

In our recent Way to Work survey, we learned that seven in ten (69 percent) Americans aged 18-24 believe it’s harder to find a job now compared to previous generations, but in reality it’s not taking them very long to land one.
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When preparing for a job search is like a video game

GraduationSome people think life is like a video game: You move through the levels while collecting your points, weapons, and whatever you’ll need for the next level. Then you repeat the process as you move through the game. Others feel like the school years are just prep time for the first level of that game, which starts when you enter the workforce after graduation.

College students preparing for their job search after graduation start feeling like the game is getting pretty intense. The months before graduation are so full of finals and wrapping up loose ends that the next level, entry into the workforce, gets put off.

But just like those games where you wander past objects and find out later that you should have picked them up, there are things you need to collect before you get out of school.

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Today is Adecco Way to Work Street Day! Visit your local branch!

ADO_403x403_w2w_2We here at Adecco are very excited that today, April 30th, is Adecco Way to Work ™ Street Day! In 50 countries around the world, and in over 352 Adecco branches nationwide, we will be hosting open houses from 10AM to 3PM, offering training on writing better cover letters, improving interview skills and optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Most importantly, this event is free and open to the general public!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for hands-on career help! Click here to find the branch nearest you. We encourage you to visit!

Additionally, we will be holding our official “Careerathon” at Palomar College in San Diego, California. Career professionals will be on hand to offer free, one-on-one job hunting and career advice to the students and general public of the city of San Diego. We’re very excited that Joyce Russell, Executive Vice President & President of Adecco Staffing, and members of the Adecco leadership team will be on hand to personally meet with participants. Oh, and we’ve also heard rumors of there being free waffles served! But you’ll have to come to Palomar College to find out.

We’ll be covering the event throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Vine using the hashtag #WaytoWork. Make sure to follow and share our updates!

Announcing the Adecco Experience

In order the help you kick-start your career, we’re also announcing our Adecco Experience Program. At Adecco, we  believe that the right to work is universal and that young people must be better equipped with the right hard and soft skills that today’s businesses and hiring managers are demanding. And an internship is a great way to gain those skills.

So beginning today, April 30th  — as part of Way to Work – we are launching a contest called “Adecco Experience” across all 50 countries. This contest — geared toward high school/college students and graduates — will reward four applicants from each country with truly dynamic internship opportunities. The winners of this contest will be given top-notch internships, working for a month with Adecco’s clients and partners. Each winner will have a job in their respective country and no traveling will be required. On top of that, Adecco will provide the winners with competitive internship pay. It will be enriching and valuable for future career development, and a great way to experience the first taste of the exciting world of work.

But that’s not all! One lucky winner will be selected for the CEO for one month internship, and will work in direct contact and under direct supervision of Adecco Group CEO Patrick De Maeseneire.

But this isn’t just a simple “check this box to enter” contest…

On the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website we will be asking applicants to complete an online profile and prepare a short video of themselves. The deadline to apply is May 31st. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed, and the U.S. winners will be revealed to the public on June 20th.

So make sure to head over to the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website to get the full details, contest rules and to begin your application!


Get great summer jobs and great job satisfaction

Auto ManThe summer is almost here, and if you are looking for summer jobs, we wanted to let you know about some exciting opportunities that will make you money and make you happy, too!

We work with some of the largest and most successful automotive companies in the world, including Honda, and right now we are recruiting for summer jobs across the country. This is a tremendous opportunity to earn great pay, gain valuable experience and jumpstart your career.

Check out the summer jobs we have available and apply now

But don’t take our word for it. Check out some employee testimonials and see why Adecco Automotive offers one of the best summer jobs you can have!

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Holding onto millennial job hoppers

Millennial indecisive about his job. He, like many other Gen Yers may be a job hopper.“A generation of job hoppers” is how Millennial branding expert Dan Schawbel described Generation Y workers in a recent Human Resource Executive article.

“While older generations are looking for salary and benefits, Millennials are looking for meaningful and flexible work,” Schawbel said in the article. “What they want from their jobs is different, and that’s why they leave in a couple years.”

And indeed, Millennials typically are switching jobs at a swifter rate than previous generations. A recent study found 60% of Millennials leaving their companies in less than three years, with the average cost to replace that employee between $15,000 and $25,000.

For managers and companies focused on retention, these figures can prove daunting. Yet steps can be taken to help boost your odds of keeping your best millennial workers longer. 
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LinkedIn University Pages: Networking Beyond Millennials

LinkedIn University Pages The highly successful social media network for professionals announced in August that U.S. teens ages 14 to 18 will be allowed to create accounts and will have access to LinkedIn University Pages.

This marks a significant shift for what has long been the most buttoned-down of social media networks. Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has remained primarily an adults-only network that has grown to 240 million professional members.

Allowing younger users seems to make sense for LinkedIn from a business perspective – the company can lock in a whole new generation of members long before they become working professionals. LinkedIn also stands to become a force in the college recruiting and admissions game. According to LinkedIn, the new policy is “the cornerstone of our strategy to help students at every critical milestone from campus to fulfilling, successful careers.”

But does LinkedIn make sense for Junior? While LinkedIn says, “We’re trying to provide real value for prospective students,” Huffington Post contributor Kim Garst expressed some reservations. Garst questions whether 14-year-olds should be using the same LinkedIn as professionals looking to network. While she supports the idea of helping students build professional relationships, she adds, “I am just not convinced this is the right vehicle to do it.”
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