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Posted May 27, 2014 by

7 Tips for Making Your Internship a Success

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

With roughly one-in-four employers recruiting entry-level workers from the pool of current and former interns, it is more important than ever for college and university students and recent graduates to perform well in these employment proving grounds.  Unfortunately, many of those embarking on summer internship programs in the coming days and weeks could fail to make a positive impression on their employers, according to one workplace authority.

“Thousands of young people will participate in paid and unpaid internships this summer.  While most will do a good job meeting the responsibilities laid out for them, many will not take the extra steps required to ensure that they stand out, thus increasing the chances of becoming a permanent employee down the road,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Internships are an essential stepping stone to full-time employment for entry-level job seekers.  In a recent survey of 100 human resources professionals by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 26 percent of respondents said that internships are the leading source from which entry-level candidates are recruited and hired. (more…)

Posted October 11, 2012 by

The Lowdown on Low-Cut: Salary’s Dress Code Survey

Woman at work in low cut topWe asked about office dress codes and boy did you answer. Loudly. Nearly 4,600 people responded to our survey and proved dress codes are, and always will be, a hot topic that gets fairly contentious in a hurry.

Dress codes—whether to have them, what clothing should be allowed/prohibited and how to implement them—will all vary depending on the atmosphere of the individual companies. A small beachside surf and skate shop will likely be more informal than three-piece suits worn by employees at a Fortune 500 company. (more…)

Posted May 18, 2012 by

7 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Internship

With most of the nation’s colleges and universities quickly nearing the end of the spring semester, tens of thousands students and new graduates across the country are preparing to embark on summer internships, which are increasingly vital to career development.  However, one workplace authority warns that many interns will fail to maximize the experience and convert it into a full-time position.

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas“Internships are more important than ever.  We are at a point in this recovery where job gains are finally gaining momentum, but, overall, employers remain cautious when it comes to hiring.  They want to ensure that they are bringing in the most talented candidates who mesh will with the company and its workers.  Internships offer an ideal on-the-job testing ground that more and more employers rely on for identifying and recruiting entry-level workers,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“The problem is that many interns simply show up every day, put in their hours and never give any thought about how to get the most out of their short time with the employer and taking the extra steps necessary to turn this temporary position into a full-time one,” he added.

According to an outlook released earlier this year by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the entry-level job market has improved steadily over the last two years.  However, the competition for these positions remains fierce and having internship experience is a must on any resume.  The latest data shows that the number of internships being offered is on the rise. (more…)