Top Reasons to Invest in Interns

“Why businesses can’t afford not to have ‘paid’ interns” was an article recently featured on MLive.com, the piece written by Shandra Martinez explores the importance of establishing an internship program within growing companies. Last summer, Reliance One launched their own internship program by bringing aboard four reputable college students. The program was a great success – the interns spent the summer developing in recruiter roles. Each day they engaged with customers which provided them with hands-on work experience.  By the end of the program they had learned about entrepreneurship and work ethic.

The company plans to continue the internship program again this summer by offering paid opportunities. Jeff Gardner, Vice President of Sales feels, “Our first year of the internship program here at Reliance One paid huge dividends for our company.  We were able to provide a real work atmosphere for college students which enhanced our relationships with local Universities. The interns were extremely productive and fit right into our company culture; we were able to create a pipeline of future employees. Reliance One is already saving seats in local offices for interns this summer.”

What’s the driving factor to hiring interns? As Shandra states in her article, “they [interns] will be the leaders of our corporations in the future.” Here at Reliance One we give them insight to a professional environment, the interns returned the favor by helping to accelerate growth of the company. If you’re interested in learning about internship opportunities send your resume to resume@reliance-one.com. To read the MLive article referenced  go to: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/01/why_businesses_cant_afford_not.html#incart_river

A Special Thank You to Reliance One’s Summer Interns

August 14, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Reliance One launched the Summer 2012 Internship Program by hiring four reputable interns. With the debut of such a program, Reliance One was hoping to teach young adults about entrepreneurship and offer an opportunity for students to gain applicable, hands-on work experience. Morgan Leaym, Alex Jones, Nick Nawrocki and Lindsey Krasny helped to complete the Reliance One team. By working in recruiter positions, the interns worked hard to find candidate’s great job opportunities. “I love the feeling of getting someone a job, it’s so rewarding”, Morgan commented. During the summer months these dedicated students gained valuable skills they will take with them to their future endeavors.  Nick said, “This experience gave me insight to the real world, it was a great opportunity.” Lead by their Account Managers and fellow employees, the interns learned the ropes of recruiting and gained exposure to the corporate world. Reliance One provided the interns training and hands on experience in a professional environment, however, the interns returned the favor by helping to accelerate growth of the company. Chris Brelinski, Senior Technical Recruiter said, The Interns have been a pleasant addition to the company and will be missed. They were open to learning the business and quickly grasped the skills necessary to be a benefit to the organization.” Reliance One would like to thank Morgan, Nick, Alex, and Lindsey for their efforts this summer and would like to wish them all the best!

6 Quick Tips for Transforming a Summer Job Into a Full-Time Gig

If you took a summer job to make a little extra cash but figured once fall began you’d be done with it, consider this: That summer job just might be your ticket to full-time work. Employers take less risk in hiring you for the summer, but can see how reliable you are for more permanent roles. You’ve already learned the ropes at your company, and it’s easier to keep an employee than to train another.

If your summer job is one you’d like to have year-round, here are some tips to ensure you’re the best candidate for that permanent position.

1. Start with a company you like. If you’re handing out prizes to kids at a theme park, but you want to work at a newspaper, this might not be the job you want to make permanent. Instead, aim for part-time summer work at a company you’d ideally love to work for full-time. Even if you’re unable to get the job of your dreams for the summer, you’ve at least got your foot in the door to be considered for that role down the road.

Everyone starts at the bottom. So while you may not be qualified as a senior writer, do apply for an intern or junior writer position, for example.

2. Prove yourself. Many college kids don’t take summer jobs seriously, so it’s fairly easy to stand out in this regard. Show up on time. Do your job well. Ask for additional responsibilities. Talk to your boss about what it would take to stay on past the summer—and do so early so you have the chance to meet (or exceed) his or her expectations.

3. Find out what jobs are available. If you dream of becoming a chef, you might not be ready at the end of the summer to run a kitchen. But a line cook or some other kitchen role might be a good stepping stone. Realize that it might take a few months (or years) trying out different roles before you’ve gained enough experience for that dream role.

4. Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t just do the bare minimum; go beyond. Whether it’s reorganizing the file system, or coming up with a new, more efficient way of doing things, keep a list of your achievements over the summer. Then, when it’s time to pitch your boss on hiring you through the fall, provide the list and maybe throw in some ideas about how you can continue to help the company with your amazing creativity.

5. Make friends. The more people you know at your summer job, the greater your chances of getting a full-time position internally. Don’t brown nose to do so, but do make an effort to network with people in different departments. When it comes time to apply for that full-time role, ask those who know you best for reference letters.

6. Stick with it. A summer job may be just that—a summer job. If it’s a company you really like working for, don’t give up. Make sure your application is at the top of the list for next summer. And with any luck, your persistence will eventually get you that full-time role.

Summer jobs aren’t just a way to make a quick buck in between semesters. They can be great training tools to help you get the career you want, and can help an employer see the benefit in hiring you permanently. Choose your job carefully, and work to prove that you’re a shining star.

Originally posted by Lindsay Olson for http://www.money.usnews.com