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Career Advice from the Human Resources Director at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Michelle Kavanaugh is the Director of Human Resources for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the company since 2011. We asked her about her career experience and what HR departments look for when selecting candidates. She provided us with tips about resumes, interviewing, and what to do (and not do) when applying for jobs!

 

 

Indiana INTERNnet: What is the screening process like when people apply for positions?

 

Michelle Kavanaugh: First I have to sort applicants out and see if they meet the minimum qualifications. This helps me find out which applicants are worth talking to based on their background. After that I sort them by skill sets and whether they fit the position. Once they are categorized into yes’s and no’s then I phone …

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Abbey Szentes: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 26, 2019 at the 13th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon. Though the event is over, and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

 

These are their stories.

 

I am Abbey Szentes, a junior at Indiana University studying Human Resource Management and minoring in Finance. I am currently an HR intern for netlogx, a consulting firm in downtown Indianapolis, where I have been able to implement a new learning management system, supervise a high school intern, and onboard three interns into the company. When I am not working on school or internship projects, I enjoy hanging out with friends or helping with the organizations I am involved in on campus, including the Indiana University Student Foundation and my sorority, Phi Mu. Outside of school and work, I love to go to Colorado as a volunteer …

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Developing your Company’s Talent Pipeline

Each IMPACT Awards season, I am always impressed to see the number of Intern of the Year nominations that either mention the employer offering the intern a full-time position, or that the employer plans to offer the intern a permanent position after they graduate.

From the intern who strove to finish his case study with zero errors, to the intern who helped complete a large IT project two months ahead of schedule, employers are realizing that some of their best talent lies within their internship program. And, with Indiana’s unemployment rate being close to zero, this couldn’t be a better time for that realization.

According to Glassdoor, it takes the average U.S. employer 24 days to hire a new employee. By using an internship program as a talent pipeline, companies wouldn’t have to worry about that waiting period to fill entry-level positions. Plus, internships are a trial period that can …

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Shoes, HR, and Shadows

Hattie Hynes is a Recruiting/HR Marketing Intern with Milliner & Associates. She will graduate from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2019.

Through my internship with Milliner & Associates, I have ample opportunity to network and learn about the community of Indianapolis businesses. So much so that I was able attend an afternoon job shadow with seven different human resource (HR) representatives at Finish Line, Inc.

Finish Line is an Indianapolis-based company that brings primarily athletic shoes to the consumer in retail stores nationwide. Employing over 10,000 people at over 900 retail locations, Finish Line prides themselves on delivering “the epic finish” to all customers. There are six full-time Milliner & Associates employees and an intern (that’s me) heading over to such a massive company for half a day was a shock to say the least. I’m not going to lie to you guys… I was a bit nervous going …

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Indiana’s Talent Gap and Brain Drain/Gain Workshop

Indiana INTERNnet, Purdue University, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Lilly Endowment, Inc., and Indiana Commission for Higher Education have joined forces to coordinate Indiana’s Talent Gap and Brain Drain/Gain Workshop held in conjunction with the 53rd Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo on April 26th from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The workforce survey conducted in 2016 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce found that 45% of respondents had left jobs unfilled in the past year due to under-qualified applicants. This is an increase from 39% in 2014. For the 2013-14 through 2015-16 academic years, 50% of bachelor-level graduates at Purdue University who were from Indiana found employment outside the state. Further, for these same years, only 14% of graduates from other states and 20% of international bachelors-level graduates stayed in Indiana. These are symptoms of a set of challenges facing the state. The challenges are not new and many efforts by government, …

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Angelique Cassell: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 3, 2016, at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

These are their stories.

Angelique Cassell is a recent graduate of Calumet College of St. Joseph.

 Indiana INTERNnet: How did you become interested in banking?

Angelique Cassell: I was first introduce to banking when I volunteered to job shadow at Centier for a school project. I was intrigued to learn that banking is more than just money safekeeping. There I met with the vice president of HR, and she explained how they are very active in the community.

I applied to become an Enterprise Expansion Opportunity Network (EEON) Associate for internships, and when I learned about the opening at REGIONAL Federal Credit Union, I was so excited. Here is a company dedicated to providing great …

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Ashley Griffith: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 3, 2016, at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

These are their stories.

Ashley Griffith is a graduate student in the Master of Health Administration program at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. After graduation in 2017, she hopes to land a fellowship position in a not-for-profit health system.

Indiana INTERNnet: What got you interested in HR?

Ashley Griffith: I wanted to see how a health system ran from a system-wide perspective. The human resources department is responsible for hiring and maintaining all the leaders and staff for the system, along with countless other duties. Without the HR department, the right people would not be working for the health system; and the system would not be successful in its mission. I respect …

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Write a Compelling Internship Posting, Part III

Summer internship season is quickly approaching. This is Part III of a three-part series on crafting internship postings that will attract qualified candidates on Indiana INTERNnet and elsewhere.

The first part of this series provided general tips for posting an internship, the second part highlighted the strengths of a well-written internship posting. This post will feature the use of keywords and promoting an internship.

Many students search for internships using keywords, therefore if you want your internship to be seen you should plan accordingly. For example, if a student is searching for a public relations internship they may use keywords such as communications, public relations, public affairs, community outreach and marketing. By including these keywords, the internship will be easier for candidates to find.

The best place for keywords is in the internship title. However, be selective with the words you choose. Decide which term best describes the internship and …

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Write a Compelling Internship Posting, Part II

Summer internship season is quickly approaching. This is Part II of a three-part series on crafting internship postings that will attract qualified candidates on Indiana INTERNnet and elsewhere.

The first part of this series provided general tips for posting an internship. Read the full entry here. This post will highlight the strengths of a well-written internship posting. While you examine the internship posting take notice of the position title, organization biography, keywords, dates, responsibilities and qualifications.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana INTERNnet Marketing Intern Summer 2016

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Indiana INTERNnet is a business-education partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana employers and Indiana education institutions to promote the quality and quantity of internship opportunities statewide. www.IndianaINTERN.net serves as the state’s online matching system connecting students and employers for internship opportunities.

Indiana INTERNnet is currently offering a paid summer internship to assist staff members with internship activities. Internship will last approximately May to August 2016 …

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Write a Compelling Internship Posting, Part I

Summer internship season is quickly approaching. This is Part I of a three-part series on crafting internship postings that will attract qualified candidates on Indiana INTERNnet and elsewhere.

Writing an internship description can be a challenge. Human psychology plays a major role in whether or not candidates will be interested in the position or skip to the next. The description has to catch their attention, but not overwhelm them with information. Here are some tips to help perfect your posting.

 

Position Title

Be descriptive – never use “Intern” for the title of a position. That’s like saying “Staff Member” for the position of Executive Director of Financial Services. What kind of intern are you looking for? Use the job description as a guide. If the intern will be performing legal services, use “Legal Intern” or “Law Student Intern.”

 

Organization Biography

There should be a short description of your …

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Mentor Guides, Encourages Intern

Madison Foster is a senior at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. She is currently a Recruiting/HR Marketing Intern with Milliner & Associates, LLC in Indianapolis.

Having a mentor is a pretty powerful thing.

It’s more than just having someone give you advice. A true mentor not only gives advice, but supports, guides, teaches you, etc. I’ve never really had a mentor before I started here at Milliner & Associates, but I definitely think everyone should have one through college and beyond.

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“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future,
and believe it can be obtained.”
– Shawn Hitchcock
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Nicole is my boss and mentor. She encourages, teaches, supports and advises me. She pushes me (gently) past my comfort zone so that I can grow both as a person and a professional. When I’m struggling, …

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Refrain…Reframe…Receive

Diane Harrison is a senior at IUPUI Kelley School of Business. She is a Recruiting & HR/Marketing Intern with Milliner & Associates.

Have you ever felt like life happens so fast and that you never really have time to do the things you want? Maybe you feel like life is passing you by.

Do you feel like other people get all the “lucky breaks”? If you were presented with some of the same opportunities, you could achieve some of the same successes too. Well, just stop that! Change your perspective and look around you.

What does opportunity really mean? According to the Oxford Dictionary, opportunity is defined as “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” Because you decided to further your education and enroll in college, this presents you with many opportunities that can help shape you as a person and your future endeavors. Did …

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‘Soak Up Everything You Can’

Madison Foster is a senior at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. She is currently a Recruiting/HR Marketing Intern with Milliner & Associates, LLC in Indianapolis.

How many times in your college career have you heard the words, “You need to do an internship”?

I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I heard that phrase. Most of the time I would shrug them off. I work full-time and go to school, I can’t just quit and jump into a temporary job that may or may not pay.

However, as I approached my senior year at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, I finally started to look into internships. My decision was solidified when I spoke to my advisor, who told me it is difficult to get into the HR field with no HR-related experience. So I searched and searched for the perfect internship and …

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Internship allows student to experience ‘gray area’

Ashley Hager is a fall intern with Milliner & Associates, a staffing and recruiting agency for accounting, finance, HR and administrative employment positions.

What thoughts come to mind when you think about the word “internship”?

Are they positive, negative or somewhere in between? I never really had an opinion about them. My professors kept saying how important they were, but I just couldn’t see the value at the time. Now, I’m disappointed I waited until my senior year to even start applying for an internship, but there’s no point in regretting the past. I can only change the future.

I started applying for internships knowing that they were extremely important and that I needed one to put on my résumé. I knew I would gain experience and knowledge, but I had no idea to what extent. My time here at Milliner & Associates is unlike anything I could have imagined. …

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Casey Spivey: Making an IMPACT

Casey Spivey was named Intern of the Year at the annual IMPACT Awards luncheon in 2013. Today, she is a full-time employee with the Indiana State Personnel Department – the same organization she worked for as an intern when she earned the award.

Indiana INTERNnet: What have you been up to career-wise since graduation and earning an IMPACT Award?

Casey Spivey: I started my internship with the State of Indiana the day after I graduated from college. Thankfully, the Indiana State Personnel Department (SPD) offered me a Benefits Specialist positon before the conclusion of my internship, so I was able to transition directly into full-time employment with the State! I spent about a year in SPD’s Benefits Division before transferring to a Generalist position supporting the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). Currently, I manage Human Resources for the Pendleton Correctional Complex, which consists of three IDOC facilities.

IIN: How …

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