“What are you going to do after you graduate?” We’ve all been asked this question. Naturally, it's difficult to answer. Many spend years having education pumped through their veins but don’t have a clear career path once the education part ends. Internships can help bridge this gap. Specifically, interning with a talent solutions provider. At WilsonHCG, we polled our most recent internship class: “Why did you choose to intern in the staffing and talent solutions industry?”
My colleague Lauren Bullock recently shared four reasons why recruitment is a unique career choice, along with testimonies from leaders on why they joined the industry. For those still unsure where your career may lead, below we explore four benefits WilsonHCG interns have experienced from an internship in this vertical.
1. Learn What Companies Look for in an Employee
Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking process! The best way to overcome? Prepare. Prepare so that you best sell yourself, your character traits and qualifications, your experiences and what you have to offer, while uncovering what the potential employer has to offer you. In brief, talent solutions providers help companies find top talent! What better way to learn what you have to offer and what companies are looking for than helping recruitment teams uncover their next, best hire.
Ky Shaw, WilsonHCG Sourcing Intern:
"Having seen behind the scenes of the hiring process, I have a new perspective on approaching interviews. The people on the other side of the phone or conference room are just people. Be yourself."
Interning with a talent solutions provider gives you direct insight into how different employers review resumes, the ways in which they background check and explore recommendations, the skills they seek, and ways candidates try and resonate with these components during interviews. As you assist in every phase of the hiring process, you will learn precisely how to market yourself as a candidate. You may also find you enjoy being on this side of the process and choose to build your career in the industry! With an internship, you’ve already got one foot in the door.
2. Exposure to a Variety of Brands and Skill-Sets
Interning with a talent solutions provider is a great way to uncover your career path. Many schools (high school and universities) today spend significant time teaching math, science and history, but for some reason skip over the most important subject matter: post-graduation.
Interning with a talent solutions provider provides exposure to a variety of companies, industry leaders included. At WilsonHCG, we partner with organizations across the globe, and our interns are given the opportunity to serve these clients; to listen and learn from them, to gain insight into their brand, and uncover how we “become” their recruitment teams/talent consultants.
3. Resume Building Block
These days, finding a job can be difficult. The number of roles available are being taken up by unique backgrounds and skill-sets, and the competition on both the candidate and employer sides is heightening. So where do you begin if you’re “entry level” when employers want 2-3 years of experience? I’ve heard a number of candidates ask, “How can I get this experience if no one is willing to take a chance on me?” The answer is here, folks: intern with a talent solutions provider!
Joe Giorgio, WilsonCTS Recruitment Consultant (former WilsonCTS Intern):
“As a recent graduate, I have personally benefited from two [internship] semesters – one during my undergrad and one during post-graduate studies. I can say, without a doubt, if it wasn’t for these opportunities, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.”
In addition to exposure to a number of industries, an internship in this field provides exposure to recruiting and talent acquisition, yes, but also HR, compliance, cold calling, time management, administration, finance, computer sciences, IT, communications and marketing. Not only will these uncover your career passions, but they look fantastic on your resume and will unquestionably be applicable to your next/first job. Recruiters spend less than a minute per resume; stand out!
4. Diversity, Networking and Communication
Regardless of industry and role, communication is paramount to success. Whether you’re an accountant who crunches numbers or a network engineer who works with a variety of departments, you need to be able to communicate with your peers both internally and externally. Networking and communication go hand-in-hand. If you are networking, you are communicating, building relationships, and tapping into a pool of resources who can support you years down the road.
Brianna Colon, WilsonHCG Recruitment Intern:
"I'm so happy I was given the opportunity to intern at WilsonHCG because I've learned how to network and communicate with a variety of people on a daily basis. One of WilsonHCG’s DNA ‘Pillars’ is Communication and, during this internship, I’ve learned to communicate confidently."
With a talent solutions provider, you are constantly networking with a diverse range of professionals, often from across many countries, through email, video conferencing and interviews, phone calls, in-person presentations, client site visits, leadership meetings and onboarding, to name just a few. In brief, you have the chance to learn from brilliant, inclusive and collaborative minds. For many, including myself, this pays dividends professionally and personally.