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How Your Business Can Benefit from Summer Help

By: Susan Solovic


Summer vacation is the next big watershed event for students and many will be looking for summer jobs and internships.

The long, slow recovery that has followed our last recession has not been much of a job creator, and it has been especially unkind to youth, ages 16-24. I encourage you to find a way to provide some opportunities for this group. If they don’t learn what it takes to hold a job when they’re young, it doesn’t bode well for their future, or the future prosperity of our country.
Follow the Rules
In today’s regulatory climate, there are more rules for bringing unpaid interns on board. I discuss these and provide some background on this Wall Street Journal video and you’ll find additional information on the Small Business Administration website. Be sure you’re on the right side of the rules, if you’re not going to pay your interns.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make your decision on summer help or an internship. It’s really important that the young people who come to work with you are able to “hit the ground running.” For many, this will be their first experience in the workforce. Make them feel productive immediately; otherwise they will get the wrong impression about work and employers.
Finding Candidates
There are several websites that connect employers and interns. Among them are:
  • Internships.com
  • Internjobs.com
  • Youtern.com
However, it’s probably smarter to focus your strategy a little closer to home. If you’re looking for a college student, do a Google search like this: “name-of-local-university post internship.” You may find that you can post a position online or at least get the contact information you need.
It’s also a great idea to contact the high schools in your area. Many will be willing to help you connect with students.
Preparation Steps
As I mentioned at the top, be sure that you have everything ready to go when your intern or summer employee shows up on the first day. This means you should have planned what type of duties this person will be performing and who will be handling the direct supervision and training. Please don’t spring this responsibility on someone at the last minute and be sure to select an employee who is comfortable with youth and a good teacher.
Also, be sure you provide quality workstations for your summer help. A pet peeve among interns and youth workers is that they get shoved off onto the corner of a table or some other “desk” that has been jerry rigged. Hey, these summer employees have been sitting at the “kid’s table” at Thanksgiving all their lives; it’s time to show them some respect and begin to make them feel like adults. Only then can you expect them to perform like adults.
Here’s one more thing for you to consider: There’s a good chance your summer youth employees know more about social media than you do. If you can combine that familiarity with the principles of social media marketing, you might have a winning combination on your hands.
In fact, your young workers may be teaching you a few things before the summer is over.
This article was originally published by Susan Solovic
Published: May 19, 2015

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Susan Solovic

Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and USA Today bestselling author, and attorney. She was the CEO and co-founder of SBTV.com—small business television—a company she grew from its infancy to a million dollar plus entity. She appears regularly as a featured expert on Fox Business, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and can be seen currently as a small business expert on the AT&T Networking Exchange website. Susan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College and the Advisory Boards for the John Cook School of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University as well as the Fishman School of Entrepreneurship at Columbia College. 

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