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Welcome to LookSharp

Brown_arrow_21 Posted by Nathan Parcells on
Jun. 3, 2014

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For a long time you have known us as InternMatch. We helped you find great interns and many of them turned into great employees.

Sometimes though you needed someone who was a bit further along. That’s why last year we launched entry-level jobs on InternMatch. Since then thousands of companies have posted jobs and millions of students and recent grads began searching, applying and getting hired for these roles.

Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our evolution–we are changing our company, brand, and name to LookSharp! 

Why LookSharp? What’s going to happen to InternMatch? What does this mean for my company? We’re sure you have lots of questions and we want to do our best to address all of them. Feel free to use the links below to jump ahead to any of the other sections and learn more about the change.

 

Why LookSharp?

LookSharp is about launching the career of every student and helping employers discover the best millennial talent.

Internship programs continue to gain momentum as the most powerful strategy for employers to recruit future talent. But as we’ve grown larger, employers and students tell us they need help with more than just internships. Building a marketplace for entry-level jobs was a natural next step and we needed a name that reflects this larger vision.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 5.30.41 AMBeyond jobs, the ways in which we help students and employers connect has been expanding as well. As you know, hiring the best students and recent grads requires a lot more than just matchmaking. You need to be able to tell millennials your story and what makes you different from other employers. You need to be able to use analytics to figure out what universities and sources are bringing you the best candidates. You need to be able to proactively search and discover the right students to help you fill niche roles. As we continued to grow we needed a name that fit our new, holistic approach.

Ultimately, LookSharp provides a better description of who we are and how we want to help you build the perfect team.

What is going to happen to InternMatch?

LS-logo-blue-orangeWe are going to be making these changes gradually. Today, if you go to www.internmatch.com/employers you will now be redirected to LookSharp.co, our new employer site where you will see our new design and branding. If you sign into your employer account, you will notice your dashboard looks very similar to before, except the logo in the top left now says LookSharp powering InternMatch rather than InternMatch. However, your current internships and jobs as well as any new internships or jobs you post will still go live on InternMatch to our millions of student users.

In the near future, InternMatch will become a part of LookSharp. As an employer, you will be able to login to LookSharp and post both internships and jobs. Students will be able to sort through internships on InternMatch and jobs on LookSharp as part of a cohesive, seamless user experience. InternMatch will not go away, but will remain a service within LookSharp, our larger hiring solution.

As a company, we will remain entirely focused on helping interns, recent grads and the people who hire them. The average millennial changes jobs eight times before the age of 30 and is more comfortable networking with employers on Twitter than at a career fair. Whether you’re recruiting interns, new grads, or both, we understand how this demographic approaches career building better than anyone. And we’re here to help.

The Beta Launch of Profile Search.

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 5.46.21 AMSome of you may know that we recently made a big change allowing students and recent grads to create professional profiles on InternMatch. We already have over half a million profiles on the site after launching this feature two months ago.

InternMatch profiles are different from other professional profiles. They focus on millennials and the criteria that you, our employer community, told us matters when hiring young talent. So while we allow you to use university and major as filters for your searches, we also help students and recent grads showcase their coursework, project-based experience, and meaningful online portfolios because we know this matters when hiring people with tons of potential but little direct experience.

Right now we have only enabled Profile Search for a handful of companies, but the results so far have been amazing. We’re excited to launch this feature more broadly soon. Profiles will ultimately live under the LookSharp brand to accommodate both the intern and entry-level job search.

Thanks for all your support!

Of course we would never have gotten to this point without all of you—the thousands of employers who posted incredible internships and jobs and helped us grow over the past five years. When we set out to build InternMatch, we cared tremendously about improving college hiring. We cared about making sure all students have fair access to the opportunity to start their career. We cared that all students could easily find roles that inspired them and where their unique combination of skills and personality were a true match.

InternMatch has now seen over 3 million applications submitted, over 500,000 internships and jobs posted, and we have countless stories from employers sharing how they made fantastic hires. Fortune 500 companies like NetApp have used InternMatch to exceed their summer hiring goals, and small businesses like Planwise have hired their first ever engineers using InternMatch–allowing them to solve one of the biggest challenges any entrepreneur faces.

All of this is just the beginning. We are going to keep building product that makes your lives easier. We are going to keep building new ways for you to connect with the best talent and new ways for students to showcase their skills and interests. So thanks again for partnering with us and helping InternMatch become such a success. We couldn’t be more excited about what is going to happen next with LookSharp!


The Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Intern Program

Brown_arrow_21 Posted by Nathan Parcells on
Jun. 3, 2014

7 Internship HabitsA few years ago we met with the CTO of a Fortune 500 tech company that hires over 200 engineering interns every year and has one of the leading internship programs in the US.

He was focused on growing the company’s full-time engineering team by converting high performing interns to entry level positions.  When he reviewed the intern program he learned that interns weren’t being sent offer letters at the end of their internship and the company’s conversion rate of interns to full-time hires was a fraction of the industry standard.

Even the best intern programs make mistakes. Between hiring, managing your program, and keeping up with the changing habits of millennials, it’s easy to let some things fall through the cracks. This guide is here to help you understand 7 most important attributes of a successful internship program.

  1.    Build a strategy for converting interns to hires

Many companies including Boeing and Facebook send offers to interns at the end of their intern program and incentivize students to accept those offers early. Boeing, for example, will pay for a student’s entire senior year college tuition if they accept a full-time role. Ultimately, not every company can afford a program like that, but if converting interns to full time hires is one of your biggest goals, you’ll need to develop a strategy and track key metrics closely. One without the other is of limited use.

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After surveying eight thousand recruiters, we found that 81 percent of firms will spend 2014 hiring diverse candidates. Is this on your To-Do list? If so, try utilizing social media for your talent search. More than half (54%) of recruiters now utilize Twitter for hiring purposes.

Still on the fence?

In a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal, Twitter was dubbed more racially diverse than Facebook and Pinterest. Forty percent of African American Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 use Twitter on a regular basis and almost half (41%) of the entire Twitter community is Hispanic, Asian, and African American. Twitter has evolved into a powerful tool for companies looking to recruit various cultures and fresh talent.

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4OnCampus_bookMockAs the war for sourcing the brightest and best technical talent continues, employers have found that attending career fairs to handout boxes of swag doesn’t quite cut it anymore.  From hackathons to product demos, technical recruiting has been taken to the next level in 2014 and we’re here to help you identify the trends, like:

  • Which employers attended the most student-sponsored hackathons in 2013
  • What kind of on-campus events will help your company standout on campus
  • How companies like HootSuite and Amazon are using Campus Ambassador programs to promote their brand on campus
  • The key to hosting a successful tech talk

Before your team heads out on campus, check out our free Ebook to learn more!

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Watching The Internship Evolve Through Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Brown_arrow_21 Posted by Nathan Parcells on
Nov. 15, 2013

Internships have come a long way since their birth in the 11th century. Interns may no longer participate in the back-breaking labor required of apprentices from centuries ago, but the internship has transformed into an increasingly valuable asset for providing students with the experience and skills for success in their chosen career field. Have you reaped the many benefits of an internship yet?

The highly positive professional experiences provided by internships has become necessary to getting hired in today’s competitive job market. In fact, 66 percent of employers think relevant work experience is the most important factor in their hiring decisions.

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Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 11.37.44 AMFeeling lost when it comes to creating an amazing internship program? Good news! There’s no need to pull over and ask a stranger for directions because InternMatch knows the way. Our quarterly report, that we turned into a aesthetically pleasing infographic, will serve as your guide to understanding exactly what it is that students want to get out of their internships. My personal favorites are as follows: (more…)


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This is the most important season for summer intern hiring. With the start of fall, the world of college recruiting has its sights set on Summer 2014. Companies and recruiters alike are out in droves at career fairs on campuses across the country promoting their brand, handing out schwag, and searching for their next crew of summer interns and new grad hires. Fast Fact: The average Fortune 1000 employer goes to 25 career fairs during the college recruiting season. Regardless of whether you’re a startup, small business, or mom ‘n pop shop, entering this pool sooner rather than later is important.

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3754953763_a4ede11652_oThis is a guest post by John Stacey III, vice president of Campus Operations at Course Hero.   Stacey joined the Course Hero team in 2010 and was integral in developing the company’s internship program, as well as the Knowledge Drive.

Course Hero is an online learning platform with one mission: to empower students and help them learn and succeed more effectively.  On our site, we do this by curating the best content we can find, from study notes to practice tests, developing easy-to-use educational tools, such as digital flashcards and building a catalogue of tutoring experts, both online and in-person, who are available to students 24/7. (more…)


7 Unusual Job Interview Questions to Ask

Brown_arrow_21 Posted by Jenny Xie on
Oct. 16, 2013

7 Unusual Job Interview Questions to Ask“Where do you see yourself in five years?” “Describe a situation in which you made a mistake, how you dealt with it, and what you learned.” As a human resources professional, you’ve heard the whole gamut of responses to your interview questions several times over—it may become difficult to differentiate amongst candidates, let alone hire the best intern or entry-level employee.

In the past, we’ve advised job seekers on the Top 40 Internship Interview Questions. Now to shake up the routine, we suggest that recruiters introduce a few curveball questions into their repertoire. Not only will this make for a more thought-provoking interview experience, but it’ll also create rich opportunities for deeper questioning. Here are a few suggestions: (more…)


The 2013 InternMatch Diversity Survey & Starbucks Giveaway

Brown_arrow_21 Posted by Bert Connelly on
Oct. 9, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 5.24.54 PMDiversity makes the world go ’round. And here at InternMatch, we want to get a more comprehensive picture of how your company values and encourages diversity!

We are giving away a $100 Starbucks gift card – for personal or office use – to a randomly selected person or office that takes our 2013 Diversity Survey. This could very legitimately be the best way to feed your caffeine fix and your mind simultaneously. We’ll be sending out the survey results soon and the coffee money even sooner. So whether you’re satisfied with your diversity promoting efforts or you want to improve, take this survey and let us satisfy both of those needs.

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