Avenica CEO featured in Fortune Magazine

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman featured in Fortune magazine

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman was featured in Fortune Magazine’s Fortune 500 issue in an article covering the various challenges 2020 college grads are facing in an uncertain and unprecedented job market impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Dettman also provided insight into how companies will have to change hiring practices and strategies in the future.

Read the full story HERE.

If you’re a student nearing graduation, a recent grad, or an early professional looking to take full advantage of your degree, check out our Avenica Pathways career development program for behavioral assessments, personalized coaching, and other valuable insights.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

To learn more about partnering with Avenica for your workforce needs, visit our partners’ page.

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College Clubs and Orgs: Choose Your Own Adventure

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College Clubs and Orgs: Choose Your Own Adventure

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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College is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You decide your major, pick the classes you want to take, and choose which activities to take part in. You really get to make of it what you want and create your own experience. One way to really tailor your experience is through on-campus clubs and orgs. The list of kinds of clubs to join is nearly endless. Even the smallest schools still have a robust offering, and most schools even allow you to create a club if the one you’d want to join doesn’t already exist.

Students join various on-campus clubs for a variety of reasons—to enhance social life, meet like-minded students, or pursue personal interests—but while providing all that and more, clubs also help to develop skills that can, and probably will, be used in your professional life, as well. From planning, teamwork, leadership, and networking, clubs can help you develop as a student and as the professional you’ll be after graduation. They also provide much-needed color and experience to what can be a sparse resume, especially for newly-graduated job seekers.

There are academic and educational clubs where students can dig deeper into their area of study with other like-minded students, and there are also other interest-based clubs that range from different kinds of hobbies, sports, and activities to community service, politics, culture, and religion. And don’t think that the only way a student can gain leadership or professional experience is through Model UN, student government, or student newspaper participation. While those opportunities are great, there are plenty of ways to get resume-building experience while also nurturing and fostering your personal interests.

Want a future in finance and have a knack for knitting? Set your sites on the treasurer position of your school’s knitting club to both satisfy your yearn for yarn and help you gain experience managing money. Or perhaps you’re a movie maven with an interest in international business. A foreign film club could help you cultivate some cultural competence while soaking up the silver screen.

No matter how you build your own college adventure, consider how to incorporate club and org participation to enrich your experience and help working towards your future career goals.

For more than twenty years, Avenica has been the leading U.S. recruiting firm exclusively focused on placing college graduates into entry-level, career-track positions. Learn more about our process, or upload your resume to be considered for an open position with one of our amazing clients.

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Job Searching During Pandemic – Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Shares Tips with Jeff Wagner, WCCO

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Job Searching During Pandemic – Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Shares Tips with Jeff Wagner, WCCO

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for job seekers. How do you navigate this new norm? Our CEO, Scott Dettman, was featured on WCCO | CBS Minnesota and shared tips with Jeff Wagner about applying and interviewing for work in this difficult job market. Watch the full interview below:

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on WCCO Mid-Morning

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on WCCO Mid-Morning

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman joins WCCO Mid-Morning Hosts Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown to provide job search tips for graduating college students entering a job market impacted by COVID-19. Watch the full segment on WCCOTV, Yahoo, or click below.

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Interview with Cory Hepola, WCCO

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Interview with Cory Hepola, WCCO

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman joined WCCO host Cory Hepola to talk about how companies are approaching the hiring process amid COVID-19, in addition to providing tips for job seekers who are now navigating a virtual job market.

Listen to the full interview on the WCCO Radio website, or click below.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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Avenica to Provide Support Amid COVID-19

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Avenica to Provide Support Amid COVID-19

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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Avenica is providing free access to its career development program, Avenica Pathways, specifically designed to support graduating college seniors affected by loss of access to school resources and who are entering into an unprecedented economic hiring climate, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Avenica Pathways, which will be made available to eligible students at no charge beginning in early April, is intended to provide resources for graduating college seniors but to also support and supplement college/university Career Services offices that have been affected by the abrupt closure of schools and need to provide all remote services and access.

Students will have access to a robust offering which will include skills and career readiness assessments, one-on-one time with experienced career consultants, career exploration, and access to online learning and upskilling tools.

“College seniors approaching graduation are looking at a very different labor market than they were just a few weeks ago,” said Avenica CEO Scott Dettman.“ Beyond shrinking demand, graduates will also be unable to access on-campus resources like career services. Avenica can fill this void for students nationwide by leveraging our existing network of Talent Advisors and professionally-trained Coaches focused on providing career exploration, readiness coaching, last-mile training, and when possible, placement with one of our client partners.”

After years of hard work and determination, college seniors are set to graduate in an uncertain and unprecedented job market. The goal in this offering is to alleviate anxiety for both graduating seniors and Career Services offices and to provide continuity in the valuable career services and guidance. To date, Avenica has provided high-impact training, career coaching, and career placement to hundreds of thousands nationwide. Visit the Avenica Pathways page for more information and registration. Registration opens April 6th.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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Hiring Through Coronavirus: Tips for Employers

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Hiring Tips and Recruiting During Coronavirus

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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Everyone is struggling with the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus. Clearly the most important priority is the health and wellness of our families, friends, and communities—particularly those most at risk.

But the economic impact is important, too.

So far, most of the indicators are pointing down. Industries like travel, hospitality, conventions and events, food service, entertainment, sports, and performing arts have essentially shut down. The airlines, for example, have slashed the number of flights available and instituted hiring freezes. The hotel industry has already lost more than $1.5 billion in cancelled bookings. While mass layoffs haven’t happened yet, it feels like it’s only a matter of time until they do. According to some sources, up to 80 million jobs—more than half the jobs in the U.S. economy—could be at risk, depending on how long the crisis lasts.

Some Employers Thriving—And Hiring

But the news isn’t all bad. Some businesses are busier than ever—and are in full-on hiring mode. Amazon.com is planning to hire an additional 100,000 employees as consumers turn to online rather than in-person retailers. Grocery chains like Kroger, Safeway, and HEB are also adding employees. The health care sector is suddenly scrambling to hire more workers. Video conferencing and online collaboration tools like Slack and Zoom have also seen big growth in recent weeks and have been used increasingly to aid with hiring and recruiting during Covid-19.

The coronavirus is uncharted territory for the U.S. economy. But there are still companies that need to hire new workers, even during recessions and down times. If you’re in that fortunate position, here are some helpful hiring tips while coronavirus continues to disrupt our daily lives:

Hiring Tips During Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Get Social. As we all hunker down at home, social media use is skyrocketing. Your social media channels are more powerful than ever. Use them to promote open positions and link them directly to your application process. Ensure that your channels are active, up to date, and optimized for search engines. Encourage your employees to spread the word through their networks. Use these platforms to find passive candidates. Think about hosting online events to promote your open jobs. And use the data these platforms generate to see how you’re performing.
  • Place More Emphasis on Assessments. Many companies use online assessment tools to gauge candidate skill levels and fit. While in-person interviews aren’t an option, consider placing more of the screening burden onto assessments while recruiting during quarantine.
  • Be Transparent. Transparency is always important, but with the uncertainty around recruiting during coronavirus, it’s crucial—especially because the face-to-face element is missing. Be clear with candidates about timelines, steps in the process, and more. Show them that you value their interest in the role.
  • Get the Process Online. Many companies already have a lot of their hiring process online (not surprisingly, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are leaders here). If your company isn’t there yet, now is the time to accelerate this transition at your company—explore an applicant tracking system, online assessment tools, online videoconferencing applications, and more.

Bonus Tips: Online Interviewing

  • Make Sure Your Technology Works. When you host a virtual meeting, do you spend the first 10 minutes getting everybody logged in? Now is the time to work out the bugs in your video conferencing tools—and make sure recruiting and hiring managers know how to use these technologies.
  • Practice. Being on video conference doesn’t feel natural to most people, and recruiting during quarantine demands a little extra patience. Take time to practice looking into the camera, speaking clearly, and getting comfortable with video interviews.
  • Be Professional. You may be talking via Skype or Zoom, but you’re still conducting a job interview. Dress and behave with the same professionalism that you would for an in-person interview.
  • Be Prepared. Familiarize yourself with the candidate—and the role—just as you would in an in-person interview.
  • Get Rid of Distractions. Go someplace where your phone, pets, or children won’t compete for your attention.
  • Make Your “Office” Presentable. Make sure the background of your video looks as professional as you can make it (no piles of unopened mail on your dining room table!).

Thinking Long Term

These are challenging times. And we’re all reacting hour-by-hour to this unfolding crisis. But if you look ahead, you’ll see that the steps you take today can improve your recruiting and hiring process in the long run. Improving your technology, optimizing your social channels, getting better at online interviewing—those are all things that will pay big dividends long after the coronavirus has subsided.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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Avenica COVID-19 Response

Updated: March 20, 2020

Message for our valued client partners (candidates see response below)

Thank you for your ongoing trust and partnership. At Avenica, we are set up and currently working remotely so you will experience little to no disruption in services or communications. As we have already seen and will undoubtedly continue to experience in the coming weeks, hiring and workplace practices are changing rapidly, but work still continues. We have already seen a spike in requests for talent but want to assure you that we’re still able to accommodate your needs so that you can continue to be as productive as possible during these uncertain times.

In addition, and consistent with CDC guidance, we have taken the following steps and are asking candidates to:

  • Notify us and their onsite direct supervisor and not come to the workplace if they are exhibiting signs, have been subject to potential exposure, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have any other reason to believe they were exposed to the virus.
  • Inform us of travel to CDC Level 3 and Level 2 countries and to not come into the workplace after such travel, before being cleared by the company.
  • Not come to the workplace if they have any flu symptoms or are otherwise ill.
  • Avenica candidates with symptoms of acute respiratory illness have been told to be 24 hours symptom-free without the aid of medication before returning to work.
  • Understand that they may be subject to up to 14 days of restriction from the workplace and may be required to supply a healthcare provider’s certificate to return to work.

We have also advised our current candidates on assignment to work with you to understand and comply with your company’s specific policies and procedures surrounding COVID-19. If you currently have an Avenica candidate on staff, we ask that you share your company’s specific COVID-19 protocol with that individual.

For in-person interviews and other candidate interactions, we’re happy to work with you and your teams to adhere to your internal policies and preferences around meetings and person-to-person contact and are able to provide video conferencing to enable continued progress for interviewing.

For any additional questions, contact your normal primary contact, or submit questions or concerns to Avenica’s Chief Experience Officer Katie Drews and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Message for our valued candidates

As an important member of the Avenica community, your health and safety are of utmost importance. To take the necessary precautions to keep you and others in all our communities and workplaces safe, please follow the below guidelines.

Please work with your onsite direct supervisor to understand and comply with the company’s specific policies and procedures surrounding COVID-19.

  • Immediately notify your onsite direct supervisor and your primary Avenica point of contact and do not come to the workplace if you are exhibiting signs, have been subject to potential exposure, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have any other reason to believe you were exposed to the virus. You should also phone your healthcare provider right away.
  • Immediately notify your onsite direct supervisor and your primary Avenica point of contact of travel to CDC Level 3 or Level 2 countries and do not come into the workplace after such travel, before being cleared by the company.
  • You may be subject to up to 14 days of restriction from the workplace and may be required to supply a healthcare provider’s certificate to return to work.
  • If you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading germs. Please do not return to work until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater, using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).
  • Do not come to the workplace if you have any flu symptoms or are otherwise ill. If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you must be 24 hours symptom-free without the aid of medication before returning to work.
  • If you have specific health concerns about working within a client facility, please notify your primary Avenica point of contact so we can work with you individually.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Shares Tips on How to Land Your First Job

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Shares Tips on How to Land Your First Job

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Chief Experience Officer

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Your college years are one of the best times to learn about a wide variety of topics. But one thing we don’t learn in college is how to find your first job once you graduate. A recent survey showed that over half of recent graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. This is because college graduates often don’t possess the skills or tools to navigate this journey.

Watch Avenica CEO Scott Dettman join Business First AM’s Fritz Golman in the full segment below for tips on how college graduates can land their first full-time job.

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Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on Twin Cities Business Magazine

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on Twin Cities Business Magazine

Katie Drews

Katie Drews

Chief Experience Officer

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In a recent feature for Twin Cities Business Magazine Avenica CEO Scott Dettman talks about his journey to new CEO, his professional roots in data science, and his personal connection to the important work Avenica does to reduce the friction between job seekers and employers.

With a focus on growth and creating new opportunities to bridge the gap between education and careers, Dettman brings new energy and a passion for making a positive impact in the workforce and human capital arena.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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