Avenica to Provide Support Amid COVID-19

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Avenica to Provide Support Amid COVID-19

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.

Avenica COVID-19 Response

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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.

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on Twin Cities Business Magazine

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Featured on Twin Cities Business Magazine

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.

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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 how to partner with Avenica, our process, or get started on finding the right entry-level talent for your team.

Looking to start your career? Learn more about our process ,or upload your resume to be considered for an open position with one of our amazing clients.

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

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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Looking to start your career? Learn more about our process, or upload your resume to be considered for an open position with one of our amazing clients.

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Interviewed

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Avenica CEO Scott Dettman Interviewed

Remote work is not only on the rise, it’s in high-demand for some job seekers. With technology and reliable Wi-fi, remote connectivity has never been easier. While more and more companies are making provisions for their employees to work remotely, there are plenty of pitfalls if not planned properly—some might even be surprising.

Avenica CEO Scott Dettman joined WCCO, CBS Minnesota’s Jason DeRusha and Heather Brown for a live segment on the changing trends of remote work and how as both an employer and employee to best tackle challenges to create positive working situations. Watch the full segment HERE.

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Looking to start your career? Learn more about our process, or upload your resume to be considered for an open position with one of our amazing clients.

Avenica Welcomes Scott Dettman as New CEO

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Avenica Welcomes Scott Dettman as New CEO

Minneapolis, Minn., July 1, 2019—Avenica, a national leader in entry-level recruitment and career placement, has announced that Scott Dettman, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and appointed to the Board of Directors at Avenica.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Aanand Radia, managing director, University Ventures said, “We are very excited for Scott to lead the company into its next stage of growth. He is a dynamic leader with an incredible energy for the mission of the company, and combined with his experience, has what it takes to make Avenica a national brand synonymous with entry-level career solutions for both employers and job seekers.”

“I’m honored to serve as the next CEO of Avenica as we continue to lead in the entry-level career space, and I look forward to building upon Avenica’s more than 20-year success within the industry,” said Dettman. “What impressed me the most is the amazing team of people truly committed to the mission of Avenica and the service and dedication they have to partnering with their already impressive client base. What Avenica does, it does really well, and I think there’s a tremendous opportunity ahead of us.”

Dettman comes to Avenica with a proven track record for driving growth through transformation and innovation in the human capital arena. Most recently, he served in progressive leadership roles with ManpowerGroup where he provided leadership over sales, client service, operations, supply chain, finance, HR, and technology.

Dettman received his BA, master’s degree, and PhD (ABD) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently completed an Executive Leadership program at Harvard Business School.

About Avenica
For more than twenty years, Avenica has been the leading U.S. recruiting firm exclusively focused on matching college graduates to entry-level, career-track positions.

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Avenica CEO Brian Weed Provides Expert Insight in New Survey on Small Business Hiring Trends

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Avenica CEO Brian Weed Provides Expert Insight in New Survey on Small Business Hiring Trends

A new report from Clutch, a B2B research firm in Washington, DC, surveyed 529 small businesses to analyze their plans for hiring and firing employees in 2019.

Brian Weed, CEO of Avenica, spoke to Clutch about the data, offering expert insight.

More than Half of Small Businesses Will Hire Entry-Level Employees

The survey found that 56% of small businesses plan to hire entry-level employees and 52% plan to hire mid-level employees. Roughly one-quarter (23%) plan to add senior-level employees. Only 14% will be looking for executives.

When it comes to hiring entry-level employees, Weed said there should be a focus on “transferable skills.”

“You don’t know for certain whether that person is going to be perfect for an individual role but if you can get someone who you think has broad, transferable skills, they can be an asset within your company,” Weed said.

Weed recommends that small businesses avoid inflexible criteria when evaluating candidates for junior positions: “We see way too many people implement very hard and fast rules around which schools [candidates] went to, what GPA they had, how many years experience they have, etc.” These criteria don’t necessarily indicate whether a candidate has the most useful skills for an entry-level position.

Weed says there are 12 core transferable skills to look for, including problem-solving capabilities, communication skills, and empathy. See all of Avenica’s 12 transferable skills here.

Meanwhile, senior-level or higher employees should initially be evaluated on whether they’ll fit into the small business’s culture.

“More experienced hires have gotten set in their ways, either because they’ve been trained in a certain culture or because they have those inherent viewpoints. It’s so important for senior people to be able to identify with the rest of the leadership team.”

More Than Half of Small Businesses Plan to Hire in 2019

A little more than half (51%) of small businesses will likely hire in 2019, according to Clutch’s data.

The recent low unemployment rate means that the employment market tips in favor of job seekers. Small businesses sometimes need to get creative to entice qualified candidates.

Not every candidate will desire the same type of compensation package, so small businesses should get creative with their benefits depending on the type of worker they most want to hire.

For example, millennials may be prioritizing work-life balance more than other generations.

“It used to be that salary and health benefits and some of the more financial-type things were more important,” Weed said. “Now, the emphasis has started to shift to the mix of paid time off versus work days. That’s gotten more generous because balance is an important thing for these younger generations of workers.”

“Manage toward having more paid time off versus the traditional framework of starting with two weeks and after 10 years of working there, you might have four weeks,” Weed continued. “A lot of companies are starting with much more generous PTO policies these days.”

Meanwhile, older generations prioritize health insurance more than millennials.

Small businesses on a budget may not be able to offer all-encompassing compensation packages, like larger corporations. But by thinking creatively about the benefits they do offer, small businesses can stand a better chance of enticing coveted candidates.

Small Businesses Should Seek Outside Recruitment Expertise

Lastly, today’s job market also means that small businesses lacking recruitment knowledge will feel their inexperience more sharply. These companies may benefit from acquiring recruiting software or partnering with recruiting companies to assist in hiring efforts.

“I’d encourage anyone that’s thinking about getting active on the entry level hiring to look into third parties…that can really make the process efficient and get better outcomes as well,” Weed said.

Overall, Clutch’s survey indicates that small businesses can benefit from a healthy economy and strong job growth in 2019 – if they plan their recruitment wisely.

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 find the right entry-level talent for your team here.

Avenica Partners with Daniels Fund to Offer Career Placement Services to Daniels Scholars

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Avenica Partners with Daniels Fund to Offer Career Placement Services to Daniels Scholars

Posted on: April 10th, 2018

Program gives Daniels Scholars a direct pipeline to entry-level careers through Avenica

MINNEAPOLIS (April 10, 2018) – Minneapolis-based entry-level recruiting firm Avenica announced today that it is partnering with Daniels Fund, a Denver-based private charitable foundation, with the goal of placing Daniels Scholars and alumni into entry-level career-track jobs with Avenica’s national network of clients.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides four-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities. The Daniels Scholarship Program encompasses much more than just financial support. Daniels Scholars become part of a community and gain access to personalized support and professional development, with the goal of helping each scholar succeed in college and ultimately become independent, successful in a rewarding career and actively engaged in their community.

“The Daniels Scholarship Program emphasizes the same characteristics we look for in our candidates, so this partnership is a great fit,” says Avenica CEO Brian Weed. “We look forward to helping the Daniels Scholars in their career exploration and planning, and I’m confident our clients will respond very positively to this group of capable graduates.”

Effective April 2018, Daniels Scholars have direct access to participate in Avenica’s process of assisting entry-level college graduates to find their “right fit” position and employer. This service will be available to current scholars preparing to graduate from college and Daniels Scholar alumni who have graduated within the last three years.

“Daniels Scholars possess so many of the qualities employers are looking for, and the Daniels Scholarship Program is designed to help them succeed in college and beyond,” said Linda Childears, president & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are looking forward to partnering with Avenica to give Daniels Scholars a highly effective resource to help them launch their careers.”

Founded in 1998 as GradStaff, Avenica improves efficiency in the entry-level job market by recruiting students and entry-level college graduates from 900 colleges and universities across the U.S. and helping them identify their transferable skills and discover career interests that fit those skills. Avenica applies its matching process to pair candidates with its clients’ open entry-level opportunities, prepares them for interviews and then hires them to fill those positions. Last year, Avenica filled nearly 1,500 professional positions across all major U.S. markets.

College graduates can apply with Avenica online at www.avenica.com. Companies interested in working with Avenica to build a customized entry-level recruiting and hiring program can contact Avenica via www.avenica.com or via email at hires@avenica.com

ABOUT AVENICA

Avenica is the leading U.S. recruiting firm exclusively focused on placing college graduates into entry-level career-track positions. Using a proprietary interview process that identifies skills beyond the resume and provides career coaching, Avenica opens new possibilities for candidates. Avenica partners with companies to refine job profiles and streamline the hiring process. A personalized matching process leads to the right fit for both candidates and clients, which results in better outcomes—very high candidate conversion and retention rates—at a lower cost. Avenica serves a national client base, and places thousands of recent graduates each year from seven offices throughout the United States.

ABOUT THE DANIELS FUND

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.

Avenica Profiled on Inc.com

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Avenica Profiled on Inc.com

As long-time experts in the recruiting industry, Avenica was profiled on Inc.com in an article about the challenges companies face when hiring college graduates for entry-level positions. CEO Brian Weed shared insight on how have addresses these challenges and perfected the the art of recruiting, adding in a human touch with a bit of science. Read the article HERE.

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 find the right entry-level talent for your team here.

Avenica CEO Interviewed

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Avenica CEO Interviewed

Avenica CEO Brian Weed joined Don Mazzella on the Recalculating radio program to discuss today’s hiring environment, challenges for college graduates as they join the workforce, and the methodology that makes Avenica so successful at finding entry-level talent for employers.

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