Three Cheers for Our Rotational Program

Three Cheers for Our Rotational Program

Picture this: you are fresh out of college, get hired at a fantastic company, but have no idea which part of the business best suits you. This was my situation just three short months ago. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to make a hard decision on my role. Cheer Partners allowed me the opportunity to test out each area of their business: Learning and Development (L&D), Talent and Employee Communications (EC) as part of their new rotational program. It was amazing getting to work with each team and when Cheer Partners asked for feedback, the only improvement I could think of was wishing I’d had an extra week to learn all their systems before starting. I found that Cheer Partners’ employees, despite being remote, constantly communicate between different teams and leadership levels to provide the best services possible. As Cheer Partners’ first Rotational Associate, my overall goal was to learn and discover new skills while integrating with each team. I managed to grow my abilities on many levels and learned ways to continue improving.

My first role was with the Learning and Development team. Cheer Partners’ L&D team works diligently to create informative and educational presentations and courses for clients on many different topics, such as Sexual Harassment Prevention and Giving and Receiving Feedback, to help clients provide and support meaningful growth and development. I had the opportunity to assist with researching certain topics, restructuring Power Points and even sitting in on multiple presentations. I learned quickly that each day was different, that the work was always evolving and that it’s always a good idea to have a list of questions ready. My researching skills definitely improved thanks to the teams’ guidance. I was also surprised by how much the L&D team desired my honest feedback about the work, valuing my opinions even though I was still “the new guy”. They always told clients what they needed to hear, even if it wasn’t what they wanted to hear.

My second rotation was spent with the Talent team, which searches for and acquires exceptional candidates for our clients’ open roles. They serve as the gate keepers, helping find potential applicants who best fit positions in terms of both experience and personality. Working with Talent, I sourced many different people with varying skillsets. The Talent team was very supportive, making sure to include me in their own calls and worked to grow my confidence so that I could eventually handle each task on my own. Leading my first interview as the interviewer was certainly not something I expected from my first job, but it was definitely memorable. It was amazing to see the team’s commitment to sourcing talent, combing through hundreds of potential candidates per week looking for that one perfect person. The team was sharing profiles and resumes nonstop, never slowing down or losing steam.

Employee Communications was my final destination as a Rotational Associate. This team focuses on enhancing communications for our clients through our dedicated people-focused lens. I started by researching potential clients to give us a better understanding of who they were: their strengths, areas of opportunity and more. My role quickly expanded into helping write year-end reviews for clients to display their progress and innovations over the past year. Trying to construct a story that demonstrated what clients were currently doing and trying to do better was a challenge, but thanks to the encouragement of the EC team, I believe that my ability to communicate information has grown exceptionally. The EC team is committed to its work and always trying to be more effective at solving problem.

Cheer Partners has managed to create a virtual environment where employees are able to communicate effectively to produce their best work. The L&D, Talent and EC teams all love the work they do and use Cheer Partners’ core values as a guide to ensure not only client satisfaction, but personal satisfaction as well. I found that my strengths were best at breaking information down and making it easy to understand. I also found that converting this information into an attractive story format was something I still struggled with but am confident that with the supportive nature of Cheer Partners, my skills will continue to grow.

4 Tips to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed

4 Tips to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed

There are more qualified candidates than ever for your dream role. So, how do you ensure you stand out and effectively communicate your personal brand to potential employers? That’s right: LinkedIn. In the current era of social media and with the increased importance of an online presence, you’d be surprised how many people still underestimate the value of a well-designed, updated profile. Having utilized both sides of the platform, both as a college student searching for roles and currently as a full-time talent recruiter for Cheer Partners, I have seen firsthand the impact of a well-thought-out page. Take note of these four tips to put your best (digital) foot forward.

1. Remember the Details
Although it may seem obvious, taking the time to provide thoughtful details on past and present positions on your profile is invaluable. The small specialties you include, former clients or achievements can truly get you noticed! Even if you are not looking to change jobs, allowing others to gain a deeper understanding of your past and present experience is a fantastic tool to brand yourself. There is never any harm in allowing someone to inform you of what other opportunities may be out there. And who knows, perhaps an ideal opportunity falls into your lap when you’re least expecting it! Alternatively, what if a friend or coworker is actively looking for a new position? Now you will have the connections to pass along or build new relationships—as well as your own network.

2. Proofread, Porfread, Proofreed.
You may speed through your text message responses on your phone or tweet without taking a second look, but absolutely never publish a word to your LinkedIn profile before you have read through it carefully. Once you have proofread it once or twice, read it one more time out loud, and have a friend take a look. Allowing your profile to have even the smallest of errors in spelling, syntax or dates of employment or schooling may imply to potential recruiters and employers that you are not detail-oriented. Spending an extra five minutes to review your content will save you immeasurable time in the future.

3. Adhere to Proper Message Etiquette
LinkedIn has a variety of options to connect and speak with candidates, employers, clients and more. Not only can you include a message when inviting someone to connect, but you can also reach out via InMail. InMail is one of LinkedIn’s premium features that acts as an out-of-network email system for longer messages. Once connected, you can message people freely or perhaps even find email addresses, phone numbers or social media accounts within their contact information. This may seem overwhelming, but different methods can serve different purposes.
The fundamental rule for messaging should be similar to emails: Always. Respond. If you are approached with new job opportunities or other forms of partnerships, it is not mandatory to pursue any further correspondence. But, you should still acknowledge the communication with a friendly response. Any message along the lines of, “I appreciate your outreach, but I don’t believe this is best opportunity for me right now. Please keep me in mind for future inquiries!” is both courteous and appreciated. Down the road, that same recruiter or contact may reach out again with a position that is PERFECT for you! Remember, it is always worthwhile to connect with others, because someday you may want to see what opportunities are out there.

4. LinkedIn Isn’t the New Facebook: Don’t Treat it as Such!
Those that are new to the workforce often mistake LinkedIn for simply being a different sort of Facebook but focused on the business world. Although the two share some great similarities, do not let the desire to “raise your friend count” take over. Adding a new connection to your network because you know the person, or they are related to your current or future occupation is expected. Adding the friend of your friend’s cousin you ran into at the Starbucks probably doesn’t add up. Like all rules, though, there are exceptions, like recruiters who grow their networks with potential candidates like you! They absolutely utilize their existing connections’ networks as well, but LinkedIn should not become a popularity contest.

LinkedIn can seem like a great sea of employers, posts and competitors, but it is indeed a key tool to presenting yourself professionally. Sparing a few extra minutes when updating your profile or checking in on the site once a week can lead to real, positive attention. There is never a bad time to see who or what is out there. Utilize our tips and get ready to check your messages!