Guest Blog: Job Shadowing at Blue Chip Talent
Here at Blue Chip Talent, we welcome the opportunity to help students prepare for professional careers. We had the opportunity to have Jacob Howard, a junior from Romeo High School, spend three afternoons with us as part of a special program that prepares students for real world jobs while awarding college credit. Jacob shadowed our Marketing Department as well as our Recruiting Department during his time. At the end of his shadowing, we asked Jacob to share what he learned and what he enjoyed about his time with Blue Chip Talent:
Over the last two weeks, I have been job shadowing Zach (Grube), who is the Social Media Specialist at Blue Chip Talent. On my first day, I observed two meetings. One was a meeting with a representative, who was selling a form of advertising. This meeting helped me understand some of the goals of Blue Chip Talent, which includes providing career opportunities for people in the fields of engineering and IT. In that meeting I also learned some of the jargon commonly used in the marketing field. Afterwards, the marketing team, made up of Suzanne (Tosto), Zach, and Manny (Singh), had another meeting to discuss the goals for the upcoming week and how they did in the previous week. The marketing team here is also in charge of fun team-building activities, for example activities for March Madness. I ended my first day by helping assemble bottomless candy dishes for Blue Chip Talent’s new employees.
I started the next day by looking up news articles to share on social media. After finding the articles, Zach taught me how to schedule posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. He showed me what to include in the captions when sharing articles, whether it be a quote or complementing another company. Later in the day, I shadowed Kyle who is one of the Talent Acquisition Specialists at Blue Chip Talent. He showed me the daily tasks of a recruiter. He taught me how to engage with people over the phone and over email to understand their needs when looking for a career opportunity.
On my last day at Blue Chip Talent, we went to an off-site meeting. This was a media meeting about another form of advertising. This experience was great because I got to learn firsthand how to give a sales pitch to a business. When we came back, Zach showed me how Blue Chip Talent helps with resume building. They help reformat resumes for their candidates.
Overall, the experience that I had at Blue Chip Talent was incredible. All the employees here were welcoming on my first day and it looks like they genuinely have fun while at work. Blue Chip Talent has a lively workplace, from the Nerf gun wars to the foosball tables. It is a fantastic place to work!