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    • 50 Ideas to maximize chances of finding prospective employees with adequate skill acquisition and job readiness prior to the end of their schooling Most practical idea: #10 Have internships. Most disruptive idea: #50 Google Glass + earpiece + vote up: Use something like Google Glass + earpiece. Glasses scan environments, objects, or process discussions and then the linked earpiece provides guidance on what to say or do. Glasses also able to detect uncertainty or frustration and provide answers. Solutions can be voted up or down based on their effectiveness to make better suggestions in the future. Your favorite idea: #46 Stage a theatrical performance based on your workplace using students as actors. To prepare their roles they have to do character research by interviewing their real-life counterparts. During the actual performance improvisation is encouraged based on those character interviews. After the performance, the students share with the audience insights from their character interviews. Full list 1. Like the military (ROTC), have a program that partners with universities where you pay for education and people are required to work for your company for a certain number of years after that. This ensures job security for the student, and gives the employer flexibility to tailor parts of the curriculum to their needs. 2. Like law schools, sponsor summer interns that will be offered jobs at the end of the summer based on their performance for the year following graduation. 3. In partnership with universities, organize job fair as a part of freshman orientation where employers pass out a “job readiness checklist” of extracurricular learning opportunities and experiences that they think would best prepare students to work for them. 4. Freshman orientation job fair “job readiness checklist” could be distributed to all universities (or select universities with relevant departments) and for an application, rather than a CV and cover letter you include the filled-in checklist, signed by employer or professor along with other materials or reflection papers. 5. Company opens their own university. 6. Job positions are filled by faculty nomination rather than direct applications from job seekers. 7. Organize with local university and other similar companies a job exploration class for the first semester of college where you are required to create a plan for getting specific kinds of job experience during university or graduate school.
    • 50 Ideas to maximize chances of finding prospective employees with adequate skill acquisition and job readiness prior to the end of their schooling 8. Change traditional interview technique so that interviews last a week and you can experiment having someone actually at the office working. 9. Partner with universities to create a course based in the workplace, similar to student teaching or what happens in some hospitality programs. 10. Have an internship program for current students only. 11. Have recruitment process formatted like American’s Top Model/Top Chef incorporating relevant project-based tasks and the person who wins gets the job. This recruitment activity would take place the last semester of college. 12. Company assigns mentors and tutors to promising students that coach them on professional skills. 13. Have a pre-work bootcamp for students straight from school. 14. For the first year of working, only give work assignments in the same structure as school assignments are given. 15. Incorporate mandatory study halls for new employees where they learn about work skills: management, teamwork 16. Do research on what skills exactly are lacking and tailor training first to remediation in those areas. 17. Make an app that simulates a real work environment where you have to successfully complete a certain number of games within a certain amount of time to apply for the position. (If someone did not have a smart phone they could make it available at the public library or something). Keep track of correlation between results and employee performance for future hiring. 18. Sponsor a seminar series at different colleges where you talk about what’s really expected of new employees. 19. Have undercover employees assigned to schools to audit classes with students to get a better sense of their personality, skills and other important qualifications and they recommend students for jobs after graduation. 20. Commission an interactive youtube series on the skills necessary for the school-work transition, where you must complete real world assignments after watching the videos. Require this series to be watched and the activities to be completed prior to interviewing. 21. Have applicants interview in groups and work on solving problems together. Select based on the method of problem solving and interpersonal skills rather than if they solved the problem correctly or not.
    • 50 Ideas to maximize chances of finding prospective employees with adequate skill acquisition and job readiness prior to the end of their schooling 22. Facebook ad for job position targeted to people about to graduate with previous work experience. 23. Increase starting salary to be able to afford more-qualified applicants. 24. When new employees from school are hired, they have to seek out a current student to share their insights about what they’re learning about work that they didn’t learn in school during their first year of work. 25. Select new employees the way college sports recruiters find new athletes. Go to classes or activities that demonstrate the kinds of skills needed for work success (like seminars, practicums, student government, clubs) and select students from there and invite them to interview. 26. Don’t interview candidates, randomly select three individuals—a combination of classmates and professors—to interview on behalf of candidate asking them to give examples of times they exhibited behaviors useful for success in the workplace. 27. Scholarship for local students so they can work for work experience not to support family. 28. Marketing blitz. Research on differing salaries for graduates with prior work experience vs. those without. 29. Partner with popular entertainment places (TV station, movie theater, pool, etc.). if they host an intern, the intern can go for free when they aren’t working. 30. Start company club on university campuses that act like micro companies and acts as a potential feeder into your company. (Think Model UN) 31. Run a cafe stall on campus and only hire student workers. 32. Let new employees try out different positions so you find the place where they fit best. 33. Use headhunters. 34. Pay relocation expenses for applicants who studied in better school systems that included practicums/residencies/internships. 35. Institute probation periods after hiring. 36. Hire new graduates as temp-to-perm. 37. Offer job training workshops at the beginning of each school year for “grade” level. 38. Make scenario based interviews. 39. SIMS 5: The Workplace.
    • 50 Ideas to maximize chances of finding prospective employees with adequate skill acquisition and job readiness prior to the end of their schooling 40. Sponsor events and have students work as volunteers for it. Enough volunteer hours moves them up in the hiring queue. 41. Have someone prank interviewees when they come in for interviews (think boiling point TV show or those prank radio station calls). How they responded determines if they get hired. 42. Since employer is looking for certain attitudes, qualities, and skills, have prospective applicants fill out a lengthy questionnaire and apply E-Harmony-like dating site algorithm to test compatibility. 43. Start young! Have a Scouts/4-H type program that teaches job skills and runs up through high school. In college, senior scouts can lead their own scout group teaching job skills for a specific industry. 44. Offer flexible (and drastically reduced, if needed) hours to students so it doesn’t conflict with their school schedules. 45. Pay for employees at lower levels without education who have been at the company for a while to go back to school which may open up higher positions for them when they are finished. 46. Stage a theatrical performance based on your workplace using student actors. Do prepare their roles they have to do character research by interviewing their real-life counterparts. During the actual performance some improvisation is encouraged based on those character interviews. After the performance the students share with the audience insights from their character interviews. 47. Write a Job Readiness column for the school newspaper. 48. Have Trainee/Open House week where students, whether they are about to graduate or not occupy all the positions in the workplace and are coached by staff for the first half of the week and left to themselves the last half of the week,observed, and given feedback. Students are encouraged to participate as many times as they like while they are still students. 49. Create an electronic dictionary of work scenarios and responses where someone types in a work situation, sets certain parameters and the appropriate action and explanation comes up. As staff solve novel problems they can add them to the dictionary and include enough keywords/metadata so it can be applied in other situations. 50. Use something like Google Glass + earpiece. Glasses scan environments, objects, or process discussions and then the linked earpiece provides guidance on what to say or do. Glasses also able to detect uncertainty or frustration and provide answers. 51. Whatever they did to Derek Zoolander to get him to attempt to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. But for work.