Who is going to do this work when I’m on vacation? Here’s the Solution!

Summer brings all the things! Sunshine, warmth, vacation, cookouts, more business … and hopefully time off. But, if you are a small business owner, then you may be a little nervous to take time off because the work never stops.

If your business thrives in the summertime and you have employees that have requested much deserved vacation time or you are going on vacation yourself, you might need a little extra help during the summer. You probably don’t want to hire a new full-time employee because you know this is just a seasonal need. Let me introduce you to the perks of having a summer intern …

The first perk of summer interns is that it is a mutually beneficial hire. Students are scrambling to find summer internships around this time because they know that they need valuable job experience to have a better shot at landing a good full-time job when they graduate. Your small business needs seasonal work that doesn’t necessarily require an elite level of experience. You don’t want your current employees to burn out or get frustrated with additional work. Sounds like a perfect match to me!

As a small business owner, you know how stressful hiring can be. Even if you think you have the right candidate, there’s no guarantees and no trial runs. The second perk to hiring a summer intern is that when it’s time for you to hire full-time employees, you will have a pipeline of talent. Having already worked with a candidate as an intern will give you a good gauge of what having them as a full-time employee will be like. Your intern may not have the most experience when it comes time to hire full-time, but in this case you can use the “grow approach” vs. just hiring the candidate with the most experience. This means you will be growing that intern into your company and infusing them with the culture so that they will be a great fit when that time comes.

The third perk is something every business owner can appreciate. A summer intern is a lower cost option to reduce your current employees’ workload. If you have employees taking paid vacation time during the summer, hiring a regular employee can get pretty costly. It’s much more cost effective to have a summer intern because you’ll pay them less than you would a regular employee.

Overall, summer interns are a great option for your business and usually excited to learn. They can bring a ton of value to your team because they tend to have positive attitudes and are appreciative of the oh-so-important experience they will gain by spending a summer with your company. It is important to note that 65% of paid internships become full time job offers

What are you waiting on? Book your trip and hire your first summer intern! If I can help, contact me at barbara@careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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