It’s a war for talent. If you’re a hiring
manager or work in talent acquisition, that’s undoubtedly a phrase you’re quite
familiar with. These days, it’s a candidate’s marketplace, especially those who
are fresh out of school or are considered early in their career (zero to three
years of experience). In the network infrastructure industry, there is
continued effort on identifying and attracting emerging talent in the S.T.E.M.
(science, technology, environment, math)-related fields to gain competitive
advantage and quickly fill critical roles.
The 2018 Yello Recruiting Study shared the following key insights about young
- Growth: More than 50 percent of graduates said the
most important considerations when accepting a job are career advancement and
the type of work they would be doing.
- Speed: Half of applicants have multiple offers to
consider. Companies no longer have the luxury of believing they are the only
offer on the table.
- Connections: The candidate experience has everything to
do with accepting a job. Sixty percent of respondents said the application and
interviewing process are the deciding factors behind accepting a job.
CLICK TO TWEET: How does our industry combat the talent wars?
One of the best ways to engage and
attract talent is to build relationships with candidates earlier in their
careers. CommScope has sought to do this through several early career programs,
including our Summer Internship Program. The value of the program is that it
provides students with exposure to short term para-professional projects that
reinforce and build on their academic learning.
Some of the short-term projects from
this summer included the global automation of Nutanix, an infrastructure layer
that is optimized for virtual environments. Interns also helped create an Adjustable
RET Linkage which allows the phase shifter on a cell tower to tilt the
elevation beam to adjust coverage (BSA Engineering Project).
In addition to the scope of project
assignments, CommScope has worked to create differentiation in our program by
adding several professional development opportunities aimed at broadening our
student learners’ skill sets.
During this past summer, our interns
had the opportunity to participate in the following activities:
- Executive Speaker Series
- “Managing professional brands on
- Former intern/current employee panel discussion
- Site tours of AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers), Target Field (Minnesota Twins)
and O’Hare International Airport to view network infrastructure
- Franklin Covey presentation advantage course
- Final presentations
This past summer, our interns in
Joliet/Westchester, Illinois, also had an opportunity to participate in a
Facebook Live event. It was designed to provide the interns with a forum for talking about their internship
experience with CommScope as well as glean their insights about working in
While identifying emerging talent
early and creating strong programming are vital, it is equally important to be
able to brand ourselves to these candidates in a way that gets them excited
about the work they will be doing, as well as showcasing our culture and
values. As the generation shift continues to
occur across organizations, it is important to recognize the differences in
engagement drivers for the expanding Millennial and Gen Z workforce.
The Facebook Live event is a great example of this. It empowered our
interns to communicate with their peers how their experiences were able to
impact CommScope’s mission, and better understand that mission is. Check out
the videos of the Facebook Live event to see our interns in action.