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Audrey Inniger is a campaign recruiting program specialist here at Vantiv. As college career fair season is about to kick off, I asked her what she loves about her job, and what advice she has for college students approaching recruiting tables at their college's job fair.

 

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I love the variety; truly no day is the same! I experience the most variation in regards to the different groups with which I work. From current students to University career services to the business functions I support, there is a wide range of partners I encounter on a daily basis, who I am always learning from.

 

Also, I love the opportunity for growth throughout campus recruiting initiatives at Vantiv. As our campus recruiting programs are fairly young when compared to other organizations, this leaves room to experiment with new ideas in order to attract talent.

 

I know, I know – This is two favorites, but there is a lot to like about my role!

 

How did you get into HR?

Funny enough, I started my college career at Miami University (Go Redhawks!) believing I wanted to be a Speech Pathologist. After realizing the years of school required and the amount of tuition debt I’d accumulate, I stumbled upon an internship within Human Resources, as a Generalist. After my internship, I changed my major to Business Management & Leadership, with a focus in Human Resources. As I had several mentors from my first internship through Miami University, my mentors advised me to begin my Human Resources career within Talent Acquisition. I took their advice and began my fulltime career hiring in-house talent for a small PR and Marketing software company. Through this position, I was asked to build a campus recruiting program, which I enjoyed immensely.  In February 2016, I joined Vantiv and the rest is history!

 

What are some tips for college students or recent graduates looking to stand out at a job fair?

Showcase what makes you, YOU. The best and most memorable conversations I have are those in which the student talks about their passions, interests, and quirks. Enjoy skydiving? Have a passion for cooking international fare? Rap music enthusiast? Tell me about it! Highlighting those characteristics will make you most memorable at the career fair and will spark a more natural relaxed conversation.

 

Do you have any advice for college students or recent graduates on acing their first interview?

Do your homework, which includes homework on the company, on the people you are interviewing with, on the city where the role is located. LinkedIn should be your best friend!

 

Once you’ve done your homework, prepare thoughtful questions to ask the recruiter or hiring manager in which you are interviewing.

 

Can you do a little “myth-busting” on any career advice you’ve heard dispensed that is flat-out wrong?

“Accept the highest paying job offer.”

 

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Although salary is one factor to consider, also consider the company culture, your team (especially your direct manager), as well as career advancement opportunities.

 

Want to know when Vantiv will be recruiting at your college or university? Click here for a list of our upcoming career fairs.

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Lena Rutherford, intern extraordinaire, is a student at Miami University. This summer she interned at Vantiv's Denver office. I chatted with Lena about her internship here and what her plans are for her (bright!) future:

 

What are you studying in school, and what do you hope to do for your career?

I am majoring in Business Analytics and minoring in Arts Entrepreneurship. I love this combination because I am very balanced between my left and right brain. I hope this combination will give me the tools to measure ambiguous things through applying data analytics to value creation in the arts.

 

I want to have several careers, beginning with data analytics (perhaps in the technology consulting field), building into more strategic and creative roles that are infused with data, pivoting into starting my own company (or companies), and ending in venture capital. I hope that the skill sets I continue to develop in data analysis and business strategy will propel me to diverse roles and companies throughout the technology industry and the world.

 

What have you learned during your internship?

Coming from a startup last summer, Vantiv has taught me how corporations function and has given me a new appreciation for how standardization aligns diverse products and people. I have learned about the industry through PI planning, product meetings, and projects.

 

Creating a competitive analysis matrix for PayFac and researching industry verticals and horizontals for a strategy presentation deepened my industry knowledge through hands-on experience. More closely related to my major, I have learned about financial data through conducting a historical analysis of IP equipment data and by reconstructing financial models.

 

My internship has taught me as much about myself as it has about the business world – how I work best, how I form business relationships, and how to achieve work/life balance (despite a 45-minute commute). These are only a few things that I have learned, but there are many more things that I am grateful to my coworkers and this opportunity for teaching me.

 

What will you take with you from Vantiv?

Of course, I will take this experience and the professional relationships I've made with me. The subtle, everyday things I have done here have accumulated into this nebulous term, “experience.” I am thankful for what a rich and positive experience it has been and for how I will be able to build off of my experience wherever my career takes me next.

 

I have also formed great relationships with my coworkers and want to continue these relationships after my internship ends. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the abundance of friendly people here at Vantiv and will miss seeing everyone daily.

 

We'll miss seeing Lena around the office, but we wish her all the best for this school year and beyond.

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Want to intern at Vantiv or just learn more about us? Vantiv will be at recruiting events at several colleges and universities this fall, including Miami University (so we can say hi to Lena). Come see us.

It's Vantiv ONE's birthday! We're celebrating with five days of fun for the TechTribe, including contests, a Twitter takeover, a webinar with our buddies at Microsoft, and more.

Check out what mcafiero and I are looking forward to this week:

 

If you're looking to level up in your developer knowledge during your commute, or have a road trip coming up and want to binge listen to something new, we recommend giving one of these podcasts a try. Do you have a favorite coder cast? Let us know in the comments!

 

The podcast that's like a happy hour with your smartest coworkers:

Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy Hour is a five-star rated panel-style podcast that features software engineers from Netflix, Evrnote, Atlassian and LinkedIn talking over drinks about all things Front End Development, from starting a new job to style guide best practices.

 

For great stories from coders:

CodeNewbie

The CodeNewbie podcast is for (as the title says) coding n00bs. Host Saron Yitbarek interviews a different guest each week, and they discuss their coding journey, how they got their first coding gif, and more. We really liked the recent episode "Mental Health talks from Michelle Morales and Greg Baugues". Michelle, a researcher and web developer at the Futures Initiative, talked about using open source tools to better diagnoze depression, and Greg, the Manager of Twilio's Developer Community shared his personal struggles with ADHD and bipolar disorder.

 

For great interviews:

Away From the Keyboard

Away from the Keyboard is a five-star rated podcast that talks to technology experts and tells their stories of how they started, how they grew, how they learned, and how they unwind. It’s hosted by two software developers: Cecil Phillip and Richie Rump. We dig it because you'll hear everything from business insights to info on home brewing.

 

For education and tech news:

Software Engineering Radio - The Podcast for the Professional Software Developers

Software Engineering Radio is an educational podcast for professional developers. The 1 on 1 interview-style episodes cover everything from new tech and hot topics in the software industry to the philosophy behind web development frameworks. This is great for techies who want to stay on top of tech trends, and who love a deep technical dive into software engineering topics.

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Jennifer Guidotti is a junior at the University of Colorado-Denver, where she is studying to become a software engineer. This summer she is interning with Vantiv's API-Payments team in Denver.

 

What interested you in Vantiv for a summer internship?

I have several friends who are also interns at Vantiv and have just raved about how awesome this company is. They have learned so much since they started here and have really enjoyed the mentorship and positivity that this company and department has provided.

 

What have you learned during your internship?

Since starting at the beginning of May, I have learned the overall application development process. Before starting with Vantiv, I had zero exposure to an agile development environment, therefore it has been a great learning experience to be working with this team. So far, I have spent most of my time learning the Java programming language and working with the Spring Application Framework that the Vantiv API Payments Team currently uses to build their APIs.

 

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What do you like about your internship?

Since the day that I walked in, the entire team has been so encouraging and motivating. Not only are they teaching me the different processes and applications, but sharing best practices and experiences. So many of the current software engineers were once an intern like I am. They are continuously improving – having sat in on numerous white board sessions and lunch-and-learns, I have seen that there are always opportunities to gain more knowledge. My coworkers have a winning attitude – the daily stand-up meetings show that no team member is ever permanently stuck. If there was a roadblock, we all pitch in to find a solution, and people took ownership over their tasks. The teams that I work with are not only collaborative, but have strong team relationships. I can tell they value and trust their teammate’s contributions, and have a lot of respect and appreciation towards one another.

 

What are your goals for the future?

For the next two years, I will be focusing the majority of my time on finishing school where I am currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After that, I have to say that this internship experience has really confirmed my choice to become a software engineer. The positive, yet challenging, experience that I have gained here has inspired me to continue to be focused on application development. I love APIs!

Wanna Build the Next Airbnb?

Posted by daniperea Jun 20, 2017

Got a killer idea and want to code the next big industry darling in tech? Looking at what Airbnb's developers did to make their site and app so successful is a great way to get started. What do you think makes Airbnb so successful? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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1. Focus on the best experience for your user

Airbnb has a simple and delightful user experience. For travelers and backpackers on a budget, Airbnb is as easy to use as craigslist, but far better designed and without the inconsistency of a Craigslist listing. For travelers with more cash to spend, Airbnb is still easier to use than most hotel sites. This ease of use for travelers and hosts of all stripes has disrupted the staid lodging industry and raked in lots of revenue for Airbnb.

 

Focus on the best experience for your users, and let that experience inform your decisions on what features to add, while keeping in mind that too many features can easily distract.

 

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2. Do regular updates to enrich your user’s experience

Regular updates might seem obvious to developers, because it’s a key factor in a great experience. Even after its scrappy startup beginnings, Airbnb has maintained the typical startup best practice of using agile development (Google does this as well), pushing out their product as fast and as often as they can. Instead of waiting for a feature set to be finished before updating, Airbnb updates their app as soon as new features are implemented, even if the feature is behind the scenes. 

 

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3. Simplify the Payments Process

Payments can be one of the riskier parts of the sharing economy, but Airbnb made the process simple for travelers and hosts. Visitors enter their credit card number to book a stay and hosts are paid automatically after a successful stay. This removes the inconvenience of giving change for cash transactions and allows for a seamless experience that doesn’t even require a face to face transaction – perfect for travelers on the move. It’s a perfect outcome of meeting the business goals of the product while delivering user satisfaction in a simple, accessible and delightful to use interface.

 

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4. Create add-ons for customers that improve their experience and increase your revenue.

Airbnb developers have done an excellent job of weaving in add-on options that add value for their hosts and customers without going overboard and creating cluttered complex checkout process that decrease conversions. Add-ons for hosts include free professional photographs of their listing and a click-to-post-on-craigslist option. Guests can click to add “experiences” like a nearby wine tour. When you’re developing a checkout process, think beyond the final transaction and consider what will improve your customer’s experience without detouring from your conversion funnel.

 

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5. Develop a seamless omnichannel experience across web and mobile.

Airbnb’s marketplace can be accessed via their site, their iOs and Android apps, and on the Apple Watch. Registration and account creation is free and users can save their credentials once and then automatically sign in to both the app and site. No matter what channel customers are using to access Airbnb, the UX is the same, from filtering lodging options to messaging hosts to checking out.

 

Want more tips on creating a business like Airbnb? Merchant aggregation, like the Airbnb model, is powering a whole new category of commerce. A payments facilitator (PayFac) is a business that facilitates payments between merchants selling goods or services and the end user. This enables the end-user to easily pay online and the merchant (or property owner in the case of Airbnb) to get paid quickly. The sharing economy is a new generation of business, and so far it's booming. Want to get in on the action? Check out Becoming a Payment Facilitator (PayFac)