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Gen Y Recruitment Insider: Behind the Scenes with Kobi Gulersen at MasterCard Canada

Kobi Gulerson, Director of Digital Marketing, MasterCard Canada

Did you miss our Gen Y Recruitment Insider event last week? Don’t worry. We’ve summarized the top tips from our first two Gen Y Recruitment Insider presentations.

Yesterday we published the main messages from Nancy Moulday’s presentation, and today we’re egg-cited to bring you the key points from Kobi Gulersen’s presentation on the innovative MasterCard Canada summer intern campaign.

Kobi Gulersen, Director of Digital Marketing, MasterCard Canada

Kobi Gulersen, Director of Digital Marketing, MasterCard Canada

The project
For the first time, MasterCard Canada decided to hire summer interns. It made the job application process a contest, and the prize was employment. Students were required to use social media to submit a cover letter, résumé and the URL to an original online creative component (video, photo, website, etc.).

Recruitment from the marketing perspective
As a marketer, Kobi had a new take on the recruitment process. He approached the process like an ad campaign, selling the MasterCard brand to a social media savvy student audience.

Threefold mission
1) Target the best and brightest students in Ontario
2) Differentiate MasterCard’s internships from other summer jobs – positioning the opportunity as “cool and unique”
3) Complete everything in one month (April)

Promoting the contest
MasterCard used a wide variety of promotional tools including QR codes, YouTube videos, Twitter hash tags, Facebook posts, Google shortcodes, Flickr, Google search and maps, a TalentEgg campaign, email and some on-campus activity.

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TalentEgg campaign
Kobi found that TalentEgg was an extremely effective channel to reach students. The TalentEgg website was taken over by MasterCard branding. TalentEgg also featured an interview with a current MasterCard Canada  employee to help students prepare their applications. Kobi says it’s all about creating content that students find interesting. A typical, boring job posting won’t engage students.

500+ applications later, the pool was narrowed down to 30. The Top 30 applicants were invited to the MasterCard office to participate in a case competition, from which five finalists were selected. In the end, the students who singularly nailed the creative component were not necessarily right for the role. A careful review of the résumés and CVs was still important in the decision-making process

Next time around
Kobi said it would also be ideal to start sooner in the recruitment cycle and expand the target audience to all of Canada.

Not just recruitment
The promotion was a great way to not only recruit, but also build brand awareness amongst a young audience. During the campaign, MasterCard’s Facebook following dramatically increased to include the 18-24 population.

Use your marketing department
Kobi recommends that HR and Marketing departments team up to change recruitment into a brand building “youth strategy.”

Written by

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.
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