Amy Defnet ’16, through the support of the Scott Steven Morris ’86 Fund, is interning this summer at Aadmi Consulting in Boston. Aadmi, a human resources consulting firm, specializes in helping its clients develop employee recruitment strategies and adhere to the confines of local tax and labor laws. Aadmi’s clients consist mostly of small businesses local to the Boston area as well as international non-profit organizations.
Aadmi is a relatively small firm, which has provided Defnet the opportunity to assist with a wide range of projects. One of Defnet’s primary responsibilities is sourcing, which entails searching LinkedIn and other career profiling networks for individuals who fit job descriptions posted by Aadmi’s clients. In addition to sourcing, Defnet has been conducting a social media analysis, using two analytic tools — Facebook Insights and Twitonomy — to measure the effectiveness of clients’ Facebook and Twitter posts.
As Defnet explained, “I plan to compile some key metrics in a chart and create a report to relay this information to my colleagues. Then I will create my own content and try several techniques to gain more likes and follows, get more engagement with the links on the sites, and spread the word about what a wonderful resource Aadmi is for both job-seekers and businesses looking for HR help. Then at the end of the summer I will re-analyze the data, see if my efforts have made a difference and then formulate some recommendations for the future.”
Beginning in the fall, Defnet will work as a peer presenter for the Hamilton College Career Center. She believes that her work at Aadmi has given her insight into the career search process that will prove valuable in her role as a peer presenter: “This summer, I am that person reading through resumes and LinkedIn pages to determine who would potentially be a good fit for a certain job. Now I can use this information to teach others what makes their documents stand out from the crowd.”
Overall, Defnet’s internship has exposed her to the considerations and challenges unique to consulting work and given her experience working in the professional world. Though Defnet is unsure if she would like to continue in consulting after graduating, she is grateful for the opportunity to work at a small, up-and-coming business and get a glimpse of what a career in consulting entails.
Amy Defnet is a graduate of Pottsgrove High School (Pa.)