Archive for the Employer Advice Category
Posted on March 11, 2013 with No Comments
Cindy Conquest, ‘10
Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Neurobiology), Bachelor of Arts Spanish
Recruiter/ Managing Director with Readak Educational Services
Working in HR, you must see a lot of resumes every day. What helps a candidate stand out?
Sometimes with resumes, less is more. I see resumes that resemble a wordy mockup of an autobiography. Candidates should be able to fit their relevant qualifications on a single, well-structured page. My company often hires for entry-level positions, so we know our applicants will generally be young and have limited experience. I’m looking for quality of experience over quantity. The best resumes are clear and concise. Keep in mind that relevant skills can come from a wide variety of experiences.
How do you suggest that students follow up on an application most effectively?
A short and sweet follow-up note is always good. Sometimes I am so swamped that I haven’t had a chance to review a particular application and a well-worded note from a candidate will draw my positive attention to that application. The follow-up is most effective right around a week after submittal. It is important to stay in touch with tact.
Once someone makes it to the interview stage, what can they do to seal the deal?
The age-old firm handshake test still rings true. Consistent eye contact shows self-confidence and honesty. Be well-poised and professional, yet amicable and approachable. Your words and anecdotes should show what they can contribute to the company. Have some well-worded questions of your own that follow up on the research you’ve done. Finally, a thank you note is always well appreciated.
What are some frequent mistakes that you see applicants making?
Typos in resumes/cover letters show lack of attention to the application process. E-mails shouldn’t be written in the same colloquial language that students would use to write to their peers. A red flag in the interview process is when an applicant walks in the door with questions that can easily be answered from our website. Do your research and nicely demonstrate your knowledge.
Want to learn more?
Attend Savvy Seniors Workshop: Job Countdown, Wed, March 13th, 4:15pm, L&L E-166 (With Special Guest Alison Keefe a Recruiter from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters!)
Attend Readak’s Information Session regarding positions as Traveling Teachers! Wed, March 13th, 6pm, L&L E-166
Tags: advice, alumni, Career, career path, Employers, etiquette, events, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, On Campus Recruiting, photos, resume, Savvy Seniors, search, tips, your first job
Category: Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Interviewing, Job Searching, Uncategorized, resume
Posted on December 11, 2012 with No Comments
Alli Morse ‘12
Project Manager/Business Analyst
What are employers looking for?
During senior year of college family, friends, professors, and fellow students are all asking the golden question: “What are your plans after you graduate?” For some students, it’s a question they love to be asked because they have an answer. Maybe it’s graduate school, a full-time job, or traveling throughout Europe for a summer. But I would argue that for most students, it’s a question they dread. Come December of my senior year, I fell into the latter category.
After ruling out graduate school and the trip to Europe, due to the damages it would cause on my bank account, I began looking into ways of incorporating my math skills into the business world. I knew I wanted a large, global and reputable company that would allow me to develop as a financial professional and grow within the company.
After a lot of research and submission of online applications to multiple companies, my friend recommended looking into State Street. With hopes of networking with State Street colleagues, I attended the annual UVM Boston Career Networking Night. After giving my well-planned spiel to a Senior Vice President from State Street, she gave me her business card and told me to follow up with her offline. The next day, I emailed all alumni with whom I connected, including the SVP from State Street. The next thing I knew I was headed into Boston for “Informational Interviews.” After four hours of draining interviews, including an unsolvable math problem, I left One Lincoln Street thinking I would never get a job there. But I was determined to continue on my search.
The next month I dedicated to my job search, which consisted of networking with people at both State Street and other financial institutions. For the most part, many people never responded but I was persistent which, in the end, was key. Over a month after my visit to State Street in Boston, I received an offer from State Street within SSGM ERM Department. It turned out I had key competencies they value. I graduated Cum Laude in May 2012 and in June I moved to the North End in Boston and started at State Street.
I am currently a Project Manager/Business Analyst for the Risk Management department within SSGM. So, landing a job after graduation is possible! It takes time and effort. While beginning your search, here are some tips from a lead recruiter at State Street to assist your efforts.
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Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on October 18, 2012 with No Comments
You came to the Job Fair, talked to employers, dropped off resumes and collected some business cards. Now what?
- Follow up! Let employers know that you appreciated meeting them and express interest in their organization’s opportunities.
- Learn more! Explore the company’s website, follow the company on Linked-In and evaluate fit with your interests.
- Prepare for an Interview!
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Internship Hop: Thursday, October 31st 1:30-4pm, L/L E-Building (Career Services)
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Category: Career Exploration, Catamount Job Link, Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Helpful Resources, Internships, Job Searching, Networking, On-Campus Interviews, Uncategorized, resume
Posted on October 11, 2012 with No Comments
So you want a job or an internship. You have worked hard, polished your resume and ironed your job fair shirt. So now what? What is the secret to what employers really want?
Keep to the basics. Employers seek people who present themselves well, are well informed and are interested in being actively involved.
Here are a few strategies on sending the right message at the fair and afterwards:
Prepare: Know who is coming and with whom you want to talk and share your resume & skills.
Dress: to signal you want to work and be taken seriously.
Practice: introducing yourself, your skills and interests.
Positive & Personable: Remember employers are people. Start a conversation and show your interest in what they do for a living.
Follow Through: Persistence pays. Collect business cards and follow up via email or LinkedIn.
It is all in the conversation! Keep learning, practicing and exploring the avenues for your job journey.
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Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on March 27, 2012 with No Comments
Organization: Enterprise Holdings
Representative: Randi Blender, Talent Acquisition Manager
The Job Fair is over! What do you suggest that students do to follow up?
When I meet someone at the Job Fair, it’s always nice to receive a thank you and see his/her online application.
If a student secures an interview from the Job Fair, what should they do to prepare?
Learn as much as you can about the company, explore their website, connect via LinkedIn to learn more. Get prepared to interview: ensure you have a suit or appropriate outfit and transportation, practice answering interview question and build your confidence. Think, what kind of person does the company want to hire and what are your strengths, why should someone hire you?
What if a student wasn’t able to attend the Job Fair or didn’t connect with a particular recruiter?
Get the list of employers and reach out to employers. From my perspective, if someone didn’t make it and had interest I would think he/she would call or email me, apologizing for missing the fair and express interest in learning more about the opportunity and how to get started with applying.
What do you recommend that students do next to find jobs and explore careers?
Do informational interviews and be prepared with questions. Think of friends’ parents, your own mentors, coaches, and professors. Ask them about job searching and how they landed where they are. Call a staffing agency, ask them questions about the job market, and ask for a referral. Search Linked In and seek out connections and learn more about career paths and companies.
Tags: advice, Career, career connection, career path, Employers, etiquette, events, Experience, how to, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized