Posts Tagged Employers
Posted on March 5, 2014 with No Comments
How to Interview like a Pro: Tips from a Local Recruiter
For most people, an interview creates a lot of stress and anxiety—it is an intimidating way to make a great first impression. For most employers though, the goal of inviting an applicant in for an interview is to get to know them. It’s a meeting based around discovery. We want to know who you are and if you could successfully fit in with the culture of our organization, the position, and the department. We also want you to ask questions that can help you make a decision about whether our company is the right place for you.
Quick tips for standing out & having a successful interview:
- Dress for the job you’re applying for. It’s okay to ask what the dress code is when you’re scheduling the interview.
- Make eye contact, smile, and shake the interviewer’s hand.
- Bring a few copies of your resume with you to the interview.
- If you have a samples of something that relates to the position you’re applying for, have it on hand (i.e. for a graphic design position, bring some of your design work).
- Don’t over-think things. Trying to perfect every sentence comes off as robotic.
- Be natural and be yourself; it is okay to smile and laugh! We can sense when an applicant is putting on a façade.
- Work experience and qualifications are important, but they’re not everything. We’re trying to find someone who “fits” in with the department and the company as a whole. Try to find something in common with the interviewer and make an emotional connection.
- As the interview wraps up, ask what the next steps are. In most instances, recruiters are happy to let you know where they are in the hiring process and when you should expect to hear back.
~Myra Fundis, UVM ‘11
Human Resources Wellness Specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Want to learn more? Join us and special guest National Life for:
Savvy Seniors: Interview Like a Pro: Tuesday, March 18, 12-1pm at the Hub
Tags: advice, alumni, Career, Employers, etiquette, events, how to, Interviewing, job search, Jobs, photos, Savvy Seniors, tips
Category: Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Interviewing, Uncategorized
Posted on February 5, 2014 with No Comments
The inside scoop from a local public relations firm
What is an employer looking for?
Here’s what you should know about applying for a position: we are looking for professionalism and creativity above all when sifting through the many resumes. Please do not try to be cute or funny, stick to the basics and tell us what you could bring to our office.
What do employers notice in an applicant?
Do your research, look at our website, read our blogs: you will gain tremendous insight into who we are and what we do. Then take that research and apply it to your cover letter. I look for cover letters that demonstrate an understanding of the business in a clear, concise way.
The most common mistakes I see in cover letters include grammatical errors and misspellings. Always have a trusted person edit it with you. You might think it sounds fine, but it never hurts to have another set of eyes look over your work. (This practice continues even in the working world; all of our work goes through several rounds of revisions, no matter what our title may be.)
How and when should I follow up?
Don’t panic if we don’t respond to your email the first day. We read every application and cover letter closely, but we also have our everyday jobs to tend to. However, if it has been more than a week, it is fine to send a quick follow up note just reiterating your interest. Tell us something different about yourself or your interest in our company, rather than just saying “Did you get my application?” Be creative, professional and persistent. The application process is a lot like pitching to the media, it might take two or three follow ups to finally get that big hit.
~Beth Parent, Account Supervisor
People Making Good (PMG) PR specializes exclusively in publicity and media relations.
Learn more at this great workshop with special guest Logic Supply:
Stand out in the Application Process Tuesday, February 18, 12-1pm at the Hub!
Tags: advice, boston, burlington, Career, career path, Employers, etiquette, events, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, photos, resume, Savvy Seniors, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Employer Advice, Event, Job Searching, Uncategorized, resume
Posted on October 31, 2013 with No Comments
Write a thank you note.
Why? A prompt and sincere note of thanks helps you stand out among the hundreds of other people the employer met at the fair. It demonstrates that you’re sincerely interested and motivated about their company, it demonstrates your writing skills and it can make you more memorable than any other candidate.
Here are 5 tips to making your thank you note successful:
1. Make it professional.
This isn’t a text message or a Facebook post with your friends, so don’t use slang or abbreviations. Address the email formally with “Dear Ms. Hoppenjans” instead of “Hi Jill!” Sign it with “Sincerely” instead of “TTYL.” Remember that this could be your future employer.
2. Make it grammatically perfect.
Re-read your note several times to make sure it is as perfect as a resume or cover letter. You want the employer to remember you and what you’ve said, not that you misspelled the company’s name!
3. Make it personal.
You don’t have to send a note to every person you met. Send notes to employers you are really interested in and/or want to stay connected to. Don’t send a mass email to many employers at once. Write an individualized email and try to incorporate the conversation you had with the employer, particularly if there is something about the conversation that might be memorable for the employer.
4. Make it meaningful.
At a minimum, you are thanking them for attending the fair and for speaking with you. If the employer gave you some next steps (i.e.: apply online, look at their website, talk with another colleague), give them an update on your progress. If you don’t have more to say, don’t add fluff or filler.
5. Make it easy for the employer.
Attach a copy of your resume so that the employer can be quickly reminded of who you are.
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, internship search, Internships, Interviewing, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 24, 2013 with No Comments
Most people know that a Job Fair is for people seeking jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Did you know it is also for those who want to get ideas, explore options and gather information? You don’t have to be actively searching for specific job to attend.
A key part of the career journey is having conversations, exploring what is out there and practicing presenting yourself and your interests. You can do all of that at the Job Fair. You can also learn about companies, industries, jobs, and opportunities.
No matter what your reason for attending, you should come prepared. Dress professionally. Bring a resume and an impressive handshake. Why? Because 100 employers are coming to meet you!
Put the date in your calendar:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Davis Center 4th Floor
Still feeling nervous about attending?
Review the Career Center FAQs and Preparation and Tips. If you want more support, talk to a Career Center staff member. Quick (10 minute) consults, resume reviews, and questions can be explored during Drop-ins at the Career + Experience Hub, M-Th: 1-4pm and Fr: 1-3pm.
Do more than just wonder about your future. Explore options. Talk to employers.
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, internship search, Internships, Interviewing, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, search, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 3, 2013 with No Comments
Drafting a resume can be daunting, but if you’re not going to take the time to do it well, don’t bother at all. Competition is tough out there, so get it right.
Here are a few things to consider:
Limit the experience you include
Only include the most relevant work experience, the stuff that pertains to job your trying to get. Each application you write should be tailored specifically to that position.
Make an impression with your verb selection
When describing work experience, choose verbs that pack a punch. Such phrases as “worked on,” or “contributed to,” won’t impress. Lead with something that allows your work to stand out like “ designed,” or “implemented.”
Typos are your worst enemy
Granted we all make mistakes, but no hiring manager is going to be impressed if your resume is ridden with spelling errors. It pins you as careless, even lazy. Take the time to check, double check and triple check your work. And it never hurt to get a second pair of eyes to go over your stuff.
Formatting is imperative
Are your margins even? Bullets lined up? Have you included dates and headings in a consistent way? Is it easy to read and visually appealing? Be mindful of all these point. Your sloppiness will be noted.
Join us for the next Senior Workshop with special guest the HowardCenter to learn more about how to make your resume shine!
SENIORS LUNCH + LEARN: RESUMES 2.0
Thursday Oct. 10 12 – 1 PM, Career + Experience Hub
~Alexa Mucklow, Social Media Associate
Kelliher Samets Volk
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, Experience, how to, job search, photos, resume, Savvy Seniors, search, tips
Category: Employer Advice, Event, Job Searching, Uncategorized, resume