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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 22, 2013 with No Comments
Allie Schwartz ‘11
Relationship Management Specialist
New York, NY
Major: Community Entrepreneurship
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
I build and maintain relationships with our clients. I help ensure our clients see success from our tools and I am constantly in contact with them. I support a team of six relationship managers and all of their accounts. We collaborate to create a strategic plan for their accounts.
Tell us about your path to this position.
If you told me during senior year of college that I would be working at LinkedIn a year after graduation, I would have called you crazy. I spent every summer in college interning to find out what I was interested in. I learned a lot about the corporate world and myself. Through that experience I started to figure out what I liked and didn’t like and what skills came naturally and the ones I needed to work on.
During my senior year, I really started to think about what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to be in the marketing/sales industry, but that was vague. After graduation, I spent three months networking with everyone and anyone to pinpoint what I wanted. In September of 2011, I landed a job at a small digital video branding agency. Because it was so small, I took on a lot of responsibilities and learned a lot.
After nine months, I was recruited by someone at LinkedIn. I never expected to be recruited for a role, I only knew myself as an active candidate. Since starting at LinkedIn, I haven’t stopped learning. Every day there is something new to discover. For me, the learning curve hasn’t stopped. I continuously try to find new ways to learn.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Three words: network, network, network. That word was said more times in my house than any other word, both throughout my college years and to this day. From the beginning of my college career, my dad encouraged me to connect with different people in all different roles. After meeting with just one person, I would have a list of 3-5 other people to connect with. Each of those people would have a list of people for me to connect with. It was a domino effect. Just because someone isn’t at the company you want to be at, doesn’t mean they don’t know someone who is. You never know who you’re going to meet and who they happen to know. Networking isn’t just about getting a job; networking can help you with becoming a member of a board, getting a new client, a recommendation, grad school and much more.
How did your time at UVM, both in and out of the classroom, prepare you for your position?
My time at UVM prepared me for this position in more ways than I can imagine. In the classroom, a lot of my classes required group projects. In my current role, while I make my own calls, we all collaborate together on tips and strategies, emails that work and that don’t work, we even help each other make calls. Outside of the classroom, it was meeting so many different people. The majority of my friends are from the New England area and all come from different backgrounds. They all have taught me different things and honestly, made my four years at UVM amazing. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference someone from UVM in some sort of way.
Tags: advice, alumni, alumni profile, Career, career connection, career path, etiquette, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, new york, online identity, photos, social media, tips, World of Work, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, World of Work, online identity, social media
Posted on April 4, 2013 with No Comments
Community Sailing Center
When a student lands an interview, what should they do to prepare?
Students should make sure to do their “homework” on the organization that they are interviewing with. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the entire organization by researching their website and any other information that you can gather about them. Create a list of questions you have about the organization and the position you are applying for. Employers always ask for your questions at the end of the interview process and having a list shows that you did background research and are very interested in the position. Make sure to dress appropriately, show up on time, and be professional in your communication (word choice and email style) with the prospective employer.
You must interview a lot of applicants for the Community Sailing Center, what makes a candidate stand out?
A candidate stands out if they are energetic, upbeat, and already familiar with the organization. Make eye contact with the employer(s) you are interviewing with and give complete answers to their questions, not just one-word responses. You can almost certainly anticipate what questions an employer might ask you based on the position you are applying for, rehearsing your answers ahead of time is always a good idea. Don’t forget to smile!
What questions should candidates be asking you?
I’ve had candidates ask a number of questions: Do I enjoy my job? What is a typical day like for this position? What is the chain of command with direct and indirect supervisors? Are there any additional duties that I will have not included in the job description?
Learn more about opportunities, classes, rentals and more at the Community Sailing Center!
Don’t miss this workshop to learn more! Savvy Seniors: Interviewing Wed., April 10th 4:15pm, L&L E166
Tags: advice, burlington, Career, Employers, etiquette, events, Experience, how to, Interviewing, Jobs, photos, Savvy Seniors, tips
Category: Dress to Impress, Employer Advice, Event, Interviewing, Uncategorized
Posted on March 20, 2013 with No Comments
Amanda Van Vranken
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
What type of applicant is ECHO looking for while at The Job Fair? When it’s over, what is your next step as an employer?
We are always looking for highly motivated individuals whose unique backgrounds and experiences will contribute to our diversity and strengthen our organization. Volunteers and interns bring experience, leadership skills, and enthusiasm to support our mission. After the Job Fair, we look through resumes and begin a conversation with applicants about what might be the best fit for their skills and interests. Since ECHO’s Internships are very competitive, we are often taking applications for the next semester or beyond.
What should students do to follow up with employers of interest?
I highly recommend students always follow up with ECHO. It’s an advantage to show your commitment to the organization, initiative, organizational skills and follow through by asking if an employer needs more information or what the timeline is for hiring. I always appreciate emails from students who are “Just checking in to say hi and say how much they are looking forward to this opportunity”.
How can a student stand out in the application process?
Anything you can do to set yourself apart is welcome. Identify your skills and use them – If you have strong interpersonal skills, try to meet staff and volunteers. If you have strong writing skills, present a unique resume and cover letter. Draw on experiences or class work and explain why it has initiated growth and contributed to your skill set. In addition, mention personal contacts or connections that make your reason for applying compelling.
What if a student wasn’t able to attend the Job Fair or didn’t connect with a particular employer?
Students can always go online to look at ECHO’s (or other organization’s) opportunities, as well as apply on-line or email with specific questions. When applying, be pro-active, know your schedule, and be realistic with your time commitments.
Volunteer or Intern at ECHO
Tags: advice, burlington, Career, Employers, etiquette, events, how to, internship search, Internships, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Employer Advice, Event, Internships, Uncategorized