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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 January 30, 2014 with No Comments
As the semester gets underway, assignments, class schedules and long-term projects get your attention. One course you may not have realized you also have on your plate is Job/Career Prep 101. It is always part of your load, even after graduation. Managing your career and taking advantage of opportunities continues throughout your life. Make sure you understand the basics now and treat your professional development like a class or research project.
Here are your assignments:
Weekly Homework: Add Job/Career Prep time to your weekly schedule, even when you have a job or a very full plate. Taking three small actions a week adds up!
Extra Credit: Take advantage of meeting people, being curious, finding out more ~ be it a conversation in a coffee shop, a follow-up email with a presenter in class, or attending events on and off campus. Get involved in conversations and activities that will support your own learning beyond your assignments. It will pay off.
Vocabulary: Choose language that motivates you! “I gotta get a job” or “I have no clue,” is Eeyore-think. We can all get discouraged, but don’t get stuck there! Practice the language of possibility: “I wonder how that person got started;” “I am going to contact X organization;” “I am exploring career options “ (vs. being lost). Keeping positive is essential to moving forward in the world of work.
Final Project: Reflect on what you learned, what the next step is and take action! The 4 Year Plan can support you each year at UVM.
Daunting? Come drop in at the Career + Experience Hub to meet with a career counselor to help develop your strategy!
Tags: advice, Career, career path, how to, inspiration, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on January 8, 2014 with No Comments
Spring semester of my senior year – stressed out and exhausted, I was bogged down with papers, exams, projects, presentations, work and extracurricular commitments. On top of that, I hadn’t yet secured a job for after graduation. Everything was still up in the air and the next several months were filled with uncertainty.
In April, UVM Career Center and the Tower Society collaborated to host a panel and networking event featuring female business leaders. They were asked to share their wisdom and stories on their career path and professional growth. The advice they gave was invaluable and I found myself taking notes.
After the panel, I approached one of the presenters, a Senior Vice President with Human Resources at State Street. I thanked her for her time and shared my desire to work in Human Resources. Meeting her led me to several interviews and two weeks after graduation, I got the call and was offered a job at State Street Corporation!
Now, as a contract Recruiting Coordinator, my days consist of scheduling interviews, sending out offer letters, posting internal and external job openings, facilitating background investigation, and conducting new hire paperwork appointments.
Who knew attending the Women in Leadership Panel would land me a job at State Street? I certainly did not.
To all seniors who are currently in their job search process – keep your head up and don’t get discouraged! Attend networking events and career fairs when you get the chance, connect with those who work in companies you are interested in, make the extra effort to get to know and understand their business – who knows? You might be talking to your future employer. It happened to me.
~Michelle Leung, Class of 2013
Recruiting Coordinator at State Street Bank
Want to learn more? Join us with special guest The Intervale Center for the next Savvy Seniors Workshop: Finding Hidden Jobs Tuesday, January 21, 12-1pm at the Hub!
Tags: advice, alumni, boston, Career, events, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
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