Posts Tagged Savvy Seniors
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 February 4, 2013 with No Comments
Some say that 70% of jobs are never advertised. 70%!
That means that if you are spending all your “job search” time on Craigslist and Monster then you are missing out!
How do you find these “hidden” jobs? There is lots of great advice out there about finding jobs that aren’t advertised.
It mostly boils down to this:
- Network! People hire people. Start getting to know some people today.
- Research Companies and Career Fields. Start making a short list of organizations that you would like to work for. Get to know some people who work there! (Look on Linked in to see if any UVM Alumni work at your target company.)
- Intern, Volunteer, or Work (P/T, Full Time or Temporary). Get your foot in the door. Companies like to hire internally. (Bonus: You get to know people.)
Of course it doesn’t hurt to use some on-line resources like Catamount Job Link to Find Full Time Employment.
The most important element of your job search is to keep looking! You never know where you will find “the one,” that first great opportunity after college. Maybe it will happen at the upcoming Spring Job Fair!
Still not sure what kind of job exactly you are looking for? Check out our earlier post: Savvy Seniors: Explore Options
Ready to start looking? Join us for this special Seniors Workshop:
Savvy Seniors Workshop: Identify Opportunities
Wednesday, February 6th, 4:15pm L&L E-166
Tags: advice, Career, career path, events, Experience, how to, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, social media, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, social media
Posted on January 9, 2013 with No Comments
Here’s a little inspiration from Story People
“off on another adventure of a lifetime & hoping he won’t forget halfway through this time”
Set your compass, raise the sails, and keep on breathing! Here are a few things to pack for the upcoming adventure called Life! After college!
Curiosity: Be curious each day about the next step, the next conversation, the next connection to make.
Compassion: Getting a job and life you want takes time! Be gentle with yourself in times of change, while you keep leaning into the wind.
Commitment: There are no firm deadlines & assignments to meet in life, no one checking in over your shoulder. You are steering the ship, so keep an eye focused forward and set your own search schedule.
Humor: Laugh often. Abandon all Eeyore tendencies when thinking “I gotta get a job….” Keeping positive is key, so take time each day to see the humor in things - watch a comedy re-run, take a laughter yoga class, or make a belly-laugh chain with friends.
Tags: advice, Career, career path, inspiration, job search, photos, quotes, Savvy Seniors, tips, work-life balance
Category: Career Exploration, Uncategorized
Posted on November 15, 2012 with No Comments
Trisha Hlastawa, ’12, graduated with a degree in Community Entrepreneurship and Public Communication. She currently works at Healthy Living in South Burlington as a Customer Service Supervisor and Community Outreach team member.
What role has networking played in your career exploration and job search?
Networking has played a key role. I found out about a job at Healthy Living from a Career Counselor who knew my interests. I got the job and have worked in many different positions at the store since. Previous to this position, I used networking as a way to find jobs as needed.
Networking can be a bit intimidating to some, what’s been your experience?
I have found networking to be intimidating when I don’t know anything about the person I am interacting with. The key thing is to find something to talk about that is familiar to the person and myself and that we can both relate to. Once a conversation is sparked, it can lead in many different directions. Overall, networking has been rewarding to me. As many people say, it is a small world. The more people I meet, I find people who know people I know and vice versa. We are all ultimately connected in some way.
How do you recommend students get started with networking?
I recommend students start networking with people they know. Express interest in meeting new people to your relatives or friends; this can spark their interest in helping you to make more connections. It’s also really important to put yourself out there and get involved in on-campus activities or part-time jobs. Sometimes you just have to take chances and see what happens. Establishing relationships with people who know what you are interested in and want to see you succeed can make a big difference when you are looking for a job.
For more information on Networking see the Career Services website.
Also, don’t miss this great workshop!
Savvy Seniors: Networking Workshop Wed. Nov 28th, 4:15pm, L&L E-166
Tags: advice, alumni, burlington, Career, career path, Employers, etiquette, events, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, tips
Category: Dress to Impress, Event, Helpful Resources, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on November 1, 2012 with No Comments
It’s commonly said that we’re separated, at most, by six degrees of separation from any other person. In their recent book, the start-up of YOU, Reid Hoffman (cofounder and chairman of LinkedIn) and Ben Casnocha discuss the 1967 study that this oft repeated phrase is based on. They also note how it might show up in daily life: “The clerk at the local hardware store once hiked through Yosemite with your brother-in-law. Your new girlfriend is in the same bowling league as your boss…It’s fun to make these unexpected connections.”
These connections, however, they argue, are more than fun and interesting, they are gateways to new information and potential opportunities. Hoffman and Casnocha discuss the importance of having both strong and weak ties in our networks. The strong ties are built on trust and well developed mutual interest and similarities, while the weaker ties can “serve as bridges to other worlds.”
Most students and alumni realize after some reflection, that they do know someone who may be a good potential contact in their career exploration and job search. Quite often the person they think of is one of those weaker ties, or 2nd degree contacts, for example the uncle of a friend. All students, however, can tap into the power of the extended UVM alumni network through LinkedIn. As Hoffman and Casnocha write, “Online social networks are converting the abstract idea of worldwide interconnectedness into something tangible and searchable. Out of an estimated one billion professionals in the world, well over 10 million of them are on LinkedIn.”
If you’re not LinkedIn, it’s time. If you are already on it, chances are you could be using it more effectively.
To get started:
Tags: advice, Career, career connection, career path, events, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, online identity, photos, quotes, Savvy Seniors, search, social media, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, online identity, social media