As many summer jobs and internships are coming to an end it’s time to start thinking about getting a letter of recommendation. These can be a great assessment of your qualities, capabilities and performance. While there is no set format for a letter of recommendation, it gives someone the opportunity to vouch for your skills and experience. These letters come in handy for a variety of reasons, such as applying for scholarships or a job/internship. Be strategic about who you ask to write your recommendation letter. Choose someone you know with a great professional reputation, and can speak specifically from working first hand with you. Talk about what kind of position you are looking for, and make sure to give them the necessary background and points they should be including. Make sure to keep the person writing your letter updated about your job search. This allows them to make your letter targeted and focused.
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Our Ask Our Recruiters series is back with another great question. Don’t forget you can leave your questions in our comment section below, thanks!
I have been out of school for about 10 years, on my resume should I include each job I’ve had since graduating? Will it look like I didn’t work if I don’t put some of my entry level jobs I had right after school?
This is a great question I am sure everyone at your level has had at one point or another. While each resume is unique to the individual, it is my standard policy to include all work experience on a resume. This way, your entire professional career progression- from entry level out of college until present day- is represented.
Speak to your recruiter (or call us!) and allow him/her to review your resume and see if any edits can be made. Perhaps a “Freelance” section would be best for the temporary roles you had while job searching, maybe more detailed bullets in your current position will help highlight your desired career direction, or maybe you can create a separate section for those positions that are a separate industry (ie “Retail positions”). Be prepared to discuss any gaps in employment and any shorter stints at positions.
Being full disclosure on all of your employment on your resume leaves nothing up to chance and no question marks to the viewer. Then, it is up to you and your recruiter to create the flow in your resume which will lead you in the direction of the position you are applying for.
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Each and every day, recruiters are exposed to hundreds of both amazing as well as disappointing job seekers. Out of all the resumes, it is important to find a way to separate yourself from the others. In order to stand out to your recruiter, we recommend following these guidelines to increase your chances of getting hired.
First, be enthusiastic. If you are contacted by a recruiter, be excited! Whether it’s a call about your dream job, or to just make money during the holidays, show eagerness. Recruiters are always excited to bring individuals with high energy and motivation onto new teams, so show them you are just as thrilled to fill the position.
Once you are told about a job opportunity, take the time to research the company and position. This will make your interview much easier and will also show how passionate you are about the job. The more you know about a company, the more you will be able to relate yourself and your experiences to the specific role.
Be specific. Resumes that are specific and well-formatted are the ones that will catch a recruiter’s eye. You can also attract a recruiter’s attention by keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date and making sure your most recent resume is posted on various job boards. Manage your social presence so a hiring manager or recruiter can see if you are a good fit for a position.
Don’t forget to keep in touch. Recruiters may not always have the perfect job opening for you, but this doesn’t mean to cut off contact. You never know when a position will open up and you want your recruiter to think of you when a job comes in that fits your skills.
For other tips, read our previous blog post about working with recruiters here!
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“It’s all about who you know.” We all recognize how true this statement is. Building business relationships can play a critical role in your success, however it’s not easy. Strong relationships need trust and consistency, requiring a lot of time and effort. When you’re looking to build valued business connections, remember these tips:
Be helpful. Make sure you offer mutual benefits. Provide advice or feedback, and share information such as events or research to others. Promote your contact by discussing their work and sharing it with others. Send people updates about what you’re doing and learning and ask your network to do the same. This will allow you to determine who could lead to a connection in a specific field. Be proactive when you may find things that will interest your contacts. Use your knowledge of your relationships to share relevant information and show that you are there to help.
Finally don’t forget to stay in touch. Meeting for coffee, attending an event, or communicating via email will keep you on someone’s radar. Don’t let too much time lapse in between communication; you may lose your connection.
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In a tough job market, hiring managers’ attention span for reading resumes gets smaller and smaller. Typically, an employer spends all of about 10 seconds looking at any resume. To make this time count, you need to make sure you create a concise, attention grabbing profile.
So where is their attention going first? The top. The first third of your resume is where they will spend the most time reading. If there is too much text, and doesn’t cater to the position they are trying to fill, you’re sure to lose their interest.
The top third portion of your resume should include the most noteworthy details about yourself and your career. Tell them why you’re most qualified for the job, by showing your career highlights. Make sure you include the exact position you are applying for, and if you are currently employed explain why it relates to the position you are applying for. Don’t fill your career summary with generic statements that don’t speak directly about who you are. Think of it as your sales pitch. Sell yourself as the hardworking, qualified candidate you are!
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An interviewer will start off with this statement for several reasons. The main reason they may ask this is to find out what you feel is important about yourself. The most important thing to do is highlight your achievements, and emphasize what you can do on the job. Don’t talk about where you’re from or what you do on the weekends. List your strengths or skills, and tell them about your past experiences and proven success. Keep your answer short, but make it count. Conclude with a statement about your current situation and explain what you are currently looking for in a company. And remember, practice! Even if you are not asked this question, your preparation will help you focus on what you should mention in other aspects of your interview.
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It can be difficult to focus on your job-searching while the weather is warm, and applications get in the way of beach days and barbeques. However if you can get past these summer distractions, this is a great time to boost your job search. While your competition is lying by the pool, take advantage of this opportunity to accelerate your search efforts. Set goals on a weekly basis to keep your job hunt on track. During your free time, improve your work skills with a new book. Read up on things that will fill in any knowledge gaps in the workplace. While you are at those fun barbeques or baseball games, use this as an opportunity to network. Adjust your elevator pitch to suit your audience and situation, and you could land some pretty significant contacts. Lastly, don’t forget to mobilize your job search! If you know you won’t be home as often as usual, download apps to help you manage your network and access your resume. You never know when an offer will come up, and it’s always best to be prepared.
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Have you felt like you are at a standstill in your career, and wonder how to rise up the corporate ladder? We have some helpful strategies on how to finally win that big promotion.
- Pursue new skills. Show your employer that you are marketable for more responsibility by volunteering to take on more projects or assignments. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but show that you are willing to expand your knowledge.
- Separate yourself. While it may be comforting to complain and gossip at work, don’t do it. To get ahead, you must differentiate yourself from your competitors. Focus on networking with key influencers of your career success. Network with upper leadership and don’t be afraid to use common interests for future conversation.
- Keep track of your work. When it’s time to discuss a possible promotion, you will be able to prove your tasks and accomplishments.
- Be yourself! Focus on producing great work, and commit to yourself and your goals.
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As a recent grad, you’ll be going on interviews for your first “real job” soon. While you may be prepared, we have a few questions that you should ask during your interview.
1. What is a typical day for someone who holds this position? It’s important to know what your daily tasks will consist of. This will help you decide whether this position is right for you.
2. What type of management style would I be working under? Before you go into the interview, recognize which office environment you see yourself being the most successful.
3. What are the biggest challenges of this job? Make sure you are prepared for any upcoming challenges. You do not want to accept a job you are not capable of doing.
4. How did you become successful with this company? This is where you can get firsthand advice on how to be successful with this individual company. Asking the interviewer about their career path will give insight as to how your future could look with the company.
5. Where do you see the future of this company? Determine if your future goals align with the company’s future goals. Asking this question will also allow you to see how much of a future you have with the company.
We hope you find these helpful and good luck in your post-college job search!
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Do you love to travel? Does the thought of sitting at a desk for work make you cringe? Fortunately, many job opportunities require frequent travel, and one of them might be right for you! Don’t just rely on your vacation or retirement days to see the world. Check out these jobs that allow you to travel while you work.
1) English teacher- There is always a demand for English teachers in non-English speaking countries. The good news is that you don’t have to earn an entire Bachelor’s Degree in order to teach overseas. Many of these jobs only require a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. You don’t have to know the native language in order to teach there and you can teach children or adults.
2) Tour Guide- There are always open opportunities for knowledgeable and friendly tour guides to help fulfill both their own and others’ desire for adventurous journeys. In order to be a successful tour guide, you need to know your city (if not several) inside and out and also communicate well with people. It definitely helps to speak another language, but it is not required!
3) Traveling Nurse- With a recent shortage of nurses, this can work to your advantage if you’re qualified and capable. This opportunity allows you to travel from one hospital to another, caring for people in many different cities. Since you’d be working for a company, a big plus is that you will be provided with accommodations such as a furnished home and travel stipends.
4) Event Coordinator- Being in charge of coordinating large scale events such as trade shows could be a wonderful opportunity for a travel lover. You can meet with vendors from across the country, and travel to different locations to manage everything from event setup to clean up.
5) Consultant- Many companies hire consultants to handle specific problems. Since their knowledge is specialized, their client base is usually spread all over the country (or world). Frequent on site visits will allow any traveler to get their fix.
6) Fashion Designer- What could be better than expressing your creativity at work and being able to travel? Fashion designers who work abroad have the opportunity to not only meet and work with talented people from around the world, but can also introduce new designs in different places.
Did you know that we are currently looking for fashion designers to work with one of our clients, a fast fashion brand from Turkey? If you are interested in a great opportunity to work in Turkey for up to a year, contact us at email@example.com. There are so many perks of working with a recruiter, including negotiating visas, covering travel expenses, etc. Give it a shot, we look forward to hearing from you!
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