When you have been presented with a job offer and are ready to give notice there can be a right and a wrong way to handle it. Depending on why you are leaving, there could be a temptation to not give notice or unload any frustrations on your boss. This is never a good idea. Even though you are leaving it doesn’t mean your paths won’t cross in the future. In a time when building your network is so important, leaving in a negative way you can risk damage to your work reputation and future references.
The first step is to tell your boss about the job offer. No matter how much you trust your co-workers to keep a secret, you don’t want the news of you leaving get to your boss before you tell them yourself. Your contract or company handbook may say how much notice you need to give. If it doesn’t, two weeks is the standard but the more lead time you can give a company the more they will appreciate it. Leaving without much notice causes the burden of covering your work to be passed on to your co-workers.
Keep the conversation concise and positive. You don’t have to get into the specifics of your new job just thank your boss for the opportunity, if they ask why you are leaving give a simple reason. You could say something about the way the new job aligns better with your career goals, again, keep it simple! After you have informed them you should write a formal resignation letter. Keep it brief and professional and stick to the facts. There is no need for explanations for your departure, simply state that you are leaving and when your last day will be, and thank them for your experience at the company.
After giving notice and informing your coworkers we are in full support of you going out and celebrating your new job, congratulations!
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Virtual Interviewing, like the use of Skype, is becoming more and more common, even in our offices. It can be a great way for us to conduct first round interviews more efficient and it helps cut down on travel costs for our candidates. If you haven’t had a virtual interview it could be a little intimidating, but to make things easier we are going to share the advice we give to our candidates. Hopefully you find this helpful:
Your set up is important. Make sure the area you are planning to do the interview is lighted appropriately and doesn’t cast shadows on your face. The interviewer wants to see you, not your room, so set yourself up so that the video will show you from the shoulder up. You should do a test run with a friend or recruiter so you know everything looks great.
Still dress to impress. Wear the same type of clothing you would for an in-person interview, it shows you are taking it seriously as well as helping you get into the mindset of an interview. Dress professionally from head to toe. One of our recruiter’s favorite piece of advice is: dress in light colors against a darker background or dark colors against a light background.
Make eye contact. Eye contact is so important in an in-person interview, and it is equally important in a virtual interview. You should look at the webcam as you would be looking at your interviewer. It can be hard, but try and resist looking at yourself on the screen, look straight ahead and be confident.
As always reach out to your recruiter if you have other questions. We found this amazing info graph from PGI and we wanted to share it with you, it has more great tips for you.
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We hope you have found our previous posts about the importance of networking helpful and informative. Now we are going to show you how to make the most of a networking event without it being intimidating. If you have the right plan, you can quickly build connections as well as your reputation.
There are different types of people that you meet at a networking event – but for job seekers, you are looking for people who represent interesting companies or industries you would like to be associated with. By knowing what type of people you want to meet you can target your prep work towards interacting with them.
Networking is not a one-time event, it’s a process. We have found that when you have a specific goal for an event, your results are better! Set a goal of how many new people you want to meet. This can keep you from staying comfortable with people you already know. This being said, you do not want to neglect older relationships either. Is there someone at the event who you have been talking to or emailing with but nothing has worked out yet? Spend some time catching up with them as well and see if their needs have changed. Be sure to divide up your time evenly between meeting new people and catching up with established relationships.
One of our best insider tips is when you meet someone you would like to maintain contact with, make sure you get their business card and write notes about your conversation on the back. This way, when you take home a stack of cards and look at them the next day, you’ll know what you talked about.
One of the biggest networking mistakes we see is that people fail to follow up with the people they have met. You should go through the cards you collected and send an email or reach out on LinkedIn to the people you would like keep in contact with. When you’re reaching out to connect on LinkedIn, personalize your invitation a bit. Mention the event or something you spoke about, reference the notes you made on the back of their business card.
Remember, the best time to build your network is before you need it. If this is your first networking event think about taking a coworker with you, there can be strength in numbers! By the time you attended your third or fourth event you will be a pro and totally comfortable on your own.
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If you working with a recruiter for the first time or even if you are a seasoned vet you may not know what happens once you send us your resume. To clear up this mystery we are going to walk you through the process we take at PCG.
If you send us your resume by emailing us directly or if you apply to our openings on a job site your resume will enter our database. The database system we utilize helps us track and manage candidates and jobs all in one place. Another way we keep resumes organized is that they are assigned to a recruiter. By assigning resumes to recruiters it makes it easier on us and you. We know finding a job is personal, by working with one specific person you can form a relationship and discuss your ambitions and career objectives.
One concern we hear a lot is that candidates worry that their resume will get lost in the shuffle, which is not the case here. We have alerts set up so that when we have a job that matches up with your skill set our recruiters are notified. Once we have a job we know could be a great fit for you we will call and tell you about the position.
Now that you know what happens once you send your resume to us we hope that you will recommend us to your friends. Did you know if you recommend a friend and they are placed at a job you will get a gift card from us to say thanks? Contact us for more details.
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Even though many of us come from different working backgrounds and companies, we all know the value of company culture. If you think about it, you are spending over half your day at work so why not make it a place you enjoy being at!?!
What is company culture?
Some of the elements include management techniques, company values and mission, work ethic and daily work practices. Your company culture defines the way your organization interacts with one another. It is the foundation that guides the team, and motivates employees. It is also responsible for attracting great talent, as well as creating a fun, happy and exciting work environment.
Why it is important to the company?
When a company values their employees and the contributions they make to the business, the employees can have a move positive attitude towards the company. Employees with a positive attitude are more likely to be loyal to the organization, which can reduces employee turnover. Turnover can cause the company to increase costs for recruitment, hiring and training. With a great company culture a business can retain valuable employees and reduce human resources costs.
Why it is important to the employees?
Company culture should be considered when interviewing at a job. You could think of it this way: job responsibilities can change, priorities change, projects can change, but what stays the same is the company and the people they attract. Finding out what type of culture works best for you can help you focus on the type of companies you can be successful with. What is important to you? Company transparency, flex hours, a mentor or leadership program at work, free lunches, the ability to volunteer with your company…there are so many things that make up a company’s culture.
At PCG we are lucky! We have a great leader who has created a fun and rewarding place to come and work everyday. Please comment below with what you love about your company’s culture or what you would want a company to offer you. We want to know!
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After a brutal reminder from Mother Nature last week that it is still winter, the PCG team has started counting down the days until summer! Even though it is miserable outside, try not to let that effect the work you do inside the office. Here are some hints for shaking off the winter blues.
- Extra time. You may want to add a few extra minutes into your morning routine to allow for poor driving/walking conditions and traffic or train delays. It’s never wise to start a day off panicking because you are late due to digging your car out of the snow. It is worth giving yourself extra time so you don’t have to feel rushed.
- Move it. Sitting at your desk all day under the florescent lights can be bad for your mental health as well as your energy level. Try to get up and move around or step out of the office for lunch even if it’s just to walk around the block.
- Fresh food. It’s no secret that eating healthy can make you feel better, physically and mentally. It’s tempting to go for convenience but try and make food selections that increase your fruits and vegetables intake. This can also help with fighting off colds and other winter illnesses.
- Sleep counts. Getting a few hours of sleep then struggling to get to work in a snow storm is not a good combination. Sleep is so important to your ability to focus and have a productive work day. Stick to a sleep schedule, running on empty can make it easier for you to get sick.
This winter has been filled with bad weather and you may be feeling a little down and sluggish. With these helpful hints we hope you are able to have a sunny disposition as we cruise towards warmer months.
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