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Ask Our Recruiters: Thank You Notes



We received another question on our Facebook page, thanks Kim! Here is what she wanted to know:

Would you recommend writing a hand written thank you note or would an email work just fine?


Both! Sending a thank you the same day is a must. Clients want to see that candidates are excited! You can approach this in several ways. If you are going to send an email, make sure it is soon after the interview. A hand written note can be done in conjunction or in place of an email. Some people choose to drop off a note the same day as they interviewed which is great. If not, send the initial email for immediacy and put the hand written note in the mail!

We would like to make this a recurring series on our blog so leave your questions on any of our social media pages or in the comment section below! Thank you.

Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! Here are our ideas for you to try today and every day in your office.

Stop Printing Everything Out

It’s easy to print out your e-mails or copy a 40 page report for the whole office without considering the trees and the energy it uses. U.S. businesses still use about 22 million tons of paper each year but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here is one tip that we do at PCG: avoid using paper for circulating information. Instead, use e-mail to send and review reports, edit materials online and ask that information be sent to you electronically.

Turn Off the Lights

Working in Manhattan seeing a building with every floor lit up is a common occurrence. Leaving lights on all night and all weekend is a huge waste of energy and money. If your office is guilty of this talk to your manager and ask them to encourage everyone to turn off the lights when they leave at the end of the day.

Options Other Than Driving?

At our office we all use public transportation to get to work. Ask your company if they offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or subway. Another green idea is letting employees telecommute when it’s not essential that they be in the office. You can create a rotating schedule and share desks to cut back on the need for space.

Feeling inspired? Create a team in your office to lead the company’s eco-efforts and determine where you can have the biggest impact for the least amount of money.

Ask Our Recruiters: What Should I Wear?


We are starting a new series on the blog, Ask Our Recruiters! It’s a chance for you to write to us and ask questions you may have about the interview or job search process. You can leave your questions on any of our social media pages or just in the comment section below any of our blog posts! Thanks to Megan, who commented on our Facebook page, we have our first question:

What is the best thing to weato an interview if you don’t know if the company is casual or corporate?


If the company is in the fashion or creative industry, I suggest staying true to the culture/vibe of their brand – yet remaining professional and polished in appearance. For example, if you’re interviewing with a fun, creative company, a blazer and pencil skirt or dress pants probably wouldn’t be the best match for them. If you’re interviewing with a banking or financial firm, a blazer and pencil skirt could be perfect! It really depends greatly on the company and industry you’re interviewing in. Do your research to make the most informed decision!



Our Favorite Business Books

After a quick internet search you will find there isn’t a short supply of “The Best Business Books” lists out there. Why so many lists? Our theory is that great employees want to keep improving their skills and why not learn from some of the best. That made us wonder, what books do our recruiters love? So we did a survey in our office and here are our favorite business books:

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Why we love it: This isn’t about how YOU can succeed but how a company goes from good to great. After you read this you will look at your current company differently, trust us! Collins studies companies that are crushing their competition and what happened in their history that produced their amazing results.

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Why we love it: It’s not a traditional “business” book but it shows how a man was able to create a successful company without losing the values he holds dearest. This books shows how the company DNA is so strong they would rather go without making profit then give up on their passions.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Why we love it: If you don’t know Malcolm Gladwell, you should! Outliers is just one of his many best-selling books about human behavior. In this book he presents you with the logic and the common thread behind what makes people leaders of their industry and points out it’s not just about their IQ!

The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Why we love it: You will be a better employee after reading this! Some companies even make it mandatory reading for their staff. It will help you think about why you do things a certain way and what habits you currently have and if they are helping or hurting you.

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Why we love it: It’s an easy book to get into and it’s really helpful in getting you to think about what your strengths are and the complementary strengths to look for in others to offset your weaker areas. If you work in a team environment this is a must read!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are there any you would recommend? We hope this has inspired to visit your local bookstore or library and pick one up!

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Dealing with Rejection

Unfortunately, most of us have been rejected when searching for a new job. In a competitive marketplace it is hard to avoid rejection so here are our best tips for handling it and how you can bounce back quickly:

  1. Depending on how far you were into the interview processes, losing out to another candidate can be devastating. We let our minds wonder and envision what the new position would be like and how great life could be with the company. Take a moment to be sad or disappointed; there is no harm in that, as long as you get back out there.
  2. Try and figure out what could have gone wrong. Did you say something wrong in the interview and then couldn’t get back on track? What happens when you have no clue what went wrong? Ask your recruiter, they will get feedback from the company and look to them for suggestions on how to handle the situation differently. This is a great opportunity to learn, grow and improve for next time.
  3. Start searching for other opportunities. Work with your recruiter to put together a list of other companies or jobs that you would be open to. Our inside tip is: don’t limit yourself to one specific type of job. Talk to your recruiter about what you are looking for in a job and they can suggest things you may not have even thought of on your own.  Be open to what they have to say, they want to see you succeed!

Once you have successfully secured your new position, look back at this time and recognize that it’s the hard times that allowed you to be in the position you are in now. Difficult times can build character and make you appreciate when success finally arrives. Enjoy it!

Social Media and Your Job Search


Have you ever googled yourself? Would you be comfortable with a potential supervisor seeing your social media pages? If not, you may have some cleaning up to do! CareerBuilder conducted a survey last year and asked 2,300 hiring managers if they look into candidate’s social media pages during their hiring process. They found that 37% of them did! When asked why they look, 65% said to see if the candidate presents themselves in a professional manner and if they would be a good fit for their company culture.

Many of the hiring managers who viewed social media profiles said they have found content that caused them not to hire the candidate. Some say it was due to inappropriate photos or evidence of drinking and/or drug use on the candidate’s profile page. Another reason was because of the candidate’s poor communication skills or they made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, or religion.

The good news is that hiring managers aren’t screening your social media profiles to looking for only the negative; they are also looking for information to give you that extra boost you may need. Many hiring managers say when they find something positive on a profile it motivates them to offer the candidate a job. In some cases it was that the employer could get a good feel for the candidate’s personality or they conveyed themselves in a professional manner. Social media can be a tricky thing to balance, you may think it’s just a way to keep in touch with friends or post photos but you never can tell who is looking at your page.  You have the ability to control the impression given off, we suggest you take the time and make sure it’s something your proud of!

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