Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to Basics: do’s and don’ts of social media

Do you use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Are you part of generation X, Y or Z? If so, then you might have all three! Now the question is, how do you represent yourself on those platforms? Your online presence contributes to your personal brand, and hiring managers will check your social media before they even speak to you. Whether or not you get the job could all be contingent on what they see, so consider these tips when applying for jobs:

Do: Be Mindful of What You Post
Ask yourself, “Would I be okay with my grandmother seeing this?” If you answered no, then you probably don’t want a potential manager seeing it either. Once something is posted on the Internet, it’s there forever- even if you delete it. The same idea applies if you’re trying to delete an account all together. There is always a grace period to “reactivate” your account. In other words, your content is never truly gone.

Don’t: Post Negative Things About Work
This is an unwritten rule. If you’ve done it in the past, then what’s stopping you from doing it again? Not only does it reflect badly on you, but it also reflects badly on the company. And no company wants to be associated with such an employee.

If you have a work issue, then you need to take it up with the proper channels within the company or through HR. If it’s just a case of stress, talking to a friend is always a better choice than resorting to a social media rant.

Do: Keep it Current
When applying to a job, make sure to update your social media profiles, especially your LinkedIn! Is your work history up to date? Do you have a current photo on your profile? Is everything filled out correctly? If you don’t take the time to complete your profile, then what does that say about you? A recruiter or hiring manager might think that you can’t get a job done, that you’re unmotivated or that you simply don’t care. This is not the first impression you want to make. After all, they are the ones who decide whether or not you get the job.

Don’t: Get Too Political
If you see a great article or hear a great speech that you want to share, then by all means post it! But, if you are incessantly sharing and posting about your political opinions, then others might be put off. Just as you would be careful to discuss politics in the work place, you should be careful on social media as well. If a potential manager sees how passionate you are about certain things, they may question how well you’d fit in at their company.

Social media has many benefits: learning the inner workings of a company, discovering breaking news, communicating with distant friends and family, etc. However, social media can also cause a lot of harm. Simply remember these tips, be mindful of what you post, and stick to the basics!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Close the Interview Well

Article originally posted on SharpHeels

Acing an interview isn’t about being the most qualified candidate or just answering all the questions perfectly. While those two factors are certainly important and help you stand out, your chances of being extended the job offer drastically decrease if you forget one crucial thing: properly closing the interview.

This goes beyond thanking an interviewer for their time or sending a thank-you note (both which are still necessary steps). But the vital part? You need to make sure there are no hesitations that you’re the right person for the job. It’s your final opportunity to stand out from your competition, and negate any last qualms an interviewer might have about you.

Here are some pointers to accomplish those two tasks:

Think of the hiring manager as a potential client. You already know that, throughout the interview, you need to sell yourself and prove why your skills match their needs. To help solidify this, before you leave at the end, ask about any hesitations they might have about hiring you for the position. Ideally there won’t be any, but if so, this gives you the chance to address their concerns.

If there are any, try to use specific metrics like numbers, percentages, dollar amounts, or time frames that apply to the responsibilities and challenges of the job. (You may want to do some research ahead of time to have these handy.) Hiring managers love quantifiable results since it shows that you can perform the job with some degree of real-world knowledge.

Even if you’re indifferent about the position, don’t let it show. For example: A candidate went to an interview for a position she wasn’t completely convinced was a good fit, but afterwards was very excited about it. However, even though she was the top candidate for the role, she didn’t receive an offer. Why? Her initial uncertainty about the opportunity was apparent to the first two people with whom she interviewed, and the hiring manager didn’t think she truly wanted the job.

Don’t make that same mistake! Always show excitement for the opportunity, or you could miss your chance at being hired. The easiest way to do this: tell them you’re interested!

Have some questions to ask in the last half of the interview. You need to come prepared! Not doing so can be perceived as lack of interest. If you anticipate meeting with multiple people, bring even more questions than usual. Repeating some questions with different interviewers is fine, since you’ll get different perspectives, but it’s better to err on the safe side and over-prepare.

This is also the time to inquire about certain facets of the position to ensure the position is the right fit for you – i.e. you need to decide what factors are most important to you at a job. (The interviewer, from experience, will know that you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you.)

Sample questions to ask:

  • What qualities have helped someone be successful in this role?
  • What do you see as being the greatest challenges?
  • Who will I interact with on a regular basis? Who do I report to?
  • How often does the staff meet?
  • What are the professional backgrounds of other members in the group?
  • What characteristics of the organization make it better than the competition?
  • What do you like best about this company? 

Topics to avoid:

  • Work-life balance: Everyone wants it, but an interview isn’t the right time to ask about it. Instead, ask what the regular working hours are, or if there are particular busy times for the department/company.
  • Salary, Benefits, and PTO: If the interviewer brings these topics up, that’s great, but you should never be the one to start that conversation. These items can be discussed once an offer is made.
  • Career Progression: It’s good to know how your career can grow within the organization, but be careful how you phrase the question. Don’t ask how long it will take for you to become a manager, but instead ask how others in this role have advanced. This also gives you an idea why the role is vacant without blatantly asking (another question you should avoid).

Don’t feel that you have to say yes if you’re offered the job on the spot. While that’s very exciting, accept the offer only if you’re ready. If you are, then congratulations! If you’re not absolutely sure, you can tell the hiring manager that you’re very interested in the position, but you need to discuss it with your significant other, or that you need a day to think about it. They shouldn’t pressure you to make a choice immediately — that’s a red flag. However, neither should you take a week to get back to them; they might start to think you don’t really want the job.

On the flip side of this, don’t be discouraged if it’s not offered to you right then. They might have more interviews scheduled or need to speak with your potential manager first before making a decision. It’s more common for that to happen than on-the-spot offers.

You need to know the next steps in the hiring process, and all you have to do is ask! This way, you can find out if more interviews will take place, the target hire and start date, and if you should prepare reference or work samples. This takes out the guesswork for what you can expect, and it also gives you a timeline for further follow-up.

In addition to thanking the interviewer for their time, you need to send a thank-you note within 24 hours. It seems easy enough, but it’s surprising how many candidates don’t write a sincere thank-you email after an interview. It’s one more opportunity to state your interest for the position and remind the interviewer why you would be a great fit, so it’s foolish to not take advantage of that. Make sure you personalize it for each person you met with, and always have someone proofread before you send! There’s nothing worse than receiving a thank-you note filled with spelling and grammatical errors. And I even once had someone send me a thank-you note after an interview with my name spelled wrong!  Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed.

The Crucial Closing Stages of the Interviewing Process
It’s not always fair, but the best jobs may not necessarily go to someone with the best qualifications, but rather with the best interviewing skills. This is less lopsided than it appears, because having those skills indicates your degree of emotional intelligence, which is seen as an increasingly important component of any successful employee.

Thus, closing an interview properly is not a step to be overlooked. Make sure the hiring manager walks away from the interview confident that you’re the right person for the role – and keep that feeling going for the next few days, until the job offer is absolutely nailed down!

Read the original article posted on SharpHeels.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Tips for the perfect thank you note

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Handling rejection like a pro

It’s the call you’ve been anxiously awaiting, but unfortunately it’s not the outcome you had hoped for: you didn’t get the job. You might feel defeated or even a bit lost, but remember that this can happen to the best of us. Rejection is an unavoidable part of the job search process, but it’s something you can learn from. Our recruiters have shared their expert advice on handling job search rejection like a pro.

Be Professional

You shouldn’t take things personally. Nicole Hicks, Staffing Manager of CFS Seattle, reminds us that the company is not rejecting you as a person. Your skills simply don’t match up with what the company needs right now, but not necessarily what they’ll need down the road. This is why it’s crucial to always thank your interviewer and maintain a professional relationship. You never know what opportunities may arise in the future.

Stay Positive

It may be cliché but it still remains true. There is a reason we end up where we do and it’s important to remember that. Ron Ramey, Executive Recruiter of CFS Columbus, explains that more often than not it will come down to two people, and in the end one person simply has a little more experience than the other. In this scenario, Ramey says it’s important to focus on the positives takeaways from the interview process. What did you do well? How did you present yourself? Were your answers relevant and concise? Utilize this experience to your advantage and form a game plan for your next interview. You don’t want to overthink a job that “wasn’t meant to be”.

Ask for Feedback

Self-evaluation is the first step to improvement, but honest feedback from someone else is especially helpful! If you have the opportunity to ask your interviewer for feedback, then you should take it. Not only will you gain an outsiders perspective, but it will make you a stronger candidate in the future. You can utilize their response of why you were rejected and put it to good use.

Don’t Dwell on It

You won’t be able to move on if you constantly think about it. In addition, you don’t want to speak about any of your past rejections in an interview and give a prospective employer reason to think you’re not a desirable candidate. As Hicks says, when you go on a first date it’s not common practice to speak about an ex, and the same idea applies for a job interview.

Always remember that the interview process will be filled with trial and error. It takes time to find the perfect job. That’s why it’s called a job hunt! In order to succeed you need to get yourself out there and not be afraid of rejection- the right job for you will come along.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

5 quick fixes to reboot your resume

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Monday: It’s a mindset

It’s Sunday evening and nothing can prevent the inevitable- tomorrow marks the beginning of another workweek. We are all too familiar with what comes next; it’s as if panic ensues at the mere thought of another Monday. Why is that? How can one day have such a negative effect on us?

As you consider everything you hate about Mondays, have you ever thought that you could be the problem? Mondays should resemble a fresh start, but that’s only possible if you have the right mindset. We spoke to some of our expert recruiters about how they tackle the Monday blues:

Executive Recruiter - Houston
Some people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Similarly, I believe that Monday is the most important day of the week. Some tips that will help get you into a positive mindset are:
  • Wake up early and have a healthy breakfast (most important meal on the most important day!).
  • Listen to a song that gets you pumped up and excited for the day.
  • Get to work early with plenty of time to organize and plan for the week.
  • SMILE! It helps create a positive working environment.
Branch Manager - San Antonio
There is no perfect way to approach a Monday, but I have a few basic routines that work for me. One thing I like to do is keep a list of 2-3 success stories from the previous week. Whether it was landing a new deal or mastering a new skill, I re-read them on Sunday night before I go to bed. I look the list over again when I wake up on Monday and doing so gets me excited and focused on my sales/management plan for the week ahead. 
Another thing I like to do is work out on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and go to bed early on Sunday. After a few consecutive workouts, I am left feeling more energetic and ready to tackle any task that comes my way. Plus, a good night of rest is the perfect thing to start your week off the right way. 
Lastly, I watch funny or inspirational things while I drink my morning coffee. It’s also good to have a motivational playlist with various songs and podcasts for your daily commute. Motivation Monday really makes a difference!

Executive Recruiter - Pittsburgh
I think hitting the ground running on Monday morning is crucial. My usual plan is to come into the office on Monday ready to rock and roll, which is why I tackle my toughest calls first. Not only do I feel accomplished afterwards but doing so sets a great tone to the week. If you have a solid and productive Monday then the rest of your week will follow.

The Monday phenomenon should not be associated with dread or panic, but instead with excitement and positivity. Use these tips to establish a positive outlook when Monday rolls around. The workweek will not only start off on a happier note but you will no longer experience a “case of the Mondays”.

How do you overcome the Monday blues? We'd love to hear your tips in the comments below!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 things to remember for an interview

Written by: Diane Delgado LeMaire, Senior Managing Director & Branch Manager, CFS Houston

1. Plan Ahead
Yes, it can be a hassle, but take the time to drive by the location the day before your interview. You’ll feel much more relaxed when navigating to the location. The last thing you need on the day of the interview is to get lost and arrive stressed out. This does not set a good tone for the day!

2. Arrive Early
Arrive at the building 20 to 30 minutes early to review your notes, but do not go in until 5 to 10 minutes before the interview (depending on building security). You don’t want to throw the interviewer off. They have a schedule too and they may be taking that time to prepare for you.

3. Calm Your Nerves
Wash your hands with cold water before you walk into the interview, especially if tend to have sweaty palms. Don’t forget to give yourself a little pep talk and walk in with confidence!

4. Turn Off Your Phone
Do not play on your cell phone! No exceptions. It does not make a good impression to be playing candy crush on your phone when the hiring manager walks out to come greet you. Turn your phone completely off or consider leaving it in your car so there’s no distraction.

5. Greet the Receptionist
Be friendly to the receptionist. Believe it or not, this person could hinder your ability to get the job! They will be the first person to speak up if you are rude.

6. Have Good Posture
Sit up tall and confident and smile at the people walking by. You will be making a great first impression with several people without formally meeting them! 

7. Double Check
One last time, make sure your phone is off! Yes, completely off. I know you didn’t leave it in the car. You do not want to risk the phone ringing or even vibrating in the interview. The world will not come to an end if you cannot be reached for an hour.

8. Bring a Portfolio
Have your portfolio with your resume, notes, and prepared questions organized and ready to go. Make sure the portfolio is appropriate for a professional interview!

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