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!



Don't worry if you're not a pro at interviewing- few people are! That's why we're here to help. Our expert recruiters will make sure you're properly prepared to have your best interview. Find the closest location to you here.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Elevator Pitch 101



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Friday, June 17, 2016

What NOT to say to a hiring manager



It’s interview day, and needless to say you are nervous. You need to appear calm, cool and collected; did I mention confident as well? Your resume got you in the door, and now your personality, communication skills, and overall professionalism will solidify your chances. You’re prepared to answer all types of interview questions, but there are some things you should keep to yourself. Here are 6 things you should never to a hiring manager:

I’m sorry I’m so late

This is no way to start an interview. Arriving late is a huge mistake, and a hiring manager does not want to hear your excuses or apologies. Things happen, but your time management skills will be questioned due to your tardiness.

Solution:  
Plan ahead! You must factor in traffic delays, accidents, and slow public transportation. Do a trial run of the commute if you’re unfamiliar with the area so you won’t get lost. Remember, it’s always better to arrive early versus late. Please note though, you don’t want to show up more than 15 minutes early or else your interviewer will feel rushed to meet you. Walk around or grab a coffee until it’s an appropriate time to check in with the receptionist.


What exactly does your company do?

Never ask this in an interview! It shows that you didn’t care enough about the position (or the company) to do your research beforehand. If you couldn’t make an effort to find this information out on your own, then what kind of an employee will you be? Will you cover your bases when working with a client? Or will you constantly be cutting corners?

Solution:  
Do some initial background research on the company before you step into the interview. Once you illustrate that you have an understanding of the company, you can ask, “What current projects is your company working on?” or “Out of the past projects you’ve worked on, what was one of your favorites?” These questions will delve into the specifics that you wouldn’t find online.


My last company was the worst

Even if your last company was horrible, you cannot badmouth them during an interview. Not only is it disrespectful, but also it’s extremely unprofessional. Doing so will only make the hiring manager question if you’re difficult to work with.

Solution:  
When discussing your previous employer, make sure to keep things in a positive light. When asked why you are leaving, simply discuss your reasons (corporate culture, lack of growth opportunities, etc.) with a non-hostile tone. You want to be honest while remaining professional.


I’m keeping my options open

This essentially means that you don’t know what you want. You’re hoping that the hiring manager helps persuade you into wanting this job, when in reality you’re the one who needs to convince them that you are the best fit. You also don’t want to give the impression that you’re interviewing for a lot of different jobs and that this position isn’t a priority.

Solution:
Even if you are unsure about the position, you want to portray yourself as 100% committed. Speak about how your skills align perfectly for this opportunity and show enthusiasm about the position and the company. Don’t lose your chance because the interviewer perceives a lack of interest for the job.


What are the hours?

Although you may be genuinely curious, asking this can bring your work ethic into question. What you’re really saying is, “How short is the work day and is overtime common?” The hiring manager could take this as you being unmotivated and lazy when it comes to your work.

Solution:
Try asking, “What does a typical work day look like?” This will give you a deeper understanding of the tasks you’ll be doing on a daily basis and what your workload will look like. In addition, the hiring manager is bound to discuss how many hours a typical workweek is.


I don’t have any questions

If you want to leave a lasting impression, make sure it’s a positive one. Hiring managers reserve the second half of the interview to answer your questions, so if you fail to do this then the hiring manager will think you’re not interested in the position. When they think you’ve written the company off, then they will write you off as well.

Solution:
Have at least three questions prepared before you get to the interview. Remember, this is your last chance to make a good impression! By asking unique and thought provoking questions, you stand out as a top candidate and maximize your chances of getting the position.


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