Happy Monday! To continue on our recruiting season tone, today we’re here to offer you some things to consider if you’re debating accepting a return offer from your first internship experience. Especially this year, as we move to online recruiting experiences, you may be feeling an extra inclination to return to a company that’s already provided you learning experiences and some semblance of comfort. If this sounds like your current situation, keep reading below…

Benefits of Returning . . .

  1. Sense of Role-ownership: One great aspect of returning to the same company you’ve worked at before is the relationships you’ve already built. Utilizing those connections, especially with hiring managers or internal recruiters, may allow you to gain freedom in choosing which role you pursue in your second year. Whether this means transitioning to another team, project, or an entirely new subset of a company, taking advantage of internal resources will prove highly valuable.
  2. New Mentors: Another way to make use of your experience is by beginning to envision the type of mentor, or mentors you can pursue upon your return. Building additional connections to expand your internal network is a great way to continue to gauge your own career interests and desires.
  3. Even Larger Network: While you have likely already begun building a network within the company you worked for, returning will allow you to build an even larger number of connections by surrounding yourself with employees of all different backgrounds, job functions, and teams. While this is especially useful for interns or graduates returning to larger companies that offer a greater and larger variety of employees, deepening connections will always prove useful. You never know if the connection you built may find themselves in a leadership role and in need of a new employee on their team. Better yet, mentors often transition into higher roles where they may then recommend you to take their previous spot!
  4. Job Security: If the company you’re considering also offers full-time roles to those interns eligible, accepting a second position with the company may help you get right in line for a full-time offer. Having job security in your final year of college is an immense reward and great payoff for all of your hard work, and is definitely a component worth special consideration.

Now that you’ve seen some leading factors in the benefits of returning to a company for a second-year internship, we’ll introduce you to a few reasons that may lead you to decide to explore elsewhere. While we don’t have the right answer for you, we’re hoping that you can lead feeling educated, well-versed, and with multiple different perspectives!

Check out what to look for before accepting a position here!

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Now that you’ve initiated your job search, it’s time we teach you about what traits recruiters look for in their candidates. While these go hand in hand with qualifying dimensions on resumes and in interviews, there are certain traits that are certain to set you apart from the rest in a positive light. Cultivating these attributes will also allow you to achieve great success in your career! Find them out here…

Top Traits 101…

  1. Attitude: One of the greatest ways you can secure a great first impression is by showcasing a positive, enthusiastic attitude! One of the most highly valued traits you can provide to coworkers, supervisors, and bosses is an attitude unhindered by challenges or obstacles. Maintaining this positive outlook will prove that you are a pleasant, hardworking employee; contributing to the atmosphere of your work environment is a highly important component of your role.
  2. Work Ethic: As we have reinstated numerous times, failure is an acceptable component of any career path! However, it is the work ethic you showcase and exude that will allow you to overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Recruiters look for a strong work ethic, as it allows them to understand both your ability to jump into a new organization with full and tireless effort, as well as the ability to be persistent and proactive when encountering difficulty.
  3. Flexibility: Remembering that your boss has a lot on their plate will allow you to become more flexible at work. Additionally, understanding that, at times, you will encounter unforeseen circumstances will help you to embrace unexpected change. Trust us, this quality strongly shows and helps you stand out as someone who is incredibly easy to work with! Adding on to this quality is also the value in adaptation. Companies are bound to undergo change or possible acquisitions. Being able to adjust to an ever-changing work environment is guaranteed to set you aside from the rest.
  4. Reliability: If you are a dependable resource to the company you are working for, they will absolutely want to keep you on their team! For this reason, make sure to explain if you’ve had several job transitions throughout your career, as holding roles is an attractive quality that will showcase your loyalty to positions.
  5. Team Player: The ability to work effectively in a team has become a true necessity of being a desirable employee. In order to be a valuable team player, work to improve traits like collaboration, communication, listening skills, compromising abilities, etc.
  6. Intrinsic Motivation: A motivation to achieve success fueled by oneself is a wonderful quality to possess in the workforce. In contrast to extrinsic motivational factors like salary or benefit package incentives, finding an inner desire to achieve success displays your undying dedication to your work and responsibilities.
  7. Honesty: Although maintaining honesty may appear as difficult, it is crucial to the way you are viewed by your employer. For example, if you were let go from a previous position, it is way more helpful to be upfront and explain the reasoning instead of trying to beat around the bush. Employers and recruiters will recognize and appreciate your transparency. Remember, it is equally as important to acknowledge tasks and activities you’ve completed in efforts to improve faults or weaknesses.

It is important to know that this is not a fixed list, and important qualities and traits are everchanging and adapting to modernized work environments. Keeping these important traits in mind will allow you to excel in your interviews and achieve numerous new positions!

Searching for a new role? Check out our open jobs list!

Read this article to discover our tips to nailing first impressions!

Hello, college students (or even some high schoolers?)! Today, we’re here to teach you about the right time to start your virtual job search this year and what to do to get it initiated. If you fit the profile of any student candidate seeking a full-time position or internship for the upcoming winter/spring/summer and/or fall, then this article is for you! Keep reading to find out when you should be starting your online job search… 

Starting the Job Search…

  • As Early as Possible! Yes, that’s correct! If you have not yet started sending out applications, go ahead and do so today. Getting your name in the door or starting to reach out and utilize your network is essential to getting through the application process. Especially for our business-focused majors, job deadlines approach as quickly as mid-September, so make sure to stay in line with timelines so as to avoid being swept away by lost time.
  • Do Your Research: You absolutely must conduct research about all job opportunities! Many campuses offer a variety of resources to students where they can access specifically curated jobs for your campus. For example, Handshake is a common website where companies are given the opportunity to post their job opportunities to an online platform for college students. Applications may be as easy as clicking a button and submitting a resume – so make sure to exhaust all options here!
  • Practice Your Elevator Pitch: Even if you feel that you will be able to produce an elevator pitch on the spot, we encourage you not to do so. With phone calls and interviews naturally come nerves, and nerves may lead to filler words, stuttering, stammering, and unprofessionalism when not practiced in advance. Keep your elevator pitch short and sweet, but definitely to the point! Include your year in school, major, potential interests, and if there is time, a short reason as to why you were drawn to the company you are speaking with.
  • Plan an Interview Outfit: Although over a screen, we hope that your physical appearance will still treat virtual interviews as if they were regular, in-person events. Showcase your dedication and care for presentation by dressing in business casual or professional clothing. Even if we’re all communicating solely through the online format, you’re guaranteed to help yourself stand out by treating all interactions as if they were the exact same as in-person. You’ll be surprised by the extent of commonalities between the two formats, so the more you prepare, the better.
  • Be Ready Early: To anticipate inevitable technical challenges, like wavering Wi-Fi, poor connection, etc., make sure to log on much earlier than the anticipated interview so as to be able to mitigate as many barriers as possible.

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Happy Thursday and the almost end to an already shortened holiday work-week! To wrap up our mini new-logo series, we asked ourselves the following question,… why did we decide to rebrand? If you are asking yourselves the same thing, or are wondering how we made our decision to embark on this new journey, keep reading to find out!

The Purpose of a Brand…

With COVID-19 on the consistent rise, and many social justice movements creating the landscape for our 2020 experiences, we saw it best that we take a moment to step back and reassess our business. Doing so first manifested itself in a much-needed pause – not only did we understand that the current atmosphere called for those voices most affected by recent events, but we became aware of the misalignment between our blog messages and those messages which deserved center stage. In the midst of this self-analyzation, one message became abundantly, and internally clear: it’s time for a rebrand. Keep reading to find out the three pillars that guided our decision and what took place after…

  • Audience Appeal: As you each have evolved through your career and as candidates, so has Esquire! We came to the understanding that, in order to stay aligned with our audience, it would be necessary that our growth was reflected with a new logo and brand design. With this physical update, our audience will better connect to our brand “vibe,” appearance, and message. We also hoped that in doing so, we will be able to continue to maintain differentiation from our competitors, especially during a time where saturation as a result of technology dependence and virtual work is on the rise.
  • Design: After the hypothetical piece of the puzzle was complete, we moved into redesigning the logo! This required our partnership with a creative firm, who introduced us to a variety of color and font choices, as well as applications of each as they would appear as holistic fonts on websites, business cards, or other components of our brand. Designing the logo was so much fun! We made sure to engage each employee at the company and even hold a few competitions to find out the crowd favorite… which of course played into our final decision!
  • Refresh, Relaunch, Re-Engage: We hope that in doing so, we’ve been able to re-engage our audience through our relaunch… and also refresh our message and brand moving forward. It is crucial to evolve your brand with time as well as your audience! We also hope that in doing so we may be able to engage and meet some new faces and friends!

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning the behind the scenes of what went into our new logo formulation! Make sure to comment on any of our social media posts with additional questions, opinions, or suggestions that you may have.

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Happy Tuesday everyone! We hope that with this new week comes a sense of rejuvenation from the long, Labor Day weekend. Today, we’re here to continue on in our mini new logo presentation series… and we’re tackling…font selection! Why does choosing a certain font matter to your business? Which fonts send which messages? What type of message are you hoping to send? Answer all of these questions and you own below!

Impact of Font Selections…

  • Brand: What your font ultimately showcases to your target audience is what your brand is all about. Whether you seek to be seen as reliable, strong, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, or exotic, certain fonts will serve as the tools to do so.
    • Extra Tip: Fabrik brands share an awesome analysis of a variety of famous companies you’re sure to recognize and what message their fonts elicit about their brand! Click here to read more…
  • While these aren’t typical fonts used in company-wide logos, we’ve chosen to break down fonts often used in daily life, resumes, blogs, or articles written on social media platforms.
    • Arial: Arial and Times New Roman have existed as, and continue to receive recognition for their traditional look and appearance, as well as their universal acceptance. If you’re nervous about stepping out of the norm, stick to one of these to maintain a sleek, polished, and classic look!
    • Times New Roman: As we mentioned above, Times New Roman is consistently a reliable font! However, in terms of standing out or making an impact, this choice may not be your best.
    • Helvetica: Helvetica is another timeless font! Although differentiated from Arial and Times New Roman, Helvetica is a tasteful, fantastic option for someone looking to maintain a classic look while still branching out.
    • Calibri: As the new default typeface in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Calibri is making waves and growing immensely in popularity! We recommend considering this font as it is clearly a current preference of employers and technological engineers alike. Calibri is modern, cool, and becoming a quick favorite!
    • Georgia: Georgia is another font that proves classic but cool! With a little spin and curvature around the edges, Georgia is a great font for showing personality while maintaining an attractive and professional vibe on your resume.
    • Extra Options: Cambria, Gill Sans, Gill Sans Light, Garamond, Didot, Book Antiqua, Trebuchet MS, or Verdana!

If you’re reading this article and pondering if this may be the right time for your company to reassess your current logo and potentially pursue a new one, this is a great point where you will benefit from looping in a creative team to assist you in doing so! Creating a custom look, unreplicated by your competitors will set you aside in terms of professionalism, and also as it refers to your brand message.

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Hello everyone! We are so happy to be back to continue explaining our new logo transformation and processes. Today, we’re here to explain the importance of color coordination as it relates to logo building and the message sent simultaneously to followers… so why did we choose our new colors? Keep reading to find out!

The Importance of Color Wheels…

  • Company Tone and “Vibe”: Above all else, different color combinations and schemes apply to different demographics of people. Whether that depend on academic major or career pursuit, age, gender, or any other personal factor, it is clear that the way a company physically presents themselves and their associated colors will appeal to different groups. With that being said, it is essential to have a clear understanding of your target audience so as to maximize your physical appeal.
  • Customization: With technology comes an inevitable rise in market saturation. And with that, comes blurred images of companies amongst candidates and consumers. For that reason, it is also crucial that your organization prioritize customization within their color schemes. In fact, within Microsoft word, it is easy to formulate exact, unique color combinations within the font color tool. Never heard of what we’re talking about? Read this article to see an exact tutorial of how to achieve your preferred color code in Word here!
  • Curb Appeal: In addition to setting the “vibe” of your company on paper, colors also often elicit different feelings. For example, the color dark blue symbolizes stability, depth, and expertise. If you’ve ever wondered why McDonald’s has a certain coloration, Apple, Microsoft, or even Amazon, we can promise you that each of those logos was deeply analyzed so as to best address company needs and appeal to their target consumer demographics. As a recruiting company, we may not want to elicit the same feeling of hunger as would a restaurant, can you figure out why we chose the colors we did?

In the digital age, it has never been more important than to differentiate, build, and achieve growth within your company as well as its online presence. Achieving the exact color scheme to match your logo and company mission will prove the key to your exposure and eventual success.

And, as always… searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Hello everyone! Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve been working on a rebrand – that’s right, Esquire’s coming back at you live with a brand new logo and vibe!

Today, we’ll share with you what that logo looks like, and throughout the next few weeks, we’ll teach you more about the exact process that our company underwent to be able to achieve this goal. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to experiment with color wheels, fonts, alterations, word placement, or anything regarding your physical brand, this is the series for you. We’ll also make sure to teach you about the message and tone we hope to create by leading our relationships with this new look. Keep tuning in to learn more about how we got to our final product and what it looked like along the way!

Our New Logo:

New Logo Applications:

We have had such a blast throughout this entire process and can’t wait to share it with you all! Make sure to comment on any of our social media posts with specific questions about our journey so that we can make sure to touch on all important points.

And, as always… searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

It is no doubt that being likable is the first step towards becoming an attractive teammate and cultivating relationships. In the business world, relationships are one of your key tools useful for attaining a successful career and for achieving promotions. So, what are managers looking for or consider the best qualities in employees? Keep reading to find out!

Top Employee Traits…

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Cultivating the ability to be able to understand, analyze, and observe the behaviors of those who surround you both in your office and personal life will aid you immensely in catering to people’s needs. Doing so will allow you to be the best “audience member” you can be, and, therefore, will attract others to you. People love to be understood, as it helps save themselves the time it takes to explain how they are feeling! Think about it, how much faster could you complete projects if you could anticipate people’s reactions?
  2. Interest in Conversation: It is crucial to help others feel valued, and it is super easy to do so! Especially in conversations, always make sure that you are maintaining eye contact, holding an enthusiastic and kind tone, and expressing friendly, warm body language. Additionally, express curiosity and interest by asking questions or clarifying points throughout the conversation!
  3. Open Mind: Those who are open-minded are sure to develop higher-quality relationships with their coworkers and leadership. Helping others feel safe in their work environments, without the fear of judgment, will allow you and everyone around you to be able to express yourselves and reach your greatest creative potential! Although an idea may seem funky at first, it may very well become your finishing product.
  4. Respect! No matter how you may disagree, always make sure to maintain a notable level of respect with anyone you encounter. There are several effective, appropriate mechanisms for handling disagreements or debates, and there is no reason to ever resort to a disrespectful demeanor. Showcasing consistent respect for others will elevate how attractive you are to work with and be around, causing you to become more likable!
  5. Patience and Composure: As we’ve stated in the past, you will undoubtedly encounter frustration at work. However, you must maintain composure and an appropriate attitude. Not only will this show others that you are capable of overcoming challenges, but it will help yourself portray one of your greatest qualities, your coping skills! Someone who can maintain composure when faced with adversity is a strong leader.
  6. Stay True to Yourself, and Do the Right Thing! We hope it goes without saying that breaking the rules or finding loopholes in order to achieve success will only come back to hurt you. However, there are many other ways to always do the right thing. Whether this means returning back a coffee to someone you “owe,” taking someone out to lunch, congratulating others, giving credit where it is due, owning up to your mistakes, or maintaining honesty even in difficult situations, enforcing these actions will allow you to flourish among others.

Exemplifying these qualities will help you to build and attain endless amounts of valuable relationships and reach high levels of success!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Missed our Tuesday article? Find out the top behaviors to avoid here!

Happy Monday! As we continue to become more comfortable in the virtual format of working, it’s important to remember the essential piece of performance: feedback. Yes, the topic that looms over each of our minds when we hop on frequent calls with our managers… how can I ask for feedback? Is this the right time? Am I asking in the right way? Well, today, we’re here to solve those problems for you! Learn how to adapt asking for feedback to the virtual format by reading below…

Virtual Feedback Conversations…

  • Plan Ahead: And by this, we don’t mean 30 minutes prior to your touch base meetings. Whether you set a weekly, monthly, or even daily cadence regarding your unique feedback loop, make sure to have a plan set in place so that you don’t get flustered when the times comes. By having a consistent rhythm with your manager, you’re set to have much more fluid, candid, and comfortable conversations on a much more consistent basis.
  • Target Specific Attributes: Whether this being specific projects, deliverables, skill sets, professional qualities, communication strategies, or any component of your job role, make sure that you guide the conversation in a meaningful way so that you don’t cloud the message by opening up too wide of an umbrella. This will also allow your manager to target specific pieces of your work so that you can drive measurable and visible change based on their recommendations.
  • Be Receptive: It’s easy to tell when someone is “listening” without really listening – managers can do the same! So, when you ask for feedback, make sure that you’re actively listening throughout the entire conversation, and following up with questions or points of clarification that relate specifically to what your manager spoke to. By exemplifying true value in what they’re saying and proactively listening, your manager will feel more inclined to mirror your effort with reciprocal feedback and a greater sense of appreciation for taking the time to do so.
  • Say Thank You: While you should always thank someone else for taking the time to engage with you no matter what the topic, it’s especially important to thank your manager for feedback and not express any animosity depending on the result. Getting constructive criticism is a part of life, and a vital skill to success is being able to channel those types of messages with action and appreciation.

Feedback is an essential component of every individual’s career. For that reason, it’s crucial to nail down your feedback loop as soon as possible in every position you pursue. Get started today!

Find out a productive Monday plan to get back on track here!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

One of the topics we’ve continued to revisit throughout the summer and virtual work-life is the importance of setting boundaries. Now that we are spending most of our work and leisure time in the comfort of our homes, it’s even to feel like the line between working and not-working is blurred, or an innate sense of guilt for not being on call at all times. However, it is essential to living a balanced lifestyle that you learn to unplug from work and technology! Learn how to do so as we enter the weekend here…

Relaxing on the Weekend…

  • Set Boundaries in Advance: In order to truly achieve the goal of unplugging, it’s crucial to set yourself up for success by creating boundaries in advance. Whether this means a time of day, a specific day in the week or a limited number of times checked, set a restriction for yourself to follow regarding your work and technology. Implementing these subtle goals will provide you a sense of achievement and “rule” to stay accountable by.
  • Make Plans! If you feel the same way as I do, that creeping feeling that settles in that you should be doing “more” occurs when I’m lying in bed and unoccupied. For that reason, try to occupy yourself over the weekend by creating a schedule or set of plans to take action through. While the COVID pandemic will undoubtedly create a shift in how our usual plans may look, there are still many things and ways to find fun during this time. Try out a picnic, in-home date night, movie night, art project, workout class, or other do-it-yourself activities to stay engaged outside of technology!
  • Maintain Open Communication With Your Team: If a sense of guilt is taking over your mind, it may be a result of a difference between operating standards within your team or organization. Remember, just because your coworker or manager may stay online through all hours of the night does not mean that you must! Having an open communication plan where you let your manager know when you will and will not be reachable by mail or whatever it may be will relieve your sense of uncertainty and therefore need to stay in contact at all times.

We hope that, above all, you remember the importance of working to live instead of living to work! Whether we are in the office or at home, finding a work-life balance is your key to maintaining motivation and a desire to be productive. So, relax and restore this weekend!

Find out a productive Monday plan to get back on track here!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Especially after a summer weekend, we’ve all felt the back to work slump that comes with Monday mornings. However, today we’re here to introduce you to strategies that will provide you with the tools to start your week off right and achieve your most productive self. Keep reading to find out…

Productive Monday Habits…

  • Hydrate – One of the best ways to help your body get back into the swing of a healthy week is to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Keep a water bottle by your desk and set goals throughout the day to keep yourself accountable – you may even try setting an alarm on your phone as a reminder!
    • Extra tip – Many nutritionists recommend drinking apple cider vinegar after an indulgent weekend… give it a try!
  • Healthy Fuel –  Starting your Monday with a healthy breakfast will rejuvenate your body and ensure that you are feeling energized and prepared for the week’s obligations. Whether this means a cup of tea, a bowl of fruit, a plate of eggs, or any source of nutrients, charging your metabolism in the morning is key to a fueled workday.
  • Workout – Working out is a guaranteed bonus to your day, and also a great way to set the tone for the rest of your week. If getting to the gym or in-home workout space proves your greatest challenge, try changing into workout clothes towards the end of your workday to ease the transition.
  • Organize! – Making a to-do list, filling out a daily planner or calendar, or even using a sticky note and writing down what you need to complete is proven to help individuals accomplish their daily tasks and goals. This will also keep you organized and decrease your chance of forgetting a meeting or assignment.
  • Check-In – If you don’t check your work email on the weekends, make sure to get that sorted out too. Try creating a “priority” folder to move all of your most important emails from the weekend into. That way, you will at least be able to get back to your most important messages, even if you are unable to reach all of your emails in one day.
  • Let Yourself Breathe – Schedule breaks into your day as you would any other obligation. Letting yourself have time to relax is equally as important as completing your work.

Remember, if you’re feeling “off” at the start of a Monday, you’re not alone! However, the action you take to relieve a lack of motivation and stimulate your workday will shape and shift the course of your productivity. So, get started on these steps today!

Do you have a job offer coming your way? Read here to find out what questions you should be asking!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Hello everyone! I hope this Monday finds you each healthy and refreshed from the weekend. Today, I’m hoping to share a candid recount of my experience as a “virtual intern” this summer. I can’t believe that we are already past the halfway mark, but if you’re interested to hear what it’s like to be a newbie at a company who works 100% of the time through a screen… this article is for you. Keep reading to find out if I’ve enjoyed my experience!

Virtual Internship Reflection…

Morning Motivation

I’m sure this part is pretty intuitive, but waking up in the morning only to transfer a few feet over to my work station has definitely put a damper on the excitement of getting to the office. For that reason, I’ve found that coffee is my greatest asset to virtual success. Creating a morning routine that serves as a motivator, in this sense of walking to my kitchen to grab a cup of coffee, has created the level of structure and routine necessary for me to start my day. By also forcing myself to get dressed and presentable for a true day in the office helps me to mimic what an in-person experience would have been like.

Virtual Personality

More now than ever before, it’s crucial to be able to portray your personality in virtual meetings and interactions. Although you are not granted the same ease as in-person conversations, maintaining a smile, positive tone, and enthusiastic body language will help you to showcase your best traits. I also find that making sure my video camera is on as often as possible has helped my conversations feel more fluid and natural.

Channeling Discomfort

It’s ok to feel awkward or uncomfortable in virtual situations! After all, this is most of our first go in an online format, and we all have a ton to learn before becoming acclimated to this new way of working. By allowing myself to channel discomfort into positive vulnerability, I have reached greater success. What I mean by this is that although it may be out of the ordinary to chat another intern for a one on one, meet a manager through a screen, or initiate coffee chats with employees across the business, following through with those types of actions will allow you to become integrated into your company culture while making your mark in the temporary time period of an internship.

 

While the company you work for will undoubtedly play a huge role in your fulfillment, the actions that you take, and your own personal and professional productivity will shape your true longevity with a company. So, sticking by the idea of channeling your discomfort into action is a great way to get started on making virtual relationships and lasting memories during your internship!

Do you have a job offer coming your way? Read here to find out what questions you should be asking!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Today, we’re here to explain to you some of the most important actions that you can take after an interview wraps up. At Esquire, we constantly hear feedback from our clients about wonderful things that candidates did after the interview day, as well as points for improvement. In the following points, we’ll show you some of the best things you can do to elevate your personal brand and impression on employers.

What to Do After an Interview Wraps-up…

Saying Thank you:

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel cemented by your behavior, success, or uncertainty in an interview. Once you leave the room, what can you really do? It’s up to the employer now… Well, we are here today to tell you that that is not true! More likely than not, you will be “up against” a group of candidates all interviewing for the same position. So, the action you take after leaving that room will help you to create a positive and lasting impression on the interviewer that may end up giving you an advantage when they make their final decisions!

 

For that reason, we’re here to encourage you to always send a thank you note after the interview! Not only is it important to acknowledge the interviewer’s time, but it is crucial to add in any tidbits you couldn’t include in an interview, putting thoughts into writing, addressing concerns, or even cement your confidence in your desire of the position. Sending a thank you wrap your appreciation, dedication, and commitment to your application all into one sweet bundle! Additionally, it’s essential to get that thank you sent pretty quickly after the interview while thoughts are still fresh, more likely than not within the first 24-hour window. Again, remember that you are being evaluated, often in terms of your comparison to other candidates, so remaining fresh in the company’s mind through an email or handwritten note is your key to success.

 

So, what goes into the thank you? Well, that’s up to you! Sending an email follow-up is a great time for you to weave your personality into a written communication as well as let your thoughts shine through. Make sure that the email is personal and addresses unique attributes of the interview so as to avoid sounding robotic or that you copy and pasted from a previous template. Noting a conversation, either personal or professional or small anecdote will showcase to the interviewer that you valued her contribution to the conversation and were listening the entire time!

 

Especially in our current environment, it is more important than ever before that you are being a go-getter and seeking out new opportunities if you find yourself in a job crunch. Weaving these types of practices into your usual actions as a candidate will paint you in the best way possible and get you on the road to success in no time.

 

Do you have a job offer coming your way? Read here to find out what questions you should be asking!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Happy Monday! While today’s post may not be the most exciting or uplifting, it is our unfortunate reality that many of us, our family, or friends have found themselves out of a job as a result of the financial crisis bread by COVID-19. However, at Esquire Recruiting, we are huge believers in the importance of getting yourself back out there as soon as possible so as to stay the most on top of the search as well as maintain yourself as a marketable candidate. So, how do you go about initiating your job search? Find out here…

The job search process can be scary and long at times. Finding a job you love and that you are qualified for should be everyone’s goal! Today we are going to talk about the key strategies that will help you find success throughout the job search process and the perfect fit for your career.

Job Search Strategies

  • Perseverance: This can be a tricky strategy. You might find yourself feeling hopeless after a few months filled with rejection and no luck. There are many long and hard stages of the job search process, but perseverance will keep you going. It will help you stay positive and realize that this search will be over soon and at the end of it, you will have a great job! Those who persevere will feel more rewarded and also be exposed to the greatest number of unforeseen opportunities.
  • Timing: Timing is everything. Especially right now, it’s crucial to understand that it is a common time to be unemployed in the job market, and also a time where you may need to adjust your regular expectations to nail something in for the time being. Additionally, if you find that perfect job and location, but you think the time isn’t right, this is where you make a mistake. Good jobs aren’t open for a long time. They fill up pretty fast, so jump on something when you see it!
  • Skill: Your skills are your greatest asset. Prepare yourself on how to sell people on your skills and talk about the great things you can do. Use your downtime to improve on your current skills or even learn new ones. Online certifications are a great way to improve and update your skillset. Additionally, maintaining an up-to-date resume on hand is a great way to be ready in the case of a spontaneous networking moment or connection to someone new.
  • Customization: Take the time to tailor your resume to each job you are applying for. This may seem time-consuming but is absolutely worth it. Make a few different versions of your resume that are specific to certain job titles you apply for, and always remember to tweak experiences to portray specific skills that will aid you in the new position you’re applying to.

We know how frustrating the job search process can be. However, by implementing these strategies, you will already find yourself ahead of the game and in a great spot to find a new career path or role.

Do you have a job offer coming your way? Read here to find out what questions you should be asking!

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Hi everyone! Today, we’re piggy-backing off of Monday’s latest topic on fostering virtual mentorships. As important as it is to connect with employees and seasoned professionals at your company, it is also essential to your internship experience to connect with your intern coworkers! There is no one at the company who is in a more similar position to you than those who are also participating in your program, so follow these easy and quick steps to cultivate new friendships today…

Building Virtual Friendships…

  • Say Hello! While we hope that this bit seems obvious, we encourage you to remember that, after all, every intern is in your same boat. The nerves you felt on the first day and bits of learnings that you take with you after every meeting are mirrored in their same experience. So, the first step is just to reach out and extend a simple hello! Whether this is through a GroupMe message, Microsoft Teams channel, email, or even text, it’s crucial to get ahead of the game right away and spark up a new conversation.
  • Set-Up Concrete Time to Meet: Although it may be through a screen or in another virtual manner, setting up a concrete piece of time on your schedule to mimic a “coffee chat” with another intern is a vital step to actually cultivating meaningful relationships. Using this time to bounce ideas off of one another, seek feedback or help, learn about each other’s roles or goals, or just to get to know more about their personalities and lives outside of work will help you to build a friend and a coworker in the office. Especially as you begin to consider full-time opportunities, remember that these same people may very well become those that you spend most of your time with. So, navigating these potential friendships is a great way to also review your alignment with the company culture!
  • Follow Up: Just as we encouraged in regards to mentorships, following up with coworkers and intern relationships is your key to success. Make sure to ask how their presentation went! How is their project coming along? Can you help connect them to a new teammate or mentor? Having a two-way relationship will help you to both extracts even greater value from the company and achieve valuable success both as it relates to networking and productivity.
  • Separate Work and Fun: Finally, now that we’re almost all working from home full-time, it’s crucial to still integrate moments just for fun that help you to separate yourself from just your work. Whether this means a happy hour, new group chat to send funny messages, or another meeting outside of just work hours, creating relationships that don’t just exist from 9-5 will prove those that last and become most intrinsic to your view of the company and future career.

Remember, everyone wants to make friends at work! Initiating conversations and getting the ball rolling will not only help you stand out as a valuable candidate to your intern managers but will allow you to dive even deeper into the company culture and make new friends. So, get going today!

Missed our last article? Learn about how to create virtual mentorships here!

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Happy Monday! We hope that you all enjoyed the holiday weekend with family and friends, and of course keeping safe always. Today, we’re here to help all of our virtual interns navigate their mentor relationships through a screen. If you’re feeling intimidated or nervous about initiating these types of interactions, this article is for you. Keep reading here to find out a few easy strategies to implement that will help you cultivate meaningful discussions and interactions…

Keep an Open Mind…

  • Open Up the Door to All Possibilities: It’s easy to feel like you’re seeking mentorship from another employee like you, in a role you’d hope to pursue, or from the same academic or personal background. However, at Esquire. we are firm believers in the importance of all types of networking! It is in the relationships where you connect with people who are not like you that you will learn the most and even identify new areas or roles to pursue in a long term career. Make sure to engage in chats and conversations with employees of all types of identities and responsibilities to gain the most well-rounded understanding of the company at hand.
  • Come Prepared: In order to gain a meaningful amount of knowledge from your conversations, make sure that you are setting up chats with employees that you have a true interest in (whether that be their role, background, accomplishments, etc.). When entering into this conversation, you should have previously conducted a quick search on their background, and a light gauge of their current work so as to avoid taking a large portion of time dedicated solely to introductions. Also, make sure to have a few questions prepared that you can slip into the conversation in the chance that there is a lull or gap.
  • Maintain the Relationship: A coffee chat might be a periodic occurrence, but communication should not be. Make sure to maintain the relationships that you’ve worked to schedule and cultivate! Whether this means a weekly check-in, email update of your recent accomplishments, or a quick link to a relevant article, make sure to keep consistent contact and follow-up after your thank you note!

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Click here to learn about our three tips to start off your week!

Especially for our summer interns, if you’ve ever wondered whether you’re “doing enough work”… this article is for you! Today, we’re here to help provide some strategies for you to use to assess your own productivity and to gauge whether it’s time to ask for more. Keep reading to find out how…

Gauging Your Workload…

  • Getting Acclimated to a New Environment: It takes far more than one day, week, or even month to become completely comfortable in a new position, company, and culture. In fact, this could take a few months and often a year! It is crucial to understanding your capabilities to allow this time period to pass and to pay attention to your comfort level in your responsibilities. If you’re reading this and thinking about the fact that you haven’t had much “new” lately or pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, you may have reached the level of “comfort” we’re speaking to! This is a tell-tale sign that you’re ready…
  • Open Space in your Schedule: It’s completely normal to feel waves of business and blank spaces throughout the days and weeks of a job or internship. However, if you’re finding that you have short to no breaks throughout your entire day, you may be spread too thin. Especially in a temporary position, it’s essential to maintain an open conversation with your manager each day to chat about what meetings are crucial to attend and where you could take advantage of some open time to complete independent work.
  • Taking Advantage of Resources: While it may seem easy to complete the work you are assigned, taking the extra mile to get involved internally within your new company and grow your network of employee connections will prove essential to your overall success. Make sure that your schedule has a balance of professional and personal outlets for growth. Whether that means joining a new employee resource group or scheduling a coffee chat each week, taking advantage of all aspects of a company’s culture will give you a well-rounded workload and path to acceleration.

In addition to your feelings about work, taking time to assess your comfort in your current position, the balance of schedule, and daily or weekly commitments will help to give you an even more clear picture of your workload. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, this may be a great time to initiate a conversation with your manager and start reworking your obligations. Find out how to do so Thursday!

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Click here to learn how to develop confidence in asking questions!

Now that we’re almost all working full-time from home, it is crucial to adapt your body and literal language to a new, online format. So, keep reading today to find out more about specific communication skills that will help you portray your best professional self through the screen…

Best Practices Online…

  • Leave Time to Chat: I’m sure we’re all used to hopping on calls and cutting right to the chase almost immediately. However, when we are not in the office and passing each other by throughout the day, it is all too easy to lose the bits of the day to personally connect and catch-up. So, make sure that when you’re developing your meeting itinerary to include a few minutes for everyone to hop on and share little tidbits about their lives that don’t just revolve around the task at hand.
  • Personal Recognition: Think about how you would behave if someone walked into a meeting you coordinated, or if you walked into a meeting in person. It is common courtesy to greet each new employee who walks into the room, so treat it the same in a video chat! When a new user joins, make sure to say hello and acknowledge their presence to mimic an in-person interaction as much as possible.
  • Incorporate Fun! Now that we spend almost all of our time on screens, we might begin to, even if subconsciously, resent what we constantly see in front of us. For that reason, it’s important to still incorporate bits of fun and laughs into our daily routines. Whether this means a virtual happy hour, coffee chat, lunch date, or even meme-filled chat box, there are many ways to keep things playful and engaging at work.

While the virtual format undoubtedly diminishes components of the socialization that we are all used to, by banning together and collectively altering and updating some of our work behaviors, we can mirror in-person interaction as much as possible! Sharing these tips with your team will help you to be a personal outlet, leader, and admirable professional.

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Even though it’s Thursday… click here to learn about our three tips to start off your week!

Happy Monday everyone! If you’re still feeling that weekend slump and seeking a quick strategy to channel back in that motivation, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out our top 3 tips to start your week off…

Start Off Your Week Right…

  1. Plan out Your Days: One of the best ways to foster accountability before even beginning your work obligations is to schedule out your days and weeks as they begin. Creating a list of “To-Dos” throughout days, hours, etc., will help you to create a routine to stay up to date with as well as a means of checking in with yourself. Especially as we all continue to adapt to WFH, it is crucial to make sure you’re staying on top of all obligations as usual.
  2. Set Goals: Piggybacking off of our last “tip,” setting goals simultaneously with tasks is another great way to create accountability and foster motivation. Even small goals, like making your bed each morning, are a way to help you feel accomplished and proud!
    • Goal ideas: Make your bed each morning, tidy up your room each week, workout 2x per week, finish checking emails by 5:00 pm, put your work “away” by 7:00 pm, keep ordering into a minimum of once per lunch and dinner each week, etc.!
  3. Eat Breakfast! While this may seem obvious, integrating breakfast into your daily routine is a fantastic way to jet start your morning as well as your metabolism. In addition to obvious and extensive health benefits, eating breakfast will give you the energy you need and a great schedule to work off of as if you were truly in the office. This may only include a piece of fruit and coffee, but any bit works.

By creating routines and schedules to hold yourself to, you will be able to mimic an office life at home in no-time. It is incredibly important and a great personal asset to be able to adapt to change; so there is no better time than the circumstances of today’s environment to prove to yourself that you can embrace and thrive when change is thrown your way!

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Read this article to discover why you should stay in touch with recruiters after the job search is over! 

Are you in the midst of a job search and considering a recruiter’s help? At Esquire Recruiting LLC, we know how invaluable a recruiter can be to a job search. It’s a great way to find a role that is fit for you. Continue reading below to find out some important questions you should be asking your recruiter!

What are the main qualifications the employer is looking for? 

  • This is an essential question to ask because you need to know more about the position. This question will give you insight into what the recruiter’s client is expecting from candidates and you if applying for the position. The recruiter has most likely spoken with the employer about qualifications and potentially even received a list of exactly what the employer is looking for.

What is the job description?

  • Asking this question will tell you what the client/employer expects. It’s basic information, but also very important to know if you choose to move forward and apply. Just like the qualifications, the recruiter knows what the job description is and what the expectations are.

How long has this job been open?

  • This is a fair question to ask because you want to know all the details. The job search process can be tedious and overwhelming. If the job just opened, you may be one of the first candidates to interview, which means the employer is probably going through other interviews as well. This isn’t a necessary question to know, but it can help you determine a time frame for how long you may be waiting to hear back from an employer or when the position will be filled.

What experience do you have recruiting in this industry?

  • Recruiters are filled with knowledge. They see endless amounts of resumes per day and speak with multitudes of people. Asking them their experience is a fair question and can help you gain trust in them for your job search. Recruiters with good experience know the field like the back of their hand.

What information do you have about the company?

  • The recruiter most likely has a relationship with this company or even exclusively works with the hiring manager. Asking this question can help you understand more about how the company operates and what their work culture is like.

Asking recruiters questions is a great way to establish a relationship with them and make a great first impression! There are so many more questions that you can ask them- don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Recruiters can provide you with such great information, such as- resume help, tips for interviews/interview process, and even insight into information about an employer.

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Read this article to discover why you should stay in touch with recruiters after the job search is over!