How to Figure Out What You Want to do In Life!

Special edition: college life coming at you live! We’re here to help those of you freaking out about your major, career path, and the ultimate question, “What do you want to do after college?” We’re also here to let you know, it’s okay not to know yet! Here are a few ways of figuring out your interests both inside of school and outside…

In School:

One of the most important lessons to be taught in school is to explore. After all, most universities now offer hundreds of classes on almost any topic you can dream of! Especially in the first few years of college, it is vastly important to take advantage of YOUR time to enroll in any classes that pique your interest. Try a journalism class, science class, even a business class! With a plethora of knowledge as to which varying classes you enjoyed and truly looked forward to, you will be able to differentiate your academic “likes” and “dislikes”.

More School:

A part of school that students often neglect due to their busy schedules is academic fairs. We’re here to tell you that you should look at them as required, not optional! Always always always attend your student organization fairs and explore the thousands of different organizations, clubs, or sports that your university has to offer. Not only will this help you add to your list of hobbies, student organizations are the driving force of an endless amount of friendships. Joining one of these will help you connect to other students, and in turn, learn about different academic paths and continue to explore your own.

  • Imagine this: You join an intramural soccer team, meet your two new best friends that you would never have imagined yourself growing close to, and you realize that you love the in’s n out’s of sports games. Combine that with the joy you felt each time you walked into your “Intro to Broadcasting” class and voila: You’re ready to begin your journey towards becoming a Sports Anchor!

Reach Out!

Although it may seem daunting, all professionals love to talk about and even sometimes brag about their careers. If you believe you may be interested in a field, connect with a professional in that network on LinkedIn and ask if you could conduct a phone interview with them, or grab a cup of coffee! The more you build your network, and the more you learn about a true day-to-day life of a person in your desired field, the more you will be able to solidify your desire to one day be just like them.

  • Extra note: This also applies to professors. They are available as your resource and also as an outlet for exploration! It is amazing how much information you can obtain by just meeting for a quick cup of coffee minutes from your dorm or apartment.

Test Yourself:

If you are still at square one and have absolutely no idea about your professional interests, try out a career quiz or personality test! There are an endless amount of free resources on the internet to help you navigate your personality strengths, and place you in a field that will complement those same strengths. Check out the 11 best career quizzes by themuse! From personal experience, these really helped me to draw similarities between the areas in which I excel, and the careers that would require these same traits. They also help you to avoid certain jobs where you may not find your best fit.

With a combination of these four strategies, you are sure to discover your dream career path in no time!

Ready to begin your exploration with an internship? Learn how to search for one here!

Already ready to apply for a job? Check out our open jobs list!

At Esquire Recruiting, we are always happy to help out! If you have any questions about our field, send an email to hannah@esquire-recruiting.com and we’ll get back to you right away!

Applying to Your Next Job: When Should You Do it?

Believe it or not, there are better times to consider when applying for jobs throughout the year. Follow these steps to ensure you’ll be ahead of the rest and the best applicant for your future position!

The Beginning of the Year:

The best time for you to apply for a new job is at the start of the new year, specifically in January. Not only have most hiring managers returned from their vacations and ready to get back into the swing of things, but people across all companies often wait until the new year to seek a new job. You are almost guaranteed a better chance when applying at this time of year, as new budgets are enacted and managers are ready to expand their companies.

Following Months:

Just like the beginning of the year, February, March, April, and even May are great opportunities to get your resume in the door. The energy recharge from January and the new year will keep its momentum throughout these next few months as summer is on the horizon. As there are often changes in regard to employee hours in summer months, it is vastly helpful to companies if you can commit to a position shortly before. That way, the company will be able to rely on you when some of their workers are on vacation in the chaotic months of June, July, and August. We know this is not the most ideal time to commit to a full-time position, but the reward will come as fall approaches, you are guaranteed a new position, and your hard work has paid off!

Summer:

In the same way that many employees save their vacation days for summer, so do managers, CEO’s, and even company owners. For this reason, the firm’s workload may be on a little bit of a pause or decrease during this time. Due to the fewer projects coming up, companies are less likely to be looking to expand their team at this time. (Another reason to be proactive during the beginning of the year!)

End of the Year:

November and December are typically more of “wrap up” months for firms, not so much of a time where companies are looking to add to their employee base. That being said, use this time to clean up and update your resume so that by the end of December you are ready to enter the pool as one of the first applicants for review come the new year!

Extra Note:

One important fact to take away after reading this: none of these facts mean that you CANNOT get a job at a slower time of year. There are always exceptions, and you are always welcome to submit a resume to an open position! In fact, Esquire Recruiting LLC keeps a running Open Jobs list for you to apply to at any time!

Looking for more? Check out our Open Jobs! 

Enjoy this blog? Read more about How to Follow Up When Applying for a Job!

Taking Time Off Work: How you Should do it

With the infamous Fourth of July festivities occurring throughout this week, we hope you have been able to request and obtain some time off of work to celebrate, relax, and recharge. If you are still hesitating whether you should request time off and how to do so, read about what you can do to ask in an appropriate, effective manner (that will help your chances of approval!).

Do Your Homework:

If you are planning to ask for time off, make sure to read any company policies about this topic in order to make sure you are following all guidelines. For example, if your company requires that you give notice of your request at least 4 weeks prior to your desired vacation, do not ask last minute. In fact, it is almost always better to ask way ahead of time, this way your manager will have time to prepare for your absence and allocate your assignments to other employees.

Extra note:

  • Make sure to also check if your organization provides paid vacations. Best not to assume anything before checking!
  • If you are unaware of any policy that has to do with taking time off, ask! You are so much better off asking another employee, potentially within the HR department, how your company handles and distributes vacation days before heading straight to the manager.

Tips on How and When to Ask:

  • Ask at a good time – This may seem obvious, but make sure you are asking at a time that is both right for you and for the company. If you are swamped with projects, wait until the busy period is over and everything has cooled down, then ask for your vacation. (Keep this in mind for your boss as well – if they are super busy, they are less likely to approve your requested time.)
  • Document! – Make sure your requested time off is written down and documented. This will help with your record keeping as well as your boss’.
  • Prepare before you leave – If you know that you are going on your vacation soon, make sure all of your work is complete beforehand. Even if this requires some extra hours in the office, they will pay off in retrospect!
  • Remember: this is a request! – If you know that you are due for some much-needed relaxation, there is a likely chance that your boss knows as well. For that reason, always keep in mind that you are asking, not demanding your vacation. Be conscious of your tone, body language, and way of wording.
  • Be open – Make sure that your coworkers, bosses, and anyone else who it may concern is aware that you are leaving for the time period. Share with them any projects you have contributed to or completed so that there is no confusion once you are gone.
  • Collaborate with your coworkers – There will always be “popular” times to take off work. Divide these days up and work as a team with your coworkers to maximize each employee’s satisfaction.

Tips for New Employees!

Remember that if you are new to a job, you are expected to be prepared, productive, and most importantly, present. We recommend that you do not ask for time off within the first several months of your job if you can avoid it.

If you have a few more questions, check out this great article on “How to Ask for Time Off at Your New Job (the Right Way)” by themuse!

Looking for more? Read about our guide to help you get along at work!

Searching for a new job? Look through our open jobs list!

Relieving Stress: How You Should be Doing it!

It seems now that it is nearly impossible to escape the feeling of stress when trying to manage and balance a healthy lifestyle. The most important thing we can teach you by reading this is the value in taking some well deserved “me time” through a plethora of ways. Even if you choose only a few from this list you are guaranteed to feel a whole lot more relaxed!

What is “Me Time”?

When we refer to “me time”, we are encouraging you to actively disengage from work at some hour of the day. Now, don’t think that means completely ignoring any extra obligations that do not fit into the daily schedule, but it is super vital to set a boundary for yourself that separates your personal time and your professional time. For example, if you work from 9 am – 5 pm, set a boundary for when you will “unplug” from work, whether it is at 5 pm or at 9 pm. By setting a cut off for yourself, you will no longer feel the guilted obligation to continue to check your work email or any notifications past that time, and until your next day at work begins. Remember, you are expected to work 9-5 for a reason; working 24 hours around the clock will pile on the stress and tire you out! Setting a boundary for yourself and being 100 percent present during the time before it hits will help you stay more productive, focused, and motivated.

What to do During “Me Time”?

There is pretty much an unlimited number of things to do to fill your “me time.” This is the most personal, customizable component of your schedule, so make this time all about you! If you need some ideas as to how to fill this time, don’t stress, we have a bunch ready for you!

  • Write in a journal – doing so will help you relieve emotional stress, log any thoughts or ideas of the day, and ultimately allow you to keep an active log of your day-to-day life.
  • Exercise – Exercising is the ultimate way to relieve stress at a rapid pace. There are countless ways to exercise – whether walking, running, lifting weights, trying out new classes, cycling, practicing yoga, or swimming. Find the option that is most enjoyable for you, and try to incorporate it into your day at least 3 days a week.
  • Pursue a hobby – Ever thought of something that sounded fun but you can’t seem to find the time to try? Do it! Some super fun, easy-to-try activities are cooking or art classes.
  • Meditation or mindfulness – If you are interested in meditation, practice before bed or when you wake up. There are many meditation applications, websites, or even CD’s that will guide you.
  • Listen to music or podcasts.
  • Read a book.
  • Book a massage or spa day.
  • Spend time with friends or family.
  • Go see a new movie or play.
  • Try a new restaurant.

We hope these ideas have fueled your desire to reward yourself for all of your hard work! Always remember, you deserve it!

Looking for a new job? Check out our open jobs list!

How to Follow Up When Applying for a Job

By your twenties, most people have experienced submitting their first job application. Whether you’re in the first stage of submitting a resume or awaiting your final decision after the interview, we’re here to explain the do’s and don’ts of how to “Follow Up”.

After Submitting Job Application:

If you have recently submitted your job application, whether online or through a physical form, it’s okay to send one email afterward to give yourself an edge. This email should include an introduction about yourself, a possible factor that should set you aside, and a quick reminder of your excitement and enthusiasm.

This email should be no more than a few sentences – nothing too long! This way, you will showcase your dedication to the job without appearing to be overbearing.

Example email:

Hi Hiring Manager,

I would love to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is (insert name) and I recently submitted my application for your (insert position).

I hope you have received my application, and I am excited about the opportunity to further showcase why I am the best candidate for this position. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your time. 

Best,

(Your Full Name) 

After the First Phone Screen or Interview:

After any round of the interviewing process, you should absolutely send a follow up, thank you email. Showing your respect of the interviewer’s time and appreciation will always set you aside as a caring, thoughtful candidate. Be sure to send the thank you email within 24 hours of the screen or interview. Afterward, if you have not heard back within 5 business days about the status of the interview, feel free to send another email inquiring about the process. Don’t be too pushy – but it’s absolutely okay to ask about when you should expect to hear back about the status of your interview.

After the In-person Interview:

Again, make sure to send a thank you note directly after the interview has taken place. Whether the thank you note is composed as an email or handwritten letter, make sure to continue to portray yourself as a dedicated candidate.

In regards to a follow up email about the status of your interview, wait until the given date has passed in which you were guaranteed information. During the interview, you are allowed, and sometimes even encouraged to ask when you should expect to hear back about being hired. So, if this date has passed, you can send an email referring back to the status of your interview. Make sure to keep this email clear, concise, and professional.

Example email:

Hello Hiring Manager,

I wanted to touch base on the status of the interviewing round. You previously mentioned that I should hear back within a week. I am wondering if there are any updates about this progress?

Please let me know at your convenience. Thank you for your time, and if I can provide any other helpful information I am more than happy to!

Best,

(Your Full Name)

As you can see, follow up emails are, for the most part, completely acceptable and even encouraged! With these tips, you are sure to create a professional, positive relationship with the hiring manager you are interviewing with.

Looking to start your application process? Check out our open jobs!

Need help before applying? Read our blog about how to update your current resume!