If you’re home for the holidays, if you have a few days off from school, or even if you are indefinitely in between job positions, there are many ways to interlace productivity into your Thanksgiving Break. Now, if you’re seeking a relaxing, work-free five day period, stop reading here – we’re all about relaxation! But, if you’re a bit antsy or seeking a way to fill time while accelerating your position as a candidate, then this article is for you…

Down Time Turned Productivity…

  • Resume Upkeep: Yes, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… keep those resumes updated with all of your most recent experiences! Tailoring a few to the look and style of different industries (whether this means including an initial graphic, adding a pop of color, using traditional or trending fonts, etc.), will help you quickly apply to a variety of roles when they arise.
  • Coffee Chats: While maintaining awareness that this time is often used to decompress and forget about work for just a quick moment, there are still some employees aching to stay involved that could be willing to fill thirty minutes of their day to get to know you and teach you a bit about their role, career path, and journey to where they are at now. So, if you’ve had your eye on any potential future mentors, employees at companies you look up to, or even family friends, scheduling a coffee chat sometime this week could be the right next step.
    • Always make sure to provide several available time slots and be flexible!
  • Recommendation Letter Requests: For all of our grad-school applicants, or even our high school seniors, getting ahead of the break (which often means Wednesday for our students) by requesting a recommendation letter is a great way to provide your request with ample time to complete, alleviating the feeling of immediate obligation and instead as a more casual to-do. Always make sure to be clear in your ask, provide a wide window of time for completion, and even provide some materials to highlight the important accomplishments, courses, personal attributes, or other aspects of your life that you’d like them to pay attention to while creating.
  • Course Mapping: With Spring enrollment just around the corner, Thanksgiving break is a great time to begin mapping out the courses and requirements you’re looking to fulfill for the next semester. This may even mean chatting in school groups, gauging certain professor approaches, seeking time recommendations (if you’re an early bird or late starter), and otherwise identifying if there is a schedule feasible with all of your requests.
  • Study Guide Initiation: Trust me, we’ve all been procrastinators before. However, if you are someone seeking to be productive over these next few days, we absolutely recommend you start drafting out a few study guides for upcoming final exams. It is abundantly proven that when studying is spread out over long durations in short spurts instead of crammed into an overnight endeavor, you will perform better!

Again, this is a week for relaxation and time spent with friends, family, pets, or even the television. However, if you’re feeling anxious, antsy, or interested in any of the above actions, you’re sure to set yourself up for future success!

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As many of us college students head back from the holidays, and with the understanding that some travel is still essential around this time, it’s more likely than not that you will be quarantined upon arrival at your new location! So, how can you pass the time throughout the upcoming days? We’re here to help! Keep reading to find out our favorite activities that you can do right from your living room couch (or bed, or just at home in general!)…

5 Activities From Home…

  1. Try out a New Recipe: Getting back in the kitchen is a great way to fill an afternoon with fun, and a welcome distraction from other necessities and obligations of daily life. Now more than ever, there is an endless number of recipes online relating to all cuisines and diets. So, find a friend, a partner, a family member, or take on the endeavor by yourself!
  2. Movie Marathon: There is nothing more nostalgic than bundling under a blanket, grabbing a bowl of popcorn, turning off the lights, and cozying up to a movie marathon. Unsurprisingly one of our favorites is Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, but more than just the actual film, it’s a great way to just relax with those you love.
  3. Engage in a Massive Puzzle: If you’re looking for some brain stimulation, this one’s for you! Getting a hold of a thousand-piece puzzle will keep you occupied for days or weeks to come.
  4. Try out a New Craft: Whether painting, coloring-by-number, using clay, creating DIY jewelry, or even face painting, channeling your inner creativity is a great way to fill a day and also in a way that you’ve likely not engaged in any time recently.
  5. Self-Care Day: And of course, what’s a true quarantine without a bit of self-care? Stocking up on some face masks, painting your nails, making a cup of coffee, or engaging in any activity completed intended for your own care is encouraged and recommended.

While we understand we chose against hyper-focusing on productive activities, we hope that you recognize the importance of relaxing and sometimes just taking it easy for a few days (outside of work obligations). So, indulge yourself in some fun, self-care, and delicious activities while you’re ordered to stay at home! If you have tried a new activity that you’ve loved “in the q,” make sure to drop it in the comments!

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

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As we are all aware, there are more people stressing job loss and experiencing employment gaps than we have seen in the past several years. If you fit this profile, and as the majority of candidates will experience this in-between space within their professional careers, we’re here to help teach you a few ways in which you can utilize your time to optimize strategies that will assist you in landing your next opportunity. Keep reading below to find the ways that we think will help you maintain your professional status as a wonderful candidate…

Capitalizing During an Employment Gap…

  1. Resume Upkeep: In the midst of a workday, we’re sure that the last thing on your mind would be to update your resume to fit your most recent experiences! However, if you’ve got some extra time on your hands, a little resume upkeep is a great way to stay “trendy” with layout, organization, and style, as well as create a resource to rely on and have on hand if any opportunity comes your way.
    1. Extra tip: Tailor different versions of your resume to a variety of industry standards! While financial and several business roles correlate with standard layouts and mainly black and white fonts, journalism focused roles (like creative marketing, graphic design, PR, etc.), are home to a variety of color and organizational formats! So, having a few different types of resumes on hand will help you “customize” your applications in the future without the need for any additional work.
  2. Skill Upkeep and New Endeavors: As you’ve experienced at any point throughout your academic career, sometimes it’s not about the content of the course, but the value is found in training your brain to learn on a constant basis! Exploring new online certifications through companies like LinkedIn or Google, increasing your data competency or exploring introductory coding, or otherwise building any new skillset is a great way to create leverage against other candidates as you compete for positions.
  3. Network: Although we may sound like a broken record…network! You deserve to utilize the connections you’ve worked hard to build throughout your career to secure a foot in the door at a variety of companies prior to interviewing. Who knows if the person you reach out to may coincidentally have a new spot open on their team? Every conversation is worth your time!
  4. Dedication to Each Application: Remember that while you may be able to simply click a button or two and submit a resume to an online job, taking the extra step to tailor your documents (including your cover letter) to the specific job requirements and company values if your key to success!

If you are in the middle of an employment gap, check out our open jobs list here!

Click here to learn more about finding success in interviews!

Even though Veteran’s Day was yesterday, we’re here to remind you of the importance of expressing gratitude for the people around you on a daily basis. It’s crucial to remember that outside of the silly challenges of everyday life, and even the greatest obstacles, the relationships with the people you love hold the power to guide you through the dark times and elevate the light times. Keep reading to hear some of our favorite ways to express gratitude today…

Expressing Gratitude

    1. Remind Someone That You Care! There’s no greater way to show gratitude than by telling someone, in person, that you appreciate all that they do for you. In the midst of the digital age, it’s easy to thank people through emails, text, or even phone calls, but one of our most valued ways to express gratitude is in person.
    2. Suprise a Coworker with Coffee: Now that we’re working behind a screen and without the presence of others, it’s more important than ever to maintain relationships with your coworkers. While coffee may not take a physical form, surprising someone with a virtual gift card to a coffee shop is a great way to not only encourage an individual to take a breath of fresh air and get outside, but to grab a treat along the way.
    3. Pay for the Person Behind You: The next time you find yourself at a coffee or sandwich shop, double your bill for the person behind. With such a surprise and act of kindness, you are guaranteed to make that person’s day!
    4. Clear Your Schedule for Someone Special: This may be a parent, spouse, child, close friend, or even a mentor. Regardless of the relationship, find a day to completely clear your schedule on their behalf. Although our “days” may not look like they used to, taking a long walk, binging a Netflix show, or cooking dinner with company is a great way to showcase to someone that they’re your priority.
    5. Leave an Extra Tip: Especially in places where the bill doesn’t run very high, leave a tip larger than you regularly would! We can guarantee you that your extra note of gratitude will go a very long way. Especially during a time blanketed by job uncertainty, “donating” a few extra dollars to a server or anyone who assists you throughout the day is a great way to pass kindness forward and make a positive impact.

Searching for a new position? Read through our open jobs list!

One of the greatest ways to show gratitude for yourself… learn how to stay well-rounded while working!

We know that after a few months of routine, a large weekend, or even as the weather cools, it may seem more and more difficult to spring up in the morning and get your day started! If you feel like it’s been more and more of a struggle to rise and shine, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out the best strategies that you should use to start your morning and get out of bed (even if you’re WFH and your desk is right next to you!)…

Waking Up in the Morning…

  • Create a Routine Sleeping Schedule: That’s right, the first step in creating a morning routine is actually starting off with what you do before you fall asleep! Creating a set sleeping schedule, trying to stick to a consistent bedtime, eating a balanced diet, and incorporating exercise into your weekly routine is the best way to set yourself up for a secured night of sleep. Restless nights undoubtedly pair with foggy mornings, so maintaining a consistent amount of sleep is sure to set you up for morning success.
    • Extra tip: Before jumping into bed, we encourage you to create a routine to stimulate relaxation and decompress from a day of work; this may include: drinking tea, reading a book, putting away screens, settling into a face mask, or even a simple task like lighting a candle.
  • Stray from the Snooze Button: We encourage you to best try and avoid reliance on the snooze button when you wake up in the morning. If this means setting your alarm a bit later or going to bed a bit earlier, you’re best bet is to create a wake-up call that you will be the most responsive to, instead of one paired with 30 more minutes of snoozing.
  • Immerse Yourself in Natural Lighting: We all love a hardworking blackout shade, however, simply opening up a window or rolling up the shades will allow your room to fill with the natural lighting of a morning. Reminding yourself that the outside day is starting, and escaping the call to sleep that a dark room entails will absolutely assist you in getting out of that bed and starting your day!
  • Make Your Bed: As we’ve mentioned in the past, there is a ton of scientific evidence as to why making your bed in the morning will help you become more productive. So, why not engage in this simple, timely task to engage your brain and stimulate your activity?
  • Put the Phone Away: Immediately casting attention on your phone contributes to an elongated sense of committing to time spent in your bed. Standing up, stretching your body, and initiating daily activities like washing your face, making a cup of coffee, and getting dressed for the day before returning to screens is a crucial component of letting your body know it’s time to start the day.

It’s no doubt that waking up in the morning is a task and one that may often be quieted by our brain’s desire for “five more minutes!” of sleep. However, engaging in these activities will help you to spring into your morning with energy instead of dragging in feeling sleepy… so get started today! There’s no time like the present.

Click here to find out how to continue immersing in company culture from home!

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As the majority of us continue to work from home, it’s now more important than ever to continue to find ways to connect with individuals and especially coworkers. Today, we’re here to investigate and offer a few tips for how you can continue to immerse yourself in your company’s culture, weigh its overall values, and maintain relationships with other employees! Whether you’re new to a company or a “vet,” culture will remain a large component of your overall job satisfaction, so keep reading to find out how to best take advantage of this part of your job…

What is Culture?

Work culture is the concept of your company’s values, beliefs, and attitudes – which ultimately influence the environment of your organization. In today’s business climate, workplace culture is very important when searching for a job. If you’re spending forty plus hours a week at an organization, it is essential that you solidify your personal alignment with the driving principles of the company!

How to Get Involved:

  • Teamwork: In your career, you will undoubtedly find yourself working on many different teams with various types of employees. Firms that monitor and encourage contribution from all team members, and from employees at all different levels are firms that exhibit true care for teamwork, and an office that values teamwork will make sure that all employees are dedicated to its morals and values. One of the greatest aspects that help employees feel valued is an organization’s ability to support and encourage uniqueness and creativity. Flexibility awarded to employees as they complete projects, responsibilities, and even paths to take to achieve goals is one of the greatest ways to measure the trust your company has in you.
  • Happy Hours: So, how do you get connected with your team? We encourage you to initiate happy hours or any type of group gatherings where your team or coworkers can get to get to specifically converse about non-work related topics. Doing so will allow you to get to know your coworkers on a personal (but still appropriate) level and take away from the “guilt” of not doing work while you’re supposed to.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): As organizations become more and more aware of their social responsibility to create a pleasant environment for employees, it is now more common than ever to encounter ERGs. Whether the specific group is centered around identity, belief, affiliation, or hobby, joining an ERG is a great way to connect with others you already share a piece of identity with!
  • Employee Retention: While many aspects of workplace culture are nonmeasurable, employee retention is something that you can actually evaluate. Retention is a great way to measure if culture is being exhibited in an effortful manner. A workplace with a flourishing, successful culture is one that employees will want to work for forever! So, are they staying with your firm?

Above all, we hope that you remember connections and relationships can be cultivated even if they’re through a screen! Taking advantage of the above aspects of any company will allow you to mimic what it’s like to be in-office as much as possible, creating a more meaningful experience with each action you take.

Make sure to read our other blog on workplace culture here!

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Have you ever found yourself networking, at a career-fair, or virtual event where you stumble into a last-minute, spontaneous opportunity to hop on a networking call or interview? If so, we know the nerves that come with late preparation and are here to ensure you have the tools necessary to always be on your toes and ready to take advantage of an opportunity that comes your way.

Let’s set up the scene: You’ve received the call and set up a time for your upcoming phone interview. Now what? As recruiters who prepare our candidates for interviews on a daily basis, we’re here to point out the strategies we find most beneficial for you!

Always Be Prepared…

  • Always, always be ready and available! In reality, if you are unprepared at the time of your interview, it is unlikely that you will be able to justify this inconvenience in your interviewer’s time. Write your scheduled time down on post-its, set reminders, and allow yourself at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time to wait for the call.
  • Set up Your Environment: Eliminate all potential background noise, whether this is the footsteps of others walking around you, keyboard clicks (take notes on paper!), children, or any other distraction that your interviewer will be able to hear through the phone. This will help you to understand the questions and maintain focus, while also asserting the engagement of your interviewer.
  • Your Greatest Advantage, Note-taking! Arguably the greatest benefit of a phone interview (which is the way that almost all interviews are currently taking place!) is the fact that your interviewer cannot see your face or actions. Take advantage of this opportunity! You should, at the very least, have a sheet of potential questions prepared, as well as a note sheet about company information, values, goals, job responsibilities, and anything else relative to your position. Your interviewer most likely expects that you have this on hand, and for that reason will expect you to be aware and prepared.
    • Extra Tip: This also includes having a copy of your resume on hand!
  • Let Them Lead the Way: A specific challenge regarding phone call conversations is the tendency to intervene, or begin answering a question out of eagerness. However, be sure to allow your interviewer to lead the conversation and finish their sentences before you begin speaking.
  • Tone, Pace, and Enunciation: Pay extra attention to the way in which you will be perceived! Especially due the the fact that you’re unable to showcase a smile and body language through a phone (although this is absolutely possible over video), it is crucial that you maintain awareness of sounding positive, smiling!!, and enunciating each word so as to be as clear as possible in your statements.
  • Practice Makes Perfect! We encourage you to conduct a “mock” phone interview with a friend, family member, or even through a voicemail or voice memo. This is a great way to evaluate your tone, use of “um,” “like,” or other filler words that cause you to sound nervous or shaky, and implement improvements before the real deal!
  • Remember…even the most impromptu interviews could lead to your dream job. Thank your interviewer, prepare questions, introduce yourself and keep a running tab of your key information (strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments, etc.), talk slowly and confidently, and make sure to ask for a moment if you need one!

The most important component of an interview is achieving a positive first impression! Following these strategies will also you to do so in no time.

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Looking for more? Read our article about selling yourself and first impressions!

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 four tips to jump-start your Monday and get this week going…

Let’s “Jump” Right In…

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Gratitude and mindfulness activities, like journaling or breathing when you wake up instead of opting to grasp your phone, are a fantastic way to help you stay grounded and put your mind at peace before diving into the week’s tasks. Many people steer away from doing so as a result of the misconception that it will take a large sum of effort… don’t be fooled! Gratitude may only take a brief moment to create a mental list of 3 items, people, places, or anything that brings you happiness and positivity. Try to incorporate these exercises into your routine in any way possible!
  2. 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 in a WFH or “school”FH format, it is crucial to make sure you’re staying on top of all obligations as usual.
  3. 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.!
  4. 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 proven health benefits, eating breakfast will supply you energy and a consistent “routine” starting action 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!

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

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

Since we’ve been offering you insight into how to appropriately accept and decline job offers, the next step is going about negotiations! If you are on the fence about an opportunity, correctly negotiating an offer is an action that employers have grown to almost expect from prospective candidates and one that is not always discouraged. However, there are ways to do so respectfully, and mechanisms to increase your likelihood of success! Keep reading to find out what they are below…

Negotiation Strategies…

  • Remember: You Don’t Need to Disclose! We strongly encourage you to wait until you receive a formal, written offer letter before initiating negotiations. It is essential to see the exact number the company plans to compensate so as to be able to distinctively identify the quantity of additional pay it will take for you to accept. Additionally, while it may feel uncomfortable to decline to expose your current salary, doing so may decrease the final salary you are offered. Take it this way, disclosing current pay thousands of dollars below what the company would have expected to compensate you will ultimately result in consequential lost salary.
  • Prepare: Before entering into a negotiation conversation, it is essential that you prepare a mental list of reasons as to why you deserve a higher salary, how your qualifications support your opinion, and how potential experiences or offers have contributed to this decision.
    • Extra Tip: Especially if you are negotiating other aspects of your job like work hours, explain specific reasons as to why other hours may not work for you. Also, make sure not to compare it to another company! ie: Well X company is offering __, so I want…
  • Maintain Control: With 3 easy steps, the Ladder’s Emilie Ares will teach you how to move on from this question in a way that will avoid the awkward atmosphere change – while helping you keep a dominant stance over your negotiation (watch here)!
    • Tone Awareness: The most enticing reason to offer competitive pay stems from how valuable you appear to your future employer. An enormous component of value is personality and delivery! For that reason, always maintain awareness of how you are initiating negotiating conversations.
    • Do: Sound respectful, aware, excited, willing to meet a compromise, open-minded, and politely assertive.
    • Don’t: Appear greedy, condescending, expectant, or entitled.
  • Self-Assess and Evaluate: Before deciding whether or not to negotiate, assess whether you are truly open to accepting a final offer at the company you are interviewing for. If so, make sure to express interest and commitment to the position! If it appears that you will not accept a higher offer and are not truly interested, your likelihood of achieving negotiation is far lower.

We’ll end today with a cheesy note of encouragement… remember… If you believe it, you will achieve it! (So, believe in yourself and your worth!)

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Happy Monday to everyone! Today, we’re here to share the second half of our previous series surrounding the etiquette of job offer acceptances or declines. Keep reading here if you’re in the midst of accepting a job offer! We’ll teach what to do and what not to do to maintain respect, excitement, and healthy levels of negotiations…

Offer Acceptance…

Express Gratitude!

Whether through email, over the phone, or face to face, expressing appreciation and gratitude for the offer you’re given is the most important trait of respect and portraying your best professional self. While this relates to both accepting and declining offers, no matter how the written and formal component relates to your prior expectations, always make sure to showcase gratitude and thank each employee in the process for the time they’ve spent working with you. Also, if you plan to negotiate at any step along the way, expressing appreciation and excitement will set the right tone to step into the next part of the acceptance process.

Offer Evaluation:

At this point, you’ve received a written physical or digital copy of the offer you’ve been provided by the given company. At this point, it’s time to evaluate each component of the letter: what is the compensation, what are the benefits, do you have access to each of the benefits, how do the PTO days align with your expectations, are you encouraged to relocate, are you able to WFH, what is the commute like… and as you can imagine the list goes on and on! After mentally deciphering each of these questions, and maybe even writing down a pros and cons list, you’ll be ready to analyze your need to negotiate. We encourage you to create a list of concrete evidence (i.e.: experience, previous salary, relocating costs, etc.), prior to entering negotiation conversations so as to be as prepared as possible. Consulting with a recruiter or mentor at this point in the process may be your key to success! And remember, there is often some type of time constraint surrounding the acceptance deadline. Make sure to initiate follow-up conversations about the offer as quickly as possible so as to stay on the right timeline and not leave anything to the last minute!

Accepting the Offer

Finally, accept the offer! Make sure to include a few things in your correspondence: express gratitude and thanks for the opportunity, include verbiage stating that you accept the company’s offer, state what title you are accepting, and recap the salary and benefits that you both agreed on. Recapping the salary and benefits will help ensure there isn’t any confusion on either side. And ultimately…include the date you expect to start!

Accepting a job offer can be stressful at times, but follow our tips to help put your stress at ease. We’ve previously talked about what kinds of questions you should ask before you accept a job offer, so if you need a refresher on that make sure to follow this link!

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This week, we’re here to teach you how to politely accept or decline a job offer that comes your way. The reality of your career is that not every opportunity will come to you at the right time or in the exact manner you expect. While that may sometimes pose a great chance to be spontaneous and step out of your comfort zone, there are definitely times when it is appropriate to decline. Keep reading to find out how to do so here…

Declining a Job Offer…

Saying Thank You

The absolute most important component of correctly declining an offer is to express gratitude for the opportunity. Whether that is over the phone or through email, taking time to craft a personal thank you to the recruiters you’ve met and each interviewer will show that you took the offer seriously and maintained respect despite whichever outcome occurs. Make sure to send your thank you letter promptly (within 24 hours) of the offer in addition to your decision if you are already sure that this isn’t the right fit for you.

Providing Meaningful Reasoning

Remember, you’re not locked into any role that you apply to! More often than not, candidates are in the application process for a variety of different roles, so it is not too crazy that you may narrow down or succeed in being offered two or three different roles. Especially to our college grads, make sure to effectively explain the reasoning behind your final decision to the hiring manager so as to avoid seeming like a baseless decision. Whether you’ve decided to stay at your original role, hope to instead relocate somewhere else, have an offer with a high compensation that you cannot turn down, etc., providing additional information is a great way to verify your decision. However, make sure to always be clear and concise! There is no need to go into too much depth about which opportunity you’ve decided to pursue instead.

Maintaining the Relationship

While this aspect of a job offer conversation takes place farther down the road, we encourage you to maintain relationships with both the recruiters that connected you to the role, hiring manager, interviewers, or anyone that you especially connected with throughout the process. You never know when you may find yourself back on that job search, and upholding a chance of re-pursuing a prior role as a result of relationships you’ve worked to cultivate will prove a key to your success.

It is so important to understand that it’s completely acceptable to decline an opportunity! It is the way in which you communicate that will solidify the “terms” you leave on the company, so follow these steps and we’re sure you’ll achieve a long-term connection and positive stance!

Read about the questions to ask before accepting a job offer here!

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If you’re feeling deflated by the current circumstances of our economy, today we’re here to shed light on a fantastic option for post-graduation that may help you evade the job market through a different route. While still requiring you to participate in the application process, an internship is a great option for you to take after graduating college that will help you elongate your search to confirm your desired career path while still providing you a source of income and professional development! Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of accepting an internship instead of a full-time position…

Internships Post-Graduation…

  • City Exploration: While we may still be operating in the virtual format at the beginning of next year, an internship in a new location is still a great way (or excuse) to push you to explore a different area of your state or even the entire country! Moving away and knowing that there is essentially an “expiration” date for your to reevaluate provides a huge sense of comfort and is the epitome of… why not?!
  • Career Exploration: In a similar way to how an internship may encourage you to try out a completely new environment, this job format may also provide you a chance to explore a completely different career path or try something that you may have never previously considered! Why not go for that accounting, marketing, graphic design, fashion, product development, supply chain, real estate, finance, or any other role that taps into a newfound skillset that you haven’t ever been able to develop in the past?!
  • Push Back and a Chance to … Relax! While internships are still an equally professional commitment to a full-time role, this type of temporary commitment will still allow you to push off your final date before full-time immersion at an organization. We know that with graduation may come to a sense of anxiety about the future and your long-term career goals, so instead of diving in headfirst, we completely support taking it “step by step into the water” by trying out an internship first.

In the end, many internships even transition into full-time roles… so use these types of positions to your advantage, as a resource, and in the meantime before a final job search! There is no better time than the present to get started!

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

Prepare for tricky interview questions by checking our article here!

As exam season quickly approaches, today, I’m hoping to offer some of my best and unique studying tricks that I’ve accumulated throughout the last four years of college! If you’ve ever wished you could ask a college senior how to best prepare for exams (and in the quickest way possible of COURSE!), then this article is for you. Keep reading to find out the secrets to an exam “A” today…

Studying in the Virtual Environment…

Time Management and Early Preparation

Yes, despite the ease of procrastination that often leads us to wait until the last minute to complete assignments, projects, and study materials, the key to success is managing time and beginning the study process early enough. Doing so not only helps you to stay organized, as we also encourage you to block off a relatively short, but significant, amount of time each day leading up to the exam, but will help you divide out the bulk of studying so as to not have to account for loads of materials in a short time period. Additionally, it has been scientifically proven that our brains retain information much more efficiently if spaced out over time, instead of in the 48 hours leading up to the exam. So, how do you get started? We recommend compiling your notes from the semester into a document where you can read, interact, and even create flashcards or other resources based on the most important topics.

Listening to Your Brain

This may sound unique, but yes, I am encouraging you to STOP studying when your brain alerts you! We’ve all been there, it’s midnight, we’re basically asleep but still pushing through to get in that last hour of studying for the exam. While you may think I sound crazy, I am a firm believer in the importance of sleeping, taking a walk, grabbing a cup of coffee, or otherwise removing yourself from the material to avoid going crazy. Even more, it’s highly unlikely that in your state of exhaustion you will be capable of retaining important information. So, by blocking off little time periods for a week or two leading up to the exam (doesn’t have to be more than 30 mins/day!), and avoiding the late hours of the night, you’ll be able to ace your exam without giving up your mental health and stability.

Remember, one exam will not shift the course of your life! Take a deep breath, and don’t go too crazy – you’ve already learned the majority of information solely by attending class. Following the tips above will prove the key to push you over the edge to that A!

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In the heat of campus recruiting season, we’re here to teach you a few tips and tricks that will help you stand out in an interview process even over a screen! Keep reading to find out…

Standing Out to Recruiters…

  1. Prepare: Prepare for interview questions normally, as you would for any other interview. Practice interviewing and answering questions in front of the camera before your virtual interview and make sure that the recruiter your speaking to understands that you value their time just as you would any other day or year.
  2. Technology test: Test your technology prior to your interview. Make sure your webcam and microphone are working properly. Double-check your wifi connection as well! Completing these tasks before your interview is necessary so you don’t have any technology mishaps right before or during the conversation. Securing your technology environment prior to initiating your chat will play into your overall preparation and help an interviewer to not only recognize your technical competency but dedication to the role.
  3. Body Language and Virtual Eye Contact: It is super easy to forget how visible your body language and eye contact is when there is a screen barrier between you and any person your talking to. However, remember that interviewers can still see if you’re distracted, looking at your phone, checking the time, or otherwise directing attention away from the conversation. Make sure to smile, sit up straight, and maintain eye contact with your interviewer!
  4. Dress for success! Even though only your top half will likely be visible on the screen, dressing professionally in a head to toe outfit will help you mentally charge up as you would for an in-person interview. In order to make everything feel as “normal” as possible, mirroring normal actions like interview wear is a great key to mental preparation.

It’s so important to remember that you are not alone in our industry’s overall adaptation to the virtual interview format. However, becoming stuck in what’s changed will only cloud your mindset and clarity. So make sure to follow our tips to mimic a “normal” environment as much as possible and set yourself up for success!

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Prepare for tricky interview questions by checking our article here!

Especially given the job-climate that we college seniors are living in, this recruiting season may provide you a reason to consider relocating post-grad more than ever before. If your offer requires you to move across the U.S., and you’re feeling anxious about the thought, keep reading to find out some personal benefits of moving away from home and to any new location!

Considering Relocating…

  • Developing Independence: While college is undoubtedly a phenomenal resource that allows students to experience independence for the first time, living on your own in a different city will provide even more opportunities for maturity and growth. Likely, you will be placing yourself in an environment without the cushion of dozens of friends, familiar professors and buildings, and even restaurants and coffee shops! For that reason, you may find yourself with new, unexpected responsibilities and opportunities: navigating grocery shopping, finding outlets of relaxation, new exercise routes or studios, seeking new friendships or mentors, etc. This is an amazing time to put your skills to the test!
  • Dream Company: At least in my experience, I’ve found that some of my “dream” companies are located solely in California, New York, Austin, etc. So, if leaving your hometown for one summer may allow you to pursue your absolute dream role, this is the time to do so! Not only will work for a company that you’re passionate about making the summer more enjoyable and fun, but it may allow you to explore an area of the U.S. that you hadn’t even previously considered!
  • New Start: A supernormal feeling that comes with college graduation is some time to reevaluate your current satisfaction with the people who you surround yourself will. While not necessarily bad, it’s completely reasonable to feel as though you’ve outgrown your close circle, or that you’re in the market for a refresh. Moving to a new location will undoubtedly help you immerse yourself in a new culture and therefore surround yourself with people different and similar to yourself. Refreshing your social circle after graduation is a phenomenal reason to explore a new city, state, or region of the U.S. and beyond!
  • Temporary Commitment: More now than ever before, companies are developing and offering rotational programs for graduates post-college. Accepting a role of this sort will provide you an exceptional measure of testing out a new city with an expiration date in mind. One year, two years, or even a few months from now, you’ll be able to reassess your contentment with a city and potentially even relocate again!

While the thought of relocating may seem daunting, we hope that these justifications help ease your nerves! This COVID-influenced workforce is changing each day, and grasping the change with confidence and an open-mind may prove your key to achieving a full-time role.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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