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!

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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!

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!

We all know that jittery feeling that comes in the days leading up to an important interview. Your resume was a hit, you’ve passed the first few “tests”, but now it’s time for the real show. Just as you virtually showcased your professional appearance, you must do so in person, too. Your true first impression occurs the moment you walk into the interview office – let’s make sure you create it well!

Clothing: 

When it comes to clothing, always keep the word “conservative” in mind. By erring on the side of caution, you’ll make sure that your outfit will always be appropriate for your position. Wondering how to be conservative? Here are a few tips:

  1. Wear clothing that fits! If your pants or skirt are too tight or too loose, chances are they won’t help you look the best you can be. Make sure your clothing fits well, is the appropriate length (skirts below the knee, shirts not cut too low), and is well kept (no creases, ironed if necessary, and absolutely NO stains!).
  2. Keep colors low! Always steer clear of bright, neon, or seemingly “loud” colors when planning your outfit. Colors that are too bold are often distracting, and can even come across as immature. Keep colors simple – greys, whites, blacks, and dark blues are perfect colors to appear presentable and professional.
  3. Extra note: Stay away from patterns, and especially from logos. Clothing that is covered in prints or words will absolutely take away from your overall appearance. On a similar note, try to avoid any clothing that is too ruffled or frilly. Anything distracting can take away from your appearance.

Accessories and Shoes: 

While your shirt, jacket, pants, or skirt are often the main components of your appearance, think of your accessories and shoes as the cherry on top.

Accessories: Accessories are absolutely acceptable for interviews, but there is definitely a correct way to accessorize your outfit. Keeping accessories to golds and silvers is almost always the best way to add a conservative touch to your appearance without looking too “blingy”. Try to avoid bright colors, heavy jewelry, and definitely keep it to a minimum! That being said, if you do want to accessorize your outfit, focus on either earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace, not a combo of all three!

  • For men: Watches are a great, professional looking addition to any outfit. Still, keep in mind that too blingy is too much!
  • For hair: If you have long hair, and want to wear it up, use a black or dark-colored ponytail, no scrunchies, colorful clips, or shiny headbands. Also, keep in mind the specific hairstyle you are aiming for. Simple = successful.

Shoes: Keeping shoes subtle is also the best way to add style and customize your outfit while still maintaining an appropriate appearance. Continue to keep in mind that softer colors are more fitting for an interview. Additionally, shoes should cover your whole foot, so open-toed heels, wedges, and sandals are not the best choice.

  • Type of shoe: Flats are the safest option! However, if you’re like me, and you are a tad bit vertically disadvantaged, heels are acceptable. Always keep heel hight below 3 inches, and steer clear of stilettos. If your heels would receive compliments at a nightclub, save them for that occasion instead.
  • Safest colors: Black, brown, grey, dark blue or other dark shades of colors.

 

With all of these tips and tricks, you are headed in the perfect direction to rock this interview! Good luck!

Need help getting there? Check out our blog on how to find a job after college!

With the digital age upon us, now more than ever, it is easy to get mixed up between the various modes of communication that we use in our everyday life. At any given time you can find a person texting a friend, emailing a boss, and drafting a paper all at the same time! In a world now built around multitasking, it’s extremely important to be able to differentiate the appropriate means of communicating through email instead of text. Keep reading to find out some easy and appropriate ways to communicate professionally…

Greeting:

As does any other card you would write, an email requires a standard greeting. While a text often gets straight to the point, when emailing it is important to be cognizant of your short “intro”. Providing a kind hello to any recipient of an email you write will immediately set a professional, kind, and caring tone to your message.

 Examples of appropriate greetings: 

  1. Dear [Name],
  2. Hi [Name],
  3. Hello [Name],
  4. Hi Team,
  5. Greetings Everyone,

Provide Background, Be Clear:

Again, text messages often work to incorporate the least words possible to get the job done. Emails are super different! While a text might ask, “Did you get the job done?” An email should provide background information instead of assuming that the subject is clear. For example, an email inquiring about that same question should say, “Hi ___, I want to recap on the project we discussed last Friday regarding ____. Were you able to complete your task as discussed? Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Thank you.” That way, you will decrease the number of emails sent back and forth in order to achieve clarification, and the email will appear thought out and formal.

Extra tip: It is always a good idea to include dates, numbers, and names when referencing projects, meetings, or deadlines. The more complete information you provide, and the fewer questions you leave the recipient with, the greater answer you will receive!

Clarity Continued:

Avoid any and all “texting lingo” in professional emails. This includes but is not limited to: “U”, “Urs”, “Gtg”, “Brb”, “Cya”, “Cuz”, “Y”, “R”, “K”, “Kk”.

Always End With a Thank You:

In the same way that a proper greeting sets a kind tone at the beginning of an email, a quick wrap-up thank you comment will leave your reader in a pleasant mood (which will also increase the odds of a positive response!). Even if you are not asking for a favor, still make sure to thank any person for taking the time to read your email.

Quick, easy thank you’s:

  1. Thank you for your time.
  2. Thank you for your patience.
  3. Thank you for understanding.
  4. Thank you for helping/your assistance.
  5. Thank you in advance, or In advance, thank you.
  6. Thank you for your time, please let me know if I can help you in any way.
  7. Thank you for your time, please let me know if you have any questions.
  8. Thank you and have a great weekend.
  9. Thank you and have a great day.
  10. Thank you for your consideration.

Polite Signature:

Just like you greeted your recipient, say goodbye as well! While signing just your name is not necessarily “wrong”, adding a proper ending creates a lasting impression. Choose any of the following and you’ll be all set!

  1. Best,
  2. Best wishes,
  3. Best regards,
  4. Sincerely,
  5. Thank you,
  6. With gratitude,
  7. Kind regards,

Last note: Sign your full name and include any work information, job title, work or cell number, or any other important contact information. It is quick and super easy to create a signature from any email provider! Set yours up today if you do not have one already.

Now that you’re prepared to send some great emails, feel free to try one out at [email protected]

Additionally, we welcome emails following your application to any of our current open jobs!

 

We are pleased to introduce our summer intern, Hannah McDermott! Hannah will be managing all social media activity, including writing our bi-weekly blogs. Check out our LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to keep up with her posts! She will also be assisting with administrative tasks.

Since she was born, Hannah has been fascinated by communication. Whether as a “chatty” student or in her role as Marketing Manager for a national charity event, Hannah has always had a knack for connecting with her audiences. With an interest in and strong desire to develop strategies for effective social media and marketing promotions, Hannah applied and was directly admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business. Academically, she is pursuing her passion for Marketing and Risk Management. Hannah combines her tireless desire to reach and attract readers with her creative and relevant content in order to expand Esquire’s professional footprint. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, trendy restaurants, exercising, hanging out with friends, and spending time with family.

You can still expect to read more about these awesome topics all summer:

  • Esquire news and staff features.
  • New technological advancements in employment practices.
  • How to answer tough interview questions.
  • How to write your best resume, now and later.
  • New takes on old tips.
  • How to make the most of unemployment.
  • How to re-enter the workforce and how to search for jobs.
  • How to look for and land internships.
  • Advice on employment in various industries and fields.
  • Whatever you want! Leave feedback and requests here on the blog, by email, and on our social media pages!

If you would like to recommend any blog topics or request a specific focus feel free to reach out to [email protected] for any and all inquiries! You are also more than welcome to reach out to Hannah for any information as to what her internship is like, what to expect from a new internship, and the “ins n’ outs” she’s learned about our industry and Esquire Recruiting LLC.

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In the past six years, Esquire Recruiting has grown to be a greatly influential, successful legal recruiting firm. Throughout this journey, their team of recruiters has worked tirelessly to perform and perfect their strategies, which has allowed them to cultivate into an unbeatable force. These skills have allowed Esquire Recruiting to consistently staff legal positions worldwide, acquiring recognition in the international market and landing on the 2016 INC 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. As a company that partners with new clients frequently, we know the challenges that come with hiring and filling difficult positions. Now, we know we’re the best team to pair with, and here’s why …

Hiring in the Legal Space:

With years of experience working with all types of legal firms, small, mid-sized, and large, Esquire is intimately familiar with the type of candidate that law firms are constantly in search of. From entry-level staff up to managers, legal secretaries to business development specialists, Esquire is well-versed in the expectations that legal roles demand, and the type of employee that will best fulfill those needs. Our firm is highly connected within the legal industry and continues to expand its network daily.

Why Esquire?

Esquire Recruiting is a unique, hands-on recruiting firm. What sets us aside from most is the team of recruiters that fuels our success. With an attorney and other professionals on staff, we have been in the shoes we are filling and know how to find the best “fit”. With first-hand knowledge of the legal industry, and years of recruiting experience, our combined talent offers a wealth of resources to our clients. The Esquire team is truly a team that cares genuinely for each other, each candidate, and each client. As a boutique organization, we strive to promote and assure individualized attention to each hiring manager we work with. With that commitment, we build lasting relationships with each candidate and client we partner with. In fact, many candidates we place become clients! Every firm that pairs with Esquire is guaranteed a personal account manager backed by a collaborative team, and an unyielding promise to achieve success.

So the next time you are searching for a new employee at your law firm, think Esquire. We will conquer the challenges associated with searching and hiring for all of your new employees with motivation, dedication, and a smile!

Want to learn more about our team, history, and services? Check out our about page and legal services!

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We know how easy it is to get “stuck in your ways” once you create a professional, quality resume. However, we also know that your resume is a vital aspect of landing each job you apply to. For that reason, it requires frequent up-keep, customization, and clean-up. Don’t worry, we’re here to teach you how to do it!

First Impressions:

Above all else, your resume is often your first impression for your future employer. Because each employer scans dozens of applicants’ resumes, yours must help you to immediately stand out and prove that you are the most qualified applicant.

Furthermore, most social media pages like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, often do not show professional appearance. For that reason, LinkedIn is the most important virtual representation of who you are for your next potential employer. Your LinkedIn profile, which showcases each of your professional experiences, must align with your resume. The jobs you include on your resume should paint a picture of who you are to your employer, and your LinkedIn profile should further extend the self-image you wish to promote. However, not all experiences shown on your LinkedIn profile will be able to fit on your resume, so make sure to pick the experiences most pertinent to the job you are applying for on that specific resume.

Content:

One of the most significant aspects of your resume is the content that you include. All content portrayed must be both relevant and recent. So, if your first job as a 15-year-old Summer Day Camp Counselor is still included on your 24-year-old resume, reevaluate if that is the most on-topic piece of information that will help you stand out in an application pool. Additionally, make sure that the information you include on each resume you submit is in tune with what the company is looking for. For example, if you are applying for a Marketing role, make sure to include an experience that illustrates your ability to think creatively and promote a brand. If you are applying for a Financial role, highlight any financial-related experiences you were responsible for in clubs (even if in college), organizations, or other companies.

However, while information should be relevant and recent, do understand that there are times when crucial experience stems from several years ago –  so always be the ultimate judge of what “snapshots” will ultimately guide your employer’s decision to advance your application.

A specific way to keep track of each of your experiences, in order to create various, unique resumes for each employer, is to create a documented log. Whether this includes club memberships in college, initial professional work experience, or even volunteer service, keeping a list of all of your accomplishments will save you immense amounts of time when drafting new resumes, and also in alternating, editing, and adding specific experiences to current ones.

Extra Tip: Set a routine for resume up-keep – make sure to do so every 3 to 6-months! This way, you will constantly be adding and deleting new experiences and successes, and when the time comes to submit your resume to an organization, you will be well-equipped to provide one that is relevant, recent, and ready!

Appearance:

The appearance of your resume is often the key component in whether an employer will choose to take the time to review it. In order to solidify their interest, confirm that yours is clear, organized and proof-read!

It is no challenge to create an excellent resume, in fact, there are several resources available online for free that will help you either create a new resume or update your current one. Here is one example!

Some tips to always keep in mind when considering the physical appearance of your resume:

  • It should always be organized in reverse chronological format. That way, your employer will not be searching for your most recent experience, but will instead be able to easily follow your design.
  • Your resume should not be covered in bright colors, but should instead be written in black (or dark-colored) font over a white background.
  • In addition to color, the font type should be effortlessly readable. Fortunately, there are several fonts available to help you craft a resume that matches your style while still maintaining a professional appearance.
  • Keep in mind what kind of role you are applying to:
    • i.e.: An accounting position is generally serious and does not require creative content. Your resume should reflect that with a standard, black font. However, a digital studies job which requires great creativity can be paired with a more unique looking resume, potentially enhanced by colors or spatial format.

Last note… Social Media!

We’ve all heard that most employers now look at potential hires’ social media accounts. But seriously, they do. Keep it clean and professional no matter what platform you belong to. An employee who appears presentable across all social media channels is an employee that all companies are searching for!

Good luck!

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You rocked the interview, landed the job, and sent a thank you email to your recruiter, now what? Should you maintain contact? The answer is yes! Absolutely. There is a multitude of ways that recruiters help their candidates beyond assisting in connecting them to potential job opportunities. Here are a few:

Resume Opinions:

After seeing hundreds of resumes, recruiters are some of the most well-versed resume builders in the world. Continue to maintain contact and reach out for help in developing and updating your resume. Primarily, add the job they just helped you obtain! The reflection of their hard work on your updated resume is meaningful on both ends, and showing your continuous value in their work is an extended, significant way of saying, “thank you.”

Check-in Twice a Year:

Checking in is a low-effort-requiring and yet extremely meaningful opportunity to again illustrate your value in your recruiter’s work. In order to do so, send a quick email, or ask to meet for a quick bite to eat or cup of coffee. Your email can be as short as a paragraph or as long as an essay, but make sure to include an update of how you are performing at your company, if you are happy in your position, and reiterate your level of gratitude for their help. Also remember, it is always kind to ask questions! A simple, “how have you been?” or “how has your business been going?” goes a long way.

In addition to checking, feel free to address any inquiries you have about your work field. In combination with resume building, recruiters are amazing resources for providing market value and information, and expanding professional networks. By connecting with new people every day, recruiters rapidly build their networks, and you can easily receive help from them if you are looking to expand your own (even if you are just looking to reach out to another professional in a similar position in your career, or better, your “dream” job!).

Recommending Recruiters:

Recommend your recruiter to others if you had a pleasant experience! They did a great deal of work for you, and “returning the favor” by recommending them to others is another substantial way of saying, “thank you.” Another way to do this is by leaving a good review. Whether on their LinkedIn page or on another website, recommendations are vastly important. Boost your recruiter’s reputation and professional footprint by exemplifying how great of a job they did for you through a recommendation.

On the other hand, if you believe you know a person who would be a great candidate for a position your recruiter is filling, recommend them to your recruiter. You never know if you could potentially be making your recruiter’s job much easier by supplying them with their new, best candidate!

Final Note:

Contrary to popular belief, recruiting is not a one-way street. Help your recruiters in the same way they helped you by following these simple steps and you will absolutely form a lasting, meaningful relationship with your recruiter. Now go send that check-in email, write that recommendation, or grab that cup of coffee!

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These days, it seems like every student is searching for an internship! If you fall into this category, keep reading these tips on how to find your own internship. If the search feels daunting, don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Brainstorm Your Goals, Values, and Desires:

Before you dive into your internet search, take time to think about what exactly you are looking for in an internship. What are your goals in terms of experience? Remember, it’s completely okay to be in search of any type of experience you can get your hands on! If that’s your goal, keep an open mind to any opportunities that come your way.

What are your values? Working for an organization whose values align with yours will set a great foundation for a compatible, meaningful experience. Taking a few moments to jot down your top 5 values and goals will go a long way. Quick tip: make your goals specific and attainable! For example, instead of aiming to “grow your computer skills,” write, “take Microsoft Excel proficiency course by June 1st.”

Draft Your Resume and Update Your LinkedIn Profile:

Understanding that your resume should cater to the needs of the company you are applying to is one of the most important concepts you can learn. Each resume you submit should be slightly altered to show the organization that your experience is in tune with exactly what they’re looking for. However, remember that your resume only shows a quick snapshot of who you are, it should leave your employer wanting more. Luckily, you’ll be able to put on your show during the interview.

Additionally, always keep your LinkedIn profile updated to showcase all of your experience. You never know when a potential employer could stumble across your page. Make sure they’ll like what they see (including a professional, clear profile picture)!

Be Proactive:

There are a ton of resources and websites available, and for free, find them! Start your search early in the year, that way you will keep up to date with all available opportunities, as well as get a head start on your competitors. If you wait, positions will fill at a rapid pace, so make sure you’re ready to go come Fall. Not only are there a plethora of online resources available to students to help them connect with internship opportunities, but many of these websites are free for access! That’s right, all you need to do is click a button and voila – a list of opportunity is at your fingertips. Curious for more? Check out this list of internship websites!

Additionally, if you’re a college student, attend your career fairs and keep an eye out for any and all networking opportunities. Reaching out to career advisors, and even academic advisors will help you find out about the endless opportunities your University provides in hopes of connecting their students to remarkable internships.

Reach Out to Your Network:

As a college student, it is immensely important for you to continue expanding your professional network every day. One way to do so is through LinkedIn. Connect with all teachers, friends, family, or alumni of your University! People love to talk about what they do. Asking to conduct an informational interview or learn more about someone else’s profession can likely help you get ahead in an application pool when they potentially put in a good word for you. You should always be proactive in learning about the careers among those you are connected to, potential websites that connect you with alumni from your University, or connections that work in fields you are potentially interested in.

Prepare For Your Interview:

Although this step is a little farther down the road, here are a few tips to help you rock your interview. First, jot down a list of experiences and stories that will help you answer common interview questions. This can be done at any time and will be a huge assistance to you when customizing your persona to each company you interview for.

Always:

  1. Arrive early.
  2. Shake your interviewer’s hand thoroughly upon arrival.
  3. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
  4. Sit up straight! Shoulders back, chin up.
  5. Smile, maintain a happy demeanor and uphold your positive energy.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to compose yourself. Your interviewer knows that some questions may be tough, and you are much better off allowing yourself a moment to gather your own thoughts instead of rushing to provide a weak answer.
  7. Prepare questions for the interviewer, show your interest in the position and that you’ve done your homework.
  8. Once the interview is wrapping up, thank them for their time and ask about next steps.
  9. Send a “thank you” follow up email within 24 hours of the interview.

Finally, remember, all experience is important experience! Especially as freshman and sophomores, any professional work experience will assist you in future opportunities, as well as help you build your resume. Good luck!

Need help building your LinkedIn profile? Check out this link!

Looking to find a job instead of an internship? Find out how to do so here!

No matter what company, we’ve all encountered co-workers that seem impossible to get along with, bosses who are intimidating, or general employees who can’t seem to “get the hint” about how to politely share office space. Before things fall apart, check out these tips and tricks to help you maintain patience, ensure all employees (including yourself!) are getting along at workand be the best co-worker you can be.

Getting Along at Work with Co-Workers:

You are not the first, and certainly not the last person, to encounter a co-worker who appears unreasonably difficult to get along with. However, in order for you to succeed as an individual employee, you must be able to succeed as part of a team. Here are some ways to do it:

  1. Take your first impression seriously!
    • Any person you meet appreciates feeling valued. Keep that idea in mind as you introduce yourself to other employees. Whether you are working as a new hire or are a veteran of an organization, it is vastly important to make sure you leave a great first impression on any co-workers you encounter. Make eye contact as you introduce yourself, shake each person’s hand, and maintain a genuine smile and happy attitude.
  2. In conversation:
    • Stay away from “taboo” topics
      • In order to ensure that you will never be put in an uncomfortable situation and that you will never make someone feel awkward, steer clear of topics that often entice several varying, contrasting opinions. Some of these topics include politics, religious beliefs, or sexuality. By avoiding topics that should not be discussed at work, you will keep away from creating uncomfortable or hostile conversations between your co-workers and yourself, while also keeping talk light, enjoyable, and casual.
    • Do not talk bad about other employees
      • Although you may disagree or bat heads with other employees, keep those thoughts to yourself. Talking badly about other employees, or gossiping about rumors within the office makes you look bad more than anyone else. Keep your words clean and you’ll be in the clear!
    • Ask questions 
      • While you may be inclined to talk about yourself or your own accomplishments, make sure you always ask the person you are conversing with about their life as well. Get to know your co-workers – after all, you will be spending most of your time with them! It will be much easier to build relationships and further conversations once you know about their lives as well.
  3. Politeness, etiquette, respect 
    • By showing respect to all employees, you will receive respect in return. In order to do so, maintain proper etiquette within your office space. Some examples of proper behavior include cleaning up after yourself, leaving the workplace in order, making sure your actions do not distract those around you (ie: keeping music to a low), and keeping a clean desk. We’ll talk a little more about that in a bit.
  4. Finally… be kind and caring!
    • Your attitude towards others is the utmost important factor in the relationships you will create within any organization. The stress of work can easily take a toll on your co-workers, as well as yourself, so keeping a smile and kind attitude when interacting with the people that surround you every day is extremely important. A quick smile will easily make someone’s day and does not require a lot of effort. Especially when you sense that an associate may be having a bad day, offering a helping hand has a huge impact.

Guaranteeing Confrontations, Not Altercations: 

In most modern work settings, employees are expected to work in teams. While this strategy expands the number of perspectives, ideas, and opinions that contribute to final projects, working in large groups can sometimes lead to disagreements. It is important to remember that you are always entitled to your own opinion, but so are all of your team members. By this point, employees are expected to use open-minds when confronting opinions they may not agree with, but what happens when team members make mistakes? There are a few tricks to keep under your belt when correcting someone else. Whether partnering with a co-worker, manager, or company owner, following these strategies will help to ensure productive conversations instead of altercations.

  1. Speak kindly 
    • When speaking kindly, be conscious of the tone of voice, word choice, and body language you exhibit towards each person you speak with. Use a kind tone, speaking with the right constructive words instead of being argumentative. Also stay aware of your facial expressions, a kind and warm facial expression will be much more effective than an angry look.
  2. Begin with a Compliment Instead of an Insult
    • Starting a conversation with a compliment will set the tone of the conversation as a kind critique, instead of a condescending correction. Some examples of constructive, conversation leading compliments include, “I really appreciate how you did ___, but,” “It was a great idea that you included this, but,” “I truly value your effort to ___, however…”
  3. Ask questions instead of making assumptions
    • Always clarify if the way you are interpreting someone else is the way they are intentionally expressing themselves. For example, if a co-worker continues to incorrectly inputs data into a document, ask if they were instructed in the same way you were about the document. Avoiding quick assumptions guarantees that your confrontation will not be argumentative, but instead inquisitive.
  4. Make sure not to use a condescending tone
    • I’m sure we all know what this sounds like!
  5. Do not demand action, offer to help take action to solve the problem
    • Especially when correcting a co-worker, be mindful of the fact that you are not in charge of them, nor are you the boss. For that reason, offer to help them fix or alter the problem at hand instead of ordering them to do so by themselves. If the change does not require work (ie: correcting the pronunciation of a company or employee name), acknowledge and be appreciative of the correction the next time you hear it.

Always being Polite and Exhibiting Strong Etiquette:

As we previously talked about, showing respect is the best way to earn it. The easiest way to do so is by being polite towards the employees you work with, and showcasing your etiquette. Here are a few easy ways …

  1. Acknowledge your co-workers, greet them at the door and say goodbye before you leave. It’s as easy as saying, “hello” and “hope you have a great night!”
  2. Use your manners. Always say please, may I, and thank you.
  3. Be mindful of the way you speak to others. Some jokes that you may think are funny could easily insult the people around you, and topics that you believe are work appropriate may make others uncomfortable.
  4. There are many more ways to be polite at work… check some others out!

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You were accepted into college, achieved your degree, and are walking away with your diploma in hand. Congratulations! Now what? Feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of your initial job search can easily develop into a downward spiral of procrastination and fear. However, you are certainly not alone in these emotions. Luckily, there are several ways of combating the pressures and nerves that come with the vulnerability of a job search. Understanding these next few strategies will not only help you boost your self-confidence but will ultimately allow you to find a job that you deserve.

Expand Your Professional Network: 

We are extremely fortunate that, with a few clicks of a button, technology allows us to connect with people all over the world. It is incredibly important to take advantage of the endless opportunities to develop your professional network through far-reaching platforms such as LinkedIn. Not only should your LinkedIn profile maintain an updated summary of your professional successes, but your connection count should continue increasing each day. Invite alumni, high-school peers, or other recent graduates to connect, people love to talk about what they do! Reach out and optimize your exposure to business professions you are interested in by initiating conversations with contacts in your desired fields. Maintain relationships with prior internship and job employers you’ve had in the past, as you never know which connection will help you find a job.

Looking for more first-hand experience? Join professional development or networking groups in your city. LinkedIn provides numerous opportunities for any user looking to connect with others through professional groups.

Boost Your “Cyber” and “Real” Profiles:

Feel like your network is strong? Now it’s time to review your social media profiles. With the uprise and exponential increase in social media use, not only among millennials and Gen-Z but by the majority of all people, there has never been a more important time to clean your virtual footprint. While you might not believe that potential employers will view and strongly value your social media presence, 70% actually do

That being said, it is vastly important to make sure your profiles showcase professional, respectable images that a potential employer would seek in a new hire. Above all, your profile picture is your most significant “virtual first impression.” For that reason, keep your headshot clear, tactful, and presentable. For a more detailed description on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of social media, check out this article.

Once your “cyber” self is up to par, focus on how you will present yourself to your employer in person. Whether preparing for a first or final interview, formal or informational, how you choose to portray your “real” self, through makeup, outfit, shoes, hairstyle, or accessories, will make or break your success.

Finally, prep and customize your resume for each opportunity you apply to. There is no reason to submit an identical resume to every position, as each varies in significant aspects. Completing thorough research will allow you to identify the company’s easily overlooked “secrets” that, if highlighted throughout your resume, will differentiate you from the rest of the applicants. For example, if a company emphasizes their integrity in their about page under company values, make sure to emphasize how and why your integrity would make you the best employee for their team. The “snapshots” of experiences on your resume must attract your employer and leave them wanting the full story, that’s where the interview comes in.

Last step … Crush Your Interview!

Your network has emerged into a powerful force, your social media is clean as a whistle, and you’re looking pretty sharp. Now, you’re ready to nail your interview. Engage with your employer and present your most positive, enthusiastic, and dedicated self. Here are a few ways to do it:

  1. Practice! Draft a few possible answers to “common interview questions.”
  2. Arrive early.
  3. Shake your interviewer’s hand thoroughly upon arrival.
  4. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
  5. Sit up straight! Shoulders back, chin up.
  6. Smile, maintain a happy demeanor and uphold your positive energy.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to compose yourself. Your interviewer knows that some questions may be tough, and you are much better off allowing yourself a moment to gather your own thoughts instead of rushing to provide a weak answer.
  8. Prepare questions for the interviewer, show your interest and that you’ve done your homework.
  9. Once the interview is wrapping up, thank them for their time and ask about next steps.
  10. Send a “thank you” follow up email within 24 hours of the interview.

If you’ve read this far into the article, you’re already half way there. Now go out and land that job!

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to land your dream job, then you’re not alone. As mentioned in our previous blog article, the months following the New Year are the most prevalent for landing a new job. This attributes to many factors, but likely most prominent is the promise of a new year and the burst of motivation and inspiration that comes with it. Defining your career goals can be challenging, but it is essential in helping you land your dream job in 2018.

The reality is though, new year’s resolutions are tough, as it is found that upwards of 80% of resolutions fail within the first two weeks. Landing a new job can be especially challenging considering the process can often time be long and drawn out, with high rejection rates. Another challenge is what if you’re not even sure what your dream job is or looks like? To begin the process of switching to a career you are truly passionate about, you need to do some soul-searching.

Answer these 10 questions honestly and review your answers to help you revalidate your career goals, and to help propel you into the career of your dreams. Whether you are 15 years into your career, or a newly graduated college student, self-evaluating your goals and career ambitions is always relevant. And there are some questions to ask ahead of time to ensure you’re setting the right goals; ones that are achievable too.

7 Questions to ask yourself in 2018

  • What do you wish you would have done last year that you didn’t? How can you incorporate that into your new goals for the New Year?
  • What are your top three priorities in the New Year and how will you measure progress toward achieving them?
  • What are your biggest overall career goals and what steps can you take toward achieving them in 2018?
  • What other professional development goals should you be setting? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What are your biggest strengths? What are some ways you can put them to better use in 2018?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses? How can you overcome them in the New Year?
  • What is the number one most important thing you’d like to accomplish in 2018?

Once these questions are answered, you can effectively start setting career goals that align with your ambitions in 2018. Goal setting is challenging, but providing the right framework to be able to set the right goals is how you can create goals that are achievable, measurable, and substantial enough to help you make the leap to a career you love.

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Sick of young Millennial talent infiltrating your company? Drinking your coffee? Sitting at your lunch table? Well, I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but this is the new reality of our workforce. According to PEW Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and in the year 2015, they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. Millennials are becoming the majority in the workforce, and now more than ever, it is essential to maintain these individuals to your company.

As recruiters, we focus on hiring the best and brightest talent by asking them the tough questions and testing their knowledge of the industry. But this is all for nothing if once we hire this talent, we cannot keep these individuals at our company.

 

Here are our five tips to ensure you’re maintaining Millennials at your company:

 

 

  1. Provide the right training: As Millennials are transitioning into the workforce post grad; it is essential that these individuals are trained with the right knowledge and time. It is important not to just assume that these people are equipped with the right tools to operate your software, your best practices and your policies at your specific company.
  2. Take the time to cultivate their career: You did the first step by convincing these Millennials that your company offered the greatest opportunity for them, but now that you have them, it is essential to continuously show them that this is the best opportunity for the long term. The best way to do this is to show them different options that they can take their career at your company and reiterate the possibilities to advance.
  3. Challenge them!: When Millennials envision their career they divert from the thought of a monotonous desk job, they want to be given challenges and they want to prove themselves. They are eager individuals, so do not be afraid to give them a challenge and allow them to work through obstacles on their own. They will feel empowered once they complete the task, and you will be impressed by their tenacity.
  4. Say “please” and “thank you”: It’s always the smallest gestures that go along with people, and this is true for Millennials. Like any other generation, they want to be appreciated and valued in their positions. Saying thank you and recognizing their hard work will empower these individuals to continue to work hard and give them to confidence to continue to prove themselves.
  5. Be unconventional: This could mean ditching the typical 9-5 job or allowing employees to work from home once a week. Whatever it is, trying to ensure that the employees are getting a cool perk by working for your company. This will go along with your company as a whole, and ensure that Millennials will maintain at your company for years to come.