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Entering the business world can seem daunting! However, one of the best parts of pursuing a career after graduation is your ability to relocate anywhere in the world that interests you. Today, we’re here to introduce you to and point out some of the best places to do so in the United States. So, if you’re looking to gauge some pros and cons of certain cities in the US today is the perfect day to keep reading!

Best Places to Start a Career…

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Boston, Massachusets
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Nashville, Tennesse

Each of the cities presented in the list above proves a fantastic place to move to after college for a plethora of different reasons! For example, if you are someone who highly values the importance of a work-life balance, we encourage you to pursue a new opportunity in Denver. As a city with some of the best resources for nature exploration, restaurants, a young environment, and many other pros, Denver is an up and coming location that students are flocking to! Additionally, Boston and Seattle are home to so many headquartered companies that you are nearly guaranteed to be able to explore a vast array of business leading companies in a short period. While this cities are large and bustling, they are great locations to explore if you are someone still looking for a community feel and ability to find a small-town group in a large place! Finally, Austin and Nashville hold several similarities. While they are both some of the fastest-growing cities in the country, they each behold phenomenal weather year-round and a young, unique vibe. Especially for those of you country-lovers, check out these cities post-graduation! They each possess fantastic social opportunities, restaurant and bar scenes, and fast-growing companies providing a young, enjoyable culture.

Special Reference to…

  1. Chicago, Illinois
  2. New York City, New York
  3. San Francisco, California

We chose to group these 3 and add a special reference to their opportunity as we view them more as “OG’s” (in millennial terms). They are each, and constant, fantastic locations to choose from no matter which industry you may be pursuing. We want to pay special attention to encouraging those of you technologically interested individuals towards San Francisco (of course, for Silicon Valley!), the makeup and fashion-oriented young professionals towards New York, and a mix of the two towards Chicago! Although the cost of living in these cities often superceeds the vast majority of the United States, they provide opportunities that you simply will not find elsewhere!

We hope that just from this read you can understand that no matter where you end up, each city possesses a fantastic list of reasons why it proves beneficial to move to and spend a few years building a professional presence within! If you have any subsequent questions, feel free to direct them to hannah@esquire-recruiting.com!

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Last Thursday, we introduced you to some key benefits of sticking with an internship for a second year around. However, we wouldn’t be doing you justice if we didn’t show you the other side of this perspective! Keep reading to find out some reasons that may lead to you explore a different opportunity for your second internship before pursuing a full-time career!

Benefits of Exploring…

  1. Gaining New Perspectives: By pursuing an internship at a new company, you are guaranteeing yourself a new opportunity to experience your career interest from a different perspective. We can guarantee that no matter the company, every organization runs operations differently from one another, and there is no perfect formula for success. If you are interested in what Marketing Management, Digital Experience, Website Development, Social Media Marketing, or hundreds of other different responsibilities looks like from a different team and company altogether, transitioning out of your current role may likely prove beneficial.
  2. More Diverse Network: If you worked in a large corporation this summer, you will still be able to expand your network across diverse backgrounds, experiences, and career desires. However, smaller companies, and therefore a lower number of employees, will not allow you to do so as efficiently. If you are finding yourself in this position, exploring a new opportunity will help you to expand your network across companies, potentially industries, and most definitely from a new variety of experiences and perspectives!
  3. Relocation Opportunity: Working for the same company may require you to work within the exact same location and environment. If you are interested in testing the waters in a different area of your state, region, or country altogether than this is the time to do so! Internships are temporary and only last a few months, so there is no greater time in your life to explore a completely new environment than now.
  4. Alternative Company Culture: Just as no two companies operate identically, no two companies provide the exact same culture and atmosphere. Especially if you are someone who did not 100% “vibe” with your companies social environment, highest values, or beliefs, then we encourage you to gauge a different perspective by trying an entirely new environment at a different organization. While different industries often mean different cultures, you can still find a large and wide variety within your own industry (ex: Marketing).

We hope that these new perspectives help you weigh the pros and cons of sticking or straying from your first internship! We trust that with this newfound knowledge, each of you will make fantastic decisions and continue to accelerate your professional development and respective careers. So… happy searching!

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1.Determine Your Job Seeking Objectives and Goal

In one of our earlier blog post, 7 Questions to Help You Set Your Career Goals in 2018, we spoke about determining your goals and objectives for the new year. If you’re looking to secure a new job in 2018, those goals should be front of mind always. These goals play a huge role in determining your job seeking objections. What are you looking for in your new job? How are you hoping/planning on using LinkedIn and your other social profiles to find it?

2. Check, Check and Double Check Grammar and Spelling

Nothing is a larger red flag to an employer that you do not take yourself professionally than having blatantly spelling and grammar errors on your profile. Remember, this is the profile that is visible to the entire internet. Meaning the hiring manager of your dreams has access to this just as much as anyone else. But your best foot forward by triple checking your spelling and grammar and by reaching out to a professional to admire to check as well.

3. What’s your pitch?

The summary box under your profile is where you can distinguish yourself and create a memorable and enticing personal pitch targeted towards hiring managers and recruiters. Your pitch needs to exemplify your experiences, expertise and value you bring to your organization while showing your personality.

4. Connect and Reconnect

You should be leveraging your existing connections and taking this time to reconnect with connections that you may have lost touch with. Make connections with multiple connections at a company you are interested in and make sure your connections are genuine and thoughtful.

5. Get Some Recommendations

As awkward as it may be, taking the time to ask your clients, colleagues or bosses to take the time to recommend you on LinkedIn can help differentiate you from your competition. Recommendations build trust and an additional layer of reassurance besides your work experience that you are a great candidate.

6. Make it consistent

Consistency helps create a stronger personal branding message for recruiters and shows pride and integrity in your work. Make sure the messages on your website, Twitter biography, Facebook page and other online sites you maintain a profile on are all consistent. Consistency helps you create a stronger personal and professional brand. For example, you should use the same picture and tagline for every profile. Recruiters will be sure to check you are consistent on all platforms before reaching out to you.

7. Show Your Expertise and Stay Active

Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry by sharing articles, company updates, industry news, and professional opinions. Your followers will grow to value your expertise and turn to you for industry news and updates. Additionally, recruiters always want to hire the best and brightest for their clients. Showing your knowledge of the industry will help you develop and grow in your career.

Furthermore, don’t just talk about updates your company has, or what your company is doing, but share how you are contributing to your company’s success and how your company is benefitting by having you working for them. Make sure you are demonstrating clearly how you are contributing to your company’s bottom line.

8. Help Recruiters Find You

Quite possibly the most important tip is making sure you are able to be found by recruiters. Make sure you contact settings are set to include, career opportunities, consulting offers, new ventures, job inquiries, reference requests. Additionally, make sure your profile is public, and customize your public profile URL so that it contains your name.

A Millennial Job Interview

Make eye contact. Sit up straight. Give clear concise answers. These are just a few of the tips we are told to do during a job interview. But what about what not to do? Well, of course, there are a million and one things not to do. Do not chew gum, do not arrive late, do not interrupt the interviewee, just to name a few. While these all may seem quite obvious, some millennials are still missing the mark when it comes to their interviewing etiquette. According to an article by Forbes, Millennials are often misjudged and misunderstood in their job interviews.

A “Typical” Millennial in a Job Interview

Here is the typical notion of how a millennial behaves during a job interview: A Millenial Job Interview 

How far off it is really? While this is obviously a hilarious parody, there may be some subtle truth to these behaviors exemplified in this video. Millennials are known to get a bad rap in the workplace from older generations. This could be due to older generations being unfamiliar with the way and upbringings of the millennial generation. Videos such as these are also not helping the millennials case, and if anything, amplifying the wrong message that millennials are entitled and not hard working. That generalization could have a negative impact on a millennials chances of landing a job, despite how well he or she performed in the job interview. But, it is equally as important for millennials to stand up to these generalizations by proving them to be complete fallacies.

What NOT To Do

Here is a list of what NOT to do during a job interview that may be a little less obvious for Millennials:

  • Stop saying “I”: While yes, a job interview is used to talk about your past experiences and skills, but that is not all. A job interview is used to see what attributes and skills you could bring to the company. Make sure you illustrate how you can contribute to the companies success and not just your past accomplishments.
  • Not setting goals for your career: Employers want to know you see a future at their company. Millennials are known for jumping from one job to the next, which causes a strain for their company. Make it explicitly clear that you have goals to move up in their company and that you see a future there.
  • Not being a team player: Back to the first point. Acknowledge your accomplishments as part of a team effect, and not a solo mission. Employers want to know you can work well with others.

Millennials are an amazing generation, who are eager to make a difference in the workplace. Older generations, with more experience, need to continue to teach and guide this generation, instead of labeling them.

Like it or not, millennials are flooding the job market with strong resumes and great experience. The perfect candidate from this demographic is easier than ever to find—yet harder to sign and retain. A Gallup poll  from 2016 showed millennials are 10% more likely than the older generation to seek another job. This dissatisfaction may be worsened by the disparity between what young people want and what managers think they want. If you want to hire and retain millennials, you need to know what really motivates them– even if it’s as simple as examining their responses to  “why do you want to work here?

Millennial Mentorship

One of the biggest misconceptions concerns mentorship opportunities: 26% of millennials named it their top priority in the job search, yet recruiters estimated that only half of one percent would. Acknowledging and marketing to this desire can increase a millennial’s willingness to accept and maintain a job position. A fix as simple as highlighting employee guidance programs during interviews can make a job much more appealing. Even creating a new mentorship system altogether represents a cheaper alternative to improving the other underestimated priority for millennials: compensation.

Motivation

Hire and Retain Millennials

Entice younger employees with community engagement endeavors.

A whopping 71% of millennials lack engagement in the workplace- a value that recruiters underestimated by 25 percent. Think interest affects productivity more than retention? Think again. According to the Harvard Business Review, active disengagement among millennials almost tripled their odds of quitting within the year. Provide current and potential employees with a greater sense of purpose by taking on the occasional pro-bono client or organizing weekend volunteering opportunities. These measures will improve your ability to hire and retain millennials– not to mention your PR.

If this generation’s job-hopping habits and different priorities have you reconsidering your young recruits, remember this: they also place a relatively low value on work-life balance. Given an engaging job with the right resources, they can make dedicated and successful team members. If many of your best candidates are millennials, it might be time to refurbish your hiring process and workplace programs.

Welcome to the new and improved Esquire Recruiting blog: your one-stop shop for company news, job-search updates, interview tips, recruiting and employment advice, and more! With decades of varied experience between our small staff, we know the details of recruiting and the specifics of each industry we serve. Whether you’re a job-seeker or employer; in accounting, marketing, manufacturing, law, or sales; we can find you the right connections or guide you to the right strategies to make each new position filled a success!

 

Some of the content you can expect to see in the next few months:

– 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

– 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!

 

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A little bit (more) about yours truly:

As a recent graduate of Emory University, I joined Esquire’s team as a part-time blogger working remotely from Georgia. This virtual link between my hometown in Illinois and my work from halfway across the country is far from unusual. Instead, it encapsulates Esquire’s balance between its boutique-style organization and nationwide clientele.

What kind of recruiting and employment advice can a freshly employed college grad give? You’d be surprised. For one, I’ve lived, breathed, and researched the job search for about a year. Like most college graduates, I have been scouring the web and the world for workplaces that need my talents. Similarly, my generation has taken the best of traditional wisdom and added new technology and resources. So we know how to identify the best practices in job searching and cover letter writing. Furthermore, as an employee of a recruiting firm, I can share inside information about what we seek and how to make yourself more presentable to recruiters and higher-ups alike.