• Report: 2009 Grads Who Interned 64% More Likely to Have Received Permanent Job Offers

    October 30, 2009 by

    marilyn-mackes.jpgIt is probably of no surprise to anyone involved in college recruiting that new college graduates who had internships prior to or even after graduation fared far better in their efforts to find permanent employment after graduation than did their counterparts who didn’t intern.
    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) just released its 2009 Student Survey. The report shows that just 19.7 percent of the Class of 2009 who had applied for jobs had one by the end of April. As dismal as that one in five percent may be, it was even worse for those who had not completed an internship. Just 14 percent of those landed jobs as of April as compared to 23 percent of their classmates who had interned. In other words, completing an internship prior to graduation made members of this year’s class 64 percent more likely to land a permanent job by graduation.

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  • Job Search Trick or Treat

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    How often do candidates treat their job search like it’s Halloween?
    Do you dress up your resume to appear like you are someone other than you?
    Not only is it unethical, it’s impractical. It wastes the employers’ time, but even worse…IT WASTES YOUR TIME as a candidate. Take your kids Trick or Treating, there’s a more effective way for you to stand out.
    I can’t begin to count the number of times a candidate has asked me if they should hide their age, change their experience, or try to adopt a different personality, so they can appear to be someone other than themselves. To make it worse, many recruiters either turn a blind eye, or actually encourage this.

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  • What’s Your Big Idea? Use It to Snag That Job

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    If you watch enough old movies and television, you might think having a big idea is a bad thing, the sort of item gangsters and slapstick comedians asked each other if they had.
    It could lead to a pie in the face, or worse.
    These days a big idea could be your ticket to the big time, or at least an interview.
    I, for one, am glad to see this, because maybe, just maybe, it might replace the dreaded elevator pitch.

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  • The Employment Background Check

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    What You Need To Know Before Making The Hire
    The employment background check is often one of the last things done before hiring a person. In fact often employers make an offer contingent on passing a background check. The decision is up to you.
    Disclaimer: As with all matters that pertain to legal issues you should always seek legal counsel when considering the ramifications and liabilities of having employees with criminal records or anything related to liabilities you may be exposing you or your business to. I’m not a lawyer and I don’t pretend to be giving legal advice. Check with your own lawyer who knows your business and your local laws.

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  • EEOC – Definition of an Applicant

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    When the EEOC talks, companies should listen. Because of technology and the internet, there is a new working definition of an applicant. It now includes resumes submitted over the internet or other electronic means. Here is the full text of the changes.
    Impact to You?
    What this means to you or your company only you or your corporate council can be sure. What we have done in practice to develop good habits is to make sure we document everything. To the best of our ability we capture every incoming resume submission, every fax and hard copy submitted. When a candidate is clearly lacking the job skills, we document it. When a candidate does not return a phone call or email, we document it. When the contact information given sends us to a disconnected number (you would be surprised!) we document it. After a short time, it becomes a habit and really does not take too much time or effort.
    Finally, please do not assume this does or does not apply to you and wait for something bad to happen. See the advice of a business attorney if you have any questions about whether this applies to you and your business.
    Tom Tassinari.jpgAfter 20+ years as an engineer in the R&D world, Tom Tassinari found himself in the recruiting world. By adapting the problem solving and process discipline skills of engineering to the recruiting world, he now works with companies on locating and hiring top talent…with his own techie twist.

  • Are Jobs Really Hidden?

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    The short answer is no, jobs aren’t ‘hidden’-at least not on purpose. They are simply the ones that are not advertised or do not yet exist.
    How can a job not yet exist? Simple. A soon-to-be-created job is one that is developed after you meet up with a hiring manager at, say, a trade show or industry association.
    Believe it or not, the majority of job seekers do not know how to ‘find’ jobs other than at the traditional sites such as CareerBuilder, Monster, etc.
    These days, only an innovative and aggressive approach will help ferret out those jobs and get hired.
    Readers, what are YOU doing differently to find a job? What changes have you made to locate both JOBS and HIRING MANAGERS?
    Article by Lorraine Russo of the Underground Job Network
    Courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates seeking entry-level jobs and other career opportunities, and posted on Gradversity.

  • Are You Going to the Fair? Job Fair that is

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    “Are you goin’ to Scarborough Fair?” – Simon & Garfunkel
    If you’ve ever been to a job fair, you will know that it’s more like a circus. Incredibly long lines, so many people and so few jobs! But, it is another avenue you must travel in your quest for a job. There are many types of job fairs these days. Some are virtual, some are just or college grads and the list goes on.

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  • Two More Job Search Frustrations

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    Last week, I wrote about four common frustrations found in the hundreds of emails I’ve received this year from job seekers across America.
    This week, I’ll address two more problems and offer solutions to help you get hired faster.
    Do either of these apply to you?
    Frustration #1: There just aren’t enough jobs out there to apply for.
    Solution: Let’s unpack this one …
    When I speak to job hunters, in seminars, by phone, and via email, I ask the same question: “How are you looking for jobs?” Almost invariably, the answer is: “I look online or in the paper.”

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  • Develop Your Career Like a Business

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    You are in business for yourself. This has never been more imminent that ever than to the Personal Branding and Social Media explosion of the last 2-3 years. Even those working at dream jobs and for companies that you love walking into everyday, you are building a business, the business of YOU.

    • You are making contacts, calling people on the phone, meeting them at conferences and shuffling business cards at happy hours or chamber events.
    • You are working to manipulate the amount of money you make. Make more sales, get a higher commission check. Land huge projects, receive big bonuses.
    • You are acting as the CEO, the expert and the leader by posting your thoughts and ideas on blogs, Twitter, Facebook walls and YouTube videos.

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  • Interns Fare Better in Poor Job Market

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    New college graduates who had taken part in internships fared far better in the job market than their counterparts who didn’t gain that experience, according to a new report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
    Overall, results of NACE’s 2009 Student Survey found that just 19.7 percent of the Class of 2009 who had applied for jobs had one by the end of April. In contrast, 23 percent of graduates with an internship under their belt had a job in hand at that time. For those who didn’t do an internship, the job market was especially unwelcoming: Just 14 percent of those who hadn’t been interns landed jobs as of April.

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