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Posted June 23, 2016 by

Being honest and engaged during the onboarding process

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As recent college graduates and entry-level job candidates prepare to enter the workforce, they should prepare for the onboarding process. New hires should stay focused and take notes during the onboarding process to get the most out of it. Andre Lavoie, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearCompany, shares his best advice for recent grads and entry-level job candidates while onboarding.

“The best advice I can give recent grads and entry-level candidates is to be honest and stay engaged. Onboarding requires plenty of attention, focus, and an ability to retain information in a short amount of time.

Recent grads and candidates engage in this process to learn their expectations, gain a deeper understanding of their companies and their employers, meet their team, and see how they can succeed in their new roles. It’s exciting, not a chore, so direct energy in the best way by sitting up straight and staying interactive.

Take your own notes and actively listen. Continue taking notes while performing tasks. These notes will be helpful because you can review them after training to increase your knowledge. They will also inform some well thought out questions and feedback.

When trainers ask for feedback, share your thoughts. When you don’t understand something about a process or task, ask questions. Many new hires are nervous and don’t feel comfortable speaking up, but allowing fear to stand in the way is incredibly detrimental to your training and your relationship with your employer.

The bottom line of onboarding is to set expectations, train employees on processes, and build a trusting relationship. Communication and engagement are crucial.”

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Andre Lavoie, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearCompany

Andre Lavoie, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearCompany

Andre Lavoie is the CEO of ClearCompany, the first talent alignment platform that bridges the gap between talent management and business strategy by contextualizing employees’ work around a company’s vision and goals. You can connect with him and the ClearCompany team on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Posted May 13, 2015 by

6 Steps for a SUPER Successful Salary Negotiation

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Brenda’s stomach twisted. She’d never negotiated anything in her entire life. But now at age 35 she would face the topic of pay when she returned for a second interview for a job she really wanted as Medical Center Operations Director of a local medical center. She had all the job requirements: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, experience in the field, and a diplomatic and clear communication style.

Brenda found some useful tips online to help her over the hump of speaking up for herself and pointing out her credentials, which should put her in a favorable position for the salary she wanted.

You can apply the same, regardless of the job you’re looking for. (more…)

Posted April 29, 2015 by

How important is time management for students?

Boris Dzhingarov 2

Boris Dzhingarov

We all know the college carefree life when every adult problem seems so distant and far way that we don’t even care about it. A student’s life is all about discovering and experimenting and finally realizing what makes you happy (if you are lucky). So, is it important to think about life, serious issues, job skills and other “serious” stuff during the college years or should you try to have the best time of your life and leave all these things after your graduate? (more…)

Posted November 04, 2014 by

5 Tips For Writing An Amazing Resume

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

There are resumes that do the job. They’re functional, neat, and clearly written––similar to those that cross a hiring manager’s desk every day of the year.

And there are resumes that get the job interview––the one that can lead you to the job you want in the location you want, doing the kind of work you want to do. That’s the resume to write the first time. Don’t waste your energy trying to figure out on your own the best thing to say and the way in which to say it. Study examples on the Internet and see which ones express your personality and style. Then use them as guides for writing your own. And be sure to include the information in the following five tips as you write a resume that gets the interview: (more…)

Posted October 28, 2014 by

Mastering The Art of Concentration

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

Concentration is an art. It is an art that leads to a more fulfilling life, more meaningful relationships and heightened self-confidence.

Conversely, lack of concentration will generate a less lucrative, less opportunistic and more stressful life. On an overarching basis, it’s best to think of lack of focus as a temporary, surmountable handicap. To overcome any handicap, all that is necessary to do is use more determination and grit and will. Gaining heightened focus is no different; it is a conscious choice that takes work, though rewards those who successfully obtain it. (more…)

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Add More Stars To Your Job Interview With A Firm Eye-Contact!

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We have always heard our elders telling us about those people who do not look in your eye when they lie. As much as it is not always the case but maintaining an eye-contact during a job interview is very important. Surely it is one of the most stressful times for any individual, but looking in the eyes of the recruiter has never yield bad results. Employers know exactly what goes in the minds of candidates when they look around in the room, stare down at the shoes or floor or adjust their watches and rings. They would instantly know that you are either feeling uneasy or being dishonest with them. (more…)

Posted August 11, 2014 by

7 Common Blunders To Avoid During Phone Interviews

Young woman showing body language during a phone interview on a white mobile phone

Young woman showing body language during a phone interview on a white mobile phone. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many at times, people get confused and worried when they receive a sudden phone interview call from a company. It is mainly because phone interviews are often conducted without any prior notification or a predetermined time. Since people can’t keep themselves mentally prepared for the interview all day long, they usually end up making terrible blunders during the 5-10mins phone call.

Phone interviews are conducted for numerous reasons. For instance, a company might conduct a phone interview when they have a huge pile of short-listed CVs and they don’t have enough room, space or time to conduct an interview in the office. It is also possible that the company may be looking for a person for the customer support or telesales job in which one must have good communication or telesales skills. (more…)

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Should You Take the GRE While You’re Still in College, or After You Graduate?

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

Tackling the GRE is a major task. With so much to do before you graduate, should you take it while you’re still in college, or wait until after graduation? There are benefits and pitfalls to both, and the decision largely depends on your particular circumstances.

This guide can help you decide which path to take, positioning yourself to earn the score that you need. (more…)

Posted June 04, 2014 by

Add An “Expert” To Your Next Cover Letter

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Sam took advice from everyone who offered it—his wife, his mom, his brother, his neighbor. They all had a ‘good idea’ and were sure theirs would be the one to win Sam the job he wanted—medical office administrator. But none seemed right for Sam.

Leadership and organization were his chief talents and he’d always had an interest in medicine and health. He knew he’d be good at this type of work. “But landing a job in the medical field,” he said, “has not come as easily as I’d hoped.” The competition was stiff in this tough economic climate. He needed to do something different—to attract an employer’s attention. (more…)

Posted June 03, 2014 by

Want to Show Creativity When Searching for Recent College Graduate Jobs? 3 Tips for Success

If you want to be creative in your search for recent college graduate jobs, there are three tips in the following post that could help you find success.

Once a week on Mashable, Tech Crunch or Huffington Post I read about someone’s creative promotional approach to marketing themselves as a job seeker. Whether it’s a funky infographic resume, a physical promotional package, or an innovative digital portfolio, many of them are legitimately cool and sometimes successful (like this one). Other, however, more closely

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