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Posted August 16, 2016 by

Absence of genuine networking discourages job seekers

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As recruiters and hiring managers search for top talent, it is important they understand how to approach potential job candidates. Employers should think about treating candidates the way they would want to be treated when searching for internships or entry-level jobs. Recruiters and hiring managers can’t assume just because they arrive on college campuses that they will make connections. Taking time to speak with college students who attend networking events shows sincere interest in them and create a favorable impression of an employer. Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org, explains the importance of connecting with candidates in a genuine manner.

“Networking is a way to build professional relationships on a personal level. But many recruiters fail to connect with potential candidates in a meaningful way. Communication is the most important tool in a recruiter’s toolkit. If you can’t explain expectations and describe opportunities in a clear, straightforward way, candidates will go elsewhere. Job seekers aren’t interested in vague, unclear information. They want to know if an opportunity is right for them so help them see if they can fit into the role.

It’s easy to spot common offenders when you’re at networking events. Keep an eye out for card spammers, people who throw their business cards around attempting to reach as many people as possible in a short amount of time. This is not just unprofessional; it’s also offensive.

You can’t build relationships by skimming the surface and trying to get your information in as many pockets as possible. Why would I want to build a trusting relationship with you when you can’t seem to take the time to fully engage with me?

Instead, start a conversation and express a genuine interest in connecting. Being inauthentic and focusing only on the result is off-putting. Don’t force anything; sometimes, there just isn’t a fit. Express what you can offer and how you can help potential candidates.

Follow-up if you sense some interest, but don’t be pushy. There is a human side to business, and talented candidates appreciate when they are treated as a person, not a commodity.”

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Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org

Michael Moradian, Executive Director of HonorSociety.org

Michael Moradian is the Executive Director of HonorSociety.org, an honor society that recognizes academic achievement and provides valuable resources and tools to its members. Connect with Michael and HonorSociety.org on Twitter at @HonorSocietyorg.

Posted September 23, 2014 by

13 tips to landing that dream job as a school teacher

Teacher helping pupils studying at desks in classroom

Teacher helping pupils studying at desks in classroom. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Teaching is rewarding for many reasons, yet landing a job in this sector is not as simple as teaching the ABCs. It’s a special profession, which warrants job skills as well as deep empathy.

Others may tell you that it’s who you know in addition to what you teach, but aside from acquaintances and inside relations, check out the following secrets presently employed teachers used to land their dream job. (more…)

Posted April 17, 2014 by

Top Interviewing Tips to Make a Killer Sales Hire

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

Running a recruitment company, KAS Placement, I’m often asked by business development professionals as to my thoughts on interviewing for a sales, sales management, or account management job.

Frequently, I get variations on three of the same inquiries, the answers to which collectively provide crucial insight into how to approach interviewing from a fresh and original perspective.

Sales Interview Tips

Question #1: ”How many questions should I ask, which ones should I ask and when do I ask them?” Essentially, employers want to make sure they are asking the right questions. (more…)

Posted August 20, 2013 by

Grads, Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Leader on Your Recent Graduate Jobs?

Before they can become effective leaders on their recent graduate jobs, graduates should learn how to become effective followers.  Learn more in the following post.

Everybody talks about the attributes of a great leader, but great leaders wouldn’t exist without great followers. Ironically, you can’t be a leader until you’ve mastered the art of following. So do you know what makes a great follower? Understand this, and you’ll understand both how to be a better follower and how to draw them. To

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