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Posted January 13, 2016 by

4 secrets to job search success

Erin Vickers

Erin Vickers, Staffing Consultant, RightSourcing, Inc.

It’s tough to begin searching for your first full-time job as a college student, having worked as an intern, volunteer, or in part-time positions in the past. Transitioning to full-time job status is huge, and the interim evolutionary phase feels odd at times and requires some changes on your part.

Expert staffing consulting Erin Vickers offers 4 helpful tips to ease the transition and aid the job search process.

Establish your brand and keep it professional.

Make sure you are reflecting your professional self. Search for your name online and see what comes back in the results. After all, you are selling yourself to potential employers, and you should present your best self. Keep your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) free from questionable posts and images.

Create a professional email address if you do not already have one. Email addresses are free and easy to establish so there’s no excuse for not having one for professional interaction. Employers don’t want to message “foxymama@thisemail.com” or “hotdaddy@thatemail.com.”

Remove questionable greetings, ringtones, ringback tones, etc., from your phone. Choose a standard voicemail greeting stating your full name, requesting callers to leave a message.

Do not be a no call, no show to an interview whether it’s over the phone or in person. Period.

Employers understand that other opportunities present themselves and are not offended (though maybe disappointed) when they hear “no” for whatever reason. Politely call or email your contact to let the company know you will not be attending the previously scheduled interview. You do not need to go into great detail about why you are canceling your appointment, but you do need to let your interviewer know you will not be there and thank them for their time and consideration.

Remember the STAR or PAR acronym while giving answers in an interview.

STAR stands for Situation/Task, Action, Result, while PAR stands for Problem, Action, Result. Many interviewers will ask you to “tell them about a time when….”  By integrating the STAR/PAR acronyms, you will be able to respond with a complete answer: you should describe a situation, task, or problem you faced, detail the action you took when resolving it, and then tell what resulted from your actions.

Use and grow your network

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You want to do X.  You know or know of someone who does X.  Make the connection and see what transpires. Perhaps the connection will lead to a job, but it could also potentially become a mentor/mentee relationship that will assist with career guidance in your quest for a job or better job.  Also, having a LinkedIn profile connects you to a world of people with roles similar to the one you are probably seeking. Send a terse yet somewhat personal message to those with whom you want to connect: e.g. Hi ___, Looks like we have this person, group, skill, etc. in common.  I’d like to connect with you.

Want more secrets to connecting the dots on your path to career success? Follow College Recruiter on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter or start searching for jobs on our website today.

Erin Vickers, Staffing Consultant at RightSourcing, Inc., has spent more than 16 years in various recruiting roles in a variety of industries. Her experience includes full-lifecycle recruiting for nationally-known telecommunications carriers and a third-party administrator. Additionally, she has supported several staffing initiatives for an international chemical company and a widely-renowned insurance company. She has placed candidates in accounting, engineering, executive, financial, marketing, and other professional positions as well as various customer service and technician-type roles. As a Staffing Consultant, she has piloted an on-site recruiting program in support of an exclusive client’s needs.  Her passion is to strategically assist her client in operating an efficient organization by providing top talent.  Erin graduated from Lyon College (Batesville, AR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music, traveling, and spending time with her two spoiled rescue dogs.

 

Posted November 20, 2014 by

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Interviewer from Zoning Out

Lisa Quast

Lisa Quast

Often, job candidates are so worried about saying the right thing during an interview that they forget how to keep another person (in this instance your interviewer!) engaged in a conversation. Obviously there’s more weighing on this conversation than a chat with your parents or best friend, and this means you need to display the best version of yourself. However, focusing too much on “covering everything” or “saying the right thing” can lead to boring your interviewer with drawn out answers – a surefire way to cause him or her to zone out. Practice and master the below tactics before your next interview to make sure this doesn’t happen to you! (more…)

Posted August 01, 2014 by

Want to Grab Attention for Your Entry Level Job Search? Apply the STAR Method

For college students and recent graduates looking to get attention in their entry level job searches, one strategy might be to apply the STAR method.  Learn more in the following post.

Like most job seekers, you have a lot to say about how great you would be as an employee. However, you have a limited amount of space on a resume – and only so much time during job interviews – to get your point across, and impress the recruiter. The language you choose, then, must be both concise…

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Posted July 14, 2014 by

“X” Powers for a Successful Entry Level Job Search

Have you heard of having the “X” factor?  Well, when it comes to your entry level job search, there are some “X” powers that can contribute to success.  Find out what they are in the following post.

From writing a resume to attending job interviews, the entire job search experience has the potential to sap the strength of any mortal. But we have abilities—superpowers, you could say—that can help us, if only we remember to employ them…

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Posted April 28, 2014 by

Applying to Jobs for Recent College Graduates? Write a Cover Letter that Doesn’t Include These Mistakes

If you are writing cover letters to apply for jobs for recent college graduates, make sure they are without these mistakes in the following post.

Your cover letter is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not you will be offered the chance to interview for a job. Don’t skip this step or take it lightly. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to an employer and make yourself stand out among a competitive applicant

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Posted January 21, 2014 by

Want to Impress on Your Recent Graduate Jobs for Career Advancement? Try These 4 Tips

If you’re hoping to advance from your recent graduate jobs in the future, there are four tips that could make a difference found in the following post.

You’re walking taller and smiling at everyone who passes you in the hall. You’re strutting your stuff. You don’t care who knows it because you’re on top of the world. You scored another big win at work, and you feel unstoppable. You know a promotion is within reach, and you’re ready. But your boss has

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Posted December 06, 2013 by

Interviewing for an Entry Level Job? Prepare for Some Common Questions

As an entry level job candidate, you want to be prepared for an interview.  One way to do that is to practice answering questions for this meeting.  In the following post,  learn some common interview questions you should prepare to answer.

In any job interview, recruiters will measure you against other applicants based on both what you say, and how you answer questions. How can you give yourself an advantage over the other candidates you’re competing against? Begin today by preparing answers to interview questions. You should practice these answers out loud. Practicing out loud helps you work

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Posted July 03, 2013 by

Phone Interview Mistakes that Could Cost You an Entry Level Job

While getting an entry level job may be the goal of your job search, it may not happen as quickly as possible if you continue making mistakes in your phone interviews.  The following post addresses some errors to avoid.

Written by Melissa Anzman You finally get the call (or email), for a position that you are super excited about, requesting your availability to chat with the recruiter and your foot is officially in the door. You are so excited to make.

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