July 11, 2016 by William Frierson
In their search for entry-level jobs, college students and recent graduates should not assume all employment opportunities are made public. Sometimes, there are opportunities available they can’t find in the newspaper or even online. Students and graduates should talk to people (including their families and friends) about the type of jobs they are looking for. This is part of professional networking. Networking is an opportunity for job seekers to engage in meaningful conversation advancing their careers.
While much of this conversation today happens online, meeting recruiters, hiring managers, or other professionals in person should not be forgotten. Speaking with recruiters, talent acquisition leaders, and hiring managers face-to-face can benefit college students and recent graduates when searching for entry-level jobs. By introducing themselves in person, students and grads can learn more about potential employers, which can help them stand out from the competition. Karen A. Young, President and Founder of HR Resolutions, LLC, shares advice on networking concerning entry-level candidates.
· “If students want to set themselves apart, I want to meet them in person! I can, probably, already find them online.
· This generation already has a bad reputation for being too “connected.” Get out and see and talk to people.
· The workplace is about face-to-face connections (even in a virtual workspace), so demonstrate you can present yourself in that environment.”
Karen Young is the award-winning Founder and President of HR Resolutions, a full-service human resources management company. She has over 25 years of experience in personnel and human resources, as well as being recognized by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society for Human Resource Management as an SHRM-SCP. Karen has worked with numerous organizations to improve workplace environments, lower HR costs, and increase the bottom line.
May 27, 2016 by William Frierson
When creating onboarding programs, employers should consider the interests of their new hires. This means focusing on what makes new hires comfortable and engaged with the onboarding process. Companies can take steps to create a smooth transition into the workplace for new employees. Andre Lavoie, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearCompany, shares ways employers can build effective onboarding programs for new hires.
“A strong onboarding program is created with the new hire experience in mind. Many employers fail to make the first few days for employees exciting or fun. Bring people on and get them excited immediately.
Onboarding starts before new employees ever step foot in the office. So provide them with plenty of information about the company, who they’ll be meeting in the first few days, and what to expect from the entire process of getting oriented with their workspace, team, and tasks. Create an agenda before hiring employees.
Make employees feel comfortable with a clean, new space to work and introduce them to their colleagues. Encourage the staff to build casual relationships with new hires by taking them out to lunch; it establishes trust and respect. Essentially, employers are assigning mentors, employees the hires feel comfortable reaching out to.
Training should cover all of the protocols and procedures, but it needs to be engaging and can even be fun. Make it interactive; create games like scavenger hunts or other competitions to break the ice while also being informative. Technology is great for onboarding because it provides a convenient, easily accessible resource for new hires to find basic information including the dress code, benefits details, and the like, and to see how they fit within the company as a whole.
Be clear about company expectations and invest in training new hires over several weeks. This makes it easier to offer feedback, and go over the first performance evaluation. Consistent feedback and constructive critiques will help them improve on concerns as they arise, resulting in better evaluations and improving the company’s quality of hire.”
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.
May 29, 2015 by William Frierson
When looking for a new job, you want to make the right first impression. This is because there are likely many other job seekers competing for the opportunities you are interested in, meaning you must stand out. As a job seeker, take the approach that everything counts. So, what are some things to keep in mind? The following post offers job search tips on what you should and should not do. Continue Reading
July 22, 2014 by William Frierson
When it comes to handling new employees, there’s no magical formula or hand. But there are some important strategies to keep in mind while recruiting new employees in your company. No matter how you deal with your current employees, there are things that you should consider in order to develop an effective and specialized work atmosphere. Whenever you recruit new employees you have an opportunity to enhance your company turnover. Review the strategies provided below to increase the productivity of your new recruits. Otherwise, you may fail to motivate new employees and reduce their job satisfaction. Continue Reading
by William Frierson
If you have an entry level job as an entrepreneur, there are certain things you will need in your office. Learn five items that are important for this space in the following post.
When starting your own business it is important to get everything right the first time round. There is no better place to start than in your office. Having a workspace, which suits your style of business and work ethic is vital. For the young crowd it is important that their workspace is a place
May 12, 2014 by William Frierson
For students who plan on getting entry level jobs by pursuing an online education, the following post has four tips to help them get off to a good start to this form of learning.
With online and distance learning, students with tight schedules are able to get the education they want on a timeframe that works for them. While the flexibility of online learning is alluring, it takes dedication and self-motivation. Here are a few tips to maximize your success when pursuing an education from home: Research Well Yes, it’s important to
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April 07, 2014 by William Frierson
If you want to succeed in an upcoming phone interview for an entry level job, there are five tips in the following post you can use to your advantage.
Employers often use phone screens as a low cost way to put the right candidates in front of hiring managers. The goal: eliminate candidates who aren’t able to articulate their value proposition, and to determine which candidates are worthy of moving on to the next round of interviews. Here are 5 tips
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March 10, 2014 by William Frierson
If you’re having a hard time searching for recent college graduate jobs, it might be due to a lack of organization in your job search. In the following post, learn six ways to get organized when looking for a new job.
Looking for a job can feel like a full-time job. Managing your job search requires dedication, discipline and organization. In a competitive job market, your search can get frustrating and messy if you don’t tackle it with an organized approach. No matter what field you hope to land in,
January 16, 2014 by William Frierson
While you might have expectations for your first entry level job, you will likely find out that everything is not as you imagine. Here are five important lessons to learn in your new position in the following post.
When you graduated from college, what did you imagine the corporate world would be like? Maybe you fancied yourself sashaying into the office in a nice suit, surrounded by likeminded people and finally — finally! — buying that sports car/gadget/designer outfit you always wanted. Well, that’s certainly part of the package. But there’s more. No matter what field