Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Recruiting Season 2013

Tidbits from a Corporate Recruiter


So it is that time of year again… RECRUITING SEASON! For those who may not know, this is the time of year when corporations and businesses large and small begin recruiting for employees at college campuses  and from affinity groups across the country. I have decided to provide a little bit of information to help the ambitious graduate find the job of their dreams… or at least one that will lead to the job of your dreams.

Go to job fairs! Most organizations recruit, offer, and hire for jobs in the 3rd and 4th quarter of the year for the upcoming year. This means if you graduate in May of 2014 and are looking for a job after graduation then you need to start looking in the fall semester of 2013.  This could reasonably mean that you will be offered a job in October of 2013 with a start date in May or June of 2014.

Take initiative! Approach recruiters, talk and express your interest in their company, this does require you to do a little bit of research before the fair or recruiting session.  Keep it organized and have a little bit of information on all the companies that you plan to meet with during the career fair.  This takes initiative, also be prepared to offer to give your resume to the recruiters and ask if they can provide you with a business card. What’s the worst that could happen? Recruiters tell you “no.” I would take my chances! Also this allows you to make an immediate connection and know a follow up person.

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Be creative! Have a business card and resume to provide (there is no excuse for anyone to not have business cards anymore-check out vista print!) Stand out in clever and professional ways-have a Presume and Get Linked In! I always went with my resume, my card, my bio, and professional profile neatly clipped together.  People sometimes forget how a little bit of old school professionalism can WOO (Win Others Over) a person. Now, regarding your resume if you are in a niche area be sure to go into detail when discussing that niche area on your resume. For example if you studied business analytics discuss Java, Net, C++, SAP, ect. (If you are interested in this vastly growing field check out Robert Morris University Illinois.) Or if you are in the medical field list the specific certifications and credentials  on your resume. This may also trigger some hits in the online application process. :)

Remember that just because you met the recruiters at the fair this does not mean that you still do not need to apply for the jobs you want (unless the employer is conducting on site interviews). Our role as recruiters is to be the employer of choice-we intentionally seek out the best talent-no one wants mediocrity. So come to the fair dressed like you already have the job- and attempt to minimize any distractions (i.e. tattoos, piercings, hair color, ect.). This is your opportunity to make a brilliant first impression and you don’t know how far a good impression goes!

Be a part of a team. Lead with integrity. Remain committed to your core values.

The Young & Professional Gal

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