Advice to College Grads From The Region’s Top Recruiter
“Practical Advice in How to get a Job."
Blue Bell, PA, May 18, 2011 — Right Recruiting LLC, a Blue Bell based recruiting firm with 30 plus years of experience recruiting professionals and executives for small and mid-sized regionally based firms offers this advice for new college graduates entering into the career world.
1. Have the right education for the job. If you don't have the right education, go get it. It’s not the employer’s job to train you. It’s your job to have the skills an employer wants. By the time you’ve graduated high school, society has spent about $300,000 on your education. That’s your head start. It’s your job to build on it. If you’ve fallen behind, have heart. For some employers, being in process for the education is as good as having the education. If you don’t have a college degree or the right trade school certificate, just being enrolled will show an employer that you understand your obligation to get some training. It helps.
2. Have a clear and complete resume. Make sure that your spelling and grammar are accurate. Don't rely on spellcheck. Proofread and have someone else proofread. Here’s a hint- when you proofread- change the fonts. It will help you look at it with fresh eyes. Describe your prior jobs completely. Describe your goals in the objective but limit them to your employment career. Don’t send out a resume saying that your goal is to move to California and start your own business. To the potential employer, that’s a goal and not a dream.
3. Deliver your resume in the appropriate manner. If the company wants resumes emailed, don't fax or snail mail the resume instead. Companies want electronic copies of the resume because they are easier to store and evaluate. No one wants paper. And, for gosh sakes, don’t hand deliver the resume expecting an interview and brownie points for initiative. The people you want to meet are busy and have jobs to do. Don’t expect them to rearrange their day because you are so special. Don’t confuse initiative with arrogance.
4. If the employer wants to conduct a phone interview, try to use a landline and take the call in a quiet place. No dropped calls. Background noise is not allowed. Turn off the TV. Last year a candidate tried to have a phone interview with one of my clients in his car driving on the expressway IN A CONVERTIBLE WITH THE TOP DOWN!! Bad idea. A phone interview is an interview. It’s not a speed bump on the way to a “real” interview. Treat the phone as a business tool, not as a way to find out what your buds are doing that evening.
5. Wear a suit and tie to the interview. I know that many companies allow casual dress for employees. You are not yet an employee. A suit is a sign that you take yourself and the potential employer seriously. It doesn’t have to be an expensive suit and it doesn’t have to be a nice tie. I never saw anyone rejected from a job because they wore a suit and tie to an interview. I have seen people rejected because they didn’t. Stack the odds in your favor by showing a potential employer that you know the difference between play and work. Lastly, do I also need to remind you to wear socks?
+1) Repeat until successful. Very few people get one interview and then get hired. Most people need a few interviews with a few different employers to get the offer that they want. A job search is a process. Don’t apply to one job and wait to get that job. Apply to as many jobs as you can find that fit your background and goals and go through the process listed above to maximize your chances of success.