Recently I had the honor of participating on the Enterprise Holdings “Ask The Recruiter” Panel at The 2013 National Urban League Conference Networking and Career Fair in Philadelphia with several exceptional Recruiters and HR Professionals.
The panel was Moderated by Tina Tinney (Enterprise Holdings) and the panelist included myself, Kenneth L. Johnson (East Coast Executives), Stacy McClelland (Enterprise Holdings), Leah Avery (Sunoco), Kelli Cottom (Aramark), Judy Dorsey (Gannett) and John Clayton (Independence Blue Cross).
Below are 5 Takeaways from the discussion
1. Do Your Research: In the modern era of job search recruiters expect for you to come to the interview prepared. This means knowing about their business and how your skills transition into success in the role for which you are interviewing. They also expect candidates to have questions prepared in advance to ask the interviewer. Don’t make the mistake of not preparing for an interview.
2. Image Is important: Yes, it is important for a candidate to “dress for success” by arriving in professional business attire (loud colors are frowned upon) but it is equally important for you to have a professional email address and a standard voicemail message as recruiters and hiring mangers report that the interview starts the minute a candidate has expressed an interest in the opportunity.
3. Follow Up Is Not An Option: Proper follow is no longer an added plus, it’s expected. The “Ask the Recruiter” panelist report that they look more favorable upon the candidates that follow up after the interview with a brief “thank you” correspondence. This may be the thing that moves you ahead of the pack.
4. Stay Positive: The market is evolving and at times the constant rejection can wear on a job seeker. It is imperative that you brush that off when it’s your time to interview and present yourself as an energetic knowledgeable candidate. Employers want to work with people they like, let your personality be the reason your interview is a successful one.
5. Network: A 2012 survey conducted by ABC News found that 80% of the jobs today are landed through networking. If you’re not working your personal network, LinkedIn Network or any other network towards employment you are doing your job search and career a disservice. Tell the world that you are seeking employment opportunities.
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