First and foremost, you want to be paid well. Secondly, you’re going to want co-workers who can be your friends and push you to succeed. It also needs to be a job you can actually get. It can’t be your dream job if it takes five more years of school, and you’ve only got the patience (or budget) to make it through senior year. Finally, it needs to, you know, exist.
That’s where the Staffing and Recruiting company Apex comes in.
What is recruiting?
Recruiting is the process of enticing, evaluating, and onboarding talent for—in the case of Apex—a range of roles, including technical and scientific positions.
Research shows that recruiting is one of the least understood careers among young job seekers today. Many people think it involves taking planes, trains, and automobiles all around the country to scout out possible candidates and personally ask them to take a certain job.
However, the reality is often far different. If you’re good at sales (or want to be), chances are you’re a fit for recruiting. Recruiters work out of Apex’s offices across the U.S., using technology to sort through candidates, connect with them, and get them hired by companies trying to fill vacant positions. Nowadays, Apex Recruiters can close more deals than ever. In a commission-based role like this one, that means making more money than ever, too.
Is it more than just a job?
The short answer: Yes!
There’s plenty of room for upward movement with a Recruiting career at Apex. In fact, they promote based on performance, not tenure, so you have the ability to climb the ranks pretty rapidly if you excel in the position.
There are also different tracks you can follow at Apex. If you’re interested in working with both clients—in Apex’s case, these include companies that ask them to fill their staffing needs—and internal Recruiters—the people who are sourcing, identifying, and coaching candidates who could potentially fill those roles—then you can move up the Account Management track. It’s an Account Manager’s job to make sure all clients are getting the candidate results they’re looking for.
By the time you’re a Senior Account Manager, you’re going to be handling recruiters, clients, and more of the business decisions. If you’re truly a sales genius and the recruitment process is your bread and butter, then you can move up the long-term recruitment track. This way you handle more—and larger—clients, lead a team of Recruiters, and make national sales pitches.
Plus, more responsibilities often mean a bigger commission.
I’m not a business major. Can I still become an Apex Recruiter?
Again, the short answer is, YES!
Apex Recruiting expert Casey Weickgenannt stresses that successful Recruiters come from a range of educational fields. These include communications, PR, psychology, and marketing, among many others.
The team at Apex truly runs the gamut in terms of their college majors. What they’re looking for is something different. They want candidates with great social skills, intelligence, and a competitive spirit. Why these qualities? The best Recruiters gain the trust of candidates by giving them the confidence they need to take the next step in their career path.
A future that’s worth building.
If you’re someone who:
Wants a direct relationship between how hard/smart you work AND how much you get paid
Wants to meet social, driven people
Has a trustworthy, intelligent spirit
Can see yourself being a sales master
Then working at Apex could be the beginning of an incredibly fulfilling, lucrative career.
Interested? Apex is hiring on WayUp now, so check out their open positions and apply!
So, you’ve got the curiosity and courage necessary to leave your home country and get a degree in the States and experience it all. But now you’re ready and willing to return back home. If you’ve got the entrepreneurial spirit, ambition to advance quickly, and desire to jumpstart a career in finance, then we’ve got good news for you: Your job doesn’t have to begin on Wall Street.
For those students who came over from Asia to study, you should consider starting your career back home in Asia.
Believe it or not, J.P. Morgan allows you to hit the ground running back in your home countries in Asia! To help you get started, here are five reasons why you should consider pursuing an internship or early-career position with J.P. Morgan in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
#1: Become A Key Player In An Entrepreneurial Culture (While Securing A Killer Post-Grad Job)
In case you’re not entirely familiar with APAC, it’s one of the most diverse regions in the world with a ton of unique languages and cultures, accelerated growth, and new opportunities. Internships and graduate opportunities are available across places like China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, India, and the Philippines. With some of the world’s leading financial hubs in addition to high-power emerging markets, the region requires leaner, more versatile, and high-performing teams to provide impactful solutions to clients across industries.
Working in one of the APAC divisions, you’ll be on a smaller team where you’ll have meaningful responsibilities early on. Your voice and work will not only be heard but genuinely valued at roundtable discussions with all tiers of leadership—even as a junior analyst or working as an intern. This means proving yourself with real work and building relationships that can lead to full-time offers and promotions. These summer analysts become an essential part of the team, so converting the interns to full-time roles after graduation is a top priority for the APAC offices.
#2: The Same Great Training (Plus APAC-Specific Skills)
One of the reasons J.P. Morgan produces top talent is their elite global training program in NYC. It’s no different for starting analysts and associates in their APAC teams. You’ll be trained in the heart of global finance alongside other new analysts and associates from programs in other regions around the world, meeting senior leaders from the organization and building a great network along the way.
After the global training program, the increased exposure you’ll get to senior mentors and new businesses in APAC will make you a strong talent in a high-growth region.
#3: See More, Do More, Gain Exposure
Because financial markets are so globally connected, you’ll need to learn how to work alongside colleagues all around the world on the same project. And there’s no better place to learn than at J.P. Morgan. The firm has been an established global organization for over 140 years, across more than 100 markets.
In Asia, the exposure to different businesses is much broader compared to more mature markets in the U.S. and Europe where coverage is more specialized. You’ll have opportunities to travel to attend conferences, work out of regional offices, and meet with clients in other countries.
#4: Work With And Learn From Diverse Clients
Since J.P. Morgan is present in more than a dozen APAC markets, you’ll have access to a variety of different conferences, presentations, meetings, and—most important—diverse cultures. In each region, the regulatory regimes are different and the way that clients do business is different.
You’ll learn to fully understand the needs of diverse clients, find solutions for each of them, and then learn to navigate regulatory and state-influenced aspects of doing business in each region. These are extremely desirable skills that will help to boost your recognition in the workforce.
#5: Life Beyond Work In Asia
Living and working in Asia is more dynamic and fulfilling than you think—your lifestyle will include a mixture of different cultures, foods, and a variety of ways of doing business. You’ll be close to many central and key locations, with a ton of accessible travel opportunities for holidays and vacations.
Ready to pack your bag and head back to Asia?
Check out these networking events and information sessions to meet the J.P. Morgan APAC team traveling to the States. Make sure you apply for a spot by September 16, 2018 (just click the bullet to see the application).
So, you’ve finally found your dream job. You’re amped. You’re making plans. You’re imagining everything you’ll accomplish when you’re there. You’re envisioning yourself becoming C.E.O.
And then you remember that you have to get hired before all of your wildest work dreams come true.
It’s a setback, for sure. But here’s the good news: It’s only a minor one! You can do it, and we’re here to help.
We spoke with the people who make hiring decisions at Johnson & Johnson to find out what they look for when reviewing thousands of applications every year. Here are eight of their most helpful tips for how to stand out from the crowd. Read on, then apply to work at Johnson & Johnson here!
1. Define your “professional purpose.”
Everyone lists their work experience and education on their resume. But all that stuff is in the past. Johnson & Johnson wants to know where you’re headed in the future—aka your “professional purpose.”
So, before you hit apply, think through your short-term and long-term career goals and write a sentence about where you’re headed. Then, add it to the top of your resume before your work experience.
Writing something like “Creative Designer with a passion for startups” or “Outgoing engineer with a love of mission-driven companies” is an amazing way to show you’re ambitious and committed to growth.
2. Celebrate your personal brand.
Your application and interview are not the time to be humble! Hiring managers at Johnson & Johnson want to hear about your accomplishments and understand the impact you’ve made in past roles. Bonus points if you can back up those successes with real numbers. Example: “I helped put new processes in place that cut my team’s average project completion time by two weeks.”
Stats like that will get people excited about the impact you can make in the future.
Do your research and find out everything you can about the company. Know what initiatives they are working on, read news stories, and find out any information you can so you come off like an expert.
When you’re applying to a company like Johnson & Johnson, showing you’ve done your homework and are a brand evangelist will help you stand out among the many (manyyyy) applications they receive every year.
Don’t just learn it, however. Think about how you can apply it. Include little tidbits in your cover letter and drop references during your phone screens and in-person interviews.
4. Show off your creative side.
Think a portfolio is just for writers, designers, and artists? Think again.
The team at Johnson & Johnson wants to see if you approach challenges in a smart, strategic way. And one of the best ways to stand out is to compile all your work in one place, like a personal website or a presentation deck.
The best part? It doesn’t have to be difficult. Platforms like SquareSpace and WordPress enable you to create your own personal site with minimal lift. They’ll help you display your work so it looks like a million bucks, even if it didn’t cost that.
Being able to share your work visually—whether you’re a developer or a finance major—can make a huge difference.
5. Optimize your application.
Websites use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to appear higher in search rankings, but you can use it on your resume, too.
Pay careful attention to the keywords in a job description, then sprinkle them strategically (and accurately, of course!) throughout your resume. Many employers use software that scans applications for words that might make a candidate the perfect fit and surfaces those at the top of the list. While some smart keyword usage won’t land you the job, it will get your amazing application noticed faster.
6. Do more than (just) apply to that perfect job.
What’s even better than using the right keywords to stand out? Connecting with a current employee.
Sure, it’s tempting to apply ASAP, but take a few minutes to reach out to current employees you’d be working with. Express your interest in the role and ask one or two well-researched questions about their work at the company. Not many people take this step, so you’ll instantly stand out from the pack when you do apply.
Johnson & Johnson has made that process even simpler with its BE VITAL app, which helps students network and connect with mentors at the company. That gives them the ability to find mentorship and insider tips before you’ve even met with a hiring manager.
Johnson & Johnson also offers a “Get Referred” feature on their job descriptions. This feature allows applicants to search their LinkedIn networks for Johnson & Johnson connections, so they can request to be referred to the role they’re applying for.
Some of the qualities that make you a great fit for a role aren’t on your resume. At Johnson & Johnson, cultural fit is equally important. Before your interview, do some digging to understand if Johnson & Johnson’s mission and values align with your own, and whether you could see yourself joining the team. If the answer is “yes,” use your interview to show that you’re passionate about the same things and would thrive in that environment.
8. Don’t overlook the little things.
It seems simple, but it’s worth calling out. It’s easy to overlook some of the smaller aspects of the application process, especially when you’re so focused on all the points above.
Throughout your application process, take the extra time to proofread your resume and all emails you send, regardless of whom you’re communicating with. It’s even helpful to ask a friend to read your resume and make sure it’s as clear as possible. Another small but useful tip: Make sure the email address on your resume is professional (and hyperlinked). If it isn’t, it’s easy to create a new one with some variation of your name.
Johnson & Johnson has over 125,000 employees in 60 countries, all with a common mission: help people everywhere live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Their work touches all aspects of human health, from consumer products, to pharmaceuticals, to medical devices.
The recruiting industry can seem pretty mysterious from the outside. Recruiters occupy two spaces that are hard to understand together (at least in a traditional sense): They’re both Business Consultants and Sales Experts.
Yes, recruiting and staffing firms like Apex are hired by businesses to advise them on building high-skill teams and to fill their open positions. But few people know, for instance, that becoming a Recruiter is a great way to start a sales or consulting career. Or that it’s one of the best ways to make a lot of money after you graduate. (At Apex, Recruiters earn commission on the roles they fill for clients.)
If you want to better understand recruiting, the most logical solution is to ask people who actually work as Recruiters. So that’s exactly what we did.
Here are four Apex Recruiters on why they love their jobs.
Up, Up, And Away: Fast Promotions And Performance Bonuses
Recruiting is a career with a ton of upward mobility. It’s a highly competitive, performance-based industry. And it makes sense that it’s that way, too. If you’re recruiting great talent all the time, then you should be rewarded and promoted for your stellar performance.
The people who work at Apex love this. “Apex is a place to grow, to be challenged, and to be lifted up to be your best,” says Emma, an Account Manager in Minneapolis. “In fact, my managers would do ANYTHING to see me succeed and be rewarded for my hard work. They have provided me with opportunities for growth that have challenged and shaped me in ways I couldn’t have ever dreamed of when I applied here.”
With management training and promotion tracks available to all their Recruiters, people like Emma can know that hard work at Apex gets rewarded with more than just a pat on the back.
When you put together a team of Recruiters, you’re essentially building a team of natural winners. Recruiters have to be smart, charismatic, and relentlessly resourceful. They’re also balancing new clients and leads all the time, which means teamwork is key.
“The environment/culture is what I love most about working at Apex,” says Ben, a Senior Professional Recruiter from Alabama. “It’s great to work in an environment surrounded by other business professionals who, like me, have a will to win, seek to do the right thing, and make others better.”
They want to see you win. But it doesn’t mean they don’t want to beat you. “Everybody comes to work every day hungry to win,” says Aaron from Tampa. “Not only is team success a priority, but individual achievement is highly regarded and recognized.”
That Feeling of Satisfaction When You Get Someone The Perfect Job
At WayUp, we know a thing or two about finding people the right job. It really is the greatest feeling in the world knowing that you’ve helped people make better futures for themselves. You’ve made them, their friends, and their families proud.
But when you work as a Recruiter at a firm like Apex, this moment is more than just pride. It’s success. That means not only do you get the sweet satisfaction of helping people live better lives, but also a monetary reward worthy of your time and effort.
“That satisfaction of helping someone find their ideal job makes my day, that’s what gets me going in the morning,” says Jerlisa from D.C. “And, of course, a little bit of pocket change!”
What are some of the other things Apex recruiters love?
Days off for your birthday/to volunteer
Monthly gym membership stipends
Continuing education classes at colleges/institutes
The post-grad life was fun…at first. But with the celebrations dying down and the barista at your daily coffee spot starting to give you judgmental looks at 2 p.m. on a Monday, you’re ready for the next challenge.
Some of your friends are becoming camp counselors and waiting for fall, and some of them don’t have any plans. You, however, want to get ahead.
If you’re a go-getter looking to secure a job sooner rather than later, here are 10 listings looking for candidates like you right now.
Work with seasoned veterans and conduct research that underpins communications from one of the most influential PR firms in the country. Plus, after 18 months, you’ll be under consideration for a promotion to an executive role! How’s that for a killer first job?
Human Resources is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable fields to work in—you make sure the company gets the best talent and that those people are happy once they arrive. Become a leader in the field with Gates’s elite rotational program, which will take you through the various aspects of the HR profession and allow you to find your specialty.
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Engineers have the opportunity to work in research and development at one of the most innovative health care and consumer goods companies in the world. From developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease to making baby soap, Johnson & Johnson helps people at every stage of life.
How did he make it all happen? Here’s a breakdown of his career journey.
A path less traveled.
“If you asked me two years ago if I could see myself getting into what I’m doing now, I would have laughed,” says Yeshe, who’s now a Front End Developer at IBM.
That’s because Yeshe majored in music and minored in philosophy at Colorado College. He never had a specific career path in mind, but made one commitment to himself: He’d take whatever steps necessary to discover what he was passionate about.
With that mindset, he graduated college and then took off to a flamenco school in Spain, where he spent two years learning how to play guitar for the popular Spanish music and dance form—something he always dreamed of doing as a kid.
After fulfilling that dream, Yeshe moved back to San Francisco to try his hand at teaching and playing flamenco guitar professionally.
Alas, a hand injury put a pause on that career path.
Undeterred, he developed a passion for wine and moved to California’s wine country to learn the ins and outs of the business. Soon enough he was in sales at a wine retailer in Berkeley—until it closed, prompting an existential career moment.
What would he do next?
A completely new career direction.
As fate would have it, Yeshe had a trip booked to visit a musician friend in Denver, Colorado. During that trip, the two started talking about career paths. That’s when Yeshe learned that his friend was enrolled in a web development bootcamp. He was immediately interested.
“I had the perception of web development being very math-oriented, but I discovered how much I like the creative aspect of solving a problem in a new [coding] language,” he says.
Not long after he was enrolled in a six-month bootcamp.
Yeshe, meet IBM. IBM, meet Yeshe.
For their final bootcamp project, Yeshe and his classmates had to present to 12 different companies that were actively hiring developers.
IBM was one of them.
“We did speed interviews with the companies, and IBM said that they were looking for a front end developer on their design team,” says Yeshe.
Although he had gravitated toward front end development throughout the bootcamp, he hadn’t considered how design played into the field. That was enough to pique his never-ending curiosity, and when IBM offered him a job he accepted.
“I was surprised by how vibrant and creative IBM was when I interviewed,” he says. “It’s very cool to see the vibrant culture of design that’s spread throughout this huge company.”
Battling imposter syndrome and transferring skills.
When Yeshe reflects on his career switch, sometimes he can’t even believe where he’s ended up. And while he concedes he sometimes feels like a novice among experts, it never lasts very long.
His advice for others making a major career switch? “There’s always transferable skills,” says Yeshe. “It’s helpful to recognize the crossover.”
He would know.
From wine sales, Yeshe learned how to listen and understand people from all different backgrounds. Now that he works in design, he sees how those skills translate into understanding the user, having empathy, and being able to communicate with everyone he encounters.
During his time at IBM, Yeshe has worked on some amazing projects—like designing an online shopping experience for people with cognitive disabilities. To make that happen, he teamed up with IBM employees who are blind or deaf to better understand how they experience daily tasks and tackle the challenge of accessibility.
“That was the project where I realized the possibilities of the work I can do,” he says.
So, what’s in store for Yeshe?
“I’ve been surprised by my own direction,” he says. “When I decide to do something, it doesn’t feel like a decision—it’s what I have to do.”
If he were to make another switch far into the future, he says it would likely bring three of his passions—wine, music, and technology—together. And judging by the amount of innovation going on inside the walls of IBM, it’s likely he won’t have to go far to achieve that.
Ready to start your career at IBM? Learn more about the company on WayUp now!
IBMers are experts in nearly every technical scientific and business field. They are citizens of, and apply our expertise in, more than 170 countries. Yet they are united by a single purpose: to be essential. They do that by creating the most advanced technology to change how our clients work and run their businesses. And through them, IBMers change how the world works.
BlackRock is one of the biggest, most recognizable investment management firms in the world. The company employs thousands of people to manage—and this is meant literally—trillions of dollars’ worth of assets.
It also creates technology that financial advisors and global organizations rely on every day. Yet there’s something else BlackRock does that might surprise you: It empowers recent college graduates to have a real impact on the business. The company really wants its early-career employees to contribute in a meaningful way.
Curious? We spoke with four recent graduates to learn more about their experiences.
Up On The Big Screen: Leanna Zhan, Software Engineering Analyst, San Francisco
Just six months into her first job after college at BlackRock, Leanna Zhan was approached by the senior leader on her team. She wanted Leanna’s input on the design of a web portal for one of the company’s new products.
What at first might seem like a simple ask ultimately became something entirely different. Why? Leanna ended up spearheading the project.
Though she had studied and worked with user interface/experience before, Leanna was entrusted with a much more expansive project than she expected. BlackRock bet on her—and it really paid off. Leanna ended up creating the framework for the internal web portal after tirelessly crafting designs, testing different versions, and compiling feedback from users and teammates.
As if that wasn’t enough, Leanna put together the company’s first “Take Your Parents to Work Day” in San Francisco. She also created new content displayed to employees throughout the office. How can future analysts have the same impact? To address this, Leanna created the company’s first analyst network, paving the way for analysts to stay connected and build a community of future leaders.
Numbers On The Board: Ed Li, Strategic Product Management Associate, New York
Ed Li, a recently promoted associate with a programming background, was just a few months into his job at BlackRock when he was asked to work on a project to help create a tool to analyze data across his department.
This tool helps compile data from different sources and generates summary metrics into a centralized database. Though he was only a few months into his job, Ed designed and tested parts of the program that are actually used today by people at all levels in his department.
How does Ed see his impact on the company? Every time a senior leader uses the new database, he reflects upon the significant contribution he made to bring it to life.
The Vision of “Project Vision”: Dennis Given, Software Engineering Associate, Digital Wealth, San Francisco
Managers typically might be cautious before giving big assignments to brand new employees. But Dennis’s team at BlackRock trusted him.
He was tasked with working on a big, multi-year, firm-wide project—aptly-titled “Project Vision”—that required moving an entire portfolio management platform to BlackRock’s very own Aladdin platform. With this new function being uploaded into Aladdin, things like the portfolio construction tool performed at a slower, less efficient rate. Thanks to Dennis and the rest of the development team in San Francisco, they cut the tools’ load time to less than half of the original load time.
Just six months into his career, “Project Vision” showed Dennis that “BlackRock is a true champion of investing in those who are willing to put in the time to contribute.”
Christianne Johnson, part of the Relationship Management & Sales area of the firm, also had a major impact on the firm early-on in her career. However, for Christianne, it wasn’t about building a product. It was about selling it.
It was up to her, in her first job out of college, to help financial advisors understand how to use BlackRock’s iRetire platform. She worked nonstop teaching financial professionals and experts about something new. Contacting close to 500 advisors to help them adapt to BlackRock’s platform is no easy task for a person of any experience level, let alone a freshly employed college student.
Now, iRetire is one BlackRock’s flagship technologies and is routinely used by financial advisors. Having helped create the foundation of iRetire’s user base, Christianne’s impact is far-reaching.
So, do you want to work for a company that actually enables its early-career employees to make a real difference? Check out BlackRock’s open positions on WayUp, and apply now!
BlackRock is a global investment firm, trusted to manage more assets than any other. Their clients are companies, governments, foundations, and millions of individuals saving for retirement, their children’s educations, and a better life. They are passionate about providing products and services that can help them build a strong financial future. BlackRock’s employees from around the globe are students of the market and students of technology, respectfully anti-bureaucratic, and innovative at the core.
You’ve probably heard the expression that there are only two certain things in life: death and taxes.
But there’s another certainty that we believe should be added to that list: Graduating college students will, at some point, feel that they have no professional future and that everyone besides them has found a job.
Well, if it does, we have some great news for you. First, everyone has felt that way at some point, so don’t get hung up on feeling down. Secondly, if you’re looking for a job, there are plenty of companies actively looking for people like you.
In fact, hundreds of companies are hiring on WayUp right now.
So, it’s time to say goodbye to your anxiety and hello to that sweet offer letter you’ve been dreaming about. Here are 10companies that are actively hiring college grads for amazing full-time jobs.
Did you know that Citi is more than 200 years old and has 210,000 employees in nearly 100 countries across the globe? Or that it is so committed to Diversity & Inclusion that it has employee resource groups and offers a variety of mentorship programs?
Apex is the one of the country’s premier Staffing and Recruiting firms, and they’re hiring for jobs across the U.S.
If you’re competitive, detail-oriented, and money-motivated, you could be a perfect fit for their open Recruiter positions. (Not sure what a Recruiter does? No problem: You can learn the ins and outs of the position here.)
No matter where you live in the U.S., you’re not far from a Ferguson location. The company, which is the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks, and fire and fabrication products, is looking to hire college grads for its amazing Sales Trainee program, with open positions across the West Coast, the Midwest, and the East Coast.
Have you heard of Raytheon before? If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know. It’s a technology company that specializes in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions and provides innovative electronics, “mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence), sensing, effects, and mission support services.”
Long story short: It’s a super innovative company, and its employees have been making cutting-edge technology since 1922. They’re also hiring for more than a dozen roles right now, including Associate Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.
Infor is one of those companies that quietly is behind, well, pretty much everything. The enterprise software provider has solutions that stretch across industries, including hospitality, retail, and automotive. Infor has 15,000 employees and clients in more than 200 countries and territories, making it a global juggernaut in the technology space.
EY is a global behemoth, with nearly 250,000 employees in more than 700 offices in 150 countries. Because of its size and prominence, it’s also included in the “Big Four,” a group of four companies—EY, Deloitte, PwC, and KPMG—that register as the largest professional service networks in the world.
Michael Dell started Dell in his dorm room, in 1984, at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the most consistently innovative technology giants in the world.
So, you’ve searched the internet for articles about writing the perfect resume and cover letter. Your friends proofread your work, and now you’re ready to submit. Days later, you receive an email: “Congratulations! You have been selected to speak with someone regarding the open opportunity you expressed interest in.”
Searching the internet, you can find plenty of articles preparing you for your on-site interview. There are even more about crafting the perfect resume. But in between submitting your resume and receiving an invitation to meet with the team on-site, you’ll most likely speak with someone from the Human Resources team and the role’s Hiring Manager.
These preliminary conversations are so vital to the interview process that they can make or break your opportunity to land your dream job. Here are some basic dos and don’ts that will help you ace your initial phone interview.
Do: Provide the Recruiter or Hiring Manager with as many blocks of time as possible when sharing your availability. We understand you’re a busy person — just like we are. Sending several times helps to ensure we can schedule the call right away.
Don’t: Send just one 30-minute window as your availability. Remember that the people interviewing you are in meetings, on the telephone, and connecting with hiring managers. That means if you send us a very small window, there is a likelihood that we will not be available during that time. I’ll have to circle back, delaying the time we could be speaking with one another.
Do: Research the company you’re interviewing with. I work at WayUp, so I expect candidates to look at our website, review our content, and be curious about the person they’re speaking with. Also important, read and understand the job description before your call. We’re going to want to know why you’re interested in WayUp and this opportunity.
Don’t: Come unprepared to talk about the role. We’re looking for passionate candidates who are excited about our mission. And this is your opportunity to ask me anything you’re curious about. Thoughtful questions about the role, the team, and the organization alert the person you’re speaking with that you’re deeply passionate about this opportunity.
Pro Tip: This is your chance to stand out. The candidates who go above and beyond to wow the team are the people who are invited to an on-site. So, whatever you can do to set yourself apart from other candidates means you’re one step closer to your dream job.
TAKE THE CALL
Do: Be ready for the call. Answer the phone with great energy and remain professional. The best calls begin with someone answering the phone saying, “Hello, this is _____.”
I can’t stress this enough. “Hello, this is Susan!” is an infinitely more professional way to answer a call than a simple “Hi.”
Don’t: Answer the call and then need time to get situated. Make sure you’re not in a noisy location . Find somewhere where we can have an excellent chat about your experience and the opportunity you’ve applied to. If you need to reschedule your call, we understand. People have busy lives. Providing as much advance notice as possible is helpful (and shows you really value communication).
Do: Write a follow-up thank you note. After speaking with a candidate who is curious, engaging, and skilled, it’s the cherry on top of the cake when we receive an email thanking us for helping someone learn about the ins and outs of this role.
Don’t: Stop communicating. Aside from sending a note, keeping in close communication with the person you spoke with is a two-way street. If we don’t hear from you for 3–4 days, we may assume you’re no longer interested in the role. Stay connected to avoid miscommunication.
Pro Tip: Receiving a handwritten card is such a nice feeling, but it’s unnecessary. In 2018, a thoughtful, well-written email will go a long way toward helping you stand out. The best part? It can also be delivered in an instant.
College happens in a blink of an eye and before you know it you’re sending out graduation announcements. You only have one internship under your belt and you’re afraid that your low GPA will stand in the way of obtaining your dream postgraduate entry-level or internship position. What could you do?
In a recent study, we discovered that 67 percent of employers think GPA is important in student recruiting. If you are interested in interning or working in fields like finance, law, engineering, or computer science, an exceptional GPA is usually required in obtaining a position. Often times hiring managers utilize the GPA to assess problem solving skills and predict applicant success.
If you weren’t the best student in college, struggled maintaining a part-time job, or were buried under too many extracurricular activities, try applying these helpful tips to overcome the upperclassmen “GPA Blues.”
1. Leave your GPA off of your Resume.
Don’t include your GPA unless it is exceptional or the employer specifically asks. In general, if you need a certain GPA to apply, recruiters look for applicants with a 3.0 or greater. Is your major GPA higher? If so, include that score instead.
2. Perfect your Application.
Compensate your low GPA score with a strong resume application. To dazzle hiring managers, demonstrate that you are a well-rounded student with ambition, skill, and leadership ability!
Tailor your resume by adding action words detailed on the job description. List phrases like “quick thinking” or “complex problem solving” to demonstrate your communication and technical skills.
Create a cover letter that tells your story. Express why you are interested in the company and how you will deliver.
Add work samples (if required) to your application and make sure to list links to any digital portfolios or personal websites.
An employee referral is the easiest way to separate your resume from the rest. This is your chance to practice your networking skills in order to boost your application, ultimately landing you the job. Tap into your professional network, and use peers or professors as resources for referrals. Don’t forget, if you’re referred to a position, mention it in your cover letter. This acts as a “built in recommendation.”
4. Focus on better opportunities that are a better fit for you.
Unfortunately, various firms are strict on GPA requirements. If they require a 3.5, and you have a 2.7, your chances may be slim to none. Apply for internships and entry-level jobs that are flexible with GPA scores, and match your abilities. If you excel at these jobs, you might be able to circle back around to the company you first wished to work for. Seek a counselor who can help you reevaluate your options. You definitely won’t be the first to waltz into the career center with a GPA question.
At the end of the day, if you are unhappy with your GPA, CHANGE IT! Even if you are in the first semester of your junior year or last semester of your senior year, each grade counts. Take your GPA seriously, but understand that it is not everything when applying for certain roles.
Are you screwed? Not exactly. Every internship you apply for won’t require you to list your GPA and many companies who were strict on GPA scores are now evolving. One major company being Google:
“Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything.” – Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President for People Operations