Finding your first full-time job is a heck of a lot of work — after all of the research you do, applications you fill out, and interviews you prep for, it can be tempting to rush through an acceptance once you’ve been offered a position. But signing the dotted line on an offer letter without hesitation is a decision that can haunt you for years down the road. Not only do you miss out on a lower base pay now — subsequent pay raises are often based on a percentage of your annual salary, so the cash you’re missing out on only compounds. Similarly, settling on a lower initial salary might discourage you from asking for more later down the road or at your next position.
So even (and perhaps especially) if you’re fresh out of college, you should put the work in now to ensure that you earn what you deserve. Read more
Fantastic resume submitted.
Now, get ready for the phone to ring! Acing the first contact from a recruiter or hiring manager is just as important as the in-person interview. Here are five easy steps to make sure you shine. Read more
These days, job candidates are bringing their A-game to interviews. They’re prepared, well-researched, confident and sure that this is the job for them. However, we’ve all been in interviews where the recruiter or hiring manager was too busy to give you the interview you deserve. You know the type: rushed, disinterested, and simply “dialing it in.”
Before you walk away from another interview wondering, “Was I really that bad?” consider the alternative. You may not have recognized the red flags during the interview. Read more
What’s the adage? Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life? Not if you don’t fit in with the company culture.
With two-thirds of HR managers in OfficeTeam’s March 2015 survey citing cultural fit as a reason for losing employees, the adage should read something like: “Find a company you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Clearly, how you fit into a company’s culture and work environment is an important part of being happy and engaged at work, but how do you find a company you love? Where can you find out about a company’s culture before you take the job? Read more
Did you know that looking a person directly in the eye is intimidating? Or that if you are introverted you could be sending the wrong message to your boss about your confidence and capabilities? According to body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass, how you carry yourself can drastically impact a first impression at work.
“Introvert and extroverts need to be mindful of their body language to make a good impression,” says Dr. Glass. “You have to convey that you’re confident, that you’re an open person and that you’re the type of person that someone wants to work with or do business with.”
Facial expressions, body language, and linguistics can be bigger indicators of your abilities as an employee than your work product. In other words, no matter how great your results or final project may be, the cues you are giving through your body language and disposition can undermine your success, and influence your chances for promotion, a raise, and even career growth. Read more
You’ve done the work, you’ve put in your time, you know your stuff — but before you open your mouth to give the presentation you’ve prepared so intently, you’ve been judged.
It’s human nature: Our brains are wired to take in all available information and draw instant conclusions. Which means that everything you do — how you walk into a room, carry yourself, and use gestures — makes an impression that has nothing to do with what you actually know. Read more
When you’re deep in the midst of your job search, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own – just you and your resume, against the millions of other job-seekers.
But you actually have an ally out there: Recruiters. Some recruiters work with hiring managers at companies, others work as headhunters at a third-party firm — but their goal is the same: to fill an open position with the right person.
And if they think you’re that person, they can be a huge help in getting your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile. Read more
Researching a company is like researching a new city. It has its own unique history, quirks, and culture. And there’s probably more info about it available than you have time to sift through. With so many criteria to judge from, what are the most important? We’ve prepared a comprehensive list of everything you need to look for when you’re researching a company — with tips on how to find the information, as well. Get ready, get set, go research! Read more
You’re finishing up your final year in school, and it’s time to start considering your next move: your first job on the path to what’s sure to be a wildly successful career.
You probably know about the parent-approved must-haves: good salary, medical benefits, 401(k) matching. But what else should you keep in mind as you’re choosing that first position? Read more