It’s Job Fair Season…Help!​

Let the ‘butterflies in the stomach’ feeling commence! It’s job fair season.

For many seniors, the job search is now in full swing. During the coming months, campuses around the country will be hosting job or career fairs for their graduating students.  Some may be asking:

With so little time, how would I be noticed?

How am I supposed to get noticed by a potential employer?

Let’s compare this to something you know…

For those of you going to your first career fair or applying for your first post-grad job, think of this experience as dating. You might have a conversation about your likes and dislikes during your first conversation, maybe about who you are and what you are looking for. After making a connection, you may even check out their online presence with a little internet sleuthing. After a few dates, you find out enough to know if its worth a commitment.

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It’s the same for finding that perfect candidate or job, so let’s call this “The Job Dating Process.” The connections go like this:

  • Love at first job fair: When first meeting someone you might eventually date, you are going to remember a few facts about them. At a job fair, companies remember who you are through the conversation and also, your resume! Many employers at the job fair will take notes on your actual resume after your conversation. These companies then identify those true matches and those who don’t hit the mark. So make sure to bring your resume, printed and ready to share! Be sure to include all previous work experience, especially those that pertain to the job.

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  • Social media (LinkedIn) stalking: Potential employers often check your online presence so make sure your profiles are professional!  One of the most important professional platforms is LinkedIn, a site dedicated to business connections and heavily used when recruiting professionals. Make sure you create a LinkedIn profile that mirrors the resume, and that your in-person presence is the same as your online one so it doesn’t sabotage your job hunt.  Check out our prior post on this topic here:
  • “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.” (based on my qualifications and background): In a world where hundreds of people apply for the same job position, what makes you different among this crowd? If you don’t know your own strengths and weaknesses, your potential employers will also not know about those qualities. Take some time before submitting applications to think about your strengths, then make sure you show them to your potential employer. Also, don’t be afraid to mention those qualities that you are improving on. A weakness is just a strength that requires some extra TLC.

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#oneword2018

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it’s already the middle of January in a new year.  I am so excited for the start of this new year and all that it can bring.  From a business perspective, it’s a great time to review the prior year accomplishments or misses, time to set goals and plan for the future.

I am especially loving the trend of choosing a single word for the year, just one word as opposed to a series of resolutions that will be quickly forgotten.

I’d like to share with you my word, the word I have chosen not only for myself but for my business, our team and our clients.  That word is BUILD.   This year, the 17th year in business (gulp), my focus will be on building Hire Ventures, building our team, building our service and product offerings, building our client portfolio, building our social media presence, processes and so much more.

So, in the spirit of our #oneword2018 and with the anticipation of this new year ahead, I want to share what we have recently built, our new brand colors and logo!

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I’m very excited to finally have a logo that I love, with colors that speak to me.  It’s been a long process but this is one I can proud of and I can’t wait to see it printed on our new business cards, tote bags, pens and other fun tchotchkes.

What is your word?  What speaks to you?  What are you most excited about moving into 2018?

JazzHR Partnership

We are super excited to announce a new partnership with Hire Ventures!

Our clients know how much we love technology, how we love to leverage it to make us work smarter, faster and better!  Over the years we have implemented countless applicant tracking and human resource solutions that enable our clients to hire and manage their talent resources more effectively.  There are a lot of systems that we like and depending on our clients needs, we make recommendations on the system that will be the best fit.

More often than not, that system for recruiting is JazzHR (formerly known as The Resumator).  This system is amazing and has tiered offerings for companies of all sizes, even smaller companies that are looking for a system that can give them a sleek mobile-enabled careers page and get their positions posted to source good candidates and screen them to hire the best.  This system lets you manage every step of your recruiting process, from sourcing through onboarding!

Because of the exceptional track record with Jazz, we have entered into a partnership with them.  We are super excited to offer our clients this system, with the best pricing and implementation service available.

If you know you’ll be hiring soon and are ready to elevate your recruiting, let’s do it together!  Visit our partner page for more info:  https://www.jazzhr.com/hireventures.jazzhr-logo_blue-purple-cropped

And, if you want a sneak peek, here is a quick three-minute video on the software:  https://vimeo.com/170617441.  

Contact us today to see if Jazz is the right fit for you and let us help elevate your recruiting!