Archive for August, 2016
Three times you should always follow up
Picture it. You’ve been searching for a job for weeks now, and you’ve even had some interest in the form of recruiters reaching out for interviews. But you haven’t found that perfect job you know must be out there somewhere. Suddenly, you see it. The job description matches exactly what you’ve been looking for. You submit your application. A few days go by. And you start to wonder…when, and how, should you follow up?
If you seem too eager, will you scare them off? Too persistent, and you might annoy them? But if you don’t reach out and show you really want the job, will someone else beat you to the punch?
Whereas before, you didn’t bother overthinking the follow-up process because the stakes weren’t that high, now you really want this job – and you don’t want to ruin your chances by making the wrong move.
The truth is, everything will be just fine and if you’re meant to have that job, you’ll get it. But to eliminate some doubt, here are three specific circumstances where you should absolutely follow up.
1. When you didn’t get an automated response. After submitting your application, wait 24 hours. If you haven’t received an email assuring you your application was received, contact the hiring manager (if possible) with a polite email to let them know you’ve applied and are excited to hear more about the opportunity (don’t forget to attach your resume).
2. After the interview. Always, always send a thank-you note. These days, an email is often appropriate, but a hand-written note will show you went the extra mile. Don’t let too much time pass between the interview and the follow up. Later that day, or the next day is best.
3. When you didn’t get the job. Just because you didn’t land the job this time, doesn’t mean you won’t be considered at a later date. A well-crafted follow up, thanking them for their time, and expressing interest in future consideration, will make you seem like a class act who genuinely wants to work there. You’ll keep the doors open, and you never know what may come of it down the road.
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If you’re an experienced professional searching for a new job, you may not think you need help. But a specialized staffing firm can be a powerful ally – for some key reasons. Here are a few.
- You need to know exactly what to say, and how to say it, to get the job. You won’t always know what your potential employer is looking for, no matter how carefully you read the job description. And even if you’re perfect for the job, some people have trouble conveying that in an interview. A niche staffing firm can let you know which of your skills you should emphasize, and coach you on how to shine. So you’ll go into the interview confident and completely prepared.
- Your resume can’t make you, but it can break you. A resume alone won’t win you the job. Yet one little grammatical can ruin your chances. A staffing firm will critique your resume, and won’t send it along to a potential employer until it’s perfect.
- Your career is one of the most important aspects of your life. It needs to be in good hands. Obviously, you are the most important determiner of how successful your career will be. But when you work with people who are specialized in your specific line of work, and how to market yourself for it, you stand the best possible chance of landing the job you want – which will only open doors to more opportunities down the road. Niche staffing firms also have insider knowledge and strong relationships within your industry – so they are absolutely a competitive advantage.
Those are just a few of the reasons a staffing firm can be a great asset to your job search. To learn more, visit TRC Professional Solutions today.
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We talk so often about the skills gap, and what society might do to fix it. Well, Minnesota is taking some smart steps. While many states track earnings of residents after college, Minnesota is going beyond just making that information available online. The state enlists people to share the findings with students and college staff in person and through an interactive website. Students can then make informed decisions about what skills are in demand, and which majors give them the most earning potential after graduation.
The findings from these data systems and salary trackers are interesting, and often unexpected. For example, more education doesn’t always mean higher earnings. Often, technical programs have a greater return on investment, particularly during the early years.
Of course, salary isn’t everything. There are many considerations to make when choosing a career. But it’s smart to understand the big picture of future earnings and marketability when deciding what training and education to choose – and how much to spend on it. And this sort of communication between government, hiring companies, and students is a smart way to address the talent gap.
Along with an overall skills gap, we also know there’s a big gender gap when it comes to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. While women make up about half the workforce, they only hold about a quarter of STEM jobs.
But why is this? Throughout grades K-12, boys and girls generally show equal interest and performance in STEM subjects. So why don’t these girls go on to pursue math and science careers?
According to a new study on the STEM gender gap, a major exit point for women in STEM is the college course Calculus I. Men and women with the same abilities go into the class, but women are 1.5 times more likely than men to abandon their STEM majors after the class.
Researches don’t blame grades, but a difference in the students’ confidence levels. The researchers interviewed both genders before and after the class, and concluded that the men interviewed were less likely to be dissuaded by a bad grade or other challenge related to the class. If only women would stick out the Calculus I class, and continue on with the support and encouragement of people around them, this one change might play at least some role in plugging the gender gap.
If nothing else, the study’s findings hold an important message for everyone. Don’t let the learning process – with its normal and expected failures – deter you on the way to success.