Ask Our Recruiters: Your Social Media Profile

Ask Our Recruiters

Hey Job Hunters! We’re back with another tough question for our recruiters. Social media has become as much a part of our professional lives as our personal lives, and sometimes it might seem like our personal profiles can damage our chances at finding a new job. However, Jered has some answers for the job seeker who wants to know how to maximize his or her social media influence when looking to get hired:

What should someone who is looking for a job do with his/her social media profiles?

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This is a great question that is becoming a more important issue every day. It certainly depends on the type of position you are applying to. Put yourself in the shoes of your potential employer; what are they going to be looking for? Undoubtedly, if you are applying to a Social Media position, you want to be visible. Try Googling yourself before you start applying and seeing what comes up. This will give you a good idea of what is accessible to the public eye. Sites such as LinkedIn are crucial during your job search. Make sure your profile matches your resume and have a clear, professional photo. This will also increase your chances of being recruited!

 

PCG Partners: Walking for Clean Water

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Having access to drinkable, clean water is a no-brainer to almost all people in the United States. However, in some countries, obtaining water comes at the price of walking for hours bearing heavy loads, without even the guarantee that the water will be safe to drink.

PCG Partner charity: water is dedicated to eliminating this sad reality. It commits 100% of donations it receives to funding clean water projects around the world. Check out the company website for more details.

In continuing support of our PCG Partner, we would like to announce that we are walking in support of charity: water this June at Liberty State Park. Our goal is to raise $3,000 which will help 100 people have access to clean drinking water for life! Visit our fundraising page to donate: every little bit counts!

Facing Challenges At Work

Although it may seem obvious, stressful encounters within the workplace can be a common occurrence. Naturally, we all have disagreements from time to time, and that translates into the work environment. Whether it’s a challenge with a project you are working on or an issue with an outside vender, it’s important to translate your willingness to put out the fire in an effective manner. Communicate with all parties and express your ability to manage the situation at hand, as well as your plan towards solving the conflict. Present the scenario, and then walk all parties through your method to fix it step by step. Handling a demanding situation with productivity and professionalism ensures your boss that you can arrive at a resolution or compromise when an issue presents itself.

Office Advice: Consolidate Your Calendar

There is no need to complicate your work life by having more than one calendar. Whether you prefer to have your events planned out on a physical calendar, a mobile device, or your computer, everything should be neatly written down in one place. Having a bunch of notes with times and places won’t help you in the long run. You will inevitably never read them and certainly won’t transition them to your calendar. Instead, if you schedule a meeting for the future, write the time, location, and person you are meeting with directly on your calendar. Another good tip is to include the time you think the meeting will end—this is an estimate of course, but it will help make sure you don’t plan two events too close together. Setting these time frames will also leave you time to prepare before the meeting begins. Be sure to break all of your responsibilities into manageable pieces—putting too much on your plate for one day is setting yourself up for disaster. Having your calendar in front of you will make sure you aren’t swamped on any particular day and limiting yourself to one calendar will ensure a more organized day at work.

How to Ace a Second Round Interview

We’ve all been there—waiting nervously to meet the hiring manager that decides your fate. Getting it right the second time involves a different line of questions and answers that you may have faced during your first interview. You’re probably thinking—what more could be said? Companies often times conduct a second round interview to make certain they are choosing the right candidate for the job.

First and foremost, you should always prepare for more people. Second interviews typically involve a follow-up conversation with individuals from the first interview, who will shuffle you off to other members of the company. These people will be working in the department you are applying for, and you may have to speak with as many as three or four of them. It’s important to be prepared for multiple conversations before going in; don’t be afraid to repeat yourself, but make sure you are confident and straightforward with everyone you speak with.

It’s important to be a good fit for the company, but also important to talk with the interviewer, ask them questions about themselves, and be personable. Ask them about their experience with company, how they have enjoyed it thus far, what goals they have set and what they’ve already achieved. These will help establish a flow of conversation to make the second round interview feel less like a traditional interview and will exhibit your comfort in talking about the company.

Finally, tailor your comments towards the role of the individual you are speaking with. Considering you’ll be speaking with more than one person, be sure to remember their job title when they introduce themselves, and get a firm sense of what their duties are within the company. This will allow you to be more proactive in your responses and pinpoint ways in which you can be valuable to that one person specifically.

Second job interviews can be nerve-racking but remember—if you got called back for a second interview, you must have made a great impression in the first round! Remain calm, follow these tips, and ace your second interview.

Interview Question: How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

This is a question that will arise when a hiring manager wants to “test you.” Your answer should attempt to show productivity. As long as you exhibit your ability to face any situation with productive results, the interviewer will realize nothing is stopping you from attaining your work goals. He or she wants to distinguish the individual who withers under pressure, and the individual that turns a stressful situation into a positive outcome. It is also clever to share an example of a stressful work situation you have faced in the past, and outline the step by step process by which you handled it. Dealing with stressful situations isn’t easy, so there’s no need to downplay the stakes when answering this question; just evaluate the scenario and how you navigated through the stress. Finally, it is important to finish the example with a strong closing statement. If you show your ability to handle pressure with a great story and end with “so…yeah” then your story will fall flat. It’s critical to summarize the meaning of your example, relate it back to the original question, and remain confident. After all—confidence is the key to managing stress.

Being Mindful of Background Checks

Companies typically perform background checks to ensure their job candidates have a good public record. However, a poor background is no reason to be fearful during your screening! It’s important to be honest with your recruiter from day one.

Whether it’s a criminal or financial mark on your record, readily admitting it early in the background check is vital. The earlier you mention it, the more control you have to describe the circumstances on your own terms. It may seem counterintuitive to provide your mistakes early in the conversation, but disclosing that information early can build trust and guarantee you’re not trying to hide something.

Most of the time, companies aren’t looking to eliminate candidates based on a poor record, they may just want to inquire about certain instances. This is a great opportunity for you to express how you’ve turned things around; if you’ve had legal issues don’t be bashful, just gently explain the situation and how you have repaired it. Connecting your troubles to your talents is a clever way to turn a perceived negative into a positive.

Not being honest during a background check can seriously hurt your chances not only for the position you are interested but your relationship as a whole with your recruiter. Be honest and upfront and know you have done all you can to make the best impression on your recruiter.

Office Advice: Rework Your To-Do List

We all know what it feels like to have a ton of work that needs to get done, but not enough time to complete it all. To-do lists are a staple of the working individual. Most people create a new list every day, and set out to conquer it by day’s end, with every item crossed off. Unfortunately, that is never as easy as it sounds, and we find ourselves swamped with work and constantly adding more to the list! First, make sure there is a designated spot for your to-do list. Keeping the list in the same area will ensure that you always know where to write down your activities. Make a section at the top of your list for the top three “to-do’s” for the day. These should be the tasks that are top priority—the ones that will have you working overtime if you don’t get them done. All of the menial to-do’s can follow those chief concerns. Arrange those tasks from most to least important. Furthermore, you should get into the habit or writing your list first thing in the morning, or even the previous day before you leave the office! The sooner the list is created, the less intimidating the day’s events will seem.