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Dress to Impress!

Hello fellow followers!

Did you know that your appearance and how you dress impacts the impression you give others about you? According to a study by Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, within the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer–otherwise known as the meet-and-greet–that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job.

What does this mean?

This means, those who come across as polished and pulled together are simply more likely to be hired than those who are seen as putting in less effort.

According to Bernieri, dressing the wrong way is equivalent to the worst social faux pas: “like picking your nose during an interview.”

How to Dress for an Interview:

You should familiarize yourself with the employer’s dress policy, and be observant of the company’s culture. In both an interview and in the workplace, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  When in doubt, select more professional, conservative clothing.

Here are some tips for how men and women should dress for an interview.

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails

So Remember, dressing professionally demonstrates respect, and also shows the employer that you take the interview seriously.

 

Eat’n Parks Summer Internship Rocks!

Hello Fellow followers! Check out this cool interview from one of Eat’n Parks summer interns.

Our Management Internship program is designed to provide college students the opportunity to explore a career with Eat’n Park restaurants!

The internship spans ten weeks and is modeled after our management training program.  This allows each intern the opportunity to experience all departments, learn management functions, and assist in running shifts under the supervision of the general manager.

Intern Interview

Please describe the most important things you learned during your internship

“The most important things I learned during my internship included learning the roles that every team member serves in the restaurant. Working in all of the different departments taught me how each department depends on each other. My duties included assisting in different department positions including greeting, serving, cooking, prep, baking, and assisting the managers with completing paperwork (shift cards, pull lists, prep lists, and pay roll)”

Describe which personal and professional strengths you have developed during you Management Internship.

“Professionally, I have developed a management presence. At first, I was nervous about managing a group of people but this experience has given me confidence in myself to do so. I developed practical skills in the kitchen, and prep areas. Personally, I’ve developed more confidence as well as personal drive to succeed in this field because I love it so much!”

 

What areas would you have like to develop further during your Internship experience?

“Honestly, the only thing that I wish is that the internship was longer. I know how to do the basics, but would have liked to work on finding the balance between wearing the different “hats” of management. I have always struggled with wearing the “police hat” and correcting people who are set in their own ways which are commonly wrong. Throughout this experience, I genuinely pushed myself to speak up more when needed.”

What did you enjoy the most about the internship?

“All of the people that I got to work with! It honestly started to feel like a little family. No matter how frustrating things would get at times, we all would come together to get the job done. This caused all of us to bond together-which makes the ending of the internship a little sad”

What could we do to make your internship better?

“The only thing I would recommend is to lengthen the internship program. I felt like I began to have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities mostly towards the end of the internship. I found myself to be more confident in my role as a management intern once I was comfortable with the environment and setting.”

Would you recommend Eat’n Parks internship program to peers at your College/University?

“I would definitely recommend Eat’n Parks internship to anyone! I learned a lot of valuable knowledge and skills along with meeting and working with great people.”

 

 

Recruiting Millennials

Greetings Fellow Followers!!!

 

Did you know that by 2016, Millennials (ages 18-35) will make up nearly 40% of the workforce and 75% of the work force by 2025? (HRMC Human Resource Management Center Inc.)

Yes, its no secret Baby boomers are gradually retiring and millennials will become the bulk of the workforce. For some this may be alarming, especially if you’ve believed the stereotypes of this future generation; that will soon be leading our businesses. But according to a recent IBM study, despite many myths of millennials being all about “me, me, me”. They are also asking questions like “where do I belong” and “how can I make a difference”? And they too like previous generation’s desire job security and stability.

So taking those questions into consideration how do you land the best of this future workforce?

Check out these few tips from Adecco Staffing on how to attract millennials into your workforce.

  • Innovate and they will come

Since millennials grew up online, they’re accustomed to updates, new versions 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and a constant evolving technology. Millennials change jobs early and often, so attract them by keeping your products and your workplace dynamic, rather than static.

  • Praise hard work and forward thinking/creativity

The need for frequent praise is both the trait most linked with the Millennial generation and the characteristic for which they are most often criticized. Still it shouldn’t be a deal breaker at your organization if you’re going to land the best talent. Your feedback can play a vital role in their job performance, so be sure to offer sincere, targeted praise when warranted.

  • Work Life Balance and interesting perks

The lives of these digital natives are tremendously portable; they are accustomed to accessing anything from anywhere at any time, and many desire the same traits in a working environment. Staying innovative may include offering the flexibility of occasional remote working and fluid scheduling.

Know thyself…

Hello fellow followers!

Many people live in peaceful ignorance of themselves and their needs, others not wanting to know for fear of what they would have to address. After reading an article by Emotional Health Expert Elaine Sihera, I thought we’d all find value in understanding ourselves. Below you’ll find her POV on why knowing yourself is so important for the following three reasons:

First, you have to live with yourself 24/7. No one in your life will be with you as much as you are with yourself. Would you live with a stranger for so long without knowing anything about them? Really, it is about self-awareness. Who you are, what you like and want, where you are going, what makes you happy and what makes you irritated. Those are very vital things to know if you are to improve the quality of your life and benefit from the things which make you happiest.

Second, self-awareness builds confidence. The more you know about you, the greater you will feel emotionally and the more adept you will become at dealing with situations. You then become more intuitive about what works for you and what doesn’t. Self-awareness is a powerful tool for improving competence because you will be pushed along directions which make you feel good rather than living in a vague way from day to day, not knowing how you feel or what you should do.

Finally, self-awareness boosts identity. If you don’t know much about your background, history, culture, gender and what you value, how will you get on with others in mutual respect? They cannot respect what they don’t understand. People who lack self-awareness tend to be ambiguous and make others feel uncomfortable because they are never sure what to do. So ignorance about the self is not a good thing

What is the first step of getting to know me?

The first step to getting to know you would be-asks questions. Just as you would with anything topic or person that you’d like to know a little better, do the same for yourself. Here are a few starter questions that you can begin to ask that will provoke so thought.

  • When do I have the most energy? Day or Night.
  • What makes me happy?
  • What makes me unhappy?
  • Do I like to work with people?
  • Am I energetic?
  • What do I do really well?
  • What do I like about myself?
  • Am I pessimistic or optimistic?
  • What’s my best quality?
  • What’s my worst quality?
  • What do I not like about myself?
  • What is my motto?
  • What’s my biggest worry?

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” ― Lao Tzu

Guide to disagreeing

Have you ever disagreed with someone and were unsure of how to verbalize your thoughts without creating a full-on heated debate? Check these tips and suggestions on how to disagree agreeably.

Rules for Disagreeing:

  • Use good voice tone
  •  Pick your battles. “You do not have to address every injustice or irritation that comes along,” says Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger.
  • Understand the stakes. Even if you think that you know the other person’s issues, it can’t hurt to pose a direct question. Ask “what’s your real concern here?’ ” says Rebecca Zucker, cofounder of Next Step Partners, an executive-coaching and leadership-development firm in San Francisco.
  • Don’t interrogate. Try not to go on a lawyerlike attack with a listing of yes-or-no questions. This tack is aggressive, puts the other person on the defensive and can make them feel belittled.
  • Use good body language 
  • Listen to the other person’s opinion.

Phrases to use when disagreeing…

  • Have you thought about it this way?
  • Well, I was looking at it differently.
  • Why don’t you look at that again?
  • How about looking at it from another angle?
  • That doesn’t quite sound right to me.
  • I don’t agree with that idea.
  • I disagree.

The benefits of a smile!

Hello fellow followers! We have all dealt with negative emotions in our professional and personal lives, but did you know smiling has many benefits?

 

Check out the below cool facts about smiling from the pickthebrain.com

 

 

 

  • Smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

 

  • Smiles Relieve Stress: Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
  • It’s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

 

  • It’s a universal sign of happiness: While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.

 

  • Smiling helps you get promoted: Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.

 

 

 

Gracefully exiting a conversation

Hello Fellow Followers…

Have you ever gone to a social event in order to meet new people, network, or perhaps build a more robust social life? Of course you have!!! And call me psychic but I also know that you’ve had those very awkward moments where you’ve been cornered by a conversation hog or quite frankly don’t know how to gracefully exit the conversation and begin another for fear of coming across rude.

Well worry no more! Check out these exit statements that will help you ease discussion departures and politely remove yourself from the occasional “conversation hog”.

Graceful exit statements

  • “It’s been really nice talking to you” or “It was nice meeting you”

 

If someone says that to you say “Thanks, I enjoyed it too”…and move on

  • “You’ll have to excuse me, I spotted my friend from across the room and I want to make sure I say hello. It’s been really nice talking with you, have a great night!”
  • “Maybe I’ll run into you later” or “Maybe we can pick up this discussion later” if you want to circle back to talk to them again.

Other reasons to leave:

  • You need to feed the parking meter.
  • You need to step outside to make a phone call.
  • You need to get another drink.
  • You need to visit the bathroom.
  • You need to ask so-and-so a question.

More tips:

Don’t worry if your reason is a white lie. You may not actually need to use the restroom when you excuse yourself. That’s ok. Go to the rest room, wash your hands, collect yourself, and when you come out find yourself a new conversational partner.

It’s not a question. You’re not asking permission to leave; you’re informing that you’re leaving. So state “So nice talking with you! I need to excuse myself. If I don’t talk to you later, enjoy the party” and then walk away.

If the person doesn’t take the hint, you can escalate/interrupt. “I’m so sorry to cut you off, but I need to step away for a moment. Maybe we’ll pick this up later!” and then leave the area.

See you at the top!

 

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