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Top Career Takeaways For Recent Grads

Top Career Takeaways For Recent Grads

Companies Are Hiring!

Don’t let current events throw you off your job search. Companies are currently looking for great talent. Maybe a particular job that you’re looking for won’t be available for a bit, but keep in mind that hiring managers are keen to build relationships with candidates so they can keep their talent pipeline currently active. You may need help finding a job, but companies also need help finding qualified employees.

Soft Skills Are A Must

There have been lots of discussions about the importance of soft skills which just goes to show you how much value they hold in the eyes of hiring managers.

Have A Professional Demeanour At All Times

Since most of the working world has gone remote, that doesn’t mean you should relax your standards. Have a virtual video interview coming up? Dress as if you were meeting the hiring manager or recruiter in person. Don’t forget your mannerisms and be enthusiastic about the opportunity. 

No Fibbing!

We totally get it….internships are being rescinded and with them goes candidates’ enthusiasm. Companies are aware of the struggles that you’re facing in this day and age so don’t diminish your chances by lying about the truth.

Culture Fit Is Essential

Culture is the number one area where you should interview the company as much as they interview you because you don't want to go somewhere where they're going to ask you to fit within an existing framework that may or may not work for you. 

Do Your Homework

Top candidates hunker down and get to know a company's past, present and future. Asking smart questions is another strategy to prove to a hiring manager just how serious you are. 

Keep Your Resume Short and Succinct, Then Apply!

To help increase your chances of getting noticed, take the time to customize each resume you send out. Companies want to know you’re going the extra mile. Worried that you’re not the most qualified candidate for the job? Apply anyway! Studies show that women are less likely to apply for the same job that a man is also on the same skill level for. Let’s break some records ladies!

How To Become Knowledgeable When Signing An Employment Contract

How To Become Knowledgeable When Signing An Employment Contract

When it comes to your work experience level and subsequent industry, your next job offer may come with a specified employment contract that you’re asked to sign. While your prospective employer might pass it off as a written agreement, you never want to assume it says what you think it says and sign it without reading through the details.

What is most important is making sure that you’ve taken the time to give all the written items a thorough review and if you are in doubt, make sure to have an attorney weigh in as well.

Here are some important things to take into consideration that might appear in an employment contract.

Is it really a contract?

For every job offer, you can expect a summary of applicable terms, including how much money you’ll make, when you get paid, the bonus structure but keep in mind that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a contract. A contract is a written agreement that has a specified beginning and end date and may also include provisions relating to termination.

The general rule is that whatever is not included in writing gives the employer the upper hand when it comes to you being forced out. This means that an employer can fire you at any time for any reason. 

Be In The Know Regarding Your State Laws

Before getting into the employment contract line by line, you’ll need to know which state governs your agreement. Do some research to understand how state laws might dictate the terms of your contract.  

The Length of the Employment Contract

Contracts always have a specified set of dates. However, you should be aware of what will happen when the term ends. Some employers might have auto renewal provisions. If your contract automatically renews, be aware that if you wish to renegotiate anything, you should start that discussion before the term expires.

Job Security

Some employees have a contract that dictates the specific ways that they can be terminated. 

You want to avoid any situation surrounding automatic termination clauses. Look for language that specifies that both parties must give 60 days’ notice before terminating the contract.

About The Bucks

The good news is that your hourly rate or base salary and when you get paid is usually straightforward. However, once you get into signing bonuses and commission, things can get confusing. Make sure to confirm what happens to outstanding bonuses and commissions if you end up leaving the job. 

Your Side Hustle

If you do side work outside of your new position, be sure to see if there are any restrictions on outside work within your contract. “

The Non-Compete Clause

Many contracts contain a non-compete clause, which says that if you leave the job, you can’t go work for a competitor for a set amount of time. This is one area in which state law can come into play regardless of what the contract says.

Ownership Changes

Another employment contract provision to look out for is to see if there is any information regarding what happens to your contract if the company is acquired or sold. Plain and simple.

Negotiate Your Compensation Package Before You Sign

No matter what an employment contract looks like when you initially receive it, you have the right to request changes that are essential before signing the dotted line. Most employers expect that you will do this. Take the time you need to make sure your needs are being met. 

In the long run, don’t get caught up in the excitement of a new job opportunity and end up not reviewing all the paperwork for your contractual agreement. Be smart by doing your research, keeping yourself informed and asking for what you truly deserve!

The Future of Automation When It Comes To Staffing

The Future of Automation When It Comes To Staffing

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence especially when it comes to the staffing industry. However, keep in mind that it is still a work in progress but is also moving quickly to help resolve some of staffing’s biggest challenges.

Artificial intelligence is currently mostly represented by automated workflows, meaning a combination of technologies that automate the workflow in the smartest ways possible. At the moment, there aren’t many situations in which a machine can take the process from beginning to end. While it can create incredible efficiencies, there’s still a challenge for various technologies and platforms in order to integrate seamlessly. Here’s how it works today and what the future might produce in terms of expected outcomes.

What does an automated workflow look like?

For anyone who works in staffing, they’re already in the know. In most cases, a hiring manager creates a request for talent and that order goes to the supplier or the staffing company’s request system. If companies have that first tier of automation in place, orders placed in the vendor management system are auto-populated on behalf of the candidate tracking system. If they aren’t, clients have to log into these platforms, find the specific job order and then manually enter the job into their applicant tracking system. 

From Sourcing To Matching

Once you’ve got your candidates in the system, artificial intelligence can then pinpoint candidates within the system and use search aggregators to comb other databases for matches. From this point, a candidate engagement system can create automated engagements with the intended list of candidates.

With a relatively simple AI implementation on the candidate side, user data can help refine the results that recruiters receive on their end. 

The Ongoing Search For A One-Size-Fits-All Solution

As it exists today, there’s no standard protocol that everyone in the staffing industry uses. Staffing companies vary in their adoption of different parts of these technologies because there are so many technology partners, platforms and vendors being used at any given time.

The systems that win will ultimately be those that can talk to those solutions through the process, aggregate data and use all of this imperative information to refine their machine learning algorithms.

Where Automation Works Well

Although there is no perfect AI solution that works in all situations, there are circumstances where the technology is getting close. For particular job searches, automated solutions can use matching algorithms to find candidates, automatically engage those candidates with an email link to start the screening process. This works well for specific software engineering type roles. Some situations like screening for entry-level positions don’t work as well because the task is somewhat more general. Soft skills are also tough like for sales positions or determining whether a candidate is a good cultural fit. 

How AI Sets Staffing Firms Apart

The staffing company that tops the heap of many others will complete the process faster than everyone else. After all, speed is the key to efficiency!