BestLogic Staffing New Team Members:
Jonathan James, Raysa Villanueva, Shakyra Murray, and Adrian Budhu
The good thing about social networking is that it allows you to create a brand or an image for yourself in a very public sphere with very little cost to you. At least financially.
With social networks expanding beyond the reach of teenagers and college students, creating and utilizing professional contacts is become easier and daunting at the same time. The key is to know how to separate the grain from the chaff. In other words, when you’re using networks such asTwitter, LinkedIn or even Facebook, begin with researching and following people in your industry.
Websites such as Twitter allow the option of creating lists that you can follow; therefore staying current with the industry becomes quite easy.
However, for professional purposes, LinkedIn is probably the best place to begin because you can tap into your own network contacts, which can include your friends, employers and school networks.
About.com has a list of recommendations to follow when establish an online presence geared specifically for job searching. Bear in mind that creating a credible online presence takes a lot of time, effort, consistency (i.e., becoming a subject matter expert) and frequent updates. Although frequency is a relative and subjective term, an absence of longer than two weeks may become detrimental to your online persona.
- Research the company
Researching the company before the interview allows you to learn about its mission, products, and services, customers and competitors. The company’s mission statement will offer you all the desired information about the company’s values as well as an edge in understanding the company’s needs. The more you know about the corporate culture, the better you will relate to the finance position you seek to land.
- Research the Job Position
Many candidates stick to researching the company, but not the position. You may be surprised if you research the job position and gain an understanding of the role you are expected to play in the organization. Furthermore, you will be an exception among the pool of candidates for the same position by having research the position that you are applying for.
- Dress Appropriately
Whether you realize it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you. Thereby, being inappropriately dressed for a job interview may cost you the job itself even before you say a single word to the hiring manager. Dress professionally, wear neat and clean clothes and avoid the loud colors. By dressing appropriately for a job interview, not only you state that you take the opportunity seriously, but also that you respect the hiring manager and that you could be a nice fit in the corporate culture.
- Arrive on Time
Arriving on time for an interview can play an important role in landing a job. In fact, you should arrive earlier in order to make sure you’ll make it on time. For instance, you should consider the time to commute. What if there is traffic and you start feeling unsure whether you’ll make it or not? You will start wondering why you didn’t leave earlier, why you spent fifteen minutes playing with the dog and all these thoughts will only stress you out. In contrast, arriving at your interview fifteen minutes earlier will allow you to familiarize yourself with the environment and focus on your task.
- Focus on Body Language
Negative body language can be a real disaster during a job interview. Looking distracted, playing with your pen, brushing back your hair or touching your face, all suggest a negative body language that can sabotage your chances to get hired. Instead, if you smile, make an eye contact with the hiring manager and you actively listen and participate in the process, you make a god impression and you have more chances to ace the interview and get the job.
- Show Your Knowledge
If your career accomplishments match to what the company is looking for, talk about them. Don’t go cocky or overconfident, but try to relate what you know with the questions asked. Also, it is to your best interest to demonstrate the research you have made about the company by using examples. For instance, you may say “I noticed that your customer satisfaction ratings improved dramatically through the implementation of a divesting strategy.” This shows that you know your stuff, you know the company and the learning curve is gradually improving.
- Sell Your Good Self
Dress appropriately, arrive on time, be polite and sell your good self, the one that you would hire should you be in the shoes of your interviewer. Probably you should feel like being humble, but this won’t get you the job. Sell your experience, showcase your achievement, keep it together and let the hiring manager realize that if they don’t get you on board, they are losing a valuable asset.
- Handle The Tough Questions
The finance industry is highly demanding and during the interview, you may have to handle some tough questions. For instance, “What is your biggest weakness?” or “How do you handle challenges with coworkers?” are two questions that the majority of candidates would love to avoid. Make sure to understand what it the motive of the hiring manager when asking tough questions in order to tailor your response and be able to dance around questions you don’t like.
- Ask Insightful Questions
Sometimes candidates do not ask questions either out of nervousness or because they feel they might be judged for crossing the line. However, studies have repeatedly shown that hiring managers love to be asked questions as this indicates the applicant’s interest in the job. Thereby, as soon as the discussion about the job opening is done and the hiring manager has made clear what is expected from you, it’s your turn to ask insightful questions such as “How would you describe the company’s values?” or “How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured?” and so on.
- Follow Up
After the interview is over, make sure to follow up with a thank-you letter or a phone call. Even if you haven’t aced during the interview, there is a chance to remind the hiring manager who you are and what your valuable traits are, including the courtesy to thank them for their time. This shows a positive attitude and that you genuinely interested in the position.
Broadly speaking, the first impression is always the most important one. Given that the finance sector is one of the most competitive industries, you need to make a good impression to everyone you meet in the organization. Dress appropriately, arrive on time, be polite and sell your good self, the one that you would hire should you be in the shoes of your interviewer.
Effectively Using Twitter to Find a Job
We can’t say this enough – using social media to find work is finding the balance between propriety, brevity, and creativity; especially with a service such as Twitter that offers an extremely limited space for a status update.
The Internet is replete with stories of people finding jobs through their social media and Twitter networks, so obviously, it can be done. Having a positive attitude helps.
The first rule is “keep it short.”
The second rule is to use strategy and maximize the scope of Twitter’s reach for your benefit.
A simple “How To” and other job search resources for using Twitter:
- Connect with recruiters online – You can find recruiters in your industry via TweepSearch, a site that indexes Twitter profiles. A simple search by us yielded over 11,000 results, so remember to be specific.
- Sites such as TheTalentBuzz.com recommend following Twitter profiles like @JobAngels, @JobShouts and even TwitHire to find and post leads regarding jobs.
- Follow Miriam Salpeter of @keppie_careers (who has been mentioned on Forbes.com) especially to gain insights and helpful tips for social media jobs and training.
- Mashble.com has an exhaustive list of Twitter profiles by industry, job type, and region.
Contact our recruiters and find out how we can help.
BLS – BestLogic Staffing
Networking is the art of establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with other people that are connected to the area of interest with you. To take advantage of the benefits of networking you need to be active in the exchange of experiences, knowledge and contacts with other members of the network. Only in this case, when the communication is two-way, you will have a valuable relationship based on trust.
Popular networking opportunities are fairs, conferences and other business events, seminars and social gatherings. This can be organized by various business associations, institutions, organizations supporting business and other interest groups. “Online” network allows establishing exchange of knowledge and gain contacts in the world. If you invest enough time and energy, your circle of people can be a significant business asset and your advantage.
Networking with people from their own and neighboring profession can be useful at the time when you want to change your job, get fired, or expand your activities to other areas. Also in situations when you want to get to the actual information about trainings and business events that worth to attend and learn about new trends in the labor market or education. It also serves to increase your visibility and build your own brand, and if you are an entrepreneur in this way it will help you to sell your product or service – people are “buying” people and humanity and rarely marketing brochures. One part of the new business and customers is generated through personal contacts like networking is. If you look how recommence and develop your own business, networking is essential.
How to start?
1. Explore what interesting is happening in your environment
2. Organize and prepare yourself for the arrival
3. Familiarize yourself with the rules
4. Send e-mail to new contacts after the event
5. Networking “online”
In general, people tend to associate with the aim of generating new business, they tend to point to assess whether or not a person that standing across them could be of some help. If that assessment is that they would, people tend to hold a conversation in those subjects that are working for them and where they are strong. If the estimates are that they don’t have a common interest with the person, mostly they will keep understandably short with her, find a way out of the situation and move on. Some others tend to keep talking in order to get to know someone better. Also, they need at least three minutes to make an assessment and take a decision, but you can definitely take some time to get away from the conversation. They will prefer early and move on to personal topics of the opposite sex, but after talks it will be complete and in-depth picture of interviewees.
Tips on how to better “networked”
Be original and highlight what you think is unique for you. The best opportunity for this will be the moment when you meet someone. Do not miss a chance to give him your business card or something that you can present yourself and do not be shy (it is very important to have a differentiated what is that you want or what you can do). What you will get from networking-directly depends on the time and effort you invest, invite people you meet and get to know each of them. It is likely to return the favor and introduce you to people they know.
Broaden your horizons by getting the mix and meet with people who do not like your job, do not think like you, do not speak and do not behave like you. This will help you to load the ability to think in a new way, and it may happen that you end the call, creating new business opportunities for each other. Do not be afraid to ask for support, assess the idea together and seek in areas that are not your domain. If you had a negative experience in networking, learn from it. Networking is in dealing with people, relationships are in effective communication that is a skill that can be learned.
Your contacts need to have information that is relevant to your current or future job. So you can from “first hand” to find out about current affairs, the new opportunities for advancement and training and most of vacancies, which represent the hidden job market. In fact, many jobs are never advertised a formal way, but are filled through the existing network of contacts which companies develop the business. This is called the “hidden job market” and can be accessed through the contacts that you establish.
In case you are before the first employment and have no experience, you meet people who can help you to determine you closer what all professions in which you want to include means, and information to help you to get to the vision of what is needed, with your knowledge, skills and interests fit. This does not mean you have to assume their duties and create conflicts – however it seems justified for existential reasons, this move is even worse if the person has the stronger network of contacts.
Networking can ease us the path to employment. It is important to know that for many employers the advantage when a person applies for a job has a wide circle of professional acquaintances. In addition, employers often hire people who are recommended by their employees. There is still prevailing negative opinions about networking and is mainly identified like job get through someone. However, networking is recommendation in the true sense. A lot of private companies practice this kind of work. Their employees will not risk their reputation, but it is not a job for the sake of someone who will not meet expectations. Therefore, it is advisable to develop your network and gain contacts.
Remember that reputation built up can collapse in seconds, so do not try to apply, but looking for a way to collaborate and synergize. Ethics is a prerequisite for good jobs and long-term cooperation, networking is not a tool for unscrupulous break into the labor market – people can cheat once.