nity and premier site for entry-level job seekers, encourages new grads to seek out the advice of their parents when searching for a job in today’s recession.
With more than 1.6 million college students projected to graduate in 2009, many will be disappointed to learn that employers anticipate hiring 22 percent fewer grads this year than last year, according to National Association of Colleges & Employers. In addition, bls.gov recently reported an unemployment rate of 14 percent for professionals between ages 20-24, which is the first time in over a quarter century it has topped 14 percent.
Not only is the unemployment rate on the rise, but salary expectations are continuing to fall. In Q1 2009, CollegeJobBank.com recognized a 3.1 percent decrease in salary expectations for candidates with less than one year of experience when compared to last year. With the increased quantity and quality of competition in the job market – including seasoned professionals willing to consider lower-level job offers – college grads are urged to shift expectations and be willing to accept a lower starting salary to accommodate the current market conditions.
“The Millennial generation is ambitious, confident, goal-oriented and typically not shy about exercising their independence,” says Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com. “In today’s economy, it’s important that new grads remain realistic, patient and flexible in their job search and not be afraid to lean on their parents, who have experienced multiple economic downturns, for old-fashioned career advice.”
So what job search wisdom can college grads take from their parents?
• Be Willing to Work Your Way Up. Job seekers should keep an open mind when looking for their first job, and like the Boomer generation, be willing to work their way up. Although their education may be in a particular field, it is all about gaining work experience, so all industries should be considered. According to CollegeJobBank.com, the top industries hiring candidates with 0-3 years of experience in Q1 2009 were Healthcare, Sales, Hospitality and Customer Service.
• Consider Multiple Jobs. It may be necessary for new grads to take on multiple jobs to build experience and credibility on their resume, while supplementing their income during these tough economic times. Having a “go-getter” attitude is a key characteristic to attracting employers looking for hardworking candidates.
• Use “Old School” Methods. Job seekers should compliment their online job search by using a personalized and multi-faceted approach to finding a job. Old school methods include calling prospective employers, leveraging personal or family contacts, attending networking events and taking advantage of college resources.
•Take Responsibility. New grads who allow their parents to directly participate or interfere in their job search can give employers the wrong impression. It is acceptable to seek advice from parents, but it is ultimately the job seeker’s responsibility to create and build a successful career!
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none exemplifies it quite as well as sales recruitment.
Think about it: every second spent on a potential hire that’s not a good fit, or lost to any of the day’s many distractions, is time that could have been better allocated to a more promising candidate. And time a recruitment consultant spends with that qualified candidate is time invested in a placement that will pay off, for both the employer and the sales recruitment firm.
The importance of good time management and responsible scheduling may not break down so clearly in other industries, but it is not unique to sales recruitment. Whether you are an up-and-coming recruitment consultant, a college student, part-time sales clerk, self-employed entrepreneur, stay-at-home mom or big wig executive, you can always benefit from structuring your day to be more efficient and productive. Take a few tips from a successful sales recruitment consultant and make them fit to your end goals:
Make a plan every day. Write it down.
Sounds silly, and like a kind of “duh” tip, but I’ve seen more than one recruitment consultant miss something because they gave themselves too much credit and assumed they could “keep it all up here.” Nope. The exercise of writing down what you need to accomplish will help you remember in itself, and seeing it there will give you a map of what to do next.
Find an end goal. Work towards that by working backwards.
Figure out what your ultimate goal for the day or week is, and then work your way backwards and determine what you need to do to get there. A sales recruitment consultant may see placing a hire as the final goal, so the steps before are to make contacts, call candidates, set up meetings, etc. Apply this somewhat backwards thinking in order to effectively work your way forward.
Stick to your list. Set up a mini-reward system if you need to.
Use the list to stay on task. Break it into manageable chunks with mini-goals and corresponding mini-rewards. Tell yourself you need to return all your phone calls before lunch; this gives you something to work towards beside the ultimate end goal, with the added enticement of a break for lunch at the end. There’s also the motivating sense of accomplishment every time you get to cross something off.
These simple tips can really help structure your day and increase your productivity, no matter what your final goal is. What other time management strategies work for you? As a sales recruitment consultant firm, we’re always looking for ways to improve performance and we’d love to hear your input.…
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We live in an ever-increasing digital world. Customer service ain't what it used to be. What does it take to speak with a human voice over the phone? I typically just keep pressing zero until a recording states, "Hold on, while I connect you with a customer service representative," or far worse, "I'm sorry, you have pressed an invalid number." Then of course, there is that lovely hold music. I rarely walk into a bank anymore, my banking is done on my computer or at an ATM. I rarely pay bills in person any more or even write out a check. Bills are paid by mobile or by website.
So, what exactly, does customer service entail these days? What drives you to leave a greater than 15% tip? Are you even cognizant of good service? I recently took my family out for a nice meal. The food was good, the atmosphere was nice, the wait staff was friendly and attentive, as they should be. When the check arrived, there was a list of suggested gratuities, ranging from 15%, 18% and 22%. So, is that customer service? Providing information, a glass of iced tea, and some chopsticks?
Do you want to be remembered? I recently read a marketing case study about the Blue Whale Moving Company out of Austin, Texas. This successful moving company was born out of good service. A young college graduate, who had worked his way through school had impressed a hot shot attorney during a move. The attorney told the kid, "Call me when you graduate." He did and together they launched Blue Whale Moving Company, they saw revenue of $1.7 million by year five. All resultant of good customer service.
Do you go that extra mile?
Do you tailor your services? What is your differentiator? Where is your level of service? Are you deserving of that 22% tip? Or will your customers grumble at the thought of leaving a 15% tip?