Advice for Success
At our Job and Internship Fair and Mock Interview Day events, we asked employers what they are looking for and we asked job seekers about their experience at the event. Take advantage and take it to the next level by gleaning from hiring professionals.
Employer Luncheon, Job and Internship Fair, Spring 2011
What characteristics are most valuable in a candidate?
Dresses for success, punctuality, takes initiative, professionalism, commitment, integrity (pride in job/ownership), maturity, willingness for continuous improvement, infectious/enthusiastic/motivated
In the next year, how much do you anticipate your hiring needs increasing at your organization?
59 percent of employers surveyed responded that their hiring will be increasing
31 percent of employers surveyed responded their hiring needs will stay the same
Green jobs are positions that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
Does your organization have a green initiative?
Have jobs been created as a result of this initiative?
58 percent of employers surveyed indicated their organization has a green initiative
35 percent of employers surveyed indicated green jobs have been created as a result of this initiative
Does your organization have an initiative for hiring veterans?
26 percent of employers surveyed responded that they have an initiative for hiring veterans
Do you utilize social media (i.e., LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) for recruiting and hiring?
50 percent of employers surveyed responded that they utilize social media in their hiring practices
Did your organization hire through Moraine Valley Job and Internship Fair?
62 percent of employers surveyed responded hired through the past Job and Internship Fair
What do we need to know to better prepare job seekers for the world of work?
- First Impressions
Introduce yourself and show sincere interest in the company by asking thoughtful questions that will trigger a discussion. Be concise, polite and direct. Never leave empty-handed. As your discussion wraps up, request a business card or write down the recruiter's name (get the correct spelling), title and preferred means of contacting them. If you have made a successful connection with an employer, also ask about the next steps. Will they follow up or should you? Is there anything you can do or provide (such as work samples, transcripts) to help in the decision-making process?"
Some students are lost when using Web-based applications. What is an acceptable amount of time
to wait before I phone an employer, without being too persistent?
Usually one to one and a-half weeks after submitting resume and application. Also, when calling an employer the first question to ask is the status of the position.
Employers are looking for:
Reading, writing, mathematics, communication, computers/typing, technology savvy
Critical Thinking Skills
Know how to learn, reason/analytical skills, think creatively, make decisions, solve problems, organizational skills
Team player, positive disposition, flexible/teachable, serve customers, leadership skills, understands professionalism, global awareness/perspective
Know How to Allocate
Time, money, materials, space, staff
Individual responsibility, creative, confident, self-management, sociability, integrity/honesty, relates well to others, strong work ethic, flexible/adaptable
Top 5 Criteria Influencing Hiring Decisions
Interviews well/Speaks and appears professional, relevant experience and/or skills, positive, professional attitude, critical thinking and communication skills, an understanding of what employer needs