Keep First Time Job Expectations Realistic, hireVision Tells phillyBurbs.com
Our president and CEO, Tina Hamilton, PHR, had some spot-on advice for young people entering the job market that was featured the article “Flexibility the name of the game for young job seekers” in phillyburbs.com. (Republished in Burlington County Times.) Regardless of your education level or degree, her words are worth listening to:
For recent graduates just entering the job market, it’s also crucial to have the right expectations, says Tina Hamilton, president of hireVision Group, Inc., an Allentown-based outsourced Human Resources provider that specializes in hiring management.
“Young people can’t go into an interview with pay demands or perceived value today,” Hamilton said. “You have to be flexible and grateful you’re getting an opportunity.”
“And don’t say you’re a quick learner,” she warns. “We hear that all the time. Everyone’s a fast learner. Apply to jobs that make sense to you – for what you’ve been studying, and try to build valuable work experience.”
With companies getting so many resumes right now, there has to be something about you that makes you stand out, Hamilton says.
“Become a specialist in one area,” she advises. “That’s what companies are looking for.”
Hamilton also has another big piece of advice for those still in school.
“Get a job before or during college, and hold on to it. Employers need to see that you’ve worked and had something steady in your background. That makes all the difference in the world.”
Another essential for today’s young job seekers: portraying a clean, professional image online.
She says this is an area a lot of young people just entering the workforce desperately need to work on.
Does Your Hiring Persona Pass the Grandma Test?
While the entire article is an excellent read about the hiring process and today’s young job seekers, our favorite bit of advice has to be this:
“Take down the crazy, beer drinking, half-naked photos from Facebook,” said Hamilton. “Put stuff up you’d want your grandmother to see.”
When considering job candidates, companies are now going on to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to see what potential hires are doing. If they see an image they don’t like, the candidate is as good as forgotten.
“Clean up your act,” Hamilton says. “Companies can only afford to hire top employees today.”
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