Why are great candidates being overlooked for Jobs?

Still-Students

Students and their parents are faced with a heart wrenching issue – why are their kids not getting jobs or the jobs they want?  Although there is not one reason it’s important to understand all the factors affecting great kids from getting great jobs.

Most colleges have adopted a job aggregator that brings jobs to campus.  This is great as MORE jobs are being presented to students…right…well partially.  Understand these job aggregators like Handshake, Simplicity and so many others are also selling this data to companies who can now work with an expanded pool of applicants.

Example – if you have a business in Minnesota and you want to post a job – you will be asked if you want to post at 400 other schools – oops, the pool just got alot bigger.

Hard working kids and adults trying to better themselves are now going up against applicants from more prestigious schools with perhaps better grade point averages and internships.

Many applicants are taking jobs they don’t want which in the end could be causing the heavy turnover rate employers are seeing.  Essentially, just because there are MORE jobs to choose from, it doesn’t always mean more job offers.

So, what’s the solution?

This is a competition and we have to let students know this.  We do this by giving them the tools to compete.  We coach them through finding themselves and their strengths, we coach them through thinking about stories which support their strengths and we begin to craft their interview “story”. We align those strengths and stories to specific job requirements and most importantly we teach them HOW to get the interview.

Will it take some hustle – sure – but we have to at least let students know the rules of the game.

Interested?  Register at Class2Career.

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The Power of Staying in Touch

Too often we connect with someone from the company where we want to work and set up a time for coffee. We meet them, send the thank you note and that’s it…..we fail to stay in touch.  So why do we need to stay in touch?

You connected with someone at the company you want to work at, right?  After that coffee, they remember you for probably 25 – 30 days.  In the interim they might be approached by someone else for a meeting, or they meet other people looking for positions who do a better job staying in touch.  When the company sends out an internal job posting – you want that connection to remember YOU – not anyone else.  So don’t let a month go by without reaching out to that contact to let them know:

  • You are still looking – don’t make them assume anything
  • Tell them about any accomplishments you have had – great grades, kudos on the job, travel plans – anything that is news worthy. Or maybe if you have read something about the company you could ask them about it. JUST STAY IN TOUCH.  Even if they don’t respond, don’t worry – it might be a one-way convo – who cares.  When that job crosses their desk they will think of you….even if it’s only to stop the emails – just kidding.

After you land the job you want try to keep in touch once a year if you chose to go to another company.  If you are in the same company – reach out every so often to tell them how you are doing and thank them for their help…..you may end up working for them someday!

STAY IN TOUCH

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” In our years recruiting for corporate America, we found a large majority of applicants were unable to link what they had accomplished in their lives to a workplace need.  In other words, they were unable to take one of their strengths, give an example of how they had demonstrated this strength and then link it to why it would be important for a company to have someone with that strength.

Not all interviewers take the time to get your individual story….The process is getting worse because now computers are scanning resumes as part of the selection/rejection process.  When you get an interview, you must be able to align the company’s job requirements to a strength and story that you have and you must make this connection in the interview.  Failure to do so may mean being unfairly rejected from a job you really want.

At the end of a recruiting day, we didn’t remember grade point averages, or what was on the resume. We remembered the person through their individual compelling stories of success, triumph and failure.

The story is how we get an inside look at the person to be hired….people hire people! And that is the underlying reason why we created Class2Career!