On Feb 27, 2019, WIB-RTP members and non-members attended a sold-out event at the BRITE Building at NC Central University were they networked and enjoyed some lite bites from Barrington James. Speakers Rachel Wile from Barrington James and Heidi Scott Giusto from Career Path Writing Solutions lead the evening’s activities. Rachel gave tips on how to work with recruiters and explain that recruiters are like matchmakers of a sort. Heidi discussed the importance of keeping your resume current and to "[r]emember that a resume is not an archive of information; it is a strategic marketing document." Heidi then provided a worksheet for the attendees to reformat their resume in one hour. Afterwards, people were paired off to swab resumes and discuss. Talking with the panelist afterwards, a couple of questions came up:
What is the one thing you hope every attendee would take away from your presentation?
“I feel the biggest thing I hope every attendee takes away from the presentation is that working with a recruiter is like having a teammate in the job search/interview process. It’s important to have very open communication regarding thoughts, feelings, expectations, and other interview processes so the recruiter can do everything they can to help manage all of the moving pieces along the way. This not only increases the likelihood of receiving a job offer as it promotes a smooth and well-managed process, but it also ensures that if one is presented it is the best it can be.”
Rachel Wile (Click here for all pictures)
Also, what do you see is the biggest mistake job lookers do in working with recruiters?
“For me, I think the biggest mistake that job seekers make when working with a recruiter is a lack of transparency. In my presentation, I mentioned that by working with a recruiter, rather than a typical negotiation between the candidate and the employer when a job offer is put together, expectations are managed by the recruiter on both sides through the entire interview process so a job offer will be presented right when the time comes. When candidates fail to share certain details, whether that’s possible concerns, other interview processes, expectations of certain details or compensation, then the recruiter is less capable of helping the process go smoothly and to reach a mutually agreeable job offer.”
Same question to Heidi, what is the main point you hope attendees would take away from your presentation?
Heidi Scott Giusto
“Here is a thought for what I hope people take away from the session: I hope everyone would leave the event knowing that intentionality is key if you want to proactively manage your career. Be intentional in what you put on your resume, how often you update it, and how you adjust it as you progress through your career. What make sense when you're in your first full-time role will likely not be as compelling of a strategy when you're in your mid-career years.”
Heidi Giusto (Click here for all pictures)
A big thank you to our speakers and attendees for a fun and informative evening. Our next WIB-RTP event will be on March 27 at The Frontier-RTP on Conflict Resolution. Click on this link for more information and to register .