No Experience? No problem | 4 Skills You Learned In College That Will Get You Hired

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Your diploma only lists one (or two, for you overachievers) area of expertise, but your degree program probably gave you more adaptable skills than you realize. Just having these skills won’t get you very far on your job search, though; you need to demonstrate them to potential employers. Take inventory of some of the abilities you picked up during your university career—and learn how to show them off.

Communication

If you majored in English, this one is in your wheelhouse, though students from all programs develop great communication skills in school. Just tacking on “excellent communication skills” at the end of your resume, however, isn’t too convincing, so include examples of instances where you implemented your abilities. Maybe you planned meetings for your student organization. In your resume or cover letter, use verbs that emphasize broad, widely applicable skills, and include any concrete, positive results you produced: Coordinated with committee leaders and corresponded with faculty members in order to plan weekly meetings with 100% member attendance. Did you receive some kind of recognition for your work? Even better—Faculty adviser A. Smith said she had “never seen such efficiency in an undergraduate.”

Organization

The ability to prioritize and organize work within time constraints is an indispensable skill in any profession. University turns deadlines into a lifestyle, both through required classes and extracurricular activities. If you contributed to any on-campus publications, include that in your resume, and list your school newspaper editor as a reference. If you didn’t write for the paper, emphasize another way you displayed your organizational skills. Many students participate in volunteer work: Served as the vice-president of my service organization to plan and lead after-school tutoring sessions for middle school students; raised students’ standardized test scores by an average of 15%. Remember—broad skills and concrete results.

Problem Solving

Be confident in your resourcefulness. Employers don’t want insecure, indecisive workers who require micromanagement and hand-holding. Classes in math, science, and philosophy imbue students with exceptional problem-solving skills. Show off these abilities in your resume or cover letter. Give an example of a situation in which you excelled in a leadership role: As an RA in a freshman dormitory, I regularly mediated disputes between residents and kept the peace on my floor. While I always maintained a friendly and welcoming attitude toward residents, I never bent the rules; none of my residents incurred disciplinary action from the university, nor did any of them request to change room assignments.

Teamwork

Most jobs require some degree of collaboration. Many professors incorporate group projects into their curriculum, as businesses have told universities that shared work is important. Additionally, activities like instrumental or vocal music, theatre arts, and athletics (among others) place special emphasis on collaboration. List team efforts in your resume, focusing on joint successes: Rehearsed and performed complicated pieces of music in a 50-person orchestra that won a national contest. Or—Practiced and coordinated daily with coaches and student athletes to build camaraderie and create strategic plays, resulting in an undefeated season.

Conclusion

Employers are looking for grads who can communicate, organize, problem-solve, and work in teams. Give examples of times that you showed mastery of these skills, and always include the positive results that followed. Play to your strengths—you may not have an extensive work history, but you have more experience than you think.

3 Things You Can Do In A Job Interview to Get a Second Interview

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A job interview is your time to shine. While your resume enticed the hiring manager enough to want to meet you in person, the interview is your chance to show them why you would be a great fit for the company and the position. Most companies will go through several rounds of interviews before extending a job offer, so one of your key goals of your first interview should be to demonstrate your strengths and secure a second interview where you will have a chance to make even more of an impression on a hiring manager. There are certain things that can help you stand out during a first interview that can help translate into a more in-depth second interview, including the following three items:

Demonstrating Your Exceptional Preparation/Research Abilities

Hiring managers like to see candidates who are excited about the opportunity and have obviously done their research about the both the position and the company. Your goal shouldn’t be just to show that you know what the specific job entails, but also that you would be a great fit for both the position and the company culture.  Don’t just talk about how you would be a great fit; give examples of how your skills and experience make you a candidate that they can’t pass up. Have this come through in questions that you ask at the end of the interview. If you can end your brief meeting demonstrating that you have done your research and know specifics about the company, they will take notice!

Practice the Art of Job Matching

The biggest question in an interview, the one you have to answer correctly, is one that the Hiring Manager isn’t even asking you. It’s a question they are asking themselves and it is: Would this person be the best person to do what we need done?

Job matching allows you to answer that question for the hiring manager, and that will help you stand out from other candidates.

Job Matching Steps

  1. Research to determine what the job entails. Sources of information include the job ad, the job description, coaching from your AppleOne Hiring Advisor, discussions with friends who work in the company, the company web site, LinkedIn profiles for people who had the job previously, etc.
  2. Outline key requirements, skills and tasks needed for the job. Focus on the 3 to 5 most important factors you are able to identify.
  3. Map your skills and experience to each job requirement and provide a specific example that demonstrates your competence in that area. For instance: It sounds like time management will be a critical skill for this role. In my previous job, I supported 3 executives, which as you may imagine requires exceptional time management skills. Each executive always got exactly what they needed when they needed it. In fact our CEO, Jane Smith told me she thought there must be 3 of me because she didn’t see how I always managed to get everything done.

Determine Their Schedule so You Know When to Follow-up

It’s a no-brainer that you need to leave a thank you note at the front desk before you leave your interview, but how about making sure that you know the time-frame for any decision making that will occur with the job? While they may give you just a general idea of when they hope to make a decision, that ball-park time frame will help you know when to further enquire about the job. If they say that they will make a decision in a couple of days, plan to call by the end of the week to inquire. On the other hand, if they say that it may take a month, plan to check in regularly during that time period. Showing a hiring manager that you are interested during the decision making process is important. In fact, many expect you to inquire, and could hold it against you if they notice you haven’t called if have to wait a little longer to make their decision.

Just Because You Love Your Job Doesn’t Mean You Can Neglect Your Network

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Like working out and flossing we all know we should be networking more, but it’s just so easy to put it off. However, networking doesn’t have to mean boring mixers or forced interactions. It can be a very rewarding experience and can be quick and easy to get into the habit of with these simple activities you can do today. Commit to making networking a habit so your network will be ready when you need it. Here are three things that you can start to do now and can build into a long-term routine that you’ll be happy to follow:

Go Out To Lunch Once A Week With Contacts Outside Of Your Office

Lunch is the perfect time to meet with local contacts. Instead of taking lunch at your desk, use the hour to get out there and have a nice conversation with someone in your network. Even if you don’t talk about job-related subjects, simply meeting for an hour will allow you to stay connected, which will pave the way for them looking to help you out when you do need your contact for a networking opportunity, or if they come across a job opening that they think is right for you.

Make A Point To Wish Contacts Happy Birthday and Congratulate Them On Major Life Events

Social media does a great job of reminding you when some of your contacts are celebrating a major life event. For example, Facebook will always remind you when it is someone’s birthday, while LinkedIn will let you know when a contact got a promotion, or is celebrating a work anniversary. By simply taking a few minutes to text, call, or email them, you let them know that you care, and they will become even stronger contacts going forward.

Develop A Networking Ritual You Know You Can Follow

Just like working out, creating a ritual for daily networking is a great way to make sure you stick to it. Find a time of day where you can dedicate 10 minutes to maintaining and cultivating your network, and then make sure that you block out that time for networking. Set a daily reminder on your phone and/or computer so that you won’t forget. This means that even if your day looks full, you’ll always have that time to write a birthday card to a contact, or make lunch plans to meet with yourcontact for upcoming weeks.

President Appoints Janice Bryant Howroyd, ACT-1 Group CEO, to Key Administration Post

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TORRANCE, CA – May 9, 2016 – The White House announced President Barack Obama has appointed ACT-1 Group Founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd to serve on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “As a product of an HBCU, I know the value to our society and economy from these institutions,” says Bryant Howroyd.  “The need and privilege of working to support the collective and expanded missions of these schools are tremendous. It is an honor to bring my professional and personal expertise to this appointment.”

The Board advises the President and the Secretary of Education on methods, programs, and strategies to strengthen these valued institutions, including making recommendations in reports to the President on how to increase the private sector role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions. “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” Obama said in a statement on Thursday.

About Janice Bryant Howroyd: Bryant Howroyd is the CEO of the ACT-1 Group. Founded by Bryant Howroyd in 1978, the ACT-1 Group is the largest privately-held, woman, and minority owned workforce management company in the U.S., and currently operates in 19 countries worldwide. The company provides flexible, comprehensive solutions under three distinct business verticals: Staffing via AppleOne, Workforce Solutions through Agile•1, and Business Services including background checks and screening through A-Check Global. Beyond her success in business, Bryant Howroyd carries a dedicated enthusiasm and passion for civic affairs and community development. She is an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiativ, a Board Member of the Department of Labor’s Workforce Initiative Board, and a Member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce. She has also served on the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Board of Directors for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

 

 

 Janice Bryant Howroyd, ACT•1 Group Founder and CEO, Receives Key Appointment to White House from President Obama

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Congratulations to our Founder and CEO, Janice Bryant Howroyd! Janice’s key appointment by President Obama to serve on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a huge honor and pathway to directly advise the President and the Secretary of Education on methods, programs and strategies to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read more about this key appointment here: http://bit.ly/1T7IGay.

 

Why You Need a Career Consultant – even if you love your job

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Partnering with an employment service like AppleOne gets you access to a free career consultant. This personal consultant can help you achieve your work goals – even if one of those goals isn’t finding a new job. Here are three reasons why getting some personal coaching from employment expert can help you even if you love your current job.

Tips to Achieve the Best Career Path in Your Current Company

Feeling happy and secure in your job is a good thing, but it doesn’t mean that you want to stand still. Companies are always looking to promote from within, and it takes effective goal selection and planning to make sure that you are in the proper position to advance when the time comes. A Career Consultant will help you not only set achievable goals that will put you in the spotlight, but they can also show you how to properly impress your boss and your boss’s boss, giving you a better chance of being on the shortlist for high-profile management jobs when they become available.

Insight into Where Your Profession and Industry is Headed

Your profession is constantly evolving and it is important to know where it is headed. A Career Consultant will help you keep up to date on the newest technologies and ideas that are shaping your industry, and let you know what hot skills you need to acquire in order to stand out on future resumes. They can also help you understand how your current salary and benefits compare to others with similar jobs and experience.

Discreet Tips and Confidential Help

Is there a company you always wanted to work for or a job that would make you think about changing positions. Even if you aren’t ready to start looking for a job, let your consultant know about your dream opportunity, and they can keep an eye out and make sure that you know about the opportunity before anybody else. And since they are discreet and confidential nobody even needs to you know you have feelers out. Additionally, building a strong relationship with your consultant means they will be instantly ready to help you develop a confidential search strategy, should your priorities change.

 

Janice Bryant Howroyd Honored with A.G. Gaston Award at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit

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Black Enterprise will be honoring ACT-1 Founder and CEO, Janice Bryant Howroyd, with the prestigious A.G. Gaston Award. This honor is given to those who have exceeded beyond measure in business and entrepreneurship.

Janice is being honored with this accolade for being the first African American woman to own a billion-dollar company, ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States. Founded in 1978, the Act-1 Group is now a global enterprise that provides employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions to a wide range of industries, Fortune 500 organizations, local and mid-market companies, and government agencies. Founded by Janice in 1978, the ACT-1 Group is Largest privately-held, woman and minority owned workforce management company in the U.S. and currently operates in 19 countries, serving over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees worldwide.

During an interview with BlackEnterprise.com,  Janice stated, “You have to think and act globally. No matter what the size of your business, no matter what the generation or iteration of your business, you are in a global business. We all compete globally—no matter what we manufacture, no matter what we deliver as a service or a solution, there is someone else in the world also doing that—and technology has brought us together into a single community.”

Janice also said that now is the best time to start a business because opportunities are ripe. “Whenever you have an economic situation that is weakened a bit, whenever you find societies are having challenges, you also have the opportunity to bring solutions people may not have thought about before and you can deliver in ways they’ve never been open to receive it,” she explains.

Janice will be honored for her considerable achievements in entrepreneurship at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, May 4–7, Loews Miami Hotel, Miami, Florida.