Four Things Every Student Should Do to Ensure a Great Job After Graduation

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Whether graduation is in a few of months or a few of years, there are specific things every student should do as soon as possible to increase their chances of landing a great job.

Get Specific About What You Want To Do as Soon as Possible

From targeted class work to references from faculty advisors to internships, your time in college provides unique opportunities to break into the field or job of your dreams.  Many people enter college without a clear idea of the direction they want their careers to take. That’s fine. College is a time of discovery, and you are supposed to try new things. It may take a year or two before you really know what you want to do. However, the sooner you can decide on a direction, the sooner you can start taking advantage of all the opportunities that only a student has access to. Commit to a goal as soon as possible, and that can give you several extra years of experience to help you outshine the other student applicants.

Break the Big Goal into Several Smaller Goals

The idea of leaving school and finding a job can seem daunting and far enough into the future that it’s tempting to put it off. Big goals like that are almost designed to fail, so break the big goal up into a series of shorter goals that you can accomplish sooner and with less effort. For instance, each year you might set a goal to reach out to at least 10 recent grads that you know to learn more about the companies and jobs they are in now. This can help you build your network and help you narrow down the jobs and companies you want to target at graduation. Once you know the companies you want to target, you might research your professors on LinkedIn to see which of them are connected to people at your target companies. Make sure you take classes with these professors and distinguish yourself so that they will be more inclined to give you a good reference or an introduction to a key contact.

Look Towards Internships and Work That Will Be Relevant To Your Resume

Internships are the answer to eternal chicken and egg question of how do you get experience without a job, and how do you get a job without experience. Many companies are willing to give students with relevant course experience a chance that they may not give if you were just applying for a job. Several students do an internship every year, and that all helps them build out very impressive resumes. Even if you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, an internship can help you clarify your goals, so start applying as soon as you can, and work extra hard to impress your boss. You never know when an internship will lead to an offer of part time work or full time work after graduation.

Keep Your Grades Up And Take Relevant Classes

While it is nice to plan for the future, it’s vitally important that you focus on the present as well. Not only should you be taking relevant classes, but also be sure to keep your grade point average up. Different companies are going to weigh your GPA in different ways during the hiring process, but having an impressive GPA will help you, especially when you are just out of college.

4 Ways to Supercharge  Your Employee Referral Program

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Employee Referrals are one of the most effective ways to find potential hires, and with the possible benefit of semi-vetted talent, it’s a strategy that you can’t afford to overlook. Here are four ways you can make Employee Referrals a powerful and continual resource for top talent:

 

Make it Part of Your Culture

Integrate employee Referral Programs so that they aren’t an afterthought. Make new employees aware of it when onboarding, reiterate it during management training and more than just spreading the word, educate your employees on how to identify top talent. For instance, particularly if you want them to keep their eyes open for other departments, make information such as open positions and required software skills available on your intranet.

 

Keep Employees in the Loop

Employees who make referrals often may be personally interested in how their referral is faring – if they were called in for an interview, are being considered for a position or even if their referral did not make the cut.  Keeping your employees in the loop keeps them from wondering, and also helps them respond to their referral’s inquiries. More importantly, it makes them feel that they are part of the process of adding valuable and needed talent to the company.

 

Make Referring Easy

Sometimes even employees who are the biggest fans of the company have a hard time selling how great it is to work for your company. Help them make a strong case by creating a marketing piece. One idea is to provide them with postcards that lists “Top 5 Reasons for Working with Us.” As an added bonus, you can make this piece work even harder by including compelling company images (branding, employees having fun, evocative graphics, etc.) and online and contact info.

 

Make it Rewarding

Last but not the least, even your staunchest champions would appreciate receiving recognition for their referrals. From thanking them in the company newsletter to giving them public kudos during meetings to presenting them with a gift card, these tokens of gratitude go a long way towards further referrals. If you wish to up the ante, you can have a quarterly or yearly raffle for bigger prizes to build excitement and encourage healthy competition.

Four Important Things To Do The Night Before Your Interview

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While it is natural to feel a little bit of stress going into a job interview, you want to take steps to limit it, especially on the day of the interview. One of the best ways to limit your stress is to be properly prepared the night before. Here are four important things to do the night before your interview.

Drive By The Interview Location

It is important not just to know where your interview is being held, but also what the surrounding area is like. You need to know whether there is ample parking out front, whether there is any traffic in the area that you have to account for, and whether you have a long walk from the parking lot to the office. While you can get a lot of information via the Internet, nothing beats driving by the location to get an idea of what you can expect. Also, while you are out, fill up your car with gas so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning.

Figure Out What You Are Going To Wear

Deciding what you are going to wear to an interview is something that should be done before you go to sleep the night before your interview. While you may have a dry cleaned outfit ready to go, accessories like ties, jewelry, and even socks should be out and ready to go the morning of your interview. If you are going to limit stress in the morning, you want to simply be able to get dressed without having to think about what you are going to wear.

Complete Your Interview Success Form from the Navigating the Hiring Process Workbook

The “Interview Success Form” in the AppleOne Navigating the Hiring Process Workbook allows you to go step by step in your preparation for your interview. Personalize the form to the specific job you are interviewing for so that you are ready to present a smooth rendition of your WIFM commercial, and answer even the toughest questions with ease.

Get To Bed Early

If you can get to bed early the night before your interview, take advantage of the opportunity. A solid eight hours of sleep will leave your brain in peak condition for the interview. Also, the earlier you go to sleep the earlier you can get up in the morning without sacrificing sleep. If you have a bad habit of rushing through your morning routine because you sleep through your alarm, this is a good time to break it. Give yourself an extra hour to get ready in the morning, meaning that you won’t feel rushed.

Janice Bryant Howroyd to be inducted into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame

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BIG NEWS: AppleOne CEO & Act•1 Group Founder Janice Bryant Howroyd is set to be inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in a ceremony on September 25, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. A North Carolina A&T State University graduate, Bryant Howroyd owns the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States, The Act•1 Group, and received the inaugural BET Honors Entrepreneur Award in 2008. You can get more information on this honor at http://bit.ly/1KkLCuG. Congrats @JBryantHowroyd Continue reading “Janice Bryant Howroyd to be inducted into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame”

Happy Anniversary!

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We’d like to recognize colleagues who are celebrating their anniversaries this month! Happy 29th anniversary to Charles N., happy 28th to Richard W., happy 26th to Nicole A., happy 25nd to Hart F., happy 20th to Natalie C., and happy 19th to Christina C. and Kelly Y. Last, but not least, we’d like to tip our hats to Jade U. and Jan C. for their 32 years of service and results. We’d like each of you to know how much we appreciate all that you do… each day, year after year.

Going Green in Santa Barbara

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Here is the Santa Barbara AppleOne team channeling Rosie the Riveter to show their commitment to Going Green. This awesome team is just one of our 150-plus global locations staffed with great Hiring Advisors committed to providing exceptional results to job seekers and companies looking for great Talent. Go AppleOne!

Happy Anniversary!

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We’d like to recognize colleagues who are celebrating their anniversaries this month! Happy 26th anniversary to Linda L., happy 25th to Carrie T. and Gus M., happy 24th to Samantha S., happy 22nd to Camila S., happy 20th to Paul V, happy 19th to Lisa L., and happy 18th to Al C. and Sheri G. Last, but not least, we’d like to tip our hats to Ruby C. for her 27 years of service and results. We’d like each of you to know how much we appreciate all that you do… each day, year after year

NBC TODAY SHOW Spotlights Achievements of CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

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TORRANCE, CA – July 15, 2015– Forbes Magazine recently compiled its first ever list of the nation’s top 50 most successful women as measured by their net worth.  Ranking at #24, business leader and entrepreneur Janice Bryant Howroyd caught the eye of the NBC Correspondent Jenna Bush.  This exclusive interview will air on Wednesday, July 15, during the Today Show’s eight o’clock hour.  What makes this recognition so special is Bryant Howroyd, a self-made success, continues to help others, lifting as she climbs.  Not only does she support the next generation’s workforce, she practices what she preaches by endowing educational institutions with financial support and scholarships and mentors a host of female global executives.   As one of only four African Americans on this prestigious list, Bryant Howroyd joins TV Tycoon, Oprah Winfrey (ranking #5), Sheila Johnson, Co-founder of BET (ranking #22) and Beyoncé Knowles, Solo Artist (ranking #29) all of whom work in the entertainment industry

Jenna Bush Hager, NBC Today Show Correspondence traveled to Torrance, California, to meet the woman who inspired her via her Forbes profile.  Bryant Howroyd  was surprised and humbled, says, “It is so wonderful for me to be included with such an amazing group of highly successful women. I care deeply about supporting, recognizing and celebrating women, regardless of how big their profit margins are — and I am mindful that my business behavior is a template for future business leaders, especially the next generation of women that have so many choices in this expanding global workforce.”  “I am humbled that Jenna is including me in her TODAY SHOW segment and am inspired by all the other women recognized by Forbes Magazine.

Along with Bryant Howroyd, other successful business women featured on the Forbes list  include Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood testing firm Theramos (ranked #1), Lynda Resnick, owner of Fiji Water, Teleflora, Halos mandarin oranges, & POM wonderful (ranked #11), Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO (ranked #16), Madonna (ranked # 28), Judy Sheindlin – a.k.a. Judge Judy (ranked #49), and designer Vera Wang (#34).  The full list can be viewed in Forbes Magazine’s June issue or atwww.forbes.com

Bryant Howroyd is the CEO of the ACT-1 Group.  Key services are delivered under the brands of AppleOne (staffing), A-Check Global (background checks and screening) and Agile-1 (Total Workforce Solutions via process and procurement management, HR technology and recruitment).  Her company group provides global solutions, operating in 19 countries across all continents.

Beyond her success in business and civic affairs, Bryant Howroyd carries a dedicated enthusiasm and passion for community development. “Empowering people is a blessing and responsibility,” said Bryant Howroyd.

Bryant Howroyd has appeared on numerous national magazines, television shows, and media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Reuters.com, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and  host of other national and global business segments as a contributing Expert.  For more information including contact details, go to ACT-1 Group at www.act1group.com. You can also follow Bryant Howroyd on Twitter at @jbryanthowroyd

Jenna Welch Bush Hager is an American teacher, author and journalist. She is the younger of the fraternal twin daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bushand former First Lady Laura Bush, and a granddaughter of the 41st U.S. PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. She and her sister Barbarawere the first twin children of a U.S. president. Hager is an author, an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine, a special correspondent for NBC‘s Today Show and a contributor to NBC Nightly News.

The NBC Today Show© is a daily live broadcast provides current domestic and international news, weather, reports and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports.  Additionally, specific segments such as Today’s Money, Today’s Kitchen and Today Throws A Wedding.

AppleOne Helps The Global Community

FMSC3On Friday July 10th the Minnesota branches of Plymouth and Bloomington teamed up and helped children in need all around the world with the Feed My Starving Children organization! They helped create 36,720 meals total between the 114 volunteers that gathered together including our AppleOne team for children who are hungry all around the world! It was a fun opportunity that pushed each AppleOne team member to set a goal, work hard and to work together as a team. AppleOne not only helps their clients and talent, but also children around the world!

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