Post # 1
There are a lot of posts lately about finding a new job, career changes, job offers, resume submitting, etc…
I am the Director of Human Capital at a Fortune 500 company, so I am in charge of recruiting, hiring, terminations, head hunters, you name it! I just wanted to open this board in case someone has any questions in regards to a new job or a job they’re leaving or job seekers! If you don’t want to ask on this board, please feel free to PM me! I know when I was in the market for a new position I wish I had someone to talk to about what to do, especially in an interview and salary negotiations, so I hope that I will be able to help someone in any situation. Even if it’s trouble at work and you have a question on how to handle it, I can can give the best advice I have!
I hope I can help!
Post # 2
goodriddance88: Cool! I am very happy with my current job, but I’m always curious about how other people’s jobs work. What is the education and career history typical of a recruiter? Do recruiters receive commission for successful placements, and if so, how is that amount determined?
Post # 3
craigslistgirl: Education varies; some require you to have a degree in business or something similar. The level of the recruiter varies in history; entry level usually has an admin background, moderate has about 2-3 years of experience, and expert is usually 5-7+ years of successful recruiting. Some recruiters are strictly commission, but for some, like my company, starts off with a base salary. Pending on the level of the employee being recruited usually determines the bonus that will go with it. For example, for my company if you recruit a senior level employee, the commission bonus is 7K but you only receive that if they are with the company with 3+ months. If it’s an entry level employee, you usually receive a commission of 1.5K. However, I’ve seen recruiters that will continue to receive a bonus throughout their employee’s time at the company; it all depends 🙂
Post # 4
Wow! That’s awesome of you because yeah… I’m there and also wished I could talk to someone. Thank you!
Okay so! I have a bachelor’s in graphic design, but I worked my way through college at a big box retail store. I was there 10 years and got promoted to supervisor and then manager. I was laid off when the company started going down the tubes and my position was eliminated company-wide.
I don’t want to do retail, and I don’t want to do graphic design.
I have 5 years in commission department management, and 3 years as non-commission supervisor, 10 years total in retail at the same store.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions as to what job I can get right now with my work experience that’s not in either retail or graphic design?
Post # 5
Thanks for the offer! I just had an interview with a hiring manager. It’s a large insurance company. He said he liked me and wanted to bring me back, for a case study. I think its a few hours on-site. Then, I’ll have to present it to him and his boss. Any advice?
Post # 6
spideringspider: I’m sorry you got laid off, that is SOOO hard to take especially when you’ve been there for ten years!!!
The great thing about your resume is that you showed that you were a loyal employee for ten years and you worked your way up your company’s ladder while being there. This is AWESOME because it shows you can commit to a company long-term and you progress while you’re there. I will throw a resume away when I see “job hoppers” – people who have held jobs for 2-3 months and then have a month off and so on (unless they have a contract short-term).
The only downside is that you have experience in one department. However, your time to shine will be when you get your foot in the door. What do you want to do? That’s an important question. Since you have a degree and 10 years of professional experience, you will likely get in the door just about anywhere. The only factors that you have to worry about is what you want to do and what you will accept as a salary. Now a days, a lot of companys are just looking for someone with a degree, no specific degree is required, but they may prefer a business degree of some sort. I would search job engines for the skills you have under the field you want to work in. If you find something in you pay range, apply!!!! Once you get in the door explain how you may not have a certain skill that they are looking for, but you are coachable and you apply yourself. Sell your personality!! If they have a skill that is preferred but not required, apply!
Let me know a field you’re interested in and I can get you a list of positions you may like!!
packpartyof1: A case study, I hope they will compensate you for your time since it is a few hours! My best advice will be to ask, ask, ask any questions you can to those around you to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can about the study you’re going to present. Once you show the managers how much you’ve learned in just a few hours, they will be taken back. It’s okay to tell them you’re nervous when presenting; they’ll always loosen up and tell you it’s going to be okay and relax! I’ve seen a lot of candidates get sooo nervous and are shaking in their shoes; we’re all people just like them and we have a sense of humor!
Be confident in what you are saying. If they ask a question and you’re not sure of the answer, simply respond, “That’s a great question, let me talk to my team and get back to you.” I’ve made the mistake before of giving a guessed answer to someone and paid hell for it!
Will this be commissions based since it is insurance? That’s fine, but if they require training prior to getting on the “floor” with clients, make sure you do NOT have to pay for it. Most times this will be a pyramid scheme. Also, don’t be afraid to discuss a small base salary or starting bonus to keep you going financially till you get settled in the company. I wish you the best of luck!!
Post # 7
I am going on a job interview tomorrow for a position that is not super high on the totem pole but it would be a foot in the door for a great company. I would be working on the paper work side of medical records in a hospital setting (but possibly in the administrative offices, not sure yet). Should I wear a suit or at least a blazer? I was planning on wearing dress pants with a nice blouse and button up cardigan. Thanks.
Post # 8
jeanonymous: Exciting!!! Congrats on the interview!!
Yes, always dress to impress and there is no such thing as over-dressing for an interview, in my opinion! I think what you plan on wearing sounds great!! When in doubt, just make sure that your hem line is near your knees and your jacking/blouse covers your elbows.
A huge pet peeve of mine and the execs that I work side by side with is when a man shows up in a button up plaid shirt and khakis, or a woman shows up in colorful skinny-pants/jeans and a trendy top. Those things would suffice if they actually worked in our office, but for an interview the managers want to see that you put in an effort and you actually cared to dress above par.
Good luck!! Let us know how it goes!!!
Post # 9
goodriddance88: About 12 years ago, I had just moved to a new city and I just turned 18. I had no friends so when a group of girls wanted to hang out with me, I was very happy. Problem was, they were troublemakers. They stole from a department store, and while I didn’t steal anything myself, we were all arrested. I was terrified and confused, and my parents were living in another state so they couldn’t come bail me out, and I was 18 so the public defender told me that if I just plead First Offender, that would not admit guilt and I would pay a fine and get community service, then my record would be sealed. I just accepted that bc it seemed the easiest, plus I never ever got in trouble with the law so idk what I was doing or what to do.
Fast forward 12 years, when I apply for jobs and they ask if I’ve ever been arrested or convicted for a misdeamor, and I never know what to put. My record is sealed, but some companies can see it, some cant. On one hand, if I put yes, my old manager said most places will toss out the application and don’t care for you to explain, but if I put no, then it comes up and I just look like a liar.
What would be the best thing to do? It’s hard to prove to them I’m a honest worker that wouldn’t ever ever steal from them, because they don’t know me. Now going in my 30’s, this horror from when I was 18 keeps following me.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
How bad does it really look to a potential employer if you are looking for another job after being at your current job for less than a year?
Is this a serious downfall or is my internet ‘research’ exaggerating (per usual)? If you recommend to stay in this position, how long before it is acceptable to look for something else?
Edited to delete certain details I don’t want on the grand ol’ internet forever haha.
Post # 11
PrettyPinkPeonies: This is SUCH a great question and I’m so glad you asked.
I work with some contractors who need to have a polygraph/clearance from the government in order to be employed. Well, if they have a DUI, they aren’t getting hired! AH, but wait, they can if it was several years ago. We once hired a guy with 2 DUI’s because they were both over twenty years ago. Now, if it were 2-5 years ago, this would be another story. It really depends on the level of the position you are going for and what level of background check that they will be conducting.
The beauty of it is that you have the extensive time on your side. It depends on the job that you are applying for if you are going to put it on the application or not. If it is a finance job or a government job where you know they will be running a background check, ask them if something from that long ago is going to matter. On the bright side, pending on the company/job, you don’t have to put it (admin or management of a team). If the position you are going for requires financial responsibility at a high level, such as VP or exec, then obviously it wouldn’t be a smart choice to lie on the application saying your record is clean. If it’s a lower level, like a Financial Advisor (who I work with) this shouldn’t affect your ability to get the job. References and great resume don’t hurt either.
Side note, if you are talking to the person conducting interviews or hiring manager before filling out the application (some do initial interviews before wasting their time with an application process), see if your situation would affect your chances. My VP always asks in the first interview if the candidate has any bankruptcy or felony charges he needs to worry about – some say, “oh well there was this one thing X amount of years back…” and he says, “oh no you’ll be fine, no worries”.
Best of luck!!!!
Post # 12
craigslistgirl: Recruiters can make a lot of money, but it is a very stressful job. I have been a recruiter for about 5 years. I have had co-workers come and go because they get burned out. To each their own but unemployment rate is about 3% here which makes it hard. There are pros too like changing the life of someone. Making job offers is fun! 🙂 just though I would give you the low down lol
Post # 13
stephanie091512: Nope, don’t stay longer than you have to because it’s a waste of your LIFE!
I would stay with the company but don’t quit before you have another job! Go on other interviews. I did this before signing with my current company and I was only with my previous company for 2.5 months before I interviewed! I told the interviewer that I wasn’t busy enough, I was bored, and the position he was offering was more in my field of interest.
He really appreciated the honesty and I got the job. I love when people come in STILL employed looking at our company. It shows that they didn’t just give up because they were miserable but they were exploring their options. BONUS POINTS if they accepted the job we offered them, and when we asked for a start date, they said they would start in two weeks because they wanted to give their employer an appropriate amount of time to find their replacement. This is HUGE in any industry because it shows loyalty and respect to their employer.
PS – when you do find another job, do NOT tell them you’ll quit your current job until they present you with a firm, written/typed offer with all the conditions explained (benefits, compensation, hours, etc).
Good luck and happy hunting!
Post # 14
Dutchie27: Recruiting is soo hard!! I have the highest respect for recruiters and their hard work ethic when they come in the office everyday! They’re always searching for new outlets to look for candidates and I honestly find it difficult to keep up LOL
Post # 15
goodriddance88: THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve always wanted to know from the other side, because this has always worried me and has made me fear applying for jobs. I’ve been at my current one for 5 years now and I hate it, but I’ve always feared applying at other places and they would reject me bc of my arrest. I’m glad for your very informative response. It definitely helps for the future. Thank you!