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Pro-Tem Solutions posts jobs every day (appl@pro-temsolutions.com) and every job requires years of experience. How are recent college graduates supposed to have two to three years experience if they’ve been working mostly part-time and studying for midterms their whole college life?

Internships

Most people will recommend students to get an internship, but it shouldn’t just be a recommendation. Rather, it should be required for all students. The economy may be bad, but it’s not the reason graduates aren’t getting jobs. Hiring managers are looking for the best qualified candidates, and if you don’t have any experience then chances are someone who does will get hired every time.

There are a variety of internships available that are unpaid, but the experience you gain is more valuable than the money you earn. Granted that college students have many expenses, many internships are flexible and may offer a stipend at the end of the internship. Some people may even suggest to take out a loan if you get an unpaid internship and need the money desperately, but that’s up to your discretion.

One of the goals I set for myself as a college student was to get an internship, and for the past couple of months I have been interning at Pro-Tem Solutions. As an intern for Pro-Tem Solutions, I have been able to maintain this blog, social media accounts–Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn–and experience what I’ve been reading in my textbooks first hand. Among the many things I’ve learned working for a staffing company is the importance of having experience. Luckily, I can share the knowledge I have gained through this blog.

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Most computers today come equipped with webcams, but you might not use it often. Soon you will find yourself having a video job interview.

Why are companies chosing this method?

Pro-Tem Solutions recruits candidates for positions nationwide. The recruiter may need get to know you better, but is too far to meet with you. The next best option is a video interview. It is similar to a phone interview, but you have to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.

Skype is one of the most popular internet video call providers. You may have already watched tv show hosts–like Oprah Winfrey–use Skype on their shows instead of having guests live in the studio. They’re using this method with guests to save money on flight and hotel accommodations. Similarly, businesses save money on travel costs using video calls/interviews.

Convenience

  • The internet call service is free no matter where you’re calling.
  • It’s easy to set up an account.
  • You don’t have to drive any where.
  • You won’t catch traffic.
  • The atmosphere is more comfortable, so you’re not as nervous.

How to Approach the Call/Interview

You may recall a few months ago we posted a blog titled, “Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips” and it gave you basic tips regarding the phone interview. The same applies to video calls, but this time you have to dress up. TIME  video has great tips regarding lighting and the room you use during the video interview.

The Downside

  • Video calling hasn’t been perfected yet, and it is possible for the call to be interrupted by a bad connection.
  • The sound quality–for example an inaudible microphone–so it’s important to check your connection with someone else ahead of time.
Regardless of the type of interview you have (phone, video or office) make sure you are prepared for the questions they ask you, and have questions.

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As we enter the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, you can imagine the hustle and bustle to meet deadlines, finish projects, and spend money. Businesses want to complete these tasks and they need all the help they can get.

The fourth quarter arrives, and all you can do is think to yourself,”the year is almost over, what did I do this whole time?”  You might need a reminder of the organizational goals that were set at the beginning of the year. As a result, employers and employees–alike–are motivated to before the new fiscal year begins.  

Each department within the organization is looking to meet their year goals, but might not have enough man power to get there. According to the Vault, “temp jobs are surging.” That is to say that some companies may be unsure about the future, so they tend to want to hire temporary, part-time or contract employees instead of full-time. Job seekers benefit from situations like these, as more opportunities become available from temporary to full-time.

 As a job seeker you should have an updated résumé ready to submit, and your eyes on social media vehicles. Post your résumé on websites. I have placed a screen shot of what it should look like on the home page. This gives you the opportunity to be noticed by recruiters who browse résumés for potential candidates.

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