PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Recruiting and Job Searching – Post Pandemic Tips

Peter BohanDirector of Firm Administration

29 September 2021

Not too many people would have guessed 18 months ago as the pandemic was beginning that one of the challenges for employers today is finding talented and qualified people. This a great time for college Seniors to be looking for a position in their chosen fields. Finding a position still takes preparation but even more important than finding a position is finding the right position and the right company. In some respects, it is similar to finding the right college and the right major. Candidates should keep in mind that the goal is not to find a position but the “right” positions.

Candidates and college career centers are seeing increased recruiting efforts by employers. Some of these efforts may be able to help candidates learn more about the firms they are interested in. Firms may be conducting “virtual” open houses which can help a candidate better understand some of the intangibles like firm culture.

Another dynamic that both candidates and employers are facing is the remote work option. Many large employers are still not back in the office which means the majority of the work force is working remotely.

Newly graduated candidates will need to decide if a long-term remote position will provide the training and integration into firm culture that they need and desire.

Candidates

1. Do your deep thinking about where you want to start your career and then do your research on companies within your field.

2. Use your college career center. They have relationships with firms that value candidates from your college.

3. Do your prep work. Ask friends and/or family to help with mock interviews and be prepared with good questions (although the best questions often happen in the flow of the interview).
4. Understand that you should be interviewing the prospective employer just as much as they are interviewing you. This approach may lead to better questions from you.

Employers

1. Employers find themselves competing like never before for candidates in some of the more competitive fields. Employers may be broadening their acceptable criteria in these competitive fields and may look at candidates that have a lower GPA or have not had an internship.

2. On-campus recruiting – this is more than simply sending people to interview candidates on campus. The employers will typically attend college recruiting fairs and on-campus information sessions.
Sometimes the information sessions are lightly attended. This can be a great opportunity to ask questions about the firm or industry that you may not feel comfortable asking in a formal interview. This also shows the employer that you are interested in the firm and willing to take the time to learn more about it. Often the employer sends staff that are former graduates as their representatives. A candidate may find it easier to speak with an alumnus.

3. Managing offers – you may find yourself with an offer from a firm that you like but are still waiting for a response from a firm that you have a higher level of interest in. Most offer letters have a required response date. You can ask for an extension of time for your response. The firm may not be able to extend the offer but there is no harm in asking. This is also your last opportunity to ask any questions regarding the firm.
For candidates, this is a wonderful time to start your career. Carpe diem.

 

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