Why appearance is important;

This is something that I, myself, learned that not everyone is familiar with. What do you wear on an interview with a potential new job?

Usually I thought that this was common sense… so to those of you that it is common sense, be thankful that you were raised that way.

But I really do hope that this helps someone.

What even is the purpose of an interview?

Yes, it is to go over work history and review if you have the right skill set for the job. But it ALSO is used to determine are the right culture fit?

Will you get along with the team?

Do you have the skills?

Are you professional enough to deserve this job?

As an interviewer, we are looking at what your first impressions are.

YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER SHOW UP TO AN INTERVIEW IN SWEATS OR A T-SHIRT.

EVER.

And yes ladies, this means NEVER show up in leggings as well.

Just don’t do it. We will not take you seriously.

So you might be saying “Well okay Rowdy Recruiter, so tell us what is appropriate.”

Certainly I will.

You want to look clean. The ultimate goal is to look as put together as you can.

Gentlemen this means, dress pants with a polo (tucked into your pants) and dress shoes. If you really want to impress you’ll wear a button up dress shirt with a tie.

Ladies this means you wear a nice dress (NOT short or sleeveless) or slacks/dress pants with a nice blouse and if you want to impress you’ll add a suit jacket over that.

Now I know what you’re thinking… “that sh**s expensive.”

It is if you do it one way.

One word my friends.

Goodwill.

Go to it. There are some really great and CHEAP outfits you can find there.

The more you dress to impress, the more opportunities are going to present themselves.

Be smart please. Impress your interviewers. Make up for those that don’t shower and come into our offices looking like bums.

Go on friends, interview like the wind. Good luck!

I know you will look brilliant!

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Stupid things people say.

Have you ever just wanted to punch someone for something they’ve said?

It happens to me quite often.

More than it should, really.

Today was interesting, I had a gentleman that I called, who we’ll call Bob. Bob did not answer, but Joe did and sounded like I woke him up.

Oops. That happens to me a lot too.

Anyway.

I ask if Bob is there and Joe answers, “No he is not.” So I asked, “Do I have the wrong number?”

And then… get this… Joe answers, “I think so.”

You think so? What do you mean you think so? How do you not know if Bob is there or not? I just do not understand who on Earth would give that as an answer.

Joe. Here is some advice. Do not say you think so… say, “Yes you have the wrong number.”

You will sound a lot smarter and get less of an attitude from me when you give that answer.

Answers like this make me roll my eyes.

Drive me crazy.

Disappoint me.

And make me want to punch you.

So don’t say stupid things.

Please. And thank you!

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I decided to share a funny story with you.

We have a text message app that we use, and when an applicant does not answer their phone I will send them a follow up text. Well… because let’s face it… people don’t answer their phones anymore. ESPECIALLY when there’s a number they don’t recognize.

But they will jump at a new text message.

Makes sense right? Right.

I had texted a candidate that didn’t answer. Let’s call him Bob. And Bob responded with “this isn’t real, leave me alone.”

I thought to my self, “Alright, I get it, a new random text wanting to talk to you about a job, kinda sketchy… I guess.” So I tried explaining who I was to him and this was very real.

He then proceeded to ask me what my gender was. Uh.

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I kept my cool and explained that that is not relevant to getting a job. So Bob’s last text to me was, “Hmm… unidentifiable gender… no thanks.”

Uhh. BYE FELICIA.

Let me just tell you how exhausted I was after that conversation.

If you are looking for employment, please let me explain that technology is changing, so of course we have to adapt to that and find new ways to getting ahold of you.

If you don’t want me texting you, then PLEASE answer that phone call from a number you don’t know. (I apologize if it’s not me and some telemarketer.)

Hope this made you smile, at least a little bit, maybe even chuckle.

Have a great day everyone!

~Your Rowdy Recruiter

Top 10 Pet Peeves

If you don’t already know, recruiters are usually on the phone most of the day, or they are talking to someone  about a job at all hours of the day.

So you can imagine, we’ve had a lot of interesting conversations. So I thought, “well I should share some of my top pet peeves to give some warning to those who might not have any insight.”

Although. That is kind of the whole point of this blog. Hey, I’m just trying to help y’all out.

OKAY. Here we go.

  1. When a recruiter asks, “What kind of work you are looking for?” and you decide to reply with “Anything.”

No. Stop right there. I’ve already said to myself at that point, no for the love of God you are not one of those people are you? 

My job is to help you find employment with something that you enjoy doing. I genuinely do care about what your interests are, and I can guarantee I will be a lot more intrigued with our conversation if you go into some detail about the kind of work you like to do.

And yes, replying with “Anything, but *insert least favorite job here*” is still just as irritating.

2. Having an “I’m too kool for skool” attitude during an interview.

And yes, I meant to spell it wrong.

Friendly reminder from your local recruiter… YOU’RE INTERVIEWING. This is your time to impress us, not make us want to throw you out the door.

Coming in with an attitude will get you nowhere. I pinky promise you that.

3. Falsifying your application.

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We are like your spouse or you mother… we will find out if you’re lying to us, and then you will look like a fool. Recruiters want honesty, and we’ll have a lot more respect if you give us honesty instead of beating around the bush.

4. Treating the receptionist poorly, but being nice to the interviewer.

Just so you know, your attitude upfront has probably been broadcast to the interviewer and they see through you.

The receptionist wants to help you just as much as the interviewer. (S)he is not the devil, I swear.

Now with that being said, the front office person is also the gatekeeper. You’re not getting through to the interviewer with out their permission. So turn that frown upside down.

5. Touching your cell phone.

Leave. It. In. The. Car.

I’m a millennial so I get it, there is so much that can happen on social media, there are phone calls that come through, or you’re texting that one really hot person and you can’t miss a text.

But you can.

I promise you will get through two hours without your phone during an interview. It is very disrespectful to be playing on your phone or even touching it while interviewing with someone.

Whoever is interviewing you is giving you their undivided attention, so please give them yours. Again, you’re trying to impress them.

6. Slouching in your seat.

I know sometimes you can do this without even knowing it. But if you have great posture and are sitting up straight that shows us that you are excited to be there and it gives you an altogether professional look.

If you decide to slouch, we’re going to assume that you don’t care what you look like and how you’re presented.

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Well sir with that posture, you won’t be collecting much.

7. Not detailing out your work history.

Believe it or not, when we ask questions about every single past job you’ve had, it’s to your benefit. We want to build you the perfect profile and really get a feel for what you have experience in.

If you do not give us detail that just means we have to pry and pry when the process can be so much simpler.

Plus, it’ll save you a lot of time sitting in that chair. The more detail you provide, the faster the process will go.

8. Asking questions about money, benefits, holidays, PTO, etc., before an offer has been made.

Be patient. Do not ask these questions until you know you have the job, or a conditional job offer has been made. We are experts in the hiring field, so we know that those are all things you find important and that you want to know about.

We won’t forget to tell you. Just be careful about getting anxious and asking those questions before.

9. Not providing BUSINESS references

I emphasize business references because all too often we get personal references. We know that your mother or your best friend is going to say amazing things about you. And if that’s the kind of person you are, then great!

We want to know are you a team player, AT WORK? Did you come in on time, TO WORK? Did you have a good attitude, AT WORK?

Your best friend, family member, or bae… cannot answer those questions for us. So make sure you don’t burn any bridges and provide past employment references.

10. Knowing you will fail the drug screen when coming in for one.

We don’t want to waste your time, so we really appreciate if if you don’t waste ours.

Not to mention we really don’t find enjoyment in putting you through that embarrassment. I’m not going to lie to you either, I do not enjoying checking pee for drugs. So if you can save me from having to do that. I’d appreciate it.

 

Now if you’re reading this post, please don’t assume I’m saying you do any of these things, however, if you do… take my advice!

We want you to help you be successful! And hopefully you got a good laugh at some of these.

 

Happy Holidays from your Rowdy Recruiter!

 

No Call, No Show. No Problem.

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All too often my office get’s this phone call, or I guess lack of a phone call at least once or twice every day. We should get the typical, “I’m sorry, I’m not going to be able to come in to work today,” phone call.

Simple. Straight to the point calling off phone call. A heartbreaking phone call really.

But more often than not, we don’t get a phone call at all. We are left in our chairs at 8 A.M. keeping our fingers crossed that you were able to go in that day. But if that were the case, then I wouldn’t have the privilege to write this article. So here we go.

I just would like to shed some light on what it’s like on my end (and more on my office’s end)  when we get these phone calls. Now there can be all kinds of NCNS (no call no shows). There’s the all too familiar NCNS on your first day, NCNS on the second day, or NCNS after you’ve been there more than three months or so.

We’ve seen them all.

There is a simple solution to this issue. We inactivate you. We cannot work with someone we do not trust. Imagine our disappointment when we get a call from the employer that was excited for your arrival that you are not there.

After the initial shock is over with we go through about a five minute stage where we could throw our chair out of a window, slam our fists on our desks, or take a shot of Jack Daniels Whisky at 9 A.M. So please just don’t do that to us. It causes a lot of unnecessary stress.

Now I’m sure at this moment you’re thinking, “Well okay, I’ll call in but use some unoriginal excuse to get away with not coming in. Then I’ll be alright.” WRONG.

Let me just share some information with you. We’re friends right? So I’ll be completely honest. I have heard every excuse from:

I have a family emergency. 

My dog died.

I was on my way right now, but you will never believe it. I have a flat tire. You’re right I don’t believe it.

It’s raining. It’s snowing. 

I don’t feel good. What’s wrong. I have a stuffy nose. REALLY PEOPLE?

You want my advice? I’m going to give it to you even if you said no. If you absolutely 100% need to call off of work fine. But please try to make it after the first 90 days of your job. That’s just really unfortunate. Chances are they will see that as an excuse to get rid of you if it’s within that 90 day period of time.

If you do need to leave early or can’t go in, be honest with us. Let your employer’s know what’s going on! Chances are they’ve gone through the same thing, and they get that sometimes, life is just not in our favor.

Hopefully you’ve read this and now you have an understanding to how much pain you can cause your supervisor when calling off. I really do hope this was eye opening for you. I swear we [recruiters] really do care if you aren’t able to make it, because clearly we’ve seen your potential and believe you can do a great job in your position.

Now if you decide to keep on making those excuses still, PLEASE try to be a little bit more original. I could use some entertainment from time to time.

World Domination

What is your first thought when you see those two words, “world domination.” For me? I think of the villain from Power Puff Girls, MoJo JoJo. He always wanted to take over the world but never succeeded.

Now I will admit that my goal of world domination is just a little far fetched. I guess it is my way of describing just how bad I want to achieve my goals and be successful.

I am 20 years old (3 months, 12 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes, and 43 seconds until I turn 21). Because I’m so young I have a lot of people that don’t believe that I can achieve the success that I want to so soon.

Those people think I don’t notice. But I do. Quiet often.

If you are one of those young professionals who just can’t seem to get out of the “you’re still a baby” phase at work, I feel you. But I believe that this just means that you have SO much potential to improve yourself and really show them who are you, what you’re capable of, and the success that you can contribute to their company.

Millennials (mind you this is NOT everyone born in that range) are seen as people that job hop every two years and who demand too much flexibility. But we are also people that have new and innovating ideas, and who have so much passion in our hearts.

If you’re not in the millennial age range, I’d like to give you some advice.

Don’t write us off.

Feed off of the ideas that we can provide you, just like we will feed off of the education you can provide us. We don’t want to be told that we’re wrong, or our ideas would be terrible if implemented. Teach us. I get it, change can be scary. But, sorry to say this, we’re going to run the world some day. So you might as well start getting used to us.

Now back to domination. In my world, I want to dominate the staffing agency realm. I want Express in big bold letters on every “Now Hiring” sign across the country. I want to show and educate people on what a good, dependable staffing agency looks like.

Like I said, world domination is far fetched. No one said it was going to be easy. It actually will probably take a very long time (which makes me get antsy). But at least you know that you’ve accomplished something BIG and will have made a difference in some sort of industry. I love the fact that no one I know that I graduated with works in staffing. I am the expert. The field for domination is huge. I will conquer. I will educate. I will dominate.

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Now your turn. GO.

Who’s the rowdy one?

Of course my blog Rowdy Recruiter may pose the question of “Why in the world did I choose that as my title?” Well I’ll tell you my answer to that.

I’m a down home country bumpkin and I like to have a rowdy time. I bring this kind of attitude with me everyday at work. I guess I hope that’s an okay trait to bring to the office. (Just incase my bosses decide to read this.)

The definition of “rowdy” is “noisy and disorderly.” Wow. Um well I sure hope they’re not reading this.

But in all seriousness I want to be NOISY in my passions. I have several passions when it comes to what I do on a day to day basis. 1) I want to change the view all around the world that people have of staffing agencies. 2) I don’t want to fill job orders, I want to help great people find good work. And 3) I want to dominate the world. I’ll explain more about the last one later on in my blogging life.

The world is a huge place. HUGE. Did anyone else just say that word like Trump does? Me too. I hope that I am able to make some sort of difference in the world.

But now back to me.

I like to fight. Woah curve ball I know. When I was nine I decided that I wanted to join taekwondo and have been in love with the sport for 11 years. I don’t do it for the martial arts “Wax on. Wax off” stuff. I do it because I love the olympic sparring aspect. That’s the part where I get to kick and punch people.

I could go into why I love it and how it teaches so many lessons, but that’s not what this blog is about, and if you want to know more I believe you should go try a class. It’s pretty amazing.

I am the oldest of four kids and adore my family. Family is all you ever have.

They are my life.

I am a very determined person. Give me a task and I will complete it, error free (most of the time) and impress you with my dedication and skill. Not to brag or anything.

I’ve worked at Express Employment Professionals for almost two years. I would love the opportunity to work for them the rest of my life. Shocking that a millennial just said that I know. I love what I do, and love that I get the chance to make a difference in my community. Hey maybe Bob Funk will read this someday. (He’s the CEO of Express and I adore him and everything he stands for.)

So here it goes. My life inside of recruiting.

The good.

The frustrating.

The inspiring.

And the HILARIOUS drug test stories.

Hope you enjoy, and more than anything I hope I inspire you to do what you love and love what you do. Life is not perfect by any means, but man can it be an amazing journey.