Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want to relocate out of my area. What kind of relocation assistance can I expect from my future employer?
A: If you need money to move, you need to rethink this decision now. Most employers provide relocation assistance. We have seen this range from $1,500 to $20,000 depending upon the facility and the cost of living. You need to keep in mind that you will not have this money up front. In most cases, you will see it in a lump sum, 60 days after your start date. In order to relocate, you must have the financial resources to get you through this time or you could find yourself in crisis.
Q: I have five years of experience and I really want to move to the another department. My employer says they cannot train me right now. How can I make this move?
A: You just have to ask, ask, ask. It is usually a matter of timing. This is common. Really interview the management team and staff to make sure it is somewhere you can plant yourself for at least a few years. If you know you want to make a change, the question to ask in an interview with Human Resources, NOT the hiring manager, is this: “If in the future, I decide I would like to expand my experience within another area of the company, does your company support this type of career growth?” The answer you want to hear, obviously, is “Yes.” If the answer is no, this is not the right company for you.
Q: I get calls from recruiters all the time. I never talk to them. Should I?
A: If you are looking for a new position, and you know what you are looking for, talking to the right recruiter can be very helpful. If you only want a consulting or project-based position, say so right up front and make sure you are talking to a recruiter who has experience in that area. If you would like a full time/permanent position, ask the recruiter what he or she is working on to see if there is a match for you. Working with too many recruiters can be confusing and time consuming, so proceed cautiously. Always take the time to interview the recruiter as well. Get to know your recruiter as they get to know you. The recruiter you select is also a representation of who you are as well. We recommend gathering the right information and knowing what you want in a recruiter. Finding the right partner to manage your career will be a large key to your success.
Q: How do I know which recruiter to work with?
A: Recruiting is not rocket science. It is about personality, honesty, and efficiency. If you like the personality of the recruiter you are speaking with and you feel he or she has your best interest at heart, that is a good start. Ask for honesty. You shouldn’t have to, but you do. Ask them who they have contracts with directly. Are they contingent contracts, meaning do they get a fee per placement? Is the recruiter working on a retainer? The fee is paid in increments regardless of placement. Or, are they contracting or working hand in hand with the client? Retained and contract recruiters usually have a more solid process in place with the human resources group and hiring authority, but that doesn’t mean the contingent recruiter cannot get you what you want. Ask how many placements they have made with that client and how long they have been working with the client. Trust your instincts.
Q: I have never had a resume/My resume looks horrible. Can someone help me with this?
A: Absolutely. Resumes are easy to create. However, a good resume takes time and effort. If you would like personal assistance creating or updating your resume, please feel free to email what you have to us and we can work with you to create a resume that fits you.
Q: I applied directly for a position and I never heard anything. What should I do?
A: Pick up the phone and call the employer directly. Ask for the recruiter and they will transfer you immediately. If he or she picks up, just explain that you want to make sure that your application has been received and perhaps discuss the possibility of coming in for an interview. Leave the same message if the recruiter does not pick up.
Q: What is the best advice you have for a new graduate?
A: You should be researching industries and companies you are interested in working for prior to your senior year. Make an impression. You will not be considered otherwise. If you are really on the ball, call the manager of the department you want to work for and ask him or her how many new grads they will hire this year. Explain that you really want to be strategic as to where you work and that their company is your first choice. Call each hiring manager for your target companies until you find the one that you connect with. This has the most potential. Keep in mind, prior to calling, you started with nothing. Once you have put in the time and effort, you will see the fruits of your labor and opportunities you were never aware of.