English As a Second Language Classes start August 21st 2014

America is said to be a melting pot of culture. People from all around the world are proud to call this country their home, while reserving the right to preserve their culture and that of their ancestors. While this is a wonderful quality of our nation, sometimes it can lead to miscommunication. And when it comes to the type of work that NorthEast Talent Solutions specializes in, there’s really no room for error.
We’re excited to announce a new program to help employers and employees breach that language barrier. Starting next month we will be offering English as a Second Language to our employees at no cost. This program will run at four month intervals, after which students will receive a certificate of completion.
This new initiative will:
•Allow employers to better communicate with their employees which results in a more productive and safe environment.
•Instill confidence in employees and arm them with knowledge that will better their lives.
At NorthEast Talent Solutions we value in our talent, and believe that it is our job to ensure their success. We believe that our new ESL program will give them the best of both worlds, maintaining a link to their past, while paving a way for their futures
 

Social Networking to a New Career

We’re living in a digital world and when it comes to job hunting and networking, this can be both a blessing and a curse. We can find jobs more easily with the help of websites like Monster and Indeed. We’re able to reconnect with former colleagues who we’ve lost touch with. We can have a vast network right at our fingertips! The flip side of this is that all of our information and public correspondence can be up for scrutiny, so we always have to put our best face forward. There are also so many new venues to explore, that it can be difficult learning how to navigate all of these new channels.
Social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, and even Pinterest can be valuable tools for job seekers and individuals looking to network. Below are some of the top social media sites for networking.
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[acc_item title=”LinkedIn”]The social network for professional networking is an obvious choice for this list. LinkedIn allows you to find and connect with professional contacts, read the latest in industry news and even apply for jobs! It’s also fantastic for students who are beginning to build their professional network.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Twitter”]Twitter can be a great way to share trade news articles and give up-to-the-minute opinions about industry ideas. It is also a casual and easy way to reach out to companies and influential people you’re interested in developing a rapport with.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Facebook”]Although Facebook is known to be a personal social network composed mostly of friends and family, it is also a great networking space. This site is perfect for networking because of the ability to create and join groups in a more casual environment than LinkedIn. Just remember that your photos and posts may be out in the open, so keep your profile work-appropriate too.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Pinterest”]At first glance, Pinterest may seem an unlikely channel to appear in this article, but it can serve as a really powerful tool! Pinterest can be used to gather great industry resources, highlight your portfolio, and show off your personality. It’s especially helpful for creatives looking to showcase their work.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Alternative Avenues”]In addition to the channels featured above, there are other sites that make connecting easy, and many are catered to a certain field or profession. For example, Behance is a great source for creatives to share their portfolios and look for jobs. Class websites like Skillshare and Lynda and Coursera are perfect for professionals who are learning new skills![/acc_item]
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Despite the best intentions of these digital routes, sometimes it best to create that connection in person. If you’re on the hunt for a job or just want to connect with new faces, job fairs are a great way to get introduced to new companies and new people! NorthEast Talent Solutions holds their own job fairs, making it easy to connect with recruiters and get your career on the fast track to success!

Top Tips for Getting Hired

Whether you’re looking for a new career or trying to land your first job, the job searching process can seem daunting at first, but don’t let fear deter you from finding the job of your dreams! We’ve asked some of our most experienced staffers how they find potential candidates and what sets certain people apart from the pack.
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[acc_item title=”1. Be original.”]Your cover letter and your resume are the recruiter’s first impression of you. Make them count. Use this opportunity to show off what you can bring to the company you’re applying to, and how you are uniquely equipped for handling the responsibilities of the job. Really try to capture your reader’s attention in the first paragraph of you cover letter, and keep them interested with your strong resume.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”2. Be respectful.”]They’ve invited you in for an interview, congrats! Remember that anyone who offers to see you is giving you a chance. Understand that there are probably other eligible candidates who are jumping at the opportunity to be in your position. Respect your interviewer’s time, and don’t be late or have your cell phone on. Just practice common courtesy, and you’ll be set![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”3. Be prepared.”]Go into the interview with a strategy. Bring a copy of your resume with you. If you’re going in for a creative position, bring your portfolio. If you know which company you’re interviewing for, do your research. Find out anything and everything you can about this company, and come with questions![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”4. Be professional.”]When you’re applying to a Fortune 500 company, jeans and a tee just won’t do, but they probably won’t do at any interview! Find out what the dress code is, and dress more formally than expected. Leave slang at the door, and put on your game face.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”5. Be passionate.”]If you want this job, be excited! An employee who is passionate about their field is more likely to be engaged in their work, which makes them more suitable for the job. Employers and recruiters are truly trying to make a perfect match for both parties, and if you already know you want to be there, then that’s one piece of the puzzle they won’t need to solve![/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”6. Be honest.”]Honesty is the best policy when it comes to interviewing, but you also have to be careful not to overshare. Try to stay positive when talking about past employers and position, and stick to the facts.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”7. Be confident.”]Confidence is key when you’re interviewing for a position. If you sound unsure of whether you can handle the position, they may assume you’re inexperienced. Look your interviewers in the eye, and shake their hand when you leave. A little confidence can leave a lasting impression![/acc_item]
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The job-seeking process can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. Practice these tips, and you’ll find yourself prepared for not only your interview, but your future job as well! For more tips on how to ace your interview, check out our website!

The Missing Link: Reference Letters

Your resume is a one page work of art, your cover letter is a real attention-grabber, and your portfolio highlights your best work. What’s missing?
What’s missing is the link between what you’ve done and how you’ve done it, an objective view of your strengths and skills through the eyes of an outside party. In other words, a recommendation that attests to your work ethic and character.

What Is a Reference Letter

A reference letter acts as a testimony to an individual’s character, skills and achievements. There are a number of reasons someone may require a reference. A few of the most common are:

  • When applying for a job an applicant may be asked to provide references.
  • A student applying to a special program, or graduate school may need to provide recommendation letters.
  • After the completion of a project, companies or individuals may use references or testimonials to make their business more credible and valuable to prospective clients.

Who Should You Ask

There are generally two types of references you may be asked to provide: professional and personal.

Professional References

Professional references come from people you’ve worked with before. When asking for a professional reference, ask individuals that you’ve worked closely with, whether they were colleagues or superiors. If you’ve worked on a special project during which you really displayed some of your best skills and ideas, ask for a reference from someone who was on that same team.

Personal References

Personal references know you outside of work, and can speak to your overall character. This can include a landlord, or a friend or family member. Try to use these types of references sparingly when applying for jobs, since they do not hold as much weight as professional references.

How Should You Ask

Method

You can either give your potential reference a call, or send them an email. Many people prefer to send an email because it takes the pressure off of the other person, since it’s easier to decline through the computer. It also gives them more time to think about whether they would be able to fulfill your request.
Another way to ask is through social media. LinkedIn has a messaging and recommendation system that makes these requests simple.

Tone

When asking for a reference try to be as informative as possible, and ask whether they believe they would be able to provide a reference based on the work you’ve done together. Let them know why you picked them to testify to your skills, and why you value their opinion.

Expectations

Don’t feel badly if they aren’t able to provide you with a reference. They may not have time, or they may not feel that they know you well enough to provide an effective reference letter. Don’t be pushy. Just thank them for the consideration, and move on to the next qualified person.

How to Highlight Your Strengths

One great thing about reference letters is that they may highlight strengths you didn’t even know you had! But if you don’t want to leave it up to chance, here are a few suggestions:

  • Remind the potential reference of the projects you’ve worked on together. This way they can more easily recall specific instances at which you excelled.
  • Provide a template of a reference letter. The easier the reference letter is to write, the more time they will spend focusing on the important aspects of the letter, like your skills.

When you have your references be sure to thank them, and extend an offer to write one back if ever the time comes.
Having reliable references is an imperative part of the job seeking process that will really put your interpersonal skills in focus for prospective employers.