Archive for June, 2016

Intern Summer Reading List

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Our summer interns meet weekly to discuss the reading and have a round-table discussion. Each individual gains something unique from our Summer Reading List and is able to share and debate with the rest of the group. See any books you’ve read? How about a novel we should include? Let us know in a comment. Pick up a book today and commit to becoming a life-long learner.


20 Years, 20 Questions with Bess Cadwell

Bess Cadwell has been a force to reckon with for years. Anyone in the construction recruiting world knows her name and all in the MRINetwork have heard her roar. Our beloved Bess has just celebrated her 20th year at Govig and Associates – 20 years of sass and kick-ass. From disco to f-bombs, Bess shares with us her insight on what it really takes to be an award winning recruiter; sometimes it’s as simple (or as complicated) as connecting the dots.


Q1 What field is your background or education in?

A I started off in the air-force in the military police. When I got out I worked in Big 8 accounting, start-ups and then 3 years working for Danielle Steel the romance author. I have a very diverse background in a lot of different types of business.

Q2 Biggest change you’ve seen at Govig?

A I would say the culture has significantly changed to be more employee centric.

Q3 Favorite thing to wear on casual Friday?

A Birkenstocks.

Q4 Favorite thing about Arizona?

A Mid-September when the summer breaks.

Q5 What are you most looking forward to about our move to a new office space?

A Better acoustics, ability to walk to the Fashion Square food court, and cutting edge technology.

Q6 What is one new thing you’ve learned this year?

A I learned to look down when I’m walking into my house so that I don’t trip and break my kneecap.

(She just tripped and broke her kneecap.)

Q7 Interesting or random fact about yourself?

A I used to jump out of airplanes and I once broke both of my ankles and had to be in two plaster casts for 6 weeks. I still won a disco contest with two rubber feet on the end of my casts in 1978.

Q8 What is your favorite drink?

A Yoohoo!

Q9 Favorite thing to do on your day’s off?

A Watch tennis. I never play, I just watch.

Q10 Biggest inspiration?

A I have two. First inspiration would be my husband. He’s going to be 86 yrs. old and he works out 6 times a week and is healthier than most 30 year olds. My other inspiration would be Bobbi Moss, [her former manager], because she gave me the opportunity to be in this business with absolutely no experience and she waited 10 months for me while I relocated.

Q11 How would your clients describe you?

A Very direct, very few filters, and someone who knows how to perform.

Q12 Favorite book?

A My favorite book is Anna Karenina.

Q13 What’s the hardest thing to learn when becoming a recruiter?

A Connecting the dots. Understanding that we bring tremendous value to every call that we make and every person that we touch [is hard to learn]. A lot of recruiters feel that they’re interrupting as opposed to us bringing candidates opportunities to improve their lives. And I think a lot of people have a hard time with [learning] that [they are bringing value].

Q14 What is one of your pet peeves?

A Someone who doesn’t crash the party. I don’t like people who ask for permission – I like people who ask for forgiveness.

Q15 Where do you see yourself in five years?

A Five years older doing exactly what I’m doing now, but hopefully a little better. Recruiting is sort of like life in that you never have it down, no matter how good you are. You can always learn.

Q16 Favorite thing about working at Govig?

A The ability to positively impact people’s lives, which is a double edged sword because it gives you a lot of power and if you do it right it also gives you a lot of responsibility.

(We think Uncle Ben would agree.)

Q17 What are three words that describe your recruitment style?

A Direct. Transparent. Laced-with-a-lot-of-f-bombs (that counts, right?).

Q18 What do you always have to have at your desk?

A My glasses.

Q19 Favorite job placing story?

A There’s been too many. I’ll do [one of my] biggest learning lessons. My first year I had a very attractive young man who I had recruited for a Forensic Accountant position. Every time he came into the office his eyes were red and he asked if I could find him some eye drops because he had allergies, and I believed him. We placed him and it turned out he was struggling with addiction. He got fired and we ended up losing the business. So, if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.

Q20 What advice would you give yourself as a young recruiter?

A I would say, “If you look at every mistake that you make as a learning opportunity you will continue to get better.” Second thing is, sometimes you just have to give yourself a pass when you screw up.

Four Tips for a Successful Summer Internship

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So you got a summer internship? Congratulations! You dressed up, printed out your resume, shook hands with recruiters at career fairs, sat through numerous interviews, sent follow-up emails and finally you got an offer. It could be your dream internship at a prestigious firm, or it could be a local company that needed a few interns for the summer. Regardless of the name, the revenue of the company, or if your friends ask you “Where is that? I’ve never heard of it,” you are now an official employee of a company.

Now it is up to you to make the best of your new position.  Here are a four tips to help make your time at your internship as successful and beneficial as possible.

  • Take the Initiative

A lot of information is going to be thrown at you in the beginning, and it is OK and encouraged to ask questions.

However, it is essential to pay attention and keep up. Internships should be challenging. Don’t be afraid to take notes when your manager is running through something new with you. Bring a notebook and pen to every meeting.

TIP: After something is explained to you, repeat it back to them to make sure you are clear with directions. You’ll learn things quicker and won’t need to interrupt your manager for assistance every time you work on a project.

Don’t sit around and wait for your manager to give you another task after you complete something, be autonomous.

TIP: It could be something as small as organizing files or cleaning up a database. You will find your manager will trust you with more projects and give you more creative freedom.

  • Be advantageous

Internships are not meant to be a clock-in-clock-out job. Ultimately, you applied because you wanted a professional job experience to help launch a successful career. Start your day by thinking, “How can I be an asset and how can my skills be utilized?”

Pay attention to your manager’s schedule and responsibilities. Think of yourself as an extension of their role and how you can help them achieve their work goals.

TIP: If your manager hasn’t already set up one-on-one meetings with you, ask to set aside 20-30 minute once or twice a month to go over your progress and plan out goals for the summer.    

  • Challenge yourself to be innovative

It can be intimidating to speak up to your company with new ideas. However, interns are some of the best resources of knowledge of the inner workings of the company.

If you think of a solution to a company problem, write out a plan and present it to a supervisor. You can always list your internship on your resume, but what really stands out is your impact and success there.

TIP: “Saved x amount of money for the company by designing and implementing a new program or system” is a significant accomplishment you can speak of in future job interviews.

  • Keep track of your work

You will be learning and digesting a large amount of information at your internship so it is important to keep a log of all the work that you perform or industry/job tips or tricks you learned along the way.

TIP: If you haven’t already done so, create a portfolio of work or projects you have produced at internships or other clubs/organizations. Whether it be papers, blog articles or charts/reports displaying your accomplishments, all these pieces showcase your abilities, talents and value you could bring to a potential employer.

Most importantly, be yourself and take time to reflect on your internship. This is a summer to discover more about YOU, what kind of work YOU like and the type of company YOU want to work for. Challenge yourself each day and make the most out of your internship.

Have a great summer!

Industry Tips for the New Graduate

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You have tossed your mortarboard, taken pictures with friends and have that very important diploma in your hand. Now what?

Entering the job market and launching a career can be both exciting and intimidating for a new graduate. Having worked with recruiting and staffing needs in numerous industries, the Govig & Associates team weighs in on how to begin your career in the right direction.

The Job Market

You picked a great time to enter the job market. With nearly 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, there is a talent shortage on the horizon. The majority of baby boomers will be retired by 2020 when the millennial generation will make up around 46 percent of the workforce.

There is an experience gap between retiring baby boomers and millennials entering the workforce, but there are also significant aspects of opportunity. With the technology-enabled workplace, all employees—at all experience levels—will have to learn from the ground up. Since millennials are known for being early adopters with technology, they can have an advantage in the increasingly technology-driven job market.

The Whole Process Goes Mobile

Searching and applying for the perfect job is changing for today’s graduates. According to Glassdoor, nine in 10 job seekers use a mobile device to search for jobs. Recruiting efforts are following the trend.

Sites like LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and many corporate career sites have shifted to a mobile platform, making it easier for you to search and apply for jobs from your device.

Technology is also allowing you to not only find the right position, but also to research industries and companies to find the one that aligns with your personal and professional goals and values. Review websites, like Glassdoor, as well as word of mouth and social media give today’s candidates more company insight than ever before.

Online research helps you be informed about where to apply and why. But take it a step further. Show some of your tech-savviness skills by understanding the industry, challenges facing professionals and share insight into how you—as a new graduate—can help them solve these problems.

Show Your Strengths

You got an interview—great! It isn’t a secret though; other generations have voiced what can be challenging about the millennial generation in the workplace. Don’t focus on that, because millennials have a lot of talents that make you the type of candidate they should hire.

  1. Millennials want to do a good job, they want to excel and they are motivated!
  2. New graduates have seen so many advancements already that they are empowered by limitless possibilities. They want to make a real difference.
  3. Whether it is a new technology, or new company leadership, millennials are adaptable because they are frequently asked to change, adapt or upgrade.

Get Busy!

Get busy learning. Your diploma isn’t the end to your education. As our CEO, Todd Govig says, “A degree is simply a license to continue learning.” Whether you take advantage of free webinars, attend conferences or read books about your profession, now is the time to keep the momentum going.

Get busy building your network. You have friends from your school program who are probably also new professionals in your field. Instant network! One thing that hasn’t changed with technology is that your network is still the best source of the next great career opportunity. Now is the time to build your LinkedIn profile, join professional organizations, attend local events and put in the effort to build and maintain your network.

Get busy with mentors. Consider finding a mentor one of most valuable things you can add to your professional toolkit. You may find a supervisor, informational interview, fellow member of that professional organization you joined, or someone else is a great mentor. But, don’t forget to pay it forward and open yourself to the opportunity to be a mentor for the next wave of new graduates.

Find The Right Opportunity

Govig & Associates offers a number of opportunities for ambitious people to build a career. Learn more about being part of our team.