Archive for June, 2016
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.
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?
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?
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.
By: Michelle Penot
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.
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!