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Tips From a Pitney Bowes Recruiter

Below is an article originally written by Kate Cabiltes Senior Talent Advisor, Executive Recruitment and published by Pitney Bowes in their company blog. Go to Pitney Bowes' company page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Pitney Bowes Talent Advisors have a wealth of knowledge about recruiting, career advice and the job search process. They provide great perspective from their time working with candidates, hiring managers and Human Resources across Pitney Bowes.

What advice would you give someone approaching a career change?

When considering a career change, it's important to understand what a day in the life will truly entail. The best way to get this "insider information" is to network! There is a wealth of knowledge out there in the form of training (Lynda, LinkedIn Learning, etc.) but utilizing your network to connect with professionals in your area of interest will be invaluable as well. Scheduling calls or coffee meetings with friends or acquaintances in the space will allow you to pick their brain and get some candid advice to understand how you can best utilize your skills in that line of work. You can also better prepare yourself for potential challenges by hearing about their past experiences.

What are the most important questions a candidate can ask in an interview to set themselves apart from the competition?

It's impressive to see not only that a candidate has "done their homework" on the company but that they are thinking about the role and what they would do to create impact. This can be done by linking the two. For example if you are seeing that a team is doing massive amount of hiring you can think about how this might affect the role or company and ask questions accordingly.

What advice would you give a recent college graduate starting their job search?

Be proactive! In addition to applying, be sure to follow up. Sending a message to the recruiter connected to the job on LinkedIn won't always get a response but you have nothing to lose. Reaching out to a mutual contact of you and the recruiter or hiring manager for an introduction or recommendation is another option. Going that extra mile to show your interest in the job and the company doesn't always go unnoticed so take the time to do that extra follow up. Also, be gracious. Following up with a thank you note after someone takes the time to meet or speak with you to express your appreciation and enthusiasm for the potential opportunity is recommended. This quick but thoughtful effort can set you apart.

Explain the importance of highlighting applicable and transferable skills when approaching a stretch position; new career/position; internship or first position after college.

Everyone has a unique set of skills and experiences and it's your job to market yourself to show how you can best fit the role if you really want it. If you aren't able to check all the boxes in terms of the requirements, find another experience or skill that is relevant and could still add value. Also, think about roles you may have gone into in the past where you had a learning curve. Think about what you had to learn or even teach yourself to fully get up to speed in that job. How could you do that again in this next role?

Any other advice?

Remember that you are ultimately responsible for your career growth and development. It's important to have a network and a mentor but remember that it's up to you to keep learning, networking, and challenging yourself. If you aren't feeling challenged ask yourself what you can do to change that. Use downtime to ramp up on skills that need sharpening. There are so many online and networking resources out there to take advantage of!


How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.


5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.


The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:


How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.


What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

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