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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!


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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.


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Only 4% of companies that say they value diversity consider disabilities. Even fewer include learning and thinking differences.

While neurodiversity is a concept that is gaining more awareness, many employers have still not fully grasped the importance (and benefits) of understanding neurodiversity and how to effectively incorporate and retain neurodivergent individuals in their organizations.


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Founded in 1989, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends October 15. The four-week span over two calendar months may seem a bit odd, but it comes with good reason, as it covers independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, as well as key celebrations in Hispanic and Latin communities. Apart from commemorating major holidays and historic milestones, this month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans.

We asked some of our partner companies what they're doing to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work this year, and we were inspired by the wide range of responses, from highlighting the impact that employees have in local communities to hosting fireside conversations on allyship to sharing performances and instruction of famous cultural dances.ot only are these companies honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, they're finding ways to spread positive change throughout the year. Here's what they're doing, in their own words:


The Workplace of the Future: How Companies Can Plan for The Ever-Changing

As vaccination numbers climb and some—though not all—of our collective paranoia begins to dissipate, businesses are starting to reopen. Employers face a key decision: how will they respond? Will they go back to the ways of life before COVID? Or will they adopt more permanently the flexibility and remote-first work necessitated by the pandemic?

As part of our Corporate Circles: Inclusive Conversation Series, join PowerToFly's Global Director of DEI Sienna Brown and Global DEI Strategist & Trainer Zara Chaudary on Friday, October 1st from 12pm to 1:30pm Eastern for an interactive roundtable as we discuss and share the tools and mindset needed to create the office of the future in a post-pandemic world.

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