Kickstart the search for a career… and now, throw a world pandemic into that process. With the surge of coronavirus cases, many universities are adjusting their career fairs to a virtual setting. Even with all the change that comes with shifting from in-person to virtual, the goal of these career fairs remains the same: we want to attract and acquire skilled students to meet our organizational needs. These career fairs are similar to Microsoft Teams or Zoom breakout rooms where candidates rotate through rooms of the companies in attendance. They are fast paced with set time parameters before candidates are moved to different breakout rooms. Candidates and recruiters are up against the clock. If there has ever been a time to perfect your “elevator pitch,” now is the time! As a recruiter and employer looking for people to join our Pegasus Family, we wanted to offer some tips for college graduates attending virtual career fairs.
In a time that has forced the majority of the workforce to work from home, we are now led with the charge to engage and lead our teams virtually. One-to-ones, team meetings, and even social events are all held remotely and virtually. With this change, people can quickly lose their persona over the phone or video calls, and relationships can be more difficult to maintain. Even worse, if you are a leader in your organization, like me, we can become a “voice” rather than an individual.
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There is a sense of priority when it comes to Pegasus’ culture of learning. It is not a “buzz word” or a “flavor of the month” but instead, it is part of the roots that make up our organization. Recently, one of our executives, Hiram Hartnett, Executive Vice President of Sales, was interviewed by Inbound Logistics regarding “companies that invest in ongoing education, innovation, and research…” It shows that companies are investing in innovation to creatively adapt to the needs of their customers and stakeholders. One of our favorite stakeholders, and one that Hiram spoke to, is our people! When we provide our team members with educational resources and opportunities, the return is monumental. We must invest in them, prioritize them, and listen to their needs.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” This is a quote that I have been taught since I was a young girl. Often, we do not take the time to pause and to analyze the true meaning behind messages such as these. Adaptability is defined as the ability to recalibrate and adjust to the ever-changing circumstances; to be better, faster, and stronger in a new situation. It is the difference between changing to endure and barely getting by versus adapting to win and enjoying the journey. The need for adaptability has never been greater than right now. Often, the ability to adapt to changes is a defining characteristic between success and failure. In the fast-paced, ever-changing workplace of today, adaptability is a crucial skill for anyone looking to pioneer a successful career path.
Searching for a company that holds goals and values that align with yours is a task I knew was important to me while I was interviewing for a post-college graduation career. I made it a goal of mine to land at a company that valued culture, encouraged employee growth and development, and had good pay and benefits. While salary may be straightforward, company culture was a harder trait that was not necessarily proved in the first interview. This was the type of thing that had to be experienced, the aspect of a company that couldn’t be fully understood until you were in the midst of it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions of Americans to work from home, many of these individuals are working from home for the first time ever. Sports and other forms of entertainment have been indefinitely postponed. Churches are shut down and services are being livestreamed. If that doesn’t illustrate the paralyzing state that the country is in, we don’t know what does. While it is hard not to focus on the negatives from this crisis… this time is also filled with many positives. To help change your perspective during this chaotic and stressful time, our VP of Central Sales, Daniel Medalie, gives the following advice to see the advantages of this time at home: