Each month RochesterWorks! features a Monroe County employer that is noted for their dedication to recruiting and using RochesterWorks! services. During the month we spotlight their company on our website and give them an opportunity to share tips and information about their business with interested job seekers at our Employer Presentation.
In April we invited Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to be our Employer of the Month. At their presentation on April 16th the Talent Acquisition team gave us tips and taught us about Excellus and it’s unique structure as a major nonprofit employer in our area.
Top Tips from the Talent Acquisition Team
- Do Your Research
Employers will ask what you know their company. Be prepared and do your research ahead of time. Why would you not know anything about a company you’re applying to? An interview is a two-way conversation. Be prepared to do your share. When it comes time for you to ask questions if they have already answered all of the questions you had prepared, here is a great tip! Re-word your questions to demonstrate clarity, listening skills, and interest. For example, “I had a question about the hours of the position. Earlier you said ____ . Am I understanding that correctly?”
- Be Yourself
In your resume, tell who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and why you should be the top candidate for the job. If you don’t know, think about what set you apart from the people who sat next to you in previous jobs. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and focus on how you can solve their problems with your unique skill set.
- Be Consistent
Make sure that you come across professionally in every area of contact with an employer. If they call you for a phone screen and you are driving or unavailable at that moment, tell them and ask to set up another time to speak. They understand that they are calling out of the blue and appreciate your honesty and initiative to ask.
Consistency is also important on your resume. For example, if you write “September 2013” for one date, make sure you format it the same for other dates. Always proofread and edit your resume. Your first draft is not going to be perfect so edit, edit, edit, and proofread it carefully.
- Communicate Timely
As you communicate with employers make sure to reiterate your interest in the position and follow up with them in a timely, but realistic manner. Send thank you notes, whether hand written or electronic, no more than 72 hours after your interview and take the time to thank every interviewer individually. Keep in mind that you are dealing with real people. Treat them kindly and be considerate of the fact that many companies today receive dozens of applications for every job opening.
- Manage Your Online Presence
According to April Griffin, Excellus Talent Acquisition Consultant, “The number one way to get a new job is to become a known asset to a company.” One way to do this is through social media. Social media can help you to showcase your value, participate in conversations, associate yourself with new technology, and make yourself accessible to employers. Social media also connects you to job opportunities that you may not see on job boards.
As you make the most of social media here are some tips to help you update your LinkedIn profile:
- Aim for 100% completion.
- Include relevant key words that directly relate to your skills.
- Don’t sterilize your profile! Make it personal and creative.
- Make sure your photo accurately represents yourself and your personality.
- Establish your expertise by connecting, participating in groups, and sharing relevant content.
Learn about Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Headquartered in Rochester, NY, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is an affiliate of a parent company that provides health coverage and health care services to the Upstate New York region. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Univera Healthcare, MedAmerica Insurance Company, EBS-RMSCO, Inc., Lifetime Care, Lifetime Health Medical Group, Support Services Alliance, Inc., and The Walker Group are all a part of this large not-for-profit, The Lifetime Healthcare Companies that serves approximately 1.9 million people.
Tips for Applying for Jobs at Excellus:
- Go to www.excellusbcbs.com/career and follow Excellus on LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest job opening and career information.
- Attach a resume to your application and include in the document title your name and the name of the job you are applying for. If you attach a cover letter consider including it in the same document file as your resume. It makes it easier for the Talent Acquisition team to review both at one time.
- Complete the entire application and apply for each listed job individually.
- Watch for your confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.
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