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How to Get a New Job at Your Old Employer

November 10th, 2015

You’re looking for a new job when you come across a posting that sounds ideal. But then you realize one potential sticking point – it’s with your past employer. Should you skip over it, or apply anyway?

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows if you left your past employer because you didn’t like working there – whether it was your boss, your co-workers, or the culture – then you should keep moving. Even though it can be tempting to apply if the job sounds perfect, you’ll likely wind up unhappy, frustrated and ready to move on…again.

In addition, if you burned a few bridges when you left, then you may be wasting your time re-applying. For instance, if you quit abruptly without two weeks notice or were consistently written up for poor performance, those are good reasons not to apply.

However, if you simply left for a better opportunity, but would be interested in boomeranging back in, then it’s certainly worth it to apply. And, in fact, you might be a top choice candidate for your past employer for a few reasons:

  • You already know the business and the culture, so onboarding and training time would be less than for other candidates.
  • You are a known entity. In other words, your past employer knows your personality and work ethic and doesn’t have to worry about any nasty surprises should they hire you.
  • You fit with the culture. One of the prime reasons new hires quit is due to a lack of cultural fit. But you already know the culture and are comfortable in it.

With that said, how do you go about re-applying so you make it to the top of the list? Here are a few quick tips:

  • Reach out to your old boss or former colleagues and tell them you’re interested in the job. Try to get together over coffee or lunch and inquire about what you think the chances are of you landing the position. Ask if they’d be willing to recommend you.
  • Be prepared to be persuasive. Just because you are a well-liked former employee doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in for the job. You still need to sell yourself and persuade the hiring manager as to why you should be the top choice. For instance, if you’ve expanded your skill set since you’ve left the company, highlight the added value you can bring to the table because of it.
  • And finally, approach the process just as you would with a new employer. Be prepared for every phone screen and interview. Act professionally at all times. And follow up with thank you notes after any interviews.

Do you need more help finding your next great job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.

Hiring Managers Want Results! Here’s How to Promote Yours on Your Resume

July 14th, 2015

As one of the top employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows when an employer is looking to hire, they want to know what sets you apart as a candidate. One way to stand out in a sea of other job candidates applying for the same opportunity is to showcase your achievements using figures or numbers. But if you’re like many out there, quantifying the results you’ve accomplished over the years can tricky. How do you do it? Here are a few areas to think about:

Money you’ve saved employers.

Organizations are always looking to make or save money. If, during the course of your past positions, you were able to do that, it’s important to promote that accomplishment on your resume. Think about different ways you’ve saved or made money for a past employer – or better managed a task so it was more efficient cost-wise. Some examples include:

  • Successfully managed an operating budget of $500k.
  • Cut company office supply costs by 15%.

Time saved for employers.

Similar to money, organizations want to be able to cut time spent on tasks, and deliver positive results faster. Important milestones to communicate on your resume in relation to time include meeting critical deadlines or spearheading a more efficient way of doing business. When reviewing your resume, a hiring manager will think that if you could achieve those results for one company, then you could do the same for their company.

Value delivered in other areas.

It can be hard to attached numbers to many other daily tasks. However, when doing so, examine your primary duties in a role, especially those most relevant to the job you’re applying for. Then think about things like how often you performed that task or how many individuals you managed throughout the process. For instance, include amounts such as:

  • Managed a team of 10.
  • Wrote 10 responses to RFPs in a one-year time period; four of which were successfully secured.

The bottom line? The more you can put numbers on your resume, the better your chances are of standing out – and getting a call for an interview from a hiring manager.

If you’d like more help sprucing up your resume and landing a great new job, call Adams & Garth. As one of the top employment agencies in Central Virginia, we can help you with your job search from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more!

What to Do When a Job Offer Gets Pulled

June 23rd, 2015

You’ve finally found a great job opportunity. But a week before you’re supposed to start, you get a call from the HR manager at your new company. The job offer has been put on hold. What should you do? Do you wait around until they’re ready to bring you on board? Or do you cut your losses and start your search all over again?

While it’s certainly not fair that your job offer was rescinded, it is perfectly legal – as long as there was no contract signed. If you did have a contract, then there may be a basis for a legal claim. If you didn’t, then you’re basically out of luck. You’re considered an “at will” employee and as such, an employer can terminate the relationship at any time, including before it even began.

What do you do now?

First, don’t take the situation personally. Unless they discovered some horrible issue in your background, then it’s not your fault the offer got pulled in the 11th hour. There could have been a variety of factors at play. For example, maybe the person leaving decided not to quit after all and accepted a counter offer. Or there could have been a change that took place in the company – such as a new CEO or departmental merger – that caused the offer to be withdrawn.

It’s up to you to find out whether this is a temporary situation, or if the offer is really gone altogether. If it’s a financial issue, which most are, then the employer may have realized their financial outlook wasn’t as bright as originally thought. Whatever the case, try to speak to the decision maker so you can get a clearer sense of where you stand.

While you’re doing that, though, don’t hold your breath for good news. You have bills to pay and a career to move forward, so it’s important to re-start your job search. Also, the more time that passes after an offer is pulled, the less likely that you’ll get hired – even if it was your dream job.

Do you need more job search help? Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit.

Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.


How to Stand Out at Work – and Get Promoted

June 9th, 2015

You have a job you love, so you don’t need to focus on your career, right? Wrong. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows if you want to progress and move forward at work, there are steps you need to take to ensure the higher ups notice you. What are they? Here’s a look:

Make sure you’re seen.

According to studies, workers who telecommute may end up getting lower performance evaluations, lower raises and fewer promotions when compared with colleagues in the office – even when they work just as hard and just as long. So if you telecommute, it’s still important to show your face every so often. If it’s not possible to actually go to your work location, then consider using Skype or another video teleconferencing tool during meetings in order to raise your visibility.

Give people your full attention.

When your boss or a colleague walks into your office, stop texting or emailing. People deserve your full attention and if you don’t give it regularly, then you’re making a bad impression. If you feel like you’re interrupted too often to get work done, then close your door for an hour or two each day.

Develop relationships with others.

If you’re an introvert, this one can be a challenge. But it’s important for you to strive to develop relationships with those you work with. Ask people what they did over the weekend. Inquire about a co-worker’s family. Tell a colleague a funny story from the latest conference you went to. Whatever you do, aim to share with your colleagues; you’ll make yourself more memorable and relatable as a result.

Be a problem solver.

If a colleague is having an issue – and you know you could help him or her – volunteer to do it. Even if it’s outside the realm of your role at the office, your co-worker will be appreciative and likely to want to return the favor in the future.

Voice your opinion.

Nobody likes a know-it-all or someone who comes across as highly opinionated. But do make your voice heard through direct and insightful comments in meetings and during brainstorming sessions.

Give credit where it’s due.

If you see your boss or a colleague going the extra mile, recognize them for it. While you don’t want to kiss up or come across as insincere, giving credit where it’s due is always appreciated and remembered.

Are you ready to stand out in a new job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.


How to Research Potential Employers – Before You Say “Yes” to an Offer

May 12th, 2015

When you’re looking for a new job, you want to know what it’s like to work at a company before you accept an offer. You’ll find out some details about a potential employer during the interview process. But what can you do to dig deeper, uncover any red flags, and find the company that’s truly a great fit for you? Here’s a look:

Ask good questions.

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows you should not rely on the interviewer to tell you everything you need to know to make the right decision. Ask questions that will help you assess whether or not the company is the kind you want to work for. Some examples include:

  • Why did the last person in this position leave?
  • What kind of personality fits best within the company?
  • What do you enjoy most about working here? Least?
  • How has the company changed since you started?
  • What’s one thing you wish you knew before you began working here?

Gain a different perspective.

As you talk with the interviewer, ask him or her if it would be possible to talk with prospective team members. It makes sense to meet with at least one co-worker without the interviewer in the room. If your request is denied, take note. Unhappy employees don’t make good brand advocates.

Search online.

Look to websites like to find reviews and insider information about the company and its working environment. Although, keep in mind: reviews that are overly positive or negative may be phony; those that fall somewhere in the middle will likely offer the most accurate picture.

Reach out to your network.

Use sites like LinkedIn to find out if you know any current or past employees. If you don’t, reach out to your network and ask whether anyone has worked, or knows anyone who has worked, at the company. They’ll be able to give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work there.

Pay attention to how you’re treated.

Before you accept an offer, think about how you were treated during the interview process. Was the interviewer on time? Or did he or she show up late? Did they give you their full attention in the interview? Or keep checking their cell phone? Do the employees you’ve seen seem happy and engaged, or miserable and stressed? Was the interview process well organized, or disorderly? Did the interviewer keep you in the loop throughout the process? Or did they leave you hanging?

Don’t ignore warning signs just because you want a job. If you say “yes” to an opportunity when your guts says “no,” you’ll likely end up unhappy and frustrated. Instead, wait until the right employer comes along.

Do you need help finding your next job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.

Sloppy Mistakes That Are Killing Your Job Search

February 24th, 2015

As one of Central Virginia’s leading employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows you can have the most experience and the strongest skill set. But if you’re making sloppy mistakes on your resume and in your cover letter, then you’re not going to get an interview, let alone the job offer.

What are some of the biggest and most egregious errors candidates make when applying? Here’s a look at 4:

Mistake #1: Spelling and grammar mistakes.

One minor typo won’t hinder your chances of getting an interview offer, especially if you have a strong background. However, if your resume and cover letter are sprinkled with mistakes in spelling and grammar, then it’s going to be a red flag for a hiring manager. Every job requires some degree of communication, often times in writing. If a hiring manager is concerned about your ability to do so in an articulate and professional way, then you’re not going to be considered for the job.

Mistake #2: Writing in a tone that’s too casual.

With texting and Facebook, people today – especially those in the younger demographics – are used to writing in a far more casual tone. While this might be ok in an online social setting, it’s not acceptable when submitting your cover letter and resume to a potential employer. You don’t need to adopt a completely formal, uptight tone. You can still be conversational. But you must follow the rules of grammar you learned in grade school. That means no “LMKs.”

Mistake #3: Addressing your resume to the wrong person.

Consider yourself lucky if there’s an actual name of a hiring manager in the job posting. When there is, you’ll have someone to contact and follow up with after you apply. However, they likely won’t want to hear from you if you put the wrong name (for instance, the last hiring manager you applied to) in your cover letter or in your email with your resume. Make sure you review everything before hitting that “send” button.

Mistake #4: Using the wrong company name.

This often happens when candidates do a quick cut and paste from the last job they applied to and forget to swap out the company name. But this signals to the hiring manager that 1) you didn’t take the time to tailor your cover letter for their job opening and 2) you lack attention to detail because you clearly didn’t proofread. Either way, it’s not the message you want to send to a hiring manager.

The mistakes above can be easily avoided by simply taking some additional time and effort to review your resume and cover letter before sending it to a potential employer. If you’re uncertain of its accuracy, then give it to a friend or family member to review ahead of time.

If you need more help with your resume, cover letter, or job search, turn to the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of Central Virginia’s leading employment agencies, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Contact us today to learn more or search our Central Virginia jobs now.

When Your Boss Doesn’t Show You Any Love

January 27th, 2015

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is on everyone’s mind. But when your boss doesn’t show you any – in the form of respect, warmth, recognition, or kindness – it can be tough to handle. Is it time to move on for greener pastures? Or should you stick it out with an ill-tempered or detached boss?

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth can tell you: It depends.

First, think about where your boss is coming from. He or she could be under a lot of pressure and stressed out, while you’re interpreting their attitude as a problem with you individually. Ask around and see if other co-workers are experiencing the same treatment. If they aren’t, then dig a little deeper to find the root cause.

Here are a few possibilities:

Your boss has a problem with your performance.

Are you often late, unprepared, or do you miss deadlines? Does your boss assign the important or more challenging tasks to others? Have you had performance problems in the past? Then those issues could be the source of your boss’s frustrations. If they are, then it’s up to you to change his or her mind by building a track record of positive performance and good behavior.

Your personalities don’t mesh well.

You may do good work, but perhaps your personality and your boss’s simply don’t blend well. Part of the problem is likely the two of you have different communication styles. Whatever the case, there are a few ways you can open up the lines of communication, including:

  • Being calm. Don’t get angry. Your boss doesn’t have to share your opinion and the two of you don’t need to be best friends.
  • Ask your boss for advice and guidance on your performance. For instance, you may have a habit of just pointing out problems and he or she may want you to offer solutions instead.
  • Don’t demand, instead suggest. Aim to solve problems and attain a productive and professional relationship, rather than be argumentative.

Your boss feels threatened by you.

If your boss treats you inconsistently – for instance, you’re having a good conversation and then you present a fact they didn’t know and they get defensive – then it’s a sign they’re insecure around you. If that’s the case, they can then use the power of their position to make your life miserable at work.

So how do you deal with this sticky situation?

Start by always being constructive and aiming to collaborate. Look for ways to help your boss and make their job easier. If you find a mistake they made, don’t bring it up in front of others. If problems persist, talk to your boss and ask for clarification about the issue.

Ready for a new opportunity – with a new boss? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.


Mistakes That Will Land You in the Wrong Career

March 4th, 2014

Ever feel like you’re getting by in your career, but not thriving? You like what you do…sort of…but don’t truly love it?

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we see people all the time who are in careers they either aren’t well suited for or they simply aren’t happy in. Engineers who should have been accountants. Administrative assistants who should be graphic designers, and the list goes on.

There are many reasons why people find themselves trapped in jobs and fields they want “out” from. If you’re one of them – and wondering where things went wrong – here are a few career mistakes that may have led you off course and how to rectify each:

Not following your instincts. 

Oftentimes, a job or career field can seem perfect on paper. The salary is great, the benefits look ideal, the work seems challenging. So rather than really thinking about whether it’s a good fit for you, you may have looked at all the practical aspects of the opportunity and ignored that nagging sensation that the opportunity just wasn’t the right one.

What to do about it: Your gut can offer you a pretty sophisticated warning system. Don’t ignore it! Even if the next job you’re offered sounds perfect, but it still feels wrong, politely decline and keep looking. You’ll thank yourself in the end.

Doing what other people want you to do.

Sometimes outside pressure – from parents, spouses, friends, and colleagues – can cause you to make decisions and accept positions that aren’t right for you. Or perhaps you earned a degree in a certain field and feel that you’re now committed to it. Bottom line? You’re not where you want to be.

What to do about it: Don’t continue to turn a deaf ear to that inner voice telling you something’s wrong. It’s ok to want other people’s approval. But is it really worth it at the expense of your own personal happiness?

It’s time to start listening to the one person who’s career satisfaction you are in charge of. So start thinking about what gifts and interests you have and how you can find a job that puts them to work.

Not changing course quickly. 

Most people out there have taken a job they wished they hadn’t or made missteps in their career track. However, the key to career success is recognizing a wrong move and rectifying it as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you’ll stay miserably stuck in a career and job you don’t like.

What to do about it: Be honest with yourself. Admit your mistake and create a plan of action for moving forward. Why spend another moment in a job that makes you unhappy when there are plenty of opportunities out there that are better suited for you.

Need more help finding a job – or a new career – that you’ll love? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit.

Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.


Kicking Job Search Discouragement to the Curb

August 27th, 2013

As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows looking for a new job can be an exhausting process. There are resumes and cover letters to write, networking events to attend, interviews to prep for, follow up to do with hiring managers, and more. After just a few short weeks of all this, you may be feeling downright tired and discouraged.

But if you take the right approach, you can keep your energy up and stay motivated. To help you, here are some tips to consider:

Keep the Right Frame of Mind

Unfortunately, a job search doesn’t take a few days, or even a few weeks. A search can take many months, which is completely normal.

So when you first embark on your hunt for a new opportunity, don’t expect to find something right away. Otherwise, you’ll set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Keep in mind that in order to find a new opportunity that’s a right fit for you, it’s going to take some time.

Set Small Goals

If you don’t get a new job within a couple of weeks or a couple of months, you may start feeling like a failure. That’s why it’s important to set small goals and create a sense of accomplishment.

For instance, rather than setting the goal of getting a job in a two-month time period, set the goal that you will send out five resumes and attend one networking event every week. When you have small goals and achieve them, you’ll feel like you’re working toward something and stay more motivated as a result.

Apply for the Right Jobs

Too many job candidates apply for any job they think they can get – and then get upset when they’re not receiving calls for interviews. But when you send out dozens of generic resumes to every opening, you’re not going to get great results.

Instead, only apply for those jobs you think will be a good fit for you. Then spend more time researching the companies and the positions, so that when you create your resume and cover letter, it’s far more targeted and effective.

Stay Positive

One of the quickest ways to sap your motivation is to surround yourself with negative information and people. This is especially true if you’re unemployed. During your job search, make an effort to stay positive. Read positive affirmations, surround yourself with positive people, and skip reading the news everyday.

Need More Job Search Help?

If you do, let Adams & Garth know. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.

How to Find Your Next Great Boss

June 25th, 2013

When you’re looking for a new opportunity, you’re not simply in search of a great job. You also want a great boss. After all, as one of the leading Central Virginia employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows the kind of manager you have can make a big impact on your career advancement. To help you land the job you want – and a boss that can help you thrive, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Identify the kind of manager you want.

For instance, you might be an independent spirit who likes to take initiative and solve problems on your own. So a boss who has a more hands-on style won’t be a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you need definite direction before embarking on a new project, then that type of boss could be the right match. It all depends on your personality and finding a boss under which you can flourish. So look at your past bosses and think about which ones you meshed with the best.

Figure out what’s important to you.

Sure, everyone wants a nice boss. But a big pay raise or challenging assignments might be more important than a boss who lavishes praise on you. So figure out what is most important to you and what you’re willing to put up with to get it.

Ask the right questions.

Don’t be like so many candidates who sit in interviews and simply answer questions. Accepting a new job is a huge deal and you want to ensure that the job – and the manager that comes with it – are the right fit for you.

So during the interview, ask the manager plenty of questions about their management style, what it’s like to be a part of their team and how they handle crisis. Doing so will give you a clearer sense of how they manage and what you can expect if you get hired.

Need Help Finding Your Next Great Boss?

Give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the leading Central Virginia employment agencies, we’ll get to know your background, skills and personality….we’ll then get to work matching you with opportunities and managers at some of the area’s top employers. Contact us today to learn more.