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Silence Isn’t Golden When it Comes to the Job Interview

August 26th, 2014

You landed an interview for a terrific opportunity. You nailed it and know you’re in the running. But now it’s a week later and you still haven’t heard anything from the employer.

Sound familiar?

If it does, you’re certainly not alone. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, Adams & Garth knows this scenario happens far too often to job candidates all over the country – regardless of profession, experience level or abilities.

The question for you is: Should you continue to wait, give up or reach out?

You should absolutely follow up after a job interview. But before you rush to the phone to call the hiring manager, read these tips for how to go about it:

Call or Email, It’s Your Choice

It doesn’t make a difference whether you call or email the hiring manager to follow up. Just make sure you do it in a timely manner. Don’t let weeks slip by before reaching out. Otherwise, it will be perceived that you’re not interested in the job.

Likewise, don’t be too eager either. If the hiring manager told you they’d have a decision by Friday afternoon, don’t call him or her at 8 am on Monday morning. Give them a few days leeway time so you don’t appear desperate.

Be Polite & Professional

If you were promised a decision by a certain date – and that date has come and gone – you’re probably annoyed. Rightfully so. But don’t let your emotions show in your email or phone call. Be polite and professional at all times. A hiring manager may or may not remember you if you’re gracious. If you’re rude, on the other hand, they’ll certainly remember you for the wrong reasons.

Word your message along the lines of:

“I know you mentioned you were going to be making a final decision by the end of the week. I just wanted to follow up with you to see where you are in the process.”

Follow Up Twice

Follow up once. If you don’t get a response, then follow up again a few days later. If you hear nothing back, don’t take it personally. You never know what’s going on inside the company.

Reach Out to Your Connections

If you still haven’t heard anything back, check your social networking connections to see if you know anyone who works at the company. If you do, ask them if they’ve heard anything about the status of hiring for the position.

Understand That Silence is an Answer

If a hiring manager hasn’t responded to multiple follow up attempts, then you need to read between the lines. Realize that “no answer” is your answer. Also, if you don’t hear back from the hiring manager, don’t attempt to track down his or her home phone or cell number, or personal email address. Instead, refocus your energy on other opportunities.

Need more help landing a new job that’s just right for you? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and we can connect you with opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.

Contact us today to learn more or search our Lynchburg jobs now.

How to Deal When You Get Turned Down for a Promotion

August 12th, 2014

You’ve been working extra hours. Giving your job all you’ve got. Vying for the attention of your boss. But alas, when it comes time for promotions, you get looked over. What can you do about it? Here are some tips to help you overcome a tough situation and come out ahead:

Take a step back.

Rather than getting emotional, take a step back and look at the situation logically. For instance, while it might be hard to swallow, was the person who secured the promotion more qualified than you? If they were, then determine what you need to do in order to obtain those same qualifications so you get the promotion the next time around.

Ask why you didn’t get the promotion.

As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, Adams & Garth knows that at first glance, it might not be clear to you why someone got promoted over you. If that’s the case, then ask your boss why they were promoted and what you need to do in the future to get a promotion, as well.

When you have this conversation with your boss, you may find there are specific areas that need improvement or new challenges you need to take on to prove yourself before you earn a new spot. If they’re able to give you clear cut reasons as to why you were passed over, then consider yourself lucky so you can work on turning their “no” into a “yes.”

Consider the situation.

Once you learn more about why you were passed over, assess the overall situation. Do you agree with your boss’s decision? Or do you feel underappreciated and ill-treated? Is there a way you can move forward in your current position, or do you feel ready to move onto a new opportunity?

Take action.

What steps do you need to take in order to achieve your goals? For instance, if you agree with your boss’s assessment, what specifically are you going to do to ensure you don’t get passed over for a promotion next time?

If, on the other hand, you feel their final decision was unfair, are you ready to start looking elsewhere for different opportunities? If you are, then what do you need to do – e.g. polish your resume, start networking, and looking for jobs online? Whatever your final decision, you need to take specific action steps in order to achieve your ultimate career goals.

Ready to learn about new job opportunities? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we can help you craft a strong resume, prepare for interviews, and connect you with employers offering rewarding opportunities. Contact us today to learn more or search our Lynchburg jobs now.

What to Do When You Make Mistakes at Your New Job

July 22nd, 2014

If you’re like most employees, you want your first few days and weeks on the job to go off without a hitch. The trouble is, you’re new to the position and the company – and therefore bound to make some mistakes along the way. To help ensure errors don’t get the best of you, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Learn From Mistakes 

As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, Adams & Garth can tell you that mistakes are expected. But it’s when you make the same mistake over and over again that it becomes a problem.

So learn from your errors. Determine what you didn’t do correctly, why you didn’t, and how you can ensure you don’t make the same mistake again. Going forward, make sure you incorporate what you learned from your mistakes into your work.

Don’t Dwell On Them 

If you made a mistake, learn from it and move on. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Continually dwelling on a mistake doesn’t improve the situation and it will only hurt your confidence in the long run.

Take Notes to Avoid Mistakes

To help avoid making mistakes, always keep your laptop or a notebook handy for you to take notes on. Your boss or a co-worker may offer details about office procedures or project deadlines and you don’t want to have to ask for the information again.

Check Your Work…Then Check It Again

If you’re just starting out in a position, then chances are you’re not super familiar with the work. Mistakes are more likely to happen, so be sure to double check your work before submitting it to your boss. It’s better to take a little extra time to hand in an assignment – and have it be correct – then to hurry through the work in order to submit it early.

Ask for Feedback

If you’re worried about the mistakes you’re making on the job, ask your boss for feedback on how to improve. While you don’t want to pester them every day for input on your performance, asking how you’re doing in the first few weeks of a job is completely reasonable.

A new position can be daunting enough without having to worry about mistakes. But everyone makes them – because no one is perfect. The trick is to put forth an effort to avoid mistakes and to learn from them quickly if you do make one.

Looking for a new job in which to showcase your skills and abilities?  Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and we can connect you with opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.

Contact us today to learn more or search our Lynchburg jobs now.

6 Steps to the Perfect Internship

April 22nd, 2014

Whether you’re still in college, or just out, having internship experience on your resume is critical to eventually getting the Lynchburg job you want. But just like any search, finding the right experience can be a challenge, especially in today’s competitive employment landscape.

What can you do to stand out among the sea of other students and secure an internship that can truly impact your career path? Here are 6 steps to take:

Step #1: Think About the Kind of Internship You Want

Before you start your research, make sure you have an understanding of the kinds of experiences you want. In other words, what type of work do you want to do, what types of companies do you want to work for, and how far are you willing to travel for an internship? When you have a sense of the direction you’d like to head in, your search will be easier to conduct. You can also use sites like for help with this part of the process.

Step #2: Start Your Search 

Visit your college’s Career Services or Internship Programs office and check out their online resources. You can also simply go online and search out internships that meet the criteria you identified. You can filter your search in any number of ways, such as by geographic location and whether the internship is paid or unpaid. Keep in mind, though, competition is fierce for paid internships.

Step #3: Tap Into Your Network

Besides searching online for internships, speak with professors, employers, family and other connections and ask for any leads to internships. If you do find an internship opportunity you’re interested in at a certain company, find out if you know anyone that works there so they can refer or recommend you. You’ll increase your odds of landing an interview if an employee can offer a referral on your behalf.

Step #4: Customize Your Cover Letter and Resume

You should tailor your cover letter and resume for every internship you’re applying to. That means highlighting details from your background that are most relevant to each position. While you should always be professional, make your cover letter stand out by letting your personality shine through. Talk about a unique volunteer or leadership experience, for instance. Your goal is to let the employer know you’re dependable, hard working, and willing to go the extra mile – but also a real person.

Step #5: Prepare for the Interview 

Just as if you were interviewing for a full-time Lynchburg job, make sure you prepare ahead of time for each interview. Research the company, their size, industry, clients, reputation, and mission. Read through their website, social media profile pages and any news articles you can find about them. Develop a list of questions about the position and what would be expected of you. And finally, be ready to talk about a few accomplishments you’d like to highlight that showcase why you’re the right candidate.

Step #6: Follow Up With a Note or Email 

Send the interviewer a follow up note or email that same day. Thank them for their time and reiterate why they should choose you.

Finding the right internship takes some time and effort. But by following the steps above, you can set yourself apart from the pack and secure an opportunity that’s right for your future career goals.

Just graduated and searching for your first job? Let Adams & Garth know. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and we can connect you with entry level opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.

Contact us today to learn more or search our Lynchburg jobs now.

4 Tips for Leveraging the Power of Your Alumni Network

January 22nd, 2013

Searching for a new job? Then you probably know that networking is an important part of the process.

But are your fellow alumni included in your networking efforts?

As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, Adams & Garth knows that if they’re not, then you could be missing out on a big opportunity. Leveraging the power of your alumni network is a great way to build mutually beneficial relationships, expand your network, and hopefully shorten your job search.

That said, there are some steps you can take to maximize your efforts. Here’s a look at 4.

Tip #1: Target the right alumni.

Many times, job candidates look for HR personnel in their search for fellow alumni. But in most instances, HR is simply the gatekeeper, not necessarily the decision maker when it comes to hiring for a particular company. So, for example, if you’re a graphic designer, then look for fellow alumni who are creative directors at organizations, rather than HR personnel. Those are the people in the positions that will be making decisions about hiring.

Tip #2: Get the inside scoop. 

A fellow alumni may not be able to get you a job or even an interview, but what they can give you is still valuable – that is, information. So if you have an upcoming interview at a company where a connection works, reach out to him or her and ask for the inside scoop on what it’s like to work for the company and what kinds of skills, attitudes, and backgrounds the company values most.

Tip #3: Ask for a recommendation. 

Weeding through hundreds of resumes and trying to determine which candidates would fit best is a difficult job for HR. What makes it easier is when your fellow alum Mike from accounting walks into HR, hands over a copy of your resume to the HR director, and personally recommends you as someone they trust.

Tip #4: Take advantage of a mentoring network. 

Many alumni associations have mentoring networks that connect alumni with alumni mentors to discuss and gain insight into particular issues. Whether you want to be a mentor or mentee, this arrangement typically creates a highly productive and mutually beneficial relationship. It can also open the other person’s professional network up to, expanding yours exponentially as a result.

Trying to Network Your Way Into a New Job? 

Adams & Garth can help. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and we can connect with opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.

Contact us today to learn more or search our Lynchburg jobs now.

Help! My Boss is Passive Aggressive & Killing My Motivation

July 17th, 2012

“How did he get to be a manager?!”

This is the thought that passes through your mind at least once a day after dealing with your passive aggressive boss. He doesn’t seem to work well with anyone; has a knack for putting employees down in subtle, yet nasty ways; and certainly doesn’t command respect. The problem, of course, is that he’s still your boss…and can have a big impact on your job and your career.

As one of the top Lynchburg employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows that having a passive aggressive boss can kill your motivation and your effectiveness at work. So what are the signs that your boss is, in fact, passive aggressive – and how can you deal?

The Signs

Some examples of passive aggressive behavior include:

  • Your boss regularly calls you into hour-long meetings two minutes before you’re supposed to leave.
  • You send emails to your boss that always get ignored; then your boss yells at you for being uncommunicative.
  • Your boss is always expressing envy or resentment towards others he perceives as more fortunate.
  • The team has distinct divisions – the haves (i.e. the favorites) and the have-nots.
  • Your boss complains about the performance of certain employees…but never to the employee in question, always to others.
  • Your boss restricts access to the information or resources you need to do your job.
  • You have no idea where you stand with your boss and often wonder if you’ll have a job the next day.

How to Deal

  • Before pointing the finger of blame, make sure you’re not doing something to trigger certain behaviors by your boss. To do so, ask a co-worker you trust about the boss, your own behavior, and what his or her thoughts are.
  • Regardless of how unprofessional your boss gets, stay above the fray. Always be respectful and if you can’t, then remove yourself from the situation until you’ve cooled down. That said, don’t let your boss walk all over you. You need to defend yourself if things go too far.
  • Don’t take the behavior personally. Passive aggressiveness is likely a part of your boss’s nature; not something you’re causing. So really, you should have pity on your boss, rather than taking it personally.
  • Force your boss to set expectations. If you feel like you never know where you stand or what expectations you need to meet, have a meeting with your boss to get clarifications. Have specific questions ready to go and then send a follow-up email to reiterate what was discussed (so it’s in writing).
  • Get another job. If you’ve done all you can and still can’t stay productive and motivated due to your passive aggressive boss, then it may be time to starting searching for new jobs in Lynchburg.

Need Help Finding a New Job?

Adams & Garth is a great place to start! As one of the top Lynchburg employment agencies, we partner with leading employers throughout Lynchburg – and Central Virginia – to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Contact Adams & Garth today if you’d like expert help in your job search.

What Hiring Managers Want You to Know About the Interview Process

December 6th, 2011

You’d be surprised at some of the things people say during the interview process.

From talking about personal problems to detailing the benefits they expect to receive in the new position, these unfortunate job candidates immediately raise red flags for hiring managers and get crossed off the list for consideration.

But besides these obvious flaws in judgment, there are more subtle mistakes many job candidates make that can impact their ability to secure the job offer. In fact, as one of the top employment agencies in Lynchburg, we see them all the time.

To help ensure you’re not making them, here is a look at what hiring managers want you to know about the interview process:

Job interviews aren’t easy to get these days. So you should treat each one seriously by properly preparing. This includes researching the company and the position, developing a list of questions to ask, and also being able to demonstrate the value you can bring to the table.

Don’t interrogate the hiring manager. While you should ask intelligent questions, don’t grill the hiring manager about every detail – from health insurance to opportunities for advancement – at your first interview. These kinds of questions are better left for later in the process, when you’re closer to the actual job offer.

Every point of contact is part of the interview process – from small talk with the receptionist to the quick phone call from an HR assistant to schedule an interview. You have to be on your game every time you speak with a company representative, regardless of whether they’re the actual decision maker or not.

Hiring managers don’t just want to see the right technical skill set in a candidate. Attitude and interpersonal skills are just as important, or even more important. Skills can be taught, but attitude is innate. And if a new hire can perform the job, but doesn’t get along with anyone, major problems will ensue. So many times, hiring managers will ask questions that help them learn more about your attitude, motivation, enthusiasm, and ability to work with others.

Be positive about your background. Even if the hiring manager asks you about your biggest weakness or failure, find a way to spin that into a positive, showing that you learned from your mistakes. Also, never speak badly about a past boss, employer, or co-worker.

If you’d like more help with your job search process, give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the top employment agencies in Lynchburg, we partner with leading employers throughout Lynchburg and Central Virginia to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Contact us today to learn more!

Career Tips: How to Improve Job Satisfaction

July 27th, 2010

When you first started your Lynchburg job, you were inspired and motivated. But now, a few years later, you’re just not as happy as you once were. Workdays seemed to drag on, while weekends fly by. Sound familiar? If the answer is “yes,” there are some steps you can take to improve job satisfaction:

Step #1: Figure out what the problem is.

Why aren’t you happy at work? What’s eating you? Are you having a problem with a co-worker or your boss? Does the work you’re doing not interest you anymore? Do you think you should be paid more? Once you figure out specifically what’s bothering you, you’ll have a better idea about how to solve the problem.

Step #2: Put yourself out there.

If there’s an easy fix for what’s bothering you, then you need to put yourself out there and ask for it. Whether it’s a raise, or more challenging projects, your boss isn’t a mind reader and won’t know what you want unless you ask for it.

Step #3: Be positive.

While being positive won’t change your situation overnight, it can certainly go a long way in developing a more optimistic perspective. Being negative, on the other hand, will simply drain your energy, stress you out, and make you feel less productive. So think of the glass as half full.

Step #4: Re-balance your life.

It’s no wonder you’re miserable if all you’re doing is working. When you don’t have any down time, your stress level increases and as a result, you’re unhappier. So, take a look at your life overall and determine which areas are being neglected. Family? Exercise? Hobbies? Next create a list of priorities that you want to make time for – and take action to create a lifestyle that’s more balanced.

Tip #5: Re-assess your career goals.

If it’s been a while since you’ve last thought about your career goals, now may be the time. Things have likely changed in your life, and your goals may have changed with them. To assess your career goals, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you happy in your field?
  • If not, what would you rather be doing?
  • What do you want to achieve in your career in the next 5, 10, 20 years?

Your answers should give you a good idea of what you want out of your career. And if you want to make a big change, there’s no time like the present.

Hopefully, the steps above will help you find more satisfaction at work. However, if your goals or priorities have changed and your job is no longer a fit for you, we can help. As a leading Lynchburg employment agency, we can give you access to a variety of job opportunities in Lynchburg and throughout Central Virginia. To learn more, visit our website or contact us today.