It’s that time of year again! The summer is winding down and the start of a new school year is upon us. For many students, this means going back to class, internships, exams, and assignments. For me, it is the most exciting time of year! As the Head of University and Recruiting partnerships, I look forward to this time of year because it’s a new beginning. The start of another recruiting season opens the opportunity to meet aspiring students and introduce them to Vanguard.
Many people have asked me what makes someone stand out in the recruiting process. I wish I could say there was one secret thing that guarantees someone a chance to get noticed, but there really isn’t. It’s a culmination of things. Just like getting accepted to school, receiving that coveted job offer starts with having a plan. It involves visiting your career management office early to seek counsel from an advisor, and attending career fairs as an underclassmen to practice speaking with recruiters. Ambitious students attend company overviews to learn more about their industry. They join student clubs and assume leadership roles where they get to converse with employer sponsors. They write thank you notes after a mock interview. Successful students network with their peers and learn about diverse work experiences. They also take the time to craft a superstar LinkedIn profile. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. Getting noticed takes a lot of work. Although there’s no magic recipe, hard work often pays off with a job offer. Trust me!
Don’t wait, get out there now. That means freshmen, too! If Vanguard is an organization you want to notice you, check out our calendar of events. We will be all over the country this year on college campuses, in the community, and back at our many office locations hosting special events for students to visit Vanguard. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you.
Tis the season!
-Karen Fox, University & Recruiting Partnerships Manager