Announcing the winner of our 2014 Future Engineers Scholarship

Future Engineer Scholarship Winner_Chandler BurkeAs part of our dedication to closing the STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) skills gap by promoting and supporting STEM education, we at Adecco Engineering & Technology award our Future Engineers Scholarship to a promising engineering student each year. We are happy to announce that our 2014 winner has been selected.

Chandler Burke is a rising sophomore and engineering student at Rice University where he also plays trumpet in the MOB, the Rice Owl Marching Band. He plans to specialize in electrical or biomedical engineering and currently holds an impressive 4.0 GPA. An Eagle Scout, Burke is also a member of the Rice Owls Photonics Society, Engineering Leadership and Robotics Team.

This summer, he plans to participate in a Quantitative and Physical Sciences Research Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. One of his many achievements includes earning the 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Award.

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Burke plans to pursue his Masters and Ph.D. with an emphasis in Neuro-Engineering, the emerging discipline that uses electrical engineering techniques to study the human brain. His ultimate career goal is to become a research scientist. As of now, he plans to use engineering techniques to study the human brain to both learn more and, potentially, help alleviate those with neuro-degenerative diseases.
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The one thing you must do at every job interview

Top 5 things your human resources department wants you to knowThere are countless rules and tips about what to do and what not to do during a job interview. If there’s one critical thing that every job seeker must do to stand out and to be taken seriously, it is simply ask questions. When you don’t come prepared with thoughtful questions, it says a few things, including: 1) you are underprepared, 2) you aren’t excited about the job or the company, and 3) you’re not visualizing your day-to-day role within the company.

Here’s how to craft questions that will impress your future employer.

Long-term goals

Learn more about the long-term goals for the role you’re interviewing for. Questions like, “what are 2-3 major accomplishments that you’d like to see come out of this role in the next six months?” show that you are aiming to make an impact and hold yourself to a high standard.

Company Culture

Ask your interviewer to describe the company culture and values. By expressing an interest in the heart of the company and going deeper than day-to-day tasks and items that only impact your role, show that you can think big picture – and prove that you care about the company itself. Asking an interviewer about company values demonstrates an important level of maturity and consideration. Moreover, if you are truly seeking a perfect job match, you can learn a lot by asking this question.
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The benefits of a liberal arts degree

463246905reTOne misconception about liberal arts degrees is that they don’t translate into jobs after college. On one hand, it’s true that a liberal arts degree means you won’t know the exact profession you’ll look for or accept after graduation. On the other hand, having a more broad skill set is a huge advantage in many cases. In today’s job market especially, a liberal arts background can translate into many opportunities that one may have overlooked otherwise.

Without a specialized occupational degree like accounting or engineering, graduates are able to look into top hiring industries rather than wait for a position in the industry that pertains to their degree. Job seekers who are willing to be open-minded and have patience while navigating the job market without a set plan will likely be rewarded with a variety of opportunities and the ability to craft a long-term career in any number of fields.

The annual Emory Career Center survey of liberal arts majors found that “85 percent [of the graduating class] had definite plans in place before graduation.” The same study reports that employers appreciate liberal arts backgrounds for a variety of reasons; “They can think critically…They have a well-rounded background…They’re analytical, well-spoken,” says Justin Leemis of Triage Consulting group.

Employability of a liberal arts grad

A liberal arts degree may not guarantee every liberal arts job seeker employment right out of college, but it will continue to bolster your career trajectory in the long-run, often making you a more desirable candidate for promotions or other opportunities, thanks to certain traits that are cultivated within a liberal arts education, including strong communication skills, reading comprehension, cultural understanding, and analytical abilities. These traits are undeniably valuable for any career path. The ability to process and synthesize complex information – one of the key skill sets of most liberal arts majors – is something that can be difficult to come by in today’s market.
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Workforce Watch List: The millennial generation

In a recent survey conducted by Adecco, we polled workers from the millennial generation to gain insight into their employment goals, workplace viewpoints and career motivations. Millennials are those born between 1980 and 2000 and are quite the hot topic of conversation lately.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this group of workers is currently seeing an uncomfortable 12% unemployment rate – almost 6% above the national unemployment rate of 6.3% (as of April 2014).

We learned that today’s American youth think they have a harder time than generations before them when it comes to finding a job. Seven in 10 (69%) Americans ages 18-24 believe that it is harder to find a job now compared to previous generations. Interestingly, women in this age group (18-24) are more likely to feel that it is harder to find a job now than it was for previous generations (76% women compared to 63% men).
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Utilizing social media for recruiting

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To coincide with Adecco’s global social media recruitment and job seeker surveys, we are publishing a two-part blog series. In part one, we discussed some best practices of using social media as part of a job search. Now in part two, we present some basics of utilizing social media for recruiting needs.

If you are interested in helping Adecco better understand the impact that social media platforms have on job seeking, recruiting and hiring, please take our recruiter and job seeker surveys today!

Over the course of a few short years, the methods by which recruiters find and hire talent has changed drastically. Around the globe, recruiters and hiring managers are regularly using social media to help find the best candidates to fill new and exciting positions. This is what is commonly referred to as social recruiting.

As a matter of fact, according to SproutSocial, 92% of U.S. companies now use social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for researching candidates as well as recruiting. This is not surprising since those social media websites attract a growing audience of skilled professionals.

If you are not using social networks for recruiting, you are most certainly missing out.
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Using social media for job searching

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To coincide with Adecco’s global social media recruitment and job seeker surveys, we are publishing a two-part blog series. In part one, we discuss some best practices of using social media as part of a job search. In part two, we present some basics of utilizing social media for recruiting needs.

If you are interested in helping Adecco better understand the impact that social media platforms have on job seeking, recruiting and hiring, please take our recruiter and job seeker surveys today!

Social Media is now an integral part of our daily lives. Not only does it allow you to sort out your social life, it can also be an incredibly useful tool when you are job hunting.

Recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly browsing social websites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ to learn more about candidates or to recruit talent. Because of this, more and more job seekers are using social media as a means to find a job.

Some social networking websites may yield better results than others, especially if the website’s audience and demographics are in-line with your interests and field of work.

Keep in mind that the social media landscape is not limited only to the four big players — there are niche social media websites that may get you great results and connections.
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