Thursday is Thanksgiving! We're almost there!
Start prepping your stomach for some serious stuffing, your brain for some serious tryptophan, and your couch for some serious napping.
While the cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes take top priority on people's To-Do lists come Turkey Day, a new trend has accelerated in the last decade or so: volunteering. The intention and sentiment is great, but soup kitchens and shelters often find themselves overrun with extra hands around Thanksgiving. Hands that need training and attention and usually end up doing a lot of busy work.
As one steady volunteer in L.A. describes it: "If you’re running a bank and you have a branch that used to have 20 tellers and online banking only requires ten in the branch, you wouldn’t decide to send them 100 tellers on Christmas to be more efficient." The need for volunteers remains unchanged, but the general public's holiday guilt brings an influx of extra volunteers.
What to do?
1. Volunteer another day.
The country's social issues like homelessness, illnesses, and poverty are constant issues that need attention at times that don't happen to coincide with the rush of volunteers. They're not going anywhere. Politicians might be tied to a quick photo-op during the holidays, but that doesn't mean you are - take an evening on a random night during the week and spread the wealth of available volunteers to times when shelters and organizations are more hard-pressed for helping hands. Once you're trained, you're more helpful the next time you go back in.
2. Participate in #GivingTuesday.
Save your shopping until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. With a weekend as customer-clogged as Black Friday, it makes sense that #GivingTuesday, a day focused on charitable giving and supporting companies that do good, came about. You don't have to volunteer or do anything in person, but supporting a movement that's trying to gain traction, all while donating to charitable companies, is the best way to go.
3. Keep it good in your neighborhood.
Why not organize a neighborhood potluck? A lot of families don't have the means to provide a big feast for their family on Thanksgiving, but would jump at the chance to hang out with neighbors and bring a dish or two. You'll have a direct impact on your community and we know you've been itching for the chance to try out your neighbor's Aunt Sally's green bean casserole. Might even get a recipe or two out of the deal!
4. Raise money.
While donating food to a shelter is, of course, helpful and supportive of the cause, money goes a lot further. Shelters buy in bulk and know how to stretch a dollar better than most. Most food pantries pay 10 cents for a pound of food that costs the average consumer 2 dollars. Take that dollar you'd spend on a can, and give the money straight to a local organization.
Long story short, it's great to have a flood of volunteers on Thanksgiving, but going against the crowds and making the same impact is just as easy and potentially more helpful.
We're a tight-knit group of about twenty people. Come by our office any day of the week and you'll likely hear some chatter between meetings and phone calls - talk about how the Sox did the night before, or what plans are for that evening. We're a company, yes, but we're just people. We have good days and bad days, and days where we're high-fiving each other because we found someone a job, and days where we're stressed when leaving work because we haven't found anything for a candidate we were really hoping to help. We're human. And most of us have been in your position before.
We've found a lot of people haven't worked with recruiters because while they're interested, they don't know how the whole process works. We've been able to clarify what to expect whenever we're asked, but for those of you who haven't met us in person yet, here are 4 Common Myths about Working With Recruiters.
Myth #1: We get a portion of your paycheck.
A common misconception – you aren't giving away any portion of your future salary to the team who found you the job. We aren't paid through candidate's future salaries, but from the companies who have positions to fill in the first place. They're paying to find you! It shouldn't be the other way around.
Myth #2: The process should make you feel a little uncomfortable.
The recruiter-candidate relationship is one built on trust. You should know we're in your corner, doing our best, and we know you're doing the same. It's pretty simple – if you're getting a negative vibe from a recruiter, don't stay. A person with the personality of a used car salesman should not be helping you move forward with your career, and the process should leave you feeling supported and confident. Leave the icky feelings at the door - this is a place of comfort. You can trust we're giving it our all.
Myth #3: You'll sign something from the start.
Your first meeting with a recruiter shouldn't begin with signing a contract. Just because you walk in the door doesn't mean you're obligated to work with us. You're not required to find a job with us, and you shouldn't be required to toot any horns for the staffing company either. Don't sign anything until you get a job.
Myth #4: Once you get a job, we're done.
We have lots of candidates in great placements who eventually outgrew their positions or were looking for a new challenge, and guess who they came to when it was time for a new job? Us. Maybe the best part about working with a recruiter is that once we know you, it's a quick phone call (rather than a stealthy lunchtime job search) and you're back on the job market.
Any other questions you'd like to clear up about working with us? Ask in the comments.