Today, one of our talented candidates Andrew got placed after less than two weeks of Working with Workbridge Boston
A Connecticut native, Andrew was called out to Boston for a job opportunity in January. That was when he “kinda sorta put the college stuff on hold” to pursue a career in Web Development.
In June, he decided to pursue independent projects while seeking other employment, and soon enough, our Brian Jenkins contacted him to lend a hand. “I’m not even sure how he found me,” says Andrew. Ah, the mysteries and magic of Workbridge.
Andrew explained that “Before all this, [he] had only taken one computer science class in high school.” While we’re sure that one class breeds geniuses left and right, most of his expertise lies in HTML/CSS, which was almost entirely self-taught.
Now that Andrew’s been placed with a company that offers flexible hours, he’ll be able to continue work on his own projects, “and that’s really where all my knowledge comes from,” he says. And the job? “It seems really great. I had lunch with the CEO yesterday. They’re great people.” Good work, team!
“It was pretty fast. That first day I came in I met with like three different people, which was pretty cool—and you! So it was great. Today I came in and it could’ve taken a lot longer than it did but Brian was pretty helpful.” - Andrew
We can all admit to having a few skeletons in our closet here and there, come on who doesn't? We're only human and we make mistakes. However, we're addressing those skeletons that could show up on a background or reference check performed by a potential employer.
Thanks to our CEO Beth Gilfeather, we now have a few tips on how to handle the skeletons in our closet when the opportunity arises to confront a situation and tell the truth during a job interview.
- Being let go from a job
- Bad Credit
- Incomplete degree listed on your resume
- Resume discrepancies
- Personal interests of sensitive nature
Things such as these may not be noticeable on your resume but may surface via background or reference checks performed by a potential employer when completing further investigations on your background before offering you a position.
Most employers will perform a background check before offering a fulltime or contract position to you. Knowing this, would it be wise to take the chance in hoping that one of your "skeletons" don't fall out of the closet? Probably not.
Beth, suggests that you "first, find out what type of checks the company performs before voluntarily bringing anything up from your past. And definitely wait until after the first round to divulge any skeletons that you feel are destined to be revealed."
Before going in to an interview, Google yourself and find out what is being said in the cyber world about you. Don't bring anything up unless you feel as though there is a factual issue that can arise from the information found. She also states "...if you have anything that you've made public like a blog, online profile or photo sharing account that hosts information of a personal nature, take it down if it is not something that you want employers to see." An employer may not complete a background check but it is very likely that they may Google your name to see what comes up. Protect yourself from losing a potential job offer from information that could be found online and misunderstood or may be a misrepresents the person and employee that you are.
If you are placed in a situation where you are addressed about a particular situation or "skeleton", Beth has a few good rules to follow...
1. Beat them to the punch. Address any situations that you feel are inevitably going to surface. No manager wants to be caught off guard. Not telling them before hand makes you not only appear to be guilty, but it also makes you a liar.
2. Be brief and accountable. "There is only one side to the story, the TRUTH." State what happened and take responsibility for any mad decisions made on your part.
3. Express Your Regret. Ensure that they know this choice will not happen again. That you learned from your experience and know now how to handle things differently.
If you handle things well, you can have hope that the employer will look past this incident as a result from your display of maturity, honesty and perspective on the situation.
Workbridge San Jose welcomes its newest recruiter, Andrew Koike!!
Andrew is a graduate of Santa Clara University where he majored in Sociology and Religious Studies. He loves living in the Bay Area after being up here for the past four years and is excited to be working in the Mobile and QA team.
If you want to chat with Andrew about the Mobile Tech Market here in Silicon Valley, he can be reached at: (408) 295-9400 or [email protected]
Last Friday, lead recruiter Felipe Estrela celebrated his two-year anniversary here at Workbridge Boston, and with that, his 30th placement-- and he's no where near finished.
This week, he, his pink shirt, and his smile were well-prepared for the Recruiter Spotlight.
Felipe was born and raised in Somerville, MA before attending Connecticut College. Between then and now, he lived in Taiwan for a year and South Korea for two, and taught English in both countries. He also got married, came to Workbridge, and is now a father of twins. It's been a crazy time for Felipe, to say the least. "I'm excited! I got this job [two years ago] and have been excited and enthusiastic about it ever since," he exclaims.
Since coming to Workbridge, Felipe feels that he's become "a lot more responsible, a lot more organized, and a lot more confident."
On the .NET team, Felipe works with "definitely really cool companies," clients ranging from Fortune 500's all the way to small start-ups. And while he loves helping clients bulild their companies further, Felipe feels that the most rewarding thing about his job is finding candidates new opportunities. His goal for this year is to accomplish thirty more placements in this year alone. "I set those goals for myself, absolutely. I'm looking onward and upward," he concludes.
"This is a big deal because these are their lives; these are their jobs. I placed a guy who was moving here from Iran, and he was able to get his whole family here, buy a car, get an apartment... he was able to do all that because I was able to find him his new job, that he loves. I love helping people." - Felipe Estrela
We're wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Blake Williams here at Workbridge NYC! Blake is the Practice Manager for the infrastructure team and absolutely HATES celebrating his birthday (No one knew his birthday until now)!
However, his wonderful and clever boss, Drew Sussberg thought this chocolate cake with pink flowers and icing would brighten his mood regarding this day!
Happy Birthday Blake!
Take a moment to wish Blake a Happy Birthday by tweeting to him at @Bwillia2010
Much like The Network Infrastracture team did in LA, the Open Source Team here in Orange County got to spend some time on Tuesday playing in the sun.
This was a reward for being one of the top performing teams in the nation. (Translate: their at the top of their game getting Java/PHP/Linux developers their dream jobs.)
The team ducked out of the office to enjoy the back bay of Newport Beach on a boat! What a great way to celebrate!
Workbridge NYC will be co-sponsoring Tech in Motion NYC's 4th meetup, Rooftop BBQ: Summer Tech Mixer on July 26th, 2012 at 6:30PM hosted at one of New York City's HOTTEST rooftop lounges, The Delancey!
Join us in celebrating summer with delicious BBQ, great drinks and lots of networking at our first Tech in Motion NYC Tech Mixer! This event is open to tech professionals and tech lovers of all kind to mix and mingle under the sun after a long day at work.
Interested in attending our Rooftop BBQ: Summer Tech Mixer? RSVP on our Tech in Motion NYC Meetup page!
Contact Shani, Marketing Specialist, with Questions
Call: (212) 271-5100
Email: [email protected]
Last night, Tech in Motion NYC's startup event was quite the success! Thanks to everyone for attending, we hope that you truly enjoyed yourselves!
We look forward to seeing you all at our future events and hearing more suggestions from you all on future events.
Feel free to visit our Tech in Motion NYC Meetup page to RSVP to our upcoming rooftop BBQ at The Delancey!