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Tips for recent grads - Mind your emails
Episode 713th May 2021 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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In this episode of Careers & Coffee, Liz and Dan discuss communicating with employers, and give some advice on cleaning up social profiles when looking for a job fresh out of high school or college.

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All right. Good morning, Liz. We're back. Cruising coffee

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episode number seven.

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Good morning, Dan. How's it going?

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Good. I'm on my third cup of coffee, I think this morning. So

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you're rearing to go then

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Yeah. Yeah. Feeling good right now feeling good for sure. Well,

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let's dive right in. Today, with, we're in middle of May

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right now, high school graduations coming up college

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graduations. We want to touch on what high school and college

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graduates can expect as they enter the workforce, and

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especially in regards to communication styles. So, Liz,

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what advice would you have for recent high school and college

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graduates?

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Yeah, so I'll probably focus more on college grads, as you're

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entering the workforce, you know, hopefully you've interned

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or you kind of got a sense of what kind of role that you're

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looking for. But if you're still in the job search as a recent

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grad, which quite possibly you could be with COVID. And

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everything, I think one thing to keep in mind is communication.

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So through the hiring process, it's painful for everyone,

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right, it's painful for job seekers, because they apply and

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send their resume off into the ether, hoping someone will

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respond back and may or may not find some communication back

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from the place that they've applied to for some time. And

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then it's hard for hiring managers to who may reach out to

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a candidate trying to get a screening call set up and not

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get, we're not getting anywhere with. So if you've put your

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email address as your primary kind of contact info on your

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resume, make sure you're monitoring, I mean, it's just

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simple, like, make sure you're monitoring your email. And I

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just think about sometimes, you know, when we're communicating

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now, we use a lot of different methods, whether it's like

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Facebook Messenger chat, you know, Instagram or whatever it

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is that we're we're communicating with people. But

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hiring managers may have not caught up to that style, that,

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that kind of like in style way of communicating. And so you

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just have to respect the fact that they're sitting at a

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computer all day, and they're trying to blast off as many

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emails as they can to kind of keep the communication flow

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going. So I would say email is probably going to be your

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primary method of getting contact from recruiter. And so

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make sure you know, if you don't see it, coming into your inbox,

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checking your spam filter, making sure you're adding but

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company, like like if it was the Gazette, you would add at the

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Gazette to your authorized list, you know, in your contacts, and

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your email provider, just just simple stuff like that, just to

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make sure you don't miss those opportunities as they're coming

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your way.

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Sure. And so, what would you say if email is going to be probably

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the primary way of communicating? What would you

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say would be a good response time from a candidate to an

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employer?

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Like for a candidate to reach out to an employer?

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Well, if they if they do get emails from a potential

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employer, for, say, an interview? How long do you

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think, you know, how often should a candidate be checking

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their email,

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I would say you need to check it every day. And maybe multiple

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times a day, if you're if you're truly on the job search, because

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the sooner you apply your reply to that email from that

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recruiter, the more encouraged they're going to feel that

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you're still interested in that role. And the more likely that

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they're going to add you to that shortlist for a manager to

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review. It just there's just a flow that that that applications

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need to go through. And I'm talking more at like, you know,

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kind of a long term career type job. If it's a, if it's like, if

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we're looking for seasonal work, and it's a summer job, maybe the

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phone is a better fit, right, like so maybe making sure your

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phone numbers clear. So if you're going to be working for a

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retail place a small business, that business owner may want to

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reach out to you by phone to do a phone screen, so maybe make

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sure your phone numbers prominent, just kind of depends

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on what kind of work that you're looking for. But if it's really

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kind of that career path type job, I would suggest, you know,

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make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and your email and all that

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stuff. I mean, these are all things that your college

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recruiter, your college career center is gonna have to coach

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you through. Um, but just just trying to keep that top of mind.

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Yeah, good stuff. Let's switch gears just a bit here. You

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mentioned LinkedIn. And I'd like to get your input on what are

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some things that maybe a recruiter might be looking for

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in a LinkedIn profile or other you know, social media, either

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to advance a candidate forward or maybe move a candidate back.

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Again, this is gonna be more for that career type pass. So it may

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not be like a manufacturing role or something like that it might

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be more of a kind of an office type role. Simple things you

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could do. And we have resources on quarter careers for this just

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basically how to get your LinkedIn profile set up for

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success. And there's a lot of little tweaks that you can do.

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And it's changing all the time, you know, like, what is best

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practice for LinkedIn. And so YouTube is really good fit to

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say, hey, like, if you just googled in YouTube, how to set

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up my LinkedIn profile as a recent college grad, I'm sure

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there's gonna be like 10 videos that show you what you should be

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doing. But simple things like making sure you're, you've

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claimed your URL, so that your URL in LinkedIn isn't just a

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string of numbers, but actually has your name, have some kind of

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story about your career path and your profile. And that's, that's

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kind of easy to see some examples of that we have a will

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link in the show notes to our blog post about this, but you

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can see some examples of what a storyline is. And it could just

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be like telling you the story about what your career path is

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what you're trying to reach, that can help recruiters

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understand what you're looking for and matching you to best

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fit.

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Add one thing I would add to that is maybe a professional

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picture. So especially on LinkedIn, which is you know,

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viewed as more of a professional social network where you might

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be communicating with, you know, potential employers or

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colleagues having a professional picture. Rather than, you know,

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maybe the one of you and your friends out on a Friday night or

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something might be a good idea, especially for LinkedIn.

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Yeah, and if you can't afford to have a professional picture

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taken, you can just create a simple backdrop for yourself.

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Put your put your phone on a stand of some kind and set a

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timer and just take, you know, do candid camera for until you

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get a good shot and put that up there. But yeah, that's

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definitely something that shouldn't be part of it.

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Yeah, I've actually used a tool in the past, it's called removed

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at bg. So you could almost just take a selfie, and it removes

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the background behind you. Which might also be, you know, kind of

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a quick way to get a decent photo of yourself taken and

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yeah, even have a background. Right. So just a white

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background.

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Yeah, that's a great tip. And I think even Instagram has a new

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filter like that, too. So so there's a lot of resources out

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there for you to get everything looking up to snuff, it's never

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been easier to, to manage our our online profiles. Okay, so,

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Dan, what would you recommend for someone to do with their

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social profiles before they apply for a job?

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turning the tables asking me question. I think just cleaning

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it up and looking back, especially as you you know,

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maybe you are a recent college grad, and you don't, you might

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not remember what you posted, you know, senior year of high

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school, or something. And maybe it's not even anything too bad,

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or something that you don't view as bad, but somebody that

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potentially may be hiring you for a job might look at it. And

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so that's kind of weird. So I would just look back and make

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sure things are PC. Especially on LinkedIn, you know,

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obviously, you know, Instagram, Facebook, there's, there's

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different things you can do with your settings to make it you

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know, if you do have some, you know, anything in there that you

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may not want other people to see, you know, you can change

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your profile settings to make sure you know, maybe only your

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friends can can see your profile, but I would definitely

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just go through everything, make sure you look professional, and

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don't have anything. Maybe too outlandish on there.

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So, yeah, those are good tips. I mean, you know, setting your

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privacy settings courses important on any social profile.

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But knowing knowing that you you probably I mean, at this rate,

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you've probably lived most of your life online. So that's not

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the case for me, thank God. But that that is something to think

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about. So that's a good tip, Dan to like, really kind of look at

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your history, and maybe there's some things you just you don't

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even need those posts anymore.

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Yeah, and I guess I would also add to that, I think it's okay

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to show a part of your life right. I mean, you know, like I,

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I play golf, and I paddleboard and do things like if you go

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through my Instagram, you're probably gonna see photos of

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that. And I think you know, stuff like stuff showing what

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you're interested in. I think that that's good for an employer

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to see to kind of see like, Okay, this is somebody that you

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know, is interested in these things or Maybe he has attended

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these conferences or, you know, has has these passions so when I

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when I, when we say PC, we don't, I think we're just

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meaning more of like, anything that might look a little strange

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to a potential hiring employer.

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Okay. All right. So what are we talking about today, we're gonna

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have some resources in the show notes about LinkedIn. So there's

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various steps that you can take to upgrade your profile on

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LinkedIn to make it really stand out your recruiter. And then the

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other thing is just making sure your communication that you're

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open to the communication methods you've provided in your

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resume, and making sure that you're monitoring those. And you

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can probably do something like If This Then That to kind of

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highlight those things and notification, notification, no,

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no. Notify yourself of when an important email comes in. If

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you're not used to, you know, continuously checking your

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personal email. If that's not part of your daily practice,

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maybe you can set yourself up for success with some some tools

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and digital tools.

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Yeah, good advice. Okay,

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get it. Get it out there guys. There's plenty of jobs and if

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you are interested in getting some help on like, Hey, I'm not

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sure. Just shoot us an email, contact us contact at quarter

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careers. COMM be happy to help you out.

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Yeah, absolutely. All right. Thanks, Liz. That'll do for

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today. Cheers. Cheers person, Bobby. We'll see you next time.