Acing the Interview Process

Written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

Staying along the lines of our recent blog posts, this week’s article has some additional information for acing that upcoming interview. The central theme of this article is preparation. It cannot be stressed enough how pivotal being over prepared is in relation to the outcome of your interview. In our last blog, it was emphasized how necessary it is to focus on the company’s goals instead of just yourself and your qualities. The next step is to connect your skill set and experience with extensive research on the background and goals of the company in order to offer them a solution.

While it may seem as though pulling the focus from your qualifications and transferring it to ideas for the company would distract from your self-promotion, it’s important to remember that this approach itself is a way to set you apart from other candidates. Read this article, titled, “Acing the Interview Process”, written by Abby Locke for more advice on securing that position.

My Single Best Tip

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

An interview can often feel as though you’re under a microscope, being picked apart quality by quality by the interviewer. When wading through all of the “how would you handle this situation”, “what applicable skills do you have” and “what benefits would you bring to our company” questions that are being directed at you, it can feel as though the interview is all about you; in fact, the best approach you can take is to make the interview about the company and how you can help them reach their goals.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the job market is extremely competitive and there are countless numbers of applicants for each role. Once you’ve given yourself the advantage to stand out by applying some of the resume tips mentioned in my previous blog titled, “Transferable Skills Alone Won’t Win That Job”, you’ve now got to do the same in  your interview.

Read this article titled, “My Single Best Tip”, written by Marc Cenedella for his very important tip regarding asking one, important question during all your interviews: “How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?”


Transferable Skills Alone Won’t Win That Job

Blog written by senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

In this current, crazy market employers are wading through countless applicants for the same position and competition is brutal. Successfully pushing yourself ahead of the others will require much more than telling your interviewer about your “broad background” or that you are a “people person”. These are empty statements that do not tell a potential employer anything about your actual skills or abilities, or what makes you a strong and diverse candidate.

Thankfully, Contemporaries is fortunate to have built strong relationships with our clients throughout the Greater Boston Area which allows us to cut through all the red tape to secure the best positions for our candidates. However, we found this article, “Transferable Skills Alone Won’t Win That Job”, written by Joe Turner which has exceptional advice for identifying not only your best selling points related to the skills you’ve gained from previous experience, but also the potential you can offer down the line. Read this article and take the time to intensively reflect upon what the best “personal branding statement” will be to truly set you apart; I guarantee that this will give you a leg up by convincing both us and our clients that you are their best bet for profitable growth.

I Wasn’t Ignoring You, I Was Bored

Written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

We all have important information that we need to get across to those in the workplace, but how effective are your emails at truly hitting home with the pivotal points and ensuring they’re received and retained? If you find yourself frustrated and repeating yourself until you’re blue in the face, maybe it’s time to take a look at the way your information is being delivered.

We’re living in a go, go, go society where the short attention span rules; therefore it’s necessary to modify the way we interact with those around us in order to be better understood and remembered. Read this article we found titled, “I Wasn’t Ignoring You, I Was Bored”, written by Mark Cenedella with a few tips on giving your correspondences the best chance of being reviewed and recalled.

The 8-Minute Resume

Written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

We, at Contemporaries, realize that a resume is only a snapshot of a person. However, your resume is the first piece of the puzzle that recruiters and hiring managers are evaluating and it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting past that first tier and gaining the opportunity to present your skills and initiative. We have utilized certain tips for years in order to hone the presentation of a resume to showcase the best aspects of our candidates’ experience, capabilities and further potential and were glad to see similar recommendations from Marc Cenedella in his article titled, “The 8-Minute Resume”. Check it out and you may find a quick fix to start receiving those callbacks and job opportunities.


We were mentioned today in the Boston Globe about giving back to Boston with an organization called Heartank, founded to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Boston neighborhoods. See the attached article, written by Deirdre Fernandes.

Shark Tank with a heart

10 of the Biggest Pet Peeves Recruiters Have About Candidates

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

The majority of our blogs are targeted at our current and potential temp candidates, offering them tips and advice to help them best succeed in this process and gain the knowledge and mindset needed to focus on the end game versus the short term goals. This week’s blog is for our fellow recruiters, regarding some of the recurring and sometimes comical problems we all face when vetting our candidates. Read the following article titled, “10 of the Biggest Pet Peeves Recruiters Have About Candidates”, written by Sophie Deering; I guarantee you’ve come across one (or all) of these issues in your time (I know we have!).

Be a Student of Your Job

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

At Contemporaries, we are fortunate that the vast majority of our short term candidates are extended or hired permanently by our clients. For those settling into their second or third month of their assignment, we found this article titled, “Be a Student of Your Job”, written by Bill Bunker to have some helpful advice, as we are all still students in an ever-changing job market.

Being a student of your job is the theme of this month as we have so many temporary assignments potentially going perm and so many short term assignments extended. This article is a great reminder to constantly be looking for areas to grow in your job and learning everything you can about the position, especially as new concepts are introduced over time. Actively dedicating yourself to being a student of your job not only helps you to excel in your role, but also stands out as a quality of initiative that our clients will certainly notice.

Moment of Silence

Blog written by Contemporaries CEO Donna Fitzgerald.

We, at Contemporaries, would like to take a moment of silence for the victims this week as well as every victim taken unfairly and too early over the years, and add our voices to the truth that black lives do matter. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and communities of these victims and all those who feel unsafe every time they leave their homes and kiss their families goodbye. Going to work each day, running errands and visiting friends should not carry such weight; our hearts are breaking for those who have to carry this weight simply because of the color of their skin. Today our hearts are heavy and we can feel the sorrow and the exhaustion of those around us and around the world. Our thoughts are with all those affected and we all must continue to raise our voices to protect our brothers and sisters, husbands and friends, and press forward in the movement for real change. We will not forget.

Be the Temp Everyone Wants to Work With

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

As all of our past and present candidates have found, Contemporaries has a very innovative model, different than that used by other agencies, which allows us to be more successful in finding the right fit for our candidates as well as our clients. In our experience, the majority of our placements transition into permanent roles, so we always encourage our candidates to approach their assignment as a full-time job since, more often than not, that’s what it will become. For candidates looking to find a great permanent job or simply to acquire a solid, long term assignment before heading back to school, etc., there are certain qualities that stand out both in your relationship with Contemporaries, as well as your relationship with our client. Read this article titled, “Be the Temp Everyone Wants to Work With”, written by Cathy Reilly, which details examples of the ways to best advance yourself by maintaining a strong relationship with both Contemporaries and the client we place you with.

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