A deep dive into the recruiter’s perspective and advice for college students

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Did you know that January 28 is Grace Czechowski day? That is, in the village Fredonia, New York. Grace Czechowski, a Search Consultant and recruiter at Adecco Search, was one of Careers Uncorked guests about a month ago. Since graduating from the University of Rochester, Grace has ventured into various industries, making a series of career changes prior to landing her current position. Prior to joining Adecco Search, Grace first worked in purchasing and production planning at an aerospace defense manufacturer. After realizing her personal values didn’t align with her workspace, she decided to switch to a non-profit organization. However, she “missed the business side of things,” but wanted to maintain a people-oriented work environment. So she went into human resources at another defense manufacturer, eventually landing her current job as a full-time recruiter for Adeecco, an HR solutions firm.

As a recruiter, Grace manages a “full-cycle desk,” so she gets to “play both sides of the ball,” or work with both candidates and clients. Her work with clients involves contracts, sales, business development, and job orders (sourcing talent), whereas her work with candidates mainly entails working with them to help them find jobs. Recently, Grace has been working as a project lead on

After the Careers Uncorked live-stream, I had a one-on-one interview with her, taking a deep dive into the recruiter’s perspective and advice for college students. Here’s what I learned!

Advice to College Students

Communicate formally with professionals and hiring managers and candidly with recruiters.

If you’re currently seeking jobs, make sure to practice your speech skills. When communicating with hiring managers, make sure to speak formally. Avoid slang, filler words (“um, ah, erm,” etc.) and instead strive to be concise and clear. In comparison, if you’re talking to a recruiter, try to communicate more candidly. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your experiences and thoughts; that helps them know exactly what position is best fit for you.

Don’t settle, keep upscaling, networking, and gaining experience.

During this period of social-distancing, recruiters and hiring managers will be understanding about having less opportunities, whether it be a cancelled internship or study abroad. However, you can still use your summer effectively. Like many other guests on Careers Uncorked, Grace recommends that college students continuously upscale and improve themselves. It could be learning something new by taking a course from Coursera, joining a professional group on LinkedIn to stay informed about a specific industry, or reaching out to alumni and small companies to gain experience. Despite the challenges society is facing during these times, there are small ways that you can still make the most of your time.

Approach networking with a “farmer mentality” rather than a “hunter mentality.”

Don’t view networking as a means for personal gains, view it as building long-lasting relationships. When you approach networking with a “hunter mentality,” you are treating it as a one-time transaction. Instead, Grace advises people to have a “farmer mentality” — plant the seed, water it, give it soil and light, and cultivate the connection so you have a long-lasting relationship years down the line. Essentially, don’t expect to “just take from that community, you have to give to that community too.”

Make sure your resume is easy to read and your activities section doesn’t read like a job description.

Aim for a 1–2 page resume with a clean lay-out. According to Grace, “everything on your resume needs to add value” to your application so focus only on relevant skills and experiences (to whatever you’re applying to). Try to use numbers (when applicable) to help some sections jump out. Additionally, instead of writing about your duties and responsibilities, describe the impact you made when engaging in a certain experience. For example, instead of “recorded data and took minutes during weekly meetings,” go for “increased sales by 120% during the first week of August.”

Learn to balance work and self-care.

In order to advance your career, you need a healthy body and mind, so remember to take care of yourself! Grace recognizes herself to be a naturally-driven person, however, she too acknowledges that she “can’t pour into other things if her cup isn’t full.” Learn to say no and recognize your limits. Block out time for self-care and relaxation. Develop some small habits to help reinvigorate you every day. Grace personally has a morning routine that consists of mediating, journaling, and working-out to set her mindset and mood for the rest of the day. She also recommends planning out your schedule and being involved in student leadership in college. Through the experience of having others rely on you, you’ll naturally gain management skills that will continue to translate into your professional career.

Everyone wants to achieve their career goals. As a rising sophomore in college, I’m still figuring out what sort of career I want and how exactly to get there. Unfortunately, knowing how to pave your way to a successful career isn’t as simple as taking an exam or writing a paper because this information isn’t taught in a classroom or lecture hall. After speaking with Grace, I now know so much more about building a network and setting myself up for long-term success. I hope you also found these tips helpful, and if you’re still curious about Grace and her other tips for being a successful candidate, be sure to check out the YouTube video! You’ll get to see first-hand how she reviews resumes, her daily work routine as a recruiter, and hear how she set herself up for success. Besides Grace, we host many other guests on Careers Uncorked every week so be sure to check it out here for more information!

Michelle Shuai is the chief writer for Careers Uncorked and a rising sophomore at the University of Rochester, majoring in economics & history. Passionate about writing and story-telling, she is also the Features Editor for the UR Campus Times and an upcoming Writing Fellow at the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program.

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