Do you remember the excitement and panic of your first (or most recent) job interview? “What will the interviewer ask?” “Did I do enough preparation?” “What should I wear?” Do you recall the post-interview doubts and hopefulness? “Should I send a thank you note?” “Did I sound confident?” “Did my resume tell my story?” On February 12th, it all came back to me when I was part of a corporate team, led by InterContinental Hotels Group and Hewlett-Packard, that worked with ACSS CareerWorks Class #28 to prepare for a job fair.
With additional support from AT&T, Elavon and Lexmark staff, we spent about two hours with a group of very enthusiastic and well-prepared job seekers – tweaking resumes and conducting mock interviews.
“I would hire him (or her),” was a common remark made during the interviews. I agree. Any one of our ACSS VIPs (Visionary Innovative Partners) would be an asset to a prospective employer.
The success of the morning session flowed both ways. Our corporate team, as one member remarked, received much more than we gave. Not only did we all come away with a profound sense of the talent that is available at ACSS, but we saw each other in a different way, as well.
In business, we talk a lot about “synergy,” where the sum is greater than the individual parts. Many teams aspire to this goal. I’m told that the definition of synergy is “2+2=5.” Well, our synergy was at least a ten during our session with the ACSS VIPs.
And we all are looking forward to working with ACSS Business Development Director Gordon Ellis to come up with our next team-building event in about two months’ time. Meanwhile, our new friends at AT&T are helping with gathering interview clothing for the ACSS Clothing Closet. And many of the IHG/HP team members have exchanged business cards with the VIPs to stay in touch.
Class #28, your new friends are pulling for you at the job fair!
And friends in the business community, if you’re looking for corporate team building opportunities or more information on corporate involvement, please contact Gordon Ellis, Gordon.Ellis@atlantacss.org or Otis Hillsman, VP of Programs, Otis.Hillsman@atlantacss.org.
As someone on our team told me, “This beats bowling any day!”