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Tuesday, May 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kris Stafie
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A funny thing happens when you reach out to our amazing alumni and find out what they are up to.  While Heather Blahnik was recruiting for the Mentorship campaign, she was introduced to Kota Yamazaki, former LCP of San Jose, who now works for Google in their self driving car project. As a recent graduate, Kota had been looking for a network of AIESEC alumni to connect with and to help him navigate his next career options.  In his research, Kota discovered a startup called Purple Squirrel.  This company gives job seekers access to insiders at top companies who help them expedite the job search by giving advice on resumes and how best to prep for interviews.  How did they come up with this name you ask?  Well for those not in the recruiting business, the term is used by employment recruiters to describe that elusive candidate with precisely the experience, education, and qualifications that fit a job’s multifaceted requirements (see Wikipedia definition purple squirrel).


Essentially the team at Purple Squirrel developed a networking platform where insiders (called ambassadors) at top companies, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, offer 30-minute phone calls to job seekers who want career advice, resume critiques or interview advice, or even who want the opportunity to earn an employee referral.


Did an AIESEC alum or colleague help you to find a job somewhere along the way?  Well, now you can be the one to help AIESEC students and recent graduates in their careers by signing up to be an ambassador on AIESEC's new talent community on Purple Squirrel. 

AIESEC Life is partnering with Purple Squirrel to offer a more robust career service that connects alumni with alumni, assisting those looking for jobs and also providing those with openings in their company the opportunity to hire amazing AIESEC alumni! 


As a job seeker you can search for ambassadors by company.  You can see sample job openings and you can filter based on your ideal role such as Finance & Accounting, or Strategy & Consulting. When you find an ambassador that you would like to talk with, then you look at their availability, pick a time and what you would like to talk with them about, and it sends that information to the ambassador.  

 

If you are not looking for a job but rather want to help other AIESECers find a job in your company, then you can become an ambassador.  As an ambassador, you set up a profile and put in when you are available for "engagements" (as they are called in Purple Squirrel).  There is an easy dashboard to review your engagement requests (which you can accept or decline) and your profile.  In addition, your account is tied to LinkedIn so you do not have to enter any details when you become a member.  During an engagement with a job seeker, you can discuss your company and any job openings plus the ins and outs are of working at your company.  There is also the option for you to review a job seeker's resume and give them advice on how to improve it.

 

Purple Squirrel enables you to land your dream job, or help others do the same at your company.  There are easy FAQs for both job seekers and ambassadors, plus a guide to being an ambassador.  For job seekers, Purple Squirrel offers complimentary career advice engagements with Purple Squirrel employees to help get started.    

 

To sign up as a job seeker or ambassor click the Register button at the top of the page.  The team at Purple Squirrel will work with your to setup your profile and link it easily to your LinkedIn profile as well.


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