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Author:Sarah Benz

Sarah Benz

Sarah Benz is a director of recruiting for the Messina Group. With nearly a decade of experience in enterprise staffing, Sarah is dedicated to partnering with Messina’s clients to locate the ideal candidates for each company’s customized needs. Sarah has worked extensively with the engineering and scientific industries and intimately understands the technical and interpersonal skills those companies are looking for. Before beginning her recruiting career, Sarah served as the marketing coordinator for Messina. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering and playing and coaching sports.

Recent Posts

Cracking Open the Elevator Pitch

How many times have you walked away from a conversation and wish you had taken the opportunity during the interaction to expand your professional network? These opportunities happen often in corporate settings or even just during a trip to the grocery store -- they can all be perfect situations to use the famed elevator pitch.

September 13, 2017

Just Hired: Lab Temps Placements

Job Title: Chemist Candidate Profile: Scientist with over nine years of experience in industrial/environmental research and quality assurance as a chemical analyst Client: Recognized International Industry Leader in Confections Position Type: Short-term contract Location: Chicago, IL 

Interview Tips, Job Search February 01, 2017

You've Got This: How to Ace Your Next Interview

Interviewing for a job can definitely be a nerve-wracking experience. However, candidates have a lot more control over the process than they think. As with many things in life, preparation is the key to success when it comes to interviewing. Here are a few tips for setting yourself up for success in your next big interview:

social media January 09, 2017

Make social media an asset, not a liability

For job seekers, social media is a powerful tool for reaching a huge audience. But it’s a tool that comes with a big, bold warning label. Hiring managers and HR departments today are very social media-savvy. Looking at a candidate's Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles is a regular part of the screening process, so it’s imperative that applicants understand how to use social media channels properly and responsibly.

Job Search, soft skills February 11, 2016

Soft Skills Employers Look for in New Hires

When looking for a new job, it’s easy to focus on the hard skill requirements for a given position and automatically rule yourself out if you don’t meet every qualification. Although particular hard skill sets might be non-negotiable for certain positions, soft skills are equally as important.

Veterans November 11, 2015

Decoding Your Resume for Military Veterans

US veterans receive incredible hands-on training and certification while in the service. Whether it is in the form of logistics management or healthcare administration, they are well prepared to enter the civilian workforce. However, the sticking point for many vets is the heavy use of acronyms on resumes – and during interviews.

November 06, 2015

5 Resume Myths Debunked

Resume styles go through cycles based on the stage of your career. Below are five resume myths and how to best present your skills.

October 29, 2015

What HR Thinks of Halloween Costumes at Work

Below is an info-graphic that answers the question: Should employees wear Halloween Costumes at work? 

Recent Graduate, Job Search, First Job November 04, 2014

Lack of Experience Isn’t the Biggest Roadblock For Recent Graduates

A recent column from The New York Times points out that the jobless rate for college graduates younger than 25 was 8.2% in 2013, compared with 3.2% for college graduates age 25 and older. While there are certainly many factors at work causing this disparity, the younger graduates’ relative lack of interview experience, business professionalism, and communication skills are often what keep these younger people from landing jobs.

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