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Tips and Tricks to Help You Nail Your ICCU Interview

Nov 12
2021
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Idaho Central Credit Union is honored to have been named the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho! We take pride in having a world-class team that makes a difference. While we are one of the top performing credit unions in the nation, we also prioritize our culture internally and take pride in taking careRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union is honored to have been named the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho! We take pride in having a world-class team that makes a difference. While we are one of the top performing credit unions in the nation, we also prioritize our culture internally and take pride in taking care of our team members. We want to hire the best people we can to join our Green Team family! With these interview tips, you can learn how to put your strengths on display and make a good impression to the ICCU Recruiting Team.

Professional dress. Dressing in business professional attire is a safe bet for making a good first impression, regardless of the position you’ve applied for. Being dressed appropriately so that you feel confident and don’t have to fidget or mess with your outfit, will allow you to focus on the interview. Also, in today’s constantly changing environment, be aware of COVID restrictions. If the interview is being held online, still make sure to be dressed properly. If it is being held in person, your attire may need to include a mask. Be aware that a handshake or physical contact may not be appropriate.

Show up early. Interviewers like to see an individual who is applying for a job show up 10-15 minutes early. Being prompt and prepared is always a good sign of someone who actually wants to be there! If for any reason you are going to be late or unable to attend the interview, make sure to give the interviewer as much notice as possible. At ICCU, we have many locations, so make sure to check which physical location your interview will be held at and give yourself plenty of time to make it to the correct place.

Professional portfolio. Idaho Central’s job application process includes filling out a resume and including references, so there is no need to bring those to the interview. However, depending on the type of position you are applying for, you may want to bring examples of your work. A professional portfolio, relevant recommendation letters, or certain projects can give the interviewer helpful insight into your previous employment or experience.

Come prepared to talk about yourself! Our Recruiting Team wants to know about you and why you would be a good fit for the Green Team. Make sure to read the job description thoroughly before attending the interview. We have many different types of positions at ICCU, and we want to know how you, your goals, and your experience align with what we are looking for. We also want to know how ICCU can play a part in reaching your career objectives, so we encourage applicants to come with a list of questions about the job, the department, and the Credit Union. Recruiters are impressed when an applicant has done their homework before the interview and has taken an interest in ICCU. If you have made it to the interview, it means our recruiters have looked over your online application and have already taken an interest in you as well!

Lastly, come with a good attitude. We hope if you have had any personal experience with Idaho Central, that it has been with positive, upbeat team members. We take pride in having an optimistic outlook and want to find applicants who can match our energy!

After the interview, our recruiters would appreciate 5-7 business days to reach out to you one way or the other. Our Recruiting Team will contact you via email or phone call offering you the position or to let you know that we have decided to move forward with another applicant. Sometimes the email may be marked as spam or junk, so make sure to check all available folders.

Idaho Central is skilled at matching your talents, experience, and education with the hiring criteria of a certain position. We have locations throughout the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, Eastern Idaho, and North Idaho with growth into Washington and Oregon, and are always looking to expand our team with motivated individuals. Check out our available career opportunities and let us show you why ICCU has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for ten years in a row!

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Resume Tips for Your Idaho Central Job Application

Jun 11
2021

What is the fastest way to stand out as a strong candidate for the job you’ve set your sites on? An impressive resume! Your resume is the first impression that employers have when deciding to take the next step in the interview process. Creating a resume that stands out to potential employers can seem likeRead more

What is the fastest way to stand out as a strong candidate for the job you’ve set your sites on? An impressive resume! Your resume is the first impression that employers have when deciding to take the next step in the interview process.

Creating a resume that stands out to potential employers can seem like a daunting task. Not to worry! With these simple tips, your resume will stand out and help the Recruiting team at ICCU understand everything they need to know about you.

Less is More

The first important tip for resume building is to remember that less is more! Job hunting can be stressful and time consuming, so there’s no need to waste energy on components that recruiters don’t focus on. The good news is that Idaho Central Credit Union does not require a cover letter for applications. Applicants will often include a blanket cover letter for all the jobs they are applying for, so our recruiters don’t put too much weight on something so generic.

While a cover letter isn’t required, we do suggest that you keep your resume to one page. When a particular position has a large applicant pool, our recruiters want to see all of the pertinent information listed on a neat and concise one-page outline. Make sure to have the most recent and relevant work experience listed first, with a description of job duties. Our team likes to see if the short snapshot of a current or previous position aligns with the job description of the position you’re applying for.

While one page is the recommendation, your resume should consist of meaningful information and have minimal blank space. Activities, clubs, and volunteer work is appropriate to include on a resume, especially if you’re new to the workforce or have limited experience.

References

Many times, applicants will list their references right on their resumes. During the application process for Idaho Central, however, there will be a separate field asking for your references. Our recruiters would like to see the space that may have been used for references utilized to tell us more about you!

Once you have gotten to the section where references are submitted, make sure to list individuals who have experience with you professionally. Family members and friends are not appropriate people to list when an employer is trying to get a sense of someone’s experience in a work setting.

Formatting

When skimming through multiple resumes, our recruiters want to see what makes you unique in an easy-to-read format. They’re skilled in matching the information on a resume to a specific job type, but they don’t want to have to go searching for the required education or experience.

A neat structure with applicable information goes a long way in getting our Recruiting team to notice an applicant. These simple tips will help you stand out:

  • Be consistent with simple headings and subheadings.
  • Use a readable font with a size of 10-12 points.
  • Make sure your contact information is accurate.
  • Have your listed email address something appropriate.
  • Colors and pictures aren’t a necessity

While flashy colors and bright pictures may be fun to add to your resume, Idaho Central recruiters just want to understand the information as effortlessly as possible!

Idaho Central Credit Union was voted the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho and new job positions are always being posted around the state. Use these tips and click here to see if there is job description that aligns with your interests today!

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What to Expect When You Apply at ICCU

Jan 29
2021
Four people sitting for a job interview

The process of applying for any new job can be intimidating, but knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease. Here is an overview of what the application process looks like as Idaho Central Credit Union matches qualified applicants with fulfilling careers! The Green Team is expanding all over the state ofRead more

The process of applying for any new job can be intimidating, but knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease. Here is an overview of what the application process looks like as Idaho Central Credit Union matches qualified applicants with fulfilling careers! The Green Team is expanding all over the state of Idaho and quality candidates are always needed to join the team and help ICCU members achieve financial success.

Our careers page allows applicants to filter through all available positions. You can view all open job positions or use the search form to find jobs that suit your specific career interests by category, position type, and location.

Once you’ve found a position that fits your goals and skills, create an account with an updated application and resume. Then, you can use the information in your profile to fill out the comprehensive job application with details about your employment and education. This profile is saved in Idaho Central’s database. Returning candidates can use their previous username and password credentials to log in and apply for new jobs! If you’ve previously applied and your circumstances have changed, make sure that your profile reflects your current resume and work experience.

After your application has been submitted, you will be asked to participate in a talent assessment. This helps ICCU gain an understanding of a person’s natural talents and abilities, showing recruiters where the applicant would best fit within the company.

This completes the first stage of the application process! From there, recruiters will review all of the information and send the information to the hiring manager for the open position. Several factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applicants such as previous job experience, education, and the results of the talent assessment. If the manager decides to proceed with the interview process with an applicant, the recruiting team will follow up with the individual with a phone call or an email.

Typically, ICCU will respond to a candidate’s application within 7-10 business days. Response time will vary depending on the amount of applicants and the current situation. If at any point, a candidate is no longer being considered for the position, a follow-up phone call or email will inform the individual that ICCU is proceeding with other applicants. If a position is offered, the second part of the process, along with the new hire paperwork begins.

Just because an applicant doesn’t get a job offer for one position does not mean that there isn’t a position for him or her at ICCU! All applicants should feel encouraged to apply to multiple positions within the company to find exactly where they fit within the Green Team!

If you have additional questions about the application process, give us a call at 800-456-5067 and ask for the Recruiting Team! You can also connect with us on LinkedIn for ICCU news, job postings, and blogs!

 

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The Power of a Professional Network

Aug 13
2018
Business people talking casually on some benches.

Developing and maintaining a strong professional network can take you much further than a job offer. While many view a job the primary goal of networking, there are plenty of other equally important reasons to maintain and grow your network; even when you aren’t in the market for a new job.

Developing and maintaining a strong professional network can take you much further than a job offer. While many view a job the primary goal of networking, there are plenty of other equally important reasons to maintain and grow your network; even when you aren’t in the market for a new job.

A good contact can be an invaluable resource. You never know what kind of challenges you will find yourself facing, and it’s impossible to be an expert on everything. Knowing the right person to help solve an out-of-the-box problem at work could save your company big time. Why not rely on calling up an expert you’ve never met? Someone who knows you well is more likely to take time out of their schedule to help you and is less likely to give you the runaround.

Along the same lines, there will be a point in your career where you need guidance. How should you approach negotiating salary with your employees? How do you handle letting someone go? Should you franchise your business? Having someone you trust who has gone through what you are going through can help ease a troubled mind and assist in making an educated decision.

Having a diverse network can get you out of your industry bubble. Surrounding yourself with people from other industries, backgrounds, viewpoints and business models can work wonders on the way you see the world. You’ll learn things you may have never even considered learning about if you stuck to the confines of familiarity. This makes you an asset anywhere you go and can give you a competitive advantage.

While you may have no plans on leaving your current career, life happens. Plans may change with or without your authorization. A network can be a bit of a safety net. You may know someone who knows someone who is looking to start a brand new business in something you know all about. A connection might be aware of opportunities that aren’t yet public knowledge. If you’ve already built and cultivated your network, it’s doubtful you’ll be left high and dry for long.

Now that you’ve seen a few of the benefits of a solid network, you may be ready to start making connections. Keep in mind a professional network is a lot like a garden. You can’t throw seeds into the wind and expect a full harvest. Similarly, you can’t hand out a business card to everyone you meet and call it a day. Seek out the kinds of relationships you’re looking to grow, and then start gardening. Introducing yourself is simply planting the seed. That seed will need cultivated through follow-ups and a consistent effort to further the relationship. Make an effort to be as much of an asset to them, if not more, than they are to you. This ensures they want to keep you around, too.

At the end of the day, you probably aren’t going to build contacts without getting outside of your comfort zone. Shudder at the thought of walking up and introducing yourself to someone you don’t know? You aren’t alone. Check out these networking tips from Idaho Central’s VP of Human Resources, Ben Davidson, here.

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Is It Time to Hire a New Employee?

Jul 06
2018
Group of people sitting in a line of chairs waiting for a job interview.

Too many employees can break the bank, but too small a staff can lead to poor service and missed opportunity. So, how do you know when to buckle down and when it’s time to hire an additional employee?

Too many employees can break the bank, but too small a staff can lead to poor service and missed opportunity. So, how do you know when to buckle down and when it’s time to hire an additional employee?

One of the first indicators that it may be time to hire someone is if your customer service isn’t what it used to be. If customers are complaining that your service or turnaround time is slipping, or you’re being forced to turn away work, it might be time to add a new position. If you have no desire to grow your company bigger than it already is, turning away customers might just have to be a fact of life. And that’s okay so long as the customers you are taking on are being treated with a level of service that leaves them with a good association with your business.

In another scenario, your customers may still be happy, but your employees are not. Running your staff ragged is not a sustainable business model. An overloaded worker may feel it’s impossible to catch up, that they are unable to take on a single additional task, and may even leave the company in search of a healthier work-life balance. Talk to your employees regularly to gauge where they’re at. Being aware of their task load will help you determine if a disgruntled employee simply doesn’t like being busy or if they are truly struggling to keep up. Telling signs of an overloaded employee include the desire to take on other tasks but feeling unable to do so, and feeling as if their workload is too heavy to take a few days off.

You may know without a doubt that you are in need of additional help but before you start accepting applications, you have to know if you can afford an additional employee. Crunch the numbers and compare the amount the employee would be making against your projection of how much this employee will help your company bring in. How much more will you be able to do with this new hire?

Equally as important as deciding to hire someone new is making sure you are hiring the right person. Don’t fill the space for the sake of filling the space. You need to know exactly what you are looking for in a potential hire and be willing to wait for the right person with the right skill set to come along. Hiring the first application to slide across your desk may be tempting because you “need help now” but you know what a big deal it is to add an additional salary to your ledger and to trust someone else with your business. Make it worth your while.