Interested in kicking off a career in human resources, sales, product development, information technology, or customer service? Paychex is an award-winning service and integrated HR and payroll technology company — and they are always looking for fresh talent! They offer a variety of entry-level career opportunities. Before you jump right in and apply, it is helpful to do some research on the company and to have a plan of action. The first step in landing an internship, and eventually your dream position with Paychex, is by mastering the art of networking.
Networking can seem daunting, especially in the current virtual climate, but there are many tips and tricks that can simplify the job at hand and help you to stick out in a pool of applicants. When it comes to making connections with a Paychex employee, it is important to know where to look for open positions, what questions to ask recruiters, employees, and hiring managers, who to reach out to first, and how to maintain these connections. Follow along to nail that first impression, gain insights on Paychex’s networking platforms, and get one step closer to kicking off a career!
Networking at Paychex: Where to Start?
The first step to networking is to do some research. Paychex, like most companies, has a website with helpful information on upcoming events, webinars, and any open positions. Checking out Paychex’s website prior to connecting with an employee shows that you have a genuine interest in the company. Another benefit of research is that you can use what you learn to build your questions when you’re ready to network — this way you don’t risk asking a question that has already been answered on their website.
Social media platforms are another great place for doing background research. You can follow Paychex on Instagram at Paychex_IncorInsidePaychex, on Facebook atPaychexor Paychex Careers, LinkedIn, and Twitter to see their latest on hiring, upcoming events, and to learn more about the Paychex team. Paychex’s “Careers Q&A” highlight on Instagram gives an inside look into the lives of their employees — it’s also a great resource for figuring out which department you could see yourself in and which employees to reach out to.
When it comes to actual networking opportunities, LinkedIn is the place to look. Paychex’s LinkedIn shares posts about new hires, open positions, upcoming webinars, and industry news.
After you’ve scanned both the Paychex website and social media pages, the next step is to see if you can attend any of their upcoming events, or if they are on the list of companies attending your school’s career fair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person career fairs are unlikely this year, but don’t be discouraged — virtual networking has opened the door for new opportunities to make connections from the safety of your home. The best way to stay in the loop is to regularly check Paychex’s website to see if they have any upcoming virtual events or webinars that look interesting or relevant to you.
Making Virtual Connections
Networking looks different for every company and for every prospective applicant. Whether you already have a contact at Paychex, or even if you don’t, the key to standing out is to establish a personal connection with a current Paychex employee or recruiter. Prior to the pandemic, most students would start off by looking on LinkedIn or the company website to see if there is an employee in your town or city that you could connect with over coffee. In today’s virtual climate, utilizing Video conferencing – such as zoom, webex, or microsoft teams or even talking over the phone has become the new normal for virtual networking — meaning you can connect with employees in different cities.
Currently, virtual professional connections come from LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account already, it is crucial that you get one — this is the best way to get on recruiters and future employers radar. Start by establishing a strong profile that informs connections of not just your professional experiences, but your career aspirations as well. Connect with friends from school, professors from your university, and former co-workers. Tapping into existing relationships is key. If you see that a former coworker or a family friend is working in your desired career field, message them on LinkedIn! Ask them about their careers and share your career goals. Connecting with a diverse range of people helps you to expand your professional network. You never know when one of your connections could recommend you for a role, or point a hiring manager that they know in your direction.
Additionally, LinkedIn and Facebook have professional organizations and pages you can join based on your city or region — these are excellent spaces to connect with professionals in your field and find job postings. Join a group that aligns with your aspiring career and see where it takes you!
What to Ask When Networking at Paychex
When it’s time for your video meeting or your socially distanced coffee chat, there are conversation do’s and don’ts, and key questions to ask that will help you to stand out while keeping the conversation flowing smoothly. In order to master networking, you must first understand the balance between being a conversation starter while allowing others to weigh-in with their opinions or thoughts. Being confident is a skill employers look for, but understanding when it’s time to listen is crucial. Remember, networking is only the first step in your path towards receiving your dream internship or career — think of it as a chance to learn as much as you can from a professional in the field.
A great way to show the person you are connecting with that you are interested is by asking lots of questions. If you are aspiring to work in human resources or sales, understand that the professionals you are networking with are master networking who are more than willing to share career advice and guide you professionally. The best way to reciprocate and guide the conversation is to show genuine interest but asking questions that go beyond the surface. Some examples of conversation guiding questions could be:
- How did you come to work in this field/industry/position?
- What path did your career take to get to where you are?
- In your position, what are your key responsibilities?
- What factors would make one fail or succeed in this type of work?
- What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work in this type of job? What is the best preparation for working in this job/role?
Professional Mentorship at Paychex
Once you land the job, role, or opportunity, it is important to remember that networking doesn’t stop once you’re hired. The best way to grow your professional network within a company, specifically within Paychex, is to establish a professional mentor. Whether your mentor is your direct supervisor or an employee in a position you hope to have one day, keeping in touch with this person throughout your internship and afterwards is important. This is the time to ask yourself what you want out of your mentor – what are the skills that you are looking to strengthen and are these skills guiding you towards a role you wish to obtain in the future? Make sure to consistently communicate your goals and the skills you hope to gain from your experience to your mentor so that they can be as helpful to you as you are to them.
Paychex has a strong mentorship program — which includes helping to match mentors with mentees for those who are interested in leadership roles. At Paychex, there is no limit on the number of mentors an employee can have — the best ways to identify potential mentors especially early on in your career is to initiate these relationships on your own. Even though your mentors will change over time and evolve along with your professional development, it is important to keep in touch with your mentors along the way!
Keep in touch with your mentors
The final element of networking with a Paychex employee is that you must stay informed, stay in touch and stay active with your new professional network. Now that you have established a strong connection with an employee or a company, it’s important to keep up the good work in order to stay on their radar for being hired on full time in the future. Your network of coworkers and mentors will become advocates for your skills and experience. When applying for your first job post-college, having a coworker, supervisor, or manager that can vouch for your work ethic or submit a reference letter is very important. Even if years have gone by since your first opportunity or career, as long as you have maintained your network through occasional check-ins, phone calls, or coffee runs, you can benefit from the full circle experience that is successful professional networking.