3 Ways To Make Career Fairs Worth Your Time

1) Show up.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

dontbelateEmployers hire PEOPLE not resumes. If you don’t go to the career fair you are missing a prime chance to talk directly with a hiring manager or other employees at the companies you want to work for. You will also miss the chance to find out about companies and opportunities you were not previously aware of.

Get dressed, be prepared and GO to the job fair.

2) Have a plan. Work your plan.

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4 Reasons Summer Is The Best Time to Job Search

1. Companies still need to hire, even when it is 95 degrees outside. If you stop your job search, you could miss out on some great opportunities. 

Read more in 8 Reasons Why Summer Is a Great Time to Job Hunt (Mashable)

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Job Seekers: You’re Not The Only One To Face Rejection

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

success-fail-signLooking for work often seems like a (long) series of rejections.

Every time you send a resume and don’t get called for an interview it can feel like a personal attack.

The truth is, job searching and hiring is a process. And getting critiqued, ignored and rejected are (unfortunately) part of that process. Continue reading

Q&A: Send Thank You Before Or After 2nd Interview?

I had a great phone interview today. The employer said he will contact me later this week if he wants to set up an in-person interview. Should I send a thank you note now, or wait until after the next round of interviews?

First, Congratulations on making it this far in the hiring process. To increase your chances of staying in the running, send a thank you note ASAP.

At each step of your job search, you want to thank the people who took the time to talk with you or help you. This includes everyone who interviews you (even if you decide you do not want the job), and your networking contacts for helping you connect with employers.

Send a note today thanking the people who interviewed you for their time and for considering you for the job. E-mail the thank you note so the employer gets it as he/she decides who to bring in for second interviews.

It’s common for employers to pick their top candidates only from those who send than you notes. (I know that I’ve done this when hiring – if a candidate does not send a thank you note, they do not get called for a second interview.)

Why are thank you notes good?

  • A thank you note shows that you are still interested in the job.
  • It’s an opportunity for you to restate why you want the job.
  • You can also take the opportunity to re-answer an interview question you wish you had responded to differently.

In the note, be sure to mention at least one specific thing you talked about in the interview. For example: “I’ve been thinking of ideas on how to approach the blah blah project you mentioned …” Don’t give too many details of your ideas, yet. Save those for your next interview.

Keep the thank you note short, no more than four paragraphs. But take the time to show your sincere interest in the job.

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Q&A: Hide Employment Gap On Resume

QUESTION: I desperately need your help. I am trying to become employed, but there is a gap in my corporate employment history, so it is difficult to become employed. I need your help with my verbiage so that I can work around the interview process in order to earn an income. What you would recommend?

Busy BusinessmanRESPONSE: Sounds like you might have more than one problem with your job search.

First, unless you have a good relationship with someone at the company, there is no “working around the interview process.” Thinking more positively about interviews will help you impress employers.

Interviews are an important part of the hiring process. You want an employer to set up a job interview so that you can get to know the company and about the position.

~~ Infographic: Job Interview Tips ~~

Next, if employers are not calling you for interviews, you are right to worry that your employment gap is a red flag. Many employers worry when they see a job candidate has not worked for several months or years.

Here are two things you can do so your resume highlights your skills and qualifications.

1. The typical chronological list of jobs will put a spotlight on your employment gap. Instead, change your resume format to functional or a combination format to de-emphasize the gap.

A functional resume shows details of your skills and how they fit the job.

work-diceA combination resumes highlights your skills and work experience equally.

Talk to a career adviser to help you decide which resume format is best for you.

2. Close the gap on your resume with other career-building experiences. List any activities, paid or unpaid that show you have skills and experience relevant to your career field. This includes:

  • Volunteer activities
  •  Participation in professional associations
  •  Attendance of conferences or other industry-specific events
  •  Trainings, workshops and courses
  • Research projects

Some of these activities might be listed in the education section of your resume, some in skills section, and some in experience section.

Your resume is a marketing document that highlights you as the best candidate for a job. Think about what employers might think of your resume.

How do you know if your resume looks good? When employers are calling you to interview for your target jobs.

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